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Dec
27

You Got a Bicycle, Now You Have to Take Care of It

If you don’t plan on riding during the winter, or if you plan on only riding infrequently, be sure to remove lights, water bottles and GPS cycling computers, particularly if the bike will be kept in a shared storage area or cold garage. Clean your water bottles and let them dry completely before storing them so that old water, debris, or energy powder mix don’t convert into mold and bacteria. To help prevent rust and corrosion, make sure your chain is lubricated with bicycle-specific lube or wax.

Jeff Underwood, founder of Continuum Cycles and CC Cyclery in the East Village, suggested scheduling an annual tuneup before storing your bike for the winter. “Not only will this put you ahead of the majority of riders who have to deal with the long wait times in the spring, this also helps out your smaller neighborhood bike shop by giving them business in the off-season.”

If you choose not to get a tuneup, or if your bike just doesn’t need one yet, Mr. Underwood said to make sure the chain was lubricated correctly and that there was proper pressure in the tires before storing the bike. “When air slowly releases over time,” he said, “the weight of the bicycle can cause the tires to become misshapen.”

For cyclists who do expect to ride in the winter, Anna Maria Wolf, the owner of Sun and Air and King Kog bike shops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, also suggested getting a bike tuneup to avoid any mechanical issues when it’s cold and dark and you’re away from home.

“Be sure to wash the salt and sand off your drivetrain (the chain ring, chain, cassette (gears), and derailleur) after riding, then re-lubricate the parts to keep them in good shape.”

She advised putting old newspapers down in your hallway when cleaning your bike. Old newspapers or flattened cardboard boxes are also great at collecting any dirty water or grease that may drip down off your bike after riding in the rain or snow.

When I first began riding, I never imagined riding during the winter. As the weather gradually got colder, however, my body adjusted to it and I learned which clothes to wear at different temperatures. Come January, I even asked my local bike shop to swap out my skinny tires for rugged tires suitable for riding in the snow. As the adage goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.

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Dec
26

Bicycle theft on the rise in Boulder County

In the time it took to purchase a sandwich from a shop in downtown Boulder, Nancy Trigg’s bike was cut from its lock and stolen.

The Boulder resident ultimately found the bicycle at an alleged chop shop and was able to retrieve it with the help of the Boulder Police Department. It wasn’t registered, Trigg said, but she had photographs of a large dent on the bicycle that helped confirm it was hers. She’s since placed a sticker reading “Please don’t steal my bicycle. Thanks.” over the dent.

Nancy Trigg poses with her bike, which was stolen and returned earlier this year. (Eddie Clark/Courtesy photo)

While bicycle theft is not a new phenomenon, Trigg noted that something about it feels different.

“What’s different now is it’s blatant,” she said.

Indeed, bicycle theft is on the rise across Boulder County. Both Boulder and Longmont reported an increase in the past year. In Boulder, more than 1,000 bicycles valued at about $1.9 million have been stolen in 2020 from individuals and bicycle shops. In years past, the city reported an average of 700 bikes stolen annually.

Travel east to Longmont, and the story is similar. According to Longmont Police Sgt. Matt Cage, 211 bicycles have been reported stolen this year, an almost 10% increase from the year prior.

“Most property crimes are up all across the state, including Longmont,” Cage wrote in an email.

Although people self-report the value of their bike when it’s stolen, the Boulder Police Department said the average value of each stolen bicycle is more than $1,000. The figures extend through early December.

“Stolen bicycles are a chronic problem here in the city of Boulder,” Boulder Police Strategic Data and Policy Advisor Beth Christenson said in a Dec. 10 town hall meeting.

As such, the department has begun a targeted effort to combat the problem by teaming up with Bike Index, a nonprofit that helps people register their bicycles. The free service helps law enforcement locate and contact people who own a stolen bike that’s found.

“If your bike is stolen and you have registered it and it is found outside the jurisdiction, other agencies can quickly find where the bike is from and who it is registered to,” Christenson said.

Bryan Hance, co-founder of Bike Index, said he helped start the nonprofit organization when he realized that it made sense to have a central place for bike shops and cyclists to go to register bikes and search for stolen ones.

Marketplace in August reported that the disrupted supply chain led to a bicycle shortage. Hance referenced that shortage and other impacts of the coronavirus as some of the reasons for the rise in theft.

“It’s been a really busy year for bike thieves,” he said.

People often send the Boulder Police Department photos and videos of suspected bicycle chop shops, or places where stolen bikes are taken apart so parts can be sold or used on other stolen bikes. However, spokesperson Dionne Waugh said it’s difficult to

Dec
22

Schaumburg honored for its bicycling initiatives

The Village of Schaumburg has received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation from the League of American Bicyclists for its continued commitment to improve bicycling through policies, infrastructure and programs.

Schaumburg was the first community in Illinois recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 1999, and has been a Bronze-level BFC since 2003.

