Thursday, February 27, 2014
Cycle Love recently shared images of a collection of sculptures from Edouard Martinet. These wickedly accurate and detailed insect sculptures are assembled from re-purposed objects - mostly parts taken from mechanical assemblies. Looking closely, you can see a number of bicycle parts that went into the making of each of these. Therefore I felt compelled to share. There a few extra images over at Colossal as well.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
I'm not sure why, but I was reminded of an article from earlier this year on OzarksFirst about a future bike share program in Springfield. The article was certainly attention-grabbing, but gives no indication that a bike share program is even remotely forthcoming. Instead, it gives a brief overview of what a bike share program is and how it would work in Springfield. The language is pretty vague and the article notably short. It was enough to get me excited about the idea of a program in the area. I'm not going to hold my breath, though.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I've been enjoying the blog BikeHacks since I came across it a couple weeks ago. Today, I was directed to the Bike Hacks Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. And now I can't get enough of it. First, I made my way through the entire collection just enjoying the humor of it all - see Eye of Mordor, Grasshopper, Gerbil, Brutus, and Annoying Samaritan. Annoying Samaritan is one I particularly enjoyed because Ginger called out this particular demographic last summer. Once I had thoroughly enjoyed the entries, I went back through to try to self identify. A couple that jumped out at me immediately were Plain Jane and Stagecoach. I'm probably being too nice to myself though. We all know I'm a KSF.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Ginger shared this image yesterday via Instragram. It's our backyard during day one of a major garage reorganization. It's hard to believe, but we moved into our new house nearly six months ago. All that time, I've been living with a majority of my tools packed away. I'm not going to pretend it hasn't been difficult keeping 5 bikes up and running with very few tools and little space. But it's been a harsh winter, which has kept Ginger off of her bike for all but a few weekend rides, so my machine is really the only one that has required much upkeep.
With the mild weather we had last weekend, I decided it was time to get started on setting up the Tinkery. The breadth of the work involved hanging my canoe on the wall using my canoe brackets. The rest of the day was mostly spent just shuffling stacks of boxes and gear around the garage, clearing space for shelving, and piling tools and bike parts where my future work bench will be located. As some of you may already know, my previous wooden work bench was stolen from behind our house, where it was living temporarily until I could make space for it in the garage - or until someone relieved me of it while I was sleeping.
My next step will be to build a new work bench and install some racks to hang bikes on the wall. I'm considering hanging a couple bikes horizontally and a couple vertically; the tandem may end up hanging from the ceiling. I'm not entirely sure yet. I don't have much room, so bike storage arrangement may be a bit tricky. What can I say? It's a small one-car garage. Then it'll just be a matter of getting tools and parts organized and stored properly.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Ginger and I took ourselves out to lunch today - something we rarely do anymore with her working out of town. I couldn't help but notice how cute our bikes looked leaning against each other on a Valentine's Day afternoon.