To be seen

Nov. 11th, 2013 08:30 pm
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
[personal profile] darkemeralds
I asked my sis to take some in-context pictures of my newly-festooned bike this evening.

A little inadvertent bokeh ensued )
sara: YAY written over a tandem bike (yay tandem)
[personal profile] sara
Had great fun yesterday at the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials, a cargo bike event which is half bike race, half obstacle course: competitors have to haul a five-gallon bucket of water, a five-gallon bucket of dirt, and an orange cone around an urban course, cross obstacles (often with bystanders pitching in!), deflate and inflate tires, and generally do silly things.

I was not competing (I'm only just getting back in the saddle after a lengthy recovery from concussion -- from driving a car, not a bike accident, and yes, I DO wish I'd been wearing my helmet while driving -- and will not be fit enough for something like this for at least a few more months) but we did go down on the tandem, hang out with friends, and watch all the different ways people configured their equipment to meet the challenge! It's also neat that about half the bikes competing were locally-built (everything marked "Bike Friday" is local, as are many of the cargo bikes that look like nothing you've seen before, which mostly come from the Center for Alternative Transportation).

Big photoset on Flickr:

p.s., because I know it may be of interest to some of you: organizers very actively tried to recruit more women competitors; sadly several were, like me, on the injured list, while others had other commitments on a Saturday afternoon. The associated "Fiets of Parenthood" competition was a shorter distance and more evenly gender-balanced (you had to cover an obstacle course with children on your wheeled-and-geared device, and obstacles included "picking up dropped toys" and "hauling groceries.")
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[personal profile] giglet
Today is a rare January thaw in Boston, and I'd rreally love to be riding. But I need to do more work on my bike before I can. So I come to you all:

My brother gifted me with a set of used aluminum? fenders for my bike.

Alas, the supports are designed for thinner tires, and my bike doesn't have obvious places to attach the support struts.

The fenders do cover the tires with clearance, and I can attach them to the frame and kickstand thingie (in back) and the fork (in front) without interfering with the tires or brakes. (or at least, I will once I figure out what size bolts to use.)

But that doesn't look secure enough to support the entire fenders while riding. It looks like I'm going to need to build new supports. Also, I'll need to figure out how to attach them to the fork/frame near the wheel hubs.

Is this a problem someone else has solved?
Are there standard sizes for bolts for fenders?

In your collective wisdom, are there other difficulties waiting for me in the process?
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[personal profile] giglet
Hi! I've had a bike since I was a teen (which was a few decades ago), but didn't use it much and eventually gave it to a friend gathering bikes for "Bikes Not Bombs". But one day this summer, I couldn't face getting on the bus to go to work, and pulled out a bike abandoned by a former housemate, walked to the corner gas station to pump up the tires, and set off.

It felt wonderful. It felt even more wonderful once I got a helmet and a wider seat. And then lights and a safety vest and a bungee cord to hold stuff on the rack. I've been biking to work about twice a week since then, and I'm hoping to keep going into the winter (here in Boston), although I expect to stop once snow covers the bike lanes. My philosophy is to get to work (and home) alive. Neither speed nor style is particularly important to me.

Money is kinda tight, however, so while I'd love to get a lot of things for the bike, I'm either living without or making it myself. The list changes every couple days, but the things I'd like include:

a chain guard (the chain ate my last pair of jeans yesterday)
a rear bike lever that doesn't require me to stretch really awkwardly to grab it.
a better front light mount. Mine broke the day I bought it. I've wired it on, but it's ugly.
one of those bags that hangs off the back of the seat
spare tube and the knowledge to use it

Some of those things seem like I should be able to make them myself. Any words of wisdom?
roadrunnertwice: Silhouette of a person carrying a bike up a hill (Bike - Carrying)
[personal profile] roadrunnertwice
New wrap job, Dracula!



So anyway, when I bought this bike back in 2007, the handlebar "tape" was actually just a pair of sliced-up innertubes: Cut for photos and meandering )

The other thing I did recently was put some reflective tape on each spoke, but I haven't had a chance to rig a flash photo while moving, yet. If I can pull that off, I'll post it. (Does anyone else do that spoke-tape thing? I put mine kind of scattered using a stepped pattern, but now I'm wondering whether the wheels spin fast enough to make that look semi-solid, which was my goal. If the stepped pattern just ends up looking kind of razzle-dazzle, I'll probably go for a narrower band on my next wheel, because the increased brightness and solidity seems worth the trade-off of a smaller lit surface area.)
sara: photo of a bicyclist (bicycle)
[personal profile] sara
An interesting bit from the Guardian about bike fitting, though I think I've done a lot of the same stuff just stopping by the side of the road with a 5 mm. hex key. Doesn't everyone?

Still, good point that adjusting the bike you have, rather than changing bits out, can do a lot for fit.
sara: YAY written over a tandem bike (yay tandem)
[personal profile] sara
From today's Make blog: a super reflective frame treatment.

I've put reflective tape on my bikes, but this is really something else.

ETA: Oh, look, there's a Flickr pool of people's projects....
sara: photo of a bicyclist (bicycle)
[personal profile] sara
I live in the bicycle theft capital of western North America, and I spend a lot of time in the local public library, which is pretty much the bicycle theft capital of the known universe, and our household has, as a result, dropped a fairly significant chunk of change on bike lights over the years.

I have no solution for the problem of taillights being ripped off, and have settled for just buying whatever's cheapest (this thing where one is supposed to remove the light from the bike every time one goes somewhere seems like it's fine for people who bike to one place and then go into an office, but for people who're running errands on bikes and have to carry our stuff into shops with us? Complete nuisance.)

However, I've put together three of these flashlight-and-hose-clamp contraptions in the last couple of years, and have yet to lose one. Even if I did, total cost is only about $4.

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