December 2012

Cross Eyed: Newbie Jumps in at San Diego

by Miki Vuckovich on December 19, 2012

12 10 Socalcross San Diego A Velodrome-1

I’m a terrible spectator.

I just can’t do it. I can’t be interested in something if I’m not actually doing it. Just can’t. This often puts me in awkward situations, because lots of things are probably fine to watch and not participate in, particularly for middle agers like me. But maybe I’m not your typical middle ager. Rather, I’m the one 44-year-old on a field of 20-somethings at the Sunday pick-up soccer game, or at the skatepark with a swarm of tweens zipping all around me. And when I say awkward, I mean for them. Because—after all—I’m used to the looks, the shrugs, the questions. It’s everyone else who’s crazy.

I think I’m just comfortable around weirdos (that would sure explain a lot). In fact, I gravitate toward them. You’d think that as I settle into middle age I’d be content with all the work, family, hobbies, and clutter I’ve accumulated in almost a half century of accumulating, but such is not my nature. Every so often, my mind latches onto something new, and I investigate, and sometimes exhaust my interest in it; I’m pretty picky these days, I don’t just hop onto every cool thing I come across (that Stratos jump was pretty neat, but I don’t plan to become a human rocket anytime soon). [click to continue…]

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We On A Mother Of A Bike

by editors on December 18, 2012

Don’t know what we were doing the first time this little Sons of Science edit rolled through. Probably cleaning our chains. But we will say this: guilty as charged.

[Link: Atlantic Cities]

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Inaki Lejarret Hit And Killed By Car

by editors on December 17, 2012

Img 9762Cycling lost another champion this weekend when former Spanish mountain biking champion Inaki Lejarreta was hit by a car while training on Sunday, December 16, 2012, according to a story in The Washington Post.

Lejarreta was Spain’s mountain bike champion in 2007. He competed in cross-country cycling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and professionally with the Orbea team. . . He was the nephew of cyclist Marino Lejarreta, who won the Spanish Vuelta in 1982.

Our thoughts are with Lejarreta’s family, friends, and the entire cycling community.

[Link: Washington Post Photo: Higai83]

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Bell Tests Helmets, Their’s Rule

by editors on December 17, 2012

It’s nice when a company tests helmets and their’s win. Bell Helmets has been in the business long enough to know the difference between a head covering posing as a helmet and a real, certified helmet. And yeah, that first helmet they show in the test is the one we’ve been skateboarding in for years. Whoops! Thanks, Bucky!

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Dr. Michele Ferrari And The Lies

by editors on December 14, 2012

We’re posting this because everyone is talking about it and everyone has an opinion. Our thoughts on the interview? Italian always sounds so lovely, truthful, and smooth. Would be nice to just take everyone at their word wouldn’t it?

[Link via VeloNews]

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Loud Ass Bike Horn Stops Cars

by editors on December 12, 2012

Our loud whistle works pretty well to get the attention of most drivers, but not everyone has a whistle that will shatter glass. And for those people, Loud Bicycle horn may be just the thing.

Sound: is like a typical car horn, both in volume and pitch
Honk: for up to 30 seconds at a time (but please be respectful)
Batteries: are rechargeable Li-ion batteries that will last 1-2 months
Button: snaps on to either handlebar and honking does not interfere
with braking.
Weather resistant: works in rain, sleet and snow

Its makers are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. They’re hoping to get $43,000 and with 31 days to go they’ve already raised $14k. If you’d like to help them out, click here.

[Link via Bostinno]

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The New Jersey Dirt Merchant

by editors on December 12, 2012

According to filmmaker Adam Nawrot’s Vimeo page, “Jason Fenton has been building and maintaining mountain bike trails in the heart of Central New Jersey since 2004. The Dirt Merchant takes a peek into what it means to be a mountain biker and cyclist in the middle of some of America’s densest suburban sprawl.”

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Traffic Fatalities Down, Cyclist Deaths Up

by editors on December 12, 2012

From a cyclist standpoint there is no good news in the report that traffic fatalities have dropped to their lowest point since 1949, because, as we all know cyclist deaths are up, according a story in The Dallas Morning News.

Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7 percent and deaths of occupants of large trucks increased 20 percent, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in an analysis of 2011 traffic deaths. . . Overall traffic fatalities dropped 1.9 percent, to 32,367. The decline came as the number of miles driven by motorists dropped by 1.2 percent. . . The increase in bicycle deaths probably reflects more people riding bicycles to work and for pleasure, said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety agencies.

We need two things: cyclist need ride safe and drivers who hit cyclists need to get more than a ticket.

[Link: Dallas Morning News]

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The 2013 Santa Cruz V10c Edit

by editors on December 11, 2012

Like going downhill fast? This Santa Cruz V10 might be just the ride you’re looking for. It has a 6.97 pound all carbon frame with 8.5 to 10 inches of adjustable travel. Wow.

[Link: Santa Cruz]

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The Hemet Police With A Hug

by editors on December 8, 2012

While American cops are filling unarmed people with bullets, in other places in the world they’re doing it right.

[Link: @Tim Pool]

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