Posts from the ‘bicycle’ category

B-Cycle Bike Share

Six stations have been installed around Greenville for a new bike sharing network by B-Cycle.  They are handy to get around the city without needing to hunt for parking or use a car.   The pricing is designed to encourage short-term usage by giving members usage for the first hour at no extra charge.   Although additional pricing per hour is not bad, full day rentals are best obtained from one of the other bicycle rental shops such as Reedy Rides, Bike the Rabbit, Pedal Chic, or TTR Bikes.  As this station shows, they are a popular option when the weather is good.

Notes for Techo-geeks and Artists

For geeks: A mapping site – Greenville Open Map can suggest B-Cycle bike stations when the B-Cycle travel mode is selected.   Here is an example trip from Fluor Field to NOMA square.  Although it’s easy to find your way around town today, this sort of map planning will become more useful in the future as more stations are added to the bike network around Greenville.

For geeks and Artists:  An interactive map coloring site is intended to study transportation time from any part of the city by various travel modes.  But it make a fun toy to create interesting color patterns.   Move the green marker around, and be patient as it redraws.   Change the “Search Type” for different color schemes and patterns.  Change the “Mode” to see different patterns emerge.

B-Cycle station at City Hall

 

Mountain Bike Skills Park

The new Mountain bike Skills Park in Gateway Park in Travelers Rest is now open.  It was constructed with the help of over 250 volunteers and over 110 dump truck loads of dirt and recycled crushed stone  and concrete.   It contains a wide variety of features for all ages and skill levels:  kickstarter, pump track, skinnies, rock garden, dirt jumps and log rides.  It’s great to have something like this to practice mountain bike skills so convenient to the city.

As one of the warnings says: “how you ride determines whether you ride out of the park or are carried out”.   There were no serious injuries in this incident, but it was necessary to “throw away the bike” from the top of this hill.

Antique Bicycle

Jim Campbell came across this gem Highboy bicycle which dates back to 1897.   Everything is in working condition, from the klaxon horn (which surely must have scared the horses!), the pedestrian bell, and the carbon lamps – one of which steers with the front wheel to light the direction.   He takes the bike out to special events in Greenville so that more people can enjoy the bike.

Trailside Pedaler

After 70 years, a vintage grocery delivery bike has found its purpose as the newest Swamp Rabbit Trail attraction. The Trailside Creamery recently commissioned a local Greenville Spinners bicycle club member to restore an old Cycle Truck bicycle for use in selling their ice cream confections directly to the folks using the trail.  Mark Gordon located the bike, thought to be from the early 1940’s, at a bike show in Ohio and completely restored it.   A row of bells under the handlebar announces the travels of the “Trailside Pedaler”.   The Ice Cream Birdhouses from yesterday’s post mark the stop points along the trail.

This bike led a parade of riders on Sunday during the regular Greenville Spinners “Ice Cream Ride” from Linky Stone Park to the Trailside Creamery in Travelers Rest.   The restoration was a success – there were no bicycle malfunctions along the way.

US Handcycle Racing

This weekend marked the 4th Annual National Handcycling Criterium in Greenville.  Here, Michael Bishop of the Paralyzed Veterans team competes over the 13.8 mile time trial on the ICAR grounds.   It was inspiring to see the level of competition as they were racing!

Although the USA Cycling Championships will be held in Chattanooga next year, Greenville can look forward to hosting the 2014 para-cycling road world championships.  It has been 16 years since the event has been held in the US.

Lucky Bike

The Lucky Bike shop on Sydney Street just off Poinsett Highway has done a great job creating artwork on the building to match the bicycle business.  They perform bike repairs, as well as refurbish and sell quality used bikes, reCycling them, in effect.   The building and the all the fixtures inside have also been recycled.   Watch a short informative overview video created by one of their customers.   There are also several good human interest stories on the Lucky Bike Shop Facebook page

Cross in the Park

 

Cyclists must carry their bikes over obstacles

The first “Cross in the Park” Cyclocross series was held over the weekend in Cleveland park.   Cyclocross courses often include unpaved surfaces, and feature a number of obstacles designed to force the riders to walk, jump, run, or climb over them.   Cyclists must dismount several times over a complete course route.   This double barrier was located next to the Reedy River – the Swamp Rabbit Trail runs on the other side of the river.

Although the sport does not have a large following in the Greenville area, it is a great way for road racers to keep in shape in the off-season.