Seatylock: now in pre-order

Seatylock: now in pre-order


I think the original foldylock is a great idea, and its easy connection is an improvement over the Abus folding locks, which are great. Enter seatylock, which is effectively a seat with a foldylock built in. It’s a win-win, as it solves both the bike and bike seat theft problem.
Helen’s Cycles customer service fail

Helen’s Cycles customer service fail


I’m a huge fan of shopping locally, but supporting a local business doesn’t guarantee you’ll be rewarded with great customer service. Instead, you might run into an black hole of service with a company that obviously cares little about its customers. That’s the experience I had with Helen’s Cycles in Santa Monica, where their lack of compassion left a bad taste in my mouth. I recently purchased a brand new Cannondale CAADX 105 cross bike from Helen’s Cycles in Santa Monica. … read more
A more private Strava

A more private Strava


Strava allows users to set a privacy zone which will hide your exact start or finish location with a 1km circle of privacy. I don't feel as though this is enough, so I discovered an easy way which allows you to expand the hidden area around your home or office.
Three Stolen Bikes

Three Stolen Bikes


On October 29th, three bikes were stolen out of my garage. They were actually locked to rings on the wall — and the cuts were clean so it looks like some bike thief pros. The CAADX was less than a week old (and I was really loving it). Two of the bikes are pictured, here. I’d appreciate any heads up if you happen to come across one of them on the market. You can reach me via email: johnmont (at) fxguide.com … read more
Second class pedestrians: Venice & Ocean

Second class pedestrians: Venice & Ocean


Unless you walk a lot, you probably don’t realize how often pedestrians are at a disadvantage for getting around compared to drivers in cars. But the fact is, if you do walk, you’ll run into situations time after time after time where pedestrians must go out of their way when cars don’t. Each individual situation might not be horrible, but they add up to strongly tip the balance towards an inferior experience as a pedestrian. One such place is at … read more
The start of one car living

The start of one car living


I’ve primarily been blogging about various tech and computer items of interest to me, tossed in with a bit of beer and cycling. But starting today, the site content is undergoing a change with a new equal focus on my cycling, pedestrian, and transit experiences. My firsthand experience has shown me that the time is way overdue that modes of transportation other than the car have a more equal standing with American’s beloved automobile. How did I get to this point? I … read more
A Crosswalk Too Far

A Crosswalk Too Far


Streetsblog draws attention to how the proverbial deck is stacked against pedestrians in our auto-centric culture. I've encountered so many situations here in LA where those who walk are second class citizens, but these are some incredible examples as to how planners don't keep walkers in mind.

Carnegie Road in Cleveland is dreadful. Running just south of downtown, it is so frequently interrupted by highway exits, it’s more of a high-speed off ramp to somewhere else than a part of the city. Chris Stocking singled out this area — Carnegie by East 9th Street — for its utter un-traversibility.

Were one to walk from the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown to the popular Aladdin’s Restaurant on the other side of the street, the journey would be nearly a quarter mile.

flxble wood bike rack

flxble wood bike rack


Very cool flexible wood bike rack from Germany. Need to get someone to bring one to IBC. According to the folks at Urban Velo, it’s made out of a single piece of wood. http://www.flxble.com/
Bike lanes

Bike lanes


In 2011, Casey Neistat received a $50 ticket from the New York Police Department for not riding his bike in the bike lane. Neistat made the point that it was pretty difficult to do so when the bike lanes were so often blocked by cars, people, construction, and other objects. So he made a humorous video to prove his point. Thanks to my friend Mike Seymour for giving me the heads up on this video.
Get rid of the ‘beg buttons’

Get rid of the ‘beg buttons’


Over time, I’m realizing how much pedestrians in LA are truly second-class citizens compared to cars. Before moving here, I’d often heard a mythology about how respectful cars are towards pedestrians here. But it’s false. So much is stacked against an enjoyable pedestrian experience, it’s incredible. One obvious example of the inequality are the “beg buttons” that by default install  are required to be pushed before a pedestrian can get a light to cross the street. I don’t mean requesting the … read more