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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
11:41 pm - Смешно и всё тут :)

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
11:20 pm - Чудеса и только

vellolive
Просто дух захватывает от такого мастерства



отсюда

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Thursday, March 12th, 2009
1:00 am

zcalebz
My bike and trailer were stolen a few days back while I was bed-ridden with pneumonia. It was the only mode of transport for me, th'kiddo, and all our necessities. I'm raising funds to help cover some small portion of the replacement costs. Most of the $500 - 1000 it will cost me will be going on credit, regrettably. My finances have been very tight for some time and I don't know how I'm going to pull this off so suddenly.

Any help is greatly appreciated and I will be sure to personally thank anyone for their help and someday repay you or compensate in some way. Please help only if you truly can. I feel awful even asking so if this is out of line let me know. You are number one on your list okay.

Blessings!







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Below is a picture of the stolen bike, put to good use as you can see ...

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The fund works through PayPal secure donations and is open to any amount large or small. If you can't, no worries and bless you too. Here's another way to help and it only costs a click of the mouse.






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Thank you All!

PS: Here's a Little Something for Everybody. It's a link to a spoken word piece with Lee Perry I recorded and uploaded that everyone should listen to every now and then. Full of advice, humour, nostalgia, and sentiment, all backed up with soulful music.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/wtqxub

current mood: busy

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Friday, October 10th, 2008
4:07 pm - Start Be-Ing Bicycles!

zcalebz
Today, I write about an ongoing frustrating occurance on the roadway. The purpose shall be to gain insight from others in the form of comments to this post, but also to spread awareness to drivers about their responsibility to share the road and ...Start Seeing Bicycles!

Time and again I run into the situation of riding a sidewalk due to the absence of a bike lane and being cut off by drivers pulling into the street (but not quite) and blocking the sidewalk while they wait to enter traffic. It is required by Oregon traffic law for anyone entering the road to stop before crossing the sidewalk and allow users of the sidewalk to pass by before pulling forward. All three of my collisions have occured this way and it is in at least my community against the law, but they'll never get a ticket for it.

While I was taking my daughter to the park last week (in a trailer), I was blocked by a woman coming out of a Wendy's drive-thru stopped on the sidewalk and having her kid run back inside to get some catsup. I couldn't get around with the trailer so I confronted her politely at her window and she said sorry. I got out of the way for her to back up, but she simply remained in place, as if to tell me where to shove it. I got upset but tried to calmly explain to her that I was trying to get my daughter to the park to play and that I had no stop sign and that she was not supposed to be stopped there by law. She completely ignored me so after several minutes I exploded and yelled at her while taking a detour against drive thru traffic around the building.

This was an infuriating event but it won't be the last I am quite certain. Are there any suggestions on how to deal with another similar confrontation? And how can one deal with drivers who pull on to the rapidly and come close to running me over or slamming my brakes. Any suggestions from riders or drivers alike. We share the road so we can share the input.

Also, a new law in Oregon requires a car passing a bicycle at over 35 miles per hour must maintain enough room between them and the cyclist that in the event the cyclist tipped over, there would be no danger of a collision. I don't know why a speed limit is assigned to this but it's progress. Keep in mind that a person is taller than usual when riding a bike so this distance is increased.

Just for more information's sake I'd like to point out that bicycles are required to ride ONLY as far right as is prudent. Potholes, glass, gravel, wet leaves and other road hazards cannot be so easily seen by motorists so it is important to give plenty of room in passing, especially inexperienced riders who may wobble and have trouble guaging time, speed, and distance and suitable maneuvering to employ. 

For details on this new law and others, take a look at the new driver's manual at: http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/37.pdf. The rule I speak of is on page 76. I personally believe people should read this more often as it is occasionally revised and it is clear to me that many road users do not follow the rules. It might be a bit harsh but I think it would help to require recertification on the knowledge test oh let's see, every 10 years or so.

One more thing ... It is necessary and lawful when crossing any lane of traffic (including bike lanes and sidewalks) to be sure that there is no oncoming traffic or pedestrians behind (especially, right turns) or in front (esp. left turns). I have had many close calls as a result of people ignoring this law. I have learned that I must always assume that nobody can see me (defensive driving) but it is a major inconvenience and a terror that we could all do without. At seven years old, I was told and remember to this day that "just because you may be in the rite, you can still end up dead.

current mood: cranky

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008
10:56 pm

chloecookie
hi there, i am new to the group and had a general question

I was wondering what peoples opinion of this is. I saw a bike/car collision the other day and was wondering whose fault it would be

There was a car that came to a stop sign at a one way road. they glanced to the right and then focused there attention to the left which was the direction of traffic. the other lane of traffic is seperated by streetcar tracks. there is a bike lane on both sides of the road, one for east bound bikes, the other for west bound. the bike that was hit was riding on the sidewalk the opposite way of traffic. who would be in the wrong in this situation? would it be the car that hit the cyclist or the bike that was not using the proper bike lane but going the wrong way and on the sidewalk?

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
3:26 pm

xrubberandgluex
hello.
i am moving to the city in the fall to start college, I will be in either new york or chicago.
I am a little worried because I have never done any bike riding in the city. I live in a very rural area so I think the change will be pretty abrupt. Is there anything I should know about? and what kind of bike should I invest in?

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
8:34 pm - hey new yorkers...

laury
Time's Up! Bike Lane Action
3:00pm, Wednesday December 12th

Time's Up! will do an action to commemorate the death of 63-year-old cyclist, David Smith, one week ago and call attention to the unsafe conditions in the 6th Avenue bike lane.

For more details of the action email press@times-up.org or meet at 3:00pm at Greeley Square Park at 6th Avenue (between 32 & 33th street).

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007
10:23 am - win money for your tricks!

murph2oo7

 

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Saturday, May 5th, 2007
3:42 am

radiobread
Dear maintainer of this community,

I'm a new member and I suggest adding "unicycle" to this community's interests. The ride in Manchester last month of around 70(?) people included two of our one-wheeled folk!

peace
xx xx

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Monday, January 15th, 2007
5:55 pm - union generator set instructions

katyarizhaya
The assembly instructions for my Union-HALOGEN Generator Set No. 98-53 are cut off at the bottom of the page. Could anyone tell me what parts 1 and 2 of "Wiring" are? Thank you SO MUCH.

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Sunday, January 7th, 2007
3:48 pm - handlebar tape

crunchyredhead
howdy!

i'm hoping y'all could help me out. i am looking for some jazzy grip tape- maybe some animal prints (elephants specifically) or just anything fun. could anyone point me in the right direction? i've googled the hell out of it and to no avail...

thanks!

current mood: curious

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Sunday, December 24th, 2006
3:31 pm - Saddle saddle for sale

happycommuter
Hey I'm selling a Speicialized Body Glove Alias 130 saddle I bought by mistake (it's too small for my big ass). If your interested see the Craigslist post below.


http://dallas.craigslist.org/bik/253173236.html

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
10:28 pm - Bike lights

bikeuphill9
This is part of an email that I recieved earlier today. Just thought you all might be interested in it.

In early November I met a young lady here in the OBX who was cycling from Maine to Florida. She related this story to me. When she was pedaling through Virginia a state trooper stopped her while riding at night. She was using a good headlight and a blinking red tail light. The trooper said to her that a blinking red tail light attracts drunk drivers (he explained a drunkard doesn't seem to understand the significance of the blinking red light and drives towards the cyclist out of curiosity with sometimes tragic consequences). The trooper strongly recommended that she and all cyclists use a solid red beam on the tail light as opposed to the blinking mode.


This morning I sent an email to a company that, according to the New York Times, makes the best bike tail light in the world (Andrew Martinez sent the NYT article to me about the company and light and I was following up with the company). In an email to them I mentioned the trooper's comments above. In their response, the company stated:



QUOTE: YES-- this is called the Moth Effect and has been written about and documented by the International Chief of Police (IACP) Association. UNQUOTE



I looked for additional information on the web re "moth effect" and found it not only impacts cyclists vis-à-vis drunk drivers, but also impacts any vehicle with blinking lights and sober drivers.



Here's a quote from one source:



QUOTE What Causes The Moth-Effect?

