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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Alex McAndrew - Through The Fall on Pinkbike

Alex McAndrew - Through The Fall on Pinkbike

Sparse Bicycle Lights [Kickstarter]

We call it the Spacer Light since it sits beneath your stem in the stack of spacers. [The light fits both 1" and 1 1/8" steer tubes]. This integration makes it extremely difficult to steal. Indeed if someone is stealing the light, they have already stolen your bars, brakes, shifters, and stem. This integration also keeps the light pointed in your path of travel, visibly seated above the shoulder line of cars, and generally out of harm's way. 
The source of illumination in the Spacer Light is a 3 Watt white LED.The output comes to 130-220 Lumens depending on how you measure it. (Lumens are a bit of a bogus measurement - don't get us started) It is bright.
The Spacer Light has 3 modes, On, Off, and Blink. The 'On' state is bright enough to light your path ahead. The motion of the 'Blink' State makes you very visible to anyone on or near the roadway.

Macho Man from All-City Cycles [Gear Junkie]

macho man bike.jpg

The Macho Man from All City Cycles
We tested a mid-range ride in this category, the Macho Man model from All-City Cycles, which goes at $1,595 for a complete build.
A steel frame with thoughtful details is the heart of this bike — touches like hidden fender mounts, reinforced bottle bosses, retro paint job, and an All-City badge make it unique.
Cables routed on the top tube keep everything out of the mud and spray. Components include Shimano’s new top-pull, cyclocross specific derailleur, the CX70.
There’s a solid, straight steel fork, Shimano 105 STI shifters and 105 rear derailleur, a Salsa handlebar and stem, and FSA seatpost and cranks. The complete build comes with Tektro R720 brakes, Alex Race 24 rims, and tires from Continental, the brand’s Cyclocross Race 700 X 35c model.

Friday, November 9, 2012

This DIY Traffic Counter Could Change Everything About Transportation Planning [Atlantic]

This DIY Traffic Counter Could Change Everything About Transportation Planning
Thanks to Nate Silver, the results of Tuesday’s elections are being widely viewed as an affirmation of data wonkery, proof that non-ideological number crunching leads to solid analysis of real-time situations. But the question remains: How do we get more of this good data? Not just about politics, but about the real-world problems that politics are supposed to solve?
Those are the kinds of questions that preoccupy people like Aurash Khawarzad, a New York-based urban planner with his own studio, Change Administration, and Ted Ullrich, an engineer and industrial designer at Tomorrow Lab. Together, they've come up with a lightweight, inexpensive solution for one of the most pressing data-collection needs in the urban portfolio: traffic frequency and speed. (Full disclosure: Khawarzad is a former co-worker of mine.)
The little orange gizmo with a tube attached is called TrafficCOM (that’s COM for “community” and “computer”), and it allows users to measure the volume, rate, and speed of traffic on any street, then upload the data for immediate sharing.

Building a Rivendell-inspired Surly Long Haul Trucker

October 2012

Surly 62cm Long Haul Trucker F&F
Chris King 1 1/8 NoThreadset headset
SKF BAS-600 JIS 110mm Bottom Bracket
Shimano XT M772 Shadow 9sp Rear Mech
Shimano XT M771 Conventional 9sp Front Mech
Shimano HG61 9 Speed Cassette 12-36
Sugino XD-2 175mm Crank, Triple 46x36x24
9 Spd Shimano Dura Ace SL-BS77 Bar End Gear Levers
MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals
SRAM PC 971 Chain 9 Speed
Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brakes + Kool Stop Salmon pads
Shimano BL-R400 brake levers
Tektro Adjustable Front Cantilever Hanger
SRAM Slickwire Brake Cable Kit
Velo Orange 26.0/100mm Threadless Stem, +/-6 Rise
Newbaum Handlebar tape
Nitto Noodle Mod 177 44cm handlebars
Nitto SP72 'Jaguar' seat post
Brooks B-17 Champion Special Honey
Shimano 36H Deore XT (FH/HB T780) hubs on Exal LX17 rims. Wheels built by David C. R. Hunt.
700 x 35C Schwalbe Marathon Supreme folding tyres
SKS P45 Mudguards
Nitto M12 front rack
Wald 137 basket
Carradice Nelson Longflap saddle bag
Velo Orange brass bell

I built this bicycle in my shed. If you are thinking of building a Surly Long Haul Trucker or a Bobish bike, this out-pouring of bike-geekery may be of interest to you.

