May 2013


Had a few interesting bike projects roll out of the shop this week.

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First up we rebuilt the rear wheel for this amazing bike, and yes it is the one you see around town all the time even in winter with the kids sitting up in the front.

We also had a couple of dynamo hub projects. First we swapped the Rolf wheels out for a Son generator up front and White Industries in the back.

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And then wired in the headlight and taillight.

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This is a pretty awesome set up, ’nuff said.

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We also wired the same model taillight into one of the dyno systems we installed on a Disc Trucker project.

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He already had the amazing Luxos U lighting his way and now he can let go of his superflash when the batteries go out.

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And here is the Civia we raffled off for Bike to Work Week moments before it was ridden off into the wilds of Iowa City to seek it’s fortune and save it’s new owner a fortune on car maintenance and parking and insurance and gas and etc. These are what sport utility vehicles look like!

This Saturday night, June 1st, we are excited to be hosting this wonderful traveling road show of all that is right and good with the world.

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Tickets are still available, right here. Get some, and we will see you right here, this Saturday night at 6!

So we had our exciting Bike to Work Week windup happy hour party here at the shop last week.

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We drew a deserving winner from the box of this wonderful christiania bike that is in for repair.

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The final selection has been made and look for one of these at a bike rack near you, assembling it today! Big thanks to Civia for providing us with a demo bike fleet to show off and thanks to all that biked and bike to work, we love what you do!

Now we are all back to the grind, biking to work, working to bike, taking photos of cool shadows in the shop, etc.

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behind the scenes

We had a return visit from this super cool bike that first we assembled, and then later MK Fendered.

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This time we added the VO chainguard. Not sure if this bike could really get any cooler at this point, but we are excited to see if it is possible.

It’s Bike to Work Week! Get your basket on and ride.

IMAG0651The schedule is up and is already in progress. We are giving away a Civia Twin City so find yourself a raffle ticket and get in the drawing. They are available at all (or certainly most) of the events on the schedule, or right here at the shop all week. The drawing will be held Friday night right here at the shop at about 6 pm.

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We also have this small fleet of Civia demo bikes here in the shop this week, come take a test ride and see what you think, fill out a raffle ticket while you are in. Also for Bike to Work Week we are putting a large selection of our bags and baskets on sale 15% off, and offering free install on the Xtracycle FreeRad if you purchase one. So come on in, fill out a raffle ticket, get yourself some commuter gear, and Bike to Work! All year long.

Bike to Work

To kick off Bike Month proper I rode to work this morning, and took the long way for good measure. Bike Month and Bike to Work Week are a time to build some momentum every year as we head into the glorious days of biking. We ride all year round, but we would be lying if we told you when we started out we were out there every snowstorm in January or rainstorm in October. Nope, it took time to become an every day / any condition bike rider. It was worth the transition, and it has had immeasurable effect on personal health, wealth, time, even yard. We turned our gravel driveway into a Lily patch.

This article is a fantastic breakdown of cycling in the United States. The first section really resonates:

By failing to embrace cycling culture, American cities are losing out on significant financial benefits, Colville-Andersen told Business Insider. Studies show that every kilometer cycled in Denmark earns the country €.23 (partly because cyclists have been shown to spend more money in local stores), he said.

One of the biggest things that happened when we gave away our car was a switch to shopping at the New Pi Coop pretty much exclusively. The money that was going into the gas tank now gets spent locally and eaten. Another point in the article that is right on:

That view of biking as exercise, instead of transport, fuels the concern that cyclists will arrive at the office sweaty, without a way to clean off. A common fix by American workplaces that want to encourage cycling is to install showers. The New York City Department of Transportation even gives an annual award for General Bicycle Friendly Workplace, which is partly judged on whether showers and lockers are provided in the office. But this idea — that cycling to work is dependent on the ability to shower upon arrival — is another manifestation of the cycling-as-exercise image.

We proudly ride to work in non athletic clothing and don’t even shower when we get here! Anyways, it’s a great article,  worth linking twice here to encourage you to read it, and it is a great lead in to Bike Month. Give biking a try to get where you need to go!