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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Silicon Valley bikey events this weekend

The Los Altos (CA) History Museum began exhibiting “Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse” last April. As part of this summer-long bike theme, the museum has two special events over the weekend. Saturday’s event is an electric bike festival from 10 AM to 1 PM at the museum, where you can see a bamboo electric read more »
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Look at me! Look at me!

You’ve seen bikes covered with glow-in-the-dark and reflective surfaces. They look cool, but they might not provide the eye-popping visibility that you really expect. What if there was a captivating coating for your bike that increases your conspicuity while looking sexy? Darkside Scientific has developed an electroluminescent (EL) coating system that can be painted onto read more »
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Parking in Santa Cruz California

Ramona Turner’s “Street Smarts” column in the Sentinel addresses the issue of storing private property on public rights-of-way in Santa Cruz, while also discussion the multitude of scofflaw cyclists. It occurs to me that a solution to the first issue presents itself. Regarding an inquiry about how many cars residents are allowed to park on read more »
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Team Sky rests in style

How’s a Jaguar F-Type Coupé grab you as a team support vehicle? How long before a Specialized team runs with McLaren autos for their team support vehicles? #452478394 / gettyimages.com #452478036 / gettyimages.com #452482100 / gettyimages.com #452483548 / gettyimages.com #452484278 / gettyimages.com Continue reading »

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Why everybody rides the train in Japan

Video shows what driving a car looks like in Yokohama, Japan. Continue reading »

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A teaser video for … a new bike lock?

Kryptonite released this video about a new “Messenger Collection” of bike locks designed with input from New York bike couriers. I initially ignored the video because “Collection” almost sounds like a stylistic change. I like Kryptonite’s colored sleeves for their u-locks, but producing this pre-announce video two months before product launch probably signals something a read more »
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Which frame / compact pump?

Question for you all: my current pump was bought two bikes ago and doesn’t fit my current bike. It’s Topeak’s rock solid clone of the classic Zefal HPX frame pump. These days, it’s strapped to the downtube but looks horrible and is inconvenient to unstrap for use. I’m frankly done with CO2 cartridges. I haven’t read more »
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Free coffee for bike commuters

Attention San Jose bike people: I put $40 in the pot just for you at Bel Bacio Il Migliore Caffè in Little Italy, and there’s still at least $30 available for you to spend. Please spend it today. Show up with a bike, ask for a “sospeso for bike train” and get a free coffee read more »
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Crash Test Dummy bicycle jersey

This is an ad. Somebody’s got to pay for that coffee I bought for all of those bike commuters this morning in San Jose. I’m not a fan of Primal Wear’s designs, but I might make an exception for their Crash Test Dummy bike jersey. This jersey is available online via Amazon in short sleeve, read more »
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Free coffee at tomorrow’s San Jose Bike Train

San Jose Bike Train runs tomorrow, Wednesday July 16 at 8 AM, and rides to destinations north (towards the Bay) along the Guadalupe River Trail. As a bonus, the first eight people who show up at Caffe Bel Bacio in Little Italy to meet for bike train will get a free coffee. See below for read more »
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