Morning Links: 19-year old bike rider shot in Commerce; more naked folks on bikes; and mobile LA bike repair

Yet another LA-area bike rider has been shot and killed. According to KTLA-5, 19-year old Bryan Hernandez was riding his bike home from work when he was killed early Tuesday morning. His body was found around 2:50 am at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Bike theft from SF Richmond District shop

6:45 Monday, June 29. Bike stolen from San Francyclo, including assault of one of the employees. Richmond District Blog has more details, and the below Tweets posted by the bike shop include video of the crime in progress.

If you have information about this crime (SFPD case #151802980), please contact the Richmond District police station at (415) 666-8000 or SFPDRichmondStation@sfgov.org. An anonymous tip line is also available at (415) 668-7387.

— Richmond District Blog (http://richmondsfblog.com/2015/06/30/robbery-and-assault-at-san-francyclo-bike-shop-on-monday-night/)

Perp enters… pic.twitter.com/Mhjln0t8Su

— San Francyclo (@SanFrancyclo) June 30, 2015

Perp enters, commits ($1,500) robbery & an aggravated assault on way out. Then threatens to kill Anson if he pursues! pic.twitter.com/ETexWMeNoj

— San Francyclo (@SanFrancyclo) June 30, 2015

Perp exit and assault! pic.twitter.com/WUxYKk9g7L

— San Francyclo (@SanFrancyclo) June 30, 2015

When I was involved in the bike shop in San Francisco’s Bayview district, we unfortunately were the victim of bike theft twice. I feel for you San Francyclo. Best of luck.

Morning Links: An early endorsement for state senate, registration gets bikes back, and OCTA swims upstream

Getting a jump on next year’s elections, the Speaker of the California Assembly has endorsed former representative Steven Bradford for the state senate in next year’s elections. Toni Adkins joins former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Senator Robert Hertzberg and Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez …read more

From:: BikingInLA

The physics of bike balance

One of the glorious mysteries of the bicycle is how, even without a rider, it can stay balanced while rolling at speed. There are a couple of different commonly shared theories, but none of them tell the whole story.

Luckily, the fine folks over at MinutePhysics have posted a youtube video that explains it magnificently: Keep reading →

Denver rolling out bait bike program

San Francisco recently received reporting from coast to coast on their bike theft prevention efforts – specifically their bait bike program. A recent post by CBS Denver talks about the Colorado city’s police department also rolling out a similar program.

Keep reading →

A day in the life…

This video just popped up, making its rounds on some of the local San Francisco social media scenes. Passed along for your enjoyment.


…read more

From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Just another bike commuter

Your feel-good link of the day. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin newspaper Leader-Telegram give us a story about Tom Arneberg. Tom had been doing his short commute to work by bicycle for 22 years. But when his job was relocated to 16 miles away, things could have been disastrous.

Could have been…

Although a half hour commute to work isn’t considered overly long by the standards of most American cities, Arneberg wasn’t looking forward to the 32-mile round-trip trek to his new workplace.

“I thought it was just going to be a curse to have a commute.” Arneberg said. “I thought it would be awful, but it’s turned out to be the best part of my day.”

— “Chippewa Falls man enjoys benefits of 16-mile daily bicycle commute to Eau Claire job” Leader-Telegram.

Tom’s story is a great one, demonstrating once again how much a slight nudge in the right direction can sometimes be all it takes to change our lives.

…read more

From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Watching the Tour de France online

Photo via @TVMIntl on Twitter https://twitter.com/TVMIntl/status/599969108092801027
Photo via @TVMIntl on Twitter https://twitter.com/TVMIntl/status/599969108092801027

A lot of people rely on online services to keep up with bike racing. This can be because of poor coverage by their cable provider, or because some of these events happen during the day (read: folks watching while at work.) With the Tour de France just around the corner it seemed an appropriate time to give folks some tips on how to watch Le Tour – but most of these sites are a good source for any racing.

There are also some things to be aware of when watching these feeds. Keep reading →

One for the kids and playful adults

dieline_v2Kids love chalk. Kids love bikes. Kids live… bikes with chalk? Well why not?

Enter Chalktrail, available from online retailer Fat Brain Toys. While the idea is simple – a plastic holder that drags a piece of chalk behind you on the road as you ride – the results are enticing even for this playful old man.

The manufacturer claims that a single piece of chalk will last for 1.5 miles, and they have products that will fit “6 different wheel sizes, (12 to 29 inch diameter).”

chalktrail-productIt was unclear from the reseller’s website exactly how much chalk came with the initial package, priced at $19.95 USD. Assembly appears to use spring-tension built into the plastic arm to keep it over the rear axle (sorry – this probably prohibits the use of the Chalktrail on quick release axles.)

While presumably any chalk of the right diameter would work, the comments on the product page do indicate that there is a “special chalk” for this product. Presumably this is of a higher density then normal sidewalk chalk for that advertised “1.5 miles” of durability.

Now wouldn’t this be an interesting way to demonstrate to a city precisely which routes have the heaviest bicycle traffic?

Chalk this up as a WTF?

Kilimanjaro-3-4-clipped

I try to be open minded. Really I do. But I saw this and all I could say is… WTF?

This beauty is the Rungu Kilimanjaro. And based on their website they are apparently marketing this as a transportation alternative for snowboarders and surfers. They call it a trike with “Shoulder width front-wheel spacing to improve tricycle handling.”

I’ve looked at this a couple of different ways, and I just can’t for the life of me understand what benefits this configuration creates. At a reported 53.8 pounds I feel like there otta be some really significant gains in this unorthodox configuration. At at an advertised price of $3,300 US Dollars this is no cheapy either.

And if this crazy configuration wasn’t enough, the company is also offering the Juggernaut model – which replaces the front suspensions with ridged forks and … get this … a pair of fat tires.

I really want to say this looks quirky, weird and therefor fun. I’m afraid that I’m just stuck on the “weird” at this point. I want to get it but I just don’t.