Just a reminder, keep your eyes and ears peeled when you are on the bike. From yesterday's Washington Post:
For the third time in four months, a cyclist has been killed on the streets of the District, highlighting the often harsh reality of what many bicyclists face daily [Metro, Aug. 4].
Across the region, transportation departments have begun to embrace the idea of "complete streets," designed for cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles. However, even complete streets are only as safe as the people who use them.
I've mentioned them before because I like what they do and like the fact that they do things their own way. Rivendell Bicycles, that's who I'm talking about. Just got their latest email and thought I'd pass along this piece from it. No affiliation - blah, blah, blah - just thought some of you cats and kittens may be interested. Keep in mind Rivendell pricing works on a membership basis, non-members generally pay $5 more per item, but ring them up first. Hell, just join up if you are going to order, it's $20 and gets you a subscription to the excellent Rivendell Reader and a $10 credit.
Enough with the free advertising, on with the SS stuff.
The Quickbeam rear hub. A unique hub, and if you have a single-speed, it's like having a silver bullet. The overlocknut dimension is 120mm. It comes with a steel quick-release so it won't slip. Both sides are threaded for a single-speed freewheel, but accept track cogs. It has good sealed bearings, a high polish, and large flanges. 32-holes. Made exclusively for us and the Quickbeam, by Suzue, in Japan. #18-180, $60----will be $85 next year, and we don't have many left. Wait a minute...we actually do have a lot now, but we're going to up the price to $85 next year, and that's a fact.
Sun and sand this weekend as I headed to the beach, the one speed utility bike in tow. Here on the east coast of the USA, the coast is flat as a pancake. In one way, people would argue it's terrible for cycling. But, in reality it's great. Stick with me here.
With a narrow strip of land making up the resorts, there is one main artery, the north/south route. Lots of traffic lights, lots of cars, lots of congestion. In most cases bikes are the ultimate form of transportation for this scenario. With everything being flat, even out of shape couch potatoes can slow pedal one speed beach cruisers down the wide bike lanes. Parking becomes a non-issue. For the hard-core cyclist it's like a time trial. No hills means virtually no coasting, just steady pumping of the legs. And no matter which direction you are going in, either the first leg of the trip or the return almost guarantees you a head wind at some point during your ride. Couple that with riding in flip-flops sans helmet and you've got a recipe for fun and freedom.