In case you hadn’t noticed, there are now two people posting to this blog. My friend and fellow blogger Perry Bessas is now a regular contributor to EcoVelo; you can read some of his prior contributions here, and read his most recent article directly below this one. Going forward, please take a look at the “posted by” credit at the bottom of each post to know who’s talking.
I’ll be adding Perry’s bio to the “About” page soon. We’re excited he’s on board!
This is the new Trek Soho commuter with an Alfine 8-speed belt drive transmission. Traditionally, belt drives on bicycles have had problems with slippage and jamming, but I’ve heard good things about the latest generation from Gates. Is anyone out there riding a current generation belt drive? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Gates Carbon Drive →
An upcoming episode of the critically acclaimed PBS series “e²” will cover the Vélib bike share program in Paris, France. Vélib is an ambitious public-private initiative that encourages residents to forgo cars for bikes and public transportation. In the process, the program has fostered a unique popular culture, complete with its own language, jokes and pick-up lines. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has undoubtedly taken heart: Its success has inspired cities like Rome, San Francisco and London to begin adopting similar programs of their own. The episode will premier online December 1, 2008.
e² is a critically acclaimed PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. The third season visits Cairo, Melbourne, London, Paris, Seoul and more to interview luminaries such as acclaimed author Michael Pollan, His Highness the Aga Khan and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.
Last night, two would-be thieves attempted to break into Clever Cycles in Portland, OR. Fortunately the break-in attempt was foiled by the shatterproof glass in the front window. The shop is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Clever Cycles →
Momentum Magazine stopped random New Yorkers on their commutes and asked them what it’s like being a biker in the Big Apple.
New York City Streeter →
This is my modified Surly Long Haul Trucker dressed for winter commuting in Northern California.
- Headlights (Busch & Müller Ixon, Fenix L2D) – The Ixon is aimed straight forward and serves as my “be seen” light, the L2D is aimed low and serves as my “to see” light.
- Tail Light (Planet Bike SuperFlash) – The best little LED tail light on Earth! I run a second on the back of my helmet.
- SKS Fenders – These are my favorite plastic fenders. Not as nice as Honjos, but functional and tough.
- Mud Flap – Take your pick: plastic, leather, or rubber – a must have for winter.
- Arkel Bug Pannier w/Rain Cover – Read my review here.
- Neoprene Saddle Cover – If you’re running a Brooks saddle, a must-have item.
- Nitto Chainguard – A nice accessory for utility cycling any time of the year.
- Japanese Brass Bell – Bells are the most under-rated bike accessory, particularly if you ride multi-use paths.
- Klean Kanteen – Don’t forget to hydrate in the winter too!
- Acorn Handlebar Bag – For carrying a spare tube, multi-tool, etc.
I’m always anxious to receive submissions for the EcoVelo Gallery, so consider taking a few photos of your winter bike and sending them to me for inclusion. Visit the Submission Guidelines page for more information.