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New best cycling day ever

  •  Torso experienced as nearly perpendicular, perineum angled 10% forward.
  • Hiking with a heavy pack on the shoulders pressing directly down. Selfishly cycling in such a way as not to move the shoulders up and down but rather allow the imagined heavy pack to compress the shoulders down slightly.
  • Hiking down a very steep Trail not up.
  • Two maybe three inch lumbar curve supported with a eight layer rolled up thick towel. Turns out that curve provides gigantic feedback to the system and acts secondarily as a guidance and spring adjustment mechanism.
  • Each stroke allowing for a ever so slight drop down the imaginary Mountain.
  • The metrics were as good as we've ever had in the last year or two.
  • No conscious effort, attention, or exertion in anything outbound from 3-in thigh stumps. Those extremities take care of themselves.


That vehicle shouldn't be built, it defies the laws of physics, the engineer said 17 months ago. Khanh Dam's Sol has..

The elderly senior engineer said it could not, should not, be built, 17 Mos ago. And maybe he was right. But my blood boils with such naysayers. And I have defied these my entire adult life. That vehicle shouldn't be built, it defies the laws of physics, the engineer said 17 months ago. Khanh Dam's  Sol has just arrived on the West Coast. Maybe I'm cheating in declaring Victory two days early but that's what I'm doing. It is too dangerous, the engineer said. Dangerous to whom? The pickup trucks or semis? I wouldn't make a dent. Too dangerous to the rider? Half a dozen times on a traditional bicycle, I would have been dead. So inconsiderate. No, I am extremely considerate, piercing lights front and back out of courtesy to drivers, carefully choosing my route and time of travel to avoid interfering with others, so that they would not be surprised. Pulling off every 0.2 mile if necessary to avoid people being behind and almost never that's the case. 10 honks of encouragement, maybe fifty, for every honk of anger. And I suppose this 70 year old stage 4 cancer survivor has defied the laws of physics as well. Is any of this important? I don't know. I just think when we're called to do something constructive we should not give up prematurely. Certainly not to be discouraged by the pitiful naysayers. And certainly not to do it to spite them, they are so pitiful, so not worth the effort. But not to be discouraged. Oh, and well over 99% of this journey was done on renewable energy, the solar array. And traveling across the country was never the mission. Attempting to stir the occasional Soul that still has any life left in it, with the example and the words of the man Jesus about how we might live as brothers and sisters to one another, that was and Remains the goal. And probably thousands of souls have been stirred by what their eyes saw and occasionally by the conversation they initiated in a parking lot or on the side of a road when they asked me to stop. Pitiful on my part, several Advanced degrees, lifelong learning and expertise. But better than anything else I can think to do. And joyful for me. Making otherwise unbearable life, bearable for me, this hell that we have created for our children and grandchildren. PS. In four years, just over 45,000 miles, today was the best day of cycling ever. Millennium Falcon, move over.


3/12 update. Cycling video log. I've been making an ass of me for 4 years? SMH.

Sat Mar 12:

  • 170 W sustained for 2 hours today was easier than 100w sustained a week ago.
  • Sucking your belly to create added room, James and focus on your lower lower spine as the place to push off from 10 until 2. 
  • Think push-ups.
  • Think reaching out from behind 10.
  • Push it out, reach out, move out, from 10 at the lower spine as low as one in from the base.
  • Savor The Impossible incredible power at half an inch from the base of the spine seated fairly squarely against the back.

  • The perineum is the crank axle, the three in femur stump the crank arm.
  • Press the point at 2 in on the femur stump forward with between 10 and 40 lb of pressure, from 10 until 2, repeat.
  • That's it. It's heaven.


Notice: quite certain is James that he finally understands the biomechanics outlined below and in these videos. And he expects to be updating this particular Post in coming days, as opposed to issuing more new ones. Check back.
  • Gently wind things in close. In a deadlift you pick up the pot close to your chest. You climb a rope right against your body. You wrestle your opponent really close in. Same with this cycling.
  • The first 3 in of your femur is a mirror image of the pedal crank arm.
  • To maintain the close tight relationship between your femur and your torso, accelerate, or sometimes decelerate gently, your velocity, Cadence.
  • If you ask it, your body knows that there is only one part of the body that can possibly power into the pedal crankshaft, the lower Torso and first 3 in inches of the thigh. The extremities of the leg are critically important linkages, but no more than that.
  • Luke, wage the 3-inch demer stuff with the Torso. You have nothing else. You need nothing else.avoid distractions, Temptations, get everything else out of the way of the femur stump  let them do their job, keep them coiled up close to the b e l l y. A slight lingering there give it reality and position to the Torso.
  • Monumental importance. Awareness of the entire femur stuff awareness of the entire crank arm but ribbon is Pocus on up, I'll point the third up on East. A permanent relationship keeping track of that is not feasible or necessary. Focus on the points and drive the point on the femur stump forward it will understand its doing so is pushing the corresponding point on the track star further forward. Linear it can handle, curbing it cannot.


