Bike Intelligencer » seattle times All bike, all the time Wed, 13 May 2015 21:53:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 News Cycle: All that’s fit to bike Tue, 25 May 2010 22:01:10 +0000 Seattle cycling’s diversity explored.

Cyclelicious intriguingly analyzes “The Invisible Gorilla” vis-a-vis cycling on city streets … or as we’ve referred to it, trying to “become uninvisible.”

Pursuant to the large terrestrial beast theme, a bicycle that unless ridden safely can kill an elephant!

“Road dieting” does pay off, according to new Seattle Department of Transportation study.

But bike facilities “need to be more than lines on a map,” notes SeattleLikesBikes.

New York Times article on helmets has sparked a return of the Frequently Argued Waste of My Precious Time thread on Ecovelo.

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Daily Roundup: Blog “rest day,” Ragbrai off ‘n rolling, Morland is EVIL Mon, 20 Jul 2009 06:10:04 +0000 The Tour de France is enjoying a rest day, but bloggers never sleep. Bloggers never sleep because, as mainstream media constantly remind us, we work in our pajamas. Until someone comes up with a new form of sleepwear, bloggers can consequently have no rest.

Neither will Andy Schleck, my man in this year’s Tour and the one guy willing to try to hunt down The Pistol. Schleck’s great new slogan: “Try till we die.” Keep that figurative, Andy, but go, bro, go!

One thing can be put to rest, though: Incessant babble about Lance’s chances for another Tour title. Finally, after today’s respectable but flagging finish in the first real test of the 2009 Tour, we will no longer have to hear about how strong Lance is looking and what an amazing comeback he has accomplished and blah blah. Yes, his reappearance has been great for cycling, for his foundation, and for his Texas-sized ego. It will pay dividends in years to come for American participation in the sport. But hype from Bicycling magazine, The New York Times and just about every paid common tater that Lance could get an 8th was pipe-dreaming from the get-go. Only we, as Lance’s unofficial hype degreaser, were willing to call it from the start: No Giro, no Tour, no kidding.

Now we can turn our collective attention to the Leadville 100, where Lance has vowed to avenge his butt-kicking at the hands of perennial winner Dave Wiens, a humble, charming guy who is everything in character Lance is not. With Armstrong as fit as could be expected from a season of racing, it should be a fantastic showdown.

Biking Bis: Ragbrai, the venerable ride across Iowa, has launched again.

Tyler Morland, who launches from just about anything, has signed with Seattle’s Evil Bikes, adding to its stable of world-class talent.

Seattle’s Jan Heine’s bike books get reviewed by Michael Upchurch in The Seattle Times: “While Heine and Pradères are clearly aiming these volumes at ardent bicycling enthusiasts, amateur riders should find them informative, too. They may even be prompted to go down to the basement — as I just did — to see what kind of bicycle they have … and whether, perhaps, they should give it to the pope.”

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Seattle Times ups Tour coverage Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:16:19 +0000 Followup to yesterday’s note on James Raia’s excellent coverage of Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar in the Tour for the Wenatchee World. Today Washington State’s largest newspaper, The Seattle Times, ran a Raia story on yesterday’s stage as its lead Sports section story. That’s quite an acknowledgment of Raia’s insightful reporting, and Tyler Farrar’s growing prominence in the cycling world.

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Daily Roundup: Breakthru in Marin access, in Seattle Times, new SanFran bike park, Snarky Giro, WWJST Thu, 28 May 2009 15:06:31 +0000 Bill’s Trail in Samuel Taylor Park is a 4-mile, switchbacky joy ride through the redwoods. In what is being called a “historic opportunity,” mountain bikers have a chance to gain access to the trail, one of the first expansions in decades to riding in Marin, mountain biking’s renowned birthplace but also host to its bitterest battles over trail access. Here’s more from Along with the planned multi-use redesign of Diaz Ridge above Muir Beach, the efforts indicate that agencies and trail groups are taking a more collaborative approach to access issues. You can help! Click here. Congrats to IMBA and NorCal mtb groups for helping to open the doors to progress.

Seattle Times: “…a cluster of injuries reported at an intersection could get the transportation department to investigate further…” Article on Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club’s new online tool,, previously reviewed on Bike Intelligencer.

Proposed Mountain Bike Park in San Francisco

Proposed Mountain Bike Park in San Francisco

In San Francisco’s McLaren Park, there’s serious discussion about installing a mountain bike park with tabletops, chutes ‘n ladders, dirt jumps and even a pump track! A bit like our own Colonnade, only on steroids…er, make that energy drinks. Anyway, you know what I mean. For all the cycling glory of the Bay Area, it doesn’t have much in the way of Skillz sites, and this would be a great enhancement to its mountain biking resume. Congrats to SF Urban Riders for a great idea, hope they can get the stim funding to make it happen.

