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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

Bike Friendly Cities – Video Series

Earlier in the week we posted an uncut interview with Mikale Colville-Anderson on the ideas of Copenhagenize. This video contains excerpts from the interview as a new series by the people at WeLoveCycling who are showcasing bike friendly cities around the world. Then content for Copenhagen is up now and more cities are soon to follow.

“…It was a pleasure to talk with famous urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen. Or with Morten Kabell, head of Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Administration. And we’re sure you will love the wizards from bike repair shops or the beautiful lady who ferries sperm samples to fertility clinics around Copenhagen on a sperm-shaped cargo-bike.

For a number of days we researched whether Copenhagen really is paradise on Earth for cyclists. You can find the answer in our report.

Sun Strap – Solar Charger

I love the cycling related possibilities of this sun strap solar charger. Not only does it eliminate the need to search for an outlet, hanging out while your device boosts power, but you can also power up and charge while still riding. It probably has sufficient applications in a rural setting, but I imagine using it on centuries, weekend cycle camping trips, and just longer rides in general where you need to stay connected, but would rather keep rolling.
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The research group hopes to ship first runs of the strap charger to initial backers by December of this year. Base level backing starts at $55 to pre-order the product. The campaign is over half-way funded with approximately 12 days to go.

M Lock iPhone Bike Mount


Studio Proper recently released this anodized aluminum iPhone bike mount, corresponding with it’s M Lock iPhone case. The mount allows for quick installation, adjustable range of views and secures the phone via high powered magnets. The mount retails for around $60 while the case runs at $30. Buy them both here.

Interview – Mikael Colville-Andersen

The people of WeLoveCycling interview the founder of the site/movement Copenhagenize to discuss the group’s origins, intents and where they hope to go next.

The Biker

Don’t you hate it when motorized vehicles use the bike lane? I mean, hate hate hate it?! Don’t you wanna ride up next to them and kick em over. Don’t you get so enraged you wanna..wait….oh, never mind.

Aaron Edge Interview

Disclaimer : This is an interview I conducted and posted on my personal blog – Run Vegan
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Aaron Edge was a co-founder of the cycling, altitude-driven lifestyle brand, Upness, which is no more. He has been battling the effects of MS for the past year and a half now, primarily through a combination of medicine and physical activity, namely his cycling passion. In this interview, he lays it all out with blunt honesty and no punches pulled, giving the reader a more human perspective on living with disease and what that means both physically and emotionally.

Survival Bike

I’m not sure if the engine can be turned off in the event of apocalyptic gas shortages, enabling straight drivetrain engagement…but let’s just pretend.
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From their disclaimer:

Operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit involves some risk of bodily injury…We are not responsible for injuries and/or damages resulting from operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit…Obey all traffic regulations. Always wear a helmet while riding. Remember that you are riding a motorized bicycle and other traffic may not be able to see you. Never operate your motorized bicycle on a pedestrian through way or sidewalk while the engine is running.

In the event of apocalypse…all disclaimer advice is irrelevant.

Via Motopeds

Bikeable Zoo

zoo2Let’s be real here…this is NOT going to happen, but sometimes design firms have too many workers and need to keep them occupied, so they pitch ideas that tend to be a little far-fetched. Maybe I’m being overly cynical here, but let’s entertain the idea of this project regardless. The Danish design firm BIG pitched a concept for overhauling the current zoo in Givskund, Denmark. In this redesign, they have spectators viewing the animals in a more direct manner, but with less perceived intrusion. One way they do this is by having people riding in, what look like, bubble bikes, with a mirrored surface so the people can’t be seen by the animals.

My first thought when I saw this design was, “Have you ever seen an animal look at itself in the mirror?” That never turns out good. I can imagine a primate or other predator animal feeling threatened by the reflection and attacking the bubble bikes, knocking them over and pounding the crap out of them. But hey, that will be an animal encounter a young child will never forget.

Then there are the mechanical issues. What happens with flat tires, broken chains, operators ignoring the red lights of the jungle and speeding through a herd’s attempt at an enclosed stampede?

Ok, I kid. Let’s look at the pictures of the Jetson’s bikes we’ll be riding in the future.
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Via AnimalNewYork

BikeTrails

BikeTrails by STOPNOWHERE™ from STOPNOWHERE on Vimeo.

BikeTrails is a ride diary by STOPNOWHERE, but instead of just being a traditional log, it’s also a way to engage with a larger BikeTrails community online, challenging each other in a Strava-like way, but with a more analog approach.

BikeTrails can be purchased for approximately $26 here.

Idaho to Oregon: The Final Days

IDAHO TO OREGON : THE FINAL DAYS from Kate Dougherty on Vimeo.

Ben Towill and friends rode from Colorado to Oregon, documenting the trip along the way. I’m digging the 70s surf movie feel of their videos, this final piece being the last leg of the trip, concentrating more on the details of riding rather than the journey itself. Towill explains the reason behind this ride along parts of the TransAmerican Bike Trail,

I am riding for a New York charity called Just Food, an organization working to make NYC a healthier place to live and eat, and will be working with them on their Youth Community Chefs program.These inspiring young people are participating in urban farming and gardening initiatives and then sharing their knowledge of and passion for good food with their neighbors.

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