Archive for the ‘bikes’ Category

A New Low for Walmart: The $35 Bicycle, Assembled

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

It’s a real bike with shifters and whatnot. Kind of heavy. And there were others there for sale as well.

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My current ride is one what costed $74 – a (Bike-Shaped Object) (BSO), pejoratively. (It replaced the $98 model what got stolen in the 94111 in 2016, Frisco being the west coast capital of bike theft ‘n all.) I didn’t think my wiener would appreciate the saddle so it got replaced. And the goofily-sized 27.5 inch rear tire lasted like two months – it got replaced with a Schwalbe anti-puncture commuter model for $35. I have another Schwalbe as well, ready to go as soon as the front tire flats out or wears out. A $15 U-lock (with 5 keys!) has sufficed so ar.

Anyway, you can buy a real 21-speed bike, prolly aimed at the teen market, for $35, sometimes, at Walmart.

America, what a country!

If You Subtract the Car-Based Fun Cancelled by “Sunday Streets” from the “Car-Free” Fun Created,” What Do You Have Left?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Here’s Sunday Streets 2017 on JFK in the western reaches of Golden Gate Park:

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What’s missing is a bunch of parked cars on both sides of the street.

The result is this, relatively “people-free” meadows on a weekend day what would normally contain thousands, plus the concomitant bouncy houses and whatnot:

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Of course you can “frame” things as you wish, but in the Frisco of  2017, cars = people.

Sry.

It’s possible/probable that fewer souls come to GGP on Sunday Streets days. It’s also very possible that that’s the way you like it, as you favor one kind of person over another kind of person.

And of course, we’re just talking about one or two days a year, I realize, so no biggee, just like you realize you’re driving ppl away from our biggest park due to some greater goal you’ll trying to attain.

But when you figure that’s there’s no loss, no cons on the list of pros and cons, at all, to a Sunday Streets, well you’re wrong.

Realize that I’m not a bank vice-president from San Mateo County with a marketing degree tasked with increasing cycling in Frisco, I’m just somebody with far more miles, hours, years, decades on a bike in Frisco County than you, yes even you, Gentle Reader, so my sperpective might be a little different than yours.

Sry

Gary Knight, 52 – September 10, 1996 – Presidio and Lake

Friday, June 9th, 2017

As seen at Lake and Park Presidio:

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Ride of Silence SF

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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World’s Smallest Fat Bike – This Hefty “Rad Power Bikes RadMini” Folds, so Can It Go on MUNI?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

IDK.

Anyway, here it is:

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Take the “Rapha Rides” Challenge: Just Try to ID all These Frisco Bike Ride Spots in This Short HD Video

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Here’s your well-produced San Francisco / Marin video from (bicycle-oriented cafe?) Rapha

…and here’s your annotated (corrections/additions welcomed, or rather, not unwelcomed) cheatsheet:

0:46 Mamiya 7 II rangefinder film camera

0:51 24th Street near De Haro (Road bike going up and down a cobblestone block, just saying)

0:52 East Bay hills, sunrise

1:06 Former Pacific Stock Exchange building, Pine Street

1:11 Fil-Fil area (Filbert and Fillmore), taken from the site of that former Real Foods what used to advertise “WE ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS” in tony Cow Hollow

1:15 Some kind of anonymous reddish-orange bridge – research required

1:18 Potrero? Like where they filmed Bullitt? IDK

1:26 Vallejo and Fillmore

1:27 Broadway Tunnel, eastbound, dangerous without a camera car pacing you

1:28 C-town, distinctive brick building, but I don’t know it, south side (no satellite dishes seen) of Pacific if I had to guess

1:31 Washington at Grant

1:33 More Chinatown – Stockton?

1:38 13th Street under the I-80, home of appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s Superbowl (Tent) City, 2015-2016

1:39 Back to C-Town – Trenton Alley facing the massive Ping Yuen housing project, Chinatown’s big PJ’s.

