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I have an interesting new development, and the Feed

Something interesting happened after losing “Chris Christie” off my neck, my abs started hurting. I have finally been able to sit and stand straight for the first time in months if not over a year, and my abs are complaining about the extra work. On the flip side I haven’t had any back pain since the operation, so when my abs get back to their original endurance (I have been working them pretty hard to make sure they were strong enough before the operation) I will be pretty much pain free. This will be territory I have not recently explored, as the lump had me leaning forward so much that if my neck wasn’t hurting my back was or they both were hurting, pretty much constantly. What will I do with myself now that I don’t have any aches and pains? One thing I do have to complain about is all the adhesive residue left behind by the bandage. It couldn’t hold the bandage on, so why is it still sticking to my skin? It’s icky and annoying.

The big story today seems to be the cyclist shot outside Denver. Windsor employee on bicycle fatally shot on Weld County Road 15 and Bicyclist gunned down near Windsor also Park caretaker for Town of Windsor shot and killed while bicycling and this blurb TODAY: More May Gray; Windsor Cyclist Fatally Shot; Yelp Review Lawsuit not done yet FBI joins Windsor cyclist fatal shooting investigation Friend Of Cyclist Shot & Killed In Windsor: ‘I’m Mad’ At this point they don’t know if this was a road rage killing or a random shooting, but they are saying it was probably deliberate because of the second bullet wound. And I don’t know what a cyclist could do to avoid either scenario because some people just seem to lose their minds when they see a cyclist on the road.

The other topic that is generating links is the Ride of Silence. The local report of the Mother Ride of Silence. Ride of Silence to be observed Wednesday across the World Another TX report from the RGV Cyclists Bring Awareness to Sharing Roads Bend Event to Honor Injured and Killed Cyclists and from NC Wednesday’s Ride of Silence to honor injured, killed bicyclists from DC Bicyclists riding in silence to honor those killed on roads From CA A ride to remember those killed riding bicycles More CA MOVING TRIBUTE HELD FOR CYCLISTS KILLED, INJURED IN SAN FRANCISCO From the most deadliest state to ride a bike “RIDE OF SILENCE” TONIGHT HIGHLIGHTS DEADLY DANGERS FOR CYCLISTS IN MIAMI From AL Ride of Silence honors cyclists injured, killed on roads; promotes bike safety From UT Provo Ride of Silence: Keep bicycling from PA with an additional protest Capitol protest highlights Pennsylvania bicyclists killed in 2014 From Midwest corn country Ride of Silence Wednesday evening From the Great White North Ride of silence will remember fallen cyclists and Local Cyclists To Remember Those Killed While Riding Their Bikes also Silent ride honours injured, killed cyclists You can tell it was Canadian because they spelled “Honour” with the “u” A San Francisco Cyclist’s ‘Amazing Renaissance’ — and Sudden Death Remembering a specific cyclist killed in SF to highlight the RoS.

Along with the RoS are Ghost Bikes. Ghost Bike Dedicated to Topeka Woman Killed in Bicycling Accident also ‘Ghost bike’ memorial to highlight bike safety

Another cyclist shot in CA this time. Updated: Bicyclist shot to death in Santa Ana was in confrontation earlier And TN Nonprofit gives away bikes in honor of man killed in shooting

A cyclist was killed in a pinball wreck while waiting for a red light. Man riding bike killed in Boston crash and Man arraigned after death of Dorchester cyclist also Driver Arrested In Dorchester Hit-And-Run That Killed Teen The driver of the vehicle involved in the initial impact that sent the second vehicle into the cyclist attempted to drive away but did not get far as his vehicle was too damaged, and he was caught.

A major problem for cyclists when they get hit. Tim Flynn: Bias undermines cyclists’ safety When you get hit using bicycle infrastructure that is supposed to be segregated and a motor vehicle hits you crossing it from a parking facility instead of stopping and waiting to cross when safe and the LEO does not know the bike infrastructure has the right of way over the driveway, well then you have a problem.

You may also have a problem in Oz with LEO bias. Cyclist seriously injured in alleged hit-and-run criticises Victoria Police who ‘never came’ to scene The ambulance came to the scene but LEO never did…

Also from Oz about LEO. Alarm bells as more children hit on Victorian roads Pedestrians and cyclists on their ways to school are placed at the mercies of drivers that don’t care or who don’t see anything smaller than a late-model Mini on the roads in front of them. This is a problem that needs to be corrected somehow.

Infrastructure from PA. City bike-share program off to fast start I like to read about successful bike share programs.

