|Santa Claus making deliveries with a cargo bike (photo courtesy of Bikes Welcome)|
Monday, December 25, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
|Dress for Christmas dinner plus the ride there and back|
|Perfect for riding to a wedding|
Thursday, December 21, 2017
|Mountain biking down a bobsled run|
A couple things you should know about bobsledding - It looks like it's just sledding you did as a kid but on a bigger, faster sled. Bobsleds can hit top speeds of 90 miles per hour, well above highway speeds in your car. They also go through turns that can produce accelerations up to 5 g. This is the point that fighter pilots begin to black out. Pilots use special suits and techniques to counter this. In the video, you can't tell how fast they are going, but they don't go up high in the turns like the bobsleds do. Still, when the guys high five at the end, you can tell it was quite an experience for them.
Friday, December 15, 2017
|What law was he breaking?|
Friday, December 8, 2017
|Impressive - But how do you ride it?|
Thursday, December 7, 2017
|The second bike is a Schwinn Sting-Ray Orange Krate|
- 1968 Apple Krate
- 1969 Orange Krate
- 1969 Lemon Peeler
- 1971 Grey Ghost
- 1971 Apple Krate
- 1971 Pea Picker
- 1972 Apple Krate
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
|The Rungu features two closely spaced front wheels|
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:
Friday, December 1, 2017
|Fortunately the T-Rex was slow and the cyclists escaped|
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
|Entrance to Shiloh National Military Park (photo courtesy of CivilWar.com)|
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
|8rad - The World's Largest Cargo Bicycle|
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
|Our exclusive tandem cycling Christmas ornament|
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.
Friday, November 24, 2017
|"Don't Kill Me Texting" - A message that needs wider circulation|
These jerseys carry an important message for motorists - Texting and driving can be a deadly combination. If you want one of these, head over to the Don't Kill Me Texting website where they have them for sale. While I love the message, I have one complaint about these jerseys - Why are they mostly black? Wouldn't bright colors make the cyclists more visible and therefore safer?
Thursday, November 23, 2017
|Can he make it? or will he leave tread marks on their butts?|
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
|Artist Markkus Moestue riding his dinosaur bike across Norway|
Here's a two minute video from his trip. Watch for the reaction of a horse when he rides by. The dinosaur bike apparently doesn't climb very well. There is footage of him pushing it up a hill. There was apparently some problem with the frame - The video shows a guy named Andre welding it back together.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
|Cycling past cannons at the Shiloh Battlefield (photo courtesy of Memphis Cyclist)|
You can ride the 13 mile route in the park, where the posted speed limit is only 25 miles per hour and auto traffic is fairly light. You will get a sense of the ebb and flow of the battle. Confederate general Sidney Johnston, considered the South's finest officer at the time, launched a surprise attack that caught the Union troops completely off-guard. It looked like the battle could be a spectacular victory for the Rebels, but Johnston was shot (probably by friendly fire). His death caused the attack to lose some steam, and Union lines began to stiffen. Although Southern troops continued to push forward that day, they could not break Grant's last line of defense, which had some pretty formidable artillery that you can see in the park. Despite the difficulties, Grant remained his usual unflappable self. When Sherman said it had been a tough day, Grant agreed but added "Get 'em tomorrow, though." After General Buell arrived with fresh troops that night, they pushed the Confederates back the next day.
If you ride your bike through the park, it's very easy to stop and read the information on markers, or admire the monuments that have been placed there by states where the troops came from and other organizations. You will also pass by features like the "Hornet's Nest" (so many bullets were whistling by they sounded like a bunch of hornets) and "Bloody Pond" (wounded men drank from the pond and it eventually became red from their blood). There's also the "Peach Orchard'" where so many peach blossoms were clipped by bullets that it looked like falling snow to some soldiers.
