San Jose Bike Party and Blinking Man


Like Blinking Man and our Mobile Socials, the San Jose Bike Party is about food, music, fun and, of course, bicycles. Stanford Journalism reports from San Jose ride in the video above and Nite Walk is in Vegas.

Tonight, a mere half block from my memories, I am blinking along with around 300 others now, surrounded by all manner of bicycle art, streamers, blinkers, wrapped neon, flags and reflectors. Large disco light towers are dumped into an attached carriage and flash to the rhythms of the music. One bicycle is covered with a real ram’s skull and full skeleton, another looks like Strawberry Shortcake puked rainbows all over it. There are low rider bikes, high rider bikes, scooters, mopeds, tricycles, mountain bikes, racing bikes and more.



The Foil Sails

Foil

The Foil slices wind like light through night

As I wrote in Issue 11 of our magazine, this bike made me late for dinner. TWICE.

On it, I take the long way home, caught up in those sought-after rouleur moments, when you catch a tailwind, and the Foil sails.

Read more about the Foil and see the gallery in our magazine and on G+.



Jeremiah Finds Freedom with a Folding Bike

Jeremiah’s new bike

Another Southby moment, my friend Jeremiah Owyang and I saw each other while stopped at an intersection. We were riding in the cold-ass rain, David was doing a semi track stand and Jeremiah walking pasts says, “Hey Byron, what’s that you’re riding?”

A month or so later, he’s got a Tern and loves it. He just posted on Facebook.

Anyone into the Transformers? No, not the Michael Bay version, the bicycle version.

Thanks to my bud Byron Dl, bike evangelist, who I’ve known for over a decade, he connected me with Tern Bicycles to borrow on loan this 24 lbs (10 kilo) folding 9 speed bicycle that can be tucked under a desk, in a Caltrain luggage rack or in the back of the two door car or in an Uber. Other features include dual brakes, removable pedals, and Shimano gears.

It takes four steps to collapse it, which I’m sure I can do in seconds once I get used to it.

Discussing riding, and getting in shape, Jeremiah also said, “Something changed in me, maybe I had a baby, maybe I care more about things over me, maybe I want to get healthy. It’s about freedom really.”

It really is… whether that’s freedom from the desk, a car ride, or not feeling healthy.



Big Dog in a Sidecar

Dog in a Sidecar

Then this rolls by

Often thought of a reality show in a bike shop, you know the drama that goes down in ‘em…the customers, mechanics, shop girls. Or, at the least, a webcam to capture shots like this live. Just a big dog in a sidecar rolling by

We’ve posted a bit about working in a shop here on the blog and our magazine. Enough stories for a book one day…



Calculating Bicycle Velocity


Found this bike brake light from a news article that popped in my newsreader and it’s quite interesting. LucidBrake inventor, John Craig, is improving his current tail light system that works on de-acceleration with a new TI inductive sensor and entered it in a TI design contest

The sampling rates available on the TI LDC1000 provide hundreds to thousands of readings for each spoke’s transition near the sensor, even for the fastest bicycles. The threshold output on the INT pin provides the perfect way to determine very accurate bicycle velocity - a simple microcontroller count between pulses does the trick. When velocity is decreasing at a significant rate, the brake light comes on.

Like LucidBrake, this inductive sensor could inspire other, new ideas from bike makers to calculate a bike’s velocity. From those measurements, a new simple power meter perhaps?



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