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Archive for April, 2008

Last day to enter to win the Raleigh One Way

Update: The contest is over and I’m contacting the winner. That doesn’t mean you still can’t browse and get involved with the Commuter Bikes Database. Thanks for playing everyone! If you haven’t entered already, today’s your last chance to enter to win the 2008 Raleigh One Way. All you have to do is visit our […]

Portland goes Platinum

The League of American Bicyclists announced that Portland, Oregon has been promoted to the platinum level of its Bicycle Friendly Community program. The designation of “Bicycle Friendly Community,” given at levels from Bronze to Platinum, recognizes those communities that are improving conditions for bicyclists and cycling safety. Portland is the first large U.S. city to […]

Fort Collins bike library opens

The Fort Collins, Colorado Bike Library opened earlier this month. The Bike Library, which is run by the city of Fort Collins bike program, currently has 50 bikes available for for anyone to use for free for up to seven days at a time. Unlike the automated bike kiosk rentals available in Europe, planned for […]

Bicycle-Sharing Program to Debut in Washington DC The metal racks are for SmartBike DC, a bicycle-sharing program touted as the first of its kind in the nation. The program is a public-private partnership between the District government and advertising giant Clear Channel Outdoor, which operates similar automated bike rental systems in France, Norway, Sweden and Spain. By mid-May, the racks will […]

Grade your bike locking skills

New York bike mechanic Hal Ruzal goes out with Bike Church founder Kerri Martin to evaluate how New Yorkers lock their bikes in this video at Streetfilms. Bikes with secure front and rear wheels and saddles using quality locks get an A, while those secured with “Craptownite locks” from the hardware store get a D. […]

What are the top cities for bicycle commuting?

As Commute by Bike continues to be the most visited resource for bike commuters on the web, I’m able to take a look at our stats and see where people are reading from and get a good feel for the top locations for commuting by bike. The top ten cities in the US are: Chicago […]

Snapple’s Antioxidant Water

Snapple recently announced the release of their new line of Antioxidant Water. As part of their launch I was contacted by them to try out and review some of their new water. Apparently we were chosen because this site promotes fitness. If only they actually knew me and how much of a slacker I really […]

Turn signal cycling jacket

Here’s something just for Sue, who keeps asking for turn signals for her bike. Michael Chen of Middlesex University in the UK designed his “Reactiv” responsive cycling jacket. The jacket uses an accelerometer that senses movement to change the color of the LEDs in the back from green (accelerating) to red (braking). It has amber […]

Finally, a Mobile Phone that Fits on my Bike Trailer

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist that headline, but this is actually a serious story about an interesting new concept in Nicaragua. From the Triple Pundit story:

Here in the US, we’re used to the near ubiquitous access to cell phones, with the possibility of thousands, if not unlimited minutes. But what if every phone in the US was prepaid? Such is the case in Nicaragua. There, people use their phones mainly to receive phone calls, or as address books to make calls at one of the numerous, more affordable “call shops” in the country. Brian Forde looked around, saw the prevalence of three wheeled bikes, carrying cargo, people, ice cream, and had an idea: create a pedal powered mobile version of the call shop, able to go wherever the people are.

The company, Llamadas Pedaleadas, makes the trailers using common parts for easy repair and maintenance. The electronics run off of a car battery that is charged through the pedal power of the bicycle (with a kick stand to raise the tire for stationary charging). Check out the video below to see it in action.

Bike trailer trash

Bike Trailer Bloggers, Josh Lipton and Jeff HankensThis Earth Day weekend, Bike Trailer Shop staffers Josh and Jeff, got out to help clean up Flag’s south side. Not wanting to get too dirty, we naturally volunteered to haul around the bagged trash and deliver refreshments, while the thirty-or-so other volunteers donned hip waders and dredged the infamous Rio de Flag. When they filled up a bag, we picked it up and rolled back to the collection site.