Lady Fleur reviews an old and interesting bike rack that she calls the Jaws of Death Torture Rack. It’s a design that dates from the 70s, and creator of this rack apparently invited thieves to test their design with a contest. The design is such that a simple padlock is protected from cutting and grinding attacks.
Near my home we have a few racks dating from the 80s that look like this.
You fit the downtube into that slot, slide the bolt over it and secure with a padlock. Note also the steel cable to secure the rear wheel. The slot is too small to fit modern fat downtubes. The manufacturer, Sunshine U-LOK Corporation near Thousand Oaks, CA, still sells a similar model.
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LAPD releases video showing a hit-and-run vs cyclist fatality and seek information on the driver, described as a Asian man about 25-years old, with black hair and brown eyes, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 180 to 190 pounds driving a late model Nissan GT-R with significant front-end damage. Or it did three months ago when the collision occurred.
You’ve all seen the video of the LA County Sheriff who doesn’t know about shared lane markings, but in case you missed it Biking In LA has that here.
Bike thefts soaring in Denver; police urge more registration so recovered bikes can be returned.
More doping in the Tour de France? I’m shocked!
Cities are safer to live in that rural areas. Again, I’m shocked!
According to the research, people who live in rural areas are 22 percent more likely to suffer fatal injuries – the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 44 – than people who live in cities. And the further you live away from the city, the more likely you are to die from injury.
The reason boils down to — surprise, surprise — transportation and land use patterns. While people who live in urban areas are more likely to killed by gun violence, people who live in rural areas are far more likely to die in a car crash.
Plan Bay Area approved by SF Bay Area MTC in spite of hours long lunatic rantings from Agenda 21 conspiracy theorists.
Guitar Ted looks at Gravel Bikes.
It looks like a second BART strike might be on the way.
100 editions of the Tour de France, and 110 years of bicycle evolution.
Eleven cute bike helmets according to Refinery 29.
Juniors Track National Championship begins Thursday in Trexlertown, PA.
Sprawl killed Detroit, says Paul Krugman.
When the Detroit region sprawled, it wasn’t adding new people, the way Houston sprawled. It was drawing existing residents from the center to the periphery. Homes in the central city were abandoned — and the tax revenues that came from those households evaporated. Detroit, unlike some of its wealthy suburbs in Oakland County, only saw one side of this migration — the losing side. And it was poorly equipped to deal with the fallout.
Andrew Burleson at the nonprofit Strong Towns wrote earlier this month that Detroit’s bankruptcy is a symptom of the “Growth Ponzi Scheme” — the essence of which is that we’re building and building without considering whether we can provide for the long-term maintenance costs of it all. The problem is that the pattern isn’t unique to Detroit, but a feature of the way we’ve been designing places around the country. Detroit is simply an extreme example.
Public feedback for Austin TX bike share.
Mike Farmer of North Carolina celebrates his 70th year by touring across America on a bike.
Maricopa County nixes plans for a bike service center at a county-owned building in downtown Phoenix, AZ.
Grand Rapids businesses work to become more bike friendly.
Lance Armstrong’s RAGBRAI experience.
Hundreds attend a funeral for Moses Matthis, the “Bicycle Man” of Fayetteville, NC.
Hundreds of people gathered in Raeford to remember Moses Mathis, affectionately known and recognized for his 22 years of restoring bicycles to give away to needy children at Christmas time.
Those remembering him Monday say he has left a lasting legacy on the community and that the spirit of his work will live on.