Below is a press release from The California Bicycle Coalition:
Governor Jerry Brown Signs Assembly Bill 1371 into Law
After numerous attempts that all ended in vetoes, cyclists will get three feet of passing space. Anyone who has cycled on public streets have probably experienced a near-miss from a motorist. Overall, this law is a step in the right direction, but only $185 more if the cyclist is struck by a motorist and bodily harm is caused? What if the cyclist is struck and no bodily harm is cause? As a cyclist, I might be biased, but I'd like to see some harsher penalties.
Good riding and tell your friends. The law becomes operative September 16, 2014, so ride safe. If you are behind the wheel, ignore what I just said and pretend it has become operative.
We closed out the 2012 year with an amazing Holiday Lights Ride looping from The Bruery located in Placentia through the streets of Fullerton into the Eagle Hills neighborhood of Brea where we were treated with miles of beautifully decorated homes. Even with the chance of showers that evening, we still had a good turn out with about 13 riders who joined us on this special evening ride. The event brought out all levels of riders with their fun decorated bicycles with garlands and lights. We were also honored to have the head brewmaster of The Bruery join us on the ride as well!
Rain, Rain, go away! Come again....NEVER! Another successful Brewcyclers ride in the books. The past few days, we've had quite the wet weather with no dryness in sight. After having test rode our Stone Brewery Co loop ride on a beautiful sunny afternoon a couple weeks earlier, we were extremely excited for this event, so canceling it due to Mother Nature's horrible timing would have been a huge disappointment. But this time, Mother Nature was on our side! On the morning of our ride, we were excited to see that the weather forecast predicted sunny with few clouds and 1 to 20% chance of precipitation, depending on which “weather guesser” site you looked at. Although, with the rain falling throughout the evening, we had to double check a short dirt path along the route to make sure it wasn't affected by the wetness prior to the ride, luckily it wasn't, otherwise we would have had to plan a re-route.
Back in October 2012, our beloved Centurions were stolen from us near the Long Beach Shoreline. It was an unfortunate and bitter moment because we loved our vintage cyclery. A lot of these 1980's steel bikes are being turned into fixies (blah) by urban hipsters here in L.A. So I had very little faith in ever recovering it. What I did want, though, is for the thieves to be caught. Even though we both have since replaced the Centurions with more expensive and faster 1980's and 90's Cannodale aluminum bikes, we continued our quest to search for the Centurions.
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Our first Brewcyclers ride has wrapped up and just as quickly as it passed, we are already working hard on preparing for our future rides. We have to admit, we did not expect such a big crowd for our first ride and as much as we hate to admit it....we weren't exactly prepared for it. We both had the opportunity to test ride the route prior to the event so we knew what to expect and made some minor adjustments to the route to better suit our needs.
A little while ago Sara and I had our bicycles stolen. Very, very sad. I have to blame myself a little since I shared this link on both the Brewcyclers' Facebook and Twitter. It shows you how to lock up a bike properly. Let's just say I didn't follow it and both Sara and I were sans bike. Being without a bike when you are planning bike rides presents a problem.
We now have bikes and serious locks (Protip: never lock up your bike with a cable. Use a u-lock.) To get these bikes we spent an unhealthy amount of time on Craigslist. Here are a few things in Craigslist ads that drove me crazy:
Frank and I had the opportunity to take another travel adventure to celebrate our birthdays this month to the Pacific Northwest. Our trip consists of two parts, first stop was in Portland then to Seattle. Choosing to travel up north was easy because neither one of us had ever been and we have some friends who live up there that we were wanting to visit. The fact that there are breweries galore in bicycle friendly cities had nothing to do with it at all......right?
Staying in Portland, we found the Friendly Bike Guesthouse on Yelp that had a lot of good reviews. It's located just a few miles north of downtown. Everything about this place exudes cycling. Everything form the framed cycling photos and decors to the convenient maintenance station located on the bottom floor with bike racks to store your bikes. Our guesthouse was just a short walking distance to many eateries including the Hopworks Bike Bar, a bicycle themed restaurant that brews their own beer. One of the best things I love about this restaurant, besides the bike frames lined up above the bar and the bicycle rim beer sampling trays, is that they have these stationary bikes outside the front door that is connected into the building. Basically, if you ride it, not only will you get a $1 off your beer, your hardworking pedaling will be generating power into the building. Discount on beer, your burn the calories AND have the power to produce energy to the business? Count me in!
Two weeks, four group rides, almost 100 miles ridden and Brewcyclers was created. It took exactly that amount of time for two Libran adventurers to brew up this cycling group. You probably get the cycling but why add the booze? It’s simple, because we love beer and with so many microbreweries popping up all over Southern California, why not get your cardio workout with a rewarding pint (or two) of delicious cold beer, all the while enjoying the beauty of Southern California’s weather and discover new brews you wouldn’t have otherwise known about.
Even being a health and fitness freak, I still like to enjoy a good brew once in awhile and when you add cycling into the mix, it just doubles the pleasure. So all those counting calories, not to worry, you’ll burn off all the calories during our rides.
The past couple weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in group rides ranging from hundreds of mostly Gen Z hipsters zipping through the streets of LA, hopping from spot to spot, to a group of 15 laid-back wanderlusts on a relaxing urban ride. Two common factors are shared between every person I met during the rides, and that is the passion for cycling and the passion for fun. We want to create the same environment with our Brewcyclers events and bring like-minded people who share the same love for cycling and beer.
We have plenty of ideas distilling in Brewcyclers HQ but we welcome any recommendations whether it’s a specific route, a particular brewery or partnership opportunities, the more we collaborate, the better our events will be. Currently, we have two events planned, but many more will be announced so please stay connected with us on Facebook and on Twitter @brewcyclers
Frank & Sara.