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Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 252

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

Ming Bike

“Ming Bike” © Georgette

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Coffee Outside

“Coffee Outside” © rperks1

rperks1 - Website: Ocean Air Cycles

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Written by dickdavid

July 2, 2014 at 7:05 am

Orp Horn – A Bike Accessory I Hope To Never Use

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ORP Horn

I have a bell on my bike. It’s nice to have when you want to let the folks, especially pedestrians on my local multipurpose trails, know that you want to pass them. Because many are wearing earbuds, just saying “passing on your left,” isn’t enough.

But what about on the road? What happens if some idiot in a car doesn’t look and cuts me off? I don’t think the bell will do the trick at announcing my presence. Sure, I can yell at the top of my lungs, but I hope their stereo isn’t turned up too loud. Although I’ve never had the need, I was okay with having to do that if needed.

Over a year ago, I stumbled across the Orp Horn on Kickstarter. It’s cool little bike accessory that would reduce my need to yell in an emergency situation. Their idea was to make cyclists more visible and “hearable” with a combination dual tone, high decibel bike horn and front beacon light. The result is a really loud horn that fits into a small package.

What really appealed to me was it’s slick design. The horn has unibody construction that is formed to look good and function well. It comes in several different color options, and I decided to go with orange.

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Well, after several long months after it funded, I finally got mine. It came in a really cool package that, once unfolded, doubles as the instruction sheet. I was pleased to see efforts put into the design – even in the packaging – to reduce waste. The Orp Horn came, not damaged, but it came slightly unfinished. There was a little bit of the cover that wasn’t locked into place. A quick snap and it was fine.

ORP Horn - Slight Shipping Defect

The Orp Horn is cleverly designed with a one-size, built-on strap. This fits perfectly on wider diameter handlebars. If you have a smaller diameter bar, you’ll need to use the included rubber strip to keep the horn from slipping.

Time to test it out. The first thing you need to do, after you mount it, is turn it on. This is done by pressing and holding the button on the top for 3 seconds. It makes a cheerful chirp to let you know that it’s activated. Tapping the button again turns on the flashing light feature. Tapping it again, gives you a solid light. To turn it off, you need to press and hold the button for another 3 seconds.

The Orp Horn comes  with two sounds. When you push up on the lever, it gives you a friendly chirp. When you pull down on the lever, you get the super loud chirp. It’s not like an air horn that you hear coming from most cars, but it’s loud enough to make a statement. Given it’s compact size, the sound is quite remarkable.

This is a great accessory to add to my rides. My hope is that I will never need to use the Orp Horn, but if I do, it’s comforting to know that I can let car drivers hear that I’m there.

 UPDATE:

Where To Buy:  I got mine for a deal on Kickstarter, which funded last year. You can still buy them on their site for a bit more: click here.

Written by dickdavid

July 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 251

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

Bowie Invades Prince

“Bowie Invades Prince” © Greg Raisman

Greg Raisman - Website: Getting Around Portland

Into The Light

“Into The Light” © Mark

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By submitting images to the Suburban Assault Flickr group, you are allowing the limited, non-profit, non-commercial usage of your images, as described by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, for non-commercial use on this non-commercial blog. In return you will receive FULL photo credit and links to your Flickr Photostream.

Written by dickdavid

June 25, 2014 at 5:52 am

TxDOT – Public Hearing – Bicycle Use in DFW

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If you ride a bike in north Texas, you should think about going to the Texas Department of Transportation Public Hearing – Bicycle Use in DFW.

Information from their site:

Where:
City of Irving City Hall
825 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75060

When:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Purpose:
The purpose of this public hearing is to provide information on the bicycle plans, policies, programs and upcoming projects for the Dallas and Fort Worth districts of TxDOT and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). Also, the public will have an opportunity to make comments and provide input on the bicycle transportation projects and programs

Description:
The public hearing will consist of a presentation from TxDOT and NCTCOG beginning at 6 p.m. and an open house format before and after the presentation.

Maps and drawings will be on display to show the existing bike facilities and upcoming transportation projects on the state system and Dallas/Fort Worth regional area.

Downloads:
Notice (pdf)
Map of Meeting Location (pdf)

Contact:
TxDOT Dallas District
(214) 320-4480
Email

Written by dickdavid

June 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

Posted in Advocacy, DFW Cycling

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Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 250

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

Levitational Launch

“Levitational Launch” © Velouria

Velouria - Website: Lovely Bicycle!

North Head Coastal Path

“North Head Coastal Path” © Antoine

Antoine

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© All images are subject to Flickr Copyright Rules.

By submitting images to the Suburban Assault Flickr group, you are allowing the limited, non-profit, non-commercial usage of your images, as described by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, for non-commercial use on this non-commercial blog. In return you will receive FULL photo credit and links to your Flickr Photostream.

Written by dickdavid

June 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Pics and Recap of the Trinity River Revel – Dallas, Texas

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Four great Dallas amenities opened this past weekend during an event called the Trinity River Revel, and it was celebrated with a Rolling Ribbon Cutting. A large group of a few hundred cyclist, which included a few of Dallas’ elected officials, representatives from local and state bicycling groups as well as surprise visitor Gary Fisher, all set out on a slow paced rally around the Trinity River to officially reveal these great new open spaces.

This is what opened:
The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge - A new linear park build on the old Continental Street Bridge, which spans the Trinity River west of downtown Dallas. It includes 39 trellis and shade structures, a meditation labyrinth, bocce court, spray fountain and playground.

Trinity Skyline Trail - This is a paved hike, bike and skate trail in the Trinity River basin that leisurely rolls between Sylvan Avenue and West Commerce Street. This is a great place to take your family for a nice bike ride or walk, and see lots of nature around the Trinity River.

Sylvan Avenue Bridge - The bridge has been redesigned as a six-lane bridge with two six-foot sidewalks on the shoulders. Even better, is the Trinity Skyline Trail crosses the river below.

West Dallas Gateway Plaza - This is located between the western end of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and Trinity Groves. This is a perfect spot to visit, with great views of the Dallas skyline.

This event was part of the Trinity River Corridor Project. Click here to learn more about the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

It was a great day to ride and be part of this historic event. It was also inspiring to see such a large group participate, letting the City of Dallas know that bicycling and walking are important to the people who live here.

Here are some pics from the event. Click here to see the entire set.

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Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 249

leave a comment »

It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

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© Hector Acuna

Hector Acuna - Website: Hector Acuna’s Website

The Brommie, like any good English gentleman, thoroughly enjoys the evening office.  #bcp #eveningprayer #bikejax #brompton #bromptonlife #bromptonmafia

“The Brommie, like any good English gentleman, thoroughly enjoys the evening office.” © Hayley

Hayley - Website: http://hayleytuller.tumblr.com

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© All images are subject to Flickr Copyright Rules.

By submitting images to the Suburban Assault Flickr group, you are allowing the limited, non-profit, non-commercial usage of your images, as described by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, for non-commercial use on this non-commercial blog. In return you will receive FULL photo credit and links to your Flickr Photostream.

Written by dickdavid

June 11, 2014 at 5:11 am

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