Cycling. I think we've got it.

  • The running, fluid, unrestricted pelvis, lower back, is everything.
  • Running in place in water suspended mid-chest
  • The tube containing the water is pointed from the pelvis to the crankshaft, and the height is the same height as the thigh.
  • The feet have a mild sense that they are running in sticky mud at the bottom.
  • The wonderful size like to get tents on the top, they need to relax, they need to be totally relaxed and fluid. It works.

Building blocks:
  • Jogging, loping in place in thin sticky mud
  • The fluid moving pelvis lower back sides are everything.
  • Consciously placed and maintained center of gravity and radius of center of gravity.
  • Continual awareness of the line between the top of the pelvis and the crankshaft, maybe an inch or two above the crankshaft.
  • Slightly slouched lower back as necessary to achieve alignment of the narrow tube holding the fluid between the pelvis and the top of the crank.
  • When resistance increases imagining that increased viscosity is the challenge for the body.
  • Increasing velocity, Cadence, is another way to increase energy contribution.


Cycling. Oh, we are dancing partners, and I thrust from the seat back, swing your partner...

  • Dancing partners with me in the lead.
  • Entirely an operation of the back just like a deadlift standing, that's where the strength is, unless one wants to blow out the knees. Not necessary.
  • Head back.
  • Pressing the back, the shoulders, into the seat, acts like a throttle, informing the outgoing thigh the power that it has to deliver.
  • Two dance Partners, not one, because of the constantly training changing lateral Horizon of the vehicle, this t r i k e.
  • James must find a dance each moment, each segment, each day, that is supposed to his liking and also acceptable to his partner. It can be done.
  • A shallow, flat, modified w continues to emerge when things are going well.
  • There may be a place for slow cadence in finding the relationship but it is also necessary to go to High Cadence to find the spinning nature of it.
  • 85% of the energy is from the outgoing thigh No More Than Three in thigh stump, the role of the indrawing thigh to position in height for the next outgoing thrust.


Cycling. I think I just woke up [literally] to what's been killing me with this vehicle?

  1. A conventional bicycle is a Stern Taskmaster, if you don't get it rolling and keep it rolling you fall off. On a recumbent trike if you don't get it rolling smoothly it couldn't give a fig, it just laughs at you while you build deadly habits, driving yourself crazy digging your own grave.
  2. I spent three months out at Mount Whitney 3 years ago and I became addicted to 4 hours worth of climbing up anywhere between 6 + 15% grade all day long. At 1 mi an hour. It has taken me three years to recognize and to begin to shake that addiction.


Cycling. Am I there yet, after four years? Could be.

 It would be wonderful if someday some extremely accomplished cyclist, maybe an extremely accomplished recumbent cyclist, try to move this vehicle. Would they find it a snap? Would they find it a nightmare? The latter I think. Profoundly difficult. But maybe we arrived back home today.

  • James, of the hundreds or thousands of cycling legs on this blog, stay with this one unless you absolutely need to go to the others.
  • The essence of conventional cycling is that with the perineum on the bicycle seat, the first three or four inches of the thighs launch down toward the crankshaft, no? How did it take us four years to grasp this?
  • Launching four in smooth pulses through the rail that is the spine pointing, through the perineum, just above the crank axle, where the weight of the legs born Oz at the feet and a few pounds 3 inches out on the thigh, on that imaginary rail.


Cycling today was pretty easy, and 25% more powerful. WTF?

  • Let the uprising leg totally fend for itself. It will.
  • We are a smoothe running engine 90% in the back, 75% of which is in exactly the lower back and buttocks that walk a heavy package up the stairs.
  • Everything Beyond of the two and a half in thigh stump is linkage that we keep out in the entanglement at the pedals. Relaxed, limp, just there.
  • Any and all stress in the knees, drop it down to the buttocks, back, and possibly heels.
  • Underhanded grip pulling the legs through.
  • Dropping the shoulders way way way back to get the stress off the knees. Imperceptible but it has an impact.


Cycling. Take 2 [trillion]


  • On the back, slid under the crossbar.
  • Particularly under stress, a interlocking gear mechanism jealous of every single tooth engagement, from the shoulders down to the first inch of the femur stump.
  • Especially under stress, the gears along the back from the shoulders to the first inch of the femur stump.
  • Averaging probably 95 Watts human per hour, only mild discomfort in the knees. Possibly pretty Optimum for a seventy-year-old, five or six hours per day.


