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Bicycles are fun for everyone,

Whoever you are !

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Not only is it a wonderful way to get around, it provides you with your daily dosage of exertion and activity as well.  So while Bicycles have principally been a means of transport for a long time now, that is no longer the case.

Bikes keep you fit. Bicycles can add adventure to your day. Bicycles also keep the surroundings cleaner. And for the more self righteous ones – bikes make you feel like you are doing the world a favour!

What to consider:

So you’ve decided to buy a bicycle, now the first thing you’ve got ask yourself is:

* Who’s going to be using it?

* What it will be used for?

* How much are you willing to spend on it?

and Most Important…

* Your Reason for buying a Bicycle

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Among many bicycle lovers, while most choose to bicycle casually, either to school, university or even work; some more adventurous ones have also been a part of stunt biking groups, professional cycling clubs or mountain biking associations.

Cycling is a great hobby and with so many options to choose from, you can decide how best you associate with this great invention!  However, before you jump to any of that, you do need a bicycle. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing a bike either for your kids or for yourself.

Purchasing a bicycle for your toddler

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So you’ve decided to initiate your toddler to the wonderful world of cycling; now the right time to get your toddler a two wheel bike is when they have reached age 3. By this age, kids have properly developed motor skills as well as a sense of balance and self sufficiency.

Buying a bike for your child requires some research. Just knowing the brand and the colour preference is not enough. The bike needs to be comfortable enough for the child to ride, especially if the child is starting out learning to ride a bike.

The details

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Bicycle sizes are classified via the size of the wheel. There are recommended wheel sizes for all age groups.

When purchasing a bike for your child, pick the bike with the correct wheel size of 12 or 14 inches.  Take your child with you for bike shopping. Make sure her legs reach the floor. When riding a bike, this will give the child more self confidence.

Also make sure you purchase a pair of detachable side wheels for training her so she can learn to balance.  Another important thing to keep in mind is to purchase a bike that is light in weight. Since you toddler is learning to ride, chances are she might fall a few times. And a heavy bike will worsen the experience.

So while it is a bit more expensive, it is worth the investment. And while you are at it, don’t forget to purchase a cycling helmet!

Bicylce for kids in their pre-teens and teens

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By the time your kids are in pre-teens or in their teens, they will have mastered the art of riding a bike and would have long outgrown the toddler bike.

Now is the time for something different!

Since they are a bit grown up, they will want more say in the purchase decision.

It is best to get to know what it is they are looking for. Now, remember, kids might want the world, but you are working with a budget.

So make sure your child is aware of it before hand so he can do his bit of research as well within that budget.

Ergonomics

(a big word, but here’s what it means)

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In this age group, most kids will use the bicyle to go to school and for after school activities like meeting friends, taking part in local racing competitions etc.

Consider the ergonomics of the bicycle. Make sure the handle bars are not too close to the seat as it will exhaust your child quite easily. And ensure that the seats are comfortable.

The ideal wheel size for a pre-teenager’s bike is 18-22 inches. Make sure bikes for your young teen have coaster breaks for additional safety. Teenagers can use the same bike size used by adults, which is a standard 24 inches.

Take your children with you so they can test ride the bikes before finally choosing one which fits their requirements and your budget.

Read more about Bicycle Ergonomics Here

Also, don’t forget to accessorize.

Items like extra headlights, water-bottle, reflectors, mirrors, radio etc. will personalize the bike for your child.

Considerations when purchasing a bicycle for adults

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The ideal bike size for adults is 24 inches.  When purchasing such a bicycle, ask yourself a couple of basic questions.

Is the bike for casual riding or exercising or for a special hobby like mountain biking or for sports?

You can opt for a single gear or multi-gear bike giving you the convenience of varying speed limits, based on where you are riding it. These days road bikes offer speed ranges of 12 to 21, to choose from. Another important thing to look for is adjustable seats and handle-bars.

Before you make a final purchase, test ride a couple of bikes since unlike kids, you are not likely to outgrow the bike you purchase.This also means you should go for something that is not just sturdy but also light.

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Today, there are different brands with various models of bikes catering to all these specific requirements.

Based on your requirement, choose the right Street Bicycle for your needs.

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Mike in San Francisco was underemployed a couple of years ago, so he taught himself welding via YouTube videos and built what he calls the Bombr Bike. More photos below, because there’s more here to this frankenbike than initially meets the eye.


Mike and his Bombr Double Down Bike

This Bombr Bike can tow two more bikes. You remove the front wheels, pop the front forks onto the mounts shown here, and store the front wheels in those carriers.


