Picks and Pans Review: The Cycling Experience
For anyone with an exercise bike and nowhere to go: How about breezing along a rim of highway overlooking an ocean as bright blue as poster paint? Or spinning into a desert heaped with lavender-tinted dunes? Or pedaling along a leafy path into the heart of a sun-streaked forest? Here is a 52-minute journey, produced by David Kuperschmid, into the rich, raw California landscape that can help lift the tedium of stationary cycling, the itinerary is made up of five tours that take viewers as far north as Humboldt Redwoods State Park, east into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, south along the Pacific Coast Highway (past Point Reyes and Big Sur) and deep into Death Valley. The sound track—a wearing synthesis of guitar, woodwinds and percussion instruments—helps keep you pumping. And sometimes the natural sounds of cascades and bird song are allowed to seep in. Viewers who take the full tour will find the tape is user-friendly—at one point a fellow traveler waves as you whoosh by—not to mention convenient. Just imagine taking a bike trip without packing a lunch or worrying about a flat. (ConsumerVision, $29.95; 1-800-862-8900)
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