The Kindness of a Stranger

Lovely Bicycle!

Velouria over at Lovely Bicycle sent me a note about a generous reader of her blog who is donating a brand new Bella Ciao Superba to a woman in need:

A reader of Lovely Bicycle wishes to donate a Bella Ciao “Superba” to a woman who cannot afford a nice bike. The bicycle has already been pre-ordered and paid for, and it will be available as soon as the Superba bicycles arrive in May. The idea was the donor’s, not mine, and I was as surprised as you probably are by the offer!

The most amazing part is that the anonymous donor is simply a reader of Lovely Bicycle who has no bike industry connections. Pretty cool.

Read all about it at Lovely Bicycle!



Like many parts of the country, we’ve had some unusual weather this year. For March we’re at 6.47 inches of rainfall so far, twice the normal of 3.15 inches for the month (compare this to 5.02 inches for Seattle this month). Our rivers and reservoirs are full which is a good thing for farmers, though with a dramatic warming trend forecasted for next week, many are concerned about the snowmelt. Today (Sunday) we’re expecting to see some sun which will be a welcome change. I think I can speak for my fellow bike commuters in the area when I say we’re looking forward to drying out a bit.

Soma Fundraiser for Japan

Soma Fundraiser

Our friends at Soma Fabrications are running a fundraiser for victims of the disaster in Japan:

We at Soma have been deeply saddened, like many of you, by the disaster and impending long recovery facing the people of Japan.

From March 26th through April 26th, the SomaFab Shop is supporting recovery efforts in Japan by donating 10% of net sales of all Japanese brand/Japanese-made product purchased by you.

This includes all Dia-Compe, Nitto, Sugino, MKS, Crane & Osaka Bells, Honjo fenders,Tanaka fenders, Tange-Seiki headsets, Kashimax saddles, Soyo and Strong grips, Palmy locks, Izumi and DID chains as well as US-branded products made in Japan — including all Soma tires, Rivendell tires, and IRD Techno-Glide headsets and bottom brackets.

Our donation will benefit the citizens of Soma, a town in the Fukushima Prefecture, which was ravaged by the tsunami and sits a mere 25 miles from the damaged nuclear plant. Though we didn’t take our name from this city, how can we not have some affection for a city with your same name.


Three Drivetrain Guards

Civia Bryant
Civia Bryant

Raleigh Detour Deluxe
Raleigh Detour Deluxe

Civia Loring
Civia Loring

Howard Wolfson on NYC Bike Lanes

NYC Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications Howard Wolfson was on The Brian Lehrer Show yesterday discussing the Propsect Park West bike lane lawsuit. (Click on the play button below to hear the interview.)

Reader Pic of the Week

geiranders1970 Hyland

This week we have Geir Anders’ snow-ready Civia Hyland, coming to you all the way from Oslo, Norway. I just love the subtle irony of the skis being carried through the snow by a bike.

Geir Anders’ Photostream
More about this bike

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Walking & Cycling in the U.S., 2001-2009

Pucher PPT

This is John Pucher’s Powerpoint presentation from the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, January 2011. The corresponding full study is due out in the American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 101, July 2011.

View the presentation [PDF]

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