Cyclist breaks neck — “hangman’s break” says doc

Ken has ridden with TRC several times over the last couple of years. Now you can read his incredible story.


CINCINNATISunbury Press has released Ken Mercurio’s medical memoir Head Over Wheels – A ‘Lucky Stiff’ Turns Tragedy into a Cycling Triumph.

how_fcAbout the Book:
The inspiring story of how a 56-yr-old avid cyclist recovered from a life-threatening bicycling accident to conquer an “impossible” biking tour just 9 months later. On a training ride going 28 mph, Ken’s bike fork suddenly snapped apart, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. With pulverized neck vertebrae, his neurosurgeon said it was a miracle he didn’t die or become a quadriplegic. Five vertebrae were surgically fused to save his life, leaving him with a permanently stiff neck and almost no ability to turn his head.

In a momentous twist of fate, Ken had already registered to ride one of the country’s most difficult bike tours, scheduled nine months later. With no idea if he could ever…

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Recumbent Madness?

Recumbent Madness?

The Troy Grade is steep but Dave handles it just fine on his recumbent.

Bicycle Sojourner Washington, a Kickstart Bicycle Alliance project

Good maps and information is about all you need for a bicycle tour. Now comes an opportunity to help build just such a resource for Washignton State. click through to the Kickstarter page and contreibute a few bucks to get this project published.





I trust that you all have been enjoying the fine summer weather.

At the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, we are running a Kickstarter campaign to support the development and publication of a Washington State bike touring guide book- Cycling Soujourner. I’ve already kicked down a $75 pledge for the campaign and i strongly encourage you to make a pledge of any amount you can afford.

Here is a blog post about the book project written by our Executive Director, Barb Chamberlain.

There is also a great educational opportunity coming up next week; an introduction to bike touring at Island Hoppin’ Brewery on Orcas. Martina Brimmer of Swift Industries will be presenting from 7:00-9:00PM on August 15th.

Here is a blog post that i wrote about a tour that Tiva and I took in the San Juans and Gulf Islands last summer.

Please feel free to circulate to other interested folks.

Let me know if you have any questions about these items or any other bike-related stuff.

best regards,








This helmet is claimed to have greater impact protection than that styrofoam lid you are sporting. –Corrie

Want a matching helmet to go with that cardboard bike we mentioned earlier this year? Wish granted! An art student at the Royal College of Art designed Kranium, a bicycle helmet made from cardboard.

via Corrugated Cardboard Bike Helmet : Discovery News.

Why We Don’t Need Rain Bikes Any Longer | Off The Beaten Path

I don’t have fenders. And I don’t ride in the rain, last year’s CHAFE being an exception. I’m not persuaded these aluminum fenders with mudflaps would completely solve the problem of splashup, but they are worth a look.–Corrie


Today, I don’t have a rain bike any longer. Neither do the people with whom I ride. We ride our “good” bikes all year round. It’s not that it rains less in Seattle than it did in previous decades. Nor have we resigned ourselves to riding ugly bikes with gritty drivetrains. It’s just that our good bikes now have aluminum fenders that don’t spoil the lines of the bike, and more importantly, keep the grit and spray off our bikes. We no longer oil our chains after a rainy ride, nor do we overhaul bottom brackets every year. How are our fenders today different from the SKS plastic fenders?

via Why We Don’t Need Rain Bikes Any Longer | Off The Beaten Path.

MapMyRide having significant problems

Some of you don’t even bother to record your daily mileage. My wheels don’t roll if the computer isn’t working. I’m obsessive about mileage but I don’t care much about speed and elevation. I don’t even track heart rate.

I’d love to have my mileage on my phone. Lots of good apps for that, though the phone itself doesn’t have sufficient battery life to really use a a GPS on an all day ride.

I used MapMyRide until I disocovered SportTracks, a desktop application with no online app. It reads from my Garmin nicely and is capable of far more than I’m ever going to want to use. But I don’t get my numbers on my phone to have with me for impressing depressing companions.

Actually, last I checked, there seems to be a movement to create an android app. Can’t wait. In the meantime here are several other options.–Corrie

Do you use any of the bike route mapping tools that are out there?  These nifty programs can track your rides in real time, using an app on your smart phone so you can do a post-ride evaluation to see your time, distance, average speed, actual path taken, etc.

via MapMyRide having significant problems.

Finding the right cycling helmet; It’s important to get a helmet that fits your head and your riding discipline | | The Bulletin

Just wearing a helmet is not enough. Does it fit? Has it been adjusted properly? I see kids with loose helmet straps all the time. Mostly adults wear them correctlly or don’t wear them at all. –Corrie


But a helmet will do little good if it does not fit properly or if has lost effectiveness due to aging or damage. So it might be time, especially if it has been a while, to give that brain bucket a close examination or consider purchasing a new one.

via Finding the right cycling helmet; It’s important to get a helmet that fits your head and your riding discipline | | The Bulletin.

Triggering a green light!

I regularly pass through the green light at the intersection at the east end of Lewiston just where the levee bypass starts. It is a busy intersection and I usually have no trouble with getting a green light. However, if traffic is light, I may have to wait sometime. In fact, that light may never detect me on its own. If I wait long enough a vehicle is likely to come up behind me. I like to move up into the cross walk a bit and signal the driver to come closer so that the light will detect his vehicle. That works. I could also get off my bike, push the cross walk button and walk across the street. Not a very satisfying solution.

In Washington State for the last several years it has been the law that new traffic lights must recognize bicycles. That’s why the lights on Bridge in Clarskton do recognize my bike and turn green for me. They will fo r you too–but . . .

You’ve got to have your front wheel on the X formed where the parts of the loop detector come together. Ours are boxes rather than loops like the one in the video. Look closely and you’ll see the box style loops in the video too. I can’t seem to persuade cyclists that the wheel has to be on the X, on the line; not just close. There seems almost a reluctance to put a wheel where it will be recognoized.


Adventure Cycling Association: Join Our Team on the Climate Ride!


Charity rides depress me, especially those which won’t let you ride unless you gather a given amount in contributions.


Here’s a week long tour in California that looks pretty awesome. Registration is only75 but the minimum contribution is $2400. That let’s me out. I doubt I’d get $24 from my friends.


Be sure to click through to see the ride information on the actual ride website.–Corrie

Still this invitation is from Adventure Cycling to join their team.

You’re invited to join us for Climate Ride, the epic 5-day pedaling adventure in California. The best part is that you can help Adventure Cycling Association while you’re doing it! Right now we’re recruiting members for our new team on the California ride. You can be part of the fun and raise funds for Adventure Cycling at the same time.

via Adventure Cycling Association: Join Our Team on the Climate Ride!.

Adventure Cycling Association: Auction Highlights: An Austrian Bike Adventure

Don’t tell Linda about this tour. You can pay full rate or you can bid at Adventure Cycling’s auction site. Other items to bid on there as well June 18 through 22 only.–Corrie

While any bicycle tourist will enjoy the tour, it’s ideal for first-timers and leisure travelers. The tour is self-guided, but you’re not self-contained. Daily luggage transfers are provided so you just need to carry your daily gear. At the start, the local bike-tour company meets you, fits you to your hybrid touring bikes, and provides detailed maps, cue sheets and route information. They’re just a phone call away in case of problems. You stay in charming three- and four-star hotels for the seven nights of your tour.

via Adventure Cycling Association: Auction Highlights: An Austrian Bike Adventure.

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