Protect ya neck.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Advocacy 1 Comment

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 johnd@warrenduggan.com.

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.

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Coozies in. Walking tall.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Gear, GO MEANS GO events 4 Comments

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?


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

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ART VELO opens this Sunday!

Written by Ryan on . Posted in art, GO MEANS GO events 1 Comment

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.

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Messquerade is coming.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Alley Cat Racing No Comments


“This year Halloween fell on a weekend, me and Geto Boys went Trick-or-Treat’n”

Halloween is likely one of the most common dates to have an alleycat race, scavenger hunt, or  bike event, as evidenced by the super posts that Prolly put up HERE and HERE.

It seems as though people that ride bikes have a penchant for wearing costumes while riding.  Unless you live in Portland, then you take your clothes off.

Here in Seattle, we have the Messquerade.  Messman’s first Messquerade took place in 1999.  That’s 10 years ago.  It hasn’t happened every year, but it has grown, and is now one of Seattle’s biggest, and drunkenest bike events of the year.

A rain or shine event, so be prepared.   If you are in town, you should really get a team together, and come out.  Registration and adult beverages (bring a water bottle) at 20/20 Cycles in the Central District from 6-8pm.

It costs $20 to race per person, or $30 if you want one of the coveted “Messquerade hoodies”  Your entrance fee gets you beverages all night, as well as entrance into the afterparty.  Don’t be an asshat.  Wear a costume.  And if you come as A) an asshat, or B) Bushwick Bill- I will give you one of the also coveted GOMEANSGO “High Performance” 16oz coozies.

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Vandedrome needs a new home!

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Track 1 Comment

I saw this over on Hipster Nascar- I think it would fit very nicely inside key arena…. it’s being offered only for the cost of moving it to another site. It sounds like they really just want a home for it. The steel has just been powder coated, and it just needs a new deck. Maybe we can do a bake sale to save some cash for a new velodrome?

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Taken from an old post at Fixed Gear Fever:

The wood and steel track is 154-167 meters long with 54 degree banked turns and was created in 1994 by John Vande Velde, a 1968 and 1972 U. S. Olympic cycling team member and former world-class cyclist. It s home base was originally in Joliet, Illinois and it was first used for racing in Del Mar, California in February 1995. In June 1996 the Vandedrome was put up in Chicago and used for the “Taste of Chicago” track races. And in 1997 it was moved to the east coast and assembled in Glen Spey, NY at the Mike Fraysse Sports Resort and Training Center for introductory leagues and junior racing. In the s pring of 1998 the track was used for six weeks of training and racing at Clark’s Woods in Somerville, NJ prior to moving across the river to Staten Island, NY for the 1998 Goodwill Games at Wagner College.

The Vandedrome is adjustable in length, but will typically be constructed at 167 meters long with broader turns and slightly shorter straights than its original design. The track can be assembled and disassembled within 24-48 hours and requires 6 tractor trailers to move it. During the winter months the Vandedrome will be available for lease to indoor facilities and hopefully can be used for collegiate and professional racing.

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