People often ask me about buying used bikes and I usually point them in the direction of the Bike and Roll annual bike sale. Sadly, they usually ignore me. But the two people who have listened to me have been happy with their purchases. That is a small sample size, but it bodes well.
've been aware of Share the Damn Road and their clever slogans based on the ubiquitous and somewhat controversial "Share the Road" signs for some time, but recently I had the chance to try one of their bike jerseys and, as is usual, this one is much nicer than the ones I usually buy.
If you want to make a statement STDR jersey's let you do that. Mine reads on the back "If you can read this, I need more room" and in smaller text "or you're drafting, and it's time to take a pull." The jersey is made by Podium Cycling and so, as you'd expect, it's well constructed, wicks and dries quickly and fits well. With a retail price of about $60-70 their prices are similar to other high quality jerseys if not on the low end. The jersey is very comfortable, both in fit and material.
Full length, hidden zipper in the front, which is nice for summer riding
Elastic armbands and a silicon gripper at the waste that keeps the jersey in position
The STDR slogans that get driver's attention
The slogan is a little too confrontational for me to wear when commuting. I don't want to walk through the lobby with that on. But there are plenty of other times to ride and other slogans like "Don't Run Me Over" that I'd be fine with.
Has to be hand washed (though I probably won't)
High performance cycling jersey decorated with unique STDR designs
I was recently sent a Hoorag - the better bandana - to try out, and while I think it would be more useful in the winter, I found it to have a lot of utility.
The Hoorag is a tube of thin stretchy polyester micro-fiber with holes on both ends. [if you've ever watched Survivor, it's kind of like what they would call a "buff"]. This allows it to be worn in several configurations.
I normally ride with a skullcap or headband because I sweat like it's my job and I'm mostly bald, which means that on a long ride, I get a lot of sweat in my eyes - which can burn. Headgear like this helps to keep that from happening.
So I wore the Skull Daddy print Hoorag (in what I guess they would call Pirate Rag style) on a longer ride and it worked as well as my usual skullcap. It doesn't wick as much as my skullcap does and so it had more sweat in it at the end, but then I can't use the skullcap as a balaclava, face cover or a neck warmer in the winter. It appears to be pretty durable. I was worried that the hole on the other end would annoy me, but I didn't even notice it, and being able to use it as either a headband or a skullcap was nice.
At $16 it might be a bit steep if you think you'll only use it for one task, but if you do a lot of winter riding it might be worth it as a liner for your current gear or standalone outer wear on days when it's not nearly as cold. The price is high, but so is the utility.
Don't believe me? Then you can get one for free - if you'll write your own review of it for the blog. First person to request one in the comments gets it (but you have to pick it up at Washcycle HQ).
Bike lanes don't reduce the severity of crashes, but do reduce their frequency. "The data show that other factors may be more important in reducing the severity of cyclists' injuries, including the speed of motor vehicles traveling near them and how much light there is." Other factors, including alcohol use, riding in darkness (even with streetlights) and a road's posted speed limit.
In a program sponsored by AAA, Ohio police officers will issue helmet-clad children riding bikes a safety citation that that can be redeemed for a free child's cone at Dairy Queen and a free goodie bag with a coloring book, crayons, water bottle and bike safety book.
"All of the major candidates to replace Bloomberg as mayor expressed support for bicycling at a recent forum, notes Paul Steely White, executive director of the local group Transportation Alternatives."
FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez and Lauren Marchetti of the National Center for Safe Routes to School attended a Bike to School Day event at Lincoln Park, part of the 2nd Annual Bike to School Day. Next on the Agenda: Bike to Work Day and then National Bike to Church Day.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel proposes raising fines for bicycle violations - while also raising fines for drivers for things like dooring. But this probably isn't the beginning of bicyle tolling and registration. The new ordinance would also "allow cyclists to ride on sidewalks to get to roads and paths or new bicycle sharing stations; leave the curbside edge of the right line when passing another bicycle or preparing to turn; and ride side-by-side, provided they stay in one lane and do not impede traffic." And "The proposal also would eliminate the requirement for cyclists to hug the right shoulder if they are keeping up with other traffic, while also allowing cyclists to ride in the road even when there's an adjacent bike path. Buses in shared bus-and-bike lines, like those on Clark Street, would be permitted to leave the designated lane to get around a bike."
