Last summer, I was very glad that Salt Lake City (in contrast to the County)has had an informal policy of not chip sealing bike lanes for the past several years – a decade or more. But as we come up on this year’s construction season, Salt Lake City is, at my own request, considering changing our chip seal policy to include bike lanes.
If your bike is riding well it is not necessary to take it to the shop for a full tune up before every event. It is, however, a good idea to spend a little time checking the bike over to prevent unexpected problems during the ride.
If you are going all-in and plan on having loads of kids, like me, purchasing an adjustable tandem might be the way to go. With our Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo (pictured), I am able to adjust it to fit my six year old daughter at 4’1” and my wife at 5’3”, due to the telescoping seatpost and stem.
the sickening sound one often hears when the impact of a body hitting the ground is so great, air is forced from the lungs. Ouch. Just seconds before, I was sailing along on my newly built ride, but I was brought to a quick halt. The sauntering couple in the park, along with their small dog, had somehow managed to take up all ten feet of pathway.
There are a lot of books out there that try to detail and capture urban cycling: Hurst’s the Art of Urban Cycling, Glowacz’s Urban Bikers’ Tips and Tricks, Culley’s The Immortal Class. Bike Snob NYC, the book by formerly anonymous blogger bikesnobnyc, tries to do the same, without much success.