Speed and competition seems to exist in some form in all of us. I’m willing to bet that even the most casual of casual cyclists has, at some time, felt the urge to go faster than someone or something in their vicinity. It seems to be a universal constant. For some, that urge is a lifelong passion, and those folks have come up with amazing ways to make the bicycle go faster and faster. (more…)
Folks familiar with my writings will know I have a bit of a flair for the dramatic. JustAnotherCyclist has always been an OpEd platform. However, one thing I’ve always tried to maintain is a link with the truth. It is possible to make dramatic statements without distorting the truth. However, it can be all too easy to slide on the wrong side of that divide. That is why I was unfortunately not surprised to hear of the Oregon Department of Transportation taking issue with some facts recently stated by Oregon bicycle advocacy group Bicycle Transportation Alliance. (more…)
I’ll admit I’ve been known to kinda geek out on maps. It started when I was a kid and somehow ended up with a ton of National Geographic maps. National Geographic Magazine used to include full maps in some of their magazine editions (do they still?) and I had a large cardboard box full of them. From topo maps to maps of the moon to a map of concentrations of religions across the world, I was introduced to the idea that maps could convey a lot more information than just place names, roads and boarders. That’s why, despite some of the comments to the post on See Through Maps, I think this is one of the neatest maps of bike routes in San Francisco yet. (more…)
I was walking around the city the other day, headphones on, rocking out. I’d just crossed the street, and took a step to the left off of the curb, getting ready to turn left and immediately cross another street. I heard a squeal (which in retrospect was the sound of bike brakes on the rims) and felt a thud against my left shoulder. Before I knew what was happening, I saw a guy smack onto the pavement in front of me. I’d just blindly walked in front of a cyclist riding in the road next to the curb, knocking him to the ground.
I was leaving work – late – the other night in what seemed a normal manner. It was dry and clear, but dark as I’d stayed at work solving a problem (funny how you can be most productive in an office environment when 80% of the rest of the company has already left.) I grabbed my bike off the rack, flicked on the lights (they are nice and bright) and roll out the door.
About halfway home from the office I’ve got this strange feeling something isn’t right. I’m riding on lit streets, but on a whim I put my hand in front of the Planet Bike Blaze 1/2w Headlight mounted on my handlebars. It barely illuminates my palm at 4 inches. Damn. Dead batteries. While I’m at it I stop and check the tail light. Completely dead. I try to turn it on. Dim light then nothing. Damn. More dead batteries.
There is a rather large and growing collection of humours, self-deprecating, but often true songs and music videos that folks have made regarding cycling. Usually these poke fun at some of the more eccentric aspects and stereotypes of the cycling culture. I thought it was about time someone put together a list of the best of them. Of course, this is just my opinion, and is therefore fact…
Number 7: Bike-Friendly City (funny song about bike safety in Toronto)
Obstensibly a bicycle saftey piece, but we all know that no one listens if we talk about bike safety seriously. So lets try it with a little humor:
Number 6: SRSLY
Just try and make it past the Cliff Shot slurping scene in the beginning…
Number 5: Le Velo
The first entry from Robin Moore – the only guy to make my list not once, but three times. This video probably would have ranked higher if he had chosen a better wine.
Number 4: Get Dirty
After poking fun at the euro crowd, Robin Moore goes after the MTB set. Truth be told though, you may want to hold off on watching this one until you’ve watched the rest of the list. There are references in this video to the number one video on our list.
Number 3: All You Haters ( Suck …censored… )
Something about making fun of anger is hysterically funny to me – and a heck of a lot better than actually being angry. Warning – if you would be offended on a Juniur High School camups by the language, you should skip this video…
Number 2: Motherf<censored>ing Bike
Yes. They swear. A lot. But again, making fun of anger is just too enjoyable. Yes – this is the genesis of that famous “Tour de F*** You.” Nearly every stereotype of urban cycling culture is in here. In truth it was a very hard decision to decide the actual order of the top two. Ultimately it came down to seniority alone.
Ooooh – and it is in HD!
Numero Uno: Performance
For me this is the first and still best bicycle music video. The third entry from Robin Moore. If you do nothing else in your cycling life, get this stuck in your head on your next ride. Eminently quotable – ‘Cause its all about performance…
And speaking of quotable, one final thought:
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has imagined it – bicycle jousting. The subject came up in an email chain at work (draw your own conclusions there) so I went poking around. Sure enough, there were links and videos a-plenty:
Much to my surprise, it apparently appeared in a movie as well:
And as with anything remotely quirky in the cycling world, those crazy tall bike folks have taken over the whole scene. Which just makes the entire jousting experience just silly, doesn’t it?
It is unfortunately difficult to ride a bicycle on public streets in most parts of the country without running into someone expounding on all the ways that bicycles hinder auto traffic. While there is no denying that a car has occasionally been slowed by a cyclist, the more realistic truth is that cars do a much better job of slowing each other down than a cyclist cruising in a bike lane ever will. In fact, that cyclist is actually helping by removing one car from that traffic snarl.
If you are planning on attending the finish of Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California. Sacramento can be tricky it park in and negotiate on a good weekend day. Throw in all of the traffic for a major cycling event and you’re likely to find yourself walking miles even if you do drive downtown. However, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) are helping to solve this problem for you.
According to an Examiner.com article, Sacramento is ready to start adding more painted bike lanes to downtown Sacramento streets over the next 18 months.
The plans aim to create an environment downtown which resembles the bike-friendly portions of midtown, where cycling is popular and bikeways are more common.
This seems in line with what appears to be a growing trend of bike-friendliness throughout the region.