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Handmade bicycle show returns to California in 2016

The scene at NAHBS Louisville

The Sacramento Convention Center will be the site of the 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

It’s the show’s second appearance at Sacramento, which hosted the event in 2012. NAHBS, which launched in Houston in 2005, is held in a different city every year.

Founder and president Don Walker said he was looking forward to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/18/handmade-bicycle-show-returns-to-california-in-2016/

Caltrans clears way for Route 66 bike route

Negotiated detour for Route 66 in California (click for larger version)

The Adventure Cycling Association will be able to route bicyclists all the way from Chicago to LA on its soon-to-be released Bicycle Route 66 Map Set after Caltrans agreed to open portions of Interstate 40 to bicycles.

Last month, Adventure Cycling reported that its proposed Route 66 bike route was stalled at the California border …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/02/26/caltrans-clears-way-for-route-66-bike-route/

Proposed Route 66 bike route stalls at California border; contact Caltrans

Lonely stretch of Route 66; Adventure Cycling photo

The song says Route 66 “winds from Chicago to LA, more than two thousand miles all the way. …”

The Adventure Cycling Association’s bicycle route version of that famous highway corridor, however, doesn’t make it to LA. It’s stalled at Needles, California.

That’s because Caltrans won’t give bicycles legal access to use a 144-mile stretch of Interstate …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/27/proposed-route-66-bike-route-stalls-at-california-border/

3 states consider bicycle bills requiring 3-foot passing; Nebraska considers ‘changing lanes’

Bicycle passing laws in US

State legislatures in Indiana, Wyoming and South Dakota are considering bills this year that would require that motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing.

(March 19, 2015 — Other states considering passing laws — Alabama (SB 4 — 5 foot passing law passed Senate, goes to House; Massachusetts Bill H.3073 names bicyclists as vulnerable users and requires …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/22/2-states-consider-bicycle-bills-requiring-3-foot-passing/

3-foot passing buffer for bicyclists becomes law in California today

If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.

Give Me 3

The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, became effective Tuesday after more than a year of preparation. Brown had vetoed two earlier versions …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/16/3-foot-passing-buffer-for-bicyclists-goes-into-effect-in-california-today/

Southern California bicycling advocates ask: Are police above the law?

Milton Olin Jr.

Bike ride and vigil scheduled Wednesday evening

Last December, Milton Olin was enjoying a bicycle ride along the shoulder of Mulholland Highway in Calabassas when he was struck from behind by a car and killed. Investigators learned the driver was texting on a mobile device in the car and didn’t see the cyclist.
Sounds like an open-and-shut case of distracted driving.

In this case, however, the car was a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol car and the driver was an on-duty Sheriff’s deputy. At the time of the crash, he was typing a message …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/02/southern-california-bicycling-advocates-ask-are-police-above-the-law/

Hypothermia greets California cyclists on high-elevation century

Tour de Big Bear 100-miler

Emergency personnel treated some 40 cyclists for hypothermia after a fierce rainstorm swept across the course of the Tour de Big Bear in Southern California on Saturday.

The cyclists were riding at between 7,000 and 8,500 feet of elevation to reach Onyx Peak when the storm hit.

The showers lasted about 90 minutes as the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/04/hypothermia-greets-california-cyclists-on-high-elevation-century/

1984 Bike Tour: Day 68 – End of the road

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA — Bruce and I achieved the goal — to ride from coast to coast — that we'd made up our minds to accomplish two years ago. It seems like the end arrived too soon.

Fittingly, this was one of the easiest days of the trip. From 2,727 feet, we were coasting down to sea level. Soon after leaving our pace quickened and we had to slow for switchbacks and suddenly we began passing orange groves. It was all so California. We passed a mission, but we didn't stop to investigate. As Lazy Louie would say, all the hills went down and we had the wind to our backs.

Traffic increased as we hit residential areas, and James nearly had a head-on as he sped around us in the van. We were all riding together, and each tried to be the first to spot the ocean. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/19/1984-bike-tour-day-68-end-of-the-road/

1984 Bike Tour: Day 67 – Final toasts in the glow of a Coleman lantern

The last full day on the road ended in warm camaraderie making toasts around a picnic table. But it began much chillier than that for me.

I was slow waking up as I felt totally exhausted from the day before, when I had left everyone else at a cramped motel room in Ocotillo and headed up here on my own. I was finally breaking camp when I heard the crunch of tires on the road leading to the campsite. It was James in the blue van. Everyone was worried about me. They got an early start and would be passing by soon. He offered to carry my gear. No, I brought it this far, I’ll take it the rest of the way….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/18/1984-bike-tour-day-67-final-toasts-in-the-glow-of-a-coleman-lantern/

1984 Bike Tour: Day 66 – Strange lights in the desert

ANZA-BORREGO STATE PARK, CALIFORNIA — Too much heat? Not enough water? Too much pedaling through the desert? Too close to the end of the trip? I can't explain it, but I isolated myself from the group today and rode up to a solitary campground in the desert.
Expecting another hot day, we set the alarm for 4:30 but didn't really get going for hours. We all stopped for pictures at the Arizona-California border then cycled on Interstate 8 near the Mexican border through an area aptly named the Imperial Sand Dunes…

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/17/1984-bike-tour-day-66-strange-lights-in-the-desert/

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