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First of all, a huge THANK YOU to Mark with the Orbea. He saved my life this morning. Okay, I exaggerate, but here’s the story.

Giant Minipump

The cheap Giant minipump I bought last November failed. I might dissect it later, but pumping the handle produces no pressure. I see a stranger roll onto Caltrain with an old Topeak frame pump (the one modeled after Zefal HP) strapped to the top tube of his new Orbea. The stranger (now known as Mark the Orbea guy) lets me use his pump. Thank you, Mark!


Happy Birthday to Darryl of Loving The Bike. He also has a guessing game: Guess the ages of the cyclists pictured (including me!) Do I really look like I’m 50+?

Chicago: Two drunks took turns hunting down cyclists to run over. The sentence for intentionally hitting a cyclist? 10 days.

SciAm writes about New York City’s work to reclaim streets for pedestrian use.

On a related note: Long Beach Road Diet at Good.

The System: Why I Bike. “I don’t bike to think.” He might put that on a shirt.

The Chicago Bike Lawyer on the Helmet Defense when a (helmet less) cyclist sues somebody in a personal injury lawsuit.

San Jose Bike Party this this Friday Night. A little birdy tells me that Bike Snob NYC will be there. You can also meet Mr Weiss at Barnes and Nobles Bookstore on Stevens Creek Blvd (at San Tomas Expwy) for a book signing Friday evening at 6:30 PM.

6 Comments

  • June 17, 2010 - 8:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks for promoting the contest….there's no way you look a day over 38. More than what a picture can say, it's the way that all of us cyclists carry ourselves and the attitude that comes with it. I think anyone who rides a bike is young at heart and only getting younger.

    Cheers,

    Darryl

  • June 17, 2010 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    I have had nothing but trouble with pumps. This is why I keep a backup pump on me most of the time… generally a CO2 version so it's smaller.

    My theory is that most people who bike don't bother to buy a pump. Of those who do, most of them are foofy wimps who park their bike in hooks on the garage and ride on rollers if it's raining.

    I've been holding off writing a blog entry on bike pumps until I'm certain that I won't go back and want to rewrite it. But Lezynes seem to be good, so far.

  • June 17, 2010 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    I have had nothing but trouble with pumps. This is why I keep a backup pump on me most of the time… generally a CO2 version so it's smaller.

    My theory is that most people who bike don't bother to buy a pump. Of those who do, most of them are foofy wimps who park their bike in hooks on the garage and ride on rollers if it's raining.

    I've been holding off writing a blog entry on bike pumps until I'm certain that I won't go back and want to rewrite it. But Lezynes seem to be good, so far.

  • June 17, 2010 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    I've had good luck with Zefal and Topeak frame pumps, as well as with the CO2 cartridges. I opened the Giant minipump — a tiny plastic piece broke apart inside the tube. The pump is worthless junk now.

  • doug_in_seattle
    June 22, 2010 - 12:44 am | Permalink

    What? Are you implying that I am a foofy wimp because I bought, and carry around, a compact bicycle pump? Or am I a wimp only if I buy a pump AND a set of rollers?

    Does being un-wimpy require something like walking home? Taking the bus? Calling a significant other to come pick you up? Or fill up with disposable CO2 tanks, which seem to proliferate along popular cycle routes, for some strange reason?

  • July 9, 2010 - 9:15 am | Permalink

    Yeah yeah ,This XX is the most popular this year!It is a necessity for the chaoshan people! I can recommend a store.I have lots of experiences there,and just bought several pieces yesterday,.The shop has all kinds of XX in various pattern, and several models that cant be find on the market. adidas arenas Signature

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