Fast Standing Still

Waterford spotted on Flickr.

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NYT: Asphalt Fights

The NYT reports on road tension between cyclists, cars, and pedestrians

Cars, bikes and pedestrians all scramble for space in Manhattan.

with quotes from BikeSnobNYC

I’m taking photos of people who almost kill me.

The article recounts a handful of recent incidents, but doesn’t mention the Critical Mass violence in Seattle or deaths. I’ve been bookmarking cycling deaths in the news as I see them.

Update

Seattle PI blogs about the story and there’s the predictable bike hate response.

Bike Tools as Art

With three Eno Freewheels floating around on various single speed wheelsets these days, I finally picked up a White Industries freewheel removal tool. I love the heft and precision of it. While it has a narrow and specific utility, I’m reminded that a well made tool can evoke the type of emotion one experiences when connecting with a piece of art. I scanned through old hugger posts and enjoyed reading about Mark’s obscure headset tool, and “Pro Tool Super,” and I thought I’d open this up to the forum again. What are your favorite tools, and why?

Uploaded by Dapper Lad Cycles | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

RideCivil 8/8/08 Ride Report

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We came, we rode, we smiled (and waved). August’s Ridecivil was a smash success – we had about 30 riders, news coverage by the major outlets, a ton of fun, and no traffic conflicts.

We also learned a ton about how to conduct a large ride like this. Before we left the park I asked the riders to take responsibility for their own riding, for keeping the group as a whole together, and to agree to a few basic principals and goals. I have to admit, my little speech didn’t instantly convert the crew into a synchronized cycling team, but we kept it together across many red lights, merges and turns. Big thanks to all the riders for this, especially the leads and sweeps.

Korean Keirin Bike

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s a form of velodrome racing in Japan known as keirin , and the bikes used in the professional ranks are made to very exact, high quality standards yet are almost anachronistically traditional in design.

But what you might not have known is that professional keirin exists in Korea as well. When I was in Korea a few years ago, I didn’t have enough time to find a track. I hadn’t thought much about Korean keirin until a customer came into the shop a few weeks ago with a keirin bike with distinctly Korean characters on it.

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