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Old 05-09-13, 07:29 AM
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This Old House – This Old Bike

I’ve been watching the PBS program This Old House (Cambridge, MA project). One thing I noticed when they did their street scene shots it seemed like there was always some bicycles going by. On this episode they made a point of talking about the bicycling infrastructure of Cambridge and how many people commute to work via bikes. They also visit an antique store that restores vintage bikes. The bike sequence starts about 2:00 minutes in.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2299124225/
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Old 05-09-13, 07:51 AM
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That's a forum member's shop - http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post14927467
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Pretty cool. They don't mention that these old bikes are heavy and best suited for short rides.
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Ha, I missed that thread from last year, and I don't have TV so I don't watch This Old House, but yes, that's Vin's shop, he goes by 'oldroads' here and his website is oldroads.com. He and his shop partner don't really restore old three-speeds, but refurb them to a high functional level and sells them at very reasonable prices, mostly to college students who want cheap, reliable bikes. They stand behind their bikes, too. They can't keep enough of them stocked! They're also really supportive of the local bike community and participate in a lot of the vintage-themed rides, as well as the local swap-meets. Good peeps, always helpful.

The cycling infrastructure around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and some other local communities really has exploded in the last five years. All three cities (which border each other) have their own bicycle committees and resources to put into their ever-expanding cycling infrastructure. The independent Hubway bike sharing program has also very aggressively installed bike share stations throughout all three cities (one station is a block from my house). They're everywhere! While the bikes themselves are hideous and fit the definition of BSO, it's wonderful to see so many people taking to cycling, and more cyclists on the streets is always A Good Thing.
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I thought it might be someone's shop here. It was nice to see a positive bit on TV re: cycling.
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Check out "Rehab Addict" (takes place in Minny) or "A Bryk at a Time" (Toronto) Every transition clip has a bike it seems
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He needs to raise his seat.
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Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
Check out "Rehab Addict" (takes place in Minny) or "A Bryk at a Time" (Toronto) Every transition clip has a bike it seems
Hardly a national TV commercial lacks a bike riding scene these days, whether selling Subarus, Toyotas, insurance, tourism, jeans, or pharmaceuticals.
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