January 18/10 13:30 pm - Cycling (in the) News
Posted by Editoress on 01/18/10
"Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther you pedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter he squeezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he digs his jagged, sharp claws into your muscles." - Scott Martin
Top 10 bicycle-friendly cities
With fuel costs soaring and environmental conservation in vogue, the bicycle is making a comeback in many cities, becoming a major part of urban transportation plans.
Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition: Hits & Misses '09
Here's the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition's hits and misses for 2009. The VACC is a volunteer run, non-profit society whose mandate is to improve cycling in the Metro Vancouver area.
Foreign Teams Confirm Presence in Cuba’s Annual Cycling Tour
Sources of the Cuban Cycling Federation told ACN that the teams confirmed so far include Global Cycling (Holland), Saxonia (Germany) and Planet-Energy (Canada). There will also be a squad from Italy, another from the United Arab Emirates and two from Venezuela.
Thousands join Armstrong's 'Twitter ride'
Some 5,000 amateur cyclists joined Lance Armstrong on Saturday for an impromptu ride announced on Twitter, causing chaotic scenes.
The seven-time Tour de France champion, who has organised similar events in Los Angeles, Glasgow and Dublin, was staggered by the reaction after he used the micro-blogging site to invite the public to "come one, come all".
Merckx expects wide-open Tour de France
Cycling great Eddy Merckx says seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong should focus on more than just beating Alberto Contador in his bid to become the oldest winner of the race.
Lance Armstrong combines charity work, cycling at Tour Down Under
Lance Armstrong broke ground on a new cancer research centre while capping his preparation for the Tour Down Under, combining the charitable works and cycling ambitions that lured from retirement 12 months ago.
Oman to launch version of Tour de France
Oman has revealed it is to join the ranks of France, Italy, India and Japan with the launch of its first national cycling tour next month.
The race, the Arab sultanate’s answer to the Tour de France, will see 128 riders on 16 teams cover 687km over a period of six days.
Volunteers sought for May cycling event
Many new volunteers will be needed to help with the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s 2010 World Summit that will be held in Augusta May 5-8, according to local host groups who will hold an organizational meeting Tuesday at Enterprise Mill.
Cyclist suffers traumatic brain injury after crashing without a helmet
Mattias Kessler, a professional bicyclist who had been suspended until last summer for using illegal drugs, crashed his bicycle while trying to avoid hitting a cat. Kessler was training in Mallorca, Spain at the time of his accident. Kessler sustained a severe traumatic brain injury during the crash. As of January 16, Kessler is hospitalized in serious condition in an induced coma.
Brain and Spinal Cord
Biker-centered design in Denmark
Check the railings that the man is holding onto and resting his foot on. It's located on a little Copenhagen traffic island where cyclists often wait, reports Copenhagenize.com.
The City of Copenhagen has implemented this double railing simply as a convenience for the cyclists who stop here. A high railing to grasp with your hand and a foot railing for putting your foot up, if that's what you fancy doing. Either way you can also use the railing to push off when the light changes.
Gaining a Toehold for the E-Bike
TECHNOLOGY has eliminated many of life’s milder physical demands, like getting off the couch to change the channel, or going to the store to buy a book.
The latest exertion to be conquered: biking uphill.
Electric bicycles - a regular pedal-driven bike with a motor for steeper slopes and an optional extra boost - is an idea that has been around for more than a century. But while e-bikes have caught on in certain parts of the world, particularly China, where tens of millions are sold each year, they have never quite captured the imagination of auto-obsessed Americans.
Flying Bicycle Lane Lets You Soar Above Traffic
Bike commuting is a beautiful thing – it’s an efficient, quick way to get around an urban area and it’s great for your heart. Only problem is those pesky cars that are continually getting in the way! What if you could have your own bicycle traffic lane completely separate from the cars and safely out of their way? Martin Angelov, a Bulgarian architect, came up with this incredible concept for urban bicycle transportation – a bike lane in the sky that he calls “Kolelinia”. It looks a lot like a tightrope contraption, but this fairly sophisticated design is meant to handle commuting bikes on a steel wire high above traffic to connect popular destinations.
Answers From a Bicycle Mechanic
From the New York Times - A series of answers to readers’ questions about bicycle maintenance and repair.
Dude where’s my bike?
According to the FBI there were 221,936 bicycle thefts in the United States for the year 2008.
A German startup, named Mybikenumber.com helps you avoid becoming one more statistic, protect your bike and track it down no matter where in the world.