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Saturday, April 26, 2014

MiniBrake: to make cycling safer for kids all over the world!

Brainy Bike Lights


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ALLEYCATS: Bike Racing with Less Rules

Friday, April 25, 2014

‘Dead red’ law passes in Indiana | Kokomo Perspective

Late last month Indiana joined 15 other states with the passing of house bill 1080, better known as the “dead red” law.
The bill, authored by local state representative Mike Karickhoff (R), authorizes motorcycle, moped, and bicycle riders who fail to trigger a traffic signal at an intersection to drive through a red light, so long as the rider first stops for two minutes and then proceeds cautiously.
“Many traffic signals cannot detect motorcycles or bicycles, causing frustration and potential danger for the driver and for other motorists on the road,” said Rep. Karickhoff.
Karickhoff said when motorcyclists were left waiting at a light they hadn’t triggered, they were left with a few choices, none of which were ideal.

“When the signal isn’t triggered, that leaves the motorcyclist with the choice of, one, disregarding the signal anyhow, two, waiting for a car to pull up behind them and get on the scale. Then the motorcyclist has to pull their wheel out into the intersection to make room for that car. Or, they can make a right turn and drive a mile or so out of their way until they can turn and go back the other way.”

CYLO bicycle

CYLO WAS DESIGNED TO BE SIMPLE BECAUSE LIFE SHOULD BE THAT WAY. BY INTEGRATING EVERYTHING WITHIN THE FRAME YOU CAN LET YOUR MIND ROAM FREELY — JUST LIKE YOU DID ON HOT SUMMER DAYS AS A KID.




ICEdot Crash Sensor

The ICEdot Crash Sensor mounts to any helmet and detects critical impacts that may leave you incapacitated. It pairs with a companion app running on your smart phone over Low Energy Bluetooth. When it detects critical forces the Crash Sensor triggers your phone to sound an alarm and if not disabled, alert your pre-specified emergency contacts over SMS text message and include a link to your current GPS coordinates if available.
Phone types currently supported:
iPhone 4S or later (BLE 4.0 Required)
Android phones running 4.3 or later with BLE support - Nexus 4 & 5 are fully supported, others are open beta.
All Samsung phones restricted due to inconsistent BLE communications
Includes:
  • 1 ICEdot Crash Sensor
  • 1 helmet mounting clip (adheres or zip ties to helmet)
  • 1 USB to Micro USB charging cable
  • 1 Yr Premium ICEdot Membership

JAMES PERSE CITY CRUISER

Custom Built Single Speed Commuter Bike

Following in the tread of the James Perse Beach Cruiser, the City Cruiser blends vintage track style with sleek, urban functionality. Each bike is custom built with Chromoly steel forks and frames and either clear powder-coated over hand-sanded raw steel or finished in a matte khaki grey. The City Cruiser comes equipped with front and rear brakes and a flip-flop rear hub for easy freewheeling or more connected fixed gear riding. Leather grips and a canvas-infused rubber saddle make for a comfortable and stylish ride.


Chromoly Steel frame
100% cr-mo 1-1/8" thread less steerer and oversized straight fork blades
Forged aluminum crankset
Aluminum chainring - 47T x 3/32"
17T flip-flop freewheel/fixed hub
Riser handlebar with Brooks leather grips
Aluminum stem and seat post
Front and rear brakes
Brooks cambium saddle
30mm aluminum rims with SS spokes
28C Vittoria Randonneur tires

Sizes: 700c x 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

To order, contact: LimitedEdition@JamesPerse.com.


[JAMES PERSE]

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Editorial: Build the Central Parkway bike path | Cincinnati.com


As Cincinnati officials have worked to increase the appeal and livability of the city in recent years, there's been broad agreement on the need to provide alternatives to driving.
As a result, Cincinnati's bike infrastructure has grown rapidly, with bike lanes along some of the city's busiest corridors. But these changes haven't come without fights, with the latest conflict centering on a proposal to build protected bike lanes on Central Parkway.
The bike lanes make sense. They physically separate bikes from car traffic by white plastic bollards, reducing accidents and the discomfort many people have when bikes and cars share a space. They connect neighborhoods like Clifton, Northside, the West End, Over-the-Rhine and Downtown, where high numbers of residents use bikes as transportation and not just for recreation. And they would likely encourage more development along Central Parkway, where buildings now are underused and where cars race by on their way to I-75.

