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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Haul-a-Day - The strong & light cargo bike built for sharing

New York City lowered its speed limit to 25. Other cities should do it too. @voxdotcom

Earlier this month, New York City lowered its citywide speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25. This means that anywhere that a specific speed limit isn't posted, the default is 25 (but if a slower or higher one is posted, drivers must follow that instead).
The move is part of Vision Zero, the city's initiative to reduce pedestrian traffic deaths and injuries. Critics said the measure reflects Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to "demonize speed" — and that, in a city choked with traffic, it's only fair to let cars to travel at a meager 30 miles per hour when they happen to hit an open stretch of road.
But here's the thing: research unequivocally tells us that this measure will save lives and reduce injuries among both drivers and pedestrians — so long as it's successfully enforced. If anything, New York should have gone further, reducing speed limits to 20.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Europe's cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs @guardian

Cycling in Europe
 Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, says new study Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, according to the first comprehensive study of the jobs created by the sector.
Some 655,000 people work in the cycling economy – which includes bicycle production, tourism, retail, infrastructure and services – compared to 615,000 people in mining and quarrying, and just 350,000 workers directly employed in the steel sector.

If you build bike paths, cyclists will come @grist

Science says you should keep babies away from ledges and going bald is upsetting. The latest from the Journal of Duh: More people ride their bicycles when infrastructure makes it easier and safer to get around on two wheels.
The Obesity Society just publicized results of a study by University of North Carolina researchers examining how the development of the Minneapolis Greenway — an intercity system of bike freeways connecting the places where people live and work – affected commuters’ habits over a decade.

2014/2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (Canada/USA)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Veteran's Day Gravel Grinder at Scioto Trail State Park, Ohio. November 11, 2014

At Philadelphia Bike Expo, cyclist tells of his Underground Railroad freedom ride

Erick Cedeno with Lawson Mabry’s children, Elizabeth and Will. (Mabry is the man who hosted Erick through and showed him the historical ledgers from his family’s slave-owning days)PHOTO: Courtesy Erick Cedeno
Erick Cedeno with Lawson Mabry’s children, Elizabeth and Will. (Mabry is the man who hosted Erick through and showed him the historical ledgers from his family’s slave-owning days)PHOTO: Courtesy Erick Cedeno

Erick Cedeño, founder of the company Bicycle Nomad, has been car-free for five years. So when in September 2013 his bicycle was stolen in Buffalo, N.Y., less than 20 miles from the finish of Adventure Cycling Association's 2,000-mile Underground Railroad route, he was crushed.
"At first I was like, 'How am I going to get around? How am I going to finish this route?' " Cedeño says.
But he wasn't going to let his hardship prevent him from reaching his destination at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Cliff Madell, owner of Teen Treks, a Buffalo organization that promotes adventure cycling to teenagers, loaned him a bike to finish - something Madell says was "the right thing to do."
"I kept remembering the people that walked the same path I was going," Cedeño says. "Every time I had challenges, I remembered those people. Just to have freedom, they had to face those challenges."


Salsa Cycles Understanding Blackborow @salsacycles

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Pininfarina Fuoriserie

The Thirties come alive on two wheels

Pininfarina took inspiration from the iconic tailor – made cars of the Thirties, to create an elegant and pure shape enriched by the combination of modern and classical materials. The frame is in fact made of tubes in chromed steel hand- made weld by skilled artisans and adorned by a walnut briar-root coating. References to the heritage are also detectable in the handlebars and in the seat, dressed with a The Bridge leather whose inspiration comes from the interlaced leather used in the interiors of the Lancia Astura Bocca, an iconic model designed by Pininfarina in 1936. Several are the innovations acting as counterpart to the tradition.

The booster system Bike+, that optimizes the cyclist’s energy through a miniaturized electric engine, allowing the rider to cover longer distances and to replace other means of transportation.  The led lighting system based on a brand-new high performance lamp. The “connect the plug system” to recharge the mobile phones through the dynamo.  The uniqueness of the bike is enhanced by custom-made bags  realized by The Bridge and by the Pininfarina logo engraved on the brake knobs. The bike will be produced in a limited edition of 30 units referring to the ‘Thirties, in which Pininfarina was founded and the years which gave life to outstanding cars as the Lancia Astura Bocca.

 Frame made of steel tubes Deda ZERO DR with hand-made microcast welds . Integral chrome plating
- Family of weldless tubes made of steel 25CrMo4 hardened in oil at 880° C and recovered in a controlled atmosphere. The accurate process of temper (TR state ) achieves tensile strengths up to 1350 N/mm2, with a strong homogeneity of crystalline grain. All transactions are followed by treatment of strain relaxation, to minimize residual stresses.
- Lining( Chainset ) BLB Track Vera
- Brake System: Brake Caliper Campagnolo Veloce
- Lighting system Made in Germany by Supernova based on the new high-performance lamp E3 Pure 205 lumens entirely in aluminum and the hub dynamo to Infinity S
- Wheels:  H+Son Sl 42  (rear) and TB14 (front ) in the new G609 aluminum alloy. Wheight: 415 grams
- Tires: Panaracer Ribmo 28 " reinforced with Kevlar anti-puncture
- Saddle covered with interlaced leather model The Bridge BLB Mosquito 
- Handlebars Porteur interlaced leather The Bridge
- Booster Propulsion system based on miniaturized electric motor with proprietary technology Zehus spin-off of Politecnico di Milano 
- Walnut briar-root coating
- Brake knobs engraved with a chisel and hammer Engraving technique 
- Brake Cables Nokon Carl Stahl

[Keep reading at Pininfarina]