On Your Left and Ringing a Bell

sdfs

When Mr. On Your Left blew through a red light, I didn’t bark at him about it cause it’s still #BiketoWorkMonth, but mentioned it to my bro Chris DiStefano who told me this:

I rang my bell at a guy and he lost it. He said, “You’re supposed to say on your left!” I told him this was a universal indicator and just more pleasant. He said, “‘Oh, you must be one of those new commuters.

I also told him a bell was universal, what if someone doesn’t speak English. He laughed like Donald Trump. That’s ridiculous, is what he replied.

To The Point

It is ridiculous that those of us who ride year around, think this is the month when the tourists show up. So to the point, a bell is most certainly used to alert people on the path of your presence. I’ve have one on all my city bikes and have never had a confrontation over it. Also, if you’re gonna say, “on your left,” it’s done as a courtesy when passing. It does not mean, “Give me your line,” and/or that the cyclists in your way should move or slow down. Like a bell, it’s a courtesy, and much different than flashing your lights in the left lane at the car in front of you, right?

There’s only a few days left of bike-to-work month, so here’s another tip for the “Commuter,” “hold your line around corners.”

And, don’t run red lights.

While I don’t think it’s necessary to write e a bell shootout, I recommend you find one with a loud, pleasant ring and that suits you. I like bells from Crane, as seen in the photo above and that’s on Amazon for $12.00. The bell du jour is Spurcycle and Mark V reviewed it. One just like it is on Amazon too for $11.00. Also see this Vine with another Crane I have that I used to get brogramers’ attention downtown.

GWR Longest Manual

After that balance bike act, how about a Guiness World Record for Longest Bicycle Manual? Yep, the longest manual on a bicycle is 338.9 m (1,111.87 ft) and was achieved by Harry Denton (New Zealand), at Nelson Airport, Nelson, New Zealand, on 9 December 2015. GWR Shared it today.

Tidal Wave Trail Deer Valley


An edit from one of my all-time fav places to ride: Deer Valley Bike Park and the Tidal Wave. I’ll be there with words and photos to follow next month.

World Championship Skid

Think we can agree the sport needs to reinvent itself and may I suggest skidding! Like this!

That GIF is from the Mens Tandem at the 1993 Track World Championships in Norway. More than 20 years ago. Learn more about track racing from the UCI.

Bike to Work Day 16


Secretary of State Kerry and the tweet of the day.

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