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Anything related to human-powered wheeled transport...except skateboards and scooters. "Cycles" because "bicycles", "biking", "bicycling", and "cycling" have all been taken.
Spidra Webster
More Walking and Biking, Better Health: New Evidence From American Cities | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014...
More Walking and Biking, Better Health: New Evidence From American Cities | Streetsblog USA
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"New data from the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Benchmarking report bears out the notion that people tend to be healthier in cities where walking and biking are more prevalent. The Alliance compiled active commuting rates in the 50 largest American cities as measured by the U.S. Census. Then it compared that data with health information from the CDC. On health outcomes like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, a pretty clear correlation emerges. Not all of it can be explained by active commuting, of course. But notice how, in the top chart, as statewide active transportation rates increase, diabetes rates decline. About 9 percent of Americans have diabetes, but the incidence varies greatly between different places. Diabetes tracks closely enough with walk and bike commute rates that the Alliance and other researchers have concluded there’s a strong correlation. Rates of elevated blood pressure display a similar pattern: Click to enlarge And the same holds for obesity:... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
First Person: Carlos Morales brings bicycling culture to east LA | First Person | 89.3 KPCC - http://www.scpr.org/program...
First Person: Carlos Morales brings bicycling culture to east LA | First Person | 89.3 KPCC
"In June 2008, Carlos Morales co-founded the Eastside Bike Club with eight friends. Now 54, Morales says at the time he weighed 400 pounds, and his doctors told him "they'd done everything they could." Today, the club has 400 members, and Morales is much lighter - and healthy. "The street became our gym," he says. "We were the first bike club in northeast Los Angeles," says Morales. He talks about kids coming out of housing projects to watch, since "they don't see this in our neighborhoods." He believes that the bike club can inspire young people to stay out of gangs and away from drugs: "It's healthy, it's green, it's clean - can't beat it!"" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / xtracycle: Calfee's bamboo midtail - ... - https://twitter.com/xtracyc...
Twitter / xtracycle: Calfee's bamboo midtail - ...
"Calfee's bamboo midtail - assembled in Africa. Nuvinci drivetrain. Seen at Sea Otter Classic. pic.twitter.com/91LEnket5P" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / theretronaut: c.1900: Woman with a decorated ... - https://twitter.com/theretr...
Twitter / theretronaut: c.1900: Woman with a decorated ...
"c.1900: Woman with a decorated bicycle pic.twitter.com/Y5JWf66Ola" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Best of #ReplaceBikeWithCar (with tweets) · zshahan3 · Storify - https://storify.com/zshahan...
Someone's opinion on the best tweets of this hashtag - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums - Green Living - Environment - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/environ...
The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums - Green Living - Environment - The Independent
"A year ago, Peter Sagan, a jockish Slovakian road racer, pinched the bottom of a young podium girl as she kissed the winner of the Tour of Flanders. As a scandal, it was minor by cycling standards, but it symbolised a major issue. The cyclist, who had finished second in the Belgian classic, apologised, but his actions and their fall-out had already said something more about a sport in which women have often been valued for their bearing in tight dresses. Because what few fans gleaned in the coverage of the pinch was that, on the same day, the brilliant Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos won the women's version of the race. Typically, it had not been televised." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Why we need a women’s movement in bicycling | Taking the Lane - http://takingthelane.com/2014...
"In the wake of the 3rd annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum in DC last week, there’s been some buzz online—does it make sense to have a separate women’s event? Does it help or does it segregate? Is the women’s forum the reason that the ensuing National Bike Summit was largely populated and led by white men? Does having a separate event mean women are accepting “separate but equal” status? Or is it empowering? Or a little of both? A lot of folks are talking about this, and with a lot of uncertainty. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. What do you do when a community or movement you love isn’t working? More specifically, when it isn’t working for you and for other people like you? And when this is a problem not just for the folks who are excluded, but for everyone who’s kind of stuck in a rut and missing out on the ideas and leadership new participants have to offer? I’ve felt this way at times in the bicycle movement. I’ve also, at times, felt exhausted from fighting the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The Cycling Community Can Do Better | echo in the city - http://echointhecity.wordpress.com/2014...