Ride For World Health Bikers in Joplin | fourstateshomepage.com

JOPLIN, MO --- Twenty medical students from Ohio State University stop in Joplin today as part of their bike ride across the country.

The bikers started their ride in San Diego, California on March 26th.  The students are part of a Columbus, Ohio non-profit organization called Ride For World Health. 

The goal is to raise money for global health organizations.  So far they have raised $50,000.

Riders Erin Shropshire says it's important to educate people in america on global health issues. 
[Keep reading at Four States Home Page]

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The Italian Job: Can Campagnolo survive? | Bicycling Magazine

This is a fable about emotion, but it starts as a business story. For the past half century the Italian component maker Campagnolo and its chief competitor, the Japanese conglomerate Shimano, have gone toe-to-toe in one of the great rivalries not just of the cycling world but of the entire business world. The elements intrigue those who study such things: Despite their near-comic contrast in size—Shimano's bicycle-division sales were $2.1 billion last year, Campagnolo's around $150 million—the companies have considered each the other's greatest foe. Over the years, the spirit of that rivalry infected their customers. Road cyclists can be passionate about their choice of components, but none are more notoriously passionate than Campy freaks. They wax eloquently about the curves and swooping lines of new components, create personal museums of old parts, can be stunned into silence and immobility by the sight of a complete boxed Campy tool set.

Campagnolo traditionally had been seen as owning the top 1 percent of the cycling market, the high-end professional and custom-build customer, while Shimano was considered to dominate OEM (original equipment manufacturer)—its components, ubiquitous on mass-production bikes made by major players, at times have been found on as many as 70 percent of all bikes made.

Campagnolo was also traditionally acknowledged as the choice of champions. Eddy Merckx rode only Campy. Bernard Hinault rode Campy to all five of his Tour de France victories. So did Miguel Indurain. Of course the Italian champions Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi rode Campy. But the last Tour winner to ride a Campagnolo gruppo under the Arc de Triumph was Italy's Marco Pantani in 1998. (The inevitable asterisk of modern sports: Oscar Pereiro, who was declared the 2006 winner after a failed drug test negated Floyd Landis's victory, rode Campagnolo.) Lance Armstrong won seven yellow jerseys on Shimano gear. When he retired in 2005, many insiders assumed Campagnolo would do whatever it took to make sure the next winner was on its componentry. But Shimano won in 2007 and 2008. Then things became really bleak for Campy: The upstart SRAM stole the crown. A Chicago company that found its first success by selling handlebar shifters for mountain bikes in the 1980s, SRAM didn't put out its first road-bike group until 2005. But just four years later, in 2009, Spain's Alberto Contador won the Tour on the company's top groupset, Red. Contador and SRAM won again in 2010, before Shimano took over again in 2011, under Cadel Evans.

[Keep reading at Bicycling Magazine]

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tokyo’s new rentable bikes are a great start, but the city is still far from bike-friendly | Rocket News 24



Close your eyes and throw a stick in pretty much any Tokyo neighbourhood, and there’s a good chance that you’ll hit someone riding a bicycle. With roughly 72 million bikes on the streets of Japan, they’re an essential part of daily life for many, especially in urban areas where space for motor vehicle parking is both limited and expensive.

Last weekend, though, we stumbled upon a fleet of sparkling new bicycles that couldn’t be more different to the typical mamachari shopping bikes that everyone from junior high schoolers to worryingly wobbly grandmothers pedal around town. Sleek, compact, and with”Suicle” stamped on their crossbars, these lime-green lightweights are available for anyone with a prepaid IC bus or rail card and a half-decent sense of balance to rent.

Eager to know if the ride, and the process of renting and returning, was as smooth as a nearby sign purported it to be, we took a couple of the mini bikes out for a spin.

Built by Japanese electronics giant Panasonic and being rolled out in a handful of commuter towns in Tokyo to allow easy access to stations and the local area, the Suicycle scheme has only just begun, and is still relatively unknown even amongst locals.

The Suicle station (or “port”, as their makers prefer them to be known) we found was located near Higashi Koganei Station on the JR Chuo Line, which runs from Tokyo Station in the east through vibrant Shinjuku and all the way out to the mountains and forests of West Tokyo. Situated directly beneath the line in a gap between two of the giant concrete pillars keeping it aloft, the bicycle parking area is yet another example of Japanese town planners’ recent desire to make use of valuable space that might otherwise sit vacant.

