Greetings fellow riders! Today’s post is all about helping out less fortunate cyclists and try to make them safer. If you follow us on Facebook, we shared a video from “Goat Rides Bikes” explaining how he gives back to his community and makes cyclists safer by simply giving out a tail light and the “Smart Cycling Quick Guide” from The Bike League of American Cyclists. Here is the video in case you don’t do Facebook:
I really admire this person for spending money and taking his time to talk to less fortunate riders. A few years ago, the BikeCommuters.com and MtnBikeRiders.com crews used to go to downtown Santa Ana and we used so setup a “mobile bike repair shop”. We used to repair and clean a lot of bikes from the local homeless population, the majority of those bikes lacked brakes let alone having blinkies. We stopped going to Santa Ana because a Non profit community bicycle center known as The Bicycle Tree opened which helped a lot of these riders by helping riders fix their own bikes.
We have also seen a few “Firefly” operations setup by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, if you are not familiar with firefly operations, volunteers setup at different intersections and give away free rear and front blinkies to those who need them.
We also shared a “Rules of the Road Legal Clinic” event on our Facebook page hosted by “The Street Trust“. This a free intensive clinic concerning Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if youâ€™re in a crash.
Hello and welcome back! You probably thought I was going to pepper you with videos and pictures of last weekend’s Cyclocross race but I though I would post this instead.
As I was reading my Facebook feed, my local news posted a video of the difference of riding a bike in Denmark versus the United States. I thought that was cool, but it looks like most commenters thought otherwise:
Yes I do own a car, most bike commuters own cars, we do pay registrations and we surely pay taxes unlike our President-Elect. The effects of riding a bike on a road are so minimal and if drivers would accept that we are part of traffic, there would not be a need to build separate bike lanes.
And then there are the assholes who are “inconvenienced” by us. How long does it take to pass a cyclist? Four? Ten seconds Max? Oh but noooo, you are way more important and riding my bike to work will constitute an act of socialism. Get over yourself.
But let’s use common sense and use the sidewalk instead!!!
Oh wait maybe not because we may “come out of nowhere”
And of course you have the troll, but poor dumbass, no one took the bait.
So listen up motorists and cyclists, I pay taxes and insurance, I drive a car, I ride a bike, I use public transportation, I follow the rules when I drive, I follow the rules when I ride my bike, I respect drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. It is not too fucking hard.
This is a public service announcement for all Irvine/Tustin California drivers.
I know that it has probably been years since you got your driver’s license but let us turn to page 39 of the California Driver Handbook. Now let us focus on the “Bicycle Lane section”:
A bicycle lane is a designated traffic lane for bicyclists, marked by a solid white line, typically breaking into a dotted line ending before it reaches the corner. Different from a simple white line showing the edge of the road, a bicycle lane follows specific width requirements and is clearly marked as a bike lane.
Treat a bicycle lane the same as other traffic lanes. Do not turn into the lane if there is a bicyclist in the bike lane.
Do not obstruct bicycle traffic by reducing the width required for safe bicycle passage, typically 3 to 4 feet.
When you are making a right turn within 200 feet of the corner or other driveway entrance, you must enter the bicycle lane only after ensuring there is no bicycle traffic, and then make the turn. Do not drive in the bicycle lane at any other time.
Not one, but three times were drivers driving on the bike lane while I was in it!
Irvine/Tustin drivers, I know you are probably in a hurry to get somewhere, but let’s look at a video that I took from my last commute:
Notice the wrong way and the correct way of merging into a bike lane and making a right turn, there is no need to buzz by me and merge into the bike lane when you have over 200 feet to go.
Ok folks we’re heading out again to Santa Ana to help fix bicycles for the homeless. Did you know we’ve been doing this for about 3 yeas now?! Ya I was pretty surprised myself. Anyhow, we’d love to get as many volunteers as we can. But we also need some hard goods donated.
Typically we need brake/shifter housing and cables. 26″ and 700c innter tubes, brake pads, cleaning solutions and lubricants. We’ll pretty much take anything you can offer. If you’d like to help out but you’re in a different state, we can also take monetary donations to our Paypal account. We’ll take that money, and use it to purchase the parts. Our paypal ID: email@example.com.
Here’s a detailed article on how you can help. CLICK HERE
For more information about joining us, feel free to reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a few months since we’ve been out fixing bicycles for the homeless community of Santa Ana. It wasn’t until I received an email from our resident Doctor-Biker, Doc Li asking when the next event would be. After some calendar checking and asking our wives which date would work, we headed out to Civic Center and Ross in Santa Ana, Ca.
The weather was a crazy hot, 95 degrees with about 50% humidity. Needless to say it was we were sweating before we even did anything. I loaded up my mini van with all the tools and parts that we received from our various sponsors such as Two Wheels One Planet of Costa Mesa, Planet Bike and Freedom by WTB. We also had received a cash donation from our favorite Cop, Officer Ben, which allowed us to purchase additional hard goods for the event.
On our way out!
Upon arrival, we immediately got set up. We had our EZ-UP to shield us from the sun, had our two work stands ready, got the tools out. As soon as we were ready, things got busy. Word quickly spreads in the community that we are providing FREE BICYCLE REPAIR SERVICES.Doc Li is our most loyal volunteer. He’s ALWAYS available when set up these events. We’re really grateful for his help. The Moe is a major asset in our efforts because he is our translator. 70% of our “customers” speak Spanish, so he makes it easier to communicate with them. There have been times when I didn’t have a translator with me and that proved to be difficult. Giving back to the community is always rewarding. Even though our volunteer count was low this time, we did manage to help out at least 20 bicycles. The most common issues we see and this is where Two Wheels One Planet helped us out with are brake pads.They donated a good amount of pads for the cause. Almost ALL of the bicycles we fixed had some sort of braking issue. Some of them didn’t even have any brakes! With that in mind we replaced cables, housing and brake pads. We also made sure that all the bicycles had a well lubed drive train.
As we’re working away there was a gentleman who was just standing watching us. He started asking questions why we were out there, and if we were affiliated with any religious organization. So I briefly gave him our back story that at one point in time, I was coming out there to help feed the homeless with my church, but once I saw there were so many bicycles, I knew this was a greater need that needed to be addressed. With the help of various corporate sponsors and generous individuals, we’ve managed to keep this initiative going strong for a couple of years now. He was pretty impressed on what we were doing and thanked us for providing this service. I told him it’s the least we can do, we’ve been blessed with the ability to fix bicycles, we’re pretty good at it, so we might as well use our talents to serve others.
If you’re interested in taking part of our next event by either volunteering, donating hard goods or funds, feel free to reach out to us: email@example.com