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Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Richmond VA

The 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virgina, February 26-28. We’re expecting a great showing from the handmade community for our first show on the East Coast! Exhibitor registration is off to a great start, with builders like Crumpton, Richard Sachs, Vanilla, and Independent Fabrications already commited. The ever-growing list is available here.

Press Release: Pedal-Powered Minivan: New 2010 Mundo Cargo Bike is a Stylish, Affordable and Climate-Friendly Solution for Hauling and Errands

Pedal-Powered Minivan: New 2010 Mundo Cargo Bike is a Stylish, Affordable and Climate-Friendly Solution for Hauling and Errands

(Sausalito, Calif., Jan. 4, 2010) --  The new 2010 Mundo cargo bike from Yuba Bicycles has been upgraded with more gears and a lighter but stronger frame design, making it the ultimate green machine for hauling, shopping and neighborhood adventures.  

Mundo means world, because it is a pedal-powered solution for the world. Escape the tyranny of automobiles!

Designed for environmentally conscious individuals who want to lower their auto expenses, shrink their carbon footprint and get healthy, the Mundo allows bicyclists to accomplish tasks that previously required a car or truck. Shop for groceries, pedal your children to school, carry a surfboard to the beach, haul tools to the job site or pedal a keg to the party. Like a minivan or pickup truck on two wheels, the Mundo makes errands fun—minus the pollution and high cost.

“We want to change people’s perceptions about what a bike can do,” says Yuba founder Benjamin Sarrazin, who hauls his kayak to Sausalito Harbor on his Mundo. “The Mundo allows people to carry things that don’t fit on a regular bike.”

The Mundo is ideal for small businesses that deliver products. A pedal-powered delivery service in Portland, Oregon, uses Mundos. A coffee roaster in Davis, California, delivers beans to customers on his Mundo. In France, a Parisian diaper service has ordered a fleet of Mundos. “We want to inspire entrepreneurship by providing a low-cost alternative to a car or delivery van,” Sarrazin says. “When you calculate the expense of a new automobile—gas, monthly payments, insurance, registration, repairs—cargo bikes really make economic sense.”

Launched in 2006, Yuba Bicycles has upgraded the Mundo every year. The new 2010 version 3.0 is the pimpiest ever. Mundo V3 comes with 21-speed grip shifters for easy pedaling. The high-tensile steel frame is nine pounds lighter and disc-brake compatible. A Utility Deck made of recycled milk jugs provides a sturdy, lightweight platform. Redesigned side loaders balance big loads. A 48-spoke rear wheel offers superior strength when fully loaded (the Mundo is rated to carry a whopping 440 pounds). 

Yuba’s oversized, waterproof Go-Getter panniers are big enough to hold a week’s worth of groceries, making the Mundo ideal for trips to the supermarket or farmer’s market. The Utility Deck accommodates two Peanut Shell safety seats, allowing parents to pedal their children to the park. Adult passengers sit directly on the Utility Deck, padded with a Soft Spot attachable cushion, and rest their feet on the side loaders. 
“Everyone is looking for solutions to climate change and we all want to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Sarrazin, whose company is based in Sausalito, California. “The Mundo is a great way to conserve energy and improve the health and livability of our communities.”

The Mundo V3 costs $1,099 and comes in multiple colors and matte black. It is available in 38 retail locations and bike shops across North America, with additional outlets in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Ask for it at your local bike shop or order one online at The 85-liter Go-Getter bags cost $109, and the Peanut Shell child seats $149.

To purchase contact Yuba Bicycles founder Benjamin Sarrazin at 415.331.1126. Journalists email Visit to check out images of the Mundo in action around the world.


Biking in the Snow - NBC4i

AIDS/LifeCycle Ride in California

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, June 6-12, 2010. It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Momentum Magazine Issue 43

Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

Other bikes transport you, but only the Mundo can comfortably haul your friends and kids, equipment, food, gear, deliveries, and much more. Its integrated steel cargo chassis is in a different league from the bolt-on aluminum racks commonly sold in bike shops. The Mundo's rack carries ten times the weight, multiple passengers, and has the space to load up awkward objects like ladders, plywood, other bicycles, etc.
Why would ordinary people enjoy riding a cargo bike rated at over 400 pounds?... >more about the Mundo Cargo Bike.

Biomega Copenhagen - shaft driven bicycle

Our shaft drive is a unique Biomega innovation. A special integrated transmission offers a host of advantages: no greasy trousers, hardly any maintenance and extreme durability. Tech-heads: this shaft has less transmission loss than the average chain - where chains rust and destroy your jeans, the shaft just gets smoother and smoother.
Simply stated, Beatrice Santiccioli is a colour genius.  She developed the colours for Apple's iMac & iPods with the Apple design team and has worked on projects for Illy, Swatch, and Nike. She consults for Apple and Herman Miller - and now brings her design expertise to Biomega bicycles.  The Copenhagen colors are Aspen Pearl White, Dragon Black, Aluminium Silver, Buttermilk and Bio Blue.
The MN-Stem
Machined from a solid piece of aluminium, the Mark Newson designed stem is a beautiful piece of industrial design that also incorporates another Biomega innovation. The design eliminates the steer tube cap found on many stem designs providing for a better seal that protects the headset against corrosion.

