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Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Pacelines, Overlapping Wheels And Aerobars. What Could Possibly Go Wrong…

Video: TCX SLR SS for SSCXWC14KY!




For those who find multiple gears to be an unnecessary luxury in the lung-searing, leg-numbing world of cyclocross racing, this is the single speed version of Giant's TCX SLR cyclocross bike. A prototype was ridden by Giant Factory Off-Road Team racer Adam Craig to his second consecutive title at the 2013 Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships—where the after-party starts before the gun even goes off, the only sanctioning body is the heckling crowd and first prize is a tattoo. After proving twice-over that he is the fastest in the world when the derailleurs come off and the costumes go on, we decided to make Adam a limited-edition TCX SLR SS for SSCXWC14KY! 

(Filmed for entertainment purposes only on closed course with professional rider. Always drink responsibly, even when training for SSCXWC.)

Joining the Chorus of Ignorance | iamtraffic

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For decades competent and trained cyclists have had to deal with the occasional ignorant motorist who hollers out some variation on “Get off the damn road ya idjyit, yer gonna get yerself killed!” Fortunately most of these incidents don’t escalate into anything serious, and while little has been done to change this attitude over the years, we could shrug off such blather with confidence that the logic of our road use was supported both by direct personal experience and objective scientific study. We also had the backing of the League of American Bicyclists to defend our rights, if only in words.
Well, things have changed. With its recent sophomoric “study” of fatal bicyclist crashes and subsequent statements by its executive director, the League has joined the chorus of ignorance in agreeing that bicycling on regular roadway lanes is “gonna get you killed.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We Need to Think Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development | CityLab

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When we think about transit-oriented development, we typically think of rail stations. We know that in certain environments with density levels of X and height limits of Y, we can predict levels of investment of Z. But how would that equation hold up if Transit Oriented Development centered on a bike-share station, for instance, rather than rail stop? To answer that question, we need a better sense of how well bike-share performs as part of the larger transit system.
We know that Americans have a deeply ingrained view of biking as a fun, recreational activity. (The Outdoor Association estimates that Americans spend $81 billion a year on bike-related expenses; airline tickets generate $51 billion by comparison.) I have theorized that this is why some people have such vitriolic reactions to cyclists. It's like they're angry that anyone could be having that much fun on their commute, when everyone should be suffering in traffic.

[Keep reading at CityLab]

Penny In Yo Pants #letsride in a skirt


Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

Gunma Cycle Sports Center Japan | rocketnews24

Human-Powered Roller Coaster and Other Thrilling Attractions Await at Japan Bicycle Theme Park

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The Gunma Cycle Sports Center in Japan may be the most eco-friendly amusement park in the world. As you may be able to guess from the name, every attraction in the park, from the roller coaster to the “steam” locomotive, is human-powered.  
Located in Minakami, a town located in a rural area of northern Gunma Prefecture, the park is a celebration of all things bicycle. In addition to the rides, there is a collection of strange and unique bicycles that guests can take for a spin on one of two tracks. They also host road races and other cycling events.
Shigenobu Matsuzawa, a Japanese blogger who travels around the country in search of B-grade tourist spots like this, visited the park earlier this month and was kind enough to share his experience with us.
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Shigenobu arrived at the entrance, a large two-story building that appeared to be devoid of both customers and staff.
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Stepping inside, he found that people weren’t the only thing missing from the inside. While display cases lined the walls, all of them were empty.
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The exception being a few key chains hanging from the “souvenir stand”.
After wandering around, Shigenobu was spotted from across the park by a middle-aged man wearing a green vest with the word “STAFF” written across the back. Surprised, the man quickly called out to the other staff, “A customer! A customer actually came!” and rode up to Shigenobu on a bike.
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The man then led Shigenobu around the park, showing him to the following exciting attractions:
■ The Human-Powered Roller Coaster: “Rolling Mountain”
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Only 200 yen (US $2.33) per ride
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That first drop is a doozy 
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It was raining lightly that day so the man wiped the seat off with a cloth before riding
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The pedals
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The tires help you make it up the lift

[ Read more at rocketnews24.com ]




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Cluster of bike-car crashes has Bike Cleveland pressing for stricter enforcement of traffic laws | Cleveland.com

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Biking advocates are sounding the alarm about a rash of car-bike crashes in Greater Cleveland. Rachael Stentz-Baugher signals to turn on East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland in this photo from mid-May, when she was participating in a Bike to Work Day. (Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A rash of crashes involving bicyclists and cars has the advocacy group Bike Cleveland pushing for more public awareness to make streets safer for cyclists and drivers both.
Bike Cleveland said there were at least eight car-bike collisions in June, with cyclists reporting injuries ranging from a chipped tooth and road rash to a concussion and broken pelvis. In early May, an accident killed a 36-year-old Garfield Heights mother of five.
As an organization that advocates for safer streets for people on bicycles, the cluster of crashes is alarming, Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob VanSickle said.

