Monday, January 26, 2009

Weekend rides

Back: Jope, Richard, Qodi, Sharyn, Sandra, Anne, Joon. 
Front: VukiBoy, Varsha, Pat, Rajan
We had a nice easy ride along the beautiful (even when it's raining) Suva foreshore on Saturday morning.
Sunday was a trip to Naqali and breakfast at Akuila's farm. Vinaka vakalevu to Akuila, his wife and Ulamila for a lovely breakfast.... so I'm told as I couldn't make it. Did anyone get any pics of the ride?

Make your own bike lane

In a country with no bike lanes this invention could be the way to go. Making a new bike lane can cost thousands but this brilliant new invention allows a cyclist to bring their own. A laser (attached under saddle apparently) projects parallel lines, on the road, either side of the bike with a BIKE graphic behind the cyclist
The LightLane is the BRIGHT idea of Alex Tee and Evan Gant of Altitude Design. Well done guys!

Here's the text from the blog Dustbowl (friends of Altitude Inc.)

A close brush with a distracted driver is enough to intimidate the most avid bikers from riding at night. The problem isn’t just about visibility, as safety lights are effective at capturing the attention of a driver. However, these lights are typically constrained to the bike frame, which highlights only a fraction of the bike’s envelope. Bike lanes have proven to be an effective method of protecting cyclists on congested roads. One key is that the lane establishes a well defined boundary beyond the envelope of the bicycle, providing a greater margin of safety between the car and the cyclist. Yet, only a small fraction of streets have dedicated bike lanes, and with an installation cost of $5,000 to $50,000 per mile, we shouldn’t expect to find them everywhere anytime soon. Instead of adapting cycling to established bike lanes, the bike lane should adapt to the cyclists. This is the idea behind the LightLane. Our system projects a crisply defined virtual bike lane onto pavement, using a laser, providing the driver with a familiar boundary to avoid. With a wider margin of safety, bikers will regain their confidence to ride at night, making the bike a more viable commuting alternative.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Black smokers

I've been thinking about getting an anti-polution mask for my morning commute. I leave pretty early so black smoking busses, taxis and cars are not much of a problem... Unless I get behind a smoking bus that is oly just going faster the me. Then I came across this pic of used filters for major asian cities... I wonder what a used Fiji filter would look like.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Resolution Revolution

The revolution starts with the first turn of the pedals.

New year, new you! This year resolve to do something:

To loose weight
Environmentally friendly
That will get you fit
That is great cardio exercise
That will keep you fit
Save you money on fuel
That will give your workout while you travel to work (No need to join a Gym)
Can get you to work faster than a car.
Good for you
That will save 1 tonne of CO2 a year if you commute 15-20 minutes by bike 5 days a week.
Meet great people.
The whole family can do.
That gives you GREAT a butt
... and better legs :)))))

Ride a bike.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Esquires Crits II Video

Our resident film producer took time out from his Bollywood tour to make this exciting short film of our cycle races, including kids and masters races. Note the excessive sponsor and product placement. Thanks Stan