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Riding a bike whether driven by gasoline, electricity or powered by your own
muscle requires care and safety!
We live in the wide open suburbs and riders pass our house every day providing
an opportunity to see the experienced and careful on the same road as the casual
and sometimes careless riders. The temptation to give safety advice is strong since
we want all our riders to enjoy the road injury free.
Cycle World - an excellent Motorcycle Magazine www.cycleworld.com that we
subscribe to, often has some good reminders of things to keep top of mind for
safety on the bike - some of them are far more relevant for motorcycles but still
good reminders for those of us on step through and traditional styles bikes. So at
the risk of some copyright problems we would like share this from Peter Egan's
article - WATCH OUT FOR WET LEAVES! And remember that while they come
down in the Fall, a good strong wind brings them back into our path So be careful
out there by always watching for debris on the road. (Peter Egan - The Moon Of
Slippery Wet Leaves Feb 13). The same edition had a lengthy article titled "Texas
Tornado Boot Camp" by John Burns where he mentioned a number of things that
Colin Edwards, the leader of the camp, teaches - Eyes Up! Look where you want to
go - Smooth Inputs are key - slow on the acceleration and gentle on the brakes -
use both brakes on dirt - keep close track of tire pressure but even closer attention
to the other guys tire pressure.
With a little care and attention this is a very safe and healthy way to enjoy our
amazing road ways, parks and paths.
Wear your helmet!
A $2,500 incentive is now available for buyers of electric bikes and motorcycles
We have some good news for those of you planning to purchase an electric bike or
motorcycle as a tax credit has been approved this week, amounting up to 10 percent of
the purchase price or up to $2,500. The last time a similar incentive was available in the
United States was at the beginning of the year, when the one introduced back in 2009
This legislation was introduced by democratic senator Ron Wyden and obviously he was
pleased with the end result taking into account that electric motorcycle producer
Brammo has its HQ in Oregon, his home state. However, senator Orrin Hatch criticized
the new legislation as he believes that the U.S. government might face fiscal issues.
This recently introduced legislation puts a stop to the tax credit for golf carts, a logical
move in our opinion since golfers can simply take a stroll rather than having to drive the
golf cart from one hole to the other.