Get weird on your bike this weekend! I’ve been digging this tune and video from Courtney Barnett, check it out.
This Saturday, April 5th, 327 Words presents the 57 Varieties Time Trial, an alleycat-style bike race around a variety of spots in Seattle with checkpoints and performance detraction options at time-honored destinations and way-stations.
Begins at 2020 Cycle @ 21st & Union in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 3:27pm sharp, signups commencing around 2:30 or so.
Get all the info and check out the impressive list of sponsors HERE.
Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is a non-profit organization dedicated to “connecting unused bikes to people who need wheels.” Once a year in June kids have the opportunity to trade in their bike they have outgrown and get a bike that fits them. At the Kids Bike Swap, kids donate their old bike and receive a voucher for the value to be redeemed towards another bike Sharing Wheels has refurbished.
Sharing wheels needs the help of the community to help prepare kids bikes for the upcoming Kids Bike Swap on June 8th. To help join them at one or more of their scheduled work parties. Tools and snack provided, all skill levels of volunteers welcome.
Upcoming work party dates:
Thursday 4/10 6-9 pm
Thursday 4/24 6-9 pm
Saturday 5/10 10-3pm
Thursday 5/22 6-9pm
Sunday 6/1 10-3 pm
Wednesday 6/4 6-9 pm
More information at the Sharing Wheels Website.
An interesting process with what looks like a lot of quality control. I suppose there is a reason my Campagnolo chains outlast anything else I’ve ridden.
Bill Nye rides the solar system in 2.5 miles and gets super heated about Pluto. Start at 3:45 for the short version. I’m going to bring this up with him next time I see him at Green Lake. Also THIS.
We are super stoked that Back Ally Bike Repair is turning two years old! Ben is throwing a like shin-dig. Check out the Birfday Bike-athalon and Pedal Party on Saturday, then hit up the Bike Expo on Sunday, hungover. Sounds like a recipe for a rad Seattle bike weekend to me.
The Rocket Ride brings together some of the fastest road riders/racers in the Seattle area. A weekly training ride made up of mostly members of and friends of HSP. It is a tough ride on a good day, and if you know our typical Seattle winter weather, well its usually not a good day.
This past Saturday friend of GMG Andy Bokanev followed the ride in a support vehicle documenting the suffering in the less than idea road riding conditions. Temperatures were pegged firmly in the upper-30 territory and the light drizzle turned to cold rain, to sleet, and then to snow.
Have you ever wondered how much a bike mechanic earns? Or how their salary compares to other careers like being a gardener or janitor? And which state pays the best for bike mechanics? Check out this informational slide-show by Don Perry with the numbers showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of bike mechanic salaries.
The ABUS Granit X-Plus U 54 Mini (quite a mouthful isn’t it?) has been my daily use lock for the last three months since ABUS sent it over for review. When it originally arrived it looked a little more like this: First Glance. I used it for about a week, and while it did its job well (my bike was secure), the bulky plastic cover over the main body of the lock was bothering me. It made the lock unnecessarily bulky and in my opinion looked tacky.
Here is how I removed the plastic cover: unlock the body of the lock from the shackle and remove the key. Take a flat head screwdriver starting at the small tabs on either end of the plastic body, and carefully pry the silver and black plastic pieces apart, starting at one end and working to the other. I was able to separate the black and silver plastic pieces without damaging them so they could be reinstalled if I so chose. Underneath I found the bare metal body of the lock, which had a nice clean appearance and resulted in a more compact lock. To be specific the body of the lock measured 170mm x 50mm with the plastic cover and 155mm x 36mm with just the bare metal.