Morning coffee with Bettie0
by Byron on Jun 20, 2007 at 9:19 AM
by Byron on Jun 20, 2007 at 9:19 AM
by Byron on Jun 20, 2007 at 7:08 AM
I’ve def had a few worried moments with Bettie, that’s a big investment for a crack head to ride off with and use a cable lock, plus disabling the motor. Bettie usually attracts a crowd so that’s a deterrent. And, as Mark V noted in his post, in Japan theft isn’t a problem and we learned that as well in Beijing. Thanks to Scott for the tip on the post.
Also see a short film on the bike locking ability of New Yorkers.
by Byron on Jun 19, 2007 at 5:15 PM
During the Methow Valley Tour Time Trial, Dave from the DTours bike shop rolled up on his Peugeot and chilled. When I snapped this photo, he told me that, “he was all over the blogosphere with the bike tourists that take his picture and put it on their blogs.”
by Byron on Jun 19, 2007 at 6:40 AM
We’re not sure how exactly Reynolds Composites are using Clip-n-Seals, but building carbon wheels is my favorite industrial use for Clip-n-Seals – well that and flying around in the Space Shuttle. We’ll post more about Reynolds wheels after a few more races on their Attack carbon clinchers – hopefully I’ll learn how our little invention figures in. Until then, we just started selling the Clip-n-Seal Mondo directly to consumers, small business, and hobbyists, and anyone else that has a mondo bag of chips to keep fresh! Purchasers of our love the hugga tees, have received a bonus Clip-n-Seal in their packages …
by Byron on Jun 18, 2007 at 8:07 PM
Read more about Muji in BusinessWeek.
by Byron on Jun 18, 2007 at 7:20 PM
In the 70s, there’s nothing I wanted more than to be like Evel Knievel (profiled earlier this year by USAToday). I practiced daily on my bike, even jumping 7 neighborhood kids once for a neighborhood record and subsequent lifetime ban from the whole jumping kids thing (I nicked one).
Scrolling through Steve Mandich’s Evel Incarnate site and seeing DJ Kieron in a replica EK jumpsuit with matching Raleigh Chopper bicycle, made me realize how far I could’ve taken my Evel Kneivel thing, if not for that flawed 7 kid jump. The Raleigh Chopper was cool.
by Byron on Jun 18, 2007 at 6:43 PM
In HBO’s new comedy series, Flight of the Conchords, Brett works Tuesday nights on his secret project: a hair helmet.
For trivia buffs, the original hair helmet was sported by Lily Tomlin during an appearance on Laugh In in the 70s, but that was her real hair.
So anyway the Flight of the Conchords have a website but there are some problems with it, because they “update it quite a bit at first and then not as much, and then kind of get into it again and put a few more things on it and then just forget about it for a while and then get into it again.”
They’re all over YouTube and I’m expecting Brett’s hair helmet to make more appearances, as well as his bike.
by Byron on Jun 18, 2007 at 6:22 AM
In yet another example of bike design in pop culture and ads and the serendipity of the blogopshere, millions of people are indirectly seeing Ellsworth’s urban cruiser bike. Why The Ride is crushing watermelons, don’t know, but cool just the same.
We posted previously on The Ride when we attended the launch at Interbike last year and also noticed last week that REI is taking pre-orders now.
by Kelli on Jun 16, 2007 at 8:52 PM
After last year’s How not to ride STP, I embarked on this season determined to get in some great rides and procure for myself the coveted one-day rider patch. By adding thirty miles to the century course at today’s Flying Wheels, I managed to take a simple local ride and turn it into a very well-supported training ride.
Looking back on the 130-mile ride and realizing that STP is approaching quickly in a few weeks, I figure it’s time to check in with my list from last year and see how I’m doing at taking my own advice.
This year’s Flying Wheels was absolutely one of the best and most beautiful rides I’ve ever ridden. With 115 miles on the day I was feeling great and ready to get on with the home stretch. Another round of applause to Cascade for a terrific event.
by Mark V on Jun 16, 2007 at 4:09 PM
Mark says: this dates from the 15th
yesterday the monsoon rains arrived. we woke up and mounted our bikes for a long slog in a constant drizzle. homeboy had grown weary of the truck traffic breathing down our necks, so he plotted a course on a parallel road. basically, there are three roads following the river north from Gifu: a highway that the government had shot through mountain tunnels and high bridges, a prefectural road 156 which much of the trucks use, and a series of often single lane roads hopping the riverbanks. the small roads took us through dozens of little neighborhoods…modest houses almost always with a rice paddy alongside.
the incessant rain wasn’t so bad, but an hour or two into the ride my right knee developed a pain where i have never had pain before. i’m not sure what’s causing it…i think it might be the wider stance of the touring crank. whatever the cause, an hour or two further on and i was gasping in agony. this was and continues to be a major problem…
eventually we made it to a town where the little road and 156 met up again, with a view of the amazing infrastructure of the big highway spanning tunnels set high into the mountain. we found a town info center, and i negotiated for the very helpful woman there to set us up in a ryokan (traditional inn).
this ryokan was like f%&#ing shangra la to us. we were filthy and just knackered. The Kanbe ryokan didn’t have a view, but it had clean tatami mat rooms (without centipedes) and served dinner with the room. after an induglent japanese bath, we got this huge spread of food. so many courses of japanese cuisine….shabu-shabu, pickled vegetables, potatoe soup, sashimi, seafood custard, and more. the room, all that, and breakfast for 6500 yen each. well spent.
however my knee is definitely not good. we are going to have to shorten our route because i can’t make a good pace. we’ll probably make a shortcut to Takayama rather than go to Shirokawa-go. At least the sun is out, but all roads forward go up into the mountains….