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Make no mistake about it, an auto parts store can’t replace your local bicycle shop in its life-saving ability when you break a part the day before a race, and local bike shops need your support to be there when you need them the most. However, most bike shops aren’t stocked with all the items a home mechanic might need for a complicated project or pro setup. And while hardware stores carry some of these items, the selection is actually often more limited.
Sometimes it’s even a matter of convenience, as there’s more likely to be an auto parts store close by than a Home Depot, and there are more O’Reily, Napa or Advance Auto Parts locations than True Value or Ace Hardware franchises. And these stores tend to be open for extended hours, long after a bike shop has closed.
So roll up those sleeves, your roll-top backpack and your two wheels up to your local neighborhood auto parts store with some off our staff’s shopping suggestions below. You’ll be sure to get some staff attention in one way or another as the only grease monkey in lycra.
CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village
Get ready for a brand new CicLAvia route! On Sunday, June 11, Glendale and Atwater Village will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.
Planning a feeder ride or walk and want to add it to our site? Email email@example.com!
Notification Flyer Coming Soon!
New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for March 26:
- CicLAvia is FREE!
- CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 4 PM
- CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles.
- CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
- CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic. Check out some more safety tips.
If you’ve been tossing your inner tubes after the second patch job—or never patching them at all—we’ve got good news. You can safely patch a tube multiple times, depending on your riding style and road or trail conditions, which is a boon to your wallet and the environment.
Watch this video to learn whether there are more miles left in your current tube.
Get fit and do good at the same time by joining a charity bike ride
Bike the Bay
Aug. 27, San Diego
During Bike the Bay the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge is open to cyclists who pedal down the Silver Strand and back up the city side of the bay.
Who sweats: No one. This 25-mile route makes the Florida Keys look Himalayan. OK, the bridge is 200 feet tall, but from then on striping paint along the route constitutes a rise.
Why ride: Every event doesn’t have to be a 100 miler with four clicks of elevation. It’s a family event, and a lot cheaper than hauling everyone to Disneyland.
Who benefits: San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bike safety and outreach.
Fee: $60 per person for ages 10 and older
Mammoth Grand Fondo
Sept. 9, Mammoth Lakes
The Mammoth Gran Fondo in the Eastern Sierra is guaranteed to be snow-free; give the plow a head start in the morning, just in case.
Who sweats: Everyone. Three routes cover 42, 70 and 102 miles, with a starting point near 8,000 feet and 2,300 to 6,500 feet of elevation gain.
Why ride: The scenery. The challenge. Käse Spätzle, the Germanic pinnacle of mac and cheese, at Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar at the Alpenhof Lodge in Mammoth Lakes.
Who benefits: Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, which supports youth athletics and academics.
Fee: $70 to $149 per person, depending on distance and registration date.
Foxy’s Fall Century
Oct. 21, Davis, Calif.
If you’re a fan of organized charity rides, make your way to Northern California and Foxy’s Fall Century, one of the showpieces.
Who sweats: Anyone who is stuck on the 405 Freeway and not here pedaling. Thirty-, 63- and 100-mile routes, from flat to rolling to a good bit of climbing to Lake Berryessa.
Why ride: All rides roll through this last bastion of ag and oaks before the mania of the Bay Area. And it’s all kind of historic, as these things go in American cycling, with roots in the ’60s.
Who benefits: Davis Bike Club, which supports bicycling advocacy, safety and outreach programs.
Fee: To be determined.
Watch this Mini Cooper drive dangerously close to this cyclist, then proceed to tell him off for “not sharing the road.” Check out backpedalmovie.com to see the full Kickstarter video and the trailer for the documentary that this video was made for.
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“Anna Schwinn — yep, that Schwinn — reached out to me a while ago about doing a custom bike for her,” Noren explains. “Then, not long after, Prince died, and she asked if I would do a Prince tribute bike.”
Noren is no stranger to requests for one-of-a-kind customs, having created bikes in Minnesota since 1993. However, he admits that this request was somewhat intimidating at first.
