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06-27-16, 03:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,729
Posted By richardmasoner

I have fun with them and have them send me a...

I have fun with them and have them send me a check. Here's a $2150 certified check for a bike I listed for $400 on Craigslist (uncashed, because it's obviously a fake check).
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06-14-16, 11:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,505
Posted By richardmasoner

Sorry for hijacking this thread, but I'm having a...

Sorry for hijacking this thread, but I'm having a hard time getting my head around this concept. I'm all for group rides that limit themselves as a matter of courtesy to other road users, but...
06-13-16, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 641
Posted By richardmasoner

The "administrative reasons" is because one...

The "administrative reasons" is because one person complained about CHP publishing anything that's not in the California Vehicle Code. Because of that, CHP and OTS worked with the Assembly to have...
06-13-16, 04:11 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,505
Posted By richardmasoner

How in the world does a government enforce a...

How in the world does a government enforce a group ride limit? How do they even define such a thing? When 20 people at the office decide to all drive across town to lunch at the same place are they...
04-14-15, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 749
Posted By richardmasoner

Somebody posted video of the new & improved...

Somebody posted video of the new & improved fencing here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxSVpfDHjMQ&feature=youtu.be
02-09-15, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,234
Posted By richardmasoner

You're indeed correct that bikes are allowed on...

You're indeed correct that bikes are allowed on some limited-access freeways in California. California State Route 85, however, is not one of them. The only bike-legal limited-access highway in the...
01-30-14, 03:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 447
Posted By richardmasoner

Commuter bike trains: any experiences?

By a "bike train", I mean a social ride for commuters. This can a fast ride like SF2G, or a more casual ride like Los Angeles Bike Train.

Bike trains also commonly refer to a bicycle version of...
01-30-14, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By richardmasoner

Do I understand correctly that this "goat path"...

Do I understand correctly that this "goat path" was originally purchased as right-of-way for a highway? If so, that's doubly encouraging to see this non-motoring proposal.
10-15-13, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,081
Posted By richardmasoner

The Bike Party Trash Collection Bike

San Jose Bike Party attracts up to 5000 people every month on their Friday night rides around Silicon Valley. One of the big problems has been trash collection, so local bike hero Joe Tate imported...
10-09-13, 05:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

Thank you Berta. The stereotype of the "serious...

Thank you Berta. The stereotype of the "serious cyclist" is also one that I'd like to tackle. You'll find me in the uniform for my weekend rides, but I think we need to get away from the idea that...
10-09-13, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 792
Posted By richardmasoner

That's my suspicion too. I didn't click...

That's my suspicion too.

I didn't click through but I assume the link is to the road.cc article, which is just a rehash of a Google Translate pass on a Spanish language editorial. It's possible...
10-09-13, 10:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

I'm interested in nationwide observations Berta...

I'm interested in nationwide observations Berta so I appreciate the feedback.

If 70% of your city are African American and organized rides are mostly white, it sounds like ride organizers should...
10-09-13, 10:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

I shall give greeting when I see that bike...

I shall give greeting when I see that bike frantik.

I can be seen on the Guadalupe River Trail traveling between downtown and my office near River Oaks Parkway.
10-09-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 679
Posted By richardmasoner

POSITIVE news story about cycling

I interrupt the usual accounts of harassment, bloodshed, attacks, road rage, danger, and discrimination with this positive story about a business owner who was encouraged to bike to work on a Bike...
10-02-13, 11:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

The photographer is Yours Truly. I love those...

The photographer is Yours Truly. I love those Bump-n-Beaners guys.

Do I know you in the real world, frantik?
10-02-13, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 603
Posted By richardmasoner

$10 reward for arrest of hit-and-run driver vs cyclist in Fremont

Last August, 56 year old cyclist John Vigda was seriously injured and remains hospitalized after the driver of a 1990s Toyota Camry struck him and ran. Fremont police have announced a $10,000 reward...
09-27-13, 04:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

Thanks frantik. Regarding SJBP organizers (such...

