Keith Cranmer, a co-owner of the popular Seabright Brewery in Santa Cruz, California, was seriously injured in an apparent solo bike crash on Wednesday, March 5. He remains hospitalized in Oakland with serious injuries.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cranmer was on his morning bike ride between the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
[Cranmer] was riding downhill with a helmet on and was found unconscious about 30 feet from his road bike, witnesses said. It was not clear if a car pulled in front of him, his tire blew out or what caused the crash
So last Saturday was a beautiful (for March) day, and so we loaded up our Smugness Fleet and set out on the Hudson River Greenway, which is a greenway that runs along the Hudson River, which is a river:
It was, as you can imagine, a typical first-nice-day-of-the-year shitshow out there. Wobbly riders on tri bikes, club dorks with race wheels on their backs headed to the Grant's Tomb Criterium, spackled-on skunk stripes the width of fat bike tires on everybody because all the snow was finally melting but nobody in New York has ever heard of "fenders"... As usual though, the real stand-outs were those in the Gran Fondo New York jerseys, and through it all one of these riders--who still had the number on his bike from last year's event, which was in May, for fuck's sake, so he's been proudly sporting the thing for nearly a year now--is riding straight down the middle, shouting "On your left!" to anything and everything within earshot. You know, like there's this guy, there's the entire rest of the world, and he's on the left of it. He's the leftmost point of the world. He's so on your left that he's transcended ordinary Fredliness and gone right to Trotskyism.
Seriously, I don't know how anybody survives the Gran Fondo New York, it's gotta be death by a thousand "On your lefts:"
By the way, that's a dialogue bubble, not an On-Your-Left-Fred-Eating Space Creature, though in retrospect I like the idea of an On-Your-Left-Fred-Eating Space Creature better.
The worst person out there by far though was the guy riding a brakeless fixie--which I didn't even think people did anymore--who was coming straight at me on the wrong side of the bike path while using his phone. This wasn't the surreptitious "Hold the phone down low and take an occasional glance" thing, either. This was full-on, hands-off-the-bars, sitting-bolt-upright, phone-in-the-face texting--basically like this, except instead of thumbing his nipple with one hand he had both hands on the phone:
(I'm paying my graphics people $1,000 per image, is that too much?)
Actually, it's possible he wasn't texting, and perhaps he was taking a "selfie," but either way he can go fuck himselfie.
So there he is, coming right at me, and I call out "Hey!," or "Achtung!," or "Hey, Dickcheese, get your head outta your urethra!" or something, I don't remember exactly, and finally he looks up, realized he's on the wrong fucking side of the bike path, and swerves out of my way. And what does he say as he passes me?
Thanks. Not "Sorry," but "Thanks," like I just passed him the fucking ketchup. In a way it was just like that doofus who made me pump up his tire for him on New Year's Day, in that he was operating under this assumption that there's such a thing as a "cycling community" that exists entirely to facilitate his cycling enjoyment. It's like we all exist in order to be this guy's goddamn eyes for him while he's choosing the right Instagram filter for his stupid greenway fixie adventure. "Thanks?" Seriously? You think I warned you for your sake? I don't give a shit if you ride right into the Hudson River. No, I just didn't want you to hit me. In fact, if I hadn't had a human child on the back of my bike I wouldn't have warned him at all. Instead, I'd have dismounted and ghost-ridden the Big Dummy right into him like a big green smugness torpedo. Do you really think 200lbs of fixie and rider are going to make a dent in that tank? Because I sure don't.
Anyway, other than that it was a great day of family-style bicycle cycling, and then later I got sick and threw up saag paneer. ("Saag paneer" is an Indian dish, and not a trendy brand of Danish pannier.)
Justice Stephen Breyer, who has had three bicycling accidents since 1993 — the last of which in April resulted in a shoulder replacement — envisioned a future in which landowners could be besieged by bikers. "I certainly think bicycle paths are a good idea," he said, but "for all I know, there is some right-of-way that goes through people's houses, you know, and all of a sudden they are going to be living in their house, and suddenly a bicycle will run through it."
I ride on a converted rail trail regularly and I have yet to see a bicyclist go crashing through somebody's home. Even if texting fixie guy were to veer off the path, fly off the embankment, and slam into somebody's Cape Cod, I can't imagine he'd do much more than dent the rain gutter. Granted, the current fat bike craze could make bicycles more destructive to homes, but then again the big balloony tires would probably spare the house from damage altogether. The point is, we don't know until we conduct extensive crash testing, so if you own a fat bike go outside and ride it at full speed into your neighbor's house immediately.
