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.