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Abandon Your Car is not a slogan or ideology so much as a reminder to all of us to get away from our petro-mobiles as often as we possibly can and embark on life as an adventure by bicycle.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Welcome to California...

I interrupt your normal broadcast today to bring you a little taste of just how far Northern California has come in terms of bicycle tolerance:


Now, while this incident may or may not have been intentional, it surely was stupid. Both cyclists in the shoulder, on the right side of the white line, get mowed down by a car that veers out of the lane. There is no right hand turn possible when the car makes contact, and, thus, essentially no reason for that vehicle to be so far out of the lane.

Stuff like this just makes me sick to my stomach - for any locals, this is Highway 13 coming out of Berkeley - a common access point for Tunnel Road and Grizzly Peak...where I happened to be riding just last weekend.

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, stay safe and vigilant, and have a good time.

Update: Justice served - the perp has been arrested and is in custody. "Medaglia was arrested for possession of heroin, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation, and felony hit-and-run, according to BPD."

Thursday, April 12, 2012

new roadster in the fleet: Soma Double Cross

based upon a Soma Fabrications Double Cross, i have constructed myself a "poor man's version" of a style of bike oft seen at the Handmade Show. there are plenty of used parts on this machine, as well as some that are NOS. certainly, none of these parts would be of any use a all should they be left sitting on a dusty shelf out in the man-cave.
the versatility of the double Cross platform made it a logical choice; no doubt the roadster will be morphed into a drop-bar, studded tire, winter-duty workhorse as well as a pannier-laden touring cycle.


tasteful execution, classic styling, easy on the eye, and fast as stink




a single X-9 shifter hides behind the NOS Avid brake lever. note also the Campagnolo Nuovo Record "suicide shifter" and cable stop combo on the downtube, Paul's cantilevers with NOS Mafac Racer cable hangers, King headset, and Honjo fenders.




poultry approved drivetrain featuring a minty fresh Campagnolo Super Record crankset and front derailleur, Shimano DX pedals for urban scorching, SRAM rear derailleur, 990 cassette, 971 chain, Interloc 1700 gram wheelset, Continental skins.



gratuitous bling image. 




the timeless beauty of Campagnolo Super Record



already a classic, just in time for spring.