“We are the Environment”

John Francis @ TED. Thanks to LFoaB for bringing this to my attention.

More @ Grist
Francis bio @ TED

A.N.T. News

First, please note that the A.N.T. website is down due to a domain name issue. In the meantime, please send all A.N.T. related e-mails to antbikemike@gmail.com, and visit the A.N.T. blog to keep tabs on when the main site and e-mail will be back up.

Now for the fun stuff. The photos above are from the A.N.T. Flickr photostream. That’s the brand new ’09 Boston Roadster. That particular bike is going to Bicycling Magazine and will be featured in the May ’09 issue. I’ll spare you the superlatives and just say that I like the looks of it… a lot.

Nice work Mike.

Jtek Alfine/Nexus Compatible Bar-end Shifter

Jtek Engineering is now offering an indexed bar-end shifter that’s compatible with Shimano’s popular Alfine and Nexus internal gear hubs.

From Jtek:

  • Super light weight only 64 grams making it the lightest bar-end shifter on the market
  • 24mm clamp-on design. Easy installation eliminates the need for disassembly to install
  • High quality CNC precision machined parts, 100% made in Hugo, MN.
  • 8-speed indexing

Finally a shifting solution for people who want to use Shimano internal hubs with drop-bar, road bike style handle bars. This shifters is compatible with Shimano 8-speed Alfine & Nexus hubs. It features a clamp-on mounting design which will fit standard diameter 24mm handle bars.

Rob Livingston sent me this photo of a Jtek bar-end mounted on his Alfine equipped Casseroll.

Here’s his feedback on the shifter so far:

This is a recent modification I’ve done with my commuter bike. Originally, it was a single speed. Later, I put an Alfine hub on it and used a travel agent with an 8 speed Shimano bar end shifter. I thought it lacked precision and no matter where I located the travel agent, at the down tube shifter boss or near the hub, it was a visual distraction. So Jtek Engineering made a bar end shifter for the Alfine or Nexus hub and I just got it on Monday. It’s about freezing here so I haven’t ridden to work this week, but trips around the house show great promise for the shifter.

Visit Jtek Engineering

Greenspeed Glyde Blog

For the velomobile fans in the crowd, Greenspeed has started a blog to cover development of their new Glyde Velomobile:

With plenty of questions being asked about the new Greenspeed Glyde, we thought we’d start up a blog giving you all the latest developments of our new velomobile. Written by Paul Sims

Visit the Glyde Blog

The Ultimate Green Commute

Taking a “working” lunch

The ultimate commute is one that doesn’t involve a car, public transit, or even a bike. It’s as close to 100% sustainable as you can get, it’s not affected by holiday traffic or bad weather, and there’s never an accident on this route. After this commute you feel so refreshed that your work productivity increases significantly. It’s the only type of commute that I prefer over bike commuting, and I partake in it whenever possible. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? What is it? Telecommuting.

I quite enjoy working at home, and I can usually manage it at least one day a week. A typical day sees me up at 4:30-5:00 am working for a couple of hours; taking a break for breakfast and a little blogging; working for another couple of hours through the mid-morning; taking a break for a slow bike ride to a local haunt for a long, leisurely lunch; working through the afternoon; taking a break in the early evening to do a few chores and have a nice sit-down dinner with the family; and finishing up the workday after dinner. On the clock it’s a long day, and even though I’m often far more productive than I would be at the office (with all of its inherent distractions and interruptions), it often feels as if I’ve hardly worked at all.

Telecommuting is an easy sell based solely upon its personal benefits, but I also appreciate the fact that it’s good for the environment without appearing to be too “green”. I gave up long ago talking to my friends and colleagues about the environment; the topic has become so politicized that it’s now akin to discussing, well… politics. But, telecommuting has so many personal benefits that I don’t hesitate to discuss it freely with anyone who will listen. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend more time at home, increase their work productivity by 25% or more, save money on gas, and reduce their stress level? And if one of my less environmentally conscious friends or colleagues chooses to telecommute only for the personal benefits, that’s still one car off the road, regardless of what was behind the decision.

GearReview.com LED Bike Light Review

GearReview.com’s Fourth Annual LED Light Review is now online. I look forward to this light “shootout” every year; it’s always the most comprehensive look at what’s new in LED bike lights for the coming year.


Steve Jobs: “Computers are like a bicycle for our minds.”

It doesn’t get much better than this for a bike riding Mac user.

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