"Bicycle helmets do an outstanding job of keeping our skulls intact in a major crash. But they do almost nothing to prevent concussions and other significant brain injuries—and the very government agency created to protect us is part of the problem. The time has come to demand something safer
The bicycle racing photographs of Timm Kolln. Tour de France 2009
. The Peloton
). Racing polaroids
. Jens Voight
. Luis Ocana
. Juan Antonio Flecha on a Winter Ride
. Stage 9
2010. At the races
. Bicicletas Zeus
. Lo Stelvio
. Federico Bahamontes
. [Side scrolling photography site, your forbearance is appreciated.]
In Bike-Friendly Copenhagen, Highways For Cyclists
: 'Every day, one-third of the people of Copenhagen
ride their bikes to work or school. Collectively, they cycle more than 750,000 miles daily, enough to make it to the moon and back. And city officials want even more people to commute
, and over longer distances.
So a network of 26 new bike routes, dubbed "the cycling superhighway,"
is being built to link the surrounding suburbs to Copenhagen.'
"Ride With GPS
is the best bike route
mapping tool for cyclists, runners or anyone wanting an easy yet powerful fitness route planning experience. We offer tools
to analyze cycling performance, including graphs of heart rate, cadence, watts (power output from a power meter), speed and elevation gain. Using all this data, we can offer training plans and other insight into your fitness. We work with all Garmin Edge bike computers, Forerunner fitness devices and any GPS unit that can export a TCX or GPX file."
The 1950s Called, and They Want Their Transportation Bill Back.
"While the bill’s summary lists few specific programs that would be cut, Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) announced in a press conference Thursday that the bill will eliminate funding for several bicycle, pedestrian and transit programs, including Transportation Enhancements, the Recreational Trails Program and Safe Routes to School."
League of American Cyclists
: "James Inhofe (R-OK), the lead Republican negotiator on the transportation bill, declared that one of his top three priorities for the transportation bill is to eliminate ‘frivolous spending for bike trails.’ " [more inside]
It looked like the early stages of the 2011 Tour de France would not be marked by the carnage
of last year.
However, after multiple crashes
on a windy 5th stage, perhaps it is time to ask: Has pro cycling become too dangerous? [more inside]
"When the city introduces a bike lane on a given street, it removes dozens of parking places."
John Cassidy, staff writer on economics at The New Yorker
, blogs his feelings about bike lanes in New York City. [more inside]
What You Missed This Morning, a photography competition at the blog Cycling Tips attracted some beautiful photos: Week 1
| Week 2
| Week 3
| Week 4
Felix Salmon formulates a theory regarding the interaction of cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians in New York City: "Cyclists get no respect as road users. Instead, tragically, they’re treated like pedestrians."
A Sunday in Hell.
The 1977 documentary film covering the famously treacherous Paris-Roubaix
bicycle road race.
Floyd Landis admits to using performance enhancing drugs.
He's also dropping the dime on Armstrong, Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer and his friend, David Zabriskie. So much for Omerta
A Better Block.
For a weekend, local urbanism advocates
in the Oak Cliff
neighborhood of Dallas transformed
a block into a complete street
. Reactions from city officials have been positive
. Also: photos
from the event and associated Art Crawl, and a deeper look
at the event and what it means.
Some bike messengers last month took justice into their own hands when they caught two suspected thieves,
teenage boys who attended a local Catholic high school. According to police, the messengers stripped down the teens to their boxer shorts before taking their cellphones, backpacks and clothes.
But there have been countless other incidents, of real and desired vengeance [more inside]
One effect of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans was to render existing bike maps of the city obsolete and incomplete. The NOLA Cycle Bike Map Project
is a grassroots effort to create a comprehensive, freely-available bicycle map for New Orleans (like those that already exist for Chicago
, and other cities). Because the project is driven by DIY maps produced by individuals
and by volunteer social events organized around mapping different locations that can then be added to the project's database, it's been described as "Wiki-style involvement in the real world
." (Here's some video
of the project.) [more inside]
Winter 1900. You are in Dawson, Alaska. The Klondike Gold Rush is fading. Suddenly... news from Nome - Gold Strike! (on the beach of all things) You are snowed-in at Dawson, and recovering from tetanus. You have to get to Nome before the thousands of other gold seekers. What to do? How about hopping on your bike and riding the 1200 miles across snow and river ice!!! [more inside]
Why is (Radio) Shack -- a company that only markets to North Americans -- spending $20 million sponsoring Lance Armstrong and his team as he spends a year racing bicycles mostly in Europe? "Somewhere, someone has a Venn diagram showing the crossover between electronics geeks and cyclists. I’m sure those two sets have a lot of crossover
." [more inside]
The bike racing world has a tradition of attention-getting designs, but some spectators at this year's Tours of California or France might have done double-takes at some of the art on Lance Armstrong's rides. As it turns out, Trek and Nike have commissioned custom designs
