Category Archives: Bicycling

Bizarre Bike Safety Video

When I think bike safety or car safety video, I mostly think about boring instructions on how to ride a bike or drive a car in the most conservative fashion. But what if the kids in the safety video had monkey faces and curly tails? That would make even the most Ritalin deprived kid pay… Read More »

LCD Segments of Death

Just over an hour into my bike ride today while I was slogging up a steep hill, my Polar CS200 heart rate monitor rebooted. The screen went blank, a few cryptic symbols appeared on the display, and then the display filled with a union of all possible characters and symbols that it ever displays. And… Read More »

Bio Break

And I thought it was just women in restaurants that went to the bathroom together. via BoingBoing, photo by Roberto Bettini

Don’t be a Hood Ornament

Someone on my bike team sent out a link to bicyclesafe.com, which has a great article by Michael Bluejay on how not to get hit by a car when you’re biking. I found I do a lot of these things intuitively, especially when bike commuting to and from work, but there were some other good… Read More »

Biking up Geysers Road

I needed to go to Geyserville today to pick up a case of wine futures at Murphy-Goode and visit with some of my wife’s relatives, so I decided to fit a bike ride into our trip. Their house is close to Geysers Road, so I biked down that way from their house and started the… Read More »

Bike Gun Rack

Are you surprised that a company in Texas offers a gun rack for a bike? While advertised as a “favorite of outdoorsmen and hunters”, I wonder how many bicyclists buy these to deter the drivers that might otherwise harass them. While I generally didn’t have too much trouble when I lived and biked in Austin,… Read More »

I Survived the Mount Diablo Challenge

Five freaking seconds. Well, technically it was 5.2 seconds, but that’s all that separated me from finishing the Mount Diablo Challenge in under one hour and ten minutes. That was my most ambitious goal I thought remotely realistic, so I’m not disappointed at all with my results. I dropped about two minutes and forty seconds… Read More »

Mount Diablo Challenge Training Ride

On October 7th I’ll be riding the Mount Diablo Challenge, a timed ride over 10.8 miles with 3,249 feet of elevation gain. The peak is at 3,849 feet above sea level. The ride can’t be handled as a normal bike race due to the number of riders (957 last year), so they time you using… Read More »

When Is a Bike Not Transportation?

Question: When is a bike not transportation? Answer: When your inside the confused brain of US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. There is a great article on Salon exposing Peters’ pandering to the automobile and truck industries. In a recent appearance on PBS’s “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer”, Peters claimed that bridge and highway repairs were being… Read More »

Rock Smuggling

About eleven days ago I had a minor crash on my new bike (the acquisition of said bike remains to be blogged). Fortunately, my bike came out of it with just a few small scratches. That’s because my body cushioned its landing. I got the standard hip contusion with the attractive purple and yellow bruise… Read More »