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March 31, 2009

Award Winning Bike Doc About Stupid Hippie Capitalists Finally Gets Trailer

I get e-mail:

Hey There,

As you may or may not know, KLUNKERZ won the '2009 Cycling Film of the Year' at the Endurance Sports Awards at Sea World in San Diego.
It's pretty crazy, considering how long I've been out there with the film, but with no marketing or advertising budget it takes awhile (even years!) for people to find out about these things:). Such is the way with independent filmmaking.
Anyway, I realized that I never really put a decent trailer together, so know I've finally done it.
It's very homegrown in style, not unlike the film itself.
With this in mind, it is my hope that you enjoy it for a few minutes, then pass it on to some good friends.
I want to say a special thanks to everyone who has supported me on this ride. It's been a very long journey and, with any luck, it's not nearly over. Thanks again, everybody. 

Ride on,
Billy Savage
I have just watched the Trailer, and wish to share it with you, the readers of The Cycling Dude.
In January I had the honor of being invited by the director to a screening in Escondito, Ca.
It was eye-opening, and a joy, and a pleasure.
I not only got to meet, and briefly chat, and get my picture taken with, Billy, and 2 of the Mountain Biking Legends profiled in the film, but to do some road cycling on the way home afterward.
As I wrote about the film at the time:
Northern California is an interesting place.
The Gold Rush & its aftermath, gave birth to the American obsession with shiny rocks, and California's Prostitution, Real Estate, Journalism, and Entertainment Industries (Samuel Clemens, among others, came there as early as the 1860's), among many others.
Everyone knows what happens in San Francisco, sometimes before it happens, but just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin County (Now home of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.), something happened that spent a long time under anyones radar.
A bunch of hippies, and hippie wanna-bes, were happily traipsin' around in the small towns, hills, and mountains, on, and around Mount Tamalpais, on modified pre-WW2 bicycles.
I know, I know...you are scratching your head, and going What the, um, heck? ;-D
This was the 60's & 70's! Why weren't they out there war protesting, and smoking pot with bare-breasted women, like normal hippies?
I don't know about the protesting, but the movie makes abundantly clear that these particular young people did not neglect either pot, or bare-breasted women. ;-D
This is the story of that day, pictures, and all, including my review of the film, and the bike ride afterward:
KLUNKERZ: A Recreational Cyclist, and Commuter, Meets MTB Legends

March 31, 2009 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 24, 2009

Here Pedals De Judge!

My friend, Larry Lagarde, of Ride this Bike, is holding a contest!

How would you like to win a brand new folding bike for free?

The economy has put the pinch on a lot of people. Even if you're out of a job, you still need to get around and a folding bike is a great way to do it. So here's the deal:

RideTHISbike.com is giving away a brand new E-Z Pack folding bike including free shipping anywhere within the USA lower 48 states.

To apply, post an appeal on RideTHISbike.com explaining why YOU deserve to get a free bike.

At 5pm Central Time on Earth Day 2009 (April 22nd), a brand new E-Z Pack folding bike will be awarded based on voting by readers of the RideTHISbike.com email newsletter, and a panel of inspirational, and respected bicycle enthusiasts.

Got a convincing Sob Story? No Sob Story, but you want to vote on who has the best one?

Read this story to learn more. ;-D 

As Larry mentions there will be a panel of Inspirational, and respected, Bicycle Enthusiasts (Cycling advocacy and industry leaders.) involved in the voting.

I am honored to have been asked to be on this panel. ;-D

Larry recently introduced us to his readers this way:

Harvey Botzman only rides a Folding Bike, and is the author of several cycling books.

Zahid Buttar is an elite cyclist in the United States Cycling Federation.

Sue Derada is the founder of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Committee (BI-PAC), a bicycling advocacy group.

Tony Hoar is a Tour de France veteran and dedicated bicycling advocate,and engineer, and a respected builder of top-quality human-powered transportation devices (such as bicycles, racing wheelchairs and custom bike trailers). 

Arnold Kamler is a CEO with an extensive, 36 year, history in the bicycle industry, including the manufacture of mini folding bikes.  

Richard Masoner is a dedicated bicycle commuter and the prolific bike blogger behind CommuteByBike. His multi modal commute (via bike, bus, train and bike) spans 3 California counties and 2 transit agencies.

Leah Neaderthal founded The Chainlink (the online community for Chicago cycling) to create a sense of community among the large population of Chicago cyclists.

Mark Sanders has created a variety of innovative products including the Strida and IF MODE folding bikes.

Rick Shaffer is the "Prime Minister" of historic Wallace, Idaho (former mining town & Biking Mecca of the Northwest).

Ira Stone is a 60 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy who rediscovered the joys of cycling less than 3 years ago.

Lauren Sullivan is the founder and driving force behind Nola Cycle (a project to assemble the first, comprehensive, high quality and up to date cycling map of New Orleans).

As for me, in January 2003, I started one of the world's first BikeBlogs. Dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you and fun, the blog includes commentary, links, news, opinion, reviews, stories, poetry, travelogue, and occasional heads up about events.

You can learn more here, and explore the best of the 1st 5 years of Blogging, here.

You can learn more about my fellow panelists, including links to their websites, here.

***UPDATE - 4/7***

A Desperate Dozen entered, and here are the links, and my thoughts, on ones I'm considering in Round 1 of the Voting. ;-D


March 24, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Yo, Cuz! Get All Rapped Up in How to Properly Use Bus Bike Racks!

Anyone who knows me knows that, despite have lived in the "Hood" in Pomona, Ca., from childhood in the early 70's, to 2002, my tastes in music are decidedly uncool, what with a love of Classical, Ragtime, Big Band, and Swing, all music of bygone eras in music history for the most part. ;-D

Rarely do I find anything in Rap to smile about. ;-D

Well, I've come across a sterling example of the form that deserve the attention of cyclists. ;-D

It's surprising how many bike riders are flummoxed by the simple act of loading on, and unloading their bike from, the Bike Rack on the bus. ;-D

This video, courtesy of Louisville's Transit Authority (TARC), was found by the 9 month old Blog of the folks at Trek, Life in the Bike Lane (I've added them to the Blogroll!).

The tune is a catchy one, and there are several standout bits in the piece that catch your attention, and stick in the head long afterward.

"Bring it down, pull the bar, put it on..." indeed. ;-D

March 24, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 22, 2009

What the Well-Dressed Dumpster Diver is Pedaling These Days


The scene outside my window, in the apartment complex next door, at 9am, this morning. ;-D

This man is someone I've seen a lot in the Santa Ana, Orange, area, in the last year, and it's likely he is homeless, but who knows.

He could just be a middle-aged man with a thing for dumpsters. ;-D

That's his bike at the ready for making a quick get-away, if apartment security comes around the corner. ;-D


After about 20 minutes of digging in the dumpster he gathered his haul, and pedaled off to the next one. ;-D

March 22, 2009 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The Flickr of an Idea Expands

As I reported the other day...The Cycling Dude has joined Flickr, the Photo Sharing Community.

I now have 4 Sets of photos started, with 15 photos uploaded so far. ;-D

Cycling Dude Humor:

I have a reputation for a very peculiar Sense of Humor, and I hope this Set will reflect that as it grows.

The Trusty Steeds of the Cycling Dude!:

Except for 1 brief moment of weakness, in 1960, I've never owned a car in my life, and these photos chronicle the bicyles that have shared my life.

All Locked Up With No Place to Pedal:

You see them every day:

Bicycles, of all shapes, sizes, makes, models, and conditions, deliberately left to hangout someplace other than a Bike Rack until the owner returns, or locked and abandoned in a similar spot, until someone unceremoniously removes the poor dear, rescues it for future use, or puts it out of its misery, by tossing it in the trash.

The surroundings can often make for fascinating, and often funny, or bizzare, images to make you think.

This Set will chronicle my personal encounters with these Bicycles.

Cycling Dude's Encounters of the Meet & Speak Kind:

Since May 2008 I have had the pleasure, and honor, not to mention the challenge, of making public presentations about Bicycling, Bike Commuting, and BikeBlogging.

I have also had the pleasure, and honor, to meet some interesting, and even famous, cycling personalities thru my BikeBlogging.

This Set chronicles those events, and encounters, for posterity.

