Author Archives: Josef Bray-Ali

Fixing My Broken Toaster Oven

My toaster oven broke. First, a buzzing noise. Next, some smoke. Out to the curb it went in the arms of my wife. I saw it sitting there and thought, “It is already broken, if I take it apart – where is the harm in that?” I take it down to my workshop. Zip, zip […]

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Two Reasons Bike Advocacy in LA is on the Wane

Bicycling advocacy in Los Angeles is getting smaller and weaker. The Great Social Justice Awakening Part of the weakening of bike advocacy in Los Angeles is a function of the take-over of nearly every civic issue or cause by a professional (and sometimes volunteer) class of social justice warriors. This class of people, like those […]

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L.A.’s Substandard Bike Projects Lead to Increased Crash Rates

It is time to face the facts: Los Angeles’ 3rd rate, crap-tier, bike projects have been a net negative for public safety. Two of my personal heroes in the political war to make Los Angeles more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, councilmembers Mike Bonin and Jose Huizar have made substantial positive impacts on my personal life. The […]

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Our Oddball Dutch and English Roadster Rims are at British Bicycle Company in Arizona

Oddball Rims Available at British Bicycle Company The Flying Pigeon LA bike shop closed down in late 2016 and for the past couple of years I have been dragging boxes of oddball bicycle rims around – from storage to their final resting place in my garage. I finally had enough and worked a deal with […]

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Return of the Get Sum Dim Sum ride!

We stopped hosting the “Get Sum Dim Sum Ride” years ago; but now, after many months of research and test rides, in collaboration with LA Cycle Tours, I am proud to announce that the Get Some Dim Sum Tour is now live on the LA Cycle Tours web-site! Origins Back in August of 2008, Flying […]

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Whither #bikela without Huizar?

In 2020, Jose Huizar will be termed out of office. His wife has recently dropped her bid to replace him. To call the end of Jose Huizar’s term in office a “crisis” for the cycling community is a HUGE understatement. In 2021, one year after the CD 14 election, the city will be redistricted again. […]

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Repairing the pump chuck on my Lezyne ABS-2 Floor Pump

Before I closed the bike shop permanently, I took home a Lezyne ABS-2 Floor Pump. At the time, this was a pump that retailed for over $100 and featured a fancy chuck (the part that fits on the valve of the inner tube) that allowed relatively quick attachment to Presta valves while also allowing inflation […]

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Letting Go

When it comes to riding a bike in Los Angeles, I bounce between two philosophical states. I have found that mainstream politics, and my own political ideology, have sometimes kept me from enjoying the simple pleasure of riding a bike. First, bike riding in this city takes grit. It takes physical strength. It takes mental […]

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See you in the streets

The image above is from a vigil for “Bizzy” – killed by a speeding drunk driver at Marmion Way and North Figueroa Street. This post is a response to a defamatory, slanderous, unhinged blog post by Sahra Sulaiman of Streetsblog LA published one week before the May 16, 2017 General Election for the Los Angeles […]

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On our own, once again, like always

My comments are being blocked on Los Angeles Streetsblog while the words of my critics (on other posts) are left up. Why? Who else is being silenced in the livable streets community? I suspect my comments are being blocked because the site, at this point, is little more than a black hole for tax deductions […]

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