Month: January 2008

Free bikes? Maybe if you live in Cambridge, MA.

I came across this article, “Free bike rides for tenants at Cambridge enterprise – The Boston Globe“, via C.I.C.L.E. Excerpt from the article… Borrowers go to the front desk or to a center employee and sign a waiver form. They are then given a code that will unlock any of the bikes stashed in a…

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Are you a weather nerd?

This post from Treadly about weather nerds got me to thinking. Treadly makes note of a handful of bike commuters who also seem to have an extreme interest in weather. I have a handful of weather blogs in my blogroll, including meteorologist Jeff Masters’ excellent WunderBlog over at the Weather Underground. I was a big…

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Weekend Reading

Thought I’d share a couple links for your weekend, bicycle web surfing enjoyment. From Canada, Standing up for winter cyclists A nice article in defense of those of us crazy enough to commute by bike in snow and ice. From Virginia Beach, The Virginian-Pilot gives us Cyclists, drivers clash on use of scenic Pungo roads…

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$1.1 billion per day

The United States spent a record $34.4 billion on foreign oil in November, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report. That’s $1,130,000,000 we’re sending overseas every single day, and is a whopping 25% increase over 2006 in nominal dollars. World grain stocks are currently at their lowest levels in modern times. Traders are apparently “shocked”…

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Listen to music while riding your bike

I don’t wear headphones or earbuds or any other listening device while I ride my bike in heavy city traffic; I feel l should use my hearing to know what’s going on around me. I wouldn’t mind some tunes and maybe the occasional podcast, however, on some portions of my commute. While some solutions are…

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City provisions for bike commuters?

A common excuse people use for “needing” their car is that they don’t know how they’ll get home if something crops up that would otherwise leave them stranded.  In many cities, an organization provides registered users of alternative transportation with a way to get home in certain situations. I know some of you are multi-mode…

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Dealing with Road Rage

This morning I was able to leave earlier for my commute, and I was excited about getting to work earlier than normal. What I didn’t realize is that I was about to meet a whole new group of auto commuters. A half hour makes a big difference on who you see! Usually I have a…

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Pre-order your Surly Big Dummy Now!

As I posted last week, the Surly Big Dummy is due to be available in mid-February. If Surly history repeats itself, this frame/fork will quickly sell out and be hard to find. However, JensonUSA has just put the Big Dummy up for pre-order, so head over and make sure you get yours reserved before they’re…

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Strida and skirt

I’ve mentioned previously that the unique design on the Strida 5.0 folding bicycle prevents anyone in a skirt from riding the bike because the top tube slopes sharply up directly in front of the saddle. True story: The skinny redhead sashayed into my office this morning and saw the Strida leaning against my desk. “Oooh,…

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Pacific Cycle Recalls Children's Trailer Bicycles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis., announced a voluntary recall of the InStep “Pathfinder,” Schwinn “Run About,” and Mongoose “Alley Cat” Trailer Bicycles yesterday. About 7,000 of the units, manufactured in China, use a coupler connecting the children’s trailer bike to the adult’s bicycle which has welds…

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