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big box fixie

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Our great uncle sam walton’s local mart is now selling fixie bikes online for the low low price of $149… not sure how shipping works out, but I’m sure no matter how it’s shipped, it’s still a piece…

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.

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April 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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LAPD Vows to Protect Cyclists

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via LATimes.com

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

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February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Excuses are like…

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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:

  1. “I’m coming back from a stomach virus” (every PRO is always getting over a stomach virus)
  2. “I haven’t ridden my bike in weeks”
  3. “I’ve ridden 1000km in the past week!”
  4. “I can’t get my heartrate up so I’m gonna take it easy”
  5. “My position feels strange today.  I couldn’t generate my usual wattage”
  6. “I’m over my racing weight”
  7. “I’m on a recovery ride”
  8. “I’m creeping”
  9. “I didn’t eat breakfast”
  10. “I ate too much breakfast”
  11. “I didn’t have my morning coffee yet”  (my personal favorite)
  12. “I’m on my heavy training bike today”
  13. “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:

Thule “Bike Spot” from Nathan Avila on Vimeo.

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February 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

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Roubaix Dura-Ace

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Thought I’d share my morning obsession with the World.  Next year maybe…

Specs here via Specialized

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February 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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Salty Dog has a New Crew

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As I start hitting the trainer in the gym (along with taking advantage of the remaining great fall weather here in Salt Lake) I’ve started thinking about the 2010 riding season.  I’m pretty excited about it as I’ll be riding with a new crew that’s just starting out in SLC. 

We’ll be riding for a new local shop called Lake Town Bicycles.  I’m not sure of our event schedule, but I know that the LOTOJA is a must.  It’s way cool to be part of something from the start.  I’ll be sure to share my experiences, both good and bad here. 

Below is a template for our first jersey done by Aubrey @ aubreyjoy.com.  More to come…

lake town cycling crew jersey

Make some friends and ride with them!

– Salty Dog

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November 6, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Zack Morris Rides a Bike, Why Don’t You?

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Bike

via NYTimes.com

It seems the list of “outed” celebrity cyclists is growing.  Now added by the NY Times Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best know for playing Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell.  But, Gosselaar is no joke, he’s actually a Cat 2 racer… more than I can say for myself!

Lately, however, Mr. Gosselaar has developed another distinction: as perhaps the best celebrity-slash-bicyclist in America. Granted, it’s a niche category with no official rankings and a smattering of big names, like Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Jake Gyllenhaal and Matthew McConaughey (both of whom are pals of Lance Armstrong).

Yet Mr. Gosselaar is the real spandexed deal. In and around Santa Clarita, Calif., where he lives, he competes at the Category 2 level, racing in fields that often include professionals. Loren Mooney, the editor in chief of Bicycling magazine, said of Mr. Gosselaar in an e-mail message: “He’s in a different league from all the other public figures who ride a bike. He’s not just out there riding, he’s competing and, in some cases, winning.”

Full article here via NYtimes.com

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November 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Best of Betty: October 2009

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So pezcyclingnews.com has this awesome section called Daily Distractions and being a Salty Dog, I thought it’d be perfect for me to pick out what I think to be the best of each month.  So, below is the best of betty for October 2009.  I’ll honor the podium and choose my top 3. 

#3: Yolanthe Cabau – New face of Giro d’Italia 2010.  I would have picked her as number one, but she’s uber modelish… so misses a couple of points for not being part of the pack. 

youlanthe cabau

via pezcyclingnews.com

#2: These lovely ladies from the Tour of Britain, especially the chica on the left…

tour of britain

via pezcyclingnews.com

#1: Well, because she’s great and rock’n a full kit…

giro de lombardia

via pezcyclingnews.com

First you get the points, then you get the money, then you get the girl!

– Salty Dog

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November 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm