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Ride Bike! A book about Jobst Brandt

I just kicked in some cash to support the Jobst Brandt Ride Bike! book.

Jobst Brandt and a friend sit at a table in an ice cream parlor. Jobst wears a blue polypropylene bike jersey with yellow trim and a Fredy Ruegg Velos cycling cap, while his friend, who is looking into a paper cup, wears a white and purple bicycle jersey and a yellow ag2 cycling cap.
Jobst Brandt with a friend sitting at the Foster Freeze in Boulder Creek, California.

Jobst Brandt, who passed away at age 80 in 2015, was a gruff, know-it-all Bay Area mechanical engineer who developed bicycle computers, a touring bicycle shoe, and high performance bicycle tires. He’s perhaps best known for freely giving advice on the various bicycling forums on Usenet back before Jack Dorsey invented Social Media. Brandt authored The BIcycle Wheel, which remains the authoritative work on building bicycle wheels.

I ran into him exactly once. He and a friend were bicycling over Highway 9 from his Palo Alto home as is his custom when they stopped at the Foster Freeze in Boulder Creek, California, where he held court and opined on farm tractor design and computer company logos.

He’s also known for touring all over the Alps on unimproved roads, and leading crazy rides on dirt roads througout the San Francisco Bay Area, all on skinny high pressure sew-up tubular tires. You can read about some of Brandt’s adventures at the blog of Ray Hosler, another legendary local road cyclist.

Isola Press in the UK have launched a Kickstarter to publish a book on the life of Jobst Brandt. They promise to share some of the thousands of photos from his life. I’m still a fanboy of Brandt and I admit to an unreasonable level of excitement. You can learn more about this project at the Kickstarter Project Page.

Fresno sheriff’s deputy SHOT WHILE CYCLING

Wow.

An off-duty Fresno County sheriff’s deputy was shot Tuesday afternoon while cycling.

The deputy was cycling when he heard a sound and felt something strike his back. The deputy was knocked from his bike.

The deputy saw the rear passenger of a blue SUV pull a rifle back inside the vehicle.

One wonders if the shooter targeted the victim as a cyclist or as a law enforcement officer. The guy was off-duty and likely out of uniform, right?

More in the Fresno Bee. More also at KMPH 26.

California 3 Feet Bill passes Senate

The full California Senate voted in favor of SB1464, the 3 feet bicycle passing bill.

Next stop, the state Assembly Transportation Committee, then the full assembly, and then likely a conference committee to hammer out the inevitable differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the bill, then an approval vote on the conference changes from both chambers, and finally to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk *whew*.