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ENDANGERED SPECIES

With much increased traffic and well-publicized road ragers raging and SUVs the size of small barns have we reached a point where it's just too risky to let young kids out on the roads?


 

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CYCLING IN NEW YORK CITY

"One thing we do know is that the transit strike in 1980 led to a huge increase in bicycling."
-- John Kaehny, Executive Director of NYC's Transportation Alternatives


 

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A Drake single speed roadster,
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:\OFF THE WIRE\ 10.27.01

Recreational riding and touring

Ride Till The Cows Come Home
"Like many people in his native country, Verbaarschot was brought up on bicycling. It was the way to get around as he grew up on his parents' farm, which he took over at age 23." A Dutch farmer cycles America.

News and trends

Look! Up In The Sky!
"You are America's favorite hope fiend. And you are, in a way, the highest-paid employee of the United States Postal Service, which spent an estimated $6 million this year to sponsor your professional cycling team." An "open letter" in Salon asking Lance Armstrong to encourage mail carriers.

News and trends

Statistically Speaking
"The city of Durango handed out free bicycle bells on Thursday to help cyclists and pedestrians avoid having their own bell rung." A sidebar titled Bicycle Facts reports that "Nearly 800 people in the United States die every year from bicycle-related head injuries." Right next to that is this sentence: "According to Colorado HEADstrong Coalition, a bicycle helmet advocacy group, more than 1,000 children and adolescents die each year as a result of bicycle-related crash injuries." Something doesn't compute.

Competitive cycling

The French Seem Disappointed
"A French inquiry into alleged drug-taking by Lance Armstrong's cycling team has so far failed to detect banned substances, Paris public prosecutor Francois Franchy said." So they've decided to run a few more tests.


:\OFF THE WIRE\ 10.26.01

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

Now That's A Bloomin' Work Bike
"...Only severe snow stopped her from cycling across her patch, which stretched from Easingwold and Crayke to Sutton-on-the-Forest." An English woman bicycles to her clients for 30 years.

Fun, weird, unusual or just plain crazy like taco shell

The Art Of Bicycle Parking
"The workers at Southampton Archaeological Museum didn't realize what it was, and parked their bikes against it in a basement."

Competitive cycling

It's All Relative If You Ask Us
"Tour de France organizers unveiled the shortest route ever for next year's race, with hopes of fighting drug use and saving the suspense for the end. The route announced Thursday covers 2,034.8 miles over 21 stages, including the prologue. This year's race was 2,141 1/2 miles long."

News and trends

More Cycling Statements
"A Sacramento, Calif., family bicycling to New York to show support and raise money for children who were made orphans or lost a parent in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast passed through Kansas this week." We reported on the Yates family just before they left California on October 8th.

Fun, weird, unusual or just plain crazy like taco shell

New Trick: "Country Hop"
"Three Mongolians who came to the country to compete in the 2001 Asian Mountain Bike Championship, hosted by the Korea Cycle Federation, disappeared two days ago from the Muju Resort, where the team was staying and their whereabouts have not yet been accounted for." And that's about the full story right there.

News and trends

Bike Shop Owner Killed
"Retailer Chris Etheridge died doing what he loved—riding his bicycle. The affable and laid back co-owner of Great Adventure Sports in Breckenridge was riding near Fort Collins, Colorado when a car struck him head on Tuesday."


:\OFF THE WIRE\ 10.25.01

Recreational riding and touring

Easy Riders
"The 2001 Pasta Bash is being planned by members of the Coastal Cruisers Bicycle Club." Keep the kids indoors—this could get ugly.

News and trends

Wheel Terror
"A lot of people are gung-ho for going overseas and kicking terrorist butt. But bicyclists have been dealing with terrorists for years, and nobody has ever had much to say or do about it." While we agree that cyclists face danger from reckless driving, this analogy is over the top.

News and trends

Wheeling For WTC
Two firefighters with the Kingman Fire Department are looking to help in the healing process for families of the firefighters who died in the World Trade Center disaster last month.

Health and training

What's In YOUR Water Bottle?
"The study was conducted with healthy male bicyclists who took four capsules of Microhydrin(R) before racing on stationary bicycles during a 40 K trial run compared to bicyclists who took placebos." A recently released clinical study shows an antioxidant reducing lactic acid by 50 percent.

News and trends

Bicyclists Not Sensor-tive
"Hataori said she can't trip the electromagnetic street sensors on her bike and that she has to wait for a vehicle to approach the intersection before a red light will turn green."

News and trends

Nobody Likes To Be Used
"Welcome to the Preloved Cycling Channel. Within these pages you will find hundreds of second hand bicycles and all your necessary cycling spares and accessories." Due to overwhelming demand, Preloved adds a cycling channel. Place your advert today.

Competitive cycling

Cycling News Interviews Ferrari
"For example, during the Tour de France in 2000, Lance called me in the course of the stage that finished in Courchevel, where Marco Pantani attacked before withdrawing from the race the next day. Pantani's attack was a good distance from the finish and I advised Lance to take it easy and let him go." The doctor makes house cell phone calls.

