, the bike and run tracking system, is using their database
to create Strava Metro
, to sell to urban planners for commute data. But unless you're the Oregon DoT, London, or Alpine Shire
, you might find the Strava bike
heatmaps more useful. [more inside]
"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
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
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
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.'
With Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
), 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]
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]
How do you make a bicycle more visible to drivers at night? Create a new wheel-based lighting system: Vimeo
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
. Demo videos
. [more inside]
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
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]
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...
Joe Simonetti is a 57-year-old psychotherapist who lives with his wife in Pound Ridge, New York. His commute takes him from the northern reaches of exurban Westchester County to his office just south of Central Park. It's about three and a half hours each way. By bike. [more inside]
Hipsters! Feeling less unique now everyone has a fixie? Don't worry, $27,000 will guarantee you peace of mind
. (via @lancearmstrong
In the summer of 2004 I [Jason Oliver Goodman] set out alone on my bike to make a photography project called A Girl's Bike. In roughly 4 months I documented close to 200 women and their bicycles around NYC, mostly on the street as I found them. In 2008 it was made into a book published by Partners & Spade. It also toured with the Bicycle Film Festival as a slide show before films and in the art show Joy Ride.
"Au Soleil" is based on my memories of a cycling trip I undertook across Eastern Europe from Berlin to Istanbul.
Vimeo video. A (surprisingly relaxing) short multimedia documentary, created using open source 3D animation software and a keen artistic eye. [more inside]
In light of the recent tragic death
of a cyclist in Toronto, even normally well-balanced MeFites have polarized
in the bikes vs. cars
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
The Big Africa Cycle. Peter Gostelow
is cycling from Dorset, England to Cape Town to raise funds for The Against Malaria Foundation
. And it's not his first big adventure. [more inside]
- whether "mustache handlebars", silly tattoos, "mankinis" or other male cycling fashion statements, brass knuckle bicycle grips or celebrity brokeback pie-plates, NYC's Bike Snob casts judgment on all he surveys from one high gear
builds lasers that shoot out from your bike onto the road, displaying a bike lane wherever you ride. Written about here
I Finally own a Zipp Wheel…
A little story of how a bike racing fan came to own a fancy, schmancy carbon race wheel during the recently concluded Tour of California. [more inside]
"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]
A wee bit of a problem
More mistakes come to light in the French lab that screwed Floyd out of his Tour win
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.
And the training wheels would go where, exactly, on the Sideways Bike
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.