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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Barcelona bicycle numbers [barcelonabicycle]

In the website of the Barcelona City Council for mobility you can find  the full report of Barcelona basic data of mobility for 2010 (pdf, in Catalan). There is also a brief report for 2011, but the last complete one is for 2010. The report contains very interesting bicycle data.


2009201009/10 (%)
Bicycle transport share2,07%1,99%-3,9
Bicycle trips102.824106.5203,6
Bike lanes/path km146,81598,3
% of streets with bicycle lanes/paths--12,10%--
Bicycles using the bike lanes/paths--42,10%--
Bicycle parking20.40221.3874,8
Registered users of "Bicing"182.062117.523-35,4
Daily average users of "Bicing"33.41534.5853,5
Number of "Bicing" trips10.769.25611.147.0003,5
Public cost by "Bicing" trip (EUR)1.31.26--
Public cost by bus/metro trip  (EUR)--1.24--
"Bicing" share in total bicycle use--28,70%--
Bicycle accidents513414-19,3



The report includes an interesting map of bicycle traffic density in Barcelona.


Intensitat de trànsit de bici a Barcelona (any 2010)

Knog Blinder GT Stripe


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  • 42 x 42 x 62mm 
  • 39g
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  • 80 Lumens (LED Rating)
  • 44 lumens (LED Rating)

200 miles of bad roads - Dirty Kanza 200 race report [Dirt Rag]


By Josh Patterson, photos by Josh Patterson and Corey Godfrey 
At the Dirty Kanza 200, the volatile Kansas weather shapes the outcome as much as the racers' fitness and preparation. Scorching heat, soul-crushing headwinds, and high humidity often upset the best-laid plans. Last year an afternoon outbreak of severe thunderstorms forced many racers to seek shelter in barns and ditches, but this year mild temperatures and light winds created ideal conditions for 200 miles of gravel road racing.
Here’s the winning video from last year’s DK200 video contest. (Ben Thornton was not lucky enough to find refuge in a barn.)
This year unseasonably mild temperatures, light and variable winds, and rain showers several days prior—just enough to pack down the gravel—conspired to make this year’s race one that would see previous records broken.
At Friday night’s pre-race meeting many riders talked in hushed voices about who would break the 12-hour barrier, and best former 24-hour National Champion Cameron Chamber’s four-year-old record of 11 hours and 58 minutes. Would it be DK200 stalwart Dan “the diesel” Hughes, owner of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence, Kansas; Lincoln Nebraska’s Corey “Cornbread” Godfrey; or would the Queen of Pain, three-time World Champion Rebecca Rusch chick everyone?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bicycle/car collision

Halo Couriers bicycle service delivers CSA's in the UK


We offer carbon neutral bicycle delivery of your farm share to Northampton via Halo Couriers bicycle service. Live outside of Northampton? No problem. . You can still get your share delivered! Brought to you by Halo Couriers vehicle service direct to your home or office in the following towns: Granby, Hadley, Amherst, Easthampton, Florence, Springfield, Montague, Deerfield, Sunderland, Greenfield, and Turners Falls. If your town is not listed here, but is nearby, please contact Halo Couriers, 413-584-8380,info@halobikecouriers.com, to see if they can deliver there as well.
Direct to home or office delivery is $9 per week! You can get our top quality produce and come out to our farm for visits and Pick Your Own whenever you want, as well as having the convenience of delivery.
Delivery available for Main and Full Season Vegetable Shares, Fruit Shares, Flower Shares and Egg Shares.

Bike the C-bus 2012 registration is open!


The original city-wide bicycle tour of Columbus, Ohio - The event will take place on Saturday, September 1, 2012
Mission
Bike the C-Bus is the region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health & fitness, and urban lifestyles.
Overview
Bike the C-Bus is a fun way to check out a few of the neighborhoods in and around Columbus. Experience segments of the King Lincoln District, Woodland Park, Olde Town East, Downtown, Short North Arts District, Italian Village, University District, Harrison West, Victorian Village, Arena District, Franklinton, Brewery District and German Village.
Description
The entire ride will cover approximately 25-30 miles over 4 segments and will feature stops that highlight change that is occurring in our neighborhoods. Each stop will be sponsored by businesses and community groups and provide snacks, drinks and entertainment for the riders. The ride is configured to allow cyclists to complete segments if they do not feel comfortable riding the entire route.

The $25 registration fee includes an official 2012 Bike the C-Bus t-shirt (if you register by August 25) and wristband along with drinks and food at designated rest stops, plus a free lunch in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre.

Bike the C-Bus is the region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health & fitness, and urban lifestyles. “Bike the C-Bus” is considered a ride and not a race and will offer a variety of course options to accommodate everyone from recreational riders to hard-core fitness enthusiasts.

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A Compulsory Helmet Law Won’t Make NYC Cyclists Safer [Streetsblog]


The great thing about arguments favoring compulsory bike helmet laws is that they tend to stay on topic instead of degenerating into fruitless bickering over cyclists’ interactions with pedestrians, bike riders’ claim to the streets, and other tired subjects.
In Berlin, cycling rates have skyrocketed while injury rates have plummeted, all without a helmet law. Photo: Überselektor/Flickr
The bad things about such arguments are many. Here are three:
  1. They ignore the possibility that some non-helmet wearers will cycle less or will refrain from taking up cycling in the first place rather than use a helmet or risk being cited for riding bareheaded.
  2. They ignore safety-in-numbers, or, in this case, its inverse, by which having fewer cyclists on the road tends to raise per-cyclist crash rates with motor vehicles, as cyclists’ diminished presence on the road leads drivers to treat them as aberrations rather than as part of traffic.
  3. They overstate helmets’ protective value in reducing injury severity in the event of crashes.

