Monday, July 28, 2014

The Ultimate Utility Bicycle....

Recently there was a competition for the "Ultimate Urban Utility Bicycle".  Five cities entered including Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Chicago.  Below are are the video summaries of each of the rides.  From a design perspective they are all interesting to say the least (thank you 3d printing technology).  However, because many of them don't quite have what I'll call traditional geometry and style, I don't quite fall in love with the look of them.  I guess that makes me  old fashioned (which I'm usually not).  Either way they are all cool ideas, so have a look and see what you think.

(The material below is taken from

 Here’s the Portland video:

San Francisco: Huge Design x 4130 Cycle Works – “EVO” – a hybrid bicycle that leverages a modular accessory platform for ultimate flexibility.
Seattle: TEAGUE x Sizemore Bicycle – “DENNY” – a bicycle to enable travel through the very diverse and unpredictable city that is Seattle.
New York City: Pensa x Horse Cycles – “MERGE” – an urban bicycle loaded with integrated functionality at your fingertips so you can RIDE YOUR WAY.
Chicago: MINIMAL x Method Bicycle –“BLACKLINE” – a bike for cruising during the summer months and able to contend with the rugged Windy City winters.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Things you should practice this weekend.

Ok, not really.  I can't decide if I wish I had these kinds of skills.....or if this guy just deserves the crash that is probably coming his way shortly!

Biking to the music!

Ok, I saw this one Wednesday on my ride home.

Yes, it's a fuzzy picture.
 Wednesday, 5:30ish and Wingfield Island is rocking out with Art Town music....and it's packed.  Absolutely fabulous.  Anway, it was just cool to ride by, stop for a second and listen to the band jamming out.  If you haven't made it out to Art Town events you might want to do so this weekend.  It's the final round of events over the next week.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inspiration to do an epic ride.....

Every year I intend to do this type of thing.  And then what we'll refer to as "real life" seems to get in the way. You know...vacation time is limited, need to visit family, blah, blah, blah....

One way or the other I'm doing at least a short trip this year.  I finally have a buddy who wants to commit, so maybe this year will be there year it happens!  Either way....if this is your cup of tea, this video for the Blackburn Rangers should get you excited to make it happen.

4th / Victorian Way....the Great Basin Express.

Ok, so after work yesterday I headed over to Great Basin to meet some friends for a beer.  I was tired before I even headed over and a couple beers probably didn't help the energy levels.  Anyway, I decided the river path was boring (and not direct enough given my energy levels) so I headed home to Reno via Victorian Ave. and 4th St. through downtown Reno.

Victorian Ave.....nice bike lanes.....good job Sparks!

4th St.....plenty of room to stripe a bike lane right bike lane....bad job Reno!
The term express in the title was NOT in effect for me.  The route may be direct but it is also unprotected from the steady head wind I was fighting.  I think I average about 11 or 12 mph the entire way and probably slowed even further climbing the 300 feet up the hill to the house.  While this definitely qualifies as least the beer made the pain bearable.

So, if you need an alternate on your way to or from Sparks....give the 4th St. corridor a try.  It's relatively light traffic, interesting people watching, and the most direct route you can find.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BPAC Meeting tomorrow night.

Tomorrow night  in the Regional Transportation Commission Boardroom 2050 Villanova Drive,
Reno, NV 89502 at 6:30 pm.  If you want a say in what happens with Bicycles in Reno this is a good place to start!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's your excuse?

The bike lanes have been kinda empty lately.  What gives people....It's perfect riding weather in the mornings.  I know you'll sweat a bit on the ride home, but just think how much more you'll appreciate that AC when you walk in the door.'ll have earned that beer your heading for after work!  So let's do this people.  Get out there and use the 150 miles of bike lanes Reno has to offer!