Links: Bike Rental, Bike Rules, Bike Talk Show, Bike Lights, Bike Tacos and more
I’ve been bookmarking a few bike related things that I’ve been wanting to write about, but I never really have the time. For now, I’ll just share the links.
Velolet Bike Rental – These folks have a cool concept. Their goal is “to become the #1 centralized bike rental hub. The place where people, globally, go when they want to rent a bike.” They aren’t a traditional bricks and mortar type business, dealing with expensive overhead of opening up stores across the country. Instead, they “help cyclists rent bikes when they travel by connecting them with other cyclists who have bikes to rent.” Velolet Bike is sort of like a one-stop bike rental head-hunter. Hopefully, I’ll get to try them out in Austin next month, when I’m at SXSW Interactive. Through Tern Bicycles Austin, they are offering up free folding bike share/demo/loaners (first come first served) to anybody who pre-registers with them.
Road ID: Rules of the Road – I saw this while watching last year’s Le Tour de France. Road ID put out a cool little series of Rule of the Road videos. I really like this company because of all they do to keep cyclists safe on the road. If you don’t already have a Road ID, you should get one.
Pedal Powered Talk Show – Admittedly, I haven’t seen all of the episodes yet, so I’m not sure if the content is really worth sharing. I’ll have to give them an “A” for original idea. If you’re going to start a talk show that’s going to compete with the Lenos and Conans of the world, you’d better come up with a cool gimmick. This one happens to appeal to me. They’ve “taken the classic talk show format and built it into a cargo bike. With our pedal-powered production studio they can go anywhere and do anything; from talking to notable authors on the side of Mount Hood to interviewing local indie bands on a barge in the Willamette River.”
Bike After Dark – There are some great lighting solutions popping up on the market lately, all giving riders better visibility on the road. Bike After Dark‘s product turns your wheels into rotating beacons of light. Based out of Dallas, these guys will “revolutionize your night riding experience with The Fireball Mark II, a rechargeable, water resistant, LED bike light system that will help keep you visible when biking after dark.” You should really check out their videos.
Apothocurious! Hot Bike! - Here’s another idea that gets and ‘A’ for originality. This lady wants to make her taco stand more transportable so she came up with the idea of doing a taco bike. Right now, it’s just an idea. If you want to help her get her project up and running, click over to her Kickstarter page and become a backer.
Peace Pedalers – I’ve been reading about these guys on the web. They’re also featured in an article in Urban Velo. “Peace Pedalers started in 2002 with two full-time riders, Jamie Bianchini and Garryck Hampton, who began riding their own tandem-single mountain bikes called “Tangles” on an around the world adventure. They each rode in the front seats and picked up hundreds of “guest riders” from dozens of countries who rode on the back seats from a few minutes to a few weeks. It was an epic adventure indeed.” They’ve also captured over 1000 hours of video, that will soon make it into a series that will be very interesting to watch.
Major Taylor Club of Austin – Here’s a really cool group that started up in Austin, Texas. “The Major Taylor Club of Austin was established in 2011 to honor and prolong the legacy of Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, who in 1899 became the first African American champion in cycling history and arguably one of the cycling world’s greatest sportsmen. Faced with a racist majority in the sport that pulled every legal and illegal shady tactic they could, Major Taylor still managed to maintain his humility, keep all bitterness at bay and become a world champion. Read More.