Monday, November 30, 2009

Fender Bender

Yes that's my damaged front fender of my Globe Live 3. I've been riding my new bicycle everyday.

Unfortunately, I was riding through the Presidio on Saturday when I ran over a tree branch on the ground.

The tree branch got stuck under my fender and completely bent the aluminum fender and warped the fender attachment (the wire to the left of the blue fender).

I've never had a bicycle with fenders so I didn't think about a tree branch getting stuck under my fender and essentially destroying it.

Now my bike has one less fender so I hope I can order a new one soon.

Consider this a warning: if your bicycle has a fender, watch out for tree branches!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


I'm quickly discovering the limits to my Globe Live 3. It's not a beach cruiser so I didn't make much progress riding in the soft sand. But that doesn't mean we can't admire a beautiful winter sunset over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Along The Bay

My computer bag is a brown Fi-Hi stereo bag with built-in 3-watt speakers and amplifier.

The bag perfectly sits in the front basket of my Globe Live 3 to connect to the iPod on my handlebars.

Unlike my other speaker systems, this doesn't require me to carry any additional equipment since the system is built into the bag. The sound doesn't project too loud, but it's fine for riding on my own or with a few other people.

While enjoying the late afternoon light on a dock in the Bay, I couldn't resist playing a setting-appropriate song. One man I rode by complimented me on my "perfect song for the occasion."

I'm pedaling on the dock back towards AT&T Ballpark, the home of the San Francisco Giants. Then I turn right along the marina to enjoy the outdoor sculptures along the waterfront.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Globe Dream

Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed that we haven't reached the mountaintop until more people ride bicycles.

Okay, not really, but The Martin Luther King Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens is a lovely spot in the midst of a bustling part of San Francisco.

"No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bike to Ice Skate

The best months to visit San Francisco are September and October. These are typically the warmest "summer" months of the year even though it's fall.

"Summer" has extended into November since we've had incredibly warm weather over the past few days.

I biked to the Ferry Building, noted by the clock tower, and caught some families enjoying the outdoor ice skating rink.

It's funny to bike in a short-sleeved shirt and watch people ice skating under warm skies at the end of November.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Doe a Deer

I parked my Globe Live 3 on Market Street to take a closer look at the new public art along the city's signature corridor.

Deer and bicycles make good bedfellows.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Working Hard & Being Lazy

These are the new Globe bicycles that will be unveiled in 2010. Okay, not really.

My friends Brian and Michelle have to work hard to ride these small bicycles at the Tour de Fat.

In contrast, I perfected the fine art of laziness on this comfortable reclining bicycle.

Monday, November 23, 2009

SF Bike Expo

On Saturday I took my Globe Live 3 to the SF Bike Expo.

The SF Bike Expo is almost everything you can possible imagine under the bike sun: part-swap meet with people selling used and refurbished parts and bicycles and part-expo with vendors selling the latest bicycles and accessories.

The route to Cow Palace is not the most bicycle-friendly with relatively fast-moving cars, but we had a group so we took the entire lane during most of the ride and became a relatively fast-moving, visible, music-grooving mass of bicyclists.

The bike ride was made even more fun since I was playing music from my sound system that was sitting in my Globe front basket. The music in the video was not edited into the video, but was actually projecting from the sound system hidden underneath my yellow Rickshaw messenger bag.

Before the bike ride to the SF Bike Expo, I stopped in Dolores Park to catch up with my friend Cindy W.

When we arrived at SF Bike Expo, we were greeted by smiling, friendly volunteers. Why wouldn't you be happy to be at the expo if you're a bicycle lover?

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition provides free, secure bike valet. In fact, I love that San Francisco requires that any event that leads to significant street closure or anticipates greater than 2,000 person attendance must provide secure bike parking within a one block radius from the entrance.

I never have to worry about anyone stealing my bicycle when I go to a major outdoor event in San Francisco when bike valet is available. Notice my Globe bike with distinct orange-colored helmet parked in the corner in a sea of new friends.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Last Night A DJ Saved My Bike

I love to provide music for group rides.

One of the benefits of having a front basket is the ability to carry a portable sound system that can easily connect to an iPod.

My friend Mike S. built this portable sound system out of PVC pipe, cooking pot lid, amplifier, speakers, and rechargeable batteries.

