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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Photos of Late 19th-Century Bicycle Clubs Riding Their Penny-Farthings Around the Bay Area | Slate



The California Historical Society recently posted a batch of cycling-themed imagesfrom their collections on Flickr. While some of the ephemera is gorgeous (and don’t miss this studio portrait of “Miss Valentine Conwell, age 3 year and 4 months, the youngest cyclist in the world”), I like these photographs of groups of cyclists on outings best.

While some of these images are undated, almost every cyclist pictured has a high-wheel bicycle, a type of bike with a big leading front wheel and a smaller stabilizing rear wheel. These were commonly used in the late 1870s and the 1880s, before the invention of the so-called “safety” bicycle in the early ‘90s. (This cyclists’ map of California, published in 1896 and bordered by advertisements for cycle-dependent businesses, shows the explosion in popularity that came with that advance.)

Bicycle clubs formed in the late nineteenth century were social organizations, meant to bring together people with interests in the new sport. Historian Evan Frisstold the New York Times’ J. David Goodman in 2010 that late 19th-century bike clubs tended to divide themselves by race, class, and ethnicity.

While some clubs did include women (Goodman points to the Cycle Club of Brooklyn, for example), none of the images in this collection show female cyclists in the midst of their California counterparts.



1EarlyCyclists

“Cyclists after ride from Oakland to Mission San Jose to Sunol Train Home,” June 20, 1886.




2EarlyCyclists
Undated, with no identifying information. Note the boy in the right, who seems to be photographing the photographer.





3EarlyCyclists
Undated, with no identifying information. Here, you can see parasols attached to high-wheelers, as well as a tuckered-out cyclist in the left foreground, lounging with his head in his friend’s lap while his friend wields a fan.




4EarlyCyclists
“San Francisco Bicycle Club on San Leandro Road between San Leandro and Milpitas; H.A. Greene, Captain.” Undated.





5EarlyCyclists


“Bicyclists in front of Isaac L. Requa residence, Highland Avenue and Hazel Lane, Piedmont, Calif.,” undated, photograph by the firm of Rieman & Pray. Requa, a prominent businessman with interests in railroads and mines, was a pillar of Oakland society.




[ Read more at slate.com ]

Lost your bike? Then give it a ring! GPS bell connects to a smartphone to locate your bicycle | Daily Mail



  • Bike bell uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to a cyclist's smartphone
  • When a cyclist walks away, they break bluetooth connection to the bike
  • App will automatically drop a pin on map so they can later locate the ride
  • The bell even rings out loud as cyclist’s smartphone gets close to location
  • Device is currently a prototype and there are no plans to commercialise it

  • If you thought Amsterdam was a bike-friendly city, then think again. Each morning, the region’s train stations become swamped with a tide of wheels and frames.
And each evening, confused cyclists attempt to pick their way through the mass of metal in an attempt to find their ride in the crowded racks.
Now, a Dutch duo has invented a gadget that they claim will make finding bikes easier during the daily commute.
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A Dutch-due has come up with a gadget that they claim will make finding bikes easier during the daily commute. Their device comes in the shape of a GPS bicycle bell which connects to a rider's smartphone to direct them to their bike
A Dutch-due has come up with a gadget that they claim will make finding bikes easier during the daily commute. Their device comes in the shape of a GPS bicycle bell which connects to a rider's smartphone to direct them to their bike

HOW DOES THE BIKE BELL WORK?

The bike bell gadget by Frolic uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect to a user's smartphone.
When a cyclist parks their bike and walks away, they break the bluetooth connection to their bike and the app will automatically drop a pin on the map on their phone.
This gives the general location of bike using GPS. And with BLE, users can then use their phone to even more precisely locate their bike’s position. 
In the insanity of these bike parking lots, this may still not be enough. So Frolic have added the ability to remotely ring the bike bell directly from an app on the user's smartphone.
Their device comes in the shape of a GPS bicycle bell which connects to a rider’s smartphone to direct them to their bike.
 


