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Posted on February 25 at 9:58 a.m.

How is it 2014 and articles about sweet fixies are still being written? Seriously?

I will give internet style points to the author for hitting all the relevant fixie tropes: the tricycle analogy, the brakes-are-for-fakes thing, the snow-and-ice thing (totes relevant in Santa Barbara for sure), and, most importantly for any article about sweet fixies, the Zen... that special, impossible-to-describe feeling of connection that only a brakeless sweet fixie customized with your own carefully selected matchy-match colorway and scene-approved array of NJS componentry can provide.

Just make sure there's a good selection of tires in the colors you've chosen, and for God's sake, put some bartape on those track drops.

On The Fixie Phenomenon

Posted on February 5 at 9:50 a.m.

So someone who works in health insurance and conceivably has access to confidential identity information and health records for who knows how many people has married a convicted felon and demonstrated schemer.

"What could possibly go wrong"

On Meet Mrs. Jesse James Hollywood

Posted on January 28 at 10:27 a.m.

Have been a fan since the beginning and I think the new album is great!

Here's the stream:

On Gardens & Villa

Posted on December 18 at 8:06 a.m.

What show did you go to??

I didn't see a single fight, hear or see any screaming at the staff, and the only person I saw ejected had been warned three times previously not to get on his buddy's shoulders... he went quietly when the inevitable happened.

As for the rest, the crowd got a little moshy at times but nothing out of control. I saw no fists fly, people were picked up off the floor if they fell down, and the vibe that I experienced was joyful and positive.

And the GoPro reference? Seriously? Dude I think you're kinda jelly you're whatever you think a cool surfer bro is.

On Review: The Growlers at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

Posted on December 10 at 9:48 a.m.

Great story, and congrats on the perseverance!! Maybe a GPS would've been helpful?

On When in Doubt, Paddle South

Posted on September 11 at 8:40 a.m.

Great article! Bike touring is a lot of fun, and doing it with your family is the best. A quick overnight campout at Carp State Beach is a great way to introduce kids or anyone to bicycle touring, and the best part of all: no reservations required... so you can do it on a whim.

On Bike Touring

Posted on August 2 at 10:28 a.m.

@laxer: regarding riding a bike on De La Vina... what if your start or end destination is on DLV? Or if you have to ride DLV above Mission St, in the Oak Park and/or Samarkand neighborhoods?

I ride my bike on all sections of DLV frequently, I take a safe lane position that will keep me from getting killed by someone accidentally opening a car door or poking their hood out into the road so they can see. This does mean that I'm "taking the lane" and that cars have to pass me... but generally speaking this does not seem to inconvenience the car drivers much at all, as they rarely honk or yell, nor have trouble getting around me (I should note that since it's downhill I'm frequently riding at the posted speed limit anyways).

Below Mission St, the bike lane on Castillo is two blocks over but you'll have to ride on non-bike-laned Mission St to get to it, or else continue on DLV and cut over at Pedregosa or one of the other side streets.

The summary is that sometimes a cyclist has to ride on a non-bike-laned street to get where he or she is going. By taking a safe lane position and holding a steady course, the vast majority of cars will "get" what you're doing and will work with you.

On Crackdown on Fiesta Cruiser Run

Posted on July 29 at 9:50 a.m.

Having lived in Santa Barbara 20 years now, it wasn't until I started riding for my primary transportation that I felt I really started to get true value for the money it costs to live here.

Upper State and Old Town Goleta should really consider taking the Lower State model to heart.... those green bicycle parking bollards really do make these types of trips convenient, and combined with abundant bicycle lanes, serve to create an environment conducive to a less car-dependent lifestyle. The quality of life enhancement that brings is significant.

On Life by Bike Is Full (of Stops)

Posted on July 10 at 10:02 a.m.

At night, the only thing that shows on your bike for cars are your lights (if you've got them) and reflectors / reflective clothing (if the car is at the right angle to hit them).

Assuming your clothing is not reflective, its color is irrelevant at night... it is not picked up by car headlights as they are aimed downwards (to prevent blinding other drivers).

Wearing reflective bands around your feet, and/or having reflectors on your pedals, are helpful, as it having a good strong taillight.

Very sorry to read about this, as a daily cyclist for the past 5 years I find most car drivers are quite cautious and respectful (as am I, for that matter). This is very sad and my condolences to both parties.

On City Worker Killed in Vehicle-Bicycle Accident

Posted on July 5 at 10:10 a.m.

I grew up skating in the 80s and 90s and the world was a totally different place then. Skateboarding was outlawed everywhere and myself and my friends - despite the fact that we were drug and alcohol free and just looking to have a good time riding our boards - were routinely hassled by cops, security guards and other representatives of authority. One Friday evening, I was sat on a curb and lectured by a cop for being out skateboarding, instead of at a party like a "normal" kid... seriously.

Anyways, the world today is totally different and now, as the father of two young boys who have avidly taken up skateboarding down at Skater's Point, I'm blown away by how much the skateboarding scene has changed. Sure, there are still young kids acting out - like the water balloon thing here - but in general, the overall scene at Skater's Point is incredible. EVERYONE there looks out for one another, the little kids cheer each other up when one of them falls, and the older guys set a very positive tone. It's nothing like skating was growing up, and far far better.

I agree with the sentiment that the solution here is more skateparks, not less. Skateboarding is huge and isn't going through boom/bust phases any more... it's here to stay. The facilities require little maintenance and obviously the skateboarders themselves care very much about them. Let's stop demonizing these people, there are many generations in the park these days and you're a fool if you think it's just a bunch of punk kids.

On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point

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