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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2011 edited
     
    Looking over LA's offifical visitors map. I couldn't help but notice how beautiful and appealing to see women bicyclists at the forefront, with palm trees and sand (located in Venice beach). Above the front page is a small photo of downtown LA buildings..
    I'm perusing the map and learning the location of Metro-subway stops. Venice beach is about 20 miles from the nearest Metro-subway stop.


    The LA subway train and station resembles the subway system in Toronto. Both were probably made in the same era and by the same company. It will be something worth looking into.
    That's So LA - Subway
    • CommentAuthorJim
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2011
     
    Just went for a short ride to see the damage at a place I eat at occasionally . http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/sep/19/el-cajon-police-looking-driver-who-fled-after-cras/

    On my ride, I counted 14 adults on bikes (a good thing), 2 on the side walk, 3 riding against traffic (one with a toddler on back) and 1 going from the road to the sidewalk then running the red light (not a good thing).
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2011
     
    I switched from the $15 Home Depot sunglasses I've been using for over five years to almost clear $15 3M protective glasses from Home Depot. They still provide the UV protection, but they also allow me to ride with the glasses at night ... which is good because then I can use my eyeglasses mirror.



    They also have an anti-fogging coating that worked this AM.

    http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NATekk/Tekk/Products/?PC_7_RJH9U52308TRC0I1HERA9U0CR0_nid=QWKBT5WH72gs8SCNHR76W3glN7BW0FB9XMbl
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    I have similar safety glasses (clear and shade) that I found at Ace hardware and it works as good as the expensive sports glasses but cost 10x less.
    • CommentAuthorJim
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2011
     
    bike flashmob

    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2011
     
    I know this is supposed to be a funny article, but it read a bit weird,


    My Bicycle and I have a gay relationship


    I can see what the author is trying to do here, but it seems a bit long winded...and I think misses the mark of good humor writing (IMHO). But points for trying?
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     
    Great Blog!

    Lets Make One Thing Clear, I Am Not Slowing You Down

    Lets make one thing crystal clear. Cyclists are not slowing you down. You read that correctly, cyclists are not the reason you are not going as fast as you want to go.

    “But what about when they ride in the street!!!!!11!!!”

    No, stop it. Listen.

    C Y C L I S T S A R E N O T T H E O N E S S L O W I N G Y O U D O W N.


    (see any cyclists here?)

    This is not a matter of opinion, this is a simple math problem. I can prove this with a piece of paper and a pencil. I can tell by the look on your face that you don’t believe me. You think I am just another smug cyclists using your road and slowing you down.

    Ok lets do a little thought experiment. Every day while you sit in traffic and wonder why traffic isn’t moving, I want you to take a good look at what is in front of you, and take another good look at what is behind you. Keep a little note book, write down what you see. After a month or two, add up your results. I am going to guess that “cyclists” = 0 and “other people in cars” = a whole fucking bunch. Cyclists are not the ones slowing you down.
    Need more proof, how about we use some more math. A person on a bicycle takes up 8-10 sq foot of road, a car takes up 100+ square feet of road. Road space is limited…do the math. Cyclists are not the ones slowing you down.

    “But one time this guy on a bike got right in front of me and I had to go around, slowing me down!!!!”

    You know one time I found a ten dollar bill on the ground, you know what happened the other 99.99% of the time, I didn’t. Cyclists are not the ones slowing you down.

    You want to know what is slowing you down? You are. You are the problem. Every day you get in your car all by your self and you drive to work. You take up all sorts of space on the street just so you can move yourself (and no one else) a couple miles down the street. You are getting in everyone way. You are taking up space on the street that another car driver could use. You speed up too fast, and then have to slam on your brakes because you don’t pay attention to the timing of red lights. You are taking up parking spots, you are blocking that driveway, you are are keeping the bus from making that turn. You didn’t let that guy merge in so he is blocking both lanes. You stopped half way into the intersection. You are slowing you down.
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     
    read that a few months ago... love the thought experiment part :face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorWilliam.
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     
    bikingbill:C Y C L I S T S A R E N O T T H E O N E S S L O W I N G Y O U D O W N.


    bike > hybrid

    bike+suv>hybrid
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     
    William.:
    bikingbill:C Y C L I S T S A R E N O T T H E O N E S S L O W I N G Y O U D O W N.


    bike > hybrid

    bike+suv>hybrid


    'splain? (The SUV part :-) )
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     
    Just watched North Park bike cops (a female and male cop) pull over a minivan!!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011 edited
     
    How can motorists expect to ever earn the respect of cyclists as equals on the roadway when they routinely break the traffic code (phones, stop signs, red lights, turn signals, yields - and much more)?

