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Apr
7

Bicycle Playing Cards – Vintage Back Designs

Vintage Back Designs of
Bicycle
Playing Cards

Bicycle
playing cards are probably the most recognizable brand of
playing cards in the world.  Although the average person probably
associates Bicycle brand playing cards with the famous “Rider Back” design, the United States
Playing Card
Company
, or “USPCC” (which produces the Bicycle brand)
actually
produced over 80 different back designs with the “Bicycle” name over
the first few decades of the brand’s existence.  The Rider Back
design is
obviously  the most familiar, having been in constant production
since
1887.  But this was actually the second design to carry the
“Bicycle” name; the first was the Old Fan
back design, which was first produced in 1885 (and recently revived to commemorate the 125th
anniversary of
the Bicycle brand).

Bicycle
playing cards were originally produced in red, blue, green, and
brown, but the green and brown decks were discontinued in 1927.

The
reader may observe that many of the designs were revised one or
more times and thus appear in multiple variants (e.g. Racer
Back No. 1
, Racer Back No. 2).  This
usually happened for one of two key reasons.  First, many of the
earliest
designs were “one-way” backs, i.e. the backs were asymmetrical. For
instance, several different backs contain a three-pronged wing in the
middle of
the card that can be oriented in 2 different ways.  In the early
1900’s,
most of these were revised to a four-pronged wing design to render the
backs
symmetrical.  (The one notable exception is the League
back, which was first printed in 1893 and is the only back to retain a
three-pronged wing.  It also appears that this back has never gone
out of
production, and is still a favorite among magicians because of its
asymmetry.)  Second, the USPCC tried to keep up with the times, so
it
periodically updated the decks to reflect newer designs in bicycles,
automobiles, and motorcycles.

Indeed,
it was the attempt to be trendy that launched the Bicycle line
in the first place.  According to company lore, in the early 1880’s, cycling — on
unicycles,
bicycles, and tricycles — was taking the country by storm.  It was
also
around this time that Russell & Morgan, the forerunners of the
United
States Playing Card Company, decided to produce a new line of cards and
asked
employees to suggest an attractive name for the new product.  In
light of
the cycling craze, a printer, “Gus” Berens, offered the suggestion
“Bicycle.”
His idea was enthusiastically accepted, and the company has been
producing the Bicycle
brand of cards ever since.

In the
past decade, the USPCC has begun to capitalize on the Bicycle
brand’s rich history, issuing a commemorative “Vintage
Design Series
” in 2006 and a more limited “Heritage
Design Series
” in 2010 and 2011, each of which featured re-printings of a
number of the old back designs.  The Bicycle brand has also been
looking to the
future in recent years, partnering with magic companies and other
entities to
produce

Apr
7

David Butcher: Pedal Power Generator



You have to see it to believe it.

Curious about Human Power? Need some exercise? Trying to lose weight? Looking for a zero-carbon workout? Need inspiration? Researching technical information? Expensive electricity and gasoline making you nuts? You have come to the right place.

Every morning, I ride my Pedal Generator to generate electricity.
The Pedal Generator I built and ride charges batteries, that run
an inverter to produce 110v AC, that powers LED lights, the monitor
on my computer, my cell phones, and charges my Roomba, my eGo Electric
Moped, as well as many other battery-powered things.
All Powered by Me.
It is the most inspiring workout you can imagine, and it
saves me money!


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My Pedal Power History: 35 Years Researching the Power of Human Energy

The 12 Volt DC Pedal Generator you see on this site is a completely original
invention. I built the first version of the 12v Pedal Generator in 1976.
As an improvement over rudimentary bicycle generator and bicycle dynamo
designs, I focused on efficiency and versatility.
While a 12v bike generator is an alternative to my design, pedaling will
be less efficient,
and powering non-electric equipment may be difficult.
A unique feature in my design was a 36″ particle board disk with a groove
routed in the edge that served as the
flywheel and crankshaft
for the permanent magnet 36 volt DC motor
(
1
2
)
seen at the upper right edge of the device. A small-pitch chain provided the power
transfer system. The groove around the outer edge was lined with
“rim strips” – thin rubber straps that prevented the chain from
slipping and digging into the particle board. They are standard
bicycle parts. The motor was obtained around 1980 from Northern Hydraulic,
now known as
Northern Tool and Equipment Company.
It is a General Electric Permanent Magnet Motor, model 5BPA34NAA44, a very nice
heavy-duty, ball bearing unit. I paid USD $29 for it if I remember
correctly, and I still have it.

