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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
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
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
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! - Morgan Fugel
Impressive as she's not just the first woman to do it, she's the first human to do it. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
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.
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
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
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
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
Well....Christmas is coming up. You should lay some big hints. ;-) - Spidra Webster
Badarse. - Mo Kargas
Spidra Webster
Pompano Beach motorist charged with striking cyclist, then driving for 2 miles with injured man on back of car - Broward - MiamiHerald.com - http://www.miamiherald.com/2013...
Pompano Beach motorist charged with striking cyclist, then driving for 2 miles with injured man on back of car - Broward - MiamiHerald.com
"A Broward bicyclist was left in critical condition Tuesday after a hit-and-run driver struck him, then kept driving for two miles with the man caught in the car’s smashed rear window. Once the driver arrived at his Pompano Beach townhouse, he removed the biker, identified as Craig Camlin, 53, from the car’s roof and dumped him in a wooded area behind a trash bin and bushes. Then, the driver, who police said was 27-year-old Axel Inostroza, hid his damaged, black 2003 Ford Mustang to keep his girlfriend from seeing it and went inside to sleep, according to the confession he later gave investigators. A landscaping crew found Camlin clinging to life at around 9 a.m. and called authorities. He was taken to North Broward Hospital, where he was in critical condition late Tuesday with spinal injuries, a deep gash on his head, and a nearly severed ear. The spinal injuries could leave Camlin paralyzed, according to police. Here’s what happened, according to Fort Lauderdale police: Inostroza... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Drove on, pried cyclist off car & tossed him in the bushes to die. Then took his car to a body shop. - Spidra Webster
Brazen. At least he's getting charged. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So horrible. The cyclist would have died had landscapers not found him. And he's likely to be paralyzed. I wish I could say this is the first time I've read of something like this but it isn't. A guy in CO who did something similar was let off easy by the judge because he was a financial manager and the conviction might "harm his business". Of course, that cyclist was killed outright. So he basically got away with murder. - Spidra Webster
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Ride mapping sites: The bike thief's new best friend? | Cycling Weekly - http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news...
Ride mapping sites: The bike thief's new best friend? | Cycling Weekly
"There's been a sudden explosion in the number of people using online ride mapping and logging sites, but there's a potentially sinister side-effect to having all your data made freely available on the internet. Sites such as Strava and MapMyRide use GPS logs from bike devices such as Garmin Edge computers to map your rides in intricate detail - including where the ride starts and stops. For most of us, this means that the place where you keep your bike is clearly visible on the maps shown online and to the rest of the world. An unscrupulous individual could use the information to easily pinpoint the storage location of bikes in any given area - and since some sites allow you to name your bike, they could even identify the location of an exact make and model. Cycling Weekly has been told of several incidents recently where thieves have appeared to target a particular address, turning up fully equipped with cutting equipment and getting away with thousands of pounds worth of cycles.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
May be, but there are definitely instances of people targeting garages just to take the bikes. It's why I keep my bikes locked (and locked TO something) even at home. I suppose they target bikes just because cops don't usually go after that as hard as they go after burglary or grand theft auto. - Spidra Webster
Hey, whatever works for you, man. - Spidra Webster
Well, certainly as far as any effect my input would have... That must feel freeing, eh? - Spidra Webster
You know, I never have heard that song. As far as I know. - Spidra Webster
Really. I know it only as an encore joke "Play Freebird!" - Spidra Webster
That's a good story (about the roadie). The kind of stuff people hope will happen to them. - Spidra Webster
I know some Southern liberals so I get that. That's one of the ways in which socnets have been good for me. I have met a more diverse selection of individuals online than I would have if I'd lived an entirely offline life. - Spidra Webster
So what got you into them? - Spidra Webster
I did think of the Dead a bit while listening to those clips. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Twitter / BikeWalk: BTW, @bikeaustin and ... - https://twitter.com/BikeWal...
Twitter / BikeWalk: BTW, @bikeaustin and ...
"BTW, @bikeaustin and @AustinCycling, do you guys just ride these around all the time? #longhorns pic.twitter.com/RJuarmTvjG" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
For safety reasons: NEEDS MOAR COWBELL - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Controversial cycle lane boosts traffic flow - http://www.calgaryherald.com/news...
Controversial cycle lane boosts traffic flow
"The controversial construction of a city bike lane has sped up vehicle traffic on the downtown road, city council says. The city finished installing the separated bike lane on 7th Street S.W. this summer, replacing a lane on the east side of the one-way road. It was a controversial move welcomed by many cyclists, but not drivers. The number of cycling trips down 7th Street has since more than quadrupled, with the commute by car also improving. “We were pleasantly surprised to find that whether you were driving or biking, your trip took less time,” said city transportation engineer Blanka Bracic at Friday’s transit and transportation committee meeting. Bracic attributed the improved traffic flow to the optimization of traffic lights to accommodate the new separated bike lane. “Incredible, but true,” Bracic said, after Ward 14 Councillor Peter Demong asked her to confirm that vehicle traffic had improved after the installation of the cycle lane. But the good news did not convince Ward... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
New bike light to target the way drivers think | Deadline News - http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2013...
New bike light to target the way drivers think | Deadline News
"A SMART cycle light that targets drivers’ brains has been developed in a bid to save dozens of lives a year. Veteran Scots cyclist Euan Mackenzie has developed a prototype back light that measures a cyclist’s speed and displays the result to drivers. If a bike starts to slow, the display becomes three times brighter than a normal bike light – giving motorists a unmistakable warning to take care. 2 The light is roughly the size of an Iphone and will target drivers semantic memory. Mr Mackenzie, a software engineer from Edinburgh, has had four near-misses himself on Scotland’s roads this year alone. The number of accidents involving Scots cyclists increased by 9% in 2012 to 901, nine of whom died. Mr Mackenzie’s invention – dubbed the VeloCityLight – is set to cost about £50 and is the size of an iPhone. He says the light is effective because it works on a driver’s semantic memory – the memory of meaning. Motorists will have to mentally process the speed information from the display,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / NACTO: We love this Icicle Bicycle! ... - https://twitter.com/NACTO...
