Free Energy for Monkeys

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by Byron on Aug 19, 2006 at 5:01 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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Ditty Bops ride to Seattle

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by Byron on Aug 17, 2006 at 7:34 AM

Ditty Bops Checked in on the Ditty Bops and they’re coming to the Northwest in September. The Ditty Bops are on a national bicycle tour to promote cycling, clean air, and their new album.

NPR profiled them today with an interview that includes a discussion of their longest ride.

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Super Monkey Fun

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by Byron on Aug 17, 2006 at 6:00 AM

Super Monkey Fun" That’s Bryan Rhoads and Todd Fahrner riding a Super Monkey, a sport utility bike built with a Surly Karate Monkey, Xtracycle and Stokemonkey electric motor assist. We’re building one of these up right now, as a Bike Hugger project, and will blog the whole thing this Fall.

For the bike geek, the Super Monkey is a 29 incher with 26 inch wheels. “What the?” you ask … details here.

I shared that look on Bryan’s face, likening it to taking a kid to the fair and putting them on the tea-pot ride for the first time, when I rode the Super Monkey. Besides the utility, it was just absolutely fun.

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Toronto gives cyclists “Quay to the City” through Sunday

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by Frank Steele on Aug 15, 2006 at 6:25 PM

Toronto's Quay to the CityIn preparation for a thorough reconstruction of the Toronto waterfront, the city of Toronto is in the middle of a festival taking some of the waterfront pavement back for pedestrians and cyclists. Called “Quay to the City,” it’s part preview and part dry run of the future traffic plan on the shore of Lake Ontario. It runs only through Sunday, August 20th.

Next year, the city will start on a revitalization plan that includes a maple leaf-shaped floating pontoon island and a vastly improved streetscape, along with a permanent connection between the two sections of the Martin Goodman Trail.

BikingToronto offers a rundown of the weeek’s events, while arch-enemy bikeToronto offers a project overview.

Local reaction to the experiment is mostly positive, but one respondent noted, “What I don’t like is the huge cycle archway at the foot of York St. by Queen’s Quay [above] - what an ugly thing.”

That temporary sculpture is being called “l’arc de cyclomphe,” and it’s made from unclaimed bikes recovered by the Toronto Police. It’s not part of the permanent plan.

Indeed, the success of the test has many, including Toronto Star columnist Christopher Hume, wondering why not extend the “temporary” improvements at least through Labor Day?

Also:

Flickr.com | Photos tagged “quaytothecity”

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Help Treehugger identify “non-lame” media cyclist portrayals

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by Frank Steele on Aug 15, 2006 at 5:57 PM

Treehugger | Hollywood Bike Patrol Wants YOU

Treehugger is on a noble quest. Depressed by Steve Carrell’s loser cyclist in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and a similar sad sack in Talladega Nights, Treehugger is looking for positive media potrayals of cyclists.

Problem is, well, I’m not sure there are any.

Pacific Blue castUnless we go back to the ’80s movies Breaking Away and (the largely laughable) American Flyers, the best I can come up with is the hot bike cops who starred in five seasons of USA Network’s Pacific Blue, a cop drama about the squad of bike cops who patrol Venice Beach.

It’s so hard to find Hollywood cycling portrayals that aren’t dorky that Treehugger fell back on pictures of Brad Pitt riding with two of the Jolie-Pitt children from Us Magazine.

Others?

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Hugger Ts make Coudal weblog

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by Frank Steele on Aug 14, 2006 at 10:29 AM

Coudal Partners | Fresh Signals

Coudal's Fresh Signals

Our new t-shirt release made the “Fresh Signals” sidebar at the Coudal Partners weblog, a chronicler of good design.

Made us feel so good we wanted to share the love, so here’s a link to another great bike t-shirt, this one from Threadless: It’s “Infinity MPG”.

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Photo of the day

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by Frank Steele on Aug 13, 2006 at 7:47 PM

Fremont Bridge during Bridge Pedal 2006

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?).

Also:

amphicon | portland bridge pedal!

Flickr | Photos tagged with Bridge Pedal

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Chicago’s Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday

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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.

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Don’t call them “bumper” stickers

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by Frank Steele on Aug 11, 2006 at 6:17 AM

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Stickers

Bike Lane HottieThe 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.

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