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Hyperfocus Wedding Photography of Vancouver, B.C., recently conducted their first car-free photo shoot using a Bakfiets for transportation:
The first item our Green transportation initiative involved our first ever wedding photographed using a bicycle for transporting us and our gear. This was really great fun! With the help of Victor Cuevas at Rain City Bikes, who is the Vancouver specialist in Dutch bicycles, we managed to get ourselves set up with a Dutch bike called the Bakfiets Box Bike, now this is one cool bike! It is basically a bicycle with a large (good looking) wooden box on the front which can officially hold up to 200lbs …
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Peter Mulvey’s hitting the road on his RANS Stratus for another car-free concert tour:
From September 10-20, Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey will again take to his bike for a concert tour around Southeast Wisconsin. This year’s No Gasoline Tour ’08 will follow a route similar to his September 2007 tour [see video], with a victory lap planned for early October in the Netherlands (he will not be biking to the Netherlands, just around them).
Peter has calculated that by biking, rather than driving, the roughly 535 miles to the seven shows on this Wisconsin tour — with mileage ranging from 35 to 95 biked miles a day — he will save .15 metric tons of CO2. While that might not sound like much, take a closer look: a typical seven-show tour for Peter involves driving close to 3,000 miles, and/or an airplane flight, all of which ultimately emit roughly one full metric ton of CO2. Peter typically does 15 or 20 of those tours a year. So on this tour, he’s saving .15 metric tons vs. emitting one ton, so let’s go for broke and say he’s actually saving 1.15 tons by leaving the car at home.
Add to that the emission savings banked by the performers who will be opening Peter’s shows: Brianna Lane (Sept. 10-13 shows) and Antje Duvekot are (Sept. 18-20 shows) will also be biking alongside Peter on their show days. Peter will have other friends joining him on rides along this tour and his final day’s ride from Fort Atkinson to Milwaukee will be larger and organized to raise money for the Urban Ecology Center.
The tour is sponsored by Wheel & Sprocket, who have set Peter up with a Rans recumbent bicycle and custom aluminum guitar-carrying rack (courtesy of W&S mechanic Bob Jung). That means no extra trailer to pull this year.
Your blog is great and very inspiring! My name is Yanek and I am a Typo/Graphic designer and bike commuter from Israel. This is my 2004 Specialized Globe. I ride it 3 days a week from home to work about 13 km each direction. I live in the suburbs of Tel Aviv and my studio is located right in the center of Tel Aviv. It takes me about 37 min to get to the studio; by car it takes about an hour stacked in the traffic, not to mention to find parking. The bike is very nice and easy to ride. It has a front and rear light, a comfortable saddle, and even a built-in wheel lock which makes it difficult for thieves. Sometimes it reminds me of a classical European city bike, but it’s much more equipped. —Yanek
This is my home made recumbent that I use for errands, exercise and pleasure riding. Its laid-back position with a fully supported back and head rest make it a very comfortable commuter. Its frame is Graphite fabric and Epoxy. The crank set and detailers were salvaged from a Trek 1200 and the seat is from Actionbent. The handle bar riser, luggage rack and seat mounts and braces are homebuilt. It was built as a prototype for limited production but I am not sure that I want to start a business now that I am retired. The seat and handle bars adjust from about 30 degrees to 60 degrees and the seat can be adjusted for riders from 5 foot to 6 foot 6 inches tall. The luggage rack is 13 inches wide to accommodate a 3-ring binder and a lap top or a couple of grocery bags. The back of the seat is covered in red reflective tape and I have attached flashing head and tail lights to the helmet to place them up high were they are easily seen both day and night. I can nod at drivers to get their attention and point the light were I need it.
This bike has been a great “People Magnet” adding immensely to the fun of riding. I think the bike’s sweeping curves and unusual shape attract a lot of attention. Almost every time I ride it someone wants to know were I bought it or after I tell them that I built it how it was built. (I carved a piece of Styrofoam to shape and covered it with Graphite fabric and Epoxy.) There is great interest in biking due to high gas prices and obesity but many Baby Boomers have had problems with upright bikes and so are interested in recumbents.
I also ride a Gary Fisher mountain bike off road when I am at my cabin and have a 1989 Nishiki road bike that I used to ride to work every day but now I seldom ride it. My next project is a similar folding recumbent with a 26 inch rear wheel for lower rolling resistance and a better ride. —Donald
My ‘companion’ is a KHS Team – the last of the steel frames available from KHS. A smattering of components – Marzocchi Z2 Bomber forks, Kooka cranks, SRAM shifting system w/Gripshifts, lots of Ritchey stuff. I bought it from a friend 10 years ago and use it for everything from adventure rides to a 32 mile 3x/week commute. When it is in commute mode, I add a Topeak QR seatpost rack and Lone Peak panniers. Love this bike and don’t think I’ll get another. It rides just perfectly – and what else counts? —Bob
Those of you who visited the Recumbent Blog are familiar with this bike. It was built up from parts that I hand-picked and collected over the better part of a year. It’s a perfectly comfortable, smooth, and confidence inspiring bike that can be used for anything from commuting, to long distance touring, to toodling around the neighborhood. It handles wonderfully at low speeds, yet it runs as if it’s on rails at speeds over 25 mph.
The bike is in perfect condition and comes outfitted with a brand new, never-ridden set of Schwalbe “Marathon Racer” tires. Also included are an extra front fork, seat back mesh, and seat base foam/cover (all brand new). The Riv bags, water bottle cages, bell, and kickstand are not included. All other listed accessories are included. It’s being sold on consignment at Gold Country Cyclery in Shingle Springs, CA. Contact Rick Steele at Gold Country to set-up an appointment to see the bike or discuss pricing, shipping options, etc.
It would cost approximately $4500 to reproduce this bike. Asking
$2900 $2300 or best offer
Tour Easy Frameset
Brake levers: Avid Speed Dial SL
Brakes: Avid Single Digit SL
Headset: Chris King
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end on Paul Thumbie Mounts
Derailleurs: R: Shimano XTR “Low Normal”, F: IRD Alpina F
Crank: 155mm Specialites T.A. Carmina, 24/36/46
Bottom Bracket: Specialites T.A.
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-34
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Front Wheel: SON Dynamo Hub / 36h Velocity Razor
Rear Wheel: Phil Wood Cassette Hub / 36h Velocity Synergy
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Racer: 40/406, 35/622
Headlight: B&M Lumotec IQ Fly
Taillight: B&M DToplight Plus
Rear Rack: IRD Khyber Stainless Steel
Fenders: River City Full Wood
Grips: Velo Orange Cork
Fairing: Super Zzipper
Igor Kenk is being called the “World Champion of Bike Thieves”. In his “used bike shop”—a dilapidated former police garage in Toronto—police found 2,396 bicycles that Kenk either stole or arranged to have stolen. Apparently, many cyclists in the area knew Kenk’s shop was a front for stolen bikes, but they weren’t able to do much about it—until now. The public reaction to Kenk’s arrest—known as “the most hated man in Toronto”—was described as “staggering”. He faces 58 charges related to theft and drug possession.
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