The bottom frame of the Pedal Generator was welded steel plate and
channel, the crankset was an American Schwinn ball bearing set,
a cotterless crank conversion spindle, alloy cranks and inexpensive pedals
with toe clips.

The crankset had a steel chainwheel on it. I drilled some larger
holes in the chainwheel and bolted the particle board disk to it. It was
strong enough (fine Schwinn steel!) to hold the weight of the particle
board disk and run true. I routed an oblong hole through the particle
board disk for the “arm” of the crankset.

The seatpost and

Apr
7

Global Bicycle Bolts and Fasteners Market Segment Outlook, Market Assessment, Competition Scenario, Trends and Forecast 2019-2028

The report on Bicycle Bolts and Fasteners Market offers in-depth analysis of market trends, drivers, restraints, opportunities etc. Along with qualitative information, this report includes the quantitative analysis of various segments in terms of market share, growth, opportunity analysis, market value, etc. for the forecast years. The global bicycle bolts and fasteners market is segmented on the type, application, and geography.

The worldwide market for Bicycle Bolts and Fasteners Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of roughly x.x% over the next nine years, and will reach US$ XX.X Mn in 2028, from US$ XX.X Mn in 2018, according to a new Market.us (Prudour Research) study.

Bicycle Bolts and Fasteners Market Scope:

By type, the market is segmented into Nuts, Bolts, Washers, and Parts Kit. By application, the market is divided into Hybrid Bike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike – Racing, and Others.

Based on geography, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Major players profiled in the report include Allen, Campagnolo, KCNC, MOWA, Shimano, SRAM, Avid, AZONIC, Blackspire, Bontrager.

Key Market Segments

Type

  • Nuts
  • Bolts
  • Washers
  • Parts Kit

Application

  • Hybrid Bike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road Bike – Racing
  • Others

Key Market Players included in the report:

  • Allen
  • Campagnolo
  • KCNC
  • MOWA
  • Shimano
  • SRAM
  • Avid
  • AZONIC
  • Blackspire
  • Bontrager

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Apr
7

N.J. counties shutting down parks to slow coronavirus spread, but state parks still open

In line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s order Monday to tighten a state lockdown on public gatherings, parks in at least two New Jersey counties will be closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

“We had started to close some parks to the public last week in an effort to curtail large gatherings and because of a lack of social distancing,” Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines said in a statement.

Ocean County as of Monday had 874 cases of coronavirus, according to New Jersey health officials.

“Because the power of social distancing cannot be stressed enough, we are taking this next step and shutting down all of our parks and natural land sites to the public.”

“Parks and natural lands will be closed to the public starting at 6 p.m. (Tuesday) until further notice,” Ocean County officials said in a statement. There are 27 parks across the county spread across 4,000 acres, along with 30,000 acres of natural lands, officials said.

Ocean County had already shut down its two golf courses, public playgrounds, playing fields, in response to COVID-19, Haines said.

“It’s important we take this step (of closing all parks) to further protect our citizens from the spread of the coronavirus,” Haines said. “We have to take this seriously.”

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco last week ordered parks in his county closed as of 8 a.m. Saturday. The county on Monday continued to have more reported cases than any county in New Jersey – 2,482 across 69 municipalities, according to state officials.

“Keeping the parks open has placed a tremendous burden on local law enforcement, the Bergen County sheriff and other critical resources during this pandemic,” Tedesco said in an email.

Bergen County has nearly two dozen parks, miles of bicycle trails and numerous dog parks, according to its website.

“Local authorities have reported complications, including but not limited to traffic congestion, parking issues and non-compliance with social distancing guidelines, related to park visitation, resulting in the need for closure,” Tedesco said.

In the city of Hoboken, parks were closed 8 a.m. Monday for two weeks to halt the spread of COVID-19, said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Across New Jersey, state parks remain open but facilities — like restrooms, visitor centers and campgrounds — are closed until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

Other county-maintained parks in New Jersey as of Tuesday remained open but many of them with restrictions.

