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Cobra Tube

July 8th, 2011 [print] No comments

The guys at FlyBikes.com have a new innertube available that allows you to swap tubes without removing your tire.

Cobra Tube - FlyBikes.com

Basically, the tube has sealed off ends that, when the tube is inflated, butt up against each other.  Since it’s not round, this means you can simply remove one side of the tire, pull the old tube out, and slide the new one in place, all without removing the tire.  I like the concept, but I’d like to see it with road and MTB applications, on top of just BMX.

For more info, check these links:

http://www.flybikesbmx.com/noticias/cobraeng.htm

http://www.flybikesbmx.com/frames/products/cobra.html

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Bike Troll

March 12th, 2011 [print] No comments

…and you thought motorcycles were irritating…

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Via Reddit

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Snowed in, again

February 26th, 2011 [print] No comments

Mid-Missouri got hit with some ice and snow this week, so it looks like I’ll be sitting around waiting for it to melt once again.  Fortunately, we only got an inch or so, as opposed to the 17-18" from last time.  Since I have nothing better to do at the moment, I thought I’d post some random crap…

Not sure what’s going on here, but I think the guy could use a little more tubing to complete his bike:

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Colnago releases their Master 55th Anniversary frame, painted gloss black, with gold accents.  As beautiful as it is, I couldn’t imagine anyone ever riding it.  Check out Colnago Con Brio for more info and a ton of photos from every angle.

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I don’t have a reference for this one, but it’s great inspiration for learning how to braze my own frames.  Most kids have to make due with heavy, crappy discount store bikes, but I’d like to give my (future) children their own custom bikes–much like this one, sans the awkward top tube.  I like how they’re both pushing the same gear ratio, but I think maybe dad could’ve gone with something a little more knee-friendly for junior.

Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2011 – my favorite style of downhill racing:

Via Vimeo

I ride a singlespeed road bike most of the time, and I’ve come to rely on 16T and 17T freewheels.  Typically, that means taking one off in order to install the other.  But, what if I could just have one freewheel, with the option to run either ratio?  Well, now I can.  Coming in at 194g, it’s about 60g heavier than a standard freewheel with only one set of teeth.  I doubt I’ll use it often, but on longer rides, it’d be nice to have a couple different ratios to choose from.

They’re fairly cheap (under $20) but can be a little difficult to find online.  I’d suggest checking eBay–which is where I found mine–and picking one up if you think you might want it in the future.  I’m not sure if they’ll continue being available, or if ACS will eventually pull them from the market.

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I have some more interesting updates on my own bike that I’ll get to in a day or so.  In the never-ending quest to get it just right–while spending as little money as possible–I’ve upgraded a few components, both reducing weight, and getting a better seating position.  I’ll just say that anyone that spends retail on bike parts is doing it wrong.  Thanks to eBay, Competitive Cyclist, and Amazon, I was able to get some pretty great deals on parts that I otherwise would have spent literally hundreds of dollars more on.

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Snowed In: Eye Candy for Bored People

February 5th, 2011 [print] No comments

Last Tuesday, the mid-West got hit with a blizzard, and we’re still digging out.  Mid-Missouri got around 18" dumped on us, so I’ve had to trade biking for shoveling to get my exercise.  I’ve probably spent 8 hours or more since Wednesday morning pushing a shovel, mostly to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine.  With another 2" or so dumped last night, and more coming in the next day or so, it looks like I won’t be riding anytime soon.  On the upside, it gives me plenty of time to post crap like this:

Cyanide and Happiness, 2-5-2011:

http://www.explosm.net/comics/2317/

I have no idea where this next one comes from, but it’s pretty incredible:

BMX Backflip

I have no reference for this one, either, but I think it’s called a stepper crank.  Very interesting set-up, but I think I prefer to spin my pedals in circles:

Stepper crank mechanism

Let’s just forget we saw this one:

