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Japan’s mahogany bikes in the news

Some of you might remember the mahogany laminate bicycles built by shipbuilder Sueshiro Sano and shown at the Japan Handmade Bicycle Fair in 2010. Sano and his “Sanomagic” bikes are once again making in appearance in the mainstream media. #457982948 / gettyimages.com

Strava labs KOM maps

A few days ago, Tom in Brazil told me about Strava Labs new KOM map tool. You can look at a map of the segments for which you own the KOM and QOM. “Segments” are user-defined routes in Strava by which Strava users can compare themselves against other riders who bike the same route. Whoever read more »

Waterproof renewal

The U.S. National Weather Service tells me to expect rain all day on Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’ve discovered that your rain jacket isn’t as waterproof as it used to be, you can rehabilitate the waterproofing with various products.

Cupertino: Gravel truck vs child on a bike

The driver of a gravel truck ran over and killed a teenager on a bicycle this morning in Cupertino, CA. This big rig struck and killed a teen boy who was riding his bike in Cupertino, according to @SCCoSheriff @mercnews pic.twitter.com/Ti03ymmxEX — Mark Gomez (@MarkMgomez) October 27, 2014

Election 2014: Bikes in Mountain View California

For those of you voting in the city of Mountain View California, here are a couple of resources that can be helpful for those who want to vote on transportation issues. Nine people are running for three at-large city council seats.

Friday’s Pro Tip: Don’t try to bike through a police barricade when a maniac in the national capital starts shooting. Even Canadian law enforcement will take you down, albeit politely and with utmost professionalism. More bike news below the photo of cyclist Bernard Desgagne on the ground. #457676706 / gettyimages.com