Posts Tagged ‘cycling’

Are You a Real Bicycle Commuter if You Let a Little Rain Bother You? Here’s a Pithy Answer

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The answer is no, no you’re not.

Hey, look at this gal on Fell near Divis – she doesn’t care about a little rain:

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Is cycling ever going to be “comfortable?”

Nope.

So when/how/why did “comfort” become SFGov’s planning  lodestar?

Icebreaker, That Upscale Merino Wool Designer Where Orlando Bloom Buys His Underwear, Opens in San Francisco

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

[UPDATE - Here's the official spiel:

"Icebreaker makes Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear and Lifestyle apparel from handpicked merino wool born in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It's non-itch, easy to wash, lightweight, versatile, easily packable and no-stink (because merino is naturally anti-mircrobrial, you can wear it for days ow weeks without a wash).

Sustainability has been part of Icebreaker's ethos since the start. It has strict animal welfare and farm standards, and has a traceability program (called "Baacode") that enables people to use a unique code sewn inside their garment to trace the fiber back to the sheep stations that grew it all the way through its supply chain."

And OMG, it's "Ramotaur" and "Nature Girl" on the streets of SF:

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And one last thing:

"Ramotar will be appearing next weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12/2-12/4, 12pm-3pm, fliers in key SF locales, Union Square, Embarcadero, Ferry Building, etc. Also Friday and Saturday, 12/9-12/10, 12pm-3pm in the same locales."

O.K. then.]

So Icebreaker is that fashionable merino wool store from New Zealand where actor Orlando Bloom goes shopping for woolens

sometimes along with his gf, model Miranda Kerr:

Well guess what, this was the week that Icebreaker opened its first “TouchLab” store in Northern California. It’s down at 170 Post in Union Square.

See?

OMG, is that a wool chandelier?

All right, find out about the landlord, Grosvenor Americas, after the jump.

See you there!

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OMG, It’s the “Icebreaker” Pop-Up Store from New Zealand! Get “Merino Wool Adventure Apparel” Starting Nov. 21 in Union Square

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I know some people who have been just waiting for this kind of thing from Icebreaker, that fashion dahling of the Hahvard Business Review.

Best of all, each piece of clothing comes with its own Baacode, so ewe can trace your purchase back to the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

All the deets here, and below.

Who’ll win this one? She has the reach but his posture tells you he wants it more:

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“Icebreaker Brings a Touch of New Zealand to the Heart of San Francisco - New Zealand merino wool apparel company’s first San Francisco store will launch November 21, prior to the grand opening of a full build-out in March 2012

Wellington, New Zealand (7 November 2011) – Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the merino wool adventure apparel category, today announced it would “break the ice” in San Francisco with the opening of a retail store in San Francisco on November 21, 2011, just in time for the holidays. The Icebreaker store will be located at 170 Post Street, between Grant and Kearny Streets, just one block from Union Square.

San Franciscans will be in introduced to Icebreaker in two phases. The 1600 square foot location’s initial iteration will feature the complete Icebreaker line, showcasing its Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear and City collections, all made from handpicked merino wool born in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

In March 2012 the space will be fully built-out as a “TouchLab” store. A TouchLab store enables shoppers to touch Icebreaker raw merino fiber, as well as the various weights of apparel Icebreaker makes, and experience the pleasure of pure, soft, breathable merino, which offers instant warmth, coolness in the summer, is sun safe and antimicrobial and can be machine washed.

“People in San Francisco love the outdoors and have a great appreciation for nature and natural products, so this area is the perfect location for our newest TouchLab,” said Jeremy Moon, Icebreaker’s founder and CEO. “San Franciscans are our ideal customer: savvy shoppers who appreciate apparel that looks as fantastic as it performs.

“Icebreaker is perfect for the Bay Area climate. Merino wool performs beautifully anywhere, be it on the slopes of Tahoe, during a bike ride through Wine Country or on a summer evening in the city.”
Natural, sustainably produced Icebreaker merino regulates body temperature in all climates, is highly breathable to prevent the clamminess associated with synthetics, and protects wearers from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s also no stink, resisting odour and wearable for days – sometimes weeks – without washing.