Thanks frantik. Regarding SJBP organizers (such as they are) and political influence, watch http://ubsj.org/. The main guy behind SJBP (and this UBSJ effort) these days is Joe Tate. He's a vice...
09-27-13, 04:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

Thanks spivonious. I see about 0.6% of...

Thanks spivonious. I see about 0.6% of Lancaster PA metro area residents commute by bike, according to US Census ACS data. Male commuters outnumber females by about 2 to 1, which is the same ratio...
09-27-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

Alrighty, squirtdad :-) The slideshow I've...

Alrighty, squirtdad :-) The slideshow I've been invited to show at California Bike Party will be specifically about SJBP as a model of a diverse bike event :-) I'm glad you mentioned it and I'm...
09-27-13, 11:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,823
Posted By richardmasoner

It's a shared lane -- streetcar tracks run right...

It's a shared lane -- streetcar tracks run right down the road. In that area it's perfectly reasonable for the cyclist to ride near the middle of the road in the streetcar tracks. Cyclists and...
09-27-13, 11:06 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,034
Posted By richardmasoner

A 300 pound cyclist still masses an order of...

A 300 pound cyclist still masses an order of magnitude less than any motor vehicle.

You all are familiar with the 4th Power Rule, right? Vehicle road damage is not proportional just to weight,...
09-27-13, 10:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

Class? Anyone? Anyone?

To prime the pump a little, have you seen examples similar to these?


the image in my original post is a Chinese billboard in San Jose California advertising an alternate commutes resource....
09-26-13, 05:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,820
Posted By richardmasoner

Diversity in your bike advocacy?

Hi all,

I'm creating a video slideshow for the upcoming California Bike Summit in November and I'm curious: Do your local bike advocacy groups, bike clubs and bike events look like the communities...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-13, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By richardmasoner

Lightman is the xenon strobe generally available...

Lightman is the xenon strobe generally available for cyclists. Battery life is poor.

Like others have commented, modern LEDs are good enough that I don't bother with finicky xenons anymore. But...
09-16-13, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,210
Posted By richardmasoner

I love Turbo's dream for allocating plenty of...

I love Turbo's dream for allocating plenty of space for bikes.

I believe the OP is in the city of San Jose. The bike lane standard there is six foot bike lanes, and we're starting to see a few...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-13, 04:47 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,963
Posted By richardmasoner

30 years of commuting, give or take. I average...

30 years of commuting, give or take. I average about one car hit per decade. Always the driver's fault, naturally, though I may have been more aggressive than necessary once or twice.

Solo...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-13, 04:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,727
Posted By richardmasoner

Has anybody mentioned "A to B" yet? That's one of...

Has anybody mentioned "A to B" yet? That's one of the marketing buzzwords that's been used.

Mikael Colville talks about it in terms of vacuum cleaners. Don't know if that helps or not.
09-16-13, 03:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,210
Posted By richardmasoner

Wider pedal powered vehicles are certainly...

Wider pedal powered vehicles are certainly something to keep in mind when designing facilities for bikes. The Elf is 48 inches wide, so the biggest problem will be trail barriers designed to keep...
09-16-13, 02:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,757
Posted By richardmasoner

Plus 1. I don't see what the problem is. The...

Plus 1.

I don't see what the problem is. The avid motorist who started this discussion obviously saw the cyclist.
09-16-13, 02:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 796
Posted By richardmasoner

FWIW, I wear whatever I'm wearing at the office....

FWIW, I wear whatever I'm wearing at the office. In cool weather or rain I'll wear my dark blue rain jacket or a buff colored hoodie and position myself in the road for safety and visiblity.

My...
09-10-13, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,888
Posted By richardmasoner

Replying to myself: He's still in the big house....

Replying to myself: He's still in the big house. Release date 2023.

http://www.doc.state.al.us/InmateInfo.aspx?AIS=&FName=jimmy&LName=rodgers
Forum: Commuting
09-10-13, 07:22 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,196
Posted By richardmasoner

I not only believe what jyl wrote, I'd go so far...

