August 2017

How to keep riding once you have kids



Becoming a father for the first time is an undoubtedly life-altering experience. Most that have been there will tell you it’s the proudest achievement of their life, that little comes close to the feeling of helping a child find their way in the world.

Of course, becoming a parent comes with a set of significant challenges. Reduced independence, sleep deprivation, reduced personal time — all factors that can make it hard to stay commited to the life of a dedicated cyclist.

But as Nathan Hosking writes about his first year as a father, it’s not impossible to stay fit and active while maintaining your responsibilities as a parent.

It was a slow February afternoon in the manchester department of my local Myer store when the words hit me. “I’m pregnant”, said my wife. A momentary of high elation was followed by an equal moment of apprehension as my mind calculated the due date. I’d been training hard for three months towards my personal Everest: the Gran Fondo World Champs in Perth, September 2016. “But that’s just six weeks before the champs!,” I thought to myself. I couldn’t help it, I’d been training so hard!


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Deputies cite 45 motorists during bike, pedestrian operation


The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gave out citations to 45 motorists for various Vehicle Code violations during its Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation Wednesday.

Deputies involved with the operation patrolled intersections in the Santa Clarita Valley that included:  Sierra Highway and Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country and McBean Parkway and Town Center Drive in Valencia, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Facebook.

The locations were selected based on mapped out locations where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes during the past three years, according to an earlier press release from the station.

Citations from Wednesday’s operation ranged from $160 to more than $450, depending on the violation.

Of the 45 citations, 28 were for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, seven were for cellphone violations, seven were for speed violations, two were for failing to stop for a red light and one was for a turn violation.

Another motorist was cited for using a suspended driver’s license.

Although the operation included enforcement on pedestrians and bicycles, no violations were issued for the two.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said it conducted the operation to reduce collision-causing factors and lower deaths and injuries.


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The Forsyth Cup – Encino Velodrome – September 16

500m / 500m Mens Womens Qualifiers
Top 12 advance to Miss n out finale
Miss n’ out elminations for all others to advance to remaining 12 Finale slots.

Dog Tags and cash.


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This is pretty cool – The Ultimate Mobile Bicycle Workshop


Part 1: Mobile bike mechanics and the quest for the holy grail

As a bike mechanic I often get to see new cycling trends and repair tools come and go, yet the good old workstand never seems to change.

After all, why should it? It’s as reliable now as it was 30 years ago, and the world hasn’t changed much in the meantime to warrant an update. Right?

Speaking of trends, mobile bike mechanics are considered somewhat of a cycling’s holy grail at the moment. The promise of an instant, on-demand bike service that comes to you instead of the other way round – where do I sign up?

But despite thousands of companies the world over trying to master the practice, no-one seems to have found the answer to one simple question:

How do you carry the entire workshop, on your bike, to a customer’s house?

Not easily dissuaded (and quite a bit behind on our Arthurian literature to be honest), Josh and I were ready to begin our own quest for the grail.

My background as a bike mechanic and an industrial designer, along with Josh’s entrepreneurial mind felt like the perfect toolset to try and crack the mobile mechanic problem…and accidentally create the world’s first bike/workstand hybrid in the process.

Armed with only our love for bikes and a vague sense of optimism, we founded Honor Cycles.


Part 2: The hardship i experienced carrying everything

It was immediately clear I had to come up with a way to alleviate the load of all the parts and tools I was carrying on each visit. Otherwise we weren’t going to last long, both professionally and – much more pressingly – physically.

Before committing ourselves to any ‘obvious’ solutions, we did what any hot, savvy startup would do – we tested and iterated. The term “throwing sh*t at a wall to see what sticks” comes to mind when describing our initial iterations.

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New generation of bike lane separators


Before personal computers, comfortable keyboards didn’t exist. Before iPods, high-quality headphones were rare. And the spread of protected bike lanes is creating new products, too.

A few years ago, cities that wanted to protect bike lanes had only a few options — sometimes plastic posts too flimsy to survive a winter, sometimes custom-cast curbs that cost a fortune to install. But thanks to the cities that made these solutions work, protected bike lanes have taken off and private companies are now eagerly coming up with high-durability, medium-cost products to make them better.

Minneapolis-based Dero, known mostly as a bike parking manufacturer, this week rolled out a line of products intended specifically for protected bike lanes and quick-build pedestrian plazas: a modular steel fence called BikeRail, optionally accompanied by a 24-inch-wide self-watering concrete planter


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Find out which stations are the most popular in Pasadena’s new bike share program



Pasadena’s average ridership in the month since Metro Bike Share launched nearly matches the usage by bike riders in downtown Los Angeles a year into its bike-sharing program, according to Pasadena’s Department of Transportation.

Pasadena’s 31 stations averaged 0.7 rides per bike per day in the first month of operation, while downtown Los Angeles, which rolled out Bike Share in July 2016, averages 0.74 per bike per day.

“It sounds like for our first month or so we’re holding our own,” said Fred Dock, Pasadena’s transportation director. “We just have to wait and see what the long-term performance is. That’s why the project is on a two-year pilot.”

The goal of the program is to close the “first mile/last mile” gap between homes, train stations or bus stops, and work places.

