Sunny, Cold Day, Ride

With the cold, sunny days in Seattle (cold for us at least), we shot this video riding around Alki Beach and the University of Washington.

Bikes and gear shown include

and the audio sample is Lyrics Of Fury from Tricky.

4 Million Bikes Stolen

When Bryan and I were riding around Beijing (inhaling various flavors of fuel), I fretted about locking the bikes, making sure we picked a good spot to lock them, and was wary of bike thieves. We debated the likelihood of theft and thought with hundreds of millions of bikes on the street, who would need to steal one? Well, according to a China Daily report, 4 million bikes get stolen a year and they just halved that and consider it a success. Wow that’s a lot of bikes!


Interestingly, the bikes we did see locked, were more like a cursory lock, not NYC style at all.

Pedal Power Booth

Delta 7 Sports and Miōn Footwear partnered to power their booth at the Outdoor Retailer show with a mountain bike. Scott emailed me about it and we got a photo from Delta 7 Sports. Show attendees, employees, and anyone else they could find, attempted to pedal more than 3,000 watts of electricity per day


a couple notes

  • Interbike! Maybe for a few turns of the pedals, booth attendees can escape the fact that they’re in Vegas – then be reminded on the fun-ride monorail.
  • Perfect karmic task for the a-holes at Gizmodo – they should have to pedal power Motorolas booth at CES for their mean-spirited stunt.
  • And we thought the bike blender was cool – you could have one of these pedal-power setups running a blogger lounge and recharging cell phones.

Admittedly, we lack Mountain Bike coverage here, but did notice the Arantix in the photo. It takes about 300 hours to build that IsoTruss structure with carbon fiber. And only 200 hundred are being built this year.

Rob’s Bike Courier Service

From the Coloradoan, a story about Rob Martin’s bike business.

… each morning, Martin hops on his bike to pick up bagels from Gib’s and deliver them to Old Town coffee shops … every trip I make is one less car on the road or in some cases, one less truck,” he said while collecting recycling at Lyric Cinema Café in Old Town, the fourth stop on his recycling rounds that day. “I want to be part of the solution.


Of course, a bike economy interests us and besides the bagels, Rob picks up recycling for local businesses.

What I’m wondering is what other businesses can run with bikes?

Photo: Rich Abrahamson/The Coloradoan.

Human powered commuting across the Puget Sound

Here I’ve been feeling so sorry for myself riding the roads in the cold weather, and not one but two dudes have been riding the sound this winter and for many winters past . I’m don’t see myself giving up my spot on the bus for a water bike on my short trip across Lake Washington, but I’m definitely impressed. Thanks to Bill for the tip! The aqua bikes seem like a very good option for a trip on the sound, stable and reliable, maybe a bit pokey. Turns out there are lots of options. If I’m gonna compete with the water skiers next to the SR-520 floating bridge I think I’ll have to get me one of these and those 6-pack abs I asked for for Christmas. For those with a bit of spare time, here’s a DIY.

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