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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Two-wheel ‘truckers’ get goods to market [Dispatch]

Trevor Williams delivers freshly roasted coffee from Lane Avenue to businesses in Grandview Heights and the Short North. He’s one of two delivery riders at Backroom Coffee Roasters, which operates from the rear of a Trek Bicycle Store.

A year ago, wine distributor Trevor Williams was confined to a truck hauling cases of zinfandel and merlot throughout central Ohio, a workday that was restrictive and stressful.
“You’re constantly driving around I-270 for eight hours a day burning up gas,” he said. By day’s end, “I would just need to go do something to let me think.” Bicycling, he found, was the perfect release.
Today, he’s still hauling product, but on two wheels and in fresh air. And he considers it as much work as play.
He’s one of two delivery riders at Backroom Coffee Roasters, which operates from the rear of a Trek Bicycle Store in Upper Arlington.

Bike-Share Leads People to Ride Their Own Bikes More

A recent survey of Washington’s Capital Bikeshare members found that the average annual subscriber drove 198 fewer miles per year. That added up to about 4.4 million fewer miles of driving annually in the DC region. Members also saved an average of $800 a year per person.
Bike-share encourages people to buy their own bikes, a Capital Bikeshare survey found. Image: Washington Post
At about the same time the survey was released, the Washington Post ran a story about the successes and limitations of CaBi, and David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington posted some observations in response. He points out that the benefits of bike-share are not limited to the trips people make using the system –it also leads people to ride their own bikes more frequently:
I personally started biking a lot more often around DC once Capital Bikeshare launched, since it provided an easy way to take a spontaneous or one-way trip and not have to feel forced to then bike home. In later years, while I’ve kept my membership (it’s still cheap and useful on occasion), I hardly use it. Instead, I use my own bike.
I’m not the only one. Chris Eatough, Arlington’s bicycle program manager, says that according to a survey of Capital Bikeshare users last year, “82% of respondents reported increased use [of their personal bikes] since joining Capital Bikeshare, and 70% said that Capital Bikeshare was an important reason.”
Bikeshare serves as an introduction to bicycling for many people. That’s why it’s a shame that Simon Pak, who manages The Bike Rack at 14th and Q, had more critical words for bikeshare riders. “Since Capital Bikeshare started, any incident [I've witnessed] in bike-to-bike collisions have been with Capital Bikeshare riders. They’re the most inexperienced riders emulating more experienced riders,” he told Ravindrath.
Though Pak also says 1 in 10 of his customers are looking to move from Capital Bikeshare’s heavy bikes to a lighter and faster personal bike. It sounds like bikeshare is a great source of potential business for bike shops.
Elsewhere on the Network today: T4America writes that the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River yesterday was, surprisingly, not rated “structurally deficient” by Washington DOT. Strong Towns says regulatory barriers are preventing developers from pursuing the kind of walkable projects that are the most beneficial to them, as well as the general public. And the Black Urbanist considers how best to combine design and social justice in placemaking.
Original article at Streetsblog

Growing number of Americans going carless

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 09:  Bicyclists ride along Market Street on May 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Municipal Transportati...
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Bicyclists ride along Market Street earlier this month in San Francisco, where the number of cyclists has surged 71 percent between 2006 and 2011. This appears to be a nationwide trend, as nearly 10 percent of American households are carless.

Whether by choice or because of financial necessity, the number of American households without a car has doubled over the past two decades – and is now approaching 10 percent.

The impact of this trend could be significant, especially when it comes to alternative forms of transportation such as car-sharing and mass transit, according to research by CNW Marketing.

“While the recession was in large part responsible for the latest spurt, the trend was already clear,” says CNW’s research chief Art Spinella. “A growing number of Americans felt they didn’t need or want a personal car.”

According to CNW data, the number of U.S. households without a car stood at a modest 5.7 percent in 1991. That figure stayed relatively stable through the early part of the 2000s. But it has been increasing slowly since then, with a “rapid rise” beginning in 2007. By last year, the total number of carless households hit 9.3 percent...

