Bike Bits: Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend – bike much? I rode my bike a lot, as a means of getting from place to place. In my party shoes!

Often there are a lot of stories that catch my attention but I never get around to blogging. Usually, I share these through the LGRAB Twitter account. I think every Monday we’ll share some of these together in one post. Does that sound good? I have a lot of bits to share this morning. I would put in even more, but I have to get to work!

I found this video from a blog post on BicycleDutch demonstrating how the city of Utrecht set up a construction detour for bicyclists.  Makes me sad for Chicago and North America in general that Utrecht’s detours are 1000x better than our permanent bike infrastructure, but mostly I was mesmerized by the huge flow of people riding bikes.  Chicago’s been talking a lot about building an infrastructure to service cyclists “from 8 to 80″ – fully separated and protected paths is the (only?) way to get there, as this video demonstrates.

Contrast with this scene of one of Chicago’s most popular bikeways leading up to one of the very few protected bike lanes, where cyclists are forced to ride amid car traffic and merge left under a dark bridge. Simply seeing the type of bicyclist featured here – almost all young males on fast bikes – is telling. You can read more about this section at Grid Chicago.

Also on Grid, a great write-up on the class I taught last week for the Chainlink’s Biking Semester. (Thanks for stopping by, John!)

Fun news last week – the USPS has released a new forever stamp series of bicyclists. The copy is all about the health benefits of cycling, such as “reduces obesity” and “improves muscle tone.” The bicyclist who most resembles me is the little girl on her tricycle. Found via Cyclelicious.

This is Bike to Work Week in Chicago. I’ll be interested to see if there are more bicyclists than usual. Here’s a little video that beloved local brewer Goose Island put together to promote a PSA contest in connection with bike week. There’s great Chicago bike scenery that shows what a lot of my rides look like.

I noticed that Anthropologie is selling bikes on its website in the Hobbies & Leisure section (love that!) – and not any bikes, but the beautiful Abici Sveltina Donna and the Bowery Lane Breukelen. Interesting! I like the idea of bikes being integrated into the regular lifestyle shopping experience, especially to catch the eye of someone who would not normally venture into a bike shop. But I wonder how many of these they actually sell?

What bike stories are on your mind this week?

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9 thoughts on “Bike Bits: Happy Monday!

  1. Sure thing Dottie. Great class!

  2. Love the chaincase on that little stamp girl’s tricycle! 

    • Dennis Hindman says:

      Your non-athletic style of clothes when you cycle and the bicycle types that you use would blend in with the people in Utrecht.

      The local REI store in Northridge California does not even stock their upright style of urban Novara bikes that come equipped with generator lights. They had several of these bikes last year, but marked them down for clearance as no one bought any. This is a relfection of how bikes are used in the Los Angeles area, which is very little utility biking except for the poor.

      There is also the problem with most people not wanting to spend very much for a bike unless its a mountain bike or road bike. This same REI sales person told me that there are quite a few people that come into the store who are shocked that there are bikes that sell for $400 or more.

      • Dottie says:

        Yeah, unfortunately, most people do not want to spend a lot on a bike, unless they consider it high-end sports equipment.  I like the REI Novara bikes.

    • Dottie says:

      Me, too/  Full chaincases 4-eva!  :)

  3. Love the chaincase on that little stamp girl’s tricycle! 

  4. Dennis Hindman says:

    Your non-athletic style of clothes when you cycle and the bicycle types that you use would blend in with the people in Utrecht.

    The local REI store in Northridge California does not even stock their upright style of urban Novara bikes that come equipped with generator lights. They had several of these bikes last year, but marked them down for clearance as no one bought any. This is a relfection of how bikes are used in the Los Angeles area, which is very little utility biking except for the poor.

    There is also the problem with most people not wanting to spend very much for a bike unless its a mountain bike or road bike. This same REI sales person told me that there are quite a few people that come into the store who are shocked that there are bikes that sell for $400 or more.

    • Dottie says:

      Yeah, unfortunately, most people do not want to spend a lot on a bike, unless they consider it high-end sports equipment.  I like the REI Novara bikes.

  5. Mtkupp says:

    “But I wonder how many of these they actually sell?” 
    Email their marketing department, they would probably love the publicity.

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