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How’s a Jaguar F-Type Coupé grab you as a team support vehicle?

Team Sky Jaguar F-Type Coupé

How long before a Specialized team runs with McLaren autos for their team support vehicles?

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

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 little more substantial. They touch on ease-of-use and superior security in this video, so I look forward to what they plan for this autumn.

Speaking of autumn, it’s been a couple of years so I think I plan to attend Interbike this year.

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 had much luck with compact pumps that fit in a jersey pocket — the ones I’ve bought don’t pump well and they fall part after a few months. I’m still willing to consider compact pumps that work well and don’t disintegrate and can handle a good rainstorm.

I’m thinking about something like this, the Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge.

What’s your recommendation? This is for my road bike. Remember, I’m happy with frame pumps but will consider a good compact pump, too.

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 on Yours Truly. One drink per person, please, and please tip your barista. You can access Bel Bacio directly off of the Guadalupe River Trail between West Julian and West St John Streets just west of downtown San Jose.

Bike news below the photo of commuters waiting to board as Caltrain 329 pulls into Diridon Station in San Jose, California. 4000 people board Caltrain each weekday morning in San Jose, with about 400 of them rolling their bikes on board for their northbound commute to jobs elsewhere in Silicon Valley, on the Peninsula, and in San Francisco.

Caltrain 329 San Jose Diridon Station

Do you remember Dan Koeppel’s excellent “Invisible Cyclist” story in Bicycling Magazine eight years ago? The lesson: recent immigrants who ride bikes to their day labor jobs aspire to car ownership. Duh, right? City Lab asks the same question of low-income Americans, with unsurprising results.

WaPo covers the 2014 Brompton Bicycle U.S. Championship Race with a video and fun series of photos. [ paywall ]

Denver Post Editorial: Dogs treated better than cyclists in Ft Collins Hit and Run case in which Theresa Marie O’Connor is sentenced to a year in the county lockup (with work release privileges) after she left Dr. Ernesto Wiedenbrug to die on the side of the road last January.

USA Cycling coach James Herrera explains how to become a better climber. Hint: It involves work. You need to overload (i.e. push harder than you’re accustomed to), recover, and repeat.

This is not Alberto Contador’s broken bicycle.

“Please allow me to get something off my chest,” writes Chris Bruntlett of Vancouver, BC. “I despise it when someone refers to me as a ‘cyclist’. The phrase ‘avid cyclist’ is even worse. I am no more an avid cyclist than I am an avid walker or avid eater. I am someone who often uses a bicycle, simply because it is the most civilized, efficient, enjoyable, and economical way to get around my city.”

Discussion about the recent news that male cyclists have a higher incidence of prostate cancer than the general population of men, which I guess is something like a variation of the 21st Century version of the “bicycle face” scare of 1890.

Lady Fleur tests out the new bike repair station at the Mountain View, CA library.

How to make biking mainstream in a car-centric city.

Urban Velo looks a little deeper at London’s TFL Share the Road video. “It’s a little pie-in-the-sky thinking, but a suitable reminder regardless.”

LTE: Patrick Dickson takes the city of Burbank to task for putting the burden of traffic safety on the victim.

Net Zero Growth proposal for Palo Alto means net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions, net-zero vehicle miles traveled or net-zero use of potable water. It’ll never happen, and state law isn’t to blame. For whatever reason Tanya Snyder believes California’s CEQA laws keep higher density development from happening in Palo Alto; everybody local to the Bay Area knows it’s Palo Alto NIMBYism pure and simple.

The Onion reports on yesterday’s rest day in the Tour de France.

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.

primal wear crash test dummy jersey

This jersey is available online via Amazon in short sleeve, long sleeve, and triathlete versions. It doesn’t appear any are available through Amazon Prime at the moment.

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 details.

Caffe Bel Bacio San Jose Little Italy coffee shop

Bike Train is a group ride traveling from downtown San Jose to points north along the Guadalupe River Trail for people who’d rather sit on a bike than sit in traffic.

Employers along this route include Santa Clara County, Qualcom, SJC Airport, Casino M8trix, PayPal / Ebay, VTA, Samsung, Canon, Fairchild Semiconductor, Broadcom, Altera, Microsemi, Cisco, Maxim, Brocade and more. Also, my employer (Oracle) too.

We ride at a casual 10 to 12 MPH pace for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable commute by bike on a route that takes place almost entirely separated from automotive traffic. People of all types in any apparel on any type of bike are welcome. As long as you can get to one of the meetup points, we’ll help you get to your office. If you’re a regular commuter, we’d love to have you join. If you have friends who’d like to try a commute by bike, please encourage them to try it out via San Jose Bike Train.

Free coffee?

For tomorrow’s ride, the first eight people who show up at Bel Bacio in San Jose’s Little Italy and ask for a “caffè sospeso for Bike Train” will get a free coffee drink on me. One drink per person, keep it under $5, and please bring a dollar or two of your own cash to tip your barista Josh generously. You must mention “bike train” before you order for your free coffee.

You can access Bel Bacio from the Guadalupe River Trail between John Street and Julian Street in San Jose. Look for the sandwich board sign for the shop pointing into Little Italy Plaza (and ignore the “No Trespassing” sign, in spite of its unfriendly look — they won’t bust paying customers). Bel Bacio is located on North Almaden Boulevard between Paesano Ristorante and Henry’s Hi Life.

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Bike Train will roll up to Bel Bacio from Diridon by about 8:15. We’ll wait for you to finish up your coffee and continue north from there.

I don’t drink coffee

The Bike Train will begin at the normal meeting place at San Jose Diridon Station next to the Amtrak bus shelter just outside of the train station’s south entrance. Watch for me there. Per usual, you can also watch for bike train location via Glympse, and Facebook. We depart Diridon after arrival of Caltrain 210 and 312 into San Jose. Ping me on either Twitter or Facebook if you’re on your way and running late or can’t find us.

Tour de France Spoilers below the photo of Alberto Contador shaking hands with Tony Gallopin before the start of today’s 10th stage on this Bastille Day.

Contador & Gallopin Tour de France 2014 Stage 10

Contador riding for Tinkoff Saxo was forced to withdraw during today’s 160 km stage after fracturing his tibia when he crashed hard while descending Petit Ballon on the Col du Platzerwasel. He tried to continue but had to drop out after another 20 km.

Team Astana’s Vincenzo Nibali won the stage at La Planche des Belles Filles ski resort and regained the yellow jersey.

Frenchman Tony Gallopin riding for Lotto-Belisol donned the yellow jersey today after completing Stage 9 of the 2014 Tour de France, just in time for Bastille Day celebrations tomorrow.

tony gallopin yellow jersey

France leads with the number of yellow jerseys in this historic race with 709. The last French rider to wear the maillot jaune before today was Thomas Voeckler in 2011 for Stage 18

Pioneer Electronics is an equipment sponsor for the Belkin Pro Cycling Team and UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling. They provide what they call the Pedaling Monitoring System, a strain gauge crank arm force meter and its associated electronics and display technology.

pioneer electronics cycling camera

What I didn’t know before today is that Pioneer has apparently also adapted their line of automotive rear view cameras for cycling use. Here’s a shot of a Belkin rider at Epernay at the start of Stage 7 of the Tour de France.

I can’t find consumer information about this use of their camera yet. I assume we can probably find an announcement either at Eurobike or Interbike later this year.

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