Search This Blog

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bicycle Flat Tire Repair - patchnride video

Can Everyday Bicycling Make You Happier? | Momentum Magazine

Lexington grad's ride marks 30 cancer-free years | Mansfield Journal

When John Robinson was diagnosed with cancer he was told he had a 35 percent chance of survival. Thirty years later, he's biking across the state to raise money for research that he calls 'the cure to cancer.'
When John Robinson was diagnosed with cancer he was told he had a 35 percent chance of survival. Thirty years later, he's biking across the state to raise money for research that he calls 'the cure to cancer.' / Photo submitted
MANSFIELD — Lexington graduate John Robinson was 14 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and told he had only a 35 percent chance of survival.
A persistent nosebleed during summer camp in 1984 had alerted doctors.
He went through the usual treatments, chemotherapy and radiation. He missed his sophomore year of school. He lost his hair, 48 pounds and nearly lost his life.
Flash forward to this year. Robinson found himself asking, what do you do when you survive cancer 30 years longer than expected?
His answer: “330 in 30 for 30.”

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Marginalization of Bicyclists

How the car lane paradigm eroded our lane rights and what we can do to restore them


Image 01
Dan Gutierrez, who helped write this article, took the video from which these snapshots are taken. In the left photo, Dan’s colleague Brian DeSousa is riding close to the curb in the right-hand lane of a multilane arterial. That position invites motorists to pass him within the lane, and sure enough, one does. On the right Brian is in a lane control position, which tells motorists they need to change lanes to pass.

Not long ago I was riding in the middle of the right-hand (slow) lane on a 4-lane urban street with parallel parking and a 25 mph speed limit. I had just stopped at a 4-way stop when the young male driver of a powerful car in the left lane yelled at me, “You aint no f***ing car man, get on the sidewalk.” He then sped away, cutting it close as he changed lanes right in front of me in an attempt, I suppose, to teach me a lesson.
That guy stated in a profane way the world view of most people today: If you can’t keep up, stay out of the way. My being in the right-hand lane and therefore “in his way” violated his sense that roads in general and travel lanes in particular are only for cars, a viewpoint that I call the car lane paradigm. The car lane paradigm conflicts with the fact that in every state of the union, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of vehicles.
So which is it? Do bicyclists have the same right to use travel lanes as other drivers or not? Before lanes existed, bicyclists simply acted like other drivers. But now that travel lanes are common, most people grow up with the car lane paradigm with bicyclists relegated to the margins of the road. This article goes into the history of how the car lane paradigm came to be and what we can do about it now.
Reading this is going to take a while, so here is an outline of where we’re going:
  • 1897: In the beginning, bicycles were vehicles and bicyclists were drivers
  • 1930: Bicycles are not vehicles
  • 1911 – now: Lane lines are invented and become common
    • Oops, the inventors of lane lines forgot about bicycles
    • “Slower Traffic Keep Right” or “Slower Traffic Use Right Lane”?
    • What does the “or” in “right-hand lane or as close as practicable to the right” mean?
    • Do speed and might mean that travel lanes are actually “car lanes”?
  • 1944: If you can’t keep up, you don’t belong (in the lane)
  • 1968: Motorcyclists, but not bicyclists, are entitled to full use of a lane
  • 1975: Bicycles once again defined as vehicles, but still not entitled to use of a full lane
    • Exceptions to the law requiring bicyclists to ride far right are better than nothing, right?
  • Now: No room on the road for bicycles
    • Bicycles at the far right and laned roads are incompatible
    • What do we do now?
Keep reading at i am traffic

Edward Masters: The Spirit Of Enduro

How To Wear A Cycling Cap | Cycletips

As cycling continues to boom I feel that it's part of my duty to educate and inform on the finer details of the sport. On the surface wearing the simple cycling biretta appears to be a no-brainer. What could possibly be done to mess it up? As it turns out there are many variations to wearing a cycling cap that are easy to get wrong.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BuddyRider

About Buddyrider™

If comfort and safety are priorities for you and your best friend then there is no better alternative than the Buddyrider™ pet seat. Your dog sits in a comfortable position safely strapped in making the experience very enjoyable for both of you. The unique design has been engineered to fit almost any modern adult bicycle, with a measurment of at least 48cm (19") between the seat post and the handlebar stem. Center mounted seats for children, and in this case for pets, have proven to be far superior to those mounted behind the bicycle seat and also those mounted on the handlebars. It gives the rider much better control because of where the extra weight is positioned over the center of the bicycle. Being able to see them at all times is a bonus.

