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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Photo - Indian School Bus

Not the most comfortable ride - But it beats walking
In parts of India they have school "buses" like the one shown above. They sometimes have as many as ten kids in them. Now if you add up all the weight of ten kids, their books and school supplies on the roof, and the bicycle itself, the guy riding this thing better be in good shape. God help him if there are any hills on his route. I'm guessing they don't use these trikes at villages located in the Himalayas. You can find more photos like this at Messy Nessy.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Video - Bait Bicycle with a Hot Seat

This bicycle thief doesn't get far
This is one of the craziest videos I have seen. Three crazy guys set up a bait bike, and place it where they think bicycle thieves might try to steal it. The seat is made of metal, and there is black tape over it to make it look more like a normal saddle. They attach two Bernzomatic Torch Kits to the seat tube,which heat up the seat. I can't figure out if these are on all the time, or if they activate them remotely. None of the thieves get very far before hopping off the bike. After that the trio chases them down and say "You're on fire!" before spraying them with fire extinguishers.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weird Bike Wednesday - The Beer Trike

The Beer Trike from Coaster Pedicabs
This beer trike is made by Coaster Pedicab in Bonner, Montana. With it you can have two half kegs on tap. The tap handles have recycled bicycle chain around the outside. If you are wondering why you can only have two beers on tap, keep in mind that a full half keg weighs approximately 160 pounds. A brewery asked them come up with a bike that would let them serve beer, and this is what they came up with. If you want to buy one of these (or any other Coaster Pedicab bike), we can assist you. Just be prepared for a little sticker shock. They sell for nearly 7,000 dollars.

The video below is an interview with the Coaster Pedicab CPO (Chief Pedicab Officer) and their Vice President of Miscellaneous Stuff. The beer trike in the video is an early prototype. Note that the tap handles don't have bicycle chain. They have a small cog at the top instead.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Touring Tuesday - The Icefields Parkway

Spectacular scenery on the Icefields Parkway
The weather is getting hot here in Indiana. If you're looking for a cooler place to do some cycling, consider Canada's Icefield Parkway. It roughly parallels the continental divide in the Canadian Rockies for 144 miles. The entire highway is within Canada's Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. This route has been named as one of the World's Top 50 Riding Experiences. The route attracts a lot of auto traffic, and quite a few RVs as well, especially on weekends. If you are looking for a ride without a car in sight, this isn't the ride for you. However, there is a pretty good shoulder on most of the road. Along the route are over 100 glaciers, a couple waterfalls, and lots of great scenery. Be sure to bring warm clothing. Not only is the Parkway pretty far north, it's also pretty high. There are a couple passes that are over 6,500 feet high.

Here's a link to a map of the Parkway. Below is a video of cycling on the Parkway.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Stop in for Your Free Brown County Mountain Biking Guide

Free Brown County Mountain Biking Guide
The Brown County Convention & Visitor's Bureau has come up with a 26 page guide to mountain biking in their county. They are being distributed free, and you can come into Circle City Bicycles to get one. It has short descriptions of the mountain biking trails in Brown County State Park. If you aren't familiar with the park, it has mountain biking trails for all levels. You can find something appropriate whether you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced or expert rider. The guide also mentions the mountain bike trails outside the park. Last year, singletracks.com named Brown County as one of the ten best mountain bike destinations east of the Rockies. Much of this information can also be found online at browncounty.com/mountainbiking

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Photo - Giant Squid Bicycle Rack

Giant squid attacking bicycles - Where's a sperm whale when you need one?
Well here's a bicycle rack that is a little different. Seattle has a giant squid that you can lock your bike up against. It was commissioned by the Seattle Department of Transportation in 2009. Artist Susan Robb created this sculpture and titled it 'Parking Squid." Note that the upper tentacle has a bicycle wheel on it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday Video - Amazing Finish to a Bicycle Race

With a 30 second lead, Iljo Keisse crashes 1 kilometer from the finish line
This is a clip of Belgian cyclist Iljo Keisse in the 2012 Tour of Turkey. It has to be every pro cyclist's nightmare. The breakaway has succeeded, and one kilometer from the finish line he has an insurmountable lead of 30 seconds. Suddenly, disaster strikes - He goes down rounding a corner. Keisse quickly gets up and back on the bike. Then he realizes his chain is off. He quickly puts it back on and starts riding. Unfortunately, his lead has shrunk dramatically. Can he hold off the charging competition? You'll have to watch the video to find out.

Note: The announcers are supposed to stay neutral, but in this case they just couldn't help themselves.