|Encountering friendly natives along the route|
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
|The fixed gear bicycle in drumming mode|
Monday, December 26, 2016
|Santa uses a bicycle when his reindeer are unavailable|
Friday, December 23, 2016
|Bicycle Racks Aren't Just for Cars (Photo courtesy of BisiKLETA)|
Thursday, December 22, 2016
|Australian cyclists passing a kangaroo warning sign|
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
|Lots of switchbacks on the Pines to Palms Highway|
To get a good look at the climbing required, check out the route profiles at California Bike Rides. The first day is the shortest, only 50 miles, but it looks like it's uphill the whole day. You start around sea level, and end up at about 4,000 feet. There are two category 3 climbs and one category 4. Day three is the longest (102 miles), but after mile 15 it's downhill for the next ten miles. The toughest climb of the tour is at the start of day four. It's a category 1 climb, with nearly 4,000 feet of climbing in the first 15 miles. After that, there are three more category 4 climbs before the day finishes with around twenty miles of downhill.
Below is a video that shows some of the 2010 edition of the ride. At one point during the third day, you can see a road sign that indicates they are going down an 8% grade.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
|PVC Tubing and Foam Provide Flotation|
In Part 2 they attempt to solve this problem with an electric drill mounted in the stern. Unfortunately, they have a very tiny propeller attached to the drill bit. It must have been the only propeller they could find. It doesn't generate much forward velocity, and eventually there is a catastrophic failure, which results in the bike sinking. They don't show the actual failure, just the aftermath with the bike in the water. Anyway, it's back to the drawing board for these two after this field trial.
Monday, December 5, 2016
There are not a lot of cycling events going on in Indianapolis during December, but there are a few. IndyCog has several rides on their calendar, including:
- Thirsty Thursday Urban Ride Downtown (Weekly)
- The Radder Day Ride (Monthly)
- Streamlines Bike Ride (Monthly)
- Critical Mass (Monthly)
- Bikeparty Indianapolis (December 9)
Friday, December 2, 2016
|Wheelies are tougher to do with a cargo bike|
Thursday, December 1, 2016
|Contestants in the Irish Cargo Bike Championship|
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Here's a video that shows the cyclotron out on the road:
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
|In Florida you will encounter an occasional alligator on bike trails|
Mudfish & Bobcat especially recommend the northern third of the trail from the depot in Dunedin to Tarpon Springs. There is also a short spur trail that connects to Honeymoon Island State Park. They also recommend getting just off the trail a bit to visit the Historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock. The sponge industry was started by Greeks, so it is no surprise there are plenty of good Greek restaurants in the area.
At the south end of the trail, Demens Landing Park offers a nice view of Tampa Bay. In St. Petersburg you might want to visit the Salvador Dali Museum. It has over two thousand works of the artist from throughout his career, including 96 oil paintings.
Monday, November 28, 2016
|Cycling Christmas Ornament|
At Fun-Christmas-Ornaments you can also find ornaments for over one hundred different fun activities - Everything from archery to zip lines. We also have over thirty different occupation ornaments, from Air Force to X-ray technician, and many collegiate ornaments as well. There you should be able to find something for everyone on your Christmas list for about $10.
