Category Archives: bike racks

Piers and Beers II (last week!) not to be confused with two weeks ago or tonight! (ha! all that was written over a week ago, so 2 is three and stuff)

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Pollard and I flashing the K W, a hand gesture popular with the fixie gangs of the island. Word life.

I almost decided not to write a post, but only a really, really long title; but alas, I cannot insert¬†photos into the title area; and what would a KWVelo post without photos be like? I’ll tell you. It’d be like a post with no run-on sentences or blurry photos that is written well. That shall not happen tonight; its late, I’m weeks behind on writing, its raining, I need to shower (which will be fun in the rain), I am tired and don’t feel like writing a whole lot. Here’s some pictures:

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We’ll start with Mike’s underwear. Yep, this blog has sunk to new levels of WTFness. This seemed funny at the time. Hopefully it”ll be funny tomorrow morning.

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Pollard has grown a tradition of doing a crazy trackstand at every ride. There’s another shot of him on the Simonton Pier a few posts back and I would hyperlink it if I wasn’t concerned with making this an exceptionally crappy post unto itself!

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The Western Union and the Moon. Can you guess which is in dry dock and which is a celestial object? I knew you couldn’t!

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Horray for Republic Underwear! Well done Mike! I hope, no… I expect and endorse, that someday this image becomes as iconic as The Kramer. This photo facinates me into realms of mispellings. The cigarette, the socks, the look of a disgruntled factory worker toiling away 12-16 hours a day; this should be on the freakin’ cover of Life. Well, if it still exists!?!? Does it? Are those shorts. short pants, coulottes or Gauchos?

Well, all the above was written a weeks ago and here I am now; hours away from tonights’ ride. Last week was St. Patty’s Day and my birthday and the two year anniversary of Fixed Gears and no ride. There’s a bunch of sweet photos from other rides I need to post…and will….on island time. Manana. or next week. wheneva. Anyways, we’re riding at 10pm, come on down to the shop 945ish for air and lube. or buy shit and make the bossman proud of me. or not. lets just ride and await pollards trackstandstarness for the night.

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The Invasion of the Tourists has been moved to Saturday, April 17th! I need more time to line up some great sponsors (prizes!) and make a dang flyer. yeah great, i gotta try to draw again, that’ll be entertaining… and on with the blurry photos and rambling…

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This conch cruiser roadie was caught locked up in front of Louie’s Backyard. Ohhh what a beauty!¬† I really dig the isle style on this bicycle. The frame almost looks too nice with that awesome tropical blue paint. Flipped handlebars and a basket too. Dang. Hotness….

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Ape hanger handlebars…. with bar ends!…. and a towing ball ready for business on the rear end. Only in Key West.

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Pollard and I locked up our bicycles at the racks on Front Street next to the boardwalk and docks and gangplanks and whatnot. There were A LOT of bikes locked up whilst their riders were happyhouring or maybe out on sunset cruises: a beautiful sight. This shot presented itself and caught my fancy. A few weeks later I realized the bicycle with the sticker is owned by Chris at Melo Velo.

office chair all crashed up and sad looking on Truman Ave

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This is an example of when drunken office chairing goes wrong. We’ve all been a little irresponsible before, in our younger years with drinking and operating office chairs. Some of our three of four readers may remember the first office chair post advocating for cyclists to open their hearts and bike racks to our office chair brothern. But scenes like this are chilling.

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The beer can can be seen much more clearly in this photo from a different angle. Its obvious why this office chair was wrecked into the sidewalk and abandoned. I really hope nobody was hurt. Perhaps the real cause was a charging chicken, but I doubt that. I still wish to share the racks, roads and sidewalks with my office chair riding brothers and sisters, but we, as a family of green transportationists, must curtail this kind of irresponsible riding.

Smart Ride 6!

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229 cyclists left Miami last Friday morning enroute to a wet, cold and blistery Key West to raise money for AIDS related charities in Florida. 100% of all money raised goes to a variety of organizations to help many, many people. 100%! Please check out the Smart Ride website for much more information about the ride. Hundreds more volunteers helped make the ride successful and wonderful. I have heard so many great stories from people involved and was lucky enough to attend the closing ceremonies; that my heart is super warm. Great job everyone! The above photo shows the amount of money raised at the time; it is now thousands more thanks to many donors and volunteers continuing to bring in the money. This post barely scrapes the surface of the 2010 Smart Ride. I cannot do it justice. Patrick closed down Fixed Gears so Max and I could attend the ceramonies. He had also been gone for the last few days as a volunteer mechanic and helped many people with their bicycles along the two day, 165 mile ride. Please also check out the Conch Republic Cyclist who rode the ride and will have a much better post and inside view!

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There was a tent to keep the bicycles out of the nasty weather. The loop around the island was canceled and the closing ceremony at the AIDS Memorial at the White Street Pier was moved to the HOV School auditorium.

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Crici Stroy-Martin, crew manager and ride committee member, addressing the emotional crowd.

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A riderless bike was walked though the crowd as a song was played to pay respect to those who could not ride today. A very emotional moment for many.

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Rosie’s Bar and Grill was presented the Founder’s Award for contintiued service. They have helped with every smartride, helping and feeding many riders and crew. I heard many amazing things about their Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast this year.

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do office chairs belong in bike racks?

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So yeah, sometimes you don’t want to walk to the bar. Obviously (i hope) driving isn’t an option. I suppose for some reason you may choose not to ride. And, every once in a while, i am sure we all will ask a friend to push us to the bar in an office chair. It happens.

But once there, what is the etiquette for the storage of the chair? Most office chairs are too low to sit at a bar. Leaving it against a wall like a longboard just seems like a bad idea. So, seems logical one would most likely decide to just lock it up outside? But is the bike rack the correct place?
Shit! I don’t know. But i want my non-fossil fuel burning self propelled brothers and sisters to know, i welcome you to lock your ride next to mine. Bicycles are transportation. And now, office chairs are transportation. Ride on!

a chopper, a pennyfarthing and a fixie walk into a bar

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This has been a common sight the last few days. Scott rides the chopper he built. Dave has been rocking the pennyfarthing everywhere; which is cool, because it makes a great bike rack when not moving! I have the boring fixie with a basket and Christmas lights.

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!