Don’t call them “bumper” stickers

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by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 7:17 AM

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Stickers

Bike Lane HottieThe Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is offering three different “fender stickers,” 2” x 5.25” each.

There’s “Use your head, wear a helmet,” “I AM TRAFFIC,” and (at left) “Bike Lane Hottie.” Get two of each for $5, which includes shipping.

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Specialized launches ride-in movies minisite

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by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 6:46 AM

Specialized Movies Presents

Specialized has launched a new promo site for its Stumpjumper mountain bike and Roubaix road bike. It’s presented as a “ride-in movies” site, with short video clips on both bikes.

And it’s really beautiful. I know I’m being sold to, but I couldn’t resist clicking around to see what else I could make happen, and the rendering and Flash work are really top-notch.

The Stumpjumper video owes a lot to “Itchy and Scratchy,” and didn’t do much for me, but the Roubaix video, where you can barely even see the bike, has a chance of going viral – before I was sent this link, I had already seen the video, by itself, linked at How to Avoid the Bummer Life, and it’s also up at YouTube.

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Miles in Mazama

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by Byron on Aug 08, 2006 at 9:02 AM

Pam and I are off on vacation and riding miles in Mazama, Wa. We haven’t planned anything specific, but will ride some combination of these roads, and a stage or two from the Methow Valley Tour, which was earlier this year. I’ll post on the “awe-inspiring scenery and challenging courses” while recovering from the rides at the Freestone Inn.

In the Fall, the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association puts on the 20th Annual Fall Bike Festival with road rides, mountain, cyclocross, and much more.

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Bra on Hydrant

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by Byron on Aug 08, 2006 at 7:17 AM

bra on hydrant.jpg Mark and I were downtown, on an errand ride, stopped at an intersection, and both spotted the bra on a hydrant. He snapped it while I recited all the possible ways that went down: “a drunken night, did someone lose this bra, did they take it off, where are the matching panties?”

The photo is also a great example of all the interesting things that can happen on rides. This one time, I was riding along with Marcus and by accident we found ourselves at the front of an AIDS ride finish. So, what did we do? Rode right through the finish, like we’d done the whole ride, and celebrated with everyone else!

What interesting things have happened to you when riding? Met a pro, a star, found a garden gnome, met your lover?

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Bike Hugger Shirts Update

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by Byron on Aug 07, 2006 at 5:04 PM

The shirts have arrived, are being printed, and should be ready to ship on Monday of next week (8/14/06). Those that have pre-ordered are in the queue first and we’re excited here to start wearing them ourselves!

You can purchase the shirts from Paypal or our Amazon store. If neither of those work, you can also contact us directly and we’ll take your order over the phone.

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Photo of the day

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by Frank Steele on Aug 07, 2006 at 2:07 PM

A celebri-bike today, as one New Yorker’s ride keeps turning up on Flickr:

MetroCard bike

metrocard recycling, by nanaenay.

Apparently, this bike belongs to Andy Padre, who has commented on some of the bike’s Flickr pages. He mentioned a photoshoot with an AP photographer, so you might see this bike turn up as a feature photo in your local paper soon. Here are a few more:

By SantiJose, with Andy on board

By mdumlao98

By ultrasparky

By S.D.

By notsleepy

Expired MetroCards are often used creatively.

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Good RAGBRAI story with Armstrong pics

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by Frank Steele on Aug 07, 2006 at 1:39 PM

2 Wheel Commute | Ragbrai Pics & the Lance Glance

Over at 2 Wheel Commute, “ajb” posts on his RAGBRAI experience, and on his quest to get the elusive Lance Armstrong picture. He spent 9 miles at 25 mph chasing (and losing) Armstrong’s posse one day, and then got another chance the next day.

Don’t miss the results…

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Sunny Season in Seattle

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by Byron on Aug 06, 2006 at 7:29 AM

It’s the time of year in Seattle, when I often say, “I love living here.” As the NYTimes reports, “Clouds lift, mountains and water come out of hiding, decks fill with flowers and bare limbs, and trendy menus promote a different local berry every week: strawberries, raspberries, marionberries.” And the cyclists all come out!

My favorite city rides include

  • Magnolia loop – along the waterfront, Myrtle Edwards Park, up to Magnolia, and back.
  • Alki path – from my house, spectacular views of the sound, people, down the path and bike.
  • The Super Special – through downtown, Westlake ave, right at Red Robin, Lake Wa blvd.

For more on rides in Seattle, see the bike maps and remember the Bicycle Saturday and Sunday weekends along the lake.

What are your favorite rides in your city?

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Dreading driving

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by Byron on Aug 03, 2006 at 6:55 AM

The AP reports on a new study showing that Americans are falling out of love with their cars. Let the break ups begin! And go on the rebound with “economy and efficiency.” I travel a lot, speaking about my book, blogging, and consulting and I’ll go out of my way to not get a car, bring my bike, and use mass transit. My Volvo is a great car and a pleasure to drive on the open road, but there’s no joy in a commute or drive to the grocery store.

Last week when I met a commuter who had given up his car, I wondered how many more drivers had done that recently. Have any of you? Know anyone that’s dropped their car like a bad habit?

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Perfect jersey-pocket digicam?

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by Frank Steele on Aug 02, 2006 at 2:53 PM

Lance Armstrong

For the last two years or so, I’ve carried a 3.1-megapixel ultracompact Casio Exilim digital camera almost everywhere I went. On rides, it got stuck into a baggy, then into a jersey pocket.

It’s really handy to always have a decent camera around. If the kids do something cute, “snap!” At a race, and the 6-time reigning Tour de France champ happens by? “Snap” - above.

I have a prosumer digital SLR, too (a Nikon D70), but it’s so big and bulky that I only use it on planned shoots – family outings, photo strolls, etc.

Recently, I had to hand off the Exilim to a coworker, and I’ve been jonesing for a replacement, so I’m looking for suggestions: What’s the current state-of-the-art for a jersey-pocket digital camera?

The three things I’ve found most frustrating about the Exilim: shutter lag, poor low-light performance, and only adequate optical zoom.

It looks like the nearest replacement for the one I’ve used is Casio’s Exilim EX-Z600, or its close sibling the Exilim EX-S600.

Reviews suggest they’re faster with better low-light performance than their 3-year-old cousin, but still only 3x zoom.

Also under consideration is the Fujifilm FinePix E900. It’s American Photo’s “Camera of the Year” among Digital Compacts, and it’s supposed to have great low-ISO performance, and 4x rather than class-standard 3x zoom.

Another candidate I’m considering is Canon’s PowerShot A620.

So does anyone have any advice, positive or negative, on compact digicams in the $250-$350 range?

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