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So Many Bikes!

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 17

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This morning riding through Cambridge was like a bike parade.  There were times when the number of people on bikes outnumbered the people on cars 2 to 1 or even 3 to 1.  It felt…revolutionary.

We are entering into a new territory, where more people are riding than driving.  Maybe just on the nice days now, but soon perhaps on the not so nice days, and then all year round.  We have a long long way to go, but seeing the hundreds of cyclists ride made my morning and put a big smile on my face.

Did you ride today?  Did you see the masses?!


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Do You Hear That?!

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 14

 

That is the sound of my mind exploding right out of my head….amazing. This is fantastically useful knowledge my friends.


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Yes It Is Possible To Ride Your Bike All Winter, Even At The South Pole

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 28

While I know its technically their summer down there right now…its all relative. But this lady rode her bike TO THE SOUTH POLE!

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Shortly before Christmas, we heard about 35 year-old British adventurer Maria Leijerstam’s planned attempt to ride to the South Pole on a recumbent fat-tired tricycle. On December 27th at 1am GMT, she achieved that goal, becoming the first person to ever successfully cycle from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the Pole.

ICE used its Sprint trike as the basis for the extreme build, including standard component…
ICE upgraded the design from a US$3,000 stock trike to a ~$33,000 extreme polar-cycle
Maria’s route took her approximately 400 miles (644 km) long, stretching from the edge of …

Leijerstam used a modified version of the commercially-available Sprint trike, made by recumbent tricycle manufacturer Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE). She chose to go with a recumbent trike because it would allow her to maintain stability in the often very-high winds. This allowed her to concentrate simply on moving forward, instead of having to waste time and effort keeping her balance.

The strategy paid off, as she not only made it, but also beat two other cyclists who had set out for the Pole on two-wheelers, days before her Dec. 17th start date. Her victory wasn’t just due to the fact that she could move faster, but also because the stability of her trike allowed her to take a different route that was shorter but technically more challenging.

British adventurer Maria Leijerstam has braved savage conditions to become the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the Antarctic continent.
Maria, aged 35 from Wales, raced two men for the title and arrived at the pole hundreds of miles ahead of her nearest rival.

After 9 days cycling Maria completed the 400 mile expedition at approximately 1am GMT on the 27th December 2013.

Despite starting days later than her competitors Maria made quick progress on a recumbent trike designed specifically for the challenge by Inspired Cycle Engineering. The custom-made trike is stable and aerodynamic, which has allowed Maria to focus her energy on progressing through the gale-force winds and hazardous terrain.

Amazing, proving once again that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. More here, and here.

Thanks Charlie for the tip.


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This…This…This Is Amazing!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 27

As a wise person once said, “haters gonna hate.” But Hate aside, this is amazing. I am SOOOO SICK of the same old boring ass stick in the mud shit that comes out all the time. This, and the recent urban cycling guide, both display a sense of humor that is sorely lacking in these gloomy times.

Do the MBTA safety dance!

(And yes I know this has nothing to do with cycling, but just look at it! How could I not post this?!)


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Can Someone Build One Of These For The MBTA

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 25

 

The bicycle barometer takes data about the weather, the status of the tube lines I use to get to work, and whether my local station is open or shut.

It then reduces all that data down to a single value and displays it on a dial with a bike sign at one end and a tube sign at the other.

For example, if it is raining a bit the dial will move a bit towards the tube sign, but if the tube is suffering delays, it will move a bit back in the other direction.

Different data points get different weightings. E.g. snow is more important than a bit of drizzle; the tube station being shut trumps everything.

It is built using a Nanode and an old clock I found at a flea market. The data comes from the Met Office’s Datapoint API and Transport for London’s line status and station status API’s.

(I’ll make the code available once I’ve cleaned it up a bit, follow @richardjpope for updates.)

Via Thanks Oisin for the tip.


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Cardboard Bike

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 31

Pretty awesome! Final cost 9-12$ per bike…plus a lot of labor. More info here.


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It Came From The Night

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 19

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Wow….even in total darkness this guy was sparkling.


