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.

Zipcar bike racks

zipcar-with-yakimaI got a surprise yesterday: a Zipcar with a bike rack. I had no idea that was even a thing, but I’ve sure wished for it in the past.

I’ve have been carless (that’s without a car, not careless) for quite some time. Which also means I have not to be paying San Francisco parking tickets for quite some time. But there have been times when I wanted to get somewhere away from home – with my bike – that required a drive. That makes a Zipcar with a bike rack just about perfect. I couldn’t find any official announcement from Zipcar regarding the availability of cars with bike racks in San Francisco, but they apparently were available in New York and Portland several years ago.

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Audi Outrage

The new Audi A3 plugin hybrid. I’d actually be inclined to respect it – if not for some idiotic advertising.

So many things wrong with this. Keep reading →

Feel good story of the day

If you love grandmas, bicycles and dudes turning a good deed, have we got a story for you. Call it your feel good story of the day. It all started on one of my favorite Facebook groups: Look At My Bike Leaning Against Stuff. The group is about… well… just that. People post photos of their bikes. Leaning against stuff. Pretty straight forward. There are a couple of rules – pictures are of bikes only – no people. Drive side out lest the critiques will critically criticize. Etc etc etc.

But as with many things, a small act of humanity and compassion gleamed through like a shining beacon (cue symphonic musical sweeper) Keep reading →

Does MY car qualify?

UberAd

Ad asks “Does Your Car Qualify for Uber.” I don’t know… does it?

Sherman - the Cargo Bike

Sometimes it is just scary

I love riding my bike. I feel quite comfortable riding on the streets of San Francisco, or the country roads of California’s central valley. From my perspective, what negative interactions I’ve had with cars have generally been due to simple mistakes – misjudging speed, not looking in the right rear view mirror when turning right, etc etc. I’m the guy that spend a lot of time complaining about how dangerous others make cycling out to be. I’m the guy urging everyone to stop the fear mongering.

But then someone has to be an asshole. And that can be just flat out scary.

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Accidental imports from Amsterdam

One of my coworkers recently came back from Amsterdam. I just happened to pass him when he was talking to another coworker. He was showing him what I assume was a picture on his phone and stated

“See, ” said coworker 1, “they ride in a separate place. The bikes don’t even ride where the cars go.”

Coworker 2 replied “Why can’t we learn that here?”

I don’t think either of them are cyclists.

Changing one mind at a time…

Germany gets a Velobahn

Yes yes. Copenhagen and Amsterdam rock for cycling. We all know it. Well now Germany wants to have a thing to say about that. The first 5km of a new Velobahn have opened up. Keep right except to pass… Keep reading →

Cycling heads-up display

Cycling heads-up display from GarminGarmin has unveiled what is essentially a cycling heads-up display: the Garmin Varia Vision. Come on – you know you want to call this thing the “Garmin Glass.

The device is designed to display GPS data and other alerts right on the lenses where it is visible to the cyclist. Keep reading →

Become a Blackburn Ranger

Blackburn RangerMany of us dream of cycling down the Pacific Coast Highway from Canada to Mexico. Now imagine doing that with all brand new gear that you didn’t have to pay for. Oh yea – and imagine someone throwing in some cash to help you do it. Think you can handle it? Then you may have what it takes to be a Blackburn Ranger. Keep reading →