A philanthropic cycling circus
by Byron on Aug 24, 2006 at 7:13 AM
We were racing both weekends and missed the Tour de Fat, the self-descrbed philanthropic cycling circus. In Seattle, the event raised $5,019, drained 19 kegs, 100 cyclists paraded, and 1,000 people partied.
That stats from Portland aren’t up yet on New Belgium’s site, but you know that was a huge party, as seen in these Flickr photos from Bike Portland. BikePortland’s Jonathan Maus blogged it and noted that, “got started with the craziest bike parade I’ve ever done … closer to 400 showed up.” And bystanders were “awestruck at the scene.”
Two riders killed in Indiana police charity ride
by Frank Steele on Aug 23, 2006 at 4:45 AM
p>Journal and Courier Online | 2 killed in charity bike ride
Two riders in an Indiana charity ride were killed Tuesday, and another remains in critical condition, after a truck hit their follow van, pushing it into a pack of 10 riders.
The riders were in a group riding to commemorate and raise money for fallen police officers. Gary Martin, a retired Gary, Indiana police officer, and Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police died near Terre Haute Tuesday. They were about midway on a 102-mile day that itself was about midway on a ride scheduled to run August 16th through August 28th.
Investigators closed down the road for hours on Tuesday, and are looking into whether the Towne Air Freight truck was speeding. The van was displaying a warning sign and flashing its hazards.
In light of the riders’ deaths, the ride is being cancelled.
As it does too freaking often, our sympathies go out to the families of the dead, and to the injured and their families.
IndyStar.com | 2 officers are killed during bike ride
New York Times | Two Cyclists Die in Crash During Ride for Charity
Wear your helmet when blending
by Byron on Aug 22, 2006 at 9:03 PM
A favorite Xtracycle add-on is the bike blender and the Juice Peddler demonstrates why in a video blog post. No better way to beat the late summer heat, then ride to a shady tree and blend yourself up a smoothie with your bike!
We’re waiting for all the project sport utility bike parts to get in, most are here, and checking the creative uses Xtracycle owners are finding for their FreeRadicals, including a bike towing a bike.
by Byron on Aug 22, 2006 at 7:05 AM
Sponsored by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Washington State is offered share the road bike plates.
As of August 1st, over 1150 plates have been sold, which explains why I’ve been seeing them so much!
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:30 PM
Devant le Pont de Solférino, by Panoramas.
Hollywood Huggin’ Part II
by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:17 PM
So I saw the masterpiece that is Snakes on a Plane this weekend. There were some very obvious product placements in the movie, including Kawasaki Motorcycles, Dell Computers (all the overhead monitors on the plane have little Dell logos), and Red Bull.
Then, in the closing credits, I noticed a familiar name, Xootr, which makes some cool folding bikes and scooters.
Thing is, I don’t remember seeing any bikes or scooters in the movie. So, did anybody else spot Xootr’s contribution to the campiest film since Road House?
Update: Steve Kovalchik from Xootr says they sent a bike, cap, and a T-shirt. Did anybody catch any of them in the movie?
Hollywood night on the Hugger
by Frank Steele on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:15 PM
TreeHugger’s search for celebrity cyclists is paying off. Interestingly, none of the submissions feature portrayals from film or TV – it’s all celebrities who ride in Real Life, including a post from G Living featuring Travis Barker (BMX frame), Elle Macpherson, Hilary Duff, and Lindsey Lohan (all on wide-whitewall cruisers), Chloe Sevigny on a folding bike, and Naomi Watts on a hybrid.
My favorite was a link to this video from Daryl Hannah on urban cycling, featuring her ride in L.A.’s Critical Mass. (If that link isn’t working, try this one.)
Move by Bike
by Byron on Aug 20, 2006 at 8:16 AM
How’d you like a herd of bike trailers to show up at your place to assist your move in a pedal-powered way? Then contact Portland’s Move By Bike, a crew that’ll move your house with bikes.
When I first started researching our sport utility bike project, I arrived at the Puppet Parade bike move and it looked way more fun than pizza, beer, and a U haul!
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb
by Byron on Aug 20, 2006 at 7:36 AM
Mark emailed this photo of This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, who played a The Vera Project gig last night. As Mark said, the band is “the origin of the infamous sticker that causes the police to crack down on bike punks with righteous fury.”
See the wikipedia entry for more on stickers that freak cops out.
Free Energy for Monkeys
by Byron on Aug 19, 2006 at 6:01 PM
If that free energy claim from Steorn is correct (and defies the basic laws of the universe), just imagine a magnetized motor assist for our sport utility bike project! Steorn claims, among other examples, that it provides five times the amount of energy a mobile phone battery generates for the same size, and does not have to be recharged. Not recharging a Stokemonkey would be fabulous or as they’d say on Wayne’s World, “monkeys might fly out my butt.”
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