Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

Tracking That Stolen Bike Owned by The Today Show: From The Mission to the Mid-Market to 1729 McKinnon Ave in The Bayview

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I actually got around to watching that five-minute clip from the Today Show about bike thieves in the West Coast Capital of Bike Thievery, San Francisco.

And I says, “1729, huh?” You see, that was the street address on the front door that that Today Show guy knocked on. And they showed the street itself, so I guessed a 94124 zip code and then excluded the first two hits (1729 Geneva and 1729 Sunnydale because they both didn’t make sense) by making this Google search: “-Geneva -Sunnydale 94124 1729 .”

And, lo, up pops 1729 McKinnon in the Lower Third:

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It’s sort of funny how the bike thief made a bee-line to the Thieves Market at Civic Center – that’s what you could see when they showed the GPS track. Anyway, the next stop was a shed in the Bayview.

SF, you have a problem with bike theft – deal with it. Like, it’s national news, literally.

Illegally Riding Your Bike Across the World’s Most Expensive Span – Bay Bridge from Oakland to TI – Video

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Stanley Roberts has the deets on this video from Davet Mohmmed:

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Spot the Cyclist – It’s Hard – Fell Street at Night

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have a rear light to ride your bike around at night. But you do need to have some kind of reflector, which this cyclist doesn’t have, as you can see, if you can see him:

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If this bike had the rear reflectors that most bikes are sold with these days, then I’d have seen them in this situation, oh well.

Anyway, this is what it looks like at night when you have no rear bike light and no reflectors…

Bicycle Thieves Under the I-80 – Ineffectual Mayor Ed Lee Powerless – An Industry That “Employs” Hundreds

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

On It Goes…

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Day In…

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…and Day Out.

Here’s some of the inventory:

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Some bike thieves are homeless and some aren’t. I mean, if you have an unregistered RV filled with stolen bicycles, are you homeless? IDK.

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Some are quite industrious:

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And comical:

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Oh no, we’ve headed too far to the west, so we’re out of the chop shop zone:

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If you want to see for yourself, start at Costco and then head west under the freeway…

The Least SFPD Cop-Looking SFPD Cop I’ve Ever Seen, I Think – What Kind of Police Uniform is This?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

So what’s this, yellow for visibility instead of SFPD blue? No seven-pointed star? No oro en paz, fierro en guerra screaming chicken on the shoulder patch, which I don’t know about since I couldn’t see any patch from the side anyway.

I’m forced to assume* that you’d be able to tell dude’s SFPD from the front.

Here he is, on Randy Shaw’s traffic sewer, the first block of troubled Turk Street, in the twoubled Twitterloin:

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I approve not, Gentle Reader.

*Or maybe he’s BART? I’m still not sure. In all my years, I’ve never had this much trouble ID’ing the SFPD.

Millionaire Lady Has Her Minimum Wage Employee Double-Park a Large Mercedes on Market: Bay Area Bike Share (BABS) in Action

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Well, here it is:

Am I far off on this one? Minimum wage is $10.74 per hour these days. How much do these bikeshare Mercedes drivers make, you know, at a time after Alta has admitted to a “mistake” or two? And it looks like Alta is “privately held” so who knows how many millionaires own it…

Is this situation what the Planners of San Francisco planned?

Or is this just-park-where-you-feel-like-Alta policy and concomitant bike rack installation a “chop-shop project,” the likes of which San Francisco pols claim to eschew?

Was the Conviction of Cyclist Chris Bucchere a Kafkaesque Experience? Look Who’s Reading “The Trial” by Franz Kafka

Monday, August 4th, 2014

[UPDATE: So, what we've had in this case is remarkably poor judgment, having to do with an obsession over "bomb"-ing down steep hills, penning an ode to bike helmet, insisting that speeding through an intersection is "legal," and now, inadvertently pinging people about what you're reading. If you don't get feedback here, where are you going to get it from?]

Well here’s what popped up on a Google News Alert:

 “Chris Bucchere has 82 books on Goodreads, and is currently reading The Trial by Franz Kafka…

Mmmm. Is this some kind of public statement about George Gascon’s recent case against him?

To review, here’s The Trial:

“One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor the reader.”

And here’s Kafkaesque:

Of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially:  having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality

So Chris B is Josef K?

Hoo boy.

What Those “BICYCLES ALLOWED USE OF FULL LANE CVC 21202″ Signs Mean – “The Exception Swallows the Rule?”

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Well, here’s the sign:

I’m reading that as “BICYCLES ALLOWED USE OF FULL LANE CVC 21202″

Now here’s what that section of the California Vehicle Code actually says:

“V C Section 21202 Operation on Roadway

21202. (a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations…”

That’s the rule.

There are exceptions of course – see them below.

But you don’t want the exception to swallow the rule, right?

Oh, what’s that, you do? Oh, OK. Well, that would explain all the T-shirts, but you’re celebrating the wrong CVC section. What you’re looking for is CVC 21200, actually.

And actually, what 21202 does is take away your right to use the whole lane.

Now of course, in the opinion of some, all lanes are “substandard width lanes,” so if that’s the case, one of the exceptions listed below will “swallow the rule” and, therefore, 21202 doesn’t mean anything.

But IRL, the rule means something, just saying. 

Oh what’s that, you’ve been told different? Well, people tell you different because of their ideology. Hey, would you prefer to hear from a bicycle advocate who’s not an ideologue? Well, here you go:

“Ride to the Right, But Within Limits - When riding slower than the normal speed of traffic, you are required to ride as far right as “practicable” (meaning safe). You are not required to ride as far right as possible, which may not be safe. You are allowed, but not required, to ride on the shoulder. CVC 21202CVC 21650CVC 21650.1 9″

Hey, how would that look as a T-shirt? Not so hot, really. It would sound like a lecture, you know, like we all need to keep to the right ‘n stuff.

But it’s the Truth, like it or lump it.

“(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.

If You’re Worried About Your Bike Getting Stolen While Shopping at Lucky, Just Bring It In With You No Big Deal

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I’ve parked my ride in front of this Lucky, the so-called “Ghetto Lucky” of the NoPA Western Addition without locking it up about 20 times now. With no trouble.

It would never occur to me to just bring a bike into a gro sto…

How To Buy Bike Lights On The Cheap: Get Semi-Counterfeit Off-Brand Front and Rears for $4 Each from Amazon

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

You know what’s poorly designed? Every last bike light paid for and given away by the SFMTA stamped with the SFMTA brand so that you’ll like that SFMTA more better.

You know what’s well designed? These semi-counterfeit light sets from Amazon for $8 each free delivery:

BV Bicycle Light Set, Super Bright 5 LED Headlight and 3 LED Taillight, Quick-Release

Oh, they’re sold out now? Sorry. But I just bought four sets like ten days ago. See?

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What I was thinking was that these lights would just pop right in to the “Bike Planet” mounts I already have on the bikes I need to take care of. (Bike Planet isn’t really a name-brand IRL, but it certainly is as far as bike lights are concerned.) And of course, they snap right in on the Bike Planet mounts

The headlight from “BV USA,” in particular, is particularly cheesy / plasticky. But all the lights I just bought work A-OK, as expected.

I totally don’t know what happened to all the Blaze 2-watt headlights I bought for $20-something when Amazon had a super-duper sale, and for that matter, the mostly white Superflash Turbo taillights I also paid $20-something for.

Anyway, the BV lights I just bought work great and they have rubber gaskets to keep out the rain just the way the Planet Bike lights have.

But be my guest if you want to pay mo money.