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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More Wood!

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by andrew_f_martin on Jan 20, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Wooden Frame I found this bike on Fixed Gear Fever. I emailed Shawn (the “framebuilder”) and he sent me the story behind the bike. I’ve uploaded all the pics from Jacob for you to check out. I wanted to share it with our readers for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s damn cool
  2. The photos are quite artsy
  3. It’s really damn cool

After reading his own review, I don’t know how functional the thing is, but as bike art it’s about as cool as it comes. Jacob is a design student, and is actually looking for an internship - so if you are a reader that runs a big design shop and has a slot for an innovative guy like Jacob - hit the Contact page and I’ll get you in touch with him.

Here’s the story as Jacob tells it:

Well the story of the bike is that I was sitting in old Chicago’s with another hipster buddy of mine and we started talking about bamboo bikes and how neat we thought those were. The conversation turned towards how we could build a similar bike and we decided that it would take at least some complicated fixture to set the bottom bracket, head tube, dropouts, etc.

We needed to solve for exactly where it needed to be to get the geometry right then glue it together, and even after everything was glued the bike would be almost unrepairable if something cracked or broke…….because it’s still wood.

So I started to think about how to build a bike that required no glue. Me and my buddy were also taking our hot metals class for our industrial design degree, so I wanted to get some credit for my design. Because the head tube and bottom bracket are welded they would qualify for my hot metals project. I started to think of a flat pack - ready to assemble wood bike. Not necessarily mass producible, but maybe it could be if some tweaks were made. I was thinking of stacking shapes for the design and I came up with the idea that there would be different planes: a center plane and two outer planes that would be essentially be mirrors of each other. I had used Baltic birch plywood before and because it’s a tightly compressed ply-wood it is void free, very strong, and doesn’t warp or twist easily. I drew up a bunch of ideas and started to do the CAD work that actually took longer than anything else.

Because I did most of the work on the computer I was able to change the geometry and styling easily, then I ordered the bottom bracket and raw head tube material and machined those parts and welded the plates that attach the head tube to the three vertical planes. I had the wood pieces cut out on a CNC router and once everything was finished and painted I just bolted it together. The rear wheel is put in by spreading the flat side panels out and putting the axle in the slot, then tension for the chain is done with wood spacers in those slots.

But how is it to ride? It’s like riding a rubber band. It is the most unique feeling because the plywood is really vertically stiff - it doesn’t feel like its going to break, but over the long sides it has a certain amount of sway. The best way I could describe it is like the springiness of a diving board and how it only springs in one direction without twisting. The bottom bracket swings side to side while pedaling and the heat tube has twist when pumping kind of hard, but the bike just kind of wriggles under you wile riding. At slow speeds it is defiantly tricky but at cruising speed it feels like you could swing through cones just carving lines. It really is a blast, and I made it so that if it ever went all Buffy the Vampire Slayer the parts could be replaced easily because they all bolt apart so if one side ever cracked just that piece could be replaced.

Wooden Frame

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Designer Bike Racks

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by Byron on Jan 20, 2008 at 11:13 AM

From Landscape Forms, a collection of bike racks that include the Ring, Bola, Pi, and Flo.

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