Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


miles driven in Colorado

Just like everywhere else…

DENVER – A new report from the Colorado Public Interest Research Foundations shows Coloradans have cut their per-person driving miles by 11.4 percent since 2005.

via Report: Double-digit drop in driving in Colorado | 9news.com.

Since 2005. But is it headed back up compared to last year?



Serotta: Dang

This is about a month old by now.

Serotta said he no longer owns any part of the company or brand that he launched 41 years ago.

Last month, Serotta was merged with Blue Competition Cycles and Mad Fiber Wheels to become the Divine Cycling Group. But the merger did not bring with it any increase in funding for the already-struggling company and Serotta’s managers soon concluded they needed to shut down.

“We had absolutely no choice. We had to face all the truths, and the truth is that unless something changes the best we can promise anyone, including ourselves, is that we will honorably complete the orders on hand,” Serotta said.

DCG officials have not responded to phone calls and emails from BRAIN seeking comment.

But Serotta said he and CEO Bill Watkins have been negotiating to “extricate” the Serotta brand from DCG.

via Ben Serotta: 'I will build bikes another day' | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.



The Sperm Bike
August 27, 2013, 06:35
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via 22 Words | Danish sperm bank transports samples by sperm-shaped bike..

by way of Copenhagenize.
cryospermbike



North Sea

Long peaked, declining rapidly and getting really expensive.

The sharp decline in production of oil and gas from under British waters is “worrying” industry leaders.

Trade body Oil and Gas UK says there is record investment this year of £13.5bn.

But its annual report on the industry’s economic impact highlights the sharp fall in output of 19% during 2011 and 14% in 2012.

It says the industry’s latest estimates of the continuing decline suggest a further fall of at least 8.5% during this year, with no recovery next year.

[...]

Because of challenging geology and unplanned shutdowns on offshore platforms, the unit cost per barrel for extracting oil from British waters, known as the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), has gone up four-fold over the past decade.

via BBC News – 'Worrying' decline in oil and gas production.



More Peak Car
August 18, 2013, 10:56
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It’s not about efficiency.

Has Motorization in the US Peaked? Part 2 — Sivak (pdf).

sivakchart



Exploding Oil sparks concerns about what sparked exploding oil

Kind of makes the unsourced story about LPG cars seem like a fake-out.

According to Bloomberg, Enbridge Inc., Tesoro Corp., and True companies all won the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to refuse oil that had high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a highly flammable gas that can be a byproduct of oil production, after they started seeing oil with concentrations tens and even hundreds of times higher than what regulators have deemed safe for exposure. The danger of these elevated levels of gas in the oil was thrown into stark relief on July 6, when an unmanned, runaway train crashed carrying 72 cars of oil. Five of them exploded, killing 47.

via Exploding Oil Sparks Concerns From Railway and Pipeline Companies | Mother Jones.



Welcome to the United States Department of Justice
August 13, 2013, 16:16
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What Holder said last year in a press release:

…Over the past 12 months, it has enabled the Justice Department and its partners to file 285 federal criminal indictments and informations against 530 defendants for allegedly victimizing more than 73,000 American homeowners – and inflicting losses in excess of $1 billion.

via http://web.archive.org/web/20130413030824/http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2012/ag-speech-1210091.html

Recently “revised” to:

…Over the past 12 months, it has enabled the Justice Department and its partners to file federal criminal charges against 107 defendants for allegedly victimizing more than 17,185 American homeowners – and inflicting losses in excess of $95 million.

via Welcome to the United States Department of Justice.



Jennifer Hoelzer has a front row seat as democracy is gored
August 11, 2013, 23:08
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President O says one thing on teevee, does the opposite in real life.

… that is just a fraction of the ways the Obama Administration and the Intelligence Communities ignored and even thwarted our attempts to consult the public on these surveillance programs before they were reauthorized. In fact, after the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in which Wyden attempted to close the FAA’s Section 702 loophole, which another important Techdirt post this week explains, “gives the NSA ‘authority’ to run searches on Americans without any kind of warrant,” I — as Wyden’s spokesperson — was specifically barred from explaining the Senator’s opposition to the legislation to the reporters. In fact, the exact response I was allowed to give reporters was:

“We’ve been told by Senator Feinstein’s staff that under the SSCI’s Committee Rule 9.3, members and staff are prohibited from discussing the markup or describing the contents of the bill until the official committee report is released. The fact that they’ve already put out a press release does not lift this prohibition.”

That’s right, supporters of a full scale reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act put out a press release explaining why this was a good thing, while explicitly barring the Senator who voted against the legislation from explaining his concerns.

Months later, the FISA Amendments Act, which the Administration contends authorizes its PRISM program, passed without the open debate that the President now contends he wanted all along. And, again, I’m only touching on a fraction of the efforts just Senator Wyden made to compel the administration to engage the American people in a democratic debate. …

via Jennifer Hoelzer's Insider's View Of The Administration's Response To NSA Surveillance Leaks | Techdirt.



Urban highways killed neighborhoods

In Indianapolis and elsewhere. Here is a current map of some Indy freeways superimposed over a 1956 aerial photo.

indyhighwaysclick to enlarge

via Indianapolis Then and Now: IOOF Lodge and John Koch Furniture / Interstate 65-70, 824-30 Virginia Avenue | Historic Indianapolis | All Things Indianapolis History.



Hurst on chain maintenance

My non-standard views on chains and cleaning chains, posted recently on the Falcon.com blog:

Rousseau said: Men are born free but everywhere are in chains. A profound observation which foretold the bicycle craze. Then Aretha came along and said: Chain-chain-chain, chain of fools. Which sums it all up quite a bit better in my opinion.

The invention of the chain drive in the 1880s (almost exactly halfway between Rousseau and Aretha) enabled bicyclists to escape the purgatory of the highwheeler era, during which their pedals were shackled directly to those comically large front wheels. Along with Dunlop’s pneumatic tire, Starley’s addition of a chain and gears to the bicycle was certainly one of the most important waypoints in the entire history of personal transportation. The chain drive was a revolution in personal freedom and human dignity.

Not long after the miraculous chain drive took over, however, inventors were thinking of ways to put it out of business. Chains were hardly perfect, after all. They were greasy and needed frequent lubrication, and occasionally tried to take your finger off, realities that diminished the marketing glow of the new form of transportation.

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