1:40 Buffalo Paddock, Golden Gate Park, or Bison, I guess that’s we call them these days

1:41 Columbus approaching Broadway, with basically zero northbound traffic and plenty o’ parking available, unusual

1:45 Folsom at 3rd, also a bit dangerous in that lane without a camera car

1:49 No, I’ve never heard of the “Anchor Steam Ride,” a name you yourself made up?

1:56 La Mision y La Curva De Hospital General

1:57 The Financh featuring Salesforce Tower

2:01 Marin Headlands, winter

2:03 Conzelman Road

2:04 Conzelman Road

2:07 Conzelman Road

2:08 Bunker Road

2:09 Baker-Berry Tunnel

2:17 Conzelman Road

2:20 Conzelman Road

2:22 The Skatin’ Place (formerly 6th Avenue at JFK) Golden Gate Park

2:28 22nd at Carolina

2:32 Marin County snail

2:35 Marin County, winter?

2:41 More Folsom, ‘neath the Fremont Street offramp, prolly should be pedaling that far outside of the nearby bike lane, if only to make all the harried Mercedes drivers happy

2:43 Haight and Pierce (but arguably the Wiggle is nothing but one continuous grade and I don’t think “people set up” this “thing,” it’s just how a creek used to flow southwest on a grid what basically runs east and west, and if you continue on to Market well _there’s_ your hill, in the Laguna, Octavia area)

2:48 15th and S. Van Ness (Wow, 15th is down to one lane here – news to me)

2:50 16th and Mission

I’ll remind myself to check out the other 19 cities similarly video’ed…

And oh, this (you should try showing up to these roadie-oriented meet-ups next month on a fatbike with an electric mid-mount Bosch motor, you know, like a Felt Lebowsk-e, you know, just to see how appalled they’d be) is what they are promoting:

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Swag Report: This Year’s BIKE TO WORK DAY Swag Bag is Remarkably Swag-Free

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

It’s about 12% swag, by weight:

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The rest of it is marketing.

Back in the day, you’d see people actually using these bags, but they were nicer back then and the universal charge for grocery bags wasn’t the norm. Anyway, seeing these things used in the wild is a rarer sight.

And the SFBC appears to be more independent of the SFMTA, garnering sponsorship from competing personal injury attorneys. THe SFMTA used to offer up SFMTA-branded swag, but not no mo.

Anyway, numbers. Actual swag: 28 grams worth of Clif Bar, the exact kind they give away at work, except the swag is a Fun Size. (But it is legitimate swag.) Total “swag” bag weight this year: 243 grams.

Not complaining, just explaining.

How 90-Degree Parking and Double Parking are a Bad Combination on Busy Baker Street – A Turned Head of Disapproval

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Prolly there shouldn’t be 90-degree parking here and there should be a white zone here in front of this large institution on Baker so that your relatives or taxi drivers or Paratransit drivers or even some of those hated UBER Lyft drivers in economical Priuses can come by and drive you someplace, but our SFMTA just loves to add parking to certain blocks for certain reasons at certain times. It doesn’t really make sense overall, but that’s just the way our SFMTA is.

So we end up with this kind of sitch.

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So normally a bike rider can simply go around a double parked car, but with this kind of set up I wasn’t sure if this bicycle “activist”-type person would be able to make it past easily, you know, due to all the stalled traffic from rush hour and whatnot. She had just the mildest of reactions that you could expect, just a slight WTF head turn to the right to the let the driver know, “Bad form, Dude.” (Of course our Bro-iest of bike riders would dismount and start slapping body panels – that’s the range of reactions you can expect.)

So whose fault is this? IDK. Hey, why not go back to regular parking here? Now that’s an idea.

(Our SFMTA wants UBER Lyft drivers to circle about for 10-20 minutes and then hike to the lobby to make a legal pick up, one assumes…)

DDBCB: Double Decker Bamboo Cargo Bicycle, Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Living the Dream: $500 Indiegogo Electric Fat Bike Spotted in the Wild – At Home on Ocean Beach

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Background here.

And what’s this?

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It’s a Sonders E-bike, being ridden as it was meant to be.

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So I guess some kickstarter-type deals work out for some people – that’s the lesson.