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Specialized Announces Recall of 12,200 Tarmac, Crux, and Secteur Bikes

Specialized has announced the recall of over 12,000 bikes sold over the past two years due to a defective steerer tube that could fail and lead to crashes.  The models affected include all models of the 2012 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Crux and 2013 Secteur Disc bicycles and framesets.

The problem became known after several riders reported the carbon fiber steerer tube cracking or breaking while riding.
If you have one of these bikes, Specialized and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advise you to stop riding it immediately and bring it to a Specialized dealer who will coordinate repair or replacement of the fork. Most forks will not need to replaced, but some may have a 40g carbon sleeve installed inside the steerer tube.
The bad news is that your bike will be unavailable during the repair, which involves actually shipping the fork to a Specialized's facility in Salt Lake City and is estimated to take two weeks. However, Specialized is trying to make up for the inconvenience by offering all owners of the affected bikes a $100 store credit for Specialized merchandise.
"We are proactively recalling these bikes as a precaution and out of safety for our riders, which is our highest priority," said Mike Sinyard, Specialized's founder and president, in a release. "We take quality very seriously and are working with our dealers to inspect these bikes and get our riders back on their bikes quickly and safely."
Read the whole release here from Specialized and the CPSC.

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05/18/2011 -

About News Items

The items in this section include information from Bike Texas, the League of American Bicyclists details on state cycling legislation and city ordinances, and other general information of interest to cyclists. Other information can be found in the BMAC Minutes section. Items for this section can be submitted to newsletter@sawheelmen.com.

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New on 04/21/2014 BICYCLISTS GET FREE BUS RIDES MAY 2

04/21/2014 -

VIA METROPOLITAN TRANSIT NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT:

Priscilla Ingle

210-362-2370

fax 210-362-2572

www.viainfo.net

 

Friday, April 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

 

BICYCLISTS GET FREE BUS RIDES MAY 2

 

As part of Walk and Roll 2014, VIA Metropolitan Transit will offer free rides to anyone who boards the bus with a bicycle on Friday, May 2. This is the day of the Walk and Roll Rally, which kicks off National Bike Month throughout the month of May. The rally will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Main Plaza.

 

All of VIA’s standard buses are equipped with bicycle racks on the fronts of the buses, and each rack can hold two bicycles. The VIA Primo vehicles are equipped with interior bicycle racks that can hold three bicycles. This amenity has proven to be popular among bicycle riders, giving them and regular public transit users more options for getting around and extending their trips. Both modes of transportation are environmentally friendly and economically reasonable, and combining them for daily commutes helps contribute to a cleaner environment and a healthier population.

 

 

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VIA Park and ride available for Fiesta 2014 events

04/08/2014 -

Park and ride available for Fiesta 2014 events

Posted: 3/31/2014

VIA Metropolitan Transit will operate special event park and ride service to and from a number of Fiesta events scheduled for April 11-26, 2014. Service to these celebrations will run on the following schedule:

St. Mary’s Oyster Bake (St. Mary’s University)
Friday, April 11 – 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride
Saturday, April 12 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride

A Taste of New Orleans (Sunken Garden Theater)
Friday, April 11 – 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride and Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride
Saturday, April 12 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride and Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride
Sunday, April 13 – 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride and Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride

Texas Cavaliers River Parade (Riverwalk)
Monday, April 21 – 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride, Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride, Madla Transit Center, and Airport Park and Ride

A Night in Old San Antonio (La Villita)
Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25 – 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride, Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride, Madla Transit Center, and Airport Park and Ride

Battle of Flowers Parade (Downtown streets)
Friday, April 25 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride, Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride, Madla Transit Center, and Airport Park and Ride

King William Fair (King William Historic District)
Saturday, April 26 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride, Madla Transit Center, and Airport Park and Ride

Fiesta Flambeau Parade (Downtown streets)
Saturday, April 26 – 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Crossroads Park and Ride, Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride, Madla Transit Center, and Airport Park and Ride

The special event park and ride fare is $2.50 each way (total of $5.00 roundtrip) with a discount fare available to children, seniors, Medicare recipients, and students. VIAtrans customers and children under five years of age ride free. VIA’s passes are not valid for this service.

VIAtrans service will also be available to Fiesta for registered patrons. The usual VIAtrans reservation policies apply.

