Ephraim the Track Bike
by Byron on Sep 22, 2006 at 6:40 AM
Ephraim the rather snarky track bike answers readers questions at the SFWeekly and this week responds to the question of “why hipsters would imitate bike messengers?” Hipsters even have their own line at Timbuk2 and aging frat boys can find cycling-inspired shoes this Fall (better than bowling-inspired shoes) from Skechers.
If you really want to try something hip, climb aboard a tall bike dressed like superman, and try not to seriously hurt yourself like you would in the old days of penny farthings and busted skulls.
The car you don’t drive
by Byron on Sep 22, 2006 at 6:29 AM
I was chatting with Drew about cycling in the UK and he linked me to Sustrans, a “sustainable transport charity.” Imagine that, a charity set up just to make a better commute.
by Byron on Sep 20, 2006 at 2:05 PM
I was talking about blog design and checked one of my fav design blogs, Weightshift, today to show as an example. Weightshift is the design work of Naz Hamid and features art + design + code and bikes. Lots of bikes, including the last few years of riding fixed.
Six Apart Bikes
by Byron on Sep 19, 2006 at 6:50 PM
I was in San Francisco visiting Six Apart and noticed all the bikes!
There were two more city bikes downstairs and one Serotta fixie in the hall. Six Apart loves bikes.
I’ll see the Six Apart crew again in November at their Business Blogging Seminars. I’ll be talking about practical business blogging and how we built this blog and more.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Sep 17, 2006 at 9:29 PM
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Mountain View Caltrain - Bike Racks, by mtakacs.
New York City releases bicycle fatality study
by Frank Steele on Sep 17, 2006 at 8:37 PM
In New York City, StreetsBlog offers an interesting few posts on a new bicycle safety study released last week by New York City. Here’s the full report (PDF file), weighing in at 39 pages, with lots of interesting implications for bicycle advocates in cities around the country.
The city immediately followed up the release of the report with promises of improved bicycle facilities (press release PDF file), including 200 miles of additional bike lanes and routes over the next three years. That’s a huge increase over the 13.6 miles added in 2004, or even over the 46.8 miles added in 2000, the most in the last 10 years.
Charles Komanoff and Michael Smith take issue with the fault numbers in the study over at RightOfWay.org (longer version from StreetsBlog), having examined the raw accident data for 1996-1998, and found that the proportion of fault for drivers and riders was approximately the reverse of that reported in the new study.
Here’s a look at the three clusters of cyclist deaths in NYC, and here’s an interview with NYC DOT’s Director for Street Management and Safety Ryan Russo.
Also last week, Transportation Alternatives programs director Noah Budnick and NYC DOT commissioner Iris Weinshall discussed the study on the Brian Lehrer Show on New York Public Radio (audio stream | MP3).
Gridlock v. Hot Chicks
by Byron on Sep 15, 2006 at 8:10 AM
I said to Pam, “this sucks,” as we inched along in traffic. I hadn’t driven a car in over a week and was quickly reminded of the gridlock in downtown Seattle when I turned onto a street full of buses, the occasional car, and nothing was moving. I wished we were riding Bettie right then.
On the topic of gridlock, NYTimes editorialist Carolyn Curiel, recently wrote, “The city has too many cars, and not enough streets and roadways to put them on. There needs to be fewer cars and more cyclists, pedestrians, and mass-transit riders.” Such cities do exit, ones that are not dominated by cars and car culture.
Not only is Denmark a haven for cyclists, but the chicks are hot!
Seattle to Portland, Ditty Bops Style
by Byron on Sep 14, 2006 at 7:11 AM
Giovanni, a Bike Hugger reader and Ditty Bops Fan sent us this ride report. See Bike Hugger meets the Ditty Bops, our Ditty Bops tag, and video.
Abby and Amanda are my new heroes. They ride a steady, easy pace without
drafting and go slower when they are tired, sick and sore (like Sunday and
Monday) but they just keep going and they never complain, never give up.
They always keep their good attitude and are some of the most positive,
beautiful spirited people I’ve ever ridden with.
We three were rolling at eight the next morning, riding through the country
with the roads mostly to ourselves. The weather was clear and warm and we
stopped in Winlock for photos of the World’s Largest Egg. Not that large
really but a very nice woman from the town came down and took pictures for
us. Amanda couldn’t resist the Woman’s World Log rolling Champions sign so
I took a picture of her with her guns. Peaceful, quiet riding with a sense
of adventure and an eye kitschy Americana.
We all had Mexican for lunch in Kelso and based on our glowing description
of the morning’s ride Boo who drives the van, shoots the video, handles the
merchandise and eats really, really hot Thai food decided that she would
ride with us after lunch. She only started riding since they were on the
tour but she is strong and rides pretty well. Unfortunately from Kelso the
route follows Highway 30 all the way to Portland. So while there is good
shoulder/bike lane to ride on it’s very loud from all the traffic and the
views are pretty much strip malls and light industrial. Boo rode with us
about half way to Portland or 25+/- miles before rejoining the van crew who
were sleeping under a tree in the parking lot of a shopping mall.
The last twenty-five miles were really, really tough for Abby and Amanda but
they rode rock solid all the way to the hotel. They had ridden across the
country doing their shows and promotional events for 4,500 hundred miles and
then had taken four days off before flying to Seattle to do a show then jump
on their bikes for back to back hundred mile days. All that while posing for
pictures, shooting video for their documentary, keeping up the blog and
doing the cartoons. Now they had a cold, their butts were sore, their knees
were aching and who knows what else but never lost their sense of joy and
were always on the lookout for something interesting or fun. I’ll ride
anywhere, through anything with them.
Crossing it up
by Frank Steele on Sep 13, 2006 at 9:34 PM
Who could resist San Francisco’s dfL Urban Outlaw Cyclo-cross- dress series? It’s a great way to get ready for cyclocross season, and a chance to show off your best tights under a fabulous little miniskirt.
If you show up in a dress, you save the $5 race fee, and there’s a Hunter frame going to the overall best dressed in the whole series.
You’ve already missed the first date: it was last night, but there’s still a 6 p.m. race September 20th at Crocker Amazon Park, another September 27th – same place and time, and the final race September 30th at 10 a.m. at Golden Gate Park, with a potluck to follow.
Update: Flickr user McBomb has posted photos from last night’s race. Here’s my favorite:
Also, the Specialized Angel has really let herself go.
The Hugger gets Made
by Frank Steele on Sep 13, 2006 at 7:42 PM
MAKE: Blog: DIY Sport-utility bike
Phillip Torrone links to the Bettie write-up over at the O’Reilly MAKE: magazine’s blog. It’s great to see so much interest in practical cycling, and I know Byron’s really happy with how the Betty turned out. In fact, his enthusiasm has talked me into giving the Xtracycle a try.
I’m not going to build mine up as a component showcase, though. I’m going to do it a little more like most of the Xtracycles I’ve seen in the wild: on the cheap.
Bettie’s components are pretty nice, so the whole project ran something above $3k. That’s pretty reasonable when you look at it as a car replacement, and around half of it goes into the Stokemonkey.
I think I can get by without the Stokemonkey for my purposes: around town riding, maybe carrying my kindergarten student to school. I’m also saving the frame price: I’m going to put it on a stock Klein Pulse Pro gathering dust in the basement, and leave the stock wheels alone. I’ll probably have to swap the mud tires out, but I’m going to build only that far and see what I think.
Code name: Gary.
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