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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Monkeyneck - Hey Boy (Official Video) | YouTube

Dip Your Bike?

*No bicycles were harmed in the making of this video

Friday, September 13, 2013

Construction set to begin on Dequindre Cut extension and other Detroit greenway connectors | Mlive

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The Link Detroit project would connect the the Midtown Loop to an extended Dequindre Cut, and the Hamtramck Trail, make streetscape improvements at Eastern Market and address a series of deteriorating bridges.

DETROIT, MI -- Construction on a major recreation/transportation infrastructure upgrade is set to begin along and in between a series of greenways in Detroit and Hamtramck.
Bicyclists and administrators at Eastern Market are preparing a celebration of the start of construction on Link Detroit, a project that will extend the Dequindre Cut, link it to the Midtown Loop and the Hamtramck Trail, make streetscape improvements at Eastern Market and address a series of deteriorating bridges.
A $10 million federal transportation grant announced last year will help pay for the project.
The Dequindre Cut, is a popular bike and pedestrian trail built over an abandoned rail line.

Make Your Own Gear | Six Moon Designs

There are few things more satisfying in the backpacking experience than finding yourself miles from the nearest trailhead and realizing that your comfort and safety comes from gear created by your own hands.
In the early years of the ultralight hiking, being good with a sewing machine was as much a necessary skill as knowing where to pitch a tarp or finding shelter above treeline. With the introduction of a lot ultralight gear on to the market, that need has diminished.
If you're someone who finds making their own gear almost as enjoyable as using it, we want to help support your efforts. From time to time, we'll publish plans for items of gear that we think are relatively easy to build while providing a good addition to your ultralight gear inventory. These plans may include products that have or are planning on producing commercially.
We hope you respect the time we've invested into these plans and treat them accordingly. We do hope you feel free to take these plans, modify them as need be and make gear for yourself or your family. If you find an innovated addition or change, please feel free to let us know.
The publication of these plans does not give you license to use them to produce gear that can sold.

GAP/C&O Day 6 Photo Recap

Key Biscayne musician gets 12 years in prison for cyclist’s death | Miami Herald

Over three days in court, musician Carlos Bertonatti tried everything to persuade a judge to go easy on him.
His sister and a pal told the court how Bertonatti saved their lives. A top Latin music executive testified that the Key Biscayne man had the makings of a bona fide pop star — earnings that could help pay restitution to the widow and daughter of the man Bertonatti killed.
His brother even admitted to using Bertonatti’s identity to rack up dozens of traffic tickets, an effort to soften the effect of the musician’s awful traffic history.
But in the end, the facts of the crime were too damning: Drunk after a night of partying, Bertonatti, 32, plowed his car into cyclist Christophe LeCanne on the Rickenbacker Causeway, dragging the man’s crumpled bicycle for more than two miles before the police caught up with him.
So Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Bronwyn Miller — following the state’s sentencing guidelines — sent Bertonatti to prison for 12 years.
“You are a very young man. You have a future,” Miller told him. “I truly hope you will keep your commitment to the LeCanne family.”

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Citi Bike BMX

GAP/C&O Day 5 Photo Recap

GAP/C&O Day 4 Photo Recap

Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Modern Day Jane Jacobs | UrbanTimes

Image: Tom Payne
Jane Jacobs was revolutionary. By critiquing the modernist approach of twentieth century urban thinking, she taught us that traditional planning policies oppressed and rejected the single most important element of cities: people. Her ideas sparked decades of urban social movements, resulting in the preservation of inner city neighbourhoods across the globe. In the age of rationalism, she reminded us that cities are complex and chaotic. She reminded us that cities are human. Jane Jacobs (aka “The Crazy Dame”) inspired a generation of urbanists.
She reminded us that cities are human.
While Jacobs’ words continue to reverberate through history, this century we are faced with a new set of challenges. One in particular, dictates the way we govern, design and build urban spaces; it burdens our health care and kills our planet. Today’s greatest urban challenge is the car.
Our addiction to the car has made us crazy. We teach our children to fear the street and we fight wars to ensure we have reliable access to oil. Our obsession with the car controls just about every aspect of our urban lives. Like a drug however, it is destroying us from the inside out, not only is our atmosphere polluted and our streets congested, but every new road, car park and set of traffic lights makes our cities a little less livable. We have once again forgotten that cities are human.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

