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October 22, 2001
Regarding "Bicyclists, Please Use Your Heads ..." (Sept. 24): While the advice on bicycle fit may have been suitable for a child, the article made no distinction between a child and the adult who wishes to become an accomplished rider. The authors advised that, for proper fit, a rider should be able to put his or her feet on the ground while seated. In that position, the cyclist loses efficiency as the legs will never fully extend at the bottom of the pedal stroke. This is like telling a tennis, baseball player or golfer to only take a three-fourths swing at the ball--the ball would move but not effectively.
March 30, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
Take a vast, teeming megalopolis where the car is king, bicycle paths are few and motorists often seem determined to mow down anyone not tucked behind a steering wheel. Now try talking residents into pedaling to work every day to help the environment. That's the task facing Mexico City officials, who have parked hundreds of bikes in busy neighborhoods in hopes of getting people to avoid cars and instead bicycle to the office, class or a lunch date. The new project, called Ecobici, is modeled on bike-lending programs in such cities as Barcelona, Spain; Paris; and Copenhagen.
June 23, 2007
Re "Bamboo bike quite the offshoot," June 18 Third World citizens building their own bicycles out of bamboo? Reality check needed here. The frame represents a very small fraction of the cost of a basic bicycle. Even if an average Ghanaian manages, with great effort, to cobble up a bike frame from bamboo, that bike is still going to need manufactured rims, spokes, hubs, chain, bottom bracket, cranks, pedal axles, front sprockets, rear gear cluster, derailleurs, seat post, seat, brakes, cables, levers and more.
April 21, 1991
Over the years, there has been a growing concern about air pollution and automobiles. One of the suggestions to solve this problem has been the bicycle. I recently went for a leisure bike ride on 1st and 17th streets from Grand Avenue to Beach Boulevard. The streets were in poor condition and had no bike lane, making it very difficult to ride. I had three choices: Ride along the curb and risk injuring myself or my bike. Ride on the sidewalk (which is illegal). Ride away from the curb to avoid the damaged areas, but also risk entering the pathway of passing cars.
September 10, 1995
It's wonderful that Chelsey Thomas will have a "Reason to Smile" (Aug. 23) after surgeons finish a complicated surgery to correct the Moebius syndrome, a rare neurological condition that affects her facial nerves. What is disheartening is The Times' photo, which shows her about to ride her bicycle without a helmet while her 14-year-old brother uses in-line skates with no helmet or any protective pads! If the Thomases are willing to commit their HMO to a $70,000 surgery, why aren't they also willing to spend the minimal amount required for helmets and protective pads?
February 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
If it had an ounce of buoyancy, "Girl on a Bicycle" might qualify as a diverting piffle. But Jeremy Leven's attempt at old-school romantic comedy, set in a postcard-pretty tourist's vision of Paris, is more of a foolish plod than a weightless rollick. The Euro-pudding of a premise concerns Italian tour bus driver Paolo, his German flight attendant fiancée and the title character, a French model who catches his eye as she crisscrosses the city fetchingly on two wheels. The alleged hilarity grinds into gear when Paolo accidentally hits the bicyclist with his bus, then pretends to be her husband to visit her in the hospital.
January 26, 1987 | United Press International
Police said a 9-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle in a wooded area behind Martinez Junior High School on Saturday apparently was stabbed to death. A group of neighborhood boys discovered the body of Eric Coy and his bicycle in bushes beside a wooded footbridge that crosses a creek in an area known to be frequented by transients. Police declined to release any details of the homicide except to say that the murder weapon appeared to be a "sharp object."
June 18, 1989 | RICHARD BEENE, Times Staff Writer
It all seemed so innocent at first. Dan Gladney was just looking for a way to stay in shape. "I thought, 'Gee, this looks like a lot of fun,' " he recalled. "Buy a bike, a helmet, and you're set." If only things were so easy. Just a year after he spent $350 on a new bicycle ("I thought that was a lot of money at the time") Gladney recently "upgraded" to an aluminum bicycle in the $2,000 range. The weekly rides of the past have given way to daily outings at 5 a.m., and the 20-mile excursions that once seemed so challenging are now hardly enough to work up a sweat.
November 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
London Mayor Boris Johnson, on an evening bicycle ride, rescued a woman who was being threatened by a group of girls wielding a metal bar, the mayor's office said. Documentary filmmaker Franny Armstrong was confronted by the teenage girls, who pushed her against a car Monday night as she was walking in North London, news reports said. She said she saw Johnson on his bicycle and shouted to him. Johnson picked up the metal bar, which was more than a yard long, and cycled after the girls, Armstrong said.
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