The moth effect seems to have two enabling conditions. The first is minimal optic flow information, as when a driver is on a dark road at night or perhaps traveling in bad weather. The second is an intense attentional fixation on a roadside target. The lack of optic flow likely removes the normal source of heading information, forcing the driver to rely on a sense of egocentric direction relative to a landmark - the fixated object. When people look in the direction of travel, the egocentric straight-ahead direction and eye direction are the same. When people fixate away from the direction of travel, then they must then use knowledge of eye position to calculate maintain a proper sense of egocentric direction. If the calculation is correct, then the person has maintained directional constancy. Studies (e. g., Hill, 1972; (Morgan, 1978) show that people are unable to maintain their sense of egocentric direction when fixating eccentrically. Instead, the sense of straight-ahead moves in the direction of fixation. In other words, the driver looking right while attempting to travel down the road straight will steer to the right of roadway in an attempt to steer straight.



The intense attentional focus can play several roles. Attention is a zero-sum game, so the more attention focused on one task, the less available to others. Concentrating attention on a target might reduce attention available to maintaining directional constancy. It might also prevent the driver from noticing cues for steering correction. The perceptual narrowing might prevent the driver from monitoring road delineations in peripheral vision. The driver would not be aware they he last lost lane positioning. Similarly, the driver may fail to notice to tactile cues that occur when a driver leaves the paved roadway. Research (Summala, 1998) shows that steering becomes generally erratic when drivers fixate eccentrically.



Lastly, drivers who start with less attentional resource should suffer a greater chance of suffering the moth-effect. Drivers who are fatigued, bored, affected by drugs or alcohol, or older should be more prone to steer off the road. However, it is not these conditions that directly cause the result. It is the way they affect distribution of attention. UNQUOTE

current mood: not realy

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Saturday, November 25th, 2006
7:55 pm - cheap frame to build up

happycommuter
So I'm looking to build up a fixed commuter/touring and I know that so of you have found bike frames dumpsters or else where. My question is what dumpsters do you suggest looking into? Any other suggestions on finding a cheap frame besides pawn shops?

Keep in mind I'm in Dallas and this isn't the most bike friendly town; no build-a-bike type programs or thier like.

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Saturday, November 11th, 2006
9:52 pm - B.I.K.E. the movie

happycommuter
So my girlfriend got my an advanced copy of B.I.K.E. for my birthday. I don't know how she arranged to get a copy but I see no sign of a screening in Dallas anytime soon and I really wanted to see it. I must say the movie was exactly what I hoped it would be. Bike culture versus bike club and which is right, which is wrong, and where do we all fit in. I feel that the movie hope we would all fit somewhere in the middle and I totally agree. If you get a chance to see the movie I highly suggest it.

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Saturday, October 28th, 2006
1:40 pm - CMass Halloween Fun. CLICK small images to enlarge.

thecause

Here are some of the costumes from the Salt Lake City, UTah Critical Mass. I couldn't upload all the pictures since photobucket was being nasty and taking a very long time to upload... but enjoy what I do have..






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Monday, October 2nd, 2006
10:47 am - avatar fun.

thecause

DESTROY oil MACHINE
RECLAIM the STREETS


the bike fist on the skull is based of the critical mass fist and the skull itself and wrenches are from the mind of thecause.

xposted to the bikepirates.

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
11:06 am - Wear a helmet, get down- but in good way.
ca9i Hi,


You guys seem to be the only community on LJ that might be interested in this...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/5334208.stm

Ride aggresively. Make sure the buggers can't ignore you!

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Sunday, August 27th, 2006
10:42 pm - Critical Mass SLC, Utah - August

thecause


This is not the entire group by any means, but a popular stop for the Salt Lake City Critical Mass group - the Artisian Well, which provides fresh water to bicyclists.

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
3:14 am - Making red light go green light on a bicycle.

thecause

In the wee hours of the morning I decided to test something I had read on the Internet:
Changing traffic lights green with a bicycle.





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Notes.

INDUCTIVE LOOP SENSOR:
1http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question234.htm
http://www.humantransport.org/bicycledriving/library/signals/green.htm
http://www.bikeplan.com/signal.html
MAGNET TALK:
2http://www.greenlightstuff.com/trigger.html
3http://kutv.com/letbillbuyit/local_story_196170128.html
http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/03/how_to_make_traffic_light_trig.html
DETECTING BICYCLES:
http://www.humantransport.org/bicycledriving/library/signals/detection.htm

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Please distribute and share this information with as many bicycling communities as you desire.

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