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A barnacled Motebecane found at low tide in Mission Creek and rebuilt as a fixed gear with the help of the bike mechanics at Pedal Revolution
—Chris Sollars, 37, artist/professor
Cyclists show off their San Francisco bike style. sfgate, 28.02.14.
Nadia Soedira, 31, jewelry makerBest thing: Bike lanesWorst thing: People with cell phones (drivers and pedestrians)
Mario Tanev, 32, software engineerBest thing: Feeling the cityWorst thing: Impatient drivers
Cyclists show off their San Francisco bike style. sfgate, 28.02.14.
East Pender west of Main street, 1914 & 2010.
vancouver then and now, 27.04.11.
» Google to pay for SF free Muni for youth program

Tech giant Google has agreed to donate $6.8 million to San Francisco to fund free Muni passes for low- and middle-income youth, under a deal brokered by Mayor Ed Lee, city officials said Thursday.

The donation is enough to cover the projected cost of the program for two years. It comes as tech companies are facing a steady backlash from city residents upset about rising housing costs and gentrification, which are often blamed on the large numbers technology workers living in the city but commuting to Silicon Valley on corporate shuttles.

"This is a good first step," said Supervisor David Campos, one of the program’s most vocal supporters at City Hall. "It’s a sign the community is being heard and, certainly, it’s appreciated, but there are still more discussions to be had around the future of free Muni for low- and middle-income youths and other issues around affordability."

Jane Martin, political director for the community group POWER, noted that the donation comes in the wake of a “growing movement against displacement.” She hopes the tech companies and workers will not just give money but “come to the table to work on solutions,” to broader displacement and affordability issues in the city.

sfgate, 27.02.14.

Tour de Biere 2014 photos

bikeit:

This photo sums up the day:

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Sunday was the 4th annual Grand-Cru-organized Tour de Biere, visiting four East Bay breweries over the course of an all-day 29-mile scenic bike ride. Great weather (sunny but not too warm, an epic red-and-pink sunset that photos can’t convey), a friendly group of about 40, four friends along for the ride, and a lot of good beer.

A collection of photos, in no particular order:

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10AM: Coffee and Beer at Pyramid:

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A wide range of environments to ride in:

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Puppy in pannier, along for the ride:

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Some of the widest-open vistas were at the end of Alameda, as we approached Faction Brewing:

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Roadside cookie stop:

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The light as we headed into San Leandro:

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And at the end of the night, my phone, apparently intoxicated, started turning every photo bright pink:

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Quite a ride…

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What a great, full day (followed up by a drink and dinner with friends). My personal favorites on the beer front were at Sierra and Drake’s:

  • Sierra Ovila Golden
  • Sierra Ovila Golden Barrel-Aged
  • Sierra Ovila Abbey Quad w/ Plums
  • Drake’s Barrel-Aged Drakonic (Imperial Stout)
  • Drake’s Bourbon Barrel Jolly Rodger 2012 (Barleywine)
  • Drake’s Father Maker- blend of Amber with Denogginizer aged in brandy barrels
  • Almanac Farmer’s Reserve #3 (sour Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with strawberries and nectarines)— post-ride treat.
you rain too often

gdmit, portland/pac nw and the gulf of alaska!

i don’t want to wear my winter hiking boots on my commute when it’ll only rain one-way, and when it’s lightly raining and not pouring. (and it’s harder to go up the hill because the boots absorb my force instead of transferring to the pedals.)

but then my not-waterproof chrome shoes still get somewhat soaked, to the top of my socks.

need to buy one of these rain shoe covers. v___v;;;; which cost almost as much as my shoes

also, I want a breathable waterproof jacket with arm vents.

like with zippers along the sleeves, cuz that’s where it really gets too insulative. 

i’ll be riding my bike, got up the hill, can unzip my jacket zipper to let out some steam, but arms still hella hot!

north face, chrome.. someone make this please.

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