My apologies for yet another unexcused absence yesterday.
Which seems like it’s starting to be a habit.
I spent most of Tuesday night being tormented by demons when I should have been working.
Either that, or my neuropathy, which is mostly managed, if not controlled, most of the time, flared up to a devastatingly painful level.
I’m leaning towards the first explanation, myself.
Then last night, I lost a few crucial hours to an extended internet outage, thanks to a certain cable provider who shall remain nameless. Which means we still have more to catch up on tomorrow.
Assuming there’s not some other minor disaster waiting in the wings. Just part of this annus horribilis we’re all dealing with this year.
And yes, that’s two n’s, thank you.
Be careful breathing in the San Gabriel Valley for the next several days, after officials issued a warning about smoke from the Ranch2 fire.
Smoke from wildfires can cause serious health and breathing problems, both short and long term. Especially when you’re sucking it in on a bike.
A simple rule of thumb is, if you can smell smoke, stay inside and don’t ride. But if you have to, wear a good quality mask to filter as much of the smoke as possible.
Trust me on this one.
Meanwhile, several road closures remain in effect:
- San Gabriel Canyon Road/Highway 39: closed at Northbound Hwy 39 at Sierra Madre Avenue (southbound Highway 39 is closed at East Fork roRoad)
- Glendora Mountain Road: closed from Big Dalton to East Fork
- Glendora Ridge Road: closed from Glendora Mountain Road to Mt. Baldy Road
- Santa Anita Canyon Road: closed from Arno Drive to Chantry Flats Road
UCLA parking meister Donald Shoup explains the problems with parking minimums.
— Donald Shoup (@DonaldShoup) August 19, 2020
South LA’s own Rahsaan Bahati gets the star treatment from Peloton.
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Excited to see this come to life with @pelotonmagazine. Shout out to @truecomms for the hard work getting this together. I was able to finally work with @jordan_clark_haggard he took some sick photos in downtown Los Angeles. A lot of people are inquisitive about my bike. The bike is a paint job done by my good friend and bad ass dude @mphpaint. Crazy talented dude who is a jack of all trades and master of many. The bike is one-of-a-kind and will not be made again. I have played with the idea of doing something similar that I could produce for the public but that's at least 12-months out. With that said, check out the link as the Bahati Foundation 10th Anniversary kit is for sale. All proceeds go to the Bahati Foundation.
Another edition of celebs on bikes.
Country singer Luke Bryan is one of us.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin is one of of us, going for a solo ride in the Hamptons.
Halle Berry might be one of us, posing on a bicycle for a photo shoot, though not actually riding it.
Semi-presidential candidate Kanye West is sort of one of us, too, preferring to do his riding indoors by crashing an Atlanta cycling class.
The Department of DIY strikes in Guadalajara, using a three-wheeled cargo bike to paint their own bike lane.
Es necesario que el diseño de las calles garantice espacio y seguridad para todas las personas, los triciclos no pueden quedar fuera. Acá incluso el triciclo fue clave: Guadalajara, ciclovía ciudadana de Santa Margarita, Zapopan pic.twitter.com/CYbi9uauIy
— Alejandra Leal (@alelealv) August 19, 2020
Don’t let anyone tell you there’s not enough room on the street.
Not enough room for a safe, protected bike lane? Not enough room for outdoor restaurant seating to safely support struggling businesses? Turns out there is — just be willing to rethink 1 lane for cars. Great little video by @g_meslin of Toronto’s Danforth. pic.twitter.com/VCJCG3DEjJ
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) August 18, 2020
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
This one would fit in the section below, as well. A ten-year old British boy was traumatized when a group of older boys on bikes dumped a carton of milk over him as he was riding his bike.
A British amateur bike racer was pushed off his bike by someone in a passing car, describing it as more terrifying than coming under enemy fire when he was in the military.
Then there’s this.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
Sticking with the UK, authorities are looking for an apparently crazed bicyclist who refused to let a driver pass, then spit on his car and dented it with his bike. As always, there’s undoubtedly another side to the story. But bad behavior is never the right solution.
Now that’s more like it. A killer drunk driver got 15 years for the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian in Pasadena last year.
Cycling News offers tips for weight weenies, with five ways to quickly cut the weight of your bike. Although one of the best ways to improve your bike’s performance is to reduce the weight of the person on it.
A pair of studies show riding an ebike provides good exercise, and is as safe as any other bike.
One more way our laws keep dangerous drivers on the road until it’s too late. A legal loophole allows drivers who’ve lost their license in one state to keep driving in another.
A recall has been issued for the Ripper Jr., Ripper MIPS Jr., and Ripper MIPS bicycle helmets because they don’t comply with federal safety standards.
A pediatric ER doctor suggests tips on how to get your kid to wear a bike helmet.
Portland’s Department of Transportation is responding to the Black Lives Matter movement by working to become an actively anti-racist organization.
Nice. A couple hundred Chicago bike riders turned out to show the streets some peace and love.
Kindhearted Minnesota cops gave a new bike to a young girl after hers was damaged when she was hit by a driver; the bike was one of 12 donated by local Shriners for deserving kids.
A Flint, Michigan bike rider was critically injured when he was run down by a cop responding to an emergency call. As usual, the person on the bike gets the blame, especially since he’s not around to give his side of the story.
An Indianapolis man got his custom-made twin-chain-drive bicycle back five years after it was stolen when someone dropped it off at a bike co-op.
That’s one way to solve the problem. The NYPD has inexplicably eliminated bicycling injuries from their Traffic Stat portal, making the problem disappear overnight.
This is why people keep dying on our streets. A Delaware judge ruled that a driver who struck and killed two men as they were standing with their bikes outside a restaurant couldn’t have foreseen that he would have the seizure that caused the wreck, even though he had a history of seizures and hadn’t always followed his doctor’s orders or treatment plans.
A crowdfunding page has raised over $800,000 for the family of Connor Hinnant, the five-year old North Carolina boy who was fatally shot point blank by a neighbor, apparently for the crime of riding a bike on his lawn.
Cycling Weekly patiently explains the difference between gravel and ‘cross bikes.
An English town somehow equates dangerous bicycling with illegally feeding sea gulls, fining people the equivalent of $130 for either one.
Life is cheap in the UK, where a distracted driver walked without a single day behind bars for killing a bike-riding Royal Air Force officer while on the phone with his daughter. Meanwhile, a 78-year old driver walked with a suspended sentence for killing a bike rider ten years his senior.
Bike friendly Amsterdam is deteriorating, and at risk of collapsing back into the sea. Although all the bikes in that photo will make you forget everything else.
Talk about a close call. A Turkish boy was lucky to avoid serious injury when he rode his bike out from a side street and into the side of a passing car.
Now that’s a good dad. An Indian man rode his bike 65 miles to take his son for an education test, hoping to get him into a better school.
A Russian website remembers the first Russian to ride a bike around the world, in 1911, before dying when his plane was shot down in WWI.
Dutch pro Jos van Emden figuratively nailed his thesis to the church door, listing ten proposals to improve safety in the peloton, including air bags along the rails near the finish, and a system of yellow and red cards to punish dangerous riders.
In a shocking move, Team Ineos has dropped former Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas from their Tour roster, denying Froome a shot at a record-tying fifth win.
And who needs a bike lock when you’ve got fake bird poop?
Be safe, and stay healthy. And wear a mask, already.