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Chris Akrigg - five

Chris Akrigg - five from chris akrigg on Vimeo.
This box isn't big enough to tell the full story so all i'll say for now is i had a lot of fun putting this edit together and it was probably one of the most challenging in every way. Have a watch and we'll talk later....

The Spokesman

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What Girls Want

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StreetSeen - Which street would you prefer to ride a bicycle on? #letsride

StreetSeen hopes to quantitatively understand different perceptions of streets. Most of us experience our cities along its streets. We walk along the sidewalks, bicycle or drive along the streets and ultimately explore our cities via these transportation networks.
Google Street View allows people to explore places across the world through 360-degree street-level images. Google Street View provides a great opportunity to study and understand our cities. StreetSeen is a project from The Ohio State University which extends Google Street View in order to allow people across the globe to experiment in evaluating cities.
Visual preference surveys provide the opportunity to see what people think about different places. Visual preferences surveys, originated by Anton Tony Nelessen in the 1970s, typically ask participants to view a series of images and score them based on their preference. The best visual preference surveys are precise in what they are seeking to measure. For example, making sure that all of the images are viewed from the same angle.
The great thing about Google Street View is that the images are 360 degrees making it fairly simply to rotate images to achieve the same perspective. These are realistic images of what cities are really like. They aren’t doctored fancy pictures. These are quite similar to what you would see if you were exploring a city.
Using the ideas from visual preference surveys constructed into pairwise surveys we have created an easy to use tool that lets anyone construct their own survey and begin to understand what people think about places in cities across the world.

About the Team

Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the College of Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She has passionate interests in technology that can help the public engage in participatory planning for the future of cities. She was named by Planetizen as one of the top 25 leading thinkers in urban planning and technology. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, advising, and research. Cowley publishes and speaks widely on technology and the future of the city. You can follow Dr. Evans-Cowley on Twitter @EvansCowley.
Jason Little is the Systems Engineer, Engineering Computing Services in the College of Engineering at the The Ohio State University. He serves as the technical lead for centralized web development within the College and is also pursuing his MBA at the Fisher College of Business.
Corey Hinshaw is a systems Developer/Engineer with The Ohio State University College of Engineering. His duties include software development, web design, systems admiinistration, and consuming the office's excess caffeine. You can drop him a line at @electrickite.
Meghan Frazer is the Digital Resources Curator for the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She manages the school archives, the KSA Digital Library, and supports educational technology efforts by working on projects like StreetSeen. Her professional interests include digital content preservation and data visualization. You can send tweets in her direction using @meghanfrazer.
Shaun Rowland, Systems Manager in The Ohio State University Department of Computer Science & Engineering, also provided support and testing for this project.


This project is based on the great work of OpenPlans Beautiful Street Project and MIT’s Media Lab Place Pulse Project. Both of these open source projects provided their code on GitHub and served as a foundation for the design of StreetSeen.
In addition, the Mooculus site developed by Jim Fowler of The Ohio State University, and the OSU Digital First site provided key reference for this project.

Columbus OH Critical Mass is Friday May 31

Critical Mass will happen Friday May 31!! Meet at the Statehouse at Broad and High 5:30 and ride at 6pm. Family friendly ride for all levels. We will end up at the Infoshop or othe location. For after party.

[Sporeprint Infoshop]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stolen Bike Alert - Morse/71 area

Hey guys could you please be on the lookout for a matte silver/matte navy womens 2009 Trek 7100. It's a 17.5in frame and has mounts for both a front and rear light. It's my girlfriend's bike and was stolen from our home this afternoon. Follow the link and click on the matte silver/matte navy paint scheme and it's that exact bike.

Call or email Taylor - at 937 578 8330 or

Tour of Franklinton UPDATES - Race is June 2 #letsride

Another round of good news.

1) Thanks to Julianna White of Fine Citizens, our brand new Tour of Franklinton website is live! 

