Thrilling ride

Picture me riding downhill on a fixed gear bike, kicking to skid to a stop when the chain snaps.

There’s just a thrilling second of freewheeling. Before I can even think of reacting the broken chain wraps itself between the rear fork and the spinning wheel. Suddenly, the wheels locks up tight, and I skid a good thirty feet to a stop.

Stop, go, stop. Whoa. That was my happy Monday morning commute. Unfortunately, I left the house without my chain tool.

Bicycle news below the photo of Not Me.


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Interbike happens this week in Las Vegas. I won’t be there. BR&IN has a photo essay of Outdoor Demo.

Local cyclists are crazy about the bicycle bridge to nowhere on the new east span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

Refinery 29 on the easy practicality of CitiBike vs New York City values.

How to ride a CitiBike.

Vibrant Bay Area brainstorm on Bay Area Bike Share funding models. Streetsblog SF reports Bay Area Bike Share off to an underwhelming start. And the Chron reports on calls for expanding the system.

Four ways protected bike lanes help business, with some more discussion at Streetsblog.

Don’t steal bikes, pappy. A Florida man with a gun loses his cool after somebody steals his bicycle.

My neighbors receive a favorable response from cargo bike enthusiasts at Clever Bikes in Portland, OR.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Keep the rubber side down and your chain on the bike.

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