Author Archives: Richard Masoner

Look at me! Look at me!

You’ve seen bikes covered with glow-in-the-dark and reflective surfaces. They look cool, but they might not provide the eye-popping visibility that you really expect. What if there was a captivating coating for your bike that increases your conspicuity while looking sexy? Darkside Scientific has developed an electroluminescent (EL) coating system that can be painted onto read more »

Parking in Santa Cruz California

Ramona Turner’s “Street Smarts” column in the Sentinel addresses the issue of storing private property on public rights-of-way in Santa Cruz, while also discussion the multitude of scofflaw cyclists. It occurs to me that a solution to the first issue presents itself.

Team Sky rests in style

How’s a Jaguar F-Type Coupé grab you as a team support vehicle? How long before a Specialized team runs with McLaren autos for their team support vehicles?

Why everybody rides the train in Japan

Video shows what driving a car looks like in Yokohama, Japan.

A teaser video for … a new bike lock?

Kryptonite released this video about a new “Messenger Collection” of bike locks designed with input from New York bike couriers. I initially ignored the video because “Collection” almost sounds like a stylistic change. I like Kryptonite’s colored sleeves for their u-locks, but producing this pre-announce video two months before product launch probably signals something a read more »

Which frame / compact pump?

Question for you all: my current pump was bought two bikes ago and doesn’t fit my current bike. It’s Topeak’s rock solid clone of the classic Zefal HPX frame pump. These days, it’s strapped to the downtube but looks horrible and is inconvenient to unstrap for use. I’m frankly done with CO2 cartridges. I haven’t read more »