EcoVelo Moisture Wicking Caps Now Available

Just in time for spring, we’ve added a moisture wicking EcoVelo logo cap. This is a super lightweight and cool cap handmade from 7 oz. jersey fabric that can be worn alone or under a helmet. The wicking finish draws moisture away while the fabric breathes — perfect for summer! Solid black embroidered with the EcoVelo logo on the right side.

Like all of our caps, the EcoVelo wicking cap is handmade in the U.S. by the talented craftspeople at Walz. Visit our caps page for more information.

EcoVelo Cycling Caps

P.S. – If you happen to be attending the Sacramento Tweed Ride tomorrow, we’ll have caps available for sale at the ride (just come find us). If you’ve been unable to find suitable headwear to accompany your outfit, perhaps an EcoVelo wool cap would be the perfect accessory…. ;-) Caps purchased at the ride will be priced $5 off of the online price ($20 wicking, $25 wool).

Streetfilms: SFPD Chief Bikes With Cycling Advocates

Streetfilms just keeps cranking out excellent videos. This one features San Francisco Chief of Police George Gascon on a bike ride with representatives from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

I couldn’t help but notice that the Chief referred to bicycling as a “sport”. While this was a little disappointing, it was a major step that he came out and spent the time to meet with advocates. His comments on the need for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to co-exist were right on and quite encouraging. I also appreciated the fact that he acknowledged the need to protect bicyclists, an indication that he understands the vulnerabilities bicyclists sometimes face when sharing the road with automobiles.


Penny Wise, Pound Fuelish

The Center for Neighborhood Technology has published a new report titled Penny Wise, Pound Fuelish – New Measures of Housing + Transportation Affordability that serves as a guide for their Housing + Transportation Affordability Index. From the executive summary:

Penny Wise, Pound Fuelish serves as a guide to CNT’s H+T Index, which
includes 337 U.S. metropolitan regions. The Index demonstrates that the way in which urban regions have grown in the last half century has had negative consequences for many Americans:

  • The number of communities considered affordable drops dramatically in most regions when the definition of affordability shifts from a focus on housing costs alone to one that includes housing and transportation costs;
  • Families who pursue a “drive ‘til you qualify” approach to home ownership in an effort to reduce expenses often pay more in higher transportation costs than they save on housing thereby placing more, not less, stress on their budgets;
  • Residents of “drive ‘til you qualify” zones are most sensitive to jumps in gas prices because of the distances they must drive; and
  • The longer distances associated with sprawl also translate into more congestion on our highways, less leisure time with families as workers spend more time in their cars getting to and from jobs, and higher greenhouse gas emissions.

The Index reveals that communities with lower housing and transportation costs hark back to
development patterns of the 19th and early 20th centuries with more compact construction and a blend of housing, jobs, stores and transit all within walking distance.

Penny Wise, Pound Fuelish [5.68 mb PDF] →
H+T Affordability Index

[Hat tip to Rob at the Recumbent Blog]

What the Heck is a Tweed Ride?

Speaking of tweed rides….

For the uninitiated, tweed rides are organized bike rides in which the participants don traditional British cycling attire and ride vintage bicycles (the vintage bikes are optional, the clothing typically isn’t – lycra and logo jerseys are definitely out). While on the surface it appears tweed rides are about the clothing, we believe they’re actually about reawakening the spirit of a more genteel era in which camaraderie and well-wishing among bicyclists were the norm.

The tweed ride phenomenon started in London in January of 2009 and quickly jumped across the Atlantic to the U.S. where it spread like wildfire this past year. Many major cities across the country have now hosted tweed rides.

Most tweed rides are under 20 miles in length and include a few stops for food-and-drink along the way. The pace is usually languid, and perhaps most importantly, there’s always an effort to be inclusive of riders of all ability levels.

If you haven’t experienced a tweed ride yet, we highly recommend joining the fun when one comes to your area!

Sac Tweed This Weekend!

Sac Tweed Storms the Capitol Last November

Sacramento’s Tweed Ride is coming this weekend!

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Meet-up Time: 10:30 am for an 11:00 am departure
Meet-up Location: Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, 1915 I Street, Sacramento (map)

We hope to see you there!

View the route
Get all the details at the Sacramento Tweed website

Bike/Transit Getaways

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle has a great article on springtime getaways utilizing a combination of bicycles and transit. While I haven’t done much of this, I love the idea and I plan to do more in the future. Amtrak is particularly well-suited for these types of quick getaways in your own backyard.

Read the article

Public Bikes

Public is a new company out of San Francisco headed by Rob Forbes of Design Within Reach and Studio Forbes. In April of this year they’ll be debuting their line of bikes “designed around the style and principles of the classic city bikes of Europe, updated with new technology and modern materials, and adapted to the U.S. market.”

Public Bikes

[via Bike Hugger]

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