I know that many BikeHacks readers enjoy beer, and to me a ride makes a beer taste a whole lot better. Recently I had the opportunity to try a new beer that was fabulous. Wookey Jack by Firestone Walker Brewery is a Black Rye IPA I'll be puchasing again. It is 8.3 % so it does pack a little punch, but it is a nice hearty beer for a post fall/winter ride. If readers have beer recommendations, feel free to post comments.
“Kaleidoscycle” is a kinetic stained glass sculpture installed in the lobby of Inman Park Dentistry in Atlanta, GA.
Alex Rodriguez, DMD, contacted Creative Stained Glass Studio several months ago after seeing our “Tour de Verre” series also based in Atlanta. He is an avid cyclist, a fellow public artist, and wanted to reflect that love in the aesthetics of his office. He approached us with the idea for the Kaleidoscycle and we were immediately open to it.
Alex gave us five wheels of varying sizes and gave us free reign to fill them with glass and metal designs. Before installing the piece, Rodriguez had a custom made quiet motor made specially for the piece. Now, the Kaleidoscycle is mounted on a wall in the dentist’s lobby, visible to any street-goers peeking in. Because no sunlight hits the piece directly, the installation is carefully lit to make sure that the beauty of the glass is seen in full effect.
The artwork creates a unique, memorable, experience for Rodriguez’ patients. As an added bonus, he tells us it truly comes to life at night as seen from the street. The project really shows the role art can play in connecting a practice or business with patients,clients and a community.
Working on this project was a true pleasure for us, and we congratulate Dr. Rodriguez on his vision and execution.
Reader Michael notified us of a Bike Hack Night in DC, and I guess such nights are popular because this is number 4. The night is not directly affiliated with BikeHacks.com and I don't know if the Bike Hack name was inspired by this site or not, but I am going to tell myself it was.
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Bike Hack Night is a show & tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and soft drinks, with speakers starting at 6:30. We are happy to have Joel Yatsko from Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, who will be making smoothies via his blender-bike. Note we are at 1776's Crystal City location, in Arlington, VA.
Got a cool bike project? Contact Michael. Our speakers thus far are:
• Matt Fowle will show how he built a sound system for his bike using Chromecast audio, Raspberry Pi, and Mopidy.
This is the fourth post featuring some pictures I took on a trip to France this past August. The first post focused on graffiti, the second on some translation of that graffiti, and the third on a bike tour I took. Yes this post is labeled "3", but that is because there was a post 1a. This post features some random pictures I took.
I have seen a lot of bike racks in my time, but I had never seen one designed to also be a planter - until I spotted this one in Cambridge, MA. If you have spotted cool bike racks, feel free to contact us for posting.
It's been a long time since I have engaged in recreational travel by bike. I commute daily, but my last purely recreational trip was far too long ago. Reader Caio has been involved in a bit of travel and sent along this inspirational story.
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I am on a budget trip around Europe for a few months now. After traveling by bus/train/hitchhike/walk, I decided it would be a good idea to travel by bike for a while. So I went in search of a cheap bike in Zagreb, where I was at the moment. It was pretty had to find used bikes, and they seemed expensive to me. Best find was an old MTB for 50 Euros. After replacing a bottom bracket and the front tyre, buying repair kit, tools, pump, and a spare tube, it costed me around 80 euros. Now I only needed the panniers. I quick look, and the cheapest one I found that would serve my needs was 100 euros, used.
So... I went to the recycling company, found the plastic section, and scored two 30L gallons and a basket.
I cut to bottom of the gallons as to make a lid, and wrapped the opening with old inner tubes I got from the bike shop, as to protect my gear from ripping when i stuff it in and out of the gallons. I also helps with sealing it a bit against splashes of water and rain.
I put two hooks in each gallon and that was enough to fix them to the gear rack. Then I added the basket on top of the gallons, secured with a bungee cord.
I was lucky enough to meet a great friend in Zagreb, which had some graffiti experience, and was willing to help me add some colors to my panniers.
At the end, I put my backpack on top of everything and there it is, a 6 Euro pannier :)
During my trip to Paris I did something I have never done before - I took a paid bike tour. It was just a few hours and was focused just on sites within the city. This was a double first in that I also had never ridden an electric bike before. Here was the standard issue bike.
The company had a fleet of them in an underground parking garage.
The controls were straightforward and operating the bike was easy. There was a key that needed to be inserted into the battery unit and after turning it on a battery indicator on the handlebars let you know how much juice you had. The bike had three modes - manual, low speed, and high speed. The mode is selected with a simple thumb lever.
I have always looked upon e-bikes with a bit of disdain, and after my experience my opinion has not changed much. My feeling has always been that people act differently when not actively engaged in powering the bike. There is this one e-bike idiot I encounter quite frequently on a bike path I ride on who is never pedaling and chooses the fastest speed possible and swerves dangerously between pedestrians and other cyclists. I could say the same of several other riders on race bikes or even fixies who ride as if slowing down would cause their world to collapse, but there is something about seeing someone whiz by without pedaling that bothers me.
While on my tour I did a bit of whizzing along myself and it definitely made the ride feel different. I don't want to get all existential and say that pedaling makes me one with my bike, however when my legs are powering me I feel more aware. I can understand why an e-bike would appeal to some, but at present they hold no appeal for me.
The one other thing I will comment on is that the tour did not require, encourage, or even have helmets. I wear a helmet every time I ride because I think it is better to be safe than sorry, however spending time in Europe and seeing relatively few cyclists wearing helmets and not wearing one myself on the tour made me feel . . . jealous.