Inside this fenced-off, sheltered spot stood row upon row of shiny new compact bikes destined never to have an owner of their very own. Instead, they are designed to be picked up, dropped off, and shared by hundreds if not thousands of people during their lifetimes. Stamped with the name “Suicle” (a combination of the onomatopoeic word ‘suisui’, meaning to move smoothly and quickly, and ‘cycle’), the bikes are accessible 24 hours a day and the process of picking up and dropping off is fully automated.

Entering through a narrow, pedestrians-only pathway, we found the pay station, a machine roughly the size of a typical vending machine but with a large LCD touch panel in its centre.


It’s here that commuters and sightseers alike scan the same Pasmo or Suica prepaid IC cards that they use for public transport to rent or return a bike, choosing whether to take one out for an hour at a time (starting at 100 yen/US$1), for the whole day as a “visitor” to the area (500 yen/$5), or to pay for a full month of hop on, hop off use (2,500 yen/$25).

Renters are required to provide ID and register a form of electronic payment on their first use, but it’s simply a case of filling out a simple form in order to receive a unique ID number that will be tethered to the card you’ll use for future payments. After that, you’re free to select a bike and, having scanned your card one last time to pass through the automated security barrier, you’re away.


With a comfortable synthetic leather saddle, durable, puncture-resistant tyres, a sturdy wire-frame basket (not to worry — in Japan, even the cool kids have baskets on their bikes!), bell, front-wheel lock for when you’re leaving the bike somewhere other than a Suicycle station, and three twist-grip gears to make use of (sorry, speed freaks, but these bikes are intended for crowded city areas rather than the velodrome, after all), these are genuinely sharp sets of wheels.

[ Read more at rocketnews24.com ]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Caferacer - CREME Cycles

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The Caferacer commuter bike's design is influenced by hand built porteur bicycles of the 50's and 60's. The semi-upright position will give you a perfect balance between comfort and speed, whilst the front rack will be ideal for carrying your groceries, laptop or just about anything else that you need to take with you. But take note that the Caferacer is not only practical but also exceptionally beautiful. Look closer at the paint job and the finish of the parts. You will find some rare features not commonly found in todays bicycles, like hand polished rims and a lugged frame and fork, making this machine a treat for bike connoisseurs. However, you don't have to be a bicycle mechanic to ride this bike every day - there are no external derailleurs, no adjustment knobs, and all Caferacers feature very clean cable routing. All this will give you a classic looking bicycle that is a pleasure to use every day.
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Specs:
Lugged hi-ten steel frame and fork, “albatross” style alloy handlebars, Tektro calliper brakes, alloy cranks, Joytech front hub, Shimano Nexus 3-speed / 7-speed rear hub, VP pedals, aluminium double-wall hand polished rims, Velo saddle, Schwalbe tires, LED battery lights front and rear, stylish bell, stainless steel front rack.
MSRP: $879

http://www.cremecyclesusa.com/caferacer/

Sun-powered trike on Kent State University's campus is first in the state



KENT, Ohio - The greening of Kent State University’s campus this spring includes the state’s first “sun-powered trike.”

The ELF (electric, light, fun) pedal vehicle is owned by Paulette Washko, director of research compliance. It is one of about 400 manufactured by Organic Transit of Durham, N.C. It costs about $5,000.

The bright green “pod” is powered by pedals pushing its 26-inch tires. Uphill, the ELF hums as its solar-assisted 600-watt battery kicks in, according to a Kent State news release. It meets the federal standards for a bicycle.

Washko drives her ELF four miles from her Stow home to Kent State and locks it to a bike rack outside Cartwright Hall.

“You can’t be sad when you’re driving it,” Washko said in the release. You get to experience the outdoors with the convenience of not being exposed to the elements, and you get some exercise, all while commuting to work.”


