I just got back from the trip to Plano Cycle to price out the repair parts for Blue. as I stated in the headline it is a good idea to develop a good relationship with your LBS, because by doing so I can save about $50 in shipping costs by ordering parts through them and picking up at the store. I’m still paying retail either way, but this way my LBS gets a cut, a piece of the action as it were. So I’m looking at $255 with tax in parts this way as opposed to the $300-310 with shipping and the tax man looking for me. That assumes the seat cover that is being sold as a replacement part will fit the seat that I have, otherwise add $108.25 to that total for a new seat assembly that includes a new seat pan, tilting bracket, seat post (custom made for a crank-forward bike to prevent the seat post from rotating in the tube as I pedal) and various bits of hardware to install the assembly to the bike. This total does not include replacing various nuts and bolts that had been removed from the bike and either left off or replaced with non-stainless steel, and which are in danger of corroding to the frame.
Up first today is Our Daily Ted. (Late) Morning Links: LASD changes deputy distracted driving policy, CicLAvia is coming, and we’re #9 Why does it take a death and over a year to realize that cops are no better at driving distracted than us “ordinary mortals”.
Still in CA more rubbish arguing from bad information on the proposed all-ages helmet law. We all have skin in the game in bicycle helmet bill Still using the falsified “90% killed had no helmet” data from the Governors’ whatchacallit report that added “no helmet” to “helmet use unknown” where there was a helmet present but it wasn’t on the rider’s head when it came time to make the report. There is enough evidence that the vast majority of these cases the cyclist’s helmet was removed by forces of the wreck or so severely damaged that there was no way for the helmet to stay with the head. Especially in the latter set of cases the cyclist would have died from head injury regardless of helmet usage. And in every place where a mandatory helmet law has been enacted cyclists lose, mode share, safety, and personal freedom as LEO use the helmet law as a pretext for illegal searches.
And this came in after I did most of my filtering from Ted. Breaking news: OC lawyer guilty in 2013 DUI death of cyclist Eric Billings I hardly ever see a driver not plead down so this one must have been a drop dead shot.
The metro area where my brother lives is seeing an increase in vulnerable road user deaths. Winter’s bike, pedestrian fatalities underscore importance of infrastructure, safety and awareness They have a terribly long way to go, but at least they have a reliable template in the form of the CROW manual. It only took about 10 years to get the Netherlands 90% of the way they are now with trial and error, I expect it to take a lot less time with the manual and in a lot smaller area.
More boring statistics from Streetsblog as the death toll rises ever higher in NYC. NYPD: Drivers Killed 7 Pedestrians and Cyclists in January, and Injured 1,017 I wonder how NYPD would be dealing with this if those dead pedestrians and cyclists were all NYPD?
I think this has a massive effect on why LEO “don’t care” about dead pedestrians. Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America’s Poorer Neighborhoods
A pedestrian in Jolly Olde was hit-and-run by a cyclist. Six-year-old boy left with broken leg by hit-and-run cyclist in Darlington DON’T HIT THE PEDESTRIANS! And if you do hit a pedestrian, stick around to leave your details.
A hit-and-run driver is convicted in Oz. P-plater who left cyclist for dead after collision pleads guilty Now a stiff sentence with a lifetime ban on driving…
Still in Oz, a multi-bike pileup seriously injures a cyclist. Beach Road cyclist left with fractured skull in wake of “Hell Ride” Somebody didn’t hold their line in the pack and 8 people suffered for it.
A massive infrastructure campaign covers the entire EU. ‘See Me Save Me’ campaign for Eilidh Cairns heard in House of Lords That HGV are even allowed on the roads with massive frontal blind spots as deadly as they can be even in incidental contact is just insane.
More infrastructure news from Oz over the cyclist that “won the door prize”. Thousands ride in moving tribute to cyclist killed on Sydney Rd, Brunswick It might have been a “tribute” but it was also a protest against crap infrastructure. More Cyclist groups push for safety awareness campaigns after dooring death in Melbourne
This is really “lifestyle” as an injured soldier regains mobility and a sense of self-worth. Injured Mansfield soldier to hand cycle 400 miles
And I really wish I had the money to do this trip. The Tour de France on Recumbent bike Not a race, but a 2600 km (1600 Mile) trip around the flatter parts of the country with camping instead of hotels at overnights.
And that’s all I got tonight.
Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet
Hoping my computer holds together, and the Feed
Well, the LAN adapter on my computer is working most of the time, but not all the time and quits with no warning and comes back the same way. So I have no idea when I’m going to get this post published or even if I will be able to get this post published.
Up first because I like to start with something nice when I can, here’s a picture of a fat-tire bike with fenders in the snow. Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 2.24.12 Aren’t those fenders nice?
Another cyclist was shot to death, this time in Chicago. Man killed in North Lawndale neighborhood Apparently someone just shot the cyclist because he was riding a bicycle.
They think they have found the perp in a hit-and-run fatality of a recumbent trike rider in AL. Person of Interest named in Cyclist Hit and Run I hope they find out why the driver hit the cyclist in this wreck, because the trike was covered in reflective material and lighted like a Mardi Gras float. If the driver didn’t see it he had to be blind drunk, and if he did see it he had to have hit the trike on purpose because he had almost the entire road to use to pass with.
From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, a driver is excused for running over a cyclist from behind. Because the cyclist was in the road to get hit. Milton man fatally injured on bike after being struck by vehicle
More from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike for 6 years running. UF student in fair condition after bicycle crash This is an update on that cyclist cut off by an SUV pulling into her lane while the cyclist had right of way and was doing 30 MPH. Just one word for this wreck: “Ouch!”
A Canadian cyclist is also blamed for being in the road to get hit. No charges in collision that killed Regina cyclist Again the only surviving witness gets to explain what happened to his advantage and gets believed.
A cyclist in Oz gets car-smacked. Cyclist seriously injured on Beach Rd Aside from the wreck itself there wasn’t much meat in this story.
Infrastructure! news from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Across Miami-Dade, passions run high when cars and bikes share the road Yeah, the cyclists in all 3 wrecks were riding in bike lanes and drivers are getting all bent out of shape because other, different, cyclists sometimes roll stop signs or red lights. And some of those comments…!
Infrastructure news from the UK. 77 MPs discuss bike safety and the “joy of cycling” in 3-hour debate and Devon MP wants speed limit lowered on rural roads to protect cyclists
Obit for the cyclist killed in Miami. Remembering Aaron Cohen, 36, victim of a hit-and-run while biking on Rickenbacker Causeway
And that’s all the links that give me fits today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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