My New eBike


After a few years of internal debate, I got a Specialized Turbo Levo pedal-assist ebike and it’s changed my life. It’s drawing me out into the hills and yes, I know the purist objections to motorized assistance, but first, you get a break once you turn 80, plus is it FUN! Like having super powers.

Here I am having returned home after sinking down and falling over sideways (me + bike) in bottomless puddle on fire road; note mud on leg and sleeve. Embarrassing, but no harm.*

I’m working on my biking skills, like looking where you want to go, rather than fixating on what’s immediately in front of your wheel. Not only does it have a fine motor, but it’s a kickass off-road bike.

*Whenever i fall — skateboarding, cycling, or just tripping — the first thing I do is look to see if anyone saw me. Then, I check body parts for injuries. This time, other than getting soaked in muddy water, there were no onlookers or injuries. Onward!

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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