[Keep reading at Cleveland.com]

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How Cyclists Are Unfairly Viewed in the Eyes of the Law | Article 3

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As cycling increasing as a mode of transportation and form of recreation across the United States, debates have taken place over a cyclist’s right to the road. Usually these debates are had over internet columns (such as this) with anonymous internet commentators asserting their alleged right to not make room for cyclists, perhaps even hitting them to teach them a lesson.
However, the debates are usually settled in local and state governments. The latter proportions tax dollars for infrastructure projects, such as protected bike lanes, and local governments ultimately decide where bike lanes will go — if at all.

How to Have More Fun | Bicycling




1. Sing. Loud. As you pass pedestrians, people in their yards, getting into their cars.

2. Ride a fondo with your dad, or mom, or children. Or all of them. 

3. Set your computer to kilometers and do whatever it takes to make it flash 100kph. 

4. Get your childhood wheelie back. 

5. Be the instigator on the next club ride—town-line sprints, granny-gear sprints, coasting races, you call it. 

6. Ride in your town’s next parade

7. Cut across a cornfield. Follow the powerline. Poach the golf-course cart paths. (If caught, apologize sincerely and profusely—in a foreign language.) 

8. Volunteer as a bike marshal at a marathon or 10k. (Resist the temptation to throw a victory salute at the line.) 

9. Ride up your favorite descent—and down your favorite climb. 

10. Ride to a swimming hole. Pack swimwear in your jersey pocket. Or not. 

11. Fill a cooler with cheese, cured meats, beer or wine, and stash it in the woods somewhere along the route of the next day’s ride. When the group reaches that spot, feign a mechanical, then unveil your surprise.

12. Ride Cape May, New Jersey, during the migration of the Monarch butterflies in late August or early September—one of the half-million winged wonders will alight on your shoulder now and then. 

13. Plan out a local ride that’s at least 50 percent made up of roads you’ve never been on. 

14. Fade casually to the back of the group. At a slow-speed section, unclip one foot then drag your cleat on the pavement—it sounds exactly like a bike crash.

15. Stop and read the roadside memorial, sign, or marker you’ve always passed by. 

16. Splurge on a really, really, really nice bell. 

17. Don’t tamp down your helmet hair next time you end a ride in public—fluff it, spike it, exaggerate your badge of honor to unprecedented proportions. 

18. Turn Strava off. (Or sign up for it.) 

19. Pick flowers. Give them to someone when your ride ends. 

20. Start a ride before sunrise; the next day end one at sunset; on the third, go for a moonlight cruise. 

21. Get one new cyclist out on a bike ride every week for a month.

[ Read more on bicycling.com ]

Monday, June 30, 2014

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How to Carry Major Appliances on your Bike | Mr Money Stache

Right around the same time I bought this new fixer-upper house, I bought a special piece of equipment to help make the project more efficient.
With the new house a five minute walk from the old one, commuting time was not an issue. But with the hundreds of trips carrying tools and materials required for a project like this, I didn’t have the right vehicle.
On foot, although I try my best I am simply not badass enough to drag a table saw and miter saw along with a stack of 2x4s for much distance down the street. My old Burley bike trailer will easily carry a load of cordless tools or a few weeks worth of groceries, but does not have the capacity for real construction work. But my construction van,  a 1999 Honda Odyssey with seats removed and a plywood floor, is overkill for minor daily hauling. This is a luxury construction rocket, a leather-appointed 220 horsepower Rolling Cavern. It is well-suited to carrying thousands of pounds of goods or people on multi-state voyages at 75MPH, but I would be a wasteful car clown if I used it to haul a tool belt and a compressor up and down the small hill in old-town Longmont*.
So with your entertainment in mind, I acquired this extremely large and badass bike trailer from a small Iowa builder called Bikes at Work:
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Breadwinner B-Road and the Outback


Breadwinner B-Road and the Outback from Breadwinner Cycles on Vimeo.