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  • Go Means Go! Dear Motorist | GO MEANS GO
    in Seattle since 2001 Leave a comment Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod to the lock I just picked up the body does feel bulky and plasticy Just one question where did you get the sweet Abus stick Thanks Holger Ketterle June 12 2015 Ryan I m right there with you on this bike all I can think of is for 5k i could build a carbon race bike an aluminum crit bike and a vintage steel framed commuter All of which could stand out in a group ride which is what people by custom bikes for to stand out I just think if your going the custom route it better be for a purpose like racing or touring not pub crawling or grocery grabbing I mean would you feel comfortable locking this bike up in the city I panic when I have to lock up my steelie I built for under 1k I dont know if I could every through a lock around a

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  • Go Means Go! New Calendar | GO MEANS GO
    you got Tweed ride Got it Ryan Living in and loving Alaska A passion for human powered transportation Beer drinker Hell raiser Two wheels one love Leave a comment Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod to the lock I just picked up the body does feel bulky and plasticy Just one question where did you get the sweet Abus stick Thanks Holger Ketterle June 12 2015 Ryan I m right there with you on this bike all I can think of is for 5k i could build a carbon race bike an aluminum crit bike and a vintage steel framed commuter All of which could stand out in a group ride which is what people by custom bikes for to stand out I just think if your going the custom route it better be for a purpose like racing or touring not pub crawling or grocery grabbing I mean would you feel comfortable locking this bike up in the city I panic when I have

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  • Go Means Go! 10 Myths About Women and Cycling | GO MEANS GO
    like sexist over generalizations that someone made up just to say it isn t happening I never heard anyone ever say that women don t like bikes What I d really like to see is a push for women to be more aggressive on bicycles both on the track and the road Reply Leave a comment Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod to the lock I just picked up the body does feel bulky and plasticy Just one question where did you get the sweet Abus stick Thanks Holger Ketterle June 12 2015 Ryan I m right there with you on this bike all I can think of is for 5k i could build a carbon race bike an aluminum crit bike and a vintage steel framed commuter All of which could stand out in a group ride which is what people by custom bikes for to stand out I just think if your going the custom route it better be for a purpose like

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  • Go Means Go! Legos, Bicycles & Canadians | GO MEANS GO
    Police Tall Bryan Bicycle rider mechanic and collector Living and riding in Seattle since 2001 Comments 1 Ryan August 27 2013 at 1 13 PM Plannin s for commies Reply Leave a comment Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod to the lock I just picked up the body does feel bulky and plasticy Just one question where did you get the sweet Abus stick Thanks Holger Ketterle June 12 2015 Ryan I m right there with you on this bike all I can think of is for 5k i could build a carbon race bike an aluminum crit bike and a vintage steel framed commuter All of which could stand out in a group ride which is what people by custom bikes for to stand out I just think if your going the custom route it better be for a purpose like racing or touring not pub crawling or grocery grabbing I mean would you feel comfortable locking this bike up in the city I

