Author: Richard Masoner

Indiana residents for Complete Streets: INDOT Petition

Deadline for public comments is TODAY. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has drawn up preliminary plans to refurbish a two mile portion of US Highway 27 through Richmond, Indiana in Wayne County. No representatives of non-motorized transportation were consulted in creating these plans. The city has asked INDOT to redo the plans with Complete…

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Urbana in Portland

Haniya of Urbana Bikes will be in Portland, OR next Wednesday & Thursday, March 3 – 4 at the Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St. She’s in town to show off the 8 speed Urbana to Portland bike dealers, but she’s also giving demo rides to interested consumers. To schedule a meeting to test ride…

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Urbana Bikes: Serious Fun

Many people wonder why racing cyclists train on ludicrously expensive bikes and wheels. Theoretically, a racing cyclist must work harder riding a heavy clunker, getting more benefit from this harder workout. The secret lies in the psychology of motivation: it’s simple stupid fun to go fast and to push yourself to new personal bests. I’m…

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Urbana Bikes: First Look

Jerome Roy of Montreal, Quebec is a committed year round bike commuter. “I know what makes a bike work at 20 below after an evening at five,” he says. He’s carried drill presses and children on his bikes. “I think a bike can often replace a car.” Roy has designed bikes for fun: bikes with…

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GT belt drive cruiser

I’m at the Sea Otter Festival in Monterey California this week, where I saw the GT Aerostream cruiser bike. As you can see in this photo, this bike has a 3 speed hub, fenders, chainguard, and 700 x 47 “city” tires. The women’s step through model comes with the front basket; the men’s model has…

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"Idaho" rolling stops: yay or nay?

Idaho cyclists have been able to treat stop signs as yield signs since 1982. Cyclists may roll through stop signs if the way is clear for them. The Oregon legislature is considering a similar law for their state. Portland, OR resident Spencer Boomhower created this video to illustrate how this proposed law would work in…

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Tip: Check the forecast

This morning I recorded another episode of The Spokesmen cycling podcast with David Bernstein, Tim Jackson, Carlton Reid and Rich Kelly. We always end the podcat with a tip. My tip: Check the weather forecast. If you spend time outdoors this seems like an obvious tip, but a weather front can come in during the…

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Gary Fisher and bikes for transportation

Gary Fisher was in the UK over the weekend, so Carlton Reid caught up to him to talk about bikes for transportation. Gary Fisher lives in San Francisco, where he’s a big supporter of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. He uses a bicycle to get around. “I made myself a promise: I’m going to ride…

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A whole litany of faults

“Bicyclists are obnoxious.” That’s how columnist Michael Dresser begins his column today in the Baltimore Sun in which he encourages legislators to vote for a proposed three foot law in Maryland. Some other colorful words he uses describing people on bikes: infesting, freakish, Spandex (of course), dweeby, smug, elitist, irksome. But he’s being clever, I…

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