We’re down to those last few wintry weeks of the year, and if the chill in the air has kept you inside, don’t fret—Urban Velo issue #40 is now available online. What’s inside our last issue of 2013?
- First, we took a look at how people are using helmet cameras to catch bad drivers in the act.
- Matt Kabik gives us the full rundown from WHBPC 2013.
- And if you’ve ever had contentions about pedal threading, Brad’s latest tech article should lay those all to rest.
And in case you’ve been caught up in things like family, finals, or Strava challenges, here’s a few things you won’t want to miss:
- Johnny Coast is crafting beautiful single speed road bikes for Coast Cycles out in Brooklyn.
- FBM unleashes the Ballista polo frameset; River City Bicycles wants to give your bike a reacharound (fender bracket, that is); and Boombotix wants you to mount this hardware onto your handlebars so the music is front and center on your next ride.
- State Bicycle Co. is celebrating the holidays with this Home Alone Christmas Catalog, Wolfpack takes the heat to the track in a brand new race format lovingly dubbed “All Out War,” and watch as one crazy dude rides his bike downhill backwards.
If you’re Philly-bound for SSCXW and Bandit ‘Cross this weekend, we’ll see you out there! If you won’t be joining us this weekend, bundle up and keep the rubber side down.
On Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 40 riders in Charlotte, NC took part in a Cranksgiving charity alleycat. They collected 834 lbs of food in 2 hours, donating it to Food Not Bombs Charlotte and Second Harvest Food Bank.
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A close friend snapped this photo of a sharrow with a some added paint the other day on the way to work. She says it best, “This is one of the most validating pieces of infrastructure I have ever seen. I love them!”
San Francisco can be heaven or hell to ride in, depending on if you know where to turn, what streets to avoid, and how to find “the wiggle.” SF cyclist Mat Kladney recently submitted his simplified bicycle map of San Francisco to the See-Through Maps exhibition as a part of the MAPPING AND ITS DISCONTENTS symposium at U.C. Berkeley earlier this month.
“As a longtime cyclist, I recently realized that the mental map that exists in my mind of San Francisco is different from most (and importantly does not exist in print form),” Kladney writes in explaining the map’s design.
The map illustrates popular routes through the city as uniquely colored paths, similar to many public transit maps – a way of suggesting that getting around town on a bike can be as simple as using public transit options. Atlantic Cities compares Kladney’s simplified map to the SF Bike Coalition’s bike-and-walking map here.
From the looks of this zine, scanned and posted by Kinki Cycle, women’s track racing is alive and well in Japan. The Girls Keirin website is super informative, including rules, history, news, racer profiles and more.
Check out www.girlskeirin.com