We can stop arguing, NYC has proven that separated bike facilities are safer than vehicular cycling. Glad that's over. "bike infrastructure did more than make cycling safer: The study found a 35% decrease in traffic crash related injuries to all street users on the 8th Ave path, and a whopping 58% on its 9th Ave counterpart."
Asylum Cycles is announcing the crowdfunding and product
launch of the Meuse, a race-ready, full-carbon cyclocross bike designed for the most demanding
riders. With a Belgian river as its namesake, the Meuse pays homage to the early European
origins of cyclocross. Built around the added capabilities of disc brakes, as well as a tapered
head tube and PF30 bottom bracket, the Meuse is the ultimate bike for cyclocross racing and
riders looking for a bike with go-anywhere capabilities. The Meuse is being launched on Crowd
Supply, the first crowdfunding site to support the management of pre-orders, fulfillment and e-
commerce for new products.
“We know that there are a lot of carbon fiber bikes on the market today, but none put it all
together for cyclocross at a reasonable price the way the Meuse does,” said Asylum Cycles co-
founder Chris Currie. “The most performance sensitive cyclists expect a special ride quality from
their bike that only happens when obsessive bike geeks design the end product. We’re building
our bikes for the most demanding of riders. We think of them as our design partners, not just
The Asylum Cycles Meuse features elements that are optimized for speed, durability and
Lightweight, high-modulus carbon frame with reinforced dropouts (1120g for the 54cm)
Molded-in chainstay disc brake mount for a stiff and strong rear triangle
Oversized bottom bracket shell with PF30 system for increased stiffness and power-transfer
Tapered 1-1/8” to 1.5” head tube for steering precision
Full-carbon, Columbus fork with tapered steerer
Vibration damping Flatbottom seatstay design for a smoother ride
Massive Powerflow downtube and oversized chainstays resist flex
Replaceable threaded disc mount inserts and a replaceable derailleur hanger
Internal shift-cable routing
External brake cable routing for hydraulic lines
Exceptional mud clearance
Simple and light-weight integrated headset
Crash replacement policy and 3-year warranty against defects in manufacturing
Asylum Cycles is using Crowd Supply to provide a more collaborative approach to the
introduction of new bikes, involving racers, cycling enthusiasts and other potential customers
in the design process from the very beginning. Using input from those riders and racers, Asylum
Cycles has refined and tested prototypes of the Meuse. “Now that the Meuse is ready for
release to production, Asylum is seeking backers to aggregate a large order so it can deliver its
first bikes at the lowest possible prices. Our mission is to welcome customers into the design
process to help us create the best bikes at the best prices,” said Currie. “Crowd Supply is the
perfect partner to create long-term relationships with the people riding our bikes.”
“The Meuse will undergo its full evolution on Crowd Supply, from launch to the acceptance of
pre-orders to the sale of finished bikes,” said Lou Doctor, co-founder and CEO of Crowd Supply.
“On other sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the crowdfunding campaign would have been a
one-time event, but companies like Asylum Cycles are now using our platform as the foundation
for a long-term relationship with their customers. We believe that Crowd Supply’s complete
support system is the future of crowdfunding and innovation.”
The Meuse will be available on Crowd Supply in several forms including a frame and fork only,
a race-ready single speed, and a SRAM-equipped geared version. A Rogue Team limited-edition
build is also an option. Production deliveries start in October 2013.
For more on Asylum Cycles, visit: http://www.AsylumCycles.com