Tuesday, September 27, 2011
anyway, outside there was this awesome bike. not even parked to anything. after looking at the chain, seems to me only one person could ride it.
makes me wonder about the history of that bike. who the person is, where the bike and the person met, etc.
do you also feel that way when you see a bike that has an obviously fascinating past?
Monday, September 26, 2011
i'm not sure how practical they are, but hey, i'm willing to try them out! i do like how unusual they are and how much attention they command.
anyone in sacramento have experience with these racks? please share your stories in the comments!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
as you can see, the other one was the practical bike, much like my joanie baby. that bike hauled stuff around in its very handy basket. i LOVE baskets.
we didn't really go for too long a ride, and austin is pretty flat compared to SF (at least the areas we rode around in). thus, i didn't get a chance to completely test out that climbing gear, but whoa, i do know enough of riding around on that bike to know i want to try it out some more. my birthday is coming up sometime in the next 364 days, so if anyone wants to get me a present, i'll take the lexa slx in size 47cm please. kthx.
in other news, i was impressed with the volume of bikes that were being parked at acl, and here's a tiny taste of it...
bike parking before:
bike parking after:
it was fun navigating around austin on bikes and figuring out bikey ways around the city thanks to the trusty austin bikey map. i can't wait to go back and do it again!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
tandem cruiser?! i can safely say i've never seen a tandem cruiser before. each set of handlebars had its own bell too. just in case, ya know? i've seen a tandem cargo bike, but not a tandem cruiser. radness. and on a SUV. well, that part isn't so rad, but what can you do?
free gary fisher anyone? sigh. the myriad of ways people lock up bikes for the taking really astounds me.
tomorrow will have another scene from austin, but this time involving the bikes we actually rode around on.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
"A new opportunity has come up to help improve BART's bicycle service.
Please take BART's bike survey within the next couple days, before they
close the survey. It takes about 5 minutes.
Please tell BART:
Both these proposals were floated by a BART director, but BART staff shot
him down. Let's raise our voices in support of no black out periods and
bikes allowed on escalators!
Here's the survey link:
1. No black out periods for bikes on BART.
2. Bikes allowed on escalators at all times.
Please tell BART:
Both these proposals were floated by a BART director, but BART staff shot him down. Let's raise our voices in support of no black out periods and bikes allowed on escalators!
Here's the survey link: http://www.research.bart.gov/se.ashx?s=6011868E259E952C
so if you want to BE THE CHANGE in you want to see in your infrastructure, please fill out the survey.
anecdote: as i have a new basket on my bike (pics to come!), i really wanted to use the escalators on friday night on my way to east bay bike party. with two u-locks (yes, TWO), and that new basket, it adds probably a good 5-10 pounds on an already heavy bike. i'm able bodied, but those who may have less upper body strength might also see the bikes on escalators as a nice and viable option to maneuver around the bart station. using the escalator with a bike is, and should go without saying IMO, after most of the riders have already used the escalators to prevent animosity and to avoid people bumping into your bike if they are in a rush and walk up on the narrow escalator on your left.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Why don't I want composite cork grips? Because, when they get smashed they turn to little bits of fly away powder. There is nothing to do but replace them. In my case, that would mean replacing them fairly often as the Bat gets blown down in the wind all the time. I would have to order them by the case. This seems silly to me. With the Riv grips the only part that gets broken is the ring that gets hit, and if it gets hit right you can fix it!
So, as you can see here above, the end of my grip was completely knocked off when it smashed into the ground (my front rack was bent, too). The end piece came off cleanly so all I had to do was glue it back on.
All I had to do was glue the ends that would make contact with one another. I use Super Glue. Never use Gorilla Glue. It expands as it dries and makes things all wonky.
All you need to do after that is press the two pieces together for a few minutes and then let it dry.
Now my grips are pretty disreputable right now. They get smashed and scraped all the time. Sometime soon I will sand them down a bit and re-shellac them. They will look completely new with about 15 minutes worth of "effort".
This is the third time I have repaired this grip. The other side has been put back together many times, too. I have only had to replace one of them once but that was after a bicycle that was hanging from the garage ceiling fell and crushed it.
You don't always have to buy something when a part breaks. If you chose the right things you can make them last a good long time, usually with a little bit of glue.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Some of them can ring and show the way. This particular one was a bit like Captain Jack Sparrow's compass and was more interested in pointing me to where I wanted to go than it was in pointing North. Probably better that way.
