Posts Tagged ‘rear’

Area Motorcycle Rider Drives As If He Were On A Fixie – Skidding About on a Locked Rear Wheel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.

Remember?

Good times.

Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.

Like just for fun. On McAllister:

He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)

Hats off to both these gentlemen.

The Longest Fixie Bike Skid Mark I’ve Ever Seen – A Third of a Block Long – Show the World Your Skillz!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I guess if you put enough of your weight forward and you have a steep enough hill, you could skid forever:

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But this is not an example of  an exemplary braking system, IMO

Wow: Seeing San Francisco From Above the Mission District Through “Omni-Vision” – Rear Window, Cessna Skyhawk

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Hey man, nice shot.

Via singlespeeder2007:

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Viewing notes:

Hey, can you guess which street in San Francisco was remade to be a firebreak, you know, around 1906? Sure you can. Just look at the photo. You see, it, unlike the useless, quarter-mile long, Octavia Boulevard “Livable Streets” experiment, is wide for a reason. 

Omni-Vision – This referred to the rear windows on some Cessna singles, starting with the 182 and 210 in 1962, the 172 in 1963 and the 150 in 1964. The term was intended to make the pilot feel visibility was improved on the notably poor-visibility Cessna line. The introduction of the rear window caused in most models a loss of cruise speed due to the extra drag, while not adding any useful visibility

Noe Valley’s 23rd Street Proves Too Much for This Google Bus – Its Rear End Gets Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Oh well:

Via Jim Greer of online gaming site Kongregate - click to expand

Google Bus/

Google Bus/

It’s not your fault

Wouldn’t the Google Bus have been better off on 24th? I think so.

And hey, didn’t former Supervisor Bevan Dufty meet with area NIMBY’s to iron things out a half-decade ago?

I think so. Actually, I know so. It looked like this:

But the wealthy, white, wizened NIMBYs of Noe still weren’t satisfied.

Oh well.

I hope you’re happy, NIMBIES! Look what you made Google do.

(Or maybe the driver just got lost. You’d think he’d have a map with no-go areas marked out.)

(Do Googlers Google on Sundays? Not that I know of, but they go on fun field trips from time to time, wine tastings and the like, I hear.)

I’ll tell you, Google prolly hasn’t been this embarrassed since that federal cop busted the Maps Car in the Presidio.

Here’s the chase, recorded by Google itself:

And here’s the bust, apparently for not getting a permit from the Presidio Trust after the Presidio Trust told Google it would need a permit:

All right, let’s be careful out there, Google!

Do You Need a Rear Brake on Your Bike to be Legal in California? I Don’t Know Anymore

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

You know, I think they went and changed VC 21201 on me. It used to talk about being able to make your rear wheel skid, but now:

“21201.  (a) No person shall operate a bicycle on a roadway unless it is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make one braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.”

I’ll have to look into this.

Here we have a bike with no rear brake on McAllister. (I know what you’re thinking, but this bike isn’t a fixie, it freewheels.) 

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Not exactly safe, IMO, but not necessarily illegal either, apparently…

Mission Bikes Offers Up Advice on How to Lock Up your Bicycle – Rim Through the Rear Triangle

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

From Vic Wong of Mission Mission comes this security tip from the Mission Bicycle Company.

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Looks good to me.

And it’s much better than this method, seen in the SoMA:

 

Baby Got Back: Know Your Hybrid Battery-Electric and Pure Electric Vehicles of the Green Showcase in Civic Center

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

How it looks outside of City Hall sometimes:

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Leave us begin, starting with the white one on the left:

Honda Civic Hybrid;

Third-Generation Toyota Prius Hybrid, possibly with plug-in feature;

Nissan Leaf* pure electric vehicle;

Honda Insight hybrid

About the only thing that’s missing from this array is the 2012 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.

Oh, here it is, with garish utility monopoly graphics removed.

Better one…

…or better two?

Now you know better your electric and hybrid electric vehicles…

*The funny thing about the Leaf is that some crappy competing company what says oh, we’ll have an electric car ourselves this year (employees have been saying that about the same basic vehicle every year since 2008) criticized the Leaf last year because “housewives” wouldn’t “feel comfortable” behind the wheel of such a futuristic-looking vehicle. Ridiculoso.

