Helmet lights for safety
by andrew_f_martin on Jan 26, 2007 at 10:18 AM
Last night I finally realized the true value of the bright headlamp: getting a left-turning driver’s attention. I was using the Princeton Tec Dual 3W LED while riding down a gradual hill in the bike lane. Despite all the lumens I was throwing out and my reflective clothing - a driver turning left from the center turn lane apparently didn’t see me. As he started his turn I grabbed the brakes and looked at him. He hit the brakes and froze like a deer in headlights. He waved apologetically for not seeing me and we both continued on our way. Without the helmet light - I think it would have been a different ending to the story.
Surviving the ride inside
by Byron on Jan 24, 2007 at 5:30 PM
Cyclists come up with all sorts of ways to suffer through training, especially indoors. This year in rain-soaked Seattle, I’ve set an all-time personal record for riding inside, and have timed my workouts to repeats of Law and Order. Starting at the doink doink, I’ll get the Cosmos going, usually have a rest cycle during the commercials, and ride on through until the heinous crime is solved.
Nick at 53x11 composes music for his rides, some cyclists watch entire stages of Le Tour, the best of police chases, or a movie. My wife Pam finds the most gossipy skinny-model trash TV programs and noted that if MTV actually played music videos. she’d watch those.
How do you get through the trainer grind?
Museeuw a fallen hero
by Byron on Jan 24, 2007 at 8:09 AM
Normally, we leave the race coverage to Cycling News et al, but today’s vague admission by Museeuw gave me pause. Museeuw was a hero of mine, a powerful big-ring rouleur who was also el dope. Last year, when the Landis allegations broke, I posted on what I believed about cycling and that holds true today.
I believe in the bike and don’t believe anyone else.
Carbon Commuter Wheels (Star Trek Lunchbox)
by Byron on Jan 23, 2007 at 7:54 AM
You could sell those old race wheels on eBay or Craigslist or use them to commute! Andy, from Hed Cycling sent us this photo of his commuter – Besides the wheels, I particularly like the Star Trek lunchbox action.
Bodum Saves me in Portland
by Byron on Jan 23, 2007 at 7:38 AM
I’m in Portland, visting clients, talking new technologies for bikes, and possibly going to see a new bike. After a restless night in a hotel, my Bodum travel press poured a cup of coffee with creme! Nice! While it’s not the perfect cup we’ve discussed before, the pour sure brightened my day.
Moocher gets Oscar nod
by Frank Steele on Jan 23, 2007 at 7:32 AM
This just in: Jackie Earle Haley, best known by Bike Huggers everywhere as Moocher in Breaking Away, just got nominated for an Oscar for his role in Little Children.
As far as I can tell, he’s the first Breaking Away cast member to be nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe since Barbara Barrie was nominated for playing Dave’s mom Evelyn.
Rally ‘round the Raleighs
by Frank Steele on Jan 22, 2007 at 8:57 PM
Flickr user Wright38 is refurbishing a 1961 Raleigh Gran Sport, carefully documenting the piece-by-piece teardown of its Campagnolo Gran Sport derailleurs, the GB Coureur 66 centerpulls, and a really beautiful GB Spearpoint lugged stem.
He’s also located an original Gran Sport catalogue from 1962, focusing on the bike’s “race-ace” features and fittings.
Also, here’s Sheldon Brown on Retro Raleighs.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Jan 22, 2007 at 8:18 PM
Just another bike in the wall, by marcio targa.
Dear God, what is that thing?
by Frank Steele on Jan 22, 2007 at 2:19 PM
treehugger | HyperBike: Hype or Hope?
Here at the Hugger, we love all kinds of bikes, and all kinds of riders: Low riders, tourists, commuters, racers, messengers. Even folks on trikes and those crazy MTV bikes from the ’80s where the rear wheel could pivot (what were those called?).
So it’s hard to harsh on somebody with something a little different. But the HyperBike reminds me of Mark Twain’s description of golf: It’s a good walk spoiled. Theoretically, it’s an attempt to take concepts from racing wheelchairs and upsize them to create a new kind of human-powered vehicle, one that uses hand as well as foot propulsion.
The HyperBike’s inventor has a working prototype and is looking for investors, so perhaps that excuses some of his more dubious marketing. He throws around 50 mph as an achievable speed, and says his bike will be better able to mix with car and truck traffic because its speed is closer to theirs. Unfortunately, in the demo video, we never see one exceed rest-home speeds. And each time the prototype approaches 5 mph, the outrigger wheel out front heads for the clouds until the rider (walker? prisoner?) slows back down. Maybe the production model will have wheelie bars…
Also posted to Gizmodo, where many of the readers point out problems with the design: absurdly high aerodynamic drag (compared to recumbents or uprights) and a size that requires secure parking – you can’t just lean it against the wall of an apartment or office.
The inventor is interviewed in today’s Hamptons Online. Maybe there’s more here than meets the eye, but I’m dubious.
Pretty custom rain bike
by andrew_f_martin on Jan 20, 2007 at 10:58 PM
I’ve already stated my preference for disc brake rain bikes. My Trek Portland is perfect for my needs of a training bike and longer-distance commuter. When I’m old and paid off college (and college for my kid(s)) I’ll probably be riding a custom steel bike. There’s nothing more comfortable for the money. A local guy — Brian Marcroft has gotten into building custom rain bikes and his efforts seem pretty solid. If you have the means and are in the market send him a note and support a local framebuilder.
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