If you thought Amsterdam was a bike-friendly city, then think again. Each morning, the region's train stations become swamped with a tide of wheels and frames. And each evening, confused cyclists attempt to pick their way through the mass of metal in an attempt to find their ride in the crowded racks
If you thought Amsterdam was a bike-friendly city, then think again. Each morning, the region's train stations become swamped with a tide of wheels and frames. And each evening, confused cyclists attempt to pick their way through the mass of metal in an attempt to find their ride in the crowded racks
They started with a regular bike bell then removed all the components in the interior. They then added back in custom electronics and 3D-printed parts.
The system connects to an iPhone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Walking away after from the bike drops a pin on to the smartphone's map, allowing GPS to guide the rider back.

[ Read more at dailymail.co.uk ]

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SAVE THE DATES FOR COLUMBUS 3 FOOT LAW SUPPORT @yaybikes #letsride

SAVE THE DATES FOR CBUS 3 FOOT LAW SUPPORT -

Your participation is critical for passage of a citywide 3' passing law!

Columbus City Council is about to consider a 3' passing law, and we need to show our support. Wear your bike helmet and join Yay Bikes! in Columbus City Council Chambers on these dates:
Mon, June 16, 5pm = 1st reading of the legislation
Tues, June 17, 5pm = Public hearing
Mon, June 23, 5pm = Council votes!

We applaud the City of Columbus for working with Yay Bikes! volunteers and staff to draft legislation requiring motorists to leave at least 3' of clearance when passing bicyclists.

In the meantime, watch Yay Bikes! website for details and directions. Feel free to contact Catherine with questions about the legislation or this process.

Please become a member or renew so that Yay Bikes! can continue this type of bicycle advocacy.

Why does bicycling explode on streets with two-way bike lanes? And should this type of bike lane be avoided?

two way bike lanes
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Lloyd wrote up a great article yesterday summarizing the epic bike protected bike lane study that just came out from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities. I'm going to dig in a bit more on one point – the explosive growth in bicycling on streets with two-way protected bike lanes. And I'll also examine some criticism of these bike lanes.
First of all, just to be clear what we're talking about, above is a cross section of a street in Austin, Texas, with protected two-way bike lanes. Here are some before and after pics of this street as well:
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While bicycling increased quite a lot on all streets studied where protected bike laneswere added, but it really exploded on two of the streets where two-way bike lanes were added. In the case above, there was even a conventional bike lane in place before this two-way one was created, making the growth that much more impressive.
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Before discussing why this type of bike facility might have increased bicycle rates so much, below is a cross section and some pictures of Dearborn St in Chicago, where biking increased a tremendous 171%. I'm not sure why the cross section doesn't include flexposts – you can see them in all three of the "now" pictures above.
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© NITC
So, why does this particular type of bike lane seem to increase ridership so much? And are there issues with such bike lanes? (Hint: yes.)
Read the entire article at Treehugger

STREETS WITH SCARCE AUTO PARKING ARE THE BEST PLACES TO REMOVE AUTO PARKING | People for Bikes


Green Apple Books's Pete Mulvihill. Photo by Nate Keck.
At first thought, it seems crazy to remove auto parking from a neighborhood where you can rarely find a parking spot.
But as more Americans use bikes for their daily errands, more retailers are thinking twice about their assumptions — and realizing that once biking becomes easy and comfortable, busy neighborhoods are actually the perfect places to swap out auto parking.
The reason is simple: cars don't buy things. People do. And square foot for square foot, bike parking is more than three times more lucrative than car parking as a use of precious real estate.

