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Here are a few photos of a bike stand I made with hardware store materials and scrap lumber for under $70. It would have been cheaper if I used black pipe instead of galvanized, but I want this to be weather proof. Something like this could be made from scrap wood and left over plumbing pipe. I used old handlebar tape for the padding. One layer of cork tape, and then some old Benotto acrylic over that. I’m not going to give instructions because it is simple to see what I did in the photos. Its going in the garage to put project bikes on. Enjoy!

Homemade Bike Stand

Two layers of bar tape

Wood Base

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“In the last 15 years, more than 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community. More than 43,000 Americans – including 3,906 children under 16 – have been killed this decade alone. This is the equivalent of a jumbo jet going down roughly every month, yet it receives nothing like the kind of attention that would surely follow such a disaster.”

This is a sickening thought. As a Civil Engineer I know what goes on behind the scenes during the design of a roadway. Pedestrians and cyclists need to know the facts.

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A brief look at one of the worlds most cycling friendly cities. You can find a nice article on Streetfilms.

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more about “The Streets of Copenhagen“, posted with vodpod

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Another team doing it right! Here is quote from head coach Hugh Moran:

“So my thinking went something like this: if the bicycle is the ultimate ecological vehicle, then couldn’t the cycling team be the perfect promotional vehicle for the college’s “green” initiatives and its partners in the effort?”
Good idea Hugh! Things like this make us at The Sustainable Cyclist a bit more hopeful. You can read about the team at usacycling.org.

Go Mars Hill!

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Every now and then I stick the words Sustainable and Cyclist in Google to see what comes up besides this site. Today, Sustainable Cycling popped up! This is a race team out of Indiana that had 14 wins this past season! It makes me very happy to see these guys doing their part. Maybe I can convince them to buy a fleet of used steel bikes for their next race, or maybe wool jerseys! One step at a time. Here is a quote from their mission page:

“Sustainable Cycling will strive to be the most dominant amateur cycling team in the state of Indiana. Our program will focus on developing our elite riders into the most competitive, cohesive category 3 cycling team centered around sportsmanship and teamwork.

Sustainable Cycling will not only strive to advance the sport of cycling, but we will also promote environmental sustainability through our carbon-neutral initiative and local environmental projects. We will set a positive image for fellow cyclists by identifying constructive ways to influence our environmental surroundings.

Sustainable Cycling will uphold the obligations to our sponsors by acting as “live” marketing tools to spread brand awareness during training and racing events. We will maintain close ties with sponsors to ultimately help them achieve their goals through this venture.”

I really do hope these guys continue to win. It brings awareness to the fact that the cycling industry has a long way to go. If I lived in Indiana, I would be at the first 2010 race to meet these guys. If you do live in Indiana and want to cover this team for the The Sustainable Cyclist in the 2010 season, please Contact Us. For now, I’ll give them a link and try to check in every now and then. Go Sustainable Cyclist!!!

Here is their logo:

Sustainable Cycling

Sustainable Cycling Race Team

 

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The Sustainable Cyclist is looking for writers and researchers. We can’t pay you anything, but we can give you a short bio and link to your personal webpage. If you meet the following requirements (its not the tough) contact me by either contacting me, or leaving a comment.

The tough requirements:

1. You ride a bicylce on a farely regualr basis.

2. You are support of progress to a more sustainable bicycle industry.

Here are just some of the topics we intend to look into. This list is not exhaustive, and abviously doesn’t include topics YOU want to look into: Bike Helmets and the Envirnment, Lubes and Cleaners – what should I use as a sustainable cyclist?, STI and Ridelocal.org, Do cyclists care about sustainability?, Alternate frame materials, Mountain Equipment Coop, Cane Creek, Component Compatability, Human Resources Overseas, The Community Bicycle Shop, Product Reviews, Park vs. Pedros, Recycled tires – feasibility, methods, PVC – Its bad, yet everywhere, Chrome – whats the deal?, etc.

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If your into urban planning, and/or civil engineering, and/or bicycles as sustainable travel, you will get exited about this new tool!!!! Go ahead and open up the PDF. You’ll be glad you did!!!

"The summary guide provides an overview of the key research findings from the study, and also introduces practitioners to the more detailed coverage found on this website and in the background technical report. It explains the broad challenges involved in using spatial planning to achieve sustainable travel, with a focus on strategic issues and solutions."

http://www.plan4sustainabletravel.org/summary_guide/

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