Wednesday, August 10, 2016

One more time, with feeling


If anything has changed, it's our collective desire to ride all over this country yelling and screaming. Brooklyn seeped into our souls and will never let go. 

I've sold my bike, left grad school, moved a few times across the country, developed my business, and bought three bikes. My current collection is a late 90s Terry Symmetry road bike with a 700cm back wheel and a front 24" wheel, a Dahon folding bike knockoff that is too heavy but cute, and an early 90s Specialized 24" mountain bike. 

Due to the change in locale and legality, there is less drinking and more marijuana consumption. We may have to change the name of the blog.

One of my favorite Seattle events is the Dead Baby Downhill. This is the 20th and by far biggest year for this community event borne out of bike messenger culture, Bike Kill, alleycat racing, and love for blood and glory. The downhill race ends in an industrial neighborhood on the south edge of Seattle, and a police-free street party lasts until late into the night.

Most people had cleared out after the bike messenger boxing ring was dismantled. 

The velodome is available for anyone who dares. 

Humans love gladiator games. This guy ate the pavement a second later.


A double decker bike topped with a flaming head was a nice touch. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Cascadia

Panoramic photograph of the US Pacific Northwest, Vancouver Island, and the Lower Mainland in British Columbia. Taken by an astronaut looking north from the International Space Station. Read more about this photo...

The Search, Redux

The only thing I can promise you'll find before this post are a lot of broken links to photos, and a bit of the history of this blog, documenting my search back in 2008 for a Danish bicycle like the one I used to ride to school in Denmark in the 1990s.

My Churchill Classic on the Williamsburg Bridge
Now, eight years later, I've since sold my beautiful Velorbis, whose name was Sleipnir, to a (hopefully still) happy new owner in Brooklyn, moved to an island in the North Atlantic (which was sadly not in Denmark), and been working on getting a PhD (which is where I've been). As I prepare to move away from this car dependent place to the West Coast of Canada where there are actual bike lanes and more than two months without rain and snow, I am once again searching for a bike to ride upright in a new city.

Everything around here needs an upgrade, and will be getting it as Drunk and in Charge heads west to Victoria, British Columbia.

First things first, I need a new bike...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bikers vs. Cabs: Williamsburg Bridge



Here's what went down: At the base of the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg bridge, there's a spot where cars, especially cabs, drive over the sidewalk when they don't feel like waiting in traffic on the bridge to Manhattan. So, they drive head-on into cyclists coming off of the w-burg bridge bike lanes. There are accidents all the time from cars hitting cyclists at this intersection, and it's even worse when the cars are driving over the sidewalk. Was watching this tonight, when some heroic cyclists decided to take matters into their own hands and put up a barricade.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

InfoLadies



"Armed with a netbook, medical supplies and a bicycle, Bangladesh's InfoLadies are giving millions of poor people access to crucial information on their doorsteps that will improve their chances in life." Read more...