13 August 2008

Weekly Roundup August 13

Well the 2008 Summer Olympics have started, and I am still of the opinion that we need to test that dang US Swimmer, Phelps, not for drugs, but to see if he’s bionic. Why in the hell can’t I ride like he swims? Just asking… I am plugging along in the weekly roundup, and for some reason my Monday workout had my legs totally busted, cooked, hammered… in massive amounts of discomfort, nay, pain. So I’m going to phone in this weeks Weekly Roundup! A bit of a Leadville theme? Sure, and some Cleveland blogs…

Fat Cyclist: Fatty is in his usual process of a self debriefing process, that I am learning is a part of his annual Leadville 100 Race. I actually look forward to a full week or so of the witty posts, pictures, and stories from the Leadville. This week he started off with a bit of a venomous post, where he hammered Louis, whom knocked him off his bike at the start. Took an apologetic approach, and wound up with his 7 Reasons I Loved Leadville This Year. I can’t wait to see what the next Leadville post will be. Admittedly, this is making me really want to push myself harder to race.

The Wah Report: Jared, Wah, too a minute to chime in to remind us that Lance Armstrong Is No Cyclocrosser. He linked to Super Human Mag where there was a great short video with interviews of Weins and Armstrong and a great pictorial of the race.

Cyclone Cross: This is, admittedly, the last of the “fun” posts. Gary B over at Cyclone Cross shares a brief but thorough list of events that are coming up Soon!. This is a pretty cool list of the Cross events coming up in Cleveland and the Ohio area.

Ray’s Racing Adventures: Alright, I have to be “that guy” and take it to “that place”. If you live in Cleveland, you know that there are quite a few areas where they are slightly less than tolerant of bikes, so long as they have pedals I should add. Places where cops are likely to keep an extra eye on cyclists, not to keep them safe, but to wait for them to blow a stop sign or break a law to get the ticket book out. Places where, unlike the Ohio Law reads, there are local ordinance signs that tell cyclists that they must ride single file. Ray wrote a nice little letter, a Thank You To The Gates Mills Police Officer. Apparently they were out on a training ride, and a cop pulled them over for riding two abreast in a single file city. Ohio Revised code, however allows two abreast:
Ohio Revised Code, 4511.55, paragraph B: Persons riding bicycles or motorcycles upon a roadway shall ride not more than two abreast in a single lane, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or motorcycles.

Benjacat: David, of Benjacat, also chimes in on the subject of riding Single File. David brings up some very good, and relevant points about the area where this happened, the conditions which make it unsafe for cars to pass regardless and, again, the State Code trumping the Local Ordinance. It will be very interesting to see if and how this escalates.

Well for now, get out there and ride, just make sure you watch you’re a__ if you plan on riding in the Cleveland area. As usual, I’m the Phun Cyclist, you stay classy Cleveland.


cyclonecross said...

I'm going to try and keep an updated schedule for CX races; there's a BIG race in 'that state up north' the weekend of 9/20-21.

I've been looking into more of the traffic laws that affect cyclists. Here's a link to the law you mention in the ORC: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.55 The police need to start worrying more about people who are being reckless and speeding, instead of hasseling law abiding cyclists.


Ray Huang said...

From ther desk of bob Mionske: http://www.velonews.com/article/78929

Cycling Phun said...

Gary and Ray:
Thanks to the both of you for the updates. I can't believe we're even having this discussion... wait, yeah, I can. Much in the same way mountain bikers are constantly taking crap for ruining forests, trails, etc, when in reality they're improving them. I can't understand why the US has such an issue with bikes, and its a cultural norm in most other parts of the world.