Sunday, September 28, 2008

Striving to Ride

Striving to Ride

Unfortunately I'm still striving to ride to work.
What have I done? I got my bike cleaned up and bought some paniers (bike saddle bags) so I can carry stuff. Then I rode around town. It took about an hour and a half to go 10 miles. That was okay, but I live 14 miles from work and I need to get there by 6:30am to shower and be in my office by 7am. So, I have some work to do to get fast enough to ride to work.

As I work on cruising the streets, I was cruising the web and fund this 5 day ride from New York to DC. How great is this!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

BPA - a chemical you should know

BPA is a chemical found in plastics that you should know about.

Chemical Used In Food Containers Disrupts Brain Development
ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2005) — The chemical bisphenol A (BPA), widely used in products such as food cans, milk container linings, water pipes and even dental sealants, has now been found to disrupt important effects of estrogen in the developing brain.

The health dangers of reusing plastic bottles and bags
Consumers have been warned about the hazard of DEHA or Diethylhydroxylamine, that it leaches from the plastic into the product. Many have heeded the warning but there is another problem, all plastics contain Bisphenol A. All plastics with the letters PET on them are not safe, they contain Bisphenol A.

Bisphenol A was first synthesized in 1891, experiments in the 1930's revealed evidence of its estogenicity. In other words in could mimic the effects of estogen. Discovered by Dodds & Lawson 1936-1938, they shelved Bispenol A until later, when it was discovered it could be polymerized, into a form we all know as, polycarbonate plastic.

Start buying plastics that do not contain bisphenol A. National Geographic - Picnic Perfect Plastics
by Danielle Masterson

Baby bottles without bisphenol A

Concerns are on the rise about the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. It’s used to make a variety of food containers, including some plastic baby bottles. The federal government has issued a draft report on BPA’s health risks for infants and children. And Canada recently moved to ban BPA in baby bottles. Consumer Reports has just run tests to find the best options for parents.

Consumer Reports' medical adviser, Dr. Orly Avitzur, says newer studies suggest health risks for children from BPA. Based on the latest laboratory research, the National Institutes of Health has discovered that BPA exposure during development may affect the brain and the reproductive system (through its ability to mimic activity of the hormone estrogen), and may cause other health problems.

Bisphenol A is found in many kinds of containers, including baby bottles made of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is a hard, translucent plastic that can be clear or colored. Containers made of polycarbonate may have the recycling code #7 on the bottom, and sometimes the letters “PC.”

Some stores and Web sites now sell plastic baby bottles labeled “without BPA,” or “Bisphenol-A Free.” Consumer Reports used an outside lab that specializes in plastic analysis to test several of these bottles, and found that BPA levels in them were negligible.

The bottles we tested are better choices if you want to use plastic and still limit your baby’s exposure to BPA. Another option for parents concerned about BPA is to use glass baby bottles. But you have to handle these with care, of course, because they may break.

The baby bottles we tested that have a negligible level of BPA are BornFree, Evenflo Classic without BPA Custom Flow, Medela Breast Milk Feeding and Storage Set, Nuby Non-Drip by Luv n’care, and MAM Silk-Touch Nipple Anti-Colic Valve by Sassy, Inc.

Errands by bike is the way to be!

I'm sooo excited about my bike ride today.
Hurricane Hanna blew through yesterday and left a beautiful day in it's wake.

Today I decided to do my errands by bike instead of the usually quick trip in the car. As I left my condo complex, I noticed the beautiful day. I had to take the sidewalk along a busy street, so I focused on the beautiful sky.

My first stop was to drop off some older summer outfits that I wasn't going to wear anymore. The panniers (I call them saddle-bags) worked great! I had 2 small trash bags sized bags of clothes to donate and rode up to the clothing dumpsters a few miles from my house. What a double whammy! Donating clothes and riding my bike.

So now, feeling especially good, I hit the road and traversed about 6 more miles of bike lanes and bike paths to my friend's house. I went over metro rails and by busy highways. I especially like riding by the people stopped in traffic, and riding over the freeway was also exhilarating.

After a nice rest stop I hit the road again, to drop off movies at Blockbuster. Then, back to the condo. The entire trip took about 2 hours because I was taking my time.

Now I not only feel like I got my errands done, but I feel refreshed after getting some exercise!

I can't wait to find more trails!

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