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    Urban Cycling Article

    Here's a new article from Wired picking up on bicycle trends:

    http://www.wired.com/cars/coolwheels...ke_urbanbikers

    CARS 2.0 : COOL WHEELS
    'City Bike' Hot New Category at Bicycle Industry Show
    By Eli Milchman 09.27.07 | 12:00 Am

    LAS VEGAS -- Some people believe that, right now, a quiet revolution
    is taking place. In cities like London, San Francisco, Boston and New
    York, the ranks of bicycle riders are swelling with the rise of a new
    breed: the urban biker.
    Traffic snarls, soaring gas prices and worries about global warming
    have prompted a big boost in cycling, affecting even places like Los
    Angeles -- America's freeway capital -- that have traditionally given
    bicycles the cold shoulder.
    "What's really happened in the past year is a cultural shift," says
    Monica Howe, 31-year-old outreach coordinator for the Los Angeles
    County Bicycle Coalition.
    At Interbike 2007, the bicycle industry's giant annual trade show,
    the shift toward the urban rider is loudly evident. Fancy road and
    mountain bikes are clearly no longer king of the roost -- or road.
    It's the scads of fixed-gear, town, single-speed and other urban
    bicycles that are drawing the crowds.
    The rise of the urban biker is reflected in Specialized's 2008
    catalog, which lists 34 different models of city bike to choose from.
    The company is even rolling out six different versions of its
    ultrapopular single-speed, fixed-gear Langster. Each model is named
    after a city that's on the urban biker radar: the four cities named
    above, plus Chicago and Seattle. The New York Langster has narrow
    handlebars for speeding through ranks of slow-moving cars, while the
    Seattle model is equipped with fenders.
    "People really gravitated toward bikes with that urban feel," says
    Travis Widder, an associate production manager at Specialized. "We
    wanted to give nods toward cities where that bike sold well, where
    people really embraced that category."
    Interbike 2007 is a lot less sporty than years past. Clothing
    manufacturers have more messenger bags on show. Jerseys and shorts
    are more urban, less multi-colored lycra.
    Swobo, the trendy clothing maker, recently launched its first line of
    three city bikes, and is just one of several companies showing new
    urban rides.
    If anyone gave birth to the urban biker movement, it's probably Sky
    Yaeger, Swobo's managing director.
    Yaeger was responsible for designing a slew of bikes during her time
    as production manager at famed Italian manufacturer Bianchi. Some of
    her designs, like the fixed-gear Pista, have been elevated to cult
    status. Thanks to the bike's simplicity, it became the favored
    transport of urbanites like skaters and surfers.
    "What happened is we crossed over the bike culture into skate, surf,"
    she says. "The kids that are doing it now wouldn't have bought a bike
    five years ago. That's a huge delight to me -- because they're on
    bikes."
    In L.A., the bike revolution is helped by shops like the grassroots
    Bicycle Kitchen. "It makes it easy for anyone to put together a bike
    cheap," says Howe. "And it made it hip, which can't hurt."
    Volunteers at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit that
    provides tools and training for riders to maintain their bikes, have
    experienced a huge bump in visitors.
    "It's gotten out of hand," says Michael Wise, the collective's
    treasurer. "We don't have enough volunteers to help the people coming
    in looking."
    San Francisco's trendy Mission District is a hotbed of bicycle
    activity. A bicycle lane running the length of Valencia Street is a
    major artery, as hipsters in hoodies and precisely rolled,
    tight-fitting jeans flow along the street.
    At Valencia Cyclery, which is often proclaimed the city's best bike
    store, sales associate Babs Brockaway says she's seen the number of
    customers leaving with shiny new fixed-gear ("fixie") and
    single-speed bikes skyrocket. The store stocks five or six choices,
    up from a single model two years ago. The simplicity appeals to
    neophyte riders overwhelmed by too much technology.
    "It's simple: You just pedal," she says. "This is shocking, but there
    are people who buy bikes with gears, who don't shift gears."
    Just across from Valencia Cyclery is Ritual Coffee Roasters, a
    popular coffeehouse often stuffed full of young hipsters glued to
    their MacBooks. It's also a favorite haunt of the urban biker.
    Outside, Matt McDonald, a 24-year-old photographer from Boston, talks
    about his fixie.
    "My friends in Boston were getting into these bikes, and it was just
    sort of appealing to me. It's like there's nothing to worry about,
    and they're just a blast to ride."
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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    Specialized Centrum?!!? Who names theses things? What's the frame alloy: "everything from Al to Zinc"?


    Coming soon, the Giant Geritol...
    I don't even use the offensive term "Fred." -- Sheldon "All Cyclists Are My Friends" Brown (1944-2008)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantoj View Post
    Specialized Centrum?!!? Who names theses things? What's the frame alloy: "everything from Al to Zinc"?
    LOL!
    - meb

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicestrong View Post
    In L.A., the bike revolution is helped by shops like the grassroots
    Bicycle Kitchen. "It makes it easy for anyone to put together a bike
    cheap," says Howe. "And it made it hip, which can't hurt."
    Volunteers at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit that
    provides tools and training for riders to maintain their bikes, have
    experienced a huge bump in visitors.
    "It's gotten out of hand," says Michael Wise, the collective's
    treasurer. "We don't have enough volunteers to help the people coming
    in looking."
    San Francisco's trendy Mission District is a hotbed of bicycle
    activity.
    I hope this thing gets waaaaay outta hand.
    No worries

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    Who knew that hipster "culture" could be good for the environment?
    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Order
    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy
    I do not want to be associated with the kind of riders that come through my neck of the woods on weekends, dressed in superhero costumes
    Do they wear capes?
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    http://www.cycopaths.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy View Post
    Who knew that hipster "culture" could be good for the environment?
    I guess everyone on here is hip by association then?

    Cool.
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    Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser: Obesity epidemic, Global warming. If only there were a common solution. B'ah that's crazy talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1ply View Post
    I guess everyone on here is hip by association then?

    Cool.
    Paraphrasing the poet Slick Rick, "Hipster, hipster, tell me how you do it / It looks so easy like there was nothin' to it".
    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Order
    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy
    I do not want to be associated with the kind of riders that come through my neck of the woods on weekends, dressed in superhero costumes
    Do they wear capes?
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    That's right...we're all very hip. On the cutting edge...

    But seriously I think the next decade will be fun to watch as far as cycling in the US goes.

    We really could see a "velorution"...

    Why not?
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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    I love reading this. I hope it's real--seems like there's no change here in Ohio. Everyone thinks I'm nuts and cars rule the roost.
    Cleveland, OH
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    Quote Originally Posted by thdave View Post
    I love reading this. I hope it's real--seems like there's no change here in Ohio. Everyone thinks I'm nuts and cars rule the roost.
    There's no question that it's happening in NYC, complete with new bike shops springing up here and there.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Order
    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy
    I do not want to be associated with the kind of riders that come through my neck of the woods on weekends, dressed in superhero costumes
    Do they wear capes?
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    http://www.cycopaths.net/

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    I've noticed a lot more people riding to work here, just regular people, all ages, shapes and colours, it's cool.
    3 years commuting while there's no snow on the ground. 20km round trip.
    Quote Originally Posted by madfiNch
    What's the point of a bike if you can only ride it on weekends, and you can't even carry anything with you?!

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    must say i notice lots of people in the town(glasgow, scotland) on bikes these days alot more that a few years ago, tho most seem to be on mtbs or roadies, with a few odd bikes thrown in for good measure..

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