Thursday, August 28, 2008

Um, I Find The Articles Really Informative

Everyone likes bike porn, to see pics of bikes both beautiful and not so beautiful. Cyclist have a fascination with other peoples rides whether the type of bike or style of it relates to their own interest or not. It's fun to pick out things here and there that we like or dislike, then combine them into something that is totally our own. Posting pictures is an easy task; the world is full of great bikes. Some days however, its not as easy to post useful and pertinent information. I hope that one day, if anyone ever actually mentions this page in passing, they tell whomever they are talking with that they visit for the articles, not just the lusty NJS flavor of the week or the latest carbon fiber fix. However, today will not be the day they say such.


Ride smart. Know the law by visiting here.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

Just Kidding; They're all pretty gay




2009 Fuji Track Pro

Santa Cruz Lives, It Lives

Though it doesnt pertain to cycling, I thought this was cool: Skate art guru Jim Phillips has teamed up with Made by Monsters to release a limitied edition of 500 toy replicas of the iconic Santa Cruz Speed Wheels - Screaming Hand. The toy celebrates Phillips's 45th anniversary as arguably the most influential illustrator of 80s skate culture. The impressive 8 x 10 full-sized vinyl figure sells for US$150. More info: info@garageworksindustries.com

Make Your Bike A Real Stunna!


Ever had your bike stolen? I have. Luckily a local house wife saw it, ate her spinach, and went all tokyo drift with me ridin' shotty to help me get it back. For a few moments there, I thought I was either going to crap myself, die, or have to kill a fool. Apparently I'm not the only one - well, with the killing part. Enter this shirtless MacGuyver of bicycle defense. Below is his video showing you how to turn a cell phone and stun gun into a remotely activated bike theft deterrent. "The stuff fits into a water bottle that you leave on your bike, and then you give the phone a call when you see someone riding away on it." Who comes up with this stuff? I'm not saying to do this either!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Oh, You Will Honor Me!


Honor the Stop is a campaign promoting respectful use of the roads among all users. Read more here to learn about it.

Also read this interesting article from the NY Times about the Hatfield and McCoy relationship between cyclist and motorist: Moving Target

Pip Pip, Raleigh Gets A Makeover

2009 Models up the ante with more attractive styling:

Lighten Up, Its A Black Thing


Carbon fiber must contain crack! It is way too addictive. Once you get a taste, youre hooked . Considering that a feathery carbon bike can easily break the $100 a gram mark, im pretty sure its actually worse than crack on your bank account.

Now meet Günter Mai, a german rider with a penchant for lightweight rides. He has put together a 3195-gram (7.04-pound) road bike that he says is sturdy enough for him to ride up to 1000 kilometers a week.

Günter Mai from Lampertheim has modified virtually every part on the bike, including the set of custom Lew Racing Pro VT-1 wheels. Off the shelf VT-1 wheels weigh 850 grams a pair and are made for use by riders up to 185 pounds. They sell for about $6000, while custom wheels like Mai's cost $15,000.

Mai's wheels were designed around Mai's 150-pound body and were delivered to him weighing 734 grams (1.6 pounds). Mai took off another 30 grams by shaving material off the axle end caps, replacing the steel freehub pawls and hub spacers with titanium versions, using tapered carbon/boron axles and full ceramic bearings. He also carved off some of the freehub splines that are not needed with the six-speed cassette he uses.

The bike already had light weight fans on the web excited when it was shown at the EuroBike trade show last fall. The new wheels shaved 103 grams off the bike as shown there.

"The really astonishing thing behind this build is that despite setting the benchmark in weight, it is still perfectly usable," said Nils Wiedemann, LEW's European technical consultant. Wiedemann has done two 100km rides with Mai on the bik





704.4g for a complete wheelset. That's crazy, right? Nowadays light tubular factory wheels of similar rim depth are normally about 1,400g - or two pairs of these beauties.


Try To Catch Me Ridin' Fixie'!

Old news but recently brought up: This post makes me feel really dirty inside. This one goes out to my dog Corey who sent me the lyrics but was unaware that the "awesome" song really existed. I am disgusted with myself for abiding by posting this but much like trying to teach a child about death, its something you have to experience - no matter how painful.



hey see my chainring
They hating
Trackstandin':
they know that I be ridin' fixy
Try to catch me ridin' fixy ...

Won't see me coastin'
or brakin'
you trippin' if you think I'll quit ridin' fixy
Try to catch me ridin' fixy ...

