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Carry Your Bike On A Bike

The BikeCommuters.com Secret Lab, West Coast Division were at it again in building a new project that is not only practical, but pretty cool.

I’ve seen photos of people carrying their bikes on their Xtracycles. In fact you can even by a kit from them called the Tray Bien for about $99. But I wanted to make my own for super cheap.

Since I had and old Thule fork mounted tray that I wasn’t using, I decided to put it into service by recruiting it for this project.

First step was to get some pipes. I had some extra 20mm copper and steel pipes laying around in the lab. I inserted those pipes into the holes where I could usually fit my footsies in the front and the other hole in the back.

I then secured those pipes with some screws to prevent them from sliding out or rotating.

Once all that stuff is done, I just tighten the tray mounts and placed my Redline 925 and used the straps from the Freeloaders to secure it.

You’re probably wondering why anyone would carry their bike on a bike. Basically its an alternative way to transport your bike from one place to another. It’s better to do it this way than it is to drive your car around with your bike on the rack.

BikeStation.Org

The other day I went to the headquarters of BikeStation.org in Long Beach, Ca. I met up with Andrea White, Executive Director of the organization. We chatted a bit about what Bike Station is all about and what they do. So to give you a better idea, I pulled this from their website.

Bikestation is a not-for-profit organization that offers secure bicycle parking and related services to make cyclists’ lives easier. Park your bike at Bikestation and you can be assured that your vehicle is secure and covered.

Whether you ride your bike to public transportation, to work, or you simply need a safe place to store your bike for the day, Bikestation is available to serve you. It’s simple, convenient and affordable.

Many Bikestations offer free parking during their hours of operation, and paid memberships for 24-hour access to secure parking. To find more information on what method of parking is more convenient for you, check the page of your local Bikestation for their daily hours of operation.

In addition, each Bikestation location provides unique services and amenities; but most Bikestations provide:

* Shared-use bicycle rentals;

* Access to public transportation;

* Convenient operating hours;

* Friendly and helpful staff;

* Information to plan your commute trips.

Some Bikestation locations offer bicycle repairs, bicycle and commute sales & accessories, rental bikes for local and tourist needs, restroom/changing rooms and access to environmentally-clean vehicle-sharing. Select your local Bikestation from the menu bar for specific services and programs.

After our meeting, I managed to walk down to an actual Bike Station in downtown Long Beach. It was only 2 blocks from their office so I grabbed my camera and got some pictures of the facility.

The Bike Station has a full-on bike shop that caters to commuters. Plus, the place is manned by mechanics who can work on your bike while you’re at work.

The facility sells commuter-specific gear such as reflective bands, fenders, wheels, tires, tubes, patch kits, fixed gear parts and much more.

Check out the bike racks.

Long Beach is pretty lucky to have Bike Station. Man I know so many people in various parts of the country who would do anything for a place like this. If you think about it, it’s like going into a bike shop, leaving your bike there while someone watches it…covered and secured…and when you get off work, you go grab it and ride back home! It’s such a great idea and Bike Station mentioned that they are in the process in adding more bike stations throughout the country.

If you’d like more information about Bike Station, just check out their website.

My two wheeled shrink

This afternoon I was bummin’ and stressing out on a few things. When it came to pick up the kids from school, I grabbed my car keys and started out the door. Then I stopped myself and said, let me take the Big Red Bike instead. The exercise and fresh air will do more good for me and my head than a car could ever do.

Bike riding has often been my form of release or a way for me to deal with stressful situations. Basically I use it to get my mind clear and help me refocus on what needs to be done.

I know this had also worked for Priscilla during one of her bad mornings.

So if you’re ever feeling stressed, depressed or overwhelmed, then get on your bike…besides its cheaper than going to a shrink!

Commuters and Full Face Helmets

Watch this…

After seeing that, would it be wise for bike commuters to wear full face helmets? Granted I doubt you folks are dumb enough to put your foot in your spokes like the lady in the video did…but still

I did see a commuter with a full face helmet, orange vest, reflective ankle straps, lights at last months bicycle coalition meeting that I attended.

Me and the Boy

This morning Cowboy was really antsy even after a walk he was still kinda high strung. So I busted out the big red bike and took him around the neighborhood for some fresh air.

The little fella still needs practice because he jumped right out when he saw a big dog. Luckily he had his harness on and the leash was wrapped pretty tight on the bars. I guess he and I will just have to keep practicing.