Eastside Trail in Jeopardy
by Kelli on Dec 02, 2007 at 11:45 PM
The Seattle Times reported Saturday that King County Executive Ron Sims and the Port of Seattle no longer agree on the future of BNSF Railway’s Eastside rail line.
The original plan would have The Port purchasing the 42-mile rail line between Renton-to-Snohomish and leasing the southern portion to King County for a hiking and biking trail, in exchange for property on Harbor Island an input on the future of Boeing Field. But with support from citizen’s groups, The Port is now researching the feasibility of running diesel passenger trains on the line, seemingly abandoning the idea of a trail altogether.
The trail would have connected several others serving the area, to create a 125-mile network of recreational trail. Certainly this story is just beginning, and we can expect more information in weeks to come.
by Byron on Nov 30, 2007 at 2:45 PM
I spent a better part of my youth on a Sears bike trying to jump and crash like Evel Knievel – him and the Bionic man were my heroes, later it was rock n roll.
Reading about his death brings back all kinds of memories of why I even ride a bike.
More from the NYTimes and NPR.
Bike Hugger LDN
by Byron on Nov 30, 2007 at 12:36 PM
I’m in London next week for business and will ride all over the place. Any of our readers across the pond got some tips or want to meet up for some coffee and a ride?
In preparation for the trip, I’ve been reading the BBC, weird stuff and gossip on the Daily Mail, listening to LDN from Lily Allen, Goldie Looking Chain (You Knows It!), and reruns of Are You Being Served.
BMX Sound Systems in the New York Times
by Dave R. on Nov 30, 2007 at 12:46 AM
There’s an interesting article in the Grey Lady today about some bicycle culture popping up in NYC all the way from South America. Guyanese and Trinidadian youth are loading down their rides with batteries and speakers – 5,000 watts worth of loud! – and cruising the neighborhood.
It’s great to see this taking off in the youth as an organic outgrowth of their culture, I don’t think it’ll be long before we see this around a bit more broadly. I always enjoy a ride with tunes, and wearing ear-buds is a bit too dangerous and anti-social (especially as I’m ringing my bell before I pass you on the left, eh?). I’ve been hauling around the big-a** boombox on my xtracycle for a while now, but it doesn’t have quite the oomph I’m looking for. I’m still considering some ‘motorcycle speakers’ and a small battery for the next RideCivil event. But these kids have clearly got it wired. As does D.J. Fossil Fool.
So Huggers – what do you do for sound? Would you ever install speakers on your bike? Enough that you’d need training wheels like the dudes in NYC?
A True Bike Hugger
by Byron on Nov 29, 2007 at 6:48 AM
Ana bought her husband a Bike Hugger jersey and wrote this about it
I purchased a Bike Hugger jersey for my husband and he used it at his last cyclocross race… thank you for making such a great product - it’s been through mud, blood, and mountains, and it’s in PERFECT shape. Mike, my husband, loves his bikes and loves this jersey as it epitomizes who he is: a true bike hugger.
Her husband Mike had this to say
… this is the best quality material: it’s durable, great for hot and cold weather, and love the full-length, high-quality zipper with the plastic border on the inside really keeps the jersey in place. Â After many falls, this jersey is TOUGH! and the only thing to stick to it is me! neither mud nor blood will, though. Finally, I love the logo, and if they could, all my bikes could attest to that.”
Mike is wearing the jersey in every race and it’s his unofficial team jersey; he’s his own team. Hincapie Sportswear makes those jerseys for Bike Hugger and that’s a testament to their work.
Right on Mike, but you’re not on your own. We consider you part of Team Bike Hugger.
Issaquah-High Point Regional Trail opens
by Dave R. on Nov 28, 2007 at 11:26 PM
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Issaquah cut the ribbon today on a new pedestrian and cycle trail, connecting the dots between several existing trails and some central locations. Kent Peterson’s (from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington) been working on this for a long time and has these notes and a few photos from his talk at the ribbon cutting. As Getting Around Issaquah notes, the new trail is really focused on transportation rather that recreation. It should be a great resource for the 425 crowd for beating the I-405.
UPS Bike Delivery
by Byron on Nov 28, 2007 at 8:24 PM
I haven’t reached anyone at UPS HQ to comment, but do have it confirmed that in Seattle they are going to deliver packages during the Holiday rush with cargo bikes. The brown trucks will deliver to various stations, where the cargo bikes will load up and deliver in certain neighborhoods. We’re on the watch and will blog it as soon as we see them. If you see the presumed brown bikes, please comment here or contact us.
by andrew_f_martin on Nov 28, 2007 at 2:50 PM
The World Clock is closing in on 100 million bikes produced in 2007. There are some daunting stats on there.
My Kind of Kit
by Jason Swihart on Nov 28, 2007 at 1:47 PM
p>Bikes make frequent appearances on the Sartorialist, and this, to me, is the epitome of urban cycling: riding to work comfortably in business attire with briefcase and umbrella slung nonchalantly over the handlebars.
Best Shop Prank?
by andrew_f_martin on Nov 28, 2007 at 5:50 AM
Scary for me to think, but this story is probably from ~12 years ago. I worked as shop hand at a bike shop in Redmond, WA. In the shop, we had an ace mechanic named Val - this guy could fix anything. His handlebar mustache made him somehow seem even wiser. Val continues to dazzle folks with his wrenching skills - and he shares his experiences here from time to time with his comments.
Anyway, the store assistant manager was a bit of a blow-hard, and had a serious case of short-man’s disease. He was headed out on a biking vacation with his old riding buddies in California. He was talking a big game about how he’d upgraded to Cat3 and he was going to be making his buddies suffer with his new-found fitness. Of course, being the manager he used his position and had Val pack the bike for him.
Well, Val had proven time and again that he is, if nothing else, a clever man. Val dutifully packed the bike in the shop-owned bike box, but put special attention to packing the wheels. He unscrewed the air chamber of the shop Silca floor pump, and filled it…with water. He then carefully pumped the tubes full with the H20. The best part - Val didn’t tell a sole until the Manager had left town.
A week later, the manager gets back from his trip and told us of his little get-away. He said built up his bike, pumped up his tires to 100psi, and was ready to show his friends his new skills. Not so much. He said he was killing himself just to keep up with the group on the flats. When the road went up, he was really getting killed. As I remember him tell it - he didn’t figure out the gag until a couple hours into the first ride. Thanks for the laugh Val - that was impressive. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.
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