As a special promotion, organizers of the Oyster Bake are offering free soft drinks to people who use park and ride service. Any one who rides VIA’s park and ride service to St. Mary’s University on April 11 and 12 will receive a coupon for one free soft drink at the Oyster Bake.

For more information on taking VIA to Fiesta, call 362-2020 (TTY 362-2019).

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BMAC Friends e-news

03/10/2014 -

Hello, Friends of BMAC! This week’s scoop on bicycling is packed, so I’ll get right to it –

 

We don’t get much of this white stuff down here, but snow is helping our friends in more northerly climates reveal the bits and pieces of pavement that cars don’t use and, in turn, visualize how this underutilized public space could be improved for people on foot and two wheels. The blog post was pointed out to me by a colleague who called it “quite possibly the most interesting way I have seen people argue for a road diet.” Read more (and see the cool pics!) of the so-called “sneckdown” here.

 

You may have heard that the newly proposed designs for Theo & Malone Ave, presented at a community meeting on Feb 27th, maintain the existing bike lanes, an integral east-west piece of the City of San Antonio’s bicycle network! But, did you know about this art installation beneath the I-35 underpass at Theo & Malone? Called Ballroom Luminoso, the beautiful chandeliers are made from recycled bike parts and reference the neighborhood’s strong Hispanic heritage as well as the nearby restoration of the San Antonio River.

 

San Antonio Bikes invites bicyclists to a public meeting about the S. Flores bike lanes installed last year. The City of San Antonio’s Transportation & Capital Improvements Department (TCI) will present the findings of its Traffic Impact Analysis and listen to recommendations from the community about whether to keep the bike lanes or not. See the event here.

 

Know a kid (15+) or adult who would like to take up bicycling? The City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department is enrolling participants in a Ride to Own program that teaches the fundamentals of riding and maintaining a bicycle while working toward earning a brand new bike! Find all the details about the 10-week riding program, which begins March 15th, here. Already have a bike but want to make more use of it? The YMCA invites all community members to join the Million Pound Challenge, a movement to rally fitter lifestyles in the Alamo City.

 

BMAC Friend Wendy Lemon wants to introduce you to her website www.EyeRideSA.org. She is studying occurrences of “near-hit” situations to help her understand what she can do to make cycling safer for our community. To find out more, or if you have technical know-how to lend Wendy as she improves the user-friendliness of her site, contact EyeRideSA.org2013@yahoo.com.

 

And, finally, some bike-related events you might be interested in adding to your calendar:

 

Upcoming opportunities

 

Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee (BMAC) monthly meeting

Wednesday, March 12, 8:00 a.m.

SA-BC MPO, 825 S St Mary’s Street

More info at sametroplan.org

 

SARA’s weekly bike ride to Mission Espada

Wednesdays, beginning March 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meet in the back (Johnson St.) parking lot of the SARA Bldg, 100 E Guenther St

Email jdoersam@sara-tx.org for more info

 

S. Flores Road Diet Community Meeting

Monday, March 17, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Yep, that’s St. Patrick’s Day! Wear green!)

Cafeteria of Morrill Elementary School, 5200 S. Flores

More info at San Antonio Bikes’ facebook page

 

Loop 1604 Project Open House, an opportunity to give input about bicycle facilities and accommodations along Loop 1604

Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Dolph Briscoe Middle School, 4265 Lone Star Pkwy

More info at txdot.gov

Can’t make the Open House? Email 1604west@gmail.com with comments by Friday, March 28

 

FrankenBike #46

Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Alamo Street Eat Bar, 609 S. Alamo

More info at sanantonio.frankenbike.net

 

Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference, for anyone involved in the planning, construction, funding, economics, operation, management, promotion and use of bicycle, pedestrian, and active transportation modes

March 26-28

Fort Worth, Texas

Register at texastrails.biketexas.org/2014

 

Síclovía

Sunday, March 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

New South Side location: from S. St Mary’s Street & E. Cesar Chavez to Mission Concepcion

More info at siclovia.org

 

Fresh Air Friday

Friday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Main Plaza

More info at aacog.org

 

SicloVerde, riding bikes, visiting gardens for a cause

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register ($25) at greensatx.org

Green Spaces Alliance is looking for event sponsors and volunteers! Contact gardens@greensatx.org for more info

 

Let me know of any bike-related event information, news, concerns, accolades, etc… you have so I can include these in future emails to BMAC Friends. Ride safe!

