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Finally a columnist who's positive on cycling(6 posts)

Finally a columnist who's positive on cyclingbianca neve
Jul 22, 2003 6:41 AM
In the Detroit Free Press, no less. Cool!
What "finally"? I've been positive for 25 years.cory
Jul 22, 2003 8:12 AM
Not this weekend, though--I'm going to roast the weenies who ride three abreast in traffic and p!ss off drivers. They make it hard for all of us. It will be available for public viewing at on Friday morning.
proofJS Haiku Shop
Jul 22, 2003 8:45 AM
8/5/2002 09:47 pm

If your chauffeur went out on strike with the rest of Citifare's drivers this week, how will you be getting around?

The answer might be leaning against your garage wall.

"This is such a great place for bicycles," Mayra Sanchez said Monday. "I think people will be surprised how easy it is."

Sanchez, 27, resurrected a bicycle from her parents' Sparks basement last summer. She said the two-wheeled transporter puts her within minutes of anywhere she needs to go.

"Nothing (in the central Truckee Meadows) is more than three or four miles away," she said. "That's an easy ride."

Thousands of bikes are propped against walls or hanging from rafters in Reno and Sparks. If a bike was in riding condition when it was parked, the items on the accompanying checklist should return it to an efficient short-range commute vehicle. Some tips:

o Coaster brakes almost never go wrong. Make a few test stops, then forget them.

o If hand brakes don't work well, try buffing the pads (the rubber parts that squeeze the wheel) with sandpaper. Sometimes that improves performance. Don't ride a bike you can't stop.

o When you inflate tires, don't exceed the pressure stamped on the sidewall. Minor age cracks in a tire aren't dangerous, but if yours show deep cracks exposing the fabric casing, replace them.

o Put a drop or two (only) of oil on moving parts—shifters, the derailleurs that move the chain, etc.

o If you haven't ridden in awhile, don't make your maiden voyage on Virginia Street. Practice on a playground or quiet road until you can ride a straight line, turn and stop smoothly.

o While commuting, avoid busy streets in favor of quieter parallel ones. You won't lose any time, and you'll be safer.

o Finally, wear a helmet. In a crash, a helmet reduces chance of serious injury by more than 85 percent. The small cost (from about $30) is a fraction of what an emergency room visit costs.

Here's a checklist to get a neglected bicycle on the road quickly but safely:

o Check the brakes. See the main story for details.

o Pump up the tires. Recommended pressure is on the sidewall.

o If the chain is dry, lubricate it. Almost any oil will work. Drip it on, then wipe dry to avoid staining your clothes.

o Check tightness of bolts holding the handlebars and other parts.

o Adjust the seat. At the bottom of the pedal stroke, your leg should be nearly straight.

o Can't shift? Don't worry. Pick an intermediate gear and ride in that. Cyclists got along for decades with only one speed.
RAGBRAI was started by newspaper columnists.Spoke Wrench
Jul 22, 2003 8:51 AM
At 12,000 riders and 400 miles long, it must be the ultimate in three abreast screw up traffic cycling. It is, however, recognized as an economic boon to the towns that it passes through.
So was the Giro and the Tour (nm)53T
Jul 22, 2003 9:09 AM
sorry cory!bianca neve
Jul 22, 2003 10:36 AM
I gladly stand corrected.

After all the recent discussion on this board about the radio show and various ridiculous columns it was time to post something positive.