New addition to the Dictionary of Bike Commuter slang, brought to you from Beijing. I have spotted quite a few people rocking full face visors which look pretty darn awesome if you ask me.
A quick search of Baidu (no Google here!) reveals this as a Anti-uv sunbonnet. I never knew how much I used Google and Google Maps until I landed in Beijing and no longer have access to the services.
Thank you to all of the readers who submitted Haiku for our NYNE Cruiser giveaway. In the end it was reader Paul Walker who will walk away with the Cruiser. Paul submitted the following two entries, with odes to Van Halen:
Singing like an ice cream man
Fun with a Cruiser
Bikes cruis'in faster
Listening to Van Halen
Doctor Dave knows best
Paul will receive the Cruiser and will review for BikeHacks.com (while playing Ice Cream Man I hope). You never know when we will have other giveaways so make sure to stay tuned.
We had some great responses to naming a rusted out chain recently. My personal two favorites were A Clockwork Orange and Iron Maiden. I'll get to adding some of them to the Dictionary soon. The following is something I see quite frequently, and 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 crumpled wheel on a parked bike . . . and this one has A Clockwork Orange to match =)
In a recent post it was noted that I was sent a mini video camera to review. The Blackvue Sport SC500 is meant to capture the same exciting things witnessed with your very own eyes. However, as this test of the camera proves, my commute by bike is not that exciting. I only recorded about 2 minutes because after I get on the bike path, it's pretty much the same thing for the next 20 minutes.
It was a bit shaky because I did not have the most sophisticated of mounts. I created my own by first wrapping a bandana around my handlebars and securing it with a velcro tie.
I then used my recent impulse buy, gear ties, to secure the protective case to the bars.
On that last note, I have this idea to run by the reading audience. My thought is for this camera to go on a BikeHacks.com journey. I can send the camera to someone, and that someone will film either something exciting that is bike related or perhaps the creation or use of a bike hack to be published to this site, and then that person will send the camera to someone else, and on and on it will go.
This would require that each user pay the shipping to get the camera to the next person - a relatively small cost for "renting" the camera for say a few weeks. I'm guessing it would be $10 or under to ship. It would also require "good faith" that one user would not hold on to the camera. Finally, the camera requires a micro SD card and I would not send mine along so one would have to have his/her own.
If you are a reader who is interested in participating in such an experiment, here is what to do. Click on the "Submit Your Hack!" text in the menu at the top of this page and submit the following:
When I have the responses my thought will be to confirm the locations of perhaps 10 people (randomly chosen if lots of people are interested) to participate and the last user would ship the thing back to bikehacks.com and by that time maybe I will have morphed into an action hero worthy of sharing my exploits with the world.
I had not been to D.C. in a while, and while there recently I almost fell over in shock. I was walking down the street and witnessed this -
Separated bike lanes . . . in America? Wonders never cease. Or perhaps I just had double vision. Anyone familiar with D.C. who wishes to comment on this phenomenon, please do.
Today I set aside my aluminum tube bike frame, cruising speed around 15 mph, and will jump into an aluminum tube jetliner, cruising speed around 560 mph. I'll be 9,000 miles away at the end of the trip and the clock numbers will read the same as EST, but the PM there will be AM in Boston and I will have traveled into the future!
I expect to be wired while I am away and will do my best to post, approve comments, and answer emails, but if I am delayed you know why.
As a reminder, today (5/30) is also the last day to submit haiku for the chance to win an NYNE Cruiser.
Peace and Bicycles.