Showing posts with label to lock up your bike. Show all posts
Showing posts with label to lock up your bike. Show all posts

09 January 2012

how to/how not to lock up your bike

 "auxiliary cable" mistake
It never ceases to amaze me how often you can spot an improperly locked up bicycle in NYC... or the remnants of a bicycle theft. I spotted that cut Kryptonite cable above in SoHo right after hearing about the same thing happened in Union Square from a friend.

I love this video from Streetfilms in which Hal from Bicycle Habitat does a hilarious -- and very good job -- at running through how to properly lock up. He's been a bike mechanic in NYC since the 70's and knows all the tricks of the trade including one of my favorites, strategically epoxying ball bearings...

Hal Grades Your Bike Locking 3: The Final Warning!

06 December 2011

via DC: (coloured) paper clip bike racks

My friend, brewer extraordinaire, Nathan sent this over to me -- new bike racks at the corner of 21st and L in DC! Can't help but love these racks which reminded me of these around here.

All this ample bike parking would make most NYers super jealous (there's even a naked standard city rack in the distance). People - take advantage of downtown parking and get riding!

17 November 2011

sidewalk smash up

A sad, yet common, sight... evidence of why not to lock up on the outside of a street pole.

Stumbled upon this bike in SoHo but it happened to a co-worker last month in front of our office by a UPS truck. Its pretty safe to say that it is worth going out of your way to always park on the inside (sidewalk side) of poles.

12 October 2011

Tulip Fun Fun - the bendable bike rack

images via Keha3'
Just cracked open this week's New York Magazine and came across Keha3's 'Tulip Fun Fun' designed by Margus Triibmann. Yeah, FUN! The Estoni-based designer developed the rack from metal cable, covered rubber hose, and hot galvanized metal plate -- allowing you more options when locking up while also protecting your frame with it's rubber coating. Love imagining tons of these racks installed in the city, bending like wheat in a field. You know?! Well, anyhow, while looking at some of  Margus' other designs, I recognized the 'Sea Buoy' which I've admired in the past for it's cleverness, 'vandal-proof/impact-proof housing', possible indoor/outdoor applications, and after all it's waterproof. While not bike specific, it would be awesome to carry around in your bike basket (like so)!

images via Keha3'

16 May 2011

Bike meets ICFF 2011: 44steel, geekhouse bike + mint

At ICFF last year I spotted MIO's flat pack bike basket... and during my first (quick) visit to ICFF 2011 yesterday I (naturally) gravitated to the geekhouse custom built bike on display...
The bike hanger is by Cleveland-based Jason Radcliffe of Forty Four Steel and is one minimal and elegant fixture.  Jason's design keeps a bicycle hung vertically by simply resting the front wheel into the top of the frame -- similar to (but more visually appealing) then the Leonardo rack I'm fond. This is his first prototype and there are plans for some minor revisions -- but the final will be available shortly and  will some in a variety of powder coated colours as well as the raw steel. 

So nice seeing bikes represented at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) since, after all, bikes make it into our home life for many of us!
Marty Walsh of Boston-based geekhouse bikes / Jason Radcliffe of Forty Four Steel

Also spotted this clever little 'KEY CHAIN' by MINT, designed by Scott Henderson -- which makes one perfect holder for your bike key. It's brand new to the market but soon available at the MOMA Design Store. You can read about Scott's own love of bikes in this interview from 2009!

15 May 2011

Hiplok's US debut @ Mission Bicycles via London

Minimalism is essential for lots of urban cyclists who stick to bikes without baskets and racks -- but really who doesn't want to carry less, travel light, and streamline. The fantastic SanFran bike shop, Mission Bicycle, held a Bike to Work Fashion Show last Thursday at which they debuted their exclusive US product release of Hiplok: the world’s first bike lock designed to be worn on the body by London-based designers John Abrahams and Benjamin Smith.
Hiplok is the first bicycle lock developed specifically to be worn around the waist.  Hiplok's integrated and fully adjustable belt fixing allows the rider to tighten the lock around the waist without actually locking the device, offering a level of portability, comfort and versatility never seen before. Due to it’s unique design, Hiplok is never locked into a loop while it is attached to your body, and it remains fully adjustable and quickly removable at all times when being worn.

and my favorite colour combo (love that white buckle detail) but comes it lots of options...

Available for US purchase [here] on Mission's site + watch the Hiplok video [here]

Thanks, Jefferson!

20 March 2011

Two in One: U-Lock Wrench

Designed in San Francisco, Mission Bicycle Company carries this U-Lock Wrench which fits onto the end of Kryptonite Evolution and Series 2 U-Locks. While I love having tools at my disposal, can't say that I'm always psyched to carry them around. Pretty nice that this add-on wrench component becomes one with your U-lock and weighs in at only 5 oz.
With the leverage of the "U" removing a wheel has just become impossibly easy.  No extra tools needed to change a flat on the fly.
Smart stuff!

