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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Waterproof cycling socks

I’ve mentioned SealSkinz waterproof socks a couple of times on these pages. They’re thin socks with a waterproof, breathable lining and are a favorite among kayakers and winter cyclists. I recently discovered similar socks branded “Dexshell” from a Chinese company. I’m still reviewing them but I’m already impressed. They use the same “Porelle” waterproof, breathable read more » Continue reading »

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Tweaks to my old map app

After several years of inattention, I’ve finally tweaked my old online bike routing application. SOme time ago, I mashed up the Google Map API with MapQuest’s bike routing API to create this online bike routing app. In doing so, I’m probably violating the Terms of Service for both. I did this partly as a recreational read more » Continue reading »

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Dogs vs bike in Thailand

Attention California: Expect cold rain Tuesday afternoon, so don’t forget your rain jacket before leaving the house in the morning. I was just riding along this morning when I saw a woman in a yellow jacket walking her late 1980s Diamondback trail bike. She had her first ever flat tire five miles away from home read more » Continue reading »

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Free parking on Black Friday at 49 California state parks

To avoid the mess of Black Friday shopping traffic, the Save the Redwoods League of California encourages you to #optoutside and drive your car to any of 49 California State Parks the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, 2015 with free parking passes when you sign up for their mailing list. Although the long range weather read more » Continue reading »

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Hump Day bike news: SF bike politics, Sondors in the wild, Accidental Argyle

Happy Happy Hump Day. We had another wonderful San Jose Bike Train this morning, with three of our seven riders wearing argyle with absolutely no pre-planning whatsoever on our apparel because we’re so awesomely in tune with each other. I also learned from Janet that the Mountain View City Council approved a new city bike read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose Bike Train rolls on Wednesday, and a question

The outside temperature should be around 50°F / 10°C when San Jose Bike Train rolls at 8 AM Wednesday morning from Diridon Station. Per usual, we’ll stop by Bel Bacio in Little Italy shortly afterwards to round up those who would like to wait for their train in the comfort of a cozy cafe. I’d read more » Continue reading »

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Live wires on the road and neighborly mountain folk

If you ride in the hills around the Bay Area during high winds, be prepared to find closed roads due to fallen trees and live power lines. Because of unusually high winds following yesterday’s showers, a number of trees weakened by four years of drought are falling into roads all over the Santa Cruz Mountains read more » Continue reading »

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Speed over safety: Impeding traffic on a six lane boulevard

By now you’ve seen the news about the Google autonomous car that was pulled over for driving too slowly. This happened on El Camino Real at Rengstorff Avenue in the city of Mountain View, CA. Guess which area of Mountain View is the most dangerous for pedestrians? I zoomed in on this map showing 10 read more » Continue reading »

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A million pounds of pedal powered compost

Happy Friday, all! Compost Pedallers of Austin, Texas has picked up half a million pounds of food waste since they began operations in 2012, delivering the waste to gardeners throughout Austin for use as feedstock for compost. With a push for Zero Waste in the city of the Austin, they have more demand for their read more » Continue reading »

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California bike politics and transportation funding

California State Senator Jim Beall, the powerful head of the California Senate Transportation Committee who happens to represent most of Santa Clara County (aka “Silicon Valley”), is well known around these parts for his long-time friendliness to bike advocates going back at least 20 years to his time serving as a Santa Clara County Supervisor. read more » Continue reading »

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