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2014 Bike Ped Survey

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It's been 3 years since the last one and all of that gathered data has led to all of the cycle lanes, sharrows, tracks and other infrastructure, improvements and enhancements you see around you. More input means better output. Take the survey by clicking on the image!

Adding Capacity - Bodega Bike Part 2

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When seeking ways to carry more stuff by bike the second least expensive option is a rear rack (a front basket is less expensive). Rear racks can be found for approximately $35 at most local bike shops. If you have a good relationship with the shop they will more than likely install the rack for you, but some shops might charge a small fee. Not every bike has mounts for a rear rack, but your LBS might have some clamps and other troubleshooting items on hand.
Many items can be affixed to a rear rack with bungees or other tie-downs and it won't affect the handling of the bike the way that a front basket does. Weight capacity for most rear racks is around 40 pounds. Not all rear racks are the same, so here are a few things to keep in mind:

-Some rear racks come in sizes, determined by frame size or wheel size.
-Panniers and trunk bags are an extra expense, ranging from $40 to $140.
-If your bike has rear suspension you are limited to a seatpost mounted rack. These cannot carry as much and will oftentimes sway from side to side, possibly hitting your wheel.
-If your bike has disc brakes you may require a disc-specific rear rack.

You can now load up about a week's worth of groceries on your bike!

Festive 500 on Repeat

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I completed the Rapha Festive 500 again this year, earning my second roundel. At first I wanted to attach these to a beanie, a la 70's ski fashion. Then I wanted to attach them to a scarf and keep it as my challenge scarf. Now I'm thinking backpack but I have to find the right one.

Start Small - Bodega Bike Part 1

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We all enjoy riding our bikes around town for fun but the second we need to run an errand we reach for the car keys. But did you know that almost a third of your errands are within 1 mile of your home? When you think that it only takes about 5 minutes to ride that mile you begin to realize that it might just be faster to ride your bike! But your bike doesn't have the trunk space that your car does. The key is: don't worry about doing your weekly shopping by bike, just consider those small errands. The easiest way to add cargo capacity to your bike is a front basket.

For about $20 you can carry the coffee, the wine, or whatever last minute item you need. But before you go, you need to keep these simple guidelines in mind:

-If your bicycle has a suspension fork you are limited to a lift-off basket. These will only hold about 10lbs.
-Your stem must be high enough that the basket brackets face down. If the brackets face out there is risk of the basket moving down under load and rubbing the tire.
-Your steering will be affected, tending to over-steer. Keep a good grip on the handles!
-Bungees will help keep your cargo from jumping out!

Who knows, you might even start to enjoy that daily ride to the store, picking up fresh food for your daily meals!


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Maybe my pal Jason will ride over and grab some goodies for me.

More To Come...

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The Blanket of Champions

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As the temps start to drop and you spend less time on the bike or in the garden (aside from planting you spring bulbs), nothing will warm you like wool. Pendleton has been making blankets for a long time and this Glacier National Park edition is one of their iconic designs. Reminds me of another iconic design.