Those darned self-entitled cyclists

A parking lot for bicycles in Niigata, Niigata, Japan
A parking lot for bicycles in Niigata, Niigata, Japan

We hear it all the time. “Those damned self-entitled cyclists!” We hear the word privilege thrown around too. Terms generally used to refer to socio-economic issues. They are often invoked in discussions about running through stop signs and stop lights. I’ve always found it frustrating, as I suspect that many of the people that are saying it are using it as a slur without really understanding what it means.

So what is the term “self-entitled” even supposed to mean, if anything? I think we can all agree to the context there. It implies that some people believe that cyclists believe they have a right to ignore certain traffic laws. Yes – I know that was confusing, some people believe that cyclists believe… I’ve always tried to be very pragmatic about stop sign and stop light running. We all know it is illegal in most places. Many are working to change that, but until then I couldn’t imagine any cyclist honestly believing that running through stop lights was their “right.”

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Interview with Joonas Henttala of Team Novo Nordisk

Amgen Tour of California 2016, Stage 1 Breakaway
Photo ©TDWSport. Used with permission.

Joonas Henttala is a professional cyclist with Team Novo Nordisk. Joonas started the 2016 Tour of California aggressively. We was the first rider to attack after the neutral start of Stage 1. This created a break away with 6 other riders that was off the front for over 85 miles. The break away was reeled back in before the final 3, resulting in a bunch sprint. Joonas’s teammate on Team Novo Nordisk – Martijn Verschoor – was able to capture a 5th place finish against some of the best sprinters in the world.

We caught up with Joonas Henttala before the start of the Tour of California to ask him some questions about his life as a professional cyclist, overcoming Type 1 Diabetes, and competing at the highest levels of the sport. Keep reading →

Team Novo Nordisk showing new kits for Tour of California

Photo ©Team Novo Nordisk. Used with permission.
Photo ©Team Novo Nordisk. Used with permission.

Team Novo Nordisk will be returning to the Amgen Tour of California this year with a whole new look that will be exclusive to the US races. The new green kits feature Tresiba®  – a long-acting insulin produced by title sponsor Novo Nordisk.

Team Novo Nordisk is a global team made up of nearly 100 endurance athletes with diabetes, including cyclists, runners and triathletes. The men’s professional cycling team includes 17 athletes from nine countries, 8 of which will be on the starting line for the Amgen Tour of California.

The Amgen Tour of California is the biggest cycling event on U.S. soil and it’s definitely one of the most important races of the season for Team Novo Nordisk, so we are excited to introduce our new U.S. kit at this prestigious race. This year marks our third consecutive appearance at the Amgen Tour of California, and we are eager to use this opportunity to show the 415 million people around the world living with diabetes what may be possible.

Phil Southerland, co-founder & CEO of Team Novo Nordisk

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Bike builder Willy Tan

DSC06407One of the bikes seen at the North American Handmade Bike Show this year had the name “Willy Tan” carefully labeled on the down tube. This small framed pink touring bike definitely caught my attention, and if fact was one of my favorites of the entire show. What caught my attention even more was that this bike was in the booth of the University of Iowa – the only academic institution at the show. The bikes on display were on par with the quality and workmanship of the rest of the show – many seasoned professionals with years of experience.

The University of Iowa program is lead by Steve McGuire, Professor of Metal Arts and 3D Design and Studio Division Coordinator in the School of Art & Art History. Thanks to the magic of social networking, I was able to get in touch with the builder Willy Tan and ask him some questions about the program, and this fantastic bike. Keep reading →

Cycling Shimanami Kaido

Back in January JustAnotherCyclist.com got an email that read in part “During my last trip to Japan I rented a bicycle and cycled 160 kilometers across 6 beautiful islands in 2 days.” The route in question was Shimanami Kaido, which by many accounts is one of the “world’s most incredible bike tours.”

Not only that – there was video!

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Bay Area Bike Share reveals proposed new locations

Bay Area Bike Share station
Bay Area Bike Share station, 7th & Townsend, San Francisco.

It has been over 8 months since Bay Area Bike Share announced their plans to expand and started soliciting feedback from the public. And now, presumably after evaluating usage data and feedback from the numerous surveys, they have started to reveal many of the proposed new stations.

While plans are to expand Bay Area Bike Share tenfold all over the bay area – including east bay – the released locations are all in San Francisco and San Jose. The San Francisco locations are focused in the south-east section of town, including SOMA, the Tenderloin, Mission Bay, as well as Castro and the Mission.

Not only have they published maps of the proposed sites in PDF format, they are also soliciting additional feedback now that the new locations are starting to be known.

Koala. Cyclist. Thirst.

NAHBS Headtube Badges

A collection of some of the badges and artwork I found on the headtubes at the 2016 North American Hand Made Bicycle Show.

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Working the show

IMG_0828One of the great things about doing all this cycling media stuff as a “hobby job” is that it seems like a vacation when I take time to attend an event. The glamor of cheap hotels. Living life with one pannier full of camera gear, and the other full of clothes. Ahh…. it just doesn’t get much better than this, right?

Truth be told I love doing this stuff, and hopefully you get the benefit of seeing things from our perspective – the perspective of Just Another Cyclist. So stay tuned for pictures and stories for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Want instant gratification? Keep your eye on @JAnoherCyclist on twitter, and of course pictures on the Instagram account.

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But at the end of the day there really is no predicting which of your works will catch on and which won’t. It is nearly impossible to predict which of your stories might get posted to reddit, providing yet more eyes on your stuff. One Facebook share gets thousands of page views, another zero. Such is the Wild Wooly Web. Keep reading →