2) 30 hay bales arrives yesterday to protect riders from street poles and other dangerous course impediments. After the race, many of the hay bales will be donated to Franklinton Gardens.

3) Make sure you check out the May 30 Weekender section of the Columbus Dispatch. Thanks Amy, I look forward to reading your article.

4) The event is still in need of volunteers. If you know someone that has a couple of hours to spare, we could use the help. Course marshals, set up in the a.m, tear down in the p.m. - all easy and fun jobs. Coffee in the morning and Piada for lunch - What's not to like?

5) I'm excited to announce J from Tenspeeds Productions will be our race announcer! He's got a extensive background in cycling and will help keep the event flowing smoothly while educating the crowd on the action. Thanks to Groove U for providing the sounds system. For those that don't know Groove U, they're a 2-year music career program in town focused on raising the next generation of producers, promoters and music advocates.

6) B1 Bicycles is not only a category sponsor, Casey is going to be in the wheel pit helping racers with mechanical issues, swap out flat tires and assist with any other issue. He's a great dude running a great shop downtown  - make sure you check him out. 

7) RoadID came on board as sponsor and provided our race numbers and some podium prizes. Never ride without one. 

8) I made a quick time-lapse  video of our Tuesday Night Crit Practice held at an OSU parking lot near the Schott. Kind of a fun way to peek in on the cycling community in Cbus. 

Thanks again for the support. 

June 2 is going to be here quick!!


Tour of Franklinton Poobah
Team SixOneFour Sponsorship Director

Wah-wah pedal for your bike! For cool kids ONLY!

While it's anybody's guesss if it'll hold up on the trail, Nashbar's Wah-Wah is about the coolest bike pedal on the planet! It has a 6061 aluminium body with a CNC-machined CroMo spindle, LSL bushing, and sealed and needle bearings, and includes a 2mm hex wrench and traction pins. Weight: 506g. Price: $57.99. More

Schnormeier Garden Ride is Saturday, June 8, 2013 #letsride

• 8:00AM from McNamara Park [Map here]
• 9:30AM From Centerburg. Start time is approximate. Wait until the McNamara Park group arrives.

This is a casual ride to the beautiful garden estate of the Schnormeier's in Gambier, Ohio. The gardens, waterfalls, and sanctuary houses are situated on 75 beautifully landscaped acres and are open to the public for only 5 days a year! 

There are 2 ride options with access to food and water at Centerburg and Mt. Vernon. It will be a mix of road and paved trail riding. On Downing Rd. there is .7 miles of gravel which is doable on narrow road bike tires but you may choose to walk your bike for a short bit (only on the Option 1 route). There is also a very short bit of the Heart of Ohio Bike Trail this is unpaved but is doable on narrow road tires. The route is mostly flat with two short, steep climbs one mile from the destination. Lunch stop is planned after the visit to the gardens in Mt. Vernon at the Southside Diner (only one mile off route) in Mt. Vernon. We'll probably spend 1 1/2hrs at the gardens.

It is recommended that riders carry water, snacks, and spare inner tubes. There is no sag for this ride! Riders ride at their own risk.

Option 1: 84miles. Meet at McNamara Park and launch at 8:00AM. Meet up with second group in Centerburg which is a snack stop.

Option 2: 42miles. Meet at Heart of Ohio trailhead in Centerburg, Ohio ready to launch approximately at 9:30AM but wait for the group that starts earlier at McNamara Park

[Facebook event]

Highlands Passage Ride in Slade, KY is Saturday, June 8, 2013 #letsride @SwallowBicycle

