Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

To make up for yesterday I’m early

Yes I still feel bad about making y’all wait so long yesterday to get a post, so today first thing out of bed I fired up the computer and began sorting the Feed. We have the usual stuff plus a report on a bike/bus interaction that the rider lived through,

First up though is a bike report. I don’t own one of these bikes, but it bears a strong resemblance to the bike I ride as seen in the banner graphic at the top of the blog page. Stylyx: The bottom and back friendly bicycle The major differences between the bike I ride and the one in the article is the Stylyx has an oversized downtube with no top tube to give a step through frame (easier to get on and off, but slightly weaker) and the Stylyx has a 5 speed internally geared hub, and the bike I ride has and 8 speed rear cassette with a double crank for a total of 16 gears, and was originally sold with a triple crank (which was long gone when I got the frame) that would give 24 gears and a much wider span of gears. I have never managed to run out of gears on the tall side, but there are a few times when I wished I had a little lower gears climbing the short steep hills that sneak up on you when riding around the DFW area. The other non-major but still important difference is in the seat, the seat on the Stylyx looks to me like death to my tailbone. It might not be but since there is very little chance I will ever get a chance to ride one I have no idea what it would really feel like other than by visual impressions, that seat goes up where I need a depression,

And another AZ police department makes another stupid statement following a bike wreck. Peoria police issue bike safety reminder The first thing on the police list of how to avoid a wreck is to wear a helmet. How is that supposed to prevent wrecks? “Gee that cyclist is wearing a helmet, I had better hit somebody else.” Or. “That cyclist is wearing a helmet, so I should be more careful around him/her.” I mean I wear a helmet every time I ride a bike, a full face DH MTB helmet at that, and I have never seen any situation where a helmet prevented a wreck. I just wish LEO would display some sense once in a while. BTW to keep yourself from the same kind of wreck ride in the road, not on and off the sidewalk, be predictable so that drivers will know where you are.

From our nation’s capitol (and lately capital) comes the story of a near-miss between a bus and a cyclist and what happened after. Bus driver assaults cyclist, MPD uninterested I can understand the cyclist’s anger, I get similar from drivers every time I ride outside the few miles around my neighborhood, but the LEO reaction is just, what? “OK so you almost got killed, but you didn’t, so what do you want me to do about it?”

And finally another conservative (when does being a conservative require that you hate bicycles?) drags out the tired old saw about bicyclists need to be licensed need to get insured, blah, blah, blah. Regional emphasis on road sharing raises need for licensing and regulation of bicycles and riders I shouldn’t say bad things about a fellow employee, but this guy just doesn’t have his facts straight. He is totally mis-informed about the source of funding for city streets (sales and property taxes), and wants cyclists to be required to buy a product that does not exist (bicycle liability insurance). Why is this guy being given a forum when he doesn’t know what he is talking about? When I applied to write for examiner.com my writings were reviewed (in this blog, and in the archives of my previous blogs) before I was accepted, I guess because I’m reporting on a subject that requires knowledge and experience. I would hazard a guess that being a conservative doesn’t require knowledge of facts and the ability to work with facts. 😉 Hi all you real conservatives out there, that don’t like Neo-Cons either!

And that’s the mess for this morning.

Billed @$.02, Opus


Left ’til late, a massive Feed

We have the end result of a couple of hit-and-runs tonight, and one of them is really disgusting. I don’t mean that the wreck was disgusting, all hit-and-runs are disgusting. I mean that the sentence handed down was disgusting. The other wasn’t too bad. The rest of the Feed wasn’t too bad, considering that people died or were injured to get in it.

Up first is a story on a man that hit-and-run a cyclist way back in November of 2007. Driver admits he hit cyclist, left scene and Driver admits he hit cyclist, left scene This was the “good” one, the driver got the maximum sentence with 5 years suspended. For those not up on what that means, he has to do 15 years less any good time he earns, then for the next 5 years he has to walk a very fine line or he gets to go back and do the entire 20 year sentence, with all his good time wiped out plus the extra five years that had been suspended.

The bad story, from a cyclist’s perspective (or any decent human being’s perspective) is the driver that hit-and-run a cyclist back in September of last year, then staged a second wreck to cover up the damage from the first wreck where she killed a woman. Driver in hit-and-run of bicyclist to serve 21 months in jail and Driver gets 21 months in bicyclist’s death in Royal Oak The sentence was way too lenient, but it was the stiffest the judge could give because of the plea agreement. The plea bargain was for only 18 months, and the law only allowed the judge to increase the sentence to 21 months.

They found that bus driver that hit and killed a cyclist in NJ Police find bus driver sought in NJ cyclist death and Cops talking to bus driver about fatal hit-and-run I can’t understand why they are treating this guy with kid gloves, he killed someone and left the scene with the guy dieing in the street.

A report from OR on two separate crashes. Cyclist injured in crash dies, other in critical condition The one wreck has been changed from a SWSS to a SWCC, as the cyclist was now supposedly crossing the road instead of riding along it. I don’t know if this was from the cyclist or the driver changing his or her story.

The first of our UK reports has a cyclist rushed to hospital after a bad wreck. Cyclist rushed to hospital after accident “This was a bit of a rush job in the report, and UK media laws are not affecting this report.

This report was mostly to explain the backups on roads in the area. Cyclist and motorist injured in Huntingdon and A14 tailbacks This report was affected by UK media laws.

A cyclist is calling for a bike lane where he was hurt and a mother killed in separate wrecks in Jolly Olde. Cyclist calls for cycle lanes I wish I could call for a bike lane where I was almost killed, but around here officials are loathe to do anything that might slow down the car traffic even when slowing down might make the traffic flow better and more cars get through…

And our final report from Jolly Olde is a report on a cyclist that was passing a bus and fell under it instead where the driver could not see her. Student cyclist died after falling under wheels of a bus This wreck happened in October of last year, and even when nobody alive was at fault it still takes this long to make a report.

Our final report is from Oz, and concerns a man trap set on a bicycle trail. Police ire over bike track wire Man traps set on bicycle trails irk me, and not just because someone might get killed. This is a level of hate so great that the person would kill, and the people he hates are my fellow cyclists. This just makes me so steamed…

And finally that’s it, finito.

Billed @$.02, Opus