Biker Down: Ken Kifer

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Bobbo called it “chilling”…

And I have nothing else to add.

From: Bobbo
Subject: Chilling
I stumbled upon this page today

You might already be aware of it. There is a lot of information and it takes some time to get your head around even some of it. When I linked to the comments at the bottom of the page I learned that Ken had been killed by a drunk driver.

Be safe out there.

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

5 Replies to “Biker Down: Ken Kifer”

  1. I’d been reading his site for a while before I found the mention of his getting hit by a drunk driver and I’ll readily admit to being floored.

    All the time and effort he put into something he loved and it’s all gone in an instant just because some asshat had to have several more for the road and then drive…

    Wouldn’t be so bad if subhumans like that only took themselves out of the gene pool but they always seems to take innocent bystanders with them.

  2. Ken Kifer was definitely a hero of mine. I was reading and learning from his website a few years before his death. Very inspirational stuff on there with all the solo bike tours he did. And the interpretations of Thoreau are wonderful, made want to read it more and more (so unlike my h.s. English teacher).

    When I dropped by his site one day to see that he had been struck and killed by a drunk driver, I was shocked, angry and in tears. Such as it is, like another hero of mine (Bill Hicks) said, all the good guys die to soon and the demons live on.

  3. Not that it proves any point. But would a helmet have affected the survivability of the crash Ken was in? I have never seen a description of his injuries.

    Ken was adamant about not wearing a helmet, which is a choice every adult cyclist should be free to make.

  4. Ken was quite a guy. Read his site for years and was on the Ibob list, of which he was a frequent contributor, when he passed.

    His family graciously, with the help of Alex from Ibob, maintain the site in his memory.

  5. I agree that a helmet is no substitute for judgment, awareness, or skill. I also agree that wearing one should be left to an individual’s discretion, but anyone who makes a conscious decision not to wear one does so for reasons that have nothing to do with improving one’s chances in the event of an accident.