Infrastructure news from the Great White North. Cyclists on safety along the Rideau Canal They’re talking to the wrong people for this one. It’s not the people who continue to ride there that are concerned about safety, it’s the people who won’t ride there. The people who still ride there think it’s “safe enough”.

“Safety” festival from CA. Bike health and safety expo to be held in Redlands Mall parking lot

UK lawyers are all about the bad parts of cycling. UK Claim Lawyers illustrate road dangers for cyclists

And why cyclists ride in the road, Part I have completely lost count now. Why Cyclists Ride Two Abreast

Our Daily Ted came in a bit late today. Morning Links: Koretz reportedly kills Great Streets bike lanes in Westwood Village; new Redondo bike lanes paved

I think I’m out of links (checks) yep all done now.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

Dying saved my life and other seemingly contradictory statements on a Wreck-Free Sunday

OK I dunno if I ever thought about this before so I don’t remember blogging about it if I did, but I was contemplating earlier this week about the wreck (that thing that’s never far from my mind no matter what I’m doing because it literally defines my life into 2 sections, before the wreck and after) and I was thinking about why I didn’t bleed out from the gaping hole in my left leg where it was blown apart while all those people were just standing around staring at my body in the street. And then it struck me that while I was “dead” I had no pulse, no pulse means no heartbeat, and no heartbeat means I wasn’t pumping my blood out in the street instead of keeping it in my body. So QED, dying saved my life. If I hadn’t been dead for those 2 minutes there might not have been enough blood in my body to save me when I got to the hospital. I was in bad enough condition when I got there as it was, can you imagine what it would have been like minus a few pints more? I barely pulled through as it was.

I was also thinking about the Sprint T that I’m never going to get to build now, so I said to myself “If money was no object, how would you build this car?” meaning picking the “best” components for the build regardless of the cost. And I was really getting into what would be the “best” thing for a specific use, and if compromising in one direction or another would invalidate another use of the vehicle. So I went back to the premise of the build: “A car that’s fun to drive, that can be driven across the country on highways, then raced in SCCA Solo events or Goodguys autocrosses with minimal preparation and quick return to street configuration.” Then I listed what characteristics went with each parameter of “fun to drive”, “can be driven across the country”, and “raced in SCCA Solo events and Goodguys autocrosses with minimal preparation and quick return to street configuration” then see what characteristics were shared and what characteristics were contradictory.

So, “fun to drive” category is first and shortest.
power-to-weight
good brakes
good turn-in response
good grip overall with a controllable break when exceeding limits of grip
Comfortable seating and driver ergonomics
pleasant exhaust note (muted rumble at idle with definite rumble at full throttle)

“Can be driven across the country” is different.
fuel economy
reliability
weather protection
large fuel tank (range)
easy access to refuel
luggage space
tunes
comfortable seating and driver ergonomics
not-loud exhaust (not a cop magnet)
not harsh ride

“Raced in SCCA Solo and Goodguys autocrosses with minimal preparation and quick return to street configuration”
power to weight
good brakes, both at first and after several uses (no fade)
good initial turn-in and stable in the middle of the turn
good grip in all directions
comfortable driver’s seat and ergonomics
something to carry race tires and other parts
quick-change mounts for shocks and springs
roll cage that meets SCCA standards

Common requirements
comfortable driver’s seat and ergonomics
power-to-weight
good brakes, both at first and after several uses (no fade)
good initial turn-in and stable in the middle of the turn
good grip in all directions

And basic parts needed to make the car are the body that defines the car. The rear brakes needed for street legality. If I use the Wide 5 version of this rear axle with the aluminum axle tubes and the drilled drive axles I will combine light weight, both unsprung and total, with the ability to switch from a tall drive ratio for getting to the race to a short (high numerical) ratio for racing. It allows the use of these rear hubs for lower unsprung and rotating weight. A quick steering box will be needed no matter what else I use.

If I decide to go with an independent front suspension I’ll need to use this spindle so that I can mount the lighter Wide 5 hubs or this spindle for a tube front axle. The tube axle is lighter than the independant front suspension but has higher unsprung weight for the weight concerns, but has perfect camber control for the turning concerns. And both spindles are compatible with these front hubs for lower unsprung and rotating weight.

I’m sure that those who read my blog for the bicycle news have little or no knowledge of suspension dynamics are wondering why I am stressing so much about unsprung weight. That’s because unsprung weight has impacts on both grip and ride comfort. As the wheel goes up and down over imperfections in the road/track lower unsprung weight allows the wheel to move more quickly without transferring the motion to the rest of the car. Going up and down more quickly means the tire stays in better contact with the surface making for grip (no contact = no grip) and not transferring the motion to the rest of the car means better ride. Now rotating weight obviously affects any change in speed as rotating weight has to be changed first before the car can go faster or slower.

