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Richard Masoner
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TBT: Ellen's Ridekick trailer

I was recently reminded of one of my personal heros, Ellen Fletcher. She was a Jewish kid in Berlin when she escaped to London in 1938, where she discovered bicycles.

After moving to America after the war, she fought road expansion in Palo Alto, pushed Southern Pacific into allowing bikes onboard the San Jose-San Francisco commuter train (now Caltrain), and was instrumental in creating America's first bicycle boulevard in Palo Alto in 1982.

Although she never smoked, she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010. Ellen attached this RideKick trailer to the back of her Breezer bike. It's an electric motor to push her bike.

She told me she felt guilty for the electric assist, but felt forced to use it because she didn't have the lung capacity and strength after lung surgery at age 82 to ride unassisted.

Ellen rode her bike to within a couple of weeks of her death in 2011 at age 83.
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I'm 42 and I want one :))
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Disco Bike

A couple of 450 photos I shot last night at San Jose Bike Party. This disco light smoke + bubble rig is one among about a half dozen bike-towed machines used to create a pop-up dance floor that includes gigawatts of amplified music all connected via a professional wireless link.

This was a smallish crowd of perhaps 1500 people who rode 30 miles from one meetup spot to the next. Bike Party travels 5 to 10 miles to a meetup spot, setup the music, dance for 35 minutes, then move on to the next sport. Food trucks and taco stands enhance the experience.
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Yep, it's always fun at San Jose Bike Party :-)
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Maybe a mail merge is necessary, California Bicycle Coalition. 
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But more seriously, CalBike gets their addresses from local advocacy membership rolls. I belong to two different local groups (Bike Santa Cruz County and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition), and my wife has her own membership in Bike Santa Cruz County.
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JRA and Fractured Conversations

+Ian Emmons caught up to me during this morning's commute. We're talking about his old neighborhood.

Me: "Oh, by that corner with the Mongolian BBQ?"

Ian: "Yeah, that's the place. There's also a meatery there."

Me [a little dubious, but]: "A ... meatery?"

Ian: "Yeah, like a winery, except they make meat. They even have tastings."

Me: "Oh. That would be ... interesting. You can try different kinds of meat? Like rabbit or duck?"

Ian:  [ odd look towards me ] "MEADERY! Fermented honey. They make MEAD."
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Then again there is Longshoreman's English. 
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Looking west from Mitchell's Cove, Santa Cruz, California USA.
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I second what +Peter Warton​said. 
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California Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Dave Snyder rides a Brompton.

Seen yesterday morning in Mountain View, CA.
Bike Pool to Bike Summit 2016 From Mountain View Caltrain to Microsoft SV campus via Evelyn and Stevens Creek trail.
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I don't think that was a Brompton if it had drop bars, since Brommies have a distinctive handlebar shape (as in the photo of Dave) so that they nestle right next to a wheel when folded.

(Drop bars have been on Bike Fridays for many years, they're designed with a "quick fold" that isn't so compact, and a more compact fold where you basically have to undo the handlebars.)
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Hey look, +William Robison​! Free Nut Butter Clif Bars at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit 
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i might have helped them empty the bowl of extra cliff bars on my way out the door
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You don't see many Colorado-built bikes with Mark Nobilette's name in California. +John Bump​ will appreciate this.
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I love learning and custom frame makers. 
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BMUFL

CVC 21202 is California's "ride as far right as practicable" law but includes a huge list of exceptions, including a "substandard lane width" paragraph. YMMV, IANAL, TWIAVBP.

I didn't caption this photo when I shot this so I don't remember the circumstances.
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+David Bump​ yup. I have been in a multi-car 4-way stop where I was waved on by one driver and the other driver was having none of it.

I used to wave drivers on but then we got to that "high noon" moment where neither of us were sure who was going to go and both ended up going. That was me in the 20%. Now I stop no matter what and it actually appears to confuse and irritate folks.
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My grandma's cooking
I dreamt of my grandmother's inn last night. She owned a ryokan or a traditional Japanese inn in Northern Japan. She cooked simple and very traditional...
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Lol......
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Don't drink the urinal water

Purple pipe water used for flushing in the new buildings on our campus.
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our urinals at work are now waterless... i think i'd rather have recycled water to be honest...
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This guy asks in this community if it's okay to shoal even though he's a slower rider and disables comments.

https://plus.google.com/+johngoodwyn/posts/eR3P5iXAPvm
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Thank you Richard, I now feel up to speed with cycling jargon. 😀
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When I was 14 I wrote a single pass 6502 assembler in Atari BASIC (yes, really). In college, while my peers had modern 286 PCs for their assignments, I had a hand-me-down Heathkit 8086; I rewrote the BIOS so it would be PC compatible enough to run MS-DOS 3.0, Wordstar, Lotus 123, and Borland's Turbo C IDE. Everything since then is a corporate trade secret.
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