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Steel is real!

A great thread detailing the building of an old-school steel bike frame.
posted by pepcorn on Feb 14, 2014 - 24 comments

 

MIT meets bicycle

So you can pre-order the Copenhagen wheel now I can't fathom how it might possibly work, but it looks super cool!
posted by mermily on Jan 6, 2014 - 69 comments

Let's "liven up our dour wardrobes with a few shades of traffic cone"

"Replace the paint of your car and accessories with reflective material" is the first of several suggestions from TriMore, a brilliant parody of the "Be Seen, Be Safe" campaign from TriMet, provider of public transit for Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Dec 8, 2013 - 33 comments

Devoted to classic UK and Italian lightweights

Classic Lightweights UK
"Through our site Patricia and I would like to share our enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, classic lightweight cycles, particularly those built in Britain and Italy.
Classic Components [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 comments

Jealous, much?

Bubblewrap bike (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jul 30, 2013 - 18 comments

Danny MacAskill's Imaginate

Two years in the making, Scottish bike parkour rider Danny MacAskill (Previously) (Previouslier) releases his brand new riding film. Whilst previous projects have focused on locations and journeys, MacAskill's Imaginate sees Danny take a completely different approach to riding a bicycle in ridiculously implausible ways. Enter Danny's mind and enjoy. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Jun 30, 2013 - 24 comments

Senseless: on the lack of forward progress in bicycle helmet design

"Bicycle helmets do an outstanding job of keeping our skulls intact in a major crash. But they do almost nothing to prevent concussions and other significant brain injuries—and the very government agency created to protect us is part of the problem. The time has come to demand something safer."
posted by killdevil on Jun 18, 2013 - 125 comments

Spoke Stack

Mechanised Japanese Underground Bicycle Parking Pictures and video of space-saving bicycle parking in Japan.
posted by hawthorne on Jun 14, 2013 - 26 comments

All Powerful Bike Lobby

NY magazine compares two different "old people"s (Dorothy Rabinowitz and Bill Cunningham) opinion on the new Citi Bike bike share program. [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jun 3, 2013 - 159 comments

"...he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists."

"Toby Hockley was on the 100-mile Boudicca Sportive ride in Norfolk when he says he was struck by a car and flung into a hedge. The driver didn't stop. Hockley emerged from the hedge, sore but intact. It sounds like a run-of-the-mill depressing incident from the UK's roads. But the shocking part came later. A young woman tweeted: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists."" [more inside]
posted by marienbad on May 22, 2013 - 311 comments

Biking & The Gender Candy Store

"Gender isn’t a toy store lined with pink and blue aisles. It’s a candy store, a free for all, a sugar-fueled shopping spree. Anything your heart can desire is free for the taking!" A primer on the gender spectrum, a guide to challenging the current culture and a pannier-load of biking references all in one. [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Apr 26, 2013 - 50 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

Effects of Bicycle Helmet Laws on Children's Injuries

Abstract: Cycling is popular among children, but results in thousands of injuries annually. In recent years, many states and localities have enacted bicycle helmet laws. We examine direct and indirect effects of these laws on injuries. Using hospital-level panel data and triple difference models, we find helmet laws are associated with reductions in bicycle-related head injuries among children. However, laws also are associated with decreases in non-head cycling injuries, as well as increases in head injuries from other wheeled sports. Thus, the observed reduction in bicycle-related head injuries may be due to reductions in bicycle riding induced by the laws. [FULL TEXT PDF] [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Feb 27, 2013 - 157 comments

Taxco 2012

Test run through Taxco, Mexico, home of the ultimate urban downhill mountain bike race.
posted by atomicmedia on Dec 29, 2012 - 20 comments

Alex Moulton, RIP

Alex Moulton RIP. For decades, Moulton Bicycles has manufactured an innovative space-frame bike of his design that the man described as "not a quadrilateral bit of piping"—his bikes are instantly recognizable for their small wheels, suspension, and a take-apart trusswork of small-diameter tubes. Although expensive and not very common, they are iconic among bike aficionados, and have inspired at least one competitor, Kimori of Japan, where his bikes have a devoted following. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Dec 10, 2012 - 15 comments

Red Bull Rampage 2012

Mountain biking
posted by roofus on Oct 23, 2012 - 28 comments

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

It seems as if stealing bikes shouldn’t be a lucrative form of criminal activity. Used bikes aren’t particularly liquid or in demand compared to other things one could steal (phones, electronics, drugs). And yet, bikes continue to get stolen. What happens to these stolen bikes and how do they get turned into criminal income?
posted by Obscure Reference on Sep 20, 2012 - 95 comments

“We are very good, but we want to be better,” said Brian Hansen, the head of Copenhagen’s traffic planning section.

