Speaking of Planet Bike, I just ran across this awesome little light bracket. As many of you know, I’m a big fan of PB’s little Superflash tail light. Until now, I’ve been mounting my Superflash on my seatpost. This bracket allows you to mount the tail light on your rear rack in the “Euro” position—a better location if you use a rack trunk or routinely strap items to the top of your rack.
I’m ordering two today…
Planet Bike Tail Light Rack Bracket →
The “Escape Pod” is a brand new, cool looking rack trunk from Planet Bike. Specs are as follows:
- Made from 100% recycled plastic
- Cargo net and soft interior protect your cargo
- Versatile and heavy duty rack mounting system
- Retro reflective rear sticker
- Dimensions: 15″(l) x 8.5″(w) x 7″(h)
- Volume: 892 cubic inches
- Price: $64.99
It looks like a great deal at $64.99
Planet Bike Escape Pod →
Zugster is making some great looking rando bags. This waxed cotton beauty is a custom for Cyclofiend. We wore some waxed cotton fly fishing gear back in the day. If you don’t mind the mild waxy odor (I actually kinda’ like it), it feels good and works like a charm. I bet it makes a great waterproof material for bike bags.
On her blog, BikeLoveJones posted about her friend Sam Tracy who is setting up a bike repair school in Mauritania for the Peace Corps. From her post:
The school would train bike mechanics and send them out into their part of the world with basic tools to set up their own repair shops. It’s a seeding program that will not only create jobs, but also further promote bicycles as affordable, sustainable transportation. In short, this sort of thing is Right Up My Alley, and I’m throwing my support behind it.
Sam is currently in the process of raising funds; he needs $1567 to get the project rolling and he’s raised $522 so far. The budget reflects the cost of three full sets of tools — one to remain with the school, and the others to be presented to class graduates. You can read more about the program and, if you so choose, make a donation on the Peace Corp website.
Peace Corps →
There’s an article in the New York Times Fashion & Style section on Dutch bikes, cycling culture, bike commuting, and the pros and cons of riding in street clothes. Here’s an excerpt:
The civilized pedigree of the Dutch bike is matched by its old-fashioned design: it comes with fenders, chain guard, generator and rack—standard, as they say in Detroit. With a bike kitted out like that, a man can wear almost anything he likes to work and not worry about getting grimy—no kamikaze messenger-wear required. Luckily, the new look of men’s wear, with its slimmed-down, sporty shapes (even in suits), is tailor-made for a bicycle commute. And since Dutch bikes are ridden upright, not hunched over, and you move at a safe, slow gait, sweating is not the issue it is when you’re careening on a road bike.
Read the article →
May is National Bike Month, Bike-to-Work Week is May 11-15, and Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 15. You can view a list of events going on around the country at the League of American Bicyclists website. This is a great time of year to introduce your friends and co-workers to bike commuting.
Bike Month events page @ LAB →
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