As you can tell by the video, I can turn up the volume fairly high. And below are photos of the sound system.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Introducing...the Globe Live 3

I just picked up my Globe Live 3 from Mike's Bikes.

It was great to see the other Live models in the store. I didn't notice any Hauls displayed but that's because one of the bike shop employees said the Haul already sold.

I think these Globe bicycles will sell quickly.

Below are initial photos of the bicycle. Notice I've already attached my Felt drink holder, my iPod bicycle mount, and my favorite "I ♥ My Bike" bell.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Low Rider & Big Wheel

My friend Celia tries the low rider at the Tour de Fat, while Cindy tries the big wheel that's perfectly sized for her.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tour de Fat

One of the many wonderful benefits of living in San Francisco is that it's one of the cities that New Belgium's Tour de Fat visits.

Every year the Tour de Fat organizers bring many wonderful bicycles for participants to try out. Riding these crazy bicycles, like the shoe wheel bicycle or the many-wheels bicycle, is one of the highlights of Tour de Fat.

I love the Ten Commandments of the Tour de Fat, especially the first two commandments:

"1. Put no means of transport before thy bike: Come by bike because not only are bikes fun, but they help stave off some of our most wicked ills: Traffic, laziness, and pollution. Tour de Fat has a solution: ride this day, every day, and definitely when Tour de Fat heads your way.

2. Honor all other bikes: All bikes are good bikes, and all those who ride them are good people. This is the one Bike Festival that cherishes bicycle diversity on our Cruise-ade through town."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SF Tweed

This is my friend and bike advocate Janel, who is dressed tweed-style for a film featuring her performance group The Bay Area Derailleurs.

She usually doesn't wear a fake mustache.

San Francisco Tweed
is an increasingly popular bike ride for those who prefer a more casual, sophisticated, and well-mannered ride through the city.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bike Talk

Overheard: "I'd like to order two Triassic era pizzas with some extra breadsticks."

Monday, November 16, 2009


My Globe bike has supposedly been shipped.

Until I receive my Globe bike, I'll continue to regularly post photos of some of my favorite pedal-powered vehicles that I've seen in San Francisco, at Burning Man, or wherever my travels have taken me.

Here is the Stardust tricycle making a stop at the base of "The Man" at Burning Man.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


One of my favorite pedal-powered vehicles is the PARKcycle built by the amazingly talented and creative innovators REBAR.

I took the following photos during this year's PARK(ing) Day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Apparently, this bicyclist read a different weather report than everyone else.

Or perhaps he is Rihanna's #1 fan on a bicycle.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Non-Human Bicyclists

Contrary to scientific evidence, dinosaurs are alive and well. They continue to ride bicycles to forage for food.

Squirrels are amazing multi-taskers. They can eat and ride a bicycle at the same time.

It's a Bug's Life on a Bicycle.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

In-N-Out Bicycle

In-N-Out Burger has never looked so healthy than on this bicycle. Notice the spatula in one hand too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bicycling Against Oil Wars

Many bicycles made an appearance at Dias de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead festival.

Even the "dead" bicycle against oil wars. Click on the photo to see a larger photo image.

I don't know what kind of verbal exchange is taking place in the photo, but it looks like the pedestrian is yelling at the bicyclist that "you f$@#ing ran over my dead foot!"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Burning Man

This is my pink beach cruiser that I take to Burning Man every year.

For one week each year, the desert in Nevada becomes the temporary home to over 45,000 inhabitants.

One of my favorites aspects of Burning Man is that pedal-power is the primary mode of transportation in Black Rock City, the name of the town that springs up every year in the Nevada desert.

If you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a city where 80% of inhabitants ride bicycles, Black Rock City during the week before Labor Day is the answer.

I love that Burning Man specifically emphasizes: "Crummy is Cool. Do NOT bring a 'good' bike to the event. Dig: the desert will reduce a valuable bike to a rust bucket posthaste."

Bike parking and riding dominate the Burning Man desert landscape:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Make Way For The Dead

Nov. 2 is Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos is "a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life."

The festival is huge in San Francisco. Even bicycles play a role in honoring the dead.

I caught this pedal-powered carriage making its way along the 24th Street corridor in the Mission district.

The carriage pulled by bicycles.

The back of the carriage has a sign that reads "The End."

People write the names of the deceased they wish to honor on hanging paper.

Candlelit altars on porches and staircases in front of homes.