James Schwartz's Ode To His Former Bicycle Helmet [Treehugger]



Mikael at Copenhagenize/Screen capture
A few years back, I used to think bike helmets were a good idea, and used to even write posts suggesting that bike activists like Matthew Modine should wear them. Mikael Colville-Anderson of Copenhagenize wasn't impressed, and called me "a darling of the helmet industry" and the Fox News of the bicycle world.
Over the years I have become convinced that he was right, that helmets can marginalize and isolate urban commuting cyclists, who are no more likely to crack their heads than pedestrians or drivers. That they can scare people from cycling, just like the car manufacturers fought against mandatory seat belts because they thought it would tell people that driving is dangerous. That we have a right to ride in our city without armouring ourselves against cars. That normal urban cycling doesn't need special clothes and equipment, just a bike.

The century-old Edison-Puton Monowheel

The 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel has the frame, rider and a 150cc De Dion engine enclosed b...
The 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel has the frame, rider and a 150cc De Dion engine enclosed by the wheel.
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The annual Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in the U.K. never fails to deliver something special and this year that exotic ingredient is a 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel. Capable of being ogled by engineers for hundreds of hours at a time, the Monowheel was built in Paris in 1910, and bears testimony to human folly at its most ingenious.
There's something special for me about monowheels - those with gyroscopic balancers excepted. They look like they don't work, and they almost work practically, but not quite. They are however, a spectacle for the eye of any human with an interest in physics.
Despite the seeming obvious, the monowheel has been persevered with for well over 100 years as a viable solution to personal transportation needs. I dips me lid to the tenacity of the inventors, but without intelligent balancing, the monowheel is likely to remain a circus act as to me at least, it always looks like an accident about to happen.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Failed hipster - fixie must go - $1100 (SLO) [Craigslist]


Date: 2012-06-01, 9:43AM PDT
Reply to: kd8x2-3050996290@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

I tried so hard. I dated a girl from Portland. I criticized cheese. I applied the term artisanal to every inanimate object that went in or on my body. I burned and singed my forearms just to make it look like I was going to culinary school. I grew Carol Brady hair. I got itchy from the finest flannel and I cut off circulation from the waist down with jeans that made my ass look like an elevator button.

. . .And I rode a fixie.

No more. It's all gotta go. The hair, the macrame, the texting overages, the Netflix and Hulu Plus. The record collection (have you ever tried to box up and move an effin stack of LPs?!) . . .and the bike. Pictured below is the bike. It's beautiful. It's got red rims. Red chain. Red tires. Red handlebars shaped like devil horns -- because it's the devil.

The guys at the hipster store don't tell you fixes don't stop. So I will. Fixies don't stop. Stop sign? Fixie don't care. Car coming turning in front of you at a three-way stop? Fixie laugh. Want Chipotle? Nope. Fixie want protein powder/beet/purple carrot/bee pollen juice and won't stop till he gets it. Fixie has a mind of his own.

Yesterday, Fixie got pulled over twice by SLO PD in three hours. In six months time, Fixie collected more tickets than a scalper for a Radiohead show at Hollywood Bowl.

I'm selling this badboy and tipping the dregs of my last PBR tall boy in his memory.

The (Devil) Fixie:
Cinelli Gazzetta Frame (2011)
Crane Creek and Origin 8 components

$1,100 ($1,600 new) 

New brews: Hoof Hearted Brewing [via Columbus Alive!]



New brews: Hoof Hearted Brewing

Wednesday June 6, 2012 7:20 PM
By  Jesse Tigges
Trevor Williams is the public face and brewer for the wonderfully named Hoof Hearted brewery, but he couldn’t have gotten this far without longtime friend Jarrod Bichon, the brewery’s technical adviser. The two make their beer in a warehouse-like barn they lease in Marengo.
Bichon constructed much of their equipment himself, including an automated keg-sanitizing machine that allows them to circumvent a distributor for that service. A new one would cost $30,000 or more. Considering they welded 200-gallon brew kettles and converted what they call a “Raleigh beach cruiser” into a grain mill, Hoof Hearted best represents the D.I.Y. nature that comes with a startup brewery.
Hoof Hearted’s rural brewing location has both its advantages and disadvantages. The two like having a “sanctuary” — complete with a projection screen where ’80s movies are in constant rotation and posters of scantily-clad women as “artwork” in the bathroom — where they can get away and focus on brewing.
“We can have movie night, listen to music as loud as we want and we’ve got an entire walk-in cooler full of beer,” Bichon cheerfully said.
But Marengo is a 45-minute drive from Downtown and the Short North, where their first clients are located. Liz Lessner, president of the Columbus Food League group of restaurants, has been a big supporter of the brewery, and her brother Thom designed the labels for Hoof Hearted. The Jury Room will be tapping a keg of the Musk of the Minotaur IPA at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The other perk of brewing on a farm is that all the used grain from brewing can be given to the farm’s cows, making waste removal easier and kind of fun.
“Those cows see us coming and run towards the fence really excited when we’ve got the sticky, hot grain. It’s like watching a kid trying to eat a hot piece of pizza — burning the roof of their mouth,” Williams said with a laugh.