Monday, May 30, 2011

Pink Peugeot

I was walking around with my friend Mike after brunch a few weekends ago; I'm sure you can imagine why this bike caught my eye:

That's a bike for summer.

Look at the little pink orange and yellow diagonal stripes on the seat tube. So sunny.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bike Directions from HopStop

Alexandra from HopStop emailed me a week or two ago to let me know of their new bike directions feature. Exciting! The feature is in beta right now, and I fully aim to try it out this summer. It was launched in collaboration with Equinox Gyms (they also brought us the new "calories burned" feature to the service) - pretty smart, yes? There are some mapped routes on the site, and the directions have little labels showing where the bike paths are.

When I asked how the routes were calculated (safest, most direct, bike lanes vs. not, etc.), Alexandra responded with, "We prioritize bike lanes, and highlight them within the contextual route itself and on the overview map. We also consider the fastest trip in our routes in terms of routing bikers from point-A to point-B in the most efficient way possible." Efficient sounds familiar, it is HopStop after all. Their public transit directions have been scarily to-the-minute accurate (way more so than Google Maps) over the years. So I'm excited to see what this is like. You can still use the "send to your phone" option as well, which has always been a nice nod to the whole mobility thing. Happy (and safe) riding!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Safari bikes

This was a rare moment of brilliance - leopard and tiger striped bikes, locked next to each other.

Safari bikes

I hope their owners are friends.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Eastery Feather

Saw two stunners on the way to brunch last weekend...

I saw a bunch of these Fujis last spring when i was shopping for my bike; I may have even ridden one. And almost wiped out.

Yellow Fuji

These beautiful wheels were on the diagonal corner. Same color scheme as this one.

Eastery, the new frontier