|Ready to pillage?|
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
|Cruising the Little Miami Scenic Trail|
Monday, May 22, 2017
|Out on the B&O Trail|
- 10 miles
- 25 miles
- 45 miles
- 62 miles
Friday, May 19, 2017
|Bicycle storage hanger in Seoul, Korea (photo courtesy of Arch Daily)|
Thursday, May 18, 2017
|Two ladies out on bikes equipped with shuttle bike kits|
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
|Riding at a snail's pace? (photo courtesy of Momentum)|
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
|A Bicycle Mall in Djakarta|
The trip got off to a difficult start. Monsoons had hit Djakarta, which flooded much of the city. Traffic in the city was chaotic. They came across an interesting shopping mall - It had multiple bicycle shops and you could ride your bicycle into it. Eventually they got away from the city and traffic declined.
Upon reaching the eastern end of Java, they did some island hopping, eventually landing on Flores. From there they took two excursions to see Komodo dragons. The first was to the island of Rinca. It was mandatory that tourists go with a guide for safety. The usual hikes had been cancelled because there had been a couple dragon attacks in the past month, so they had to settle for a short hike, during which they were constantly looking around for dragons. The following day they visited Komodo Island, where there had not been any recent attacks. Still, they kept a sharp eye out for dragons. They saw a number of adult dragons and some juveniles, which live primarily trees to avoid being eaten by other larger dragons.
Monday, May 15, 2017
|Our staff: Sylva (left), Zahra (right) and Mark (center)|
Circle City Bicycles will remain closed on Sundays for the foreseeable future, and our weekday hours are now 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. Today we would like to take the time to explain why. You may have noticed significant changes in personnel during the last year. Our current manager Sylva started with us almost a year ago. We have heard nothing but compliments about her from customers, vendors, and others in the cycling community. In turn, she has brought in our head mechanic Mark and Zahra, who handles marketing and inventory as well as assisting customers. These two have also been outstanding employees.
We do not wish to work this trio to death, and have decided that we did not want to staff the store with part-time employees on Sunday. No matter how talented they are or how hard they try, we just don't believe part-timers can give our customers the high quality service they expect and rightfully deserve. We know this may cause difficulty for some customers, and we apologize for this. However, we feel this is the best solution overall. Zahra will be at the store Monday through Friday. Sylva and Mark will be at the store every day except Wednesday. Roy will be at the store on Wednesdays.
We would also like everyone to know that Sylva, Mark and Zahra are not just employees. All three have an ownership stake in Circle City Bicycles. They have a vested interest in providing you with top-notch customer service to keep you coming back.
Friday, May 12, 2017
|Giraffe on course during a stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek (photo by Zoon Cronje)|
"I've captured quite a few close encounters in my line of work, this was by far the most dangerous because of the speed of the riders going downhill unable to see the rapidly approaching giraffe."
Thursday, May 11, 2017
|Fawn examining cyclist|
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
|Bicycle with car tires (photo courtesy of Technabob)|
Here's a video of it in action. You will notice the rider isn't going very fast. That's not too surprising when you consider that the average car tire weighs 25 pounds.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
|Cycling through the town of Dolgellau in Wales|
- Pembrokeshire Coast
- Brecon Beacons
Monday, May 8, 2017
|1959 Schwinn Panther II (photo courtesy of Schwinn Cruisers)|
Once you have the serial number, there are some sites where you can find out when your bike was made. Here are a couple:
Friday, May 5, 2017
|Ben-Hur on Bicycles! (photo courtesy of The Awesomer)|
Thursday, May 4, 2017
|What should a cyclist do when skunks come running at you?|
Now here's an interesting video. A cyclist is stopped out on a road, and a family (Mother and four babies) comes running up to him. Fortunately, they appeared to be friendly. They didn't spray, they just checked out his bike and his shoe. Perhaps they're thinking of getting into cycling - It's a great family activity. After checking things over, thwy continue merrily down the road.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
|Sille Kongstad of Copenhagen with her bicycle hearse|
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
|Cycling across the world's largest salt flat (photo courtesy of Long Haul Trekkers)|
Naturally, there were a number of challenges in riding across this terrain. You can see the goggles on Sora to protect her eyes from the blowing salt and sand. In some places, it was necessary for Dave and Jen to push their bikes through loose sand. The few villages in the area had very limited food options, and water was always an issue. The wind was strong (There's nothing to block it) and because of the high altitude it dropped below freezing at night.
When they were traveling through the salt flat, Dave and Jen were planning to ride from South America up to their home in Portland, Oregon. After making it through the Andes, they decided to take a flight out of Colombia to get back home. For additional information about their trip and more magnificent photos, please visit their website.
Monday, May 1, 2017
|Senior Citizens with new tricycles in Austin, Texas|
If you are involved with a senior citizens center or assisted living facility, and would like to get adult trikes, please contact Sylva at 317-786-9244. We can get some for you at a discount.
