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The Strava Artists II

Little did I know I was bumping into a tip of iceberg when I wrote about the Strava artists couple of months ago. Tip of the iceberg, that’s what I can say my earlier post is. I realized I’ve hit a jackpot when Bret Lobree shared a whole lot of Strava art. Here you go, bring you a second set of Strava artists.

Space Invader by Jeremy Thorsness (http://www.strava.com/segments/6467914)

Space Invader
Space Invader

7-11 by Bret Lobree (http://www.strava.com/activities/66408041 – created on July 11th)

7-11
7-11

One more by Bret Lobree – Nyan Cat (http://www.strava.com/activities/99770600)

Nyan Cat
Nyan Cat

This is how Chris Phipps wishes Happy Halloween (http://www.strava.com/activities/92459614)

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween

And Bret responds with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the dead) (http://www.strava.com/activities/92569030)

Day of the dead
Day of the dead

And finally a cup cake by Bret (http://www.strava.com/activities/96028009)

Cup cake
Cup cake

Finally it will be unfair if I don’t mention above Bret here. He is the current San Francisco Strava Ambassador and if that doesn’t make you rise your eyebrow, he has ridden on all the roads, I repeat *ALL* the roads of San Fransisco city! Checkout his Tumblr page detailing his rides – http://rideallofsf.tumblr.com.

There were a lot more Strava art, but I decided to pick only better ones. Do you have done any artwork on two-wheels? Or have any plans to do one? Give me a shout. :)

The Strava Artists

The Big BikeI came across the above ride map on my Facebook timeline. A little bit of searching around I landed on the Strava activity of this mammoth ride done by David Taylor. Considering the planning, preparation, and the actual riding of 341 KMs – it is a commendable job done by David (link to the ride activity – http://www.strava.com/activities/197409492/).

While going through the comments on David’s activity, I came across few more artists who had tried to come up with interesting art via their rides. Below are few of them –

The Elephant by Joris Meijer – http://www.strava.com/activities/164861730/overview
elephant

Why did the chicken cross the road map by Bret Lobree — http://www.strava.com/activities/97090517
chicken

A self portrait by Dave Sundheim — http://www.strava.com/activities/151221419
portrait

A tribute to David Millar by a fan after Millar came back from a broken collarbone to win stage 12 of the Tour de France. — http://www.strava.com/activities/13312938
millar

Have you tried creating any art using with your bike? Or come across any interesting artwork by bikers?

Back to reading spree

When I am travelling (read: while not driving/riding), I can do only two things – reading or sleeping. Continuous movement of the vehicle feels like a cradle to me. If I don’t have a book in my hands, and even if scenery outside the window is breathtaking, I can keep my eyes open for few minutes or maximum half an hour. Close to two and half to three hours commuting on a daily basis from/to office meant a book in hand always. Two-three years ago, I thought of and tried reading 50 books in one calendar year – that’s almost one per week. I was on track for five months till I switched from bus commute to bike. And after moving to Aberdeen four months ago, a visit to the nearest library to get registered got into my tasks list. Last week my procrastination skills failed me and I had to get the library membership.

Now I have three books in the stable. First one is – “Cycling Home from Siberia” by Rob Lilwall, a journey of 30,000 miles (48000 KMs) on cycle travelling through 28 countries over a period of 3 years. I am already half through the book. After riding in cold temperatures going as low as -40 degree C in Siberia, to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, now we have just escaped from the rascals of Papua New Guinea. And as I write this we are waiting for the rain and floods to reduce so that we can take the Kokoda trail to reach Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

Second one is “The Bonsai Grower“, collection of short stories by Sheena Blackhall and third one is again related to cycling – “The Flying Scotsman“, autobiography of Graeme Obree, a Scottish racing cyclist who built his cycle “Old Faithful” which included parts from a washing machine.

Time to get off the internet and bury myself between the pages… :)