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Archive for October, 2008

DIY Spoke Reflector

Monday, October 20th, 2008

CD as bicycle spoke reflectorI saw this gentleman, C, going out on Saturday night. I was taken with his style and particularly his DIY, extremely practical, spoke reflector, which he graciously allowed me to photograph. Initially I thought this would be a good use of any old archival CDs I have, but then I realized that it might not get scratched quickly enough and someone could make off with my data. So I think I’d follow C’s lead and only use CDs I find in the street. Hopefully there won’t be any major secrets on those!

C invited me, and all of you, to the Cambridge Bicycle Committee meetings, the second Wednesday of the month.

Finally, several encounters over the weekend have led me to the following observation, what do you think?
bike bicycle beard facial hair

Look Before Crossing

Friday, October 17th, 2008

It’s getting chilly for bare legs, she was moving briskly. I’m definitely enjoying the navy blue this season.

Racing to Work

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

This gentleman might have been up too late watching the debate last night, he was racing to work as fast as he could. I like that his bike and tie are both ‘power red’.

Handlebar Handbag

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

I thought she was looking awfully pretty on her old bike.

Bikes on the Greenway

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Boston Big Dig Greenway
Well, the “Big Dig” is basically completed and there is a long, thin park (bordered on both sides by high speed roadways) which now stretches through our downtown. I like it, but I understand how my husband can’t quite relax there. Anyway, these people found it a nice place for a bike ride.

Red Triangles

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Citgo sign Boston red bike
You know that red bikes are faster, right?

When I first saw the Citgo sign I thought it was a terrible eyesore. Now I understand it’s an integral part of Boston. I don’t even associate it with Citgo gas, it’s become an icon on it’s own, a lighthouse beacon that gets us back from Brookline without a map.

Bikes and Wine

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Yes, we bought this bottle of wine simply because it has a bicycle that looks like mine on the label. It’s perfect for sharing with a bike friend. Can I pour you a glass?

After the rain

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

rainy day rider
We had a nice rain last night and today is the perfect day – crisp and autumnal but with a warm breeze. I should play hooky today!

Green Bike in a Red City

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

South End Boston green bike
Funny how one can get to know bikes before their riders. I took this photo AGES ago, and just recently saw the bike’s owner – a tall, pretty brunette.

I don’t know if I mentioned it but I saw the owner of the enormous basket bike, a twenty-something man with a beard.

I have one more photo on my home computer which I haven’t shared, a yellow bike with a huge wooden chest in back. I saw it out with it’s rider for the first time on my way into work this morning. She is another pretty brunette and much younger than I would have guessed from her bike.

All this got me wondering how well an absent owner could be divined by looking at the bike? Does anyone else play this game?

Cycling Cape

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

cycling cape pattern Simplicity
I have long wanted a cycling cape, but at £400.00 (9.91) that wasn’t going to happen any time soon.

Instead I think I’ll have a brand-new approximation for .00 plus labor.

I found a Simplicity pattern that is pretty close to the Dashing Tweeds cape, on clearance here for .00. I found some fabric on sale for .99/yard. The pattern calls for 1.5 yards. I think I might spring for some ribbon to bind the seams, at 10 cents a yard it might add up to another dollar to my total. Below you can see the fabric I chose. I may spring for different fabric if this one turns out well. I will say that the fabric is prettier in person than in a digital photograph.

No, it won’t be the same as the luxury cape. I know that. I will certainly keep you posted on how it goes… and also how I’ll spend the approximately 4 that I’ve saved!

sparkly tweed fabric cycling cape