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Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Photo - Ferris Wheel on a Bicycle

Impressive - But how do you ride it?
Here's a unique photo of a bicycle with a Ferris wheel for the rear wheel. It comes from an article at Oddee called "15 of the Coolest Forced Perspective Photos. The other 12 photos are also quite good, but they have nothing to do with cycling.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday Video - Schwinn Sting-Ray Krate Collection

The second bike is a Schwinn Sting-Ray Orange Krate
This week's video features a gentleman showing his collection of Schwinn Sting-Ray Krates. These include:
  • 1968 Apple Krate
  • 1969 Orange Krate
  • 1969 Lemon Peeler
  • 1971 Grey Ghost
  • 1971 Apple Krate
  • 1971 Pea Picker
  • 1972 Apple Krate
If you were a kid in the late 60s / early 70s, you know these were the coolest bikes around. Over at Bike History they list the progression of the models from 1968 to 1973. These bikes are now very popular with collectors. If you have any of these bikes, they are worth a lot more than their original purchase price.

If you are like old bikes, there is a club in town called the Hoosier Antique & Classic Bicycle Club that night interest you. They will be having their winter swap meet on Saturday, January 27 at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weird Bike Wednesday - Rungu Electric Trike

The Rungu features two closely spaced front wheels
There are a lot of electric trikes out there these days, but the Rungu is unique. It has two wheels in front instead of in the rear, but it's the tight spacing of those wheels that really stands out. The distance between them is roughly equal to the rider's shoulder width. During turns, the outside front wheel rises up into the air, as seen in the photo above.

The bike was designed by Peter Godlewski, an avid surfer who lives in southern California. He used to ride an old beater bicycle to the beach, towing his surfboard behind him. That was fine until he reached the beach, and had to push the bike through the sand. The Rungu has been designed to go through difficult terrain, like sand, mud and snow. It's getting good publicity - The Rungu has been featured in:
 Here's a short video that shows the Rungu in action on the beach, in the desert, and going through snow:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Photo - Dinosaur Attacks Cyclists!

Fortunately the T-Rex was slow and the cyclists escaped
You just never know what obstacles you will encounter when bicycle touring. Surely these two cyclists didn't expect to run into a tyrannosaurus rex - They haven't roamed the planet for 60 million years. When asked about this, the dinosaur responded "Rumors of our extinction have been greatly exaggerated."

You might notice that the right hand of this creature looks remarkeably like that of a human. That's because it is the hand of Zeb King, who works for Trek Travel. The photo is from one of his Twitter posts. He says this was just a "normal day of work" for him. Makes you wonder what else he does on the job..

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Video - Touring Shiloh National Military Park

Entrance to Shiloh National Military Park (photo courtesy of CivilWar.com)
Last week we had a post on Touring Tuesday about riding through Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. One of the earliest major battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Shiloh was fought in 1862. This week we feature a video from a bike tour around the battlefield. It is two  minutes and twenty seconds long. There is no narration, just some pleasant music. The video shows some period cannons, monuments to various soldiers, and rows & rows of grave markers.





Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weird Bike Wednesday - World's Largest Cargo Bike

8rad - The World's Largest Cargo Bicycle
I ran across an article on the IceBike website about 8rad, the world's largest cargo bicycle. It has 8 wheels, is over 6 feet wide and 16 feet long. It was created by Nico Jungel. The article said he lived in Germany, but didn't say what city. Wherever it is, I sure hope it's flat. Jungel says it rides real smooth because the wheels have independent suspension.

8rad is now equipped with an electric motor. You can see it in action in this video. As you can see in the video, it is often  used as a flatbed, with the sides and top removed.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Bicycling, Mountain Biking and BMX Christmas Ornaments

Our exclusive tandem cycling Christmas ornament
At Circle City Bicycles we have a sister site called Fun Christmas Ornaments. Things can get a little slow at the shop this time of year, so we supplement our cycling business with selling Christmas ornaments online. Naturally, we have ornaments for cycling and mountain biking, plus over 100 other activities people do for fun - Everything from archery to zip lines. You should be able to find something for everyone on your Christmas list for around $10.

Please note that we do not sell traditional or religious Christmas ornaments. If you are looking for a red ball that says "Merry Christmas," we don't have any. But if you're looking for Santa Claus on a Float Plane, you've come to the right place.