Each form of transportation has its downsides. The subway can be late, crowded, and full of unpleasant smells, cyclists have to fight for road space, and car maintenance and gas are pricey. However, four-wheel vehicles appear to have the greatest number of pitfalls. A new study from Sweden’s Lund University found that cars are six times more expensive than bicycles, not just for the individual but for society at large.
Mark Cavendish of Great Britain riding for Etixx - Quick-Step celebrates as he wins stage eight of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California from Los Angeles to Pasadena on May 17, 2015 in Pasadena, California. Peter Sagan (L) of Slovakia riding for Tinkoff-Saxo sprints to third place in the stage and claims the overall race leader yellow jersey and the general classification of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California.
(May 16, 2015 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
Italian 6-day bike stars Gaetano Belloni (left) and Franco Georgetti pose for the camera with their track bikes at Newark Velodrome. They’re in New York in 1926 to compete in the Madison Square Garden event. Gaetano was an extremely accomplished road cyclist too. The highlights of his career included his overall win in the 1920 Giro d'Italia, two victories in Milan – San Remo (1917 and 1920), and three victories in the Giro di Lombardia (1915, 1918 and 1928). The picture and text come from Robert’s Flickr stream.
Almost 3,550km and 3 weeks ago, Kevin was having a coffe break in London.
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A mild sunny morning heralded my first ride since I returned from Croatia. I planned a relaxed leg-turner with a Reabold Hill repeat or two to get some metres on the board (still chasing my 6,000m goal for May - only 456m to go). The legs felt quite willing but the chest didn’t! I had a head-turning coughing fit at the top of my first ascent and pulled out the huffer for my wheezing. I’m not over that virus yet.
Five repeats felt pretty comfortable (I remembered to employ Everett’s kedging technique), and I could have done more, but vehicular traffic was getting a bit silly and people were parking illegally, so I trundled home. (If people are going for a walk anyway, why not park legally in the lower car park and walk up the hill, instead of jamming stupidly into the tiny space on the top? What are they trying to achieve exactly?)