Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I wasn't sure about ordering anything from the website because I'd never heard of the company before and they have such a wide selection of non-bike related stuff so I called them up (gotta love that Google Voice). It turns out that Morgan Imports is a legitimate business and even though they're not a bike shop they do know their bikes. They also knew about my skirtguard problem because Michael, the warehouse manager, reads this blog. (What a small world). Charles, the store manager, recommended the plastic skirtguard because it clipped on easily to his bike and acted as a splash guard. Michael suggested that I drill somes holes in them near my seat stays and bind them to the bike with zip ties for extra security. Charles said that they'd even send me some zip ties (even though he said he's never had a problem with his un-zip tied skirtguards).
Now I have two solutions for my un-skirted bikes. All that is left to do is the shopping.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I feel like Xmas came early for me this year because I got a new bike in November gratis. Now everyone has a chance to win a sweet new ride courtesy of Viva Bikes. Just guess the number of different bikes on display on their website. They even provide a hint--it's more than 100. Contest ends December 23rd.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Los Angelenos should appreciate this, especially Bike Girl: according to cycelio.us, "the Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee considered a bicyclist anti-harassment ordinance and moved to add this ordinance to the city council agenda for the full council to consider, probably in January." While this ordinance could be a significant measure of protection for cyclists, it appears that it's the personal injury lawyers who are highly excited about the law.
Besides providing a "bit of a boost" of energy, the information on traffic and smog levels provided by the Copenhagen Wheel could make commuting a little more pleasant for all and attractive to those who have yet to try utility cycling. It certainly diminishes the idea the a person must be ultra-fit to be a cyclist. This could be good for the elderly too, but I'm not sure about how they'd handle the remote access via smart phone. Honestly, I'm not especially keen on the smart phone access because I usually leave my phone at home when I'm out riding. Maybe MIT should develop a remote to go with the device (a simple one, for the Seniors' sakes).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm so happy to see Decatur, Georgia's own Paste Magazine publish something that is causing such a stir around the Web. The connection between hipsters and bicycles really resonated with people as I saw the article first mentioned on The Bike Blog Book and then spotted an article in the school newspaper of the University of Idaho. According to UIA's Argonaut, even if the hipsters are just riding their fixies for fashion, they are dedicated enough to their carefully cultivated images to keep riding in the cold. Filigree also has her own hipster analysis accompanied by a Paste graphic she spotted on Bike Snob NYC. Despite the poor reputation of hipsters as shiftless poseurs, I think this could be positive for cycling. Seeing all those fixies chained up outside the pub on a cold winter evening might make the average person believe that they have the physical and mental wherewithal to ride year-round too.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
First, I spotted Anna's post about a Swedish study entitled, "Cardiovascular fitness is associated with cognition in young adulthood." Then, I saw a link to an article (I can't remember where) about a study that showed the negative effects of gasoline fumes on the brains of rats. The Wired article I read says that researcher Amal Kinawy of Cairo University found exposure to gasoline fumes made rats more aggressive and anxious. Moreover, some of the changes in the brain are described as "damage."
“Rats exposed to unleaded gasoline showed indications of increased damage caused by free radicals and altered levels of neurotransmitters in the brain cortex region, in comparison with the control or leaded-gasoline groups. Furthermore, inhalation of both fuels induced significant fluctuations in neurotransmitters in the hypothalamus, hippocampus and cerebellum.”Brain damage?! The health benefits of cycling just reached a whole new level. Perhaps, in the interest of public health, the CDC should revive the "Is your trip necessary?" posters from WWII. Of course, they would need to change the imagery to suit the times--one person sitting in a huge SUV amongst a smoggy sea of other solitary drivers in SUV's ought to do it.
Okay Miami, apparently you like to get freaky with bikes. Ryan Doyle is giving a three-part "freak bike culture" exhibition at Art Basel on December 3-6.
Here's a little taste of one of the exhibitions, Tall Bike Jousting, and here's an interview with the artist at Bike Blog NYC.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Arthur learning how to fix her own bike at her local bike shop. I would've been happy to see such a thing on a kids' show in any case, but the fact that a little girl was learning about her bike made it just that little bit better. Maybe she'll grow up to be a woman who teaches her kids about utility cycling.
Now if that weren't enough, I found a cute activity on the Arthur/PBS Kids site where parents or teachers can supervise a "bicycle makeover" for their childrens' trikes and bikes and Lance Armstrong is going to be on the December 8 episode entitled, "Room to Ride; The Frensky Family Fiasco?" In this episode, Binky and his friends campaign for more bike lanes. Is it not said that, "a little child shall lead them?" Go, kids, go!
For the "big girls" out there, I've found that the magazine, "More," a title "celebrating women40+" seems to be slightly keen on cycling. One slideshow on their site highlights six bikes for commuting to work. There are "uplifting" articles: one is the narrative of a woman learning to ride a bike at forty and the other is the narrative of a woman who is able to ride a bike despite an injury that was supposed to eliminate her mobility. There may be more material in the magazines that isn't available on the website. In the September issue, I found a small column about a woman trying utility cycling in New York City. After three days, she writes, "Navigating through heavy traffic, I feel empowered as I scoot between cars (illegal) and cut across red lights (also illegal)." You'd think she'd know better at 40+, but she's a mere babe in the world of bike commuting; she'll learn.
This foldable electric mini-farthing is called the, "Yike Bike." I'm reserving my judgement regarding the title of, "bike." The website doesn't mention being able to peddle the thing under your own power and you can't carry anything on it. On the other hand you can ride it in the street in rain or snow--supposedly without getting mucky because the design of the frame prevents it--and it should connect with public transit without much of a hassle. It beats the heck out of a Segway. But five grand?! Yikes!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I tried to take some "panda" photos the other day and this is what I got. It was my first attempt so hopefully I'll get better and I'll be able to take some "what was in my basket today" shots.
I did get one nice shot.