Critical Mass Paradox

Critical Mass is a paradox. In Manhattan, there’s nothing but turmoil and in Seattle a knife was pullled during the last one or arrests get made. In Brooklyn, for 3 years now, they’ve critically masssed with no arrests, no tickets, and the NYPD is even called “friendly.” StreetFilms just published a short film on the subject. I’ve only ridden a Critical Mass once, by accident (all kitted up with my race bike, feeling totally out of place) and it was fun and festive with tall bikes, longtail bikes, old schwinns, and everything else.

In Arizona, the next Critical Mass is on July 21st where they’ll meet around 6:30 pm at @ Tempe Beach park and ride to the Lost Leaf Tavern at 5th & Roosevelt. After the mass they’ll alleycat race with the winner taking all in the fixed race. Don’t know if they’re friends or foes with the police there.

One-Day Rider Patch; Check

With my heart set on a One-Day Rider patch after last year’s STP, I rode into Portland last night to claim my prize. 204 incredible miles and I cannot believe that I survived without so much as a flat tire. Complete ride review will be posted in the next couple of days. For now, congrats to the many other STPers out there this weekend and many, many, many thanks to all the Cascade staff and volunteers.

Photo of the day: Borat at the Tour

Borat makes an appearance at the Tour de France motivating the riders to pedal a few strokes harder or at least forget their pain while laughing (where’s the Angel to purge that scene from our minds?). Here’s another shot.

What’s your favorite crazy fan? Spiderman from last year was good, as well as hook ‘em horns from 2 years ago – the guy with the long-horn hat that’d run next to Lance.

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(Photo credit FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Seattle Struggles with Road Diet

Seattle is already struggling with its road diet and this week the Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Fremont Neighborhood Council and many others, including Bike Huggers, called on the Mayor to intervene.

The urgent call to the Mayor resulted from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce successfully blocking new bike lanes on Stoneway that would have linked to the Burke-Gilman Trail.

A neighborhood that considers itself the “center of the universe” apparently thinks that universe is car-centric with fat, clogged roads.

What’s your thoughts on the Master Plan and Road Diets?

A convergence of STPs, Euros, and Families

It’s that time of year in Seattle, when the STPs are riding from Seattle to Portland and the Tour-inspired Euros are out in team kits, on old race bikes, riding around the lake and climbing the hills. The STPs are easy to spot in their colorful gear, Tyvek jackets, frame numbers, and assortment of bikes from the comfort cruiser to a custom Seven.

When someone passes you on the trail in a Rabobank team kit, or any or Pro-Tour kit, that’s usually a “euro.” In a few weeks, after the Tour and after STP, that convergence of riders will slow and it’ll return to normal, and towards the late summer, then Fall.

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