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Flip That Bike-Fila Torino:SOLD!

I wanted to post an update on my recent flipped bike. The Fila Torino sold this afternoon for a cool $150! I had originally posted it for $175 but after one week, I didn’t sell it and decided to relist it at $150. Sure enough, after one day being listed, the bike sold.

The funny thing was, the guy that I sold it to said he’d take it without even riding it. I still felt compelled to give him my sales pitch so I did and I encouraged him to at least test ride the bike.

Now that transaction is over, I have two more bikes to flip! I’ll keep you all posted since these bikes will take more work than I had originally anticipated.

Not Something You See Every Day…

I don’t usually carry a camera when I commute…I wish I did more often, but it is one extra thing to worry about. Today, though, I had some time on my hands and I wanted to snap a disturbing photo to share with you.

Before that, though, I got a couple shots of something most of us don’t get to see very often on our commutes. We’re used to seeing cars, buildings and the like, but when was the last time you saw a dolphin on your commute?!?

Just a few blocks from where I work is the Tampa Convention Center, home of the fabled (and way behind schedule) Tampa Riverwalk. This section of the Riverwalk is at the confluence of the Hillsborough River and both Seddon and Garrison Channels. I was standing at the seawall, catching my breath and getting a drink of water when I saw a couple of huge splashes. I whipped out my camera just in time to capture a young Tursiops truncatus, the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, chasing a fat mullet…

You can see him just to the right of the red arrow:
dolphin

And here he is ducking under the edge of the seawall:
dolphin

How cool is that? There were at least three others feeding in the area, but my batteries died on me so I didn’t get shots of them. I’ll go back, though…it was exciting to see such beautiful creatures mere feet away from me!

After that, I took a spin over to Tampa General Hospital, where a crosswalk sign caught my eyes a few months ago. Within days of the installation of this sign, I noticed that it had some damage done to it. Since then, the damage has only gotten worse:

crosswalk

Yeah, that’s right: cars keep driving OVER this sign! This sign is placed squarely in the middle of a well-trafficked crosswalk that separates the hospital’s parking garage from Davis Islands, where there are a number of hospital-affiliated offices. It’s a surprise that no one has gotten creamed by a vehicle here; if motorists can’t avoid a bright green warning sign, what’s to stop them from hitting a person?

NYC Bike Commuters Survey Published

Back in March, we were contacted by Matthew Ides, a graduate researcher from Hunter College in New York City. He was looking for NYC-area bike commuters for a project he was working on. Matthew wrote, “The sole purpose is to record the subjective perspective (mental image/imageability) New York City bicycle commuters have of the build environment, good or bad, through a survey.”

He sent me a note today — the completed survey results are now available for viewing. Check it out by visiting his Scribd site.

Good work, Matthew…and thanks to the Bikecommuters.com readers who responded to the initial call.

Donuts, Baseball and a Long Bike Ride

What do donuts:

mmm, donuts

and baseball:

Tampa Bay Rays

have to do with bicycling? Good question…but our friend Alan Snel has figured out a way to blend them into one happy (and stomach-filling) event.

A little background: Tampa Bay area Dunkin’ Donuts stores have a promotion going that every time the Tampa Bay Rays win a game, anyone can walk into a Dunkin’ Donuts and receive a free donut of their choice the next day. Yummy! Well, the Rays have been winning so much this year that Alan even came up with his “batting order” for donuts:

Leadoff—Blueberry cake
Batting Second — Bavarian Creme
In The Third “Hole? — Double Chocolate
Cleanup—Chocolate Glazed
Batting Fifth—Peanut
Sixth Hole—Chocolate coconut
Seventh—Jelly filled
Eighth—black raspberry
And batting ninth — old fashion plain cake

Dunkin’ Donuts marketing and PR folks caught wind of this “batting order”, and they were very intrigued, indeed. So, Alan’s next pledge is that if the Rays clinch a playoff spot in September, he will personally lead a 100-mile “Tour de Dunkin'”, hitting 13 donut shops along the way to collect his free donuts. Read all about it at Alan’s new writing gig for the Miami Examiner.

My question to him was, “do you think you can eat 13 donuts in one bike ride?” Time will tell…in the meantime, we wish luck to the Tampa Bay Rays (and to Alan’s poor stomach!).

Bicycle Fashion Police — Ugly Bike Confiscated!

Faithful reader Mike of The Bicycle Spokesman sent me a troubling article today.

He says, “The story involves a commuter’s bike that was confiscated while it was locked up in front of a train station because it was considered unsightly. Many commuters ride ugly bikes to discourage theft. The complete story is at http://bicyclespokesman.com/an-ugly-bicycle/.

This happened in Washington D.C., which is not known for its bike-friendly atmosphere (despite a lot of bikes on the roads there). This story was so weird that the local NBC affiliate picked it up. Their coverage (including video) can be found by clicking here.

This story made me wonder: how many OTHER bikes have been confiscated by the Union Station police? How many folks just walked away thinking that their bike had been stolen, when a quick check with the station police might have revealed that their ride was “just too ugly for public display” and now resided in the storage basement?!?