HATTARICK 2010 Ride Video

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Light and Motion Battery arrived - Woo Yeah!

My old battery started to freak out in the cold so I decided to get a new battery. It lasted two years, but I do a lot of night rides so I am sure I burned through the expected charge cycle life span. The new battery is smaller and lighter, plus it is LiIon. Can't wait to try it out on a Tuesday Night Ride.

HATTARICK 2010 Ride Report - From Rick

The ninth annual HATTARICK of 2010 has come and gone, and those of you who missed it are stuck with only your warm memories.   The “six pack” that braved the 13 dF temperatures, the zero degree wind chill, and the black-ice trail riddled with treacherous ice ruts (obscured by the recent 2-inch snowfall)… already have 20 miles of cycling in 2010, and bragging rights.  What’s to brag about?  Well, let’s start with the 2010 list of firsts:

Coldest HATTARICK on record (13o start; 21o finish)
First sub-40 degrees ride HATTARICK CEO didn’t have to borrow someone’s gloves
First HATTARICK to make Jana’s restaurant the official rest stop
First HATTARICK Ray George rode his unusual Klein mountain bike (no downtube)
First HATTARICK casualty: Zigg water bottle that literally split open from internal pressure
First HATTARICK documented in a video!
First HATTARICK ridden with studded snow tires
First HATTARICK sighting of a fox (4-legged)

I could go on, but I think the point is made.  And… as it turns out, that whole Lance Armstrong rumor?   Well, it WAS TRUE after all!!  Unbelievable.  Hopefully someone got a photo of it.

This year’s participants included:
Videographer and 2010 Coolest Bike Winner… Tim Cristy
2009 Coolest Bike Winner… Surly Dylan Menges
Ray “Saved by my i-Phone” George
Kamran “Hey, a fox!” Dargahi
Andre “The Furnace” Dargahi
Founder and CEO… Rick Holt

I could go on, but it wouldn’t be true.  And if that wasn’t enough, and it wasn’t… midway through the first half of the ride “The Furnace” took off his winter coat, tied it around his waist, and rode the rest of the ride in 13 – 21 degree temps with 3 layers: a t-shirt, a turtleneck, and a hooded sweatshirt.  Did I mention he’s like 13-14 years old?  His mother would’ve killed us. If she reads this, she’ll probably kill his dad.

These types of feats are made possible by the annual ‘blessing’ that starts each HATTARICK, provided again this year by the presence of Pete Hill and Marty Zill, who arrived with St. Paul, MN friends Betsy and Richard.  This foursome passed out hugs and encouragement, then went ahead to make arrangements so that Jana’s restaurant was ready and waiting for the ‘six-packs’ arrival.  The ‘ten’ feasted on organically grown menus, including fresh-caught Hocking River Codfish Rueben sandwiches.  Andre “The Furnace” Dargahi attempted a stack of pancakes that came with a stepstool, and his dad Kamran kept the diners entertained with stories that had to be true, cause… even Hollywood knows better than to make that stuff up.

And so many people passed the secret con-"test" by noticing that the December HATTARICK Announcement incorrectly referred to the town of Eclipse as "Enterprise", the contest organizer had to withdraw the prize ($157.32 gift card to Walgreens) and use it for... essentials.

All in all, HATTARICKS get better every year, and this one was no exception.  AND, we discovered the paved trail now goes north into the heart of Nelsonville, and starts right there where all those old, restored railcars sit, behind Rocky Boots.  So, next year, THAT’S where the ride will start, and Jana’s will be the perfect rest stop, again.

Hope to see you then.  For those that didn’t make it, you have a year to get tougher.
Some photos are attached, and some are out there in cyber-space, provided by the other participants.  And the video will be COMING SOON to a theater near you!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Reasonably priced folders - Downtube bikes

Downtube was established in March of 1996 by Yan Lyansky, Ph.D. Starting as a bicycle resource center we have turned into one of the largest folding bike designers & manufacturers. Our goal is to make the most comfortable bikes on the market. We start with suspension ususally front or rear, sometimes full suspension. We add features that allow a custom fit including a height adjustable and angle adjustable stem, adjustable preload shocks, bar ends, removable faceplate stem, replaceable chainring, and amazingly comfortable tires. In addition we price most models between $300-$400.

Path Less Pedaled

About the Project

What is this crazy idea that we have and why on earth did we get rid of all of our stuff?
The Path Less Pedaled is an exploration of what it means to live outside the lines. In March 2009, Laura Crawford and Russ Roca made the decision to drop out of the status quo and find others around the world who have done the same. Paring down their lives to just what will fit on two bicycles, Laura and Russ are embarking on an extended bike tour throughout the US and beyond – with the goal of connecting with and collecting the stories of people who followed a calling to live their lives in unique ways. Through photos, interviews, sketches, hand-bound books, and an extensive web presence, Laura (an art jewelry maker) and Russ (a photographer) will compile example after example of lives less ordinary – independent artisans and makers, small business proprietors, community activists and more.

