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Some changes coming to Nick James’ city

New York City’s bronze medal from the Washington-based bike group represents an endorsement for the city’s efforts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote cycling for a cleaner environment and a healthier populace.

“The way we think about transportation and how we use our limited street space is changing,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner.

The city is installing 400 to 500 bike racks a year and plans to have more than 400 miles of bike lanes and paths by 2009. There will then be 1 mile of bike lane for every 10 miles of road; the ratio is now 1 to 15. In San Francisco, it’s 1 to 7.

In Brooklyn’s hipster-heavy Williamsburg section, the city reduced the space for car parking in favor of bike parking — a first — when it widened the sidewalk to fit nine new bike racks over the summer.

“It’s better because people used to chain their bikes to trees and house gates,” said Pedro Pulido, an architect who parked his bike at one of the new racks last week.

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Turn that frown upside down!!

Some of you may know that RL and I have been living with one car instead of two..which has its many advantages. RL had to take the car today for a job that was kinda far so I opted to be the bike commuter today. I don’t work far at all but because of some driving responsibilities I have at work I have to make sure to bring my car to work most days. But not today. Today was a beautiful day for a bike ride.

RL, of course being the big fan he is, needed to get a picture of me. As you can see I am just a little agitated!! I wasn’t too happy this morning because I was already running late for work. I hadn’t had anything to eat yet and had just spent the last 20min curling my hair. Why you ask? Good grief, I don’t know. I thought for some reason my bouncing curls could withstand the tightening pressure of that helmet. What was I thinking? I ended up just putting my hair up in a clip when I got to work. 🙁

The commute actually was short and sweet. No near death experiences to report! And I can’t complain about any weird smell or trash around here. It was actually a nice smog filled commute. Rather uneventful, but still fun. 🙂 It didn’t take long for the commute to change my attitude and put a smile back on my face.

The co workers…ohhhhhed and awwwwed as they saw my bike. This was the one day I wish I had brought the camera with me. They LOVED the Xtracycle. We had a little downtime today because somebody microwaved their lunch without turning off the lights…and it shut down our server. Yeah, yeah I know…don’t ask. But the co workers thought it would be a great time to get rides across the parking lot on the Xtracycle! We had soo much fun! One right after the other..they all jumped on the back and off we rode. By the end, my boss (Thomas) was giving my manager (Alan) a ride on the Xtracycle. Hilarious scene!

Good times to say the least. But it was great to see everyone with so many smiles on their faces…the joy of riding a bike. Once we were back in the office the mood was elevated and we were all talking about what a great time we had. I was glad I rode my bike today and was able to share just a little of that with the co workers. 🙂

And here is a random happy pic from interbike because I don’t like my agitated photo above. HA!

KHS Green Review

KHS Green

Overview: When KHS unveiled the Green, I knew I had to test one. The KHS Green is a no frills, no thrills bicycle that will basically haul you and your stuff from point A to Point B. What is the major point of this bike? Price. I’ve seen the KHS Green sell for below $275 at bike shops. It is very hard to find a bicycle under $300 that comes with all the goodies for bike commuting. I used the KHS Green for my 4.6 mile one way commute, how did it fare? Read On..

KHS Green
A nice Sturdy rack for your panniers is a standard feature of the Green

First, here are the specs from the manufacturer:

Frame:Hi-Ten Classic Mens or Ladies Step-thru frame
Fork: Hi-Ten
Headset: 1″ Treaded
Rims: Weinmann ZAC21 silver anodized alloy 700 x 38c
Hubs: Shimano 3 speed Nexus Coaster Brake Rear Hub
Tires: Staad 700 x 38c
Spokes: 14G UCP, 36°
Front Derailleur: N/A
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 3 speed Nexus Coaster Brake Rear Hub
Shifters: Shimano 3 speed Nexus Revo Twist
Chain: 1/2″ x 1/8″
Crankset: 3-piece with complete chainguard
Pedals: VP alloy w/steel cage w/boron axle
Saddle: Dual Density with Elastomer Springs
Handlebar: 4″ rise
Stem: Alloy w/Tall Quill
Grips: Kraton
Brakes: Coaster Rear, Hand Brake Front
Color: Black
Frame Sizes: 17″, 21″ Men’s and 14″, 17″ Ladies
Extras: Fenders, Alloy Rear Carrier, Kick Stand, Bell and Rear Wheel Lock

KHS Green
Front and Rear Fenders, a must for soggy commutes

The Looks: The Green will definitely not win any beauty contests, but this could be a blessing in disguise since the bike will be less desirable to thieves. I personally like the solid Black with Green Accents paint scheme. The fenders and the chain guard kind of reminds me of a dutch style bike. I didn’t really care much for the handlebars, a more subtle riser bar can make the bike look better.

KHS Green
Full Chain Guard

The Ride: The bike felt very comfortable, the plush, wide saddle is a big plus for those who care about their butt not being so sore. The upright position was also comfortable, I didn’t experience any neck, back or wrist fatigue. I was expecting the Green to be a slouch due to the upright position, but I was cruising the streets at 16-17mph. I was actually surprised at the speeds that I reached even though I was not pedaling super hard. As far as handling goes, well, this is the Green’s weakness. The high center of gravity and the 700 cc wheels made it hard to turn on tight bends, I almost fell down once when I overshot a turn on the river trail as I was going a little too fast. Braking was not an issue, the front hand brake/rear coaster brake combo worked beautifully.

KHS Green
3 Speed Nexus integrated hub, adequate for short commutes

Hits:The bike comes with fenders, chain guard, rear rack, lock, suspension saddle and a bell. Just add your favorite lights! The bike is also low-maintenance, I never had to anything to the bike.


Integrated Wheel Lock

The integrated lock is also a plus, for those quick stops for a Slurpee or a 40oz (of Gatorade, of course), simply lock up the rear wheel and anyone that will try to run away with the bike will easily be caught. Cost, As I mentioned before, you can find this bike for less than $275.

KHS Green
Not a beauty Queen, but a great short commute bike.

Misses:Weight, yeah, this bike is a tank but what do you expect for less than $275??

My recommendation:Are you a person that wants to start bike commuting? Are you in a budget? Is your commute less than 5 miles and want to leave your $1,000 bike at home? The KHS Green is the bike for you!!! The Green may not win beauty contests or set speed records, but it will get the job done. I also think that this bike has potential to be a longer commute bike if a Nexus 7 or 8 speed is used instead of the 3, that will help out with climbing hills as well as the flats.

For More information, check out www.khsbicycles.com.