JUNE 06, 2007 — LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)–Monday’s Los Angeles Times featured a prominent, full-color story examining how some bike companies are trying to win over non-cyclists with low-maintenance bikes. The story featured five different models, including three Coasting bikes.

Besides Raleigh’s Coasting bike, Giant’s Suede DX, and Trek’s Lime, the story also ran product photos and descriptions for Ellsworth’s Ride and Delta Cycle’s C Drive.

Writer Roy M. Wallack compared each bike, listing the pros and cons for each model across several categories, such as price, styling and ride comfort. The story ran on the back page of the newspaper’s Fitness section.

Weekday circulation for the L.A. Times is over 850,000, according to the publication’s Web site.

Here’s the LA Times article

I’d Wear It

So I’m really digging these things called Utilikilts.

Yeah I know I’m not Scottish nor do a I play a bag pipe (no gay jokes!), but this thing really caught my attention when we met Wingnut Gear Rep named Scott…hmm his name fits the kilt. Anyhow, he was sporting them at the Sea Otter Classic back in April. So the more I read about them the more I’m interested. However, convincing the folks at Utilikilt that they could have a potential market in the bike commuter niche would be rather difficult.

But you know, if I had one, I’d wear it while riding my bike and wear it at work. I just checked with my boss, he said as long as the kilt is at or below the knees and the shirt is tucked in, then I shouldn’t have any issues with HR.

Cars and bicycles shouldn’t compete

I saw this article on the OC Register by this dude: GORDON DILLOW
Register columnist

Check out what he wrote:

And whose fault is that?

Stats on that are hard to come by. But I asked two veteran Orange County traffic cops that question, and both agreed that, based on their experiences, half or more of car vs. bike collisions are caused by the bicyclists. They veer into traffic lanes, they travel the wrong way on streets, they blow through stoplights – in short, they don’t safely share the road.

Before you get your panties in a bunch, read the whole article HERE.