The Cycling Community Can Do Better | echo in the city
"I hear about or personally experience gender microaggressions (click the word ‘microaggressions’ for an intro to this term) every single day within the context of bikes. Like, being told in both overt and subtle ways that I should be appreciative that women were thrown a bone, rather than getting a full 7-course meal (like men do). Like, being told directly or reading passive aggressive comments made by others about how responses to sexist and degrading jokes about women’s bodies & bikes are “overreactions.” And, being told something along the lines of “Sure, there might be problems in cycling regarding women, but it’s up to women to solve it. It’s their responsibility.” Also, hearing messages that this is just how things are, that’s the way it is, boys will be boys. Or, participating a local online forum where women who shared their experiences of sexism in cycling (after being specifically asked to share them) received responses from men about how those experiences probably weren’t... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
On the One Year Anniversary of His Crash, Damian Kevitt Goes for a Ride | Streetsblog Los Angeles - http://la.streetsblog.org/2014...
On the One Year Anniversary of His Crash, Damian Kevitt Goes for a Ride | Streetsblog Los Angeles
"I got to meet one of my heroes on Sunday. On February 17, 2013 Kevitt was maimed in a hit and run crash while bicycling to have lunch with his wife. The details of Kevitt’s crash, which includes being dragged until the car hopped on the I-5, made him an instant celebrity for the worst reason. Despite the good will, media coverage, and a $25,000 reward his attacker has not been identified. But that hasn’t stopped Kevitt, who is back on his bicycle, training for a marathon, and working on a movement. Yesterday, he led a group of friends on a bike ride through his crash area. Colin Bogart, the Streetsblog 2011 Advocate of the Year and a staff member at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, snapped the picture on the right of Kevitt posing at his attacker’s escape route. “…Today gave me a moment to reflect back on the unbelievable year that’s just past,” Kevitt wrote to me last night. “While the past year has given me more gruesome and miraculous stories than most people experience... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Don’t scare our kids away from biking, Thomas Barraga | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
Don’t scare our kids away from biking, Thomas Barraga | PeopleForBikes
"After four of his classmates and his mother were all hit by cars while out biking or walking, 17-year-old Matthew Cutrone wrote a letter to his county legislators asking for safer roads. Suffolk County (NY) Legislator Thomas Barraga responded with a letter shared by Matthew's mother and posted below, stating that "no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle." Get a load of this (our thoughts in bold): January 29, 2014 Dear Mr. Cutrone Thank you for your recent letter concerning bicycle safety and bicycle lanes. Let me at the outset express the hope that you mother will have a complete recovery from her accident in September while riding a bicycle in West Islip. [But don’t worry, I’ll tell you later about “false hope,” so just take this with a grain of salt.] I have lived in West Islip most of my life and my personal feeling is that no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Cyclist left for dead speaks out - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miam Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco - http://www.wsvn.com/story...
