Issaquah-High Point Regional Trail opens


by Dave R. on Nov 28, 2007 at 10:26 PM

View Larger Map Issaquah cut the ribbon today on a new pedestrian and cycle trail, connecting the dots between several existing trails and some central locations. Kent Peterson’s (from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington) been working on this for a long time and has these notes and a few photos from his talk at the ribbon cutting. As Getting Around Issaquah notes, the new trail is really focused on transportation rather that recreation. It should be a great resource for the 425 crowd for beating the I-405.

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UPS Bike Delivery


by Byron on Nov 28, 2007 at 7:24 PM

I haven’t reached anyone at UPS HQ to comment, but do have it confirmed that in Seattle they are going to deliver packages during the Holiday rush with cargo bikes. The brown trucks will deliver to various stations, where the cargo bikes will load up and deliver in certain neighborhoods. We’re on the watch and will blog it as soon as we see them. If you see the presumed brown bikes, please comment here or contact us.

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100,000,000 bikes!?


by andrew_f_martin on Nov 28, 2007 at 1:50 PM

The World Clock is closing in on 100 million bikes produced in 2007. There are some daunting stats on there.

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My Kind of Kit


by Jason Swihart on Nov 28, 2007 at 12:47 PM


p>BikingParis.jpgBikes make frequent appearances on the Sartorialist, and this, to me, is the epitome of urban cycling: riding to work comfortably in business attire with briefcase and umbrella slung nonchalantly over the handlebars.

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Best Shop Prank?


by andrew_f_martin on Nov 28, 2007 at 4:50 AM

Scary for me to think, but this story is probably from ~12 years ago. I worked as shop hand at a bike shop in Redmond, WA. In the shop, we had an ace mechanic named Val - this guy could fix anything. His handlebar mustache made him somehow seem even wiser. Val continues to dazzle folks with his wrenching skills - and he shares his experiences here from time to time with his comments.

Anyway, the store assistant manager was a bit of a blow-hard, and had a serious case of short-man’s disease. He was headed out on a biking vacation with his old riding buddies in California. He was talking a big game about how he’d upgraded to Cat3 and he was going to be making his buddies suffer with his new-found fitness. Of course, being the manager he used his position and had Val pack the bike for him.

Well, Val had proven time and again that he is, if nothing else, a clever man. Val dutifully packed the bike in the shop-owned bike box, but put special attention to packing the wheels. He unscrewed the air chamber of the shop Silca floor pump, and filled it…with water. He then carefully pumped the tubes full with the H20. The best part - Val didn’t tell a sole until the Manager had left town.

A week later, the manager gets back from his trip and told us of his little get-away. He said built up his bike, pumped up his tires to 100psi, and was ready to show his friends his new skills. Not so much. He said he was killing himself just to keep up with the group on the flats. When the road went up, he was really getting killed. As I remember him tell it - he didn’t figure out the gag until a couple hours into the first ride. Thanks for the laugh Val - that was impressive. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

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Thongs and Cross


by Byron on Nov 27, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Quite possibly the best video ever made … at least for cross racers

and that completes our thong coverage for the year, which began with Thong Boy at Le Tour.

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Hello Kitty?


by andrew_f_martin on Nov 27, 2007 at 7:42 AM

Hrmmm - Do I really need these?
From Engadget

hello kitty tires

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E-bikes at UW


by Byron on Nov 26, 2007 at 9:27 PM

When I first read about the UW piloting an electric bike program, I thought, “wusses need motors,” but then hey I got a motor on the Bettie and it’s bad ass!

Also see bike patrols in Seattle.

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Stocking up for the holidays


by Byron on Nov 26, 2007 at 5:52 PM

That’s a load of Clip-n-Seals, Bike Hugger Jerseys, and Shirts on the Bettie and en route to for the holidays.


7 packages, a hundred pounds, carbon offsetting, and quite fun to show up at the mail depot on Bettie. Check the Bettie Delivers movie from earlier in the year for more.

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