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The Fenders Will Stay!

Posted by Henry Scott on November 13, 2011

Despite being a fan of fenders, I’ve recently contemplated removing them from my Dahon Boardwalk S1 folding bicycle. Normally I don’t worry about weight for utility bikes, but to take the “monkey bike” on the South Shore not only must I fold it up, but usually I have to place it in the overhead luggage racks as well. At 31.5 pounds, however, this can be an unpleasant task on a moving train. Accordingly, I’ve been motivated to lighten the monkey bike, and I’ve been thinking about ditching the fenders.

Yesterday, however, convinced me to seek other solutions.

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Bicycle Swap Meet: Sat. March 12th

Posted by dickkuehl on January 7, 2011

Pinhook Park Pavilion
March 12, 2011
12:00 to 2:30

This annual event is sponsored by the Michiana Bicycle Association (MBA) and the Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA). There is no charge for buyers or sellers. Anyone is welcome to bring bicycle related items to sell. Sellers should arrive between 11:00 and and 11:30 to setup. First-come, first-served for table space.

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NYT: An Electric Boost For Bicyclists

Posted by Phil G-E on February 1, 2010

From today’s New York Times, an article on the growing presence of electric bikes. There’s got to be a way of capitalizing on this regions strengths to not only retrofit factories/businesses to build electric cars, but bikes/e-bikes, too.

78 year old man on a bike with an electrically powered rear wheel.

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Decoys Being Used to Catch Bike Thieves in Elkhart

Posted by Henry Scott on November 17, 2009

Today’s South Bend Tribune has an article about Elkhart police utilizing decoy bicycles under surveillance to catch bicycle thieves. If I recall, this is something Adam has advocated in the past. Seems like a smart approach to me!

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South Bend Bike Theft

Posted by Henry Scott on September 11, 2009

The South Bend Tribune had an article back in June about rising bike theft in South Bend, which we briefly discussed on Bike Michiana. I’m not aware of any subsequent statistical data, but we have clearly seen an increase in bike theft on the IU-South Bend campus this summer, and it appears to be continuing into the fall semester. Like many campuses we’re seeing record enrollment this year and, not surprisingly, the campus bike racks are in much higher demand. That’s certainly a good thing, but I’m afraid it may have made our campus more fertile ground for bike thieves.

Anyone have additional anecdotal or statistical evidence about bike theft in South Bend? What is your strategy for keeping your bike secure? As I’ve mentioned previously, I typically use just a cable lock, but I think it may be time for me to beef up my security measures.

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Black Box for Bikes

Posted by Adam Bee on April 24, 2009

One of the things that sometimes keeps me up at night is the possibility that on any given day I could be run down in cold blood by a homicidal maniac, and nobody would be left alive to testify on my behalf.  Folks would shrug and mumble, “Shoulda been on the sidewalk,” or, “Why wasn’t he driving his car?”

Then it occurred to me:  Airplane pilots have an eerily similar problem, and they’ve solved in by carrying a “black box” to record any possible crash.  Why not have the same thing for bikes?

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New Tires for the Monkey Bike?

Posted by Henry Scott on April 24, 2009

I used my folding bike to get from South Bend to Argonne National Lab for the third time this past weekend. Getting to the lab on Friday was a breeze but, unfortunately, I got a flat like I did on similar trip to Pennsylvania last summer. I was unprepared (again.. sigh!) and had to run the bike for 3.5 miles in a cold rain to catch Metra.

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MBA Swap Meet: Sat. March 28th

Posted by Henry Scott on March 23, 2009

The annual MBA swap meet will be held this coming Saturday, March 28th at the Pinhook Park Pavilion (see map below). According to the April MBA newsletter [PDF], members can begin setting up at noon, and the swap meet will officially be from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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Historical Perspective and the future

Posted by Phil G-E on March 14, 2009

I wonder what stories you might hear if you asked your elders about their memories of bicycles and bicycling.

As I was talking with my mother yesterday, we explored some of her memories of pre-WW II Tokyo. She came from a well-to-do Japanese family and offered some interesting perspectives on cars, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic. She remembered how the streets of Tokyo were narrow and often choked with pedestrians, bicycles and, sometimes, cars. Read the rest of this entry »

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They’re Off!

Posted by Henry Scott on March 13, 2009

Although I haven’t seen a robin and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, I let sun-induced optimism move me to remove my studded tires this morning. I can no longer stand the energy-sapping buzz of carbide studs on bare pavement. I’ll wait for it to warm up a bit more before doing my annual spring tune up, but for now I’m happy to be back to my regular tires. Here’s hoping that winter is really over!

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