In Middlesex County, all events and picnics are suspended until April 30.

“Parks and open space will remain open to the public for passive recreation, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas,” Middlesex County stated on its website.

“However, restrooms, comfort stations, playgrounds, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, the flying field, and similar facilities are closed until further notice,” the county said.

Coronavirus cases in New Jersey continued to climb Monday with 16,636 cases spread among all 21 counties as of Monday. There have been 198 deaths

Apr
7

Shimano Bike Replacement Parts – Touring Bicycle

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Apr
7

Georgia unemployment rate skyrockets | 11alive.com

ATLANTA — The state says Georgia unemployment claims more than doubled last week.  The state issued orders Thursday softening the rules for those collecting unemployment while stretching the amount of time they can collect.  

From March 15 to 21, the state Labor Department says it received 12,140 claims. The previous week, there were 5445.

The Labor Department issued a new rule Thursday extending from 14 to 26 the number of weeks a claimant can collect unemployment.

The state also loosened its rules on incidental outside income, allowing an individual making up to $300 per week in a job to still claim full unemployment benefits.

“The year was actually going pretty good,” said Phil Colvin, who has seven tattoo artists working in his two Atlanta shops.

“We were getting busier and busier, and as soon as the corona virus started hitting, we saw the business starting to drop,” Colvin said.

RELATED: With jobless claims up due to COVID-19, Georgia extends length of time individuals can collect unemployment benefits

All of the workers abruptly lost their jobs around the time the state’s unemployment claims soared.

“We go from having a daily income to zero. There’s no way to prepare for it,” he said.


It’s become a common theme in what was once the thriving world of Atlanta business. Especially small businesses – like those serving what had been Georgia’s robust movie industry. 

Bob Lucas runs a prop and set warehouse for filmmakers – who have all but stopped making movies in Georgia.

“My business has gone from robust to zero,” Lucas said. “We went from a very busy March – my order board was chock full of stuff going out every day – and went from completely full to completely empty.”

RELATED: How to file an unemployment claim in Georgia if your job has been affected by coronavirus

Lucas says he laid off nine people last week – nearly all of his staff.  The state says unemployment claims from shuttered businesses appear to be setting record numbers, exceeding the rate of the 2008 recession. 

Lucas says he has applied for an emergency Small Business Association loan to try to keep his business solvent until the crisis subsides.

Robyn Elliott, who runs Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, says she had to part ways with all of her tour guides.  

“This is kind of a side gig for them, but a lot of their other side gigs are kind of falling apart. One guy is an actor, one works in the restaurant business, another juggles a couple different jobs – then juggle this one. So, we’ve all felt the impact,” she said.

Elliott says spring is normally high season for bike tours – especially in an economy that had been roaring.

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Apr
6

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Performance Bicycle has a rewards program called the Performance Buyer’s Club. They offer shipping upgrades, exclusive promotions, and 10% back in points on every purchase. These points can be used to buy more merchandise from the store.

Performance Bicycle Shipping/Return Policy:
Your order can be shipped to you for a fee based on your merchandise total, or it can be shipped to your nearest store for absolutely free. Orders totaling 49 dollars or more can be shipped to your home for free as well. Faster shipping is available for an upgrade fee. Overweight items such as bicycle frames may have an extra shipping charge.
Returns are accepted at any of their retail stores or by mail for up to a year after the purchase date. Returns without a receipt are given store credit instead of cash back.

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Apr
6

Cambodia’s bicycle firms face bumps in the road

bicycle factoryImage copyright
Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Image caption

Workers fully assemble each bike and then detach the wheel for shipping from the factory

Made in Cambodia is a common label on clothing from shirts and skirts to cycling shorts, but these days there’s a good chance the bicycle itself will also have been made there.

The south east Asian nation is making the most of shifting global trade patterns to diversify its economy, and it is now listed as the fifth-largest exporter of bicycles in the world after China, Taiwan, the Netherlands and Germany.

But concerns over democratic freedoms mean there could be bumps in the road ahead.

At the Bavet Special Economic Zone, right on Cambodia’s border with Vietnam, and just 50km north west of Ho Chi Minh City, the industry is gearing up to make the most of growing demand.

