well any way here’s the story via gawker, who’s probably responsible for making the bikes sell out. Downside is that it’s a hit for legit bike makers/shops. Upside, maybe more folks on bikes… Major Upside, a healthy hit to the ego for the hipster. Welcome to cult mass production.
Then join the facebook group letting him know that you don’t think his comments about running down cyclists are funny!
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?v=info&gid=379899676399
Audio Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7wnBoWOfAU
Contact: ESPN 1-888-549-3776
Songs Via Flavorwire.com
TV On The Radio – “Bicycles Are Red Hot”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Bicycle Song”
The Beach Boys – “It’s A Beautiful Day”
Tom Waits – “Broken Bicycles”
Danny Elfman – “Theme from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”
Pink Floyd – “Bike”
Kraftwerk – “Tour De France”
Flobots – “Handlebars”
Madness – “Riding On My Bike”
Queen – “Bicycle Race”
Honorable mentions: “Narrow Your Eyes” by They Might Be Giants; “This Charming Man” by The Smiths; “Pretty Good Year” by Tori Amos; “Midnight Bicycle Mystery” by Deerhoof; “Slow Bicycle” by múm; “Tony’s Theme” by Pixies; “Apology Song” by The Decemberists.
– Salty Dog
If you can check out the story behind Don Ross, 66, “Peace Rider.” Awesome, just awesome!
This day, I slowly rode my bike to work,
Gliding across the gentle road,
Like a surfer on that glassy face,
Free from the weight of a crushing world,
This Day, the secret is mine, I know myself.
This morning I felt the soft rays of the late winter sun and thought back to my playful and sun-filled days as a child in San Diego. My heart was warm.
I heard the morning songs of unseen birds. I remembered that the world wants nothing more from me than it wants from the birds. Just be and sing your song. My purpose was clear.
I said hello to a dozen people and stopped to visit an old golden retriever who was laying in the morning frost. I was deeply connected.
I smiled the whole way, and I arrived to work as the happiest SOB in the building, maybe even in the entire city….
This is why I ride!
– Salty Dog
Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told a group of bicycle advocates that department-wide training would be implemented to highlight the rights of bicyclists on the road and ensure that officers know how to deal with incidents involving bikes.
Beck’s statements come amid growing complaints from cyclists that their rights are being infringed by drivers. It marks the first time top LAPD brass has publicly addressed the issue.
Beck said bike riders are “our most vulnerable commuters” and that the police department needed to do a better job protecting them.
“We hear you, we know we need to do a better job for you,” Beck said.
Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the training would include a document that would be included in official department policy outlining officers’ responsibilities in dealing with cyclists on the road. He said it was still unclear what would be in the document but said he hoped to meet with bicycle groups and have it ready within 30 days.
Paysinger also said that in less than 45 days the department would create a computer-based “e-learning” agenda that would be mandatory for all police officers to help them better recognize problems and issues involving cyclists.
Paysinger also pointed to other actions the LAPD had recently taken involving bicyclists – creating a working group with advocacy groups, appointing an official liaison within the police department and ensuring that all incidents involving bicyclists are handled by each bureau’s traffic division – as evidence the LAPD had begun to take bicycling safety more seriously.
Beck’s statements came during a transportation committee meeting Wednesday afternoon. About 20 cycling advocates, including some from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, came to the meeting to address Beck after they completed a bike ride to call for justice for victims of hit-and-run accidents and to protest what it says is unfair treatment of cyclists.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl, chairman of the transportation committee, said it was a “historic first” to have the chief of police listening directly to the experiences of cyclists and promising reform.
“Today is the beginning of a new day with the LAPD,” Rosendahl said. “My hope is that six months from now an officer will know the rights of cyclists as well as the rights of motorists.… I think the LAPD, like pretty much the citizenry in general, has had the car culture.”
The ride traced the route that local cyclist Ed Magos used to take on his daily commute to City Hall, where he works in the information technology department. Magos was injured Jan. 6 when he was struck from behind while cycling on 2nd Street near Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles, according to the coalition. The motorist stopped but then drove away. The motorist later went to an LAPD station but was not charged with a crime.
–Ari B. Bloomekatz
Photos: L.A. Times file
This is just spot on, had to share via Cycling Tips
Photo by James Broadway. BTW, congratulations to James for having a new baby girl this week!
Cyclist are a peculiar bunch. We can’t let a ride just be a ride. It’s impossible for any of us to admit that a bad day on the bike is due to anything but external circumstance that we have not control over. We all do it. At the beginning of a ride we lay out at least one disclaimer of why we’re not going so well. If it weren’t for this disclaimer you’d be inflicting all sorts of pain on the rest of your mates, so they should consider themselves lucky.
It’s not PRO to rock up and announce to everyone “I’m on fire guys, watch out!”. It’s all about lowering expectations. This way if you pull a magical ride out of your ass you’ll look like superstar. “Just imagine how I would have smashed it if I was on form!” you can say. However, if you really do ride as pathetically as you said you were going to, then you’ve already laid that on the table. You can’t lose.
Here are the top 13 disclaimers that I hear (and give) on a regular basis:
- “I’m coming back from a stomach virus” (every PRO is always getting over a stomach virus)
- “I haven’t ridden my bike in weeks”
- “I’ve ridden 1000km in the past week!”
- “I can’t get my heartrate up so I’m gonna take it easy”
- “My position feels strange today. I couldn’t generate my usual wattage”
- “I’m over my racing weight”
- “I’m on a recovery ride”
- “I’m creeping”
- “I didn’t eat breakfast”
- “I ate too much breakfast”
- “I didn’t have my morning coffee yet” (my personal favorite)
- “I’m on my heavy training bike today”
- “I’m so hungover. I was out until 4am partying but I was still able to meet up this morning”
Last night I raced and used the good ol’ “I’ve got a stitch” excuse. Worked like a charm when I mucked up the sprint. ;-)
I leave you with a video that was sent to me last night that will surely inspire you to get out on the bike this weekend: