July 2017

MBC Thursday Night Ride – Ice Cream!

Destination: Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.
Distance: 20 miles round trip
Riding level: Intermediate
Meet at 6:30pm, roll out at 7:00pm
Montebello Civic Center
1600 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA

How aero tucks work for the pros on descents

From Bicycling.com


As the Tour de France heads into the mountains, we’re seeing some some unconventional descending positions, as riders aim to gain every second of free speed they can muster. Here’s what aerodynamic experts have to say about the pros’ super tucks, and some tips on refining your own.

“Cylinders. That’s what slows you down,” says Ingmar Jungnickel, aerodynamics R&D engineer for Specialized Bicycles. “Bike fitting is often focused on the rider’s back, but what we learned in the wind tunnel is that legs are 50 percent of your total drag.”

The quest to minimize drag from the body’s “cylinders”—legs, arms and head—has caused pro and elite racers to assume awkward aero positions on big descents, like Chris Froome’s famous top tube-sitting Stage 8 tuck at last year’s Tour de France.

“Everyone has two giant tree trunks going down to the frame,” explains Chris Yu, Specialized’s director of integrated technology. The idea is that “by sitting on the top tube, you’re bending your legs and reducing the height and surface area exposed to the wind, which cuts resistance and saves time.”


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Woah, what 16 stage of the Tour de France does to cyclist’s legs

From the LAtimes.com

It’s OK if you need a moment to take it all in. All those veins ready to burst out of his legs. Those sun-drenched knees. Those multicolored feet.

That is one insane photo — and it was taken with five stages still remaining.

Let’s hope Poljanski, who was in 75th place overall after Stage 16, is too tired to use social media by the time the race wraps up on Sunday.

Or maybe we should be hoping to see just what his legs and feet look like at that point.

I really can’t decide.

Take a virtual ride and decide: Is it safe to bike to work in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is arguably the most dangerous big city in America in which to be a bike rider, which may be why only 1% of people in L.A. commute to work by bike. And it’s getting more dangerous by the year. L.A. Times Opinion writer Matthew Fleischer takes you on a 360-degree tour of his morning bike commute to point out the pitfalls of cycling to work in L.A. — and what it would take to make the city a safer place for cyclists.

Milwaukee Forges Ahead With Its First Bike Boulevards

From USAStreetsBlog.org

Milwaukee will be getting its first bike boulevards, the city announced this week, the beginning of what should eventually be a citywide network of low-traffic, low-stress streets for cycling.

The city has identified two intersecting streets, totaling about two miles, to start out with. Details are still in development, but typically, bike boulevards involve diverting motor vehicle through traffic away from streets and implementing measures to further slow down cars and make cycling more convenient and safe.

Graham Kilmer at Urban Milwaukee reports:

When it comes to managing speed on a bike boulevard, anything from simple speed limit reductions to speed humps and curb build outs can be employed.

But for Milwaukee’s first bike boulevards, which are in the early planning stages, planners are looking at upgrading signalized intersections in order to “quickly and consistently pick up bicyclists on the corridor waiting to cross,” Hannig said. Also, there’s the possibility of replacing some four-way stops with neighborhood-scale traffic circles or, “similar traffic calming treatments to keep people on bicycles moving while maintaining neighborhood-appropriate travel speeds and discouraging cut-through traffic.”

Bike boulevards are another citywide infrastructure investment called for in the 2010 planning document, Milwaukee by Bike, which calls for the creation of 54 miles of bike boulevards.


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Metro’s bike sharing launches in Pasadena

From PasadenaStarNews.com

Metro’s bike share program will extend to Pasadena today, ahead of another expansion to the Port of Los Angeles on July 31.

Another planned expansion of the program into Venice will be announced in the near future.

“We are tremendously excited that Metro’s bike share program is expanding to new communities in L.A. County following our successful pilot launch in downtown L.A. last summer,” said John Fasana, Metro board chair and mayor pro-tem of Duarte.

“Even more Angelenos can rent these bicycles for short trips as well as to make first-mile, last-mile connections to Metro’s robust bus and rail system,” he said.

A ribbon-cutting celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Pasadena bike-share station, 100 N. Garfield Ave., near City Hall. Metro officials and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek are expected to attend.

