Must Reads: More 60 Minutes reactions, Glasgow’s museum, Fisher’s BFGW and a cool wooden bike
More 60 Minutes reactions, Glasgow's museum, Fisher's BFGW and a cool wooden bike
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The Atlantic: Armstrong’s lawyers owe us an apology
Writer Patrick Hruby was offended when Armstrong’s lawyers demanded an apology from “60 Minutes”. “I demand that you issue a written apology to the American public for holding its collective intelligence in such obvious and searing contempt, as well as mistakenly assuming that your law degrees confer not only legal knowledge and a peerless ability to obfuscate, but also Jedi mind trick powers.”
Evening Times: Glasgow gets pricy transportation museum, complete with Obree bikes
The £74 million Riverside Museum includes two of the bikes Obree built for the movie “The Flying Scotsman.” At a museum opening ceremony, Obree told the Times, “I was not shocked at the £74 million cost considering the ludicrous Scottish Parliament cost £500m and £500m has been spent on a tram system in Edinburgh which doesn’t work.”
Philly.com: The Manayunk Wall has become part of Philly’s lore
The local site previews Sunday’s big race and the perpetual party on the Wall. Jade Uffelman, 18, who lives two blocks off Lyceum on Baker Street, said just about the entire extended family shows up at her parents’ house to barbecue “and get intoxicated.”
“They come early in the morning,” she said. “Otherwise, they’ll never get through the streets. And we have lots of cowbells.”
SFGate.com: Gary Fisher’s Big Fat Greek Wedding
The godfather of mountain biking wed Alex Zaphiris last week in San Francisco. The happy couple talk about their cute meeting and big wedding in the feature article. After the ceremony, Alex and Gary climbed into a pedicab rickshaw, as did many family members and friends. The guests – many of whom rode their own bikes to the ceremony – lined up alongside blowing horns and ringing their bike bells in celebration.
RGJ.com: Tour de Nez gets new date, old affiliation and improved field
The Nevada race has been downsized from a stage race to a one-day event, and moved from early June to late July. The event also returns to the National Racing Calendar for the first time in several years. The July 31 criterium will be held in downtown Reno. Reno’s Alex Candelario is expected to race the Nez for the first time since 2007, when he won the overall.
Boxscorenews.com: New bike speed record set on volcano
Austrian Markus Stoeckl set a new world record on a volcano in Nicaragua when he hit 164.95 kph (102mph) and eclipsed the record set nine years ago by Eric Barone of France, who was on hand to witness the feat as the organizer.
Seattlepi.com: Family of man hit and killed while bicycling reaches $1.5m settlement
The family of a University of Washington scientist killed while bicycling after he was struck by a van has settled with the van’s owner for $1.5 million. Kevin Black, 39, the father of two, was hit when the van crossed into a bike lane in an attempt to make a U-turn. The van’s driver was not charged, but its owner, Ambient Control Co., agreed to the settlement.
Treehugger.com: The all-wooden Splinter Bike hopes to set a speed record
“The bike is made completely from wood; no screws, bolts, metal, plastic or rubber. Just wood, and most of it reclaimed!” the Hugger enthuses. The builder Michael Thompson was inspired to build it after the Tour of Britain passed his house last year. it weighs 71 pounds, has one fixed gear and no brakes. Instead of a chain, the 128-tooth chainring meshes directly with the rear cog. Thompson hopes to hit 30mph on the bike and set a world record for an all-wooden bike, as certified by the Speed Record Club.
Study: Tour riders live longer
Scientists at the University of Valencia, Spain, studied the lifespans of Tour de France racers from 1930 to 1964 and found the racers had a 17 percent increase in longevity compared to the general population.