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.
The camera would best be used to capture meaningful or "exciting" things
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:
Where you live
What you think you would do with the camera to share with bikehacks.com readers
A statement noting that you understand that you will be responsible for shipping the camera to another reader once you are done with it.
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.
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.
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.
The Bike Hacks Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang originated - See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2014/02/dictionary-of-bike-commuter-slang-winter-additions.html#sthash.foQcMacE.dpuf
I have seen all sorts of bike bells, however reader Randy sent along this ingenious little bike bell hack. If you have a brake you are not using because of a drivetrain change, this is pretty cool. Using a cable to engage a hack is something we also recently saw with a suspension fork lock out hack.
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.
The Cruiser is covered at the 35 second mark in this video:
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 =)
- 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.