Monthly Archives: March 2012

In the news: Gran Fondo in Davis

Nice article on sacbee.com and in the Living Here section of The Sacramento Bee today on the Legends Gran Fondo on May 6 in Davis, sponsored by the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The article, penned by Blair Anthony Robertson, takes a look at the growing interest in gran fondo rides.
“A mass-start bike event with origins in Italy, gran fondos, or big rides, are a booming new style of cycling activity in the U.S.,” Robertson writes.

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Trashy behavior

I’m not sure how all this trash ended up alongside the road on Hwy. 193 in Greenwood, Calif., but it’s a stunning display of disrespect for the environment. I came across this scene while riding in the hills near Georgetown on Sunday.

Posted from Greenwood, California, United States.

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Long Beach is becoming a bicycling community


Lots of stories in the news these days about the efforts in Long Beach, Calif. to become a more bike friendly community. Consider the New York Times travel story by Freda Moon with the headline, “36 Hours: Long Beach, Calif.” which chronicles the transformation of the port city.
“As part of Long Beach’s push to become the most bike-centric city south of Portland, Ore., the city has built bike boulevards and a Bike Station (bikestation.com/longbeach), developed a weekly “Bike Saturday” incentive program (bikelongbeach.org/events) and begun an annual bike festival (longbeachbikefest.org), held each May,” Moon writes.
Then there was the January story in Grist, an environmental-advocacy website headlined, “Cycles and cents: One city sets out to prove that bikes are good for business.
And finally, Long Beach has a great cycling website, if you are planning on cycling in the area. The website professes to have something for every cyclist.
“Looking for a way to get around Long Beach on your bike? No problem. Bike Long Beach has the answer. Explore the website to discover the latest and greatest on biking in Long Beach. Whether you are an avid cyclist, a college commuter, or simply curious about biking, this website has something for you,” it states.
So, if you’re headed for Long Beach anytime in the near future, take your bike.

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Website posts list of 20 Yolo County bike rides


The Yolo County Visitors Bureau has added a new page to their website with a list of 20 bike rides on various routes throughout Yolo County. The routes include Davis, Woodland, Clarksburg, the Capay Valley and more. There’s even a route from Davis to the Martinez Amtrak station, a ride I’ve always wanted to do. Another of the rides goes up Cantelow Hill, which is featured in the photo above taken by Martin Christian.
The page has brief descriptions of the rides with links to an interactive map created on the Ride with GPS website which includes cue sheets and elevation profiles. They were created by members of the Davis Bike Club. the visitors bureau and the DBC plan to collaborate on adding future routes to the page.
“We also intent to add routes from events that are held in our area, such as the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Gran Fondo, the LiveStrong Challenge and the Davis Double Century,” said Alan Humason, Executive Director of the YCVB in a prepared statement.
Most of the rides start in Davis and Winters and there are options for all skill levels, Humason added.

Posted from Vacaville, California, United States.

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Transportation bill explained and the bike summit begins


 If you’ve been looking for an article that gives a broad overview of what’s going on in Washington D.C. with the transportation bill and bicycling, check out the excellent piece on the UTNE Reader’s website. Written by Sam Ross-Brown, the short article cites ten various sources, gives some historical perspective and explains clearly what has been going on since February when the House voted on a transportation bill that would have stripped funding for bicycling projects.
 ”This year is a critical one for transportation funding, as benchmark legislation enacted in 2003 is set to expire soon. And unfortunately for cyclists, it’s also a big year for fiscal conservatism. As Huffington reports, The February House bill was only the latest in a series of barebones transportation proposals that have sent biking infrastructure to the chopping block,” Ross-Brown writes.
 The article is well timed because today is the start of the 2012 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists.

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Stormy and cloudy Sunday

Clouds hover over the Sacramento Valley Sunday afternoon as seen from on top of Cantelow Hill in Yolo County. We rode around Yolo County on Sunday and everywhere we went, folks would shake their heads and say it had just hailed there. We skirted the storms all day without ever getting wet. The weather forecast is for “unsettled” weather all week, but the chance of rain is only around 20 percent.

Posted from Vacaville, California, United States.