Great snarky commentary on this year’s Giro — and the ongoing bicycle soap opera called Team Astana — from “While the aforementioned guys who were supposed to have weak moments didn’t particularly seem to, it wasn’t lost on anybody that Levi got dropped off Lance’s wheel today when Lance tried to bridge the gap to those aforementioned individuals. Nor was it lost on anybody that Lance managed to get precisely halfway across the bridge before running out of steam and dropping back to give shade to Levi. The two of them limped home licking their wounds and perhaps rethinking strategies for that little bike race in France a few weeks from now.”

The Cycling Dude: WWJST? (What Would Joseph Smith Think?) Bicycles in SLC? How dare they!

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Seattle Times editor befittingly retires on Bike to Work Day Wed, 13 May 2009 15:58:20 +0000 Perhaps it’s mere coincidence, but I found pregnant symbolism in the announcement that Jim Vesely, head of The Seattle Times editorial page, will retire on Bike to Work Day.

Vesely is no friend to cyclists. He opposed bike trail funding in Bellevue and, more infamously, championed an annual fee on cyclists in King County — just for riding a bike. And he took these anti-bike views with gusto, calling the Bellevue measure a “boondoggle” and stating that the fee “would also make cyclists true members of the world of transportation, rather than free riders on the tax rolls.”

I don’t know of any cyclist who does not pay a host of taxes. The vast majority own cars and houses and buy stuff in the city. You can’t do that be a “free rider” on the tax rolls. It should also be noted that taxes are a way to shape progress — tax smoking, for example, and give tax credits for things like green construction. If anything, cyclists should get a tax credit for reducing pollution, being healthier and putting less stress than cars and trucks on streets and highways.

But all of those points and many more were made eloquently in the firestorm of outrage that followed Vesely’s harebrained columns.

People said nice things about Vesely in the Times announcement, and it should be noted that personally Jim is a great guy. But with all the issues and challenges facing Seattle Times readers, why beat up on cyclists? Especially in a time when newspapers are financially under duress and seeking public dollars to continue publishing, it makes no sense to needlessly provoke a growing constituency of the Seattle-King County population and by extension, newspaper readership.

In our nation’s post-Obama evolution, the transportation equation is changing. So perhaps it’s fitting that Jim make his exit on the biggest day of celebration for cyclists. Have a great retirement, Jim, and hope to run into you (while riding my bike) enjoying your leisurely years on a bicycle!

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Daily Roundup: Seattle Times coverage, Portland fights licensing, more high school mountain biking, Sidi harbinger Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:43:13 +0000 Seattle Times: “Attacks spur rider awareness.” The Times, in another example of why we need newspapers, covers the followup bicycle event promoting alertness to muggings around Sam Smith Park near the I-90 tunnel. “We’re not trying to make people paranoid about their safety, but we are trying to stress awareness,” said David Hiller, the Cascade Bicycle Club’s advocacy director. More on the P-I “Velocity” blog. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) issued a press release today stating their formal opposition to a proposal that would require all bicycle owners in the state of Oregon (over the age of 18) to register their bicycles. A good report on KGW-TV also came out recently on this (be sure to watch the video). It’s plain wrong-headed, and probably illegal, to force cyclists to “pay twice” for road maintenance, since most of us also drive cars and pay the usual taxes. Fergitabouddit!

As a followup to our note the other day on high school mountain biking classes in Bellingham, here’s a report from California along similar lines: “Southern California’s brand-spanking-new high school MTB league ushered in a new era for the sport last weekend with a strong turnout and stiff competition in its inaugural race, while its big-brother NorCal league drew an unprecedented turnout for its season-starting event.” This is just soooo encouraging. Cycling keeps kids busy and away from the drug scene, promotes health and self-sufficiency and is fun as well! There’s something bigger going on here too, related to cycling’s general resurgence on a number of fronts. The “simple sport” has found its time and place!

Feed the Habit: “Now that there is some renewed confidence in the US dollar, we are passing the benefits of a lower Euro on to the consumer” said Manfred Krikke, CEO of Veltec Sports. “A tough economic environment causes a lot of stress for consumers and retailers and riding is a great way to blow off some steam. Great fitting shoes are essential to a good riding experience. As the most experienced riders all know, a Sidi shoe fits like a glove and lasts for years.” I think we’ll be seeing more of this in today’s deflationary economy. Watch for lower prices particularly on spendy components, high-end frames and clothing.

Now get out ‘n RIDE!

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