    /sarcasm

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    I thought I was crazy when I saw a red fox while descending the Hillside trail this morning - the little guy ran in front of me for about ten seconds and scurried into the chaparral: I have never seen a red fox in San Diego before, and cannot say I knew they even existed here.

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    Cycling + espresso => Valhalla
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
     
    When I lived on campus at UCSD I probably saw red foxes a dozen times -- always late at night. The campus had a lot more trees back then.

    I once saw a deer with two fawns standing next to Calle Cristobal, late at night. None of the housing West of Camino Santa Fe existed back then. It was near the part where the road starts to descend into Sorrento Valley, becoming Sorrento Valley Blvd. I used to live in Mira Mesa and would hike in that canyon sometimes (Penasquitos Canyon) and saw deer tracks most of those times.

    Other random night animals I've spotted in San Diego: possums, raccoons, skunks, bobcats and coyotes. I see coyotes and raccoons in the day time sometimes. I see rabbits pretty often in the day time. I once had a coyote walk up to me begging for food on the 10th green of Balboa Park Golf Course. There's a snack shack between the 9th green and the 10th tee there and people must have fed it in the past and it had lost its natural fear of humans. It's a spectacularly bad idea to feed predatory wild animals. There's a reason why coyotes have not been domesticated. I held out my putter (huge heavy club head) straight at his face with my arm straight. He got close to it, thought better of it and walked away. I was ready to hit him if necessary. I was glad that it wasn't.

    I still haven't seen a cougar in real life though I've seen them on the news or heard them reported in various eastern parts of the county (Poway, Ramona etc). I carry pepper spray (the bear kind) when I go hiking, just in case. I also remember the advice to make yourself look as big as possible if you encounter them. Stand up as straight as possible. Open your coat if you're wearing one. The bigger you look, the less likely they are to attack.
    • CommentAuthorAlanKHG
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
     
    PacMUle:this is totally awesome! i wonder how it feels to ride...
    metal wheels!?!
    http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665045/soft-ride-bike-has-steel-tires-and-you-can-ride-it-now

    It's probably better-cushioned than most airless systems. But I'm pretty sure a flat smooth piece of steel has a little less grip in cornering than a rounded piece of rubber.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
     
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011 edited
     
    This is just cool ...



    The Path Less Pedaled is an open-ended bicycle tour - and an exploration of what it means to live outside the lines. In March 2009, Laura Crawford and Russ Roca made the decision to drop out of the status quo and find something new in an open-ended journey.

    Instead of investing in a corporate job, a mortgage, a retirement plan, we decided to invest in ourselves. We took the value off of our stuff and put it on the opportunity to live deeply, to follow our dreams, to create everyday adventures. We stopped wondering about the rest of the world, and went out to experience it.

    We’re not super-athletes. We’re not out to set any speed records. The mileage doesn’t really matter. Our journey is about meeting people, tasting new foods, seeing unknown corners of the world. We travel on bicycle because we move slowly. We can sink into our surroundings and connect deeply with the world around us. We can watch the rain create rivers, play harmonica under the stars, cook dinner over an open fire.
    As we meander across the map, we’ve learned that the best route isn’t always the straightest one, and the greatest experience isn’t always the most comfortable. The more we trust ourselves and the people around us, the richer our interactions become. We have made friends with change, knowing that spontaneity brings incredible opportunities. And we share our journey because everybody needs a community and a little bit of inspiration.

    And they are coming here!

    Saturday, October 1: Tour de Fat, San Diego
    We’re headed down to San Diego for New Belgium’s quintessential festival of bike fun and beer. We’ll even be loading the camping gear on the bikes, and squeezing a short tour into the trip south! If you’ll be at Tour de Fat, look for us. We’ll be in the parade (possibly in costume) and hanging out through the rest of the day. (We’d also love to spend an extra day or two in San Diego, so contact us if you’d like to meet up or host us for a night.)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011
     
    If someone here manages to meet these people see if they'll do a talk in the shop. Their story would be fun to hear.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011
     
    Velo Cult:If someone here manages to meet these people see if they'll do a talk in the shop. Their story would be fun to hear.


