Biking

Commuter Panniers

I have been biking into work for a while with a backpack. When I purchased my Raleigh commuter I also got a rack for the back. I had fully intended to get some panniers right away and see how they worked. It took me until July to get a set. I went to a few local bike shops looking for what …

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Grand Rapids in Top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities

Way to go Grand Rapids. It is now in the top 50 bike friendly cities. Bicycling Magazine article that shows GR as number 41. Read the article here http://www.bicycling.com/news/advocacy/america-s-top-50-bike-friendly-cities The section on Grand Rapids. GR number 41 They call out the 123 Miles of county trails, Bikefest, and National Crit Championships. As a biker in GR I love that we are …

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Invisible Bike helmet

I was reading a blog I follow and I came across this great article about the invisible helmet.  As an avid bike rider I had to check this out.   After watching the video and reading the article I was still intrigued.  The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. You can read the article here. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-future-is-herethe-invisible-bicycle-helmet-176039 …

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Bicycle Messenger Movie–Premium Rush

I think I will have to drag myself to see this one.  Check out the trailer below.   I’m not sure if they will make it worth watching, but the preview makes it look good.   I’ve been watching a log of biking movies lately.  I’ve even re-watched a few old ones.   Quicksilver – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091814/ American Flyers – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088707/ A recent TV show …

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New Bike

I finally purchased a new commuter bike.  I ended up going with a Cadent i8 from Raleigh.  The local bike shop I use Freewheeler was having a sale this week.  They ended up giving me such a great deal.  I’ve always been happy with their service and selection.  If you are in the grand rapids area, stop over and check out …

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String Bike

I am looking at gathering up enough cash to replace my commuter bike this spring.  While I am a bit price sensitive, after reading this Wired article I think I could be convinced to spend some cash for this bike.   ARTICLE: www.wired.com/reviews/2012/02/stringbike/ The string bike is built in Hungary and the writer likens this bike to the Wankel engine.  I think …

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Indoor Cycling–Bar Racing

I saw this article from a group that I am a member of.  What a great idea.  Some old roller equipment and a low-tech speedometer.   What a great event to go to, I would love to watch this in a local GR environment. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/nyregion/cyclists-race-in-bars-going-nowhere-fast-spokes.html?_r=3 Here is a video of one of the final races.  Check out the speed they are turning …

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Biking videos

I am amazed at some of the great videos I have seen recently of biking events and situations. This one is called 3 way street (tracking scary traffic). Watch the bikers weave in and out of traffic and the pedestrians. This video is from woodoocycles. They are just beautiful. I’m not sure how they ride, but wow. woodOOcycles from Prismafilms on …

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Listening to music while biking (part 2) – headphones and biking

Headphones while biking Since my last post I have been getting email and real life comments from people about using headphones while biking. So far my back of the napkin calculation is that it’s 60/40. 60% of those I talk to say it’s OK, and 40% are concerned. It is all over the map in regards why people are either for …

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