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With a Name Like That, It Has To Do Everything

SERFAS ST-13i CO2 Inflator Tool 

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SERFAS ST 13i

Features (N=13):

  • 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.5 mm hex (check your bicycle and fixtures for sizing)
  • Phillips* screwdriver (roughly a #1 tip)
  • Flathead screwdriver (approx. 5/16”)
  • 25 and 30 Torx (hexalobular internal**) (check your bicycle and fixtures for sizing)
  • Bottle opener
  • CO2 Presta Compatible Inflator (for the pump challenged who would rather pump more CO2 into the atmosphere, generously support their bicycle shop/Amazon, and add empty CO2 canisters to the dump.)
  • 3.3 oz (94 gr)
  • Gender: Unisex (per vendor)
  • Cost: $27-$36 + S&H, Tax
  • Origin: Taiwan
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SERFAS ST 13i

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* Invented by American Henry F. Phillips.

** Torx, developed in 1967 by Camcar Textron, is the trademark for a screw head with a 6-point star-shaped pattern. Popular generic name for the drive is “star,” as in “star screwdriver” or “star bits.” The official International Organization for Standardization (ISO) name is “10664,” “hexalobular internal.”

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Cycle the Erie Canal Finish Line Volunteers

Parks & Trails NY is looking for VOLUNTEERS for this year’s Cycle the Erie Canal Finish Line Celebration – Sunday, July 17, Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Quackenbush Square. Arrive at 9:00 AM – instructions and setup. If possible, please stay until at least 1:30 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by July 5.

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The Erie Canalway Trail is a cycling destination that spans New York State, following one of the world’s most famous manmade waterways. Cycle the Erie Canal is an annual 8-day bike tour from Buffalo to Albany. Riders of all ages, from all over the country, travel across New York for a one-of-a-kind experience. And they all finish in Downtown Albany!

Be a part of a major Downtown event, welcome and celebrate with visitors coming to our City, support and promote ridership in Albany, and have some fun with your friends, neighbors, and guests.

Don’t forget, YOU help make this Finish Line a celebration… enjoy area restaurants (Albany Pump Station, the Olde English Pub), local food trucks, and live music!

Please arrive at 9:00 AM for instructions and setup. We understand you may not be able to stay all day, but it would be helpful if volunteers could stay until at least 1:30 PM.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by July 5.

More about the Tour – here.

PTNY has the following volunteer needs for this year’s Cycle the Erie Canal Finish Line Celebration, which will occur on Sunday, July 17 at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square. Undoubtedly, we’ll have a few riders who come in early, but the finish line doesn’t officially open until after 10 AM. However, we’d like all volunteers there at 9:00 AM to help setup. It would be helpful if volunteers could stay until at least 1:30.

Interested volunteers should let us know by July 5.

Primary Volunteer Needs:

Bike Parking Assistant: NEED 1  (Description: Assist riders in parking bikes in bike corral; monitor corral)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Shuttle Registration Assistant: NEED 1   (Description: Assist PTNY staff with shuttle registration, handing out shuttle tickets, and directing riders to bike loading and shuttle luggage staging areas)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

 Information Table Assistant: NEED 1  (Description: Assist PTNY staff in distributing general information – including directions for shuttle, bike shipping, shower and train station locations, and other services)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Route Assistants: NEED 5  (Description: Direct riders from the terminus of the Erie Canalway Trail at the boat launch in Corning Riverfront Park to the finish line at Quackenbush Square via an on-road connection; volunteers will be placed at multiple intersections and turns along the road route; volunteers may want to arrive on bike to be able to be able to reach their locations more quickly)

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Parking Lot Assistant: NEED 1  (Description: Assist PTNY in managing traffic flow through parking area at rear of Visitor’s Center) 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Floater: NEED 1  (Description: Various tasks as needed in coordination with PTNY staff) 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Other Volunteer Needs:

Welcome/Cheer Section: NEED 5  (Description: Welcome and cheer cyclists and they approach finish line at Albany Visitor Center at Quackenbush Square) 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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Corning Riverfront Park – Movin’ Along

Work progresses on the revitalization of the Corning Riverfront Park (formerly “Preserve”) and the accompanying facilities for people on bicycles. Here are several photos to convey the magnitude of the project.

For an update from the Times Union, go here and for a review of the master plan for the area, here.

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Albany’s Own “Big Dig”

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Near the “Tidal Ponds”

 

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Check Out the Tank Bombs!

 

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Basic Infrastructure Work Progresses

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The New Protected Bicycle Lane – Quay St.

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Where the South End Bike Link Will Join the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

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D&H Rail Trails are Not Just in Albany!

If you’re cruising north through Vermont and end up in Poultney, you’ll be pleased to find one segment of another D&H rail trail. If you also have your Brompton in the trunk, you can enjoy an arrow-straight ride starting in Poultney and running south to the NY border or north to Castleton, VT. There’s also a second (unconnected) segment running between West Rupert and West Pawlet. The section south of Poultney has a surface more suited to walking/jogging and mountain/fat tire biking. Thin-tire people will not be amused. In any case, the ride is pleasant and the scenery great.

History buffs will recall the D&H billed itself as the “bridge route” to connect northern Pennsylvania and Eastern NY to Canada and had its start hauling the “tank bombs” of yesteryear from the anthracite coalfields around Honesdale, PA.

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NY Bound

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That’s a Lotta Slate!

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Just a short time ago …

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Along the Trail

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Mayor Sheehan Leads the Ride to Work

The Mayor invited people on bicycles to join her on National Ride to Work Day on Frdiay, May 20, 2016. Riders assembled on New Scotland Ave., rode to the new Bicycle Fixit Stations at the Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library, and then on to City Hall where the Mayor treated us all to bagels and beverages.

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Getting Ready to Ride

When we stopped at the Bicycle Fixit Station, Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek used the Dero Fixit stand to illustrate how the collection of cable-mounted tools and air pump could be used to keep the Mayor Sheehan’s bicycle in top shape. Other Fixit stands are located at Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch (148 Henry Johnson Blvd.) and the Delaware Branch (331 Delaware Ave.)

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These stands are GREAT!

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Need an escort?

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