GAP/C&O Day 3 Photo Recap

GAP/C&O Day 2 Photo Recap

No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business | Atlantic Cities

No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business
City retailers tend to overestimate the importance of parking to their business. They fail to see the many downsides of free parking (congestion and low shopper turnover, among them). They believe more people arrive at the store by car than actually do. They may not even realize that while driving customers spend more per visit, non-drivers spend as much or more in the long term.
And yet whenever a city considers installing a bike lane, rest assured some retailers will protest the perceived loss of automobile access. Take the bike lane that stole a dozen parking spaces from 65th Street in Seattle a couple years back (for reasons that will seem far less arbitrary in a moment). The typical comment from a bike lane opponent to the city's department of transportation went something like this:
Please do not take away the 65th St. traffic lanes for bicycle lanes. Traffic is congested already and eliminating street parking for cars will [be] detrimental for all small businesses located on 65th.

[Keep reading at Atlantic Cities] 

Franklin’s Cyclecraft: An Abusive Relationship | karlmccracken

I’ve had a crappy summer on the roads. Don’t get me wrong - the weather’s been great, and I’ve had some lovely rides, and I’ve got some amazing memories.
No. It’s the idiots I have to share the road with who are the problem.
I’ve lost count of the number of deliberately intimidatory close passes I’ve suffered, blasts of horns, times I’ve been tailgated, and had incomprehensible (yet plainly vitriol-laced) yells from passing drivers. I’ve had drivers try overtaking me when I’ve been stationary in a queue of traffic (really: just what imaginary piece of unoccupied road were you trying to get into?), another brake-test me, and one drive his car at me and Daughter before getting out to tell me that he’d be waiting round the corner out of CCTV view to give me a good kicking. That’s him, below - charming fellow. Rather than take him up on his offer, I called the police.
It’s been really, really shit.
It got so bad in fact that I even had a colleague who’s a cycle instructor take me out on the road to assess my riding - if I was the common factor in these acts of aggression, then maybe I was the one at fault?

Kwiggle Bikes - The evolution of the folding bicycle

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

U.S. bike-sharing fleet more than doubles in 2013 | BLOUIN BEAT

New York City’s Citibike. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/Stan Honda
The opening of the San Francisco Bay Area bike share on August 29, 2013, brings the combined fleet of shared bikes in the United States above 18,000, more than a doubling since the start of the year. The U.S. is now home to 34 modern bike-sharing programs that allow riders to make short trips on two wheels without having to own a bicycle. With a number of new programs in the works and planned expansions of existing programs, the U.S. fleet is set to double again by the end of 2014, at which point nearly 37,000 publicly shared bicycles will roll the streets.
U.S. Bike-Sharing Fleet, 2012-2014
The largest bike share in the U.S. is in New York City, where some 6,000 bicycles are available at 332 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program opened at the end of May 2013, and in less than 3 months hit 2 million trips. On busy days, each bike gets checked out seven times or more, a remarkably high borrowing rate. The city ultimately hopes to expand the program to other boroughs and grow to 10,000 bikes.

Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Trail 2013 Ride Equipment List

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of the items I carried on my bike for the GAP/C&O Adventure Ride.

Salsa Fargo
Salsa Stainless Water Bottle Cages mounted on fork/downtube
Schwalbe Big Ben 2.15"setup tubeless

Garmin 800 GPS
PDW clip-on fenders
2 Big Bottles/1 small bottle under downtube
PDW Blinkie Light
Light & Motion Urban 550 headlight (failed)

SalsaWanderlust Rack – 
Ortlieb BikePacker Plus Panniers
  • Bathroom stuff – bike sized
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush
    • TP
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen / Bug spray / Off Clip-On
  • Camp towel/2 packs of unscented waterless bath wipes
  • Unscented castile soap
  • Aleve/Imodium/Pills/Ear plugs
  • Eyeglass case
Garbage bag

  • Underwear
  • Long Sleeve Ibex wool t-shirt
  • Hiking Pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Ibex Wool Jersey/Endura shorts liner/ two pair wool socks
  • Mountain Hardware sleeping bag

iPhone charger&cable/garmin cable/camera cable&charger/Mophie battery/headphones (In a Bag)

