After the Dahon/Tern split, Dahon lost control of the dahon.com website. While the exact terms of the recent legal settlement between the two folding-bike makers are unknown, Dahon announced that it has regained control over dahon.com and plans to merge it with dahonbikes.com. It’s a good time to be getting one’s websites in order: The company’s press release states that in “some regions such as Asia, folding bike sales account for up to 30% share of all bicycle sales.” (PR Inside)
Bicycle infrastructure helps cities attract the coveted “young creative class,” according to Jamison Hutchins, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Indianapolis. “In 2007, the on-street bike network consisted of about 1 mile of random bike lanes. Five years, piggy-backing on routine resurfacing projects, federal transportation dollars and a growing demand for bicycle facilities, Indy now has 74 miles of on street bike lanes.” (League of American Bicyclists)
Like small business? Here’s one in Los Angeles that sells pedal-powered ice cream. “The Peddler’s Creamery grand opening took place during L.A.’s recent CicLAvia, a daylong event that opens city streets to bikes and pedestrians. The route went right past Belden’s front door, and on that day, all nine flavors sold out.” (The Atlantic Cities)
If you’re in Portland, Oregon, this summer, check out Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design, an exhibit of 36 bicycles from the wide-ranging collection of Michael Embacher, best known for his book and iPad app, both of which are also named Cyclepedia. One of the machines on display: a Bike Friday New World Tourist made in nearby Eugene. (Bike Friday)
The Culinary Cyclist, a cookbook written by Anna Brones–“a Swedish Portlander currently living in Paris”–and illustrated by Swedish New Yorker Johanna Kindvall, exceeded its $3,000 Kickstarter goal with 24 days to go. “The rules for living well, if you can call them that, are simple and a pleasure to follow. Eat local and mostly plants. Ride your bike, even on rainy days. Say yes to dinner invitations. Always bring your signature dessert. Invite people on picnics. Bike in the sunshine. Follow a morning ride with a strong French press.” Another Elly Blue success story in the making. (Kickstarter)
Speaking of Elly Blue, here’s an interview with the Portland bicyclist and writer that was captured during her Dinner & Bikes tour of the Northeast and Midwest United States. (Streetsblog)
In a 2008 Cycloculture interview, Rivendell’s Grant Petersen said, “Air is light, free, and wonderful.” Bicycle Quarterly’s Jan Heine uses a few simple tire cross sections to illustrate much the same point. Thanks to greater air volume, even a couple of millimeters in additional tire width can mean a more comfortable ride on the road. And there doesn’t seem to be a downside to upsizing. Heine says lightweight tires between 30 and 42 millimeters in width “roll as fast as a good racing tire.” (Off the Beaten Path)
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