07 March 2011

via Florence: parking space

It was so refreshing to find ample bike parking in Florence since bicycle corrals are every which way you look. Another thing that struck me in this beautiful Tuscan city is that rather then locking the rear wheel and leaning it against a building (like in Copenhagen)  bicycles would line the curb and be kept upright by having the pedal like so along the narrow sidewalks and streets in center city...

Kind of can't believe I got used to riding on these stone slab streets which make for a bumpy ride - funny to think that we New Yorkers complain about having to deal with pot holes.

14 January 2011

full suspension

Prince Street lock-up - taken by for the LOVE of bikes
In a city with such limited bike parking options (and fewer due to the disappearing parking meter) - I  appreciated spotting this fully suspended/elevated technique in SoHo last week. However I would like to note that locking up the scaffolding is traditionally a no-no. It was not that long ago that some would go around with a wrench and remove enough bolts to slide off and steal bikes. 

The PUBLIC Blog did a recent post on outwitting thieves using unconventional storage/locking techniques. Mentioned in their post + on the top of my list of what ever bike friendly city needs... bicycle corrals. I loved using them in Portland while visiting in 2009. Strategically placed and typically found in public gathering spots such as in front of cafes - they provide a convenient and secure option to lock up. Here's hoping more cities (hello,  NYC DOT) will catch on!

24 November 2010

bikes + Russel Wright's Manitoga

I had previously admired the bike racks at Russel Wright's Manitoga located 60 miles north of the city of Garrison, NY and on my most recent visit last month I was thrilled to spot these bicycles locked up to it!

If not already familiar to you... Russel Wright is the mid-century modern industrial designer who is most famous for his signature dinnerware, philosophy of good design is for everyone, and also designed spun aluminum dining accessories, furniture and textiles. Manitoga ('Place of the Great Spirit' in Algonquin) is his dreamy studio and home integrated into a rocky moss filled forest accompanied by 75 acres of designed landscape which links to the Appalachian Trail. A peak via DWR Design Notes...
via DWR Design Notes
via DWR Design Notes
via DWR Design Notes
And by complete coincidence, I recently attended Leslie Williamson's presentation hosted at USM on her new fantastically lovely book 'Handcrafted Modern' - a collection of interior photographs of many highly influential mid-century designers' homes (Nakashima, Gropius, Zeisel, the Eames...). And lo and behold Russel Wright is included!

via Handcrafted Modern -- Wright's studio with a fully adjustable/retractable ceiling lamp he designed

The Russel Wright Design Center offers house + landscape guided tours May - October but you can hike the trails at Manitoga year-round.

01 September 2010

soft touch

One solution to preventing nicks and scratches -- came across this bike rack wrapped in foam and duct tape in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

15 August 2010

lock it up

I am quite fond of bright, cheerful and practical additions to city streets. Minneapolis based DERO offers these lovely options (above) to lock up to - along with shelters, lockers, and custom designs...
Also into their concept to incorporate an air pump onto a bike rack - and the full out 'fixit' station with bike racks...

28 June 2010

paper clip-like rack

photos by for the LOVE of bikes
Recently came across these stainless steel Flo bike rack in TriBeCa - designed by Brian Kane for Landscape Form, Inc.

21 June 2010

DESIGNER BIKES: Kamdyn Moore & bike-friendly infrastructure

Bicycles are ubiquitous on college campuses - as is the case on Pratt Institutes' Brooklyn campus where students gravitate to being cost effective and self sufficient. As I was wrapping up my graduate thesis at Pratt (developing products for a growing community of urban cyclists) I crossed paths with Kamdyn Moore, a Urban Environmental Systems Management graduate student at Pratt.

Kamdyn Moore's own thesis culminated in the creation of Campus Area Biking (CAB) aimed to establish Pratt as a leader in the race to change the concept of alternative transportation on a local level. Kamdyn shares her thoughts with for the LOVE of bikes on developing bike-friendly infrastructure on a college campus, falling in love with a single speed in Italy, and biking through Utah...

What got you started on developing better biking systems for Pratt Institute?
There have been a few inspirations for my thesis project. My first day at Pratt, I saw a petition pinned to the wall by the elevator that read “Want more bike racks at Higgens Hall?” As a student commuting to campus by bike, I happily signed the petition. Higgens Hall is probably the building most frequented by cyclists and the bike storage there is horrible. A few weeks later, the petition was gone and I never heard anything more about it. I don’t know if anyone ever saw the petition, who it was delivered to (if it was even delivered), or even who wrote it. And it is no surprise that, Higgens Hall still lacks adequate bike storage.
In addition to the bike racks, there is a pretty large community of students and staff passionate about alternative transit modes, particularly biking, yet Pratt was doing nothing to bring these people together. If anything, I felt that the Institute was trying to pull them apart. There were rumors that administration wanted to close specific entrance gates to cyclists and possibly even ban bikes from being ridden on campus.

