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C.I.C.L.E’s Shay Sanchez on Dirt Rag Magazine

What accomplishments of C.I.C.L.E. are you most proud of?
Recently, we just finished working on a great project called Bike Week Pasadena, which was a jam-packed week of rides and events celebrating and promoting all things bike. But one thing that always makes me feel great is teaching someone to learn to ride a bicycle for the first time. There’s just something about watching someone progress from scooting about nervously on their bike, to that point where they just take off on their first bike ride ever. Seeing that huge smile come across their face in that moment, well, that gives me something to feel proud about.

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World Naked Bike Day

Found this article on Tree Hugger…

It’s not for everyone, but it is certainly a cause that most treehuggers would support. World Naked Bike Day is a protest against the vulnerability of cyclists and the domination of car culture. In their words: ” It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the vulnerability faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy”. Now in its 4th year, it is easy to join since it takes place in 20 countries and 70 cities. If you are creative you can decorate your bike, or your body. You can also ride a skateboard, roller blades or a unicycle. Too shy? Go “bare as you dare”. And the answer to that question you’re dying to ask (what does it feel like to ride nude?), the answer is: “Just like it does with clothes but a bit cooler. Most riders also find it exhilarating, liberating, empowering… and downright hilarious. :: World Naked Bike Ride

What’s funny to me is, even though these people are nakit they’re still wearing helmets!

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.