As cyclists, we tend to look at drivers as “them” just as much as drivers look at us the same way. And that’s even if we cyclists are ourselves drivers. It’s an attitude that leads to more roadway tension for sure. And, like folks that just drive, when we’re on our bikes we too can get distracted, make poor choices, and generally make the same errors drivers that don’t ride make, and for which we tend to be hypercritical when in cyclist mode.
I made such a mistake Saturday. On my bike.
Heading home from Bastrop I was making what I thought was a protected left with the turn arrow in my favor. I was moving at a good clip, and as I crossed the apex of the turn I was fairly close to the car waiting to make its way down the road perpendicular to the one I was turning off of. As I did, I noticed the car waiting at the light was a sheriff patrol car. I didn’t think too much of it. But aparently the deputy behind the wheel saw something that I didn’t. A quick u-turn and a switch of the lights and siren and I was getting pulled over.
Of course, I immediately stopped and got off my bike. Deputy Jones asked if I knew why I was being pulled over and I said that I honestly didn’t. He then asked if I knew I was obligated to follow all the same rules of the road as if I was in a car. I told him undoubtedly. He then informed me that I made my left in front of his car against a red arrow.
Honestly, I thought the arrow was green.
Perhaps it was changing as I entered the intersection.
I was 60 or so miles into my ride. It was getting hot and I had a long headwind-filled ride home to look forward to. In all likelihood, thinking about it now, I was probably lost in thought and the light may well have turned red, or was changing to red as I entered the intersection as opposed to changing after I entered it. I had just spent just over two hours on roads where I saw nothing more than a cow. It was indeed possible that I was “zoned out.”
In any event, as the deputy correctly pointed out, I was lucky he was who he was, and not a similarly distracted, lost-in-thought road user like me. After talking with me a bit about riding in general, he gave me a warning, told me to be really careful, and sent me on my way.
The stop by the deputy brought home a good point. Enjoying the road and being vigilant about being predictable and focused on your surroundings aren’t mutually exclusive. That goes whether we’re in cars or on our bikes.
Be safe out there.
Some of the folks from the buyers’ office have been busy at Trek World, getting the scoop on the latest and greatest from the good folks in Waterloo, WI. There’s so much to see at a dealer event like this that’s it’s almost impossible to really look carefully at every product in every category. Scott has given us a few of his favorites bikes, many of which you’ll soon see at the shop!
Suffice it to say, the one offs and the bikes of the pros that appear at these events are always crowd pleasers. This particular one, Fabian Cancellara’s actual Paris-Roubaix bike is one you won’t se at the shop soon, but it’s still a “must share.” Cancellara was actually the keynote speaker at the opening evening of the show.
Cancellara carries a cue sheet aboard his top tube. It’s not to prevent getting lost, but to know where exactly along the paracours the major pave sectors are. Fairly typical fare for those with a shot at victory in the Queen of the Classics.
If you’ve seen the District line of city bikes, the new Chelsea is the women’s/step through design compliment to the District Steel model. Very attractive.
There were so many new and interesting colors and color combinations on the MTB side of things at Trek World that it was hard to pick a favorite. This is a Remedy 9 in a nod to Gulf Racing.
It’s no secret Scott likes green bikes. Or at least it seems that way. But however you feel about green, the paint detail on this Speed Concept is top notch.
It’s a cliche, but it really does look fast sitting still.
Trek’s made a big push into cyclocross in the last two years, signing Katie Compton and Sven Nys. Here is a close up of the Boone Sven will ride, complete in Belgian National Champ colors. Guess they haven’t quite finished up the BSSCX team colorway yet.
The cyclocross shrine. As Scott put it, “there was a keg to the right of this shot. You could have stood here all night and basked in the glory.” Indeed.
Again, crazy interesting colors for the whole MTB line-up this year, like this Stash 7.
Single Speed MTB in a killer grape-tastic purple.
The show stealer? The integrated toy storage on the kids bikes!
Speaking of integration, lights that are built into the bike on the new Lync. There’s a removable and rechargeable battery as part of the set-up.
Maybe you know, maybe you don’t, but Trek purchased Electra Bikes some time back. So there were bikes and gear from Electra to see too. This moto-inspired cruiser was an eye catcher.
Another eye-catching electric blue bike was this Slash 7 with a piggy bak shock and a Pike up front for the enduro riders out there.
Scott loves green bikes. And fat bikes. So you bet he stopped to check out this rig, complete with suspension fork.
Adventure bikes, gravel bikes. light touring bikes. Call them what you will, but the overall concept is one that growing: a bike that can cover distance and terrain changes. The lightweight bags seen here would be perfect for a quick overnighter to the Hill Country.
