We had a fun time today at the B. Spoke Tailor event at Hot Italian in Sacramento. Nan Eastep from B. Spoke made the trip over from the Bay Area to show off her work and take orders for the upcoming Sac Tweed Ride in March. We enjoyed seeing her beautiful sartorial creations while catching up with our downtown friends and eating some super-tasty pizza.
Exquisite tailoring and nearly endless options
The samples were available for purchase
Every piece is specifically tailored for bike riding
Lots of wool, inside and out
Edible Pedal had one of their delivery bikes on display (a Civia Loring)
The Bicycle Business generously donated two bikes for a raffle to benefit the California Bicycle Coalition. Tickets went on sale today and the bikes will be raffled at the upcoming Tweed ride (visit Sac Tweed for more information and to purchase tickets).
The first raffle bike is a Fuji Cambridge; it’s a great looking bike
A very cool Breezer Citizen 3, the other raffle bike
The wild bike racks out in front of the Hot Italian
Many thanks to Sacramento Tweed, Sac Cycle Chic, and Hot Italian for hosting the event. We’re looking forward to the tweed ride on March 28th!
B. Spoke Tailor →
Sacramento Tweed →
Sac Cycle Chic →
Hot Italian →
Edible Pedal →
The Bicycle Business →
The other day I mentioned that I had pant-cuff-strap-envy when I spotted my friend’s Planet Bike BRT Strap (I know, I know, it’s takes a real bike nerd to covet thy neighbor’s cuff strap). Anyway, I picked up my own BRT strap and I’m happy now. As you can see in the photo, it’s a really cool thing that can be used as a cuff strap or strapped anywhere on one’s bike or body to increase their visibility. It glows like one of those glow sticks you see at concerts, except it’s much brighter, it’s red, and it has a flashing option. Now, if PB would make one that accepts rechargeable batteries…
Planet Bike BRT Strap →
Yup, Planet Bike sponsors this website.
Shimano has signed on as title sponsor of the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) for 2010. From the press release:
INDIANAPOLIS — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show Inc., owner of the world’s leading custom bicycles show, has signed a one-year title sponsorship deal with Shimano American Corporation., the world’s leading bicycle components manufacturer. The correct title of the event is now: Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
NAHBS founder and show director, Don Walker, said, “Shimano has long been an industry leader, and I am thrilled to have them come on board as the title sponsor of NAHBS! Shimano’s involvement with NAHBS started at our San Jose show in 2006, and they are one of two major players that have been with us consistently since then. Their dedication to innovation and their support of the independent framebuilder is second to none. I couldn’t be happier that they wanted to step up their involvement. I hope this relationship will continue to blossom for years to come!”
Having been involved either as an exhibitor and lower-level sponsor of NAHBS for many years, Shimano recognizes the value in supporting the steadily growing handmade community through this show. NAHBS has served as a contact point for input and feeback from the myriad framebuilders — both commercial and hobbyists — who attend the show. Shimano welcomed the opportunity to step up to the role of leading sponsor.
From Sac Tweed:
For those hoping to improve their “tweed-ness”, Nan Eastep from B. Spoke Tailor is coming to town from Oakland tomorrow to show us her wares, take measurements, and offer sartorial advice! Also, she makes great tweed top tube covers! Come check it out!
Date: Sunday, February 21
Location: Hot Italian, Corner of 16th and P Streets, Midtown Sacramento
B. Spoke Tailor →
Sacramento Tweed →
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 714 bicyclists were killed in collisions with automobiles in the U.S. in 2008. This number is down 29 percent from 1975. The decline among female bicyclists (50 percent) was larger than the decline among male bicyclists (24 percent).
The statistics in the IIHS report support what I’ve seen in other studies: early evening is the most dangerous time of day to ride, urban areas are more dangerous than rural areas, and major roads are more dangerous than minor roads.
Ninety-one percent of bicyclists killed weren’t wearing helmets. I don’t believe this number tells us much about helmet effectiveness because there’s no way to know if a higher rate of helmet use would have significantly changed the number of deaths. For a controlled study on helmet effectiveness, see Thompson, R.S.; Rivara, F.P.; and Thompson, D.C. 1989. A case-control study of the effectiveness of bicycle safety helmets. New England Journal of Medicine 320:1361-67.
While we already knew bicycling is a relatively safe activity (see here), it’s good to know our streets in the U.S. are getting even safer for bicyclists.
IIHS Fatality Facts 2008 →
The Seattle Tweed Ride is taking place this Sunday, February 21. The ride will depart from Cal Anderson Park at 1pm. Visit Go Means Go for more information.