Posts tagged ‘biking’

Helmets and health care

Did you see this story in yesterday’s New York Times? It’s about bike-sharing programs in cities around the world—existing ones in Amsterdam, Dublin, Melbourne, Minneapolis, and Paris, and the upcoming one in New York—and the effect that helmet rules have on their success. The basic thrust of the article is that forcing riders to wear…


Broken bracket

With the beautiful weather here in Chicagoland, I’ve been able to get off to a fast start with this year’s bike commuting. I’ve ridden 120 miles at the halfway point of the month. Last year I had only 85 miles at the end of March, and the year before it was 144 miles for March.…


Argonne bike ride

Yesterday morning I went out for a bike ride I’ve been wanting to take for some time: to Argonne National Lab, around the loop trail that surrounds it, and back home. Each leg is about 10 miles, so I ended up with just over 31 miles on my tripmeter when I got home. I’ve ridden…


Bike tire replacement

I replaced my tires on the morning of the Fourth. The old ones had about 3600 miles on them, 2800 from last year and 800 so far this year. This is down from the 4000 miles I put on the previous set, but I had kept those on until the cords were showing, something I…


The iPhone as a DIY tool

I finally got around to replacing the worn chainring on my bike, and, as with most of my DIY projects, I used my iPhone to document how the parts fit together as I was taking them apart. To me, being able to use my camera as a pad of scratch paper is one of the…


Bike repairs

Last Wednesday, my Twitter friend @bemyax mentioned that I hadn’t written much about bicycling this year. I replied @bemyax Since too many of my previous “adventures” have been falls, collisions, and near-collisions, the lack of reports is a blessing.2:03 PM Wed Jun 1, 2011@drdrang Dr. Drang The blessing didn’t even last the rest of Wednesday.…


Biking season

Work has kept me off my bike a little more than I would have liked, but I have gotten a few rides in this month. Here’s my Google spreadsheet of bike miles for 2011: I’m behind where I was at this time last year, but ahead of every previous year. In fact, last year was…


More on bike tire life

If you Google “bicycle tire life,” chances are you’ll see this old post of mine up near the top of the page. This is vaguely embarrassing, as the point of the post was that I went into it not really knowing how much life to expect out of my tires. Now I can speak with…


Turnabout

Fair is fair. After writing a couple of posts about cars running into bicycles, I suppose it’s only right that I do one on a bicycle running into a car. The story comes from Sunday’s Naperville Sun and concerns Stephen Kupelian, who’s had trouble with cars before. On probation for trying to torch a Pontiac…


Hokey smoke!

This blog post may be inappropriate for younger or more sensitive readers. Near the end of my ride home from work yesterday, I was coasting downhill when a squirrel shot out onto the bike path from the bushes off to the right. He hesitated for a split second, and I thought I’d be able to…