Green My Ride transportation fair: 4/26 in Seattle

gmr.jpg Happy Earth Day all, a great time to think about reducing your impact on the planet. Transportation is one of the key areas we can effect in our own lives and if you’re in Seattle’s north end this weekend stop by the Green My Ride transportation fair. The fair’s at the Phinney Neighborhood Center between 9:30 and 3:00 on this Saturday the 26th of April. The announcement says rain or shine, no word on snow but if that happens (again) I’m sure the event will go on.

Helpful tips on biking and a bike gear swap are on the docket, as are a host of other events (some live music, activities for kids, etc). They’ll even have some tips for folks who have to drive cars. I’ll be swinging by on the big yellow cargo bike to show folks how to haul cargo and kids. Hope to see you there.

Made the leap to SRAM

Built up the Trek Project One Madone over the weekend with SRAM Force. Earlier this year, the DA parts from the Madone had been dispersed to the Hotspur and Modal and I’ve been wanting to test SRAM. The summary report is “very good” with these observations

  • Solid – there’s no “light action” of any sort on SRAM. It shifts similar to Campy way back in the 90s. You not only feel a shift, but hear it, and know it occurred without a cable shift indicator to tell you so. I also appreciate another group that opens up the cockpit by running the cables along the bar.
  • Loud – carbon derailleur cages, with carbon wheels, on a carbon bike is loud. The drivetrain ironically sounds like a fishing reel.
  • Responsive – I’ve never shifted from the big ring to the little and back faster. Wham it’s there and same thing with the rear.

I figured out the DoubleTap shifting in about 17 seconds. I did periodically grab the brake lever while shifting and I also a few times wanted to shift a button with my thumb like Campy. Cable actuation and all the engineering didn’t matter much to me, but I did wonder what was happening between my index finger and brain to figure out that a short tap meant a rapid upshift and a longer double-click meant a downshift. I didn’t really have to think about it is the point. It just works.


Critical Mass Budapest Video

Reported 80K cyclist riding Critical Mass Budapest … they’re all in green shirts, shooting video on the bike, Bike Hugger LOVES Budapest Critical Mass!

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Sea Otter Link Love

Some link love for the bloggers at Sea Otter


Revolutionary Bike Rides

Gergely wrote to tell us that Budapest, traditionally one of the most bicycle-unfriendly cities, has experienced a major boost in the numbers of bike-commuters and cycling is emerging in their mainstream media from the work of a small group of bike activists.


Critical Mass in Budapest include tens of thousands, from diverse backgrounds: “whole families, white collar workers, as well as messengers, young guys on bmxes, etc.” Their next ride is tomorrow and 30 thousand are expected.

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