The engine is a big question, as this will need high horsepower reliable engine with a good low end torque band, which means cubic inches or supercharging or a hot cam and lots of work with the shifters.
I could “put a Hemi in it” or go with a modern legend or the successor to that legend or a hot cam in a slightly smaller, lighter, engine.

And the engine choice has a direct effect on the transmission choice. The GM engines will require either the 4L85E or the 4L70E transmission, while the Hemi will require a compatible donor vehicle to have the electronically controlled automatic transmission because the transmissions are not sold as a crate part.

Another question that needs answering is frame materials. Aluminum is lighter, but there are two flies in that equation. First is SCCA rules prohibit aluminum rollover structure. Second is the frame will have to be farmed out if made from aluminum because my aluminum welding skills are lousy. Even with money as no object I still want to build as much of this car as I can. Then there is the interface between the SCCA required Chrome-moly rollover structure and the aluminum frame, and preventing galvanic corrosion. I know what to do and how to do it, I’m just concerned about the failure modes and what they would do to the longevity of the car. Sticking with steel everywhere for the frame material eliminates all those problems at a slight weight penalty. Also staying with steel means I can do more of the fabrication myself if I want to and that in case of a wreck the structure is more repairable: bent steel can be straightened, bent aluminum has to be cut out and replaced.

Then there is the requirement to have some way of toting the tires and other parts needed for racing with the car while it isn’t racing. That implies a trailer (or the ridiculous notion of lashing the tires to the back of the car somehow for a thousand mile (+/-) road trip.

And this has made for a very long blog post for a Sunday and I’m not even halfway done, but I will end it now.

PSA, Opus the unkillable badass Poet

I have a backlog of links to filter, and the rest of the Feed

Yesterday’s busy day has left me with a massive backlog of links to filter before I can even begin to start writing the rest of the blog post, but I did find some interesting stuff from things I was sent in my regular e-mail. I think I have just about recovered from Wednesday and yesterday. And I’m watching the repeat of the qualifying from Charlotte for the World 600 Sprint Cup race on Sunday, with Jimmy Johnson getting the pole.

I’m going to start with Ride of Silence links for two reasons: I have a bunch of those links with tons of flash advertising in the pages I’m linking to that is really clogging my computer to the point that I can get most of a line typed out before it shows up on my screen, and this is the international Big Story. Cyclists remember others who have died on the road and ‘Ride of Silence’ to honor cyclists killed on SF streets and this SF BIKE COMMUNITY TO HONOR CYCLIST FATALITIES more Share the road: Cyclists hope silent ride raises awareness still more Annual bike ride honours injured, killed cyclists not done yet Cyclists honor victims killed on SC roads more links
‘Ride of Silence’ promotes awareness of safety for cyclists
another one Fort Myers Ride of Silence draws nearly 200 cyclists and they just go one and on Riding and remembering another one CYCLIST TRIBUTE: Ride Of Silence Held

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: Coddling drunk drivers, analysis of the new Bike League study and a moving new hit-and-run video

This was just too easy as a driver videos himself assaulting cyclists and posted the video online. Piedmont man charged after viral video threatening cyclists The comments made in the video after one of the “punishment passes” about he should have run the cyclist into the ditch, combined with all the other ranting and raving he recorded, and thought would be acceptable to post to Facebook… More Truck-driving Alabama man arrested after videos of him threatening bicyclists goes viral

A cyclist is killed by a semi truck while riding on a shared lane. Cyclist killed in crash Notice the picture where they extracted the cyclist’s body from the wreck beside a “Share the Road” sign. The mode of wreck was a right hook and can be expected when the infrastructure is as demi-buttocked as it usually is in AR. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A “possible” hit and run in IL. Bike Rider Killed In Possible Hit-Run Accident In Mundeleinz Dead rider, smashed bicycle located well off the road, and they think “possible” hit-and-run? I wouldn’t drop it lower than “probable” unless there was a UFO sighting in the area about the time he failed to show after the ride… Since they couldn’t determine direction of travel prior to the wreck or much of anything else I can’t advise on dealing with the built infrastructure or if altering the built infrastructure would prevent the wreck, aside from barrier protected segregated infrastructure. If the cars can’t get to you whatever they do on the roads becomes moot.

