Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

A Brand-New “Near Term Speed Hump” Speed Bump, Installed on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Here it is:

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These photos are from a few days back, and this bump / hump itself prolly was installed about ten days back. If you hit this thing at 25 + you will feel it, I promise you. My ride was practically made to handle something like this bump with aplomb, and I certainly felt it. Oh, and look, a speedometer system, of sorts:

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Here’s the “near term” language, straight from our incompetent SFMTA.

Humps cause car deceleration without creating the noise, vibration or safety issues associated with their sharper bump cousins.

I’ll tell you, not a whole bunch of drivers go signif more than 25 MPH on the JFK, despite what SFGov might tell you, or imply, with their nonsensical “some traffic travels through JFK at 32-38 MPH type” of stat. Well, sure, some traffic. I go through at exactly 25 which requires a touch of braking on the downhillier parts like near Speedway Meadow. (Hellman Meadow? I don’t think that’ll take for a good long time.) Anyway, if you get on my rear bumper I’ll simply pull over, pretending to get ready to park, and then pull back in after you’ve passed me. But I don’t do that too often.

(If you wanted to decrease illegal “speeding” on JFK, you’d raise the limit to 30 MPH and, conversely, if you wanted to, for some reason, increase illegal speeding on JFK, you’d lower the limit to 20 MPH.)

Anyway, if you want to lower speeds on JFK, you’d put in a brace of speed bumps – that’ll work. Of course, there’d be the noise, vibration, and safety concerns of San Francisco voters, but that will get addressed later, one assumes…

And of course, a few speed bumps is nothing like this recent proposal.

And oh, down Mexico way, if a municipality want to have a nothingburger speed bumps like this, they’d hire somebody to do it one day and then it’d be done the next – it wouldn’t turn into an expensive half-year “project” with countless meetings and endless news releases…

Here are the New and Improved Safe Hit Posts at the Start of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Monday, October 31st, 2016

And here’s the SFMTA’s official defense.

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Anyway, the innocuous posts have been replaced, officially. The average driver would typically infringe upon the neutral zone at the very least and that’s not the case anymore…

Strong Biker, Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 28th, 2016

This could be you, someday:

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The RV Owners of SoMA Sure Seem to Have a Strong Interest in Bicycles, or Rather, Bicycle Parts

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Oh look, three in a row:

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One wonders what’s inside these RVs:

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Perhaps more bike parts?

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Perhaps from one of your bikes, Gentle Reader…

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Distracted Riding

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Maybe texting, maybe not texting – I didn’t see him texting anyway.

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And, as the sheep in Animal Farm used to say, One Earpod Good, Two Earpods Baaaad.

Balboa Dip, Two Angles

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Who says The Richmond is boring?

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This is, and has been, a thing – see?

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Hey, should these two blocks be on the Strava? Well, since there’re stop signs at the bottom of the dip, the answer is NO. Unless the “King of the Mountain” can actually stop, wait for any cross traffic to clear and then climb up to the next intersection in just 13 seconds…

If only Strava had more lawyer-advisors, you know, instead of the lawyer-investors, then Strava might look at this issue differently…

Walmart has a Deal for You: A Mountain Bike with Disk Brakes for Just $77

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Did I say disc brakes? I meant to say disc brake, as there’s only one on this ride – a setup I’ve never seen before:

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I’m sure this ride is a little heavy, but you can’t beat $77.

I’ll have to tell you about these kinds of bikes, sometime…

The UPSHIFT Car Rental Delivery Service is On The Road in Frisco

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I hadn’t thought of this new biz for a couple years, but now here it is, spotted in the wilds of the Financh:

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I guess Bro here just drove a rental Prius to somebody’s home, took out his Bianchi and is now heading home? I think that’s how things work.

Market Street: Where Parking Your Bike “For Just Five Minutes” Turns Into Five Days, and Then Maybe Five Weeks

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

That’s what everybody says, that they parked their bike for just five minutes and then when they came back it had been ripped off. Then the owner gives up and leaves the carcass there and then we have this, for day after day:

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A quarter century ago, there were fewer bike thieves in Frisco, and they’d endeavor to steal your whole bike, instead of just parts off of your bike. It was a better era.

Anywho, if you took this mess into a Local Bike Shop, they might tell you to make an appointment, I’m srsly. And then they’d tell you that you’d be better off buying a whole new bike, most likely.

On It Goes…

Mobile Bike Store, Under the Freeway, Frisco

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

How many bike wheels does one person need?

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