I walked down to the market to retrieve my girlfriend’s bike, and I saw this messenger bike. Normally I wouldn’t have taken notice of a bike this beaten down, but I just had to appreciate how harsh this machine’s life must have been.
Notice the bludgeoned and dismembered Dura Ace STI still in situ. I’m pretty sure that the derailleurs were just screwed into a set position, and the rear brake was disconnected. The Chris King rear cassette hub might be the last thing salvageable on the bike. The owner didn’t even bother locking the bike at all while he went inside. I salute his cavalier attitude towards equipment maintenance and security… I just hope I am never, ever, ever invited to estimate or enact any repairs to that bike.
I often ask folks what it would take to get them to commute, and often they reply: “Well, there’s a hill on the way to my house, so make that go away…”. The Norwegian town of Trondheim has done just that by building a Bicycle Lift. The Sykkelheis or Trampe was built about 25 years ago (1993) as part of a program to improve the college town’s bicycle infrastructure. Apparently it’s the only one in the world today, but with oil over $120 a barrel maybe it won’t be the last. Maybe we can fit 5 or 6 of these around Seattle as part of the Bike Master Plan improvements? One up to 1st Hill, Queen Anne, Admiral way, Denny, Freemont and of course Your House would do just the trick.
Of course, this won’t help the fixies (it’s free-wheel only), but y’all are skinny enough already. Won’t help the wasteline of the free wheel crowd either, but hey maybe we’d finally get the Mayor out on a bike with one of these.
I think blogs are dedicated to cruelty, they’re dedicated to dishonesty, they’re dedicated to speed
I don’t disagree with that rant from the Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, on Costas Now and also see the counter argument. Textura Design publishes Bike Hugger and is in the blog business (social media). Over the past 2 years, I’ve seen lots of changes and the exponential growth of the bikesphere. The bike community is one of the most active out there with no shortage of bike blogs, including this one. For every positive thing about blogging like keeping us updated on Masiguy’s status, there’s a celebrity-stalker blog posting photos of Hanna Montana’s underwear.
It’s also interesting to see a vibrant bike community while the industry itself is rather old-school, with traditional, in-the-box marketing. On a ride yesterday I talked with a designer from a Seattle-based 100-yr old company that is “aware” of blogging and social media, but not yet ready.
So the question is whether or not the bike industry is benefiting from social media? Or is it just the dumbing down of society and a massive time suck.