    I'm on it.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011
     
    I've only been able to tour for six weeks at a time, but the overwhelming feeling on the morning after arriving home from a long tour is "when do we break camp today?"
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011 edited
     
    Cecil:
    Velo Cult:If someone here manages to meet these people see if they'll do a talk in the shop. Their story would be fun to hear.


    I'm on it.


    They have a recent FB post about possible places to visit. I'll suggest if they'd like to give a short talk at VC. The will be in San Diego on Thursday.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
     
    Thanks. Sounds like a fun talk.
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
     
    really sad the kickstand comic is over :face-crying: soooooo many mornings that strip put a smile on my face!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
     
    markphilips:
    Cecil:
    Velo Cult:If someone here manages to meet these people see if they'll do a talk in the shop. Their story would be fun to hear.


    I'm on it.


    They have a recent FB post about possible places to visit. I'll suggest if they'd like to give a short talk at VC. The will be in San Diego on Thursday.


    Thanks Mark. They got a hold of me and we're a go for Tuesday. Once I get the flyer from them I'll create a thread for this. So far these two are really professional and on the ball.
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    Thanks for hosting them...Urban BS may ride by around 8pm on Tuesday and Sam already posted something in Bike San Diego FB page.
    • CommentAuthordstone
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011 edited
     
    By the way, have people seen this trailer of the film "Premium Rush"? AlanKHG pointed it out to me last night. Bike Snob NY had the usual sardonic remarks to make.

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Just sayin'.
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
     
    Cry. The trailer shows all bad bike behavior, confrontational warfare between bikes and cars, and establishes bikes as the hostile/rebellious fringe.

    Laugh. Clearly the bikez are just a substitute for tunerz carz, hackerz computerz, or other Xtreme ztuff, and only act as a tangent to the plot. As much as we have a safety concern while biking in traffic, none of us do ludicrous stunts while fighting cars for OUR VERY LIVES.

    Eh, it's a Hollywood action movie. I'm going to enjoy the questions from coworkers asking me if this is what I do to get to work every day.
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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
     
    Good or bad, it brings public attention to urban cycling. It's taken us a century of automobile dominance, but we are back and re-entering the mainstream. This is just the beginning!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
     
    Re: Premium Rush...I guess I'm totally out of touch, but when did bike messengers start wearing helmets in NYC?

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    Just wondering...

    Nathan Fletcher (candidate for SD mayor) filed his Campaign Disclosure Statement. One of his contributors owns a "Bicycle Casino"

    This intrigued me so I looked it up and found this. I don't know if I've suddenly stepped into an alternative universe or what...but can anyone else figure out why this is called a Bicycle Casino? What is a Bicycle Casino? Does the word "bicycle" suddenly mean something different? V. confused.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
     
    wpstoll:Good or bad, it brings public attention to urban cycling. It's taken us a century of automobile dominance, but we are back and re-entering the mainstream. This is just the beginning!


    I was reading the history of the League of American Bicyclists and learned that they disbanded right around the time the AAA emerged and began to get real popular. And then re-emerged in 1960something after the highway system was built and the automobile started to dictate transportation policy. Seems like this 40+ year gap where the League was not active was very critical based on how marketing, transportation and the public perception of transportation changed.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011 edited
     
    Sam:Re: Premium Rush...I guess I'm totally out of touch, but when did bike messengers start wearing helmets in NYC?

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    Just wondering...

    Nathan Fletcher (candidate for SD mayor) filed his Campaign Disclosure Statement. One of his contributors owns a "Bicycle Casino"

    This intrigued me so I looked it up and found this. I don't know if I've suddenly stepped into an alternative universe or what...but can anyone else figure out why this is called a Bicycle Casino? What is a Bicycle Casino? Does the word "bicycle" suddenly mean something different? V. confused.




    Bicycle Playing Cards are a popular brand of standard playing cards, and are the USPCC's original brand and product. Since 1885, the Bicycle brand has been manufactured by the United States Printing Company, which, in 1894, became the United States Playing Card Company of Cincinnati. "Bicycle" is a trademark of that company. They are popular with magicians and other card enthusiasts.

    The typical Bicycle deck (Poker-standard Type 808) is a standard issue deck of cards consisting of 52 traditional Anglo-American playing cards, two jokers, an information card, and a card describing poker ranks. As with most decks, the first standard card of the deck is the uniquely-stylized Ace of Spades. The Bicycle trademark is usually also printed on the Ace of Spades. The type number of a Bicycle deck can be found both on the bottom of the deck box and on the stone of the Joker artwork.

