Bike maintenance classes

I got an email this week from a local bike shop about some bike maintenance classes being held at the shop in the evenings. They call it Bicycle Chain University (BCU) though I think the use of the word “university” is a bit strong for single-session “classes” on stuff like how to lube your chain. …

Cycling earphones for iPod

Just what we need, more iPod accessories. Funny how many different brands of iPod speakers and docking stations are ending up in the discount stores like Big Lots and TJ Maxx these days, even Home Depot is selling this junk. But anyway, I digress… this post is about iPod cycling earphones from Slipstreamz. First off, …

Mountain bikers seeking sponsorship

Action Profiles is a (relatively) new website that helps action sports riders (surfers, skaters, mountain bikers, etc.) promote themselves and find sponsors. Right now there are just over 200 mountain bikers with profiles (like MySpace) which is pretty cool. Singletracks has a profile and we’re considering sponsoring riders with t-shirts, free premium memberships, etc. This …

Have you seen my mountain bike?

Mike Hendershot is looking for his bike. While riding in New Zealand his $10K custom Santa Cruz mountain bike was stolen and apparently there are only 10 bikes like it in the world. Mike is a world-class ultra-distance racer, you’d think he’d have at least one spare 😉 If you happen to find the bike …

Growing the sport

Tim Jackson had an interesting post on his blog last week about targeting certain consumer groups to grow the sport of mountain biking. Tim identified a couple groups (those who already own inexpensive bikes and those who currently participate in other adventure sports) that might be receptive to increased marketing from the bike industry, and …

Bike Church and other cycling non-profits

Paul‘s brother Dan is really into tinkering with mountain bikes (and road bikes too, pretty much anything with two wheels he can get his hands on) and he recently told me about a “Bike Church” operating in downtown Philly. Apparently the place is run out of St. Mary’s Church on UPenn’s campus and has free …

Jackass Number 2: Bike stunts

If you saw Jackass Number 2 you no doubt remember the rocket bike stunt first attempted by Johnny Knoxville (photo below) and subsequently perfected by BMX superstar Matt Hoffman. But to me, the funniest bike stunt actually involved old fashioned high wheel bicycles (aka penny farthing bikes). These old bikes have always fascinated me and …

Snow bike

Forget using zip ties to increase your traction; why not get one of these babies! I first read about this on the RockyRoadUk blog and I really got excited when I checked out the Ktrax site. It isn’t obvious from the photos but apparently the front ski and rear track are actually removeable so you …

The clipless pedal debate rages on

I’ve been skimming a number of cycling-related blogs lately and it seems like there is alot of recent talk about clipless pedals. Now I find myself weighing in on the subject, guess this is just how “news” travels in the blog age… I’ve been a big fan of clipless pedals for years now and I …

Klunkerz mountain bike movie

Have you heard about this mountain bike documentary? The film is being screened in Park City, UT this week and is set to play in Santa Barbara, CA and Durango, CO later this year. Klunkerz follows the history of mountain biking and has interviews with all the big guys: Breeze, Richey, Fisher, et al. The …

Using zip ties for tire traction in snow

BikePortland.org (then others) posted this MacGyver tip for improving cycling traction in snow and/or ice this winter. As you can see from the photo below the author placed zip ties around the rim and tire about spaced about every 3 spokes. At first blush this seems like a great idea but it is certainly limited …

Mountain bike as weapon

Apparently a homeless guy near Alexandria, VA was using his mountain bike as a weapon to attack cyclists near National airport. The short article says the guy “swung his bike by the handlebars and seat near National Airport on July 10, knocking at least one other rider off his bike.” Up to 15 other riders …