The Robin Mather
Over the summer, I decided to sell my previous bike because I no longer rode it. It was a custom-built, fixed gear road bike. It was custom in every sense. I built the bike myself in 2004 from carefully selected parts and had the frame and fork made for me by Robin Mather. It was a lovely bike but it was not versatile, nor was it meant to be. However, I no longer commute through London traffic; I no longer want to do circuits around a track, and now living in Lincolnshire, the long, flat roads are as boring as hell on a single speed, fixed gear bike. So I sold it and started accumulating parts for a Surly Long Haul Trucker (LHT). I should say that Robin mostly builds very versatile and beautiful bikes, offering a discount to anyone ordering a frame designed to fit racks and mudguards. I think my track-oriented frame was a bit of an exception for him.

Anyway, I chose the LHT because I wanted something much more versatile. I wanted to be able to fit mudguards and racks; I wanted a bike with a larger frame so I wasn't constantly hunched over, to ditch the clipless pedals and ride in any shoes. I wanted to carry luggage and feel relatively self sufficient; I wanted the bike to be ready to ride whatever the weather and whatever clothes and footwear I happened to be wearing. It had to be tough, so I could ride on gravel and dirt, take tyres that were twice the width of what I'd previously been riding and therefore lower pressure and more comfortable. In short, I wanted to be an Unracer.

I've been visiting the Rivendell Bicycle Works website and reading the writing of its owner, Grant Peterson, for a decade, and this time around I have designed a bike based almost entirely on his advice and it's great! By selling my Robin Mather and pulling some cash together, I had a fairly strict budget of £1500 to build my next bike.

Now, were money no question, the frame and fork I really would have liked is the Rivendell Atlantis, but it's three times the price of the LHT and that's before the import fees and VAT (in total, I reckon it would cost about £1700 to have the Atlantis F+F imported to the UK - for that, you could ask Mercian to built a copy). There are no UK resellers of Rivendell bikes as far as I know. Using the Atlantis as my guide, I decided on a Surly LHT. It's a very well regarded frame and fork that is often compared to the Atlantis. It's not a lugged frame, which is a shame, but that's one reason why it's more affordable....

Option for 2013: BikeShare rides [Dispatch]

By  Lydia CoutrĂ©
The Columbus Dispatch Friday November 9, 2012 6:23 AM
Many restaurants, shops and attractions sit just out of reach for Downtown workers and residents: too far to walk, but not far enough to make driving and parking worth it.
BikeShare is the answer, said Alan McKnight, director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. The city council approved a nearly $2.3 million contract with Alta Bicycle Share on Monday.
With the swipe of a credit card, users who are at least 18 years old will be able to rent a three-speed bicycle starting in May. Visitors can tour the city and locals can ride to lunch across town, and then drop off the bike at another spot.
“I think as Columbus has looked at making the city a very bike-friendly town, as we’ve looked at green initiatives, it’s one that fits into all of those models,” McKnight said.

What The Hell is a BOB?

Originally, BOB was an acronym for "Bridgestone Owner's Bunch". It was started by Grant Petersen, American marketing Director for the Bridgestone bicycle company, based in Japan.

He wrote the advertisements for the company, and they were a bit unusual by including very little or any marketing hype. Instead, Grant took the effort to explain why the bicycles he helped design were good. He did this without puffery and without running down the competition. They were...thoughtful...advertisements. Thought-provoking. Cyclists who took the time to read and ponder them almost always found something of value. Sometimes, that led to purchasing a Bridgestone bicycle.

The Bridgestone bicycles Grant helped design were also unusual in bucking fashionable cycling trends. His felt bicycles should remain functional and high in value. Part of that value came from selecting parts and components that worked reliably, were repairable, and were proven. This philosophy was controversial, and Grant/Bridgestone were labeled anachronistic by some magazine editors and industry insiders. One magazine editor labeled Grant a "retro-grouch" -- someone who crabbily held onto old stuff instead of embracing the new.