Bicycle Tourism Profile: Thunder Island Brewery


Bicycle Tourism Profile: Thunder Island Brewery from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

a nomads life


a nomads life from showmetheworld on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

16 Portraits of Stylish NYC Cyclists With Their Diverse Bikes | Distractify



Clothes can certainly say a lot about a person's preferred style, but photographer Sam Polcer has found a new way to gauge one's sense of style—through their bikes. He captures the diverse and eclectic style of cyclists in New York City for his book titledNew York Bike Style, documenting these fashionable people and their varicolored/shaped modes of transportation.
Quaddafi rides a custom single-speed tall bike photographed at Hudson St. and West 13th St., Manhattan going to Pastis.
Brian (with Fritz and Gromit) rides a Bullitt 11-speed cargo bike from Copenhagen photographed on North 6th st. and Wythe Ave., Brooklyn cruising around Williamsburg.
George rides a Brooklyn Bicylce Co. Driggs III 3-speed bike photographed at Crosby St. and Grand St., Manhattan going to meet a client in SoHo.
Chandra rides a Surly Steamroller fixed gear bike photographed at Doyer St. and Pell St., Manhattan going to buy thread at Oshman.
Shannon rides a LeMond Nevada City 21-speed bicycle photographed at Kent Ave. and S. 4th St., Brooklyn going to a Williamsburg Fashion Week event at Villain.
[ Go see all 16 Portraits on distractify.com/ ]

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Not One Person Has Died on an NYC Bike-Share Bike | Slate


CitiBike safety record
Tourists riding bikes on busy streets: not a recipe for carnage after all.
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
One year ago, New York City launched a bike-share program, and pundits predicted a safety nightmare.
“The most important danger in the city is not the yellow cabs, it is the bicyclists,” raved the Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz in a segment titled “Death by Bicycle.” The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart offered a similarly blunt assessment: “A lot of people are going to die.” The bike-share program did give him an idea for a business, though: “Jon Stewart’s Street Brain Material Removal Service.” A Rutgers professor got more specific. In a New York Post story headlined, “Citi Bike ‘Heading’ for a Fall,” he predicted that cyclist fatalities could triple in the program’s first year, from 20 to 60.
It has now been a full year since the first foolhardy tourists began menacing the city’s streets in those fat blue Citi Bike bikes. Riders have taken more than 8.75 million trips so far, Citi Bike reports, travelling some 14.7 million miles in all. Want to guess how many have died?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cycle Commute



Tubeless Fatbike Conversion Update | Cycles In Life

Intro:

Last winter I converted my fatbike to tubeless.  Since then I have ridden countless trips on them, I have set up a few more fat bike wheels tubeless, and I’ve learned a few things to make the process easier, faster, and is more reliable.  I wanted to provide an update with my thoughts on running tubeless on a fatbike and the steps I use now.
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I still opt for a simplified method of tape, valve stems, and sealant versus using split tubes and foam.  I know others have success with those methods and I’m sure you will too if you decide to go that route.  There is an excellent write up over on Riding Against The Grain for split tube fatbike tubeless setup if you decide to go that route.  The good news is that we as a community have learned multiple repeatable methods for successful tubeless conversions.
The Materials:
I used Scotch Transparent Tough Duct Tape, Stans valve stems, Stans sealant, Surly Holly Rolling Darryls, Surly Knard 120 TPI for the rear, Surly Big Fat Larry 120 TPI for the front, Surly rim strips, Stans injector, air compressor, floor pump, and a five gallon bucket.
I used to recommend and use Gorilla Tape but I had two complaints with it.  One, it is dreadfully heavy.  When I removed the Gorilla Tape from a previous conversion I weighed it out of curiosity.  I was shocked to see the Gorilla Tape from one wheel weighed .75 pounds.  That’s 1.5 pounds worth of tape for a full conversion.  No thanks.  Two, I found that over time the Gorilla Tape broke down with exposure to liquids, this is a problem when liquid sealant is a key ingredient to the recipe.  I set out looking for a replacement tape.  I tried packing tape with some success.  I read of others having success with clear duct tape so I decided to try it next.  I set up my wheels in February with Scotch Transparent Tough Duct Tape and have had great success.  If I’m completely honest, I had to add a few pumps of air every month or so, but I have to do that with all my tubeless setups.  I’m a huge fan of how light this tape is, weighing in at .18 pounds per wheel for the tape.  That’s over a pound less compared to Gorilla Tape with what seems like better resistance to liquids.  I’m sold on it until Stans releases their own tape.
IMG_0462sHow I Did It:
One of the changes I do now is I always start with preforming a tire before trying to run it tubeless.  With normal tires, I mount them on the wheel with a tube overnight to get the tire used to the shape and remove any folds in the beads of the tire.  With a fatbike tire, I like to inflate a fatbike tube inside of the tire off of the rim.  It tends to stretch out the tire making it easier to mount on a rim later.
IMG_9913I prep the rim by first cleaning everything.  I next add a Surly rim strip.  Another change I now incorporate with my fatbike tubeless conversion is that I no longer cut the tape after wrapping the left, right, and center sections.  Instead, I run one continuous piece of tape from start to finish, thus removing edges where liquid can get underneath the tape and end your smiles.  I start the tape at the edge of the rim, wrap the entire way around until you overlap the first pass by six or so inches, then I start transition the taping over to the center of the rim.  I continue to wrap the tape around the rim until I again begin to overlap the center tape and then go six or so inches past that before transition the taping to the far side of the rim.  I wrap this far edge with two full wraps of tape before transitioning back to wrap the center for a second time, and ending with wrapping the starting edge for the second time.  By this point the left side, the center, and the right side have two full wraps of tape on them.  I cut the tape for the only time after I have wrapped the wheel completely.  I chose to double wrap because the tape is very light and I wanted the added security of no leaks.tapeSeries
[ See the rest here at cyclesinlife.com ]