In drybag
  • Clif bars/Honey stinger waffles/gels
  • 2 bags trail mix
  • 3 bags of jerky
  • Scratch labs mix
  • 4 Dehydrated food packs
  • 4 breakfast meals
  • Coffee packs
  • Odor Free Bag
GSI Halulite Microdualist Cooking set/Collapsible Spoon
Soto Windmaster stove
2 Gas canisters
2 GSI H20 Lite collapsible water bottles
Stainless steel bottle of whiskey

Top of rack – hook dry bag to rack with bungie

  • Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker 24oz tent
  • 5 Stakes / 2 Poles / Center pole
  • Tyvek to protect against rocks
  • Food bag hanging rope

Revelate Designs Frame Bag

  • iPhone  
  • Wallet/Cash/ID/Med card/Debit Card
  • Tools / Tire levers / bigger Allen key for pedals
  • 2 Tubes
  • Lube
  • Hand wipes
  • Day food
  • Pump
  • Black Diamond camp light

Revelate Designs Gas Tank

Outdoor Research handlebar Bag 

  • Sea to Summit sleeping bag liner
  • Klymit pad
  • Helinox camp chair
  • Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow
  • Keen sandals


  • Helmet
  • Bike shoes
  • Dew rag
  • Gloves
  • Showers Pass Jacket

NTS Works 2x4 Electric Bike Launch

NTS Works 2x4 Electric Bike Launch from Michael Lewis on Vimeo.

The 2X4 (pronounced two by four) is a bicycle with a pickup truck like cargo bed in the front.  It also has an electric assist motor that will let you climb steep hills without breaking a sweat.
The innovative design has multiple patents pending.  It’s named the 2X4 because the front wheel is powered by the motor and the rear wheel is powered by pedaling.  Thus, it’s two wheel drive like a 2×4 pickup truck.
All of this is in a light-weight, compact, elegant design only slightly larger than a conventional bicycle.

[NTS Works]

Amtrak debuts bike racks on Blue Water Line service | YouTube

GAP/C&O Day 1 Photo Recap

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fos - A truly wearable, Bluetooth LED display system | Kickstarter

Staying active in a big city means rubbing shoulders with cars, buses, trains and wayward tourists. Bike lights are often ignored or stolen, and reflective tape and shoes only make you visible when light reflects off them. Accidents can happen in a crowded bike lane at dawn or when the sidewalk ends at dusk.
Fo̱s is a new paradigm in visibility. It's a Velcro®-lined fabric patch that contains a super-bright LED grid you can program through your phone, wirelessly. The LEDs' brightness will keep you visible and its video-stream capability will keep you noticed. You may not realize you're wearing it since it weighs less than a golf ball and feels like normal fabric.
At the same time Fo̱s is keeping you safe, it also engages those around you. Inspire others by letting them know you've reached your fitness goal, how many calories burned as you burn them and who it is you're running for.

The Designer

The technology inside Fo̱s is remarkable, and using it is beautiful. Your clothing and accessories can now bear the ever-changing, radiant designs you've been dreaming of. With 64K shades of light for each and every pixel, gradients, 3D objects and other artwork are at your command. The 60+ frames-per-second processing power makes all movement smooth as the fabric it's mounted to.

The Developer

Our Android®-based demo application and library package lets you get started quickly. Using the API, your smartphone or computer application instantly becomes connected to any number of Fo̱s units. Your app now can send arbitrary video, graphics and text to the user’s body at any time, in real time. Extend our demo code or import the library into your own application. A demo and library for iOS® and desktop OSes will follow shortly, all downloadable from the developer webpage.

What is Fo̱s made of?

Fo̱s was designed from scratch. The custom embedded system inside contains a powerful 32-bit microprocessor, flash memory, a sophisticated LED matrix driver and a very efficient power supply. The LED grid has elements that allow it to be extremely durable when flexing constantly. Everything had to work to an awesome standard but be extremely low-profile. Oh and low-cost, too.
Fo̱s' architecture is a big departure from my previous, mostly bespoke work. All the controls, circuitry and LEDs are inside the fabric which makes it really easy to apply. Fo̱s can be tiled both horizontally and vertically to make seamless, larger displays. No SD cards or thick wires, just awesomeness.