Schaumburg’s recertification as a Bronze level community includes the village in a leading group of communities across the U.S. that is transforming neighborhoods to make bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation.

“The village is pleased to receive this distinction once again for our continued investment and commitment to provide safe bicycling options throughout Schaumburg,” said Director of Transportation Karyn Robles.

“The village has always been a champion of bicycling, and this designation recognizes Schaumburg’s long-standing and ongoing efforts to improve upon our bicycle infrastructure and programming for the community.”

The Bronze BFC award recognizes Schaumburg’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The BFC program provides a benchmark for communities to evaluate these conditions and policies, while highlighting areas for improvement. The national scope of the program also promotes competition and comparison between communities.

Schaumburg has more than 95 miles of bike path and 1,000 bike parking racks and locker spaces. In 2019, the village completed construction of the Roselle Road Bike Path Bridge project, which provided additional safe connectivity to existing bike paths.

Construction included providing a new path on the west side of Roselle Road from Hillcrest Boulevard, along with a bridge over Central Road connecting users to an existing bike path in the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve at the northwest corner of Roselle and Central roads.

Construction is currently underway on the Higgins Road Bike Path, which is adding a segment of roughly .23 miles of new path on the north side of Higgins Road, from Lifetime Fitness, 900 E. Higgins Road, to the village limits between Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

For years, the village has hosted annual biking events, such as the Fahrrad Tour von Schaumburg and Bike to Work Week, to encourage biking.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Bike Month events were moved to September. Bike Month activities for 2020 included the inaugural Enjoy Schaumburg by Bike Photo Challenge and the second annual Business Bike Classic, which had 76 competitors from 19 different teams representing eight Schaumburg businesses and organizations.

“I’m proud that Schaumburg has remained a Bicycle Friendly Community for so many years, and for the role our Bikeways Advisory Committee and others have played in maintaining this important distinction in the village,” said village President Tom Dailly.

“A strong bicycling infrastructure encourages positive health and environmental choices, as well as provides multimodal transportation opportunities for the public. Bicycling is also one of the many

Dec
19

transportation – Kids | Britannica Kids

Early Transportation

Walking was the main method of transportation until humans domesticated, or tamed, animals. Camels, horses, and cattle then carried goods and people. More than 5,000 years ago people invented the wheel. This allowed animals to pull carts. Ancient peoples also traveled by water, at first with simple dugout canoes and rafts.

The Persians built a system of roads in the 500s bce. The ancient Egyptians, Indians, and Chinese also built roads. By the 200s ce the Romans had built roads across Europe.

Transportation by water expanded in the Middle Ages (500–1500 ce). New ships were built with multiple sails. They were able to travel farther and faster than earlier ships that were powered by rowing. Improvements in navigation made it possible to sail farther from land. Voyages of discovery in the 1400s and 1500s opened up trade routes between distant points.

Modern Transportation

The invention of the steam engine in the 1700s was an important event in transportation history. Steam-powered boats could easily travel upriver. Steam-powered ships could cross oceans without wind. On land, inventors used steam engines to power locomotives. This led to the growth of railroads. By 1869 a railroad ran across the United States, and steamships regularly crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Trips that had taken weeks now took days.

Builders of canals made some ocean trips much shorter. The Suez Canal in Egypt shortened the trip between Europe and Asia. The Panama Canal in Panama shortened the trip between the East and West coasts of North America.

The late 1800s saw the first successful bicycles and automobiles. They made quick and easy transportation available to more people than ever before. People who bought cars demanded more and better roads.

In 1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the world’s first airplane. The invention of the jet engine in the 1940s made air travel the fastest transportation in history.

Transportation Problems

Advances in transportation have led to problems, however. Cars and trucks cause traffic jams, accidents, and air pollution. These vehicles also use oil for fuel. The supply of oil is limited and controlled by a few countries. To ease crowded roads, governments have worked to improve public transportation. To fight pollution, scientists are developing vehicles that run on different types of fuel.

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Dec
17

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Dec
14

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What Is a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a unique code given to each vehicle in the United States. A VIN number lets you unlock vital information about the vehicle and its history.

Because each car has its own unique VIN, it’s easier to track a given car as it is bought, sold, and serviced. Auto shops use VINs to record vehicle service visits, manufacturers use VINs to issue recalls, and government agencies use VINs to identify vehicles when they’re registered, sold, or even stolen.

Since 1981, each new car has been given a standardized 17-digit code, which includes a serial number. Older cars may have VINs too, although they will not follow the standardized formula. The history of the VIN begins in the 1950s as automakers began stamping identification numbers on key parts and automobiles themselves. However, standardization did not come until the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized the current method of tracking every car that rolls off an assembly line.

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Dec
13

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Dec
12

California Bicycle Laws – CalBike

The California Vehicle Code contains the state laws that specify where and how bikes must operate. For the most part, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. (CVC 21200).