Friday, April 28, 2017
|Google Street View Trike at Stonehenge|
In a previous post, I featured the Google Street Trike, which uses for creating its street view images in locations where cars cannot go. Here it is being used at Stonehenge in Great Britain. How did the guy in the photo get such a great job? Can you imagine being paid to bicycle around the great wonders of the world? If you go to the Google Street View page, you can see a number these amazing sites, such as:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
|Fat bike straddling an electric fence|
Warning - There is some foul language in this video
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
|The Growler City Bike by Joey Ruiter|
For more information about the Growler City Bike and additional photos, please visit BlessThisStuff.com
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
|Participants at a previous edition of Bike 101 Lakes|
Monday, April 24, 2017
|Jamis Dragonslayer Pro|
- Jamis Eden 26+, 16" frame size (list price $999.99)
- Jamis Halo XC 650B, 14" frame size (list price $1299.99)
- Jamis Dragonslayer Sport 26+, 17" frame size (list price 1399.99)
- Jamis Dragonslayer Pro, 26+, 19" frame size (list price $2499.99)
Friday, April 21, 2017
|The 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps at Minerva Terrace (photo courtesy of GearJunkie)|
The A.G. Spalding company provided bicycles to the corps at no charge. The men were taught to ride in formation with these bikes while carrying the supplies they would need (tent, bedroll, cooking utensils, etc.) in the field. They also had to carry a rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition. Initially each cyclist carried his rifle on his back. Later it was attached to the bicycle.
After a number of shorter rides, they went on a major trek in August of 1896. They traveled from Fort Missoula to Yellowstone National Park. The round trip totaled 800 miles. The photo above shows the cyclists at Minerva Terrace, part of the Mammoth Hot Springs area in the national park. By June of 1897, they started on an even longer journey: Fort Missoula to St. Louis. This trek would total 1900 miles. By this time the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps had increased to 20 enlisted men (all African-American), and had added another officer. Also accompanying the group was a 19 year old newspaper reporter named Eddie Boos. Unlike the military cyclists, he rode a Sterling bicycle. His reports went to Missoula, St. Louis and other newspapers around the country. After 41 challenging days, the cyclists entered St. Louis. According to a report filed by Lt. Moss:
"The bicycle, as a machine for military purposes, was most thoroughly tested under all possible conditions, except that of being under actual fire."The feat is quite impressive when one takes into account the fact that roads in the era before the automobile were so bad the soldiers often had to dismount and push their bikes through mud.
Moss wanted to ride from St. Louis to Minneapolis to see how fast the corps could travel over better roads. Permission was denied and they returned to Ft. Missoula. In February of 1898 he requested permission to cycle from Ft. Missoula to San Francisco. A week later the battleship U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, and the U.S. Army became focused on the impending Spanish-American War. The trip to San Francisco was not approved and the unit was eventually disbanded.
James Moss deeply respected the black soldiers that served under his command. He later fought in both Cuba and the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, and in France during World War I. He was a colonel by the time of his retirement from the Army shortly after World War I. In 1941 he died in a New York City traffic accident not far from where John Lennon was later killed.
For more information on those tenacious souls who made the arduous journey from Ft. Missoula to St. Louis, please visit Riders of the Bicycle Corps.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
|Kenny Belaey riding cable over 350 foot drop|
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
|Yerka Unstealable Bicycle|
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
|Cycling through the Chile - Argentina border region (photo courtesy of Stephen Fabes via BBC)|
- A floating medical clinic in Cambodia
- A tuberculosis clinic on the Thailand - Myanmar border
- A mobile clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal treating orphans addicted to glue-sniffing
Stephen Fabes said the biggest thing he realized from his travels is the world is friendlier than he thought.
"I have had a very favorable impression of the planet and that bolsters my faith in humanity. When you are traveling by bicycle, the universe is on your side. You get lots of offers of hospitality."While I was reading this quote, I noticed a couple of news items on the side of the BBC web page. One said the North Koreans were threatening more missile tests. The other said five states were searching for the "Facebook Killer."
Monday, April 17, 2017
|Offutt Covered Bridge in Rush County|
It's no secret that things are tough for small towns these days. As more people choose to live in the larger cities, that leaves fewer people for places like Carthage. They have suffered some setbacks in the past few years. The CKS (Carthage - Knightstown - Shirley) railroad, a popular tourist attraction, shut down in 2013. The local elementary school closed in 2014. The local folks didn't throw in the towel though - In 2015 they founded Future of Carthage, a non-profit organization. Since I grew up in Acton Indiana, I'm a supporter of small towns. I decided to help them out a bit with some publicity for their bike ride.