Cyclist left for dead speaks out - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miam Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco
"POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida bicyclist who was left in critical condition after being dragged for miles by a hit-and-run driver and then abandoned in a dumpster back in December is making his first public appearance since the accident. On Friday, the family members of 53-year-old Craig Camlin, who was struck and dragged by a hit-and-run driver, then dumped in a field and left for dead, spoke to the media at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach about his road to recovery. He could only whisper the word "animal" to describe the man who put him in his hospital bed. His sister, his pastor and members of his family gathered around his bed as he addressed the media for the first time since his accident, last year. "I'm angry about it," he admitted. "For our family, it's devastating," said his sister, Jayne Camlin, who was at his bedside. Camlin's life was forever changed Dec. 16, 2013, at around 6:30 a.m., during what he thought would be one of his routine bike rides to... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
For those who want to help, they can visit the following website: http://www.helphopelive.org. - Spidra Webster
I wish they had different language to refer to things like this - 'accident' doesn't really cover it. - Jennifer Dittrich
That's what @bikinginla often points out. - Spidra Webster
That's one of the conversations they have in "Hot Fuzz," where Sgt. Angel is trying to get his partner to use 'collision,' since 'accident' implies that someone isn't to blame. They're gently mocking his correctness... but damn, if it isn't a good point. The words matter, especially when there's a history of under-emphasizing cycle/automobile injuries and deaths. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ooh, "collision" is a good one. - Spidra Webster
DUI hit and run is bad enough. But the idea that the guy could continue driving with him embedded in the windshield, then drive to somewhere to dump him, extract him from the windshield and dump him behind a dumpster. That's murder, IMO. - Spidra Webster
Enough to keep me from cycling on a street, though it shouldn't. - Brent Schaus
What must be going on inside that driver. - Brent Schaus
It shouldn't. DUI types do things as horrible to people in cars. I worry about putting articles about this here because I don't want to discourage people from cycling. But I *do* want to shed light on how differently drivers are penalized when they kill cyclists instead of pedestrians or drivers. - Spidra Webster
That is seriously incomprehensible to me. - joey
Spidra Webster
Twitter / PedalMN: Roadside assistance, Minneapolis ... - https://twitter.com/PedalMN...
Twitter / PedalMN: Roadside assistance, Minneapolis ...
"Roadside assistance, Minneapolis style. #Bike #MPLS #Minneapolis #Minnesota pic.twitter.com/mnusLEN582" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
‘Ghost Bikes’ Memorialize Cyclists Killed While Riding | KTLA 5 - http://ktla.com/2014...
‘Ghost Bikes’ Memorialize Cyclists Killed While Riding | KTLA 5
"A mourning ritual and a roadside memorial, a “ghost bike” marks the site where a bicyclist was killed while riding. ghost-bike-billy-martinez A ghost bike placed at the site where cyclist Billy Martinez died in October 2013 in Sunland. (Credit: Danny Gamboa) According to ghostbikes.org, a site that chronicles memorials set up in the New York City area and elsewhere, the first ghost bike was created in 2003 in St. Louis. Now they’re all over the world — including in Southern California. Last fall, a gallery in East Hollywood showcased art related to ghost bikes in the Los Angeles area. Painted completely white, the bikes help bring closure to those who lose friends and family on the road, according to members of the cycling community who erect ghost bikes. Danny Gamboa, who has worked on a 60-minute documentary about ghost bikes, is one of several activists who create the memorials in the Los Angeles area. Gamboa’s website is filled with photos of the memorials. “We’ve placed ghost... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Professional sports give back through bikes | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
Professional sports give back through bikes | PeopleForBikes
"Every year, the Green Bay Packers’ smallest fans join the players at Lambeau Field for a bike parade that has kicked off training camp since Vince Lombardi began the tradition more than 50 years ago. Massive players mingle with the pint-sized crowd and prepare to make their biggest decision of the day: choosing which kid’s bike to borrow and ride to the first day of practice. After a half-century of this tradition, the kids are like seasoned flea market salesmen, holding out their bikes to show off how shiny or fast or loved they are in hopes of steering a favorite player toward their direction. When the players decide on a ride, a parade of football giants on comically small bikes with their tiniest superfans takes off. It’s not uncommon to see a hulking figure pedaling a 16-inch bike with streamers. It’s also not uncommon to hear about players maintaining relationships with kids they met through the bike parade years later. It’s only a two-block ride from the locker room to the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Next Bill Starts Now; Attend the Summit | League of American Bicyclists - http://www.bikeleague.org/content...
