Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

Turkmenistan: Citizens forced to buy bikes?
September 17, 2013, 08:21
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Story is old and lacks credibility. Still fun.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov – featured on TV “winning” a cycle race a fortnight ago – has been encouraging mass-participation events on Sundays. And the opposition website Chrono reports that hes expecting the entire population to climb into the saddle on 1 September. “This campaign will help to boost health, ensure environmental security and promote cycling,” the president is quoted as saying. It comes after Berdimuhamedov approved a four-year state programme for developing cycling in the country.But Chrono says this is bad news for those who dont own a bike. “Prices for bikes have sharply risen in the country. By any means, all able-bodied individuals, pupils and students should have bikes by 1 September,” it reports, citing the case of one teacher in the capital Ashgabat who tendered his resignation because of his refusal to take part.

via BBC News – Turkmenistan: Citizens forced to buy bikes.


Silliest “concept bike” yet

This fellow took not thinking much about how and why bicycles work to a new level before he drew up this “concept bike.”

Just looking at the “custom saddle” makes my Special Area hurt.

Levitation Bike.


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Bike of the Day: Soma Double Cross

This bike puts a tire-width ditch in the pavement everywhere it goes.


Flying Scotsman thinks he may have figured a few things out about building a world-record recumbent. Seriously looks like he may be on to something, again! This looks like the position he always wanted — not Superman but Human Missile.

“You just roll it and go up through the gears. If you get into the top gear you are already doing 80mph,” he said.

The wheels are home-made but are the same size as those used on BMX bicycles, and the gears are from a conventional bike.

While he is confident that “the engine remains in decent nick”, the bid will be as much a test of engineering as physical strength.

His riding position, which will have him lying horizontally on his front, pedalling head first just a few inches from the road, is completely unlike the design used by Whittingham to set the existing record. The Canadian, like other speed cyclists, rides in a reclining position, with his head at the back of the bike, and his legs turning pedals at the front.

To maximise aerodynamics, Obree will also be surrounded by what he calls “the skin”, a carbon shell that is reinforced with bullet-proof Kevlar so that it does not disintegrate if he crashes. “It’s basically a torpedo – a land based missile,” he said.

via The 100mph bike – designed in the bath and made from an old saucepan – Telegraph.

Bicycle Portraits


Bike of the day: Bridgestone MB-3
January 17, 2012, 10:13
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Lugged, thus made in Japan. TIG welded bridgestones were made in Taiwan.



Increase in Southern Cal bike thefts blamed on fixed gear fad
January 9, 2012, 05:57
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Bicycle thefts surging –

Operative word was. For sixteen weeks in 1992.

This is an interesting take on bike theft. Now they want fixed gear bikes as well as the old road frames for conversions. Used to be thieves were completely uninterested in both types.

Bike of the day: Mud-colored Bob Jackson
December 7, 2011, 05:00
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Classic frame turned single-speed.