The Story

Over 20 years ago I took a standard bicycle seat and attached it to the cross bar of my bicycle as an experiment. I was searching for a better way than the rear mounted child seat that we had previously purchased for our children. The central positioning proved to be a much safer option due to the better weight distribution and ease of handling. Of course the children eventually grew too big and moved on to riding their own bikes, but the experience of carrying a passenger directly in front of the rider convinced me that it was the way to go. As children leave the proverbial nest and pets inevitably fill the void, I decided it was time to make a pet seat for our new friend, a feisty Jack Russell called Jack.
He just has to go everywhere we go, he won't take no for an answer. We started with a plastic bucket cut away and attached it to the cross bar. From the very first moment Jack climbed aboard, he sat down with his front paws resting on the handlebars and I knew it was the way it should be. Many prototypes later with many hours of testing and enjoyment we arrived at what you see today, the Buddyrider™. If you decide to purchase a Buddyrider™, I'm sure you will have many hours of healthy outdoor enjoyment with your best friend, the way we have with ours.

Will the Buddyrider fit my bike?

That's a good question, one that we get asked quite often. The attached is a step by step way to get a good idea if it will work for you. Please Click Here to download the instructions for measuring your Bike.

[BuddyRider]

Trike Share: Paris Introduces World's First Bike Share For Kids

With P'tit Velib, parents can get their tykes some practice on bikes at attractions all around the city.



More than 700 cities now have bike-share schemes, and some even have rental services for e-bikes, scooters, and cars. But Paris can now claim to have something the others don't: bikes for tykes.
The French capital recently unveiled P'tit Velib, which offers four models aimed at children two to eight years old. "La Draisienne," the smallest, has no pedals. The largest has a 20-inch frame and looks like a cut-down version of the standard grey Velib bike. Prices start at €4 ($5.44) an hour.
In bike-friendly European cities, it's common to see very young cyclists and the P'tit Velib website talks of the need to get kids riding young. "Because good habits begin early, the mayor of Paris wishes to familiarize children with using more environmentally friendly modes of transport, and from a young age," it says.
The bikes are currently available in seven central locations, including the Zoo and the Bois de Boulogne. Helmets are on hand if parents want them (though they're not mandatory). Service hours run from mid-morning to 7 p.m. (unlike the adult scheme which goes round the clock)...
Read on at FastCompany

MANTA Saddle

Radical Seating Technology

The MANTA saddle brings an exceptional level of seat comfort to any bike, providing minimal peak pressures, redistributing body weight evenly with a mobile, constant-contact support surface



WHY MANTA?

Saddle discomfort is a big problem for many cyclists. Conventional nosed saddles cause pain, numbness and fatigue, discouraging many people from cycling more often.
The Manta saddle offers chair-like comfort in motion. It’s a completely different,  pain and pressure-free riding experience.
Resurrects those static trainers, exercise bikes, power-bikes.
MS9 BLUE
http://mantasaddle.co.uk/

Monday, June 23, 2014

Safe Streets Ordinance Hearing & VOTE at Columbus City Council TONIGHT @yaybikes

2nd Reading and VOTE

Join other Yay Bikes! members and followers in a silent, respectful demonstration of support for the adoption of the proposed “Safe Streets Ordinance” to protect bicyclists on Columbus streets. How? Attend this meeting of Columbus City Council in Council Chambers wearing your bike helmet.

Where:

Chambers at Columbus City Council
90 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

When:
5:00PM

For more information, go to www.yaybikes.com