Twitter / NACTO: We love this Icicle Bicycle! ...
"We love this Icicle Bicycle! pic.twitter.com/wDjYKYJM4W via @CycleVid" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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(2013) Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
(2013) Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles - YouTube
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Turns the tables on car ads. - Spidra Webster
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Twitter / TheVeloCafe: Keep warm whilst riding this ... - https://twitter.com/TheVelo...
Twitter / TheVeloCafe: Keep warm whilst riding this ...
"Keep warm whilst riding this Winter...may be slower, but it's 'rad' pic.twitter.com/8uSIASkIpB" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
whilst riding DOWN A HILL - that looks seriously heavy - Iain Baker
Yeah, i think that's the definition of concept bike. If I need to stay warm on my bike, it's my hands that need the warmth! - Spidra Webster
+1. I can go for a ride, and i've got all that amazing carbon bike tech, and warm lycra - and the gloves NEVER seem to do the job on really cold days - Iain Baker
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War vet forced to change bike shop’s name after threat from Specialized | Calgary Herald - http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2013...
War vet forced to change bike shop’s name after threat from Specialized | Calgary Herald
"A Canadian veteran of the Afghanistan war who operates a tiny bicycle shop in Cochrane is being forced to change his store’s name after being threatened with a lawsuit by one of the giants of the U.S. bike industry. Dan Richter, owner of Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, located above the famous Mackay’s Ice Cream in Cochrane, says he received a letter from the lawyers of big bicycle maker Specialized several months ago, demanding he change the store’s name because the company owns the trademark on the word Roubaix, which they use to market a brand of road bike. Read more from the Calgary Herald Pedal Blog Richter, however, says he didn’t name his store after the company’s bike, rather after a region in France that hosts one of the most famous bike races in the world, the gruelling 117-year-old Paris-Roubaix. Because the name is an icon of bike culture, and graces hundreds of other products from bike tires to a brand of cycling tights sold by MEC (and even other road bikes), Richter says... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains : NPR - http://www.npr.org/2013...
Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains : NPR
"One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic. It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago. "It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist." Enter — an organization that arranges commutes by bike in groups. Each Bike Train route has an experienced conductor who serves as a guide. Insua especially likes that these volunteer conductors offer new riders door-to-door service from their homes to the train. "He came and picked me up from my house," Insua says. "[He] went out of his way to get me to bike for two or three weeks. Then I was conditioned. Then I was brainwashed." Charles... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
"On our way to today’s Northeast Los Angeles holiday parade! #fig4all #90042 #bikeLA #bakfiets #nelaparade pic.twitter.com/dygutijjQ4" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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This short podcast exchange shows how most urban Americans think about biking | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
"Once in a while, the Internet hands street planning professionals the gift of mind-reading. Sometimes, it's what American biking looks like in the eyes of a Dutch person. This month, it was what American biking looks like in the eyes of three Americans. The hosts of one of the country's most popular podcasts -- one a devoted bike commuter, one a concerned dabbler and one an avid car commuter - revealed, in one 17-minute exchange, a more or less perfect microcosm of the ways ordinary liberalish city dwellers think about bicycle transportation. For people who live and breathe transportation, it's like an anthropological dig into the brains of the people we're trying to serve. The exchange, on the Slate Political Gabfest, came out of what host (and bike user) David Plotz called "a wonderful series of debates going on in America about the proper place for bicycles on roadways," a debate he said is split between three perspectives: the "auto supremacists" who want bikes off the roads the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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10News - Cyclist on the hunt for hit-and-run driver - 10News.com - News - http://www.10news.com/news...
"Still heavily bandaged, he drove the area in search of the car. When he was blocks from his home, he says he found the car he was looking for. "Stopped dead in my tracks and knew that was the car," said Demaio. Parked on driveway was a Subaru with front-end damage and a cracked windshield. He called San Diego police. An officer came and impounded the car. "He informed me he found rubber from my front wheel and human skin on the vehicle," said Demaio. "I was told a piece that fell off the bumper also matched the car." Demaio said the car owner says he was out of town during the accident and the two roommates with access to the keys both denied driving it that morning. A San Diego police spokesperson told 10News that since no witnesses saw the driver, the investigation is at a standstill. 10News knocked on the car owner's door but no one was home. Demaio's attorney, Mike Bomberger, says they just filed suit against the car owner, Logan Banner, and his roommates, Bahadar Khunkhun and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"The other day I was biking home after work when out of nowhere… See the Lights It gets dark early these days. That means lights are something to plan on having. But even some folks that technically have lights don’t make it easy to see them. See the Lights So make sure to remember your lights, but also make sure they are visible." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
vicster: full-bodied
Traveler's 3,400 miles by bike, loss and restoration - SFGate - http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea...
Traveler's 3,400 miles by bike, loss and restoration - SFGate
"Life, to Zilong Wang, is like a bicycle. To stay balanced, he keeps rolling forward - even when the bicycle is stolen by a homeless guy on a San Francisco street corner. Wang, a 23-year-old from Inner Mongolia, China, completed a 3,400-mile bicycle trip across America last summer, a journey that for him was a spiritual and intellectual awakening, and never once locked his bike. When he arrived in San Francisco, the $1,500 bicycle was promptly stolen." - vicster: full-bodied from Bookmarklet
:( for the theft - Anne Bouey
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