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Jan-07-15 01:15 pm
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Note that the Baltimore Sun is running a poll "Should criminal charges be filed against the driver who struck and killed a cyclist on Roland Avenue last month and initially left the scene before returning?"  Vote at baltimoresun.com/vote The result will probably be published Jan. 8 on the Op-Ed page.

Jan-01-15 11:20 am
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

   Yesterday I wrote to the Baltimore City office of the State's Attorney urging them to come forward with information and to prosecute the case.  (At least I think that's the right place to write. This is the office run by Gregg Bernstein who lost in the primary to Marilyn Mosby - I don't know if she takes over today or later in Jan.)  If others want to write, the address is mail@stattorney.org . 

Dec-31-14 12:17 pm
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

   While we still don't know anything definite about the cause of the accident (what's taking so long?!), I was wondering if sun glare off her windshield could have been a factor. This is especially hazardous if a windshield is dirty.  From a table supplied by the U. S. Naval Observatory, the sun was at 18 degrees altitude and 217 degrees azimuth at 2:40 p.m. EST on the 27th for Baltimore-Towson. Driver and biker were headed due south, so the sun was 37 degrees to their right (almost SW) and 18 degrees high. I have some doubts as to whether it might be a factor.       

Dec-21-14 07:45 pm
Category: Technical

For the 2nd time in 4 yrs., I had a rear derailleur snap off, fortunately not going into the spokes either time. It was a Shimano 105 5700-RD which was standard on my 2010 Trek 2.3 with triple crank. Has anyone had a similar experience with this one? Can someone make a suggestion for replacement?  My crank is 50/39/30 and the cassette is 12-27. Please mail me at djm166@case.edu.  Thanks  .

Nov-18-14 05:59 pm
Program for kids to learn bike repair & safety
Category: Social

Perhaps someone has posted about this group before, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded of what they are doing. They need financial support, donated bikes and parts, and a healthy dose of moral support and good will. 
http://fusionpartnerships.wordpress.com … tive-byke/

Thanks.   - D. Jack MacConnell

Oct-25-14 11:12 pm
Race Rd. in Elkridge
Forum: Road Problems

It was still closed on Oct. 17, at least to cars, when I made the mistake of riding it to explore why it was closed. About 3/4 mile beyond Hanover Rd., there was a pile of stones across the entire road - very obvious. A few hundred feet beyond that, I encountered something not so obvious - a raised chunk of asphalt, partially covered with leaves, that was part of the road, and I went down hard.  Spent the next 15 hours in the E. R.s of two hospitals and won't be able to ride again for several weeks. There must be a lesson there somewhere.   

   I don't like riding wet roads even if the rain has stopped, and there will be some places that will be muddy and/or slippery.  They should be dried out by Sunday, so let's ride then - 9:30 at The Hub/C'ville Bikes, 827 Frederick Rd.  Beltway exit 13.

Sep-20-14 06:27 pm
Working on a ride to visit 6 outdoor paintings from the Walters Art Museum
Category: Social

   I've been working on a cue sheet for a new ride in Howard Co. inspired by an outdoor exhibit of 6 paintings (reproductions) from the Walters:
http://thewalters.org/offthewall/howard-county.html It would be in the 40-42 mile range to visit all 6 making use of the many great trails out there. I wrote to the museum Thurs. asking if a biker-docent could accompany us to speak a little about each painting - no answer so far. So, are there any BBC members (or other bikers known to you) who could give  a 3-4 minute spiel about each painting on the route?  I saw two of them yesterday and there's nothing posted other than the name of the painting and name and dates of the artist.
  Thanks. 
D. Jack MacConnell  djm166@case.edu   

Oct-03-13 11:55 am
Ribbon-cutting for Catonsville Short-Line Trail Oct. 19 at 9 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

The hard-working folks at Catonsville Rails to Trails (http://catonsvillerailstotrails.com) have been working for years on this abandoned freight line and will have a ribbon-cutting behind the Western School of Technology and Environmental Sciences located at 100 Kenwood Ave. on Oct. 19 at 9 am.  County officials will be present  The organizers want to have a large group of cyclists ride the 1-mile trail (surface is hard-packed gravel) starting at 8 a.m. and continue through the neighborhood following the planned path of the SLT to the new bridge construction over the Beltway at Frederick which will include bike and pedestrian lanes.  The culmination is to arrive back at the start at 8:50 as the county officials are gathering; the goal is to impress them with our numbers!  Total length of ride is only 3.7 miles (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3360415) and there is one short hill on Belle Grove.  We will stop frequently to keep everyone together.
Come out and help celebrate this event and show the officials our dedication.  Plenty of parking in front of the school.

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