2010 August

Ontario Attorney General Runs Over Bicycle Messenger

A friend and also Bike Shop Girl Supporter, RedSonia, sent over this information.  Frustration and sadness comes over on my emotions.

“My first music video is up on Youtube and Vimeo at www.youtube.com/redsonia and www.vimeo.com/sunnyd. The song is called “Apparently (Al Sheppard)” and it’s about my friend who was killed by the former Ontario Attorney General, Michael Bryant, and how wack the “justice” system is. I’m cutting and pasting the press release below.

Please support this video, and let your friends and friends of friends know. We’d just like to see this video cross the globe and have everyone get the message out about Al. God knows, it could have been me that encountered that crazy road-raging politician and had my life dragged through the muck by the media.

Thanks for all your support through the years. I hope you like the video. The song can be downloaded for FREE at http://sunnyd.bandcamp.com too. It’s for people to share liberally.”

Bicycle Storage Idea

A reader sent photos of her $10 bike storage concept utilizing closest rod brackets x 2 per bike.  A great idea and simple to do, but make sure you are screwing into a wall stud!

Bicycle Storage

Another Bicyclist Hit in Charlotte, NC

In the beginning of July I reported on a bicycle accident that happened less than 8 miles from my house.  A woman had been hit while training for a local triathlon on a very popular road for cyclist.  One thing that I failed to update everyone was a woman (on the same triathlon course pre-riding) was cut off, by a car trying to park, going through our small college town.  She received trauma to the head and road rash.

It Happened Again

Bicycle Accident

Photo Credit : Richard Kirkman & DavidsonNews

This past Thursday, on the same triathlon course (AGAIN) a gentleman named Bill Doherty was cut off by a large box truck and pulled 50-75 feet under the truck.

This is how it was described to me by the witness. Billy was keeping pace with traffic at the time, so he was probably doing 30+ mph. His Garmin showed the last recording at 28.7, but that was as he was being pulled under the truck. The truck drive partially passed Billy and then swung into the road with no indication etc, that is about 200 yards before the creek on Rocky River road just outside of River Run. Bill left a black tire mark about 5 yards before impact, so that alone shows how close he was. He was dragged for about 40-70 yds under the truck, and while under the truck he was grabbing onto anything for dear life, including the drive shaft. The driver only stopped because the witness was making him stop by his horn I think. The driver of the truck was about to reverse over Billy’s head, and the witness stepped in again and stopped that. So the real hero for this is the witness. His name is Don ***** from Michael Waltrip racing. Very humble man who has contacted me numerous times since last night to see how Billy is. Billy lost consciousness for about 1-3 minutes under the truck I believe as well.

The main premise in all this is driver didn’t even clear Billy when he turned.  – CharlotteVelo.com

What Do We Do?

The local cycling community is cursing, loudly, and rightfully so.  We’ve had more accidents in the past 6 months than the 5 years that I’ve lived in the area.  Does anyone have experience with setting up a local advocacy group, or how to properly educate and maintain the bridge between cyclist and automobiles?

Tracking Your Progress

Polar CS200

Polar CS200

As humans we like to track things, some humans more than others, but needing to know speed, averages and time is built in from birth. This need is sometimes justified, you track miles and distance on a car to calculate gas expenditure and to know hoe much gas is left, or when you may need more. Your body and bike are no different.

There is a Need, a Need for Speed

One of the first things I recommend for a new cyclist(behind a helmet, hydration and padded shorts) is an on board cycling computer or cyclometer. Today I don’t want to sell you on a computer or to explain the basics of computers, as we’ve done that before. Instead I want to talk more about the variety of styles, getting more into technology and why or who would need them.

Starting Basic : A Watch

As simple as it sounds, many of us have a great measuring device on our arm. The watch on your arm can help gauge compared to previous rides or laps, how well you are doing.

Cyclometers or Bicycle Computers

Blackburn Neuro 5.0

Blackburn Neuro 5.0

We have covered the basics of bike computers here before, to recap visit the page over here.  Over the years of use the standard computer doesn’t excite me anymore, but it is a much needed tool for cyclist as they are starting off.  Knowing your speed, averages and distance will make you a stronger cyclist but knowing your limits make you a smarter cyclist, a bike computer can help with that.

Heart Rate Monitor’s

Polar CS200

Polar CS200



The step up from a standard cyclometer in my mind is the heart rate monitor. The key to heart rate monitors is to know your proper limits and zones. With that you’ll need some sort of testing done to check your limits with an accurate test. There are some people that recommend using a formula where you take your age and then subtract a random number. I’m not recommending that formula here because every body, diet and activity level is different. A program for testing I do recommend is New Leaf, I’ve used this only for testing in the past and can’t speak for their weight loss and exercise program. (I’m not paid or endorsed to say this about New Leaf either.)

GPS

Garmin 405

Garmin 405

When GPS first came to market designed for bikes, roughly 6 years ago, it was revolutionary but rather expensive. Pair that with the facts that many people didn’t know about them or what the could do with them. Now, you can get into a Garmin 405 GPS tracking watch for $299. They are easy to move between bikes, or even use it for running and walking. Some of the more advanced styles can double as an on road or trail GPS with street or topography maps.

Where’s Bike Shop Girl?

The month of July ended in a bang, a wonderful, end of a symphony type of bang.   As I was sitting at the end of July, prepared to go part time at the Bike Shop and take more duties on here, online and another “project” website, my heart was racing excited for the next chapter in my life of social media and helping women across the world get on their bikes!

What I wasn’t prepared for was an amazing job offer, from an amazing top shelf marketing agency here in Charlotte, NC.   Last Monday I ended employment in the bike shop to only start a few days later, unexpectedly, as a key part of the interactive team of this marketing agency.

This past week I’ve learned a new bi-modal commute, started to dress in business attire and even blow dry my hair every morning. There have been a lot of changes on the Bike Shop Girl front, all very exciting that will allow me to ride and write more about my cycling passion!

Please be patient until I find my full groove in time and space.

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