Meet Russ & Laura
Russ Roca is a photographer, writer and product durability tester.  He likes bacon, zombies and the color orange - and has an amzing ability to rapidly learn everything there is to know about a new subject.  You can visit his photography website and his other bike touring blog at:
Laura Crawford is an art jewelry maker, writer and all around crafty type who originally hails from Oregon. She likes trees, chocolate and folk music - and is excited to meet lots of new people and places. You can visit her jewelry and metalwork website

Balaclava vs Baklava - info from Wiki, opinion by me

balaclava (pronounced /ˌbæləˈklɑːvə/), also known as a balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of headgear covering the whole head, exposing only the face or upper part of it, and sometimes only the eyes. The name "balaclava" comes from the town of Balaklava, near Sevastopol in CrimeaUkraine.[1]During the Crimean Warknitted balaclavas were sent over to the British troops to help protect them from the bitter cold weather. They are traditionally knitted from wool, and can be rolled up into a hat to cover just the crown of the head.

more from Wiki...

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, as well as Iran,the Caucasus and much of central and southwest Asia.

The winner? Baklava is great any time of the year. Balaclava's are really only good in cold weather riding. You can eat baklava while wearing a balaclava. I call it a draw. Both work well at what they are supposed to do.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Flashbak - Bicycle Safety Lights

-4 metal clips attach FlashBak to almost anything.

-Flashbak illuminates the RIDER, not just the bike.

-Lights are visible up to 500 yards.

-Provides both rear and side visibility of rider.

-Lighting harness is fully adjustable--fits all sizes.

-Uses AA batteries, easy off and on lighted switch.

- 250 Peak Lumens / 3.4 Peak Watts


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jim Langley - Website and Blog

One of the coolest things about bicycles is that they’re darn easy to fix; fun to fix, too. Everything’s right there, easy to see and figure out. With basic hand tools you might already have around the house, you can make many common repairs. Just by riding the bike, you can usually diagnose problems. And, with a little practice, even advanced bicycle repair such as wheelbuilding is well within your reach... 

In fact, it was the friendliness of bikes that got me into bicycle mechanics in 1972. At my first job, I was so taken with wrenching that I dreamt of bike tools at night, and got to work in the morning an hour early, eager to get back behind that repair stand and start assembling and tuning two-wheelers. I stuck with it for seventeen years and worked in six shops, from New Hampshire to California.

Then, one day, while working at the Bicycle Center in Santa Cruz, California, I got an offer to write for a new magazine out of San Francisco, called California Bicyclist, and I began writing a monthly column called “Technicalities.” This led to freelance work withVelo News and Bicycling Magazine. And in 1989, when Bicycling decided to open the company’s first satellite office, they asked me to manage it. That’s when I stopped wrenching full time and began writing.

I was Bicycling’s Technical Editor for ten years, during which time I wrote about all of cycling. Perhaps most useful and popular was my how-to series called “Repair Stand,” in which I explained mechanical procedures step-by-step. These proved popular enough that there were reports of people cutting them out of library copies of the magazine. And, much of the information, along with the photo-and-caption format was used in creating the best-seller Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair, which I co-authored. My new book is Your Home Bicycle Workshop, which isavailable here.
This section of my site contains my how-to articles in hopes that it’ll help you achieve all your wrenching needs and goals. Heck, maybe you’ll even go nuts with it and become a pro mechanic (a great occupation, by the way, because you can get a job anywhere and every bike repair is different; be sure to read my story about wrenching at the world championships)! Plus, who knows, you too might land a gig as an editor?!


Jim Langley's blog

Bamboo Bike Studio - build your own!

In one weekend, you’ll learn how to turn raw bamboo into your very own masterpiece.

Wondering what to expect from a Bamboo Bike Studio Full Bike Weekend Workshop? First off, our Red Hook studio is a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. We take the two-day Bike Building course seriously, but in the end we’re here because bicycling is fun. Bring your own iPod, bring your dreams of a perfect ride, bring expectations of tackling new skills; leave any anxieties about pretentious cycling culture behind— for the next two days, this is your workshop.
On Saturday you’ll work with our experienced bike builders to select an ideal mix of bamboo for comfort, strength, and speed, then choose a geometry that fits your body and riding style. Next, you’ll learn to use hand-tools and our antique drill press, turning seven pieces of bamboo into your bicycle’s frame. After lunch, you’ll choose the fabric of your choice to join and lash your frame together.
On Sunday we’ll put your component package— pedals, chain, wheels, and handlebars— on your frame. After learning a few basic maintenance techniques and a final safety check, you’ll ride off on the best bicycle you’ll ever own— the one you built!
Tuition for Full Bike Weekend Workshops is $932.
For those with their own components, we also offer Frame Weekend Workshops. Build your own bamboo frame from scratch, just as in the Full Bike Weekend Workshop, then add components on your own or at your local bike shop–a perfect option for experienced mechanics with their own tools and components.
Tuition for Frame Weekend Workshops is $632.
Click below to reserve your place in class, or contact for more information.
  • May 22-23
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Reservation Deposit-$400