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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- Warning – Car Break-ins
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- Federal Funding Safe... For Now
- Texas High School Racing League Events
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Give that bicyclist more space; it just might be a police officer
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.
Britton’s Bike Shop no Longer Offers the Wheelmen Discount
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”.
Warning – Car Break-ins
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.
SA Has Second Busiest B-Cycle Program in the US
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
Federal Funding Safe... For Now
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.
Texas High School Racing League Events
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.