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R.I.P. Velocitron Blue Thunder

You should have seen the other bike...

You should have seen the other bike...

Today on a short ride through the Hubbard Brook County Park near Flanders, Friend of Freewheel Chris Brunson noticed this HUGE shearing crack in my bike frame. The crack goes about 80-90% of the way around the tube. It happened on the down tube, at the junction with the head tube.

I’m glad that Chris’ ever-observant eye caught this before the tube snapped, which may have resulted in a high-speed face plant on the pavement.

I’m not certain how this crack formed, whether it was the work of a hacksaw or just the result of tension on an old frame. It goes to show that you should frequently examine the condition of your bike before you ride. Don’t take your bike for granted!

This is also a sad end to a frame that I really enjoyed. The bike was assembled by several Freewheel members and the frame was donated by Conor, an original Freewheeler. I took the bike on my first bike-camping trip to Bear Mountain State Park, and saddled it with a pannier-style basket. This actually may have contributed to the demise of the frame since it was a delicate, thin tubed Italian racer. Not really designed for touring.

If you see a 61-62cm road frame out there, please let me know. I’m on the lookout for something to keep me pedaling through the spring and summer.

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Riding in Style

NY Times article on the Dutch Bike, fenders and chain guard make it possible to ride in your fancy duds…. if that’s at all important to you. And if you’re not already tired of this guy’s clueless looks, you will be once you’ve finished the slide show associated with the article…..


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HR 305 & the importance of bicycling

In an attempt to be “fair and balanced” (oo. that phrase is probably trademarked now, isn’t it?), I was looking for some pictures of McCain on a bike, or doing something even more substantive for bicycle advocacy. I didn’t look for very long, but I didn’t find anything to post in support of him.

However, I did find this post from a Portland, OR bicycle advocacy blog that referred to a bill sponsored by an Oregon representative and that was passed by the House of Representatives back in May.  The bill recognizes the importance of bicycling as a viable alternative to personal motorized transportation.  It is currently in committee in the Senate (in a committee in which Sen. McCain is a member).

I’m just now reading the bill, so if you read it and have any comments to make, please leave them here. How does your sense of the importance of bicycling compare to the legalese of the HoR?