I saw no one advocating for the cyclists and felt the need to step up and do something about it. If anything, at least provide the opportunity—the space—for Pratt’s cycling community to come together and share ideas and projects and provide accessible information about the campus policies and other local resources.
What type of systems do you foresee Pratt Institute developing?
My goal has been to analyze how our existing conditions function (or don’t function) and, with the information I’ve gathered throughout my process, better understand how each thing—policy, bike rack, website, resource, campus administrator, student, etc. can be integrated in a much more comprehensive way that will not only improve the cycling experience but the whole campus experience. There has been a lot of push back from key administrators who I believe would rather there be no bikes allowed on campus at all. Fortunately, some progress has been made and I’ve received some really positive feedback from a few administrators that are much more focused on improving the campus community.

In the long term, I hope my project brings light to the fact that the Institute must take a much more holistic approach when working to improve the campus infrastructure as well as when developing policies. You can’t just plop down a bike rack or write a policy. Well, you can, that’s what has been done in the past however the root of the problem, whatever the problem may be, is never addressed.
What was the first bike you ever rode?
As a kid, the first bike I ever rode was, I think, a blue and pink Huffy I got it for my 7th birthday. No training wheels!
How has your interest evolved since then?
My brother and I biked to school together when I was in the third grade but I never thought much of it until I moved to Italy in 2003 and bought a single speed beauty for 20 Euro. I road it until the day I left. I fell in love with the view from the bike. My perspective of the city had completely changed. When I moved back to New York, I was living in the West Village and got a job on 21st St and 1st Ave. There was really no great way to get across town except to bike so -- I bought an old beater off of Craigslist.
What type of bike(s) do you currently commute on?
At the moment, I only have one bike--- a Trek road bike. I wanted something that I could use every day but, if I ever wanted to go on a long ride, I could use the same bike. Once I have a bit more storage space, I hope to get something a little more “chic”. I’ve fallen in love with the “cycle chic” style and feel the need to participate!
What has been your most memorable ride?
Utah was my first and biggest ride. One (slightly drunken) night I called my dad and asked him if he would bike across the US with me. After a (strong) coffee the next morning, I realized that this was a pretty ambitious idea for two people who were completely inexperienced with long distance cycling -- I didn’t even know what a “pannier” was. We whittled down our plans to “a long ride through a dramatic US landscape” and Utah seemed like a good place. I was able to convince my brother to join us on the ride and we hit the road. The scenery was incredible. To climb up a mountain road and then descend into a dessert plain. It was pretty breathtaking (those mountains are steep)! I would still like to bike across the US someday but for now, I’m sticking with riding through NYC. I think my favorite NYC ride was from the West Village up to Times Square. It wasn’t a long ride, but at 3am - pretty awesome.
In most American cities, including NYC, women make up less than half of bike commuters. Any ideas on ways to encourage more women to cycle?
For me, seeing other females advocating for cycling has really encouraged me to continue riding as well as advocating for better biking systems. I think women have an incredible ability to gauge whether or not something is safe – not to be too simplistic but, usually you can judge an area’s safety by how many women are populating the streets. Unfortunately, I think in most American cities, most women wouldn’t consider our city’s streets to be safe for cyclists. We’re working on it - especially in New York but, I think more women will ride more once they are confident that the routes are safe - or at least getting safer.
Parting words...
Ride safe and wear a helmet. I know I sound like an infomercial but, my dad works with people who’ve suffered from a brain injury and I’ve heard some pretty horrible stories. And lastly, keep advocating for your right to the road!

12 March 2010

hello Pi rack

While in downtown Boston last weekend, I encountered Pi...
Designed as a foil on which to drape a bike frame, Pi allows quick release front tire to be removed and locked next to the bike. This sturdy solution meets Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle and Professionals (APBP) recommendations. (by Landscape Forms, Inc. / designed by Robert Chipman)
With no bike in sight at the time, the sticker on the rack was the real give away. Upon first glance, there was no indication of what the purpose of his tall black steel structure was (it's about 4' high). The real value of this design is perhaps for climates that receive loads of snow allowing a tall rack to peak out and keep your frame elevated. In addition to Pi, other sleek bike racks they manufacture...

photos via Landscape Forms, Inc. - with the except of the first two
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