The illustrations for this section are among my favorites, because I love the concept that bicycles make it possible to pedal the earth. But the artist who did such a fine job fitting globes on the bike in the top ad also made an interesting mistake. . . . (more)
Look closely and you’ll see that the crankset is on the left side of the bike and that it’s encircling the chainstay, which locks it, preventing it from rotating. A crank that won’t turn is useless. But it’s probably too much to expect this mythical bike to be fully functional.
Referring to more modern machines, my former boss, Bruce Anderson, the owner of Andy’s Cycle Shop in Keene, New Hampshire calls the crank “the heart of a bicycle.” I like that. The frame is essential; the wheels are crucial and the crank is what gets the rider involved pumping the thing and getting it going. And cranking a bike gets the rider going, too: heart, blood, lungs, mind.
But this section isn’t called “Crank” due to the illustrations. And I didn’t use the word “crank” because they’re so important.
I named this page “Crank” because to crank means to push the pace. And here, you can have some fun and pick up some useful information in a big hurry by consuming the many bite-size bicycle tips and tricks. The links with white wings take you to bicycle tips sections; the ones with yellow wings take you to full-length stories. You can skim and scan, read just what you want and learn plenty. Be sure to also follow my fun Bicycle Beat blog and my popular Tech Talk column in RoadBikeRider.com. Also, my FAQ page at the link below answers lots of common questions.
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Bicycle for a Day is my effort to help protect the environment, improve personal
health, and have fun with my friends and family. Our mission is to help empower
individuals with tools which they can use in their everyday lives to make a
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There are dozens of things each of us can do that have an immediate, positive
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The average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bicycle.
3 hours of cycling per week can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by
In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%. In 2004, 3%
rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%.
The United States could save 462 million gallons of gasoline per year by
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Each auto-commuter in the U.S. spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in
In 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.
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On this coming Monday, April 20, the Transportation Policy Board at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider cutting already-approved projects, including some active transportation projects, to divert $600 million to rebuild I-35 in Central…
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It’s OK to ride your bike, but follow these tips to do so safely.
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Biking is more essential than ever. We also want to share that we’ve officially postponed Bike to Work Day until the fall, but May is still Bike Month and we’ll be offering some fun ways to engage those of you who still want to celebrate all things cycling.
The invention of the “modern” bicycle dates to the mid-1800’s and earlier, depending upon which source you consult. The early versions were called velocipedes and were propelled by the rider “walking” while seated on the wheeled vehicle. Many of the early designs were of European origin, the products of French, German and English ingenuity. Over the years, various improvements were made including steering, pneumatic tires, pedals and cranks, suspensions, gears, and other safety features. By the late 1800’s, the form of the bicycle would be as readily recognizable as those manufactured today.
As the bicycle gained popularity and became more affordable to the masses, so came the need for illumination for nighttime riding. They were most often fueled by kerosene or carbide/acetylene – our focus shall be on the former.
The ornate brass SEARCH LIGHT Bicycle Lamp manufactured by The Bridgeport Brass Company. Louis Hornberger’s Pat. No. D28,080, Dec. 21, 1897.
Bicycle lamps were manufactured by most, if not all, of the major American lamp makers – Edward Miller & Company, The Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company, The Matthews and Willard Manufacturing Company, The Hitchcock Lamp Company, The Bridgeport Brass Company, Bristol Brass and Clock, and certainly others. Many of the lantern makers made bicycle lamps as well – R.E. Dietz, Peter Gray, C.T. Ham, and The Rose Manufacturing Company, maker of the Neverout. English manufacturer Joseph Lucas & Sons of Birmingham, England produced a full line of bicycle lamps, as did Powell & Hammer and Henry Miller.
The basic, overall design of the bicycle lamps remained relatively standard. They consist of a lamp or lantern housing (most often brass and sometimes nickel-plated), removable fount and burner, front lens and reflector, and some type of bracket for attaching the lamp to the bicycle. Most have a convex lens on the front to focus and concentrate the light. On the back of the inside of the housing, there is often a polished metal reflector to increase light output. There are often green or red glass jewels on the side or back of the lamp which function as side (green) and rear (red) markers. You may find cotton wadding in the founts that was placed there to prevent the oil from sloshing around.
Plume and Atwood Mfg. Co. advertising cover featuring the BANNER and JIM DANDY lamps
The bottom portion of the housing is vented to permit the intake of combustion air and top of the lamp is vented to dissipate heat and smoke. The brackets vary from fixed style mountings to more complex, multi-spring mechanisms designed to absorb shock. The lamps could be mounted to the front tube or on the fork, depending upon the type of bracket purchased. The SEARCH LIGHT above is shown with a rigid bracket, the UNIQUE below has a spring bracket.
Advertisements for bicycle lamps were commonly found in ladies magazines like Munsey’s or The Cosmopolitan, trade journals and other publications of the period, especially in the late 1890’s. The advertisement on the left from The
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