GIVE ME THREE FEET, Serbian Edition

I mentioned the Bicycle Safety Wing yesterday, which is a reflective stick that extends 12 inches from the bike. Here’s how they do flash flags in Serbia.

GIVE ME THREE FEET

California law, incidentally, stipulates no maximum width for bicycles and their passengers or cargo.

Photo grabbed from this Serbian news site that invites participant contributions.

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GIVE ME THREE FEET, Serbian Edition

I mentioned the Bicycle Safety Wing yesterday, which is a reflective stick that extends 12 inches from the bike. Here’s how they do flash flags in Serbia.

GIVE ME THREE FEET

California law, incidentally, stipulates no maximum width for bicycles and their passengers or cargo.

Photo grabbed from this Serbian news site that invites participant contributions.

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BSNYC Friday Fun Et Cetera!

Happy Halloween, yeah, whatever, grow up.

Let's move on.

What with the new Antarctic Blue hats I'm hawking I fully expect to move into a higher income bracket any day now, so I'm already shopping for a new apartment in the $10 to $20 million range.  Naturally, I turned to the New York Times Real Estate section, and they had some good advice for me:


You can spend tens of millions on a high-end condo, but don't forget to budget for a place to store your skis or house your children's au pair.

Tell me about it!  Right now we're keeping the au pair on the top shelf in the coat closet, and I'm getting tired of rummaging around up there for her--then when I finally do manage to pull her out, the butler, maid, and landscaper come tumbling down along with her...followed lastly by a bowling ball for comic effect.

Fortunately, when you're house-hunting at my level, storage is a bargain:

With the starting price of $72,000 for the 36-square-foot storage unit at 56 Leonard, for example, the price per square foot comes to $2,000. “That kind of makes sense,” Mr. Miller said, when you consider the apartments there have been selling for as much as $4,000 a square foot.

Besides, he added, “What’s $72,000 on a $50 million sale? It’s a rounding error.”

Interestingly, $72,000 is a rounding error until the city wants you to pay a pied-à-terre tax or help fund public kindergarten, in which case it becomes a communist plot.  After all, why should the gub'mint get to dip into your cigar-lighting money?

Really, though, the point of all this is that you'd think people shopping for $50 million apartments and tossing in another $72K on storage would have nicer bicycles:


Seriously, what gives?  Looks like a a prop from the 1997 Nashbar catalog.

Meanwhile, the Village Voice reports that the NYPD may be harnessing the awesome power of gratuitous bicycle ticketing to wrangle those pesky non-whites:


"There are more sidewalk stops in the same neighborhoods where there are more stop-and-frisks," Stephan tells the Voice. "Institutionally the practice is even more nefarious, because people in these neighborhoods are starved of a resource [bike lanes] and then penalized for turning to the next logical option available. It's like the city failing to give a neighborhood a park and then criminally charging children for playing in the street."

A ticket for biking on the sidewalk can easily evolve from a traffic violation to a more serious crime if the accused fails to respond to the summons.

"What might seem like a matter of petty over-policing in neighborhoods of color is actually giving thousands of people of color a criminal record," Stephan says.

Conveniently, receiving a summons for riding on the sidewalk requires an appearance in court:

A summons requires a defendant to appear in court on a specific date to contest or pay his or her fine. If the accused misses the court date, an arrest warrant is issued, typically unbeknownst to its target.

Unlike killing a child on the sidewalk in front of her school with your car, which is perfectly acceptable:


But don't worry, because "Vision Zero" is here, and Mayor De Blasio assures us the NYPD is going to going to step up its bicycle enforcement:


De Blasio acknowledged that motorists striking bicyclists is the primary threat to bike safety and that increased enforcement against drivers who speed and fail to yield will also benefit bicyclists. He then pivoted to the administration’s efforts to ticket bike riders.

“We also know that there are some bicyclists who have acted inappropriately, and we have increased enforcement activity towards them,” he said. “This is going to be equal opportunity.”

Sounds about right.

All of this, of course, is why we're America's Most Bike-Friendly City:


I suppose next we'll see Monrovia topping Condé Nast Traveler's list of top-100 vacation destinations:


Speaking of which, Americans watched in horror yesterday as a perfectly healthy woman rode a bicycle through the least-densely populated state east of the Mississippi River (this is exactly how idiots think you get Ebola)--and astute bike nerds noticed that her boyfriend was riding a fat bike:


When it comes to bike-culture-meets-mainstream-culture moments, the fixie had "Premium Rush," salmoning had the Alec Baldwin arrest, and now the fat bike has The Ebola Ride Seen 'Round The World.

And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz.  As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer.  If you're right you are a genius, and if you're wrong you'll see someone traveling at just shy of Metric Fred "Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" speed.

Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and let me know if you hear of any good mansions for sale.


--Wildcat Rock Machine



(That's his "Listening to REO Speedwagon" smile.)

1) Jens Voigt holds the cycling hour record.