Typographic Bicycle art, by Aaron Kuehn, at http://aarline.info/hotaar/

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Fabian Cancellara’s Specilized S-Works Red Hammer, about as aero as it gets:

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And finally, one of the most beautifully simple lug joints I’ve seen.  Matte gray, on a JK Cross frame, made by Kirk Frameworks:

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I may be stuck inside for awhile, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still goofing around with my own bikes.  For the second–and final–time, I decided to try out a drop bar and road levers on my singlespeed…

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Looks good, I know.  Unfortunately, due to my hand size, lever angle, and the fact that I prefer to stay on the hoods, the brakes just don’t perform with as much ease as I’m used to with bullhorns and tri levers.  So, once again I’ve gone back to bullhorns, but this time, I’m trying out a Profile Design Airwing OS, with about 35mm of additional drop.  It won’t get me as low as being in the drops on a proper road bar, but it’s a good compromise for better aero dynamics, while still using a brake set-up that I prefer.

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I’m in no rush to get it installed, but I’ll post pics once it’s all put back together and I have a chance to get outdoors again.  Until then, if you’re under a foot of snow right now, good luck keeping busy!  And if you’re lucky enough to live in a warmer climate, piss off. 😉

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1-15-11 Links

January 15th, 2011 [print] No comments

Queens NYC councilman wants every adult cyclist to register to ride:  StreetsBlog.org

New Jersey lawmaker proposes the same ridiculous law (is this becoming a trend?):  WashingtonExaminer.com

Want to ride w/ a slower rider, but make the ride potentially more dangerous?  Try the BicycleBungee

Rael concept bike w/ rear-facing cameras and LCD monitor:  Wired.com

Rael Concept Bike

Portland Design Works is installing a mini velodrome inside their headquarters:  Bikerumor.com

Circulus from machine project on Vimeo.

 

Study: Bike infrastructure projects create more jobs than auto-based initiatives:  FastCompany.com

5 California cyclists arrested for biking while intoxicated:  GJEL.com

Winter Warriors – which type are you?  Inlander.com

Skywalker – the 12ft tall bike that comes equiped w/ a ladder:  HackaDay.com

Skywalker Tallbike

Frostbitten cyclist discovers just how cold Siberia is:  TheLocal.de

And finally, a classic video from Lucas Brunelle playing on the ice:

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1-4-11 Links

January 4th, 2011 [print] 1 comment

You’re Welcome Mr. Motorist by James D. Schwartz – The Urban Country

Google Maps Bicycle Layer Cyclelicious

Blog of an Irishman who cycled around the worldGlobal Cycle Ride

I biked to the hospital the day my daughter was born by Susie Weber – Silent Sports

That’s all for now, just wanted to get them out there.

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Rapha Festive 500

December 16th, 2010 [print] 5 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, but not because I was too busy riding my bike.  Nope, I’ve been sitting on my ass eating pumpkin pie and playing Angry Birds, and managed to put on 3-4lbs of winter blubber in the process.  However, I think I might have a chance to get rid of it all starting next week…

The Festive 500 is a challenge put out to cyclists everywhere, to get in 500km (310.6856mi, if you want to be nerdily accurate) over Christmas, namely the 23rd through the 30th of December.

http://www.rapha.cc/the-rapha-festive-500

The first 100 participants to finish–and somehow prove it–get a cool patch of the logo above, but let’s face it, the real prize is getting your legs back in shape and getting rid of a few extra pounds of winter shame.

More info on Rapha’s site:  http://www.rapha.cc/the-rapha-festive-500

Via Cyclelicio.us 

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Bicycling in NYC

October 9th, 2010 [print] No comments

After biking in NYC, pretty much everything else seems boring to me.  The city has an overall feel of bike friendliness, with the majority of drivers and pedestrians yielding the right-of-way to cyclists, even at times they shouldn’t have to.  Even with all the traffic and red lights every few blocks, the speeds you can hit on the flat roads, and the distance you can cover in very little time, make you almost feel like you’re flying.  Unfortunately, not everyone gets along with the bikers.

