Cyclist vs Motorist

August 25th, 2010 [print] No comments

This must be why they hate us.

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Mario Kart Bike Lane

August 24th, 2010 [print] No comments

Some clever person has turned the Williams Avenue bike lane in Portland, OR, into a Mario Kart race track.  If the City is as cool as they pretend to be, hopefully they’ll just leave it alone and let everyone enjoy the upgrade.

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Spoke Length Calculator

August 22nd, 2010 [print] No comments

I just thought I’d pass this along to anyone looking for a spoke calc.  It came in quite handy when I was building my wheelset.


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WANT: Montague Boston Singlespeed

August 21st, 2010 [print] 2 comments

This Montague Boston singlespeed belongs to a guy named Mark Scott, who decided he couldn’t leave his bike in stock form.  Normally, I wouldn’t give a folding bike a second thought, but Montague seems to know how to do it right, and this particular modified version looks good enough to use as a primary ride.

I may have to look into getting one for myself someday, for use as a travel bike (sure beats shipping it or paying $100 or more to take it on a plane).  Now that I know they can be modified to look pretty sweet, and they fall into a reasonable weight category (24lbs stock), it’s definitely on my list.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I could get one under 20lbs.

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More info on Mark’s bike can be found here, and Montague says the quick-release skewer can be replaced with a lower-profile bolt-on, for those of us who wouldn’t want that metal handle so close to our junk.

Trikes by Sergio Garcia

August 19th, 2010 [print] No comments

"Its Not Always Easy to Tell What’s Real and What’s Fabricated" by Sergio Garcia, currently on display in San Francisco as part of the “From the Street to the Cube" show which runs through August 28th.

 "Its Not Always Easy to Tell What’s Real and What’s Fabricated" - Click for larger image
"Its Not Always Easy to Tell What’s Real and What’s Fabricated"

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"And then there were two"


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Wall of Bikes

August 19th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

More clever than another vinyl sign:  a bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany, advertises themselves by mounting their entire inventory of 120 bicycles on the exterior wall of their store.  Shop co-owner Christian Peterson, the man who came up with the great marketing ploy, is certainly a genius.

Bicycle Wall - Image via Reuters

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Two Wrongs Don’t Cancel Each Other Out

August 18th, 2010 [print] 2 comments

I just saw this today on and had to blatantly steal re-post it.

I’m curious about others’ thought on the matter, but the way I see it, the guy on the bike is 100% at fault.  First, he heads the wrong way down a clearly marked one-way street, then rides so close the the parked cars that there’s little time for him to react to a pedestrian walking out from behind a parked car.  The "you weren’t using a crosswalk" argument is total bullshit, too.  Sure, crossing mid-street is technically illegal, but the guy looked in the direction of on-coming traffic before he crossed.  He shouldn’t have needed to look in the direction traffic wasn’t supposed to be coming from.  It’s like pulling over to make a cellphone call on the side of a road that specifically says no stopping, then getting hit by a drunk driver who swerves into you.

Okay, so maybe the pedestrian is 1% at fault, but the jackass’ remaining 99% liability doesn’t get canceled out by that.

Also, how about an apology?  The pedestrian nearly slammed his head on the pavement, and probably ended up with quite a bit of bruising on other parts of his body.

Hey, jackass on the bike, you’re the reason cyclists are hated by others.  If you’re going to go out of your way to ride illegally, how about a) taking precautions such as riding slower and paying more attention and, b) being man enough to accept full liability for your mistakes.  Also, get a haircut.

Via Cyclelicious, YouTube

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EighthInch Butcher Frame

August 16th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

Awhile back, EighthInch mentioned they were working on a cyclocross frame for this year.  Well, today they’ve released a sneak preview of their new Butcher freestyle frame, but is this the cyclocross frame they had talked about before?

Sidenote:  "sneak peak" apparently means releasing specs and nearly a dozen HQ photos of the frame.  They seem to have a lot to learn from the auto industry.

Anywho, here’s some info on the frame:

– Sizing: 50, 53, 56, 59cm
– Double Butted 4130 Chromo
– 45/45 Integrated Headset
– Mid Bottom Bracket
– Removable 990 Brake Mounts
– Removable Cable Mounts
– 700×45 Tire Clearance (maybe more)
– Bar Spin Clearance In All Sizes
– Includes Mid-BB and Integrated Headeset

Oh, and here’s a profile photo:

EighthInch Butcher - Click for larger image

Now, tell me that doesn’t look like a singlespeed cyclocross frame to you.  If that’s the case, it looks like an excellent frame, although I’m not sure I’m too happy about the mid bottom bracket (it uses press-fit bearings instead of a standard threaded bottom bracket).  The integrated headset is a nice touch, though, as are the butted tubes and extra gussets aft of the head tube.

If this isn’t the CC frame, then it’s at least a great platform for it.  I wouldn’t mind seeing disc brake braze-ons and a normal BB shell on that bike should it still be in the development phase, though.

For more info and pics, check out their blog:  Butcher Sneak Peak

Bicycle Fails

August 15th, 2010 [print] No comments

I don’t know how many bike wrecks would have been avoided if people didn’t treat them like airplanes.  Anyway, enjoy the carnage…

Via urlesque

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Pavement Rainbows

August 15th, 2010 [print] 3 comments

MU campus has under gone a huge amount of work over the summer, but I don’t care about most of it.  What makes me happy are all the newly paved blacktop streets that just got laid down this week.  They replaced decades-old oil-and-rock pavement, which is rideable, but far from smooth, and now it’s like riding on glass.

Anyway, I took a corner today, hanging a right from Rollins onto Missouri Ave.  Right at the intersection was a bunch of tiny glass-like sand crystals covering a freshly painted crosswalk while the paint cures.  Fortunately, I had just enough time to lightly tap my brakes, then lean my bike to the left as much as possible, while keeping my body to the right.  Right as I was thinking how much wiping out on that stuff would have royally sucked, I noticed I was being followed by a huge rainbow halo.  The effect faded, but returned further up the block at the next crosswalk, so I finally stopped and took a pic.

I guess the sun just had to be in the right spot, and the effect was pretty cool as it followed me up the street with my shadow always in the center.

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