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  • Go Means Go! This has to do with city infrastructure, city planning, laws, and those that do what they can to make a place for bikes on our roadways. | GO MEANS GO (2)
    on the Northwest bikeway sidewalk The Fremont Bridge Bike Counter has been ticking away since October 11th 2012 counting cyclists crossing the bridge in both directions and both sides if you haven t tested this I did and it picks up cyclists crossing on either side and direction Photo courtesy of bikingseattle Tuesday May 7th the second day of the second week of National Bike Month marked the most cyclists to cross the bridge in a 24 hour period to date since the installation of the bike counter 5 103 bike crossings recorded The excellent weather that week and the fact it is Bike Month helped pushed the weekly total to over 28 000 crossings That is a lot of bikes The below graph is a weekly tally of bike trips recorded since the installation of the counter Bike to Work Day is this Friday May 17th I wouldn t be surprised if we saw a new record set Continue Reading Washington Ranked 1 Bicycle Friendly State 6th Year Running Written by Tall Bryan on May 10 2013 Posted in Advocacy Commuting Media News Washington No Comments In honor of National Bike Month the League of American Cyclists has released its Annual Bicycle Friendly States ranking Washington State achieved the top ranking nationally for a sixth consecutive year As a life long Washingtonian and a passionate cyclist that is exciting to hear Hey Ryan whats up with Alaska coming in 45th From the official press release For the sixth year in a row Washington continues to lead the nation with high performance in all categories But up and coming states including Delaware Illinois and Arizona charged up the ranking in 2013 shaking up the top 10 We are encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington Delaware Colorado and Oregon said Andy Clarke president of the League of American Bicyclists But as the scores clearly highlight there s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and planning in every state Continue reading the full press release HERE If you want to know more about how the other states stacked up check out the 2013 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings Chart or this handy dandy interactive State Rankings Map Who doesn t like charts and graphs Continue Reading May is National Bike Month Written by Tall Bryan on May 1 2013 Posted in Advocacy Commuting Events News No Comments I would venture to say that a good amount of Go Means Go readers ride their bikes nearly year round through rain and shine But its not hard to admit riding when the weather is pleasant is much easier and more enjoyable May is National Bike Month and even if you ride your bike every month as you should it is still a great opportunity to get friends family or coworkers back on the bike or on the bike for the first time If you haven t taken a look at the weather forecast in the Pacific Northwest

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  • Go Means Go! This has to do with city infrastructure, city planning, laws, and those that do what they can to make a place for bikes on our roadways. | GO MEANS GO (3)
    to ride and classically styled Three models to choose from With the purchase of one of the bikes they split a donation 50 50 with the World Bicycle Relief and the Boise Bicycle Project Pretty neat huh To get the bicycle end started Miir has a Givecraft campaign going You can donate to the program for as little as 5 or just go ahead and pre order one of the bikes If you are in the market for a new townie bike check it out This Friday you can check out the bikes and meet the people behind Miir at Theo Chocolates in Fremont You can RSVP for the event at Theo HERE Continue Reading If She Can Do It Written by Ryan on November 6 2012 Posted in Advocacy Bicycle Events Mt Bike No Comments The premiere of If She Can Do It is in Seattle this NEXT Thursday 11 15 at St Andrews Bar and Grill Come out and support women on mountain bikes Check the Facebook invite HERE Continue Reading The Bike Tree Written by Ryan on October 12 2012 Posted in Advocacy Bicycle No Comments I wonder how this would fare in Seattle Shaped like umbrellas perhaps Thanks Felix Continue Reading I Put My Bike On The Bus Written by Ryan on September 24 2012 Posted in Advocacy Bicycle No Comments While you are waiting for an Interbike recap Continue Reading Ride of Silence Written by Ryan on May 11 2012 Posted in Advocacy Bicycle Events Rides Seattle 1 Comment Seattle will be host to the Ride of Silence on Wednesday May 16th Riders will meet at Gasworks Park at 6 30pm and return by 8 30pm It will be a rain or shine ride honoring fallen riders The Ride of Silence is just that it s not Critical Mass or a chatty group ride Please be respectful of the organizers the rules of the road and your fellow riders on the ride For more information go HERE Continue Reading Help Seattle cycling Written by Ryan on May 9 2012 Posted in Advocacy Bicycle Seattle 2 Comments Fill out the Bicycle Master Plan survey It s easy and will help build the upcoming Bicycle Master Plan Click HERE to fill out the short survey Seattle has also gotten all sophisticated and has an interactive map if you want to take your suggestions to the next level It s pretty neat though it takes a bit more thought than the survey Click HERE to go to the map Surveys like this are very helpful to city planners as they work to try and make the city a better place for cycling Think about the roads you travel and why Is it a better route than the most commonly traveled options Is there a dangerous intersection that needs some attention Do your part in making Seattle a better place to ride That is all resume your daily internet cat searches Continue Reading Mountain biking on Beacon Hill Written

