RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.67
We rarely see cycling skills to match those of ACT 4, an all-female team from Slovakia. Give this short video from one of their competitions a watch and be amazed! It's hard to imagine doing most of these tricks on two wheels.
ACT 4 CYCLING TEAM FROM SLOVAKIA (video)
Sometimes, reverse psychology is the best way to get your point across. That's exactly the tactic TreePeople, a nonprofit in California, employed when making this film about saving concrete. It's sure to make you smile.
SAVE CONCRETE! (video)
The Loopwheel is an innovative concept that replaces spokes by integrating shock absorbers directly into its design. This sweet wheel makes for less bumpy and quieter rides.
LOOPWHEEL (article and video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.57
This Sunday, we thought it fitting to start off with photos of a very unique construction: a majestic Gothic cathedral comprised of living hornbeam trees. The framework, completed in 2010 and laid in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, will eventually rot away, replaced by pillars of trunks with a canopy of meshed together branches forming a vaulted ceiling.
TREE CATHEDRAL (photos)
Next, a fun PSA from the UK that urges drivers to pay attention to their mirrors. You never know what you'll see! Potentially NSFW.
NOW YOU SEE ME (video)
Looking for a good book to read this holiday season? If you enjoy nonfiction, we recommend "American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation," by Eric Rutkow.
As listed on Amazon, "Rutkow's 'deeply fascinating' (The Boston Globe) work shows how trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country's rise as both an empire and a civilization. Among American Canopy's many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion again the British; Henry David Thoreau's famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City's Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town Peshtigo, Wisconsin; the fevered attempts to save the American chestnut and the American elm from extinction; and the controversy over spotted owls and the old-growth forests they inhabited. Rutkow also explains how trees were of deep interest to such figures as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, who oversaw the planting of some three billion trees nationally in his time as president."
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BOOK RECOMMENDATION (link to AmazonSmile)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.42
Have you ever had your bike stolen? Awful, isn't it? A team of engineering students from Chile has designed a bike whose frame is a lock. A novel approach to preventing theft, this bike can't be stolen intact. Check out Yerka Project at the link below.
Recently, The Diane Rehm Show explored issues facing U.S Forests and Trees, both urban and rural. It's a fascinating listen for a post-ride Sunday afternoon.
Speaking of which, why do you ride your bike? Certainly, there are many reasons to do so. Enjoy an inspirational advertisement about just that. It'll being a smile to your face.
YERKA PROJECT (video)
U.S. FORESTS & TREES (podcast)
GET ON YOUR BIKE! (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.6
Think you live on your bike? Check this guy out! Then, spend a moment with some of the world's greatest artists, tree lovers all. Inspirational quotes and paintings abound. With that in mind, see the losses and gains in the world's forests from 2000 to 2012. Bikes and trees!
THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE
THE ARTIST & THE TREE
GLOBAL FOREST CHANGE (2000-2012)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.3
As fall unfolds before our eyes, we present an apropos video lineup for your enjoyment. Start off by taking a single-track ride through lovely autumnal woods. Inspired, learn what it takes to become a mountain biker in 29(er) hilarious steps. Wonder why leaves change color? Just keep watching!