NYTimes.com: The fixers

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by Byron on Jun 02, 2007 at 9:17 AM

A NYTimes.com media feature on the fixed-gear phenomena, includes the King Kog shop, the Kissena Track, scenes from the streets, and how to make $500 a week riding your bike.

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Photo of the Day: Rusty ride

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 01, 2007 at 5:49 PM

A bike just waiting to be restored …

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Portland Ride

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by Jason Swihart on Jun 01, 2007 at 5:42 PM

A fixie affixed to a rack in Portland

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Team Bike Hugger is Hot

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by Byron on Jun 01, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Team Bike Hugger is hot and I mean “hot,” literally hot at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

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Bike Rescue

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by andrew_f_martin on Jun 01, 2007 at 9:14 AM

One of my favorite pastimes is finding a use for old bikes. If I can keep them out of the landfill and help them to ride again - I feel like I’m contributing a little to the common good. The funny thing is I develop a deep affinity for my pieced-together bikes: Short trips to the store, bike polo in the park, taking a spin in the snow, and taking it off some sweet jumps. I think my total out of pocket cost for this singlespeed cross bike was somewhere around $100.

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In the Bike Shop: Eezox Cycle Tune-Up

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by Byron on May 31, 2007 at 5:51 AM

cycle-tuneup-tn.jpg In the ongoing Bike Shop quest for the “best lube ever,” the legendary framebuilder Bill Davidson told me about Eezox Cycle Tune-Up yesterday. By way of the gun community, a truly obsessive corrosion review, and an observation that the Vashon Island hippies would love it, cause it’s not petroleum based. He’s thinking it’s an unknown, to-be-discovered miracle lube that, “is a unique synthetic high-tech formula that will prevent excessive wear and dirt pick-up because it goes on wet, and lubricates dry.”

The conversation with Bill reminded me of Boeshield’s arrival in the bike shops, which is a great waxy lube until you try to clean your chain and realize that it doesn’t come off and what works for aerospace parts … well not so much for bike chains. Then there’s the stalwart Dumonde Tech that I run on my race bikes. Problem is, as Bill noted, when cyclists clean their chains by soaking them, they remove the oil between the plates and you can’t get that back in (why Shimano doesn’t sell that odd-smelling briny lube the chains ships with, I don’t know).

And here’s my secret lube tip: we had our garage door spring replaced (that’s a good way to learn about how energy is stored and released when one of those springs breaks in your garage!) a couple years ago and the installer left behind a can of this nasty-ass Lubriplate Chain and Cable Fluid that the Vashon Island hippies would definitely not dig.

So one dreary morning, about to ride my rain bike, I was desperate for lube and sprayed the Lubriplate all over the chain and haven’t cleaned it since. Not only does Lubriplate fill the house with the essence of an oil well, it also, cleans (lifts and separates), penetrates, and quiets the chain. The chain ain’t pretty to look at, but hey it’s a rain bike.

A lube that did the same thing, was synthetic, didn’t tap an oil well, and smelled better, I’m all for trying it. Bill is definitely onto something.

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That’s it I’m moving to Idaho

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by andrew_f_martin on May 30, 2007 at 8:26 AM

A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a steady red traffic control light shall stop before entering the inter-section, and shall yield to all other traffic. Once the person has yielded, he may proceed through the steady red light with caution. Provided however, that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required may cautiously make a right-hand turn.”

This is brilliant. There are plenty of bike folk who behave as though this is the law in Seattle (I noted a couple of blatant red-light-runners on my way in this morning). As much as I hate stopping and waiting, it’s the law where I live. In Idaho they have it figured out: Treat all red-lights as YieldsĀ¯. No complete stop necessary, no waiting. Sure, if there’s traffic you wait, but how much quicker would your commute be if you never had to wait at an empty red light. Time to write my congressman. At 180lb some seriously wasted momentum!

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