A Street Bike Named Desire

A Street Bike Named Desire

Please join us in welcoming our latest sponsor, A Street Bike Named Desire. A Street Bike Named Desire is a brand new bike shop located in Palo Alto, CA across the street from Stanford University. Their product line-up includes a variety of difficult to find transportation brands such as Pashley, Retrovelo, Abici, Linus, Biomega, Pilen, Brompton, Montague, Birdy, Ecobike, and Christiania. If you’re in the S.F. Bay Area, be sure to drop by and see them sometime!

A Street Bike Named Desire

Portland Design Works Takeout Basket

PDW Take Out
The Takeout Basket is an attractive, handlebar mounted carrier from Portland Design Works.

PDW Take Out
The smart design includes a U-lock slot and a headlight mounting point.

PDW Take Out
It’s a nicely detailed piece that seems plenty stout.

PDW Take Out
The included waterproof roll top bag will hold a coat, lunch, or a six pack.

PDW Take Out
The bag includes a shoulder strap for shopping.

PDW Take Out
The Takeout can also be used without the bag as a mini-porteur.

This is a really nice basket/rack that was easy to install and appears to be plenty stout for carrying small loads on the handlebar. It’s a great alternative for those who want some carrying capacity up front but either don’t have the attachment points or simply don’t need the capacity of a full-blown porteur rack. Good stuff.

Specifications

  • Waterproof roll top bag included
  • Eyelet for attaching light mount
  • Integrated u-lock carrying slot
  • 10 mm alloy tubes
  • Rack weight w/o bag 500 grams
  • Fits 25.4-31.8mm handlebars
  • Inside dimensions of basket: 155mm x 255mm x 105mm
  • $120

Portland Design Works

APBP Women’s Cycling Survey

APBP Screenshot

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) conducted a survey in spring of 2010 as part of their Women Cycling Project. From the APBP:

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is a non-profit organization committed to increasing bicycling and walking as modes of transportation in the United States. In the spring of 2010, APBP conducted an online questionnaire via Survey Monkey to investigate the factors that would induce women to bicycle more for transportation. The survey was advertised through various bicycling sites online, and included 37 questions pertaining to demographics, cycling behavior, safety/infrastructure concerns, and open-ended inquiries. The survey received a very strong response, with over 13,000 participants. When the survey closed in May, APBP partnered with the Department of Health Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department to analyze the results.

View the Survey Results [PDF] →

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A Look at Common Wheel Sizes

700C

Bicycle wheels have been produced in a bewildering variety of sizes over the years. Fortunately, the modern bike commuter only needs to be aware of the few sizes that are commonly in use today.

700C, aka 29 inch (622mm)
700C is the most common modern road bike wheel size. This size offers the widest selection of tires and other wheel components, the best compatibility across various bike brands and models, and comparatively low rolling resistance. Drawbacks include difficulties associated with designing small frames around big wheels, and slightly less toughness than smaller wheels. In mountain biking circles, 700C wheels are called “29 inch”.

26 inch (559mm)
26 inch is the standard mountain bike and cruiser wheel size. As you might expect, a broad selection of strong rims and wide tires are available in this size. We’re starting to see more utility and cargo bikes designed around this smaller wheel (for example, my Civia Loring uses 26 inch wheels). Advantages include the ease of building smaller frames around this size, and generally higher strength due to the smaller diameter. When used with narrow, high pressure tires, 26 inch wheels can sometimes provide a harsh ride.

650B (584mm)
650B is an old French wheel size that was popular in that country for use on touring bikes and tandems. It was never widely used here in the U.S. though it’s seeing a bit of a resurgence due primarily to being promoted by Grant Petersen, Jan Heine, and the late Sheldon Brown. At 584mm, the 650B size essentially splits the difference between 700C and 26 inch. It’s a good choice for smaller frame sizes (for example, Michael’s Rivendell Betty Foy uses 650B wheels). Though there are some very nice tires being manufactured in the 650B size, the overall selection is severely limited in comparison to 700C and 26 inch. 700C road bikes with limited tire clearance are sometimes converted to 650B which allows for the use of wider tires.

Small Wheels (16”/349mm, 20”/406mm)
Small wheels are used on folding bikes and mini velos. They enable bike designers to build compact bikes that are easy to take on public transit and store in small spaces. 16 inch and 20 inch wheels tend to provide a harsh ride, hence the fairly common use of suspension on bikes spec’d with these wheels.

Others
For a comprehensive list of the wide range of wheel sizes produced over the years, see Sheldon Brown’s page on Tire Sizing Systems.

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Alden Aldrich

Name: Alden Aldrich
Location: Fort Worth, TX, USA
Started bike commuting: Summer of 2009
Commute distance (one way): 5 miles

Describe your commute: In high school I rode mostly residential streets. When I started at community college I had to ride one of the busiest 4-lane streets in Fort Worth daily, attacking a massive hill on the way there and mostly uphill on the way back. Fort Worth wind is always a killer. Next semester I will go to the downtown campus of my college and will have 6 mile all-residential ride.

Describe your bike and accessories: I mostly ride a fixed-gear Schwinn Madison, it has really funky old-style handlebars, gold Alexi rims with white Maxxis tires. I think it’s the best for commuting because it’s fixed, so you get a little bit of challenge. I think fixies are more efficient on uphills and against headwind in my opinion.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Just keep riding. The more you ride, the more you want to ride, and the less you want to drive. The heat’s really not that bad, you’ll catch a better breeze on a bike than walking. Have multiple bikes in case one needs tuning up or has a flat or etc. Having four different bikes, 2 road, 1 hybrid, and one track-fixie has saved my ass more than once, and has also kept me out of a car.

New Bicycle Commuter Profiles Posted

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