Gliding up hills in Norway—the Sykkelheis

I often ask folks what it would take to get them to commute, and often they reply: “Well, there’s a hill on the way to my house, so make that go away…”. The Norwegian town of Trondheim has done just that by building a Bicycle Lift. The Sykkelheis or Trampe was built about 25 years ago (1993) as part of a program to improve the college town’s bicycle infrastructure. Apparently it’s the only one in the world today, but with oil over $120 a barrel maybe it won’t be the last. Maybe we can fit 5 or 6 of these around Seattle as part of the Bike Master Plan improvements? One up to 1st Hill, Queen Anne, Admiral way, Denny, Freemont and of course Your House would do just the trick.

Of course, this won’t help the fixies (it’s free-wheel only), but y’all are skinny enough already. Won’t help the wasteline of the free wheel crowd either, but hey maybe we’d finally get the Mayor out on a bike with one of these.

Handlebar Wrap Style

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I mentioned this before, there are few things as classy as a leather-stitched handlebar. Soooo much more style than shellac’ed Tressostar finished with twine…..

Saw this on sun break this Friday past in Capitol Hill.

Fixed from San Francisco

Simplifying a bike even further, Mission builds fixies with no visible branding. They sell, “a blank canvas for design.” This one was built for Joi Ito.

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Of course, we’d ask for hugga green for ours with the hugga badge on the head tube.

Millennium Park Ride

I’m in Chicago for a quick trip, speaking at Web Design World, and rode through Millennium Park. First attraction I saw was a bicycle rental station.

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I asked and on a good day all of those get rented. Good thing they’ve got fat tires to avoid all the broken concrete.

Bike Spotting

Random Flickr photo of a birthday party and I’m sure that’s a Brompton over there in the corner. Also see Bike Warning and Bicycle on Wall Street.

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