For the past couple of months we have been exploring new places to ride with you. A couple of weeks ago we decided to venture down to the Red River Gorge area and explore the surrounding land. We decided on a route that linked a series of roads to intriguing natural landmarks. We rode that route and liked it so much that we’d like to ride it again, this time, with you! Join us for Highlands Passage, Saturday, June 8. 
Ride Note: Choose your own adventure and participate at your own risk! This is simply a scheduled time to ride and complete a common route with a variety of fun folks. We will provide you with a cue sheet and a basic map to encourage you to participate in any way you would like, whether that is with a group, or just a bud. There is no sag and the area we will be riding through is some-what remote with only a few places to stop for food and water if you need to refuel. Please come prepared!
GPS Route: Click here.
Date and Time: 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 8, 2013
Start Location: Miguel’s Pizza off of Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY.
Terrain: Paved roads with a 10 mile section of hard packed gravel.
Statistics: 108 miles and approximately 9000 ft. of climbing. 
Interested in this ride and adventure, but not in 108 miles? There is a 36-mile option planned for you. Ride the first 28 miles and the last 8 miles of the longer route then go on your own second adventure within Red River Gorge while you wait for your friends/family to finish the longer ride. For more information on this ride, click here.
Here are some recommendations
Friend: Bring a buddy to ride with if you are choosing your own pace. Try not to separate from each other.
Bike: Bring a bike that is comfortable for you to ride a long distance easily on paved roads and a section of hard packed gravel. There are also a lot of hills so you won’t regret having some climbing gears! We comfortably ride road bikes with wider, 28mm tires, but bikes with 23mm to 2.3” tires will do the job. 
Fuel: Bring enough food and water to last you 2-3 hours between stops. There will be a few opportunities to stop at businesses along the way to refuel. 
Jacket: Even if it is warm, bring a lightweight jacket or vest for long, cool descents, and potential weather.
Lights: We will travel through a tunnel with no lighting. Bring a front light to see the road in front of you and a rear light to make yourself visible.
Tools: Bring the tools and supplies you need to fix any potential mechanical that you may have.
Parking: The parking at Miguel’s Pizza is first come, first serve. If the parking is full, we recommend parking here and simply riding over to Miguel’s to meet the group. 
Camping and places to stay: Click here to find more information about places to stay in the area.

A Self-Monitoring Bike Helmet To Make You Feel Like A Fighter Pilot [FastCompany]

The Smart LifeBeam helmet checks up on your vitals as you bike, tracking your exercise and movement as you ride.

An unlikely accessory has become the locus of significant innovation recently: the bike helmet. In the past few months we’ve reported on bike helmets with cameras, bike helmets with turn signals, and bike helmets with LED lights. We even wrote about a helmet that you can’t see at all because it’s not really there.

The latest in helmet design takes a page from the exercise trend of self-monitoring, adding sensors to the Genesis helmet by Lazer design, which allow wearers to track their heart rate in real time without the added burden of a chest strap.
According to its founders, The Smart helmet by LifeBeam isn’t just a helmet--it’s a platform that includes a microprocessor, “a state-of-the-art optical physiological sensor, accelerometer, and full wireless communication capabilities."
Here’s how it works: "The optical sensor is placed on the helmet’s front, gently touching your forehead. The sensor samples the blood pulse in a high frequency and transmits a raw signal to the processing unit, which is placed in the helmet’s back." The unit then transmits information about your heart rate, blood flow, and oxygen saturation to your mobile phone or sport watch via Blutetooth.
LifeBeam raised nearly $65,000 on Indiegogo to support mass production of the product, which should be ready this fall. It’s a follow up to their sensing platform for the helmets of fighter pilots and astronauts to monitor their vital signs.
More photos at FastCompany

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bicyclists ask legislators for 3-foot safe zone on roads [Dispatch] @yaybikes Rob Hendricks highlighted

Without warning last fall, Rob Hendricks felt a sedan going 45 mph smash into the back wheel of his bike.
He tumbled backward onto the windshield, cracking four ribs and shattering two vertebrae. He came to rest face-down and shoeless on the pavement.
Hendricks, who was hit about 6:45 a.m. in the Easton Town Center area during his 5-mile commute to work, said setting tougher rules will make drivers share the road.
Hendricks was one of about 15 cyclists who pedaled from the Short North to the Ohio Statehouse yesterday. Clad in Spandex and still sweating from the hot ride, representatives of the group testified in support of a bill designed to encourage motorists to share space with bicyclists.
The law would require drivers to leave a 3-foot space — about an arm’s length — when passing bikers on the road. Current law says cars should keep a safe distance.

