Summer Streets in NYC

Photo © Bill Cunningham, New York Times

On the Street with New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, covering New York City’s “Summer Streets” street-closure event.

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Gallery: Regis’ Pedersen

I’ve seen many various and interesting bicycles submitted since I submitted my Hirondelle, but a concept was missing, so I decided to share with you one of the jewels of my humble collection. It is a Pedersen from the early 80’s, equipped with a 3-speed Sturmey-Archer hub, front V-brake and back-pedaling (coaster) rear brake (I am fond of such a combination!), and mudguards and grips in exotic wood. I really love this bicycle!

Here is a resume of Pedersen history, from the Pedersen website:

“The Dane Mikael Pedersen (1855-1929) made his fortune inventing, and subsequently marketing an improved cream seperator, which he named “Alexandra”. His business contacts led him to England, where he met the Lister Company, which produced agricultural equipment in Dursley in England (and still continues to do so). Mikael loved cycling, but was unhappy with the comfort of bicycle saddles. Therefore he invented the hammock saddle and built the frame around the saddle. He obtained a patent for his bicycle in 1893, but since he was laughed at in Denmark, he moved to England and built his bicycle with the help of the Listers company. Overall less than 8,000 Pedersen bikes were produced; the diamond frame could be produced much cheaper and became the bicycle frame of the day. Mikael died as a poor men 1929 in Denmark. His invention was forgotten. No more Pedersen bikes were produced since 1922. However, in 1979 the Danish blacksmith Jesper Sí¸lling saw a picture of the bike and asked for further information from a British museum. Jesper was one of the founding fathers of Christiania, formerly a military quarter in Copenhagen.”

My Pedersen is one of these first “re-built” of these marvelous bicycles.

Sincerely yours,

[This is one of the prettiest bikes I’ve ever seen. —ed.]

Stop and Roll (more on stop signs)

Photo © Adobemac

As a follow up to my post the other day [Why Bicyclists Hate Stop Signs], I wanted to point out that the SF Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission is currently looking at the feasibility of a “stop and roll” law for California cyclists, similar to the one in Idaho. If it eventually goes through, cyclists would be able to treat stop signs as yield signs, and red lights as stop signs.

Of course, many cyclists are already using the so called “stop and roll” approach; the new law would only change the legality of the practice.

In some cases, stop signs are used more to calm traffic and control speed than as safety devices. In the Netherlands, there is an experiment underway in which stop lights have been completely removed from an entire city. It’s an interesting concept, but somehow I can’t quite see it in California, with our 50mph parkways and battalions of oversized SUVs (there’s nothing like a good ol’ red light to tame a herd of 3-ton steel beasts).

Maybe, just maybe, a “stop and roll” law would be a good compromise.

Robotic Bike Parking in Tokyo

In Tokyo, robotic arms park bicycles, speeding commuters to the office.

Gallery: Jeremy’s Snow Bike

Okay, okay, I’ve got a bike problem. I know, but I will not seek help for it. Here is a bike I purchased from Dave Nice this spring. Kona HUMUHUMU-NUKUNUKU-APUA’A frame, with a Pugsly front fork. The frame was modified by generic cycles in Denver and just barely gets the job done. The wheels are made up of Phil hubs (rear being a fixed/fixed — 18/20) and the rims of course are the Large Marge Rims and I don’t know about the spokes. The from chain ring is a 22 tooth, with a beat up set of 4 bolt crank arms. Come to think of it, the whole bike is pretty beat up. I guess that’s why I got such a deal on it.

Anyway, I’ve taken the bike camping, and it’s a blast in the mud. Works great for hauling my sons on the front rack as well as beer. I’ve even used it to haul jerry cans of gas to power my lawn mower. The true test for this bike, and the reason I bought it, is for the snow. I can’t report on how it performs in that realm right now, but the season shall soon enough be here. This bike is huge. I’m 6’2” and my road fixie is a 62cm frame and fits like a glove. This bike feels big to me. There’s almost 13” clearance from the ground to the bottom bracket!!! Yup, get out of the way, snow bike is coming through. —Jeremy

[Visit Jeremy’s blog at —ed.]

Denver Messenger Portraits

Photo © Tim De Frisco

Denver photographer Tim De Frisco is in the process of shooting a portrait project featuring Denver’s bike messengers. Very cool.

Have a look

Gallery: Jeff’s Bikes

I’m the kind of guy that believes in specificity, a bike for every purpose…

The Commuter/beater bike is an early 90’s Specialized hardrock, built up from a $30.00 frame and fork, with parts from upgraded recumbents. I don’t have racks, but prefer a small backpack to carry things in. My commute to work is less than 5 mi, so I barely break a sweat most mornings. Features/ upgrades include Downhill platform pedals, Nashbar touring saddle, planet bike fenders and light set, upgraded linear pull brakes. If needed, I also have a kids trailer I can haul stuff in, like groceries etc, since my 10 yr old has long  outgrown it.

The Bacchetta Giro 26/24, is my go fast and long bike, for rides longer than 10 miles. Features include 24″ Uriel front wheel, Velocity rear wheel, CF compact cranks, Euromesh seat, X9 Sram drivetrain.

Lastly, my Specialized Enduro is for mostly hardcore Mountain biking, I recently traded a recumbent for it. I had a Mtn bike, but sold it last year, and missed trail riding. I rebuilt the rear wheel, added a new chain and cassette, and new BB, but other than that is stock.

Enjoy your website, see you on the road! —Jeff

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