    Bicycle playing cards are sold in a variety of decks featuring different cards (such as for use in pinochle), back designs (including the traditional rider back and older Vintage backs), face designs (including Jumbo Index and Lo Vision cards for the visually impaired, and a "PokerPeek" design on their Pro series decks that simplifies looking at hole cards), and sizes (such as narrower bridge decks, thicker Masters Edition cards designed to last longer, and Big Bicycle cards that are four times the normal card size). Any of the aforementioned are traditionally available with red and blue backs, but other back colors (including black, silver, and even pastel colors) are also available. There is even a "Ghost" deck that is entirely black and white except for red hearts and diamonds on the corners of appropriate cards. Consumer paper versions of the plastic KEM type WSOP decks are sold under the Bicycle brand. In 2010, Bicycle Playing Cards released special 125th anniversary decks which include a redesigned rear side, redesigned Ace of Spades, and 1885-2010 written under the numbers on the corner on each card.

    Bicycle playing cards are commonly used in card magic and flourishes, and are generally considered by magicians as the best playing cards for most tricks, particularly those tricks where the facing of the card needs to be concealed (this is allowed by the white border on the back of the card). In addition to specialty decks specifically designed for card tricks (not to mention spinoff brands such as Arcane, Artifice, Sentinels and Propaganda), Bicycle also make other kinds of non-standard card decks, such as a "gaff" deck (contained in a mirrored-art box) with an assortment of unusually-altered cards that can be used with regular cards for tricks or jokes.
    [edit]Magic with Bicycle Playing Cards

    Magicians such as Daryl, David Blaine, Brad Christian, Cyril Takayama, Chad Nelson, Robby Arcane, and many others have all used and performed effects with Bicycle Playing Cards. Bicycle cards can have an 'air cushion' finish which improves the handling of the cards. Arrco's, Tally-Ho's, Alladin's, Dan and Dave's Smoke & Mirror cards as well as the other playing cards on this page are ideal for use with magic tricks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Playing_Card_Company
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011
     
    Thanks, bikingbill. Now that makes so much more sense.
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    Tour de Poway was today. Noticed numbered bibs on PCH.
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    Just wondering...
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011 edited
     
    Hans:Just wondering...
    Funny - but no thanks: in a functioning democracy corporations and other organizations don't vote - only people do.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    Sigurd:
    Hans:Just wondering...
    Funny - but no thanks: in a functioning democracy corporations and other organizations don't vote - only people do.
    We are not a democracy. We are a democratic republic. There's a difference -- and that picture is a result of that.
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      CommentAuthorGeoff
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    Don't blame me: I voted for Kodos.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    I can't vote in this country (yet) but get the impression that it wouldn't really matter anyway.


    I did have one of these in my front yard but my wife had me take it down, afraid that the neighbors would not appreciate.

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      CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    Illiterate neighbors don't appreciate allusions to H.P. Lovecraft?
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      CommentAuthorPacMUle
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    ^^ that is pretty damn funny! ^^
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    PacMUle:^^ that is pretty damn funny! ^^


    Agreed!
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2011
     
    Just sayin'... I didn't even know H.P.Lovecraft was anything but an obscure rock band in my album collection. I admittedly, don't read enough.:face-plain:
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    Sigurd:
    Hans:Just wondering...
    Funny - but no thanks: in a functioning democracy corporations and other organizations don't vote - only people do.

    That's why the people are fed up and OCCUPYing all over the country. The corporations have so much control over government and the economy.

    The concept of critical mass as morphed into a revolution (just to bring this discussion back to focus on what we are passionate about.)
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    R.I.P. Steve Jobs....
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
     
    Reading the bike section on CL is becoming very frustrating.

    What's up with all those motorized bikes? Why take a perfectly nice form of transport and exercise and slap on a noisy gas engine?

    And that is not even talking about the dangers of going 30mph on a POS that can barely handle 10mph and is designed to last maybe 2-3 months...
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
     
    They pollute more than 10 cars too
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
     
    Velo Cult:They pollute more than 10 cars too


    The 2-cycle ones are more like 1000 Prius'es in terms of pollution.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
     
    markphilips:R.I.P. Steve Jobs....


    My blog on Steve: The Shawshank Redemption and Steve Jobs
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
     
    batmick:Reading the bike section on CL is becoming very frustrating. What's up with all those motorized bikes?...

    I've always thought they're mis-catagorized. Too me, motorized + bicycle = motor-cycle. Gasoline or electric, they're motors.
    Have pedals? It's a moped.
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
     
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