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Screw it, I’m riding my bike

You can tell that Summer is almost here by increase in the amount of car traffic in LA. I’ve been arriving 15 minutes late to work when I drive, it is not just me, most of my co-workers have noticed the trend and are late as well. Since a lot of us have kids that have to be at school at a certain time, we are at the mercy of traffic.

So I said screw it, I’m riding my 22 mile commute. Sure enough, I got to work at the same time as if I would have driven my car and I also got to work earlier than some of my co-workers that drive! I will be taking a shorter lunch or staying 15 minutes later so I can make up the time so my employer won’t get pissed off at me. Man, it feels so good to ride and pass all the cars that are stuck in traffic, knowing that I could have been one of them.

Dead Horse….

Are you tired of that whole helmet debate…you know what I’m talking about. “Should you wear a helmet or not?”

I’ve seen too many sites and forums bringing up that subject just for the sake of having something to talk about.

Well here’s what I say…wear it if you want. But to that whole argument…I say its a…

More MPG Bull__t

So now the gas companies are getting on the “MPG Business”. I’ve heard commercials that a certain brand is better than the “Cheap” brand because it makes the car run better therefore giving you better MPG. Now, I know that this BS is working because I have co-workers that adamantly claim that pumping gas from the more expensive brand gives them more Miles Per Gallon. I found my answer from Stopbuyingcrap.com:

FACT: 99% of gasoline in the United States of America is of good quality.

Many gasoline, no matter the brand of the station, may come from the same source, refined at the same refinery, distributed through the same pipeline, and stored at the same storage terminals.

So what makes brand ABC gasoline different than brand XYZ?

The additives in the gasoline.

The fact of the matter is, differences between brand is less important than difference between a station dealer’s quality control with the gasoline it provides. Your best bet is to frequent a quality, reasonably priced station with a consistent supplier.

Most of us already have a station we prefer, if the price and convenience factor is right for you, and if your car is purring along fine — there is little reason to change.

But if you’re the type to drive that extra mile, or spend that extra dollar for the brand you love — try a tank or two of other cheaper branded stations, you may be pleasantly surprised. Click here to read the entire post.

If Oil companies are able to convince people to spend extra money on “better gasoline”, no wonder I’m having a hell of a time trying to convince people to ride their bike to work.

Cars and Bikes Can Mix, When the Rules of the Road Are Clear

By JANE E. BRODY
Published: June 5, 2007

A journalist who regularly bicycled to work in Washington was killed when he rode headlong into the door of a truck as the driver opened it.

A physician riding with his wife on an off-road path in New York was killed when a tow truck turned, crossed the path and struck him.

I was lucky. In 2005, I was knocked down by a car that passed me, then cut me off as the driver turned into a parking spot. I landed on one of my newly replaced knees, and was so concerned about it that I failed to notice a dislocated finger. But what scared me most was the fact that the driver didn’t see me on the ground behind her car and would have backed over me if bystanders hadn’t alerted her to the accident.

These are a few of the hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries suffered by cyclists each year from crashes with motor vehicles. Most of these accidents could be prevented if cyclists and drivers would learn to “share the road,? as a nationwide campaign urges.

… Never ride on the sidewalk — sidewalk crashes are 25 times as frequent than crashes that occur on major streets. Safest are streets with bike lanes.

Ride in a straight path. If you must pull out into the lane used by drivers, turn around first to be sure the coast is clear.

If you are stopped at a light or stop sign to the right of a car or truck, the driver might not see you. Wait until the other vehicle clears the intersection before you proceed, in case the driver turns right unexpectedly.

Try to make eye contact with drivers before you change lanes or turn left.

Don’t weave in and out of parked cars. Although this is challenging in cities like New York, try to ride at least three feet — and preferably five feet — from parked cars to avoid being “doored.? Be alert to drivers and passengers who may be about to get out of cars, as well as to cars about to pull out of parking spots — they may not see yo

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L.A. Times Runs Feature on Low-Maintenance Bikes

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