California DUI law and bikes

20150711_152006The vast majority of people I talk to either think that DUI laws apply equally to bikes, or not at all. But both of those groups are wrong.

Up until recently, I myself was in the first group. The group that believe that the same penalties and fines for driving a car while intoxicated apply to bikes. I imagine this line of thinking has to do with the “bikes follow the same laws as cars” mantra. You know, the phrase that is constantly used against cycling when someone rolls a stop sign, but completely ignored when we’re told to get out of the lane.

On first glance the law would actually seem to support this notion as well. While many states have DUI laws that refer only to “motor vehicles,” California does not: Keep reading →

Lugged Frames

There is, at least for me, something about lugged frames that evokes all of the classical beauty of the bicycle as art. I don’t mean to diminish from the absolute skill and craftsmanship that goes into non-lugged frames. But every time I see carefully accentuated lugs on a handmade bicycle, it just seems to underscore the attention to detail that is the very embodiment of “handmade.”

This year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show didn’t disappoint in the area of beautifully detailed lugged frames. Keep reading →

Oddity Cycles with a fat bike for the kids

Fat bikes have been a common theme at the North American Hand Made Bike Show. And this year continued that tradition, including a fair number of small framed youth models.

Among those showing up with a fat bike for the kids was the Fort Collins, CO builder Oddity Cycles. While their adult bikes were noteworthy, I’ll have to admit that this single speed fat bike for the kids pretty much dominated my attention at their booth.

Oddity Cycles Youth Fat Bike Keep reading →

Bikes: As American as baseball and apple pie

IMG_0859The city of Sacramento, CA has a long and rich baseball history. And a big part of that history has traditionally been embodied by a dark yet friendly little corner of the world known as Joe Marty’s bar. The walls of the bar were lined with historic portraits of baseball players and pictures of the old baseball diamond that used to sit right around the corner where the Target is today.

Unfortunately the landmark establishment was hit with a kitchen fire in 2005 and sat vacant for a decade. Then two local businessmen decided to resurrect the name at the same location. And that brings us to why I’m talking about this on a cycling blog… Keep reading →

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.

Nobel Peace Prize for cycling?

Can you win the Nobel Peace Prize for cycling? Possibly. If you are the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team. This tough group of women face challenges daily that will make your next urban traffic dodging exercise seem trivial.

They are already in the running for the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year award. But their story has reached new levels of exposure with the help of documentary film makers and the movie “Afghan Cycles.” But the nod in the form of a nomination for the Nobel Peach Prize has really garnered headlines. Keep reading →

Bike Cage Etiquette

Bike cage etiquette can be a tricky thing. Those of us lucky enough to work in a building that provides a locking bike cage (but not lucky enough to work in a building that lets you take your bike indoors) have some definite advantages. However, there are two particular scenarios where the balance between being nice to your fellow cyclists and conscious of everyone’s stuff can be at odds. Keep reading →

Top 10 posts ever

Blogs are a funny, fickle mistress. You produce content. You struggle to maintain the balance between journalistic/artistic integrity and SEO so that people can find you. You throw out terms like “journalistic/artistic integrity” as if you actually had them. You try to be funny. You try to speak to your readers.

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 →

Full sphere video

Not just 360° left-to-right, but up and down as well. This is neater than neat. Use the icon in the upper left corner to move the perspective. It works when the video is playing or stopped.