Happy Earth Day! Why Cycling Makes Sense | White House


Earth Day Ride a Bike

DID YOU KNOW...

that the United States is comprehensively cataloging greenhouse gas emissions from the largest sources – an important initial step toward measurable and transparent reductions in carbon emissions, which will reduce air pollution and protect the health and welfare of the American people. In January 2012, the Administration launched an online tool that makes comprehensive greenhouse gas emission data publicly available for 29 different industrial categories and other large sources of greenhouse gas pollution.
President Obama has also directed the Federal Government – the largest energy consumer in the U.S. economy – to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from direct sources such as building energy use and fuel consumption by 28 percent by 2020. He also directed Federal agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from indirect sources, such as those from employee commuting, by 13 percent by 2020. By meeting these goals, Federal agencies can save up to $11 billion dollars in energy costs and eliminate the equivalent of cumulative 235 million barrels of oil over the next decade. In 2011, the Administration released the first-ever comprehensive Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory for the U.S. Government, allowing agencies to leverage data to gauge the effectiveness of their renewable energy investments and their energy and fuel efficiency efforts.
[ From whitehouse.gov ]

Pibal, A Peugeot Concept Vehicle Designed by Phillippe Starck That Is Part Bicycle, Part Scooter | Laughing Squid


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Automaker Peugeot enlisted designer Phillippe Starck to create the ideal vehicle for getting around the streets of Bordeaux, France, where cycling is a preferred method of transportation. The result isPibal, a sort of hybrid vehicle that combines the pedal-based locomotion of a bicycle with the kick-powered propulsion of a scooter. The concept vehicle lets the rider alternate between the two methods of travel depending on the flow of traffic. The vehicle, which was first unveiled in 2012, gets its name from the French word “pibale,” meaning baby eel.
Just like the pibale, undulating and playing with the flow, Pibal is an answer to new urban ergonomics, thanks to a lateral translation which allows oneself to pedal long distances, to scoot in pedestrian areas and to walk next to it, carrying a child or any load on its platform.
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[ Read more on laughingsquid.com ]

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Bike-Powered Coffee Cart That Could Take On Starbucks



With a solar-powered-battery powering the coffeemaker, Wheely's wants to reinvent the franchise model: sustainable, hip, and affordable--but with the power of a global brand.

There are over 13,000 Starbucks in the U.S. In cities like New York, where there are over 100 locations in Midtown Manhattan alone, it feels like there's one on every block. So it isn’t exactly easy to start an independent cafe that can compete. Depending on location, startup costs for a storefront space can be a few hundred thousand dollars or more. But a Swedish design firm hopes to make it possible for young people with small budgets to start their own mini coffee shop--with a bike-driven, solar-powered mobile cafe.
The designers hope to reinvent the franchise model, making a chain that a younger generation might actually want to invest in (and that they can afford--in Europe, where Starbucks is beginning to offer franchises, the cost is around $250,000).
“We wanted to use what we learned from working with big brands,” says Per Cromwell, cofounder of the Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery, the company developing the mobile cafe. “The idea is to use all the advantages of a franchise; branding, social media, pricing and product development, but in a much cheaper way.”
The project is currently raising funds on Indiegogo, and for an early-bird price of $1,800, someone can get an entire Wheely’s Cafe: A bike with a solar-powered battery to run a coffeemaker, a sink, storage, and an umbrella to protect customers from the sun and rain. Everything is branded with the Wheely’s identity so cart owners have the advantage of being recognizable...
Keep reading at FastCompany

Bike cooperative fighting to keep space after owner of building they moved into wants them out | WXYZ Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A bike cooperative that moved into a vacant building in Detroit without permission is fighting to keep their space because the owner now wants them out of the building.

The group Fireweed Universe City and Bike Cooperative moved into a building on Woodward near 7 mile about a year ago.  They moved in without permission.  Back then group member Sara Bohan said the building was vacant and boarded up.

“Nasty.  It was a complete wreck so we’ve definitely improved the building by cleaning up the space inside, moving garbage and needles.  Drugs were used here and who else knows what went down here and now we’ve turned it into a place of beauty and function,” said Bohan.

Bohan said they wanted to rent or buy the building but could not find the owner.  Last week the owner found them.  Bohan said now she wants to kick them out.

“What we’re doing here is trying to help the community we are part of.  Would you like to come in and check it out?  And she refused to even come in.  And it’s not even about who owns it, it’s about making the neighborhood a better place,” said Bohan.

The group, which is applying for nonprofit status, encourages kids to clean up neighborhoods in Detroit and learn how to build bicycles.  Then in exchange kids get to keep the bikes.  Last year the group gave away 100 bikes.  

“We love having them here and things seem to be growing,” said Robert Pizzimenti.
[Keep reading at WXYZ]

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