Paul Andrews

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News Cycle: Japanese folder, Springtime Olympics, E-bike sales, Lopes Sprinter & more

In Bicycle advocacy, News Cycle, Obama Bikes on February 16, 2010 at 1:31 am

Slick Japanese folder!

BikeHugger is covering the Spring Olympics by bike and may, just may, be the culprit behind balmy weather suited more to wheels than blades and boards.

E-bike sales: Growing but still tiny, tiny when compared with regular bikes, or e-bike sales in other countries: 300k expected in 2010, double 2009. But total in U.S. is just 500k.

Idaho’s mountain biking license plate moves forward.

Brian Lopes is selling his pimped out Sportsmobile for a mere $67,000…the good news being you can claim it as a second home mortgage deduction. Assuming you have another home. And it’s worth more than $67,000.

Despite all the rain, things are cookin‘ in Aptos!

SeattleLikesBikes: Issues with counting bike commuters.

Good LA Times story on bike thievery. It’s every bit as ugly as we assume.

Psst. Hey. You and I could sell our homes and buy an entire town up by Whistler in B.C. Mountain biking all summer long. Skiing all winter long. You don’t get to see another soul, but hey. You’re getting away from it all!

3-feet-please? How about FIVE. More on Iowa’s Bicycle Bill of Rights.

News Cycle: Justice for cyclist killed by texting driver, Helmets and youth, Bike light prompts evacuation & more

In Bicycle advocacy, News Cycle, Rider Down on January 25, 2010 at 3:26 am

Justice Rising: Guy gets 5-year sentence for killing a cyclist while texting.

Does requiring helmets reduce cycling among youth?

Bicycle light leads to evacuation of downtown homes and businesses in Arcata. What were they smoking???

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan is lagging.

Let’s see now. 19.7 percent of city’s population rides bikes. Cars banned from driving 1 day a week. Yet in Beijing, officials want to do more to encourage cycling.

Same goes for San Francisco, where a long-standing court injunction against the S.F. Bicycle Plan is easing even as ridership jumped 8.5 percent last year and 53 percent since 2006. SF.Streetsblog has the full rundown.

Buzz continues to grow for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show starting Feb. 26.

iPhone apps keep getting better all the time. Here’s Cyclemeter 2.0. (Hat tip to Eric Stobin.)

BikeHugger: Providing peace of mind on the bike commute home thru Google Latitude.

News Cycle: Seattle mayor bikes to presscon, Galby ramps up, Bike safety stickers, Toll workaround & more

In Bicycle advocacy, Mountain Biking, News Cycle, Obama Bikes, Trail Access on January 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

Mike Bikes! to press conference

You have to love this: Newly elected Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn riding his bike to a press conference. Thanks to BikeHugger for the pix. When we wondered last August whether Seattle could get a mayor “who actually rides,” we were expressing more hope than expectation. Now it’s breakthrough reality. Images like this do wonders to advance the cause. Our full mayoral-bike thread here.

Toll avoidance maneuver: “Bicycle enthusiasts and certain tourists who use the Ohio Turnpike are paying up to 75 percent more in tolls thanks to a change in vehicle classification that took effect toward the end of last year.” As I tweeted to BikingBis, here’s the drill: “Arrive toll booth, get out of car, get bike down, ride past toll booth, back to car, drive thru, put bike back on rack, drive on.”

Pedal Pusher Club's Bicycle Safe Vehicle

The Freeride Revolution continues apace. Up on Galbraith Mountain, not content with the region’s bestination (south of the border), they’re taking Galby to new heights with work on Luge, Upper Mullet and other hot spots. Thanks to WHIMPS, EB, Fanatik Bikes and everyone for giving us a 2010 season to top them all!

Kudos to Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle for birddogging the bikes-on-bus at any stop in downtown free ride area.

Downieville Classic will be July 9 through 11. Note the reference to “mental hardship”…there was talk of abandoning Downieville because of hassles from locals and the Forest Service. Sounds like nerves are still a bit frayed but at least The Big Dawg is on!!

Momentum: New Bicycle Safe Stickers from Pedal Pushers Club now available!

Nothing to disclose (alas!)

In Equipment reviews, Mountain Biking on October 8, 2009 at 1:38 am

Regarding the FTC’s new mandate that “bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service,” we consider it worth repeating Bike Intelligencer‘s review policy.

The reason we head our reviews with the tag “by someone who paid for one” is that the phrase sums up our approach to vendors and manufacturers. We pay as we go. We do not accept freebies or test products or anything else as a quid pro quo, unstated or otherwise.

Admittedly, this cuts us out of a lot of cool stuff. But at least our readers know we have no hidden agenda. We only tell the truth.

That said, we don’t point fingers at bloggers who do accept freebies (as long as they disclose it all, of course). Case in point: BikeHugger‘s and Cyclelicio.us‘s recent (nearly) all-expenses-paid trip to Taiwan. I think both could have more prominently stated from the outset the terms of their arrangement, but the fact remains that few if any bloggers can finance a trip to Taiwan out of their own pocket. So you pretty much assumed someone was picking up the tab.

Was their reporting on the trip unbiased? Hardly. But readers can factor the PR element into the blogs’ coverage, and filter it accordingly. Nearly all travel writing is paid for by someone other than the author; that doesn’t mean it’s worthless, only that it isn’t going to win any Pulitzers for investigative reporting.

Bloggers vary on their aggressiveness in reviews, but as an example of someone who accepts products but still does a fine job of evaluating, consider Robb Sutton at Mountain Biking by 198. Discloses the arrangement, knows his stuff, writes thoroughly and accurately. And he gets to review a whole lot more products than we ever will.

Although he knows it could jeopardize his getting free stuff, Robb sticks his neck out more than most reviewers in offering criticisms and critiques. And he’s definitely more candid than most magazine reviews (they also get stuff free to review, and tend to review products that also splash their advertising pages).

Another good source of generally trustworthy reviews is mtbr.com. Reviews are written by real mountain bikers, with the grammar and spelling to prove it. A good number are boosterish and superficial (“it has a good beat and you can dance to it”), but most queues contain thoughtful reviews by folks who obviously know their stuff. The one problem with mtbr.com is anonymity, which we will repeat is the cancer of the Web.

One other point: You’ll notice here at Bike Intelligencer we do not run ads. Our approach is aimed at emphasizing our content rather than cluttering up our landscape. Ads also tend to muddy the waters when it comes to cred: If we took ads from Thule, would we have warned of the T2′s failures and suggested a recall? We also think ads make Google disproportionately more money than they make bloggers.

That said, our ad policy is “under constant review,” which translated means that if we can figure out a way to make real money from ads, and keep our message open, trustworthy and meaningful, we’ll revise it in an instant! Not that we’re greedy, it’s just that we take our job, and the calling of journalism, seriously and it’d be nice to see material reward at some point. Someone is going to crack this nut — wearing another hat, I once put forth some ideas under “a penny a click.” Here’s the latest stab, with more on the way.

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