Mike and his Bombr Double Down Bike

Mike and his Bombr Double Down Bike

Mike uses this bike to shuttle his two small children and their bikes to the top of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The shuttled bikes are then removed, front wheels replaced, and dad and children bomb down the road to the bottom of the mountain.

Where do the children sit? This Bombr Bike is a three seat tandem. Kid Number 1 sits in front of Dad and helps to pedal, while Kid Number 2 sits on that crazy motorcycle saddle in the back.

Here’s video from a year ago showing this family’s maiden voyage down Mt Tam, with bonus footage of a gravel riding roadie at 2:10.



More adorable photos of the kids and their bikes at Mike’s Tumblr: Bombr Bikes Obsession.

How did I not know about these Rooster Sauce wool blend cycling / running socks from Sock Guy?

Sriracha rooster sauce socks

Buy from Amazon. Sockguy sizing: S/M fits men USA shoe size 5-9, women size 6-10, or Euro sizes 37-42. L/XL fits men sizes 9-13, women 10-14, Euro 43-48.

Back when the recently deceased Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a journalist for El Espectador in 1955, he reported on the scofflaw cyclists who endangered ordinary citizens.

Bogota Cycling Fever

“Rampant cycling fever and especially reckless cycling plaguing the city in recent days has led to numerous accidents because of the Tour of Colombia bicycle race,” reports Marquez. “These urban cyclists take to the streets, convinced that they can race like [famed Colombian bike racer] Ramon Hoyos. It’s almost like driving while intoxicated – and can result in a fatal accident.”

He continues:

“The Department of Traffic and Transportation in Bogota, alarmed by the rising tide of bicycle accidents, has launched a program to soundly beat back the irregularities in cycling. Police Motorcycle Lieutenants Alejandro Ceron and Roberto Acosta have worked twenty-four hours just to punish these irregular cyclists. They have seized around 300 bicycles.”

Marquez lists the infractions that resulted in seized bikes in the name of “safety”: riding without a bicycle registration tag, riding without a bicycle license, and riding through a zone where bikes are restricted.

Umm, yeah. That’s what I thought, too.

In addition to his gripes about the 1950s equivalent of Lycra louts and unregulated bicycle rental businesses and sales, Marquez thought it “alarming” and “disturbing” that Bogota’s Department of Transportation had only 500 bicycle licenses on file, while an estimated 150,000 people rode on city streets.

You can read his original article in Spanish at El Espectador: La fiebre del ciclismo” en Bogotá.

Mike Ceaser, who runs Bogota Bike Tours, compares the then-and-now of bicycle conditions in Bogota, noting that things have apparently improved dramatically since Bogota police cracked down on a five year old children for riding their trikes without a license.

Kim Kardashian on a bicycle

 

 

Kim Kardashian was seen riding a bike during a photoshoot in which she’s apparently emulating Audrey Hepburn.

More at Yahoo Celebrity: Kim Kardashian Falls Flat While Channeling Audrey Hepburn. Via Mark Volpe of Arizona.

See more photos of notable people on bikes at my Celebrities on Bikes section of Cyclelicious. Steven Rea’s coffee table book Hollywood Rides A Bike features dozens of movie stars on bikes.

Portola Valley, California is a wealthy town nestled in the hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. With an average median income of $244,000 per year, it’s the sixth wealthiest community in California with the ninth most expensive housing in the nation.


Alpine @ Portola, Portola Valley, CA

It’s also a great place to ride. Residents of Portola Valley and nearby Woodside perpetually complain about the weekend traffic jams as hundreds of road cyclists pass through their towns. When the wealthy residents of this area (including the CEO of my employer, who also happens to be the fifth-richest individual in the world) ask San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks to intervene, the sheriff listens.

They can’t legally keep bikes off of California roads, so they harass them with nuisance tickets because safety in the hopes that the cyclists will go somewhere else. Large groups of a dozen or more people will be pulled over at once and motorcycle officers write citations for all the cyclists. Some of tickets — especially those for supposed violations of CVC 21202 (California’s keep far to the right law) — are routinely dismissed by the court. Others are bona fide violations, especially when cyclists roll through the stop sign as they make the right turn at the T-intersection from Alpine Road onto Portola Road.

Sure, cyclists should obey the law. The selective nature of these enforcement actions, however, really grates on the people affected. Cyclists are routinely ticketed, motorists are routinely let off the hook.

In case you doubt the assertion that everybody breaks the law on Alpine at Portola, I invite you to view this brief video from Slonie. Unlike the two cyclists shown in the Streetview image above who have their feet down at the intersection in spite of the complete lack of cross traffic, every one of the drivers in this video fails to come to a complete stop at the stop sign.



