Don’t Run Stop Signs

When I was the president of my local county’s bike club, I spent a lot of time making sure all of our riders obeyed traffic signals and I also spent a lot of time pleading with passing cyclists who blew through the signals, asking them to obey stop signs and stop lights. I’ve heard lots of replies from the cyclists I advocated to, mostly telling me to go screw myself.

This photo, posted by my cycling friend Sue says it better than I ever could. This is what’s left on the scene after a cyclist blew through a stop sign at Rockland Lake, a nearby park.

She added “…they were not wearing a helmet…The smell of all that blood was something I didn’t expect”

Wear your helmet. Stop at stop signs. Obey signals. Or you might end up leaving a puddle behind.


Sad news yesterday in my inbox. Aaron wrote

It is with great sadness in my heart that I bring this news to you.

My dear, dear friend Val Kleitz died yesterday, August 10th, 2011. He was 51 years young. He was born on June 8th, 1960 He worked for years on Sundays at my shop and turned one corner into The Bikesmith, his old shop in Wallingford. Here is his bio page.

He died of cancer.  As many of you know, he was battling it.  The end was peaceful for him.  He was surrounded by his family. There will be a wake soon and I will let ya’ll know time and place.

I am dedicating the next (and all following) Cargo Bike Ride(s) to Val.  He and I started the first Seattle Cargo Bike ride during Bike Summer 2005.  In that time Val only missed a couple of rides and most just recently.  Val loved the utility aspect of bicycles. The next Cargo Ride is this Labor Day, September 5th.  Meet at 20/20 Cycle on Capitol Hill. More info

Val built our Cargo bikes. The Bettie, Bettie 2.0, and 2.5 was his spec and work. He was a Go to Guy when I starting writing about Cargo and urban, utility cycling. As I wrote last night,

Every bike community has one. The mechanic that can fix everything who is also a historian. That was Val. He built our cargo bikes.

Val and I would debate topics at length, often on the side of the road, when we passed each other.

Hincapie 09: Vintage Wool and George Signature Bib Short

Hincapie 09: Vintage Wool and George Signature Bib Short

I think in these photos, the topic was Di2 or that QBP had bought Xtracycle. Possibly the Yuba Mundo. Val’s photos are on Flickr too and he’ll be missed.

Our thoughts are with those that knew him longer and better than we did, like the crew at Seattle Bike Supply.

More Val

See the Val tag for more posts, including the Best Shop Prank he pulled. Also, Cap’n the Pug was quite fond of Val too. Cause he had pecan sandies in those pickle buckets on his Dreadnought.

Yep, wants them Cookies



Source: Longview Crit on Facebook

That’s either the best or worst podium ever with jeans shorts, unattached jersey, and skin suit represented. Also Captain Serious clocking them in the background, mom, and proud spouse in the background.

Joking aside, that’s bike racing Americana right there and we’ve all wondered how a kid in jeans shorts was keeping up with us.

Also posted on +Byron.

Mobile Social Interbike 2011

We didn’t plan on coming back to Vegas and went out last year with hundreds of us on the Strip and a police escort. It was the best ever, replete with a chorus of “I love you mans,” during the street party. We planned on retiring that gig for others at SXSW, Portland, and elsewhere. But then …

MoSo with Da PoPo

MoSo with Po-Po

Interbike, New Belgium, and others pinged us and after some convincing we agreed. For 5 years we’ve ridden the Strip. This year we’ll do it again and will arrive at the Artifice Bar in the Old Town, Art District. This edition is sleazy, funky, arty. Last year it was our U2-on-top-of-a-record-store, disrupting-traffic, nearly-getting shut-down version. That was then. This is now.

You’re invited.



We’re riding the Strip to Downtown Vegas this year and will meet up at the Beat Coffeehouse & Downtown Cocktail Room.

When: September 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM outside the Sands Convention Center

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Who: Interbike Attendees, Locals

RSVP: Facebook | Twtvite and Onsite

Fremont East District

The Fremont East District offers an eclectic mixture of bars, clubs and cafes along Fremont Street from Las Vegas Boulevard to Eighth Street. The district continues one block north of Fremont Street to Ogden Avenue and one block south to Carson Avenue.


New Belgium and Tern are sponsoring the event this year. You want to get involved? Put a round of beers on your tab? Get in touch now and we’ll see you there.

It’s All In A Day’s Work

+Bill Stickland posted a video today from +Ted King that’s got me laughing with schaudenfreud. Ted and Tim, two world-class pros set out on a 200 mile training ride, and brought along an amateur racer buddy, Ryan. While he started strong, over the course of the day Ryan slowly disintegrated. About five minutes into the video, he starts to look shellshocked and it only gets worse.

Remember this when you’re watching the pros tackle a climb and wonder what it’s like to live that life.

200 on 100 - The Fall of Ryan T Kelly from cycloWHAT? on Vimeo.

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