An awareness outreach is forming to help teach drivers (and passengers) to simply open the door with their other hand to help prevent cyclists from getting doored. Even when we use self-driving cars, this little change in habit is going to be very helpful for preventing cyclists from getting doored! Here's a quick 2 minute video about it I just made: https://youtu.be/lvajgZd7q_I This is such a simple change to implement. It just takes a little bit of awareness to change the habit. I … [Read more...] about The Dutch Reach: To prevent cyclists from getting doored, tell people to open the car door with their opposite hand!
This is a follow up to my previous article: Public Transport + Cycling = Great... Unless The Bike Rack is Full! As of late, I've tried to get on the bus with my bicycle (with a full bike rack) the last couple times and they let me put the bike inside when I told them this was the last bus. Each time they refused but when I told them, "but this was the last bus for the night!" the driver was surprised and let me put it on. So apparently telling them that this was the last bus could work if … [Read more...] about Success with getting my bicycle on the bus in LA even when the bike rack is full
Another foggy night. June gloom making its way deep into August this year. It was also Thursday, which means there's a free concert at the Santa Monica pier right next to Old Muscle Beach. Troves of people come, many with bicycles. Very quickly they run out of bicycle parking and start using all the exercise apparatuses to lock their bikes to, limiting our ability to use them. Here's a quick tour of OMB, laden and locked down with bicycles. … [Read more...] about Bicycles Take Over OMB
Here's a pattern I noticed while bicycling and commuting in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA. Let's take two scenarios. In both scenarios, I am in the middle of the right lane on the same stretch of road and going 15-20mph. (I'm "taking the lane" because it's not wide enough to be shared.) First scenario If I'm wearing my "professional" cycling jersey and shorts and in a low enough gear that allows me to pedal furiously at a very high RPM, drivers will not honk at me. Now … [Read more...] about Wanna hear something hilarious? Drivers are more likely to honk at me if I don’t look like I’m hustling my brains out.
The following video is an addendum to learning how to ride your bicycle safely on the streets. In that article, I write about the importance of taking the lane and why it is sometimes necessary to do so. http://youtu.be/ioAXhrJq_Us Riding in the middle of the lane makes it extremely clear to drivers FROM FAR AWAY that there is a cyclist in the lane and that there is not enough space to share the lane. This may sound scary, but it actually provides greater peace of mind than the very … [Read more...] about Special scenario for taking the lane: riding around a blind curve next to parked cars [Video]
This time, we take you back to the classics. The classics? What do you mean? I should've bought these 5 years ago when I first started commuting by bicycle. They are what officially made bicycling practical enough to easily carry LOTS of things without a problem. When I was researching my options, people kept recommending "Ortliebs" on all the forums. Some people even said how their Ortliebs have lasted them decades. Now that I own a pair, I totally understand why they have … [Read more...] about The Magic of Ortlieb Back Rollers [Video]
Some would say never put on ear-buds while cycling as you want to be able to hear the traffic around you. While I agree that it is dangerous to not be aware of your surroundings on a bicycle, I still listen to music with my earbuds because it makes the experience so much more profound. You have to come up with a compromise. 1. Put your ear buds on before you snap the buckle on your helmet. This way, if an ear bud falls out while you're riding, the helmet straps prevent them from falling … [Read more...] about Cycling Diaries: Listening to Music while Cycling
If you were standing around and a car behind you blasts the horn without warning, would you be startled? Yep! Would you shit your pants? Maybe! Now imagine the same scenario, except this time you're riding your bicycle on the street, and all of a sudden the car behind you blasts the horn. It's not just startling but terrifying and incites a wide range of emotions. Listen up Mister Motorist: When a cyclist is in the middle of the lane, it's not because they hate you. … [Read more...] about Hey Asshole! Yea You, The One Driving The Car!
“We only have what we give.” ~ Isabel Allende ~ During CicLAvia last weekend, I was riding my bicycle, loosely following the ++music trailer my brother was towing. All of a sudden, the asphalt felt really rough. Like super rough. It didn't look rough though and I was wondering why the vibrations were so violent. I looked down at my tire and wow! I had a flat! I can't remember the last time I had a flat. It's been so long I had forgotten what it felt like to ride on a flat. … [Read more...] about CicLAvia made LA feel like a nice community, a community that helped me fix a flat
Mind blowingly simple. And this will be a life saver. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZja_8crIEI What's a presta valve? The valve on the right is a Schrader valve. The Schrader valve is the same valve that's used on car tires. So a bicycle tube with the Schrader valve can be pumped up at your local gas station if no hand pump (or CO2 cartridge) is available. The presta valve is on the left. This is typically found in bicycle tubes on many road bikes and some mountain bikes. … [Read more...] about How to make a presta valve adapter in a few seconds