December 10, 2013 |
Shinola is paying homage to the Wright Brothers with a limited-edition timepiece and even more limited edition bicycle, both of which were unveiled at a private launch event in Detroit last night. The wristwatch, based on Shinola's Brakeman timepiece, uses the brand's Argonite 715 quartz movement and has a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, chocolate brown Horween leather strap and a black dial with the words: "The Wright Brothers" above the number 6. In a cool flourish, the "T" in Wright is designed to look like the instantly recognizable double wing configuration of the brothers' early aircraft.
November 8, 2013 |
Spend enough time with cyclists and cycling and it's easy to believe that the world has changed: that the bike has taken over, that pollution is in retreat, that the obesity epidemic has met its match, that the post-World War II thinking about mobility - move fast, in single-occupancy cars - is ancient history. That's especially true at the California by Bike summit, underway in Oakland, where a couple hundred or so cycling advocates have gathered to confer about their movement. So for the advocates, it was sobering to hear California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, at the opening session Thursday evening, cite some statistics from a pair of Public Policy Institute of California polls, one in 1995 and one in 2011.
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October 31, 2013 |
Anaheim investigators said they have identified a driver they suspect struck a 19-year-old bicyclist in a fatal hit-and-run earlier this week. The driver has not been arrested or charged, said Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department, in a statement. "Additional investigation, including the examination of evidence and the collision scene, will be necessary to determine if investigators will be seeking charges," Dunn said. Manuel Morales Rodriguez, 19, of Fullerton, was hit by at least two cars about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday on Orangethorpe Avenue, east of Lemon Street.
October 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is famous for being unpredictable. Lawmakers and lobbyists at the Capitol say they're never quite sure whether he'll sign or veto a bill. Brown also has a penchant for showing up at their offices along with his dog Sutter, and for keeping his own counsel about appearing at one of the dozens of events he gets invited to each week. Journalists were surprised when the governor visited Bell Gardens on Tuesday to celebrate construction of a luxury hotel at the Bicycle Casino card room, off the 710 Freeway at Florence Avenue . Brown hailed the $45-million-plus investment, saying it would create "hundreds of construction and permanent hospitality jobs.
October 12, 2013 |
Mexico kept its World Cup qualifying hopes alive with the game-winning goal provided by Raul Jimenez on an amazing bicycle kick in a 2-1 victory over Panama on Friday night in Mexico City. Jimenez entered the game in the 83rd minute and two minutes later took a pass from Fernando Arce just above the 18-yard box with his back to the goal. He quickly flipped the ball into the air in front of him and elevated for the bicycle kick, which rocketed past flat-footed Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
October 12, 2013 |
In Mexico, people may someday remember where they were the night Raul Jimenez beat Panama. Babies may be named after him. Statues could be built. Or maybe not. Because if Mexico falls again Tuesday in Costa Rica, the country's disappointing performance in World Cup qualifying could be noteworthy for having kept the team out of the tournament for the first time since 1990 and not for Jimenez's magnificent bicycle kick, which beat Panama, 2-1, on Friday to breathe new life into Mexico's flickering qualifying hopes.
October 11, 2013 |
The folding bike is riding the cycling commuter wave, and the clever engineering is making it quicker than ever to carry on a subway or in a car trunk. Now found in some regular bike shops as well as specialty urban-transportation stores, better designs are helping the bikes shrug off a nerdy-professor stereotype of being ugly, tiny-wheeled, poor-riding machines. Breakthrough models come with chainless belt drives, electric engines and even recumbent formats. Most sport 20-inch wheels to make the bikes compact when folded, with elegant frames that hinge and lock at mid-frame.
October 11, 2013 |
Among the virtues of bicycle riding - not burning fossil fuel, not adding to car traffic, enjoying the scenery - is, of course, the health benefit. You get a real workout, especially if you're cycling against the wind or uphill. So when I came across a chart comparing forms of transportation in the Los Angeles city government's 2010 Bicycle Plan, I knew it would confirm that bicycling burned a lot of calories. Sure enough, bicycling 10 miles in an hour burns 484 calories, according to the chart.
October 4, 2013 |
American cyclist Amy Dombroski died Thursday after being hit by a truck while training in Belgium, the cyclo-cross team Telenet-Fidea has reported. The 26-year-old native of Jericho, Vt., who became part of the Boulder, Colo., cycling community, has been racing with the Belgium-based team since 2012, according to Bloomberg News. "It is terrible, terrible news," said Corne Lepoeter, president of Telenet's development team. "We are all so sad. " Dombroski had competed in the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Massachusetts earlier this week -- finishing eighth one day and 11th the other -- and joined her team in Belgium on Tuesday.