Shanghai Bikes

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by Byron on Apr 07, 2008 at 9:05 PM

Bikes seen in Shanghai …

And whenever I’d see one of these bikes, I’d wonder, "what’s he doing with that big bag of ?" Also seen, but not photographed were “giant tubes” and my all-time fav was scooter-assisted cargo bike.

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That happens a lot in China, btw, you’ll see all sorts of crazy things on the street. I’ll never forget bucket-of-meat bike in Beijing.

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Alfine Hub, Drop Bars: OMG I want that!

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by andrew_f_martin on Apr 07, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Alfine Drop Bar Kudos to the guys over at Hiawatha Cyclery for figuring this one out. I’ve been after this setup for a while for my On-One Pompino. It’s an Alfine internally geared hub with a convensional drop bar-end shifter. The trick is adding the Travel Agent to make up the extra cable pull necessary to shift the internal hub.

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Benefits of Bike Blogging

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by Byron on Apr 07, 2008 at 8:54 AM

fat_bloggerr.jpg Reading about the self-induced misery, woe-as-me, sad, geek, overweight bloggers, nearing an early death in the NYTimes, I thought, “get outside!” At least with bike blogging, we’re like out testing and riding bikes – traveling around and blogging about it. And for the celeb watchers, Bicycling is featuring Dr. McDreamy on the cover who lost 15 pounds by riding his bike – yippee! I see a blogger episode of the Biggest Loser already being planned. The irony of social media is how unsocial and unhealthy it is for the people glued to their computer screens, least of which is how unproductive it can become.

I get asked about posting frequency a lot and the volume you read from us is the mininum to push any sort of traffic advertisers and Google will notice. But note that more volume, like that of a Gawker Media blog, and you have no life, outside of Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, WordPress, and various other social media apps. I don’t consider that heroic, btw, even if the money is purportedly good or slashdotted as being really not that much. It’s more heroic to blog and balance your life. For us, there’s just too much riding out there to do and our posting volume shows that.

Hope you all are ok with that and are out riding as well.

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RideCivil: Aquatic April on 4/11 at Westlake Center, 5:30 PM

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by Dave R. on Apr 04, 2008 at 9:46 PM

The next Ridecivil ride is queued up for this coming Friday. The 10 day forecast looks a bit damp so I’ve themed this the Aquatic April ride. Bring your snorkel for your helmet, flippers for your cleats, swimsuit instead of your favorite woolly knickers, whatever you like. Just bring yourself on down for a fun Friday ride. As always our focus will be on promoting civility between pedestrians, motorists and ourselves.

Meet at 5:30 at Westlake Center park, we’ll depart around 6:15 for an hour plus, consensus driven ride through our fair city. Destination TBD, but generally involves food and drinks. Looking forward to seeing you there.

p.s. Don’t forget a snorkel lock. It sucks to have your snorkel stolen.

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Another Alternative Transport

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by Byron on Apr 04, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Another alternative transportation that totally f’ing rules – at least from a tourist point of view – is Maglev! We hit 301K km/h, got to the airport from downtown in 7 minutes (an hour in a cab) and you wouldn’t know you were going that fast unless you looked outside

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More on the Maglev

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Congestion Charging

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by Byron on Apr 04, 2008 at 1:37 PM

All over the news here in Shanghai, on CNN International, is NYC’s congestion charging initiative. Following London and the UK, NYC is about to implement fees to drive into the city. Woohoo we say and Dahon has already got a page up supporting the measure and expect other manufactures to follow.

We’d hope most people would just realize, “hey you can ride in,” but if we’ve got to do some hand waving to help, then ok.

Your thoughts on city’s charging to drive?

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Bike Expressways in Shanghai

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by Byron on Apr 04, 2008 at 1:34 AM

The French Concession has bike and scooter only roads that wind around and we rode them with Jonathan from the Crash Test Dummy Blog while he shot video. Yes that’s rather recursive, but so it goes in the bike blogosphere …(and I never see this angle, as I’m usually the one shooting video)

Notes:

  • We’re riding Dahons
  • That’s the Hugga Bag I’m wearing
  • Dude was roasting a shoe and some really good popcorn
  • Another dude nearly crashes looking at our bikes and admiring our awesome helmets. Jason and I are the only people in all of China wearing awesome helmets. I bet next year’s fashion will have a helmet influence; especially the 5-yr old helmets we travel with. This girl was really impressed by them.

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Video Scenes from Shanghai

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by Byron on Apr 03, 2008 at 2:23 PM

In Huggacast Episode Thirty Six, we visit the Bund by way of a trippy tourist tunnel and find the Pudong bike expressway where a scooter-assisted cargo bike is plodding along. Watch for the mockery from another scooter as they ride by.

Notes:

  • Audio Sample is Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Year Remix) – Gorillaz - D-Sides.
  • Shanghai is most rideable, despite what you read or hear
  • More videos are coming from our ride into the French concession on roads reserved just for bikes and scooters.

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Seattle Train Yard Tour ride report

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by Dave R. on Apr 03, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Train_Yard_Tour-26My daughter and got on our big yellow xtracycle and took the last Seattle Train Yard Tour scheduled so far (previously on Bikehugger. We had a great time and and I learned quite a bit about… trains. For instance, the dumpster trash in Seattle is loaded on to stinkies and sent to the far reaches of the state? My daughter’s reached the age of omniscience so even though she didn’t actually learn anything she was reminded of a few facts and had a good time. More details inside and photos at the Bikehugger urban sightings pool.

The tour was just about 3 hours, as promised, maybe only an hour of actual riding at a social pace. The great thing about a train yard tour is that trains don’t like to go up hill so the route was almost entirely flat. We stopped at 3 of the major train yards, sometimes on bridges or overpasses Train_Yard_Tour-13 so we could see what was going on in the yard.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about lines coming in to Seattle, the contents of the trains and where they headed out from here. He never described himself as a railfan, but I think he’d fall into that camp. We had a couple other hard core train spotters along on the tour, but mostly it was just average Seattle citizens coming to find out more about one of the many commerce channels we have coming into the city. Train_Yard_Tour-31

Unfortunately, our guide only runs the tour intermittently, so you’ll have to wait until the next time it comes around. Check back on his site for future events and other tours.

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