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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.

“Dead Red” Law Passed in Indiana

idaho_s04_0830Going into effect on July 1st, the “Dead Red” law will allow cyclists and motorcyclists to roll through a red light after…wait for it….2 minutes of waiting. As this article mentions, cops aren’t going to put a stopwatch on you, but we do have the option of ignoring the red light for our own convenience and at our own peril. Similar to the “Idaho Stop”, we’ll now be able to run the red…legally, but only because the light tripping sensors embedded into the pavement aren’t activated by our svelte figures and lack of body mass due to all that riding we’ve been doing. Ultimately, this means very little for us by way of convenience, but it does afford us a couple of exploited privileges. 1. We can cite the law should we get stopped for running a red, if we are sure that hypothetical stopwatch wasn’t being used on us, and 2. It’s a step in the right direction for establishing the “Idaho Law”, which, let’s face it, most of us follow already.

First the gay marriage ban was struck down and now Dead Red laws. Mark my words, Indiana is the new Oregon…or maybe Idaho.

Breadwinner Cycles B-Road

Breadwinner Cycles B-Road from Breadwinner Cycles on Vimeo.

It’s Friday. If you needed a little motivation for a long weekend ride…here it is. Ira Ryan taking on the Oregon Outback atop the Breadwinner B-Road, a bike designed specifically for this type of riding.

Progress Packaging LeTDF Musettes


Progress Packaging has teamed up with a number of companies to create TDF inspired musettes for the stage beginning in Yorkshire. They can be purchased at the address in the video and Creative Review has a full listing of designs available.mus1

Forever Forward

The riders at Forward Set through together this short doc on creator, Kirk Tsonos, and his daily happenings.

FWDSET: Forever Forward from Forward Set on Vimeo.

Clug – Bicycle Wall Hanger


I’ve always had 2 reservations with hanging my bike on a wall. 1. The stress the weight of the bike can place upon my wheels and spokes, and 2. The fear of the mount ripping from the drywall. Clug manages to avoid both of these issues by utilizing floor support and taking the gravitational pull off the bike itself. Really, why do we need to have the bikes OFF the ground in the first place? It’s a clever, space saving, easily installed solution for bike storage needs.

North St Bag Switch Program

north streetI love a program that relies on upcycling over recycling and North St Bags is doing just that with their “Switch” program. It works like this:

1. Bring in your backpack, messenger bag, pannier, handlebar bag, etc. (some exclusions).
2. Receive 20% off your next purchase from North St.
3. North St. will take care of and donate the bags to the Community Cycling Center (among other organizations) for resale…benefiting CCC and you!

Let’s face it, sometimes you stow away a perfectly useable bag because you wanted shinier colors, greater street cred, or the latest technology enhanced pack. Now you don’t have to feel so guilty about doing so and can get a bag to someone else who needs one, but doesn’t have the money to buy a new pack. Good for you, good for them!

Although North St is located in Portland, Oregon, you can mail them a pack from anywhere in the world, order a new one online, and get the same benefits. See all the details about the Switch program here.

Coffee On A Bike…In An Airport

gate coffeeThose brilliant Finns. The Helsinki airport is now offering gate-serviced coffee…by bike. So, instead of worrying about dragging your luggage through the terminal (“Unnattended luggage will be exploded by a robocop type mechanism…thank you.”) just to get a cup of liquid nap, Gate Roastery brings it to you, with a bike…because we all know how long those walks can be from A1 to G14. Think about it, you’re speed walking to the connecting flight when you see some poor excuse for coffee (all offense intended Dunkin Donuts) staring you down, forcing you to calculate a wait in line for some liquid tar against the wait in line to get on the plane safely…but now…no stopping necessary! Get to your gate, wait in line, and listen for the distinct *ding ding* of the bike bell as the high-quality coffee comes rolling to you! With this amenity, I’d consider flying…anywhere. Read the full article on Gate Roastery here.

As a part of the TravelLab project, Finavia is bringing this invigorating Finnish ritual to Helsinki Airport passengers, directly to the gate. In Gate Roastery, Finnish quality coffee from Helsinki-based Kaffa Roastery is brought to passengers waiting for their flights at the gate area. They will have the opportunity to buy a freshly brewed cup or a souvenir of Kaffa products to be enjoyed at home.

Our TravelLab technicians will be zooming around the airport with sleek and classy Finnish-made Pelago bicycles.

R.E.Load Bags – Megapack Demo

Roland of R.E.Load Bags gives the details on their messenger-sized bag, the Megapack, the largest bag in their offering. Admittedly, I’m a little bummed circus clowns didn’t come pouring out upon opening.

Le TDF and TFL Posters

I’m a sucker for bold colors, bold shapes and posters, so I naturally find these fantastic. Transport For London commissioned designers, M&C Saatchi, to create posters alerting London public transit passengers to potential traffic complications during the Tour De France. Eye-catching and informative, I love the inclusion of the TFL logo and uncomplicated message. I’d find a way to get some prints if I was in the area, but I think these are only going to be public info posters and not for sale.
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Via Creative Review

Aaron Gwin’s One Tire Ride

Let Gwin’s downhill ride be a lesson to you next time you get a flat on the road…skip the bus and just ride that sucker home!

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