Truly “Albany’s Finest”

Photos from the “Bike the Branches ride” of Sat, 9/16/17

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Urban Tribe Cargo Bicycles Opens for Business

Cargo Bike startup Urban Tribe Cargo Bicycles officially launched their website www.urbantribecargobicycles.com on 7/12/17. Urban Tribe will be building cargo bikes locally in Denton, TX to ship nationwide. The Danish-inspired family cargo bike design is one of the first of its kind to be sold in the United States.

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The idea for the business came during a family trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Commonly known as the Bicycle Capital of the World, where 50 percent of residents commute daily by bicycle on 250 miles of bicycle lanes. Aaron Powell, Urban Tribe founder observed, “Not only were there no SUVs on the road, there were large 3-wheeled cargo bikes everywhere that were transporting children to school, grocery stores, and playgrounds. I knew our family needed to get one when we came back home! We found that no one was selling a bike like this anywhere in the country, so Urban Tribe was born.”

Urban Tribe’s flagship cargo bike model “The Gatherer”, stands out from typical bike trailers and child bicycle seats with the following features:

  • Cargo box is in front of the handlebars, allowing parents to talk to their children
  • Can carry up to 4 children and 220 pounds
  • Equipped with an electric assist motor for with hills and heavy loads.
  • Shipped assembled and ready to ride.

On launching the website, Urban Tribe founder Aaron Powell commented: “Our cargo bikes are going to change how the American family travels with their kids. For those living in the city, it is a true car-killer. After months of preparation, I am thrilled to finally show off our bikes to the world!”

About Urban Tribe Cargo Bicycles:

  • Founded in 2017 to make cargo bicycle for urban families.
  • The first batch are in production and are available for pre-order at www.urbantribecargobicycles.com .
  • The bikes will be ready to ship, and be available for local pickup in Denton, TX at the end of September 2017.

Press release here: https://urbantribecargobicycles.com/pages/denton-tx-based-cargo-bike-company-opens-for-business

The Albany Bicycle Coalition provides the above information solely as a service to our members and the public.

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The Bicycle Beautiful – DIY

Author Kathy McGee provides comprehensive instructions for making your own bicycle accessories in her book “The Happy Bicycle – Make Fifteen Stylish Bicycle Accessories,” Stash Books, © 2014 ($5 – used, $18 – new).

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While several projects are suitable for construction pre-teens or scout troops, serval require at least moderate sewing skills. In this former category lie saddle covers, flower, bumblebee and ladybug bicycle bells (a glue together project), handlebar streamers, and a jeans “clincher.”

More advanced projects include several panniers/bags – all with apparent attention to functionality while not sacrificing attractive styles. There are cold weather knitted and sewn rainy-day helmet covers and a skirt guard for commuting. There is even a picnic basket for a relaxed visit to the Corning Riverfront Park and a ride on the CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare bicycles.

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The book leads with some helpful hints on the techniques, fabrics and supplies/equipment needed for the projects. Templates or patterns are included for some of the projects.

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Kathy McGee graduated from the (NY’s) Rhode Island School of Design. She has designed apparel and accessories for large retail companies but her love of textiles, handicrafts, and bicycling led her to start her own sewing pattern and fabric design company, Hemma Design. She is passionate about creating functional-yet-fun accessories and draws her inspiration from Scandinavian design and the contrasting seasons of the northern climate. Kathy lives … with … an ever expanding collection of bicycles. For more information, visit www.hemmadesign.com .

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10th Annual Daily Grind Ride

10th Annual Daily Grind Coffee Shops Ride, 8/12/17

Sponsored by: Daily Grind Coffee Shops and the Albany Bicycle Coalition

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Riders Stephen, Aaron, Caleb, Margaret, Nadia, Lex, Claire, Bert, and Lorenz had a wonderful ride from the Daily Grind in Albany to the Daily Grind in Troy for our 10th Annual Daily Grind Ride on Saturday, 8/12.

After a photo op at the Albany café, we cruised down State St. and then used the BikeAlbanyMap for a low-stress ride to the Slater and the beginning of the new Corning Riverfront Park “green path.”

We paused at the boat launch to join up with Lex, Nadia, Steve, and Caleb who had proceeded us to the Corning Riverfront Park kayak/boat launch. The weather could not have been better and the path was well use by joggers, people on bicycles, and walkers – and by plentiful CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare bicycles. Temps were in the high 70s/low 80s with a slight breeze and a blue sky accented with fluffy white clouds.

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We wound our way through sunny Watervaliet and the tip of the Sovereign and Independent Nation of Green Island and then crossed the lift bridge. With no sense of guilt, we slid by the long lines of stopped cars crowding into downtown Troy.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Daily Grind staff in Troy rolled out the welcome mat and the food with a generous discount for all who partook. We enjoyed delicious lunch on the sidewalk patio where we enjoyed the fine weather and great company. Riders Amy and John joined us for lunch. Local Hero Andrew from Troy Bike Rescue stopped by with his new daughter to wish us well.

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After lunch, some went to the Troy Farmers Market while others headed back to Albany through South Troy and over the Rt-378 Bridge to the bike path.

At both the Albany and Troy shops, we presented the staff with a framed picture of the 2016 riders posed in front of the respective café. All who participated in the 20-mile ride enjoyed the outing with our youngest riders, Caleb and Nadia, bringing their special dynamics to the event.

Read about the 2016 ride here – https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/09/02/local-hospitality-9th-annual-daily-grind-coffee-shops-ride-81316/

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They’re Here – BikeShare Arrives

CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare officially started on 7/27/17 in the four pilot cities. In the first two weeks, 750 signed up for membership with 82 of them being “Founding Members” (90 minutes ride time each day). By 8/7, riders completed around 1,500 trips.

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Find your CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare bicycle here

 

 

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One keypad to rule them all, one keypad to find them, one keypad to bring them all …

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Plenty of room for lunch

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No stealing these parts!

The bell

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Follow the instructions

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Lock it up

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A happy rider returns to the hub

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See your ride?

 

Find out more at the CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare site.  Learn how easy it is to become part of the success of BikeShare in the Capital Region. Even if you are not likely to be a BikeShare user, you will be ready to guide your friends, family, and clients – and even visitors to our area.

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CDPHP Cycle!

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