Posted by paulrivas on:
Just when you thought that getting married would make him soft, the life artist Bubba Ray Robison has done it again. The water quality engineer famous for his meat skills and haute pop culture works has built a single-speed bicycle – The Blue Ghost – that can do Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara, from Sheffield Reservoir to the Camino Cielo, in 66 minutes.
The Blue Ghost has also made runs up Old San Marcos Road, from the creek to the pass, in 24 minutes, and up Carrillo Hill without the rider leaving the saddle. The ultra lightweight machine gets badmouthed by bike shop guys but praised by the public, who get pumped when they see it on the road blowing past accountants in $500 cycling outfits.
One witness to the Gibraltar ascent could only yell, "Single speed! Yeah, baby! You're pushin' it!" as he pedaled 120 rpm but went nowhere while Rivas Cultural Services flitted uphill astride The Blue Ghost to bring you this photo. That's the harbor visible through the bike frame.
How many speeds do you like on a bike?