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This Day, I Rode

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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


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February 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

LAPD Vows to Protect Cyclists

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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

Written by yellow fork

February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Cycling Quote

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This little piece is a signature line from an e-mail that I received, and I had to share.  It’s just wonderful and I felt much the same this morning riding in a light snowfall as the city was just coming awake.  For the moment, the world was breaking someone else’s heart.  No, not mine, not mine.

“When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations:  bright
sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on.
This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work,
leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.  I
still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity.  But
I am mentally far away from civilization.  The world is breaking
someone else’s heart.”  ~Diane Ackerman

Ride & Love

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

January 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Fight Over Bike Lanes Goes Old Testament

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Hipsters (maybe) repaint bike lanes removed to appease Hasidic Jews in NYC.

“In response to last week’s removal of bike lanes in the traditionally Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, a group of local bike riders took it upon themselves to repaint the lane lines running down Bedford Avenue.

The Hasids had asked the city to remove the bike lanes from the neighborhood, claiming the influx of bikers posed a “safety and religious hazard.”

Full Article at Huffingtonpost

Well, one thing is for sure… we could use a few more bike lanes, and even more importantly, a few more ‘hotties’ here in The Salty Dog (SLC).

Paint for the people!

– The Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

December 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm

BikeHugger: Bicycle Diaries Excerpts

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The great folks over at have posted two excerpts from David Bryne’s new book Bicycle Diaries (review).  I’ve posted the links below and hope you enjoy the read.

Excerpt one: intro

Excerpt two: New York

Here’s a bit from New York:

New York

I ride my bike almost every day here in New York. It’s getting safer to do so, but I do have to be fairly alert when riding on the streets as opposed to riding on the Hudson River bike path or similar protected lanes. The city has added a lot of bike lanes in recent years, and they claim they now have more than any other city in the United States. But sadly most of them are not safe enough that one can truly relax, as is possible on the almost completed path along the Hudson or on many European bike lanes. That’s changing, bit by bit. As new lanes are added some of them are more secure, placed between the sidewalk and parked cars or protected by a concrete barrier.

Between 2007 and 2008 bike traffic in New York increased 35 percent. Hard to tell if the cart is leading the horse here— whether more lanes have inspired more bicycle usage or the other way around. I happily suspect that for the moment at least, both the Department of Transportation and New York City cyclists are on the same page. As more young creative types find themselves living in Brooklyn they bike over the bridges in increasing numbers. Manhattan Bridge bike traffic just about quadrupled last year (2008) and the bike traffi c on the Williamsburg Bridge tripled. And those numbers will keep increasing as the city continues to make improvements to bike lanes and adds bike racks and other amenities. In this area the city is, to some extent, anticipating what will happen in the near future—a lot more people will use bikes for getting to work or for fun.

When you can’t ride, read!

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

October 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Must Know Cycling Terms

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Here’s a great list of some must know cycling terms from  pdf version can be found here.  Of course my fav. “Bonk,” but looks like they left out “Betty.” LOL

 Cycling Terms

Like most sports, cycling features unique terminology. Below is a list of the most commonly used words and phrases in the sport of competitive cycling.

Attack: A sudden attempt to get away from another rider
Blocking: When a rider tries to get in the way of other riders, usually done as part of a team strategy to slow down the main field when other team members are ahead in a breakaway
Bonk: Known as “hitting the wall” in marathon running, this is when a rider completely runs out of energy
Breakaway: A rider of group of riders who have separated themselves ahead of the main pack
Bridge the Gap: When a rider or group of riders is attempting to reach a group farther ahead
Chasers: Riders who are attempting to “bridge the gap” to catch the lead group
Criterium: A multi-lap event on a course usually a mile or less in length and of medium total distance,
usually 25-75 miles
Derailleur: The mechanism that moves the chain from one gear to another
Director Sportif: Pronounced “Director sporteef”, this is the manager of the team
Domestique: A rider who sacrifices any individual honors to the team leader who is in contention to win
Drafting: Riding closely behind another rider, which creates a slipstream, or air pocket. The lead rider
expends up to 30 percent more energy than the following rider does
Drop: To leave another rider or riders behind by attacking. Losing contact with the group in which they are riding will drop fatigued riders
Echelon: A line of riders taking orderly turns at the lead and staggered so that each rider will get maximum protection from the wind. Also called a “paceline”
Feeding: At some point during a long road race it is necessary for riders to replace expended energy.
Riders are given a “musette,” a small cloth bag, containing food and water bottles. Riders grab the bag from the team support personnel, remove the contents and put them in the pockets of their jerseys to eat when most convenient. They generally prefer high-energy foods that break down quickly.
Field: The main group of riders, also known as the “pack,” “peloton,” or “bunch”
Field Sprint: The final sprint between a group of riders, not necessarily for first place
Force the Pace: When one rider goes harder than the pack to increase the tempo
Gap: The distance between individual or groups
Hammering: Very steady, strenuous pedaling.
Hanging On: Barely keeping contact at the back of the pack
Hook: When one rider, either on purpose or by accident, uses his/her rear wheel to hit the front wheel of the rider behind him/her
Jump: A sudden acceleration, often at the start of the sprint
Kick: The final burst of speed in a sprint
Lead Out: An international and often sacrificial move where one rider begins a sprint to give a head start to another rider (usually a teammate) on his rear wheel, who then comes around at an even faster speed to take the lead
Neo-Pro: Cycling’s term for a rookie at the professional level
Pace Line: See “echelon”
Pack: See “field”
Peloton: See “field”
Prime: Pronounced “preem.” A race-within-a-race where riders sprint for prizes on a designated lap or at a certain point in a race, i..e., the “sponsor” Teamwork Challenge
Pull: To take a turn at the front and break the wind for the other riders in the pack
Pull Off: To move to one side so that another rider can take a turn at the front
Pull Through: Move to the front of a pace line, from second spot, after the lead riders swings off to the front
Sitting In: When one rider refuses to take a pull and break the wind for the group in which he/she is riding. A derogatory term is “Wheel Sucker”
Slipstream: The pocket of air created by a moving rider, just as in automobile or motorcycle racing. See “drafting”
Soigneur: Pronounced “Swa-neur” Comparable to a trainer in other sports, this person gives massages and watches the physical health of the riders along with the team doctors
Sprint: A sudden burst of speed for the finish of a race involving more than one rider.
Stage Race: A series of individual races- time trials, road races, circuit races or criteriums – grouped into one event that lasts several days. The rider who has the lowest accumulated time for all stages determines the winner. The most famous stage race in the world is the Tour de France, which spans 2,500 miles in 22 days.
Take a Flyer: When one rider goes off the front of the pack, usually alone
Time Trial: An individual race against the clock, often called the “race of truth”
Velodrome: An oval banked track, usually 333.33 meters in length. In general, track riders and road riders compete in separate kinds of events. The difference in training and ability is similar to the difference between sprinters and long-distance runners.
Wheel Sucker: A derogatory term, referring to a rider who always sits in and never expends any energy by taking a pull at the front.

Yeah, what he said!

– The Salty Dog


Written by yellow fork

October 20, 2009 at 7:44 pm

funny cycling ad: feel free go cycling!

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funny and random cycling ad… well at least it’s getting the message across LOL

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October 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm