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Dan Malloy Gets It

[via Patagonia's tumblr]

Dan Malloy is a “surf ambassador” for Patagonia. He’s been on the Slow is Fast tour which recently brought Dan and his travel companions through San Francisco. Here’s what the tour is about:

So, three weeks ago, Kanoa ZimmermanKellen Keene and myself jumped on a train headed north, with bicycles, a surfboard, wet suites, flippers, a microphone and a couple cameras. The idea was to surf down the coast by bike, staying with friends, family and acquaintances, poaching camps when we have to, doing our best to earn our keep and to learn from folks that are doing good work and getting by along the california coast.

Only reason to bike up to the top of Bernal with a board is for the photo, and I think it may have been worth it. Looks like it was a nice evening. Dan gets it.

So Many Bicycle Commuters

Look at all these healthy, earth conscious mofos riding home during rush hour yesterday.

Bike lanes busting at the seams. So many of us bicycle commuters.

We’re almost at the point of having to wait multiple lights at intersections with this sort of volume (not really, we burn reds).

Epic Bike Journey Guy

This guy was in front of me on my way to work this morning. I was riding my bike to sit in a cube for 8 hours, he was finishing the leg of a journey that started Vancouver.

I didn’t ask his name, but found out he was just a few blocks from his next stopping point. He was headed to the Caltrain station where a ride would be waiting to take him to Burning Man.

He had a British accent and told me that he’d been in North America for a couple months riding his bike up and down both coasts and into Canada. His bike carried everything he needed to live, which included a tent, clothing and plastic water bottles that looked in need of refills.

I wished him a safe journey and a good time at Burning Man. He told me to enjoy my ride and have a good day.

Dog Mobile

Ciji spotted this guy and his dog riding through the Panhandle a couple days ago. The dog looks like a captain sitting in the hull of a ship. They pulled up along side of us, and I asked Ciji to take a pic. Who’s better than this guy?

Bike Parking

We are a civilized bunch of bike parkers in FKnob, where motor and pedal coexist.

One Of The Greatest Bike Songs Ever Written

Seeing as how today is Bike To Work Day in San Francisco, it seems appropriate to share one of the all time greatest songs ever written about bicycles. Below is “Helter Smelter” by Fifteen, presented with lyrics so you can sing along.

I just drive my car to work every day, didn’t mean to hurt nobody
Like 100 million other people just like me
I could tell there wasn’t any other way
I just couldn’t realize but now I think I’ll throw it away
’cause there’s 7 billion other people just like me
I was thinking about blowin’ up all the automobiles
It seemed like such a good idea
You said hey man wouldn’t that be hypocritical
No way man ’cause mines’ the first to go
Do it, Now, Stick the rag in, Light the fucker up
I was thinking about melting down all the cars in the whole world
Making brand new mountain bikes for all the boys and girls
You said hey man wouldn’t that be helter skelter
No way man all we need is a giant smelter
Send it to Peoples Park, Berkeley CA, 94704
Ride a fucking bike
I just lit my car on fire today I didn’t mean to hurt nobody
Just like 100 million other people just like me, I could tell
There wasn’t any other way
I finally realized and now it’s going up in flames
’cause there’s 7 billion other people just like me
Having fun, since I was six, We’re only bike terrorists
Five thirty, second Friday, Berkeley BART

Full disclosure, my fiancé and I are in the market to buy a car this summer. We’re thinking about a VW Golf.

Giant Bicycle Chain Link Appears In The Streets Of Lower Haight

Do you see what I see?

After riding by these sewer caps a couple times this weekend, saying to myself “that looks like a bike chain link,” I decided to throw a pic of them up on the Internet.

The Wiggle, she’ll move you to ride bicycles in mysterious ways.

Hermann St (between Fillmore and Steiner)

PVC Surfboard Rack For A Bicycle

Surfing in San Francisco is tough. The water is cold, the currents are strong, and I’ve been told there are sharks. If you don’t own a car, or have a buddy who owns one, the actual act of surfing in San Francisco is tough. It’s more than three miles from my apartment to Ocean Beach. I don’t own a car. I own a bike.

