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3d printed bike fender mud flaps or mudguards

I 3D printed a surprisingly effective bike mudflap

  I’ve been having a problem with my bike in the rain for the last number of months. Some time ago I lost both of the mudflaps that were attached to my bike fenders. I don’t know when it happened. I didn’t expect to find easy replacements, and I didn’t think I’d really need them because I eventually forgot about their utility. Until it started to rain a lot again this season. I kept on getting a bunch of water spray my backside; it was the dreaded “stripe” or skunk stripe. I was surprised that this was happening because it hadn’t been an issue before, and I thought my fenders had me covered. I was getting a ton of road grit all over my panniers and rack, and it was making a mess inside when I brought my bags in. […]

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Covered cargo bike (olive cover) next to a yellow dumpster

How do you store a cargo bike in New York in the winter? And other things we learned from looking at bikes in New York

We spent a couple of days in New York this winter, more specifically Brooklyn, mostly in Park Slope. I checked out every bike that we walked by (as one does) and thought about how different riding a cycle is in New York compared to in California. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXLorSvKziQ Winters in the Bay Area are much milder, as it rarely gets below freezing during the winter months.  We get winter rain, but rarely any snow or ice. In contrast, it’s much colder in New York, there’s more snow, slush, road salt, and other stuff that’s tougher to ride a bike in, and tougher to store a bike in. Some had a lot of rust As you can see on this “Goffa bike”, the rims, brakes, kickstand, stem, spokes, chain, nuts are all rusted. This bike has been left out for a long […]

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Emeryville Holiday Parade (car-free) and tree lighting

The 2nd Annual Emeryville Tree Lighting and Car-Free Holiday Lights Parade was a blast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYpkpmOiRgM The 2nd Annual Emeryville tree lighting and holiday lights parade was a blast, just like last year. We met at city hall and though we thought we got there “early”, there were already about 100 people milling about, checking out the Pixar booth and picking up some LED lights. We saw a bunch of people on cargo bikes, regular bikes, and kids bikes. As it got a little darker, Mayor John Bauters made some announcements and thanked Xtracycle and Blue Heron for having cargo bikes ready for Santa and the reindeer. The Emery dance team did an fantastic performance, and then the Mayor led the kids in some cheers to light the city hall tree. Someone who had just bought a Bike Beam LED flagpole light said hi, it was good to see him and his kid as well […]

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2023 Emeryville Tree Lighting and Car-free Holiday Parade

Bay Area Family Bike Events in December 2023

  Here are some December family friendly bike events in the Bay Area! Friday, December 1st, 5:00pm – Emeryville, CA (City Hall) – Emeryville Tree Lighting and Car-Free Holiday Parade – A beautiful walking and rolling parade over the bike/ped bridge with a Christmas tree lighting and ride to Emeryville Bay Street. Free valet bike parking, giveaways from Pixar. Probable costumes, light giveaways, bike demos. Last year there was fake snow and cargo bike test rides also.  It was so much fun.  More info from the City of Emeryville. Thursday, December 7th, 5:00-7:30pm – San Leandro, CA (Drake’s Brewing) – Bike Community Happy Hour – Casual event – chat with bikey friends and make new ones! https://bikeeastbay.org/events/community-happy-hour/ Tuesday. December 19th, 6:00pm – Alameda, CA (City Hall) – Alameda Holiday Lights Ride! – ‘TIS THE SEASON: Join us Tuesday, 12/19 for […]

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Purple Bike Beam LED Flagpole lights

Daylight Saving ends: more fun times for bike flag lights

There’s about a week left until Daylight Saving time ends,  and we’re definitely noticing the change in daylight as we ride our bikes home from school or after-school events. We’re making a lot more use of our bike flag lights and headlights and tail lights. Bike lighting transitions It requires a little bit of a transition for us. We usually pack lights just in case, but we try to get more into the habit of putting them on (we usually remove them when parked because of potential theft) and remembering to keep the lights in the correct bag. Bike Flag Lights in the fall The bike flag lights always stay on the bikes, so we always have them available as a backup in case we forget our normal tail lights. (If you are looking for tail lights, I’ve written a […]

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Glass shard in a bike tire

When getting a flat tire isn’t so bad

Getting a flat tire on your bike sucks – usually The weather was pretty nice on Saturday, and my partner, kid and I were headed back to Oakland after a soccer game.  We had left Alameda and were heading back home along the Embaracdero. It was a pretty calm ride, as we were all tired, and we weren’t trying particularly hard to ride fast. Thousands of sparkly obstacles We approached Nido’s Backyard as we rode along the Embarcadero. We noticed a lot of glass in the bike lane. This isn’t unusual, as this area is notorious for having pieces of broken glass everywhere in the bike lane and on the road. We tried to avoid the thousands of shards as well as we could. It’s difficult to do, because it’s not easy to exit the bike lane on short notice […]

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Watermelon spoke decoration / spoke bead / charm

9 fun favorite spoke decorations from this summer

I made spoke decorations to add a little fun to our kids’ bikes for our bike parades and our Bike Bus. Here are some of the recent spoke decorations I’ve made over the summer and a little about each one.  These are fun ways to decorate and personalize your bike and hopefully make nice little gifts for kids that celebrate riding a bike and being active outdoors. 9 summer bike spoke decorations Getting Boba is a nice treat during or after a good bike ride, especially for the kid. I decided to combine boba and biking with this spoke decoration. It’s a cute drawing of a boba drink, complete with straw and pearls.             I made these Bike Bus Spoke Decorations to celebrate our Bike Bus. I made a bunch and also sent some out […]

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Richmond San Rafael Bridge Ride

Bay Area Family Bike Events in November 2023

    Here are some November family friendly bike events in the Bay Area! Saturday, November 11th, 11:11am – Richmond, CA (269 16th St, Richmond, CA) – Save-the-Bridge Ride – The bike lane on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge is a lifeline that makes low-carbon, and non-polluting bike commutes and trips into the North Bay possible from the East Bay. RSVP here. Or follow along for updates:

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Kid riding with Bike Beam LED glow sticks / LED staff on their bicycles

Fun times riding bikes home with our LED glow sticks

Fall just started, and that means that the light changes the fastest during this time of the year. So it’s easy to notice it getting dark earlier.  We lingered for a while, and it was dark by the time we left our last Kids Bike Parade which gave us an opportunity to light up the LED staff aka Bike Beams. Why I like these LED glow sticks Compared to other similar LED staff lights, I like the Bike Beam because 7 colors are included, and you can switch colors just by pressing a button. No app or remote control is needed to change the color of the LEDs. Also, the whole LED light pole is powered by a rechargeable battery that you can plug in to any USB port. Some other glow staffs use coin cell batteries or a separate […]

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Oakland Mural Bike Ride Flyer

Bay Area Family Bike Events in October 2023

Here are some family friendly bike events in the Bay Area that we know of for October 2023. Sunday, October 8th, 10am-1pm  – Alameda – Adult Learn to Ride Class with Bike East Bay. This class is a great opportunity for any adults who want to improve their bike riding skills and confidence. It’s completely free and you don’t need any prior experience. I’m not the instructor for this class, but I can assure you that they are very friendly and helpful.: https://bikeeastbay.org/events/ltr-oct-8/ Saturday, October 14th, 10am-2pm – Pleasant Hill Elementary – PHE Bike Swap and Festival – Pleasant Hill Elementary has a wonderful walk/bike program that encourages half of their students to use active transportation. At this event, you can join a bike swap where you can sell your old bike or buy a new one. You might find […]

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