All posts in Burlington Vermont

  • Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of the Bicycle Patent at Sheldon Museum


    Here’s something everyone can enjoy, especially those of you in Vermont! My good friend and former boss, Glean Eames, is showing some of his unrivaled collection of velocipedes & boneshakers at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the bicycle patent. This is one of those events that you just can’t miss if you’re in Vermont (or the surrounding states).

    Even if you’re not much of a cyclist or lover of history, this exhibit will speak volumes to just how much the bicycle has progressed in the last 150 years. Each of these bicycles has its own backstory, with many of them being intricately designed by highly-skilled 19th-century metallurgists, possibly seen as forerunners to mid-20th century abstract-expressionist sculptors. Glenn describes the bikes as “sculpture you can ride”.

    Many of you know Glenn already, but for those that don’t, he’s well known for his unrivaled collection of classic and antique bicycles, as well opening The Old Spokes Home back in 2000. Of the 26 models on display at the Sheldon Museum, 23 of them belong to Glenn. If you get a chance, you should also check out his bicycle museum upstairs at Old Spokes.

    I really wish I’d stayed stateside a couple extra weeks to check this show out! There will be a reception for the show on Thursday, June 23 from 5-7 PM – so mark those calendars. The exhibit will run from June 21 to Oct. 16.

    Thank you to Hunt for the heads up on this one. For more information, check out Seven Days and the Burlington Free Press.

  • Stateside

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    If you couldn’t tell from the lack of posts and content, I’ve been on a bit of a vacation. In the past, vacation to me has been a time to get a start on new projects and catch up on others that have been slightly neglected. This time around, I’ve been trying to relax as hard as possible and disconnect myself for a few weeks. I’ve been shooting film more than digital, reading books more than cruising the web and generally slowing things down while being home.

    Life in Shanghai can be hectic; the same goes for coming back to the states for a visit after living in China for two and a half years. For the past three weeks, I’ve been between Vermont and New Jersey just trying to take in the beauty surrounding me: nature, bicycles, skateboarding, yard work, chores and a plethora of other simple things I dearly miss as an expat in Shanghai. Anyway, just wanted to give a little update to you all and let you know I’m still alive.

    Hope everyone had a happy 4th and has been enjoying the summer riding!

  • 2015 Vermont Bicycle Accident Map

    It’s time to address the elephant in the room when it comes to cyclists and cars coexisting in Vermont. I’ve tried to avoid the topic for a while since it enrages me, but after so much talk about the road safety and the North Ave pilot project, I figured I’d weigh in on the subject briefly. As you may know, I no longer live in Vermont but still consider it home. I plan on moving back one day (sooner than later), and the quality of riding is a large factor in my yearning to repatriate to Vermont. While the riding and scenery is amazing, the coexistence between drivers and cyclists as of late both angers and confuses me. Vermont was one of the safest states to ride a bike in until last year…so what exactly happened?

    While the number of fatalities due to traffic accidents in Vermont has significantly decreased over the last few years, we sadly cannot say the same when it comes to cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.

    Throughout recent years, there has been quite the spike in cyclist/pedestrian deaths due to negligent drivers. In a state known for its beautiful scenery, peaceful roads and an abundance of cyclists, the increase in cyclist deaths recently is extremely alarming, for both cyclists like myself and other road users. From 2011 to 2014, there were ZERO cyclist fatalities among those involved in crashes. In 2015, there were four; in 2015 there were 12 deaths. What the hell is going on Vermont?

    Numbers don’t lie, and I don’t like the way they’re looking. Between 2014 and 2015, bicyclists involved in crashes jumped from 77 to 97. This sudden spike in cyclist’s deaths obviously sends a serious message about cars and bicycles co-existing and sharing roads. Aside from the 16 fatalities between 2014 and 2015, dating back to 2005 there was only 1 cyclist fatality in Vermont! This sudden spike is unacceptable.