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  • Go Means Go! This has to do with city infrastructure, city planning, laws, and those that do what they can to make a place for bikes on our roadways. | GO MEANS GO (4)
    something used for one of a few reasons transportation for the poor children or recreation The well paid commuter wasn t seen on the roadway riding because they are practicing for the STP having left their BMW at home Gas was cheap people wanted to ride around in their big steel boxes It s hard to imagine the novelty that car rides used to have It was like a goddamn spaceship most likely Here we are today urban planners attempting to build an infrastructure that accomodates all sorts of road users It s hard I imagine and we ve come a long way There is also still a long way to go It s about time we start making new PSA s for urban cyclists of today A graphic novel that shows the rights AND responsibilities of bike commuters and pedestrians Hell it should probably have EVERYTHING in it For drivers as well Because many of us are multi modal in our transportation It s just as important to know what other road users responsibilities are though of course best practice is to assume that nobody is looking out for you Ride safe keep the rubber side down See the rest of this little publication HERE Thanks Aaron for passing this on Continue Reading Guest post Bike Theft advice Written by Guest on February 27 2012 Posted in Advocacy Bicycle Stolen 5 Comments The other day I read the abbreviated version of the following article written by Jim Teague about bike theft I get a lot of emails from people that have had their bikes nabbed looking for some way to increase their chances of retrieval I was impressed with Jim s approach and asked him if he would like to write an expanded version for the blog He wrote back quickly with a yes and Monday morning this was in my inbox Thanks to Jim for taking the time and I hope that it is helpful to those that may have lost a bike to theft Bike theft advice both before and after Written by Jim Teague Maybe you are unfortunate enough for this to have happened to you but it goes like this You walk out to the garage to grab your bike and it s not there You spend another 10 minutes like an idiot looking under rags behind this bucket and behind that 2 4 etc because you know it s here but for some reason you just can t see it Eventually it sinks in it s been stolen and someone else has your bike now You almost feel sick Well I m recounting my own experience above And I did all the right things I promptly reported it to the police and my insurance company and within a few days had a dead on slam dunk identification of my bike on Craig s List I worked with the police asking them how I should approach the situation But my case is now closed and my bike is gone forever To sum it up it goes like this someone walked into my garage and stole one of my most prized possessions and essentially sold it for scrap right in front of me And there was basically nothing that could be done about it But saying that there s nothing I could have done isn t exactly true Knowing what I know now I would have done a few things differently Of course prior to the theft I would have kept better records but there are things I would have done differently even after the theft Let me walk through a few of those things and share my hard won experience Before the Theft My bike was unique there wasn t another one on the earth like it It was purchased as a frameset and I outfitted it with a combination of components that were purchased new as well as some that I migrated off of my previous frameset So other than the frame and fork every item was individually picked by me at different times But this doesn t mean anything to most of the general public including police detectives and any judge you might want to sign a search warrant They first thing the police will ask you is how do you know it s your bike You know that bike so well that you re actually offended at that question But you compose yourself and proceed to explain to them until you re blue in the face the color of the spoke nipples how many teeth are on each cog in the cassette etc etc etc You are met with skepticism or at best some sympathy I agree with you I think that bike might be yours I never at any point in the conversation said might As above these detailed descriptions are basically meaningless to most of the general public who barely knows how many wheels a bike has As far as they know all bikes are bought from a department store along with thousands of identical others But to be fair maybe the police officer has just come off a case where someone said they knew for sure some stolen property was theirs only to be made a fool of Your weapons of choice here are 1 The Serial Number and 2 The Receipt Go write down the serial number of your bike as well as all the parts that have one and keep it all in a safe place From law enforcement s perspective that is irrefutable evidence that the bike is yours Secondly keep receipts for the bike and at least the major components That helps back you up Here s the other piece of advice have some good homeowner s insurance with replacement cost Actually I did and I m getting a replacement bike for the amount of my deductible After the Theft The usual situation here is that some low life has grabbed your bike in order

