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Pop-Up Bike Lane

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 07:34

Summer and fall are the perfect times for doing a little bike advocacy where you live.  One option might be to work with your local city to install a “Pop Up” bike lane like the one in the video below.  Andrew Kuncel and a group of volunteers in Minneapolis put one up in part of the city, and it was a huge success.  A pop up bike lane is basically just a temporary, separated bike lane that provides a safe area for bicyclists to ride away from traffic and pedestrians.  And if the idea works like they suggest, it could have the effect of making your city want to install permanent ones when they see how successful it is.  Check it out and maybe try it for your own city or neighborhood!

Bikeways for Everyone-HD 720p from Knowble Media on Vimeo.

Via Streetsblog.

A Skirt Solution for Cycling

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 19/07/2014 - 06:08

Ladies, this one is for you.  If you’ve ever found yourself bike commuting in a skirt, surely you’ve experienced the simultaneously refreshing and utterly terrifying experience of your skirt lifting up when it catches the right current of air.  Or you’ve awkwardly tried to mount and dismount without flashing all passersby.  Well fret no more, as a group of brilliant women have devised an incredibly simple solution.  It’s called Penny in Yo Pants.  Admittedly, I was initially baffled as to what that might mean, but check out the video below, and you’ll be an expert in no time.  Happy cycling in a skirt!  And thanks Penny in Yo Pants!

Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

Bike Delivery: Mattresses

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 21/06/2014 - 02:42

We love a good bike delivery story here at Utility Cycling. Recently, the folks over at The Path Less Pedaled posted a great interview they did with a business in Portland, OR, called The Mattress Lot that specializes in delivering mattresses by bike. I’m in the market for a new mattress. Wonder if they deliver to Arizona… Anyhow, check out their interview below. It reminded me of another video about moving a bed by bike as part of a Bike Move! Bike delivery is the way to go!

How to Deliver a Mattress by Bike from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

Do You Lock Your Bike Properly?

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 31/05/2014 - 06:04

No one likes getting their bike, or any part of their bike, stolen.  But so many people who ride bikes are relatively lax when it comes to locking them up properly.  Not that locking up your bike properly will prevent theft in every case, but it sure can help with the quick, spur of the moment thefts.  Improper bike locking can be a matter of laziness, lack of knowledge, or a lapse in your normal locking behavior, for example, when you’re just running into a coffee shop or doing a quick errand.  In any case, theft can happen fast, so it’s not a bad idea to always lock up properly if you’d rather not deal with a stolen bike.  Fortunately, Hal Ruzai from Bicycle Habitat in NYC came to the rescue in 2003 by grading your bike locking in a series of videos.  He’s back at it again and recently came out with another video, which was on Streetfilms recently.  Check it out and learn your bike locking grade.

Hal Grades Your Bike Locking 2014 (Part IV) from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Protected Bike Lanes

Utility Cycling Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:41

An amazing 48% of all trips Americans make are less than 4 miles.  My previous bike commute in Tucson was almost exactly 4 miles, and it took me just as much time to drive it as to ride it on a bike.  So as this video from People for Bikes argues, it’s the perfect distance to ride a bike!  Happily, bike commuting is also on the rise, and cities are building more protected to make bike commuting even better and safer.  Learn more at People for Bikes and check out the video below to see what’s happening in the world of protected bike lanes.

The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. from Green Lane Project on Vimeo.

Bicycling in Cuba

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 03/05/2014 - 09:17

For most of us, riding a bike is an option.  For others, it’s the only option.  In the early 1990′s, Cuba underwent some major political and economic changes.  Oil, food, and just about everything else was scarce, so bicycles became the primary option for transportation for many.  These days, riding is no longer the only option for many Cubans but many still use bicycles for transportation and livelihood, though parts and mechanics are scarce.  This beautiful video by Kauri Multimedia visualizes the bike culture in Cuba and the many techniques Cubans have to maintain and use their bicycles.  Ride on, Cuba.

Havana Bikes from Kauri Multimedia on Vimeo.

Via DrunkCyclist.

