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Penny in Your Pants

Cycling in a skirt? Avoid flashing onlookers by putting a Penny in Your Pants. Alternately you could buy or DIY a bike garter - or simply perfect your mounting technique with this super sick trick.
posted by susanvance on Jul 1, 2014 - 76 comments

Martyn Ashton's Bike Party 2

Martyn Ashton gets a little help from his friends to finish Bike Party 2 Earlier this year, Martyn Ashton, one of the fathers of trials riding, sustained life changing injuries (Previously). He is currently paralyzed from the waist down. When he was injured, he had partially completed the sequel to his first Road Bike Party video. His friends, Chris Akrigg and Danny MacAskill, helped finish the new video.
posted by The World Famous on Dec 10, 2013 - 11 comments

Ski-Boys

With a Super 8 camera and a keen eye, young “Deek” Deekma documented himself, his brother and their neighbouring friends in the summer of 1971 as they created new forms of raw stunts daily. Using 8ft toboggans fitted with rollerskate wheels they sledded and surfed the rolling pastures of their family farms. Other inventions include a flying squirrel suit, a fleet of unusual home made bicycles and the ‘road ski’.

posted by edgeways on Jul 27, 2013 - 16 comments

Acme Supply Co. Presents...

Ahahahaha! Jet Bicycle!
posted by dobbs on Jun 10, 2013 - 34 comments

My problem has been that better bikes kept coming...

James McDonald of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, collects bikes--at least one from every era of bikemaking. "If there were 200 bicycles here," he explains, "they would have been culled down out of probably two to three thousand bicycles that I've brought home over the last two years, and those two thousand would have been culled down from maybe tens of thousands of bicycles that I've gone to look at and left behind." Check out this 3 minute video for more!
posted by MoonOrb on May 24, 2013 - 17 comments

Lock your bike

Have you been looking for bike locks that work? Will only the best locks do? Perhaps you just need a secondary lock?
posted by overleaf on Apr 23, 2013 - 40 comments

Biketown, USA

What happened to a place in Michigan when cars were banned for 115 years?
posted by mathowie on Mar 14, 2013 - 82 comments

Park Tool's bicycle repair help and education pages

Major bicycle tools manufacturer Park Tool maintains a neatly sorted bevy of repair, maintenance and technical information articles. Their lead mechanic Calvin runs a video channel that includes -- among many other things -- on-the-road bicycle repair tips. Even more bike info (new bike assembly procedures, road and mountain bike positioning charts, thread concepts, drive train troubleshooting, etc.) is available on the miscellaneous topics page. Don't forget to check out the bicycle mechanics language spreadsheet!
posted by cog_nate on Feb 28, 2013 - 15 comments

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.

"I thought the matter over, and concluded I could do it. So I went down and bought a barrel of Pond's Extract and a bicycle." "Taming The Bicycle" by Mark Twain.
posted by nowhere man on Nov 16, 2012 - 12 comments

The Long, Balanced Haul

Cargo bikes, long a mainstay in the Netherlands and emerging as an automotive alternative in the U.S. (via bike-friendly Portland), come in many flavors: Longtails, longjohns, cycle trucks, porteurs, trikes and the traditional Dutch bakfiet. Will a cargo bike transform your life?
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Oct 26, 2012 - 73 comments

Helmets make a basically safe activity seem really dangerous

Back in New York I strapped on my helmet for a weekend bike ride in Central Park. But I’m not sure I’ll do the same two years from now if I’m commuting to work on a mature Citi Bike system. (SLNYT)
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 30, 2012 - 229 comments

Don't go up there! You're a silly cyclist.

Silly Cyclists: The Video Series. Silly Cyclists was created by Gaz, a cyclist from London. The series features footage from Gaz and other cyclists showing silly, stupid, or extremely ill-considered decisions by cyclists around the world. Each episode features a top-ten countdown of Silly Cyclists, followed by a Savvy Cyclist. [more inside]
posted by pie ninja on Sep 8, 2012 - 27 comments

Look Ma I Can't Ride

The transportation reporter for the New York Times, Scott Flegenheimer, outs himself. “Hey, one boss said to another after my ill-advised confession. Did you know our transportation reporter can’t ride a bike? He knew then, of course, and now you do, too. I cannot ride a bike." He is not alone. Adult bicycling lessons are offered everywhere.
posted by Xurando on Aug 10, 2012 - 42 comments

"It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap"

After reading about someone making a canoe out of cardboard, Izhar Gafni went to his shed and started cutting up old boxes. This eventually led to his absolutely amazing cardboard bike project. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 1, 2012 - 30 comments

The Grand Tour of MTB

The 2012 Tour Divide kicked off on the 8th of June. This grand tour takes self-supported cyclists from Banff, AB CA to Antelope Wells, NM, USA along the North American Continental Divide. Riders must endure 4418 km (2745 miles) of dirt and gravel, with over 60,000 meters (200,000 ft) of climbing. If you want to win - plan on riding 16+ hours a day. Participants are now spread across the route, with the leader approaching the Colorado border.
posted by aganders3 on Jun 20, 2012 - 13 comments

Hell on Wheels

In Praise of Mutant Bikes (Life magazine photos from 1948, via Urban Velo. Bonus link: Early Tallbikes)
posted by box on Jun 5, 2012 - 19 comments

1st Person Mountain Biker

Ever wonder what it would be like to ride a bike down a bit of Peruvian mountain? Here’s your chance to see it for yourself. [SLYT]
posted by quin on Apr 7, 2012 - 30 comments

Bike Parkour

Urban Trials Riding in Melbourne looks a lot like bike parkour; amazing and more than a bit insane.
posted by quin on Mar 31, 2012 - 38 comments

If you like the way your bike rides, it’s an awesome bike.