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

Number Three and Proud
"This month's issue of Bicycling ranks Tucson third in the nation among cities with a population of 200,000 to 500,000." Finally, a city not ranked number one by Bicycling magazine! And proud of it. Rock on, Tucson.


:\OFF THE WIRE\ 10.24.01

News and trends

Davis Phinney's Dad Dies
"While Phinney established himself as an engineer of repute, he was probably best known in Boulder's cycling community as the one man whose talented fingers could repair, re-stitch and restore a flat tubular tire to better than its original condition. Of course, those members of the broader cycling community unable to take advantage of his $8.00 tire repairs might also have recognized him as the father of the winningest cyclist in American racing history."

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

Bikes Belong Everywhere
"The Bikes Belong Coalition granted $50,000 to the League of American Bicyclists. The League will use the grant to support and promote its National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., March 6-8, 2002." A short report from Bicycleretailer.com.

Competitive cycling

El Cl�sico
"Between 2 and 5 November 2001, the Colombian town of Medell�n hosts the 28th El Colombiano Classic, a huge cycling event for the general public. With a record-breaking spinning competition, mountainbike, cyclocross and trial bike races, and a time trial and road race, this huge event is testimony to the local passion for cycling."

Health and science

Anybody Seen My Bubble?
"Study: Sports Dangerous for Young Kids" That's the headline here, folks. And guess which "sport" is the number one injury-producer? For more on this issue, check out this week's Opinion right here at Bicyclewire.COM.

Fun, weird, unusual or just plain crazy like taco shell

But How's Your Seat Height?
" 'My critics are only concerned about the physics of the bicycle campaign, but my angle to it is inclusive of metaphysics.' Thus spoke the Transport Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, in the heat of the counter currents following his historic trips to the Federal Executive Council Meeting on a bicycle." Whoa, we never knew bicycles could be THAT heavy!

Health and science

One Life To Live
"In the midst of these new feelings we�re coping with, a brisk spin on one of the greenway trails could do us all a world of good. When I feel down or anxious I like to take my bike to the South Creek or Galloway Creek greenways. The fresh air, friendly social atmosphere and exercise I find there renews my heart, lungs and muscles and makes me realize what�s important to me in life." Nothing earth-shattering here, but at least a gentle nudge at an unconverted audience.


:\OFF THE WIRE\ 10.23.01

News and trends

Fuggeddaboudit!
A short poll of VeloNews readers shows that 11 percent say "Forget it... everyone is using," when asked what the penalty should be for riders who test positive.

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

It's A Gamble
"Fewer than 1 percent of Southern Nevadans ride a bike to work, said RTC General Manager Jacob Snow. The low percentage is partly attributed to a perception that Las Vegas doesn't provide a friendly environment for cyclists."

Fun, weird, unusual or just plain crazy like taco shell

Better Than A Cold Shower!
"We need to educate young people on reproductive health and challenges they are bound to face. This should be done through sensitisation and distribution of newsletters." And, apparently, bicycles.

News and trends

Bike Sales Downshift
"The BMX segment continues to fall and has been replaced by road bikes as the second most valuable bike market segment. Comfort bikes, in both 700c and 26-inch wheel guise, are growing the dollar value of their segment."

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

If You Can't Beat 'Em...
"With no state directive to build bikeways, and more importantly, no direct funding source, the city and remaining committee members are faced with a difficult challenge." A Chesapeake area cycling advocate is frustrated, may run for office.


:\OFF THE WIRE\ 10.22.01

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

One For You, And You, And You...
There's only one problem with Bicycling magazine's award for Best Cycling City: Several cities have already laid claim to the title, including Chicago and Seattle. It reminds us of those JD Power and Associates awards, designed in such a way that virtually every model of every make of car could lay claim to being Numero Uno.

Competitive cycling

Home-grown Winner For Lombardy
"Italian rider Danilo Di Luca of the Cantina Tollo team on Saturday dominated a sprint finish to win the 95th edition of the Tour of Lombardy, the final event in the World Cup. On-form Dutchman Erik Dekker of the Rabobank team lifted the World Cup trophy after the 10th and final event."

Advocacy, bicycle transportation, and work bikes

Grandma Gets A New Bike
Bad: A 77-year-old woman has her bicycle stolen. Good: It's replaced by an anonymous benefactor. The story gets the green Work Bike icon because in addition to visiting friends on her three-wheeler, the woman uses the bicycle to deliver articles she had sewn to supplement her income.

Competitive cycling

Hour Is Safe
"German rider Thomas Liese failed in his bid to break Chris Boardman's one-hour world track record on Saturday."

The bicycle in arts and technology

Looks Like Mickey D's Deep Fryer From Here
"Now its time for some deep cleaning in the Ultrasonic." Ever wonder how that fancy titanium bicycle you bought/covet/stole was built? If it was built by Ibis Cycles, here's how.


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