If you're wondering why a bicycle shop is selling Christmas ornaments, it's simple. We don't sell a lot of bicycles or accessories during the winter (Although we would like to!), so selling ornaments helps us stay busy during November and December. Now if we could just figure out what to do about January and February.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
|Rebecca Rusch in front of a rice paddy|
Monday, November 21, 2016
|Cycling Routes on Indy's South Side|
There are two barriers to cycling east to west in southern Marion County. On the west side, there is White River. The only bridge across White River between I-465 and Waverly is at Southport Road. Traffic is bad at that location and the road is narrow. On the east side there is I-65, which has 7 overpasses:
- Thompson Road
- Edgewood Avenue
- Gray Road
- Southport Road
- Emerson Avenue
- Stop 11 Road
- County Line Road
The map below shows a route from West Newton to Acton. Let's lobby the city government to improve the bikeability of a couple sections:
- Southport Road from Mann Road to Tibbs (1.6 miles)
- Edgewood Avenue from Emerson Avenue to Franklin Road (3.4 miles)
Friday, November 18, 2016
|Want to take your best buddy along for a ride?|
Wondering where to get cool sunglasses like the one in your photo for your dog? Those are Doggles and you can find them on their website.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
|Happy baby out on a bike ride|
This week's video shows a mother in the Netherlands riding around with her baby. He's securely strapped in between the handlebars, and there is a fairing in front to keep the wind off him. He seems to enjoy riding. The cycling infrastructure in Holland is fantastic. At 2:07 into the video, you can see they have a strategically place mirror for cyclists. One thing that I don't understand is the lack of helmets. You see numerous riders in the video, and not a single one wears a helmet.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
|The Woolly Mammoth Bicycle|
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
|An Ominous Warning Sign|
Ernest's web page on this trip shows several interesting photos of Tikal's monuments and local wildlife, including a troop of coatimundis. The photo with the snake sign really caught my attention. I don't know if the sign is warning about any particular type of snake, or just snakes in general. They have an exceptionally deadly snake known as the fer-de-lance in the region. It can grow up to six feet in length. With its inch long fangs, it delivers a large dose of venom when it bites. Whatever the meaning of this sign, I think I would be turning around, no matter how fantastic the ruins of Tikal are.
Ernest Markwood's last reported position was in Laos on September 2.
Monday, November 7, 2016
|Looking for a spin class? - One starts at our store on Monday, November 14|
Beginning Monday, November 14, there will be a spin class that meets three times a week at Circle City Bicycles. Classes will be on:
- Monday, 6:00 PM - Lasting about one hour
- Wednesday, 6:00 PM - Lasting about one hour
- Saturday, 9:00 AM - Lasting about one hour and 15 minutes
Friday, November 4, 2016
|Scuba Cycling - The Newest Olympic Sport?|
Thursday, November 3, 2016
|This riding position is not recommended for long periods of time|
- Riding backwards
- Riding with the front wheel up in the air
- Riding with the rear wheel in the air
- Riding backwards with the front wheel in the air
- Riding while standing on the handlebars & seat
- Riding with body horizontal while holding the seat and handlebars
- Riding backwards with body horizontal while holding the seat and handlebars
- Riding inverted while holding the handlebars
- Riding while standing on the handlebars
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
|Novel placement of the crank|
- He needs to be higher in the air so he can see farther
- He wants to be higher so he is more visible to traffic
- He couldn't afford a saddle, so he just mounted the crank there.
- He's a really bad mechanic.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
|Riding on Columbus Indiana's People Trail|
There are a couple places in downtown Columbus that you don't want to miss. One is Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor, which has been there since 1900. Many of the beautiful furnishings in the store go back over 100 years. Their self-playing pipe organ was installed in 1908. Another site you'll want to see is Chaos I, a large kinetic sculpture inside Columbus Commons. It features a lot of interesting but pointless motion. Still photographs do not do it justice, so here's a video of it (It's even better in person):
Friday, October 28, 2016
|No, we don't sell cats|
Thursday, October 27, 2016
|Michael Wallis, inventor of the Bike Butterfly|
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
|A crochet bicycle in New York City|
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
|Tunnel Hill Trail in Illinois|
For more information about the trail, please visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Tunnel Hill State Trail web page. Here's a two and a half minute video that shows cycling on the trail:
Monday, October 24, 2016
|Don't Miss It!|
- Best beard
- Chappiest Chap (best gentleman's attire)
- Lassiest Lass (best ladies attire)
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
|The testing begins|
If you want to know the answer to this man's burning question, you'll have to watch the video. I'm not going to spoil it by telling you the result.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
|The Hula Bike from Bicycle Forest|
Monday, October 17, 2016
|Circle City Bicycles|
This month's meeting will be an organizational meeting. There will be time for socializing and the group will discuss their visions for the club as well as what events will the club will have in October and November. There will also be a few rounds of Bike Parts Bingo (whatever that is) with prizes. Free refreshments will be provided by Circle City Bicycles.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
|Gordan the dog wandering onto the road during a stage of the 2007 Tour de France|
Here's the video:
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
|The AeroVelo Eta surpassed 89 miles per hour last month|
There numerous engineering challenges in designing this bike. A recumbent bike is used to reduce frontal area. To keep weight and aerodynamic drag down, it needed to be as small as possible, but yet big enough to allow a human to pedal without hitting the shell with his feet or knees. The shell was made of carbon fiber to keep its weight down. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis was used to minimize aero drag. A window to allow the rider to see the road would increase drag, so there are two cameras to show the cyclist what's going on outside. Another issue was making sure the operator had adequate ventilation with a minimal increase in drag. You can see a small tube sticking up at the rear of the vehicle.
