Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Photo - Alden Carbon Streamlining

Scott triathlon bike with Alden Carbon outer chainring covers
Check out this Scott triathlon / time trial bike. It is equipped with a carbon chainring cover from Alden Carbon, based in Seymour, Indiana (That's right - John Mellencamp's home town) to reduce drag. The company is run by a father and son duo. They both got into bicycle racing, and eventually started to make after-market carbon fiber parts to give themselves an advantage over their competitors. Those competitors noticed and wanted to buy those parts for their own bikes, which led to the formation of Alden Carbon. They have a product called BTA (Between The Arms) Hydration Bottle Computer Mount. To decrease frontal area and reduce drag, It points the water bottle forward and places the computer right behind it, as shown below:

Alden Carbon's between the arms water bottle / computer mount minimizes aerodynamic drag

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Video - No Snow Dogsledding

Who needs snow for dogsledding? (Photo courtesy of Mushing magazine)
This video comes from Canberra, the capital of Australia. They don't get much snow there, so they often have to improvise if they want to have dogsled races. For their sleds, they appear to use modified bicycles, tricycles, quadcycles and scooters for sleds. It amazes me how fast those dogs can go when they are pulling these things. The dogs seem to really like it. They appear very excited when at the start of the race - Like my dog is when it's time to go for a walk. I don't know if they have different classes, but some of the contestants have only one dog while others have three.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weird Bike Wednesday - The Tandem Plane

Accelerating to takeoff speed
This week's weird bike comes from the 2012 Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. Everything in the parade has to be human powered .The event has been renamed and is now the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival. This year the event will be held on Saturday, May 20 from noon until 6:00 PM.

Here's a short video from the 2015 derby:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Touring Tuesday - Spain on a Montague Paratrooper Pro

Paratrooper  Pro in front of Sadaba Castle in Spain
Montague makes folding bicycles. Unlike most other brands of folding bikes, they use full size wheels. This means they don't fold up as small, but they ride like a regular bicycle. The blog on the Montague website features a number of articles about touring different areas on one of their bikes. One of those is about a guy touring through the Spanish Pyrenees. He rode on a Paratrooper Pro, which is a mountain bike. The article has very little text, but some interesting photos, especially the ones of Bardenas Reales. It's an arid, badlands type region, with interesting rock formations.

You can see from the photo above that the Paratrooper Pro was fully loaded for touring. You can take this folding bike anywhere you would go with a regular bicycle. When traveling with a folding bike, don't tell the airline you have a bicycle, or they will want to charge you extra.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council

Mayor Hogsett on the 2016 Polar Bear Pedal
Circle City Bicycles attended the February meeting of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council. According to their website:
The purpose of the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council is to advise City of Indianapolis leadership on matters relating to the use of bicycle as a means of transportation and recreation.The Mayor's Advisory Council reviews and makes recommendations on planning, design and development of projects by developers, City Departments and consultants affecting the use of bicycles.

Despite the fact that Indianapolis was ranked number 13 on Bicycling magazine's list of The 50 Best Bike Cities, you would never suspect it if you traveled around the south side of town. About the only thing that has been done on the south side is the creation of a bike lane on Madison that disappears at intersections. After attending February's meeting, it was apparent that no one was present to advocate for the interests of the south side. Because of this, Circle City Bicycles will be sending a representative to future meetings. These are held on the third Tuesday of each month. If there is any issue you would like to have brought before the council, please let us know by sending an email to

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Photo - Bicycle Trash Hauler

With 5 full garbage cans, I hope he doesn't have to climb many hills
This week's photo comes from the Bikes at Work folks. This is a small company located in Ames, Iowa that make bicycle trailers for towing. All of their trailers have the same basic design. They come in three different lengths, from 32 inches to eight feet. They also come in standard and wide widths. The standard width is sized to hold 18 gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck containers. If you get the eight foot long trailer and stack the containers two rows high, you can get 12 containers on the trailer. With the standard two wheel models, the weight capacity is 300 pounds. By going to the 4 wheel (One axle with dual wheels on each side), the weight capacity is doubled. The wider width trailers are designed for things like lawn mowers. Prices for their products range from $750 for their smallest trailer up to $1400 for the wide, eight foot model with a load capacity of 600 pounds. Shipping from Ames, Iowa is extra. They also have accessories for their trailers, like a rack for carrying plywood.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Video - A Handle for Your Bicycle

The Little Lifter from Walnut Studiolo is great if you have to carry your bike up stairs
This week's video comes from Walnut Studiolo, makers of the Little Lifter. It's a simple but ingenious product. It's basically a leather handle with buckles at both ends to attach to your frame. They attach on the seat and down tubes, just above the crank. This looks like a good thing to have if you need to take your bike up or down steps, or encounter other obstacles that require carrying your bike. It currently sells for $30.80 online. It comes in two sizes and four colors:
  • Natural
  • Honey
  • Dark Brown
  • Black
Check out the video below and let us know if you think we should carry it at Circle City Bicycles