A total of 30 stations will be coming to Pasadena, while 13 will be installed at the Port of Los Angeles.

Metro’s bike sharing system is currently only located in downtown Los Angeles and has 61 stations and about 700 bicycles. The expansion into Pasadena, Port of L.A. and Venice will create a total of 1,400 bicycles at up to 125 stations.


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The original bike superhighway from Pasadena to DTLA

From BusinessInsider.com


Drivers in Los Angeles spend an average of 90 hours a year stuck in traffic. But back in the 1890s, California imagined a different future for the city’s streets.

The state planned to build a for-profit, six-mile bike-only highway only for bikes that would stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It was the brainchild of Pasadena resident Horace Dobbins, who began construction after city approval in 1897.

Three years later, it opened as an elevated tollway that collected 10 cents per biker, or about $2.50 in today’s money.

Only 1.3 miles of the cycleway were actually built. The city tore it down a decade later since it never made a profit.

The cycleway may sound like a far-fetched idea today, but at the time, most Americans moved through cities by foot, historian and authorPeter Norton told Business Insider. City folk weren’t yet sure if they should adopt cars.

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Metro Offers Update on Rail-to-River Bike/Ped Path Design; Project to Break Ground Mid-2018

From LA.Streetsblog.org


On June 29, Metro held a public update on the Rail-to-River bike and pedestrian path project slated for the Slauson corridor in South L.A.

The update was to showcase the design progress on Segment A (in green, above) thus far, get feedback on the proposed design, and advise the community of next steps.

For those unfamiliar with the project, the Rail-t0-River project is an Active Transportation Corridor planned for the Metro-owned rail right-of-way (ROW) along Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles. The 6.4 mile stretch of Segment A was planned to facilitate transit users’ movement between the Crenshaw, Silver, Blue, and local bus Lines, while Segment B (in pink) would connect South L.A. with the Southeast Cities and, eventually, the L.A. River, expanding the regional bicycle network.

Because Metro must negotiate with Union Pacific to access the ROW along Randolph Street (the route chosen for Segment B) and work out plans with the cities the route will pass through, planning for Segment A has moved at a much quicker pace. Metro expects to see the preliminary (30 percent) design completed shortly and to hire a design/build construction contractor to finish the plans and break ground by mid-2018.

The project would be completed in late 2019, around the time that the Crenshaw/LAX Line would be opening.


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Video of Hit and Run. This is just awful.

Three hours ago this person intentionally hit my friend Tyler Noe on Natchez Trace. We had a witness behind us who said he has seen this same Volvo try to hit someone else last week. Tyler is at the hospital and doing ok. He is one TOUGH DUDE!

Posted by Greg Goodman on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Three hours ago this person intentionally hit my friend Tyler Noe on Natchez Trace. We had a witness behind us who said he has seen this same Volvo try to hit someone else last week. Tyler is at the hospital and doing ok. He is one TOUGH DUDE!

Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F10

From Bicycling.com

Team Sky’s Chris Froome is attempting to win his fourth Tour de France in a row aboard the Pinarello Dogma F10. Launched in January, the F10 is an update to the successful Dogma F8 and features improved aerodynamics and a seven percent increase in the frame’s stiffness-to-weight ratio. Froome rode the F8 X-Light to victory in the 2017 Tour, and in a few weeks, we’ll know if the F10 is also Tour-winning bike. In our opinion, the new bike has the same magic of the old; like its predecessor, the F10 is a Bicycling Editors’ Choice Winner.

As befits one of the world’s best cyclists, Froome gets a customized finish on his bike. In years past, Froome’s rhinoceros mascot was significantly more pronounced. The custom touches on his 2017 bike are much more subtle.

As the winner of last year’s Tour, Froome gets to wear number one in this year’s race. Froome’s bike is fitted with a carbon number holder, and mechanics cut his number to follow the curves of the frame. At the start of the 2017 Tour, we observed that most of Team Sky was aboard the F10 X-Light frame. This bike, which was shot before the start of Stage Four, does not carry Pinarello’s X-Light designation, but we expect that Froome will be on an X-Light in later stages.