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.

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.


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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.

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From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Chalk this up as a WTF?

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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.

Tapering for the big event

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No… Not ‘tapir’ – taper.

It is a frequent mistake of many cyclists – overtraining. No where is this more true then the weeks leading up to a big event. I’m right there, right now. In two weeks from today I will have just finished the Seattle to Portland ride. That means this is prime time for me to think about tapering, and how that impacts my training schedule.

This year my training schedule had a bit of tapering forced upon it by a mechanical failure on a training ride. With my primary road bike in the shop a lot of my recent training rides were skipped, or switched completely different style of bike. But for most, the tapering process should be a lot more deliberate and planned. And no…. riding less is not going to undo all the hard work you have put in in the saddle.

Training can be a lot like drinking: to have a great time you need to know when to stop.

— Carmichael Training Systems (http://trainright.com/tapering-week-race/)

Experts disagree slightly on the specifics, but all recommend a reduction in training workloads one to two weeks prior to your big events. …read more

From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Your source for cycling news: NPR??

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I’ve been out of the habit somewhat lately, but I’ve maintained a list of online sources that I routinely scan through for story ideas for here (JustAnotherCyclist) and VeloReviews. In addition to my list of the usual suspects, I also rely on a few Google Alerts to help throw in some variety.

Every once in awhile I find cycling related post in my Google Alerts emails from National Public Radio (NPR) sources. Usually these are stories about the environmental impacts of cycling, or the apparent dangers of cycling, or stories regarding key cycling related transportation legislation. I was a bit surprised, however, to find an article about a particular pro cyclist. An article that would have fit in just about any cycling magazine, blog or website you can imagine.

The story is about Movistar cyclist Nairo Quintana, and his potential in the upcoming Tour de France (oh…. is it that time of year again??)

He began biking to get to high school. The return trip was a 10-mile uphill slog. That didn’t deter Nairo Quintana. Sometimes he’d even attach a cable to his sister’s bike and haul her up the mountain with him.

The story is actually …read more

From:: JAC

Our most popular posts

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It used to be that every once in awhile television shows would put out a “remember when” type episode. If it was a sitcom, the characters would find themselves sitting around in a livingr oom or coffee house or something, reminiscing which would lead to flash back sequences of footage from past episodes. I always figured these were the episodes thrown together when most of the writing staff was on vacation or something.

I guess you could say that this post is kind of like that – only I am the writing staff and I’m not actually on vacation.

What I thought I would do is point out the 5 top posts from both of our websites – JustAnotherCyclist.com and VeloReviews.com. These are the stories that google’s pagerank the readers have decided are the most important, relevant, and/or entertaining. So without further ado, here they are listed by number of views, with #1 being the most popular:

Top 5 posts on VeloReviews.com

  1. Is Aluminum the New Carbon? The Cannondale CAAD10. This review alone represents over 12% of the total page views since I started recording after the big VeloReviews move to our new format, with over 21% more views …read more

    Source:: JAC

Do you name your bikes?

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I’ve always like to name my bikes. In fact, I like to name and personify lots of things. I used to do it with my cars too. Thought I’d take a moment to share some of my current stable of regularly ridden bikes:

This mountain bike is going to make me faster.

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It was one of those “Well duh!” sort of moments. The times when you suddenly realize something that, in retrospect, should have been obvious all along. And once I did I knew that riding my mountain bike on the streets was going to make me ride better on every bike.

It all started with a rather unfortunate and poorly timed mechanical failure on my road bike. Just weeks before my planned 200+ mile weekend, I went and broke my left brake assembly. So off to the shop with the road bike, with an estimated 2 week turn-around for warranty approval from and parts shipping from SRAM.

With only 23 days to go until Seattle to Portland, I couldn’t really just stop riding. Plus I was still doing my daily commute. That left me with two other options – my cargo bike and my mountain bike. Looked like me and the Breezer MTB were going to be spending some quality time together.

I’ve experience some frustration riding this bike on the roads. It just seems…. so…. slow….
Mountain Bike Disk BrakeI don’t hold it against the bike. It has some ridiculously knobby tires and front energy-sapping …read more

Source:: JAC

Is cycling a sign of gentrification?

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Living in the city of San Francisco in 2015, you are constantly confronted with issues of class struggle and gentrification. In most parts of the city the rent you’d pay for 1 month in a 1 bedroom apartment could buy you a functional used car elsewhere in the country. I also happen to live in a neighborhood that was, until recently, one of the most affordable (relatively) in the city. As a predominately African American community, this puts the area directly in the crosshairs of everything potentially bad about gentrification and displacement. Lots of new people moving in, demanding change. Lots of established families that have been in the neighborhood for generations feeling pushed out and both socially and economically.

It is against this backdrop that I came face to face with an issue that at first seemed completely unfathomable for me: for many, cycling is a sign of gentrification.

It started with a post I put on Facebook about expanding the local bike share program to my neighborhood. The Bay Area Bike Share, when initially launched, was concentrated in the more affluent areas of the city. Makes sense – when you are testing …read more

Source:: JAC