Y'all fools gonna make me do it
Trackstand at the light in front of your Buick
Mothafuckas wanna run me off the road
I'll grab my lock, take a swing and make your window explode
You might see me out ridin' with my club
We roll about 20 then we hit the pub
Chillin' out drinkin' beers til we can't see straight
Hit the streets with a lean why you suckas gotta hate
'Cuz you know we crazy like lunatics
We got no brakes but we still do skids
Got them bitches in lycra throwin' fits
Doing tricks in the park like a bunch of kids
Circle backwards: you can't hang with this
No-handed skid, now you ge! ttin' p issed
Gotta fat chrome bag hangin' on my back
with some spare intertubes and a cold six pack
Alleycat race, now I'm ridin' fast
You freewheel hoes gonna finish last
Comin' up on your left, now I'm gonna pass
Won't see me coastin' or draggin' ass
Brooks on my jock be fittin' tight
40 oz in my left, bullhorns in my right
Cuttin' through traffic, got the haters cussin'
Rollin' past the fuckin' po-po like it's nothin'.

Chorus

We been critical massin'
Blockin' the street so your car ain't passin'
Now I'm shitfaced off the 2-for-1s
Drinkin' double long islands means double the fun
Now we back on the street and we bringin' the game
Titanium wheels on my steel frame
48 up front, 15 in the back
Gotta tackle this hill
Won't be cuttin' no slack
Now I'm comin' back down,
leg over the bars.
Skiddin' long, one hand flippin' off the cars
Skid patch smokin' like a big ol' blunt
Gotta shift my weight to get mo! re up f ront
Pop my foot back into the clip
and I gotta put my hand back down on the grip
Nitto bars be shinin' like a gem
Chrome seatpost with matchin' stem
*with no regard for your cars we dodge em like fuck 'em all*
Don't push us too far...
step out your car, and we'll have a brawl
We gotta right to ride
So step aside
Unless you want my SPDs applied
To your doors, your fenders and then your grille
Fuck with my fixy and you'll get killed

Is Wayne Brady Gonna Have To Slap A Ho?


People have lost their frickin mind! I saw this earlier tonight and just about shit myself. Chari & Co. wants $1350 for a f-ing Pista! Is it filled with cocaine or platinum plated? For the love of God, It has an Aerospoke front wheel and a rear wheel with a Formula hub! That in itself should make it cheaper. Whats a pista run new, maybe $650? So you mean to tell me that they want to charge you an extra $700, more than the actual bike cost new, for a 20 year old (i dont care if its new, its old worthless technology) boat anchor of a wheel, a rear wheel that meets the bare minimum criteria for a track wheel, an old ass Selle Italia Flite, a set of mid level Sugino cranks, and a generic, fugly riser bar? And oh snap, no grips, bar tape, or toe straps so you know its hardcore!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Congested Bike Racks


So This is a typical scene when I go to find a place to park my bike at UAH I usually use a tree or something to avoid getting involved in the orgy of department store bicycles. It is good to see people riding there bikes to class however with gas being so expensive and the parking lots of UAH so congested many people park on side streets and walk because of lack of parking spaces. In the mean time UAH is spending lots of money building a multi-level parking facility, but as this picture shows the money could be spent better building more bicycle racks out side of buildings. So UAH please take the extra money you fucked me out with your 15% tuition increase and provide me with more facilities to park my bike and encourage other students to not use there cars as much or even car pool to class to cut down on traffic congestion.

There There Precious, I Will Always Love You



There seems to be a bunch of you who have a sick preoccupation with anything sporting a Bianchi sticker on it. Its been like that forever and its not going to change. Lets face it, Americans have an unexplainable fascination with anything Italian. Its not like Edoardo Bianchi is over there hand brazing your $600 Pista but it probably doesn't matter. Maybe the fact that it's italian somehow romanticizes cycling even more and thats okay with me so long as you're riding. So here's a few random shots to pass the time:




Monday, August 25, 2008

Solar Powered Messenger




Sometimes I let my personal taste and interest get in the way with letting others make their own decisions. My heart is in the right place; Its part of me trying to "help" my friends make what I feel are wise decisions. I am trying to remember that we all have our own tastes and opinions. Enter the Eclipse Solar Messenger Bag. Living in the 'tech driven 256, I am sure this will appeal to someone. Just not me. There I go again. Anyhow, I think Snoop put it best, "I lay it out for you to play it out."



