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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.

Solar Bike Paths Are Here (or there)


Pardon the annoying video, but the description of what a solar roadway is, how it works, and it’s larger social potential is well described. Fittingly, one of the first solar roadways just went down in the Netherlands, as a 70 meter bike path. Yes, bikes leading the way, of course. It’s an expensive technology, but if the funding can be found, the returns down the line will continue to expand practical usage on a larger scale. This article at Collective Evolution gives a good summary of the first solar roadway now in use.

Australian Cyclists Party

Richard – Australian Cyclists Party from Australian Cyclists Party on Vimeo.

Voting on the basis of cyclist’s needs sounds relatively absurd, but with what party policies get passed today…why not?!

Bikes for Special Needs Kids

Most Innovative Organizations | Edmonton Bike Commuters’ Society from Brent Felzien on Vimeo.

Hell yeah, this is awesome. Bikes modified to enable special needs kids to ride and gain the benefits of physical therapy through cycling.

Wide Path Camper

camper2camper1Those Danes are either brilliant or bored. The Wide Path Camper is a pull behind bike trailer / camping domicile. It is light and compact enough to be pulled by a bike, but expands into a shelter that can seat and sleep two (comfortably?), houses a fold out table and still allows for storage. The Wide Path Camper even has a solar powered cell for recharging small electronics. This ain’t no Poler type bike camping, but if you’re going to go that route, why not go all out?!

It is currently being sold and/or rented through the designer directly.

Bigo Bag Five

Bigo Bag Five – It’s not just a bag from Bigo on Vimeo.

When my son was born I really wanted a piece that doubled as a messenger and diaper bag, and although the Bigo Bag Five doesn’t quite go that far…it tries. Claiming a 5-in-one bag (and probably many more if you stretch some definitions), the Bigo transforms into a baby sling, picnic blanket, rain poncho, expandable device and standard messenger bag. Already funded through a successful IndieGoGo campaign, the bag will be available for purchase soon at around $118.

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Ice Tires


Yeah, it’s a “because I can” sort of thing, but it’s Friday…so there. Admittedly, the winter sledding potential is pretty exciting.

Keirin Cut Jeans

Well, the Kickstarter doesn’t need any help, but if you wanna get in on a pair of the first run jeans, you can still donate to the cause. Keirin cut jeans are designed for big (huge?) quad’ed athletes who struggle to find leg wear that fit throughout the lower body. More than just a pair of jeans that work for riding in all conditions, these are tailored to your actual body type…should you have huge quads, of course.

First run jean rewards start at $107 at this point, with options to buy multiple pairs.

F-ABRIC by Freitag

Recycled tarpaulin bag makers, Freitag, have just released a new material called F-ABRIC, which they have incorporated into a number of apparel products and are currently using to create a concept bag. The material is plant-based and biodegradable, but also comfortable and robust enough to be used as work wear. Various products will be available in stores this month. The Swiss come through again.

Mister Ghibli


In an industry that is consistently more high-tech with every passing year and in a time when outsourcing everything seems to be the norm, Campagnolo’s most prized asset are the hands within its very own factory.

Mr Ghibli is just one example of how Campagnolo maintains the quality and integrity of its products by producing everything under its own roof through passionate and competent staff. #misterghibli

Black Women Bike DC

BWBDCThink Progress has a write-up on the group Black Women Bike DC, an organization dedicated to increasing black women ridership and change public perceptions about black riders. From the article:

Regardless of its purpose, biking poses many health benefits for women of color, a demographic often plagued by a host of ailments including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Biking serves as a means of alleviating some of those conditions. Pedaling at a rate of 12 to 14 miles per hour burns nearly 500 calories in an hour. The activity also reduces fatigue, strengthens muscles and joints. Perhaps the greatest long-term gain for ardent riders lies in the reduction that one will develop heart disease, designated as the leading cause of death for American women.

“Seeing other women of color bike has been cool and empowering,” Bavier said. “It makes me feel like this activity is really for us. The city should focus its attention in places without much visibility or commerce. If you look at much of the infrastructure east of the river, there’s not much to accommodate bikes. It’s affected everything, from the levels of community awareness to the ways that the bike lanes are set up.”

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