MPG - Infinity

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by andrew_f_martin on Jul 06, 2007 at 11:21 AM

<a/>I’ve seen a couple of these shirts around lately and I love the message. There have been a couple articles that try to quantify the actual mileage of a cyclist - most put it around 800-1000 miles per gallon equivalent. Not infinity, but still pretty darn good!

I like to accentuate the positive, but this “negative” shirt was pretty hilarious too:

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a Masi Clone Project

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2007 at 9:00 AM

Enjoy the Speedplay gallery that “chronicles the start-to-finish construction process of my modern replica of the 1961 Masi Special.”

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Free Bikes in New York

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2007 at 8:11 AM

During the Tour de France, the Forum for Urban Design and Storefront for Art and Architecture “is revolutionizing transportation networks and greening the urban fabric” with a Bike Share Project demonstration. That’s about the coolest thing to do in NYC that I could imagine and can only hope the demonstration turns into a project like Pamplona, Lyon, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm and Oslo. On a more local scale, with less design aesthetic and catchy slogans, is Buffalo Blue Bicycle or the Vancity Bike Share.

Updated

A reader pointed us to a newswire story today on Paris being a city of lovers and bikes, with the whole city becoming a bike zone.

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Caravan of Schwag in London

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by Byron on Jul 06, 2007 at 7:19 AM

From Bike Biz, a pledge from the Mayor of London to give le Tour an “unforgettable send off with” 11 million pieces of schwag. Expect some of that schwag, like the Transport for London bracelets, to find their way onto eBay or at least hanging on a shop wall somewhere. And we’ll check flickr for the photos and the spectating blogs who’ll watch for the Specialized Angel, the Devil, and the el Dope penis graffiti.

michelin14.jpg My fav experiential marketing, as the French call it, in the caravan is the old Michelin Man Moto. I could only find this photo of a kinda crappy model of it, but there’s lots of Flickr photos of the iconic Michelin Man, including this old sign, but not this guy.

So what are you watching for?

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The Future of Cycling

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2007 at 6:21 AM

While the sport destroys itself with scandal after scandal, le Tour looming, and Landis coming to town later this month with his book, I couldn’t help but think these kids lining up for their race at Matava were the future of cycling.

As for the race, the boy in the red helmet was seriously under-geared and spun his little legs out, but kept falling off the pace so I stayed with him. Junior Hugga raced her first race and got 3rd.

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Propeller Trike v. Crane Bike

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by Byron on Jul 05, 2007 at 5:50 AM

Put a trailer on that propeller trike and you’ve got one hell of a Sport Utility Bike pushing 300 rpm at 20 mph with fancy, rave-quality LEDs. Linked from Slashdot to a Popular Mechanics article, the propeller trike qualifies as a freak bike and an guaranteed spot in a future Road Warrior film, but I don’t think it can beat the crane bike, which is well a pedal-powered crane and used by the Red Moon Theater.

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In the Bike Shop: Mark’s Back

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by Byron on Jul 04, 2007 at 9:15 AM

Stopped by the bike shop to check on the Modal and there was Mark! Freshly back from Japan, not limping on a bum knee and with the usual surliness and lots of tales to tell from his tour of Japan.

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For kid’s funny exercise

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by Byron on Jul 04, 2007 at 6:56 AM

Just in time for the 4th, an email from a Chinese distributor of the QQ bike that says, “Forward and Back by hand. Control direction by feet. To inspire kid’s intelligence and build the bodies from funny exercise.” Well that was fun just posting about it and watching the animation. Also check the video.

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A Native Planet’s Race Videos

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by Byron on Jul 04, 2007 at 5:44 AM

Last night at the Tuesday Night World Championships in Kent Washington, I noticed a Native Planet Race Team team member kitted up with a helmet cam and corresponding camera near the finish …(one tip: move to the front)

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Big Dummy Gets Smarter

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by Byron on Jul 03, 2007 at 8:46 AM

Checked in with Surly Bikes yesterday on the Big Dummy and learned from Dave Gray, the Product Design and Development dude, that new factory samples are en route. Those samples should address much of our concerns with Bettie

  • Stand-over height
  • Rohloff’able
  • Whippiness
  • Disc brake compatibility

In my long-term Bettie notes, I’d complained about the stand-over height and whippiness as the two biggest issues. Cargo bikes should drop the top-tube right to the bottom bracket so you can easily step into and out of the bike, especially with a load or kids or both: the latest Big Dummy uses the Instigator’s top-tube design. The whippiness is an obvious problem and inherent to trailers whether attached or not. Any longtail should make that better, and Surly is making it stiff.

Rohloff is a good option, to simplify the drive train. Nuvinci is another.

The disc brake problem came up for us because we’re using Magura’s Gustav for the stopping power on really hilly routes, fully loaded. The Gustav’s need exact tolerances and the Xtracycle just didn’t have them, even after using Magura’s planing tool.

It was great talking to Dave and hearing about the Big Dummy.

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