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It Starts With Cycling

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 27

So I was getting some thai food today. Messenger bag on, helmet on, sweaty from riding around. The lady who works at the restaurant and I are friends, she chats with me, gives me free stuff sometimes, I buy lots of her food, its a great relationship. So we start talking about biking, and I mention I might ride out to P-town this weekend. Without batting an eye she looks at me and goes, “are you gay?” No pause, no big deal, just a simple honest question. I told her the truth, and we kept talking about other things.

I didn’t even think about it until I was getting ready to leave and the older gentleman next to me turns and with a nervous laugh goes “can you even ask people that?” I didn’t know what to say, so I went “sure its 2012.”

As I was leaving I thought to myself, that asking if someone is gay should be like that, it should be like asking them if they like milk or soy in their coffee. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay, so what’s wrong with casually dropping a question about it into conversation? It was refreshing and kind of awesome that this lady either didn’t know it was supposed to be “a big deal” or she just didn’t care. Either way, these awesome conversations always start with cycling.

I cant count the number of amazing, in depth, mind blowing conversations (about a million topics) that have started with two people talking about bikes. Its like bicycles are the universal conversation solvent. All conversations can come from a base of cycling….or at least it seems that way.

Have you had any interesting conversations that started off talking about bikes and ended up some place else?


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The Word On The Street

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    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet My deepest sympathies go out to this persons friends and family. This is a horrific tragedy. ————————- A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed … Continue reading →
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    • Cyclist Killed In Hit And Run In Dorchester May 20, 2015
      Tweet A teenager on his bicycle was killed Tuesday after being hit by a car following a crash in Dorchester. Two cars crashed at the intersection of Talbot and New England Streets. A young man on a bike was struck … Continue reading →
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    • Bike Jobs! May 15, 2015
      TweetHere are some bike jobs, so you can bike, while you job! ————— Prevention Services has entered into a healthy communities project with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH), and are looking to … Continue reading →
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    • QUESTIONING COMPLETE STREETS: An Open Letter to the Cambridge City Council May 15, 2015
      Having a vision of the kind of city you want is an essential foundation for purposeful and effective governance.  Some cities do a coherent overall process, such as Somerville’s SomerVision or Boston’s forthcoming Imagine Boston 2030.  Cambridge has constructed its vision together piecemeal, through policies around a variety of quantitative and qualitative issues.  In either […]
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    • 2015 Annual Rush Hour Race May 12, 2015
      Tweet Come on bicycles!  We have had one victory, and one almost victory, but we all know that the fastest way around town is by bike.  But sometimes its fun to prove it. After a year off the race is back … Continue reading →
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    • New Bike Kitchen Co-Op In Somerville May 11, 2015
      TweetThis sounds awesome!  A bike co-op where you can use the tools, and the collective information of the folks around you for a very reasonable price. About The Somerville Bike Kitchen (SBK) is a bicycle repair cooperative where members of … Continue reading →
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    • Bay State Bike Week 2015! May 10, 2015
      TweetFor most of us, every week is bike week, but it is rather nice that they make a special week just for us!  Hit the website below for a list of events, as well as where you can get all … Continue reading →
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    • Geekhouse is Hiring!!! May 8, 2015
      Tweet Geekhouse Bikes Geekhouse is a hand-built bicycle company based out of Boston Ma. Started by owner and builder Marty Walsh, Geekhouse stands for fun, approachable, high-end bicycles. Everything we do is in house, including fabrication, powder, and now painting. … Continue reading →
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    • Geekhouse is Hiring!!! May 8, 2015
      Tweet Geekhouse Bikes Geekhouse is a hand-built bicycle company based out of Boston Ma. Started by owner and builder Marty Walsh, Geekhouse stands for fun, approachable, high-end bicycles. Everything we do is in house, including fabrication, powder, and now painting. … Continue reading →
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    • Casey Arborway Construction Meeting, May 7 May 6, 2015
      TweetI received an alert from the Boston Cyclists Union regarding a Casey Arborway Construction Meeting tomorrow May 7th, 7pm to 9pm at Boston English High School Auditorium, 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain.  As I’ve written in the past, I live in the Forest Hills … Continue reading →
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