Friday, November 17, 2017
|How do you transport a wheelbarrow with a bicycle?|
Thursday, November 16, 2017
|We're all in, let's go|
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
|It looks rideable, but can you carry anything in the wheelbarrow?|
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
|The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans|
This is a leisurely, four hour tour on cruiser bikes. Total cost (not counting lunch) is $65, with $5 being donated to a variety of local charities. One of the stops is a local museum called House of Dance and Feathers, which celebrates New Orleans street culture. At the lunch stop you'll get a chance to try a local po boy sandwich at Cajun Joe's, unless you ride on Sunday, when they are closed.
Ninth Ward Bike Tours has a sister company called the New Orleans Confederacy of Cruisers. They offer several other tours of New Orleans, including:
- Creole Tour
- Cocktails in New Orleans Tour
- Culinary Tour
Monday, November 13, 2017
|Competitors on a previous Gravel Grovel|
Here's a video by Ed Green, who rode his first Gravel Grovel in 2016:
Friday, November 10, 2017
|Is this an invasion force? (photo courtesy of DailyMail.com)|
The photo above and the video below are from the 2012 race. Winning times through the years are listed at the Glacier Bike Downhill website. The winning time in 2017 was just five and a half minutes, which is about two minutes quicker than any other year. I don't know if they changed the route or if the conditions were easier than usual. Here's a video from a helmet mounted camera on the rider which finished tenth in the 2012 competition:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
|A little extra streamlining with a shell that covers the head & neck while resting on the shoulders|
You'll notice when Eric gets on the bike, he doesn't seem to have a lot of flexibility. That suit must be stuffed with insulation. Can you imagine the wind chill at 138 mile per hour?
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
|The front wheel rolls while the back walks (photo courtesy of Digital Trends)|
Inspired by Jansen's work, The folks at CARV (California Art & Engineering Collective) began work on a strandbeest bicycle. After 700 man-hours of work over seven months, they took their new bike and participated in the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. If you're wondering how it rides, here's what one of the bike's creators, Jon Paul Berti says:
- A flat surface is required
- Speed is about the pace of a brisk walk
- It doesn't turn well
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
|When you see Oldenburg, it's hard to believe you're in Indiana (photo courtesy of Chris Flook)|
If you're looking to do a bike ride which starts in Oldenburg, you might want to visit Metamora, which is about ten miles away. It's home to the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site. There is a grist mill that you can visit, and you can take a ride on a canal boat. There are also plenty of small shops to visit - It's kind of like a small Nashville, Indiana.
There are a number of bed breakfasts in and around Metamora and Oldenburg:
- The Farmhouse (Metamora)
- Hickory Road Inn (between Oldenburg & Metamora)
- The Metamora Inn
- Robin's Nest (Metamora)
- Grapevine Inn (Metamora)
- Cat and the Fiddle (Metamora)
- Banes Suite (Metamora)
Here's a short (one and a half minutes) video that highlights the attractions in Oldenburg:
Monday, November 6, 2017
|The CIBA Foundation was founded by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association|
The CIBA foundation was started in 1996 and has donated over 400,000 dollars to a variety of cycling related organizations, mostly in Central Indiana. These include:
- Indy Criterium Cycling Festival
- Pedal & Park
- Bicycle Indiana
- B & O Trail Association
- Indy Cycloplex
- Indy Bike Hub
Friday, November 3, 2017
|Out for a ride|
- The cyclist is not wearing a helmet
- He only has one hand on the handlebars
- The small wheels on the skateboard could easily get caught by obstacles and send the dog flying
Thursday, November 2, 2017
|The Kangaroos are watching Ben as he rides by|
Here's a video that shows a huge gathering of kangaroos that cyclist Ben Vezina rode through. This area is Hawkstowe Park, which is just north of Melbourne in Australia. Now you may be thinking, they're just kangaroos, they're not carnivorous. Just keep in mind that the largest kangaroos are over six feet tall and weigh 200 pounds.
