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Richard Masoner
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Attended Midwestern State University
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Richard Masoner

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Who remembers Spike Bike?

With all the acrimony that's been passed around about bikes vs. cars, I thought it would be a good time to talk about a really interesting ride....

It was a Friday. Fridays are usually good days because you have a lot of teenagers drinking and driving, plus a lot of people who are in a bad mood and in a hurry to get home from work. The factories usually pay on Friday, so you get a fair number of beer-commercial types cruising around in their 4X4s looking for some butt to kick while they're knocking back a few brews. A cyclist's paradise.

I stuck a full mag in my MAC-10 and put another one under the saddle. The gun fits into the water bottle cage pretty well, and it's fairy light. I stuffed a couple of grenades in my jersey pockets and slipped my Rambo-knife into its sheath on the front fork. Just for good measure, I grabbed a thermite grenade and dropped it into the remaining jersey pocket. This is a little more weight than I usually carry, but it was Friday night after all.

Full set of stories by Bob Fishell at the link.

Spike the Bike. Precursor to Spike; Spike #1; Spike #2; Spike #3; Spike #4; Spike #5; Spike - Explaination; Spike - the Last Race; Spike Returns; Spike - How it all began. [Bob Fishell writing:]. Precursor. With all the acrimony that's been passed around about bikes vs. cars, I thought it would ...
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How have I never heard of this remarkable artist known as WING before today?

H/T +Colin Heyne
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Brazen daylight theft of a bike in moving traffic

+John Bump reported the daylight theft of a friend's new bike from a busy restaurant parking lot. I just heard from a colleague here at the office about something even crazier that happened last night -- a bike stolen from a bike rack in the middle of a busy freeway during the evening commute!

Highway 237 is a limited access freeway with very heavy car traffic. It' s not someplace you normally see people on foot.

Sue's work shuttle bus is stuck in stop-and-go traffic when some guy on foot comes out of nowhere and steals a bike from the front bike rack in the middle of the freeway. He starts riding down the freeway, splitting lanes.

The bus driver, in the meantime, gives chase. They catch up, and the bike owner jumps out to try to grab the bike back but the thief escapes.
Owner jumps back on on the bus, shuttle catches up, and on the next attempt two guys jump out.

Other drivers who saw what happened try to cut off the escaping bike thief but he still manages to wriggle through.

Sue calls 911 but the dispatcher can't figure out what's going on from the description.

Finally, four guys from the bus jump out (still in 237 traffic) and tackle the thief to the ground. They wrangle the bike from him and jump back onto the bus with the bike. The last they see of the thief he's lying on the pavement between the #1 and #2 lanes.
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When I was driving the E-Line (urban route in Seattle), I had a bike stolen off the front of my bus.... That was one bicyclist stealing a better bike than his own, though.

The victim grabbed the perp's bike and headed out to chase down his own bike.
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This is probably on reddit but saw it on Instagram first.
See this Instagram video by @outsideisfred • 1,148 likes
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+Richard Masoner can't be all that much worse than the hell you put your hubs through.... muddy sewer river water and all that..
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Big gains in San Jose trail use

The city of San Jose did their 10th annual trail count earlier this week. The numbers show increased usage over previous years for all open trails. Significant numbers of these on the Guadalupe Trail are commuters.

Original document at
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A bikepool on trail count day

Ride along with the inaugural #lupebikepool this morning in San Jose, California. Bikepool is like a carpool, except with bikes. We had two first time bike commuters this morning among six riders.

Today is also trail count day in San Jose, in which volunteers count trail users at various locations around the city of San Jose. 
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You're bald now? Decided to go commando on top! 
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This is much worse than usual. I'm glad I brought food and water, and somebody else does the driving but still ...
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For some trips a car is by far the most sensible choice, but for many it is not. Most people fail to realize this basic fact of transportation.
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What's missing in this picture?

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Seen at today's Viva Calle (the open streets event in San Jose, California)
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That looks like fun +Richard Masoner and he looks old enough to be able to land a fall from that height.
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Tomorrow, my wife Sara and I will participate in NAMIWalks Silicon Valley on the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose with her team at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she works as a clinician at the Behavioral Health Unit.

This walk benefits the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI), a grassroots advocacy group representing families and people affected by mental disorders in the United States. NAMI provides education, research and support for people and their families impacted by mental illness.

Please consider helping by making a contribution via Sara’s online contribution page. Any amount helps. Thank you!

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
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Thank you to +Brendan Brisker for turning me on to this "Relive" website, which grabs Strava ride data and turns it into a video.

I re-uploaded data from a ride I did with +John Bump several years ago. created this video at the link. Compare to the Google Earth chase video I created at the time, which you can view at

Relive is certainly much faster and easier.

View my 41km ride RLIVE video experiment - not a real ride
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Just passing on the love from +Ricky Albores​ and +Mark Holcroft​ whom I've seen using it.

Cool ride. Someday I'll ride in Santa Cruz again.

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+Lynne Watanabe​ your cousin for city council!
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Haha! Funny! Since having this Home Care Assistance sales marketing role I keep running to people that ask me if I'm related to every Watanabe in the Santa Clara county! (I like to say Uncle Ken worked with Tom Cruise and he told me he was a lot shorter in person .) 
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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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    Computer Science, 1985 - 1990
  • Texas A&M University
    Aerospace Engineering, 1984 - 1985
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