What are my options?

  • Single-height Fo̱s patch. This is an ~11 inch by 3 inch, black fabric patch with Velcro® around the perimeter. You can choose white or blue LEDs for the 32x8 pixel grid. For $30 more you get a long-sleeve athletic top prepared for Fo̱s.

  • Double-height Fo̱s patch. This is an ~11 inch by 5 inch, black fabric patch with Velcro® around the perimeter. You can choose white or blue LEDs, and the larger 32x16 pixel grid gives you room to draw stuff with greater detail. For $30 more you get a long-sleeve athletic top prepared for Fo̱s.

  • Triple-width Fo̱s belt. This is a 36 inch by 3 inch belt made with black genuine leather. Fits waists from 26 inches to 31 inches (size 4 to size 12) and is adjustable. The 96x8 pixel grid is a rich amber color and it goes with everything. It really is spectacular.

How will my pledge help?

Your pledge will not only manufacture an insanely great product, it will complete the remaining few items that require a lot of overhead. These include:
-Power pack modifications. I want to take existing USB power-banks that are made by the zillions and modify them just a bit to work with Fo̱s. This requires the design and production of a new boost convertor to stick in there and a tweak to the plastic housing. It's not difficult, it just takes a big order to get it done right.
-Mobile apps for cyclists, runners and the fashion scene. Fo̱s should be useful to you out-of-the-box. The visual design for these apps is already done as you saw in the video, we just need to finish the guts. Outside developers will probably beat us to it (yay!) but I want to guarantee you get the full experience from day one.

The Manufacturing Plan

Fo̱s is real, and you can get one. Here's what needs to be done before I send yours out:
October 2013
  • Complete programming of advanced Fo̱s device features (firmware upgrades, BTLE profile, performance optimizations)
  • Begin development of mobile apps, non-Android SDK packages and developer portal

November 2013
  • Create tooling for production
  • Procure electronic components
  • Begin Fo̱s PCB fabrication

December 2013
  • Test and verify protective surface treatments
  • Begin production of battery packs

January 2014
  • Begin Fo̱s product assembly and regulatory testing

February 2014
  • Begin delivering Fo̱s to backers

Who is this guy?

I'm Anders Nelson, originally from outside of Detroit, Michigan. I'm 30 years old, love disco-house music and I began working on the precursors to Fo̱s in 2005. It's been a very long journey and I'm really excited to see what you do with this neat technology.

Tech Specs

Single-height Fo̱s patch:
Dimensions: 10.75" x 3" [27.3cm x 7.6cm]
Weight: 1.13 oz [32 g]
Display area: 8" x 2" [20.3cm x 5cm]
Battery: Rechargeable lithium ion, 2600mAh, 4" x 1" x 1" [10.2cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm], runtime approximately 4 hours per charge.
Power Consumption: 2.7W max
Double-height Fo̱s patch:
Dimensions: 10.75" x 5" [27.3cm x 12.7cm]
Weight: 2.26 oz [64 g]
Display area: 8" x 4" [20.3cm x 10.2cm]
Battery: Rechargeable lithium ion, 2600mAh, 4" x 1" x 1" [10.2cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm], runtime approximately 4 hours per charge.
Power Consumption: 5.4W max
Triple-width Fo̱s belt:
Dimensions: 36" x 3" [91.4cm x 7.6cm]
Weight: 6.8 oz [96 g]
Display area: 24" x 2" [70cm x 5cm]
Battery: Rechargeable lithium ion, 2600mAh, 4" x 1" x 1" [10.2cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm], runtime approximately 2 hours per charge. 2 batteries provided.
Power Consumption: 8.1W max
All Fo̱s systems:
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (EDR + Low Energy)
Display fidelity: 65,536 greyscale shades per pixel
Onboard storage:
262,144 frames at 1-bit depth (145.6 minutes at 30fps)
32,768 frames at 8-bit depth (18.2 minutes at 30fps)
16,384 frames at 16-bit depth (9.1 minutes at 30fps)
Pixel pitch: 0.25 in (6.35 mm)
OS compatibility: Android®, iOS®, Windows®, OSX®, Linux®

