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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

A step through frame from Faraday Bikes

Three years ago, Faraday introduced their electric bike, notable because it’s much prettier than other ebikes, among other features. Earlier this week, Faraday launched a crowd-funding campaign for a step-through model they call the “Cortland” (rhymes with Portland?). Besides offering two models of step-through ebikes, Faraday’s news Kickstarter adds upgrade opportunities for current owners of read more » Continue reading »

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Japanese pet porter bicycles

Do you know about those delivery bicycles with small front wheels and large front baskets? In Japan, these bike are apparently marketed for carrying your pets. This is the Coloco “Potta” — pronounced “po tah” (think how a Japanese person might pronounce porteur) — which retails for the equivalent of $360 American plus shipping. Another read more » Continue reading »

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Made in USA bike bells at NAHBS

Visit NAHBS to see the method behind the $50 Spurcycle Bike Bell the weekend of February 26, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Spurcycle launched a successful Kickstarter to manufacture well engineered bicycle bells. They’re tremendously popular here in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially among road cyclists. The unobtrusive bells give a bright, friendly read more » Continue reading »

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#TBT: A trip to NAHBS in Sacramento

For Throwback Thursday, here’s this reminder to buy your tickets online ahead of time for the 2016 North American Handmade bicycle Show in Sacramento. The last time NAHBS visited Sacramento in 2012, over 8000 bike enthusiasts mobbed the Sacramento Convention Center on the Saturday of the show. Those with tickets walked right in, while those read more » Continue reading »

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Pi is exactly three!

Frinkiac is an amazing search engine allowing you to find screen captures from 15 years of dialogue in “The Simpsons.” Search on “bike”, for example, and you get every episode where the word “bike” is mentioned. For Whatever That’s Worth. Via Megavolt, with whom I ride the bus. Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz traffic safety group moving to Vision Zero

The Santa Cruz County Community Traffic Safety Coalition (CTSC) recently voted to work towards a Vision Zero policy. In 2013, 200 collisions involving cyclists in Santa Cruz County injured 194 cyclists and killed three. Six pedestrians were also injured in bike/pedestrian collisions. On a population basis, this places Santa Cruz second in the state for read more » Continue reading »

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Santa Cruz traffic safety group moving to Vision Zero

The Santa Cruz County Community Traffic Safety Coalition (CTSC) recently voted to work towards a Vision Zero policy. In 2013, 200 collisions involving cyclists in Santa Cruz County injured 194 cyclists and killed three. Six pedestrians were also injured in bike/pedestrian collisions. On a population basis, this places Santa Cruz second in the state for read more » Continue reading »

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Public Comment: Caltrans to close US101 to bikes in SLO County

Note: Public comment is due by the end of the end of the business day on TUESDAY, February 9, 2016. Sorry for the late notice, but I just received word on this myself. Caltrans District 5 announced plans to close eight miles of US Highway 101 to bicycles near the Monterey County / San Luis read more » Continue reading »

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Ride bicycle rickshaws to Super Bowl 50

With some Uber drivers promising to boycott transportation to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, and game day parking as far as a mile from Levi’s Stadium, pedicab operators expect to make good cash on Super Bowl Sunday as they transport fans to and from the stadium. Bicycle rickshaw operators will converge in the city read more » Continue reading »

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#waroncars in Indian music video

This video clip from a Telegu language movie features an oblivious scofflaw cyclist wreaking traffic mayhem in Hyderabad, India. Watch and enjoy! Via Jym, who writes: =v= That video is from a movie, which you can find on YouTube, _Maryada_Ramanna_. It is in the Telugu language but you can turn on English subtitles. =v= The read more » Continue reading »

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