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A right hook and then a door

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Riding down 21st Street in Sacramento these days seems a bit dangerous. On Monday, a driver pulled ahead of me and, without signaling, turned right in front of me. Then, two days later not 100 yards from that same spot, a woman in a parked car pops open her door into the bike lane right in front of me. I’ll probably be riding home a different way for a while.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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New York City filmmaker steals his own bike, no problem

This is an amazing video by filmmaker Casey Neistat published as an “Op-Doc” on the New York Times website. As the video introduction says, “…filmmaker Casey Neistat conducts an experiment in New York City, where he locks up his own bike and brazenly tries to steal it, to determine whether onlookers or the police would intervene.” First he uses a hacksaw, then a crowbar, then he has his friend use bolt cutters to steal his bike. Passersby appear oblivious. Finally, when Neistat pulls out the power tools in Union Square, the police take notice. Check out the video.

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Cow t-bones cyclist in Fresno

Yikes. Check out this story and pictures on KFSN-TV out of Fresno of a woman who was hit by a cow while riding her bike during a training ride for RAAM.
“As soon as I come around the corner, he just barrels and t-bones me. Sends me about 30 feet down the hill,” Melanie Spigelmyre told the TV station. Amazing she wasn’t hurt worse.

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

I was riding with friends in the Volcano – Plymouth area on Saturday and chuckled when I saw the sign at the left in downtown Volcano across from the park. The sign above, is always a welcome sight after climbing Slug Gulch Road northeast of Fair Play. Slug Gulch is one of the tougher climbs around, covering about 5.4 miles and a little over 1,300 feet of elevation gain. It is part of “The Century” ride and “The Challenge” ride that are offered at the Sacramento Wheelmen bicycling club’s Sierra Century which is back in Amador County this year on Saturday, June 16

Posted from California, United States.

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Friday evening along the bike trail


A cyclist heads west along the American River Parkway bike trail Friday evening as an egret and a few ducks feed in the slough nearby. The great weather will continue through the weekend, but there is rain headed our way for most of next week according to this story in on sacbee.com today. Enjoy the weekend, but, if you’re out and about on Sunday morning, the bike trail will be closed from Discovery Park to Del Paso Blvd. until about noon. There will be more than 6,000 runners out there competing in the Shamrock’n Half Marathon. Good luck to all those runners participating in the race.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Biking duds


With no disrespect toward the men and women serving in the military, I don’t think camouflage is the best type of clothing to wear while biking in the early morning. Seeing this rider the other day made me recall a post on one of my favorite biking blogs, Bikeyface. The post, “Seeing Things” asks a good question, “Do drivers only see what they are looking for?”

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Sacramento gives NAHBS its biggest year ever

Nice wrap-up of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in the Bike World News. The site is reporting that the show had the best attendance ever with more than 8,000 people showing up for the three-day event. And, congrats to local bike builder Steve Rex (his booth is in the photograph) for winning “Best Road Bike” at the show. You can view the story here.
Also, there’s an interesting article by Jerry Hirsch in The Bellingham Herald about the bike show and the growth of cycling businesses even in the bad economy. Hirsch writes, “Though the entire industry probably doesn’t have much more of an economic effect than a couple of Target stores, one indicator of its popularity is that colleges and universities are starting to teach frame building.”

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Photo Gallery: North American Handmade Bicycle Show



Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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North American Handmade Bicycle Show opens today

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show rolled into town yesterday. The show, which opens at 11 a.m. today, has more than 150 exhibitors showcasing custom bike frames, apparel and cycling accessories. In the photo above, Paul Sadoff, left, owner of Rock Lobster Custom Bikes of Santa Cruz, chats with Chris Igleheart of Igleheart Custom Frames and Forks out of Wenham, Mass. while setting up on Thursday. Sadoff was featured in an article by Sam McManis in The Bee this morning. In the photo at the left, award-winning bike builder Kent Eriksen of Kent Eriksen Cycles of Steamboat Springs, Colo. sets up his booth. You can get more information about the bicycle show here.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Pedaling peddlers in Davis


Check out the article, “Bike-crazy Davis spawns peddlers who pedal,” on sacbee.com by Bee reporter, Hudson Sangree, about the growing number of pedal-powered businesses across the nation. Sangree even interviewed realtors who peddle homes by bicycle. Consider the following quote from his article, “Today, Davis residents can get around by pedicab, have their yardwork done by landscapers who pull trailers on bikes, and sip Roth’s organic fair-trade coffee, delivered by bicycle to their doorsteps each week in reusable Mason jars.”
Read the complete story here.

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