One thing's for sure though, and it's that if anybody could ride a bike through someone's house, it's this Breyer guy:
The 74-year-old justice fell while riding his bike along Washington's National Mall on Friday afternoon, NPR's Nina Totenberg tells our Newscast unit. This makes the third time Breyer has sustained a major injury while riding his bicycle. In May 2011, the justice broke his collarbone riding near his home in Cambridge, Mass. In 1993, Boston.com reports, he suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs when a car hit him in Boston's Harvard Square.
Next time you throw an event and need to do some promotion, watch this and get inspired to do it on your bike instead of a car. It may not be as quick (if you are traveling as far as these guys), but it will be infinitely more enjoyable.
It's finally here! Blossoms and Bow Ties tonight and I couldn't be more exhausted, I mean… excited! Tons of scrambling and leading up to tonight, but I am pumped for it. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!
And I know there is one up there with Rowena on Global, but you definitely want to see this segment with Teena Lantz showing Mike Sobel how to bite the dust - OUCH! She is our Aikido teacher and demonstrator tonight (she is donating portions of any class sign ups to WIN house, and has also donated a silent auction class package to our event). Amazing.
And if that wasn't enough, you can hear my interview with 630 CHED's J'Lyn Nye and Mark Scholz right here. J'lyn is going to be one of our gorgeous models on the runway tonight!
It's partially an interview about life after the election, so you'll have to listen to me say "um" and "however" A LOT.
Wish me luck tonight, and be prepared for your twitter feed to explode! You can unfollow me and re-follow me if necessary.
NAME: Pamela Murray
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
OCCUPATION: Founder of the Charlotte Spokes People
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Charlotte, NC. I live in Plaza Midwood which is an older neighborhood about 3 miles from Uptown (the center of the city). I can ride everywhere and do everything by bike. I like to get other people riding bikes to places so I started the Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Ride then I started signing businsesses up to the Bicycle Benefits program. Each week, we visit and support local businesses who support bicycle riding by offering anyone who rides to their business a special offer. It’s a great cycle of support. I figure if I can get people to ride at night to great bike friendly places and make it fun, they may bike more often on their own. I ride year round and host the ride year round. The weather is great and the terrain is flat to rolling hills.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
My favorite city to ride in is my own since I can ride my own bike. When I’ve ridden in other cities, it was always a rental which is never as good. And I’m more familiar with my own city.
Why do you love riding in the city?
I can go everywhere and do anything on my bike – especially since I got my Burley Travoy trailer. I can do a week’s worth of grocery shopping, bring home my Christmas tree… Even before the trailer, I could strap most things on my rack – a sled, sleeping bag, banners… I ride my bike as my default transportation. I drive as an alternative or when I’m going somewhere with my entire family. I love the freedom and empowerment and the level of enagagement I feel with the community, outdoors, myself when I’m riding my bike.
An Australian bike builder says he can create a custom geometry lugged frame in as little as three weeks by using “the only 3D printer in the southern hemisphere capable of producing our titanium parts.”
Lugs are socket-like sleeves used to join different tubes together to create a bicycle frame, kind of like the wooden spools used to connect Tinkertoy sticks together. Instead of brazing the tubes to the lugs as is traditionally done, Flying Machine of Perth, Western Australia bonds titanium tubes to their custom crafted lugs with epoxy.
Traditionally, lugs come in a limited variety of angles, limiting frame geometry to what you can get by changing tube lengths. 3D printed lugs allows Flying Machines to fiddle with custom geometries with much greater flexibility.
Organizer, Nathaniel Tact, has begun throwing monthly, casual bike rides around downtown Indianapolis called Radder Day Rides. Simply for the love of riding and communing with other cyclists, these rides are not billed as Critical Masses, Alleycats or any other such association. They do, however, give you the chance to take home raffle prizes from local businesses…just for showing up! Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I really like the idea of a no-stress bike ride that still gives everyone something to take home.
This also seems like a decent alternative to avoiding the sort of prize debacle Brad linked to in this article.
The first ride held in February suffered from low turnout, but that was due primarily to the demotivating winter weather and the March 29th ride promises to be better attended. If you’re in the Indy area or just passing through, join in on the fun. Check out the Radder Day Rides Facebook page for all the updates and prize offerings.
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