Two riders killed in Indiana police charity ride

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p>Journal and Courier Online | 2 killed in charity bike ride

Two riders in an Indiana charity ride were killed Tuesday, and another remains in critical condition, after a truck hit their follow van, pushing it into a pack of 10 riders.

The riders were in a group riding to commemorate and raise money for fallen police officers. Gary Martin, a retired Gary, Indiana police officer, and Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police died near Terre Haute Tuesday. They were about midway on a 102-mile day that itself was about midway on a ride scheduled to run August 16th through August 28th.

Investigators closed down the road for hours on Tuesday, and are looking into whether the Towne Air Freight truck was speeding. The van was displaying a warning sign and flashing its hazards.

In light of the riders’ deaths, the ride is being cancelled.

As it does too freaking often, our sympathies go out to the families of the dead, and to the injured and their families.

Also:

IndyStar.com | 2 officers are killed during bike ride

New York Times | Two Cyclists Die in Crash During Ride for Charity

Wear your helmet when blending

A favorite Xtracycle add-on is the bike blender and the Juice Peddler demonstrates why in a video blog post. No better way to beat the late summer heat, then ride to a shady tree and blend yourself up a smoothie with your bike!

We’re waiting for all the project sport utility bike parts to get in, most are here, and checking the creative uses Xtracycle owners are finding for their FreeRadicals, including a bike towing a bike.

Bike Plates

Bike Plates Sponsored by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Washington State is offered share the road bike plates.

As of August 1st, over 1150 plates have been sold, which explains why I’ve been seeing them so much!

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Hollywood Huggin’ Part II

So I saw the masterpiece that is Snakes on a Plane this weekend. There were some very obvious product placements in the movie, including Kawasaki Motorcycles, Dell Computers (all the overhead monitors on the plane have little Dell logos), and Red Bull.

Then, in the closing credits, I noticed a familiar name, Xootr, which makes some cool folding bikes and scooters.

Thing is, I don’t remember seeing any bikes or scooters in the movie. So, did anybody else spot Xootr’s contribution to the campiest film since Road House?

Update: Steve Kovalchik from Xootr says they sent a bike, cap, and a T-shirt. Did anybody catch any of them in the movie?

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