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  • Go Means Go! This has to do with city infrastructure, city planning, laws, and those that do what they can to make a place for bikes on our roadways. | GO MEANS GO (8)
    or right hand What about using a crosswalk to avoid swerving through six lanes of traffic These and other topics are included in our conversation based Know Your Rights workshop designed to allow cyclists an opportunity to share experiences survival skills long unanswered questions and much more At The Bikery 1265 S Main St Seattle Continue Reading Bleeding billboards effective or distracting Written by Ryan on July 18 2009 Posted in Advocacy Film video No Comments Continue Reading Insane in the bike lane Insane got no lane Written by Ryan on June 26 2009 Posted in Advocacy 4 Comments I like many cyclists have a love hate relationship with bike lanes Bike lanes can help encourage new or inexperienced cyclists getting them off the sidewalk and on to the street where they belong Many newer cyclists do not feel safe riding with traffic preferring to stay as insulated from cars as possible which puts them on the sidewalk in the path of pedestrians or even worse in a car Education be damned it has been proven that there is no better way to get people on the road than to paint a bike lane It may not make sense but it s true The number of people that decide to take another form of transport than a bicycle even on small trips in the US is very high Too high 1 of all trips are made by bicycle in the US in comparison to 30 in the Netherlands 84 of all trips in the US are made by car according to data taken from Transportation Quarterly I walk a line that puts me between two groups of cyclists that don t always get along Those that play by the rules and those that don t I know the laws but I don t always obey them Cyclists do have rights But we also have responsibilities While refusing one we forfeit the other I realize that if I were to get a ticket or hurt while doing something illegal it would be on me It s human nature to do as much as we feel that we can get away with Sometimes if the lights are not right for crossing I ve been known to zig across a crosswalk and wait on the sidewalk in order to avoid waiting for an unprotected left turn I have a tendency to take advantage of the fact that bicycles fall into a category that is somewhere between a pedestrian and a car Realistically cyclists are embraced by neither a bastard form of transportation that pedestrian and driver alike are thrilled to see cited and reprimanded for every infraction They re just jealous I use bike lanes some of the time If I am traveling uphill I appreciate them I feel more protected than riding in a lane shared with cars even if there is parking in the curb lane to the right of the bike lane Cars usually respect the line that is there and typically give a rider some space If a driver opens their door as I am riding uphill it s not the end of the world I may be traveling at 5 or 10 miles per hour but generally all one has to do is be aware and to stop pedaling I ve never been injured going uphill in a bike lane Flat terrain and traveling downhill is a different matter entirely and here is where a bike lane can go from a help to a hinderance in short order Downhill Take the speed that you were traveling as you were headed up hill Double it Or more You could now easily be traveling faster than the speed of traffic There you are in the bike lane travelling at 30 miles per hour car to either side you are in your lane not wanting to stray outside of the protection of your solid white line The cars to your left may be slowed by traffic ahead The cars in the curb lane are parked All is hunky dory until somebody doesn t look in their sideview mirror and opens their door into your precious bike lane There goes your collarbone maybe your grill probably your bike and it really messed up your day A bike lane can sometimes give a false sense of security Many cyclists view a bike lane as more dangerous than riding on a road with no signage at all some call it a door lane for a reason and if you have ever been doored you may be one of them City planners have a difficult task Placing bike lanes are one of the most important things that can be done to get people riding their bikes in traffic and I am glad every time I see a new lane get striped It may put inexperienced cyclists on the road but all cyclists started inexperienced myself included and you have to start somewhere Don t get me wrong bike lanes are also traveled by those that have been riding for a long time Experienced riders are found there just as often We need bike lanes if for no other reasons than to Increase the visibility of bicycles on the roadway A Bike lane or Sharrow a road sign when a driver sees these even if only subconsciously they come to realize that bikes belong Getting more cyclists on the roadway Promoting the idea of equal rights for motorists and cyclists What are your thoughts on bike lanes Do you use them Find them dangerous How about Sharrows Any areas in Seattle that could use bike lanes or sharrows Continue Reading Take back the street with the symphony That s classy Written by Ryan on June 24 2009 Posted in Advocacy Film video No Comments A more fine arts focus on reclaiming the streets A little break a 10 minute hiccup in the morning commute The drivers way back in line probably had no idea what was

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