In many ways, time vindicated Grant and Bridgestone. His mountain bikes led the field in many areas -- short chainstays, steeper angles, more lively handling, repairability. His road bikes -- The RB-1, RB-2 and RB-T -- were solid values that road well and were prized for their handling. Grant took the risky but courageous step of specing components outside the groups offered by a single manufacturer. As a result, Bridgestones often sported an eclectic parts mix. For example, the MB-0 (it slotted in above the MB-1) had a Mavic crank and hubs, Dia-Compe brakes and SunTour derailleurs. It may seem a bit ironic, but Bridgestone lead the industry in these key areas while holding fast to a philosophy that bucked cycling fashion for fashion's sake. For a small player in the American bicycle market, Bridgestone set some real standards -- practical standards -- for the competition that shaped the development of MTBs in particular.

Along the way, Grant introduced an early hybrid to the market. Actually, there were several models, and they were called the XO-1, XO-2, and XO-3. Instead of equipping a road bike with flat handlebars and knobby 700C tires, Grant's XOs (pronounced Eks-Ohs) used slick 26" tires and lightweight road bike frames. This was unusual in and of itself, but whatreally made the bicycles controversial was their handlebars. Grant designed them, inspired by the semi-drop handlebars used by Japanese schoolchildren (full drops were considered a temptation to speed contests and the flattened type was a compromise). Imagine a drop-type road handlebar that has been squashed almost perfectly flat. He called it the Moustache Handlebar...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cycle [Fight]

The Power of Bicycles in Disaster Recovery [Atlantic]

The Power of Bicycles in Disaster Recovery
Sarah Goodyear

As we made our way through the dense traffic of Flatbush Avenue, still several miles from the devastation on the Rockaway Peninsula, many people hollered out words of thanks and encouragement. Some smiled and shook their heads in disbelief. Some laughed.
I could understand why they might be skeptical. After all, we were headed out to a scene where the debris filled an entire parking lot at Jacob Riis Park. Acres and acres of it, hoed into neat rows by Department of Sanitation vehicles. The contents of hundreds of homes, turned inside out by Sandy. We were riding alongside huge National Guard vehicles filled with supplies and troops. What did our little convoy signify in all this madness?

3rd Annual Fall Adventurefest [Cycle Detours]

As the paved trail turned to gravel, I remembered why I was doing this in the first place. Having questioned the time off, the money I was spending, the week of pay I was missing, remembering how important it is to get off the beaten path reminded me well. My own pace, my own style. Just me, my bike, and a fishin pole.

Talk and feel of rain all day kept me headed to the campsite, not wanting to set up in the rain. There, I fished for smallmouth while standing in the Kokosing River. The people running the campground, beer in hand, delivered firewood to my campsite free of charge, and told me I was going to get rained out. After a night of pouring rain, I woke up in better spirits than expected.
Off to Amish country, trails I expected to be paved were mud, and the simple life I expected to find was simply religion. Coming across puddles on the trail and Amish electric bikes costing more than my modest machine made me start the deep thought part of the trip. The Amish I talked to had Bionx hub equipped hybrids to make the hills easier, and though they can't drive, they paid people to get them to the laundromat. Where I once thought laziness was scarce, I realized was abounding. Religious rules were the only thing abounding here. I wondered how many in this culture liked this style of life, and how many simply thought that our way was sinful?

[Keep reading at Cycle Detours]


Adam Myerson racing in Europe. Photo: E. Dronkert

It all started on Twitter. Adam Myerson, a relatively unknown pro with a modest 4,704 followers, decided to tell a story. He couldn’t stop thinking about doping—not in the wake of Tyler Hamilton’s recent book. And certainly not after Jonathan Vaughters outed Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde, and David Zabriskie—three of his own riders—for past doping.
“If you spend 20 to 30 hours a week alone, you need to turn the headphones up loud if you want to quiet the voices in your head,” he says.
In particular, he just couldn’t fathom how Tom Danielson came to use performance-enhancing drugs. Before the release of the Lance Armstrong dossier, it appeared that Danielson had started doping prior to meeting the seven-time Tour de France winner. Unlike with the other riders, the Postal Team wasn’t necessarily to blame. It appeared that he “came to it through his ‘support network,’ the people who were supposed to be there to help,” Myerson says.