Next Bill Starts Now; Attend the Summit | League of American Bicyclists
"Think nothing's happening in Congress? Think again. Just this week, the room was packed for a hearing of the critical House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (pictured right). With the expiration of the current bill, MAP-21, looming, committee chair Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) said in no uncertain terms that he wants to "take action" on a new bill in late spring or early summer. That means T&I Committee Members and staff are working on the contents of such a bill, probably as we speak. And that means the voice of bicyclists needs to be heard in Congress right now. We know we make a difference. When it was all but certain that we would lose all dedicated funding for biking and walking in MAP-21, we mobilized, not just with hundreds of thousands of emails, but with a commanding presence in the offices of our elected officials on the Hill. Because we stood up, we won back important dollars for bicyclists and pedestrians when most had counted us out. That's why we need you at the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
CicLAvia announces new routes, aims for monthly events by 2017 - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/enterta...
CicLAvia announces new routes, aims for monthly events by 2017 - latimes.com
"CicLAvia wants to be a regular fixture on the Los Angeles calendar. Organizers of the popular open-streets festival, which closes several miles of L.A. streets to cars for a day in favor of bikes and pedestrians and is modeled on programs in Latin American cities, are planning three events for 2014, including its first route through South Los Angeles. Aaron Paley, CicLAvia’s executive director, also said in an interview Wednesday that the group is planning an event in the San Fernando Valley for the first time in early 2015, as well as routes outside Los Angeles city limits. But the bigger news is some new detail on CicLAvia’s longer-term ambitions. Thanks to new foundation funding and a commitment from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pay for a range of open-streets events -- including some not planned by CicLAvia -- the group hopes that such festivals will become monthly in L.A. County by 2017. CicLAvia hopes to plan nine routes that year and envisions another three... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
"Let’s face it. Biking may be fun. Okay, a lot of fun. But it’s a lot more enjoyable when you can arrive back home alive, and in one piece. In three decades of riding, mostly city streets, I’ve learned a few lessons about getting there and back safely — most of them the hard way. So allow me to share a few tips that could help keep you safe. And help you survive life on these mean streets.* *Big Important Footnote: There are inherent risks to bicycling, especially in an urban environment, just as there are with any other physical activity. While these techniques have worked for me, they may not be right for every rider, or in every situation. Feel free to take advice from me or any other experienced cyclist. But ultimately, you have to make your own decisions about what is safe — and legal — in any particular situation. …….. Never leave home without it: Helmet If you want to start a fight, bring up the subject helmet use in a group of cyclists (see comments below). But the simple fact... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Bicycle helmet folds flat and fits into a laptop case | Springwise - http://www.springwise.com/bicycle...
Bicycle helmet folds flat and fits into a laptop case | Springwise
"Encouraging the increasing number of cyclists on city roads to wear a helmet is a difficult task — some believe they’re not necessary while others find them uncomfortable and bulky to carry around. Hoping to tackle the last of those issues, Morpher is a piece of bike equipment that provides the protection of a standard helmet while also being collapsible for easy storage. According to statistics quoted by the UK startup, 92 percent of London’s bike rental scheme users don’t wear a helmet when they ride, but 84 percent believe they’re risking their safety by forgoing such protection. On top of this, 83 percent cite lack of portability as a reason for not wearing one. Having been involved in a bicycle crash himself, Jeff Woolf has since spent two years developing the Morpher alongside designers at therefore.com, the innovative group responsible for 2012′s GravityLight, a lamp powered by gravity. The helmet is made out of recyclable materials and uses a unique folding mechanism that... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
A guide to cycling with special needs - http://disabilityhorizons.com/2014...
A guide to cycling with special needs
"Today we have a guest post written by Quest 88, manufacturers of adapted cycles. Here they do a review of the options available for those of us who, despite our “different abilities”, still wish to carry on cycling. When you have a disability, a lot of things are rather more difficult to do. For some, even getting around is a hard task, so any recreational activities are even trickier to get involved in. One thing that anyone can enjoy, however, is cycling. No matter what type of disability you are struggling with, it is almost guaranteed that you’ll be able to find a bicycle (or tricycle, or even quad) to suit your needs. If you can enjoy cycling, you have nearly no need not to give it a try – it’s an environmentally friendly pursuit, as well as being a great way of keeping yourself fit. And, more importantly than all that, it’s a good deal of fun! Cycling really is open to people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Here at Quest88, we specialise in creating cycles to suit a wide... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / RossLydall: Front page of the first Evening ... - https://twitter.com/RossLyd...
