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Bicycle miscellany

A reader once criticized us for not writing enough about bicycles. It’s true: we don’t write enough about bicycles. Not sure why this is. Not topical enough? (“Breaking: bicycles still the most efficient mode of transportation known to man.”) But it’s a slow news week, so here’s a bunch of fun stuff.

Filed under “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”: a video of an entire household being moved by bicycle. Including a 20-foot boat. As a display of community spirit, the video is awesome. As an argument against car culture, it’s fairly ambiguous. Mainly it seems to demonstrate that fossil-fuel powered vehicles can be pretty useful. Nevertheless, the movie is a nice reminder that bicycles are a lot more versatile than we credit them for.

Filed under “Urban prank”: Via Wired, this video of a pedal-powered Buick Regal ends in unintentional comedy when the “car” is pulled over by a befuddled traffic cop. Particularly nice if you’re a fan of Canadian accents (and who isn’t?).

Filed under “Navel gazing”: I never followed up on my long-ago post about buying a touring bike. I ended up with a Trek 520. Why? Because they had one in my size in the store, and the clerks all seemed in love with it. Maybe not the most scientific decision process, but the bike is awesome, so no complaints. The only modification I’ve made is the addition of a brass bell to the handlebars, which has proven to be fairly effective at clearing tourists out of my path when I come tearing over the downslope of the Brooklyn Bridge. So far the bike has just been for commutes. Hopefully I’ll put some touring miles on it this summer.

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