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Bike Summer!

In New York City on 19 May 2010 at 1:30 am


I am writing an update from work, having successfully navigated the numerous detours on the bikeway in southern Manhattan. I put my bike back together last night, my brakes are present enough to foreclose the possibility of gaining any street-cred among the fixie crowd, but effective enough to only slow me gradually.

Problems encountered on the ride: Read the rest of this entry »

Taming the Bicycle, Part III by Mark Twain

In Guest Post on 15 May 2010 at 3:09 pm

I chose a reposeful Sabbath-day sort of a back street which was about thirty yards wide between the curbstones. I knew it was not wide enough; still, I thought that by keeping strict watch and wasting no space unnecessarily I could crowd through. Read the rest of this entry »

Moments like these

In Washington DC on 11 May 2010 at 3:55 pm

Yesterday, I witnessed one of the most amazing things, and one of the reasons I just love the cycling community. The wind roared down the streets, threatening to blow over any biker who cornered too sharply. It was one of those windy days that add 30 minutes and 10 pounds of frustration to a morning ride—one on which you don’t so much spin as grind your way to work.

So in the afternoon, while walking down Connecticut near Dupont Circle, I noticed something strange. About 50ft away I saw a guy ride up on his Peugot, dismount and lean it against a tree. He took a couple cautious steps back and adjusted his bike’s perch against the wind, then strode over to a green Schwinn Collegiate lying on its side, still locked to a signpost with a standard cable-combo lock. Read the rest of this entry »

Racking my brain

In Washington DC on 9 May 2010 at 12:21 am

UPDATED 5.9.10

I’ve noticed that DC has a lot of less than ideal hardware for locking up.

Many of the metro stations have those weird bike bank things that hold your bike like a bear trap. In general, I dislike this style of rack, but these ones make it even worse by not being designed for use with U-locks. You have to have a padlock to use them according to the designers’ intentions, which effectively renders them no more useful or efficient than a chain link fence, and I’m sure far more expensive. Read the rest of this entry »

Taming the Bicycle, Part II by Mark Twain

In Guest Post on 2 May 2010 at 12:00 am

When you have reached the point in bicycling where you can balance the machine tolerably fairly and propel it and steer it, then comes your next task — how to mount it. You do it in this way: you hop along behind it on your right foot, resting the other on the mounting-peg, and grasping the tiller with your hands. At the word, you rise on the peg, stiffen your left leg, hang your other one around in the air in a general and indefinite way, lean your stomach against the rear of the saddle, and then fall off, maybe on one side, maybe on the other; but you fall off. You get up and do it again; and once more; and then several times.

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