Electric Bike Commute Video

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 26/04/2014 - 02:31

It’s more and more common to see electric bikes on the roads these days.  I must admit, I sometimes get pangs of purist thought when it comes to electric bikes.  I mean, I can pedal, so why would I cheat?  But honestly, electric bikes are the way to go in so many cases.  And an electric bike always beats the car out, right!  They certainly are much more accessible to many people with difficult commutes, long commutes, time constraints, and more.  Plus, they’re pretty darn fun to ride.  So it was inspiring to see this video over at Bike Portland of Portlander Paul Turner’s 19-mile electric bike commute.  Check it out on You Tube.  Looks like fun!

uploading maps to garmin 500???

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Mon, 26/11/2012 - 17:35

hi all here is a noob question.... i do believe i can upload maps to my edge 500 on garmin connect?? Am i right??? cause i cant figure it out... is it simple??? 

Wiggle newby!

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Mon, 26/11/2012 - 14:30

Hi Guys,

Just wondering if Wiggle's estimated shipping times are usually correct? I've never used the site before and I'm starting to get more into cycling, so I thought I'd jump on some of the good Christmas specials they have going at the moment. I've snapped up some good bargains (I think), can't wait for them to get here! PS(sorry if this topic has been covered before)



camera GPS problem

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 19:36

Need help working out GPS in camera.

Last year camera was indicating Brisbane landmark when on the Gold Coast. When the tour coach returned to Brisbane, the camera thought it was on the Gold Coast. Does not help when taking photos of cycling facilities.…

Plain stupid - bum slap

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 18:44
Another idiot ....

... http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/cyclist-breaks-collarbone-after-bum-slap-20121125-2a17a.html

You wonder how some motorists think ... Clearly they have not been on a bike

Gully Grinders Sun 25th Hills Ride

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 17:32

I don't know if it's the hot weather or I just need to get fitter but today’s ride seemed harder than i was expecting.

6 of us pedalled along a different group of roads from our normal Sunday outings. Micheal Smyth showed us a few of "the roads less travelled" and then some.

If i was guessing it seemed like we went bombing down Grove Rd. and then climbed early only to descend so we could go up another steeper climb.

There wasn't much traffic out on these roads so the…

Bike mechanic wanted

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 14:55

I am time-poor (and also, if I am honest, a little unsure of my own abilities as a bike mechanic).

I have purchased (from Euro BikeParts, USA) a new Dura-Ace compact crankset, bottom bracket, 11-28 cluster and chain, but because I am in the middle of moving house I can't find the time to fit them to my beloved Specialized Roubaix Pro.

Is there a willing bike mechanic - in the inner southern suburbs, preferably, who could do the job for me?  Obviously, I am willing to pay - but…

SSRC P and L Ride Report - Penney's Hill and Aldinga

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sat, 24/11/2012 - 22:16

The SSRC L and P rides both left from McLaren Vale today, heading for Silver Sands at Aldinga. The L ride took our more usual route and the P ride took a new route (route here) which sent our riders up Penney's Hill, along the Range, down Willunga Hill and out towards the sea - essentially following part of the Tour Down Under route but doing it backwards.

I'm starting to feel like a new teacher at a school, where all…

Cycling on the road and the law - $110 fines!

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sat, 24/11/2012 - 20:27


I was riding away from Woodside this evening (towards Lobethal) when I was pulled over by a traffic cop.

He asked me why I was riding on the road. He then gave me a 'friendly warning' that it is an offence not to use a bicycle lane when provided. A discussion ensued, whereupon he produced a copy of the road traffic code, stating that a $110 fine applies when a rider fails to use a bicycle lane when one is provided.

Obviously, there is no bicycle lane there, but the…

Name this bike part

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Thu, 04/10/2012 - 10:50

Another in our series of name this bike part.

This one comes new from Trak Cycles, The Parade, Norwood.

Maybe it's obvious, maybe it's not. If you get it and want one they are available from Trak for $29.95

Although Trak Cycles are a…

Moron Motorist

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Thu, 04/10/2012 - 10:09

Just had an email from a good mate. He was out riding with his girlfriend near Mylor  when a couple of bozzos in a Commodore with P plates buzzed them and the passenger leant out and whacked my friends gf on the backside. My friend got a nice photo of the car as it sped off and reported the incident to the Stirling Police Station. Turns out the driver is a known offender and the vehicle is unregistered.

My friend didnt say what colour the car is but Im betting its the same bozzos in…

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