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A lost helmet, a broken crank

I lost my bike helmet this morning. But first, check out this dramatic photo from the UCI Track Cycling World Championships earlier today in Paris, France. View image | gettyimages.com

Flooded trails and a roundup

Happy Monday to my readers, both regular and irregular. These two people on bikes were among the seven cyclists I saw this morning trying to work their way across Montague Expressway where the Guadalupe River Trail remained flooded after the the rain this past weekend. Remember, you can see current trail flooding conditions for several read more »

California bicycle legislation 2015

This page tracks 2015 legislation in the California Assembly related to bicycles and other transportation issues.

What happens if U.S. Customs finds plastic explosives in your bike helmet?

I’ve wondered about the economics of online cheap bike sales. At bicycle trade shows I often run into very enthusiastic young people who borrowed $20,000 from the parents to become an Internet sales entrepreneur. They go to Alibaba.com and buy a container load of these bikes for about $50 each from a company like Hangzhou read more »

The Platonic ideal of a bicycle

I recently was reminded of this drawing of a mamachari bicycle from a now defunct Japanese guide to bicycles. The text says “Mamachari bikes are usually what you think of when you think ‘bicycle’.” The mamachari style of bikes are the wonderfully utilitarian and ubiquitious form of transportation for Japanese housewives. I wondered what type read more »

vSphere 5 Network PXE install

Note to my regular readers: There is no cycling or transportation content in this article about installing and booting VMware ESXi 5.x via the network, which is related to my day job of operating systems bringup in a group that designs new x86 server hardware.