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Saturday, December 29, 2012

DIY Tire Chains []

Making your own bicycle tire chains was not as hard as I thought it would be. I went to a local hardware store and picked up a few things I needed for this project. It turned out to be fairly inexpensive.
Things I picked up were:
15″ of braided chain $7.20
15″ of 1/16 uncoated cable (picture frame wire) $3.15
3 packs of 1/16 cable ferrule (used to bind wire together) $.78 a pack
A whopping grand total of $13.66 tax included.
Tools needed: needle nose pliers, wire stripper, wire cutter, and zip ties.
First let some air out of your tires.
Then split the chain links into 6 links a strand.tire chain
Lastly, inflate tires for normal use. [See the rest of the build at]

How Bicycles Can Save Small Town America -

How Bicycles Can Save Small Town America - from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

The Chainbreaker Bike Book: Second Edition

A Rough Guide To Bicycle Maintenance
Here’s a hand-illustrated and accesible introduction to the world of bike repair!
Through working at both Plan B Bike Project and French Quarter Bicycles in New Orleans, the co-authors have gathered a wealth of experience to share with would-be mechanics.
The first half of this book is a complete repair manual to get you started on choosing, fixing, and riding your bike.
The second half reprints all four issues of Chainbreaker zine, whose originals were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Montpelier Snowday Ride 12272012

Rode into town to get some windshield wiper fluid for the car. The bottle fit perfectly into the Revelate Viscacha rear bag.

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks Ride 12262012

Solo ride
15 miles
2100ft climbing
Gravel roads scraped of snow with sand for traction
20 degree temps - Wore wool underlayer, jersey and Showers Pass heavier jacket. I needed hand warmers after a really long downhill because my hands got cold.

Montpelier VT Christmas Ride 12252012

Rode around Montpelier VT with my brother and Josh from Burlington checking out the sights.

Early 1890's Tangent Geared Bicycle at The Old Spokes Home

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Economic Benefits of Bicycling [FastCompany]

Juliana Buhring becomes first woman to cycle round the world as she pedals into Naples after 152 days on the road [The Telegraph]

It has taken Juliana Buhring just 152 days to cycle round the world, becoming the first woman ever to do so. She tells Cole Moreton about the highs and lows of her 18,000 mile solo road trip.

Juliana Buhring becomes first woman to cycle round the world as she pedals into Naples after 152 days on the road
Juliana Buhring arrives in Naples at the end of her journey Photo: NICK CORNISH

When Juliana Buhring rode out of Naples in the summer, saying she was off to cycle around the world, hardly anyone believed her. But yesterday the 32-year-old English language teacher returned to a hero's welcome in the Piazza del Plebiscito, having pedalled more than 18,000 miles alone.
She had been on the road for 152 days, travelling through 18 countries on four continents and fighting off sickness in India, dogs in Turkey and even birds in Australia.
"It feels surreal to stop," she said afterwards, looking forward to a bath and a drink. "I haven't quite registered that I don't have to get up at five tomorrow morning and get back on the bike again. I am in surprisingly good shape, considering."
The last leg of the journey had been among the hardest: heavy snows were falling and the temperature was nine below zero as she cycled back through Italy. "But I was trailed by about 100 cyclists who rode with me along the coast into Naples, which made that fun," she said.
Miss Buhring, who has a British father, was attempting to set a new record as the first woman to circumnavigate the globe alone on a bicycle. She must now wait for the claim to be accepted by Guinness World Records, who act as adjudicators on such matters.

Monday, December 24, 2012

pedal - bike messengers documentary

MOTO Urban Pedal

ReCycle [Kickstarter]

The ReCycle Origin Story
It all started with inspiration sparked by a recycled-materials, reusable grocery bag with “ingredients” printed on it attached to a messenger bag. Aluminum. Rubber. Plastic. “Hey. Those are bike parts.” Flash! A few years later, and our prototypes are alive, well and rolling down a street near you. (If you live in Los Angeles.) Against so many odds, we’ve managed to create a head-turning bicycle made from 100%-recycled aluminum, making it the greenest transportation option available anywhere.

Now, it’s time to roll The ReCycle forward and start reducing carbon output and waste by reusing aluminum through a closed-loop, recycling mission to create new and awesome bikes from old and worn out materials.
Our Bikes
L to R: Moshi Moshi, Mudmaste, mBula.
L to R: Moshi Moshi, Mudmaste, mBula.

It’s the cruiser that speaks Fijian. The mBula is named after toasts during kava ceremonies on the beaches of Fiji. Coconuts falling from the trees. Stars that actually look like they go on for infinity. Camaraderie and convivial lounging. These are times that joyously scorch themselves into your psyche.
Just like a ride on the mBula. It looks good. It feels good. It rolls with an ease found usually with your back against a coconut tree and your traveling companions at your side. (Also, it’s pronounced mmm-boo-la.)

Moshi Moshi
In Japan, they answer the phone, “Moshi Moshi.” Heed the call and say, “Howdy!” to your own head-turner.
Golden temples. Misty mountains dotted with the graves of samurai warriors and ancient sages. Traditions followed with precision and meditative concentration. A land focused on the betterment of the group while perfecting the self.
The Moshi Moshi blends tradition with the new new. A fixed gear with a flip-flop hub and styling to blow the kimono off the other riders. Certainly one way to perfect the self and lead the group to betterment.
Japanese-language skills not required.
Namaste,” say all along Nepal’s Annapurna circuit–”I worship the god within you.” Towering peaks and limited oxygen swirl in a heady mix of beauty and wonder unmatched on this planet. When you’re this high you see far and dream big, and wonder at least a bit about your place.
Though, after 28 days without a shower, we decide it’s more like Mudmaste, “I worship the mud upon you.” Mud you can collect anywhere you dream to be with our all-terrain bicycle.
From road to trail, the Mudmaste can get you there while the others bow down to your ride.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


The Cycle South Expedition is sponsored by DeLorme and Ergodyne with major support from MSR, Goal Zero, Yaktrax, Wenger, Stanley and Clif Bar. I am using a bicycle to get to the South Pole. You can use a bicycle to change the world.Find out how you can help! 

For media inquires please contact 
Remember, it's cool to be cold!
The Team


Receptor BUG Communication

One of POC’s most popular helmet models, now exclusively offered withBeats by Dr. Dre headphones built into the neck roll. With the remote control, compatible with most smart phones, you can take calls and switch songs and adjust volume right from the cord. No more fumbling with gloves to find your cell phone or music player.
Available in January - 2013
  • Superior sound & safety
  • Ventilated double-shell system
  • EPS liner
  • Neck roll with Headphones with Remote & Mic from Beats by Dr. Dre®
  • Smartphone compatible cord control for most smart phones
  • Length of Cable (m): 1,3 m
Sizes: XS-XXL
Certified EN 1077-B, ASTM 2040
Weight: 550g
Helmet Case. Protect your helmet with the custom-designed helmet case. (Not included)

Available in January - 2013