… our schools earn a failing grade when it comes to letting kids ride their bikes
And manly socks they were too
A good read:
Brian Surratt, Business Development Director at the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development:
“People no longer relocate for industry. Industry relocates for talent. Seattle wants to be recognized as a bike-friendly city because it simply helps attract good talent. The most successful cities—economically, culturally, and socially—must compete for intellectual capital and talent.”
You’re quite sure that Gortex is that guy who plays midfield for Bayern München.
Irrespective of the frame material, if your bike takes a hit or the shifting gets weird, have us check the derailer hanger. We can straighten or replace it.
Weak hangers flex minutely under load when downshifting, especially under power. If you ever wondered why your bike shifts OK on the stand but not on the road, or have been unable to dial in even a new system and alignment isn’t a question, your derailleur hanger could be part of the problem.
(Aside: Another trend among bikemakers—the return to the internal cable routing craze—can also be a culprit because of the increased friction. Dear bikemakers: Unless it’s an aero road or TT bike, rout cables outside the frame! Internal routing is a pain in the ass, and I hope this trend dies as fast as it did the last time around.)
Or buy a metal bike. Progress is hell.
An article in today’s issue of the science journal Nature considers not how much oil is in the ground but how much can be extracted cheaply. We’re there.
The notion of peak oil is a fairly simple one: oil is a finite resource and, at some point, we simply won’t be able to extract as much as we had previously.
“We are not running out of oil,” the authors argue, “but we are running out of oil that can be produced easily and cheaply.”
Result: volatile oil prices. And volatile gas prices.
Of the 11 recessions the US has experienced since World War II, 10 have been preceded by a sudden change in oil prices.
the U.S. spent more than $490 billion on gasoline in 2011
Excellent and concise piece highlighting what helps urban cycling.