A collection of bike news

Happy first day of July and happy Monday. I hope your bike ride this morning was as pleasant as mine.

Queued in the left turn lane

Enjoy the collection of bike news below.

Hydraulic rim brakes in use at the Tour de France.

45 MPH on a pulse-jet powered long bike. I think I’d wear a helmet for this ride. A motorcycle helmet. Via.

Ride with a peloton of Victoria’s Secret angels in a charity ride, if the bikes weren’t already sold out. Oh well.

Refinery 29 2013 cycling chic slideshow.

Andrew Boone reports on the littered mess we call the Dumbarton Bridge bike path, which I’ve mentioned myself a time or two in the past. There used to be an annual volunteer clean up day; I don’t know if that happens anymore.

An all new outdoor vendor expo area for Interbike, beginning in 2013.

A giveaway from Recreation Law.

Bike lawyer Brendan and his handy dandy insurance guide for cyclists.

UCI election: Cookson vs McQuaid.

If you’re gonna do it in a public park, at least make sure it’s not during the city’s 25 strong bike patrol daily ride.

The city of Virginia Beach, VA will consider allowing bikes on the beach. Apparently, this is one of only two places in the nation where bikes are prohibited from the beach.

Christian Science Monitor commentary on the lowly bicycle:

Primitive tribes that could barely feed themselves put enormous effort into grandeur – monuments, fortifications, catapults – the bigger the better to impress allies and intimidate enemies. Modern nations build aircraft carriers and skyscrapers for the same reason. Humans have a thing about scale. It’s hard to ignore a cathedral, superhighway, jumbo jet, or Cadillac Escalade.

So let’s talk about the opposite. This week’s cover story is about a contraption that isn’t at all formidable. A bike is thin and frail and awkward looking, even with a Tour de France athlete aboard. It is quintessentially human in scale. It holds one person (two if you are romantic, though I’ve seen four or more riders in developing countries) and converts muscle into locomotion more efficiently than any other vehicle.

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