Browse Month by October 2009


If you ride enough, you will get caught in the rain. If you’re smart, you were watching the weather and brought a jacket with you. A good jacket, that will keep you dry from the weather outside, but that is ventilated enough that you won’t be soaked from sweat when you get to your destination.

Of course cycling jackets aren’t new. But they are generally bright colors, and may fit pretty snug. That’s great and good if you are going on a long ride, and not going out to dinner, or the bar or club. I won’t argue their effectiveness, but I will say that with the materials available today, a jacket that makes you look like crossing guard more than a fashionable man (or woman) about town isn’t necessary. There are a few companies that have brought products to the market that seem to offer the protection we need, the comfort we desire, and a look we prefer.

Griffin is based in the UK, and has worked on a number of different collaborations with some of the world’s biggest brands and manufacturers, they even one with Charge Bikes.

Here is the

Griffin X Berghaus Fortitude Jacket


And the Griffin Fixed Jacket:


Griffin also makes trousers, and shirts that look good and are built for action. Much of their clothing is made in either the UK, or Italy. Top notch. Check em out.


Swift Industries

Great video put together by The Path Less Pedaled about local craftspeople Swift Industries. Jason and Martina are rad people and have supported some of our races before. Their bags are top notch, and above all local!

We interview Martina of Swift Industries, an independent maker of panniers in Seattle. She tells us about the bag making process. She also shares with us the conflicts she has with doing businesses in the current economy.

GO MEANS GO events

Whoa! Free coozies for three!

Want a free coozie?  How bout 3?  One of each color?  It’s pretty damn easy.  Here’s what you do:

  1. Follow gomeansgo on Twitter.  (If you don’t use Twitter, that’s fine, but you can’t be in the contest.  There will be more contests in the future, so maybe you want to join.
  2. RT about Art Velo, which opens up this Sunday at 7pm in Fremont.  Something along the lines of “RT @gomeansgo #ARTVELO this Sunday at 7pm.  The art of the bicycle!”  Something along those lines.  The important thing is to have the web address, and #ARTVELO, as that’s how you enter into the drawing.
  3. Sunday at 5pm, all that have done the above will be entered into a drawing which will leave one lucky winner with three coozies, meaning you will have to make a decision such as THIS

Strike while the iron is hot.  (That means now!)


Cantilever and Press

My good friends Matt and Chessa are also very talented artists, now residing in Vancouver, BC.  Matt contacted me a while back with news that he’s been using the woodshop that lives in their apartment building.

Enter:  Cantilever and Press.

Reclaimed wood, and very customizable, Matt is a friendly guy, and is known as “The Wood Whisperer” because of his ability to coax even the most wild woods into things welcome in any home.  Check out the Cantilever and Press Etsy store .

You can also see the frame rack at ART VELO in Seattle, Nov 1-14.  It will be for sale, so get that frame out of the closet and onto the wall for all to see!


Also, congrats to Matt, he’s been doing well in his cyclocross racing this season up there in Vancouver.  Also, yes.  Yes he does have a beautiful Bob Jackson track bike.


Protect ya neck.

Yeah.  Shit happens.  Sometimes cyclists are hit by cars.  It’s happened to most of us, with varying degrees of damage to our bikes and our bodies.  It’s not a good thing to dwell on, but you should definitely stay alert, and obviously do what you can to be seen on the road when riding.  Especially under poor visibility, such as darkness, fog, rain, and when you are hidden behind cars.  Take a lane if necessary, it is within your legal rights to do so.

I came across this little piece on the Cascade page.  It’s worth the read.  It was written by John Duggan.

John Duggan is an avid cyclist and attorney who represents injured  cyclists. He is a member of the Cascade Bicycle Club, Bicycle Alliance of  Washington, and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.  He can  be reached at (206) 343-1888 or

You might be on your club training ride, commuting to work or  simply out riding with friends, and when you least expect it, your worst  fear becomes a reality.  The minivan approaching from the opposite  direction makes a left turn in front of you. You lock up your brakes, skid  and crash into the passenger side of the minivan.  You have some road  rash but quickly realize you’re not dead, and your adrenaline kicks in.   The minivan driver immediately takes the offensive and asks why you  were riding in the roadway and why you did not stop.

Unfortunately, I’ve been in this situation twice, and both times I  thought I wasn’t injured and could ride away.  In each instance,  approximately a mile down the road, I realized I was injured, my bike  was damaged and I was looking for the nearest emergency room.  By this  time, it may be too late to gather the information you need to make a  claim against the at-fault driver.  Through my personal experience on the  bike as well as my experience representing injured cyclists, I have  learned what you should and should not do if you find yourself a victim  of a negligent driver.  Keep in mind that as a cyclist, you are usually  behind the eight ball.  To preserve your rights, keep in mind the  following:

•  Do remain calm and non-confrontational.

•  Do call the police and insist that the officer files a police report.  In  the event that an officer does not respond, go to a police station  and file an accident report within 72 hours of the incident.

•  Do get the vehicle driver’s insurance information, address, phone  number and license plate number.

•  Do get the name, phone number and address of every witness.

•  Do get the necessary medical treatment.

•  Do have your bike thoroughly inspected by a reputable bike shop.

•  Do take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, your bike  and all other involved vehicles (your new camera phone may come  in handy!).

•  Do not lose your temper or argue with the vehicle driver.

•  Do not minimize your injuries or your bike damage.

•  Do not give a statement to the vehicle driver’s insurance without  first consulting with an attorney.

•  Do not rush into any settlement until you know the full extent of  your injuries and bike damage.

In most bicycle/motor vehicle accident claims, I demand that the  insurance company declare the bike and all damaged clothing and  accessories a total loss and pay full replacement value.  As will be  discussed in a future article, in most bicycle/motor vehicle accidents in  Washington, regardless of who was at fault, the vehicle driver’s insurance  will pay reasonable and necessary medical bills and some wage loss.

Hopefully you will never find yourself in a situation where you need  to use this information, but if you do, you will be prepared.

Gear, GO MEANS GO events

Coozies in. Walking tall.

That’s right. Coozies are in. 16oz coozies. Because if you ever did the math, you realized that in most places, buying 16oz cans is the way to do it. In colors too! Black, and a smaller run of green and purple. $4 each so you can spend more on beer. They have the same font as the stickers on one side, and say “High Performance” on the other side, because they are, in fact, High Performance. They work well for cans, bottles, and plastic containers of organic dairy products.

I’ll have em on me at events for $4. You can buy one online for $5 including shipping in the US. Shipping to somewhere exotic, like Canada might cost more.

Black, purple, or green?


Triton likes them too. Mainly as sort of a foam pit.

I promise that there are some great things coming down the line. Wearables and accessories galore. So many good things you’ll crap your pants.

art, GO MEANS GO events

ART VELO opens this Sunday!

The wait is almost over.  Artists near and far have submitted some amazing works inspired by the bicycle.  We will be kicking off the two week show with a reception at 7pm.  There will be refreshments.

Alley Cat Eats and Drinks will be open and serving food.  They are a great little shop that helped us secure the venue.  They love bikes, and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.