It is a surprise to see the rusty girl’s bike embedded in a tree about six feet off the ground. I searched around for it this summer on a bike ride over on Vashon, and finally found it in some woods on the northeast corner of 99th Avenue SW and SW 204th Street (see map).
January 11, 2013 at 6:00 am (Bike lore)
If you like vintage bikes and auctions, you’ll want to get in on the next vintage bike auction.–corrie
The highly anticipated first of three auctions of vintage bicycles and memorabilia from a recently closed New York-based museum earlier this month brought in a jaw-dropping half-million dollars, about 150% of what the auctioneers predicted.
From the bone-braker to the modern frame, this video covers it all with a special focus on the British origins of the bike. Among the hhighlights are the visit to the Brooks saddle factory and vulcaizing your own tires.–Corrie
December 16, 2012 at 6:00 am (Bike lore)
Well maybe not today, but ove 150 years, what’s a couple of days.–corrie
The bike is simply one of the most brilliant inventions of the past 150 years. And today is the birthday of the man who created the modern cloth from which all bike are cut.
Pro-bicycle racing has fallen on hard times. No one has suggested Eddie Merdkx doped, so perhaps it is safe to polish up this record holder with a new book. –Corrie
Several books on Merckx have been published since his retirement, but Merckx 525 gives the reader an intimate view of the Belgian’s life on and off the bike during his prime years, sideburns and all. Vintage bicycle aficionados will appreciate the lugged steel bikes, leather saddles, wool shorts and jerseys, metal toe clips and leather shoes.
I don’t usually carry a bike lock. But sometimes I want to go into a store or go to a meeting. I hate having to carry my heavy cablelock even though it rides pretty well around the seatpost. I’m not sure I’d like this lock with me at all times, but for those occasions when I know I’ll be away from the bike for some time, this looks like a viable solution.–Corrie
Might be better than boxing your bike and putting it on a plane.–Corrie
Anyone who needs a bike can go to the website, search for bike type, size and availability, and location, then contact the bike’s owner to ask questions and set up the deal.
Do you really need those lycra shorts? –Corrie
Even though I design dressy bike clothing for a living, I am getting mighty tired of all the Spandex-spiting that is prevalent among urban cycling advocates these days. I find it dismayingly ironic that folks who want cycling to be more inclusive should feel that they can make it so by excluding a clothing style and the type of riding it represents from the List of Approved Cycling Modes. Since I don’t feel ready to buy a pair of stiletto heels just so I can garner the approval of the bleeding-edge chic, I am going to open my mouth at least wide enough to put my foot in it.
October 14, 2012 at 6:00 am (Bike lore)
Don’t try this at home or anywhere else–Corrie
October 7, 2012 at 6:00 am (Bike lore)
Ride 100k on your 100th birthday!
Guess I might have a few more good yeras left in me.–Corrie