[Keep reading at Dispatch]

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Serfas 2013: All Riders Welcome

Greening Cities with Better Bike Lanes [thisbigcity]

May is National Bike Month in the United States, something the country’s 57 million bicyclists have had the opportunity to celebrate since 1956. Biking is a hot trend right now in the US, taking second place on a 2012 survey to find Americans’ Favorite Outdoor Activities.
Inspired by the European and Canadian model, bike sharing programs are now spreading across the States. Affordable and convenient fleets are set to transform American cities, with their number growing 50% this year compared with 2012. There’s now a total of 53 programs in North America, and in 2013 we can expect to see 6000 new bikes in New York, 4000 in Los Angeles, 3000 in Chicago and many others in different cities across America.
Bike sharing programs are one of the main drivers for improving cycling infrastructure, that and the fact that 50% of all US trips are 3 miles or less. Just imagine the progress that could be made if half of those trips were done on two wheels. America could look forward to fewer traffic jams, reduced air pollution and happier people!
Only 1% of all US trips are made by bike, but that could change if safety was not as much of a concern. In New York, cycling increased 102% between 2007-2011 and in San Francisco 71% between 2006-2011, largely because of better infrastructure.

Y.N.RichKids - My Bike

Monday, May 20, 2013

Used bikes change kids' lives [CNN]

Support Yay Bikes! (@yaybikes) on May 26th at Hal & Al's Food Truck event

Hal & Al’s is working hard to promote some positive things for the area as well as help them some worthy causes raise funds for their organizations. And how do we plan on doing it? By inviting a bunch of food trucks and... carts to our street the last Sunday of each month from 12 noon to 6pm!
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and appetites for this monthly event at the corner of Parsons Avenue and E. Gates St. and watch this space for updated information about what trucks and carts will be here and specific dates.
May 26th
July 7th

June's event (during comfest) moved to first Sunday in July.
August 25th
September 29th
October 27th
Here’s our lineup for our Food Truck and Cart Hop on May 26th from 12 noon to 6pm
Look for our favorite food trucks and carts to be set up to feed you, and this time your dog, lunch and dinner at the northwest corner of Parsons and E. Gates.
Pedal Instead provides FREE secure bicycle parking at festivals throughout Central Ohio. Ride your bicycle to Hal & Al's for the event and park your bike for FREE and SECURELY with Pedal Instead.
Yellow Boys Polish Boys
For dessert:
And for your dog:
The first 100 people and their dogs to visit the Chef Michael’s Food Truck for Dogs will receive a thoughtful meal experience for their dog as well as a complimentary dinner (up to $10) the day of the event from a participating food truck. 
This month’s hop will benefit Yay Bikes!
Yay Bikes! creates opportunities for personal and community transformation through innovative campaigns and unconventional partnerships that promote bicycling as an alternative to driving.
Yay Bikes! envisions a Central Ohio in which people ride their bicycles for as many trips as possible.
Yay Bikes! can be counted on to uphold the following values:
  • Integrity, Kindness and Authentic Communication in our personal interactions
  • Innovation, Partnership and Excellence in our work
  • Peace, Prosperity, Health and Happiness in our communities

