Bicycle Turn Signals

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On left/right

Spotted this LED turn signal prototype on a bike in a rack yesterday. It’s for bicycle running and turn signals.

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Both on or left/right

Waiting for the Amgen Tour of California

People don’t understand how much work it takes for a sprinter to get close enough and actually have a shot at the win. – Creed the Water Carrier

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Lot of this, riding along looking at each other

People don’t understand what the sport takes, besides those ingrained in it, cause the sport is so poorly shown and managed these days. We’ve reached the epoch of boring, when we’re profiling the domestiques. It’s so predictable and played out, the last minute is all I’m watching of the Giro and the ATOC.

Just Tell Me Who Won and is Winning

There was a time, when there was a media drought and we’d lap up any cycling coverage. Now by the power of the Internets, we’ve got streams, live Twitter coverage, with countless blogs, sites, and coverage; including dedicated work like the quote above from Podium Insight.

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More like this

Photo: amgentourofcalifornia

Post Lance we’re back to hour-long recaps that are more likely to get pre-empted by bull riding or an ESPN wannabe news hour. Watching the stage last night, Phil and Paul have either lost it or are calling it like Big Time Wrestling with an entirely scripted narrative. Zabriskie and his nuts are so bored, he did a little attack. While Paul bellowed about how Dave could win and Phil scrambled to put the words together, they cut to the rearward facing camera and you can see the peloton reacting. Dave wasn’t going to win, didn’t think he was, and he’s done that move since he was a junior; including at every ATOC he’s raced in.

So before this gets int a bitter old dude, snarking the sport, let me say that I love racing and the bike so much, I publish independent media about it. I’ve also spent decades racing.

In person, at the local level, the sport is a wonderful and engaging as ever; especially Cross because of the crowds. I’m sure the cities that the Tour rolls through are thrilled.

It’s on TV where we’ve got a problem and I blame the directors and management. Race radios and specialists like Cavs. How tightly Vaughters wears his argyle socks is more interesting than Zabriskie going up the road or Creed carrying water bottles.

Seriously, there’s more action at a Charity Fondo than the ATOC.

Faced with declining viewership or TV time, other sports would convene to figure out what to do, like a shot clock, to reengage or make it compelling. What cycling does, is just plod along, never the master of its own destiny and hoping for a savior like Lance. Also that their house of cards built out of lies doesn’t come crashing down from another set of subpoenas.

Fixed Gear Trends: Looks Cool

A Sole bicycles in the window at Charley+May in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Charley’s is a gift gallery “celebrating modern design for you and your home.” They’ve sold half a dozen and stocked them cause the owner thought they looked cool.

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How much is that fixie in the window?

I spotted the Sole’s on a ride I do midweek in Seattle.

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Couple of fixies and a pig

Meanwhile at the PSFK Conference a single-speed belt drive with a handlebar that flips sideways wows the crowd. Graham Hill says he designed it for Schindelhauer and it’s a folding bike. Speed lifters have solved the “awkward in a hall” problem for years in Europe, but the audience doesn’t know that or that they bike isn’t actually folding.

They just think the bike looks cool, like the buyer for Charley+May does.


Ride Then Relax

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A PRO like Mathowie rides then relaxes with flip flops.

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A Peloton of PoPo

On a regular route, passed a line of police on bikes. Their peloton continued around the next bend and out of the camera’s view. Didn’t ask what they where doing, but it was militaristic and precise.

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