Encountered this Fuji Mixte, and the flowing third tube in the rear triangle and the way it extends from the seat tube to the down tube seemed unusual and effective - presenting a hand-hold affordance to a person carrying the bike inside, etc.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
This is a photo of the interior of a Bafang ebike drive unit. The diameter is about 10 inches. Spokes come out of this unit and lace to a wheel rim.
To me it's somewhat reminiscent of a radial engine that you'd see on a 1940 aircraft.
Monday, September 9, 2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019
This is Maureen's new bike, an EZ Tri Classic with a Bafang e-assist kit installed by Confluence Cyclery.. A long-time rider, a stroke left her with left-side weakness and balance issues but the e-bike kit got her back out on the trail and riding again.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
It bears mentioning that of the 17 recent cyclist fatalities, 13 were on roads owned by PennDot. As we see in many of these deaths, this was not a joy ride or an exercise routine, this was a local person riding to work - which is the purpose of public roads.
Pittsburgh Ghost Bikes have evolved a tradition that we support if (and only if) it's consistent with the family's preferences. First we start with a Ghost Bike. Tom Haykin's ghost bike was prepared by David Work and his children, and we thank them very much.
Then at the Funeral Home, grievants are asked to write a message, a hope, a prayer, or a thought for David's ghost bike on a brightly colored ribbon. This is a sample of message-ribbons from a January 2019 ghost bike:
This is Tom Haykins' ghost bike at the funeral home, along with the ribbons from his loved ones and from area cyclists.
The concept has a few layers. The grieving loved ones get to write their thoughts down and their message is attached to a public artifact of the deceased. That's pretty powerful. Then the bike and messages are put on public display very close to the scene of the crime. This is a visual reminder that local drivers will see for years. Finally, in about two years, some of the ribbons will fuse together in the hot summer months, and the ink will fade and be blown by the wind to the four corners of the world, in a manner similar to Tibetan prayer flags.
This is the ghost bike installed on Route 28. Major thanks to Jim Logan and Jon A. Webb for rising to the occasion and making this happen.
Mark the date: on Sept.29th at 1 pm there's a memorial ride along Route 28 and the scene of the crime.
Friday, September 6, 2019
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The trailer is the Mule, by Tout Terrain
Since Propel is providing the bike, they made a pre-departure video:
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
This is also the Dad of the Year