Icebreaker opened its flagship TouchLab store in New York City in December 2010 and also has TouchLab stores on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon (home of its US headquarters) and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It also has a TouchLab in Montréal, Canada. The Icebreaker San Francisco pop-up store will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 8p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., (415) 399-9615.

“New Zealand’s merinos produce a wool that has a very fine diameter, which makes it soft and breathable yet with high insulation value for warmth.”
– TIME magazine

“The thin construction leverages wool’s breathability and natural wicking properties, so you don’t suffocate when a run heats up.”
– Runner’s World

“It wicks like a champ and is as comfortable as cotton.”
– Backpacker magazine

Icebreaker Clothing
Launched in 1994, Icebreaker was the first company in the world to develop a merino fibre layering system for the outdoors. It was also the first outdoor apparel company in the world to source merino directly from growers, a system it began in 1997. The Icebreaker apparel system includes underwear, mid layer garments, outerwear, socks and accessories. There are outdoor, technical and lifestyle categories, each with its own specific fabrics and design details. Icebreaker is sold in more than 3000 stores in 43 countries.Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Icebreaker uses only pure merino handpicked from 140 high country stations in the country’s Southern Alps to create adventure clothing for women, men and kids that combines nature’s work with human technology and design. The company is committed to sustainability, ethical manufacturing and animal welfare. In 2008 the company launched “Icebreaker Baacode,” a pioneering supply chain transparency and traceability program. Each Icebreaker includes a unique Baacode, which enables customers to trace the garment online from rearing the sheep through to each stage of the supply chain process.”

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes the Bill That Would Have Banned “Texting While Cycling” in California

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I’m still a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown just decided to veto, per the KQED News Fix.

Anyway, forget about it, it’s history. So, it won’t be specifically illegal text while riding a bike in CA, AFAIK. That doesn’t mean you can’t get cited for doing just that, cause there’s lots of other ways the cops can get you.

I was all set to look into this sitch, but that won’t be necessary now.

So, Rage on, Ke$ha!

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Here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

Will a BlueTooth Headset Save You From Citations for Riding Your Bike While Texting, Talking on a Cell Phone?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I don’t know.

I’m a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown is about to sign.

Look out, Ke$ha!

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Anyway, here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

Point-Counterpoint on the Recent Topic of Cycling’s “Golden Age”

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Didn’t realize the amount of snark that San Francisco Chronicle editorials can have. (Like this recent reference to the “shopping cart set,” for instance. Wow.)

Anyway, point-counterpoint, below.

Boy, this is a genius photo – the traffic lights are red and green at the same time, all Christmas-like. Signals at this intersection still need work.

Here we go:

Pull up at any busy intersection where bikes and cars meet, and it’s often a free-for-all.”

No it’s not. I realize this fits the format of an editorial but it all seems a bit clunky. Is lying allowed here?

“Drivers honk, shout and swerve into bike lanes.”

Well sure, sometimes, but not “at any busy intersection.”

“Riders are allowed the full use of driving lanes, the same as any vehicle.”

False, exactly false, actually. Here’s the rule: “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…” There are some exceptions of course but bikes are not treated “the same as any vehicle” under CA law. Do editorialists have editors?

“The city’s network of lanes and suggested riding streets is little known…”

Uh, false? Little known, what?

“….one side-effect of an obstructionist lawsuit that delayed bike lane work for four years until this year.”

The City gambled and lost on CEQA. It took a judge about five minutes to agree that Our City was improperly horsing around with Environmental Impact Report laws. Could it be that CEQA itself is “obstructionist?”

San Francisco clearly wants to accommodate bike riding in a major way. But it must be accompanied by a recognition that bicyclists must follow the rules – and San Francisco police should be willing to enforce them.”

Now this bit here is tacked on at the end, all abrupt-like. So, drivers are allowed California stops in California, especially in San Francisco, as are cyclists, especially in San Francisco. There are reasons why SFPD cops generally don’t hand out tickets to cyclists. So attempting to change that, well, that’s going to take more than a half-assed, error-ridden editorial, right?

