Jupiter, the Moon and Geneva

Last night Bicycle Astronomy had a great little impromptu star party in front of The Red Dove Tavern on Castle Street. I arrived around 8:15, set up my telescope (I was using a 4″ Vixen refractor on a Giro III alt-az mount for the astronomers in the room), and showed passers-by and Red Dove patrons…

Inside Line Equipment’s (ILE) Rack Bag

When I was briefly considering cargo trucks for the official ride of Bicycle Astronomy, I found a company in San Francisco (you kinda knew it had to be there, or Portland, right?) called Inside Line Equipment. ILE is pretty much one dude named Eric Fischer, and they make a variety of cycling-oriented bags and backpacks,…

The Yuba Mundo Bread Basket

Note: This is the first of a two-part review of the Bread Basket, a front frame mounted basket for the Yuba Mundo cargo bicycle. The first part will look at the basket itself, and a simple off-the-shelf (!) modification that greatly increases its usability. The next part will deal with a custom-made “rack bag” by…

Sandy Through a Spyglass

Kevin Ward, of Nasa’s Earth Observatory project, put together this 12-hour time lapse of Hurricane Sandy off the Carolina coasts on October 28th from the GOES-14 satellite. It’s fascinating to watch how complex the dynamics are within and around the storm. A simple swirling pinwheel it is not. Sometimes people at public outreach events ask…