Twitter / RossLydall: Front page of the first Evening ...
"Front page of the first Evening Standard of 2014 pic.twitter.com/h1URor8Lc1" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Bike enthusiasts say daytime thefts increasing | The Columbus Dispatch - http://www.dispatch.com/content...
Bike enthusiasts say daytime thefts increasing | The Columbus Dispatch
"When two women discovered that their bikes had been stolen in broad daylight, they were shocked. Even more shocking: Two months later, they’ve got their bikes back. Sue Olander left the North Market on Oct. 20 expecting to see her and her friend Gina Smith’s bikes locked together to a meter outside. She was greeted by Smith holding the lock that once secured their bikes instead. “I was devastated,” Olander said. “I was shaking so bad, I could barely grab my phone to call my husband.” Both Olander and Smith had other items stolen along with the bikes. Olander’s helmet, mirror, hat and one of her gloves were taken, as well as Smith’s helmet and saddle bag with her car keys inside. Jody Dzuranin, operations manager for Consider Biking, said there has been an increase in bicycle thefts in recent years, especially during the daytime. “Upscale bikes are stolen during the day in public areas and nobody notices,” Dzuranin said. “It’s becoming blatant.” Although Consider Biking has no way of... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I'm now remembering a story I was told by a biker which I found unbelievable; apparently you have people in vans that'll just stop by bikes, jump out with bolt clippers and take the bike in broad daylight! The reason no one stops them is fear I guess. - Halil
People don't want to get involved. Sometimes it's fear, sometimes they just can't be bothered. I've foiled bike thefts twice. One time I was parking my car in Oakland and as I was walking away from the car I noticed this guy looking suspicious. He was standing near a bike that was locked to a meter but it was locked in a way that you could lift it over the meter. And he seemed to have... more... - Spidra Webster
I did that...owner didn't really say thanks or seem to care. As I crossed the street to my original destination, I could hear people around me talking to each other "I saw that.... I saw him". Well, if you saw him, why the fuck didn't YOU do anything? Not a single person got up to back me up. If the guy had gotten violent, it probably would have been my on my own. Clearly people saw it, but just couldn't be bothered. - Spidra Webster
The second one was the attempted theft of my own bike. I was sitting in a cafe in SOMA in San Francisco. I sat near the window so I could keep an eye on my locked bike. I was riding my recumbent, which is difficult to secure well because it's a monobeam frame. Complicating matters was the fact that a lot of people are fond of touching other people's property just out of curiosity. So it... more... - Spidra Webster
wow, that's gutsy, what happened, did the police get there in time, did anyone help you detain him? - Halil
Then I realized that he was still holding the bolt cutters and maybe in another second HE'D realize he was holding the bolt cutters and bash me on the head with them. As I'm disabled, I don't have the hand/arm strength to struggle like that, even with the adrenaline boost. So I let him go. He ran, then I grabbed the female who'd acted as his lookout. I couldn't understand what the hell... more... - Spidra Webster
That's really terrible that they just sat there watching and ignored you please for help/calling the police, if they're not the poster boy/girl for apathy, I don't know what is! :( - Halil
As for jumping out of vans with bolt cutters, you can see a little of that sort of thing in this video (from the UK). http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Spidra Webster
well, this could be were all the bikes are ending up, lol, but seriously, what's going on here? http://cheezburger.com/7970258... - Halil
Sometimes yards like that are the yards of thieves. Sometimes not. A LOT of stolen bikes end up on Craig's List. People who buy "cheap" bikes don't realize they're stoking the bike crime wave. - Spidra Webster
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British adventurer Maria Leijerstam achieves world first by cycling to South Pole - Home News - UK - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
British adventurer Maria Leijerstam achieves world first by cycling to South Pole - Home News - UK - The Independent
"A British adventurer has achieved a world first after becoming the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in just 10 days. Maria Leijerstam, from the Vale of Glamorgan, managed the feat this morning following a gruelling 500 mile ride in "vicious" conditions. The 35-year-old set off from the Novo Russian air force base on December 16 and went head to head against two other riders - American Daniel Burton and Spaniard Juan Menendez Granados. Her team said at one point the sweat on the inside of Ms Leijerstam's boots froze and for ten days she heated her freeze-dried food by melting snow on a small stove inside her wind blasted tent. Snow drifts, complete white outs and crevasses, marred her journey too. However, the former management consultant dug deep and pedalled her way into the record books while on a customised recumbent bike PolarCycle. Ms Leijerstam's mother Adrianne said her daughter's success was due to "meticulous planning, super fitness and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
We're running out of firsts! - Eivind
Impressive as she's not just the first woman to do it, she's the first human to do it. - Spidra Webster
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Toolmaker Paul Morningstar dies in California | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News - http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-a...