I’m think the “Golden Age” of cycling has more than a little to do with the rise of fixed-gear bikes. Talk to a bike store owner about the mountain bike craze – I’m saying I wouldn’t go extrapolating out too far into the future.

But Only Time Will Tell.

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The Trusting Souls of the NoPA – Cyclists Don’t Bother Locking Up While Shopping at the Fulton Street Lucky Super

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Don’t try this at your typical Lucky:

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Massive “Urban Assault” Bike Ride Coming to Berkeley May 2nd – A Scavenger Hunt on Wheels

Monday, March 29th, 2010

From the East Bay Bicycle Coalition comes word of the 2010 New Belgium Brewing URBAN ASSAULT RIDE – it’s a scavenger hunt, of sorts, on wheels that will benefit the EBBC and the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay:

“The Urban Assault Ride™ is a truly unique cycling event…and quickly becoming one of the biggest in country! Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a quest around Berkeley for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds. At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course guided by EBBC volunteers, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more.”

It’s going to look exactly like this come Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 AM. Is that worth $45 to you?

Why doesn’t San Francisco get it’s own Urban Assualt Ride for the benefit the West Bay Bicycle Coaltion?

The World Wonders…

 

Anyway, start planning your team strategy now.

“Berkeley CA – May 2nd, 2010 Benefiting: East Bay Bicycle Coalitionand Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay.

The UAR hits NorCal for the 1st time in 2010! We’re close to the home bases of many of our partners: Clif Bar, Specialized, and Timbuk 2 – so expect some big prizes and tons of riders hitting the streets. We’ll take your team to Berkeley’s hot spots, you’ll be some of the 1st riders to check out the 2010 obstacles, and you’ll be grinning all the way to the finishline party!

Price : Only $45 -60/person! (Price increase begins two weeks from race day!!!) You’ll get a 100% cotton t-shirt, New Belgium schwag including a drawstring back pack, bike bell, Specialized water bottle, lots of New Belgium beer, tasty snacks, donation to charities, and raffle ticket entries!

Packet Pick Up: (Saturday 5/1 11am-2pm) (LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP!!!)
Meridian: 2050 University Ave

Start/Finish: (Sunday 5/2 9am)
Martin Luther King JR Civic Center Park:  2151 Martin Luther King Jr Way between Allston Way and Center St. (A block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

Off-Limit Streets: These streets can be crossed but not ridden. Bike lanes on these streets ARE permitted.

COMING SOON…

Obstacle Checkpoints: (checkpoints can be reached in any order)

Mystery Checkpoints: There will be 2 ‘mystery checkpoints’ which all teams will have to locate – in addition to the obstacle checkpoints above. We’ll release the 1st mystery checkpoint the Thursday before the UAR. The other mystery checkpoint clue will be revealed when you reach the 1st mystery checkpoint.

Bonus Quiz: Take the OPTIONAL bonus quiz before the UAR to gain valuable time. The best scores on the quiz start 1st. The quiz will be on this site on Wednesday before the UAR and is due Friday at 5pm…so get on it! 

Host Hotel:

Coming soon!

The Urban Assault Ride™ is a truly unique cycling event…and quickly becoming one of the biggest in country! Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds.  At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more.

The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel powerslide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide ;)

After your pedal-powered adventure, your team will cross the finish line and enter a massive celebration of bikes and beer. The after party is just as much fun as the ride itself, thanks to the craziest raffle prize contest you’ll ever experience. 

Pick a partner and we’ll see you there!

When Cycling Through the Broadway Tunnel, Is the Sidewalk or the Street Better?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Let’s try the sidewalk first. Downsides include the illegality and the possible hassle for pedestrians.

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All right, now let’s get onto the street. This is not recommended, particularly going outbound to the west, which is mostly uphill. It’s legal, but pretty scary.

By this time, my lungs were aching for air. Pedaling furiously in 27th gear:

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Conclusion: Take the sidewalk. Walk your ride if necessary.

Or go around Russian Hill.

Or go over Russian Hill.

Those are your four choices.

But the city, the city is working on things. Check out the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s take on things right here.

Anyway, four choices. Choose wisely.

NB: Don’t touch anything in the tunnel, as everything is covered in soot.