Risks and challengesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter

I’ve already been through most of the engineering challenges. The product was run through a full production environment successfully after 15+ months in development. I made previous wearable systems for professional entertainers, marketing agencies and athletes around the world.
Fos has a strong and reliable supply chain, strengthened by the contract manufacturer's long experience in high volume consumer electronics production.
Are there risks? Of course there are! Manufacturing delays, material delivery slips and customs clearance issues are the norm, not the exception. We have gone out of our way to select a delivery date that accounts for the worst while we hope for the best.
No matter what, I believe in communication. All you wonderful people who pledge will be kept updated as production moves forward because after all is said and done, we're partners.

Cyclist hit by car challenges police over fine, video evidence | Sydney Morning Herald

The video starts off like any other typical workday ride.
A cyclist is riding along the road, glancing over his shoulder to check on other vehicles, when a white jeep flashes past.
I feel I have been brushed aside on this issue. It's galling. 
Suddenly, the car's side mirror knocks him from his bike, sending him tumbling to the ground at high speed. As the camera comes to rest, you can hear the cyclist's screams of agony. His upper leg has been shattered.
Moment of impact: a still from the video.
Moment of impact: a still from the video.
This video is gaining traction on social media after being posted by the Brisbane cyclist who claims Queensland police fabricated his testimony on the official crash report, in the course of fining the driver of the car one demerit point for "following too closely".
It comes to light at a time when cycling advocacy groups are renewing a national campaign for a minimum passing distance law, following the death of cyclist Richard Pollett in similar circumstances.

URBANIST Cycling Chamois Panties | Kickstarter

Versatile, vintage inspired cycling underwear for women. Sexy, comfortable panties with a chamois (foam insert) sewn in for riding.
Chamois Panties are stylish, comfortable cycling underwear for women. They are great for spin class at the gym or a ride downtown. They have a foam insert sewn in for added comfort while riding. Unlike traditional riding shorts with a chamois, these panties will fit discreetly under your clothing. You can wear them under any pants, shorts, skirts, denim cutoffs, and even non-cycling specific work out clothes you already own. Urban cyclists and bike commuters can end up riding 20+ miles on any given day. Obviously spandex is not appropriate day-wear in the city, and ‘jorts’ are certainly not comfy long term on a saddle. Ouch! That’s precisely where Chamois Panties come into play. The foam insert alleviates the discomforts of riding while remaining discreet, allowing you to flaunt your own unique style. Help fund the Chamois Panties and make them a reality. Your contributions will go toward the manufacturing and distribution costs so that we can get these babies on the market!

The Brigitte is for women of all shapes and sizes. They are flattering and comfortable with a chamois insert thick enough to protect your precious lady parts from the pains of those longer urban rides. They are full coverage with a higher, '50s style rise in the back. They are 100% discreet under any type of skirt, pant, or short you desire to wear. In lieu of elastic is an attractive stretch lace band to avoid muffin top (no thanks, right?). Great for spin class and daily commutes.

The Bettie is for the ladies that want to feel a little sexier while they ride. The sheer mesh sides, and ruching on the back give these panties a feminine touch. You definitely won’t feel like you are wearing your grandmother’s bike undies (huh? Just go with it). Betties are lower rise in the front and show a little more cheek in the back. They are great for those cute low waisted pants or shorts but there’s still plenty of coverage so you don’t end up with plumbers' crack. The chamois insert is a thinner, triathlon style pad offering just that extra bit of comfort you need while you bike about the city. Great for shorter, lower impact rides.

[Cycling Chamois Panties]

Don't be a snob: Bike the C-Bus | Columbus Dispatch

Not only did I do the annual Bike the C-Bus for the first time on Saturday, but I think I won!
Then again, nobody else seemed to be racing.
CBUS6Bike the C-Bus is a low-key ride for an interesting variety of riders. It’s the bicycle version of a leisurely stroll through several Columbus neighborhoods. And yes, if you’re detecting a bit of bike snobbery in my description, you are correct ... and it took me several miles and three neighborhoods to put my snobbery aside and become one with the hipsters, Millennials, young professionals and families doing Bike the C-Bus.
Some of them didn’t even have clip-in shoes. How can you ride fast without clip-ins?