Flat tire heaven, Indy trail turns heads and 100 Tour de France bicycles

IMG_0527If you’ve been thinking about the perfect place to get a flat tire, the Chicago Reader has a well-caffeinated suggestion for you. (Chicago Reader)

People who ride bicycles are also, like all people with functioning legs, pedestrians. Shorter distances, we walk. Longer distances, we ride. But how far are we likely to walk before shifting to another mode of transportation? Andrew Burleson says it may be quite a bit more than the default planning distance of one-quarter mile. (Strong Towns)

On June 8, the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon, supported 9,834 bicycle trips. Jonathan Maus gives a bunch of naked people a bit of credit for the new record. (Bike Portland)

Looking at the Midwest, Maus says the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a true “8-80” bikeway. “As in, it creates the conditions where people young and old feel safe riding a bicycle in an urban environment.” He says it should get Portland thinking about creating something similar. (Bike Portland)

Trick riding isn’t something that grew out of the beginnings of BMX riding. People have been standing on saddles and pedaling through bicycle frames for a long, long time. Well-dressed people, too. My Amazon.uk wish list just got one book longer. (Guardian)

Thanks to Jim Langley for passing along this link to pictures of 100 Tour de France bicycles, extending back to Maurice Garin’s 1903 mount. It’s easy to forget in our high-tech, highly disposable world, but steel bicycle frames were absolutely real in the Tour for most of the 20th century. (Velosvintage)

Could that worn chain be causing you to waste energy? One study claims that “chain friction increases at a rate of 2.02 watts per 1% of elongation, in a linear manner. Tests performed at 250W rider output.” Could be another good reason to spend at least a little money on your commuting bike. (Friction Facts)

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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