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4 Million Bikes Stolen

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by Byron on Jan 25, 2008 at 7:30 AM

When Bryan and I were riding around Beijing (inhaling various flavors of fuel), I fretted about locking the bikes, making sure we picked a good spot to lock them, and was wary of bike thieves. We debated the likelihood of theft and thought with hundreds of millions of bikes on the street, who would need to steal one? Well, according to a China Daily report, 4 million bikes get stolen a year and they just halved that and consider it a success. Wow that’s a lot of bikes!

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Interestingly, the bikes we did see locked, were more like a cursory lock, not NYC style at all.

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Pedal Power Booth

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by Byron on Jan 25, 2008 at 6:13 AM

Delta 7 Sports and Miōn Footwear partnered to power their booth at the Outdoor Retailer show with a mountain bike. Scott emailed me about it and we got a photo from Delta 7 Sports. Show attendees, employees, and anyone else they could find, attempted to pedal more than 3,000 watts of electricity per day

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a couple notes

  • Interbike! Maybe for a few turns of the pedals, booth attendees can escape the fact that they’re in Vegas – then be reminded on the fun-ride monorail.
  • Perfect karmic task for the a-holes at Gizmodo – they should have to pedal power Motorolas booth at CES for their mean-spirited stunt.
  • And we thought the bike blender was cool – you could have one of these pedal-power setups running a blogger lounge and recharging cell phones.

Admittedly, we lack Mountain Bike coverage here, but did notice the Arantix in the photo. It takes about 300 hours to build that IsoTruss structure with carbon fiber. And only 200 hundred are being built this year.

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Rob’s Bike Courier Service

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by Byron on Jan 24, 2008 at 6:43 AM

From the Coloradoan, a story about Rob Martin’s bike business.

… each morning, Martin hops on his bike to pick up bagels from Gib’s and deliver them to Old Town coffee shops … every trip I make is one less car on the road or in some cases, one less truck,” he said while collecting recycling at Lyric Cinema Café in Old Town, the fourth stop on his recycling rounds that day. “I want to be part of the solution.

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Of course, a bike economy interests us and besides the bagels, Rob picks up recycling for local businesses.

What I’m wondering is what other businesses can run with bikes?

Photo: Rich Abrahamson/The Coloradoan.

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Human powered commuting across the Puget Sound

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by Dave R. on Jan 23, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Here I’ve been feeling so sorry for myself riding the roads in the cold weather, and not one but two dudes have been riding the sound this winter and for many winters past . I’m don’t see myself giving up my spot on the bus for a water bike on my short trip across Lake Washington, but I’m definitely impressed. Thanks to Bill for the tip! The aqua bikes seem like a very good option for a trip on the sound, stable and reliable, maybe a bit pokey. Turns out there are lots of options. If I’m gonna compete with the water skiers next to the SR-520 floating bridge I think I’ll have to get me one of these and those 6-pack abs I asked for for Christmas. For those with a bit of spare time, here’s a DIY.

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Total Euro Style

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by Byron on Jan 22, 2008 at 1:16 PM

With Cipo in the news, including the whole King of Pants thing, Frank of TDFblog, sent me this link to the (official) euro cycling code of conduct. Cipo has apparently signed with Rock & Republic, and will only be racing in the US, which does suffer from a shortage of men confident enough to wear anything totally euro.

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Besides all the women in the States, those of us with white booties, Assos kits, and Cipo Man Crushes are as excited to see him race, as 9-yr olds with Hannah Montana tickets. I know I’ll line up and crush the barriers, just like at the Interbike Crit.

Anybody else with Euro cycling fashion sins to confess? Like, “ridiculously stylish eye wear is to be worn at all time without exception.” Or absolutely “no black socks!” Or a dangly chain with a full unzipped jersey.

How Euro are you?

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No excuses for not commuting in the cold

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by Dave R. on Jan 21, 2008 at 3:15 PM

1water_darkThe weather’s finally clearing a bit here in Seattle, and I’m starting to see a few more bike commuters on the roads but nothing like a full load. Clearing in winter means chilling, as in the cold kind, and I expect many folks are staying off bikes because of the fear of chill.

Fear not says the New York Times. Yeah, the first few minutes suck but it turns out they always suck for everybody (nobody “just gets used to it”). The risks of riding, running, or swimming in the cold are pretty minimal according to the article, provided you keep your tender bits (like ears) covered. Besides, low winter light makes for some nice vistas best seen by bike. Check a few of them out at the Bike Hugger Urban pool on Flickr

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Cycling Georgetown

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by Byron on Jan 21, 2008 at 6:41 AM

One of my regular routes is Georgetown’s Airport Way. I’ve ridden that for over 15 years and industrial Seattle has featured in many projects that range from the first net.art that Textura Design, Inc. published back in the day (TDI is the parent of Hugger Industries); to the term dreeping, which we use to describe living in Seattle.

Georgetown is seen in our photos, visual identity, and of course Bike Hugger …

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this photo of a tall bike pile was taken the day after the Dead Babies Race. Across the street is the old Rainier Cold Storage building that was torn down over the weekend.

During the Georgetown rides – officially called the “bridge that smells like death” for the bridge that crosses over train tracks and smells horribly like death – I’d occasionally stop and walk through the various artists shops in the Old Brewery buildings.

Riding that route won’t be the same.

What changes have you seen in your rides? Like, the defunkification of Fremont?

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