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Collar City Ramble – Saturday, September 24 – 9 AM TO 2 PM

Collar City Ramble – Saturday, September 24 – 9 AM TO 2 PM

Get ready to Ramble – Join an exciting tour of Troy’s urban trails by foot, by bicycle, by water, or by GPS in an alternative Transportation Festival. The Collar City Ramble covers Troy in ways that anyone can enjoy. Explore the historical, the undeveloped, the water, and the Hidden Treasures in the urban area.

Go with a tour group or independently. Get materials from the Collar City Ramble booth at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market.

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Ramble Booth

Event Duration (hours): 5 hours (depending on event)

Equipment Required: depends on the activity chosen

Sponsoring organization – Transport Troy – https//www.facebook.com/CollarCityRamble/

Contact Information – jimmer@nycap.rr.com, (518) 429-3909

For Updates – https://collarcityramble.com/ or Facebook

For those coming from Albany and near by ….

The Albany Bicycle Coalition team will meet at 9:00 AM in and ride from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Washington Park in Albany, NY to the meet-up point at Riverfront Park in Troy. On the way, we will pass through the Corning Riverfront Park on the Hudson River. In Troy, we will join with Transport Troy and other organizations and individuals for the Collar City Ramble. We will ride over the selected route within the city of Troy. The ride will be on paved city streets and paved bicycle/walking trails. It will include a ride on the Uncle Sam Trail and a stop at Knickerbocker Park. This causally paced ride is free and all are welcome. . Link here.

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Troy Bike Rescue to the Rescue

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They Are Here – Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.!

They Are Here – Bicycle Lanes on Madison Ave.!

Finally – workers are today, Monday, 8/22/16, putting the finishing touches on the new road layout on Madison Ave. from Partridge St. to Allen St.

 See more photos here – https://lorenzworden.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/august-22-2016-madison-ave/

Not surprisingly, when people in cars complete the new one-travel lane segment delimited by the center turn lane on one side and the bicycle lanes and parking lanes on the other, they continue in a “traffic-calmed” single file. How easy it was! Attention Naysayers! – Before the job is 100 percent completed, people have learned how to drive in it.

Moreover, what a dream to ride one’s bicycle.

Dimensions (unofficial – taken from centerline of stripes):

  • Parking Lane – 7’
  • Bicycle Lane/Parking Lane Stripe – 5”
  • Bicycle Lane – 6’
  • Bicycle Lane/Travel Lane Stripe – 6.5”
  • Travel Lane – 10’ 3”
  • Turn Lane – 10’

Credit for this success lies largely with Virginia Hammer, president of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, whose diligence, persistence, initiative, and presence at many events guided this new era for the City of Albany into fruition. We need also recognize all those who attended meetings, carried banners and posters, wrote letters, and signed petitions to support the effort to calm Madison Ave. for the benefit of all.

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Leave That Prius in the Garage …

… and get out in the sun with your family for summer fun on your bicycles. The following builds on some of the thoughts expressed in the January 2016 Bicycle Times.

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The magazine highlighted some of the many benefits of getting your family out on bicycles to enjoy the summer in a healthful and non-polluting fashion. Regardless of its size or composition, nothing beats a bicycle ride for learning (or re-learning) to enjoy each other’s company. Not only is the ride healthy as opposed to traveling by car to some high-cost destination but also it brings the family members closer together. This is particularly true if you are a car free or near car free family as the simplest chore or errand can turn into an A+ social experience.

In addition to the immediate benefits to the family members, a bicycle ride always presents an opportunity to engage more intimately with your surroundings and with your fellow citizens. What better way to build community than a friendly “hello,” “good morning,” “or good afternoon” – a social grace that is missed when we travel around air-conditioned cocoons. This is particularly true if your family includes an infant or toddler in a trailer or bicycle seat. Who cannot smile at the sign of a small child riding with his or her parents on a bicycle and waving happily to everyone? On a more altruistic note, the active presence of a family unit riding together shows others that it is safe and fun.

If the ride is of reasonable length and includes frequent stops for playgrounds, running around, and exploring, any small child will enjoy the experience. Parents would be wise to enhance this experience as opposed to the building the mileage. Typically, a family with young or inexperienced riders will seek out routes that have minimal or slow motor vehicle traffic. A side benefit of this type of exploration is that the cycling family can discover the low stress ways to navigate the city. In this regard, parents would be wise to confer with other families on the routes that they’ve discovered with a special emphasis on the attractive features of that route or the features of that route that will be attractive to young ride-alongs who are looking for some adventure. A benefit of family bike rides – particularly when the young members are riding their own bicycle – is engendering a spirit of independence as well as awareness for the needs for the skill of riding in traffic. What better opportunity to learn the rules of the road than to ride as a family with close adult supervision and guidance? (If you expect your children to wear a helmet when you are not around, you’d better wear one yourself at all times.) As children grow older, they can map the route and lead the ride for the entire family.

For longer rides that may involve an overnight, other considerations come into play. The same Bicycle Times issue offered some ideas on bicycle touring with young children. Aspects include careful planning of the route, careful packing, and – above all – ensuring that the experience will be positive for the youngsters. The fact that the trip is short is less relevant than the quality of the time spent together and the opportunities for exploration and excitement. Not only do the young family members experience the joy of independent travel but they have an opportunity to learn valuable living skills such as cooking over an open fire or camp stove, pitching a tent, basic care of their bicycles, gathering firewood, and roasting marshmallows.

In the same January Bicycle Times a number of tips were offered for planning a trip. First, select a route that is relatively traffic-free. Forget the miles – focus on having a good time. Factor in the terrain as a hilly route will reduce the number of miles between needed rest stops. If your child is small, ride while he or she is napping with the suggestion to limit “trailer time” to about 4 hours a day. Remember that a child will need his or her own baggage, so plan to lighten the load as much as possible leaving behind many toys, heavy books, and related items. Nevertheless, never pass up a good playground!

Stop early enough in the day so that there’s time to enjoy the campsite as a family unit. Pack delicious, nutritious food. Bring a favorite bedtime story book (but just one) to help children get to sleep. Engage children in helping out at the campsite whenever possible. One last thought is to team up with another family (or families) with children of similar ages so that there is a portable playgroup to help the success of the trip.

While some families have traveled internationally with their youngsters, a simple ride to the river, a favorite park, or Stewart’s ice cream store presents a tremendous opportunity for family growth and enjoyment.

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Thus Said Moses

tumblr_mgz5nkx3gG1qlqoc2o1_400Moses said to the people: “For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky, that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’ Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’

“No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.” For the command is this: Thou shalt get thy bicycle out of thy garage and ride upon it. And others will see thee riding. They will exclaim – ‘Lo, what is this strange site? One rideth his bicycle upon the streets and is not struck down!’ They will then follow thee for they are My Chosen Ones – those who are interested but concerned. And you shall be blessed all the days of thy life for what thou has wrought. [SOURCE: 1 Dt 30:10-14]tumblr_l2fpsvqjxX1qbz0dlo1_400

 

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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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