Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists’ right to safe travel.
The first ghost bikes were created in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003. Currently there are over 500 ghost bikes that have since appeared in over 180 locations throughout the world. For those who create and install the memorials, the death of a fellow bicyclist hits home. We all travel the same unsafe streets and face the same risks; it could just as easily be any one of us. Each time we say we hope to never have to do it again — but we remain committed to making these memorials as long as they are needed.
There was apparently a ghost bike installed a few years back.
The first ghost bike in Adelaide was placed in June 2010 by Adelaide Cyclists, and supported by the Bicycle Institute of SA, as a memorial to the unnamed cyclist who was killed on Payneham Road on Saturday May 28, 2010.
Nearly thirty cyclists turned out the following Sunday morning to join together in a Ride for Remembrance for the cyclist they did not know.
Rides in remembrance are called Rides of Silence. They are what the name says. A ride in total silence to remember and think about fallen comrades. If you ever come across one, participate in the rides spirit.
The Ride of Silence Poem…
Tonight we number many but ride as one
In honor of those not with us, friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, sons
With helmets on tight and heads down low,
We ride in silence, cautious and slow
The wheels start spinning in the lead pack
But tonight we ride and no one attacks
The dark sunglasses cover our tears
Remembering those we held so dear
Tonight’s ride is to make others aware
The road is there for all to share
To those not with us or by our side,
May God be your partner on your final ride
– Mike Murgas
Take care out there guys, we love the freedom, but there are those risks that are ever present.
With Fathers Day not too far away now, you will need to be dropping the hints. No doubt you have pretty much got the cycles you want, the riding apparel is top quality and the the odds and ends that we absolutely need have been purchased, so there isn’t too much left that you need.
Well, to help you get some ideas in your head, I thought that I’d share some of my fashion tips to you guys (who are undoubtedly lacking in that department (on the whole anyway, there are a few who do spectacularly scale the heights).
First up, the classic Cardie. Who hasn’t owned a cardie of sorts growing up. Well these guys over at Velobici have modernised the cardie into something that is a little more sassy!
Lombardy Classic Cardigan
This superfine Merino wool Cardigan features, seamless classic cut, it is knitted in one piece therefore has no internal seams to cause any rubbing or discomfort. The classic cut 5 button cardigan also features reinforced thumb hole sleeve cuffs and a rear buttoned pocket, this 100% Italian Merino wool garment is also breathable, insulating and anti-bacterial, fits in and looks fantastic all year round whether riding, working or socialising.
- 100% Merino wool
- No internal seams
- Reinforced thumb hole cuffs
- Rear buttoned pocket
- Machine washable @ 30 degrees
- Designed and manufactured in the UK
The Sports jacket tailored for cycling
The Lapelled Jacket combines semi-formal tailoring with technical fabrics and features. The main body of the jacket is made from an easy-care, cotton-nylon blend that includes Elastane for great stretch. The fabric is lightweight, quick-drying and dirt-resistant and creases will stretch out easily. Twin vents in the shoulders ensure great reach on the bike and the flexible nature of the fabric also means that it will shape to your body when riding. Off the bike it will return to a more relaxed, deconstructed look. The jacket is single-breasted and has single cuff buttons – a trademark of quality tailoring – each finished with debossed Rapha logotype.
Technical features include a storm collar, which is finished with hi-vis tape for extra visibility when fastened. The back of the jacket has a vertical pocket with a bonded zip, while inside the jacket is lined with a Rapha sprocket print and features routing loops for an iPod cable. The jacket also has two internal breast pockets, both with laser-cut button closures, and an additional zipped valuables pocket.
Windproof front lining
Lightweight and quick-drying
Durable and dirt-resistant
Two-button front closure patch breast pocket
Zipped internal valuables pocket
The first long-sleeve Assos T-shirt. Simple, elegant, superior quality. 94% cotton.
Giro High Neck Zip-Up
That chill in the morning tells you got up early enough to earn a bonus loop on Skyline, or a coffee shop stop before work — or both. The High Neck Zip-Up features considered design elements like an articulated cuff and drop tail hem for extra coverage while riding.
