|Luke! There's a storm trooper on the other side of the road! (photo courtesy of CyclingTips)|
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
|The LFN bicycle (photo courtesy of New Atlas)|
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
|Montague folding bike parked in front of house on Nantucket Island|
Friday, September 22, 2017
|Indian cyclists with milk cans on their bikes (Photo courtesy of Sarawakiana@2)|
Thursday, September 21, 2017
|Femke Van den Driessche prior to being busted for mechanical doping|
In this short (under a minute) video, three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond shows a bicycle with a hidden motor. I had always wondered if these motors were powerful enough to actually make much difference. As you will see, the motor makes the rear wheel spin at a pretty good clip. LeMond says it can deliver 250 watts for a half hour. That's pretty significant. While Mark Cavendish might generate over 1500 watts in a sprint, a typical pro cyclist will max out around 400 watts over a one hour time period.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
|Pedal powered Dutch bicycle bus (photo courtesy of treehugger)|
At around $15,000 these pedal powered buses aren't cheap. They also leave the kids exposed to the weather. One of the bus options is a waterproof storage box for the kids' backpacks. They don't offer any kind of shelter for the kids themselves in case of inclement weather.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
|Arkel bags are great for touring|
The rear panniers are Arkel GT-54 models. The first thing you notice about them is the left and right panniers are not identical. The right pannier has a long tube at the rear. This is for long items like tent poles or Thermarest pads. It's detachable, so you can remove it if you don't need it. There are plenty of pockets on these. I always used the lower outer pocket on the left rear pannier for my lock, keys and wallet. That way I can quickly lock the bike and get my wallet whenever I stopped somewhere.
If you have bulky items that don't fit into the panniers, you can use bungee cords to secure them to the top if the rear rack.
Monday, September 18, 2017
|Brian Payne standing beside the Cultural Trail|
The success of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is indisputable, as the bike business, general local business and property values have all increased since it was completed. We need retailers to attend this session to not just learn about what Brian and the city of Indianapolis did, but to come away with ideas on how similar trails or projects can be created across the country to boost local businesses and get more people on bikes.
The problem with having your project becoming a big hit like the Cultural Trail is "What do you do for an encore?" To find out what what he's looking at next, check out this article in Indianapolis Monthly.
Friday, September 15, 2017
|An alligator seat cover for your bicycle|
Thursday, September 14, 2017
|Riding downtown on Mackinac Island|
There are a lot of bicycle rental places on the island, but I would recommend taking your own. At busy times your choice of bikes might be pretty limited. They also rent Burley trailers and Trail-A-Bikes for kids. Here's the video:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
|Perfect for hauling bulky items|
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
|Crossing the Trebbia River with bicycles instead of elephants|
Hannibal's father fought in the First Punic War. His attack would start the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. To get into Italy, Hannibal had to cross the Alps with an army that consisted of thousands of infantry and cavalry, and 37 war elephants. Despite having a smaller army, he inflicted three major defeats on the Romans in the first three years of the war. The third one, the Battle of Cannae, is considered his masterpiece. Using his superiority in cavalry, he surrounded and annihilated a much larger Roman army.
During their tour, the Wood brothers visit the battlefields, along with other relevant sites. At the starting point of their journey (Cartagena, Spain) they visit the Punic Wall Museum, which shows the ancient fortifications around the city. It should be noted that there is no agreement by scholars on Hannibal's exact route. This topic was discussed in a recent issue of National Geographic. Here's a short video about the Wood brothers' documentary:
Monday, September 11, 2017
|Alberto Contador celebrates his stage victory|
Things didn't start off well at the Vuelta, and Contador lost several minutes in the first week of the three week race. He seemed to get stronger in weeks two and three, launching numerous attacks. Chris Froome, the leader and eventual winner, was able to match most of these, but on stage 17, Contador gained some time on the other contenders with a second place stage finish. He attacked again on stage 18, but was caught by Froome and others before reaching the finish line.
Stage 20 was the toughest of this year's Vuelta. After two category 1 climbs, it culminated with an out of category climb up Alto de L'Angliru. Considered by some the toughest climb in professional cycling, Contador took off early on the final climb, eventually passing all of those who were part of an earlier breakaway. The climb is nearly eight miles long, with an average gradient of 10%. Portions of it are over 20% grade, maxing out at 23.6% on the steepest section. Chris Froome had over three minutes on Contador, so he was cautious, not wanting to risk cracking and losing the overall victory. At one time Contador held a one minute 20 second lead over Froome and the other contenders. As they got closer to the summit, Froome and his Team Sky teammate Wout Poels mounted a charge, but Alberto managed to hang on and win the stage by 17 seconds. After finishing, Froome, who had just clinched his first Vuelta overall win, congratulated Contador.
Friday, September 8, 2017
|I'm not a fan of nuclear energy, but I like this bike rack|
I know this will offend some cyclists, but I find most bicycle racks to be eyesores. I think anyone installing a bike rack should invest more money and come up with something that is more attractive than the basic bicycle rack. Check out the Dero Bicycle Rack page for ideas. They have one shaped like a bicycle, you can spell out words in letters, add your custom logo to a rack, or come up with your own personal design.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
|Copenhagen uses bicycle counters to record the number of cyclists passing by a given point|
- Automatic counters to measure the amount of bicycle traffic
- For over 3 miles into the city center, stoplights are synchronized for cyclists. If you maintain a steady 12 miles per hour, you should not have to stop at all.
- At some stoplights, bicycles get a green light a few seconds before the cars. This allows the cyclists to get moving by the time the cars are starting to move.
- To reduce accidents at intersections where a car turns right and hits a bicycle going straight, there are flashing LED lights to warn drivers there is a cyclist comping up behind them in the bike lane.
- They have locked, on street parking for cargo bikes, which are linger than standard bicycles.
The narrator for this video is Mikael Colville-Anderson, who was born in Canada. He is listed as Denmark's Bicycle Ambassador, but that is not a formal government post. He is an expert on urban design and mobility.
Here's the video:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
|Volkswagen's Think Blue Electric Bike at the 2010 Auto China Show|
I have not been able to find any recent information about the Think Blue Electric Bike, although Volkswagen has continued the Think Clue program. Anyway, here's the video:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
|Cyclists outside the McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast in Muncie|
- Philip W. Smith Bed and Breakfast
- Seldom Scene Meadow Bed and Breakfast
- The Potter's Wheel Bed and Breakfast
- McDowell-Nearing House Bed and Breakfast
- River Gardens Bed and Breakfast
- The Mansion at Shaffer Gardens
Friday, September 1, 2017
|Cyclists in front of the world's largest aardvark|