So how about it, Sheriff Munks? When will you begin to write tickets to these motorists?

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (wearing the dark track suit) rides a bicycle before the start of the Presidential Bicycle Tour, in Ankara, April 11, 2014.



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Today is the deadline to file my (and your) U.S. Federal tax returns. I filed some time back. For purposes of full disclosure, I’ll reveal that I netted a whopping $86 from affiliate sales and advertising on this website in 2013. Woo hoo, I’m rich!

Bicycle news, links, etc below the photo of the 70-year-old roleur passing me on the infamous 16% grade on “A” Road into Laguna Seca near Monterey, California last weekend.


17% grade

Bike To Work Month / Week / Day is coming up in many areas of the United States. For the San Francisco, we’ll do this on Thursday, May 8. Janet instructs us in the No Sweat Way to Bike to Work in the Mountain View (CA) Voice.

IKEA branded cargo bikes?

[Ad] A singlespeed fat tire bike available online for only $300.

Full suspension fat bikes from Salsa.

Bike Hugger reports from Sea Otter.

Andrew Boone’s focus on the Pacific Coast of San Mateo County, California continues in this discussion on county highway funding and transportation alternatives.

Bikes For the Rest of Us on the Xtracycle Edgerunner.

A profitable bike share program in Boston.

I obviously don’t publish this blog to make money. I hope the contents herein encourage you to personal advocacy in your region. If you need to buy bicycle supplies and books online, however, I do appreciate a click through to my Amazon affiliate store.

Via Streetsblog comes this look at traffic volumes in Minneapolis before and after bike lanes are installed.

Minneapolis measures AADT [Average Annual Daily Traffic] on the same roads every few years, so we have data from before the bike lane installation (in 2008 or 2009, depending on the road) and after the installation (in 2012). We found that each road seemed to have about the same traffic volume after its bike lane was installed. Running a statistical test across all 10 roads confirmed that there was no difference in AADT before and after the installation of the bike lanes.

There’s discussion about the level of congestion on the roads in question, but to sum up: removing lanes from over-capacity roads in Minneapolis doesn’t result in congestion.

I made a similar point about Hedding Street in San Jose, California earlier this year:

In 2012, the city of San Jose proposed a traffic calming 4-to-3 lane reduction for Hedding Street, an important east-west arterial that carries 16,500 vehicles per day. The Transportation Research Board Highway Capacity Manual shows three lanes is plenty for that kind of traffic volume, although the city did predict increased congestion during the peak commute at a couple of intersections.

Below are images of Hedding Street looking west before and after the road diet. Note the almost complete absence of traffic in both instances. Both photos were shot at about 9 AM on a weekday.


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Hedding Street green bikeway San Jose

San Jose DOT have a traffic count planned for Hedding Street so we can see before and after numbers, but a quick look shows that traffic volume is essentially unchanged since the green lanes were added, while travel times have increased on the order of seconds, and only during the 45 minutes at the morning and evening commutes when there’s actually any traffic on Hedding. For 22 ½ hours of the day, traffic still proceeds nearly unimpeded down the length of Hedding Street between 1st Street and 17th Street.

Those few seconds of extra travel, however, resulted in a brief political storm for those running for mayor of San Jose. Suburban candidate David Cortese says that calming traffic and improving safety and livability for the residents along Hedding is evidence of an “out of touch” administration. He believes the city should have retained 200,000 square feet of real estate — that’s four and a half acres worth of right-of-way — for the six percent of the day when it’s needed for automotive traffic, just so Cortese could save five seconds on his 15 minute commute from his home in Evergreen to his office at the County administration center. Can you say government waste, boys and girls?

Our next twice-monthly social bike commute that we call the San Jose Bike Train takes place this Wednesday, April 16, 2014. We depart 8 AM from Diridon Station for points north (towards the Bay and North San Jose) along the Guadalupe River Trail.

San Jose Bike Train is a casual, social, low-speed group ride. All type of people with all types of body shapes on all types of bikes wearing all types of apparel are welcome. We often stop for coffee at Bel Bacio Caffè along the way.

About half of the usual group peels off from the trail to Technology Drive next to San Jose International Airport. Another group turns off at River Oaks Parkway for destinations in Santa Clara.

If you’d like to join us along the way, I’ll post the ride to Glympse!SanJoseBikeTrain the morning of the ride. If you’re on your way to Diridon and running a couple of minutes late, ping me on Twitter or leave a note on the San Jose Bike Train Facebook page.

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