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I was a bit harsh on the Cyclist for loosing this years Rush Hour race, but he seems to have done pretty well considering. I have done a lot of urban races, and I can say that following all the rules it for sure going to slow you down. Also remember as a cyclists if you jump off your bike you become a pedestrian…will open more possibilities for you next year racers!
Tags: pictures, rush hour race
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Superb has been taking awesome pictures of people who are coming into the shop. More here.
Tags: pictures, Superb
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Tags: fun, go ride your bike, pictures, silly
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I don’t often post about stuff I make, but whatever, its a slow bike news day so here are some of my recent metal work creations. See more here.
Tags: metal work, pictures
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The good author of BikeyFace (the best bicycle based comic you will find on the net bar none), sent me these awesome pics of the new Mass Ave bike lanes!
Tags: Bike Lanes, bikey face, mass ave., pictures
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Thank you very much to the many folks that sent in pictures, I have contacted the first few of you with requests for your addresses. I will be handing out randomly a whole bunch of bike riding books I have, I am not sure you will all enjoy them, but hey they are free and you can always re-gift. So without further delay here you all are in your riding finery. Way to ride Boston, way to ride!
We got some great submissions, everything from cycle chic to high tech ninja biker, below in order of submission are some great winter cyclists.
Both these photos are from the same group ride a year ago, during a snow storm last December, when my drum bike was a bucket on top of my front-mounted milk crate. I’m wearing ski goggles, winter everything, with a reflective safety construction vest to top it off. I look like an insane person. Drum biking in this weather was exhilarating, to say the least.
The other photo was taken later on the path near Carson Beach, where we ended up.
I commute 26 miles, round trip. I bundle up as if my life depends on it:
Merino Wool beanie
Packing tape over helmet vents (thanks for this tip!)
Merino wool long sleeve base layer
Heavy wool sweater
Woolrich button wool shirt
Pearl Izumi Barrier Gloves
Merino/Lycra base layer
Heavy wool socks
Plastic shopping bags
Heavy wool socks
Leather hiking boots
Cait and I raced in Superb’s Blizzard Man race last night. Some good pics on their site http://superbbicycle.com/2010/12/27/superb-bicycle-snow-race-results/ and one attached of Cait, after she came in third!
Snow pictures from “Velouria” at Lovely Bicycle!
A couple pics. Not great, but you get the idea.
Here are some photo of me in the snow last weekend.
I ride 15 miles roundtrip between Amherst and Northampton on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. I like the motorcycle rider /slick skier look. This is me after the last run of the day. Yee hah.
OK, so here is what I typically wear on an ‘average’ winter day. I’m sorry there isn’t any snow scene available where my photographer is anyway…
Cords (usually have a pair of flannel lined chinos)
Wool Gloves with cool neon colored bike gloves over. Folks STOP when you wave with those for sure.
Hand made Wool knitted felt hat
Helmet has pads removed to make room for the warm hat
Sun glasses (but I have a pair of orange ones for cloudy days and clear ones for night time…these are important)
Harris Tweed Jacket (as bought at Boomerangs for $14.99) is the KEY!
I ride from Peabody Square in Dorchester to the Brewery at Amory Street each day. Typically we go from Amory to Centre Street to the PO as well…AND BACK. Also ride just about everywhere in the city which includes one or two evening meetings a week… Figure we ride about 75 miles a week on average over the course of the year. It’s probably closer to 50-60 in the winter months.
If it gets colder we add:
A half length woolen overcoat.
Sheep skin mittens
Sheep skin hat with ear flaps
Better warmer shoes
ski goggles (if it’s nearing zero)
So not much snow or visible “winter” in this photo, but it was 29 degrees when I was going out the door to work this morning, and this is what I was wearing:
That triangle thing? That’s my nose!
This is a photo of Paul Larrabee riding in a blizzard on Park ave. in Somerville in 1980
Last minute addition. Nothing too special about these shots, except I get to show off my santa helmet and facemask. And the Jambike’s killer wheels for this type of weather.
I was super impressed with the diversity of the entries. I have been seeing an explosion of year round riders in Boston, so expect to see a whole lot more of the people above out on the streets this winter.
Whats your winter riding style? Which submitted picture is your favorite? Got any winter riding questions?
Happy and warm cycling everyone 🙂
Tags: pictures, prizes!, style, winter riding
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I have pushed my bike through all sorts of weather….but guess what doesn’t go when it snows and blows? Air planes, my least favorite form of transportation. I am stuck in the great white north, and will return Jan 1st. In the mean time I declare this post an open comment thread!
Post any snow related items in the comments.
How are you dealing with the snow? Anyone have any fun snow ride related stories? Any blizzard heroics performed on bike? Street conditions? Path conditions? Questions about riding in the snow?
And don’t forget I am still offering prizes to people who send in pictures of them bundled up to go for a ride in the snow (now would be a perfect time to snap a shot with you, your bike, and some epic snow!)
Tags: flying sucks, open thread, pictures, prizes!, snow, stuck
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I will be on winter vacation for the next couple days, so I thought I would pin this up here, we still got prizes to give away so send in them pics!
happy holidays everyone, and happy cycling into the new year
Years ago, during the winter, I felt like a lone explorer plying the cold dark wastelands on my bike. Winter would roll around and the few cyclists who I had seen riding regularly would vanish. It was lonely cycling till warm weather returned.
All that has changed! Now I end up in bike traffic. Even on days in the sub 20 degree range I see not one, not two, but dozens of other riders out there making their way about town. I see riders in the rain, I see riders in the wind, in the snow, in the drizzle. There is nothing wrong with being a seasonal commuter, but the sheer number of people now using their bicycles as “every day” transport (and I mean every day, even the cold nasty ones) is really amazing.
We have reached some sort of fantastic tipping point and now there are riders out there year round in all weather conditions. Its enough to make a bike bloggers heart grow three sizes.
I have also noticed that people look awesome riding there bikes in the cold. Scarfs, face masks, goggles, hats, capes, gloves. From the fancy to the functional, from high fashion to dime store chic winter riders are out in style and numbers!
I figured it would be fun to collect a bunch of pictures of people all done up in their winter gear to show the non-winter riders the fun they are missing.
The next time you are all geared up for a nice winter ride (or the next time you come home covered in snow), snap a picture of yourself and send it to [email protected], I will collect all the pictures and make a post of them.
The first couple people/best pictures will get prizes!
Cant wait to see what you all look like bundled up for a nice winter ride.
Tags: pictures, prizes!, winter ride
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