 

Allison (Allie) Blazosky

Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Planner

SA-BC MPO

825 South Saint Mary's Street

San Antonio, TX 78205

210-230-6911

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BMAC Welcomes 2014 with Bike Night

01/13/2014 -

BMAC Welcomes 2014 with Bike Night

 

The Bicycle Mobility Advisory Committee (BMAC) welcomed the New Year on January 8 with its first Bike Night meeting of 2014.

 

 Several bicyclists spoke up about current locations of concern and upcoming bicycling events as Citizens to be Heard, including The Rivard Report’s and Third Street Grackle member Robert Rivard (pictured at podium).

 

The City of San Antonio’s Center City Development Office solicited cyclists’ feedback as they consider changes to Avenue B and Broadway that may alter biking patterns.

 

The City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability and newly formed Transportation & Capital Improvements Department co-presented on progress made since adopting the Bicycle Master Plan, fielding many questions from committee and audience members.

 

Judge Oscar Kazen, the current BMAC Chair, was re-elected by unanimous committee vote.

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The Reed Lee Benefit Fund

12/19/2012 -

On November 17th a Wheelmen member, Reed Lee, was involved in a very serious cycling accident that left him paralyzed below the chest and with broken ribs and a punctured lung. He will probably be permanently paralyzed. Reed was riding on the shoulder of a rural highway when his front tire ran into and stuck in a parallel crack, catapulting him over the handlebars and onto the road.

Since then, he has been at University Hospital in San Antonio. Doctors are trying to stabilize him so he can begin physical and occupational therapy. The hospitalization and therapy is expected to take quite some time. Reed does have medical insurance and disability coverage but there are many expenses he will face which will not be covered. We have set up a bank account, the Reed Lee Benefit Fund, specifically to receive donations to help offset those expenses. Reed’s daughter, Elizabeth, is the only one who can withdraw funds (she has his Power of Attorney) and all donations will go to Reed.

Please be generous to help a fellow cyclist and Club member.  There are two ways to contribute to the Reed Lee Benefit Fund:

  1. Got to any Frost Bank and make a deposit for the Reed Lee Benefit Fund.

  1. You can make donations through Active.com at:  http://www.active.com/donate/reedlee

For each $5 donated through active.com you will receive a chance in a drawing for two SAW jerseys (two people will win a jersey). Closing date for the drawing will be announced later.

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Reed Lee’s Accident, November 17th 2012

12/09/2012 -

As of this writing it's been about three weeks now and it all still seems so surreal. For those who have not heard the story it goes like this: Friday evening, November 16th one of my regular riding partners, Reed Lee and I exchanged a series of text message about the bike ride the next morning, usual guy stuff, just the facts: “You riding tomorrow? Yes but thinking about the 35 mile-ish route. Got things to do in the afternoon.” I got to thinking that the ride starts about 30 miles east of my house and Reed lives about ten miles west of me. “Want to carpool? No sense both of us driving out there.” “Sounds good. See you at the Home Deport parking lot at 7:50”.

At 4:00 am the next morning Reed wakes up. Nothing new for him, sleep has been inconsistent for years. Forty-five minutes later he surrenders to the inevitable and starts his day, getting organized for just another ride out in the flat lands east of San Antonio. He goes about the quiet, early morning hours blissfully unaware that his life is going to be forever changed in a most sudden and brutal manner less than six hours from now.

We meet at 7:50 in the parking lot and load his bike into the back of my pickup. That Audi sedan is nice but we are not going to shoehorn two bikes into it. On the way we talk about “stuff”. Reed casually mentions that he's been trying to lose weight all year but the last four pounds have been impossible and it's not going to get easier what with all the holiday parties and treats which normally bombard you this time of year. Life sometimes has a damn cruel sense of humor. In the coming weeks he is going to find it impossible to keep the weight ON.

We arrive at the start site for the club ride, a diner call Briekze's Station. It's on the main highway of a map-dot so small you'd be exceedingly generous in calling it a town. We arrive about 45 minutes before the start time and Reed gives me some good-natured grief about getting there so early. We decide to hit the restaurant while we wait and get some coffee. I'm pretty much deaf to the rational arguments of my will power so I cave in to having one of their awesome cinnamon rolls. Reed folds quickly thereafter. He resigns that the four pounds are just going to have to hang around till next year.

In the parking lot we meet up with Frank. We three have ridden together a lot and Frank is back for the holidays from wintering in Florida and wanted to get in some rides with us while he's here.

