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We get to see and touch and test all sorts of great cycling gear here at our world headquarters. But we actually get to meet very few of our customers in person.

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Monthly Archives: February 2010

What is the Perfect Post Ride Beer?

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Everyone’s got one, the perfect post ride beer. That mouth watering frothy malt beverage that consumes your thoughts towards the end of a great bike ride. It temps your mind invoking a horse to the barn feeling even after the longest and hardest of rides. The perfect post ride beer or PPRB, is something that is not only sought after but heavily debated amongst many cycling circles.

For some it might be what ever is the coldest thing in the fridge or cooler. My personal experience form the circles that I have run in, is that it generally comes down to two beers that are the most prevalent at the end of a ride, PBR a.k.a Pabst Blue Ribbon and Tecate. Now I don’t know at what point PBR became the new beer of the cool kids. Many baby boomers consider PBR to be the bottom of the barrel much like Old Milwaukee is today. But every where you go in Flagstaff it is the cheep beer of choice. Now Tecate is an obvious one, especially with a lime, its the most refreshing Mexican beer, that Mexicans actually drink. What more could you ask for.

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If had my personal choice of post ride, cheep beers, it would be my old school go-to, Coors Banquet beer. Umm yummy, I love me a cold yellow belly, reminds me of high school. Not that I condone underage drinking.

There are two other camps that need to be considered besides just the go-to cheap beer. We have the European lager/pilsner crowd and the U.S. small brewery crowd. Now the European lager/pilsner crowd is a simple one, they get done with a ride, sometimes a road ride, and crack open a cold Heineken, Amstel light, Spatan or the like. A little skunky but always refreshing.

Then we have the much deeper, wider ranged, small brewery crowd. I have lumped this into one category but honestly this could be sliced up many different ways. I know guys that will only drink New Belgium Fat Tire after a ride, its either that or nothing, a committed fan boy for sure. There’s Anchor Steam, Dog Fish, Deschutes, Full Sail, the list goes on and on, as does the varieties and styles. Many of these riders are tied to their brand and probably brought a couple of bottles already chilled in the cooler before the ride even starts.

threekegsIf your really lucky and part of an elite circle of friends or employees of Gore you’ll have the honor of being treated to a post ride beer brewed up by Flagstaff’s own Handlebar Sandwich. Here’s a guy that can not only ride a bike but can brew great beer as well, I wonder if he can brew beer while riding a bike, hmm. Check out this story, its a bring a whole lot of beer with ya kinda thing. Or for smaller groups have a look at this suspended bike trailer pony keg hauling wonder.

So I’ve open the flood doors, chime in, tell us whats your favorite post ride beer is and why.

Shopping Anyone?

We received this most excellent photo from Tony at Tony’s Trailers. Ever wonder what happens to those abandon shopping carts you see miles from any food store? It’s not just the bag people that make good use of them. No need to try and come up with some creative cargo trailer, the food and grocery store industry has been providing them for years.

The State of Cycling in the U.S.

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We have all seen it, a cyclist riding down a one way street going the wrong direction, blowing a stop sign, or just not obeying the rules of the road and riding all over the place with out any where with all, acting as if because they are on two wheels the have the right to ride how and where ever they want. These acts seemingly small are at the heart of bike/motorist interaction, bicycle advocacy and how bikes are seen in the US in general.

bicycle-safety-lookIn general there is a feeling among the majority of motorists that cyclists should not be on the road and that for the most part they just get in the way of auto traffic. This has created some strong animosity between drivers and cyclist, sometimes ending very unfortunately for both parties. I have seen the trends my self, motorists see a small number of cyclist breaking what they consider equal road laws that both cars and cyclist are required to follow and become disgruntled towards such cyclist. But Americans love their stereotypes and cyclist are just as susceptible. Motorists seeing a deviant cyclist then assume all cyclist share the same deviance and the assumption that they can do what ever they want turns into an unfortunate and dangerous assumption.

But on the flip side, cyclist are forced to abide to laws that were written by motorist, I wonder how many cycling laws in this country were written by someone who rode their bike to work that morning. Were cycling laws truly written with the idea of integrating cyclist into American transportation and for safety, or were they written with the approach of keeping cyclist out of the way of motorist as much as possible? Is it right to apply the same laws that govern a solid metal mass weighing a half ton or more, to a small non-motorized entity that moves and behaves under a completely different set of physics? Most cars require tens of feet to suddenly stop traveling at reasonable speed, most cyclist traveling at a reasonable speed can stop in six inches or so. The type of cyclomcy that cyclist use when riding has greater implications then we realize.

motorist-vs-courierAmerica is a driving culture, this is not the Netherlands or Denmark and it never will be, it is part of our society to travel long distances by auto, the great American road trip is an inherent part of our culture and most of our towns and urban structures are designed solely with auto transportation in mind. But as gas prices rise and environmental awareness grows, more and more people are turning to their bikes for transportation and fun. Is it the increase in the numbers of recreational cyclist and cyclist commuters on the roads that will force a revaluation of cycling legislature or will a change in legislature promote more people to take to using their bikes, feeling that the transportation environment is now safer. It could almost be a chicken or egg argument. When there are 100 cars and 5 cyclist it is easy to disregard the cyclist presence, but if there are 100 cars and 50 cycles things might be very different.

critical-mass-budapest-20-april-2008The future of cycling in the U.S. is bound to continue to be a controversial one, more and more people are riding everyday and motorist certainly aren’t going any where anytime soon. I hope that the future holds greater understanding and patience on both sides. Motorists need to realize that most cyclist are law abiding citizens that are at an extreme and very dangerous disadvantage, just remember, it is someones son, mother, father, or daughter on that bike that you feel is in your way. And cyclist although the laws we adhere to were not written with our best interests in-mind, we still have an obligation to lesson the animosity between us and motorist and to increase our legislative presence. I know it is not fair out there and we usually get the short end of the stick, but disregard and spite has never accomplished anything.