More than 6,700 bike trips were taken in the first five weeks, with Memorial Park Station serving as the most popular location. Oak Knoll and Colorado, Del Mar Station, the Rose Bowl and Pasadena City College were the top used stations, according to statistics released by Pasadena.

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How one LA community is uniting to transform Jefferson Boulevard


Drivers use a busy stretch of Jefferson Boulevard west of Vermont the same way they use many popular Los Angeles corridors: flying down extra-wide lanes at dangerously high speeds in order to get somewhere else. But many of the residents who live here rely on public transit, bikes, and sidewalks to get around, putting themselves at greater risk than those traveling in cars every time they use the street.

So neighbors are taking matters into their own hands, successfully proposing and implementing grassroots changes to the thoroughfare, without waiting for the city’s intervention.

“It’s a simple question for those of us who live in the neighborhood,” says Niki Wong, director of Make Jefferson Beautiful. “These are streets that we walk and bike on every day.”

Make Jefferson Beautiful is an initiative launched five years ago by Redeemer Community Partnership, a community development corporation based out of a church just west of USC. It began as a street beautification project, with a strong environmental justice angle that includes improving the neighborhood from a public health perspective (part of the effort also hopes to stop local oil drilling).

In a striking contrast to groups in neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Mar Vista, and Playa del Rey that are organizing against similar safety improvements—and even suing the city to reverse existing changes—this LA community is united in its desire to transform its street design.

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Top 10 Canadian National Parks to ride in


National Parks offer opportunities to visit some of Canada’s unique, varied, isolated and beautiful protected wilderness areas that have been designated by the federal government to preserve the country’s natural heritage. A great way to explore and appreciate Canada’s National Parks is by bike. Whether on the scenic paved roads that run through them or the trails that bring you even closer to nature. Here are some of the top national parks in Canada to ride your bike in:


1) Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia

Approximately one-third of the Cabot Trail passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia. As one of the country’s most scenic roads, the parts of the Cabot Trail that pass through the park offer up stunning coastal views, challenging ascents, and riding the Cabot Trail should be on the bucket list of any avid cyclist interested in a stunning and challenging multi-day ride.

Recreational trails throughout the park like Freshwater Lake, Clyburn Valley, Branch Pond Look-off, Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge, Le chemin du Buttereau, Le Buttereau and Salmon Pools offer mountain bikers some family friendly opportunities for riding.


2) Banff National Park in Alberta

With over 190 km of mountain bike trails and numerous road riding options, cycling in Banff National Park is an excellent way to get in a nice and explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Trails of different difficulty levels allow mountain bikers of all levels to be challenged in the beautiful terrain. On the trails you can see the park’s beautiful and remote rugged peaks, broad river valleys, glaciers, alpine meadows and wildlife.


3) Riding National Park in Manitoba

This large national park’s backcountry trails are all suitable for riding and exploring the park on while some of the parks day-use trails is also allow cyclists. Located on the Manitoba Escarpment, Riding National Park is a forested wilderness parkland that contrasts with the surrounding prairie farmland. Explore the park’s grasslands, upland boreal and eastern deciduous forests by bike. Visitors can expect to see the abundant wildlife and the park is home to one of the largest populations of black bears in the country, so be prepared.


4) Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park in British Columbia

The climb up Mount Revelstoke is one for the mountain goats at 26 km and holding a 5.6 per cent average gradient. Perhaps Canada’s toughest climb it alone justifies the visit. With 15 hairpin turns, a distinct change in vegetation from rainforest to alpine meadows and wildflowers. It’s a beautiful climb out of the valley. Nearby Glacier National Park has road riding on the main route through the park that goes into Revelstoke. The road has a wide well-paved shoulder.For mountain bikers there are 10 km of trails at the base of Revelstoke while 15 km of trails in Glacier are waiting to be explored on two wheels.


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Tour of new Venice Blvd. Protected Bikeway on August 26

Join APBP-SoCal and Carter Rubin, formerly of the Los Angeles Great Streets Initiative, to learn the ins and outs of the Venice Blvd. Great Street’s pedestrian and bicycle safety upgrades. The project featured a multi-year engagement effort that has culminated in four new pedestrian crossings and the first parking-protected bike lanes on the westside of Los Angeles.

We’ll be meeting at the Bikerowave Co-op (12255 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066) at 11:00am on Saturday, August 26th. We’ll start with a brief overview of the project, followed by a 30-45 minute walking tour of the corridor, ending with lunch at Atmosphere Café around noon.

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Grizzly 100 / Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo – Sept 30

The Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo ride offers five different mountain bike routes to fit intermediate to expert riders. From the tame 20k Skyview which takes you up the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair to the 50k Skyline course, you’ll enjoy the best riding that Big Bear has to offer. If you’re looking for more challenge and adventure, check out the Grizzly 100 or 75k Over the Top options!

The Grizzly 100 / Over the Top 75k course offers epic technical riding and nearly 10,000 feet of climbing on some of Southern California’s best single track right in the heart of the San Bernardino mountains. This race draws some of the top mountain bikers from around the world, including former Olympian Tinker Juarez, and La Ruta de los Conquistadores race director, Roman Urbina. This event is also the finale of the National Ultra Endurance race series. Riders may choose to ride the 100k or 75k in gran fondo style, taking time to enjoy the themed aid stations and scenery along the way.

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