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Car-Free World
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February 21, 2003
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Research/Tips: Eric Anderson, Patrick Goetz, Stuart Werbner   Editor: Michael Bluejay

From the Editor

Trikes for Sale!

Austin News

Cyclecide Bike Rodeo

Car-Free UT


Pedal-powered computers in Laos

Motorists charged to enter Central London


Bikes for sale

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From the Editor
Trikes for sale! 

     I did it, I went to Oklahoma with my friend Jeremy Rosen and we bought a bunch of Worksman industrial trikes and hauled them back to Austin. You'll be happy to know that the truck we used runs on propane which burns much cleaner than gasoline and isn't imported from the mideast.

    In the last newsletter I said we'd be selling them for $350 to $500. Well, good news, we're offering them at the lower end of that scale, $350. Even better news, the first five people to respond can get one for just $300. These trikes normally cost $1000 from Worksman ($800 + $200 shipping -- they're too big to be shipped UPS so they have to go on a freight truck).

    Worksman makes the heaviest-duty industrial trikes on the planet, and they have an incredible payload capacity of 450 lbs.

Here's what you get:

  • Genuine Worksman Adaptable Industrial Trike
  • Fully-lugged, one-piece frame
  • 450-lbs. payload capacity
  • Powerful automotive-type drum brake for front wheel
  • Real-wheel coaster brake with three-speed hub
  • A LOCKABLE storage box with with a whopping three cubic feet of storage capacity at 22"x15"x16" (or, if you prefer, a 22"x15" steel platform)
  • Huge comfy seat, fenders, and chain guard
  • A one-year warranty

I own seven bikes and my Worksman trike is my favorite. It's not just sturdy, it's fun to ride. Here's why you might want a trike:

  • They're balanced. With three wheels, you don't have to worry about falling over. Great for people with balance problems or a fear of falling.
  • They're easy to ride. The most annoying thing about a regular bike is having to constantly hopping on and off the seat every time you stop. But with a trike, you're sitting, you stop, you're still sitting.
  • They're popular. People love the design. When I ride a regular bike people try to run me over. But when I'm my trike, it's like I'm a celebrity or something.
  • They're powerful. I've given hundreds of people rides on my trike (they stand or sit on the rear platform), sometimes two at a time. I've also attached a trailer and hauled couches, washing machines, sheetrock and building materials, you name it. I moved across town this way, entirely with human power. Here's a picture of me hauling two tandem trailers with a Worksman.

    Ironically, the trikes are from a General Motors plant that retooled and liquidated their fleet of 200 or so trikes. Bikes used to make cars -- who would've thunk it?

    Enough blab, let me know if you want one. Oh, we'll also be at the Cyclecide Rodeo to show them off (see below).

[Update, Nov. 2003: We're all sold out. They moved as fast as we could fix them up. No more to be had, sorry.]

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Austin News

Cyclecide Bike Rodeo this weekend

      This Saturday and Sunday is the Cyclecide Bike Rodeo at the new Ruta Maya, 3601-D S. Congress. (Noon to 8pm both days, and it's free.) Here's how Ruta Maya describes it:

"If running down a crowded narrow Mexican street alongside bull-shaped floats packed with exploding fireworks sounds like a good time to you, you're not alone. The punks of San Francisco's Cyclecide are gearing up for their annual tour / detour to the Tultepec Pyrotechnics Festival in Mexico --but they're making a few stops along the way to spread the Message of the Reconstituted Bike. For two days, Austin's venerable Ruta Maya Cafe will be transformed into a full-on interactive BIKE RODEO, featuring live bands, stupid acts, glamorous rodeo clowns, and plenty of balls-out bicycle mayhem. Participants can try their luck on wheeled monstrosities like the Bike Ferris Wheel, Bike Carousel, Dizzy Toy, Lawn Mower Bike, Spanking Bike, Chupacabra, Golden Gate Bike, and the infamous pyrotechnic-packed Homeland Security Bike. Idiots within the Cyclecide crew will cheat death (maybe) with some tall-bike jousting. If that's not enough, Los Banos, the Bike Rodeo's official band, will bust out eardrums as bones get broken. All in the name of the almighty bicycle."

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Car-Free UT

      UT plans to remove cars from the inner campus and re-establish the core as a safe haven for pedestrians. This will be a slow process, taking decades, but the work has already started, such as the closure of part of Speedway between 21st & 26th/Dean Keeton to cars -- and, controversially to even bicycles.

