Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike News Review – 10/5/13

Simple Bike Shift Lever
Urban Velo – 10/5/13
Bicycle shift levers do nothing more than pull cable to force the deraileur to move across the gears. Indexing (when the shifter has stops for each gear) is nice, but requires a more cimplicated shift mechanism not suited to the developing world.

Latina bicyclists answer macho bike culture with their own chain gang
LA Times – 9/23/13
But after a chance meeting last year, Martinez joined an all-female, predominantly Latino cycling group that is both an answer and a challenge to the aggressive male biking culture. Like men’s bike crews, it defies L.A.’s monolithic car culture with an in-your-face ethic, reflected in its name: the Ovarian Psyco Cycles Brigade.

Bike share on a neighborhood scale
Bike Commuters – 10/4/13
We’ve talked a lot about various bike share schemes around the world, from Velib to B-Cycle to CitiBike NYC. Most of these setups are huge…with dozens of stations and hundreds of bikes blanketing a city’s central business district. But what if you want to do it on a smaller scale, without the giant corporate backing? Well, that’s possible, too…take a look at the city of Brno in the Czech Republic:

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