Our Sea Otter favs in a minute edit.
Like Blinking Man and our Mobile Socials, the San Jose Bike Party is about food, music, fun and, of course, bicycles. Stanford Journalism reports from San Jose ride in the video above and Nite Walk is in Vegas.
Tonight, a mere half block from my memories, I am blinking along with around 300 others now, surrounded by all manner of bicycle art, streamers, blinkers, wrapped neon, flags and reflectors. Large disco light towers are dumped into an attached carriage and flash to the rhythms of the music. One bicycle is covered with a real ram’s skull and full skeleton, another looks like Strawberry Shortcake puked rainbows all over it. There are low rider bikes, high rider bikes, scooters, mopeds, tricycles, mountain bikes, racing bikes and more.
The Foil slices wind like light through night
On it, I take the long way home, caught up in those sought-after rouleur moments, when you catch a tailwind, and the Foil sails.
Jeremiah’s new bike
Another Southby moment, my friend Jeremiah Owyang and I saw each other while stopped at an intersection. We were riding in the cold-ass rain, David was doing a semi track stand and Jeremiah walking pasts says, “Hey Byron, what’s that you’re riding?”
A month or so later, he’s got a Tern and loves it. He just posted on Facebook.
Anyone into the Transformers? No, not the Michael Bay version, the bicycle version.
Thanks to my bud Byron Dl, bike evangelist, who I’ve known for over a decade, he connected me with Tern Bicycles to borrow on loan this 24 lbs (10 kilo) folding 9 speed bicycle that can be tucked under a desk, in a Caltrain luggage rack or in the back of the two door car or in an Uber. Other features include dual brakes, removable pedals, and Shimano gears.
It takes four steps to collapse it, which I’m sure I can do in seconds once I get used to it.
Discussing riding, and getting in shape, Jeremiah also said, “Something changed in me, maybe I had a baby, maybe I care more about things over me, maybe I want to get healthy. It’s about freedom really.”
It really is… whether that’s freedom from the desk, a car ride, or not feeling healthy.
Then this rolls by
Often thought of a reality show in a bike shop, you know the drama that goes down in ‘em…the customers, mechanics, shop girls. Or, at the least, a webcam to capture shots like this live. Just a big dog in a sidecar rolling by