Theory of Change
Yay Bikes! knows that many factors determine how we choose to get from Point A to Point B. We tend to focus on the human factors that influence our travel behavior — things like our unexamined habits, our fears, whether or not we have children, the way we are expected to look at work, our sense of personal identity, how educated we are about various modes, etc. While we do have something to say about our built environment, the bulk of our work is in the following areas:                               
  • CYCLIST EDUCATION — Ensuring that all who ride a bicycle know how to do so safely and legally
  • SOCIAL MARKETING CAMPAIGNS — Engaging entire communities in transportation behavior change
  • BICYCLE CULTURE — Cultivating a positive, inclusive bike culture in Central Ohio
  • MOBILITY SOLUTIONS — Ensuring that all people have equitable access to basic amenities
  • MOBILITY RESEARCH — Seeking to understand how people make transportation choices and how to influence them
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Leveraging bicycling to promote small businesses and retain talent

Current programming includes
  • How We Roll
  • Pedal Instead
  • Year of Yay!
  • Bike the C-Bus
Not as many food trucks and carts as the big ones  But you won’t have to stand in line for an hour to get your food and you can bring it in to Hal & Al’s to enjoy with your favorite craft brewed adult beverage!

Dinner and Bikes: Columbus is THIS FRIDAY May 24th at Hal & Al's

Join us for a traveling road show of yummy food and bicycle inspiration and a celebration of local and national bike culture, advocacy, and activism! 

Hal & Al's is located at 1297 Parsons Ave Columbus, Ohio 43206

Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale (pay what you can) at the door, and include dinner. This is an all ages event.

Come enjoy a gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet by personal chef Joshua Ploeg, while participating in an interactive presentation about the everyday bicycling movement by author Elly Blue and watching a near-complete excerpt from film-maker Joe Biel's forthcoming documentary Aftermass, a history of bicycle activism in Portland. The tour is traveling with a food- and bicycle-themed pop-up bookstore, and authors will be available to chat and sign books after the event.

This event is hosted by Yay Bikes! and RideSolutions.

Learn more about the Dinner and Bikes tour at

[Facebook event]

Oh my god. Oh. My. God. - $699 (Greenwich Village) [Craigslist]

Grab a paper bag, breathe into it and calm your ass down. You're hyperventilating because you ain't never seen a deal like this before. Now collect yourself, then keep reading this incredible description that barely serves to do justice to my 2010 Felt Gridlock 3 speed fixed gear bike. Yes 3 SPEED FIXED GEAR. Also known as the greatest bike the city has ever had the privilege of existing around.

What makes this bike so much better than every other bike that has ever been pedaled? Glad you asked. It starts with the paint scheme. It looks like Iron Man if Iron Man were a bike. That's bold, son. Curb appeal. It's probably also why some piece of trash stole the front tire that originally came with this beauty. Why didn't he steal the whole bike? Because he knew he wasn't man enough. That's ok, I replaced it with something that looks even more boss. The next thing is the genuine leather seat. My taint has had a love/hate relationship with this particular bit of the machine. But it's got those swanky brass rivets so I can't stay mad that it smashed my prostate and has likely rendered fatherhood impossible. But let's face it, I'd rather have have a bike than a kid.

What else? Let's talk about that three speed in-the-hub, fixed-gear transmission for a second. It's as gnarly as it is exotic. Like the tropical, saw-toothed platypus. Which is a species that does't even exist. Fortunately this crazy ass hub does. It offers 3 speeds, as the name implies. It also offers a terrific chance to introduce that dome of yours to the asphalt if you fucking sleep for one single second on this bitch. So don't trip. Ride safe. Get a helmet and if you've never ridden a fixed gear bike, maybe it's time to move along, young sir because this back tire doesn't flip flop and it doesn't suffer fools. What this bike does offer is a one-way ticket to legits-ville. Find a bowling ball. Then find another one. Your nuts must be at least that big to even consider making this whip the dreamiest object to ever take up too much space in your tiny ass apartment. But you'll be filled with joy once you throw a leg over this flawless piece of American-made* cycling excellence. 