FABRICS & CONSTRUCTION
21% Merino Wool / 79% Poly Blend, 18.9 microns. 220 g/m2, Articulated Cuff, System Zip™ Interface with Internal Pocket, Sewn in California
Whether it be before or after a race, looking your best and keeping warm are both priorities. Lucky for you, our Competitive Cyclist Race Day Track Jacket does both.
This Track Jacket features a slimming fit that complements the desk jockey and racer alike. The cuffs, collar, and waistband of the jacket are rib-knit for a solid hold, while its blend of polyester and cotton create a welcomed level of elasticity. There are two hand pockets for warming your mitts, and a Castelli Scorpion and Competitive Cyclist logo on the chest.
In the same way as ‘you are what you eat’, we believe that what you become is formed by where you live. We live in Cambridge and what we design and make is inspired by the cities lifestyle — especially its cycling culture.
Cambridge is the city of bicycles and we are most certainly ‘lovers of life on two wheels’.
Our cycling caps are inspired by the cities tailoring tradition. Each cycling cap is meticulously designed and lovingly hand made in Cambridge. Craft and quality are key for us. We hand select materials and fabrics. Everything is drawn by hand, cut by hand and sewn by hand and on a traditional sewing machine.
TRANQUILLO CHINOS / SLATE
Always wanted to ride to work and not have to change? Well you finally can with the all new Tranquillo Chinos. As with our other bottoms in the range, it’s designed to look just as good in the office boardroom as it does on the bitumen. Again, we’ve packed in all our best technical cycling features – reinforced crotch, custom chamois, and easy access pockets, with luxurious performance fabric.
The result is a chino that not only performs faultlessly on the bike, but one that feels amazing to wear. The dri-release Next cotton dries 4x faster than regular cotton and with the 8% spandex you have a fabric that provides you with unrestricted mobility and freedom. Add to that the EPIC by NEXTEC water-resistance encapsulation technology and you have a highly adaptable riding pant for all conditions.
Cycling specific cut with a high back and lower front
Double reinforced crotch and rear for increased durability
Custom 2mm chamois providing you a little padding for all day riding comfort
Stretch Fabric with 8% spandex for increased pedal efficiency and mobility
EPIC water-resistance encapsulation technology
Caribena clip and rear pocket hock
Rear zip pocket for additional storage with an easy access zip pull
Back pockets reinforced with extra layer of fabric to offset high stress points and to prevent premature wear.
And last but not least
The upper is hand made using soft high quality Italian leather, featuring beautiful stitching and perforations for ventilation. Equal attention is paid to the inside which benefit from a soft leather lining.
These beautiful handmade Italian leather cycle shoes come in options to fit most pedal systems. You can even use the Race and Storica with traditional toe clips.
Produced in small quantities in Italy by DROMARTI
I would love to have this blokes setup (JASPER STUYVEN).
But if you can’t store inside, you can store outside in this:
The BikeBox™ is available in 2 model variants – The BikeBox™ and The BikeBox™ Slimline
Tested and certified by the UK Loss Prevention Certification Board
- (awarded the LPS1175 Security Rating 1)
- The first and only “Secured By Design – Police Preferred Specification” cycle store (UK)
- 3 Padlocks, heavy duty ground anchor and security cable included
- Easy to use – patented spring assisted opening action
- Integral metal base included complete with fixings for securing to concrete or other hard surfaces (timber deck, pavers)
- Innovative PVC coated galvanised steel construction – Tata Steel ColourCoat LG
- 10 year warranty on all panels
- Generous size – stores up to 3 adult bikes
- Quality build – all stainless steel fasteners
- Easy “Do It Yourself” assembly – main components are factory assembled
- Simple instructions – clear step by step illustrated instructions
- Maintenance free – lasting good looks (no painting)
- Fire resistant
- Available in a choice of 3 colours: 2 Tone Green, Cream or Charcoal Grey (Anthracite)
- Made in the United Kingdom
The product is supplied complete with two stainless steel hasps with two high security padlocks (Sold Secure Silver Approved) which will deter even the most determined thief. If the thief does penetrate the unit he is confronted with a Heavy Duty Ground Anchor (again Sold Secure Silver Approved) complete with High Security Cable (Loss Prevention Board tested) which prevents the cycles from being removed.
Have a look here at the BikeBox
Oh Yeah, cant forget these.
till next week