Category Archives: bike commuting

Chilly’s Bicycle Shop

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Things have been busy at the shop and I also now have this awesome new sign! 122 Ann Street, Key Weird, Conch Republic. The smallest shop on the island and the largest selection of panniers and racks! Holla at Chily 305-985-2453! I still have so many photos to upload from the 2014 Big Adventure as well as lots of smaller 1,2 and 3 nighters around South Florida and the Keys. If you’re around, pass by the shop!

 

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The Banjo Brothers Market Pannier! I stock these in red and black. Both come with a shoulder strap, carry handles and have an interior zippered pocket. This is a Chilly’s favorite and I use it every day on my commute to the shop. A super sized and super usefulgrocery pannier that can also carry most anything. $50 each! Stop using plastic grocery bags, get some panniers! Full set-up special! A pair of Market panniers, a rear rack and basic installation for $125! Wooo-haaa!

more exciting coca-cola crate pictures

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Cookies! I took this while camping at Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island and commuting to the beaches every morning. As seen here, the crates work quite well to carry an assortment of beach sundries including cookies. I really like cookies! The cool thing about camping here is Blue Shutters beach and miles of preserved beach are a free few minutes away by bike! Watch Hill, which will cost you $20-$30 to park a car for the day, is about an hour away pedaling casually and its free to lock up your bike! Very creative beach there too; there’s always some amazing sand sculptures, seaweed and stick sculptures and all kinds of other nice wierdness. Including fog! Many mornings we would arrive to thick fog, but as the sun rose higher, it’d burn away revealing a wonderful view of the ocean and surrounding cliffs.

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Firewood collecting in the Everglades and beer transportation logistics; a winning combination!! Wandering around, breaking large branches, on uneven, potholey rocks can work up quite a thirst! Luckily, it was possible to stay hydrated and collect firewood for the night’s fire. Or the afternoon’s smokefest to keep bugs at bay while cooking or engaging in other campwork.

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This isn’t my bicycle! Three or four years ago I had a great conversation with a woman I think was named Cheryl at the Parrot. Somehow bicycles and crates and baskets came up and she described the red crate on her rack. T’was the same one I had! She had also stuck some highly reflective stickers onto the basket which I promptly did to my own basket; it was a great idea!

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This is my bicycle at the Parrot! Woo-haaa! One night around this same time period, back when I was only visiting and had begun driving my van down I awoke very confused. I had slept in my van and my bike wasn’t inside! How did someone get inside and steal it with me in there too!?!? A walk to the Parrot for an afternoon beer solved the mystery. My bicycle was already there, waiting for me…still locked up from the night before…

Too Many Bicycles for the Bus!?!?

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(i haven’t been able to get a good photo of a bus with bicycles in it. so here’s a sign on Southard Street and Flemming Street. good to see!)

There are buses that run up and down the Keys along Rt. 1, and, like Hartford, they can carry two bicycles in a rack on the front. But, due to overwhelming popularity and many people being stranded or not allowed to bring thier bike due to lack of space; no bicycles are allowed at all. A recent article in the Key West Citizen highlighted this problem. Please check out the story.

I really appreciate and respect the Key West Transportation Director’s offer to hear any new ideas or suggestions to fix the situation. Hopefully the bus will carry bicycles again soon; and lots of them.

It seems like things like this are becoming more and more common; which is good and bad. I never thought I’d have trouble fining bicycle parking. I hope Obama and our local politicians can expand bicycle infrastructure fast enough and smart enough to keep up with the demand. Its a great direction to be going as long as we don’t all get stuck in a bottleneck!