Category: Commute

It’s almost here…the 2nd annual Bicycle Bash by the Bay.

Come say howdy if you’re in the Tampa Bay area…the event is tomorrow (November 4) at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg and will run from 11AM until 4PM.

This event is shaping up to be HUGE this year, too. More demos, food vendors, bike shops and advocacy groups than you can shake a frame pump at!!!

Hope to see you there — and if you come say hello, you might even get your pretty face featured on this very website (I’m packing a camera and I’m not afraid to use it)!

Sometimes we get too buried in the negativity of network news (war, corrupt politicians, celebrities, you know the type…), and it seems hard to find positive, enjoyable stories. In an effort to, as Monty Python says, “Always look on the bright side of life…,” I present you with the following:

  • NYC Michael Bloomberg has been trying to impose a “Congestion Charge” in the streets of New York City to entice people to use alternate transportation and thereby alleviate the nightmare that is NYC traffic. London has had such a charge since 2003, and since then has seen a 43% increase in bike commuting. examines whether these two events are related.
  • The Bicycle: most energy efficient mode of transportation.
  • A fellow Phoenix desert-dweller tells a pleasant story about why she bike commutes.
  • Want to not get side-swiped by an 18 wheeler? Just smile and wave
  • Here’s an opportunity to help organized cycling advocacy stay alive. Give the Bicycle Transportation Alliance your support for their public service announcement commercials on bike commuter awareness.
  • This one may not only be about bike commuting, but it makes for a great story nonetheless. My good friends Sam and Stephen have published their first book: New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours. The book attempts to impact great change (smarter consumption, more community, cleaner and friendlier world, etc.) by inspiring each person to make simple changes, that when added altogether, make a big difference. But here’s the big win with this book: instead of whining or complaining, it actually gives you real solutions and real ways to make change for the better. I’ll give a prize (yet to be determined) to the first person who can find my name in the book. This tome is the brainchild of their organization, CoolPeopleCare:

Since we’re in the business of change, we wanted to put a new spin on this old idea. But we didn’t just want to rename or rebrand something. We wanted to rethink it. We wanted to reimagine the idea, not for the sake of marketing, but for the sake of success.

Come back every Thursday for a recap of what is going on in the world of bike commuting. Until then, happy riding!

There are quite a bit of bike commuters in the Los Angeles County area. The bike commuter that I have the utmost most respect for is our friend Russ Roca, he’s the Eco-Friendly Photographer that rides his bike to all his photographic assignments. The dude doesn’t own a car and he uses public transportation as much as he can. Oh and check this out, his girlfriend, Laura is a commuter too! That’s right she rides 4-5 days a week. Russ and Laura are good people, Moe and I met both of them at the Urban Commuter Expo in Pasadena.

The Secret Lab, Phoenix division, is now open and the adventure of building my own commuter is finally upon me.

I like tinkering with bikes and have even had a few opportunities to take apart, paint and reassemble bikes. All of those projects never resulted in anything much – none of the bikes are even in my possession any more. But I am always on the look out for a good “project bike.” Once I started bike commuting, I felt the desire to build a custom commuter – spec’d exactly for what I needed. My road bike is too nice for the crummy roads and my mountain bike is too slow and too relaxed (geometry-wise) for the distance. I like the feel of lugged steel (who doesn’t, really?) and have been on the lookout for a frame for building my franken-bike. And, alas, I have found it.

While making my first visit to the Tempe Bike Saviours – a local bike co-op (aka HEAVEN) – I found this sweet ol’ gal amidst a pile of rusted out Schwinn’s and Huffy’s. I have yet to decipher all of the serial numbers so I can figure out the exact model and year of manufacture – but I do know that it is a pre-1973 Japanese model of the Sekine road bike.

Sekine’s were originally manufactured in Japan until 1973, when they opened a plant in Manitoba, Canada to avoid certain duties and tariffs on importing bikes. Sekine was one of those brands that really profited off of the 70s bike boom – they were self-proclaimed as the “World’s Finest Bicycle” (note that the actual frame decal says “World Finest Bicycle…”).

The head badge has a signature rhinestone at the top – which I actually thought was something added by whoever owned this bike before.

For now, all I have is the frameset: frame, fork and crankset. This merely means that I have a blank canvas to work with and I get to hand pick every piece. I will write periodic updates as the project moves along.