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I’m not a fan of liquidation sales as a rule, which feels like picking at the bones of a failed company.
And even less when it comes to national and online retailers that can undercut local bike shops. Especially when those sales are timed for the holiday season, which most bike shops count on to stay in the black and remain in business.
So I’m a little reluctant to relay the news that Performance Bike is offering a liquidation sale at all their locations — even the ones that won’t be closing.
But most of us can use a little extra savings this time of year. Just make sure anything you buy really is a bargain.
Before I went into advertising — and long before I began work on this site — I spent several years in retail, and got a first-hand look at liquidation firms in action.
And can attest that while you may find some decent bargains, there’s a good chance your LBS may offer you a better deal, especially in the long run.
Meanwhile, here are the Performance locations that are currently on the chopping block.
Let’s hope yours isn’t on the list. And that everyone who works for them will land on their feet.
Hint to bike shops: If you could use a few new employees, this is a great time to start looking.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Everything, according to Claremont Senior Bike Group member Robs Muir.
The newly rebuilt Golden Hills Road in San Dimas, long a popular route for bicyclists, appears to have been designed without giving people on bikes a single thought.
Here’s what Muir had to say about it.
Brand-new road (Lower Golden Hills) which is very popular with cyclists… No legal bike lanes, no signage to indicate that ‘Bicycles may use full lane’, no sharrows, completely unnecessary Botts’ dots across the entire road (very dangerous for narrow tires), Botts dots lining the center lines, no pedestrian sidewalk on south side of road, and double solid yellow lines which restrict vehicles from crossing over the middle of the road—preventing safe passing distances when overtaking bicycles.
Someone needs to hire a professional, knowledgeable, and responsible traffic engineer and get the developer to cough up the money to design a safe roadway appropriate to the year of 2018. This is pretty awful.
So much for California’s Complete Streets requirement.
But maybe they didn’t use any state funds for this. Or maybe they just didn’t give a damn about anyone who’s not in a car.
LAPD’s got ebikes, as seen in this clip of bike cops from Sunday’s CicLAvia.
— SGTHelper (@LAcycleHelper) December 3, 2018
Sometimes, you can hear it coming a mile away.
— Ciclavalley (@Ciclavalley) December 3, 2018
Now that’s a close call.
One blamed on bad road design that puts bike riders and motorists in conflict.
Jesus wept! @corkcitycouncil did ye let some lad on work experience design this shite?FFS!! @Cyclistie @CorkCyclingCrew @IBIKEDublin @IBIKECork @CitizenW0lf @IrishCycle @SafeCyclingEire @cosaingalway @BazK_GoW3 @roadcc @CorkCyclist @sticky_bottle @Peteer pic.twitter.com/pqkRgS9YRM
— Righttobikeit (@righttobikeit) November 30, 2018
‘Tis the season.
A short 10-mile holiday toy ride could raise more than $450,000 and collect over 8,100 bikes for Southern Nevada kids in need.
A Detroit group refurbished over 1,100 bicycles to give to kids whose families can’t afford one for the holidays.
CicLAvia has announced the date and location of their next open streets event, to be held March 3rd of next year in Culver City, Palms and Mar Vista, with the exact route still to be determined.
Writing for Streetsblog, Carter Rubin says Metro is preparing to pour more gasoline on our climate change fire by spending $400 million in new roads projects after cancelling plans for the 710 Freeway extension. Meanwhile, a former climate change skeptic explains why he was wrong, and why other conservatives should admit it, too.
The new Spectrum News 1 channel reports on Santa Clarita’s new pilot program testing an app to trigger green lights on bike trails when the regular bicycle detectors don’t do the job.
The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is hosting a Holiday Joy Ride in Balboa Park on Thursday. Note to CBS8: Seriously? It’s not exactly solid reporting when you get the group’s name wrong not once, not twice, but five times in five paragraphs — especially when it’s in the Facebook post you embedded in the story.
Santa Maria is nearing approval of a multimodal streetscape plan to “better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians while also balancing the needs for vehicular and truck traffic.”
Former pro mountain biker Mark Weir describes surviving the the deadly form of heart attack known as the widowmaker, and the warning signs he ignored. That same type of heart attack was seconds away from killing my wife a few years ago.
A writer for Forbes offers a reminder that bike helmets lose their protective qualities over time, and should be replaced every three to five years.
A Utah bike co-op is offering 18 kids as young as eight years old a chance to earn a bike by learning how to repair it.
A Streetblog writer discusses staying joyful riding a bike despite Chicago’s harsh winters. Which should be a lot easier here in LA, where winter’s worst just means a little rain. Okay, maybe a lot of rain.
A Kentucky man has developed a business selling refurbished bicycles through Instagram, Facebook and eBay.
As Atlanta approves a new transportation intended to re-align the city away from cars, advocates demand action on its previous commitments to bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users.
After cancelling the city’s mandatory bike registration program, New Orleans is developing a new, voluntary registration system to combat bike theft in conjunction with Bike Index. Which serves as yet another reminder to register your bike for free as part of the nationwide Bike Index database.
A Tampa newspaper lists the city’s most dangerous intersections for bike riders, most of which are located in lower income areas where many people don’t drive.
Lime has introduced dockless ebikes in Orlando. That may offer a hint of what could be in the wings for LA once Lime receives official approval to begin operations in the city.
Evidently, Florida is challenging Southern California as the hit-and-run capital of the world, as two bike riders were killed in separate hit-and-run crashes in Central Florida less than four hours apart. Thanks to Frank Lehnerz for the heads-up.
A program to offer bikeshare to disadvantaged people in Glasgow, Scotland at a reduced rate has been a success, with 4,700 trips so far this year.
A 21-year old Scottish cyclist says he was on the brink of suicide before charity work saved him.
An Irish physiotherapist suggests that bicycling, or other forms of exercise, can help cancer patients overcome chemotherapy.
Wellington, New Zealand, has embedded 19 bicycle counters in city streets to gather accurate data on bicycling rates, with another three to come. Which compares somewhat favorably to LA’s zero counters. And explains why the city has no idea how many people ride bikes in Los Angeles, or where.
Now that’s an adventure. A group of Nepalese bicyclists ride gravel roads to Lo Manthang, the land beyond the Himalayas that served as the inspiration for the mythical Shangra-La.
Bicycling has more on the unexpected death of longtime cycling commentator Paul Sherwin, who partnered with Phil Liggett to broadcast the Tour de France for 33 years, after competing in it for seven. Cycling Tip’s Neal Rogers discusses why his death hurts so much.
Columbian cyclist Esteban Chaves will be back to racing next year after missing eight months due to the Epstein-Barr virus.
Writers for VeloNews debate whether Annemiek van Vleuten or Anna van der Breggen should be their female cyclist of the year.
The German cycling federation named Kristina Vogel as its Cyclist of the Year in an emotional return to the track, six months after she was paralyzed from the waist down in a training crash.
Forget a road race or triathlon. If you really want to test yourself, try a single-stage race through the wilds of Kyrgyzstan.
And clearly, restaurants should be required to wear helmets and hi-viz.