Cycling update. We are the small gears at the perineum turning the turbine their forward.


One good, one bad, way too inform the legs.

 Best ride ever yesterday.

  • Properly positioned perineum pointed in crank Direction. Creating the effect of the conventional bicycle seat which is of instrumental information content to the body, the legs, what their range and direction of motion is, profoundly freeing and empowering. The alternative way of informing the legs range is to use the pedals as a reference and this has been four years of disaster. And James has no recollection that the pedals is what was used on a conventional bicycle, no, the perineum.
  • Linkages between femur Stump mid-thigh and crank top and bottom. Thigh stump is not nearly precise enough.
  • Smooth running, taking the initiative; can be fast.
  • Positioning such that the end of the stroke is never encountered.
  • A synchronicity between-the-legs such that they thought I can return more quickly than the leg extend.
  • Smooth run the size, the femurs, forward and back next to one another.
  • Feedback aligned approaching 90 degrees to the line of the legs to the crankset .
  • Smooth running. 
  • Running correlates with not missing a small tooth on the gear for power.
  • Experiencing the power at the Crossing Point between the femurs.
  • Remembering that any pressure port weight belt be on the femur stuff is subtracted from the total energy delivered..
  • Constant tension gentle in the abdomen boarding some of the weight of the Torso off of the back of the seat so that the uprising femur always has something to pull again. Much better balance of the system.
  • And torso and femur stumps in constant relationship spatially to the outgoing and returning CRAN CK period
  • We are the small gears after perineum that was run forward to turn the turbines forward.
  • We are the 4 inch long femur stump that smooth Runs small beers at the perineum that drives forward the turbine that is us.
  • Centering our weight on the coccyx so that the pelvis is free to enable the femur joints to free smooth run.
This assembly above is driven by a number of factors including the need to feel competent, the need to feel psychologically satisfied both that we are contributing to the magical power and that we are a thing that we make sense that we understand what we're doing that we have some level are the master of what we're doing as opposed to a slave of sol as wonderful as sol is. We also, what's above also is the fruit of the need to be able to cycle for between 4 and 6 hours or more per day feeling comfortable and not damaging tissue and never with the possible exception of Iowa which may be impossible for such a wide crankset now and that's fine this is the well this is the best we've found and it's good enough if we can repeat this. Einstein said I'm not particularly bright I just stay with problems longer than most people James apparently is dumb as a rock just staus with important problems for the long longer than most. Voice typing while cycling hopefully not too many errors Google.


Cycling. Lessons I hope I carry forward when resuming tomorrow.

  • The power of the small sprocket, the screw driving the car jack. Don't lunge James, don't miss one tooth of one gear.
  • All power emanates from the Torso.
  • Posture torso such that the legs are clearly out of control. Passive linkages, wonderful, essential, but out of control.
  • Power is in the constantly moving muscle, not enforcing, clenching, gripping.
  • Lumbar support.


Cycling. The ride of a lifetime. Gift of a lifetime to have lived to experience it.
  1. What James has the opportunity to do is distribute and you're sure, momentum at constant velocity, energy leveraging his body and the mass at his back and butt that are Sol.
  2. His leverage for this is not in his legs as he has always thought, it is objectively about one and a half inch out on his femur. No Revelation has been more important then this regarding cycling. Have often been so close, but never grasped it.
  3. As he briefly found going north in Michigan, early summer, he can establish the terms, not what's going on with Sol. In fact, he probably must. In the form of 2 3 inch high mass momentum loops at his femur stumps that are oriented to the High leverage chamber at the crank. But their purpose, their function, is to deliver energy to the flywheel directly under the seat.
  4. His job, His function, his opportunity is to establish those high-mass loops weighing A pounder so each, and to adjust everything accordingly including his velocity, and the effective weight and resistance of Sol.


Cycling. Extraordinary ride.


See today's video logs in the archive. In addition to what is described in those logs:

  • Keep the bottom of the feet off of the pedals using the Torso and thigh stumps to do so. 
  • Benefit from the fence of a circular area septic knees make and by far especially the top half of the circular area maintaining contact there and everything else happens.


cycling, revelation? My bottom bracket may be twice as wide as originally and maybe that's when Iowa was lost.

 It has not been all in my head this going insane trying to recapture Iowa. It was at least one thing and now it seems equally too. It was definitely the inability to lower the seat and move forward as I'd been done prior to Iowa. But near certainly it was also the subsequent introduction of a extremely wide bottom bracket to enable torque sensor which in essence create two systems for James to deliver power to, not just one. Typical bottom bracket is about 70 mm as James is coming to understand it, and his current is twice that, 1:36. Because everything shorter was out of stock. He was told by the world Authority on e-bikes, oh James, you won't notice the difference. True or false in all things I strive for Simplicity, unity, in skiing for example where I was quite expert learn to treat both legs as one unit and had done so on the elf at Iowa I'm quite certain particularly Unity at the knees. But Curt experience today indicates that with such a wide bottom bracket that's neither possible nor necessary. Will be interesting to see.