Here's a video that shows the bike in action:
Monday, October 10, 2016
|The Indiana Red Cross celebrates its centennial on Saturday, October 15|
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
|The Pterosail is a recumbent trike with a sail|
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
|Whoever designed this road must hate cyclists|
|Florida has lots of bike lanes|
Monday, October 3, 2016
|2015 Harvest Fest Ride|
- 10 miles
- 17 miles
- 28 miles
- Petting zoo
- Wine & hard cider testing
- Orchard tours
- Horse rides
Friday, September 30, 2016
|This bike light is definitely waterproof|
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
|A recumbent trike with an unusual outer shell|
Last week at Interbike I ran across an odd bike. It is a three-wheeled recumbent with an exterior shell that makes it look like a bomb. It's part of a fleet of bikes for Forgotten Not Gone. This group helps veterans, especially those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by getting them involved in cycling. They are trying to reduce the 22 veteran suicides that occur each day.
Friday, September 23, 2016
|There's a rider on a bicycle rickshaw in there\|
Thursday, September 22, 2016
|When the front wheel explodes, the captain heads up the track to slow down|
Here's the video:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
|New attachment for clearing your way through a crowd|
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Don't make any excuses. The best way to get yourself in the mood to ride your bike is to DO IT! The more you do it, the more you'll want to!
If you find it difficult to find enough time during the day, start easy with a 15 minute ride. Once you start, you will want to ride more and more! Try to increase that until you are riding 30-60 minutes 2-3 times per week.
2. Don't want to ride alone? Find a group!
Sometimes riding by yourself can be less fun, and make you feel like staying home. Find a couple friends to ride with or look for an existing cycling group to get encouraged!
3. Invest in some gear
Throw away that old helmet from 1999. Its time to get yourself a new helmet, some cycling appropriate apparel, and some lights for night riding. You will also want to get some cycling tools like a pump, tire lever and a waterbottle. You will feel more confident on the road and investing money into the hobby will make you want to ride more!
4. Safety first!
This one may seem obvious, but make sure you are following all the rules of the road and paying very close attention to pedestrians, other cyclists and motorists. You never know what can happen out there on the road, so stay vigilant!
5. Lock it or lose it
Doesn't matter where you are. The trail, the city, somewhere secluded or packed... Don't leave your bike unattended or unlocked. Thieves are everywhere, and you don't want to make your bike an easy target!
6. Get regular tune ups
Make sure your bike is in proper working order before each ride. There are checklists available online that give you timetables for how often you should check various aspects of the bike's mechanics. Bring your bike to us at Circle City Bicycles so we can make sure everything is working and in good shape!!
Stay tuned to our blog for more cycling tips!
|Visiting a church in Cyprus|
Phil and his companion took a leisurely pace, covering only 136 miles in six days. They toured the island in late February / early March. After completing the trip, they decided they would go a little later in the year if they visited again, since it was a little cool (You see them wearing jackets in their photos). Humans have inhabited Cyprus since 10,000 B.C., so there were a number of historical sites to visit.
Monday, September 19, 2016
|Happy riders on the 2015 Apple Cider Century|