Ooops… Looks like there were some inaccuracies in my original story. I’ve taken the content offline while I do more research.
I’ve seen fuzzy bikes before – but this may just be the fuzziest. Spotted at San Francisco Caltrain station.
California SB 582 has passed and is now awaiting signature from the Governor Jerry Brown. This bill allows regional planning authorities to require employers to offer commuter benefits – pre-tax deductions that can be use for public transportation or cycling costs incurred by bike commuting. That’s right, you may soon have the opportunity to pay for those tires shredded by road debris with pre-tax funds. Folks familiar with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for health care will be familiar with this concept. These plans are, in essence, an FSA for commuters. Jerry Brown has 12 days to either sign or veto. You can get the details of the bill, including the full text, here.
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been fairly silent about this year’s Tour de France. To be honest the first week was kinda hard to watch – and I was not really motivated to write about it much. It is unfortunate when the most dramatic moments of the race have been the result of folks surviving through horrible crashes. Sure, I’ve mumbled short quips on Twitter, and we’ve been discussing stages over in the VeloReviews forums, but no real write ups here at JustAnotherCyclist.
Things appear to have turned around today though.
Cycling helmets seem to be a recurring theme here on JustAnotherCyclist as of late. To wear or not to wear. To promote or not to promote. Blah blah blah… There has got to be some way to resolve the issue. Perhaps with better technology?
Folks seem pretty happy with the air bags in their cars. This probably has a lot to do with the reams and reams of evidence for their collective benefits. Unfortunately the same concept does not apply to bicycles. First off there is simply no practical way to mount an airbag on the handlebars of any but the most heavily customized bikes. More importantly is the fact that it is usually the ground or a car – and not the handlebars – that you smack into if you are injured in a cycling crash. If only there were some way to get that same level of passive protection on a bicycle…
Maybe there is.
I was sitting in my new favorite greasy spoon – Heidis Pies on El Camino Real in San Mateo – when Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” came on the radio. As I was half-listen while reading the latest issue of Road Bike Action magazine, I could hear the cowbell in my head. Only, the cowbell isn’t really there – at not least as much as I heard it. The cowbell had been engrained in my subconscious so much that I actually thought I was hearing it.
I’m referring, of course, to the Christopher Walken skit done on Saturday Night Live featuring that song. That particular skit has become so iconic that most folks from my generation will know exactly what you are talking about if you mention “I gotta have more cowbell!”
(Yes – this will eventually have something to do with cycling)