I not only believe what jyl wrote, I'd go so far as to write that the front light is more important than the rear for several reasons: from the front is where you're going to get smacked from the...
09-10-13, 07:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,522
Posted By richardmasoner

Did OP ever answer this? But in general, I ...

Did OP ever answer this?

But in general, I repeat the general advice to control the lane. Merge into the middle of the lane, enter the circle when safe and stay in the middle of the lane until...
09-10-13, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,888
Posted By richardmasoner

Jimmy Don Rodgers: Still in prison?

We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the day that a drunk driver killed cyclist Ken Kifer in Alabama.

That driver, Jimmy Don Rodgers, pled guilty to manslaughter in 2004 and was sentenced to...
06-26-13, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By richardmasoner

Thanks all. Looks like Chicago wins the highest...

Thanks all. Looks like Chicago wins the highest fine contest at $1000.
06-24-13, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By richardmasoner

Highest fine in America for opening the door?

40 U.S. states currently have a law on the books against dooring. I'm talking with a journalist from the Toronto Star who's researching the issue, and he's interested in knowing which American state...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-13, 12:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 817
Posted By richardmasoner

Most bike commuters will be the guys delivering...

Most bike commuters will be the guys delivering pamphlets up and down the Strip.

What do you need to know? Some good info at the RTC for South Nevada website

...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-12, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By richardmasoner

I'm your height and generally ride 53 cm.

I'm your height and generally ride 53 cm.
08-05-11, 12:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,407
Posted By richardmasoner

Most dogs just want to play, but I did get bit...

Most dogs just want to play, but I did get bit once by an overly territorial and aggressive dog. He got a mouthful of bike pedal and I chucked my water bottle to get him away as the owner stood on...
07-19-11, 03:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,780
Posted By richardmasoner

Speaking of drafting on Foothill, does anybody...

Speaking of drafting on Foothill, does anybody remember Derney Jenn with her yellow scooter and "Cyclists are welcome to draft" sticker?
...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 03:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,487
Posted By richardmasoner

40 ounces for 13.5 miles is enough, even in your...

40 ounces for 13.5 miles is enough, even in your extreme heat. You can kill yourself (http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/hydrationandfluid/a/Hyponatremia.htm) with too much water.
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 02:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,761
Posted By richardmasoner

That might have been me. I nearly lost a couple...

That might have been me. I nearly lost a couple of toes while riding in flip flops when I was a child, so I cringe a little when I see people do it today, but that's just me. I also usually ride sans...
07-19-11, 01:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,257
Posted By richardmasoner

Orlando is in Florida, but yes, Keri has a lot of...

Orlando is in Florida, but yes, Keri has a lot of good stuff at her site.
06-23-11, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 531
Posted By richardmasoner

Can you bump your cadence up? 80 RPM will take...

Can you bump your cadence up? 80 RPM will take you to 19 MPH.
Forum: Commuting
06-22-11, 03:17 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 8,608
Posted By richardmasoner

Where's the video? I've been wanting to make one...

Where's the video? I've been wanting to make one myself (in the style of Myth Busters), but it looks like I don't need to bother anymore.
06-22-11, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By richardmasoner

Responses to that post are enlightening.

Responses to that post are enlightening.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,417
Posted By richardmasoner

11 MPH is a good speed for riding in traffic....

11 MPH is a good speed for riding in traffic. Slower riding means more time to react and fewer problems from hitting road debris. Fast aggro jerks like me are the ones who end up getting into...
06-21-11, 12:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,288
Posted By richardmasoner

Mark, you know better than that! ...

Mark, you know better than that! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_compensation
Forum: Commuting
06-20-11, 05:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 377
Posted By richardmasoner

Front mounted bike racks are the norm. I've been...

Front mounted bike racks are the norm. I've been doing bike + bus + train + bike commute for six years now in California with no incidents.

Still, a beater bike might be worth it just for peace of...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-11, 03:34 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,119
Posted By richardmasoner

I can't believe nobody's mentioned Strava yet! ...

I can't believe nobody's mentioned Strava yet!

My latest upload to Strava --> http://app.strava.com/rides/694147
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