Inside a factory belonging to Taiwanese-owned firm Speedtech, bicycle frames hang from hooks like meat carcasses at a market.

Image copyright
Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Image caption

A Speedtech factory worker examines frames before they head to the chemical wash

Workers, some in protective goggles or welding masks, are engrossed in their tasks along the production line, ignoring the biting scent of spray paint. The starting salary of $350 (£268) a month compares well with the garment industry, but the air is humid and heavy, and when the monsoon downpour arrives in early afternoon there’s a whoop of delight but no pause in production.

When Speedtech first arrived at Bavet in 2013 it was only doing final assembly, says vice-general manager, Aliette Tong. Now the workers weld and paint frames too. The factory can turn out up to 2,000 bicycles a day if the demand is there, he adds.

Image copyright
Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Image caption

A worker moves a crate of newly-welded bicycle frames between vats of acid wash

But the industry still has shallow roots.

At Speedtech everything other than the frame is imported from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan or China, explains Mr Tong. Even the steel used to make the frame is imported from China.

“In this period, parts makers are more are interested in Vietnam,” he says.

Rivals is a season of in-depth coverage on BBC News about the contest for supremacy between the US and China across trade, tech, defence and soft power.

Read more here.

Moreover, the finished bicycles are exported, not from Cambodia’s main port at Preah Sihanouk, which is a gruelling nine-hour drive to the west, but via Ho Chi Minh City’s Cat Lai port, four to five hours east of here, even though that entails additional customs processes at the border.

China’s loss

What prompted Speedtech to move its operations from Vietnam to Cambodia in the first place, alongside two other Taiwanese-owned manufacturers, A & J and Smart Tech, was a decision by the European Union in 2005 to impose anti-dumping measures on Vietnam, making Vietnamese exports more expensive.

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Apr
6

1896: The Bicycle Craze

The Popularity of Bicycles

1896 found the United States in the middle of a bicycle craze. Though different types of bicycles had been around in the United States and Europe for years, recent technological innovation brought about changes in material and design that made the late nineteenth century bicycle a lighter, smoother, and faster ride than ever before. Doctors wrote about the health risks and benefits of cycling, scientists explained the physics of the bicycle’s motion, while concerned critics discussed the changes in women’s fashion that so much cycling would necessitate. By 1896, there were over 150 bicycle factories in the United States, producing over 1,000 different makes of bicycles for men, women, and children. They were used for recreation and exercise, and in some cases, even for political campaigning.

It is true that women heretofore, here and there, have been trying the machines in an apologetic, shamefaced sort of way, but in this year they have boldly come to the front as riders, challenging male competition, and making a fashion of that which before was an eccentricity. …Women may ride in tights, but it is certain that men will never adopt the skirt. It is too dangerous. Man has not courage to risk the complications of an overthrow in a skirt. But whatever costume women may finally settle on for this arena, it is certain that they will not be driven from the wheel. They have joined the increasing army of those who are to roll about the world, and who now are numerous enough and powerful enough to assert their rights to the utmost limit. –Harper’s Magazine, from Public Opinion, 16 January 1896

Wheelmen in the Campaign.

Walter H. Chamberlin of Chicago, secretary of the National Wheelmen’s McKinley and Hobart club, was in the city yesterday. . . . to have S. L. Trussell, who is at present connected with the Republican state headquarters, take charge of the organization of the cyclists in Minnesota. . . . The object of the clubs is to do active work during the campaign and on eletion day. In the next six weeks there will be many parades and other demonstrations, in which the wheelmen’s companies will take part. It will be a new feature in political parades, but will be one that will add wonderfully to their effectiveness. One of the pleasant duties will be to escort the distinguished speakers who may come to this city during the campaign. The wheelmen will also be of much service on registration and election days as couriers. –St. Paul Pioneer Press, 20 Sept. 1896

From a medical standpoint bicycling is valuable both as a prophylatic and as a curative agent. Like other outdoor exercises it takes the votaries away from the vitiated air of closed rooms; but it has several advantages particularly its own. …Although we have seen that certain muscle groups come chiefly into play, all the muscles of the body are used more or less, and are thereby strengthened.