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Flying to Westside Invite Los Angeles, here hoe to get from LAX to DTLA

LAX to DTLA(downtown los angeles)

LAX FlyAway Bus (866) 435-9529

The LAX FlyAway Bus Service provides frequent, nonstop transportation between LAX and Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Union Station FlyAway buses operate 24/7.

Union Station Fare:  $8.00 one-way, children age 5 under ride free.
The FlyAway Network does not accept cash. Tickets may be purchased at the bus with Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit or debit cards, at Union Station.

***You pay at Union Station!!

LAX departures arrive for pick-up at Terminal 1, lower level, on the hour, and then stops are made at each terminal thereafter.

*This is an excellent choice as your alternative mode of transportation to and from LAX/ Union Station. Its $8.00 one way and you get to relax on a nice air conditioned bus! No more asking people for favors to drop me off at the airport.

From Union Station, you can catch a train to your housing. See train and bus maps here.


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Happy Ten/9 to all the homies and homegirls around the globe still doing the job. Y’all ROCK!!!

10-9 Day is Bike Messenger Appreciation Day That’s Today!!!

Today is October 9th or 10-9. In the bike messenger world of communication code 10-9 means “repeat, say again please”  Below is the history of 10-9 taken from Mess Media. Today, please appreciate your bicycle delivery personnel. Give them a smile, maybe a hug. Hey how about a thank you. That would be awesome!!!

Happy Ten/9 to all the homies and homegirls around the globe still doing the job. Y’all ROCK!!!

October 9th

In 1991, a mayoral proclamation decreed that October 9 of every year would be Messenger Appreciation Day in San Francisco. October 9 is “10-9″ in radio code and means “Say again” or “What?” 10-9 Day is celebrated informally all over the world. In 1997 Toronto joined San Francisco in celebrating Messenger Appreciation Day with a joint proclamation from the City of Toronto and Metro Toronto.

10-9 Day has been proclamied or recognized by Calgary, Chicago (proclamation), Edmonton, PortlandSanFranciscoToronto, Montreal, Vancouver , Houston andWashington DC.

The United Nations has also proclaimed October 9 as “World Post Day”

Let’s congratulate all bike couriers on the benefits they bring to our cities:

    • a solution to the problems of pollution, congestion and gridlock faced by large urban centres
    • reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the downtown core
    • take up less space on the road and do less damage to the roads than cars resulting in better conditions and streets for all road users
    • increase the safety of pedestrians compared to cars. (studies show that pedestrians are “250 times as likely to be injured by a car, bus or taxi” than a bike.)
    • aid charities
    • draw tourists and international attention to cities through events and races
    • provide a value added service that continuously improving firms seek out as a means to reduce costs and improve efficiency (crucial to the movement of important information)
    • are ambassadors of goodwill for the city
    • provide a link between many of urban homeless people and the rest of the downtown core
    • year round cyclists who promote the bicycle as a viable form of transportation and economic development

More at Mess Media. 


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There’s a reason Cap’n Crunch has a potbelly. This article shows the truth behind crunches

Why crunches won’t give you flat abs, and will hurt your body


Crunches (and variations of crunches) have long been the most popular tool in the ab-strengthening kit, but that’s about to change.

At gyms and fitness studios around the city, trainers are replacing them with other creative core-training moves. “Planks are the new crunches,” one trainer told us recently.

That’s a great thing, says Brynn Jinnett, founder of the Refine Method. While the moves were supposed to be a safer replacement for the now shunned sit-up, crunches may actually be damaging your body, she says.

Brynn Jinnett

Brynn Jinnett of the Refine Method says there are lots of better ways to strengthen your core than crunches


“You sit all day at your desk, hunched over with rounded shoulders—and then crunches put you into the exact same position and reinforce it,” says Jinnett. That rounded posture can cause all kinds of problems, putting other areas out of alignment.

To add insult to injury, crunches also won’t deliver a six-pack or flat abs, because they only train the forward flexing of your torso, one movement among many that they’re responsible for.

Wait! What about that awesome burn you feel as you curl up for the 50th time?


“The burning you feel with high-repetition, low-weight exercises like crunches is just one of those things that happens. But it’s not fat loss happening, it’s not calories burned, it’s not strengthening—it’s just something that happens,” explains Jinnett. “People are confusing short-term sensation and long-term results.”

So how should you strengthen your midsection?

Jinnett says that you should train your core to “reflexively stabilize in a functional way,” while keeping your spine neutral (not rounded). See her suggested exercises you can do at home—from plank variations to resistance band movements—here.

And about those flat abs: Definition is all about reducing body fat, and since spot burning is impossible, you’ll have to slim down overall in order to get those abdominal “parentheses” to peek out.