“When I do a theme bike for someone, I do the research and really make sure to get it right,” he explains. “When you’re doing a bike, you have a limited canvas. So I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to make a bike that can represent Prince. How do you take his music, his spirit, and what he did, and put that into a bike?”
The first thing Noren did was really try and think about style.
“He was never gaudy,” he says. “He was always classic and classy.”
Using that as his guide, Noren began putting together the blueprint (purple-print?) for Schwinn’s Prince dream bike.
While he was able to construct the color scheme and theme himself, word got out about his latest project, and soon he was receiving messages from vendors and even associates of Prince himself, offering to donate items and materials to be incorporated into the pedal-powered memorial.
The final product was something that Noren felt was worthy of its namesake.
“Looks-wise, it’s the shit,” he says. “When someone agrees to spend $8 to $10K on a bike, it’s asking a fucking lot. That why I put so much of myself and my time into this. This isn’t a bike that’s going to get lost in a bike rack.”
Bike riders won’t have to wait much longer to pedal across the Bay Bridge eastern span to Yerba Buena Island on weekdays. Caltrans has agreed to open the bridge bike path early next month Monday through Friday during daylight hours, The Chronicle has learned.
The 2.2-mile path has been accessible to pedestrians and bike riders on weekends, but Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said the long-delayed opening on weekdays has been held up by the ongoing demolition of the old eastern span of the bridge, as well as the completion of a plaza on Yerba Buena Island’s Vista Point.
The new eastern span from Oakland to Yerba Buena opened to the public more than 3½ years ago. But a promise to have the bike and pedestrian path available 24 hours a day, every day, was put on hold.
AMay 5 weekday opening is tentative and contingent on the construction, Haus said. A full-blown 24/7 opening awaits the resolution of a number of related issues, he said.
The last standing truss of the old bridge span was demolished last week, taking care of one obstacle. But the opening, Haus said, then “was really dependent” on when the plaza at Vista Point was going to be done.
The Urban Bike Challenge is coming to Los Angeles!
Brompton Bicycle and Just Ride LA are pleased to present a day of fun on two wheels with the chance to win great prizes, sponsored by Ortlieb and LAist and partnered with CicLAvia, Metro Bike Share and LA County Bicycle Coalition.
The Urban Bike Challenge is two-wheeled scavenger hunt run via a unique mobile app. Participating in teams of two to four cyclists, the Urban Bike Challenge tests the creativity and ingenuity of players as they explore the streets of Los Angeles earning points in a variety of ways, including riding to locations, completing tasks, solving clues and shooting photos.
What better way to celebrate the spring than by joining your fellow LA cyclists and exploring the city on two wheels? Plus, all proceeds will benefit LA County Bike Coalition and CicLAvia, so you’ll be helping to make cycling safer in Los Angeles!
Anyone can join; all bikes are welcome! At least one person per team must have a smart phone with location capabilities to use the app.
Date: April 8, 2017
Location: Creston, California
The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club invites you to join us for the Wildflower Century offering four routes on rural roads through the vineyards, ranches, and oak woodlands of the Central Coast. Register early to ensure your place in this classic ride.
Wildflower Century Highlights
- Rural roads through oak woodlands, vineyards and ranch lands unchanged by time
- Que & Map sheet
- Rest Stops well stocked with good food
- Robust SAG support
- Bike Mechanic at Start and key rest stops
- Enthusiastic and friendly volunteers
- Post-Ride BBQ for all registered riders including:
- Live music by A Kincaid Incident
- Local beer and wine for purchase,
- Delicious barbecued chicken with a hearty salad and dessert,
- Tickets available at BBQ for non-riders
- Ride patches and wristbands for registered riders
- Opportunities to participate in Eroica California activities.
- Your registration fee supports our Donations to Bike SLO County and other local cycling organizations and programs and the communities and groups that support our rides.
- Opportunity to purchase Wildflower Clothing