Wandering around New York you see locked bikes with folded-in-half wheels. The front or back will be bent so aggressively that would take days of stomping by drunken idiots to get to that point. I always assumed that these bent wheels were some kind of drunken, willful destruction, though I wondered how people could destroy them so effectively. It wasn’t until today that Chari and Co pointed out that this destruction comes from the daily street sweepers rolling through town. Don’t lock your bike with a wheel hanging over the curb.
Wade Lind, the owner of Sunset Hills Cemetery, sought to offer a greener option into the afterlife, so he built this pedal hearse. I’m not sure if he pedals it from the church to the cemetery or if they hire some Rabobank rider all decked out in spandex. I want one of these at my funeral in Minneapolis. Hopefully it’s winter and snowing like hell. The procession of cars behind it would stop traffic for weeks.
Tom Boonen of Team Quick Step tested positive for drugs in April. He was allowed to continue racing since they weren’t of the performance enhancing variety.
“I was very drunk. I do not know what happened, but the next day I tested positive for cocaine,” he said.
He has an interview on Cycling News talking about not getting blind drunk every time he goes out drinking. Hey buddy, we all ride bikes and drink lots of beer. Don’t get too down on yourself.
Portlanders are into bikes as much as people from Minneapolis. And with bike love comes beer and generalized earthiness. But now Portland is beating us in the new Cold War of beer/bike technology. It’s only a matter of time until we get our own Hopworks-style Bike Bars in the Midwest. I think we still would have gotten that the guy in the video was a biker; he could have taken his helmet off for the interview. I like the idea of having two full kegs on tap that are attached to my bike, but I imagine they’d get shaken to hell. You’d have to pour off half a keg of foam before you got a decent beer. That said, you can’t argue with bikes and beer. I’ll stick to cans and a messenger bag for now-less likely to get arrested.
The 2008 American Community Survey found that bike commuting in the U.S. has gone up 43% since the 2000 census. The percentage of people who commute to work primarily on a bike in the U.S. is at about .5%, so don’t go all bragging on the phone to your friends in Holland just yet. In 2000, bike commuters made up only .38%, and now we’re .55% strong. .55%!
While the increase looks minimal, keep in mind that the change is among people who “use bikes as their primary means of commuting to work.” The small number actually represents a lot of people ditching cars to commute, and likely the number of casual commuters has gone up even more.
I like the play-by-play while he’s riding behind the biker. I know he keeps mentioning the ‘crowd going crazy,’ but I only see a few dozen people hanging out. It’s nice of whatever third world country this is to let Red Bull come in and convert their church roof to an urban downhill course. Either way, pretty sketch ride that looks insanely fun. It looks like he skips the stunt right at the beginning and just shoots over a gap to save some time.
I have wanted to try riding an electric bike for some time now. I have had the chance to ride one for a block or so, but not much more than that. Electric Bikes are appealing for a number of reasons; they could get some people biking who normally wouldn’t commute by bike due to distance or physical shape or any number of reasons, they could make hills less of a pain, maybe(hopefully) reduce sweat, and lets be honest, sometimes waking up in the dark at 8am and thinking about biking to work just bums you out, don’t lie, and an electric bike could really make that easier.
But, there are certain things about electric bikes that I am weary of. For example, they seem like they would be pretty heavy. Or what if you were mid ride and your battery ran out? Would it just suck riding without power? Could you ride the bike in rain? And of course, my own, and everyone else’s biggest fear; what if it fucked up and got all Maximum Overdrive on you?
Well, my boss was nice enough to let me borrow his electric bike. Even though I don’t live more than 2 miles away from work, I was still excited to get a chance to try it out for more than a few blocks. I didn’t initially feel the electric boost, but the harder I was peddling, the faster the bike was going, crazy, right? In my head I was trying to convince myself that these bikes are sweet and it was really nice but at the same time thinking ‘is this actually worth the money that people are paying for these?’
I got home and figured that I should take the battery out and dry it off, due to the rain. I sat there trying to unlock the battery but I couldn’t get it out. I quickly realized what was going on, and felt like a dumb ass in a major way. I was turning the bike on and off, not locking and unlocking the battery.
SO, two of my fears are a thing of the past. The bike can go through rain, I am not sure about an insane downpour, but it did fine in a light-to-shitty rain. As far as a dead battery goes, well, we now know that it rides just fine as a normal bike, and if you are dumb as rocks, you may even think you are getting boosts! The bike is pretty heavy, but in all actuality, it is pretty much the same weight as my cruiser bike with side saddles on it.
So this is in no way a review of electrics bikes, because I have in no way made use of the bikes electric features. I will write about the sweet aspects of the bike as soon as I get a chance to expierience it, but I do now know that it is fine in rain and if it does not get a proper charge it is no big deal.
Young, single white people in New York don’t take it too well when you try to give them a high five. This NYU-student looking guy found a buddy with a video camera and a lot of free time. They rode around Washington Square Park, Times Square, Murray Hill, and a lot of Midtown throwing high-fives to people trying to hail cabs. Some people enjoy their sense of humor. Others, not so much.
A bunch of project managers for the NY Department of Transportation pedal around in fancy clothes and explain why different kinds of bike lanes are built. They make mention of signs that say “Share the Road,” though since they ride I’m sure they understand how futile those things are. They also make no mention of cars parking in lanes and whether or not it’s legal to kick cars parked in bike lanes. New York has come a long way as a bike accessible city. The Brooklyn Bridge is on the verge of kicking off a massive renovation; it’d be insane to see a bike lane installed on the traffic level, below all the staggering pedestrians.