I carry a broom on my bike-commute route whenever the debris gets annoying. I usually sweep glass and plastic parts from car wrecks, and silt and detritus from road construction.
In this photo, glass nuggets covered about 100ft/33m of the bike lane on Cornwallis Rd eastbound near NC 147 in the RTP, fresh carrion from a nasty wreck no doubt. I was lucky that I saw the mess in my headlight during my dark morning commute. (As I was sweeping, a lady actually stopped and asked if I was okay. Most motorists are nice.)
Clean your route. The tire you save may be your own.
Monday, November 7, 2011
It's really nice to ride with a mechanic who watches you struggle for a minute replacing a flat tire, politely asks if she can help, then INSTANTLY snaps the tire over the rim. Yes, really nice.
A few rider portraits: [photos]
Saturday, November 5, 2011
I made two small modifications. Installation details are in [photos and captions].
Watch for another report if I decide to install the cable release (rather than running the generator all the time). And watch to see if I make a tire-surface brush (to keep detritus from embedding itself in the generator wheel). And watch for a report on installing the light (B&M Lumotec Lyt). And how well I like the pattern...
Bicycles are impractical, according to the State Farm car insurance company.
I just heard a radio advertisement [*] which advised a customer to spend the money he saved by switching to State Farm on something more practical than a bicycle. The customer was portrayed as a doofus who wanted to buy a bike, but was ridiculed. I didn't find it funny.
State Farm has a history of bike-bashing. GM recently made waves with their bike-bashing ad.
Is this a recurring trend in automotive advertising because it works? Or is bike-commuting catching on and becoming a threat?
[*] lunchtime today, WRAL-FM radio, Raleigh NC, during UNC-NCSU college football game.