Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bicycle shirt

I haven't been riding my bike this summer - too hot and too sunny. Instead, I've been doing lots of home sewing.. my skill level has increased as well as my weight. :(

It is getting cooler again with cloudy mornings so I plan to go for more rides... maybe wearing this!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas tree in the bike lane

You know Christmas is over when people start dumping their 'used' trees into the bike lane.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Santa Barbara Open Streets

Santa Barbara had an Open Streets event on Nov. 2nd!
We volunteered at an intersection to inform traffic about the closure. The route was 2.5 miles along the beach, very pretty with the standard gorgeous weather.

Santa Barbara Open Streets


After that, I cycled around to take some photos. Here's the link to a proper flickr set.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Princess pink bejeweled handlebar cup holder

I saw two of these today... So California!
Here are Tibetan prayer flags and a princess pink bejeweled cup holder on a bicycle handlebar.

Oh, and if you prefer a Coconut, tiki themed or leopard print cupholder, here you go.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New cycling partner in training

My puppy, Barnaby, is over 8 months old now and very solid 52 lbs / 23 kg... time to start training!

He'll probably gain a bit more and fill out, but not get much taller. Until he's full grown, we'll take it very slowly. Fortunately, he's a mellow, nice pup who doesn't get overexcited when passing other dogs and people so I think this will work out well.

The first step is to walk with him and the bicycle together.

We've had a few successful walks so far. He managed to keep going without stopping and sniffing for a whole block!!! (1/10 of a mile = almost 1/5 of a km). He barely notices the bicycle at all. His speed is inconsistent but I think I'm a bit inconsistent too. It's hard to wheel a bicycle around and grip a leash with a 50+ lb pitbull in tow.

We'll do a few more walks before I start pedaling... I think my Brompton is the best bike for this task because the low frame is easier to step through and mount, or dismount.

I'll post photos when we have third partner available, unless I can train Barnaby to take photos too. :) 

Meanwhile, here's a great resource for all manner of dog/bicycle travel.

UPDATE - I pedaled with him around the block. He loved it! I've been going to slow for him with the walking, the jogging... cycling is much more fun!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Bicycles at the beach

Yesterday, we went for a little daytrip to Carpinteria, it's about 14 miles / 22k from our home. We brought the dog, planning to visit a brewery and walk along the cliffs, so no bicycles.  :(

But then we found that the brewery AND cliffs are bicycle friendly!

Time to get a trailer!!

Parked at the bike rack by the Island Brewing Company tasting room- Powered by Coffee and Chocolate (and beer). 
Powered by Coffee and Chocolate
We asked the cyclist about his broom... it was a long story, but in the end he wanted to buy a broom and so he taped it to his bicycle for the journey back to his RV.
Broom shopping (+ electrical tape)
Some people taking in the view after riding on a sandy path.
Beach bicycle view
We walked past this man parking his bicycle near some trees. When he turned, we noticed his little dog in a bag across his chest! How cool is that dog?
Cycling with your dog to the beach
Here are two children were trying to carry their bicycle down the cliff to the beach.
Helping your sister carry a bike to the beach
And of course, there was Mr. California on the walk back.

Surfboards and bikes

Can it get more California than this?

Carpinteria, California

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Secure parking...

Someone took the time and effort to remove their front wheel and seat post, to securely lock them along with the frame and back wheel to a street pole. I noticed it because most people aren't that careful.

Bike parking on Bath

On closer inspection, the cable in use is so flimsy I could probably bite through it, and the padlock is easily breakable.

Flimsy stupid lock
On an even closer inspection, it's clear that the cable doesn't wrap the back wheel or the frame.

Therefore, a thief might:
1) Bite the cable or bash the lock (preference), and then reassemble the bike in a few seconds.
2) Steal just the back wheel.
3) Bend the front wheel into a shape that pops through the frame and have a bike missing only a front wheel and seat post.

I'd never have noticed if the bicycle were locked without the effort at "extra safety."

Still paranoid after all these years