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Cyclists in Kenya using bicycles to charge their phones

Here is a link to a story about some technological advances using the best technology of all…the bicycle.

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Bicyclists in Kenya Charge Their Phones by Pedaling
Written by Bryan Nelson
Published on July 28th, 2009
Two Kenyan students have invented a device that allows bicycle riders to charge their phones as they pedal.
Deemed a “dynamo-powered smart charger”, the device should make it more economical for the 17.5 million Kenyans who use mobile phones to charge them. Even more impressive, the environmentally-friendly phone charger was originally built from scraps retrieved from a junkyard.

Read the whole story here at ecowordly.com

Video of Red Bull Challenge from Cyclehawk Studios

Thanks JC Ramirez

Gadgets: a Cabon Fiber bike with traction Control.

Sanyo, known for making things like this:
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Is now designing Carbon Fiber bikes with Traction Control…(That’s Hi-fidelity, for you Boogie Nights fans)
Now yours for only $6,600.00.
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Carbon fiber, with its light weight and high strength, is the material upon which the modern motorsports world is built. Traction control, which decreases difficulty, threatens to destroy it. However, in the world of the urban commute, traction control is a great thing and carbon is generally unheard of. Not for Sanyo, which will soon introduce the CY-SPK227 eneloop bike with a frame made of the stuff, featuring two wheel drive and traction control.

Read more at engadget.

And BTW, Sanyo, I’m always down for some product reviews…hint. hint.

Bikesnob in NYTimes

You love him, you hate him…you love to hate him. Not that this guy needs anymore promotion but the most popular bikeblogger, the bike snob got a story in the NY Times. I love him cause when ever I tell people I have a blog about biking in NYC, they say…oh, are you the bike snob?

For the Bike World, Tough Love From a Self-Described Snob

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INCOGNITO The Bike Snob poses for a portrait, preserving his anonymity.

By JASON GAY
Published: July 24, 2009

“He keeps a day job in the publishing industry. He rides his bike to work in Manhattan from Brooklyn. He’s married. He enjoys a margarita. He’s an enthusiastic bike racer, but not a terribly good one.
Those were a few of the personal details the Bike Snob was willing to reveal. He agreed to meet for a Tex-Mex dinner in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on the condition that a reporter not disclose his real name, lest the world learn the true identity of the crankiest and most talked-about bike blogger of the moment. (Anonymity is, after all, the central element of his online persona.)

Since introducing his blog, bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com, in the spring of 2007, the Bike Snob has emerged as a fierce and entertaining critic. His following includes Lance Armstrong, who is finishing the Tour de France this weekend and was photographed not long ago wearing one of the Bike Snob’s “Seal of Disapproval” T-shirts. Bicycling magazine, the country’s largest cycling publication, hired him to write a column, and next spring, Chronicle Books will publish a Bike Snob book.
read the whole story here.

Cars are getting tickets for parking in bike lanes, according to Gothamist

According to Gothamist, NYPD are issuing summons to motorists who park in the bike lane.

Read the article here.

Time’s Up events this weekend-starting tonight

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1. MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE RIDE
Friday, July 24th, 7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

Get on your bike and come celebrate the King of Pop. Dance the night away to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits on this street dance ride! Be prepared to moonwalk.
We can tell by the way you use your bike, you’re a dance machine, no time to talk!

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2. MAKE EAST NEW YORK BEAUTIFUL (garden cleanup)
Saturday, July 25th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Liberty Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn
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3. RIVERSIDE RIDE
Saturday, July 25th, 10 p.m.
Columbus Circle (SW corner of Central Park, at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park South 59th Street, and Central Park West)
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Upcoming:
Summer Streets 2009 – Your City. YOUR STREETS! Your Playground.
AUGUST 8th, 15th, and 22nd – 7:00AM-1:00PM

Video Friday-7/24/09

Ok here is your daily fix of fixed:
From Prolly
Wonka ripping up some 180’s and 360’s at Peel Sessions off a home-made pallet wedge.

Wonka Wedge from John Prolly on Vimeo.

a trailer for a documentary, For Thousands of Miles. (from the site) “An independent documentary about the shift in perspective after traveling alone, for thousands of miles, by bicycle from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic ocean. Sharing people’s motivations to leave everything behind, and to understand what they each take away from their overwhelming and painful journey.

Teaser 016 from mike ambs ☂ on Vimeo.

here’s another:

Teaser 015 from mike ambs ☂ on Vimeo.

Big in Japan…from Starfuckers it’s Bike Carnival 2009. (warning: this video is 12 minutes long)

Bike Carnival 2009, ファンタジーレース,Fixed trick Jam ダイジェスト(not official) from ryo ubota on Vimeo.

found on Tracko
Kraftwerk played the Manchester Velodrome, complete with cyclists, 2/07/09…how rad is that.

Official videos from Tour De France’s YouTube site:

Uh-oh…looks like the Warriors race is coming to Vancouver in September.

The Warriors Race from morehartfilms on Vimeo.

More videos:

“Paris-Vision” Teaser from Androsky Knauer on Vimeo.

Too Funny, vintage cycling:

Cog magazine in Soul Korea

One Fine Day _ in seoul from inkon on Vimeo.

Trailer for Dan Leeb’s Anima D’Acciaio-

Anima D’Acciaio Trailer Ver5.1 from Cinecycle on Vimeo.

The worlds of hip hop and cycling finally collide in Keep Pedalling, the new film clip from Hugo and Treats. Filmed on one sunny day in Brunswick, North Melbourne, Australia, at the Brunswick Free Ride. No politics, just Bicycles. Directed by Colby Welsh, Josh Beahan and Hugo. Keep Pedalling, people.

Riding Tall Bikes in Jakarta with Tod Seelie of suckapants.com

Riding tall bikes in Jakarta from suckapants on Vimeo.

Velocity and pre NACCC events in NYC

Weekly email from LFGSS

London fixed gear and single speed has a new weekly email going out with updates on events and news on the local scene.

Check out their blog at:
www.londonfgss.com

Big Weekend…

Pre-events in NYC for NACCC in Boston.
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