Posts tagged ‘bicycle’

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

 

Rainy Days and Mondays…

Thinking of the old song “Rainy Days & Mondays always get me down…”, nothing can be done about the beginning of the work week, but the rain is another story! Simply put on some protective gear and go outside to play in the rain on your bicycle.   And what kid doesn’t enjoy splashing in the puddles?

Even so, I wouldn’t recommend this when there may be lightning or high winds like the storms predicted for today.  This photo was taken on a previous calm rainy day.

I didn’t have the setup for a proper self-portrait in the heavy rain, so this is only a low resolution picture.

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.

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.

Taking a break – repost

Taking a break in downtown Greenville, SC.  This photo was taken by Denton Harryman and posted at GreenvilleDailyPhoto.com on 5/24/2009.
I always like photos with a bicycle in them … there is always a story behind the bicycle … it looks like break time … the weather was perfect to sit in the sun.

PS: I have also been taking a break these last few days and spending some time with my family at the beach. I’ll start posting current photos starting tomorrow.