There is certainly no shortage of bottle openers in bike culture, whether built into the bike or off on their own. For some reason cyclists are drawn to beverages that entail prying off the lid, never to be replaced again, necessitating a drinking of the entire beverage. I don’t know, it’s weird. Anyways, if you haven’t had your fill of bottle openers or want something a little more unique, Evan Hawkins creates these bottle openers out of your fork ends, carving off the bottom section, doing a little trimming at the dropout for maximum pryage, then finishing it off with some palm saving cordage. Each opener runs $35.00 and comes in a variety of colors.
See all the various styles on his Etsy page.
First off, no instructional video from Japan is complete without some large breasted cartoon characters…amirite?! Regardless, this is some next level public bicycle parking. Bike sharing may be making waves around the country right now, but one of the critiques has been the occupied public space at street level. Well, enter underground bicycle parking, where with a standard membership (no idea on pricing) you can securely lock your bike into one of these mechanical contraptions far away from bolt cutters and other street level dangers. It’s not a sharing program, of course, but down the line I could see the 200 bike capacity stations being used for such a program.
Still, I can’t help envision a robot takeover, or simple mechanical malfunction and having your bike trapped underground and out of reach indefinitely. The peace of mind knowing your bike is secure, even without a lock, may be worth it however.
Via Boing Boing
The New York Bicycle Film Festival is set to roll at the end of this month, June 26 – 30. The trailer above is for Wheelin’, just one of many short films that will be viewed throughout the weekend. Check here for a number of other trailer offerings and get all the latest updates on the BFF blog.
I haven’t gotten the full word back from Red Hook this year, but preliminary reports noted a lot of pretty gnarly crashes, as evidenced by this video. A local (Indy local) racer who was vying for the podium was forced to start from the near back of the pack and pick his way up into the teens due to a really bad wreck during his qualifying round. I’ll reserve speculation on course design or any other external factor contributing to the crashes as the speed and density of these crits may lend to the inherent risk of dangerous wrecks. This one in particular looks like it could have been much worse than it already was. Let’s hope no one was seriously hurt.
The Citibike bike sharing program is up and running in NYC despite some predicting nothing short of the apocalypse, yet just 10 days in and the bikes have been taken for a ride over 100,000 times, and to my knowledge without a single death! Yeah, Yeah, we all knew once the ribbons were cut and the wheels got rolling that everyone would fall in line, but just in case fears still needed to be quelled a bit, Animal NYC conducted an interview with a bike sharing rep in London to get a feel of how everything has gone since they launched their own program under similar NIMBY-like frustrations and controversy. As is to be expected, everything is rolling smoothly. Good thing for other cities around the country who are looking to implement their own programs who now have another successful example to silence the naysayers.