"The FusionTM Messenger Bag is a stylish messenger bag with all of the functionality and looks of a well-equipped messenger bag with the addition of a solar charging module. The messenger bag has pockets for your cell phone and PDA as well as a large cavity for a laptop computer. The messenger bag features an extral large cavity for storing folders, paperwork, and books. Side pockets and accessory pockets feature a see-through cover and orange accents for easy access to your personal items. The front of the bag features organizer pockets for pens, and extra pockets for additional electronics.

The front flap features a light-weight, flexible, integrated solar charging module which can be utilized by using a common 12V automotive charging adapter made specifically for the brand and type of personal electronics you own. Using a cell phone as an example, you can trickle charge the cell phone battery during casual commutes to work or on campus."

P.O.T.D. #999

I was watching Fast Friday tonight with some friends and commented on how one of the guys in the video (who had a sweet 'stache) reminded me of my old bud Phil who also has a pretty sweet mustache. I haven't seen Phil in a couple months but after looking at this pic again, I am motivated to visit him very soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Petition Google For a 'Bike There' Feature

I am regularly asked by people new to town, "What is the best way to get to _______?" While I do my best to help them out, wouldn't it be nice if we had an easier and more convenient way to find our way around town, whatever town you may be in? Well that may be the case some day. Google is being petitioned to add a "Bike There" feature to Google Maps—to go with the current "Drive There" and "Take Public Transit" options.

Learn more about this petition and to sign it, HERE

Bikes Belong's Gas Survey Results

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)─Bikes Belong has just completed a survey of more than 150 bicycle retailers from nearly 40 states to see if their summer 2008 sales reflect an increase in the use of bicycles for transportation.

The majority of retailers who responded said their sales of transportation-related bicycles, accessories and service have increased in 2008 compared to 2007:

* 73 percent said they are selling more bikes.

* 84 percent said they are selling more accessories.

* 88 percent said they are selling more service.

Is this increase in sales because of high gas prices? Most retailers who Bikes Belong surveyed think so:

* 95 percent of shops said customers cited high gas prices as a reason for their transportation-related purchases.

* 80 percent of retailers said gas prices were helping them sell more bikes for transportation.

* 86 percent thought accessory sales were getting a boost.

* 89 percent said they were selling more service because of high gas prices.

Full Report

Bike Racks Get A Creative Makeover


Updated, 11 p.m. | New York City’s bicycle racks have suddenly become much more hip and colorful.

The city’s Department of Transportation, in partnership with the art gallery PaceWildenstein, announced today that it had installed nine temporary bike racks designed by the musician and biking enthusiast David Byrne.

The nine racks — in shiny red, black and silver — are intended to promote bicycling, which has been a main emphasis of the current transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. That emphasis includes Summer Streets, the program to close off a 6.9-mile north-south route for six hours on three consecutive Saturdays (this Saturday is the last day); the Cityracks program, which provides free sidewalk racks for short-term bike parking; and a design competition for newer, sleeker racks.

Not only was Mr. Byrne, of Talking Heads, a judge in that competition, but he also decided to submit his own designs (outside of that competition).

“It was important to me that these new racks be the same thickness and material as the existing racks—to help identify them as practical bike racks and not just modern art,” Mr. Byrne said. “The locations about as perfect as one could imagine — Wall Street for the dollar sign and Bergdorf’s for the giant high heel!”

Eight of the new racks were installed in Manhattan, with the other in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“By bringing attractive yet functional sculptures to our streets, we are elevating the profile of cycling, and we believe that more and more people will begin to think about cycling as a mode of transportation, and not just a mode of recreation,” Ms. Sadik-Khan said in a statement. “Regular bike riders have an eagle eye for our current bike racks but these nine installations will capture the attention of all New Yorkers.”

The nine racks will be removed about 11 months from now; they were made of durable materials but are intended as temporary public art, not a permanent installation. (A temporary art project cannot remain on public land indefinitely without approval by the city’s Public Design Commission.) Mr. Byrne arranged to have the racks fabricated and hopes to have the chance to sell them, eventually, as works of art.

The department explained:

These new racks will be easy to distinguish from the city’s other 5,000 bike racks, but were constructed with steel with a powder coat to resemble the square tubing from which the current racks are made. Additionally, they will bear identifying plaques. DOT is also developing marketing concepts for the racks, including a bike route map to guide cyclists to tour all nine.