    The part that really irks me about the whole situation is that it’s not like Vermont doesn’t have infrastructure catering to all road users. Sure, there are certainly roads with little shoulder room and some areas need some maintenance or attention (for example, the whole North Ave project); but the infrastructure hasn’t been to blame for any of the recent deaths, it’s driver’s negligence. In just 1 year, Vermont went from being the safest state for cycling to the most dangerous. Of the 4 cyclist deaths last year, 2 were caused by drunk driving and 1 was due to excessive speed. There is absolutely no excuse for this! Driving is a privilege, not a right. And in order keep that privilege you need to take responsibility for yourself, your passengers and other road users every time you get behind the wheel.

    Despite these deaths being the caused by the poor judgement of a few drivers, the state of Vermont is still taking steps towards making the roads safer. Take the North Ave project for example. It’s the pilot to the “complete streets” initiative created to improve the safety between bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians that share the same corridors and busy roads. The biggest change this initiative will bring is re-configuring busy 4-lane roads  into 2-lane roads with a proper bicycle lane on each side and a turning lane in the center.

    If you’re a cyclist in Vermont and can shed some better light on the subject, I’d love to hear from you.

    Map provided by Schneider & Palcsik – Vermont Personal Injury Attorneys

  • Budnitz Bicycles: Summit To Sunset

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    I’ve always wanted to rip a fat bike down some corduroy. With the recent snowstorm that’s hit the east coast, a few friends of mine came together to realize the same dream that many of us share.

    Here’s a couple shots of Adam Morse ripping a Budnitz fat bike, shot by Dan Cardon. Be sure to head on over to Budnitz and check out the full photo series.


  • Andy “A-Dog” Williams Memorial Waterfront Skatepark – Burlington, Vermont

    Man, I can’t even believe this has happened! After 7 years of living in Vermont and feeling like a new skatepark on the waterfront was simply a pipe dream (no pun), it’s finally happened. A bunch of my friends were out there during the soft opening that went down on Monday morning. Here’s a quick drone shot from Ben Colbourn.

  • The Best Loaner Bike Ever: Budnitz No. 1 Rohloff


    This is probably the best loaner bike I’ve ever ridden. I mean, as far as riding to the bar and putzing around Burlington for a week, this thing is like bringing a sub-machine gun to a knife fight.

    Most of the time I’m more than happy to be riding a friend’s beater; however, when your good friend and Culture Cycles OG cohort happens to work for a brand designing titanium, belt-driven city bikes, a beater ends up being a Rohloff-equipped city ripper.

    This bike goes! Sure, I’d ridden a handful of Budnitz Bicycles over the past couple years; I kind of knew what to expect. But, after exclusively riding an aluminum track bike for the last few months, having gears and a more forgiving titanium frame had me cheesing all week; and wheelying A LOT.

    Anyway, this isn’t meant to be a review, it’s more of a strong shoutout to Hunt and the homies back in Burlington. Thanks for the good times and hospitality! I’m already looking forward to getting back to the states and seeing everyone!

    Have a closer look at the best loaner bike ever below. If you were hoping for a review, check out the Budnitz 650b mountain bike I was shredding almost 2 years ago.

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  • A Snapshot of Bike Recycle Vermont

    Here’s a great short piece looking into Bike Recycle Vermont, what they do and the people in the community they’re connecting with. Shout-out to my old roommate and good friend Dan Hock! Miss you guys…and Vermont.


  • Chef’s Skate Plaza Vermont – Blotto Photto

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    If you’ve ever been to Vermont and know a thing or two about skateboarding, you’re familiar with the scarcity of skate spots. Between the brutal winters and the topography of the city, you’re pretty hard-pressed to find a decent plaza to skate, let alone some smooth concrete.

    Chef, a lifelong skateboarder and construction extraordinaire, built a little skate plaza just south of Burlington about 7 years ago. This summer a bunch of my buddies back home took a few trips to skate Chef’s plaza and Blotto went along to document the sessions.

    Blotto also wrote a pretty solid piece over at Manfrotto, so you’ll have to head over there to see more photos of this plaza and get the scoop. While you’re at it, make sure to have a look at some of Blotto’s photos.