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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

San Jose coffee crawl

Join a bike tour of five different coffee shops on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Ride starts 9 AM at House of Bagels at 11th and San Carlos, San Jose CA. Ride at a casually caffeinated pace to Roy’s Station in Japantown, then loop back to Caffe Bel Bacio in Little Italy, I Java in Delmas read more »
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Effetto Mariposa bicycle tire sealant and inflater

Cantitoe Road is a small importer and distributor of specialty products for bicycles. They sent me a sample of the “Espresso” bicycle tube inflator and sealant that they import from Effetto Mariposa (“the Butterfly Effect”) in Italy. You can buy the cartridge alone or in a kit with the bottle cage mount, which firmly and read more »
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Levi’s Stadium bike info updated

There’s a pre-season football game between the Santa Clara 49ers and …. somebody else coming up on Sunday. This is the first football game in the new Levi’s Stadium at the north end of Santa Clara, CA. I’ve updated the Levi’s Stadium bike directions page to reflect the experiences of those who attended the inaugural read more »
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Big cars for the big city?

The sale of vehicles classed as “light trucks” — pickup trucks, SUVs, minivans and crossover vehicles — began climbing dramatically in the United States during the 1980s. Light truck market share passed 50% in 2000, with sales of truck-like vehicles remaining the majority of auto sales in spite of a dip during the 2008 recession. read more »
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San Jose Future Bikeways meeting tonight

The second of two San Jose future bikeways meetings takes place tonight, Wednesday, August 13, 2014. This meeting at the Gardner Community Center at 520 West Virginia Street will cover proposed bikeways in Willow Glen and streets west of downtown, including the important Park Avenue east-west connector between San Jose and the city of Santa read more »
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Photos: Robin Williams and his bikes

Chicago bike nerd Dan Ciskey tweeted several photos of Robin Williams with his bikes last night. Click through for larger images. Robin Williams on an Indy Fab. http://t.co/8hfFq8BUW3 — Dan Ciskey (@dciskey) August 12, 2014 Robin Williams on a Trek at a Fred ride. http://t.co/O0i6BtrTSo — Dan Ciskey (@dciskey) August 12, 2014 Robin Williams and read more »
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Robin Williams rode a bicycle

Locals knew Robin Williams as an avid cyclist and was seen on the road near his Marin County home and at cycling events around the San Francisco Bay Area. He appreciated privacy but welcomed company with grace when others joined him on rides. In this video clip, he discusses cycling in New York and Los read more »
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3 foot law in the Sentinel

Stephen Baxter wrote a decent piece for the Sentinel about the three foot law coming into effect on September 16. There might be a quote in it from Yours Truly, and of course the usual reader comments following about the law breaking scofflaws that cyclists all are. They don’t provide any solutions, of course, so read more »
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San Jose Bike Train rolls Wednesday morning

Happy August, all. San Jose Bike Train rolls Wednesday morning, August 6, 2014. We meet near the Amtrak bus shelter at San Jose Diridon Station and depart at 8 AM for destinations north (toward the Bay) along the Guadalupe River Trail as shown on the map above. It’s also become traditional to drop by Bel read more »
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Cap and trade tax revolt

Let me know how silly this ad seems to you. This ad by a group calling themselves the California Drivers’ Alliance is getting plenty of airplay. Although the group vaguely brags that they’re “a nonpartisan movement of motorists, small businesses, fuel providers and consumers,” they receive most of their funding from California’s oil industry, which read more »
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