Spin Viddy

adventures in biking and commuting…

Safety and Accountability

I am a dedicated bicyclist.  I live and breathe cycling.  Whenever I hear about an incident involving a bicycle and another vehicle, I cringe and my heart goes out to the rider and their family because I know that in a collision the bicycle will always lose.  I am on my bike just about every day of the year and I commute by bike so I have seen my fair share of bad drivers on the road.  In all fairness though, I have also seen my fair share of irresponsible bicycle riders.  People who flout traffic rules and toss common sense to the wayside.  Whenever I read about an accident involving a cyclist and a vehicle I see the two sides square off, the cyclists versus the drivers, each pointing the finger at each other.  The level of contempt that each side has for the other is disturbing.  Rather than take sides I choose to point out that anyone who chooses to use the public roads for any reason, needs to practice safety and accountability.  In my opinion, both cyclists and drivers, need to be responsible when you are on the road.

I have seen more than one cyclist who fails to stop at an intersection even when traffic is heavy and I have seen plenty of drivers who fail to signal a right turn.  All of us, at one time or another, has bent or broken a traffic rule.  Sometimes it is simple ignorance and other times it is due to an unforseen distraction.  Nobody is perfect.  Rather than going to war or harboring deep resentments against each other, let’s just remember to pay attention and make a genuine effort to follow the rules of the road.  Drivers, when you see me on my bike why not give me the respect I deserve and allow me to share the road with you.  Most of us cyclists know how to behave in traffic and we are not looking for a confrontation with a ton of metal.  And to my cycling brethren, let us remember that it is not our place to judge a driver just because we choose to go by bike.  I’d love to live in a car free city but that just isn’t going to happen.  Cars are going to be a part of the landscape for the near future so pay attention and ride responsibly.

The message to everyone is simple, practice safety and accountability.

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September 17, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Culture, Cycling, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

The crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool.  It fits anywhere.  Stash it in your pocket, seat bag, backpack or messenger bag and off you go.  It comes with just about everything a cyclist would need to fix their ride, and it looks cool. The crankbrothers m-17 comes equipped with a chain tool, spoke wrenches 1-4, hex wrenches 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8, both phillips and flat head screwdrivers, torx wrench t-25, and 8mm & 10mm open wrenches.  It also comes with a lifetime warranty to boot.  I can vouch for its usefulness because it has helped get me home more than a few times.  I’ve used it most recently to replace a broken spoke on my Lemond Fillmore but it has proven its worth more than once when I have broken a chain while mountain biking.  This is one serious multi-tool and its tough as nails.  The crankbrothers once again show us they are committed to producing top quality bicycle accessories and tools.

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

crankbrothers m-17 multi-tool

weight: 168g
length: 3.5″ / 89mm
frame: 6061-T6 aluminum
tools: 6051 high tensile steel
chain tool: 8/9/10 speed compatible
spoke wrench: #1, 2, 3, 4
hex wrenches: #2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
screwdrivers: phillips, flat
open wrench: 8mm, 10mm
torx : t-25

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Culture, Product Reviews, Single Speed, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment

The Spoke Broke: Aftermath

The Lemond suffered from a broken spoke which at first left me feeling quite distraught, like having an injured child.  I had already ridden several miles on that wheel and my biggest fear that it was going to warp.  Yesterday I went to work replacing the spoke and afterward I was quite pleased when I realized that it only took a few adjustments to true the wheel.  Now I am back in business, the Lemmy is 100% and rode like a dream today.  Thank god I am a pack rat and tend to collect old bike parts so that they can be used again in the future.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Commuting, Culture, Outdoors, Single Speed, Writing | , , | Leave a comment