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No car? No problem, say these Christmas-tree-toting Bay Area bicyclists

From MercuryNews.com

 

Think you need a car to carry a Christmas tree? Not so, say these Bay Area cyclists.

From front-loading cargo bins to bungee cords and handlebar baskets, these cyclists prove it’s possible — fun, even — to pedal their way to tree lot and back.

Chris Bruntlett of the Vancouver, Canada-based marketing company, Modacity, began collating photos of pedal-powered Christmas tree consumers some four years ago, he said. His family had recently purchased a cargo bike and were on their way to the tree lot when they passed by an ad mocking the idea that anyone could possibly carry a Christmas tree without a car.

“We resented that idea,” he said. “We saw photos in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen and Tokyo, even, because it was practical and enjoyable and, for some people, it was a family tradition.”

So, he started collecting those photos from across the world, including many from Bay Area bicyclists, posting them to social media sites to serve as inspiration for others considering ditching their cars at the tree lot. For some people, Bruntlett said it’s just easier to put a tree on a cargo trailer than it is to heft one over the roof of a car.

“And then you’ve got the added joy of riding the bicycle to the tree lot or nursery or wherever you got the tree from,” Bruntlett said. “Like our family, we turned it into an annual tradition, you make an evening of it with hot chocolate and looking at Christmas lights.”

Citizen Science Street Study By Bike – Jan 6

Can you think of streets and intersections that could be safer to ride in? Then come along for a unique ride!

We will be cruising the neighborhoods of Glendora to document what we see as part of our data collection efforts. You will become a citizen scientist to help us gather information that Glendora can use to make more informed decisions about their bike and walking infrastructure.

The ride will be easy and make frequent stops to make and record observations. All the materials and snacks will be provided. Volunteer hours available for anyone who completes this ride.

Route: https://goo.gl/maps/twDN2VLmCcU2

What to bring:
A bike in good working order
Water
Sun protection

 

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Finish The Ride: In Honor of Keith Jackson

On Saturday, December 9th, Keith Jackson was struck by a Hit and Run driver while he was riding his road bike. He was hit from behind while climbing La Tuna Canyon in Sunland. He is currently in the ICU fighting for his life, still unconscious.

All that is known about the car is that it was a black Mazda SUV.

This Sunday, the 17th, we will finish the ride for Keith Jackson. Meet-up at 8:30am in the LA Zoo Parking Lot, roll out at 9am.

The route will be about 32 miles round trip up La Tuna Canyon Road with a 1,300 foot elevation gain and an easier 20 mile ride round trip with a 500 foot elevation gain.

This is a free event, so everyone can join to honor this great man!

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New gravel options, the Canyon effect, and more

From VeloNews.com

 

Seven offers enormous gravel upgrade

Seven Cycles is offering an upgrade to its thru-axle, disc, SL, and SLX frames that can reduce the weight by up to 20 percent. The XX upgrade is based on 11 design features that Seven claims will have no negative impact on performance. Upgrades include asymmetric dropouts and chainstays, an internal seat post binder, and more aggressive bottom bracket machining. The XX upgrade is available as a $995 add-on to any of Seven’s SL or SLX disc brake, titanium frames.

 

Lightweight gets in the disc game

The Meilenstein Disc is Lightweight’s first disc wheelset and it’s crazy light — with a corresponding crazy price tag. The 48-millimeter deep carbon wheels weigh 1,380 grams for a pair of clinchers or 1,245 grams for a pair of tubulars. The rim width of the Meilenstein Discs has increased from 20mm to 24mm compared with other Meilenstein wheels. The increased rim width accommodates 25-32mm tires. Lightweight’s specially designed pentagon-shaped hub is laced to the rim using just 20 spokes. The company claims the disc wheels are 10 percent stiffer than the previous generation. The clincher wheelset costs about $5,400, while the tubular wheelset is about $4,600.

