Car-Free Zones in NYC

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by Byron on Jun 18, 2008 at 6:45 AM

A reader tipped us to NYC’s plan to create car-free zones – yippee – and I’ve always thought that Seattle will get serious about making the city more livable when it bans cars from Pikes Place Market. I mean really, do cars need to try and park there?

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Bikes of Georgetown

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by Galen Maynard on Jun 17, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Georgetown has found its way into a number of hugger posts because it is the backdrop of many urban rides through South Seattle. I cobbled together some shots of bikes I’ve seen in Georgetown. They speak as much about the area, as the old brick facades and dilapidated buildings that housed the original Ranier Brewing. There is no carbon fiber here. These rust clad steads are well used, functional pub crawlers, with the occasional Frankenstein tall bike. No where else in the city are you likely to run across such a motley crew of beloved bikes.

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Retro Steel from Kona

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by Mark V on Jun 17, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Kona%20Kapu.jpg You know, I totally missed this one at Interbike, and I don’t think I’ve seen much ink about this either. But I saw this Kona Kapu prominently featured in a Japanese bike mag. Japan seems to have a big retro steel road trend. What I find significant about this bike is that it is a full-on retro steel bike, chromed lugs and chainstay, from a mainstream bicycle manufacturer. I can’t help but wonder if this will be part of a wider trend that will also be visible in the US market.

Extra points to Kona for the rack mounts and fender clearance. Minus one for the vertical dropouts (no fixie mods for this frame).

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Freitag Bags in Zurich

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by Mark V on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:07 AM

053008-1.jpg One of my best friends sent me some pix from his trip to Europe to see the Giro d’Italia last month. One of the cool things was the Freitag Bag store in Zurich. Freitag is a Swiss company that makes bags out of recycled materials, not unlike Alchemy Goods here in Seattle. But what’s really cool is their store: it’s made out of big-ass shipping containers stacked on top of each other. Check it out!

053008-2.jpg Pretty wild, but I bet that place is freaking cold in the winter. Those containers probably weren’t built with a whole lot of insulation. 053008-3.jpg

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Cirque du Cycling

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by Byron on Jun 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM

We stayed local for the weekend and Fathers day, but our readers tipped us to how much fun Cirque du Cycling was …

A few photos on Flickr.

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Sycip Salumi cargo bike

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by Mark V on Jun 15, 2008 at 12:07 AM

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Jeremy Sycip just shot me an email with Sycip Designs’ latest experiment: the Salumi. I haven’t even had a chance to talk to Jeremy about it, but it seems like the bike is a handbuilt cargo bike with a 20” front wheel and 700C rear. You can tell that the brothers Jay and Jeremy have a powdercoating facility since the fenders and rims are the same finish as the frame. And you wouldn’t coat the rims if you didn’t have disc brakes. In fact, the Salumi seems to have the excellent Shimano Alfine internally-geared rear and dynamo front disc hubs, though I couldn’t see a light from the pix. A fun bike, but don’t forget these guys make some serious performance bikes too, especially cyclocross.

photo from Sycip Bicycles’ photostream

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Custom Mini-Footsies

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by Galen Maynard on Jun 14, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Is riding your Xtracycle a family affair? I’ve seen lots of Xtra’s around Seattle with a Peapod on the back. But what do you do when your little one has outgrown the child seat, and is too small to safely rest his feet on Xtracycle footsies? Enter this custom solution seen on Xtracycleinc’s Flickr stream. Mini footsies secured to the seat stays. Combined with a handlebar attached to your seat post, this creative solution will keep you both rolling in style.

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