Toolmaker Paul Morningstar dies in California | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
"BODFISH, CA (BRAIN) — Known for his inventive and useful bicycle tools, Paul Morningstar was found dead at his house in the Kern River Valley in Southern California on Saturday. According to an article (link requires registration) in the Bakersfield Californian, the cause of Morningstar’s death is not yet confirmed, but police speculate he was killed by one of several bombs he had made and planted on his property. An engineer by trade, Morningstar worked for more than 30 years in steel mills and nuclear plants. He started making bicycle tools in 1990, and his company Morningstar Tools attracted customers from around the world. Unique tools such as the Rim ‘Rench, a rim straightener, and the Freehub Buddy, a tool that allows mechanics to clean and lube freehubs without disassembly, are highly regarded in cycling circles. Morningstar was an avid cyclist and supporter of local cycling events, including the annual Fat Tire Festival held each October in the Kern Valley and the Keyesville... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Cyclelicious » 2013 year in review for bicycling - http://www.cyclelicio.us/2013...
Cyclelicious » 2013 year in review for bicycling
"Happy Holidays, faithful readers. Each year I try to track bicycle news of note for the year. You might notice a regional focus. How many of these items do you remember? What have I missed? BMC Chase January Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces his resignation from the Obama administration League of American Bicyclists begins to focus on diversifying their membership base. Lance Armstrong confesses to doping on Oprah Lance Armstrong appears on Oprah and confesses to doping. February NAHBS in Denver. Colorado Supreme Court orders the city of Black Hawk to take your bike ban and shove it. Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner goes rambo and takes on the entire southern California law enforcement community. In his rambling manifesto to clear his name, he admonishes cyclists to get off the road. March Boulder County horn rage vs cyclists Goals for national bicycle and pedestrian safety proposed in Congress. Boulder County judge rejects plea deal with road raging driver who was... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Recumbent Trikes - ICE - Race to the South Pole - http://www.icetrikes.co/communi...
Recumbent Trikes - ICE - Race to the South Pole
"British adventurer Maria Leijerstam is well ahead of her two male rivals in a race to be the first to cycle to the South Pole. Earlier today Maria crossed the halfway point, extending the gap between her and her closest rival to a massive 250 miles (400km). Despite starting days later than her competitors Maria is significantly closer to the finish than American, Daniel Burton, and Spaniard, Juan Menendez Granados. The two men are cycling the most common route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole on Fat Bikes – an approach that has been taken before but without success. Maria has taken a different strategy: she’s riding a recumbent trike, specially designed for the challenge by Inspired Cycle Engineering. “Fat bikes fail because they get blown over in the high winds, or can’t ride fast enough through the snow to stay upright” said Maria. The custom-made trike is stable and aerodynamic, which enables Maria to focus her energy on progressing through the gale-force winds and hazardous... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
A Google Street View For Bike Lanes, Now Available In San Francisco And New York | Co.Exist | ideas + impact - http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023779...
