February 2012 archive

Handmade bicycle lovers roll into Sacramento this weekend

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show returns to the West Coast this weekend for all those devoted to the elegance and durability of bicycles made in small shops.

The exhibition will be open from 11-6 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday at the Sacramento Convention Center at 1400 J Street.

A bike ride and a bike art event in town are tied to the show.

This year's show features more than 170 exhibitors …

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World Cycle Racing Grand Tour finds cyclists in Europe, North and South America

The 9 endurance cyclists who set off a little more than a week ago (Feb. 18) for an around the world bicycle race from London are already spread across three continents.

Most of the cyclists in the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour are heading eastward on various routes across Europe, while two others are heading the opposite direction in North and South America.

While its tough to determine the leader because they'll all taking different routes, Mike Hall has racked up the most miles as of Monday — 1,493.

Rules set up by the Guinness Book of World Records, the winner will be the first to cross the finish line in London …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/27/world-cycle-racing-grand-tour-finds-cyclists-in-europe-north-and-south-america/

Another attempt for 3-foot passing law in California

The struggle to pass a law in California that requires motorists to give bicycles 3 feet of space when passing won't die.

A state senator from Long Beach on Friday submitted SB 1464 to the state legislature. It makes it illegal for the driver of a motor vehicle to overtake a bicycle traveling in the same direction “at a distance of less than three feet… “

So far, 20 states nationwide require that motorists give bicyclists at least a 3-foot margin when passing.

This is the third 3-foot passing bill introduced in the California …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/27/another-attempt-for-3-foot-passing-law-in-california/

Actors and actresses ride bicycles, too

When the Hollywood glitterati take their walk down the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday, imagine that they've arrived by bicycle.

It's doubtful they did. I think the limousine is still the transport of choice to such events.

But if publicity photos from Hollywood are any indication, the stars do enjoy taking an occasional spin on two wheels.

Philadelphia film critic Steven Rea, an avid bicyclists himself, has been providing these archived photos at his Rides a Bike blog …

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Police solve biggest crime wave ever in Chico (CA) — stolen bicycles

This stolen bicycle case from Chico, California, is notable even though more than a quarter million bicycles are stolen every year.

Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for the theft of an estimated $125,000 worth of high-end bicycles in northern California.

They found 30 such bicycles whole or disassembled for resale in a storage locker.

The Chico Press-Enterprise says that police believe the 28-year-old man already sold more than a dozen stolen bicycles …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/24/police-solve-biggest-crime-wave-ever-in-chico-ca-stolen-bicycles/

3 national bike advocacy groups propose merger

The leadership of three bicycle advocacy groups announced Wednesday that they're recommending a unification plan “to more effectively support and advance bicycling in the United States.”

The three are the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Bikes Belong.

A final decision is expected by September. If the boards of directors of all three organizations ratify the plan, the new organization (no name has been proposed) would launch in 2013 …

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Chilly Hilly bike ride should live up to its reputation on Sunday

If weather forecasters are accurate, Sunday's 40th annual Chilly Hilly bike ride should hold true to its name.

The Sunday forecast for the Bainbridge Island perimeter bike ride is “mostly cloudy and chilly” with a possibility of showers and a high of 44; wind out of the west at 8 mph.

That's the kind of weather that cyclists expect for Chilly Hilly, along with the 2,675 feet of elevation gain over the rolling 33 miles course. The photo at left is from 2007, a cold wet day.

Of course, cyclists didn't complain …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/22/chilly-hilly-bike-ride-should-live-up-to-its-reputation-on-sunday/

Recalls: Fuji's Saratoga cruiser bicycles; Shimano's PRO Atherton handlebar stems

Fuji is recalling 10,500 women's Saratoga bicycles after receiving reports that the downtube can break, causing falls and injuries.

The company and US Consumer Product Safety Commission urges owners to stop riding the cruiser-style bicycles and return them to Fuji dealers for a replacement frame.

The company, through Philadelphia-based importer Advanced Sports, says at least 12 bike frames have broken. The failures caused two injuries, including one head injury that required 20 stitches to close ….

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Around the world bicycle race begins in London

Nine endurance bicyclists rolled out of London on Saturday for the first-ever around-the-world bicycle race.

Just two days after leaving, the cyclists on the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour already are spread across western Europe; one is in Morocco. A 10th cyclist departed from the Isle of Man.

They're seeking to complete their globe-girdling rides by the July 27 start of the Olympics Games in London. Perhaps they'll set a Guinness World Record along the way.

Originally, the race was conceived by Vin Cox, a British cyclist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/20/around-the-world-bicycle-race-begins-in-london/

Seattle map shows 5-year span of traffic-related bike crashes

Justin Mayo at the Seattle Times created this useful interactive map showing the locations of all traffic-related bicycle crashes from 2007 to 2011.

Posted on Saturday, the map shows larger dots for multiple crashes and red dots to locate fatalities. Based on data from the Seattle Department of Transportation, this could be a tool to help people find bicycle routes that need special attention.

An accompanying article reports 1,847 traffic-related bicycle crashes between 2007 and 2011 in which 10 bicycles died. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/02/19/seattle-map-shows-5-year-span-of-traffic-related-bike-crashes/