BicycleTraveler - Current Issue Now Available


In this issue:
International ride a biker day
Mike Boles fantasizes about knocking boots with the girl of his dreams.
Indonesia
A selection of Mark Watson’s pictures from his tour through Sumatra.
In praise of cable ties
How a cable tie repair managed to encapsulate the Indian experience.
Equipment information and more…

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cycle helmets are useless, says brain surgeon

Leading neurosurgeon tells the Hay Festival cycling helmets are 'too flimsy' to be beneficial


Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has said that cycle helmets were useless

A leading neurosurgeon has controversially claimed that cyclists who wear helmets are wasting their time.
Henry Marsh, who works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, said that many of his patients who have been involved in bike accidents have been wearing helmets that were ‘too flimsy’ to be beneficial.
He made the comments while speaking at the Hay Festival during a discussion with Ian McEwan, whose 2005 novel Saturday featured a neurosurgeon.
He cited evidence from the University of Bath that suggests that wearing a helmet may even put cyclists at greater risk. The research showed that drivers get around 3 inches closer to cyclists who wear helmets because they perceive them as safer.
He said: “I ride a bike and I never wear a helmet. In the countries where bike helmets are compulsory there has been no reduction in bike injuries whatsoever.
Read on here

GreenChamp’s Bamboo Balance Bike - Future Kickstarter




GreenChamp’s bamboo balance bikes pave the way for children to learn the life long skill of bike-riding.

 

We are confident that there is no other balance bike that comes close to the sustainability, innovation and superb quality of the bamboo balance bikes built by GreenChamp Bikes.




[ See more on greenchampbikes.com ]

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Renegades of Bike Culture | Fig. 1



Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles Treatment | Fstoppers


In other this-is-why-I-love-the-internet news, at a cycling race last month, a photographer was seen laying in the way of the racers (check out their expressions). Naturally, the incredibly imaginative fine folks at Reddit photoshop battles were kind enough to make several beautiful creations featuring our out-of-place ‘tog.
In a later interview the photographer said that he was never in the way of the passing cyclists, but judging by their faces he was definitely a little too close for comfort. Fortunately nobody was injured, this could have easily gone terribly wrong!
Below is the original, un-Photoshopped image.
Austin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker orig Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles Treatment
And here are the recreations from Reddit.
Austin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 1 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 2 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 3 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 4 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 5 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 6 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 7 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 8 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles TreatmentAustin Rogers Fstoppers Reddit Biker 9 Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles Treatment
[ See the rest on fstoppers.com ]