Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Photo - Emu Chasing Mountain Biker

Better speed up - Emus can run 30 MPH (photo courtesy of Bicycle SA)
Here's one of those "Only in Australia" problems for mountain bikers - Getting chased by an emu. Apparently for half an hour during a race, it would chase every biker that passed through a stretch of the trail. The organizer said "It was great for the spectators but a bit of a shock for the riders." Apparently the problem was serious enough they had to put up this sign:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday Video - Top 5 Amazing Crash Saves

Please don't go any higher
This week's video features the 5 best saves in professional cycling. Sometimes it isn't a charge up a major climb that is the most critical move in a race, but a split second reaction to avoid a major crash. This video features:
  • Sagan and Cancellara avoiding a crash. Watch how Cancellara throws his back wheel to the side.
  • In track cycling, Laurine Van Riessen rides on the wall of the velodrome to avoid crashing.
  • Sagan and Cancellara again - This time Cancellara goes down and Sagan bunny hops over him.
  • Sam Bennet makes a great save while weaving his way through the support cars.
  • Danny Van Popell narrowly avoids disaster at the end of a race. They show video from a couple different angles and it doesn't look that impressive, until they show a still photo.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Photo - Sea of Bicycles

Dude, where's my bike?
This week's photo comes from the website Groundhog Dude. This is the bicycle parking outside the train station in the Belgian town of Leuven. There were an estimated 5,000 bikes parked here at the time. I hope this guy was able to find his bike.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday Video: Robin Williams' Bicycle Collection

Robin Williams joking with Lance Armstrong
Robin Williams had an addiction to cocaine early in his career. After John Belushi's death from an overdose, he quit drugs and alcohol and began cycling. He once told a bike shop owner that cycling saved his life. Over his lifetime, he acquired quite a few bikes. 1n 2016, his heirs sold 87 of them at auction, and donated the proceeds to charity.

The video below shows some of his bikes, but for a complete listing you need to visit the Paddle 8 website. There you will see that he had some really nice bicycles of all makes and types. He also has some collectible bikes, like a Pea Picker Krate Stingray. There were also a few oddities in the collection, including a clown bike, a Schwinn unicycle and an electric scooter.

The auction was a big success, raising over $600,000. That was triple what experts expected from the auction. The money raised was donated to the Challenged Athlete Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation charities.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Women Bike Indy Meetup Tuesday Night

Activity at one of last year's meetings
The Women Bike Indy meetup will hold its first meeting of 2018 at 7:00 PM on Tuesday at Circle City Bicycles. New store manager Joe Bucksot will cover basic bike maintenance. There will also be a discussion of upcoming activities for 2018. There is no cost to attend, and cookies and punch will be provided by Circle City Bicycles. Come to the meeting and make some new friends.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Photo - Happy Groundhog Day!

Quokka in front of bicycles (photo courtesy of Scott McCook)
Since today is Groundhog's Day, I went looking on the Internet for an image of a groundhog and a bicycle. Unfortunately I couldn't find one, but I thought this little guy could fill in. He's a Quokka from Australia, so he's a marsupial. They live in southwestern Australia and on some offshore islands. I wonder if they have Quokka Day in Australia instead of Groundhog's Day.

We all know the weather prediction rule - If the groundhog (or quokka) sees his shadow, it's another six weeks of lousy cycling weather. Let's hope for a cloudy day.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Weird Bike Wednesday - The Moox

The Moox is a bicycle / scooter hybrid
Here is the Moox, a bicycle and scooter hybrid. You can ride it like a normal bike or push off with one leg like a scooter. It has an aluminum frame and cro-moly handlebars. The Moox has 20 inch wheels with 4 inch wide tires. It is also equipped with 7 speeds and mechanical disk brakes. At the Moox website, you can buy one for $599 in any of these colors:
  • Green / Black
  • Blue / Black
  • Gray / Orange
  • White / Red
Personally, I'm not sure if these bikes will be a commercial success. I can't ever remember riding along on my bicycle and thinking "I wish I had a scooter instead of a bicycle right now."

Here's a two minute video that shows the Moox in action: