Robin’s New Bike

by Eric Shalit on August 15, 2012

Speaking of Batman, Robin got a new bike yesterday. A working metal replica at that. This is the latest addition to my mantle tableau.


Would Batman ride this bike?

by Eric Shalit on August 15, 2012

This came to us via bicycle connoisseur Mike Morris who saw it on fixedgeargallery.com. Click the link to see additional views of the bike.


My friend Kevin Van Dyke says Race Across Oregon is billed as the toughest qualifier for the toughest bicycle race in the world (RAAM). He knows because he’s done it before and will be racing again this weekend.

So, you rode through the winter, put in the miles, conquered a few hills, rode even when it wasn’t fun, just so you could do this.

But the big question remains, “can you do it?”

One way to find out.

Race Across Oregon 2012 will be held July 21-22, 2012

Be at the Best Western Hood River ready to pedal at 5AM.

Be ready to ride 538 miles

Be ready to climb 45,283 ft

Be ready to complete this in 48 hours or less.

bring your own support.

be prepared to ride rain/shine/thunderstorms/dark

no drafting

know the route, and expect that you will be dropped.

no cry babies.

A finisher’s jersey for those who succeed.

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This just in from Charles Martin, author of Neon Panic. New Yorker, Casey Neistat was ticketed $50 for riding his bike outside of a bike lane. He then made this PSA to show what happens to obedient NYC bicyclists who stay where they belong. Moral is “know your rights”.


This came to us via the West Seattle Blog, a national leader in professional community based journalism.

Last summer, they shared the news here as they wrapped up a 1,732-mile bike trip to the Mexican border, raising money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Cal Prinster and dad Gordon Prinster head out on another bicycle odyssey – this time, aiming to reach New York City by summer’s end! Here’s a one-minute preview produced by Cal (who’s going into 7th grade at Madison Middle School, showing their planned route.




Cyclists of a certain age often only know about mainstream bicycle events like STP (Seattle to Portland Bicycle Parade), sanctioned spandexed team races, and fundraising events like the MS150. The 2012 Girls of Summer Alleycat is one of those events that tends to be on the radar of the younger bike crowd.

That said, there’s no age requirement, and the toughest cyclists I know are over 50. I may not be one of the toughest, but I show up. It’s one way I get to see my 2 sons and their friends. Basically, I’m encouraging any of you oldster readers and riders to come out for this event and other alleycats. You can race if you want, or just make a lot of noise and show what a fine specimen you are.

The Menstrual Monday organizers apparently think the same. “Also to encourage women of all ages to race and in the tradition of road racing we will have a Master’s category this year. That means the first person age 35 and up will get a sweet prize.”

Two of the great things that separates this kind of event from the better known club events is the cheap $5 entry fee and tons of great prizes. Generally, everyone gets a prize. These events are not supporting any executive director salaries.

One of the great things about writing about these events is that if I’m doing it right I get excited about going. This event wasn’t on my radar until this morning, but now I’m planning to be there.

Are you ready for round two?

Menstrual Monday is proud to announce the SECOND ANNUAL ALL-Girl Alley Cat, Girls of Summer! Save the date, we race on Saturday June 23rd!

Once again, there will be an adventurous romp through the Seattle city streets celebrating the best thing ever, GIRLS ON BIKES. We will have prizes in fun and creative categories to encourage new or non-competitive riders (a MOUNTAIN of prizes). Also to encourage women of all ages to race and in the tradition of road racing we will have a Master’s category this year. That means the first person age 35 and up will get a sweet prize.

Course we also want to satisfy the more seasoned or competitive racers. Our grand prize thanks to the amazing people at Raleigh is a Women’s Capri 2.0 road bike. Its pretty rad. Please thank this local awesome bike company.

Seriously we have a ton of prizes. NOT including the grand prize its still almost $3,000 in prizes.

Register at the I-5 colonnade at 2pm and race at 3pm sharp. $5 (includes a drink ticket). Things to bring: map of seattle, a lock, a pen, and of course a helmet.

Ben from Back Alley Bike Repair will be on hand from 1:30 – 3:00 with a mobile repair shop for minor tweaks and repairs so get there early to get your bike in fighting condition.

Afterparty at the Boxcar, starting around 6pm! We will have $2 PBR specials for the ladies and their supporters.

For the historians, here’s info about last year’s race, a detailed wrap-up, and tons of photos.

Dont Forget – Come out to our monthly ride. First Monday of every month. Seattle Center Fountain, meet 6:30, depart 7. Go places you have never been with a great group of girls.


©2012 Eric Shalit www.boxturtledesign.com

This came to us from the New York Times.

“For 15 years, until June 1, Milton, population 7,000, 45 minutes south of Seattle, required helmets for all bicyclists and skateboarders. But with its 12-officer police force stressed by an increase in domestic violence, alcohol abuse and property crime, all of which surged through the recession, law enforcement priorities now go way beyond hectoring people about their headgear.

And an inability to enforce a law on the books, the town’s insurance consultant argued, created administrative unevenness that — in the event of an accident by someone who was not nagged or cited about helmet use — posed a liability risk that could bankrupt the community with one swipe from a punitive-minded jury.

So in a unanimous vote of the City Council on May 21, helmet laws went the way of Milton’s library and fire department, both of which closed in 2010 and were replaced by regionally shared systems with neighboring communities. The city’s planning department and activities director are also now just chapters of local history. Projected tax revenues for Milton’s general fund budget have fallen to $3.9 million from $4.9 million in 2010, and Mayor Debra Perry said she was not at all sure yet what else might have to go.”