Got questions about your bike or bicycling in general? Surly bikes' Skip Bernet has answers to just about any bike forum post ever written.
posted by barnacles on Mar 28, 2012 - 91 comments

Don't get lapped.

The Red Hook Criterium is "an unsanctioned race held at night featuring a fixed gear criterium and a 5km running race held over multiple laps of a short technical circuit. The field consists of elite athletes, track stars, amateur runners, professional cyclists, bike messengers, and urban cyclists." First held in 2008, the Crit has steadily gained momentum, recognition and exposure. In recent years it has spread to Milan (highlights, footage). The 5th running of the Red Hook Crit is being held tonight. Red Hook Crit website and promotional design by MeFi's own fidgets.
posted by nathancaswell on Mar 24, 2012 - 8 comments

Transference of Power

The human form in chains. Bicycle chains.
posted by rtha on Feb 27, 2012 - 24 comments

Early 20th C. Australian Bike Culture

While digging through the archive of the State Library of New South Wales, I came across these stunning public domain images of early 20th century bike culture in Australia, equal parts sweet (all those tandems!), inspirational (a record-breaking ride from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 days and 7 hours!), and scandalous (NB: Annie is wearing trousers!)
posted by zamboni on Feb 25, 2012 - 15 comments

Dangerous, but impressive.

Freestyle trials riding on a vintage ladies bicycle.
posted by quin on Feb 18, 2012 - 29 comments

365 days in the life of a bike in NYC

Lifecycle - A bike in New York is locked to a pole and photographed everyday as it slowly disappears. [via]
posted by quin on Jan 21, 2012 - 42 comments

Ride With GPS

"Ride With GPS is the best bike route mapping tool for cyclists, runners or anyone wanting an easy yet powerful fitness route planning experience. We offer tools to analyze cycling performance, including graphs of heart rate, cadence, watts (power output from a power meter), speed and elevation gain. Using all this data, we can offer training plans and other insight into your fitness. We work with all Garmin Edge bike computers, Forerunner fitness devices and any GPS unit that can export a TCX or GPX file."
posted by troll on Dec 22, 2011 - 20 comments

Panama Priti Bikes

Panama Priti Bikes, by José Castrellón.
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Nov 23, 2011 - 6 comments

The biped robot which rides on a bicycle by Dr. Guero

Oh hi! You're here just in time for a trifecta of things we love: Cute little robots, fixed gear bicycles, and single-link YouTube posts! I hope you like it!
posted by ardgedee on Oct 27, 2011 - 41 comments

Ouch

A few good examples of why it’s NOT always the best idea to stay within the bike lane, even if it costs you a ticket. (via)
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 8, 2011 - 165 comments

Overhead video of NYC intersection

3-Way Street is a video from above of a Manhattan intersection highlighting cars, bikes, and pedestrians as they narrowly avoid each other. (And one mad genius driving a SYSCO truck.)
posted by nicwolff on Jun 7, 2011 - 246 comments

Hub Spoke Zarathustra

Crazy Guy On A Bike: A place for bicycle tourists and their journals. 5,863 journals and articles, with 790,939 pictures. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 7, 2011 - 33 comments

Sharing the road

The economic case for on-street bike parking (they are not just for the folks in Portland).
posted by aniola on Apr 18, 2011 - 40 comments

L'Eroica -- A cycling classic

L'Eroica in Italy offers something truly unique: a race on ancient roads using obsolete bikes, surrounded by gorgeous scenery and fuelled by a mouth-watering selection of food and wine. [Official site]
posted by bread-eater on Mar 10, 2011 - 19 comments

Bike Lane Backlash, Backlash'd

"When the city introduces a bike lane on a given street, it removes dozens of parking places." John Cassidy, staff writer on economics at The New Yorker, blogs his feelings about bike lanes in New York City. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Mar 10, 2011 - 162 comments

The Cycle of Beer

Bend, Oregon is known for cycling. And world class microbreweries. Cycle Pub gives you an opportunity to enjoy these two passions, and create an experience you and your fellow riders will never forget. It's a non-tradtional bike, where you sit and pedal in a non-traditional way, and enjoy non-traditonal features and beverages. For lack of a better description, it's a rolling pub on wheels, that you pedal.
posted by zamboni on Mar 4, 2011 - 42 comments

The logical design evolution of the fixed-gear bicycle is the unicycle.