Since I moved to San Francisco I’ve had a love hate relationship with surfboard racks for bicycles. On the one hand they got me to the beach for a surf, but on the other hand they all had design flaws. If one rack didn’t require you to bolt it on your bicycle forever, the other would force you to turn you bicycle into a horse trailer. My favorite of them all is the rack that turns your bicycle into an SUV!

If your only mode of transportation is a bicycle, and you want to surf, it turns out your best option is to build a rack out of PVC pipe, glue, hose clamps, and pipe insulation. This entire surfboard rack can be built for under $20 (considering you already own a hacksaw and screwdriver) and with a slight design change you won’t have to permanently fix the rack to your bicycle. Here’s how I did it:

Slice up some 1″ tee sections of PVC (larger if your frame size calls for it) with a hacksaw and affix them to your bicycle frame with hose clamps. For extra grip between the tee sections and my bicycle frame I lined the inside of the tee sections with strips of old tire tubes.

Here’s what your bicycle is going to look like on a daily basis with this type of surfboard rack. The PVC tee sections are the only visible part on the bicycle at all times, and they’re super lightweight so you’ll barely notice they’re attached.

With about nine feet of PVC pipe, six elbow sections, and some PVC cement, you’ll be able to construct the arms of the rack that actually hold the surfboard.

Each bicycle frame and rider is different, so the sizes for these sections of the rack will vary. For instance, the rear arm of my rack is longer due to the back tee section being slightly higher on the frame than the front tee section. It’s not an exact science, but you’ll want the bottoms of each arm to be fairly even.

To prevent the arms from disconnecting with the tee sections, holes were drilled through the top part of each arm and threaded with rope so they could be tied to the frame. Tying the arms to the tee section – opposed to cementing them together – allows me the option to easily remove and fasten the rack onto my frame without having to permanently attach it to my bicycle. As you can see, I’ve also added pipe insulation around the arm sections to protect my surfboard.

Due to the 45 degree angle of the front tee section attached to my bicycle frame, I drilled a hole towards the top of the front arm of the rack, which allows me to hook a bungie cord.

The bungie cord counter balances the weight of the surfboard pulling down on the arm, preventing the front tee section from rotating. With the bungie cord secured around my top tube the front arm of the rack remains level and the tee section doesn’t move.

That’s it! Now you just throw your wetsuit in a bag and pedal to some waves.

Can’t Get Run Over Again

I saw this street interview on the news last night, during a sad segment about a bicyclist who was just recently struck and killed by a car in Richmond, CA.

This dude seems a little off, but when you think about it, his concern is pretty much universal. He made me chuckle, despite the serious and unfortunately nature of the story.

“I can’t get run over again.”

Look At The Hearts And Stop Burning Reds

Two new sets of hearts got tossed onto the telephone wires along The Wiggle yesterday. The set pictured above hangs at the intersection of Scott and Oak Street, and it’s the first time I’ve seen the hearts at this location.

I’m happy to see the hearts at this intersection, because on a daily basis I witness a lot of kooks on bikes making bad decisions by going early on the red light at Scott St and racing to Fell St.

Now I’ll roll a stop sign if it’s safe, but the three streets at the end of The Wiggle, starting with Oak St, are basically timed lights which improve the safety of bicyclists along the route. Here’s how to approach them:

Scott at Oak St – Grab some top tube and look at the hearts until you get the green light. You could go on the walk signal, but that’s going to put you at the Fell St intersection too early for the left turn signal.

Scott at Fell St – Approach at a leisurely pace, enjoying the bike lane. If you waited for the green light at Oak St and rode casually to Fell St, you’re going to get the left turn signal at just the right time. Crossing Scott St to turn onto Fell St while the light is still red will get you hit by a car, eventually, and I don’t want to see that.

Fell St at Divisidero – You’ve got to really be moving to make the green light (or, you risked your life crossing Scott St before Fell St and turned on red), so just ride leisurely towards Divisidero. Good luck with the cars and the gas station. For now, it’s just a crumby situation and you’ve got to be aware of your surroundings. I tend to let bicyclists who I know can really haul it up Fell St go in front of me at Divisidero, because it’s just polite, and without a separated bike lane on Fell St passing a fellow cyclists is a risky maneuver.

Riding a bike is all about efficiency so if you maintain momentum, even at a slow pace, you’re going to maximize your energy and have a better ride. In closing, take it easy, look at the hearts, and smile because you’re on a bike.



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