promoting Livestrong, and as I write this Lance is cycling into Paris on a bike covered with butterfly wings, courtesy of Damien Hirst
. [more inside]
builds lasers that shoot out from your bike onto the road, displaying a bike lane wherever you ride. Written about here
The hour record is one of the greatest challenges in bicycling, with seemingly the simplest rules: Ride as fast as you can for exactly sixty minutes, zero seconds. If you go farther than anybody else, you hold the record. In 1993, Graeme Obree held that record for one day. Fifteen years later, at the age of 44, Graeme Obree will fly again
. [more inside]
Police Officer Seen on Tape Shoving a Bicyclist Is Indicted
- Update to the widely viewed video
of a NYC police officer shoving a critical mass rider off of his bicycle, reported on MeFi here
Hooray for New York City! They just had their first
(of three) car-free days
along a long stretch of Manhattan roadway: it's the Summer Streets
program. How refreshing! [more inside]
As the Tour de France concludes, let's spend a moment commemorating the derrière garde
of world-class cycling, those bad enough to come in last but never bad enough to fail, les Lanternes Rouge
. If Wim Vansevenant can retain his tenacious hold on 145th place in Sunday's stage he will be the worst cyclist to complete the Tour de France
for three consecutive years and set a Tour record. You can, indeed, win by losing. [more inside]
of 70's derailleurs show the art and engineering at the forefront 3 decades back. BYO3DG
A new generation of bike rental is here, where you pick up the bike where you start your ride and drop it off at the destination. Vélib'
are the high-profile, wildly successful products of the JCDecaux ad firm in the cities of Paris and Grand Lyon. Velib' provides 10,000 bikes
for cheap hourly rental
beginning this past summer. In exchange for fully underwriting the €90 million of expenses, JCDecaux wins exclusive rights to all the city's billboards. JCDecaux' rival Clear Channel
beat them out of the gate by a couple months, opening Bicing
in Barcelona to similar success, although at a smaller scale. [more inside]
Bjarne Riis, current coach of premier cycling squad Team CSC, used drugs to win the Tour in 1996
. His protege, Ivan Basso, was suspended from Team CSC before last year's Tour for suspicion of doping. Team Discovery hired Basso to fill Lance Armstrong's seat as captain, but Basso quit
shortly before he had a chance to win his second consecutive Giro d'Italia, and is out for the season, if not permanently. The conclusion of Floyd Landis's appeals
to reinstate his 2006 Tour victory will wait until some time after this year's Tour de France. Jan Ullrich capped a good but unsatisfying career by retiring early and under a cloud. Several of Ullrich's former Deutch Telekom/T-Mobile teammates, including Erik Zabel, admitted to doping
, and the team masseur claims to have personally administered EPO to Ullrich. Ullrich, Basso, numerous other leading riders, and the majority of some team rosters continue to be under suspicion as the Operación Puerto
EPO lab investigation grinds onward. It might be the best time ever to market a competition road bike called the Addict
. (previously, previously, oh-so-very previously, )
The 10th day? A day of rest. Thank goodness for Caroline Yang's TdF photos.
Ever wondered why McEwan rides so hard to stay in Green
? What Ukrainian joy
looks like? When you can wear socks with sandals
? She's also got some decent shots of speed skating
(oh, and real blood sports, like weddings
Big news in the cycling world.
Favorites Basso, Ullrich out of the Tour de France. Should make for an interesting July.
Critical Mass in Milwaukee ran into some "problems"
with police on the July 29th ride:
“I unfortunately chose to lock my bike with a friend and go see what was happening with the group who had been stopped at the yellow light. I ran down the street just in time to see police tackle a man on a bike who had a baby carriage attached to end of his bike. After he was pulled to the ground another officer violently pushed over his baby carriage with the baby inside,” More coverage
and some photos
How easy is it to steal a bike in NYC? (qt mov)
New York City is home to nearly 112,000 bicycle riders, unfortunately it is also home to some of the worst bike thieves in the country
. A bicycle is stolen in NYC every 68 minutes
. The Neistat Brothers
decided to find out just how easy it really is.
Stone Cold Saddles
for hard ass cyclists.
Ride through the streets of Manhattan with some of the fastest urban bicyclists in existence as they race in the wintertime. Thrilling and unbelievable. The mpg is from a head mounted camera worn by one of the racers. More here.
Also don't miss the cameraman riding on top of a Jersey barrier here.
And here I was thinking that Times Square to Park Slope in 25 minutes was pretty quick. Thanks to nervous.net.
I should have expected a country that largely dismisses cycling as a viable mode of transportation would fail to understand the subtlety of riding skills that ultimately led to their plonking a man on the moon.
You don't need to be a cyclist to enjoy the intelligent and generous breadth of content at BikeReader
- A Rider's Digest.
This is your mission should you choose to accept it. You start at Victoria Peak with bicycles and ride all the way down to the Victoria Harbour without using the pedals, and see how far you can go. The rules are: No pedalling allowed. Keep your feet off the ground. Ride with safety. It's not a time trial. The winner is the one who rides the most distance. Sounds fairly straightforward, but here's the hitch... you'll be competing against Jackie Chan. A two part mpeg video
from a Japanese TV variety show called Tetsuwan Dash