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Monday, January 12, 2009
By Yokota Fritz

The Bike Commuter Benefits that began January hit the mainstream media over the weekend and became kind of big news.

Kadisco on sports websites redesigns. See also this interesting bit about cycling team sponsorship budgets: while global sports team sponsorships rose 425% between 1989 and 2007, cycling sponsorship increased only 74% between 1989 and 2008.

Boehner says no bike paths in stimulus; EcoVelo writes "it’s downright patriotic to invest in infrastructure that would help ease our dependence on foreign oil."

Juror doodles collection includes this nice bicycle doodle.

Bah! Choke cough.

Better late than never: Battery powered Christmas lights HOWTO. Via.

Gadget: Neuro Active Bike.

Silicon Valley: Tamien Train Station bike access improvements.

This is a good book to have

Nerds take a look at Strida folding bike at CES.

For those of you who hate to shave your legs, maybe this robotic hair remover will do the trick. I'd love to see a video of this in action. (yeah yeah, I know it's not really supposed to remove hair...)

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Those little two-stroke bike boosters are an abomination. Their owners tend to believe the only downside to engines is milage. "I can go 100 miles on a quart of gas", one rider bragged to me. Yeah, and a third of that fuel is blown out the noisy tailpipe in its raw state. Yum.

Motos and scooters, even four-strokes, aren't much better. In many places they're not even emissions tested. None has a catalytic converter, which means their emissions level hasn't changed much since Harley and Davidson still needed pedals to get their machine up hills.

Plus, bigger motos get nowhere near the milage many riders claim. Some are down in the 30-40 mpg range, though their owners usually exaggerate those numbers. In a car, at least in theory, you can distribute some of those miles among passengers.
Happy Trails,
Ron Georg
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