On a recent errand I spotted a far too common site in the greater Boston area and realized it is not currently defined in the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. So readers, help us add to the lexicon. Feel free to leave possible slang names for a rusted out chain (typically after a long winter) in comments.
In a recent post I mentioned we were working on another giveaway, and here it is.
The NYNE Cruiser features Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for quick and easy wireless pairing with a smartphone that riders can then keep safely tucked away in a pocket or backpack. With up to 10 hours of playtime, the Cruiser can play while you ride to work, at work, and during your ride home all on one charge. It even allows you to multitask and answer a phone call while riding with its built-in microphone. Additionally, the Cruiser features a built-in powerbank for charging your mobile device when you’re low on battery.
We will revive Bike Hacks Haiku to give this bad boy away. Haiku is based on writing poetry with attention to keeping count of the syllables used. The pattern of syllables in traditional Haiku appears to be 5-7-5. However, this site states that "In foreign languages, there exist NO consensus in how to write Haiku-poems."
So the contest is this – submit your best Nyne Cruiser inspired Haiku in the comment section of this post, following the format of three groups of words, divided into a 5-7-5 pattern (if you wish to go traditional, see #1 below). You can submit as many as you like via the comments button below this post.
One individual winner will be selected to receive and review the Cruiser for bikehacks.com.
Here’s what to do:
1. Compose your Haiku – see examples of the 5-7-5 pattern below. The Haiku should be inspired by the Cruiser. You can use a title if you like, but it is not necessary. If you wish to use the traditional Haiku pattern of 5-7-5 with syllables that is fine too.
2. Submit your Haiku by clicking on the comment link below this post. Submit as many as you like, even different times if you like.
3. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 30th at midnight Pacific Standard Time.
4. The winner will use the Cruiser and compose a review post for BikeHacks.com. The review should preferably include testing the cruiser using a Van Halen song from the David Lee Roth era. I would be partial to "Somebody Get me a Doctor!"
The Cruiser is the winner's to keep. One minor note, the product can only be shipped within the continental United States. This means participation is limited to those living in the continental United States.
Here's a sample from the BikeHacks.com brain trust =)
Cruiser on my bike bars
Blasting Van Halen all the way up
Makes me want to Jump
Posted by: jakethesnake | 05/06/2014 at 10:56 PM- See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2014/04/fit-it-sticks-giveaway-power-hair.html#comments
Thank you to all the readers who participated in our Fix it Sticks Power Hair Giveaway. I'm fairly certain that a lot of hair metal was based on rage directed at the US transportation infrastructure. Dee Snider was likely incensed that he was not able to ride his bike safely to this performance.
Or maybe a bolt had come loose and he did not have the correct tool to fix it. This could very well be the inspiration for "We're not going to take it!"
8.6 million views? Maybe there is hope for the younger generation! =)
With head firmly banging, a cheap macrobrew in hand, and the volume dial at 10, I reviewed all of the submissions and the winner is . . . Jake The Snake. Not only did he name the band, he named a record and the label behind it. And all bike themed no less.
Album title: Upright Position
Label: Grip Shift Records
Jake gets the sticks. Stay tuned readers, I have another giveaway in the works . . . and it will allow you to rock.
Saw this bike leaning up outside a grocery store in Victoria, BC.
A front fork was bolted onto the rear dropouts, with a little scrap metal holding it away from the seatpost. The stem of the fork was jammed through a hole in the bottom of a plastic garbage can to make an oddball sort of carrier.
Many cyclists look for ways to include their dog in their bike experience. For some with small dogs, it's carrying them along. We have seen people use a pannier, a crate, a wagon, a basket, a trailer, and even build an entire bike specifically for dog portage.
For others with large dogs the hope is to provide a way for man and man's best friend to enjoy the experience together. Some have mixed feelings about what is referred to as bikejoring, however dogs engaged in such activity typically look extraordinarily happy. Two products we have covered in the past for the more recreational minded were the WalkyDog and the Springer. One reader submitted their own DIY version of such a manufactured product as well.
The latest submission of such a product seems to be a mix of what we have seen to date. The TugNTow appears to be a product that mixes bikejoring and a leisurely ride together. We received the following submission and picture. Reader comments, rants, user experience, thoughts are welcome. I know there are some out there who think attaching a dog to a bike is abusive and/or dangerous, others think it is the greatest thing ever.
Me? As long as a dog is on a leash when I am on a bike path, I am happy. Just the other day a pedestrian had no leash on her dog and in the span of a few seconds two bike accidents almost occurred in which both the dog and cyclist would not have escaped without harm. The pedestrian had her headphones on and was obliviously walking along with the dog-less leash just dangling from her hand. I am sure she thought she was doing right for her dog, but she most definitely was selfish and ignorant. But I'll try to hide my true feelings =)
I will say I have a few scars on my body due to having my 100 pound, extremely energetic Labrador Retriever pull me on a skateboard when I was a kid. And no, in those days we did not wear helmets and most parents just shrugged and said we were kids being kids as we dog skitched down the street.
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The TugNTow is high strength recoiling leash for your bike. It allows your dog the freedom to run with you on a 7ft leash while keeping the line out of your bike tire.
It provides graduated resistance (the line gets harder to pull as more line is pulled out). This allows the rider to balance with their dog in a fluid way where the are no supprise jerks at the line.
The TugNTow also makes a slight noise and vibration as the line goes in or out to keep the rider aware of the line at all times. In addition the line can be changed so there is no need to buy another unit when the line wears out.
Brian, the inventor of Fix It Sticks suggested what I thought was a great idea - a fictional hair band name contest.
So readers, if you want to try to get the sticks, leave a comment with your fictional hair metal band name(s). Comment as many times as you please. Get out the hair spray and Kickstart your Heart.
Deadline to leave your comment is May 9th. Winner will be chosen with a beer in hand, hair as high as possible, and metal on the speakers . . . cranked to 10.
The Bike Hacks Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang originated in the spring time and with the repeated snow storms we have experienced in the Northeast this winter, I realized there are few entries focused on winter slang. This winter I have snapped a few shots of situations/circumstances I think merit entries. Readers are welcome suggest descriptive words for the photos below, and other winter additions from readers are welcome.
Descriptive word(s) needed: a bike covered in salt.
Descriptive word(s) needed: A bike just poking out of a mound of snow.