At the pre-ride briefing the club ride leader reminds us all about the nasty cracks in the shoulders of highway 1346 and how a rider was hurt pretty badly a few months ago when his front wheels got stuck in one and catapulted over his handlebars. Reed, Frank and I are very aware of those cracks, we were about 15 minutes behind that rider's group and came up on the scene shortly after the EMTs took him away. We're even commenting about it among ourselves. It's now approximately one hour and forty minutes from Reed's turn.

At about 10:35 we're on FM 1346 about three miles southeast of St Hedwig. The mid-point of the ride and our convenience store rest-stop is just ahead. Reed tells me later that he knew the cracks were coming. We've just past a few which, while certainly warrant avoiding, aren't too bad yet. He scans the road ahead and sees that we are ascending a small rise and he thinks that he needs to start pressing a little harder to compensate. He drops his head and notes the 20 mph reading on his computer. That is the last thing he will remember until an EMT is in his face asking him a battery of questions.

Since then he has endured an operation to implant steel rods in his body and to try to get him stabilized. Three broken vertebrae, a severed spinal column, eight broken ribs and a punctured lung tend to de-stabilize you in a big way. Finally on Thursday (Thanksgiving to boot) his pain meds have been reduced enough where he can be lucid and carry on a normal conversation. The doctors broke the news to him and it seems to be registering that he will most likely never walk again. Rehab is going to start tomorrow.

On Monday he stops breathing and they take him from rehab to the ICU. Heavy sedation is keeping him from being aware of the tubes stuck down his throat and needles in both arms, wrists strapped down to keep him from ripping everything out and a room full of machines helping to regulate and monitor every bodily function which nine days ago happened automatically without so much as a thought. One week later he receives yet another unwelcomed gift, a pacemaker.

Now he and we wait and wait for better news, perhaps tomorrow.

As I said at the top of this, it is all so surreal to those who know and are close to him. But as hard to process as it is to us I can't even begin to fathom what it's going to be like for him when he finally is about to dwell on what has happened and ponder what is life going to be like from now on.

With the deluge of news we get all the time we are aware more than ever of every disaster which happens in every part of the world instantaneously. Truly worthwhile causes which need financial help are seemingly endless and certainly many of us, if not most have been touched by someone close to us who has suffered catastrophic health setbacks, perhaps even yourself. Nonetheless please consider helping one of our own, Reed Lee during his time of great need.

What can you do? First and foremost if you know Reed please visit him. When he restarts physical therapy he will be at University Hospital for at least four weeks. Reed has a loving family, two grown daughters and a brother and their families but they live far enough away that it's not possible for them to see him every week. He has no family here in the SA area. I know December is a very difficult month to make time, what with the holidays, family coming to town or traveling yourself. But being in the hospital, in pain, scared and having a million doubts about how your are going to live life from now on AND being alone on top of it all is just about the worse thing I can imagine. So please visit him. You don't have to stay long but just having the contact of those who care about him can lift his spirits greatly. Don't know what to say? Bring a newspaper and read to him and discuss the events of the day, solve some world problems together.

The club is setting up a bank account for those who wish to donate money to help him with his out-of-pocket expenses. Just trying to factor the costs involved in renovating a house to make it wheelchair compatible exceeds my math skills. So please give if you can but give and visit if possible. God knows he needs both.

Bill Blackford

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Bicycle Safety

12/02/2012 -

One of our Club members, Reed Lee, suffered a serious injury from a fall on the November New Berlin Ride. While accidents are a part of cycling, we need to do everything possible to prevent accidents and to prepare for those we are unable to prevent.

Preparing for a ride includes paying attention to the pre-ride briefing. You probably know it by heart, but it is important to be reminded about safety each time we ride. Pay special attention to any information on road conditions along the routes. Always wear a helmet and make sure you are wearing it properly – for example, if your chin strap is loose the helmet might come off in a fall resulting in head injury. Make sure your bike is in good repair and don’t wear any type of ear buds so you can hear traffic and information from the other riders in your group.

You always need to carry information in case there is an emergency. You need identification (carry your driver’s license) and medical information (make copies of insurance cards and carry them on every ride). Carry emergency contact information so Club Members and Emergency Responders know who to notify if you have an accident. Emergency Responders will look for an ICE (in case of emergency) listing on your cell phone. A Road ID is good to have, but Emergency Responders might not notice it.

