Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

Got this in my inbox this morning, luckily my Trek which has a front disc brake, doesn’t have a quick release. Back before I had email my second mountain bike was a Trek 850 Antelope, it had a quick release, but that was before disc brakes became mainstream.  That reminds me, I put this awful one piece barends / aerobars on it — horrible. “According to the CPSC recall notice, one incident resulted in quadriplegia, one in facial injuries, and the third in a fractured wrist.” via Bicycle Retailer Safety Recall Trek issues voluntary nationwide consumer quick release safety notices Thank you for … Continue reading Safety Recall – Trek bicycles with a front disc brakes and quick releases

2013 in review – WaterlooBikes

2013 will be a true springboard year for the WaterlooBikes community. We welcomed a few new writers giving all of us a spark. This year saw a first as WaterlooBikes stepped out of the realm of the internets and into the physical world, setting up a booth celebrating lifestyle cycling at NightShift. It was a blast, and this Baboe cargo bike was a definite hit. The springboard is the King Street redesign petition for protected bike lanes. It’s been our most engaging topic ever. It’s given us a taste for working ahead of the curve to impact change within our region. A shout … Continue reading 2013 in review – WaterlooBikes

Diane Freeman: What to do if you’re hit by a motor vehicle – Lessons Learned from My Cycling Collision

Reblogged with permission ‘Lessons Learned from My Cycling Collision – dianefreeman‘ After I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle on September 30, 2013, I found negotiating all of the things I needed to do very challenging.   In addition to managing health and wellness related issues, understanding who to call and when is not easy and can hinder your ability to get better, faster.  I have created this blog to help share what I have learned with others.  It is my sincere hope that you will never need to use this information. 1. Do not get up:  With adrenalin … Continue reading Diane Freeman: What to do if you’re hit by a motor vehicle – Lessons Learned from My Cycling Collision

Let’s find the van that owns this mirror

An unfortunate story in The Record this morning about a hit-and-run that left a cyclist in serious condition. The vehicle and motorist left the scene of the accident but this mirror did not. The traffic investigator, Waterloo Regional Police Const. Rhea Spitzig narrowed down the vehicle to a General Motors minivan. If you see one that’s missing a passenger-side mirror, Spitzig wants to hear from you. Note the licence plate number and call the traffic office at 519-650-8500, ext. 8856 or 8793. Or email traffic@wrps.on.ca I really dislike this stretch of road on University Avenue. It’s wide, straight, lacking bicycle lanes and has … Continue reading Let’s find the van that owns this mirror

Tragic, cyclist succumbs to injuries after being hit by a train

Thoughts go out the friends, family and witnesses who rushed to help the cyclist who later died from his injuries after being struck by a train this afternoon. The Record’s reporting that the cyclist succumbed to his injuries and also related a tragic story of the cyclist’s mistake and attempts by onlookers to warn and then help the cyclist after the collision. My own thoughts go to the many times I’ve taken advantage of the agile mobility of the bicycle to take short cuts. I’ve been hit twice, many close calls, no injuries – definitely lucky. As Bill Bean at Take … Continue reading Tragic, cyclist succumbs to injuries after being hit by a train