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Erck in New Zealand …

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Get Married, Quit Your Job, & Bicycle the World!

Erck.org is a a blog about how James and Sara Welle, “got married, quit our jobs, and bicycled around the world.” Sounds good to me! Well, we’re already married, but have cycled parts of the world and have lots more to ride.

Erck.org was outfitted by Elliott Bay Bicycles, one of our sponsors, and started their journey earlier this year. Inspired by the book, Miles from Nowhere they’re riding New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Russia, Eastern Europe, and South America.

They’re somewhere in Cambodia now, are not divorced, and like our trip to Beijing, are seeing a totally different world.

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Over 2,000 comments and counting

The deadline for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan has been extended until 5 pm, May 18th, 2007. Get your comments in now; especially in light of the pressure the plan is under from Stone Way businesses.



NY Times on Electric Bikes

Not nearly as surprising as seeing a Biomega in Design Within Reach, but today the New York Times ran a story on electric bikes. While good (any mainsteam coverage of bike commuting is good), the article missed the sport-utility bike market being built by companies like Clever Cycles, Xtracycle, Surly, and custom builders like Sycip and Vanilla.

We agree that cyclists are finding that bikes are, “a viable option for commuting, shopping and other local trips” especially with a long tail, rack, and motor assist.

As I noted in my Bettie Delivers post, if the attention the Bike Hugger Bettie gets is any indication of a national trend, we expect more cyclists to use their cars a lot less, if at all.

For more on electric bikes, check Electric Bikes Northwest ebikes.ca, a bike v. Prius, and Todd’s thougts on motors and bikes.



Friday afternoon read: Little 500 edition

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ESPN.com: Page 2 : Nothing little about IU’s Little 500 ESPN’s Jim Caple offers a feature story on Indiana University’s Little 500, the race that features in 1979’s Oscar-nominated Breaking Away.

This year’s edition went off April 21st, and was won in a photo finish by the Cutters team, their 8th overall victory.

Also:

Gallery from gfisk.com

Flickr photoset by spence_sir



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