Archive for August, 2009

Stepping It Up

August 27, 2009
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crossing to the other sidecrossing to the other side
to San Bruno BART

to San Bruno BART

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This is actually located in a suburb, in the U.S. It’s a 3 mile bike/pedestrian path running from South San Francisco BART to San Bruno BART. The only time people on this path encounter cars is when there are cross streets (although some of them are skipped over). Its actually a convenient path for getting somewhere as opposed to a mainly  recreational path. It’s also pretty much the only place around here where I see other cyclists. And since its summertime, there are alot of kids hanging around here. There’s also a dog park, which alot of people seem to go to. It’s great that there are some semi-community oriented spaces here out in the San Francisco suburbs where there usually isn’t much of anything.

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actual cyclists

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The Green Bicycle

August 18, 2009

Here are some pictures of my bicycle. I got it off craigslist!and its a Specialized Globe. I ripped off the brand stickers as they were a bit too much. The frame is a dark blackish green and it has  contrasting avocado fenders and chainguard. I thought about spray painting the fenders yellow and purple to give it a more colorful look but the streamlined look is rather elegant right now. Probably going to add more stickers to personalize it.

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It has some great features normally not part of most bikes in the US: generator lights and rear wheel lock,  chainguard and metal fenders. The rear wheel lock is the greatest thing and really nifty as I now have a second lock on my bicycle that is as secure as a U-lock, but without having to carry another U-lock around.

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bottle generator & handy rear wheel lock - the thing with the key sticking out of it. Turn the key and the metal rod goes through the spokes

The newer Specialized Globes from the 2000 – 2008 don’t have the lock, but the Deluxe models have a generator hub instead of the bottle. They also all seem to have front and rear hand brakes, while the old retro looking models have a back coaster brake with a front hand brake.

Personally, I’m really liking the coaster brake now as I can just back pedal to slow down and stop. It feels simpler than two handbrakes and you can actually slam on it pretty hard to stop the bike. It’s also much lower maintenence than a rim brake and stops the same in the rain. And probably the best – its helped me become a better rider as I’m using my legs for both pedaling and and braking and its forced me to learn how to start with both feet.

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rear light - also generator powered and it has a great standlight function so that it stays on for about five minutes after the bicycle stops

rear light - also generator powered and it has a great standlight function so that it stays on for about five minutes after the bicycle stops

A newer Globe model with a more sporty-tech look.9297-40_GLB4_ViennaDeluxe_SatBlk_d

Montreal

August 14, 2009

Some inspiration from Montreal. Everyone is always talking about the lovely wonderland of Europe with its bike lanes and paths that make it so easy for everyone over there to cycle around elegantly while N. Americans are stuck in the “protective” shells of our cars because everyone is too scared of getting struck by a shitty driver. Well here’s some proof that some places in N. America are actually stepping forward to make things better. (Not that I’m some crazy patriotic, xenophobic person, but sometimes we need to take a step back from the Euro-mania and pedal forward to make things better on this side of the sea.)

The First One

August 14, 2009

I’ve finally decided to jump onto this bicycle blog bandwagon after seeing loads of great inspiring bicycle blogs like copenhagenize, velovogue, etc. and all the lovely bikes and cyclists out there. I’m also certifiably obsessed with finding a new bicycle even though I just got the green cycling-cookie monster bicycle. We’ll see if I have enough dedication to make this thing actually blog.

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August 14, 2009

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