49: Road Concerns and Effective Cycling

This episode is brought to you by Phil’s Fondo and Bike MS: Bay to Bay Tour. We talk about some of our major concerns while road cycling, how we prepare for traffic, and why we continue to cycle amidst the risks.

This episode is brought to you by Phil’s Fondo and Bike MS: Bay to Bay Tour.

Some feel disillusioned by the state of cycling in urban cities and on suburban roads. They wonder, ‘is commuting worth the risk’? Since the California 3-foot law was implemented in 2014, there have been improvements in infrastructure in southern California, but this year it seemed we had some setbacks. We talk about some of our major concerns while road cycling, how we prepare for traffic, and why we continue to cycle amidst the risks.

Though one of our contributors, Rob Templin, suffered a serious neck injury from a cycling accident, we’re happy to say that he is in good spirits and looking forward to being able to cycle again. Rob’s advice after the crash? “Not that it has to be said but wearing a helmet saves lives, and never move someone after a serious bike crash … especially if head/neck trauma is involved.” Rob’s article “Roam Free: An Experiential Guide to Ultralight Touring” was a featured story in issue #135 of the magazine.

News & Follow Up
Vuelta a Espana Results
Steve Cummings Wraps Up Overall at Tour of Britain
A Cervelo S5 via Cycling Weekly
Tom Zirbel Takes Aim at Hour Record
Badass Mom of Three Becomes World’s Fastest Female Cyclist
Virginia Tech researching bike helmet safety ratings
UCI not planning to resume disc brake trials anytime soon

Show Links
Is urban cycling worth the risk?
Will 2016 be more deadly for Southern California bicyclists than years past?
I’m Done
Quitting, the most difficult decision
Effective Cycling by John Forester
Google Self-Driving Car Reports Show Efforts to Accommodate Cyclists

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This week’s episode is brought to you by Phil Gaimon’s Gran Fondo, the Malibu Gran Cookie Dough. Phil Gaimon has put together a great route including thrilling Malibu descents, challenging Santa Monica Mountain Climbs, pro training routes supported by Mavic Neutral Support, and cookies and gourmet lunch provided by celebrity Chef Jeff Mahin of M Street Kitchen in Santa Monica. Share the road with Cannondale-Drapac Team Members, World Tour Pros & Special Guests on November 06, 2016. 

Join Team Monster Energy and thousands of cyclists as they ride down the coast from Irvine to San Diego on October 22nd and 23rd. The event offers riders a one day, 25-mile option, or a two day 100, 125 or 150 mile options  – these routes are designed to provide a scenic and challenging ride for both the experienced cyclist and the energetic novice. You can also ride the Virtual Spin event at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa – ride the tour indoors!  Fuel the progress that will help people with MS live their best lives. Voted best cycling event 8 times by the readers of Competitor magazine, visit biketofinishms.com to register today! October 22nd & 23rd, 2016

Announced Events
Arthritis Bike Classic – Oregon
Events on September 24th
SoCal Gravel Trofee #6: Monument Grinder
Mount Diablo Challenge
Harvest Ride
25th Annual OATBRAN

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