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Friday bike news roundup

Happy Friday, all, and happy 12 days until Christmas. I’m working up my list of top bike stories for 2013. I’ll mention Armstrong’s appearance on Oprah, Levi Leiphiemer’s retirement, California bike politics, and, of course, Roubaixgate, along with several other stories. What else should I mention? More bike news below.

Consider Q when bunny hopping that sagging chain

Bunny hopping — the ability to jump your bike over small barriers — can be a helpful urban cycling skill. Consider, however, the sagging chain barrier. These are commonly used to block motorists from using parking lots as shortcuts.

Recreational computing while commuting

Happy Hump Day. I hope your Wednesday has been as free of flats as mine as been so far. I began the day writing and running my first ever Android app — a trivial “Hello World” program — during my 30 minute bus ride over the Santa Cruz Mountains. After that, I rode seven uneventul read more »

Happy Hump Day

Did I really forget to do a Hump Day bike blog roundup last Wednesday?

Bicycle stuff

You might remember the 83 year old woman who rode her bicycle to safety when a tsunami hit Hachinohe, Japan. Taylor Anderson, who was last seen riding her bike in Ishinomaki, wasn’t as lucky: She’s the first known American casualty from the disaster in Japan. The 24 year old school teacher from Virginia worked for read more »

Hallucinogens in my Nescafe

In case your green lifestyle leaves you feeling overly smug, there’s now a Nitrogen Footprint Calculator to abase yourself with.