Vincent Rodriguez loves maps.
“Maps tell the story of where you’ve been, where you’re going and where you want to go,” Rodriguez says, as he holds a bag of his own hand-roasted coffee beans, aptly titled “Maps Coffee.”
Rodriguez, who opened his own bike shop and café in June, is entering uncharted territory as the only major frame builder in Kansas City.
Participants in the third annual Powderhorn 24, named after the south Minneapolis neighborhood and park that is home to the ride, cumulatively logged enough miles to more than circle the earth. Teams and individual riders traversed the ride’s five-mile route for 24 straight hours, turning 27,435 total miles between the 350 participants. The top individual rider, “Troublino” Loretta Trevino, logged more than 300 miles in one full day, unofficially obtaining the title of the ride’s “Biggest Badass.” The top team, “The Murder Cats Turbo Crew,” logged more than 400 miles.
Latvia’s capitol Riga enjoys all the charm and dignity of its other, more renowned European counterparts, yet the local architects’ uniquely animated take on the art nouveau architectural style really sets the place apart. All across the city’s center, stone buildings bearing expressive faces, whimsical figurines and frolicking nature scenes populate streets large and small, each capturing a distinct mood or personality. These enduring attributes will draw even more visitors in 2014, when the city represents Europe as its Capital of Culture for the year.
In my role as a bicycle forensic investigator, I often look into the details of an injury to a cyclist due to a defective bicycle or bike accessory. In some of these cases the part that failed and contributed to the crash was known to be unsafe and a recall notice issued to consumers and dealers. The CPSC is a government agency that is responsible for issuing those recalls. It also ensures that the products we buy are safe when used as intended. In this article I’ll provide some information about what the CPSC is, how they create safe design criteria to the bicycle industry, how they address unsafe products that make it into the market and what you as a bicycle rider can do to verify that the bike you’re riding is free of defects.
The nine inaugural inductees to the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame include some names notorious and others that should be: Longtime New York messenger and originator of Cranksgiving, Antonio “Tone” Rodrigues; the godfather of global messenger culture James Moore, who was riding brakeless track bikes on the street before most of today’s fixie youth were even born…