Monthly Archives: January 2019

Open Cycle Map

Bike lines represent a good and safety infrastructure for cyclists when we want to ride the city and have been an essential part for the boom of environmentally friendly ways of transport. One can be used to riding on them in well-known places. But the problem comes when we want or need to do it in unknown places. There are some tips to face it like asking a friend or relative who lives there or searching the web for specific information. This last point can be tedious specially when you do not have a clear target to focus on and one can abort the search after a fruitless waste of time.

It would be great if all the bike lines in the world would be collected in the sense of having just one website with the whole information. Well, it already exists. Open Cycle Map offers this and much more under a free schema. The accurate world map allows looking for bike lines in whatever country by using the zoom + / – on the left-hand side. Moreover, this impressive web points out bike parking, bike shops, bike rental shops, toilets, cafes, drinking water, hospitals, post boxes, you name it ( If you are planning a bike trip, this is your reference web.

Tall bike

A tall bike is a special type of bicycle which is part of the commonly known as monster bikes. In a few words, it consists in two bicycles one above the other. Just pick up one bike without seat, pedals and handlebar, so with only wheels and frame, and weld it on another bike without wheels. As a result we have a double bike as you can see in the photo bellow. Of course, the chain length must increase since the distance between sprockets and crankset has increased. And as you can imagine, this simple concept has evolved to more incredible monster bikes.

From the biker perspective, riding a tall bike changes the way you ride a normal bike. You need an extra push to climb the tall bike. Once you reach the seat, you have a better vision since the higher you ride, the less obstacles impede your sight. Moreover, your visibility goes up as your shape is higher even towering over vans. Furthermore, you can carry more bicycle bags. This last point has had important considerations in long routes such as the Quico one. Finally, people amazes when seeing one tall bike.