Soundoff on bikes vs cars

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by Byron on Dec 10, 2006 at 8:31 AM

Ghostcycle Reducing bicycle-car collisions is the 2nd most popular Soundoff discussion on the Seattle PI today. The discussion follows the release of Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan and a front page article stating that 900 riders have been injured in Seattle and 5 killed.

In the discussion you’ll find the standard arguments that cars are entitled to the road, cyclists must obey the laws, and pretty much drivers are idiots and cyclists are idiots. While, as huggers, we defer to the drivers are idiots view, I think the plan addresses much of the dangers for cyclists and cars in Seattle. Those dangers are demonstrated very well by Ghost Cycle, including a death that was close to Bike Hugger earlier this year.

After the jump, our ongoing coverage of this topic.

More on Cycling in Seattle and Urban Cycling

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Finally Carbon Clinchers!

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by Byron on Dec 09, 2006 at 8:46 AM

Carbon Cyclingnews reviews Fulcrum’s new carbon clinchers, Reynolds has launched an impressive new line, Bontrager’s got a really expensive set, and 07 is going to be the year of the all-carbon clincher (after the jump, a link to how all-carbon wheels are made by MQC for Reynolds).

I’d never ridden tubulars until this year and now I know why; I was terribly frightened of Tufo’s tape, lost the valve inside the rim for a while, and was always messing with the air pressure. Tubulars are like dating someone that’s high-maintenance. After a while, no matter how sexy hot they are, it’s not worth the trouble.

Sure, I get the weight penalty, old school ride, and the tubular v. clincher debate is as old as Bob Roll. But with about 40 grams difference between a typical set and clincher tire innovations, I think the debate is soon over.

For an exhaustive review of bicycle tires and tubes and most everything else, see Sheldon Brown. Also check Tubes, Tubeless, or……..Tubular? and 808 v. Hed3.

Finally, enjoy Composites World’s review of all-carbon wheels and how they’re made.

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Work less and Bicycle More

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by Byron on Dec 09, 2006 at 8:21 AM

One of my vacation mantras is, “Work less and Bicycle More,” and in Maui next week, it’ll be all eat, sleep, ride. Like most of us, I work way too much, and just found the Work Less Party from a comment Jean left on my Well-Traveled Cyclist post from earlier in the year.

That’s my new year’s wish for a da ugga readers (including Snow), work less and bicycle more. On that topic, what do you do to ride more?

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A shift in power: Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan

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by Byron on Dec 08, 2006 at 8:26 AM

Most appealing in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan is the intention to mainly focus on existing roadways and making them more bike friendly and improving the City’s quality of life. I posted on this topic earlier, after being convinced by the Contested Streets documentary that shows how cities have “focused on the bicycle as a primary transporter and changed their streets and traffic flow to allow for more bikes.”

Also very important is wayfinding for cyclists and I think the goal of increasing “cycling from 2 percent of all trips now, to 12 percent of all trips within 20 years” is achievable.

For more reaction to Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan see

And a follow up piece from the Seattle PI’s Mike Lewis on bicycle-car collisions.

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Rattan Bike

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by Byron on Dec 06, 2006 at 6:05 PM

I was in Vegas earlier this week talking about blogging and podcasting at Web Builder 2.0 and spotted this rattan bike in a display window. The display artist, or someone, carefully and meticulously wrapped an entire bike in rattan. The closer I looked, the more detail I discovered. Also, curiously, the front basket had several bike lights tossed in it. Slot machines are reflected in the display window.

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Eine Kleine Fietsmusik

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by Frank Steele on Dec 06, 2006 at 3:45 PM

Create Digital Music | Ensembles, Symphonies, and Bikelophones

Over at Create Digital Music, a post last week featuring the Nutcracker Suite played entirely on bike parts (by “johnny random”) led to a whole host of bike/music mashups.

There’s Stephen Schweitzer’s Bikelophone, a Motobecane Grand Jubilee that’s given its life to music. Literally. There’s a variety of strings, spokes, and bells alongside an Electrosonic interface that simulates a Theremin, and the whole thing is wired into a mixing board.

The podcasters at The Bike Show just did an edition called “Experimental music and the bicycle”, and they’re trying to organize a performance, in conjunction with London’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France this summer, of Godfried-Willem Raes’s Second Symphony for ‘Singing Bicycles’.

And don’t miss the CD that looks like a patch kit.

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