   UT says: "Under the new master plan, all daily traffic and parking will be removed from Inner Campus Drive, Speedway, and 24th St. between Whitis Avenue and Speedway. These streets will become pedestrian right-of-way and will, over time, be redesigned withnew and more pedestrian-friendly walking surfaces, landscape elements, street furniture, and lighting. Parking spaces displaced from these streets will be replaced in new, carefully designed structures that will include parking for the disabled, and be built in or near the central part of the campus. Service traffic will be restricted to specific times of day and destinations. Conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists will be resolved by creating separate bicycle lanes and establishing a dismount zone within the 40 Acres where all bicycles will be walked. In time, Speedway, to be renamed North Congless Street, will become a central location for informal gathering and food service, featuring a vital, densely populated, accessible and accommodating linear plaza with both hard and soft landscaping. Its redesign will establish it both as a daily source of casual interaction and as the site of street fairs and special events, such as the 40 Acres Festival."

   The UT Master Plan is online, though it's not optimized for computer screens and is kind of hard to navigate and read. 

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Pedal-powered computers in Laos

    Lee Thorn served as a bomb loader for Navy warplanes that flew missions over Laos during the Vietnam War. Now he's trying to help the villagers of Ban Phon Kham, Laos build their local economy and get wired to the world, by setting up a computer network for Internet access. Interestingly, the computers will be powered by bicycles. (read more)


Motorists charged to enter Central London

   This week London, England made history by charging an $8 fee to motorists entering Central London, with the goals of reducing congestion and pollution. It also plans to funnel the fees towards improving the city's ailing public transportation system. Initial reports say the plan is successful, dramatically reducing congestion on the city's overcrowded streets.

   The idea is "radical", but only in the sense that it hasn't been tried before, at least not on this scale. In common-sense terms, it's actually quite practical.

    That's not to say it's without controversy. Rather than having toll booths, motorists are expected to pay an the honor (honour?) system, and police catalog the license plates of all the cars with security cameras posted throughout the city, sending fines to motorists who haven't paid. This raises obvious questions about privacy.

    Several Internet sources note that traffic in London today moves at less than 10 mph, virtually unchanged since the days of the horse and buggy 100 years ago. (read more)

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Bikes for Sale

Free bike ads
Ads are FREE for individuals and run for four months or until you tell me to remove it. Please keep it to four lines, don't write a novel. :)

2002 Giant Rincon: 17" Frame (Red). In good condition. Entry level Shimano components. Will include new brake cables. $150 10-02
Miyata 6-10 steel touring bike, 57 mm frame, Suntour/Sugino parts, rack and bag, needs new tires: $150. , 453-0438 10-02

Zullo steel racing / track bike, 56 mm frame, all Campy parts, derailer gearing but has one-speed dropouts for fixed gear conversion, in good shape expect for torn decal, $250. , 453-0438 10-02

2001 model Marin Larkspur. 17.5". Aluminum frame, Shimano components, lock, lights, shock seat post. Great transportation. Recently purchased for $350 (have receipt), will sell for $250. Excellent condition, like new. 512-476-2887 or 512-689-9266. 10-02


Used inventory at Waterloo Cycles
Inventory as of Feb. 20, 2003. All bikes subject to prior sale, limited to stock on hand, not responsible for typographical errors, prices may change without notice, batteries not included.

ATB/Mountain Bikes

  • $199 KHS Montana Crest 20"
  • $229 Diamondback Sorrento 16"
  • $369 Haro Extreme Comp 19.5"
  • $399 KHS Montana Comp 19"
  • $399 Diamondback Response 14"
  • $549 Kona Lava Dome 20"
  • $699 Cannondale F400 21"
  • $699 Kona Sex One 20"

Road Bikes

  • $ 99 Alpine Sporten 15"G
  • $549 Fuji Opus III 49cm
  • $269 Schwinn 454 53cm
  • $549 Bianchi Campione 54cm
  • $799 Specialized Allez A1 54cm
  • $499 Specialized Sirrus 58cm
  • $599 Diamondback Expert 58 cm

BMX/Kids' Bikes

  • $99  Schwinn Aerostar
  • $129 Diamondback Impression

Hybrid Bikes

  • (all sold out)

Easy Street Recumbents

Recumbent bicycle sales, service, and rental for Austin. Free Urban Cycling classes with your purchase of a bike. click to visit

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That's all, thanks for reading!