Riding bikes doesn’t have to be complicated. I find it really easy to get in a pattern of wanting to one-up myself, improve, conquer, even when it comes to something as simple as riding a bike. As I become more proficient as a bike commuter (changing tires on the side of the road, check; using gears, check; remembering to wear a helmet, check) I find myself wanting to challenge and build skills: take the harder route, not down shift up the hill, maybe even breaking into mountain biking. However, what of just enjoying the same old predictable ride? [click to continue…]
Here are a few bite sized stories:
- Videos: six new bike gadgets from the Oregonian. Here’s one of them.
- Exploratory study shows bike related kidney and genital injuries.
- Raleigh donates 50 bikes to Trips for Kids North American program.
- Article on seeing Paris by bike.
- A cinema powered by bicycle allows film to be seen in rural communities.
- Handle bar grips that can be molded at home to fit your hands closing in on crowd-funding target.
- SRAM to license narrow/wide chainring design.
- Bike light aims to warn motorists a split second earlier. Would that make a difference?
- Copenhagen adds electric bikes to share program to fight global warming.
It is that time of year again cycling comrades! Though the icy flakes crusting the pavement would suggest otherwise, its time to roll out your trusty two wheeled steed and start your fare weather bicycling. No more excuses, spring will be here tomorrow; NOAA says so.
Due to a recent housing move 7 miles from my daily employment destination, Patagonia Bend downtown, some aftermarket upgrades for my fare weather bicycling where non-negotiable. A few of the modifications I have undertaken on my steel-framer (thanks to The Crankery) over the past couple weeks include:
- Extended handle bars: Before my shoulders where a bit cramped. Now, it feels like my range of motion went from tunnel vision to fish eye, full periphery. Riding with longer handle bars is like being the driver behind the wheel of a tank. It’s quite a remarkable difference in stability and comfort.
- Break leaver upgrade: Previously my break leavers were reversed (this is the custom in Australia where I put the bike together), cold and hard. Now I have cushy rubber coated handles to rest on.
- Gel tape: Not only was my tape shredded in several locals, it was thin. With the new gel tape, there is a significant increase in impact absorption when riding over the many and deeply cracked surface roads littering my commute.
- Adjustable stem: I still haven’t fully explored the possibilities here, though, the new stem has provided an extension from the seated position, leaving me less boxed in and subsequently less sore after longer rides.
Next up: The wide world of saddles.
Commuting comrades, get out there and ride!
Here are a few bite sized stories:
- Gorgena Terry (founder of Terry Bikes) to be keynote speaker at Women Business Owners Network conference.
- In Taipei has the bicycle sharing program caused a shut down of local bike shops?
- Used bicycles contribute $2.4 Billion to U.S. economy.
- Win a Brompton in free online contest.
- Slide show of how to bike to work in style.
- Where are mountain biking’s springtime classics?
- An article on vintage bicycles.
- Pedego, an electric bike company, wins local award for fastest growing company. E-bikes are definitely on the rise.
- A video on how to adjust disc brakes. Check out “Bike Radar” on YouTube for more maintenance videos.
- Lumen bike lights up when lights shine on it. Cyclist should still have lights on the bike in the ad.
- Buying a “fake” bike may support organized crime says bike industry.
- Netherlands cycle paths owe their start to a woman organizer over 100 years ago.
- Just when you thought they couldn’t get any weirder, a triple-fat tire bike for sand and snow.
- Ray Keener article: Take The Lane? Share the Road?
- Oldest American bicycle maker keeps crank’n.