Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 13, 2006 at 7:47 PM
Fremont Bridge, by Paul Bausch.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in Providence Bridge Pedal (route map) in Portland today. The Bridge Pedal covers 6, 8, or 10 of the city’s bridges over the Willamette River, with ride distances up to 38 miles.
The City of Portland and Oregon DOT close some of the route to cars for the duration of the ride, and I saw that at least one of the bridges (Hawthorne Bridge) had fresh plywood placed over the metal bridge lanes just for the ride.
Organizers made a number of changes this year to address complaints after last year’s ride, including encouraging fast riders to take off at 6:30 a.m. and restricting kids riding solo to the shorter rides. If you rode, how did the changes work?
About 15,000 riders reportedly participated, which would make the Bridge Pedal the 3rd biggest ride in the US, behind the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York and the 20,000-rider Bike the Drive in Chicago (others, anyone?).
amphicon | portland bridge pedal!
Flickr | Photos tagged with Bridge Pedal
Chicago’s Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday
by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 6:54 PM
Bicycle Film Festival
The Chicago edition of the Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday, with dates still scheduled in London, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Milan.
Highlights for Saturday include a 32-minute preview of M.A.S.H., an upcoming film about the San Francisco fixie scene by Michael Martin and Gabe Morford (1:30 preview), and a big-screen presentation of the 1976 classic A Sunday in Hell.
Here’s a PDF of the Chicago program, and a link to a PDF version of the LA Bicycle Film Festival Poster.
Don’t call them “bumper” stickers
by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 6:17 AM
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Stickers
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is offering three different “fender stickers,” 2” x 5.25” each.
There’s “Use your head, wear a helmet,” “I AM TRAFFIC,” and (at left) “Bike Lane Hottie.” Get two of each for $5, which includes shipping.
Specialized launches ride-in movies minisite
by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 5:46 AM
Specialized Movies Presents
Specialized has launched a new promo site for its Stumpjumper mountain bike and Roubaix road bike. It’s presented as a “ride-in movies” site, with short video clips on both bikes.
And it’s really beautiful. I know I’m being sold to, but I couldn’t resist clicking around to see what else I could make happen, and the rendering and Flash work are really top-notch.
The Stumpjumper video owes a lot to “Itchy and Scratchy,” and didn’t do much for me, but the Roubaix video, where you can barely even see the bike, has a chance of going viral – before I was sent this link, I had already seen the video, by itself, linked at How to Avoid the Bummer Life, and it’s also up at YouTube.
Miles in Mazama
by Byron on Aug 08, 2006 at 8:02 AM
Pam and I are off on vacation and riding miles in Mazama, Wa. We haven’t planned anything specific, but will ride some combination of these roads, and a stage or two from the Methow Valley Tour, which was earlier this year. I’ll post on the “awe-inspiring scenery and challenging courses” while recovering from the rides at the Freestone Inn.
In the Fall, the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association puts on the 20th Annual Fall Bike Festival with road rides, mountain, cyclocross, and much more.
Bra on Hydrant
by Byron on Aug 08, 2006 at 6:17 AM
Mark and I were downtown, on an errand ride, stopped at an intersection, and both spotted the bra on a hydrant. He snapped it while I recited all the possible ways that went down: “a drunken night, did someone lose this bra, did they take it off, where are the matching panties?”
The photo is also a great example of all the interesting things that can happen on rides. This one time, I was riding along with Marcus and by accident we found ourselves at the front of an AIDS ride finish. So, what did we do? Rode right through the finish, like we’d done the whole ride, and celebrated with everyone else!
What interesting things have happened to you when riding? Met a pro, a star, found a garden gnome, met your lover?
Bike Hugger Shirts Update
by Byron on Aug 07, 2006 at 4:04 PM
The shirts have arrived, are being printed, and should be ready to ship on Monday of next week (8/14/06). Those that have pre-ordered are in the queue first and we’re excited here to start wearing them ourselves!
You can purchase the shirts from Paypal or our Amazon store. If neither of those work, you can also contact us directly and we’ll take your order over the phone.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 07, 2006 at 1:07 PM
A celebri-bike today, as one New Yorker’s ride keeps turning up on Flickr:
metrocard recycling, by nanaenay.
Apparently, this bike belongs to Andy Padre, who has commented on some of the bike’s Flickr pages. He mentioned a photoshoot with an AP photographer, so you might see this bike turn up as a feature photo in your local paper soon. Here are a few more:
By SantiJose, with Andy on board
Expired MetroCards are often used creatively.
Good RAGBRAI story with Armstrong pics
by Frank Steele on Aug 07, 2006 at 12:39 PM
2 Wheel Commute | Ragbrai Pics & the Lance Glance
Over at 2 Wheel Commute, “ajb” posts on his RAGBRAI experience, and on his quest to get the elusive Lance Armstrong picture. He spent 9 miles at 25 mph chasing (and losing) Armstrong’s posse one day, and then got another chance the next day.
Don’t miss the results…
Sunny Season in Seattle
by Byron on Aug 06, 2006 at 6:29 AM
It’s the time of year in Seattle, when I often say, “I love living here.” As the NYTimes reports, “Clouds lift, mountains and water come out of hiding, decks fill with flowers and bare limbs, and trendy menus promote a different local berry every week: strawberries, raspberries, marionberries.” And the cyclists all come out!
My favorite city rides include
- Magnolia loop – along the waterfront, Myrtle Edwards Park, up to Magnolia, and back.
- Alki path – from my house, spectacular views of the sound, people, down the path and bike.
- The Super Special – through downtown, Westlake ave, right at Red Robin, Lake Wa blvd.
For more on rides in Seattle, see the bike maps and remember the Bicycle Saturday and Sunday weekends along the lake.
What are your favorite rides in your city?
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