“Abs are made in the kitchen,” says Jinnett, “not at the gym.” —Lisa Elaine Held

Thank You Kym Perfetto for this post;

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Mavic Helmets

I have been a little bummed lately, It started when a friend moved my bike and my Bell Sweep (which I truly love) smashed on the concrete and broke. For the past year I’ve been alternating between a Catlike Kompact and a Bell Sweep helmets. I have replaced the Kompact pro a few times. Pieces keep falling off or breaking. This has left me to fall out of love with my Catlike helmets. I found the Bell Sweep a much better fit and a-lot cooler helmet. The vents help chill me out.

Birth of the Mavic helmets from Mavic on Vimeo.

Well today we got a few Mavic helmets into the shop. I tried a few on and fell in love with the Syncro. The fit is superb. I found a few reviews online. I also found a bit of info about the Mavic helmet line.

Justin Loretz says;

If there’s one thing you can say about French company Mavic, other than that they make some brilliant wheels, it’s that they’re not afraid to try something new. Aeroplanes, pedal cars, mudguards, electronic shifting, clipless pedals, tyres, shoes and clothing are all projects past and present to bear the name Mavic, so a simple bicycle helmet should be a breeze.

Enter a three-model range, two years in development and with a dash of Gallic style. Designed in-house, Mavic extensively researched the issues surrounding fit and comfort, trying to fit as many head sizes and shapes into their chosen shape and still keep the fit rock solid. Naturally there are limits and, like any helmet, your head may not be the optimal shape.

Mavic have opted to go with a fairly round shape inner shell, as opposed to the slightly more oval shape of, say, Giro helmets. The helmet’s internal adjustment system is a one-handed dial affair, which is very reminiscent of that used on Bell helmets. The clicks are light and allow for fine tuning. The inner padding is sparse but effective both in comfort and sweat wicking, and removable for washing.

The microshell is fused to the EPS liner in the industry-standard in-mould way to create a single, strong unit. The 22-vent shell itself has a rubberised outer surface that feels odd to touch but does look handsome in a satiny sort of a way. Attached to the helmet is a removable, fixed-angle peak. It’s small and unobtrusive almost to the point of not quite being big enough.

We’ve not had warm enough weather since this helmet’s arrival to fully ascertain its air flow/cooling ability on summer climbs, but judging purely by vent size and number it should be averagely cool. Of course it passes all the relevant safety tests, but it’s on looks that most people judge helmets and the look of the Syncro divided opinion neatly 50/50. Cross-country riders, well used to wearing sculpted road-inspired lids, liked it, while the Giro Xen/Xar wearing gravity dudes felt it was, well, a bit roadie.

Our size small tipped the scales at 318g – more than the claimed 260g and giving up more than 100g over the likes of Specialized’s Prevail. That said, a bit more material makes us more reassured. So, the Syncro is one for the rider who’s looking for a general purpose cross-country/trail lid with racy looks if not top-end race weight.

James Huang Breaks it down;

Mavic will jump into the crowded bicycle helmet market with the introduction of three road models for 2012: the top-end Plasma SLR, the mid-range Plasma and the Syncro.

The French company haven’t unleashed any groundbreaking technological advances. All three use conventional in-molded microshells over expanded polystyrene liners with excellent rear coverage, the styling is fairly derivative, the shape wasn’t designed with aerodynamics in mind, and each weighs around 300g.

Mavic say their designers concentrated on improving the fit and feel from a rider’s perspective to produce “something that looks, fits and feels to the Mavic standard”. The interior shape is designed to minimize pressure points for the widest range of headforms, the Bell GPS-like height-adjustable retention system is cushioned for a soft feel and the one-piece padding is fairly generous.

Mavic say the padding’s dual-density construction is an industry first. Rather than use a simple soft, single-density foam that’s light but quick to pack down (thus not providing much padding at all), Mavic’s new padding uses a lower density against the rider’s head plus a higher and more durable density against the foam liner. Other details include countersunk Velcro tabs in the liner and notched interfaces between the retention system and straps to help keep all of the rider touch points perfectly flush.

The top-end Plasma SLR will retail for US$225 and will come in black or yellow/black. Main upgrades include visible carbon fiber internal reinforcements that allow for bigger vents and deeper interior channeling for better airflow, antibacterial X-Static pads, plus a soft carrying bag for travel.

The $180 Plasma model will come in black/silver, white/silver or white/black. It offers the same fit and a nearly identical look to the Plasma SLR but steps down to aluminized fiberglass internal reinforcements, non-X-Static pads, and ditches the storage bag.

Finally, there’s the $125 Syncro, which will come in white/black, black/red or dark silver. This so-called “entry level” model includes a removable visor but omits the internal reinforcements altogether, thus leaving smaller vents and shallower interior channels.

Mavic didn’t allow anyone to try the helmets on at the launch but we expect rideable samples within the next few weeks. Look out for a review on BikeRadar soon. For more pictures of the new lids, see our image gallery.

The one-piece interior padding on the new Mavic Plasma SLR helmet uses dual-density foam and X-Static antibacterial fabric.

I personally love the weight and fit!! At $125.00 retail, the price is not so bad.

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Thank you CMWC Chicago for this post:

Are you prepared for the end of the Worlds?

Well? Are you. Because he is:


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