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This Streetfilms video makes a great case for physically separated Bike Lanes.

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wow… check out this video I found on YouTube!  I’m loving all the various types of bikes… and the old cars… circa mid 1950’s.  notice all the groovy homemade trailers… the cargo bikes etc.

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I found this link on www.copenhagenize.com this am…  SO COOL!  These kids formed their own bike club… and as a group they ride to school even though the city where they live has no infrastructure for bikes.  I imagine that over time… movements like this will convince the powers that be to include more pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.  Notice how the teenagers are saying… why buy a car?!

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new Belleville from Trek looks like the old french randonneuring bikes from the earlier parts of the 20’s century.  Cyclotouring was a big thing back when the average frenchman couldn’t afford a car.  These days… it is a bike to be worn with your tweeds… after sipping an espresso with your college professor friends.  This frame shape is known as a “mixte” and was meant for either men or women back in the day… but mostly women buy them now.  I am guessing that Mixte’s are going to take off and replace the fixie to a certain degree.  There are several frame builders making these now.  Velo-Orange is making them… and Soma too.

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Look carefully at how this bike stem is made… basically you twist the handlebars downward in order to stop!  No brake levers.  Crazy scary… but interesting… perfect!

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How’s this for a really fancy bike.  It is made by a company called Follis… they are mostly known for tandems.  Made in France circa 1970 or so… with all the geeky french only thread patterns that make it stupid hard to find parts for.

it features:

nervex professional lugs, tubulars on Wooden Cherchio Ghisalo rims (yes… wooden wheels… really), “Prior” hubs, Campagnolo partial “drillium” record groupo,  Brooks Swift titanium saddle, Belleri handle bars, Mafac racer drillium brake levers. and a stainless steel flask rather than a bottle holder.   Stop laughing… do you see any french bread… no.

Prior hub… ridiculously drilled out… and uber rare… thus reflecting upon the smugness of the owner

this last image of the hub was stolen off ClassicRendezvous.com which is a really interesting bicycle website

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Drillium

this the chassis of a 1940’s built monoposto race car from Germany… it was driven by a BMW 328 sport coupe engine in the back.  It was built by Helmut Polensky who drove it to the German Championship in 1949.  I really like how he drilled out the front of this VW front end he was using.    I dunno… something about just drilling a whole boatload of holes in a machine that really intrigues me.  Pretty much you can take anything… and drill a bunch of holes very carefully in it… and it begins to look cool for some reason.

Cyclists… in their quest for lightness… took this to the extreme with “drillium” parts in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Lovely… Kinda stupid… but lovely!

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I found this video on www.Copenhagenize.com this morning…

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click each of the city links below for a link into the future of bike paths

NYC

PARIS

COPENHAGEN


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this comic is the first of several posts… delving into the cargo bike world… You have to admit… it is one hell of an obscure reference in a comic strip to feature a Bakfiets cargo bike.

and the award goes to yehudamoon.com…. damn forward thinking of you!  Thanks!

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