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?

Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll: Second and Last Batch

No recommended

Mark wants a koozie version that’ll have to wait

Seamstresses sewed up the last of the waxed canvas we bought into tool tolls and we put another batch on Amazon for sale. The tool rolls are $40.00 while they last, handmade in Seattle, AND 100% more aero than the bag sagging off saddles now with velcro straps that tear up your shorts. Endorsing the Hugga roll, Mark V did have one complaint

no storage for lemons and salt shaker.

True! And maybe we’ll make a mixer roll for the holidays with pockets for ice. A party-time solution we’ll look at later. For now, we want to stop ruining shorts, make changing a flat faster, and easier to keep track of your tools

Ruined Shorts, Demanded a Solution

Beltro

Beltro’s ruined shorts

So where’d the roll come from? Well, this one time on a ride, Velcro straps flapped my inner thigh like a bird trying to escape for 50 miles. Those ruined shorts, like Beltro’s above, demanded a solution. Also, a bag small enough to not threaten your thighs, is fiddly with tools dropping all over the place when opened. With the roll, tools and spares are organized neatly in pockets and unrolled on a saddle when needed.

Tools

Tools, spares, organized, ready to go

Multiple Bikes

If you’ve got multiple bikes, the roll goes with you, not with the bike; a major convenience when you need to get out the door and on the road.

rolled up

Rolled up

In a jersey

In a jersey pocket

Get them while you can. We spent months developing the roll and starting shipping them two weeks ago. See the posts and more iterations on G+.

Make a World of Difference with World Bicycle Relief

After sharing a ride story from Sea Otter earlier this week, where I met and rode with World Bicycle Relief staffers, here’s a video of their latest campaign being announced today.


Also see another WBR-ride story about Jacob Seigel-Boettner and the documentary, With My Own Two Wheels. It’s about how bicycles and WBR change people’s lives abroad and in the States.


WBR’s goal is to raise $500,000 and they’ve raised $188,161 to date. That’s 1404 bikes so far….

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