A Google Street View For Bike Lanes, Now Available In San Francisco And New York | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
"There’s no shortage of ways to find a good bike route, from Google Maps to a wide variety of free cycling-specific apps. But these don’t allow the rider to follow along and see the real conditions on the route. And knowing what's coming can be pretty important: It's not great to be surprised while you're flying around on your bike. That’s the goal of Cyclodeo, a Dutch startup that is hacking together a mashup of helmet-cam video and Google Maps--a sort of Street View for bike lanes. Since we first wrote about the site in February, the company has been busy expanding in the U.S. and Europe, launching in New York a few months ago and now in San Francisco this week, along with recent launches in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The site is so simple and smart, it’s a wonder no one thought of it before. Visit the site on a desktop or mobile device, and you can click on rides and routes, follow it on a map, and skip in the video to the exact point of interest. It also displays the length,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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http://www.dannygamboa.com/ In memoriam. The ghost bikes of SoCal.
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Twitter / Taezar: “@SilverSeasPR: The amount ... - https://twitter.com/Taezar...
Twitter / Taezar: “@SilverSeasPR: The amount ...
"The amount of road space a cyclist takes up if they drive a car instead. Photo: @susanjamison pic.twitter.com/vdatP2N2NM" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel - https://www.superpedestrian.com/
Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel
Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel
"Power Assist - Riders are given a boost as they pedal by measuring their effort, instead of using a throttle. This preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier. Regenerative Braking As you bike, the wheel is able to capture energy when braking or going down hill that it stores in the integrated lithium battery pack. Smart Control All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms. When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the wheel pushes with increasing power. Using your smartphone with the Superpedestrian app, you can vary the level of powered assist. SDK The Copenhagen Wheel SDK enables developers to get creative and develop a host of applications ranging from navigation to customizing the behavior of the wheel. Seamless Design The Copenhagen Wheel makes your bike look even better. It's completely wireless, compact and simple; all designed for your everyday... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra, did you happen to watch the series "Weeds"? The Copenhagen Wheel was a start-up business enterprise for one of the lead characters. Season 6 or 7 (give or take.) I remember reading about these 4 or 5 years ago, and was really interested in them. Haven't had an opportunity to actually try one out though. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
No. I ran into this through a cyclist on Twitter. I think I may have seen a blog post about the concept a couple years ago. This cyclist actually put money into the crowdsourcing for this. - Spidra Webster
There's apparently a competitor to this: http://www.flykly.com/ - Spidra Webster
As I understand it, I probably need a 400 -500 watt motor to achieve a useful range. (I'm not a skinny guy and we have a lot of steep hills around here.) But I'm definitely intrigued. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Spidra Webster
British woman Maria Leijerstam ahead in bike race to South Pole | road.cc - http://road.cc/content...
British woman Maria Leijerstam ahead in bike race to South Pole | road.cc
British woman Maria Leijerstam ahead in bike race to South Pole | road.cc
"British adventurer Maria Leijerstam is three days into her attempt to cycle to the South Pole and already ahead of her rivals American Daniel Burton and Spaniard Juan Menendez Granados despite starting days behind them. Maria has spent the first three days of the ride climbing, as you can see from the elevation profile below. She now faces a ride of 500km on her fat-tyred recumbent trike across the Antarctic plateau, one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. In her last tweet, she wrote: “I now must survive 500k on polar plateau. Have sore back from misplaced strap but cured cold feet!” She sounds in good spirits and is covering ground surprisingly quickly - 41km on December 17 and almost 50km on December 18, after which she tweeted: “Can't believe I am camped half way up Leverett which has been giving me nightmares for a year! All I want for Christmas is to get to the top of this glacier!” Meanwhile, Daniel Burton has been covering 10-20 nautical miles per day on his fatbike,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I think jkram could use a recumbent snow trike like this. - Spidra Webster
Just saw this... crazy awesome! WANT! It's like a Surly recumbent! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Well....Christmas is coming up. You should lay some big hints. ;-) - Spidra Webster
Or buy more lottery tickets! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Badarse. - Mo Kargas
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