The names and locations of the nine racks follow:

The Jersey: Northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel
The MoMA: South side of West 54th Street, east of the Avenue of the Americas
The Ladies’ Mile: West side of Fifth Avenue, north of 57th Street (in front of Bergdorf’s)
The Chelsea: In front of 530 West 25th Street, east of 11th Avenue (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)
The Hipster: West side of Bedford Avenue, near North Sixth Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Olde Times Square: South side of West 44th Street, west of Seventh Avenue
The Villager: In front of 536 La Guardia Place, between West Third and Bleecker Streets
The Wall Street: North side of 82 Wall Street, west of Water Street
The Coffee Cup: West side of Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets

Original Article

Friday, August 22, 2008

Now Ya know

There has been a lot of debate and controversy going on between cyclists and motorist. Most cyclist are also motorist and it's not hard for us to understand some of their complaints. While I enjoy riding in traffic to some degree, I don't like being a nuisance and would love an alternative to holding up traffic. I think all of us would. The obvious solution would be bike lanes which seems as obtainable as world peace. Until then, motorist will have to deal with it. Some have brought up the fact that motorist pay registration fees and gas taxes as justification for their "we own the road" mentality. Ken Kifer goes into more detail and explains it better than I can. Read More Here. The truth is that cyclist need to know and follow the rules of the road if they are to be treated fairly. Holding up traffic legally by taking your lane is one thing but blowing through stop signs and flying by pedestrians is another which will only gain us unfavorable attention. I am as guilty as anyone but I'm trying to change. Anyhow, here is a video to check out, after all, knowing is half the battle.

P.O.T.D. #998





Bike Xanax

That previous post had me kinda riled up so I offer you some ridiculously sweet BMC's to calm you down and take your mind off the stressful article.

San Francisco Ponders: Could Bike Lanes Cause Pollution

As seen in the WSJ online. Article by Phred Dvorak:

SAN FRANCISCO -- New York is wooing cyclists with chartreuse bike lanes. Chicago is spending nearly $1 million for double-decker bicycle parking.

San Francisco can't even install new bike racks.
Blame Rob Anderson. At a time when most other cities are encouraging biking as green transport, the 65-year-old local gadfly has stymied cycling-support efforts here by arguing that urban bicycle boosting could actually be bad for the environment. That's put the brakes on everything from new bike lanes to bike racks while the city works on an environmental-impact report.

Cyclists say the irony is killing them -- literally. At least four bikers have died and hundreds more have been injured in San Francisco since mid-2006, when Mr. Anderson helped convince a judge to halt implementation of a massive pro-bike plan.(It's unclear whether the plan's execution could have prevented the accidents.) In the past year, bike advocates have demonstrated outside City Hall, pushed the city to challenge the plan's freeze in court and proposed putting the whole mess to local voters. Nothing worked.

"We're the ones keeping emissions from the air!" shouted Leah Shahum, executive director of the 10,000-strong San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, at a July 21 protest.


WSJ's Phred Dvorak reports from a Critical Mass event in San Francisco, a monthly bike ride that draws hundreds of cyclists. She talks with bikers as well as disgruntled drivers.
Mr. Anderson disagrees. Cars always will vastly outnumber bikes, he reasons, so allotting more street space to cyclists could cause more traffic jams, more idling and more pollution. Mr. Anderson says the city has been blinded by political correctness. It's an "attempt by the anti-car fanatics to screw up our traffic on behalf of the bicycle fantasy," he wrote in his blog this month.

Mr. Anderson's fight underscores the tensions that can circulate as urban cycling, bolstered by environmental awareness and high gasoline prices, takes off across the U.S. New York City, where the number of commuter cyclists is estimated to have jumped 77% between 2000 and 2007, is adding new bike lanes despite some motorist backlash. Chicago recently elected to kick cars off stretches of big roads on two Sundays this year.

Famously progressive, San Francisco is known for being one of the most pro-bike cities in the U.S., offering more than 200 miles of lanes and requiring that big garages offer bike parking. It is also known for characters like Mr. Anderson.

A tall, serious man with a grizzled gray beard, Mr. Anderson spent 13 months in a California federal prison for resisting the draft during the Vietnam War. He later penned pieces for the Anderson Valley Advertiser, a muckraking Northern California weekly owned by his brother that's known for its savage prose and pranks.