Trek’s venerable 920 heads up a complete line of adventure bikes.
Accessory integration isn’t just for kids. All of Trek’s hybrid bikes no feature a mount to hold our smart phone. Simply download your favorite fitness app.
Thanks for sharing your top picks with us Scott! Hope you brought me something nice!
One local organization that we’ve always been big fans of is the Ghisallo Foundation. They work to educate and develop youth riders into cycling experts who integrate bicycling into their daily lives.
And speaking of kids, next week is National Youth Bike Ride Week and the Ghisallo Foundation is kicking it off in style on Sunday! Get the details below and go learn more about the Ghisallo Foundation!
Join the Ghisallo Foundation in partnership with Cycle Academy, Youth Bike, East Side Pedal Pushers, and Mueller Farmers’ Market for Austin’s participation in the National Youth Bike Ride Week. The ride will run along the Mueller Hike and Bike Trail and feature shorter and longer routes for varying age levels; instructors and volunteers will assist along the ride. Parents and adults are more than welcome, and are encouraged, to ride along with the group.
We will be performing bike safety checks and basic maintenance to insure kids’ bikes are safe and ready to roll.
There will be a cooler of water available for participants and lots of food and drink options available within the Farmers’ Market.
Please bring your own bike, a helmet, and maybe a water bottle.
Date: Sunday 8/10/2014
Time: Station opens at 9:45am, ride starts at 10:15am
Location: East Side of Browning Hangar at the Mueller Farmers’ Market
We get asked quite a bit about how to get involved in bicycle advocacy. Obviously, the local level–where you live and ride–is important. Austin’s “new” advocacy group Bike Austin–born from two great organizations sharing common goals–is already making great strides right here at home. And at the state level, we’re fortunate to have BikeTexas advocating for cyclists across the Lone Star State. But there are national policy matters and dollars at stake too and folks like the League of American Bicyclists are leading the fight at the national level. If you’re interested in bicycle advocacy on a large scale, consider joining the League for American Bicyclists as well as your local bike advocacy group!
The City of Austin Urban Trails Program is currently analyzing the feasibility of a portion of the Violet Crown Trail though Sunset Valley/Eastern Oak Hill Area. We would like your feedback on the proposed alignment of the trail. Together with the Hill Country Conservancy and the Oak Hills Trails Association, the Urban Trails Program staff hope to receive input from area residents, property owners, cyclists, pedestrians, and other stakeholders to plan, design, and build a beautiful trail that will accommodate neighbors, families, and friends for many years to come.
Please attend the open house (come-and-go) on Wednesday, July 30th at the Will Hampton Library (5125 Convict Hill Road) from 5:30-8:00 PM to discuss your preferred alignment for the trail.
Please also share this information and the attached flyer about the meeting with your networks, associations, organizations, groups, and connections.We appreciate your help in getting the word out about this exciting project.
ACTION ALERT! Tell the Senate Finance Committee NOT to Eliminate the Transportation Alternatives Program!
The biggest source of federal funds for bicycling and walking projects is under attack in the U.S. Senate.
Tomorrow morning, the Senate Finance Committee is voting on a plan to fund the Highway Trust Fund. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has introduced an amendment to eliminate the Transportation Alternatives program in its entirety. TAP is a vital federal funding source for local leaders to build biking and walking projects in communities like yours.
Please ask your lawmaker to vote NO on Toomey #1.
Bikeable and walkable communities create healthy and vibrant downtowns and boost neighborhoods that attract millenials and baby boomers alike. Communities that offer real transportation choice, including biking and walking, ensure that EVERYONE has safe access to jobs, school, shops, and recreation alike. The future of transportation in American communities includes biking and walking.
Just this month, almost 400 Mayors from across the country signed a letter encouraging Congress to bolster — not weaken — the Transportation Alternatives program, hailing it as a vital tool to build local transportation options. Don’t allow Congress to take away local control — tell your Senator to vote NO and voice their support for transportation choice.
The committee votes tomorrow morning — take action now!
You might recognize the name Jerry Dusterhoff. He is the man behind the book “Bicycle Journeys with Jerry.” Jerry’s also a Bicycle Sport Shop club member and on a recent ride last month was reminded of the old adage to always be prepared. Here’s his account of a comedy of errors. Hopefully it reminds all of us to make sure we’ve got a plan for the typical roadside mechanical–the dreaded puncture–and to make sure we’re up for the challenge by taking a maintenance class like those offered at BSSU. (You can check out Jerry’s full blog here.)