Picture courtesy of California Bike Commute.
As most of you know, May is Bike Month and several states are having a ‘Bike to Work Week’. California’s bike to work week happens to be from May 14-18th. The reason I know that Bike to Work works is because I’m proof of that. Back in 2004 I gave riding to work a chance on Bike to Work week, I’ve been hooked since then. Most of us know a few riders that may just need the ‘right’ motivation to ride their bike to work. Bike to Work week can be used as the perfect tool to finally convince those riders.
So here’s your homework assignment…. Try to convince at least one person to commute to work at least one day on Bike to work week, if you do, send us a picture of the person(s) that you’ve convinced and we will post them on the site. You can also use the fact that their picture will be on the World Famous bikecommuters.com site!
An awesome article on the NY Times talks about fixies…
Many fixed-gear adherents contend that their bikes are the ultimate and all others are pretenders. And these fixed-gear zealots are a growing presence on the streets of New York. Perceived by some as nuisances, or as troublesome, anarchist Dumpster-diving punks who happen to ride bikes, they are occasionally reviled, but they are also the subject of curiosity and interest. Just as die-hard skateboarders 15 years ago stood on the cusp of providing a new lifestyle, so the fixed-gear bike culture could be the tip of something that nobody can accurately predict but something that is huge.
Fixed-gear bikes are being ridden all over New York, by messengers, racers, lawyers, accountants and college professors — a diverse and not necessarily youthful cross section of the city’s population. They’re being ridden by people who work in sandwich shops and don’t know or care about gear ratios and bike history, and by people who have been racing these bikes for years in places like the Kissena Velodrome in Flushing, Queens, with its banked, elliptical track. They’re ridden by militant vegans who are virtual encyclopedias of arcane bicycle history, by thrill-seeking members of renegade bike gangs like Black Label, by shopgirls, street racers, Critical Mass riders, your aunt.
Read the rest of the article.
From one Bike Commuter to Another…
Be nice and smile!
I found that if I smiled, and waved at cars they would give me room, my riding experience was more fun!
So remember, show your pearly whites!
Man this totally sucks…I had to drive today because this evening we’re doing a night ride to test out some products for our mountain biking site.
Here’s a shot of the 57/5freeway interchange at 6:40am…
I decided to stop off at Starbucks to wake me up. Usually my bike ride is stronger than a cup of coffee. I heard about this iced coffe deal that they make. The one I got is a…Grande, Raspberry Iced Coffee. I added some half and half and two packets of equal….mmm so good!
See that bridge up ahead? Well, that’s the same bridge that I would have been riding my bike on…Curse the traffic Gods!
Since I’m so madly in love with my Redline 925, I wanted to make sure that when I locked it up at the racks that the paint wouldn’t get chipped. So here’s what I did…
Took my old bar tape, wrapped it around the area where my bike touches the rack and the lock.
Here’s another shot of it.
I plan on wrapping the whole bike in bar tape once I get enough of the stuff. I don’t want to buy it so I just wait until someone at the shop throws them away! Now that’s recycling!