Crashbars WORK!

When I bought my new Vespa, I made sure to buy crashbars–steel bars that run along the cowls and legshields, and are supposed to protect the paint job from roadrash in minor drops. Today, I discovered that they worked! I had to drive to work today, and pulling into the…

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Biking to Microsoft

For the past two weeks, I’ve been trying to replicate my commute experience at Oracle. In San Francisco, I was one of dozens to put my bike on Caltrain at 22nd Street, and, when I wanted some exercise, I would get off at Burlingame or San Mateo and bike the…

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Festering Oktoberscoot

This weekend was Festering Oktoberscoot. When I first heard of the rally–a scooter-based tour of Seattle breweries–I thought this would be a singularly bad idea. A half a glass of alcohol on a two-wheeled vehicle feels like two to three full glasses when driving a car. There is just so…

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Back on two wheels

I bought a replacement for my Vespa yesterday. Same model: ET4. Same year: 2002. Same color: platinum. Of course, it has 7,700 fewer miles, it doesn’t have this little rattle when I start it up, and it doesn’t ride quite as rough. Those are all to the good, but I…

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The problem with helmets

The BBC reported a rather disturbing study on safety and bicycle helmets. Drivers in the UK apparently will give far less space to cyclists wearing protective gear and reflective clothing than they do to cyclists wearing street clothes. The offered explanation is that drivers may think the properly attired cyclist…

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