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?
by Byron on Aug 03, 2006 at 5:55 AM
The AP reports on a new study showing that Americans are falling out of love with their cars. Let the break ups begin! And go on the rebound with “economy and efficiency.” I travel a lot, speaking about my book, blogging, and consulting and I’ll go out of my way to not get a car, bring my bike, and use mass transit. My Volvo is a great car and a pleasure to drive on the open road, but there’s no joy in a commute or drive to the grocery store.
Last week when I met a commuter who had given up his car, I wondered how many more drivers had done that recently. Have any of you? Know anyone that’s dropped their car like a bad habit?
Perfect jersey-pocket digicam?
by Frank Steele on Aug 02, 2006 at 1:53 PM
For the last two years or so, I’ve carried a 3.1-megapixel ultracompact Casio Exilim digital camera almost everywhere I went. On rides, it got stuck into a baggy, then into a jersey pocket.
It’s really handy to always have a decent camera around. If the kids do something cute, “snap!” At a race, and the 6-time reigning Tour de France champ happens by? “Snap” - above.
I have a prosumer digital SLR, too (a Nikon D70), but it’s so big and bulky that I only use it on planned shoots – family outings, photo strolls, etc.
Recently, I had to hand off the Exilim to a coworker, and I’ve been jonesing for a replacement, so I’m looking for suggestions: What’s the current state-of-the-art for a jersey-pocket digital camera?
The three things I’ve found most frustrating about the Exilim: shutter lag, poor low-light performance, and only adequate optical zoom.
It looks like the nearest replacement for the one I’ve used is Casio’s Exilim EX-Z600, or its close sibling the Exilim EX-S600.
Reviews suggest they’re faster with better low-light performance than their 3-year-old cousin, but still only 3x zoom.
Also under consideration is the Fujifilm FinePix E900. It’s American Photo’s “Camera of the Year” among Digital Compacts, and it’s supposed to have great low-ISO performance, and 4x rather than class-standard 3x zoom.
Another candidate I’m considering is Canon’s PowerShot A620.
So does anyone have any advice, positive or negative, on compact digicams in the $250-$350 range?
by Frank Steele on Aug 01, 2006 at 5:37 PM
Looking for our picture of the day, I found a couple other photos with a similar theme:
From missingsaddle, these super-long, super-low choppers, from a new company, PedalHawg, that dispense with chainstays completely, combining a monostay with motorcycle-style fork and a chain about a half-a-mile long.
Here’s another chopper bike from the day’s Flickr stream; this one gets its length by having insane fork rake – the fork is practically horizontal:
My Bike, by OZAR.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 01, 2006 at 1:12 PM
Jessica, on the greatest bike ride, by joshbzin.
Are brakeless fixies illegal?
by Frank Steele on Aug 01, 2006 at 12:13 PM
BikePortland.org | Judge finds fault with fixies
In Portland on Thursday, a judge ruled that fixed-gear bikes must be equipped with brakes.
A bike messenger named Ayla Holland was ticketed for violating Oregon’s cycling law, which like many states requires a bicycle to “be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.”
Many fixie enthusiasts maintain that brakes are unnecessary, since the rider can slow the bike by resisting the pedals’ rotation, meeting the “skid” requirement.
Holland and her attorney argued unsuccessfully that the fixed cogset and the rider’s leg power constitute a brake, but the judge was not convinced. “If your client had a stick she could rub against her tire, you’d have a case,” he said, but the brake must be a device separate from the rider.
Nice job of reporting by BikePortland, which apparently sat in on the case, and says Holland may appeal; she has 30 days to decide.
Update: Jonathan has updated the story at BikePortland after it was linked at BoingBoing.
Bike Hugger Brown
by Byron on Aug 01, 2006 at 6:01 AM
Besides the shirts, socks, stickers and other schwag, another product we’re working on now with SchoonerExact is Bike Hugger Brown, a mellow, nut-brown style ale, brewed for cyclists on skinny tires.
Race Day is Upon Us
by Byron on Jul 31, 2006 at 11:56 AM
The 10th annual Downhill & Messenger challenge is Friday August 4th. This legendary race starts at the Church of Bicycle Jesus and goes somewhere downhill really freakin’ fast. The race should offer all the thrills and spills of Nascar without the internal combustion, of course.
Alternative Cycling Apparel
by Byron on Jul 30, 2006 at 10:30 AM
Reader Brian Langdon sent us Twin Six, who make and sell Alternative Cycling Apparel, including The Cabby that won recently won Bicycling mag’s jersey of the month.
A Monthly Mass
by Byron on Jul 29, 2006 at 8:27 AM
Added to the list of things I’ve done on a bike is “unplanned ride with Critical Mass.” Pam and I were riding, stopped at an intersection and here comes one big horde of cyclists – it was the last Friday of the month. So, what else to do then join them! It was mostly an orderly ride, lots of mashup bikes, no arrests like the last time, fun, and when they turned left back into the city, we kept going straight and towards home. Later on the bike path, I talked to a commuter that had just given up his car, citing Peak Oil and had also just ridden with Critical Mass. He thought it was great and I thought I wasn’t sure how effective making already angry drivers angrier was.
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