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Last year, NYC passed a "bikes in buildings" law, where companies work with building owners to provide indoor areas for works to safely store their bikes during the day.  Obviously, some people have a problem with this:
http://www.amny.com/…/bikes-in-buildings-law-takes-some-on-frustrating-ride

Near Times Square, a cyclist is able to get out of heavy vehicular traffic, and "safely" travel in designated bike lanes, typically painted in green.  I noticed plenty of buses, delivery vans, police cars, and people blocking these lanes more often than not.  Apparently, it’s not a problem I, alone, noticed:
http://www.ny1.com/…/city-bike-lanes-have-numerous-safety-violations

But, cycling in NYC isn’t all bad.  I toured the city with my brother-in-law who lives there and knows it well, as well as on my own a few times.  But, if you’re too timid to get lost, then figure out where you are over and over, you can hook up with Bike and Roll NYC, and go on a legitimate tour of the city.  They also offer bikes for rent, for those who don’t need a guided tour.  Just remember to bring your camera.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/….

Links via Cyclelicious

I’ve also gotten a lot more photos of my trip posted to Flickr recently, most of which were taken during bike rides.  You can check them out here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/one9us/sets/72157623830908410/

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Random Links

October 3rd, 2010 [print] 3 comments

Autumn is here, it’s getting cool outside, and I’m suddenly too lazy to devote a lot of effort to some posts I’ve been wanting to get up.  So…  get something warm to drink and check the following links on your own time.

Crank length vs maximum power output:  a nerdy look at what effect your crank length has on your total power output and fatigue:
http://myworldfromabicycle.blogspot.com/2010/08/dude-your-crank-lengths-fine-you-just.html

Cyclist’s helmet cam footage helps convict driver:
http://road.cc/node/23959

Here’s the video that led to the conviction:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94vzorR8fFM

19th Century Bicycling: Rubber was the Dark Secret
http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/09/22/19th-century-bicycling-rubber-was-the-dark-secret/

Traveling, not being traveled: 4 quotes on bicycling from the late 1800s
http://twentytwowords.com/2010/09/23/traveling-not-being-traveled-4-quotes-on-bicycling-from-the-late-1800s/

World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just 6 Pounds
http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/27/carbon-fiber-bike-weighs-just-six-pounds/

World's Lightest Bike - http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/27/carbon-fiber-bike-weighs-just-six-pounds/

The Secret to a Long Life – An Old Man and His Bike
http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_16197396

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Seat vs Handlebar: Which Should Be Higher?

September 14th, 2010 [print] 2 comments

If you take a look at either of my bikes, you’ll see my handlebars are much lower than my saddles, by as much as 3-4" on my road bike.  To me, this is absolutely the most comfortable position to ride in.

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Tell a non-biker how high you like your saddle, and you’re likely to hear them scoff about how your butt is too high in the air, and how it must be uncomfortable to be leaning that far forward.  Most people haven’t ridden a bike since they were a kid, a point in time when it’s best to have your seat so low that you can put your feet on the ground when you stop.  These people, of course, have no idea what they’re talking about.

However, there are plenty of more casual riders, such as recreational types and commuters, who do know what they’re talking about, and they still prefer their handlebars as high as their saddles, if not higher.  I think both methods have their benefits, and each rider needs to determine what works best for their own body and riding style, as opposed to trying to look like Lance, when you ain’t Lance (or even close–yeah, I’m talking to you, Mr. Elderly Guy whose belly is about to burst out of that too-small, highly decorated cycling jersey), or sitting bolt upright simply because you think it looks more comfortable.

With that in mind, there’s a great discussion going on over at EcoVelo, with plenty of valid points being made in the comments section.  If you’re happy with your current seating position, by all means, leave it alone.  However, if you think there’s room for improvement–either racier or more relaxed–then maybe you’ll get some ideas based on others’ input.

Link:  What’s Your Position on Position

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