Midday Ride

I rode the Brompton to a meeting downtown. Rode up to a cyclist on a Bike Friday who was riding to Magnolia for a meeting. We then met a cyclist on a Redline who was out for his lunch ride.

midday_ride.jpg

In the Bike Shop: The Obscure Headset Tool

shimano%20headset%20tool.jpg There’s something deeply satisfying about having just the right tool for a job. I know people who rejoice in fixing a bike with a visegrip, but that usually means mangling the parts. Disgusting. I mean, would you go to a doctor who said he would diagnose your brain tumor with a thermometer and operate on your frontal lobe with the Leatherman he always keeps in his back pocket? I didn’t think so…

Perilous Cycling

From the Stick Figures in Peril pool on Flickr, comes this subset of photos, including this one that I think says

  • “don’t ride eyeballs across crosswalks”
  • “make sure your quick releases are attached”
  • “no wheelies!”

If you look hard enough, the sign also sort of resembles monopoly man.

Uploaded by Brian_Brooks | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

RideCivil: Change Your Luck ride Friday 5/13

screwed Reminder: This Friday is our monthly RideCivil event. We’ll gather between 5:30 and 6:15 at Westlake Center park, then have a socially paced, unscripted group ride through down town with a focus on fun, safety and civility between all road users. My daughter likes to call it the Smile and Wave ride, and that’s not far off – maybe we can spread a little hugga love through the streets of our fair city, even on Friday the 13th.

This is our ‘change your luck’ ride, and by change we mean change for the better. If the weather’s any indicator things should be looking up for those of us in grey and rainy Seattle. As for me, I could use a bit more good luck. On Tuesday’s ride home I got screwed. Bolted, technically, but it all adds up the same. How’s your cycling luck been recently? What’s the gnarliest thing you’ve extracted from your tires?

Bicycle Benefits

A reader tipped us to Bicycle Benefits that offers bicycle-related discounts and other deals

a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community.

cb788671ed4a914c0ff9b0ddb8f4d995.jpg and the related news story from Buffalo Rising.

Note that’s different than “friends with benefits” or just even a bike with benefits, as it’s driving business.

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