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The Flock Grows

In Washington DC on 3 May 2011 at 8:42 pm

My apartment is starting to resemble a vintage bicycle shop, and I love it. my bikesMy baby in the middle is a Carlton. It’s an English company that used to produce frames for Raleigh before Raleigh purchased them outright (I think. Wiki it.). She’s set up as a French-style city bike, fixed gear, soon to be three speed — what can I say, I like coasting and track stands are for undergrads. Her name is Carly. Carly the Carlton. Thank you, I know. It’s clever. Read the rest of this entry »

A wish list for a new cyclist

In Washington DC on 13 December 2010 at 10:35 pm

Dear Santa,

I’m writing this list for a friend. Her parents just got her a brand-new-to-her-bike, which, as you may know, is only the beginning. To get her up and riding she’s going to need a few accessories. That’s where you and your elves come in. I’ve thought about it, and this is a list of things I think should come with a first bike. Read the rest of this entry »

Inspiration

In Washington DC on 5 December 2010 at 5:14 pm

So I was trying to find an article I read a while ago, and just googling around for the fragments still clinging to my memory, and I came across a number of inspirational things people’ve written about bikes and doing things without a car. Here are some of my favorites. Oh, and because I like pictures, here’s an awesome photo I found over at Saddle Up Bike. I think it epitomizes dedication to riding year-round.

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And we’re back…Sort of.

In Washington DC on 2 December 2010 at 4:44 pm

The men behind the Bike Ways curtain have had a busy few months and have posted shamefully little since early summer…as you may have noticed. Sparing you the details, I’ll simply say things have settled down and we will have more time–and hopefully more motivation–to post more frequently. So look for that.

Starting now we’re going to bring you more of the city-riding incites, odes to two-wheeled transport, and general bitching and moaning about and ridiculing of the stupid things we see people do with their bikes that you’ve come to love or at least expect. We might also praise some things too.

On the bitching and moaning note… Read the rest of this entry »

Wrap it Up

In Austin, Washington DC on 2 June 2010 at 9:45 pm

So I move more than I’d like to, which means I’ve shipped my bike around the country enough times to have learned some things. First, of all the ways to get your bike from A to B, the best way I’ve yet come across is to have your Australian friend and a blind guy drive it across the country and hand deliver it.

Barring that, I prefer UPS or Fedex to USPS, primarily because you can insure the bike for whatever amount you’d like for a reasonable fee. Standard UPS shipping insurance covers the bike for up to $100, but for every $2, they’ll cover it for $100 more. So, when I recently mailed mine from DC to Austin, $14 covered it for $800–not bad. 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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Seeing Double

In Washington DC on 29 April 2010 at 2:24 am

I get to the metro every morning around 8:15, sometimes 9, and by then most rack space has been taken. Today no different, I had to make a little room and squeeze beside a Schwinn Coffee cruiser to lock up. It looks like a comfortable bike, and I’d like to ride around on one for an afternoon, but it made be happy that I built my bike. Read the rest of this entry »