In Bike-Friendly Copenhagen, Highways For Cyclists: 'Every day, one-third of the people of Copenhagen ride their bikes to work or school. Collectively, they cycle more than 750,000 miles daily, enough to make it to the moon and back. And city officials want even more people to commute, and over longer distances. So a network of 26 new bike routes, dubbed "the cycling superhighway," is being built to link the surrounding suburbs to Copenhagen.'
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 19, 2012 - 58 comments

Transit Triathlon

If you've spent any time in Washington, DC during the past few years, you're probably familiar with Capital Bikeshare; the region's immensely popular bikesharing program. The system's big red bikes are designed for casual use, and are built like tanks to avoid damage, vandalism, and theft. This past weekend, one Falls Church, VA resident undocked one of the 40lb bikes, and rode it to the finish line of the Nations' Triathlon. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Sep 11, 2012 - 34 comments

"My kids have forgotten what it's like to even be in a car."

Six kids, one bike, one tough mother. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 8, 2012 - 93 comments

Finally, an alternative to Big Pedal.

Presenting the FLIZ velocipede, for anyone who's wondering what you get when you cross a German hipster and a wheeled banana.
posted by jimmythefish on Aug 28, 2012 - 40 comments

Craig's Lift

A dude found his stolen bicycle on Craigslist days after it had been lifted and then drives 160 miles to find the thief and confront him.
posted by gman on Aug 16, 2012 - 148 comments

Lance Armstrong: Victim?

Lance Armstrong: Victim? The embattled cyclist says USADA is out to get him—using powers that it really shouldn’t have. Brian Alexander says he’s right.
posted by fixedgear on Jul 10, 2012 - 122 comments

Free camping in Europe by bicycle

Adrift in a bleak economy and our isolated urban bubble, in 2010 my sweetheart and I set out to see the world the old-fashioned way: by bicycle. We did it on the cheap and without any itinerary, gadgets, or training. We moved south with the sun as the seasons changed, cooked food we found at local markets, and slept in fields or on strangers’ couches. [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 29, 2012 - 50 comments

Mastering his tabletopping skills while most kids are figuring out training wheels

You've probably already seen some impressive bicycle trials showmanship. Now it's time to see the cutest. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on May 23, 2012 - 8 comments

Drafting Like A Boss

How to do 55 mph on a bicycle
posted by klausman on May 2, 2012 - 80 comments

Share the road.

The driver of the LANTA bus, identified as Richard Gubish, Jr., saw the crash in his rear view mirror and also saw the driver attempting to get away.  Mr. Gubish took immediate and decisive action... [YT] [more inside]
posted by zennie on Apr 6, 2012 - 156 comments

"Why should anyone steal a watch when he could steal a bicycle?" ~Flann O'Brien

'Bike Thief' [NYTimes] The filmmaker Casey Neistat conducts an experiment in New York City, where he locks up his own bike and brazenly tries to steal it, to determine whether onlookers or the police would intervene. [More]
posted by Fizz on Mar 14, 2012 - 64 comments

Everyday I'm riding the Tour de FUCK YOU!

Got no gears so you best not dis me / yeah bitch, it's a motherfuckin fixie
posted by unSane on Mar 9, 2012 - 77 comments

"It's not a race where you need good luck. It's a race where you've got to make sure you don't have any bad luck."

With Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (results), the Belgian professional bicycle racing season has begun. Races are contested in the capricious spring weather, on devastatingly steep hills called hellingen, winding roads, and the cobbles known as pavé. Only cycling's true hardmen win these Spring Classics. [more inside]
posted by entropone on Feb 27, 2012 - 9 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

Toolimation

Toolimation: An animated take on building up a touring bike [SLYT]
posted by BlooPen on Jan 28, 2012 - 18 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

'Speeders, we call them.'

