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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

Stravasshole


It’s funny because it’s true. What?..any opportunity to take a good natured jab at Strava is ok with me.

Ride Like a Girl

Oh man…this blog post by Nikki Lee is so good on many levels. Well-written, clever and right to the point…on both issues.

If one of those cars does hit you, you’re probably going to get blamed. The police will assume that you were riding unsafely, and what you could have done to better protect yourself. The driver most likely won’t be punished at all. If anything, it’ll be a slap on the wrist.

Now, a follow up post explaining ways to make both situations better would be rad.

Froome Rides the Chunnel


Ok Le Tour, we’ll throw you a bone. Chris Froome of Team Sky becomes the first rider to cycle the entire 50k of the English Chunnel. So yeah, that happened. Now let the rest of us do it.

Cyclist Getting Charged?


So yeah, this is happening. According to the LA Times, after this Orange County cyclist gets bottles thrown at him while riding in the bike lane, and after he submitted the video to the authorities in order to press charges against the offenders, he’s now facing potential charges of “words in public likely to illicit a violent reaction,” because….uhh….that’s a thing. What? I’m at a loss for words here, and if I had them, they might illicit a violent reaction or something. Is this highly unconventional or is this just standard car-centric LA procedure?

Trek & People For Bikes Partnership


Bicycle advocacy organization, People For Bikes, has partnered with Trek Factory Racing to enhance and spread their efforts to accommodate cycling in cities around the country. Join in the effort on the PFB site and be entered to win a Domane 4.0.

Penny In Yo’ Pants!

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Not that I’ve ever tried to wear a skirt while cycling (if only I had the courage), but this ingenious little solution somewhat solves the problem of showing off a little more skin than is desired…and all it requires is a penny and a rubber band! And can you believe it, they didn’t even try to Kickstart it!

Road Bike Party 2 – Behind The Scenes

You’ve surely seen Road Bike Party and RBP2, but a behind the scenes documentary was released just a couple months ago. Here’s a little back story on these amazing videos and the riders involved.

Human App Data Visuals

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This is how we move from Human on Vimeo.

Human is an app designed to improve your health by motivating you to move for at least 30 minutes a day (is this what we’ve come to?) and helping you track your progress. The video above is a beautiful visual of the information they pulled from the app to determine when and how we move through our respective cities. There are so many considerations to draw from the visuals, but let’s just look at all the pretty for a bit.

Designer Paul Smith & Mercian Cycles Collaboration

PAUL SMITH x MERCIAN CYCLES — MR PORTER — THE EXCLUSIVE from MR PORTER on Vimeo.

What a great little short about a collaboration between fashion designer, Paul Smith, and the frame builders of Mercian Cycles. Go into 3:20 for some rad shots of Smith dressed to the 9′s pulling track stands on his murdered out custom frame. This guy is legit!

Alligators and Cornflakes

There are too many amazing one-liners in this 3:40 video to pick a favorite. I just…just…there are no words. This guy has taken them all.

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