Check out The Cycling Dude on Flickr!

If you are on Flickr, leave a comment on any of the pictures that strike your fancy. ;-D

March 22, 2009 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 19, 2009

The Cycling Dude is Now on Flickr!

In 2006 I opened a Flickr account, added a few photos, then promptly forgot about it.

In an effort to expand the audience, and reach, of my blogging, and learn new skills, I re-discovered it. ;-D

I spent today setting up my account, and adding my 1st few photos to 2 new Sets.

My plans will eventually include sharing my many cycling photos taken over the last 14 years.

Stop by, if you are a Flickr Member, and leave your thoughts on any photos that strike your fancy. ;-D

The Cycling Dude on Flickr!

March 19, 2009 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

March 14, 2009

Bike Commuting Becomes Part of My Daily Routine

Thanks to Orange County Transit Authority making changes to its system for the Spring anyone who lives in Orange County, but works late in LA County, has to make new arraingements for catching the bus home because the last #60, from downtown Long Beach, is 955pm on weekends, and 1010pm, on weekdays.

To get home you have to catch the #60, or the #50, 10 min. after that bus leaves, at 7th & Channel, across from the VA Hospital, east of Pacific Coast Highway.

If you are will to spend the extra money, or have an OCTA Day Pass, there is a Long Beach Transit Bus, the #94, that will take you there, with the last leaving downtown at 1230am every night.

Your other option is to bike to the VA, or bike the whole way home.

I've done both this week. ;-D

Bike Commuting has ALWAYS been a part of my life, so the title of this post is a tad misleading, but in the past I could choose how often I rode my bike to work.

Now, that choice has become a requirement because I am unwilling to spend extra for bus fare when I don't have to do so. ;-D

On Tuesday I rode east on Broadway then 2nd, then north on PCH to 7th, for an 8 mile ride.

On Wednesday I rode east on 4th, to Park Ave., then to 7th, then to the VA for a 6 mile ride.

On Thursday I rode all the way home, a 20 mile ride.

On Friday I rode east on 4th to Park, then took 6th east to Bellflower Blvd. where it meets PCH, near 7th, for a 4 mile ride.

Looking at the Thomas Guide Map, this morning, I learn that I can stay on 4th, passing the Colorado Lagoon, on Appian Way, and the Colorado Marina Park, on Colorado St. all the way to where Bellflower Blvd. begins.

So I think I'll go that way, tonite. ;-D

Having to commute 5 days a week I have several options to keep me entertained as I ride to catch my bus, and if the bus Bike Racks are full (I can catch the #50, too, and bike the last 3 miles home, or connect to another bus in Anaheim.), which is rare, then I can haul ass home the the full distance. ;-D

March 14, 2009 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 12, 2009

Cycling Images to Make You Smile, and Think

I came across a couple of images that are interesting, beautiful, and funny.

1. Nothing like a bike ride with friends!

2. Cycling across a bridge in Italy.

March 12, 2009 in Cycling in Interesting Media Places | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 11, 2009

Because They DO Hate Us: Thoughts of a New York Bicyclist

The article in the New York Times begins with memories of cycling in NY, in the 80's.

The 1st inking that the reader gets that Robert Sullivan has something serious on his mind is the next section, describing a moment in time, on one of his rides thru the city:.

.....as the light changed, I began to pedal and a biker went racing by and nearly killed me.

Well, not literally. Literally, he only scared the bejesus out of me and brushed my arm, no big deal. The crossing guard shook her head. “Jerk,” she said.

When I got to Atlantic Avenue, a street I would be nervous about crossing if I were in an armored vehicle, I stopped to wait for the light as a helmetless man, riding with his child on a seat, weaved wobbly between me, the taxi and the pedestrians trying to cross, uttering not even an “on your right.” He pulled silently out into traffic, stopping halfway across the intersection to let a tractor-trailer wail by before he finished crossing against the light, the toddler in back thinking heaven knows what.

Meanwhile, another biker was about to pass him, and pedestrians in the intersection now scattered like deer. And I was thinking, “No wonder they hate us.”

Because they do hate us, they being nonbikers and us being bikers.

