Bicycle lanes are something of a double-edged sword in certain circumstances. Study after study has shown that the presence of bicycle lanes has a positive effect on overall cycling. However, some will argue that traditional bike lane placement – especially on city streets – comes with its own problems. Usually, bike lanes are placed in the exact spot where drivers would get out of their cars when parallel parking next to the curb – the “door zone.” Bike lanes can also put cyclists in conflict with motorists that are making right hand turns at stop lights.
Getting young kids into road bike racing is a worthwhile endeavor, in my opinion. In my recent interview with Dean Alleger, he talked about a lack of support in the United States for youth racing – “there’s no pipeline” as he put it. Most of the time kids get BMX bikes for boys, and banana seats and streamers for girls. Because of this lack of demand, it can be difficult to find actual road bike equipment for kids.
For my own children I went with the Fuji Ace bikes. Available with 20 inch, 24 inch or 650c wheels, they offer a reasonably usable frame and road-bike position that is great for kids. And at about $350 it is a reasonable investment for kids serious about road bike racing (or parents serious about their kids road bike racing) without sinking the bank on a bike they will outgrow within a season or two.
This creation truly brings new meaning to the term “lunch ride.” What the heck is going on out in Boulder, anyhow?
Of course the purists among us will point out that this is not, by definition, a bike.
Parked out front of the coffee shop this afternoon I noticed not one but three Sacramento Police Department bicycles. All were different makes and models, but all were mountain bikes. The three officers had stopped for a cup of coffee. Apparently (but not surprisingly) officers on bicycles are much healthier than their car-bound brethren. There was not a doughnut in a single one of their hands – even a stereotypical one.
All of them were similiarly equipped – with lights and a siren on the handlebars.
Pro Cycling is, unfortunately, not very well covered on television in the US. For most of us, that pushes us to either insane satellite TV receiver hacking, or the internet. And for the internet, nothing is as valuable a resource as www.cyclingfans.com. You can follow them on twitter, or facebook.
And thanks to them, use yankees (and non-yankees, as the case may be) can catch a glimpse of the 2011 pro team presentations. Even though we already know who will be on most of these teams, these presentations are still fun to watch.
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.
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.
Nearly every bicycle tail light sold seems to come with hardware to mount it to the seat post, and observation would show that is in fact the most common location for people to put them. However, if you put a cargo rack on the back of your bike, this location can become impractical for a number of reasons. The rack itself may block visibility of the light from the rear of your bike. And if not, any cargo you may actually want to carry on the rack surely will.
Apparently for some simply stealing a guys bike isn’t enough. Instead of stopping there, let’s beat him unconscious too. At least that’s what a SacBee article is reporting.
That actually raises an interesting point that has always bothered me. Historically we’ve had much higher legal penalties for stealing primary transportation – first horses and now cars. These penalties have been (and are) higher than the simple financial value of the stolen property. Why? A big reason is that stealing someone’s primary transportation can leave a person stranded in a way that can potentially be dangerous for them. Well, what about those of us that use bikes as our primary transportation? What happens when I am 30, 40, 50 miles or more from home and get my bike stolen? Where’s my “Grand Theft Bicycle” statute?
All that aside, I wish this cyclist a speedy recovery. I’m still feeling the mental effects of the theft of my bike, and I didn’t have the added insult of a physical assault to go along with it.