|Entrance to Shiloh National Military Park (photo courtesy of CivilWar.com)|
Thursday, November 30, 2017
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.