With most airlines charging well over $100 to bring your bicycle aboard, JetBlue has decided to let bikes fly free–waiving their normal $50 fee–to celebrate the Tour de France.
While they typically allow folding bikes on free of charge, let’s face it, not many people actually ride those. So, if you’re heading anywhere by air for the remainder of July 2010, head over to JetBlue to book your flight.
Once the promotion is over, I’d personally suggest shipping your bike UPS or FedEx if you have a destination location with someone to sign for it. I used this method last April when I went to NYC for a week, and it was about $45 each way–cheaper than JetBlue’s typical charge, and far less than other airlines.
I have no idea what the source of this photo is, but I love the tiny rim brakes set up to grab the car tires. Trackstands would be a piece of cake, but getting up to a decent pedaling speed must be a pain in the ass.
21-year-old British inventor, Kevin Scott, is showing off his new creation, a bicycle that can bend itself around a street lamp.
The bike can be ridden like any other, but when it’s time to lock it up and leave it on its own, you simply flip a lever on the seat tube, and the frame–the top and seat tubes, in particular–become bendable, allowing you to wrap it around a street post and lock it to itself. Whether or not it’ll actually keep the bike from being stolen is debatable; personally, I just think it’ll attract even more attention to itself, thereby becoming more of a target. Either way, Scott is currently showing the bike off at the New Designers show in London, and hoping to find a financial backer so he can take it into production.
I’m doing a fairly half-assed job of putting together a resource website dedicated to singlespeed bikes. It’s mostly going to consist of bookmarked links that people may find helpful, and I doubt I’ll add much content, at least for the time being.
There’s a growing number of mountain bike riders out there who have chosen to keep their 26" bikes, while converting them to the new-to-MTB 650B (or 27.5") wheel size.
The advantage of 650B is that they’re larger and smoother rolling than a 26" wheel, but lighter and more agile than a 29". This disadvantage is, it’s hard to know what current 26" bikes on the market have room inside their chainstays for the larger wheels.
Fortunately, Cracked Headtube (if that is his real name) over at 650B Palace has put together one hell of a list of 650B-compatible frames, so if you’re looking to upgrade, take a look at his list.
This April, I took a trip to Manhattan to visit my older sister and brother-in-law, and since I’ve never been to NYC before, I shipped my road bike there ahead of me (suck it, airlines). I pretty much had the best time of my life on a bike, partly because it was all new to me, and partly because Manhattan is such a great place to ride fast.
Darren bikes, too, so he mapped out a few long rides for us, one from Manhattan’s Upper-West side down to Coney Island in the bottom of Brooklyn. On another trip, we headed over the George Washington bridge to New Jersey, then went South to Liberty Park so I could get my first close-up look at the Statue of Liberty. On what was to be our final ride before I packed my bike and headed home, we once again went south, this time crossing the Williamsburg Bridge into Queens… at rush hour. That rush hour part is actually what became the issue.
The new design of the opening incorporates a flatter shape that’s both wider and squarer with a 24 percent lower profile, not to mention lighter. It also has integrated arms that swing down to hold the bladder open during drying. My old method of stuffing a wadded up paper towel inside works, but this should do much better. The screw top has also been improved, now requiring only a quarter turn to tighten. The screw top on the Omega has always required a strong hand to keep it from leaking, and my wife usually needs my assistance to help her open hers. The quarter-turn top should hopefully eliminate this.
One issue I’ve always had with CamelBak’s Omega bladder is how poofy it gets when filled with water. The Antidote has an internal baffle that attaches the front and back of the bladder, keeping the stack height much lower. This means less bulging of the bladder, so you won’t feel like you have a giant water balloon against your back as you ride.
The Omega has always used friction to keep the hose attached to the bladder, but the Antidote does away with this weaker design, now incorporating a quick connect/disconnect feature, meaning you no longer have to put any effort into taking off the hose. It also auto-seals the opening on the bladder where the hose attaches, so that water doesn’t gush out when you take the hose off. In the old design, if you needed to take the entire bladder out of your bag for filling or cleaning, you’d have to back the hose out of the bag’s routing system. Now, you just disconnect the hose with a single click, and leave it in the backpack while you take the bladder out.
Having the quick connect feature also means you can run in-line add-ons, such as taste filters.
Check the following video from MTBR.com to hear Seth from CamelBak tell it himself, as well as reveal a couple newly re-designed bags.
Have you ever discovered a couple hours into your day that you have your shirt on backwards or inside out? Consider yourself better off than the guy on the right, who rode an entire century with his lycra shorts on inside out. At least when you do it, there’s no one standing around with a camera to snap a photo of it.