Dara and Troy, The Epic Parents

If you think you know a couple who you consider to be hard core parents think again, allow me to redefine your notions of hardcore bike parents.

James’s Mobile Audio/Visual Trailer.

Check out this cool custom trailer created by James of Globe Cycles. He has taken the idea of a custom build to a whole new level and is using it to travel around and do presentations about his epic round-the-world record setting ride and further his cause to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research.

James used stainless steel for the chassis and a phenolic resin ply base. The actual body of the trailer is a Zarges case, which makes this a fully waterproof trailer. James built this as a mobile presentation center, the trailer houses his projector and PA system. All James needs is a socket to plug his mobile system into and he’s ready to clinic anybody, hopefully about how to build your own custom bike trailer. This trailer comes with functional external lights and is lockable. Hope this bike cargo trailer get the imaginative juices flowing, cause it is awesome!

Have a look at our other 2 posts on James journey at UtilityCycling.org:
James Cycling For A Cause
James Completes The Goal

Lone Peak Has Arrived!

lone-peak-kings-peak-rear-pannier-blueWe have a new line of bike panniers and accessories that we are excited about, Lone Peak, American made in Salt Lake City, Utah since 1979, with affordable quality in mind. Lone Peak offers a full line of bike panniers and bags to outfit your ride for any use, whether it is a big bike tour, the daily commute, or just running down to the store, Lone Peak has the right bag or pannier for you. Every component of a Lone Peak Pack is chosen to contribute to the functionality, durability, and visual appeal of the packs.lone-peak-deluxe-rack-pack-red

Lone Peak offers the same quality as brands such as Arkel, but at a more affordable price. Making Lone Peak a great choice for any biking needs. The Lone Peaks product line ranges from seat bags, front and rear panniers, frame packs, rack-top bags, around town and commuter panniers and handlebar bags. We especially like Lone Peak for its rack- top bags. Rack Packs are a great way to carry gear in a simple streamlined set up, without the need of larger panniers.

Lone Peak also offers some cool frame packs and commuter packs, something a little aside from the norm of pannier companies. One great thing for all you office commuters is the garment bag pannier, with plenty of room to carry a suit to work, not ride in it. Many Lone Peak panniers are easily converted to a full waterproof pannier with optional rain covers. Of course Lone Peak has great front and rear panniers for any set up as well.lone-peak-garment-bag-pannier-steel

Sean’s Home Made Bike Trailer Revisited

Back in January we wrote a post about Sean from Australia who had created a really cool custom trailer out of an old school table and some parts you could find around the house or hardware store. One cool thing that Sean had done was to design his own custom hitch for his trailer.

Tom’s Kid Karrier

Check out Toms kid karrier a.k.a. a customized Xtracycle. You don’t necessarily need to have a pull behind kid trailer to haul the little ones around. Tom used his fully out fitted Xtracycle with Magic Carpet and all and added 3/4″ thick walled copper tubing and wrapped PVC.

This is a great Xtracycle conversion, using low cost materials that can be found at the local hardware store. Many extras can be added to the Xtracycle to customize it for almost any need. Tom is using this for three kids now, in a few years, two, then maybe just one will fit on there, but for now it works great for three, and I love the roll bar look. Thanks for the photos Tom and great job!

Nigels’s Weekly Family Shopper


Nigel was kind enough to send us a photo from across the pond of his weekly shopping setup. Its a great use of the Carry Freedom Y-frame bike trailer and stack-able plastic containers. Nigel claims that he can use this trailer along with a set of rear panniers to shop for a family of four for the week.

Its The Weekend! What Are You Doing?

superbowl-trophyWell its the weekend again, just in time. Although to some this weekend holds a time honored tradition of eating and drinking to much and sitting in front of a large screen watching overpaid warriors of the grid iron battle it out for the ultimate prize to be had in a grass field that is 100×50 yards. Not that I’m against this tradition at all, I will be there as well on Sunday, stuffing my face and drinking till I pass out, go Colts!

That being said we are in that time of year were we are all just waiting around for spring. I try to make it down to Sedona as much as possible, the single track is primo right now. The other folks at the Bike Shop Hub are getting a little restless as well. Our fearless leader Josh, has outfitted the Thorn tandem with snow tires, he’s planning on taking the GF out for a go round this weekend.

I’m sure Casey will be conjuring up the next idea to help evolve society by the resurgence of the classic road bike, society could be so lucky. Next week will features some special posts discussing some of the great ideas that Casey has in development, so be sure to check in for a sneak preview of the 2010 Wandertec line.

If you are doing something fun and exciting this weekend, right in and send us some pics, we would love to here about it, especially if it involves bikes or bike trailers.

Alright everybody, I hope you can hold your breath till we get back till Monday, here are some images to keep you busy.

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