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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
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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.
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I gotta say, that’s one nice looking clipless pedal.
The designer, Sam Hunter of Ogden, says he created this pedal with “Infinite Engagement Positions” because of the problem of engaging the cleats when the pedals aren’t aligned just right. The pedal appears to have a spiral mechanism; the cleat slides into that no matter the pedal position. Hunter claims this allows super quick and easy engagement of cleat to pedal.
I don’t have this problem — I quickly pop my cleats in on the upstroke; the first thing I see with this pedal is hotfoot, but your mileage may vary.
A part of me wonders if this might infringe on Cranks Brothers’ patent for their Eggbeater pedals. Pedal spindles are also one of those things that are more difficult to design than you might think, even with with field testing on Utah singletrack. The 236 grams claimed for both pedals, cleats and hardware makes me a little bit nervous.
In any case, I really like this design. Hunter already has $40,000 in pledges for this Kickstarter project, taking him nearly halfway to his $85,000 goal with 50 days to go, so plenty of people obviously see the need for this solution.
There’s a nice photo essay of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn’s ride with San Jose Bike Party in the Merc-News today.
More bicycle stuff below the photo of Pyongyang style bicycle transportation, where North Korean state media announced Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un won 100% of the vote in his election to the Supreme People’s Assembly in a seething atmosphere of electoral delight and happiness.
DC cyclist mocks Cat 6 racers.
Some states allow cyclists (of both the pedal powered and motorized variety) to run red lights if the light doesn’t turn green for “light duty vehicles.” In spite of a constant stream of Internet misinformation to the contrary, California is not one of those states, and it’s not hard to find tales from motorcycle riders who are ticketed in California for running a perpetual red light. This motorcycle forum owner is on a mission to fix that situation for California two-wheelers. Via whoever tweets from People Power Santa Cruz.
Cyclists are 10 times more likely to be killed in South Carolina than in Oregon.
Mr Roadshow (in San Jose California) answers reader mail from Connecticut (?) about the proper method of hooking a cyclist.
This photo shows the view turning from Summit Road (in rural Santa Clara County) onto Soquel San Jose Road (in Santa Cruz County).
Kent’s poetry examines the mindset of victim blaming.
Tektro mechanical disk caliper recall.
Dinosaur Comics and cities designed for the exclusive use of vehicles powered by dead dinosaurs.
Bike Hugger David from Seattle on Austin espresso as he visits SXSW.
CNN goes in-depth on the issue of cycling safety and health: “Cycling: Road to fitness, or accident waiting to happen?” Via the professor who dreams up course ideas while riding his bike.
National Bike Summit wrap up video from Streetfilms.
The public health implications of driverless cars.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bike Program office released this “Don’t block the bike lane” PSA last Thursday.
The first to tweet a photo of this sign in the wild gets a free pair of LA DOT Bike Program socks. Are these available as stickers to slap onto offending trash cans?
The people on my street are pretty good about keeping their garbage bins out of the bike lane I use. The problem I see is the trash collection people who just toss the cans willy nilly.
I appreciate this message to people who may not otherwise think about blocking the bike lane with their trash cans, but I’m not sure the legal reference to CVC 21211 is correct. See if you can spot the problem.
California Vehicle Code V C Section 21211
Obstruction of Bikeways or Bicycle Paths or Trails
(a) No person may stop, stand, sit, or loiter upon any class I bikeway, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public or private bicycle path or trail, if the stopping, standing, sitting, or loitering impedes or blocks the normal and reasonable movement of any bicyclist.
(b) No person may place or park any bicycle, vehicle, or any other object upon any bikeway or bicycle path or trail, as specified in subdivision (a), which impedes or blocks the normal and reasonable movement of any bicyclist unless the placement or parking is necessary for safe operation or is otherwise in compliance with the law.
Sections (c -f ) listing various exceptions omitted.
Did you see it? CVC 21211 applies only to “class I bikeways,” i.e. bike paths or trails. Bike lanes are called “class II bikeways” under Section 890.4 of the California Streets and Highways Code.
In conclusion, maybe not a legally enforceable thing, but still nice to get the word out that, hey, your trash bin is blocking my lane!
Happy Friday, all. For most U.S. residents, don’t forget you lose an hour of sleep this weekend.
Beyond that, there’s honestly more bike news than I can keep up with, but here are a few quick items of note below the photo of traffic on California State Route 17.
- The Devil’s Slide Trail in San Mateo County, California is scheduled to open on March 22.
- A Sister City bike ride with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland takes place Sunday morning starting from San Jose City Hall. All are welcome.
- It’s been a while, but I and others have commented in the past on the passive journalism so common in car crash reports, in which writers seem to go out of their to avoid the appearance of responsibility on the part of a driver whose involved in a wreck. From the convoluted language in this report of a Highway 17 crash, I can’t even tell if somebody was behind the wheel of the car.
A red Volkswagon [sic] Jetta was just south of Granite Creek Road when it went off the roadway and struck a tree with the front of the car before hitting a second tree on the driver’s side.
From this description, I picture a giant spring somewhere in Los Gatos, California launching red Volkswagens towards Santa Cruz. Cars bounce among bumpers and slings like 3000 pound pinballs. Most of the time the cars make it over the hill to their target, but sometimes the big pinball player in the sky nudges the pinball game too far, tilting the machine and game over for the car and its hapless occupants.
- In my post about Mountain Charlie Road earlier today, I broke the video embed. That’s fixed now. Sorry about that.
A couple of friends are cycling from the Bay Area town of Campbell, California to Santa Cruz today. After ascending to Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains, they plan to descend on the infamous Mountain Charlie Road for the first time.
Mountain Charlie Road, named after the mountain man who first hacked a toll road through the hills to Santa Cruz, is a gorgeously serene ride up but offers a harrowing descent. The Strava segment for this descent should be telling, with local pros who know this road averaging 25 MPH on a 5% down grade over four miles.
Even people driving their cars don’t go much faster than about 20 MPH. People on motorcycles exploring side roads always turn back after about a half mile on Mountain Charlie Road.
Motor traffic is limited to the handful of people who live on this one lane, poorly maintained road. Tight off-camber turns, wheel busting potholes, and debris covered curves conspire to discourage even the bravest riders from picking up too much speed lest the fly off the mountain into the valley below.
Unless they’re headed to or through Scotts Valley, most people avoid this Mountain Charlie Road descent. About 500 people have logged their southbound Mountain Charlie rides to Strava, vs 5000 recorded rides on Soquel-San Jose Road with a minus 6% grade and a 47 MPH KOM owned by professional cyclist Freddie Rodriguez during the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. My own best effort of 34 MPH places me just above the bottom quartile of contenders.
Local cyclist Chad Frost shows a Mountain Charlie descent in this video. Enjoy!
I plan to bike up Mountain Charlie from Scotts Valley either next Monday or Tuesday (or maybe both?) for my morning commute beginning at 7 AM. Ping me if you think you’d like to join me for the ride to San Jose / Santa Clara. Remember we lose an hour this weekend. If you’re not familiar with Mountain Charlie Road, we might see four cars in the hour we’re on that road, and they’re all moving at about 20 MPH at the most.