What else? Ryan, the paint's a little dinged up. Yeah, well, that's called real life. It comes at you fast, bro. Besides, you really want this glimmering, shimmering sex machine catching the eye of some small time thief? I already told you what happened to the tire. You really don't want to be living your own version of PeeWee's big adventure. Consider the lived-in feel a natural crime deterrent. If this bike were denim jeans, it'd be called "de-stressed" and you'd be paying extra for the privilege. I'm not gonna charge you extra for it, though. Cause I'm not trying to take advantage of you. But you should take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

But, aren't you sad about selling the greatest bike on earth? No. When you ride this bike once it permanently eliminates your ability to feel sad about anything ever again. Even for little puppies who are afraid to walk down the stairs, because the stairs...they're so big, and they're so little. Puppies who are young, but have already discovered the world to be a cold, unforgiving place. But you won't give a shit about it because you'll be on your awesome new bike living the dream.

Ryan, is that a toilet in the background? Yes. Why? Because this bike is the shit. And you've just learned something else about me. That's right, my name is Ryan. And your name is lucky motherfucker if you make the best choice of your life and pay me cold, hard cash for this ridiculous ride.

*Felt bikes are imported from Taiwan. Sorry to burst your bubble, homie, but globalization has been restructuring the way products get manufactured and sold since the 80's. Some believe it's eroding the American middle class. If you're the last to know, sorry for party rocking. Read "The World Is Flat." Form an opinion. Join the dialog. By the way, the book is like 12 years old so this shouldn't be news. Shit's fucked up, but we didn't start the fire. No we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it. Now buy this bitchin' ass bike.


Bicycle hearse offers 'one last ride' to final resting place

Bicycle hearse offers 'one last ride' to final resting place»PLAY VIDEO
Wade Lind sketched out his plans for a bicycle hearse on a napkin at McDonald's. "It doesn't handle like a regular bicycle," the funeral director said.
EUGENE, Ore. - Wade Lind takes the lid off a 7-foot bamboo coffin inside his business, Sunset Hills Funeral Home.

"When a person's in there, it's just so delicate looking," Lind says.

He turns the lid over to reveal the intricate, hand-crafted lattice pattern.
It looks much like a regular basket.

"In the basket aspect, the weaving is similar," Lind said, "but different as far as these are designed to carry up to 300 pounds of weight, where as a basket is not."

There's eco-friendly - and then there's green to the grave.

Lind's funeral home offers natural burials, which he calls an alternative to cremation.

And if it would turn your cranks to not burn fossil fuel en route to your final resting place, Lind offers what appears to be the only bicycle hearse in America.
Alternative burials in demand - and less expensive

Every year, Lind said, his funeral home sees more demand for these caskets that look like baskets.

They are one of a kind creations - and cost thousands of dollars cheaper than a traditional metal casket.

Sunset Hills Cemetery & Funeral Home does offer traditional burial products and services.

They also feature a custom-made bicycle hearse.

"When people see it, they do a doubletake and that's kind of a neat thing," Lind said. "It expands their perception. It takes away the fear of death."

Lind said he thought of the idea mid-Big Mac bite at McDonald's.

"A bunch of bicyclists rode up and parked their bikes and we started joking about making a bicycle hearse," Lind said. "I sketched out what I wanted on a napkin."

The bicycle hearse took 2 weeks to design and build.

Lind built it to pedal the deceased on "one last ride" through the scenic bicycle paths of Eugene.

"It takes a little bit to get used to because it doesn't handle like a regular bicycle," he said. "It's extremely long, and you have to really think about your turns.

"And of course, who you're carrying in the back."

With 120 pounds of metal and another 150-300 pounds in dead weight, the bicycle hearse can be quite the heavy load. Lind said he solved that problem last fall when he electrified the bicycle hearse.

"I added a hub motor on to get me up and down the hills and give that little extra boost," Lind said.

The ride and casket together costs about $3,500. It's a fraction of the cost of a traditional funeral. So far, Lind has bicycled 5 bodies to their final destination - and now there is a waiting list.

Lind said he designed the bicycle hearse with one corpse in mind:

His own.

"I would be the person in the back of it," Lind said, "so I wanted to design something that was unique and that celebrates a life."