62 year old emergency physician John Hall and his wife Jane took off on a Bike Ride Around America
to promote cancer awareness. They started on April Fool's Day
, and completed their 12,000 mile journey around the perimeter of the country just today
. Along the way they encountered hundreds of towns and thousands of friendly people
, and a few not so nice
. All in all, a pretty amazing accomplishment in my book.
posted by netbros
on Jul 31, 2008 -
Igor Kenk was arrested for bicycle theft in Toronto on July 17. Here's an audio documentary that includes an interview with the man himself: Steal This Bike
(be warned, a lot of profanity, and a little pretentious). [more inside]
posted by Chuckles
on Jul 29, 2008 -
Cope pipe without a jig.
Enter a few parameters and get a pdf that will give you a printable pattern that will allow you to notch tubing for welding or brazing to another pipe.
posted by Mitheral
on Mar 15, 2008 -
Suddenly, a man in a vintage hat rides up, hip-hop blaring from a glowing Plexiglas container shaped like a tropical fish set above the back wheel of his bicycle, control lights flashing. Fossil Fool, a rolling rapper from San Francisco who rides the college circuit preaching the benefits of peddling, grabs his microphone, cranks up the volume and starts to rap.
Paul Freedman, aka Fossil Fool
, is one of the founders of Rock the Bike
, which makes Soul Cycles -- bicycle-based, often human-powered hi-fi and PA systems
-- for "playing clean, powerful, uplifting music at street festivals and off-grid parties
." RTB recently made a mobile DJ booth
for Austin's DJ Manny; here's how.
Attention, party-throwers: In 2008, you may well be able to rent or borrow a Soul Cycle
for your own shindig.
posted by GrammarMoses
on Oct 28, 2007 -
"A Ghostbike is a junker bike that has been painted stark white and afixed to the site where a cyclist has been hit or killed by a car driver.
" [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Oct 7, 2007 -
Fueled by Rice
- Five recent grads from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's Unviersity recently set off from Beijing to bike across Asia and Europe
. The goal
of their bike trip is to spread international good will on the local level and advocate reducing carbon emissions and living slower-paced, more enjoyable lives. Along the way they will bike through rural areas and play music
in villages. As they travel, the group is posting photos
, a blog
, and will attempt to get a podcast up and running. They've even got the site up in Chinese
, though the site seems to be blocked
for most folks in China.
posted by pithy comment
on Sep 17, 2007 -
Fixing a Flat Tire without Hands
A series of photos of a man, who cannot use his hands, patching, repairing and reseating a bicycle inner tube. Why? Apparently its his job.
Somehow my little problems don't seem so insurmountable anymore.
posted by fenriq
on Dec 22, 2006 -
is a new site that enables bikers, hikers and runners to upload GPS info, along with photos and comments, from their routes that get mashed up with Google Maps to create an ever-expanding trail resource. Mostly Bay Area now but that is changing.
posted by fenriq
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Revolutionary twelve pound folding bicycle
designed by Clive Sinclair (who previously brought the world calculators
--including a wrist calculator
, and an electric vehicle, the C5
. Sinclair has had successes and failures, but this new bicycle may change the way thousands of people commute to work
. Until now, "folding bicycles" have been little more than conventional bikes with hinging mechanisms and smaller wheels. The well known Brompton
and Bike Friday
bikes typically use 16" wheels, while Montague
makes full-size bikes that fold, and Dahon
makes both. Yes, they might fit in your car's trunk. Or you can check them as baggage with the airlines and have your own bike with you on vacation. But they all weigh 25 to 30 pounds, so while the size was a bit more convenient, they were not the breakthrough their makers claimed. The unconventional Strida
showed a glimpse of what was possible, but at 22 pounds, still was overweight for easy schlepping. Finally, with the A-Bike it seems that for the many folks that live a mile or two from a train or subway station, it will be practical to ride the A-Bike to the station, then fold it up (26"x12"x6") and carry it along. Short video here
, download "A-Bike Teaser Trailer." I want one!
posted by centerpunch
on Oct 1, 2006 -
The art film at the bike shop:
praise is building for Roam
, a 16mm film shot by Vancouver area filmmakers, the Collective
and the Collective's eponymous first film are credited for taking bike films to a wider more mature audience. Sophisticated camera work, a compelling narrative and an appropriate soundtrack take the place of the gnar factor and loud hip-hop/metal soundtrack that are the defining factors of most bike films. Comparisons are already being made to the 1966 surf film Endless Summer
.Google Video clip of ROAM
posted by [expletive deleted]
on Aug 11, 2006 -
A memorial ride
is taking place tomorrow in New York City in memory of a fourteen-year-old boy who was rundown on his bike last year. This man
is responsible for the death and there are many unanswered questions
. No charges have been filed, but what is more disturbing is the lack of remorse
from the young man who was responsible for this tragedy.
posted by jennababy
on May 13, 2006 -
The Bicycle Ride.
This animated short, "The Bicycle Ride," is a
fanciful depiction of Dr. Albert Hofmann's discovery of LSD. 3:47 video.
posted by fixedgear
on May 12, 2006 -
More than a BMX
- The StreetSurfer is a patented pedal-driven vehicle (think BMX
) that you ride like a surfboard in an urban setting. It consists of a normal bike frame, a rear wheel (duh) and four mini wheels on the front. These littler front wheels apparently track the surface of the ground better than a traditional bicycle and therefore give the rider a smoother, more controlled ride. More info via the StreetSurfer's awfully designed website
(ugly Flash warning), although there's two chunky videos
to download that also help to explain the product in further detail. Via Beyond Tomorrow
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 9, 2005 -
Charlie Kelly's Website. Between 1979 and 1983 I was part of the first company to make nothing but off-road bicycles when I joined forces with my former roommate, Gary Fisher, and a frambuilder named Tom Ritchey.
Meet Charlie Kelly, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer
and one of those who was there
in the mid-1970s, astride a converted Schwinn
atop Marin County's Mount Tam, founding the sport known today as mountain biking.[via
posted by RockyChrysler
on Nov 7, 2005 -