Australia gets a lot of press about all the deadly creatures that it has. These include all kinds of deadly snakes, venomous spiders and saltwater crocodiles. In the surrounding ocean there are sharks, plus the venomous box jellyfish and blue-ringed octopus. In an Australian study of deaths caused by animals, most were caused by domesticated animals (horses, cows and dogs). The wild animal that caused the most deaths? It was the kangaroo.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
|The Mobile Farmstand in display mode|
This bike was created by a group in Boston called BRACE. They developed it for the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition Mattapan is a neighborhood in Boston, and it apparently has a lot of immigrants from Haiti. One of the services the group offers is Haitian Creole language translation.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
|Ken Kifer, ready to go touring|
As many of you know, Ken was killed by a drunk driver in 2003. The driver had been released from jail just four hours earlier for drunk driving. He apparently went to a bar, got drunk again and hit Ken. Kifer was only 57 at the time of his death, and he no doubt had a lot more bike touring left in him. His bike pages have been preserved out on the Internet, and you can still visit them today. It's just a shame that Ken's not adding to them. On the bright side, he made good use of the time he did have on Earth.
Friday, October 27, 2017
|Off to the deer stand (photo courtesy of The Bicycle Blog of Wisconsin)|
Here are four popular activities in the state of Wisconsin:
- Rooting for the Green Bay Packers
- Eating cheese
- Deer hunting
Thursday, October 26, 2017
|Reading a book while washing clothes off grid|
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
|My what big wheels you have!|
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
|Team Road Show providing entertainment at RAGBRAI|
- Circus folk artists
- Engineers and scientists
Monday, October 23, 2017
|Open to anyone - You don't have to be a zombie to ride|
Here's a video of riders leaving at the start of the 2011 Zombie Ride:
Friday, October 20, 2017
|The Red Baron is about to go out on patrol|
Here's a 20 second video of a flight up the driveway.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
|Ready for a Halloween ride|
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
|The Deliveroo Upcycle bike has 34 kitchen gadgets|
- Rolling pin handlebars
- Potato masher pedals
- Panini press seat
- Whisk spokes
- Can opener brake levers
- Countertop frame
- Turkey baster horn
- Microwave as the rear storage unit
- Meat thermometer speedometer
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
|Have Native Americans traded in their horses for bicycles?|
You can find more information about the trail at GoBiking.ca - Cycling in Ottawa-Gattineau. One thing they don't mention is the tee-pees you can camp in along the trail. According to information on Oopsmark, they camped in tee-pees all three nights they spend on the trail. Here's a four minute video of a three day ride on the trail:
Monday, October 16, 2017
|1896 Campaign button for the McKinley and Hobart Club|
McKinley stuck to his "front porch campaign," where he remained at home and made speeches to supporters who came to visit. He reminded an aide, "Don't you remember that I announced that I would not under any circumstances go on a speech making tour?" Over 750,000 people would come to his home in Canton, Ohio before election day. Republicans came up with the idea of flooding the country with their campaign literature, much it transported and distributed by cyclists. They also formed the McKinley and Hobart Bicycle Club (Hobart was the Republican vice-presidential candidate). The club was formed on August 5, 1896 in Chicago, and chapters were soon springing up all across the country. Members of this club took part in many parades, and also escorted Republican candidates and speakers. On October 9, three hundred cyclists rode through Indianapolis before getting on a train to Canton, Ohio for a speech by McKinley at his home. Along the way, the train stopped at other cities to pick up additional cyclists heading to Canton. On October 30 one hundred Indianapolis cyclists rode to former President Benjamin Harrison's home and escorted him to Union Station, where he embarked on a speaking tour supporting McKinley. The McKinley and Hobart Bicycle Club was prominent in smaller towns also. By the end of October, the Terre Haute chapter had 850 members. Thirty-five members of the Rockville chapter attended a rally in the town of Montezuma.
So did the McKinley and Hobart Bicycle Club make the difference in the election? It's hard to say. The 45 states were split pretty evenly. McKinley took all of the Northeast and most of the Midwest for 23 states. Bryan took all of the South and most of the sparsely populated West, totaling 22 states. Since McKinley carried the more populated northern states, he won the electoral count handily, 271 to 176. For more information, check out The Bicycle Boom and the Bicycle Bloc: Cycling and Politics in the 1890s.