 

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Cycling gifts for passionate riders

From Rouleur.cc

Ideal presents for passionate cyclists – all our products are inspired by the sport of cycling and make a perfect gift for discerning riders. From luxury tools to stocking filling notebooks, we have you covered whether you are shopping for a father, mother, wife or husband.

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Metro Bike Share wants your feedback whether you’ve ridden bike share or not

From Metro.net

 

Metro Bike Share is constantly evolving to best serve the residents of L.A. County. In the past year we’ve grown from 60 stations in Downtown LA to 120 stations in DTLA, Pasadena, Venice, and the Port of LA.

To continue to expand and improve the system we need to hear from you. Take our first annual survey here! We want your feedback whether you’re a monthly passholder, a casual rider, or someone who’s never used Metro Bike Share.

This short, confidential survey will take just five to 15 minutes to complete. To show our thanks, you will be entered for a chance to win a $200 gift card! The winner will be selected randomly.* We want to hear from as many people as possible, so share the survey with your friends and family – even if they don’t know about Metro Bike Share, their feedback is important to us. We look forward to hearing from you, and providing the best bike share system possible!

Take the survey here!

America’s Most Dangerous Cities For Cyclists

From Forbes.com

Unlike cities in the Netherlands and Denmark, urban areas in the United States are not well regarded when it comes to infrastructure for cyclists. Amsterdam and Copenhagen boast extensive bike paths that often have their own traffic lights, along with bike racks and guarded parking systems. Some Dutch cities have even installed rain sensors at junctions that give cyclists priority over motorists in bad weather conditions. In the U.S., however, it’s a different story with cities nationwide built very much with the motorist in mind. Despite the poor infrastructure, America’s cities are actually surprisingly safe for cyclists who accounted for only 2.3 percent of total traffic deaths in 2015. In the Netherlands, that share is 25 percent, primarily due to the huge number of Dutch people out on their bikes every day.

 

Even though U.S. cities tend to be reasonably safe for commuters on two wheels, 70 percent of all fatal bike accidents still tend to occur in urban areas. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published by 24/7 Wall Street found that out of all major U.S. cities, Albuquerque in New Mexico has the highest cyclist fatality rate.

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2018 pro cycling team kits

From VeloNews.com

 

What’s the best part of pro cycling’s off-season? New kits, of course! Here’s a gallery of all the top teams and their new looks for 2018.

Check back often — we will continue to update these photos as teams reveal their kits for the coming season.

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This tiny camper trailer is pulled by a bike

From Curbed.com

It sleeps two nomadic cyclists inside

 

There is no shortage of camper trailers available for sale, from pricey aluminum one-bedrooms to pop-ups prepped to sleep a family of four. But what about if you want to go small? So small you don’t even need a car?

Denmark-based Wide Path Campers makes a tiny mobile house that can be pulled by a bicycle. Weighing about 88 pounds, the camper is built with a hard UV resistant lightweight shell, semi-insulating foam, and clear shatter-free polycarbonate windows. When in transport mode, the trailer features two wheels and is just under five feet long.

Now, 88 pounds is a fair amount of weight to pull—especially on hills or in windy conditions—but bikers in good shape would be able to do it. It’s not much different than pulling two kids in a bike trailer or on a cargo bike. Another option would be to pair the Bicycle Camper with an e-bike or something like the Copenhagen Wheel, both of which would significantly improve how fast and far you could go pulling the camper.

Once you arrive at camp, the back of the camper folds over the front to reveal a larger, nine-foot-long living space. Inside, the camper offers about four and a half feet of head space, enough to sit up comfortably. There’s a sitting area with a table that can squeeze four people and the dining area transforms into a two-person bed that measures about three feet by six and a half feet (that might be a bit small for couples who like their space).

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Ciclavia Iconic Wilshire Boulevard – Dec. 10

CicLAvia heads back to Iconic Wilshire Boulevard on December 10 as Koreatown, Westlake, and Downtown Los Angeles 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.

 

New to CicLAvia? Here are some things you need to know for December 10th:

  • CicLAvia is FREE!
  • CicLAvia lasts from 9 AM until 3 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.

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