Articles from November 2010



Locksmith bike give-a-way

Sacramento area locksmith and safe company Bode & Bode are giving away a cruiser.  August 3rd they announced the contest on their Facebook page, stating “FREE RAFFLE TICKET W/ ANY $20 PURCHASE!!!”

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Floyd-buterol

Floyd Landis, in what should have been a completely expected move, has chimed in on the Alberto Contador Clenbuterol issue.  Not only has he expressed his doubts about Contador’s explanation of the failed test, he has taken the opportunity to again point the finger to the UCI, reiterating his claims of wide-spread cover-ups.  Speaking to German television, he stated:

In the peloton, everyone knows that Pat McQuaid, Hein Verbruggen and other UCI officials have protected some riders, and not others, for the past 20 years.  It was manipulation, and their way of creating stars.

I still can’t decide – is Landis a press-hungry moron out to cause terminal, or is he becoming to doping what Kevin Mitnick became to computer crimes?  No matter what evidence may come to light, I suspect the answer to that will always be a mostly personal – and emotional – one.

Using German Engineering to beat bike thieves

Thieves can’t steal what they can’t reach – correct?  That appears to be what a couple of German inventors are banking on.

They’ve created a bicycle lock that attaches to a light post and, using a remote control, will then lift the bike 15 feet up in the air.  The device uses what are essentially skate board wheels, electric motors and batteries to literally “drive” up the pole – all while the bike is attached.

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Contador reveals how hard the failed test is hitting him

OK ok. I concede that English is not his primary language, and I get the intent of his message. But c’mon – this was just too good to pass up:

Can we bridge the tweed-lycra divide?

They seem to be almost opposite ends of the spectrum in the cycling world:  The lycra crowd and the tweed crowd.  We also unfortunately know the stereotypes.

Photo Courtesy of Richard Masoner :: http://www.cyclelicio.us/

Photo Courtesy of Richard Masoner :: http://www.cyclelicio.us/

Photo Courtesy of Richard Masoner :: http://www.cyclelicio.us/

The lycra-clad weekend warriors dropping $10,000 on bikes they only ride on sunny Saturday mornings, picking routes that allow them to blindly blow through stop lights and block traffic in an effort clearly targeted specifically to annoy drivers.

The tweed folks riding around on odd bikes with lots of baskets, and children hanging on for dear life in the baskets in a way that every non-cycling American with common sense can immediately recognize as blatant child endangerment.

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Should I be surprised?

I tend to ignore Facebook stuff a lot, so occasionally I go through and actually read / clean stuff.  I was not surprised when this popped up.  I may be a little surprised that it took so long, though!

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Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist dad

Note: If you feel like you may have read this post before, you’re probably right.  This is an only slightly modified repost of a previous Father’s Day article.  Same principles apply though.  Enjoy

There is a very long tradition of getting dad a tie for Christmas.  But what if Dad’s favorite pastime involves a saddle, two wheels and two pedals?  As a general rule, folks don’t wear neck ties on the weekend group rides.

Luckily, there are a number of items – ranging from the relatively inexpensive to the completely extravagant – that can fill the bill.  Here’s a list of some ideas in no particular order:
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A picture is worth a thousand words

http://acme.com/chumaker/

See – told you bikes were a kick

I’m sure that many of you have seen – or at least heard of – bicycle polo.  But soccer on a bike takes the cake.  And I’m not talking about lobbing a ball around with your feet as you pedal by on your bike.  No – these guys are using their bikes – usually the front wheel – to stop and “kick” the ball.  If you think that doing track stands at stoplights shows your mad skillz, well, you’ve got to see one of these games.

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Clipless pedals – can you ever go back?

It really wasn’t that long ago that I made the switch from platform pedals and pedals with toe clips to clipless pedals.  Once I did I never went back.  Even my daily commute was done with Shimano mountain bike shoes mated to my SPD clipless pedals.  I chose that setup for my commute because it was the best balance between clipless pedals and shoes that were reasonable to walk around in.  Non-commute rides are always done on Look pedals.

Now that I’ve taken a job closer to home, however, my cycling habits and opinions are being … well, reevaluated.  As part of that process, I actually swapped out my SPD pedals for a pair of – you guessed it – pedals with toe clips.

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