He writes that the city is doing more for cyclists, though there are many issues related to this activity, these days, that cars kill more cyclists than we do each other, and that we still live in a world ruled by the car.

He admits to being troubled by seeing cyclists doing things on the road that put them, and others at risk.

Then he gets down to discussing the meat of his piece:

As someone who has been honked and screamed at by drivers when I am proceeding carefully along a wide, bike-friendly street, I acknowledge that my blood boils, just from a public relations standpoint, when I see a guy do that.

Because again, they hate us.

The nature of the hate has changed. Once, they hated us because we were a rarity, like a rat in the kitchen, a pest. Now, they hate us because we are ubiquitous.

When you read the stats he quotes about the increase in cycling in NY, think about how cycling is increasing in your small town, or big city.

Are you seeing more people riding bikes to work?

Are you seeing more cyclists on the Commuter Train, or Bus?

In recent days, thanks to Twitter, I've found clogs, and websites related to Bike Commuting.

That right there should tell you SOMETHING.

He writes about how while cyclists have been on the receving end, he believes we cyclist have some GIVING to do.

He has a modest proposal that cyclists should take the high road.

Now, as much as we would perhaps prefer not to, we must stop to look at ourselves and realize that we have a little giving to do. I am talking about perceptions, about the things we should do outside the letter of the law, like the way we try not to kill the person in front of us in the revolving doors.

Too many cyclists take the "The Car is Our Enemy" credo way to far, and other cyclists, not as knowledgeable in the issues because all they want to do is ride their bike, not change the world, get too angry, or intimidated, by encounters on the road that they stop riding, rather than consider what they can do, thru their behavior, to improve the view of non-cyclists toward the cyclist.

In New York, he says cyclist are, in some ways, losing the Publicity Wars.

He even points out that, as Life is slowly improving for Cyclists, many cyclists are starting to treat pedestrians like motorists treat them.

As the ENEMY.

Is this happening where you live?

Not a good thing, people.

Despite the presence of bike lanes, we see many bikes on the sidewalk, and the bikers riding the wrong way down streets, alarming cabdrivers at the light.

For biking to make it to the next level, for bikes to be completely accepted as the viable form of city transportation that they are, bikers must switch sides.

They must act like people and stop acting like cars.

Acting like people means slowing down.

This includes stopping at traffic lights.

This brings him to his modest proposal, one with 4 parts:

1.  How about we stop at major intersections?

2. How about we ride with traffic as opposed to the wrong way on a one-way street?

3. How about we stay off the sidewalks?

4. How about we signal?



I agree with these sentiments of his:

Bikes don’t kill people; cars kill people.

I know this, I feel this (big scar on head), and when I think of my bike heroes and bike role models, when I imagine the tone of the new bike culture, I think of civility.

I've got scars of my own, from a lifetime of cycling encounters with cars, trucks, and people on foot, but the important thing to remember is that we all share the same space, in one way or another, and it is important to strive for civility in the sharing.

Your can read the whole essay here: The Wild Bunch.

There have been over 300 comments on his essay at the Times, and they are no long accepting any more, but I welcome comments, and debate, here, all the time! (Being a working stiff I will approve comments as soon as I can get to them!)









March 11, 2009 in Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

March 10, 2009

2009 National Bike Summit Starts Today

The League of American Cyclists report that, as usual, the event is "packed with education, advocacy, a congressional bike ride and plenty of networking."

As the promotional page for the event says:

Bicyclists led the Good Roads movement in the 1880s, successfully lobbying for paved roads to drag our nation out of the mud.

In 2009, the stage is set for bicyclists to once again lead reform of our transportation system.

A “smart” transportation movement is needed to solve the challenges of climate change, obesity, congestion, pollution, safety, and dependence on foreign oil.

The 2009 National Bike Summit is focused on making a powerful case for expanding Federal support for bicycling – for active transportation and recreation.

Join fellow advocates, industry leaders, and retailers as we make our voice for change heard: we have a new President, new Congress and new administration to address.

The new Congress begins writing a new federal transportation funding bill and bicyclists must be at the table.

There are at least 15 Workshops, and several important speakers, over 3 days, and you can learn what, & who, they are about, here.

March 10, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack