Girls, Skirts and Bikes

Submitted by Zannestar, who noted that Bike Hugger loves, “girls, skirts, and girls wearing skirts on bikes,” some related links

girl_skirts.jpg And here’s an entire gallery devoted to the topic and of course on flickr (don’t get me started with milfs on bikes wearing skirts and heels).



Batavus Lightning

Simple, sturdy, Dutch. The Batavus Lightning is a urban, city bike. It’s equipped with Nexus 7 and roller brakes, which means clean lines and just a few cables.

It’s modern looking and focused on form and function. With the big Schwable tires, powder-coated 7005 aluminum frame, and heft, the Lightning rides very solid, with sure steering, and comfort. The flat bar and adjustable stem are for an upright position. I was able to climb hills with the gearing and straight up, really dug this bike. There was plenty of tire clearance for fenders.

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With the dropouts, sliders and 130 spacing, I think you could run a fixed or single-speed as well. It’s a very understated bike and where an old-school bike industry dude would comment that it’s just another aluminum, flat-bar city bike, with 700c, and big tires; another would note that it’s got Dutch style and Nexus! One thing I did wonder is why there’s no bottle cage mounts? Well that’s because the Dutch are minimalists.

The Batavus Lighting rides well on paths and in the city.

Notes

  • MSRP is $999.99 and it’s shipping now to your local Independent Bike Dealer.
  • Roller brakes are nice, but don’t brake like DA.
  • Batavus’ website is not easy to navigate. I was unable to find this bike there, but your local dealer should get more details from SBS.

Update

The name of the bike was corrected to Lightning.



Bag mount for Dinotte tail light

dinotte I just picked up a Dinotte tail light. A real review of the light is coming later after I get a chance to try it out. Mounting the light has been a challenge for many the simple O-ring system included works great for front lights, not so great for tail lights. Dinotte’s released an updated frame mount recently, but I’d rather have the light on my excellent Alchemy Goods messenger bag since I frequently switch bikes but always bring my bag.

Here’s a mounting option I made for the bag, out of $4 of pvc pipe. It tucks into the external side pockets on the messenger bag. The mount let’s me adjust the aim of the light both left/right and up down.

The AG Messenger bag has two external pockets on the sides of the bag. I usually use the pockets for my saddle cover. Since the pockets are made of inner tubes (like the rest of the bag) they are pretty grippy and stretchy.

My mount consists of a 3/4inch PVC ‘T’, 3 matching elbow fittings and a slip-fit bushing. Two elbows go on to the ‘cross’ edge of the T, and are adjusted so the elbows follow the same plane as the T fitting. The 3rd elbow points outward, and provides a mounting spot for one end of the Dinotte O-ring. The elbows aren’t quite long enough to reliably fit both sides of the O-ring, so I picked up a bushing as well, which I fit in to the elbow leaving just enough of a seam to allow the other side of the O-ring to slip into.

To aim the light right or left, I can just turn the 3rd elbow in the direction I want. Aiming the light up or down is done by rotating the light engine and O-ring on the elbow/bushing joint. The aiming feature is important since the bag could fall on various parts of my back and point in various directions depending on the contents or day.

The battery pack fits perfectly inside the legs of the mount. The mount fits into the external pockets with a bit of work, which is also great. The small amount of stretch I get on fitting the mount in the pocket ensures the whole apparatus stays put. More Pics here.



Modal Being Built

This video shows the Modal Travel Bike Concept being built at Davidson Bicycles. The Modal has Paragon dropouts and S and S couplings. The bike folds and toggles between singled, fixed, or geared modes.

See more of the Modal on Flickr and our discussions.



Finger Bikes, Action Figures, and More

finger_bikes.jpg During a recent visit to Seattle Bike Supply for a product line review – Batavus, Lapierre, Redline, and more – we got to talking about the bike industry, history, stories, and Chuck Hooper, SBS President, told Tim Rutledge and me about the strangest prototype he ever approved.

Shown here, it was a finger bike with matching John Purse action figure head. Sales surprised all and remarkably, I remembered the ads for finger bikes.



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