And all this holds, on a trike, Whitewright, this is vastly more consequential because unlike conventional bicycle that is always perpendicular to gravity and the cyclist always in line with the crank system that is rarely the case in a trike.
And guess where it may be that Unity can be found? Not at the knees as before but in the small of the back and the abdomen not as this whole place of operation but as the place where some Yuri can be established not to replace the independence just discussed but as a place of sanity.


Cycling, Hallelujah, joy to....

4 years it's a week-long Sprint, 100 miles a day, how to the great bicycle ride across Iowa, and then through the bicycle ride itself just happened but without the clear imagery and then it's been lost for the last four years and it really has been psychological and secondarily physical angle, but now it's back. If any experienced riders with a heavy payload have a really different experience with their vehicle please share or if you find this useful please share. Oh this is wonderful suffer the little children and forgive them knock. For as such of these did the kingdom of heaven. Not the irrelevant here cool, the child within of which we are all born, is where all great insights come from, the limbic system, the mammalian brain, and atomically.

 thousands and probably tens of thousands of hours have been spent by James in the last four years trying to recapture this country and hundreds of video logs. Sometimes though not seriously he wondered if he was crazy chasing something that really had been a figment figment of his imagination. Obsessed, but for good reason, we are a equivalent 900 lb payload and in James body understandably trying to seek a physical relationship to meaningfully contribute energy to our travel oh he's broken himself on the wheel over and over and over and over and over. In a time when the problem was solved in the hundred mile a day race to get to The Bicycle Race Across Iowa. But it was not solved in a way with enough Clarity and imagery with a could be regained when it evaporated some number of days after that Cross Iowa Event and it has driven James nearly crazy thousands and thousands of hours hundreds of video logs. And he's not mindless Obsession. We are a approximately 900 lb payload and without the right relationship James is constantly breaking himself on the wheel moment after moment. And having free flea for several weeks tasted Nirvana it has been psychological and physical Agony losing it. And now it's back with much clearer imagery than ever before. Poetry. Voice typing while cycling expecting to find and correct the errors this evening. But if I should die before... Too important not to share. Some technical notes that maybe weren't stated in the video core, the core meaning the muscles from to In-N-Out on the five from the perineum up through probably the lower rib cage area the corps is where one would look to find the energy to transfer to that spinning child stiff correct? Oh, the arms would be involved, the hands, the shoulders, the feet to legs the ankles but one would instinctively look for the energy to the core, correct? And further it was primarily with that child's disc a pulling motion with the core although pushing at the end would be nice but it was primarily pulling from the core and that's absolutely what's going on in this journey today and was going on in Iowa do James didn't understand it. The primary opportunity is pulling up with the fly. Whether anatomically other muscles aren't delivering as much or more in terms of experience it is very much a matter of pulling with the abdominals and the first two or three or four in of Supply probably two or three. Google does a terrible job with words like thigh check back tonight presuming that we survive today which seems likely.
Also, it is entirely possible if not extremely likely big by filling holes in the seat apparatus of the original help, James has been able to drop the height of the teeth so that we could get under the crossbar and move the seat forward and it's also possible that he had done this in a way that he could further recline the seat. Anyway, bee brilliant good Soul Khan enable this to happen and in recent Dave James has been doing similar adjustment. This Nirvana would not and could not have re-emerged without the body being put into this right physical relationship to song. Imagine trying to add energy to that extremely heavy childhood playground disc if you were positions two or three feet further away so you can only reach it with your outstretched finger tip nullifying the ability of your core to get involved?

And as with the analogy to that terribly heavy child playground apparatus it automatically solved the problem by h.e.r. math hope the child or operator otherwise thinking that they can control the speed the primary determinant of the speed is the current speed the current velocity it speaks that hay if you add energy to the momentum will gradually speed up but if you try to do it quickly you're going to hurt yourself a lot but James has been trying to hurt himself a lot these last four years without this understanding and without the physical relationship of a properly adjusted in relationship to this 900 lb Mass. Oh this is just really wonderful I thought that is helpful to establishing and maintaining this relationship is that James opportunity as the operator of that Child's Play ground apparatus is to contribute energy to charge the momentum if you will that's it. But if one understands the subtle relationship that's a very powerful thing.
Wonderful sustainable metrics, sustainable physically and psychologically, mentally.

The virtues of this mental imagery, this way of relating to contributing energy to this travel, it's so incredible incredibly fruitful it defies the ability to capture all of the details that have continued to spill out.