And let's wind up with Orange 20, where I go over a very Green and Green our nearby neighbor Santa Monica recently made on Ocean Park, its new "Complete Green Street."
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:42:05 -0800 [link]
It was Gina's cello, which had been out for repair. Her car is also out for repair, so on my way home from South Pasadena I stopped by Stein on Vine, the ancient and honorable music store in Hollywood, and picked it up.
It was in its soft case, which has knapsack straps, so I hoisted it onto my back and rolled off.
Astoundingly easy! And...drivers are politer than usual when you are carrying a cello on your back as you ride!
Gina's practicing on it now.
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:11:10 -0800 [link]
Then, on Flying Pigeon LA's blog, I revisit a Forgotten Paradise of cycling to remind us that there are other velocentric cultures in other parts of the world where cycling is, simply, normal....
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:27:31 -0800 [link]
Recycling batteries is good, but not using them is even better, and the thunk of the battery falling into the pile reminded me that I will be making far less use of this service soon: for nearly all the parts for my new wheels, with dyno hub, have arrived.
I wanted new wheels for my poor old Bottecchia anyway, as the current ones have seen nearly 40,000 miles of LA potholes—though they are still true! They are also a bit narrow for the Schwalbe Marathon 28mm tires I favor.
The new wheels will have rims by the same manufacturer—Ambrosio—another Miche track hub in back, and an unknown quantity, the Shutter Precision dyno hub, in front. Headlight will be a Busch & Müller Cyo R, taillight will be the very bright B&M Seculite I had on another bike (with a bottle dyno) for several years.
The SP dyno fulfills three requirements: 1) It claims fairly low resistance with the lamp on or off, 2) it uses sealed bearings, and 3) it does not cost anywhere near the two hundred eighty dollars of the world-standard Schmidt units.
I am very much looking forward to night rides that don't begin with the nagging fear that my batteries will run out before I get back home (it has happened several times), and even more so I look forward to generating that much less chemical waste, be it recycled or not, as I pedal around town.
Of course I'll let you know how it all works.
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:00:16 -0800 [link]
...While on Flying Pigeon LA's blog, I have the much more pleasurable task of observing that LA is finally headed towards becoming a grown-up bike town...And We Are Getting There!
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:09:57 -0800 [link]
And at Flying Pigeon LA we segue into another of our favorite subjects, bike parking, in Once You Get There....
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:35:10 -0800 [link]
The two neighborhoods do have a few things in common, though:
One is that they are both destinations, with plenty of shops, eateries, and jobs. Wilshire has numerous office buildings, and Larchmont is near a major studio complex.
Another is that they are embedded in residential neighborhoods. Larchmont's is mostly single-family houses, but Wilshire's is divided between houses on the south and a mix of classic and newer apartment buildings on the north, as well as brand-new condo blocs on the boulevard itself.
And a third similarity is infrastructural: Plenty of bike racks! When Larchmont switched form parking meters to pay stations, thirty-three of the old meter posts were retrofitted with post-and-ring bikestands to supplement the ten or twelve staple racks that had been there before. And on the Miracle Mile. LADOT has placed nearly twenty racks over the last couple of years, in response to my suggestions. (The Mile is at the end of the popular Fourth Street bicycle route as well.)
So, let me contradict myself: while the bicycle infrastructure isn't obvious, it is there. And it is helping nurture what seems to be an organic growth in cycling that might peter out (as it did in the 1970s) without a little love from the powers-that-be.
Fortunately, we seem to be getting that at last....
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 08:47:56 -0800 [link]