Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Custom Bike Building


Slate has a story about custom building your own bicycle. I often thought that this might be a direction that I would head in...custom building customer bikes. It's so hard to get the right accounts set up in Canada though. Much easier in the US.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bixi is in Trouble!

The Montreal Bixi system is so fantastic. I've also used a similar system in Paris, but the bikes were nowhere near as good as in Montreal. The Bixi takes away so many excuses to not ride a bike. It's cheap. You don't have to worry about your bike getting stolen. You don't have to worry about maintenance.

My only worry about a similar system coming to Vancouver is:
- You'd have a hard time keeping a stock of them at the top of hills
- The rain might make things difficult
- Our helmet laws make it difficult to hop on/hop off

Hopefully financial problems in Montreal don't derail the whole thing. And hopefully Vancouver is smart enough to purchase designs already in place in Montreal.