Who Pinched My Ride? "Stolen bicycles have become a solvent in America’s underground economy, a currency in the world of drug addicts and petty thieves." Outside's Patrick Symmes tells his story of loss(es), frustration and the failures of modern technology. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 13, 2012 - 59 comments

Revolights

How do you make a bicycle more visible to drivers at night? Create a new wheel-based lighting system: Vimeo / Youtube. Kickstarter campaign is finished and funded, (details of the design at that page) and the company is hoping to have them on sale by March 2012. Via. More. Demo videos. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 12, 2011 - 47 comments

Urban [all] bicyclists have an image problem

"Urban bicyclist have an image problem...." "They’ve become stereotyped as pretentious, aloof jackasses, and a lot of this has to do with the changes taking place in cities right now."
posted by jeffmac on Dec 4, 2011 - 207 comments

Lily shreds tailside.

Dog chasing mountain bike. That is all.
posted by allkindsoftime on Nov 20, 2011 - 57 comments

What is wrong with bicycle helmets?

What is wrong with bicycle helmets? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 28, 2011 - 273 comments

Still cycling, still maniacal.

Thursday Flash Fun: Cyclomaniacs 2! Several characters from the first game have created a cycling megapark. The First Cyclomaniacs post.
posted by schyler523 on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 comments

You say smile I say cheese

A year after spending some time in Edinburgh, and subsequently finding his way home across Scotland, Danny MacAskill unexpectedly finds himself in an abandoned ironworks. A zen-like state of bicycling ensues. [via kottke]
posted by schmod on Aug 16, 2011 - 59 comments

Biking the Beartooth

A short and sweet video to get your juices flowing this morning: Mike Speed cycles down from the Western Summit of the Beartooth Highway. Here's some info if you want to give it a shot yourself.
posted by The Deej on Aug 4, 2011 - 26 comments

Gimme three feet, gimme three feet mister

Six animations from Commute Orlando on cycling and pedestrian safety.
posted by klangklangston on Jul 21, 2011 - 41 comments

The Chain Of Coincidence

One day in 1984 character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, the original, unaired pilot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer) was walking down the street when Jonathan Demme pulled up and asked if he wanted to see a movie he was finishing. Tobolowsky accepted: taking his girlfriend Beth Henley, they went to the Academy Linwood Dunn Theatre to watch the rough cut of the movie, Stop Making Sense. The audience in the otherwise empty theatre consisted of Tobolowsky, Henley, and Demme, along with members of Talking Heads, including David Byrne and Tina Weymouth. Later, Byrne passed Tobolowsky on his bike and asked if he wanted to work on a new movie. Interest sparked again, and during the ensuing collaboration Tobolowsky shared his past experience of psychic phenomena. Inspired, Byrne went on to write Radio Head. The song was heard by Thom Yorke and became the name of his band. All of this is a true story, based on puzzling evidence. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Jul 17, 2011 - 46 comments

Le Tour via steephill.tv

Forget Velonews. For years now, the best place to follow the big cycling stage races has been steephill.tv, a "bike travelogue" with stage previews, results, news articles, photos, and video curated every day of the race. This site is an obvious labor of love... with no ads! If you want to watch or listen to the Tour de France for free, steephill will helpfully tell you where to go on the web. But if you're away from your computer or don't have Versus (in the US), there's an NBC iPhone app with live video, for $14.99 (launches iTunes) [more inside]
posted by jstef on Jul 1, 2011 - 24 comments

Criminals are dumb.

Your Sweet Justice story for the day: In February, K.C. was riding her bike home from work. While waiting at a stop light, she felt a slight bump from the car behind her, followed by laughter from within. K.C. wasn't looking for a fight, and did her best to ignore this. Disappointed with his failure to elicit a response, the driver bumped her again, this time a bit harder. This is when K.C. pulled out her police badge, and things started to get weird...
posted by schmod on Jun 14, 2011 - 94 comments

Ridin'

Rides A Bike. Photos of film people and bikes, from the 1920s to 90s.
posted by goo on Jun 14, 2011 - 4 comments

Coming soon to dealerships across the Forest Moon

The future has officially arrived. Would you believe a hoverbike? OK, if that one didn't impress you maybe this one will.
posted by scalefree on Jun 11, 2011 - 46 comments

Cardboard bike helmet better than plastic

Kranium is a bike helmet that is made from cardboard and out performs the standard polystyrene-filled lids.
posted by jeffmac on Jun 9, 2011 - 41 comments

Pimp my Ride

The world's slowest Porsche. Johannes L. built a Porsche GT3 RS out of a recumbent bicycle, wood stripping, pvc, and tape. The Flickr set covering construction.
posted by OmieWise on May 24, 2011 - 20 comments

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