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September 8th, 2013 by Warren Swil

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this ain’t an overstatement

BICYCLE RIDING IS trending upwards around the globe.
Almost everyone is beginning to realize just how much fun it can be – and healthy, too!
In this video we explore the southern portion of the Marvin Braude Bike Path, which extends some 22 miles from Malibu in the north, along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, to Palos Verdes in the south.

This is “the sequel” because on July 8 we published THE BEST BIKE RIDE ON EARTH: the movie which ended after 14 minutes at the halfway mark, in Venice Beach, Calif.
Today’s episode begins where the previous one left off, except from the opposite direction.
BACK STORY BELOW THE FOLD


In Southern California we have the ideal climate for outdoor sports, and many of the millions who live here take full advantage of that.
We would be crazy not to.

A map of the entire Marvin Braude Bike Path, from Malibu to Palos Verdes along the Pacific Ocean shorefront. Click image to enlarge.

As an avid bicyclist, this sport has appeared with regularity on this blog.
Apart from the Best Bike Ride previously mentioned we also published on July 30 A rare day: bicycling in the morning, sailing after noon
It was also in two parts; the bicycling on July 30, and Part II the following day in Cruising off the coast of L.A. in a luxury yacht
Interestingly, the latter story is currently the fourth best read on the blog (see left sidebar on home page). There must be many sailors amongst the readers.

THE BACK STORY is complicated. The first part ended where it did because, unbeknownst to me the battery on the iPhone4s, mounted on the handlebars, died at exactly the point where the video ends.
I kept pedaling furiously that day all the way to Hermosa Beach, without knowing the camera had died.

The banner at the Manhattan Beach Open volleyball tournament, which we discovered my accident. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

An old friend, long since deceased, once told me – about DJ mixing – that a good recovery is second best to a perfect mix.
Well, the same is true about video.
Part I was all we had. We edited and published it, knowing summer was still ahead and there would be plenty of time for a sequel.
There was. And here it is.
You might notice my skills have improved significantly since my first video, Final Approach, appeared on You Tube in April.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the video most viewed on my channel there is Supreme Court couple married at L.A. City hall
For many reasons – not the least being the haste with which I sped to City Hall that day to attend the media-only event – it is also the least technically proficient.

The clock showing 3:22 p.m. at the Manhattan Beach pier on Aug. 24, 2013. (You’ll have to watch the video to know why this is here). Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

This is evidence supporting a theory I have come to hold about video. Post-production (Christopher – are you reading this?) is useful but of limited value.
The true value of any video presentation is the creative concept. No amount of post-prod can fix a faulty idea. However, minimal editing can turn an original concept into a winner.
My technique – using front- and rear-mounted cameras – may be an original idea. I have searched high and low but cannot find another video like it.
If you find one, please post a link in the comments. I would be delighted to compare the results.

 

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One Response  
  • Jack van Dijk writes:
    September 2nd, 2013

    I can also recommend to ride around the IJsselmeer, the central lake in the Netherlands (Americans still call it the Zuyderzee, but that name was changed in 1932 after completing the Afsluitdijk on the north side). Lot’s of wind. Ride it clockwise when the wind is in the west.


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