Wednesday, August 29

I <3 integrated racks

I love bikes with integrated racks where the rack is part of the frame. Here is a really cool example that Peter White sells. I'm suprized the fenders aren't cleaner and more integrated on that bike though. Of course I love the internal gear hub.

Dear readers, if you know of more frames with built in racks, please post links! I am extra-super interested in bikes with integrated front racks, especially ones where the rack is part of the frame so that it doesn't rotate with the fork. Someday I want to build one.

Thursday, August 23


Why didn't I think of that?...

Maybe because I have absolutely no idea what is going on is that photo!

I guess this is some sort of wacky motor for you bike. But I'm not totally sure because the photos on the website are too much for my Miller Lite and Wu Tang Clan addled brain. The "Rural Roads With Roger" video is awesome though.

You give it a try and leave a comment if you figure it out: Neodymics Cyclemotor.

Wednesday, August 22


The term bakfiet means "big bike" or "load carrying bike" in Dutch. These appears to be a surge of very cool Dutch load bikes showing up on the intarwebs and apparently also in America.

Check out Bakfiets en meer for examples of sweet Dutch utility bikes. I don't know what en meer means :)


Report from Field Agent Kev-1:

When the NYC crew headed to Marin for a week this June, I had to at least try and get in a ride in the MTB fatherland. We were staying in Olema (pop. 55) and I called up the only shop in town, Cycle Therapy (keeping with the time honored pun-based bike shop naming tradition). The owner, Dave, informed my that yes he was closed and that yes, we could rent bikes... meet him at his shop in 10 minutes. The shop consisted of a battered weed covered tow trailer in an empty lot next to a bakery. Upon arrival he hung a phone on the exterior wall of the bakery, plugged it in, and declared himself open for business. In short order we were equipped with 1991 vintage hardtails (Iron Horse, I think) coupled with first generation Manitou front shocks and some bootleg water courtesy of a pilfered municipal spigot key Dave had acquired.

Dave pointed us in the direction of the Boinas Ridge Trail (which I later discovered is somewhat of a regional classic, Marin even had a "Bolinas Ridge" frame back in the day) and described the trail beginning with an easy climb and then good, easy fun. The climb revealed itself as somewhat of an unrelenting five mile death march on boiler-plate-hard ruts under a scorching treeless sky. After an hour of swearing directed mostly at me, our group finally entered eucalyptus grove on the top of the ridge, stopped to eat some blackberries, and then pushed on into some Endor-like redwood forrest which really was super-fun high speed rollers all the way to the end for an epic view of the ocean and Tomales Bay. Turned around, smoked the mostly downhill return 11 miles in no time, nearly rattling our rides back into their original components along the way and finished back at the ranch for some BBQ oysters and a nap.


Have you ever been somewhere and wished you had a bike for that quick trip to the store, home from the bar, over to a friends. Or gone somewhere on your bike and then wanted to take a ride/bus/taxi/subway home? Well if you are in Amsterdam, this just got easier.


I love the bikes too. Those mag wheels are sweet.

Friday, August 10

Back in D-town

After 7 years in wonderful Seattle, we are now getting settled in my hometown of Durango. So, now I am on the hunt for a quality, used mountain bike. Although we brought 6 bikes back from Seattle in the moving truck, I recently realized that none of them have knobby tires! I better get on my city cruiser and hit the garage sales this weekend. And maybe some pawn shops, too. They always seem to have racks/rooms full of bikes. In fact, the last mtn bike I purchased (mid to late 90's) was from a guy who used to race downhill, but was becoming obsessed with BMX. We had to walk over to the pawn shop so I could test ride it, haha. That bike rocked, and may become my off-road single speed...well, if I can get it back from my brother first. I'll be sure to post pics! of whatever bike I end up on.