I have been known to choose a bell to brighten up the day while it also tells others "Hey! I'm coming through!". Not only is it a polite way of announcing my approach, it is sunny and cute.
As I have shared previously, Meli, the vegetarian, has a strange fondness for cheeseburger bicycle bells. This one looks a bit like the beet burgers she is especially fond of. Ask not for whom the burger tolls. It is telling you I am coming up the left!
Perhaps food themed bells are better at letting others know we are passing? Maybe because they remind us we are hungry and need to get home?
Bell peppers work, too.
All of this pictorial splendor is brought to you in the name of our last post. Use those bells! If you don't have one, go get one (along with some bicycle lights, gosh darn it!).
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Today's lesson is about my biggest frustration with other riders on the road; passing on the inside. One of the things that those of us who took Driver's Education learned early on, before we were allowed behind the wheel of a car, is that it is illegal and dangerous to pass another vehicle on the right. This applies especially to bicycles in the bike lane.
The usual configuration of a bicycle lane in the United States is to the right of the car lane and to the left of the parking lane. In San Francisco, where there are many one way streets with the bike lane on the left side of the road, this could also mean passing on the left so I will just call it passing on the inside. Most bicycle lanes are not wide enough to ride two abreast. To pass a rider who is ahead of you, you should make sure it is safe to leave the lane and enter the car lane to the left. From there you can accelerate to pass the forward rider and then re-enter the lane ahead.
cross posted at Vélo Vogue.
seen on the morning commute. s/he's got a lot of places to go, and things to do! being chauffeured by bike looks like its preferred mode of transportation.
happy day after (usa) labor day everyone!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Today, when I looked there were dots in Finland, New Zealand, Rio de Janeiro, Ghana and Turkey all within the same time period. What a global spread!! It got me to wondering what kind of information I could easily find about bicycling in some of these places, starting with Turkey.
There isn't a lot of easily findable material from a first person perspective about bicycling in Turkey. There are a few stories about people having a bicycle vacation in Turkey, but I didn't find (with a very limited search) anything written by a Turk about riding in Turkey. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. Lucky for me, I wasn't disappointed for long!
In my search I found this story about De Fietsfabriek, The Bicycle Factory, in the Hurriyet Daily News. It turns out that De Fietsfabriek was started by a Turkish immigrant to the Netherlands, Yalcin Cihangir.
"Cihangir discovered that he liked fixing bicycles and wanted to make his own bikes; after six months, he started his own business in Amsterdam. Teaming up with a local colleague in 2004, he started the Bicycle Factory (www.defietsfabriek.nl)."*
The best part of this story is that Cihangir has his parts manufactured in his small hometown in Turkey.
"Bike parts are produced in Büyükcamili, creating jobs for almost 30 men in a small place in danger of being abandoned. Cihangir opened the factory in his home village in order to give something back. People working at the factory have reasonable working hours and get a decent salary, between 1,300 and 1,700 Turkish Liras. Next to the bicycle factory, an atelier has been created where women make special clothing that is sold in the Netherlands and returns the revenues to Anatolia.
I have never met Yalcin Cihangir and I probably never will, but I would be very proud to own one of his bicycles. He proves through his actions that there is so much more to bicycles than any of us think of when we jump on them to go to work or play. Bicycles can save your home town! Maybe Flint and Detroit, Michigan should get on the bandwagon, too. After all, Henry Ford built and sold bicycles before cars and now Michigan is suffering the after effects. Maybe those same bicycles could help repair some of that damage. I know I would buy an American made bicycle like we used to be able to.
*excerpt from "The Turkish Bicycle Factory" by JOOST LAGENDİJK and linked to above.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
cause someone is now on the back of the bike.
this story is as much mateo's as it is his mom's. she's been trying to figure out how to ride a bike in LA, with not as many friends that are as into bikes like some of her friends back in SF, her hometown.
so, being the smart and tough cookie that she is, she just dived into it headfirst and now has the bike and the trailer that works for her to go with it.
look at that smile. i asked his mom how he liked it. these are her words: he liked it, and was laughing! he was also a little confused, like WTF is this contraption?
heh. indeed. looks like there's room in there for two. bike party time! EL LAY kiddo style. yah, he might have a sticker. or three. time to add music to that bike. elmo sound system anyone?