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[7 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on That Which Rolls: Bicycles and the Future | ]
That Which Rolls: Bicycles and the Future

“If I am asked to explain why I learned the bicycle,” writes Frances E. Willard in her 1895 book How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle, “I should say I did it as an act of grace, if not of actual religion” (p. 73). I grew up riding bicycles, so I often take the fun and freedom they afford for granted. Having seen several adults squeal with childlike glee after riding a bike for the first time in years or the first time ever, I am reminded of my own …

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[28 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Shift Happens: The Sociology of Bicycle Technology | ]
Shift Happens: The Sociology of Bicycle Technology

Those disgruntled with our current “technopoly,” as Neil Postman famously called it, often argue for returning to a simpler time. This is, of course, impossible, as even their visions of simpler times include technology. For example, in The Nature of Technology (Free Press, 2009), Brian Arthur envisions a world where all of our modern technologies disappear, yet we’d still be left with some. He writes, “We would still have watermills, and foundries, and oxcarts; and course linens, and hooded cloaks, and sophisticated techniques for building cathedrals. But we would once …

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[24 Jul 2012 | Comments Off on Fairdale Parser Express | ]
Fairdale Parser Express

After over a year of lusting after Taj’s Fairdale bikes, I finally broke down and got one. I went for the red frame as I’ve been riding a black Paké frame for almost four years.

The geometry of the Fairdale frame is little more forgiving than the Paké, and this build feels more agile to boot. Aside from it being a fixed-gear, I ride it like a giant BMX bike, so that’s good.

As with all of my bikes, this one is BMX-inspired. I put BMX cruiser bars and Odyssey Aaron Ross …

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[10 Apr 2012 | Comments Off on The Red-Bike Project | ]
The Red-Bike Project

Last week, my friend Jake Flores posted online about needing a bike. Not knowing for sure if I actually could, I told him I could help him out. I went digging around on my back porch, which serves as a bicycle graveyard of sorts, and this is what I came up with:

It’s an old Schwinn Traveler I’d originally rescued from a dumpster up the street because it had a nice basket on the front (which is now on my Grocery Bike). This was kind of a reassembly project, since the …

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[12 Jul 2011 | Comments Off on Lily’s new Masi Speciale | ]
Lily’s new Masi Speciale

This is the finished version of a four-day project that included one trip to a local residence and half a dozen trips to four different bike shops. I got it all together and color-coordinated before Lily got back from visiting family though, so it was a success.

This is the beginning. I picked up this Masi frame and forks with wheels, stem, bars, and seat post with my own Grocery Bike. This set-up was the basis for this build (Thanks, Jimmy!).
Next I put on a short, BMX-style Origin-8 stem, trimmed-down Origin-8 …

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[5 Apr 2011 | Comments Off on Wheels of Change: Bikes and Feminism | ]
Wheels of Change: Bikes and Feminism

In “Wheels of Change: How the Bicycle Empowered Women,” Brain Pickings‘ editor Maria Popova reviews National Geographic‘s Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Both the book and the article tell the story of the bicycle’s role in equal rights for women.

And if you’re more interested in the evolution of bicycle technology and what it meant for women, The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology (MIT Press, 1989) edited by Wiebe Bijker, …

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[3 Jan 2011 | Comments Off on New Year’s Resolution | ]
New Year’s Resolution

That is all.
Happy 2011, everyone.
[Art by Cartlon Reid]

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[30 Nov 2010 | Comments Off on The Rules of the Road | ]
The Rules of the Road

I was walking to class today, and I was almost mowed down by a guy on a fixed-gear. I was crossing a street, in the crosswalk, where I clearly had the right of way, but he rang his bell and blew by right in front of me, running the stop sign on the corner. I’d already been conceiving this post in my head and that was the last straw. Being a frequent rider of bikes on the streets of many cities, as well as a frequent pedestrian, I have come …

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[19 Sep 2010 | Comments Off on My Pick-Up Grocery Bike | ]
My Pick-Up Grocery Bike

I built this bike from pieces left over from other projects, bikes I found in garbage piles, bikes left next to dumpsters, and a few small but crucial parts from The Austin Yellow Bike Project. After completing it and riding it for about a month now, I am convinced that it’s a viable set-up for more than just trips to the grocery store.

This build centers on a Spalding “Blade” ladies hybrid frame that was left in the garbage at my old place here in Austin. The geometry is not super …

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[31 Aug 2010 | Comments Off on Portland Bicyclists Get a Boost from Mario Kart | ]
Portland Bicyclists Get a Boost from Mario Kart

My girl Jessy passed this one along from Kotaku:
Portland is a serious bicycling community. But not so serious that it can’t have some fun with its bike lanes. Some wag painted a whole bunch of Mario Kart items along a stretch of North Williams Avenue in the city.
The symbols include speed boost arrows, bananas, mushrooms, and stars. So far nothing exotic or offense-based, like the shells. They’re there to provide a little humor and inspiration to cyclists commuting home.
Here’s the full story.