Why Don’t Americans Have Bike Barriers?

The Dish

Dunsmuir Separated Bike Lane

They’ve been proven to save lives in countries such as the Netherlands and Canada, so why their absence in the US? Architectural historian Steven Fleming argues that macho bike culture deserves some of the blame:

A sad irony in the history of bicycle transport is that keen cyclists aided and abetted motoring lobbyists, who wanted the whole road for cars.

Bike store owner John Forester was a keen “vehicular cyclist.” He could keep pace with cars, assert his right to a lane, and gracefully somersault onto the grass if ever a driver looked but didn’t see him. He published these tips in his 1976 book Effective Cycling, with some good intentions, but also a hint of male pride. By the way he opposed the Dutch-modeled cycle tracks he feared would spread to the US, you could be forgiven for thinking his secret fear was being made to ride beside women and…

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Firsts

A few first today:

  • 23 miles ride. First time I rode over 20 miles. Not as exhausting as I anticipated but my legs were pretty shot for the last 6 miles. Still managed to maintain an average of 16 mph though.
  • New road tires (Continental Grand Prix 4000S) are a success! Less rolling resistance but almost as compliant as the stock cycle-cross tires. Though I can no longer ride through loose gravels with impunity like before.
  • New base layer from Under Armour I wore under my short sleeves jersey. It kept me warm at the beginning of the ride in morning but didn’t make me overheat at the end when the temperature rose to low 20s with bright sun. This should keep me warm for my morning rides until a proper jacket is needed.

Making it my own

One of the great thing about owning a piece of sport equipment is customization, to make it uniquely mine. A bike offers many ways of customization and here are mine. Some of them are more customizing my riding experience vs. customizing the bike itself. (I haven’t included pictures of the mundane stuff like foot pump, spare tube, CO2 canister, tire repair kit, and saddle bag)

Currently I’m waiting for two more items to arrive; Camelbak Podium Big Chill Bottle and Serfas Fissure Jersey.

Things that are on my shopping list in the future; road tires, better saddle, and winter clothing.

Name sticker with country flag
Name sticker with country flag
Bontrager water bottle cage
Bontrager water bottle cage
Topeak iPhone mount on stem
Topeak iPhone mount on stem
Topeak Ride Case II iPhone 5 mount
Topeak Ride Case II iPhone 5 mount
Pearl iZUMi Men's X-Alp Seek IV Cycling Shoe
Pearl iZUMi Men’s X-Alp Seek IV Cycling Shoe
Shimano PD-M520L pedals
Shimano PD-M520L pedals
Heart Rate Monitor
Heart Rate Monitor
Wahoo Speed & Cadence sensor
Wahoo Speed & Cadence sensor
Blackburn front and back lights
Blackburn front and back lights
Giro gloves
Giro gloves
Bell XLV helmet
Bell XLV helmet
Oakley M-Frame with red iridium and black iridium lenses
Oakley M-Frame with red iridium and black iridium lenses

Cycling Progress

I rode 8.3 miles for the second time this evening. The route is pretty straightforward with only one short category 5 climb. I managed to do it within 2 seconds of my first try, even though I was pushing and trying to go a little faster.

My legs are getting stronger and my stamina is also. Evidently I need to find longer and harder route for my twice weekly rides. So far I come up with a 10.5 miles loop that has a slightly longer category 5 climb in the middle. I’m going to try it next Tuesday and see how that feels.

On the bike gear front, my SPD pedals should arrive tomorrow (thanks to Amazon Prime) while the shoes should come next week. I don’t have problem with using toe clips but getting off and on is still a pain in the arse, especially when getting off the line in traffic intersection.

I wasn’t 100% convinced on the heart rate monitor but since it was a deal with MapMyRide MVP membership, I thought what to lose. As it turns out, it is useful in that I know I’ve been riding in ‘race pace’ zone for the majority of the time, which is good as I don’t want to over train or under train.