Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Media – Winnebiko

Interview with Laidback Bike Report

In January of 2017, living aboard Datawake in Friday Harbor, I did a live video interview with Gary Solomon of the Laidback Bike Report. This proved to be an interesting and lively event, and is embedded below. Gary has done a huge collection of interviews related to the dynamic recumbent bicycle scene… something that quite…

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SAFT Batteries Make 9,760 Mile Bike Journey

SAFT was one of my first equipment sponsors, providing the NiCAD battery for the original Winnebiko, charged by a Solarex 5-watt panel as well as “shore power” when available (1983 schematic). During the Winnebiko 2 epoch, the company ran this article about my use of their products. SAFT Accumulator Second Quarter, 1987 CAPTION: Roberts on…

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High-Tech Trek at National Online Meeting

In May of 1986 I flew to New York and gave a talk at the National Online Meeting about the bicycle adventures… both the 9,760 miles I had completed and the new one about to begin with vastly expanded technology.  I had a long-standing relationship with this publisher, having been on the “Online Information Retrieval”…

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KA8OVA at 1986 Dayton Hamvention computer session

The photo above shows me giving a talk about the Computing Across America adventure at the “Computers in the Ham Shack” event in a hot room during the 1986 Dayton Hamvention (photo by Dr. Jim Grubbs, KR6EN/ex-K9EI – SK, who was session moderator). The Worldradio article below is from the July issue, but the Dayton weekend…

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Southwest Spirit - Winnebiko

Computing Across America – Southwest Airlines Spirit

This was one of my rare forays into the in-flight magazines, published in the interlude between the Winnebiko and the Winnebiko II. The photo was taken during my book-writing layover in San Clemente, California. This version of the bike was lean and well-tuned, fresh from 10,000 miles on the road. That fabric enclosure in the…

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Cross-country biker to motor this time

This was a glimpse of a mercifully brief period, just after the first 10,000 miles, when I thought I’d be taking off around the US in a motorhome. I was still working on the Computing Across America book (with editorial musical chairs causing a publishing-industry horror story), and had plans to go mobile with my…

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Bicycle (UK) cover June 1985

High-Tech Low-Life… Bicycle Magazine (UK)

This entertaining article in a British bicycling magazine was written during my layover at the end of the first 10,000 miles, when I was holed up in San Clemente writing Computing Across America. My parents were somewhat distressed by the title, but I reassured them that “low life” has a different connotation across the pond.…

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Recumbent Bicycles and Remote Work

This article appeared just about at the end of my first 10,000 miles. I had landed in San Clemente for a while to write the Computing Across America book, and it was a time for synthesizing what this all had meant… although one significant leg of the journey remained (continuing up the West Coast to land…

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Parole from the Ordinary – Personal Computing

Personal computer users, who were a sort of breed apart back then (despite that phrase sounding a little strange today) were fascinated by the implications of this newfound technology. In 1984, it was still somewhat radical to think of working “at home” instead of “at the office,” so working on the road was curious and…

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Portable Computer Keeps Traveling Writer in Business

This cover piece with short descriptive text came my way through the Computer History Museum, which received this as a donation in 2015. The photo itself is by Jeffrey Aaronson, with whom I spent a most interesting day in a shoot around Aspen, Colorado. Those stunning mountains are the Maroon Bells, and elsewhere in these…

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