Australian cyclist numbers - how do helmets affect cycling

percentage commuters cycling to work
percentage population cycling to work

Welcome to the future of bicycle technology. ERW©

Welcome to the future of bicycle technology. ERW©

The benefits of removing the air from tires completely has been known since the beginning. ERW© Patented Airless Design make bicycling safer and more efficient. Obstacles slide under the ERW© wheels with precision and ideal comfort, and keeping the tread on the tire. Our design can be created to have fully adjustable tread ride comfort, road or trail conditions. 

The future is rolling forward, hitch a ride.

Pop on over to for more info on all of our patents and how to invest in this cutting edge technological breakthrough and become a pioneer of the airless revolution.

We are looking forward to licensing our patents, gaining friends and investors, as well as building partnerships. We are also looking forward to to hearing from you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bicycles key for Portland disaster response

Bicycles could play a key role in disaster relief and aid should a major earthquake or other disaster hit Portland. view full article

SoBi: Social Bicycle - a cheaper bike share solution

Social Bicycles Demo from Social Bicycles on Vimeo.

SoBi's industrial designers, engineers, and software developers are working together to build the world's first bicycle with an on-board computer, mobile communications, and an integrated GPS-enabled lock. This disruptive product and the supporting mobile and web applications will create a flexible, scalable, and affordable bike sharing system.
Our solution will be approximately 1/4th the cost of station-based bike sharing, allowing systems to be deployed in a wide range of settings.

Ryan Rzepecki


RyanRyan has a B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. The bicycle has been his primary mode of transportation for the last four years, and bicycle advocacy has been both his passion and profession. Prior to developing SoBi, Ryan worked for the NYC Department of Transportation in the bicycle program. At the DOT, he sited bike racks, edited the bike map, conducted field research on bike facilities, and organized cycling promotions.

Ted Ullrich

Industrial Designer

Ted is a cyclist and urban density advocate who uses technology towards connecting people and improving the built environment!
Ted is the founder of Tomorrow Lab, a consultancy and creative testing ground of ideas and products for a better tomorrow. He has degrees in Inventive Design Engineering from Purdue University and Industrial Design from Georgia Tech's College of Architecture, where he was a studio instructor.

Nick Foley

Industrial Designer

Nick FNick is a designer and bike mechanic who loves how bicycles make life more efficient.
He studied industrial design at Pratt Institute where he experimented with bicycles that were optimized for 'non-cyclist' commuters. Nick gets excited about using design to make urban infrastructure more sustainable, and creating objects that return a sense of wonder to everyday activities.


OKC bicycling get a boost from the creation of special bike lanes and expansion of downtown’s bike-share program. [OK Gazette]

Oklahoma City has begun work creating the first street lanes that will be shared between bicycles and cars. That development comes amid an expansion of the city’s downtown bike-share program.

Credit: Mark Hancock
The city is planning for more than 200 miles of bike routes, which includes so-called “sharrow” lanes. The word “sharrow” is a combination of “share” and “arrow.” The lanes are designated by pavement markings showing a picture of a bicycle below two arrows.
The bike routes will be added in phases. The first phase includes Eastern Avenue, South Villa Avenue and Interstate 235 and Interstate 35 service roads north of 63rd Street, in addition to downtown streets. In total, the first phase is expected to create 90 miles of bike routes.
Funded by a 2007 general obligation bond, the improvements are expected to cost around $362,000 to install.
“It’s a way to encourage cyclists and notify drivers that this is a prime bicyclist route; you should expect to see bicyclists here,” said Randy Entz, the city’s transportation planner.
While there are no hard data to show exactly how many bicyclists are in Oklahoma City, anecdotal evidence points to a jump in cycling enthusiasts.

WIN FREE TICKETS to the Infamous Stringdusters

WIN FREE TICKETS to the Infamous Stringdusters show Thursday, November 15, 2012! Just follow these instructions:

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3. On Mon., Nov 12, WCBE will select 1 winner to be awarded their prize!

4. Don't forget to "LIKE" Yay Bikes! on Facebook because they are partnering with WCBE for the contest!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Legless F1 driver masters handcycling [CNN]

Grey Ghost

Grey Ghost from About Her Films on Vimeo.

