2010 September

Safety is More Important

The below quote is pulled from the Ottawa Citizen that by chance found its way to my inbox this morning. It is very fitting as only last night while riding home from work the reminder of personal safety was rudely reminded to my senses. A car, not thinking, took a right hand in front of me only after passing me 3 minutes before. Fortunately I ride my bicycle the same as a motorcycle… as if I was invisible. While the car drove past me and slowed down I was also slowing ready to react.  Would most riders react this way? Unfortunately I don’t believe so.

The driver was in the wrong, and if I had been hit or hit the car the law was on my side. I can’t afford that, nor do I want to put myself at the jeopardy of a 1,000+lb automobile. My helmet can only save so much of my body!  Read on for the article from the Ottawa Citizen.

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Gore-Tex I Love You

It has been raining non-stop in Charlotte, NC, I’m not complaining as we have been in a drought.

My morning was pleasant thanks to freshly installed fenders and a Gore Paclite (waterproof) jacket.

How about you, are you wimping out of riding because of rain? Suck it up guys.

Excuse my grammar, sent from my mobile phone.

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2011 Raleigh Capri Womens Road Bikes

In August of 2011 we did a full review of Raleigh Capri 4.0, view it over yonder.

Aluminum hydroframed with carbon fork, change the spec and you have three different levels of Raleigh’s new womens road line.   There are some thoughts I walk away with after looking through the line.  First off, I don’t understand the geometry and will look more into it with Raleigh.  I wish they would bring the smaller 45cm through the whole sizes, especially since it has a 495mm top tube!  Until I have more answers, here’s the 2011 Raleigh Capri womens line up…

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Riyoko Urban Bikewear with Style

It seems that Riyoka has heard my call of need for clothing to wear on the bike, and into work.

Company Bio

Riyoko: ree-yo-ko v. to travel in Japanese.
“Biking allows you the freedom to get from point a to b on your own energy and focus. It allows you the freedom to take and create your own path and discover new things along the way…”
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Surly Long Haul Trucker
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My Surly Long Haul Trucker Touring Bike

In the weeks, months and hopefully years to come, I’m going to start yapping about touring, camping and all things “adventure biking.”   First thing up is of course the bike!

Welcome my Surly Long Haul Trucker

When I started this build I originally started it as a short distance commuter. The front end was very upright and not very efficient for the long haul, no pun intended. As my commute and need for a longer, faster, ride I swapped out the front end of the bike for a mountain bike flat bar, Ergon grips and longer stem.

The bike has been changed for a week and I’m really enjoying it.  The first test will be a sub 24 hour overnight this weekend (S24o) when I ride to a nearby park to go camping.

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World Car Free Day is September 22

September 22nd is not only one of our children’s birthday, but it is also World Car Free Day.    As normally I’ll be riding my bike to the bus stop both ways, but I encourage you all to chose your bike, public transportation or to simply walk to your destination if you can.
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Introduction of the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light

We recently received the Cateye TL-LD570 Reflex Auto Light and it quickly was installed on the rear of my Salsa Casseroll.  Our initial spin around the block gave the impression that this rectangle of a light is bright, and the reflector works wonderfully.  Something I didn’t realize I was missing in a light.

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Yelp Headquarters
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Yelp’s New Office is Very Bike Friendly

Yelp has redesigned their office with the help of o+a, maybe my work will get the hint when we move into our new offices!  Do any of you guys have offices to show off?  Inspire us!

It’s got the vibe of a Mission hipster’s thrift-store living room, with loads of graphics on the wall that, in the press materials’s telling, are meant to reference an “urban alleyway.” – FastCoDesign.com

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