Category Archives: Musings

Put up or shut up {my whiny rant}

The Santa Clara Valley Transporation Authority (VTA) kicked off the county bike plan update with a workshop last night asking the public for their vision for bicycling in Santa Clara County.


VTA BPAC Bike Plan 2015 public input workshop

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The Hegelian bike commuter

Lady Fleur and I had a brief discussion yesterday about the politics and history of cycling advocacy.


Captain Safety on the trail

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Thank you for choosing Bicyclists!

Here’s the setup: Brenda in San Diego publishes the typical rant from a legitimately employed and productive member of the motoring public about the unemployed person on a multi-thousand dollar bike and wearing hundreds of dollars of kit invading her private road space. I won’t link to it because you’ve seen it all before.


Santa Cruz traffic

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I’m not dead yet

Earlier this week, I hinted at a post with this title for Thursday, which never happened. This is as far as I got:

I ride a bike everyday, and nothing ever happens to me.

Bring Out Your Dead:  London plague corpse collection

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Familiarity breeds carelessness

I am a risk averse ninny, and I ride a bike.


Bobble Head sunglasses experiment

When I began Cyclelicious ten years ago, many bike advocacy groups told us that every trip on two wheels requires advanced mapping, pre-rides, suiting up, carbo-loading, hydration, armor plating, a doctor’s note, next-of-kin notification, and a healthy dose of fear. Partly in response to this, and partly because I’m resentful of the “strong and fearless” label people apply to me, I crafted my mission statement to counter this paranoid school of thought: “Cyclelicious encourages cyclists to promote bicycling as a fun, safe, responsible, reasonable, and healthy means of transportation.”

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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 Furui Bicycle Co., Ltd.


$50 Dutch bike

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