Sea Otter Stories: Fear And Loathing In Laguna Seca

Cain Ramirez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cowgirl Bike Courier. He has been designated by Cyclelicious as part of the less-than-one percent of transportation cyclists that identify as “Strong & Fearless”.

It started off as a joke.

Rich had just posted a press release for the Sea Otter Classic on Twitter. In it was mention of the Second Iteration of their infamous eMTB Race. I laughed. I don’t ride mountain bikes. Truth be told, I don’t particularly like mountain bikes, or mountain bike culture for that matter. Despite these preconceived notions, I’m a complete sucker for erratic and quirky cycling concepts.

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Calling Silicon Valley quaxers (and wannabes!)

The totally FREE Second Annual Cargo Bike Festival takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Armory on North 2nd Street in San Jose, California from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

San Jose Cargo Bike Collective

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Convert your bike into a box bike

If you haven’t seen the zillions of posts about the LIFT cargo bike Kickstarter yet, here’s the gist: for $725 (early bird pricing), you get the front end of a bakfiets style cargo bike that hooks to the front of your existing bike in about a minute. Compare against $3,000 and up for low-end box bikes, and this looks like a pretty good deal.

LIFT box bike conversion kit

I try to only mention Kickstarter projects that I think are truly useful, innovative and have a legitimate chance to deliver, especially when more than a few hundred dollars are involved. LIFT bike designer Scott Taylor is a small-business owner who’s well known to the cyclist community in Denver, Colorado.

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A million pounds of pedal powered compost

Happy Friday, all!

Compost Pedallers of Austin, Texas has picked up half a million pounds of food waste since they began operations in 2012, delivering the waste to gardeners throughout Austin for use as feedstock for compost. With a push for Zero Waste in the city of the Austin, they have more demand for their service than they can handle, so they’re working to expand operations with an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Madeleine Froncek bike with trailer

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