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How To Tie and Solder Spokes

Tied and soldered spokes were once a final touch from the finest mechanics upon the highest quality wheels, but have for the most part faded into obscurity. Seen only rarely these days, many cyclists have never personally laid eyes upon a set of tied and soldered wheels, let alone question the history of the practice or learn to tie their own.

Back in Urban Velo #11 published in January 2009 we explained the practice and showed you how to get started with the help of local old school wheel wizard Scott Wickham Jr.

Read the whole article in our magazine archives, and check out the other 42 issues we’ve published to date absolutely free, no catch.

HouseTrike

Bike camping seems to be the rage right now, but for slower traveling nomads or those living in the city, popping up a tent in public gets you in trouble almost immediately. An Amsterdam artist, Bas Sprakel, has considered this dilemma and created an intermediate between bike camping and homeless domiciles, called the HouseTrike. The mobile temporary home includes a bed with an internal locking mechanism for safety. Sprakel is considering making adjustments in the next fabrication and taking the bike on a tour of Europe to show it’s practical nature.

To me it was important that is was multi-functional and practical for all most everybody who is living without a roof above their head. It didn’t need to be luxurious but it had to be a device solving their basic needs, both psychical and mentally. So it is a bed that can be locked from the inside so you sleep well and feel fresh the next day. The box has a lot of space to store a lot of stuff but is still small so it is stil light and easy to use. Also extended it is still small and therefore you can sleep anywhere you want, also in the city without being noticed that fast. It provides in a very sober way all the basic needs.

Tom Teesdale Suffers Heart Attack on RAGBRAI

dmrdc5-5q427cih4ew1kmbdl30j_original In sad news RAGBRAI is reporting that long time framebuilder Tom Teesdale suffered a heart attack and passed away while participating in the annual ride across Iowa on Monday the 21st. Tom was an influential craftsman having been involved in the 1980′s era Fisher bikes, and known throughout the world of small-time builders.

Son John Teesdale said his father loved his family and had a passion for bicycles.

“It’s nice — well, it’s not nice — but if you’ve got to go out, you might as well go out riding your bike,” he said.

Read more at www.ragbrai.com

Swobo Minneapolis Folsom Fist Fight

Minneapolis rules, and this is more evidence. Swobo gets it.

Dragon Shirt Sale – $5!

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Roll with the red dragon and a winning hand of cards for just $5 plus shipping. The art was originally made for our annual Spring Roll alleycat but we decided it would work well on a shirt as a standalone piece. Time to make space for a new design, pick one up while supplies last. White Gildan Dryblend 50/50 shirt, available in sizes S-XXL.
 

Price: $5.00

 

Superb Bicycle Overland Prototype

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This is my kind of bicycle. The widespread epiphany that big tires are comfortable and can take you to awesome places on a “road” bicycle has led to a number of choices in the realm of versatile frames built for real world riding rather than pure racing. Superb Bicycle just posted a few pictures of their latest efforts, the Overland. Build it with flat bars and racks for commuting and city riding, or drop bars for gravel and cyclocross endeavors. Clearance for up to 40 mm tires gives you more cushion for the pushin’, steel tubes keep it real. The prototype is 4130 steel, but Superb is threatening to make it out of Columbus Zona for that much better, and lighter, of a ride. Check out that flat crown and hooded dropouts (with replaceable hanger!). Good stuff. See more at www.superbbicycle.com

Meet the Blackburn Rangers

Meet the Blackburn Rangers, headed on the road for 2014 to use and abuse the latest equipment for months long real-life testing that the lab can’t emulate. Most of us live in cities, and most of us want to get out for an extended road trip now and again. Even if your trip is only a few hours, you might be happy that one of these people made sure that pump or pannier is good for the journey. Watch and catch some views from the Great Divide and Pacific Coast Highway routes. “Get out there.”

Rear Facing Camera Catches Driver (Deliberately?) Hit Cyclist

This one is hard to watch. Earlier this week a rider in Bullard Texas cycling on a very wide shoulder to the right of the white line was seemingly deliberately hit by a passing pickup truck. The Ford F150 pickup driven by 52-year-old Samuel Vercher clearly veers towards the cyclist as it approaches. Maybe it isn’t malice and the driver just can’t keep his giant truck in his lane and should be disqualified from driving, but I wouldn’t give this guy that much credit from my look at the video. It only takes one asshole using their vehicle as a weapon to change your family forever.

Read the local coverage of the incident at the Tyler Morning Telegraph that identifies the driver and has this quote from the Bullard Police Chief Gary Don Lewis, “We don’t know how close to the line the cyclist was traveling, but I must make it clear that the bike was not struck, it was the vehicle’s mirror that struck the cyclist. He (Vercher) was very upset that he hit the cyclist he says he never saw.”

I’d be willing to bet that nothing comes of this after the police wrap up their investigation, as the driver is using the old “I didn’t see him” excuse, which in my experience gives drivers the freedom to run over anyone they want without fear of repercussions.

Read our feature story HD Witness in Urban Velo #40 about the growing number of people using cameras to document malicious and inattentive drivers.

Kurt Boone “Bard of New York” Video Chat Tonight 7pm EST

690551609d0985630fed628feea7bd10 Join messenger, author, poet and sometimes Urban Velo contributor Kurt Boone tonight at 7pm EST at Shindig.com for a video chat and poetry reading from his recent book “Bard of New York.”

Ride Like a Girl

Oh man…this blog post by Nikki Lee is so good on many levels. Well-written, clever and right to the point…on both issues.

If one of those cars does hit you, you’re probably going to get blamed. The police will assume that you were riding unsafely, and what you could have done to better protect yourself. The driver most likely won’t be punished at all. If anything, it’ll be a slap on the wrist.

Now, a follow up post explaining ways to make both situations better would be rad.

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