Starting this week, the New York Times’ City Room Blog will explore all aspects of urban cycling with a regular feature called “Spokes”:
The ice cream trucks are out, there are bulbs poking up in the parks and cyclists are again flocking to the city’s paths, bridges and new on-street lanes. Last year was a bumper year for New York City bicycling, particularly for commuters. Starting today, City Room will explore all aspects of urban cycling with a regular feature, Spokes.
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Bicycle Design is posting some excellent coverage of the Taipei Cycle Show.
BD Taipei Coverage →
I have finished my new DF bike. It does add to the thrill of riding something unique. It gives me the same excitement as riding a recumbent. I have sold my LWB Stratus and my SWB Rocket which has left me with my ICE T Trike. It is like Ying and Yang. My Trike is so low and sweet. My new Fuji DF is tall, stable, comfortable and fun. I never would have thought I would return to the dark side of DF. When I ride my trike I feel low, stable, confident and comfortable. When I ride my new Fuji tourer, I feel like a tall billboard, but still have the comfort, stability and confidence and most of all thrill of riding. Who would think.
Here are the Stats on my Fuji.
- 08 Leftover Fuji Touring Bike off Ebay
- Nitto North Handlebar
- Odyssey pedals (my all time favorites)
- SKS Silver Fenders (very good quality and looks)
- Cannonade Panniers. Built in frame stiffeners. Always look good and hold a lot.
- Planet Bikes Binky Super flash. Amazing rear light
- Planet Bikes 1W Blaze front led light. Very bright, wish it did not come in white.
- Seguino XD 600 165 26/36/46 crank. It’s on all my bikes
- Shimano Barend shifters. Rock solid.
- B67 Brooks saddle. Slippery but very comfortable.
- Miracle mirror with home made barend mount. Much better than 3rd eye glass mount.
- Sponge grips. Works for me
- Nashbar quill 40 deg stem. Extra height very comfortable.
- Nashbar cheep kick stand. Works fine
- Tire pump. Have to have it.
- Tecktro Brakes. Very ergonomic
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Many of you may be wondering where we’re at in the judging process for the EcoVelo Photo Contest. Right now we’re mid way through; I have five jurors sorting through the photos as we speak. They’re all busy professionals, and the gig doesn’t pay much (a beer), so I’ve asked them to take their time providing me their picks.
All of the prizes have arrived. Our prize list is below. Please support our sponsors!
If all goes well, I’m hoping we can wrap up the judging this week and announce the winners this coming weekend. Keep an eye out!
The Thunderhead Alliance has changed their name to Alliance for Biking and Walking:
Thunderhead Alliance, the North American coalition of 140 biking and walking advocacy organizations, will now be officially known as Alliance for Biking and Walking.
“The Alliance has many reasons for the rebranding,” says Jeffrey Miller, President of the Alliance. “This is a vibrant and growing movement of grassroots organizations working to improve their communities through better biking and walking.”
The new name is the most visible piece of a complete rebranding including a new logo, color scheme, tagline and website. The new website of the Alliance reflects the tag line with http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org.
“As the movement has grown more sophisticated and stronger with more partners and members, we realize we need a name and image that more effectively communicates our purpose,” explains Miller. “We are proud of our roots, but the organization has long outgrown its name.”
The organization adopted its name from its birthplace at the Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. In 1996, 20 leaders of 12 bicycle advocacy organizations gathered at the Ranch and recognized the strong need to link state and local bike advocacy organizations and leaders. The organization continued to grow, helping new bicycle advocacy organizations get off the ground. In recent years pedestrian advocacy was added to the Alliance’s mission and many of the Alliance’s member organizations now work to increase walking and pedestrian safety.
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We had what we call a “Four Bagger” today. A Four Bagger is a trip to the grocery store that requires two bikes and four large panniers to carry home the load. Most of our fill-in grocery shopping trips only require one pair of small panniers and a basket, but when the pantry needs restocking like it did today, only the big guns will suffice. It’s really quite amazing how much food you can stuff into a quartet of Basil panniers. Of course, real cargo bikes laugh at little loads like this.