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November 8, 2013

The Invisible Bike Helmet (via librarysciences)
Thrilling! Promise me you’ll click through and watch.
Bonus: smart och kraftfull Swedish women.

The Invisible Bike Helmet (via librarysciences)

Thrilling! Promise me you’ll click through and watch.

Bonus: smart och kraftfull Swedish women.

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October 15, 2013

Nice ride.
(via femme-belle)

Nice ride.

(via femme-belle)

(via ohellofriend)

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September 17, 2013

ridesabike:

Jane Fonda poses with bike.

Stone cold fox for 50 years and counting.

ridesabike:

Jane Fonda poses with bike.

Stone cold fox for 50 years and counting.

(Source: ridesabike)

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June 24, 2013

Bike Lust

My bike is from 1998. Maybe older? All I know is my parents bought it for me when I was a teenager. It did some time down in New Orleans (no, not THAT kind of time — that was just me). For a solid three years, it’s gotten me to work and back five days a week, rain, shine, and sleet. I once rode all the way around the circumference on Manhattan on her. We’ve had our fun and now it’s time she was put out to pasture.

Look, it’s not just that she’s old. It’s gotten to the point where she just sucks. The Trek gears are (notoriously) terrible, the brakes make noise.

It sucks so much that the other night after I got a flat AGAIN — even though I fill ‘er up with a bit of air every week (uh, usually) like you’re supposed to and EVEN THOUGH I dutifully spend the $150 each spring for her tune-up — I just left her there. Locked up and in front a fire house, at least … but I just left her.

That was on Wednesday.

(I should really probably go get it.)

Anyway, as you can obviously guess, the point of this post is I’ve got a burnin-yearnin to drop a cool thousand+ on this sexy little commuter baby.

Anyone have a Public bike? (Also looking at the equally hipster Linus but reviews say these are better….)

What do you think?

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June 7, 2013

Carrera Foldable Helmet, A Bike Helmet with a Collapsible Frame (via laughingsquid).
Cool.

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January 23, 2013

Obama becomes first president to walk down a bike lane on Inauguration Day. (via peterfeld)
Was thinking this very thing as we watched the parade. Thanks, ARRA!

Obama becomes first president to walk down a bike lane on Inauguration Day. (via peterfeld)

Was thinking this very thing as we watched the parade. Thanks, ARRA!

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January 9, 2013

"Some day I will be in a horrible accident. Today is not that day."

Aka: I will be damned if one of my readers dies in a bike accident. Not on my watch.

Yesterday when I was getting a late lunch at my fave local spot, the guy behind the counter — who knows I bike to work everyday — told me a woman cyclist in her 60s was killed by a commercial dump truck on Friday afternoon at 23rd and Madison. The intersection is blocks from my office. I bike it frequently. After obsessively googling the accident, I took a moment to pause, reflect, and remember my macabre bike riding mantra.

According to onlookers, she was not wearing a helmet, but it probably wouldn’t have helped her. She was clipped as the truck pulled out and she rolled under his tires. He was apparently completely unaware it had happened until onlookers shouted at him to stop.

It is just devastating for her loved ones, and a sobering moment for all my fellow urban bikers — who, in my opinion, are largely cavalier about their safety. I see terrible habits every single day.

What can we take from this?

1. Remember, once again, that bike-riding — and walking! — in New York City, and every American city, is a dangerous endeavor. Drivers generally have much stronger legal protection than bikers or pedestrians — and they certainly have stronger physical protection, in the form of thousands of pounds of steel. Hence my mantra, which is intended to focus your attention on the reality and risks of the task. In other words: put away your fucking cell phone. And slow down. Don’t recklessly pass. Don’t run every light. You will get there.

2. Commercial trucks — specifically dump trucks — are involved in a LOT of fatal accidents. When you see one, beware. Slow down. Be very careful when passing them. Assume they are not even bothering to look for you, and act accordingly.

3. Wear bright or light colors at all times of day, and especially during the darker winter months. I am grateful to my kelly green coat, because not only is it chic as fuck, it’s really functional on the road. It’s definitely hard to miss. So many commuters wear their usual NYC black. Not ok. I can barely see you! (And if I, as a fellow biker, can’t see you, you can bet the drivers cannot.) Always add a ridiculous safety orange vest (which I wear on top of my coat … I look amazing, let me tell ya).

On a related note, I don’t think lights are as important as wearing bright clothes and reflective vests. I can often miss a biker with a measly little white or red light. You’ve gotta go all-in. 

Those are my reminders to myself. Take ‘em on your own terms, and stay safe, friends. 

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October 17, 2012

12 Conduct Rules for Women (via nevver)
Never said I was.

12 Conduct Rules for Women (via nevver)

Never said I was.

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October 1, 2012

I know I’m supposed to be impressed by this Portland mom-of-six (of course she’s from Portland) but all I can think is birth control. (via)

I know I’m supposed to be impressed by this Portland mom-of-six (of course she’s from Portland) but all I can think is birth control. (via)

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May 28, 2012

jaymug:

Ride Your Bike.


Will do.

jaymug:

Ride Your Bike.

Will do.

(via darklamb)

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