Be vigilant during your rides. Watch for problems with the road surface (pot holes, gravel, pavement cracks, uneven pavement, trash, etc.). Call out warnings to your fellow riders. Maintain proper interval with the bike ahead of you. Be particularly cautious if you are not used to riding with those in your group. Let other riders know what you are going to do (slowing, stopping, etc.). Watch for animals and always be vigilant for motor vehicles.

If someone has an accident, stop, get everyone off the road, and check their condition. Do not hesitate to call 911 if the person is knocked out, appears very groggy, or appears to have a serious injury. Err on the side of caution. For minor injuries, check to make sure the bike is rideable, and then ride back with them.

Let’s all work hard to improve riding safely.

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Britton’s Bike Shop no Longer Offers the Wheelmen Discount

06/16/2012 -

Britton’s bike shop has stopped offering the 10% discount to Wheelmen Members. For a list of bike shops that offer the 10% discount go to the Wheelmen web site under “Join SAW”.

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Warning – Car Break-ins

08/18/2012 -

On August 18th, someone attempted to break into two vehicles in the Judson HS parking lot while we were out on the WHC ride. There have also been weekday break-ins at Bullis Park. Riders are cautioned to not leave anything of value in sight in their vehicles while riding. Lock items in the trunk, or even better, leave them at home.

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SA Has Second Busiest B-Cycle Program in the US

04/09/2012 -

The Alamo City has plenty to celebrate as San Antonio B-Cycle marks its first anniversary. With more than 106,000 miles ridden by more than 6,700 day users, San Antonio is now ranked as the second busiest B-Cycle program in the nation, behind Denver, in overall bike share usage.

"As the first city in Texas to initiate a modern bike-share program, San Antonio is leading the way in showing how quickly cycling can be accepted as a legitimate, everyday transportation option. Bike-sharing perfectly complements our SA2020 goals of being a healthy, economically competitive city where people are proud to work, live, and play," said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

San Antonio B-cycle is sustained through annual and day passes and sponsorships both private and public. The program has received private donations of $235,000 and approximately $58,000 for station sponsorship from forward thinking groups like Pearl Brewery and Bike World. San Antonio Bike Share is actively seeking other corporate and private sponsorships.

Health and environmental benefits are what keep Bike Share members loyal to the program. Aside from a detailed breakdown of miles ridden that each member receives in a personalized summary; members can also see how many calories they have burned, how many gallons of gas and dollars were saved and, for the most environmentally minded, the carbon offset they contributed to by Bike Sharing instead of driving.

About San Antonio B-Cycle: San Antonio B-Cycle is a bike share system that has been funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with grants from the Department of Energy and the Centers for Disease Control. The City of San Antonio Office of Environmental Policy established the program. San Antonio Bike Share 501(c)3 operates and maintains the San Antonio B-Cycle system. San Antonio B-Cycle is sustained through annual and day pass membership along with public and private sponsorships. Membership information can be found online at sanantonio.bcycle.com.

Credit: San Antonio News Release, March 20, 2012

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Federal Funding Safe... For Now

04/12/2012 -

If you attended the National Bike Summit this year, you memorized one key question: "Will you support a clean extension of the federal transportation bill?" Of course, that ask was for members of Congress and, just a few days after the Summit, the House did indeed pass a three-month extension that preserves current funding levels for biking and walking programs. What does that mean for you and your community? Read analysis and insight from Bikes Belong and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

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Texas High School Racing League Events

03/05/2012 -

Jeff Mezzone, the son of Bob Mezzone (both are SAW members), competed in a high school level bicycle race last weekend and had a great time. The Texas High School Racing League offers an opportunity for high school students to participate in competitive cycling events. Many of the events are linked to a college event the closest of which is in Austin on March 24th. There is a great deal of variation in skill and experience level among the participants; and there are three classes for the competition to accommodate the varying skill levels. The Director just wants kids to have a fun, safe time. A USA Cycling license is required to compete in the races and can be purchased on-line at www.usacycling.org. At the first event, one of the college riders gave a 30-minute class before the races. The event was a very positive experience for the high school riders as everyone there was helpful and supportative and they were able to hang out with the college crowd and watch the college races.

Visit www.texashighschoolcycling.org for additional information if your high school rider is interested in bicycle racing.  You can also contact Bob Mezzone at 210-875-6543. Bob said that car pooling to the Austin race is possible.

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