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The truth is that any fair assessment of the relative risks and dangers on our streets would conclude that drivers are far more dangerous to the general public than the less than 1% of San Diegans who travel regularly by bike. And yet cyclists are the one who are tarred with the “scofflaw” meme.

BikeSD

A worthy read, especially its last two paragraphs.

I rode my bike through the snow to work today — bragging rights, baby!1


  1. Yup, I’m stupider than you… ;-) 

Biking Recap for January 2014

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Another year, another opportunity to ride the bike.

My January Bicycling Accomplishments

  • I biked to work every day I worked in Hillsboro. That’s not as many days as you might think. I travelled nine days, had one day of holiday, and took two days vacation.
  • I replaced my tires, after nearly 2,000 miles. I don’t know if that’s a good distance, but after inspecting the old ones and finding a bunch of embedded glass flakes and even a bit of wire cable, I figured it was time.
  • I started a spreadsheet to track every day’s mileage. As a result, I get a cool chart.

Mileage Summary

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DistanceTime / Bike
179 milesBiked in January 20141
179 milesBiked in 20142

How is your 2014 so far on the bike? Or are you waiting for warmer, dryer weather?

Keep pedaling!


  1. 2,101 – 1,922 
  2. 2,101 – 1,922 

Kaylad-e Trike

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The Kaylad-e trike by Niavis Design looks really cool and fun. The stability of two front wheels would be nice on slippery days. Not having to put a foot down at intersections1 would be a new experience. Integrated lights, fenders, security, and storage make this a serious 3+ season transportation vehicle.

I’m concerned about the Kaylad-e’s width. Bike lanes are not designed nor maintained for anything other than bicycles. I’m always dodging trash.2 On a bike, it’s no big deal; I’m still in the bike lane. On a trike? I think I’d end up in the car lane a lot more often.

I’m curious about the Kaylad-e’s weight. I like the bragging rights of providing all my power. If the trike is too heavy, I would have to use the motor to get up some hills or more.

Finally, along with its width comes wind resistance. Maybe it’s not much more than a bike, but I notice the wind sitting upright on my city bike and can feel a real difference if I crouch down into a more aerodynamic position.3

I’d like to see this become reality, if only to take it for a test ride.4


  1. At which I stop. No comment. 
  2. And roadkill. Eww. :-/ 
  3. Which, for me, is uncomfortable and not near as fun. I like sitting upright and looking around while I bike. With the distances I bike, I’d rather get there a little later than suffer. 
  4. I just wonder whether it’s as practical as a cycle truck