--True
--False






(Cultural wasteland.)

2) A new report claims Canada has no:

--Cycling culture
--Doping culture
--Gun culture
--Agriculture







3) This morning, Jens Voigt announced his intention to come out of retirement and set the hour-and-ten-minute record.

--True
--False





4) What is this straphanger drawing?

--His fellow passengers
--Bikes
--Dogs
--Porn







5) Marco Pantani is the Italian Tupac.

--True
--False





(In Copenhagen, nobody even shines your shoes while you use the bicycle footrest.  What a freaking dump.)

6) The biggest problem facing Copenhagen is:

--Increased popularity of motor vehicles due to falling fuel prices
--A shortage of bicycle parking
--The looming threat of a bicycle butler strike
--Those filthy Swedes







7) E-bikes are out, _______________ are in.

--Solar bikes
--Vegetable oil bikes
--Pneumatic bikes
--E-bola bikes



***Special "Is The Aero Helment Really Necessary Here?"--Themed Bonus Video***



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Stephane, World Bicycle Traveller

Stephane, World Bicycle Traveller from BlueDogFilms on Vimeo.

Well dang, it’s Friday, where are YOU riding this weekend?
“It’s a wonderful life.”

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I Love Riding in the City – Samuel Meyer

I Love Riding in the CityNAME: Samuel Meyer
LOCATION: Kent Ohio
OCCUPATION: 4th Grader

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Living in Kent is great for riding. It’s a small city so we can get everywhere on two wheels with a quickness. We have a Bike Shop in town and are on our bikes constantly. Over the past few years there has been a lot of new trails and and paths added here for the people to use.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Riding in Kent is great but I really enjoy going to Cleveland and riding around the city with my family. We went to the recent NEOcycle Festival and there was 1500 people on the night ride. It was awesome.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Riding in the streets we have to be safe. There are plenty of routes to take and going a different way is always fun. We are lucky to have Kent State campus in our neighborhood which has an awesome trail running through it that we can ride for miles.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

Being on my bike I can go fast through the streets and riding with my family is my favorite thing to do. The Riverside trail by the train tracks is always fun. It’s great to see more and more kids and grown-ups on their bikes in our town.

Check out kentcycle.com

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Santa Cruz: One of a kind stolen bike

Local businessman Rafael Ortiz is on the board of directors of the USA Cycling Board of Directors. He owns a one-of-a-kind USA Cycling team Olympic bike. It was, sadly, stolen, and he asks the public to keep an eye out for it.

Stolen USA Olympic Team road racing bicycle Santa Cruz

Ortiz offers a modest reward. More details at the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reward offered for Olympic racing bike stolen from Santa Cruz.


Speaking of theft, I recently ordered a Trackr Stickr that I plan to affix to my bike. This is a $25 small electronic gizmo that uses “crowd GPS” to help locate lost items. The Trackr Stickr is about the size of a quarter that you affix to things you don’t want to lose. Because of the technology it uses, you need a new-ish phone (iPhone 4s or newer, or Android 4.4 or newer on a phone with Bluetooth Low Energy).

Crowd GPS?

Trackr uses Bluetooth Low Energy to tether to your mobile device. If it goes out of range, it pings other Bluetooth LE devices running Trackr and other Open Garden apps, to silently and anonymously forward the location of your Stickr’d item to Trackr.

It’s meant more for things like keeping track of small things like your car keys and pets, but I’m curious about about other possibilities like stolen bike recovery. I’ll experiment by handing my bike to friends in various locations and see how long it takes for me to find my bike. I’ll report my findings back here.

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Santa Cruz: One of a kind stolen bike

Local businessman Rafael Ortiz is on the board of directors of the USA Cycling Board of Directors. He owns a one-of-a-kind USA Cycling team Olympic bike. It was, sadly, stolen, and he asks the public to keep an eye out for it.

Stolen USA Olympic Team road racing bicycle Santa Cruz

Ortiz offers a modest reward. More details at the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reward offered for Olympic racing bike stolen from Santa Cruz.


Speaking of theft, I recently ordered a Trackr Stickr that I plan to affix to my bike. This is a $25 small electronic gizmo that uses “crowd GPS” to help locate lost items. The Trackr Stickr is about the size of a quarter that you affix to things you don’t want to lose. Because of the technology it uses, you need a new-ish phone (iPhone 4s or newer, or Android 4.4 or newer on a phone with Bluetooth Low Energy).

Crowd GPS?

Trackr uses Bluetooth Low Energy to tether to your mobile device. If it goes out of range, it pings other Bluetooth LE devices running Trackr and other Open Garden apps, to silently and anonymously forward the location of your Stickr’d item to Trackr.

It’s meant more for things like keeping track of small things like your car keys and pets, but I’m curious about about other possibilities like stolen bike recovery. I’ll experiment by handing my bike to friends in various locations and see how long it takes for me to find my bike. I’ll report my findings back here.

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Seen in the wild: Bicycle Safety Wing

I saw this guy with his Bicycle Safety Wing on the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose, CA the other day.


Flash flag

This is a pop-out plastic shaft with a reflective panel that extends about 12 inches, or about handlebar width. Our good friends at Cantitoe Road distribute these to your local bike shop, where they retail for about $15. The Bicycle Safety Wing is also available for purchase online.

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Kaci Hickox rides a bicycle

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and defies quarantine orders after her return home to Maine, went for a bike ride this morning.

Kaci Hickox rides a bicycle

There’s no word on if those hordes of reporters were cited for impeding traffic or not.

Story and slideshow over at the Portland Press Herald. H/T to our old friend Mr Paul Tay of Tulsa, OK.

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Sorry I’m late, hope you all just started without me.

Wow, so many important things about ME to mention today!

MEMEMEMEME!

Firstly, I wrote a thing for Bicycling magazine that they published on the Internet--that's the mainstream Internet, the one that everybody reads, and not the "deep" Internet with all the arms dealing and the animal porn:


You know when you see Assos Man bearing down to force out an invisible doody that it's gonna be good.

Thirdly, I'm pleased to announce that Walz are now offering the Fred "Woo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo!" bicycle-capping hat in an alternative blue colo(u)r(way)!


We're very excited about it, and we're calling the hue "Antarctic blue" in honor of the car Clark Griswold ordered but never got in "National Lampoon's Vacation."


(Not the Antarctic blue super sports wagon with the CB and the optional rally fun pack.)

Actually, I'm calling it "Antarctic blue," because I just came up with it.  I have no idea what Walz is calling it, though I'm guessing it's something like "That pain-in-the-ass's blue hat."

And of course you can still get the original "La Cabeza en el Fuego" style as well:


One thing's for sure, which is that there's never been a better time in human history to be in the market for a hat.

And secondly, on Novembers 8th and 9th, there's going to be a Philly Bike Expo somewhere in Pennsylvania, I'm guessing either Philadelphia or maybe Wilkes-Barre:


(Undead Christopher Hitchens riding a cargo bike in an unnamed city.)

At which, on Sunday November 9th, I'll be giving...a seminar!


Yeah, okay, whatever, right?

But did I mention I'll also be giving away...SOME HATS!?!

Perked up there, didn'tcha, you bloodsuckers?

So, to recap:

1) Bicycling thing;
3) Blue hats;
2) Philly appearance with hats.

Who said bike blogging isn't hard work!?!

(Well, whoever it was, they were absolutely right.)

Moving on, we put up with a lot of shit here in New York City when it comes to cycling, but there are two things that make it worth it: spring, and fall.  Both of these seasons are positively glorious times during which to ride, especially in contrast to summer and winter, both of which can suck balls for totally different reasons.

As for which of these two seasons is the best, you can make a pretty strong case for both, but in my opinion the winner is the fall.  This is because 1) The off-road trails are often still soft and muddy in the spring; and 2) Spring is full of wobbly-legged newbies, but by fall they've either given up cycling or been killed.

Also, there's cyclocross, but as a hard-working bike blogger (see above) with seventeen (17) children I no longer have time to spend driving all up and down the eastern seaboard just to ride my bike for 45 minutes (or until pulled from the course for getting lapped).

Anyway, yesterday I had a luncheon appointment downtown, and because it was a lovely autumn day I opted to ride the Son of Scat:


Which rides easily as nicely as a Budnitz:


In fact, it rides more nicely because it doesn't creak like the steps in an old Victorian and I don't feel like a total metrodouche while riding it.

Once downtown, I did encounter the usual array of bike lane blockage, which is sometimes so elaborate as to seem choreographed:


And which often stings like a shot of bottom-shelf hooch--which appears to be what's blocking this bike lane:


Though all my frustrations melted away on my return, the greenway blissfully bereft of both trucks and Freds as the Hudson tempted me to follow it to its very source:


I'm not actually sure what the source of the Hudson River is, but I think it comes from a leaky sewage pipe in Yonkers.

Before long I passed the George Washington Bridge, where I admired the changing colo(u)r(way) of the foliage along the Palisades:


"Palisades" is an old Indian word meaning "Land of A Thousand Strava Segments."

Yes, for about an hour I didn't have a care in the world, and though most have returned since there's one thing I still don't worry about, which is Ebola:


If there are two things that horrify Americans, it's contagious diseases and bicycles, so this has "National Panic" written all over it.  (Though oddly we're not bothered by civil rights violations such as forced quarantines of healthy people.)  Of course, this is total non-news inasmuch as by the time someone was sick enough to spread Ebola they'd be way too ill to even think about riding a bicycle, but at least the idiots of America will be relieved to know she was wearing a helment:


Let me know if she starts manifesting Ebola symptoms and then goes riding around town flinging her own feces at people.

Then I'll worry--at which point I'll get one of these:




You need a dedicated zombie bike.


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