Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jawa Nomad

Another European folder, this one Czech-made. Similar to other U-frames but with a slightly different frame. Other distinctions are the chain guard, and rear rack. More pictures here. There are two in the gallery, both were up for auction.

Google Bike Maps

Recent Announcement from Google:

"The best part about this new dataset is that we've been able to add a lot of new, detailed information to Google Maps - information that helps people better explore and get around the real world. For example, college students will be pleased to see maps of many campuses; and cyclists will now find many more trails and paths to explore. Soon we even plan on providing you with biking directions to take advantage of this new data. Of course, in the true Google spirit of "launch and iterate," we plan to work with more data sources to add new features in the map."

Taken from GoogleMapsBikeThere

More versions of Bike There have been popping up.
Twin Cities:


After a couple weeks of sitting in my apartment disassembled, the Peugeot is finally up and running. Really, the only repair work I did was replace the inner-tubes, but I've been cleaning misc parts here and there, replaced the tires and saddle as well. It rides nice and still shifts well, and all in all, i'm pretty happy with it. It still needs a few adjustments and fixes before I do any extensive riding. I'll get pictures soon, my digital camera shorted out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

22" Peugeot

As an owner of a folding Peugeot, I still like to keep an eye out for other folding bikes that are out there. I see this particular style pop up every once and while in various colors; orange, white, and this light seafoam green. Pretty unusual for a folding bike to have 22" wheels. Not a fan of the newer saddle, but still, I find myself wanting one everytime I see another one, maybe someday If the opportunity is right. This one is on craigslist in the San Jose area. It seems this area (SF) along with Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver is a hotspot for this sort thing. Craigslist

Monday, October 5, 2009

After all the failed attempts to pick up a bike in another state off craigslist and a recent outbid in the last four seconds on ebay, I've finally picked up a bike. It's not quite in the condition I was hoping for. In fact, It's a piece of shit. It's filthy, it's creaky, and cost me more than it's really worth. But it's gonna be damn fun to fix up. It's a Peugeot. My judgement might have been a little bit impaired when I got it after the past failed attempts.. or maybe it was the lack of decent folders in Nashville, I'm not sure. But still, it's gonna make a good project bike for now. I'm still going to keep an eye out for another one, hoping this one will give me some good maintenance experience.

And btw, the picture was taken by the owner, probably not recently either because it looks like the back tire still holds air! It's a lot dirtier than the picture shows.