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We spent most of our time today on Ie Island, a large island off the west coast of central Okinawa. It’s very isolated as far as bikes are concerned. So after we got back to the main island, I went in search of any bicycle I could find. This far from the main city all you get is rust and disuse.

As far as bikes are concerned. Regular upkeep in Okinawa is a must. On this island, every piece of steel that is not coated or painted will immediately start to decay. In any case, it still makes for good photos.

Happy Holidays!

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The Holiday Chainring says “Merry/Happy [religious/cultural day of significance]!

Today is Christmas Day here in America and wherever else Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox Christians celebrate around the world. I would like to say, however, that I think that “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” is way more appropriate. Yes, if you look at a calendar or the front door of a bank or post office, today is indeed Christmas Day. However, it is also December 25 (or 25 December depending on if you think America has it backwards), and it has about as much religious significance to non-Christians as, well, a chainring. So I would like to adopt the chainring as the new 48-point star symbol of the end-of-year season. Sort of a universal symbol of hope that next year will be better than this year. And no, I will not be using the chainring as a ninja star in some imagined war on Christmas.

In any case, if you do celebrate Christmas and you are reading this on December 25 (or 25 December), I certainly hope you family (or yourself) regaled you with a nice new bicycle, bicycle part or bicycle-themed object of some sort. I also hope that you are out there right now, weather permitting, on your new road bike/cross bike/fat bike/mountain bike (26/27.5/29 – single speed/hardtail/dual-suspension)/touring bike/BMX bike/recumbent/tandem/hybrid/fixie/Dutch bike/mixte/cruiser/tall bike/folding bike/fitness bike/unicycle (yes, even they count) getting rad and enjoying the thing we all love: cycling.

Thank you all for sticking with me. Merry Christmas. Happy Festivus. Hang a chainring in your window and thank the Gods for your two-wheeled love of your life.

Fred*

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Rides a 2010 Cannondale Hooligan
Shot on State and Ortega in Santa Barbara, CA
Riding to work

* It should be noted that from here on out, any rider whose name I do not get shall be called “Fred.” Don’t ask why. I guess this would go for the females as well. But I may call them “Friedas.”