Link Love: Data, Photos, DIY, and Time Machine Edition

It’s already mid-January. How are your 2012 resolutions coming along? One of my resolutions is to read more in 2012, and while I originally intended that to refer to books, I am currently applying it more to blogs. Here’s what’s been on my screen of late.

The road's a callin'

  • Mining the Capital Bikeshare Data. Coffeeneur and local cyclist JDAntos is taking full advantage of the usage data Capital Bikeshare recently published on its site. I’m quite impressed with his distillation of the data into visual explanations of how people (“regular riders” and “casual users”) use the Bikeshare system. So far, JDAntos has assembled two posts, one that deals with various facets of Bikeshare use, and another that discusses CaBi in terms of trip duration. Thanks for helping us make sense of this information, JDAntos!
  • Around the World on a Bicycle.  In the late 1800s, Thomas Stevens became the first person to ride around the world on a bicycle– on a penny-farthing! Currently, you can read his tale for FREE via Project Gutenberg. Thanks to Vélocia for alerting me to this one.
  • Touring and Taking Photos. Go Bicycle Touring posted a list of some of their favorite touring blogs that also include beautiful photography. I like seeing how people capture their touring experiences and, as Go Bicycle Touring notes, seeing others’ photos gives me ideas for my own pictures, too.
  • Sew Your Own Bags. Errin, over at Frontage Roads, bought a sewing machine and has been making bags for himself as well as his cycling friends. His most recent post is about a frame bag he made for brevets.  It’s tailored to fit his Kogswell. I look forward to his report of how his self-sewn bag works out.

That’s a wrap on the links.

Are you riding this weekend? I’m hoping to do so, and trying not to obsess too much about the area forecast and terms like “wintry mix.” The weather people aren’t always right.

4 responses to “Link Love: Data, Photos, DIY, and Time Machine Edition

  1. Hi and a big thank you for the link to “Round the world on a bicycle”. I shall make time to read this.

    As for this weekend? Could be a 200km ride. Or yet another weekend playing catch-up in the office…

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  2. Love the site by JDAntos. Great pix and writing. No biking for me this weekend. 900 miles of motoring to take son of Rootchopper back to college.

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  3. Thanks! I’ll be posting a report about the bag soon.

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  4. MG – Thanks for the tip on the Stevens book. Just downloaded both volumes from Amazon to my Kindle. Looks like some great winter fireside reading.

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