Dear SFMTA: Your Bike Lights Aren’t Really Bike Lights, So They Don’t Satisfy the California Vehicle Code

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

See what the SFMTA is giving out for free these days? It’s a Chinese flashlight with an adjustable mount so it can be used as a bike headlight. The problem with that is that it’s insufficient to put a nighttime cyclist in compliance with the California Vehicle Code. Check it:

Equipment Requirements. VC 21201 d) Every bicycle operated upon any highway during darkness shall be equipped with the following: 1. A lamp emitting a white light which illuminates the highway and is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and the sides of the bicycle.

This setup up sends out zero light to the sides. In fact, the way it’s made it sort of has a hood. Now, it’s not illegal per se and it’s better than nothing but it’s not up to code in California, you know, where we all live.

Also, this jury rigged system is ridiculous. For example, it’s too bright, IMO. So if it’s pointed level with the ground then it will be certain to irritate oncoming traffic. Build quality is lower than standard if the standard is a typical Chinese flashlight. (It doesn’t say “Made in China” or anything, which was probably a selling point for the buyer, but where else could it have been made?) The big attraction for SFMTA with this setup must have been the giant SFMTA logo. Hey, SFMTA! Did it cost more to put the logo on than to buy these sub-$5 one-star-rated lights in the first place?

Now, click here to see a real bike light, with a blinking function, a decent quick release, longer time betwixt battery changes, and, of course, it complies with the CVC. Oh well.

And here’s what SFMTA thinks is a bike light:

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And as for the rear lights they’re giving out, they’re flimsy as all get-out, but that’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed with some super glue. The best course with those red lights would be to just glue the entire affair to itself and leave it on the bike 24-7.

I know what you’re trying to do, SFMTA, but you never do anything right. Why not try to do one small program that’s not FUBARed from the get-go? (Or maybe somebody can tell me something that the SFMTA does right?)

(Hey, SFMTA! Remember that big meeting when Nate Ford was maybe just a tad agitated about that big article, the one he “never read(!),” in the SF Weekly that was all about how you suck as an agency? Wouldn’t it be funny if somebody, maybe one of your very own, somehow made an mp3 audio recording of that little get-together? You know, surreptitious-like? Boy, that’d be funny, huh? Good times.)

Anyway, there’s no law that says you can’t give away flashlights to advertise your agency, but calling them bike lights, that’s what I’m taking issue with.

Combined SFMTA SFBC Bike Light Giveaway a Huge Success – Look Forward to Three More Sessions on Your Commute Home

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Despite some issues people might have with the giveaway SFMTA-branded lights themselves, last night’s somewhat-publicized bike light giveaway in front of Fox Plaza near 10th and Market was a huge success.

They’ll be doing this kind of thing again over the coming months, but you’re not going to hear about it beforehand – the tents will just pop up somewhere on your commute home betwixt 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

But mind the rules – you gots to have a bike to get your lights and your bike can’t already have lights.

Queuing up on Market:

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Check out this SFPD bike cop. He’d direct Lightless People to the queue but he didn’t get too much of a response. Oh well. (I suppose he could detain you first –  I’m sure that would increase interest dramatically, but he doesn’t need the hassle, right?)

(When a typical SFPD officer gives you ticket for rolling through a stop sign on your bike or riding around at night without lights on your bike or something like that, it’s for one or both of these reasons:

1. There’s an enforcement action going on, one where SFPD higher-ups have specifically mentioned that they want to see more of a certain type of citation, or

2. You’ve gone out of your way, your behavior really, really sets you apart from the crowd such that the cop is somehow personally offended by you.)

Anyway, Fiat Lux, let there be light…

OMG, Front and Rear Bike Lights Given Away on 11-8-10 Near Fox Plaza! From 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at 10th and Market

Monday, November 8th, 2010

If you don’t have bike lights already, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition wants to hook you up with a solution, ‘specially since daylight savings done went away and your ride home is probably darker than what you’re used to.

Check it:

Free Front & Rear Bicycle Lights

November 8, 2010; 5 to 6:30 pm Market St. at 10th Street, in front Fox Plaza – San Francisco

From The Sentinel: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) are working together to increase the visibility and safety of people riding bicycles at night by giving out free bicycle lights and safety information as part of their “Light up the Night” campaign. Starting on Monday, November 8, SFMTA and SFBC staff and volunteers will be distributing front and rear bicycle lights to people on bicycles who do not already have lights. A white front light and red rear reflector (or light) are required by law when riding at night, yet some cyclists either cannot afford lights or are not aware of the law.

See you there!

Lights would be the perfect accessories for this sweet ride:

Via the photostream of Dustin Diaz