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Posts Tagged ‘security’

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 »

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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 »