Posts Tagged ‘bicycles’

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!

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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BMX Biker Gang, Frisco

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Yes, that black Lincoln SUV thing is a stretched limo. It stopped in the new bike lane, as you can see.

Some in town would want the driver to double park far to the left in the slow lane so as to not block the now-sacrosanct new bike lane. Now I think that would be illegal, as is of course what the driver has done here:

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So after all that, my question remains Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate? I’m not really seeing any real legal options here. So parking as far to the right as practical seems like the least bad choice…

The King of Stolen Bicycles and Bike Parts, San Francisco, the West Coast Capital of Stolen Bikes – Building Frankenbikes

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Harvest harvest time

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You reap what you sow, I reap what I sow

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

Chariot Van in Red, “BUS-ONLY” Lane on Market: Is This Kosher?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

IDK

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Is this what “Smart Mobility” is, FoMoCo?

Frisco’s Most Aggressive Driver is, and I’m Srsly, a “Tiffin Walla” Delivering Vegetarian Fare for “Green Tiffen”

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Let’s see if I can pay off on the headline.

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This ‘splains tings:

Tiffin Wallas aka Delivery Crew

I’ll tell you I’m not a cop, so I couldn’t name you the numerous CVC violations I witnessed Fast and Furious over the course of about 20 seconds going from Market Sutter Sansome and then across Bush and then she lost me. Everybody has different standards for what’s appropriate driving, but geez, man. (It’s the electric assist what encourages this, IMO.)

[Turbo Charged Interlude] You want some website copy? Here’s some website copy:

Adrian founded Green Tiffin in fall of 2013 in San Francisco, although the idea seed was planted early in his childhood.

Now where was I? Oh:

Compensation and benefits: 

– Guaranteed base hourly pay + delivery incentive 

Zip through San Francisco hills with Green Tiffin electric bicycles

– Look sharp in our delivery coat

– FREE healthy and sustainable lunch on workdays

– A pathway for development 

– A fun and fast-paced working environment 

I’ll tell you, a cab company in Frisco used to have a “racing” system of dispatch where the closest driver would be assigned a fare but others were free to swoop in to get there first – this was to prevent cabbies from lying too much about how close they were to the customer. Anyway, one time two cabbies working for the same outfit crashed into each other trying to win this game so that ended the racing system of dispatch.

And then Dominoes Pizza with its 30-minute guarantee, right?

And now Green Tiffen.

I’ll tell you Green Tiffen, I don’t think you’re on a “sustainable journey.”

What Happens When You Hail an UBER / LYFT to an Address Like 525 Market? – Temporary Chaos, That’s What

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Market in the Financh is down to just one lane, in parts, these days, right? So you can’t just stop and wait for your fare to come down an elevator, right? Frisco aint Tracy, CA, right?

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After getting yelled out by Bike To Work Day, Uber driver from the South Bay scooched on over enough to let more people squeeze by.

It’s just not possible to legally pick riders up like this, sry.

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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