Tuesday, November 30, 2010

via Bello:
Saturday Dec 4th is the Christmas Parade and we are hoping for a big turnout so decorate your bike and yourself and join us @ 11:30am at the parking lot K across form the Clinton Street Post Office. The ride will be less than 3 miles so bundle up.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gap Goes PUBLIC with Pop-Up Bike Shop at San Francisco Flagship

(Courtesy PUBLIC and James Mueller Photography)

Since resolving its brand identity crisis, Gap has been busy expanding its horizons. In recent weeks, the mega-retailer has opened its first wholly-owned stores in China (two in Beijing, two in Shanghai) and Italy (on Milan’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and announced plans to enter South America next fall. But the Gap store we’re most excited about is a temporary outlet right down the road from the company’s San Francisco HQ. It’s a seasonal pop-up shop (above) that features the covetable steel-framed bikes and gear of PUBLIC, the enterprise started in May by Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes.

“I’ve been watching the growth of city bikes in Europe for almost ten years and seeing the changes here, such as the Bloomberg initiatives in New York,” Forbes told us. “I’m passionate about urban design and mobility, and want to help us get over our car addiction.” And so PUBLIC was born. The San Francisco-based company specializes in practical bikes designed for cities. Its classically styled models come in a growing range of gorgeous hues—a tangerine inspired by the ’68 Vespa that is a fixture in the PUBLIC offices, a pale blue purloined from a vintage Porsche—and boast frames that are guaranteed for life and “ride like butter.”

Word of snazzy urban bikes travels fast in the Bay Area, so it was only a matter of time before Gap came calling. “Their team visited our South Park space, liked our vibe, and asked if we’d work with them on the pop-up,” explained Forbes. “They are developing a bike share program with their staff also, and we align with their internal mission.” The deal was sealed by PUBLIC’s new more affordable models (the recently launched Public A7 and J7 each sell for $495, compared to the $550 to $890 price range of other models) and its quirky assortment of non-bike merchandise, including pretty air pumps, art, antimicrobial striped socks, and wooden deer heads.

Forbes describes the pop-up shop, which will be open through the end of January at Gap’s San Francisco flagship on Market Street, as a mix of “rustic wood floors and clean walls and bikes of lickable colors.” And for customers who’d rather not ride their purchases home, there are desks imbedded with iPads for ordering PUBLIC products online. With the holidays around the corner, we asked Forbes for advice on what to put under the tree for the design-savvy bike enthusiast. “Definitely a Belgian Moose Bust,” he said, before offering another stimulating option. “Actually, we’re now selling the best espresso machine in the world. There is not a biker alive that does not have a serious coffee habit.”

original story here: Media Bistro

Monday, November 22, 2010


I was talking with an old friend about a custom bike project coming up and a lot of the features he wants kept reminding me of Geekhouse. This video is not brand new but it's so well done (Marty is awesome) that I had to share (possibly reshare) it:

Geekhouse Movie from Geekhouse Bikes on Vimeo.

Also, because of the holiday craziness, we are going to do a Weds Night Ride instead of Thursday and then a few of us are going to the Daikaiju show after 'rita's. The ride will be short and sweet - hitting up the bulk of downtown's parking garages. Get up!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Czech Mix

bored? check out this and other pics of pro cyclist Lucie Macikova over at Pro Cycling Women. Photos by Michal Pudich, courtesy of Michal Frantik

270 Miles

Miles from Pietro Malegori on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We're All Equal But Some Are More Equal

as seen at the NY Times (and Anthony)

Cyclists Condemn Prosecutor’s Decision

Last week The Vail Daily News reported that an Eagle County, Colo., prosecutor had declined to press felony charges against Martin Joel Erzinger, a financial manager who allegedly fled the site of a crash with a cyclist in July.

“Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession, and that entered into it,” Mark Hurlbert, the prosecutor, said of the manager, told the paper. “When you’re talking about restitution, you don’t want to take away his ability to pay.”

Mr. Erzinger, a money manager for wealthy clients at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, has $1 billion in assets under management, according to his Web site. He now faces two misdemeanor traffic charges related to the incident, which left the victim with brain and spinal cord injuries.

Cycling advocates around the country have decried the ruling.

“Even with an appreciation of the legal complexities, what Erzinger is accused of absolutely warrants a felony charge and it’s shocking that his profession and net worth has even entered into the equation,” wrote Jonathan Maus, the editor of BikePortland.org, a cycling blog.

Bob Mionske, an attorney who specializes in representing injured bikers, said the district attorney’s decision not to press felony charges was unusual given the circumstances. According to court records, Mr. Erzinger did not stop after the accident, but drove several miles to a nearby town and called a roadside assistance service to request a tow for his Mercedes. He did not call law enforcement, the records say.

When the local police arrested Mr. Erzinger, he was allegedly placing a broken side mirror and a damaged bumper in his trunk, the records add.

“He doesn’t really seem to have a defense,” said Mr. Mionske, a former Olympian who writes a column on cycling and legal matters for Bicycling magazine. “This guy is clearly fleeing the scene. All the elements of the crime are present.”

But Mr. Erzinger’s lawyers say that he may suffer from sleep apnea that affected his actions at the time of the accident, the Vail newspaper said.

The victim, Dr. Steven Milo, a transplant surgeon who according to his attorney suffered brain and spinal cord injuries in the collision, has objected to the prosecutor’s decision.

“Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,” Dr. Milo wrote to the judge overseeing the case, according to The Vail Daily News. “Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.”

In an interview with a local news station, Mr. Hurlbert, the prosecutor, denied that Mr. Erzinger’s financial prominence played a role in his decision, and said that if convicted of the misdemeanor charges, he would face up to a year in a county jail.

Mr. Mionske, the cyclist’s rights attorney, called the case a particularly striking example of the difficulties cyclists face when seeking justice after being struck by a vehicle. For example, after many bike-car collisions, the injured cyclist is taken to the hospital, while the statement from the driver is to be an authoritative account of the incident, he argues.

“The police, they show up at the hospital and hand the guy a ticket without ever asking him for his version of the accident,” he said.

“Over all, there’s an amazing amount of injustice that occurs to cyclists,” he added.

Another article here.

And another here.


Monday, November 8, 2010