Friday, October 13, 2017
|Gordon Thorpe's family transporting his body to the funeral|
You can find more photos and information at DailyMail.com. Here's the video of Gordon's final ride - May he rest in peace.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
|Beware of obstacles in bike lanes!|
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
|Go for a ride and wash your clothes (photo courtesy of Design Buzz)|
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
|River crossing by ferry in Tennessee (photo courtesy of Peter C. Koczera)|
If you would like to be part of an organized tour, the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT) is held each fall in mid-September. It's a five day ride with camping each night at one of Tennessee's state parks. The route varies, and visits a different part of the state each year. If you would like to tour on your own, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lists five bicycle routes in different sections of the state. Turn by turn directions are available for each route. These routes are all from previous BRAT rides.
There are many interesting sights to visit in Tennessee, such as:
- Shiloh National Military Park, scene of a key Civil War battle
- Reelfoor Lake, which was formed by the powerful 1811 New Madrid earthquake
- Graceland, home of Elvis Presley
- Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, home of the W.W.I. Medal of Honor recipient
- Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943to 1974
Monday, October 9, 2017
|Advertisement for opening races (photo courtesy of Indiana Historical Society)|
- Baseball's first World Series would be held five years later in 1903
- The Indianapolis 500 would not be held until 1911
- The National Football League wasn't formed until 1920
- James Naismith invented basketball just 7 years earlier. The National Basketball Association wouldn't come along until after World War II
They say timing is everything, and Newby's timing was terrible. After years of rapid growth, LAW membership peaked in 1898. Automobiles were starting to appear, and they drew attention away from cycling. The facility was used for other purposes as well as bicycle races, but it was never able to generate enough revenue to pay its operating expenses. Demolition on the Newby Oval began just four years after it opened.
So did Arthur Newby declare bankruptcy and die penniless? Oh no - He and three other investors later built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 1915 the state of Indiana was outbid by a lumber company for the property that would become Turkey Run State Park. Newby and the other investors donated money to the state so they could buy it from the lumber company. Newby was a prominent Indianapolis philanthropist and later gave $100,000 to the Riley Children's Hospital. He also donated $50,000 each to Butler University and Earlham College.
Nearly everything is more expensive now than in 1898, but a look at the handbill above shows there are exceptions. Note the part that says "Wheels checked on grounds .... 5 cents." Today, with Pedal & Park, you get that free at many major events in Indianapolis.
Friday, October 6, 2017
|Cycling Past a Rainbow on Glacier's Weeping Wall|
This photo comes from the Traipsing About: Stories and Insights from the Road website. Its about a couple named Dakota and Chelsea, who spent about three years cycling around the world. The last post on their website is from 2016, when the said they were going to spend some time in one place. That one place is Bend, Oregon.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
|Coronado, California has won national awards for bike friendliness|
- We are covering Coronado with "paint stripe pollution"
- The "graffiti" on streets reduces property values.
- Markings can induce "a dizzying type of vertigo."
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
|Brian Campbell with his motorhome bike (photo courtesy of BikePortland.org)|
Here's a video of Brian talking about his bike with some interested visitors. He says he has ridden it all over the country. He also says that he has gone over 70 miles per hour in it, which I find a little hard to believe.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
|The sign says 'Share the Road" in Spanish|
One of the most interesting places was an isolated town of about 500 inhabitants called San Cipriano. It used to have train service, but the trains have stopped running. To get there, you now have to take a three hour bus ride, then cross a river on a footbridge. Once on the other side, it is time to wait for what the locals call a "little witch." It's a small wooden platform with wheels that fit on the tracks. In one of the back corners is a motorcycle with the front wheel on the platform and the rear wheel on one of the tracks. These contraptions take travelers the final 7 miles to San Cipriano.
|Rail service to San Cipriano|