Does your fixed-gear bicycle have too many moving parts? Well, have I got the solution for you!
posted by schmod on Feb 5, 2011 - 89 comments

From Steel: The Making of a Soulcraft

Sean Walling invites us into his machine shop to show us in great detail how each and every Soulcraft frame is hand designed for the individual customer based on their fit needs and riding style. [SLV]
posted by AndrewKemendo on Jan 24, 2011 - 31 comments

"I was disconnected from reality, enslaved by virtuality".

Samuel, a 24 year old Parisian student, led a quiet life with his girlfriend. A little bit out of step with his time, Samuel refuses to use modern technology. However a meeting will change their lives. -'Dependence', A short film by Yann Kibongui [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Jan 8, 2011 - 28 comments

Bike Parkour

Bike Parkour from Danny MacAskill
posted by the cuban on Nov 17, 2010 - 54 comments

But I'll Hurt Myself

Bike Jump — Four straight minutes of dudes ramping bikes and their bodies 35 feet into the air and splashing down into a small pond. [1080p slyt]
posted by netbros on Oct 8, 2010 - 43 comments

Look at these crazy bikes! These are future bikes!

The Seoul Cycle Design Competition: all shortlisted entries. Some examples: the winning entry. This one looks like a mean glow-worm. Some hearts, just for fun. A luggage-carrier. A foldable round bike. Horse that is only a pretend horse. Kind of a kitchy ivy lock. Poke around, look at all the different designs!
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 30, 2010 - 22 comments

Insane russian biker

Insane russian biker (youtube) takes a Yamaha R1 down the Warsaw highway in moscow. Biker culture is taking off in a land where it is too cold to ride for half the year.
posted by Lanark on Sep 27, 2010 - 92 comments

One Laptop Per Bike

Armed with a netbook, medical supplies and a bicycle, Bangladesh's InfoLadies are giving millions of poor people access to crucial information on their doorsteps that will improve their chances in life
posted by Artw on May 22, 2010 - 13 comments

The Ethicist, on biking in New York City

Randy Cohen, the New York Times's Ethicist, happily chats about biking.
posted by Greg Nog on May 20, 2010 - 24 comments

Clash of the Bearded Ones.

Clash of the Bearded Ones. New York Magazine's neighborhoods issue covers some of the social dynamics in play during last December's clash over the Bedford Avenue bike lane. One man is trying to bridge the gap with an unkosher bike shop. "The Hasidim will soon be biking all over Williamsburg. My prediction is that in two years every Hasid without hemorrhoids will be commuting via bicycle in the warmer months." Baruch Herzfeld is loaning bicycles to Williamsburg's Satmar Hasidim.
posted by availablelight on Apr 12, 2010 - 44 comments

Out of Tandem

Shut Up and Ride. A short video about breaking up.
posted by msalt on Apr 8, 2010 - 3 comments

Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego in 3.5 Years

In July 2006, they began in Alaska and have since pedaled over 34,000 kilometers, passed through 14 countries, and arrived in Ushuaia after 3.5 years of travel. [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno on Jan 19, 2010 - 11 comments

A Lesson

"If my incident shows anything it's that confrontation leads to an escalation of hostilities"

On July 4, 2008, Dr. Christopher Thompson slammed the brakes on his red Infiniti, injuring two cyclists in the process. Today he was sentenced to five years in jail. [more inside]
posted by PBR on Jan 8, 2010 - 212 comments

The first issue of The Ride Journal as PDF

The Ride Journal is a lovely mag by/about/for cyclists of all types: bmxers, fixed gear riders, road racers, tricyclists, casual riders... you name it! It's a beautiful publication--great photography, nice paper, good personal stories. However, it's a print mag. As their 3rd issue is being mailed out, they've made their first avaiable for download as a 26MB PDF.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Nov 11, 2009 - 5 comments

My scraper bike go hard / I don't need no car

"There's people from literally across the world making these bikes, from Portland, Oregon, to Japan to Australia to Jamaica." The "Scraper Bike King" talks about the DIY community-oriented movement (YT), which started in Oakland was popularized with this video and covered by NPR.
posted by aniola on Oct 25, 2009 - 35 comments

Bike vs. Cars War

In light of the recent tragic death of a cyclist in Toronto, even normally well-balanced MeFites have polarized in the bikes vs. cars war”. But according to Guillermo Penalosa, the fight is really about better urban design. He helped to radically reinvent the transit and parks infrastructure of Bogata, making it of the best cycling cities in the world. The recent changes to Broadway in New York were influenced by Bogota's success. Gil now advises the Project for Public Spaces and is Executive Director of Walk & Bike for Life. Their solution to the pedestrians vs. cars vs. bikes battle is simple: better urban planning (previously on MeFi) that gives everyone their own safe space. Not sure if your city's infrastructure is up-to-snuff? Apply the 8/80 rule. In the meantime, keep safe out there.
posted by nometa on Sep 3, 2009 - 175 comments

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