There are some specific rules. Below, for your benefit, we summarize the key sections of the law that relate to cycling.

WHERE YOU CAN RIDE

If you’re moving as fast as traffic, you can ride wherever you want.

If you’re moving slower than traffic, you can “take the lane” if it’s not wide enough for a bike and a vehicle to safely share side-by-side. The law says that people who ride bikes must ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable except under the following conditions: when passing, preparing for a left turn, avoiding hazards, if the lane is too narrow to share, or if approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. (CVC 21202) Unfortunately, some motorists and even police don’t understand cyclists’ right to “take the lane.” If you have a legal problem based on this understanding, consider calling one of the bike-friendly lawyers we identify on our “Crash Help” page.

Use the bicycle lane. On a roadway with a bike lane, bicyclists traveling slower than traffic must use the bike lane except when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazardous conditions, or approaching a place where a right turn is authorized. CVC 21208

You don’t have to use the “protected bike lane.” Once a bike lane is separated from moving traffic with posts or car parking or anything else, it’s no longer a “bike lane” according to the law; it’s a “separated bikeway.” CVC 21208 does not apply. You may ride outside of the separated bikeway for any reason. (SHC 890.4d)

Ride with traffic. Bicyclists must travel on the right side of the roadway in the direction of traffic, except when passing, making a legal left turn, riding on a one-way street, riding on a road that is too narrow, or when the right side of the road is closed due to road construction. CVC 21650

Mopeds and high-speed electric bikes are not like regular bikes. Gas-powered bicycles and type 3 electric bicycles (with top assisted speeds of 28 mph) may not be used on trails or bike paths or lanes unless allowed by local authorities. They may be used in bike lanes or separated bikeways adjacent to the roadway. CVC 21207.5  They require helmets and may not be operated by people under age 16.

Low-speed electric bicycles are almost like regular bikes. Type 1 and 2 electric bicycles (with top assisted speeds of 20 mph) are allowed wherever regular bikes are allowed unless a sign specifically prohibits electric bicycles.

Bike path obstruction: No one may stop on or park a bicycle on a bicycle path. CVC 21211

SidewalksIndividual cities and counties control whether bicyclists may ride on sidewalks.  CVC 21206

FreewaysBicycles (including motorized bicycles) may not be ridden on freeways and expressways where doing

Dec
10

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino Logo.jpg
Address 888 Bicycle Casino Drive
Bell Gardens, California 90201
Opening date November 30, 1984
Casino type Land
Previous names The Bicycle Casino
Renovated in 2015 (Hotel Addition)
Website www.thebike.com

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino (commonly, “The Bike“) is a poker cardroom in California.[1]

Founded by George Hardie Sr. in 1984, located in Bell Gardens, California, The Bicycle Casino offers a selection of poker games and Asian games, with a wide range of limits. The casino features games including: Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha hold ’em, Mexican Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker and Baccarat (card game).

Financing to build the original Bicycle Club casino was provided by Sam Gilbert, who allegedly used money partially obtained from laundering drug money.[2]
The casino is home to the Legends of Poker, a tournament series established in 1995 that now includes a stop on the World Poker Tour. Prior to the Legends, the casino’s main tournament series was called the Diamond Jim Brady.[3]

Seizure and indictment[edit]

In 1987, Sam Gilbert was the subject of a federal investigation into money laundering and racketeering charges. According to the investigation, a scheme to launder the money received from smuggling marijuana was put together to finance the construction of the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.[2][4] According to one criminal complaint,

“[Sam Gilbert] a wealthy Los Angeles businessman, was the first Gilbert to establish ties with the Kramer family when he befriended Benjamin Kramer’s father, Jack Kramer, in 1978. At that time, Jack Kramer and Sam Gilbert came up with the idea of building a legal card club for the purposes of laundering Benjamin Kramer’s dirty money. By 1983, Sam Gilbert was in contact with David Pierson, who was himself thinking of building a card club and was looking for legitimate investors. Pierson gave Sam Gilbert a prospectus, Sam liked what he saw, and Sam agreed to arrange the financing for the project in return for a sixty percent share of Pierson’s ownership interest in the Club.”[5]

Gilbert was indicted in Miami 4 days after his death.[6] His son Michael also was indicted.

The U.S. Government seized the casino in April, 1990, after a jury found that $12 million of the $22 million used in its construction came from Florida drug smugglers.[7] The club’s profits were frozen and placed in a special U.S. Marshals account until the court held a civil hearing to determine which partners knew that the club was built with drug money.

George Hardie and The Park Place Associates ownership were exonerated in 1990, and they regained their 35% stake.[8]

In July 1991 a Florida federal judge ruled that at least one of the partners, former Los Angeles Westside banker M. Dale Lyon, knew about the club’s financing. Eight other partners in the LCP Associates, the partnership named for Lyon, Coyne and Pierson, agreed to forfeit portions of their interest