Monday, October 31, 2011

Sexy Cycling!

This may be the only way to make bike trainers bearable...maybe. Still, a very clever ad.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Me, Cyclocross, Dirt!

I don't often put photos of myself on this blog but this one isn't bad.  Taken on the mountain bike club ride for my school by one of the parents.  Obviously this is not my mountain bike but after this ride it made me wonder how much I needed a full-suspension bike.  Of course, the route here is a whole different thing than coming down Peavine or Cow Canyon.  Still, it reminded me of how much fun a nimble, light, nicely designed 'cross bike can be.  I've felt like I was in love all over again after riding that day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tom Waits - Hell Broke Luce

I couldn't help but think of this movie when I heard the new song from Tom. And somebody already built a fan video for the song!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Dandies are Coming!

I'm not sold on the outfits but I'd like to build a Dandy Horse. Really, they are pretty cool! I'd probably opt for some pneumatic tires though. The design is ready for a 2011 upgrade.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Traffic Ballet!

The more interested and educated I become about transportation infrastructure the more I am aware of what an interesting relationship that exists between all users and the social contract that needs to exist between all of us. Unfortunately, the "engineering" that has gone on in this country in regards to bicyclists rarely takes into account the physics of riding a bicycle. Hmmmm...I could wax poetic about transportation/bicycling infrastructure and the philosophies behind them all day. That interest is likely to lead me to a fourth career at some point in the future.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wireless Bicycle Brakes...Not a Good Idea!

I've been seeing a lot of press about these wireless bicycle brakes of late and I'm here to tell you...NOT A GOOD IDEA!  Granted I'm basing this solely on my experience with my wireless bicycle computer and its tendency to tell me I'm going 80 mph when I'm on a certain section of my rides heading south of Reno.  I'm assuming this is due to being near a cell tower or catching some interference from some electric lines.  But if my speedometer can be mucked imagine if the same thing happened to your wireless brakes?  Of course, the positive side to my computer foul up is that when I get home my average speed looks awesome.  I don't think losing the ability to brake would be quite so awesome.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Biking in the Dark

As the days have grown shorter and my morning commutes have gotten darker I've been mulling more and more the idea of getting something like this (glogloves) to supplement my array of lights and reflective gear.   They come highly recommended by another cyclist and it seems like a good way to help with signaling my turns to oncoming vehicles.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bicycle Powered Band

I've heard of bands inspired by bicycles so much that they named themselves or wrote songs about two-wheeled power.  I've seen bands that toured by bicycle.  But this is the first time I've heard of a band that relies on the power of the pedal to play their shows.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Of course this is being turned into an argument to wear a helmet.  Not a bad thing but a far better piece of advice might be to watch out for antelope when you are riding offroad.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Giant Bicycles Response to GM Ad

See previous post for the back story....

General Motors Stupidity

This story has been making the rounds about the advertisement from General Motors being offensive to bicyclists.   Yeah, the general message is off putting because of the obvious disdain for cycling as a mode of transport.  But frankly, I'm far more offended by the stupidity of a company that is essentially insulting a whole swath of the college student population.  Have they been to a campus lately and seen how many students ride for transportation?  Way more than the general population.  Never mind that the ad design itself looks like it was transported from 1962.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another Bike Blog!

This is a nifty blog that was recommended to me.  Nice artwork, a bit of wit, and (of course) bicycle centric!  What's not to love!?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bicycles Occupy Wall Street

I've been wondering what role the bicycle might be playing in the Occupy Wall Street protests and sure enough Grist has a nice article about "Marching on Two Wheels."    There's lots of reflection on what the protests "mean" in the media and the corridors of political power and plenty of hand-wringing by righties hoping the protests don't gain any more momentum.  There's nothing simple about the feelings and circumstances that have led people out onto the streets which is what makes it so interesting and an authentic expression of outrage.  But if you had to point to one person to correctly summarize the problem how about a Nobel Laureate?

Excerpt from Grist:

The environmental group Times Up! -- best known for its longstanding support of New York City's embattled Critical Mass -- has been using bicycle-mounted video cameras to document Occupy Wall Street, and they haul supplies in and out of the protestors' encampment by making use of a bike's capacity to carry heavy loads quickly through spaces too choked with people -- or barricades -- to drive. Logistical support for the encampment is "easier to do on a bicycle," one organizer told the Village Voice.
Many of these protesters are rediscovering that bicycles are effective tools not just for logistical support, but also for taking over large public spaces. This is particularly true in leaderless demonstrations such as Critical Mass and Occupy Wall Street, where participants are encouraged to bring their own diverse motivations to bear, whether out of protest, celebration, curiosity, or specific issues and demands.
For starters, as any urban cyclist knows, on dense, congested city streets, you're much quicker and more maneuverable on a bicycle than you are when confined to walking or a lumbering automobile. This is one reason bikes have historically played a role in military and police operations. (Keep an eye on the Swiss -- they've obviously got something up their sleeves.)

And because I'm firmly of the belief that a revolution must include not only bicycling, but dancing, check out the video below.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"A Bicycle for Our Minds" - Steve Jobs

There are far more eloquent people eulogizing Mr. Jobs today.  Certainly many with a far greater knowledge than myself of his contributions to the world.  But this video was posted on the iBob list and I thought it so perfectly captured the man that I have read about over the years and dovetails so nicely with the subject matter of this blog, that I had to post it.  Enjoy!  R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

File this under dumb bicycle gear ideas...

Now I could be wrong but this seems like one of the more odd ideas to come along in quite some time.  I like being able to safely transport electronic gadgets on bikes, particularly when the gear is catering to the needs of commuters.  But what do you make of such and exposed mount to carry the Samsung Galaxy?  More info here:
It hangs underneath the main crossbar and aligns itself with the frame of the bicycle, which means that your legs should not be able to come into contact with it, accidentally knocking it off during your ride. Granted that this could be an interesting way of carrying your Galaxy Tab 10.1 around with you, according to 14 Bike Co, it can be used with a variety of Android apps to record mileage, plan your routes, download repair instructions and etc.If you’re an avid cyclist who owns a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and this sounds like it could be something you’d be interested in, the bike is unfortunately a concept at the moment, but it seems that if you contact them directly, they will build one for you, which is not surprising considering that their trade is in custom-built bicycles.
This design seems much more practical and useful.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Velo Fashion

I'm generally a little suspicious of bicycles being used as fashion accessories but there's no doubt that the more bicycles are part of the popular culture dynamic the better it is for those that actually do ride.  Pop culture being the crucible in which the values of a society are crystalized.  This event looks like it would have been a great time.  Someday I'd like to attend a big time runway show during fashion week.  Here's another interesting site to check out.