This is my last piece shot in 2010 and the first to share in 2011. It features my good friend, Amy, who never tires of letting me put my camera in her face.

Song is 10 Mile Stereo by Beach House.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Carver Bikes TRANS-Fat - Full suspension fat bike

New for 2013, Carver Bikes has taken the Fat Bike to a new level with the introduction of the TRANS-Fat full suspension Fat Bike.   The TRANS-Fat started as a custom project for a customer and evolved into a production frame option.   The TRANS-Fat features 4 inches of rear wheel travel with clearance for 5.0" fat-bike tires.   The production frame can be specified with either a Fox or X-Fusion rear shock.   Constructed of 3/2.5 Aerospace grade seamless titanium throughout, our 18" frame weighed in at 5.75 lbs. (without a shock)  The production frames will include 3 sets of water bottle bosses, Rack mounts and 8 serviceable cartridge bearing pivots. A full suspension fat-bike isn't for everyone, but those who try the TRANS-Fat have a hard time getting it out of their system...

  • 4" Rear Wheel Travel
  • Frame Weight 5.75 lbs. (18" size)
  • 3/2.5 Seamless Aerospace Ti
  • 31.6mm seatpost size
  • Clearance for 5" + tires
  • 44mm Ovalized Downtube
  • 3 Sets of Water Bottle Bosses
  • 100mm Threaded BB
  • Rear Rack Mounts

  • [Carver]
  • Cat-Ears

    The original Cat-Ears (patents pending) provide excellent wind - ear noise reduction (~60%). Simply wrap around the leading helmet strap and attach using the hook and loop Velcro strips. Made from approximately 1/3 inch pile faux fur material (outside) and high quality Polartec 300 Shearling material (inside), Cat-Ears significantly reduce both ear and strap wind noise. Cat-Ears fit virtually all helmets and are easily adjustable for optimal noise reduction. Only available in black.

    Shearling Material Inside
    -  1/3" Pile Faux Fur Outside
    -  Can Be Adjusted While Riding
    -  Significantly Reduces Wind Noise
    -  Semi-Sticky Inside to Grip the Strap


    Dash Cycles Strike 9 carbon fiber padded road bike saddle actual weight and details
    Yes, the title of the post gives away the weight. What it doesn’t tell you is that Dash Cycles built this one up with their reinforced, heavier duty layup.
    And it’s still just 111g.
    With padding.
    Dash Cycles builds their saddles by hand in Colorado, and the Strike 9 is the latest addition to an extensive lineup. You can order them to your liking, picking among various colors for the cover, logo and rails, as well as the amount of padding. They have three different layups depending on body weight, with limits up to 100kg (220lbs). The claimed weight for the standard layup and padding is 115g. Our test model, with the heavier layup, tipped in at just 111g.
    So, it’s wicked light, but how ’bout that design?
    Dash Cycles Strike 9 carbon fiber padded road bike saddle actual weight and details
    The secret to getting their saddles so light is that they’re made as one piece.

    Dancing on the pedals


    • Ultra Bright LED White Headlight
    • 2 Rear LED Red Lights
    • Built-in Rechargeable Battery
    • Power Jack & Cable Connection powers & recharges the lighting system for your bicycle & charges Smartphone or GPS Device
    • Device mount designed to fit & attach to hub of front wheel
    • Allen Key (included) adjusts mount for oversized wheel hub
    • Headlight can be turned ON/OFF from the handlebar mounted wired remote control (included) on your bicycle
    • Water resistant EVA touchscreen case (included) mounts on your bicycle’s handlebars to hold your Smartphone or gps Device for use & to charge with the USB converter cable
    • [More at ECOXGEAR]

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Rockmill Brewery Ride Recap 11042012

    Started/ended at Cyclist Connection
    8 riders
    Mike, Roger, Tim, Mitzy, Katie, Brian, Cherie, me
    (6 of us rode the full route, Katie rode 40 and got a ride home, Mitzy rode down to meet us at the brewery and rode with us back to CC.)
    52.5 miles [I averaged 12mph]
    2759 ft climbing
    Rest stop at Rockmill Brewery - sampled their beverages
    Stopped at Rockmill to check out the restoration efforts