Inspiration to do something with your holiday weekend: Steven K. Roberts is an interesting guy with a bit of a hobby problem. In 1983 his recumbent bike
sported "only" a security system, lights, a CB radio and a state-of-the-art TRS80/100 laptop
would eventually evolve into BEHEMOTH
, the "Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine... Only Too Heavy". BEHEMOTH incorporated (amongst other things) HUD, cooling system, small Sun SPARCstation
, HAM Radio, credit card verifier, bubblejet printer, hydraulic disk brakes... [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless
on May 21, 2009 -
A new generation of bike rental is here, where you pick up the bike where you start your ride and drop it off at the destination. Vélib'
are the high-profile, wildly successful products of the JCDecaux ad firm in the cities of Paris and Grand Lyon. Velib' provides 10,000 bikes
for cheap hourly rental
beginning this past summer. In exchange for fully underwriting the €90 million of expenses, JCDecaux wins exclusive rights to all the city's billboards. JCDecaux' rival Clear Channel
beat them out of the gate by a couple months, opening Bicing
in Barcelona to similar success, although at a smaller scale. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Oct 8, 2007 -
Use one of those heavy U-locks to secure your bike? You might want to think again
. It seems the barrel style lock mechanisms some of them employ can be opened by a Bic pen
posted by normy
on Sep 14, 2004 -
Ride through the streets of Manhattan with some of the fastest urban bicyclists in existence as they race in the wintertime. Thrilling and unbelievable. The mpg is from a head mounted camera worn by one of the racers. More here.
Also don't miss the cameraman riding on top of a Jersey barrier here.
And here I was thinking that Times Square to Park Slope in 25 minutes was pretty quick. Thanks to nervous.net.
posted by n9
on Jul 15, 2004 -
Tonight (or tomorrow night, ymmv) marks the 2nd Annual Ride of Silence
, a solemn testament to those that have been injured or killed while biking on the roads. Begun last year in Dallas in tribute to local ultramarathoner Larry Schwartz
, it began as a one-time tribute. Apparently, there was enough National interest to make this an annual event, and this year more than 50 cities
in the U.S. and Canada are participating.
posted by Ufez Jones
on May 18, 2004 -
Congress to bicyclists: get a car!
A new transportation appropriations bill would eliminate $600 million of annual federal funding for "transportation enhancements
" (more info here
), such as bike paths and walkways, while increasing
funding for highways. Is this a proper reflection of U.S. transportation habits, or just a scheme to deprive alternate transportation of much-needed funding?
posted by jdroth
on Jul 23, 2003 -
One fine morning in December 2001,
Petr and his son took their bicycles and embarked on a photo tour of psychic Rotterdam. The tally? Six tree spirits, two invisible entities, one grinning skull, one 'evil square', one sinister game of basketball, and a UFO.
posted by Sonny Jim
on Jun 15, 2003 -
Great feat, but not a great athlete.
Let the Cyclist bashing continue.
As a follow up to the pointless Bicycles and cars don't mix
column, Ron Borges over at MSNBC
wonders if Lance Armstrong is even an athlete.
He says Athletes must do more with their bodies than pump their legs up and down. For his money, being the greatest athlete in the world involves strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, mental toughness and the ability to make your body do things that defy description.
Anyone who has ever been in a bike race (Road or MTN) knows it does indeed take all that and more. Anyone who writes about sports, rather than participating, would of course have no clue it takes more than moving your feet up and down.
posted by Blake
on Jul 26, 2002 -
Lane Splitting 101.
Do you ride? Do you commute on your bike? Are you insane enough to split lanes?
Do you drive? Do lane-splitting bikes piss you off? Do they give you heart attacks?
posted by badstone
on May 10, 2002 -
This is your mission should you choose to accept it. You start at Victoria Peak with bicycles and ride all the way down to the Victoria Harbour without using the pedals, and see how far you can go. The rules are: No pedalling allowed. Keep your feet off the ground. Ride with safety. It's not a time trial. The winner is the one who rides the most distance. Sounds fairly straightforward, but here's the hitch... you'll be competing against Jackie Chan. A two part mpeg video
from a Japanese TV variety show called Tetsuwan Dash
posted by riffola
on Apr 12, 2002 -
Zed's dead. It's a chopper, baby.
I remember kids in the neighborhood making custom bikes. The choppers weren't the easiest to handle or most practical but they looked hella cool. Now they're selling for $2500US. Check out the showroom and the photo video gallery.
posted by suprfli
on Dec 10, 2001 -
So, is there any chance the Tour De France will become more popular with US viewers? Or even that our own Tour will reach the interest levels displayed in Europe? I was absolutely on the edge of my seat during Armstrong's rush today, and I'm nothing of a biker.
posted by Kikkoman
on Jul 17, 2001 -
I'm posting this link
mainly so I have an excuse to discuss bike commuting. I recently started riding my bike to work. At first, I did it just to get into shape but I'm beginning to enjoy it for a number of other reasons. The sights, sounds, and smells (not always good, but still...) of the daily ride are much more pleasant than the daily stress of driving. Not to mention the whole "1 mile in a car emits 1 pound of noxious fumes" thing.
Do others ride to work? What are your experiences? Any good stories? Bad stories? How often do you get yelled at to "get out of the road?"
posted by bondcliff
on May 17, 2001 -
Bicycles ready for the apocalyse: After the imminent Apocalypse, gasoline and bullets will be rare. Those who already ride bicycles and shoot bb guns and slingshots today will easily dominate the huddled masses tomorrow.
posted by riley370
on Apr 6, 2001 -
It turns out there are three bike tours
in New York City. You can also run
through the the city. The Super Roll is a lot less tiring than the bike tours or the marathon.
posted by tamim
on Sep 1, 2000 -