Running for Office

In 1995, Mr. Anderson moved to San Francisco. Working odd jobs, he twice ran for a seat on the city's Board of Supervisors, pledging to tackle homelessness and the city's "tacit PC ideology." He got 332 of 34,955 votes in 2004, his second and best try.

That year Mr. Anderson, who mostly lives off a small government stipend he receives for caring for his 92-year-old mother, also started a blog, digging into local politics with gusto. One of his first targets: the city's most ambitious bike plan to date.

Unveiled in 2004, the 527-page document was filled with maps, traffic analyses and a list of roughly 240 locations where the city hoped to make cycling easier. The plan called for more bike lanes, better bike parking and a boost in cycling to 10% of the city's total trips by 2010.

The plan irked Mr. Anderson. Having not owned a car in 20 years, he says he has had several near misses with bikers roaring through crosswalks and red lights, and sees bicycles as dangerous and impractical for car-centric American cities. Mr. Anderson was also bugged by what he describes as the holier-than-thou attitude typified by Critical Mass, a monthly gathering of bikers who coast through the city, snarling traffic for hours. "The behavior of the bike people on city streets is always annoying," he says. "This 'Get out of my way, I'm not burning fossil fuels.' "

Going to Court

In February 2005, Mr. Anderson showed up at a planning commission meeting. If San Francisco was going to take away parking spaces and car lanes, he argued, it had better do an environmental-impact review first. When the Board of Supervisors voted to skip the review, Mr. Anderson sued in state court, enlisting his friend Mary Miles, a former postal worker, cartoonist and Anderson Valley Advertiser colleague.

Ms. Miles, who was admitted to the California bar in 2004 at age 57, proved a pugnacious litigator. She sought to kill the initial brief from San Francisco's lawyers after it exceeded the accepted length by a page. She objected when the city attorney described Mr. Anderson's advocacy group, the Coalition for Adequate Review, as CAR in their documents. (It's C-FAR.) She also convinced the court to review key planning documents over the city's objections.

Slow Pedaling

In November 2006, a California Superior Court judge rejected San Francisco's contention that it didn't need an environmental review and ordered San Francisco to stop all bike-plan activity until it completed the review.

Since then, San Francisco has pedaled very slowly. City planners say they're being extra careful with their environmental study, in hopes that Mr. Anderson and Ms. Miles won't challenge it. Planners don't expect the study will be done for another year.

Meanwhile, Mr. Anderson and Ms. Miles have teamed up to oppose a plan to put high-rises and additional housing in a nearby neighborhood. He continues to blog from his apartment in an old Victorian home. "Regardless of the obvious dangers, some people will ride bikes in San Francisco for the same reason Islamic fanatics will engage in suicide bombings -- because they are politically motivated to do so," he wrote in a May 21 post.

"In case anyone doubted that you were a wingnut, this statement pretty much sums things up!" one commenter retorted.

Mr. Anderson is running for supervisor again this November -- around the time the city will unveil the first draft of its bike-plan environmental review. He's already pondering a challenge of the review.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

WTB!

I am looking for a threadless Cinelli Grammo in 120mm or 110mm length for my new road bike.




Wait what?

Colnago On The Brain

It's my size and it's beautiful; somebody needs to buy this
BIKE
for realz!





He's Got Carbon Fever

For a mere $15K you too could have this carbon masterpiece. Easily topping the $100/gram barrier, this bike is in a league of its own. Im surprised to see a bike that's this weight-weeny to not have a Tune saddle. Seriously though, this thing is sick. Good for you guy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trek Owns The World; Big Dummy Takes One To The Kidneys


Trek is slowly taking over the world. I suspect they will collaborate with American Apparel or Urban Outfitters soon and have total market penetration. I posted pics of the Trek District a few nights ago and totally overlooked the fact that it is belt drive. This makes me sad. I have been a big fan of Spot and have been rooting for them with their belt drive collaboration with Chris King. Its a very clean and unique offering which I hoped would build them a niche and gain some market power. They make a great single speed and I lust for one but the market is saturated. Now Trek offers a belt drive. I realize that more and more people are experimenting with belt offerings but I still find this disconcerting. To top things off, Gary Fisher is showing a prototype of a ridiculous Big Dummy rip off. I may be particularly sensitive to the issue because I have been very pro-big dummy since its release, but its hard to imagine how they could possibly design a bike like this with no repercussions. Here is a pic of my Surly BD:


And the heartless zombie bitch by Fisher:




I'm guessing it won't be spec'd with all the Brook's.