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Friday, August 8, 2014

A bike tour of all 50 states? Retired teacher, 71, did just that | Tampa Bay Times




Dressed in a blue Bike Around Kansas souvenir T-shirt and capri pants, Dianne Franz, 71, moves her 5-foot-9 frame gingerly about her tidy Palm Harbor condo.


The retired middle school teacher, originally from Long Island, points to a map of the United States that takes up most of one wall in her study. It's dotted from east to west and north to south with dozens of yellow Magic Marker lines — and that's what she wants to talk about.
They trace the routes of the bicycle tours that have taken her to every state in the nation, an accomplishment she has been able to boast about since June 14 when she finished a 575-mile ride across Kansas, her 50th state.
She said she has always liked bicycling and went on her first organized tour, Bike Florida, in the early 1990s, while still teaching at Tarpon Springs Middle School. From that point until she retired in 2005, she went on a tour a year. Since then, she said, it has been two or three.
How it works
Most are camping tours, she said. That's when the riders pitch tents, which they bring along with their supplies and load on a truck that accompanies them from stop to stop — most of the time on the grounds of high schools along the route. They usually are run by charities or biking organizations or state agencies of some sort, Franz said.
Others are hotel-motel tours run by companies as businesses. Those are much more expensive, with lodging and food included in the cost.
Before a tour starts, riders are given maps that detail each day's ride, not unlike AAA's TripTik planners. Sometimes Franz brings her own bicycle, shipping it ahead; other times, she rents one. The cost is about the same, $175.
She has participated in coed tours and women's tours. The riders are of all ages, but most, she said, are between 50 and 70.
"Women's tours pamper women. If someone can't make the ride that day — like if you are supposed to go 80 miles but can only go 20 — a van will pick you and your bike up and take you the rest of the way," she said.
You have to be fit and have stamina, but the riders in her photos look like regular people with average bodies, not all buffed and toned with leg muscles of steel.
[ Read the rest of the story at tampabay.com ]

These "Power Lanes" Could Charge An E-Bike (And Phone) As You Ride

By getting rid of the lead battery, the design concept aims to make electric bikes a lot greener--and a lot easier to use.















Most of the world's electric bikes--especially the 30 million produced each year in China--still use lead batteries. In China, lead production has caused mass poisonings, and recycling often causes even more problems when toxic wastewater is dumped in rivers. Though alternative batteries are becoming more common, they also have their own issues with manufacturing and disposal.
In Canfi's design, energy would be stored in a lightweight capacitor without the heavy metals or chemicals used in a typical battery. A simple attachment could be added to any bike to make it compatible with the system. A special bike lane, embedded with coils, would recognize the bike when it rides by, and wirelessly send it electricity. Solar panels along the roadside could provide enough power to keep the system running.














In addition to making electric bikes a lot greener, Canfi argues that the new system would be easier to use. Without batteries, e-bikes would be lighter, and you'd never have to worry about plugging in the bike to charge. As a bonus, you could also charge the phone or laptop in your backpack as you ride...
Read on at FastCompany

Winter is coming...


The San Juans. Proven Here. from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bike the C-Bus registration with t-shirt ends August 15th @bikethecbus

Registration:Registration ($35) including t-shirt ends August 15th.
Online registration ends August 29th at NOON. Register today.
On-site registration ($40 cash or credit card) and packet/tshirt pickupFriday, August 30, 20135:30PM – 8:00PM
Where: Lincoln Theatre – King-Lincoln District (769 East Long Street)
Ride:
Saturday, August 30, 20147:00AM: On-site registration ($40 cash or credit card) and packet/tshirt pickup
8:00 AM: We ride! Riders can head out on the routeRide begins and ends at: Lincoln Theatre – King-Lincoln District (769 East Long Street)Parking Options
No rain date, ride will take place rain or shine!
Bike the C-Bus is celebrating our SEVENTH year! The ride 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, Harrison West, Victorian Village, Arena District, Franklinton, Brewery District and German Village.
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.
IMPORTANT: Are you a current Yay Bikes! member? Before you register, email kathleen@yaybikes.com for your $25 registration code! Not a Yay Bikes! member? Join today and get the code before you register.
We are unable to provide refunds, but you may transfer your registration to another participant if you are unable to attend.  You will receive a receipt and further information via e-mail.
Are you on twitter? Tag your tweets #bikethecbus #letsride

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

These Cycling Desks Charge Your Phone--And Your Muscles--While You Work

At the office or airport, 30 minutes of easy pedaling on a WeBike will get you a full iPhone charge and keep you fit.


If you need to charge your phone while you're waiting for a flight at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, or while sitting at the train station in Lyon, you can get a little exercise at the same time. The waiting areas are filled with WeBikes, stationary bikes that power gadgets and a Wi-Fi connection as you pedal.
It takes about 30 minutes of easy pedaling to charge an iPhone, the same amount of time it would take while plugged into the wall. "It also happens to be the same number of minutes of exercise that the government prescribes for health," says Katarina Verhaegen, the engineer who developed the bike.