On Saturday, May 6 Future of Carthage will hold a fundraiser for the town's Henry Henley Library. The event is called Bridges, Bikes and Books Spring Blast. As part of the festivities, they will have their Covered Bridge Bike Tour starting at 8:00 AM. Riders have a choice of 13 or 33 mile routes. For more information about the ride, please visit the Future of Carthage Facebook page.
Friday, April 14, 2017
|Easter Bunny rocks! (photo courtesy of Bicycles and Icicles)|
Thursday, April 13, 2017
|How did they all get on that bicycle?|
To find out how they all get on, watch the video below. Amazingly, all these acrobats get on the bicycle, ride a lap around the stage, and get off again in less than a minute!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
|The Rattlesnake Bicycle|
- Praying Mantis
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
|Chicago Lakefront Bicycle Trail (photo courtesy of Chicago Detours)|
Visit Bike and Roll Chicago to download a Chicago Cycling Map. Time-lapse ride on the bike path along Chicago's Lakefront:
Monday, April 10, 2017
|Mayor Hogsett and others on Bike to Work Day 2016 (photo courtesy of WTHR)|
- April 21
- May 19
- June 16
- July 21
- August 18
- September 22
- October 20
Friday, April 7, 2017
|Ran Singh Munda riding a bicycle with Rani, his pet sloth bear|
While out gathering firewood, Mr. Munda found an orphaned sloth bear cub, and brought it home to keep it as a pet. The bear, named Rani (Queen in the local language), did well under the care of Munda and his daughter. Local television did a "feel good" story about how the bear had been rescued and was now part of the family. Unfortunately, local wildlife officials heard about this, then came and arrested Munda, since keeping a sloth bear was illegal. A villager with little education, he had no idea he was breaking any law - He was just saving a bear that would have died without his care. After public outcry, which included many wildlife conservationists, he was released. Rani was taken to a local zoo, and later to a wildlife rescue center run by Wildlife SOS.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
|A few of the moves inn the video|
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
|The Google Street View Trike|
Here's a video of the Street View Trike being used in Malaysia:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
|The 2017 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride will be held on June 17|
- 22 miles, all on the trail
- 37 miles all on the trail
- 53 miles, trail and road
- 103 miles, trail and road
Built in the nineteenth century, the railroad line from from Goshen to Middlebury became known as Pumpkin Vine because of its many turns. In 1980 the line was abandoned and by 1982 the rails had been removed for scrap. In 1993 Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail was formed, and it has been building and extending the trail ever since.
Monday, April 3, 2017
|Sylva presenting to Perry Township 4-H Members|
Saturday, April 1, 2017
|Peter Sagan quits bicycle racing - Will race camels instead|
Sagan stated that after winning six straight green jerseys in the Tour de France and twice winning the World Road Race, he had nothing left to prove. "I am looking for new challenges," he stated. Although unconfirmed by Sagan, rumors say he will enter the Camel Cup in Alice Springs, Australia. It is believed that he will be backed by a wealthy Australian sheep baron.
Friday, March 31, 2017
|Snake identification bicycle rack|
Red next to yellow kills a fellow,
Red next to black is a friend to Jack
Thursday, March 30, 2017
|Motorists allow plenty of room when passing this cyclist|
Many cultures have practiced mounted archery throughout history. During Roman times, the Parthians were well know for their archery skill while on horseback. In Japan, it became part of samurai training. Although the bow and arrow have been mostly replaced by firearms for hunting and warfare, their are numerous folks who still practice this ancient craft. Not surprisingly, some have replaced the horse with a mountain bike, since horses are much more expensive to own (Check out this article: The Average Monthly Cost of Owning a Horse).
This video is one minute and ten seconds long and shows several different techniques:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
|The frame is made from a tree branch (Photo courtesy of Bike Rumor)|
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
|Bicycle and other whirligigs in Wilson, North Carolina|
The 2017 Mountains to Coast ride takes place September 30 Through October 7. While that is a ways off, you can save $100 if you register by May 4. You can register online at Cycle North Carolina. Here's an 8 and a half minute video that talks about the towns on the 2017 route:
Monday, March 27, 2017
|Riders for the First Mountain Bike Ride|
It is free to join the group over on Meetup.com and the Wednesday night beginner ride is free and open to anyone. If you decide to come, bring your neighbors, friends and co-workers. We would like to see this ride grow and bring more people into mountain biking.
Friday, March 24, 2017
|Scott triathlon bike with Alden Carbon outer chainring covers|
|Alden Carbon's between the arms water bottle / computer mount minimizes aerodynamic drag|
Thursday, March 23, 2017
|Who needs snow for dogsledding? (Photo courtesy of Mushing magazine)|
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
|Accelerating to takeoff speed|
Here's a short video from the 2015 derby:
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
|Paratrooper Pro in front of Sadaba Castle in Spain|
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.