And a fatal wreck is quickly approaching closure in VA. Motorist pleads guilty to DUI, killing cyclist in Roanoke Now we just have to wait until August to find out she will get probation for a few years at most…

Someone in illegal possession of a deadly weapon gets a ticket for killing a cyclist in NYC. NYPD says cyclist killed by unlicensed driver The driver got a ticket for driving without a license, but nothing for killing the cyclist…

A VT cyclist gets hit by a car running a traffic control while the cyclist was crossing the road. Van collides with cyclist OK you have a crossing signal flashing at you and there are 2 other vehicles stopped waiting, so naturally you just barge right on through… And the idiot admits to seeing the cyclist before hitting him. Nothing a cyclist could have done to prevent the wreck and as the driver was ignoring traffic controls only grade separated infrastructure would have prevented this wreck.

A MI cyclist is killed by a hit-and-run driver. Bicycle rider struck and killed on Gratiot in New Haven The biggest thing I took away from this article was that the driver was found hiding under a blanket after literally running away from the wreck on foot.

A wreck in WA leaves a cyclist clinging to life in hospital. Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run collision Because of the nature of the hit-and-run all they know is the likely direction of travel for the cyclist. Get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A CA cyclist gets clobbered with bad infrastructure. Downey cyclist hit by vehicle trying to enter 105 Freeway I had to read deep into the article to be sure the cyclist was not trying to enter the freeway, and I’m still only about 90% convinced this was the case. Low angle intersection but I’m still confused as to where the cyclist was in relation to the motor vehicle. I can’t get any mapping programs to open up because of all the open tabs I still have up. This could have been a typical right hook only worse because the turn was taken at a higher than normal speed. Intersection wreck but protocols would require time for reaction that doesn’t look like the cyclist would have had, so mooted, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have the cyclist on a parallel route with better access to local businesses and housing and prevented this wreck.

I don’t know why I let this anger me any more, I know cyclists are considered second class citizens by the courts. Powers sentenced for drunk driving crash that killed Helena cyclist The driver will be out of prison in a little over a year… for killing a human being while driving with a 0.25 BAC%. I have long known that MT treats drunk drivers with great deference but this is fracking ridiculous. There is no wiggle room on this one, the cyclist was wearing a helmet and the bike was lighted like a Christmas tree and had reflectors, and the driver never braked nor swerved to miss him.

More on a cyclist killed in the Great White North. Cyclist dies after collision with pickup truck, driver treated for shock Since the article is mostly behind a paywall and I have exceeded my allotment of free pages I can’t say for sure there is no new material in this link… But as I wrote earlier because of the lack of witnesses at the scene (cyclist dead and driver in shock) there hasn’t been much forthcoming on this one.

Intersection wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist in hospital after collision in Burlington Nothing on the mode of the wreck, just the location at the exit of a high-speed freeway so intersection protocols might help avoid or mitigate the damages in the wreck, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” so that cyclists are not crossing freeway exits at grade level would prevent it.

A right hook wreck in the Great White North. Cyclist killed after being hit by vehicle in Dartmouth The initial narrative is for a typical right hook, so intersection protocols to avoid or to mitigate damages, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent the wreck. The thing that gets me the worst about this wreck is the cyclist is dead, but you could straighten out the saddle and ride away on the bike she was riding…

Lots of bike wrecks in a single link from the GWN. Five local cyclists hurt in two days after collisions with vehicles

A right hook wreck in Canuckistan has two links. Cyclist killed after downtown collision with garbage truck and Edmonton cyclist killed after being hit by a garbage truck typical right hook but the results were very similar to the wreck in the preceding paragraph half a continent away, the bike looks like it could be adjusted and ridden away from the wreck. Same advice as the previous wreck, intersection protocols and infrastructure.

Completely unsurprising news from Jolly Olde. Lorry driver will not face prosecution over death of cyclist in Dulwich TANJ!

Somewhat surprising news from Oz. Drink-driver jailed over Qld cyclist death The driver must have been completely plastered the night before because more than 5 hours after the party he was still at 0.076 BAC% when he hit the cyclist.

Infrastructure! news from the United States. Report: 88% Of Drivers Who Kill Cyclists Walk Free The headline does not surprise me, but the tidbit from later in the article that 40% of fatal wrecks are hit-from-behind in spite of those wrecks being a very small percentage of all bicycle v motor vehicle wrecks. The fact that Floriduh kills a very high percentage of its population on bikes is completely unsurprising. More 8 takeaways from the Bike League’s study of cyclist fatalities and How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind.

Infrastructure from the Great White North. Letter: Cyclists should assert their power (respectfully)

Infrastructure news from Oz as cyclists protest their draconian helmet laws. SA cyclists and police face head-on clash over helmet law If bike helmets actually did something useful I could see the laws, but every study not carried out by the helmet industry has failed to find a distinct benefit from helmet laws. Unless you count cyclist suppression as a “benefit”.

And I think I have enough for today.

Billed @€0.02, Opus