The bike was the brainchild of a Flemish government minister, Patricia Ceysens, who was working long hours and couldn't find time to work out. She hacked together a cycling desk for herself, and then realized that the bikes could also be used to generate power. As more people asked her for a version of her desk, she eventually decided to start a company, WeWatt, to produce them.
At the moment, the WeBikes are mostly used in public spaces, such as libraries and hotels, but the company hopes to bring them to more offices. "In the public domain, the focus has been on green energy," Verhaegen says. "People like power while they're on the move. But in the office, the focus will be more on the health side--the green energy stuffwill be used more as a motivational aspect to get people started on the habit of riding at work."
Riding a bike while working--though it might sound distracting--can actually help improve the quality of work. "People don't believe they can do two things at the same time," says Verhaegen. "But there are studies proving that gentle exercise while doing computer work, you're more focused and more creative. Reading and memorizing speed is enhanced. For productivity, and creativity, it's really good to do this."
Read the rest of the article at FastCompany

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Seattle Designed 'Future Bike' Wins National Competition, Will Go Into Production

EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out the video below. Nice work!
In case you missed it, last week we posted details about the Seattle designed "Denny" bicycle—the local entry in a country-wide compeition to design the bicycle of the future.
Thanks to your votes, designers TEAGUE and Sizemore Bicycle have officially won the compeition, besting the other teams from Portland, Chicago, NYC and San Francisco. Fuji Bikes will now partner with Teague and Sizemore to begin planning the production of "The Denny," which is slated to debut on the market sometime in 2015.
"I just happened to be at the mall at the Lego store with my boy when I got the call," says TEAGUE creative director Roger Jackson. "I started jumping around with him like a giddy little schoolgirl. The response we've had is incredible—the video we posted was viewed in 150 different countries."
"I think the handlebar was the key unique feature that may have pushed the needle for us," Jackson speculates. The "Denny," which includes features like automatic gear shifting, electronic hill assist, and intelligent auto-adjusting lights, got the most accolades for its elegantly designed handlebar that doubles as a built in detachable bike lock...

Someone Finally Built the Ultimate Urban Bike @gizmodo

Someone Finally Built the Ultimate Urban BikeEXPAND
The road to building a dream bike is fraught with potholes—it's easy to throw together a bunch of wacky ideas into a build and end up with something very far from perfect. This is not one of those bikes. This is Horse Bicycles's "Merge," a collaboration with Pensa Design Studios, who set out to build the perfect urban bicycle for the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project. And they came pretty damn close.

Sheep vs cyclist

The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit @citylab

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Shinya Suzuki/Flickr
Over the past few days, several New York media outlets have reported that Citi Bike, the city's popular but financially struggling bike-share system, will soon get a much-needed influx of cash. The new money would likely go toward improving docking stations and expanding the network to other parts of the city. A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Wall Street Journal that bike-share "has become part of our public transportation system, and there is a lot riding on its success."
Those words come at the same time as a new research study—first referenced here by former D.C. and Chicago transportation chief Gabe Klein—offers the most persuasive evidence yet that bike-share serves as a genuine form of public transportation.

[Keep reading at CityLab]


Monday, August 4, 2014

Topeak DeFender™ iGlow X

DeFender™ iGlow X combines a compact road fender set with Integral Glow (iGlow) illumination technology for safety at night and low visibility conditions. Lightweight polycarbonate is tough and flexible. Adjustable stainless steel struts and rubber connector system for perfect alignment and good tire coverage. Fits road tires up to 700 x 25c.

AttachmentsQuick Release Center Bolt Clip with Adjustable Rubber Band System on Struts
AdjustmentAdjustable Angle and Position for Perfect Tire Coverage
MaterialExtruded Polycarbonate with Stainless Steel Struts
Lamp0.5W Super Bright Red LED
BatteryCR2032 x 4 (included)
Control2 Modes Constant / Blinking
Burn Time (approx)50 hrs / 100 hrs
Size (L x W x H)36.5 x 19 x 10.5 cm
14.4” x 7.5” x 4.1” (front)

51.1 x 39.5 x 14 cm
20.1” x 15.6” x 5.5” (rear)
Weight156 g / 5.50 oz (front)
230 g / 8.11 oz (rear)
Art.no.TIG-DF02
[Topeak]

Sunday, August 3, 2014

OSAKA BICYCLE BELLS - Roadie Clip On Bell

Ideal for bicycles with drop-style bars. Light, but durable aluminum clamp. Adaptable for right and left use. Clips firmly on to brake lever hoods, cable housing, and also some flat bar levers. Does not occupy valuable handlebar space. Find the perfect position for your type of riding. 

Size: 22mm wide brass/alloy dome
Type: Striker
Colors: Brass, silver, copper, or dark chrome
Fit: 8mm (does not clamp to bars)


[Osaka Bicycle Bells]

HORACE AND THE ROUGH STUFF FELLOWSHIP


HORACE AND THE ROUGH STUFF FELLOWSHIP from infinite trails on Vimeo.
is the story of three man, one dream and 80 years of cycling in Iceland…

"Rough stuff begins where the tarmac ends"

"If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm."
Frank Lane

What makes us itch? Itch to go out and search for the unknown? What sparks the idea to leave everything behind to cross a desert of black sand all alone? Why sleep under the stars rather than in the comfort of your home?

Those were the questions i was asking myself when we finally left for Iceland, Europe’s Outpost in the Nort Atlantic, the last rock to settle on before the infinite ice. Hidden in an old newspaper we found the story of astronomer and stargazer Horace Dall who set out one day, packed a couple of his belongings and his best suit to make the first wheeled crossing of Europe’s greatest desert, Sprengisandur. A landscape so rough, raw and remote that it was used by NASA to train their astronauts for the moon landing a couple of decades later.

What crossed his mind, what motivated him to go out to endure a journey through the unknown? A piece of paper, not much bigger than his hand, showed the entire island of Iceland and was his only map. So many spots were still blank on the map of the earth in 1933, so many first ascents to be done, so many deserts to be crossed... 80 years later, Sprengisandur has changed into a dusty racetrack for tourist buses, all 8k mountains have been climbed and i’m wondering whether there are still adventures for us to discover? Watch the story unfold…

Check out Magne from icebikeadventures.com for some truly epic trips and summitride.com for some more of Harald's adventures.