If we told you we could true this:
It would be a lie.
December 5, 2013
November 27, 2013
First thing first, we will be CLOSED Thursday and we won’t open at 4 am Friday. Or even 6. We will be here regular hours. We won’t wear santa hats. We may be hungover. If you push anyone you will be asked to leave. Sounds pretty lame! What about that Sale word up there you wonder?
We are having a literal Black Friday Sale: If it’s black it’s 15% off!
There is all sorts of black stuff in a bike shop. Lights. Gloves. Tires. Studded tires! Tubes! Bikes! Seats! Bags! Bottle cages! Handlebar tape! Fenders! Locks! Racks! Helmets! Pedals! Even shoes! But it has to be black. Pink bottle cage? Nope. Red helmet? Sorry. Honey Brooks saddle? No way! All of our remaining 2013 MASI road bikes are already at least 15% off no matter their color so stop on in and grab a bargain in basic black.
November 21, 2013
Don’t get winter SAD – put a little garden on your bike rack!
Speaking of winter, we keep expanding our stock of gloves, hats, Bar Mitts, generator hubs and lights, etc – plus we have our usual vast selection of studded tires bulked out like that kid in a Christmas Story. We are donating a couple, plus some lights as prizes for the UI winter bike challenge.
So stay on your bike this winter, if you need advice or gear we can help, after all we will be out there in it two wheeling with you until the grass is green again.
November 12, 2013
The drivetrain goes to 48. Look, right across the board, 2 by 3, by 8. And most bikes go up to 24? Exactly. Does that mean it’s faster?
Well, it’s one faster isn’t it? It’s not 24. You see most blokes, you know, will be pedaling a 1x3x8 drivetrain. Your in 24th gear there, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up you’re in 24th on your bike. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. exactly.
What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff you know what we do? We add a second manual shift chainring for 2x3x8. This one goes to 48!
October 30, 2013
Been breaking in the new shop truck, the Edgerunner from Xtracycle.
Recycling hauled over to City Carton.
Also a couple of cycles to be re-cycled and box of parts to the Bike Library. This new design taking the low to the cargo is great and rides super stable, even with a heavy load just on one side, which of course we have tried. Looks like the Bikes at Work trailer will even be able to hitch on there, turning the shop truck into the equivalent of the shop aircraft carrier.
October 25, 2013
Check it out, 30¢ Squad coffee roaster Jarrett is in the paper again.
Combining his love of coffee roasting and his education in art he threw together a little found object composition demonstration for us yesterday morning over a cuppa, explaining that the juxtaposition of a perfectly roasted bean and a shiny tin was one of the first techniques employed by artisan coffee roasters in, uh, the middle Roman / Germanic times. Yeah? Um, sure. Hey look over there!
Mobility Lab recently held an event at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus with former Department of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood on the future of transportation in America. He predicts that in the next 25 years we will see a huge expansion of nationwide passenger rail, wide adoption of driverless cars, and continued gains in biking and walking infrastructure.
“Transportation is always about the future,” LaHood said. “There are no Republican roads or Democratic bridges,” he added.
About his prediction that America’s future transportation needs would be met more by passenger rail than automobile, LaHood referenced a “pent-up demand for passenger rail,” and said, “The people almost always get it right.”
LaHood told the audience that if Eisenhower had signed a “Passenger Rail Bill” rather than the Federal Highway Act, then America would look much different than it does today. LaHood envisioned a future America that looks, transportation-wise, more like Europe. Smart-growth advocates in the audience undoubtedly were pleased, as the Federal Highway Act is widely considered to have played a significant role in urban sprawl.
When asked by an audience member how a major infrastructure project like the rail LaHood envisions would be funded, LaHood was unequivocal in his response. He called for an increase to the national gasoline tax ”not raised since ’93″ of 10 cents, tied to the inflation rate. He also referenced the Highway Trust Fund as a good starting source of funds, but said it should be supplemented by a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax, tolling, and public-private partnerships operating to cover the shortfall.
LaHood’s final pronouncement was that while America is no longer number one in transportation, it can be. The countries that are surpassing us, such as China, are investing heavily in rail. If America does that as well, it will create jobs in the short term and ensure our competitiveness in the long term.
October 18, 2013
Boo! Gather close, and hear thee the good word of scary bike parts.
No! I speak not of those of ye hyperlight stem, wheel, pedal spindle or even that most dogawful Off the Front Bar tape although hear me and remember well the terrifying graphics and neon splash colors! Lo this here message is to warn you of an evil most diabolical that lurks in the deep dark greasy places of maybe your bicycle. The ball bearing retainer is of what I speak! Good dog what could that be you ask?! From the e-gospel of Saint Sheldon himself they are described thus and with a thoughtful illustration as well praise be to Saint Sheldon:
A retainer is a clip, usually of sheet-metal or plastic, that holds and separates the bearing balls in a ball bearing. The advantages of retainers are ease of assembly, and economy because the manufacturer can get by with fewer balls, if they are spaced apart by a retainer.
Beware thee that bearing of the retainer! Do we need ease of assembly?! Nay! And what of this economy and benefit to manufacture? Enough I say! You can be most sure that if you are not of the Sealed Cartridge Church and thy hub ails or thy crankset becometh cranky or creaky it was that evil retainer that didst fold under the pressures and pleasures of wholesome normal just riding along usage! It is through sloth and slavery to false idols that a wrench, as it were, came to be thrown into thy works and from within!
Go then, and do not abandon the fight against the armies of undead bike parts! Armed with this new knowledge of thee bearing retainer now be assured that if your coaster brake should stop stopping or your crankset wiggle it is through a retainercism ceremony that peace can be returned to thy noble machine!