Bike Happiness


I am lucky in my life to have very artistic people around me – one friend in general, Ted Schredd, is a very talented photographer and videographer (I might have made up that spelling).  He is also a biking dynamo. He’s traversed the United States and Canada many, many a time. I first met Ted when I was 19 or 20, my good friend had taken a bike trip cross country and Ted was one of the interesting people that he met along the way.

I met him that one time in 1990 and then hadn’t seen him until about 8 years ago when he came back into our lives.  One very cool thing about Ted is that he loves to see people happy. And he loves to see people on bikes.  And pretty much, when you’re on a bike, you’re happy. It just happens that way (at least for me).

This past weekend Ted attached a GoPro to his bike and took a couple of bike rides with various friends. My son and I were honored to be one of those various friends taking our new Tandem out for spin to a great Farmer’s Market. I don’t know what it is, but there is something about a tandem that makes people smile. I typically smile at people when I ride and make lots of eye contact, but on a tandem, people smile at US. People wave, say nice things and generally good vibes begin to emanate from their entire being once they spy two people riding on a tandem. It’s all about the joy, right?

So if you have a couple of minutes, watch Ted’s magic – he has over 3,000 shots that he’s turned into a 1:40 minute video, with BANJO music. You’ll see a tandem, a long-bike (or Extracycle), a mountain bike and a cruiser – pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself!

Thanks TED!




About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.
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32 Responses to Bike Happiness

  1. Denise, what a fun video! I love riding my bike, but it’s had a flat tire that needs to be fixed. We have lots of trails out here that are really nice. It looks like you have good ones! It’s true for me, too. Seeing people riding tandem makes me smile!

  2. crafteelooks says:

    thanks for your update will read soon Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:49:25 +0000 To:

  3. Oh that’s great! The video is fantastic. Tandems do make people smile don’t they, I know I would always smile if I saw one, I also smiled when I saw someone riding down the street on a unicyle a while ago, it must be something about seeing people do a fairly everyday thing in a different way! I like biking, we have a nature reserve quite near us that is great for biking, it has a really good bike track (one that they use for national competitions), but it also has wooded areas etc so that that you can bike off-track if you want to be more adventurous! You can hire bikes or bring your own. We love it!

  4. stephrogers says:

    That is some serious fun right there. I am all kinds of jealous.

  5. Karen says:

    Very cool! I need to get my kids bikes soon. It’s a rite of passage. 🙂

  6. unfetteredbs says:

    This is great! I love the view into AZ 🙂
    Thanks for the smile this morning

  7. Smaktakula says:

    What fun! I see people on tandem bikes around here (tourists, mostly) and I think it looks neat. Is it tricky? I see the potential for some nasty spills. In tandem.

    • Actually, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be – but I’ve been riding a longbike (or extracycle) for about a year, so that might have helped. Getting the rhythm at first is weird and you have to communicate a bit b/c the person behind you might not be able to see much -but after a few rides, you get into the flow.

      I always wear biking gloves which helps if there’s a spill.

  8. Kylie says:

    Oh, my husband will love this!

  9. Mrs. P says:

    I am impressed with Ted simply because he traversed the US and Canada more than once! A friend of mine rode from Palo Alto, Ca to NYC and took pics along the way. When he returned we watched the most awesome slide show…blew me away…GO TED!

  10. El Guapo says:

    Ha! What fun!

    I’ve heard of a lot of people having trouble getting their GoPros set up, but everytime I see footage, I want one all over again.

  11. Carrie Rubin says:

    Those GoPro’s are pretty cool. Good to see you’re getting good use out of that tandem bike. Beats yoga in a hot room any day (at least it would for me 😉 ).

  12. That was pretty cool. I love the fire at the end.

  13. Ted Schredd says:

    Way too kind… Denise.. Love to have you and your family around too! And I think it is so fantastic that you between you and Scott you have opened the biking door for Dorian and that is something you can be very proud of.. !

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