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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: July 2011

Pizzicletta – Italian Cycling Inspired Pizza

Check out this great new cycling inspired, Neapolitan style pizzeria in Flagstaff. It is located just south of the tracks at 203 W. Phoenix Ave about three blocks from our location. Check out their menu at Pizzicletta.com.

Caleb Shifting the Pizza Pie

Perspectives From the Pizzicletta Community Table

South San Francisco Street

Bike Shop Hub is up three blocks and to the right from this spot on South San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff. Notice Mount Elden on the upper right which is still topless from a burn that set it ablaze about 25 years ago.

Stu with the New Tubing Bender

Stuart’s been working hard on organizing the assembly/repair area of the shop, building a variety of metal tables for work surfaces and organizing all of the tools. With this project completed, he is back to wrapping up the massive bike rack sculpture project before diving into bike trailer prototyping mode. Stu is pictured here with the new tubing bender that we just picked up for building a rail system for the Wandertec BONGO and possibly for some bike racks.

Urbana Current in the Rain

I was happy with how the light contrasted the black and silver in this photo of an Urbana Current Electric Bike. Pete of Electric Bike Report has recently wrapped up his 6 week test and should have a review up on his website soon. With the bike back at our shop, we are getting underway with testing of our own. To get our test underway, first my wife who is 6 months pregnant will be riding the bike for the next 4 weeks. It seems like an ideal bike for her at the moment with the upright position and the electric boost making for an easy ride.

When setting up our test to include the Urbana as one of the 5 test bikes for the JOYBAG project, we specifically wanted a neutral colored bike if given the choice. Urbana really likes to feature bright, bold colors that show off their fun unique approach, but I think this photo demonstrates how a black frames can work well to achieve a bold statement as well.

Megan’s Going Away Dinner

After 3 years of helping grow the Bike Shop Hub, our star employee Megan Fitch is moving on to new opportunities and adventures, pursuing her masters degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. We had a going away shin dig for her last week. Here is the whole crew out at Beaver Street Brewery. Megan is in the middle wearing a dress contrasting her daughters polka dots. Megan joined our team as our 2nd employee. We’ve grown quite a bit since then. Thanks for all the great contributions Megan and good luck with the new adventures!

The Bike Shop Hub Crew at Beaver St. Brewery

Frank and Robin Separated at Birth (Then Robin was Frozen in Time for Awhile)

Burley Child, Cargo, & Dog Trailers Sale!

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Rolling with the Ebikes at the Flagstaff Farmers Market

This weekend, we had our 2nd appearance at the Flagstaff Farmer’s Market. For this go around, I had the inspiration to bring out my rollers. People were first perplexed and then entertained to see me balancing on the rollers, not pedaling at all (Ted should have some video up over at Commute By Bike in not too long). We had another bike setup on a trainer. This was a nice way to coax people into getting the feel for the bike without actually having to balance it. From there, quite a few folks were interested in taking a real spin. It also worked well to demonstrate the different power modes of the BionX Electric Bike Kit of the Ohm XU700 that we had hooked up to it. In the photo below, this guy was struggling before Ted turned up the power setting.

Ted Demonstrating an Ohm XU700 Urban - Kid Struggling Before Ted Turns Up the Juice

Josh Riding an A2B Velociti on Rollers

Good Show, Packed Up & Heading Home

BOB Trailers at the Muscle Beach

What other kind of vacation would inspire a skinny guy like this to flex his muscles in the psuedo, macho revelry of the joy of freedom and accomplishment? Making it anywhere under your own power is always something to be satisfied by in my book. And from the look on our friends face, I’m guessing he lives a long way from the ocean. A good bike and a loaded BOB Trailer are the essential ingredients to a vacation of mind body and soul.I won’t be doing any big bike tours this summer or fall as I normally try to do as my wife is now 6 months pregnant. Next year though, I look forward to possibly taking our daughter on her first bike tour by the fall.

Our specialty site, BikeKidShop.com has become a popular source for bike child trailers and trailer-cycles, but we haven’t really seen great success with the other child related cycling products that we carry such as balance bikes and bike child seats. I think in some sense the market is a bit over saturated with products in these categories. I also think that while we have done a great job in reaching out to bike commuters, bike tourists and utility cyclists through our blogs and BikeBagShop.com and BikeTrailerShop.com we need to do a better job at reaching out to parents and kids.

I feel that a combination of deepening our product lineup, targeted market outreach and more parent and kid friendly graphic at BikeKidShop.com will help this. But it will definitely take some time and effort to figure out. What I’m really expecting is that having a child of my own might will inspire me in this direction. Using the products will get me focused on them. To sum it up, BikeKidShop.com is ready for our baby muse to arrive!

Here Come the Bike Lights!

Next up on the agenda for Bike Shop Hub is finding the best brands of bike lights to offer up at the new specialty shop that we’ve got under development BikeTechShop.com. There is an amazing variety of high quality cycling lights these days and we’re getting quite excited to wrap our brains around all the options available. As with our other specialty shops, we will be focusing on a broad range of brands and generally carrying the full line-up of products available as well as a full assortment of replacement parts and accessories.

Josh Irvine showing off his Light In Motion helmet lights

Bike lights will just be one component of the BikeTechShop.com. This does seem like a great place to start out our focus with the Fall coming in a few months and that being a popular time of year for bike commuters to stock up on lights as the days grow short. We also will be continuing our push into electric bikes, most likely offering both electric bike and electric bike kits. Other avenues we’ll be pursuing are cycling computers, gps and other mapping and route related devises, and video and photo equipment specific for bikes.

Hell’s Backbone Grill

Last weekend my wife and I took a road trip up to Bryce Canyon. On our second day there, we took an excursion up route 12 to Boulder, Utah.

Our drive took us through some amazing country as we passed the Escalante National Monument. We took a detour onto Hell’s Backbone Road, a road built in the 1930′s by the CCC as access to the remote town of Boulder, Utah. It was an amazing drive that first took us to Posey Lake, a high country lake that literally felt like we were in the middle of a nature movie with trout jumping all over the lake and a large variety of ducks performing mating ritual. The road meandered up and up until we came out to some spectacular views of deep canyon gorges. While the road is easily passable by passenger car in good weather, it is not for the faint of heart with nearly sheer drops and no guard rail. At one point, the road crosses a bridge, aptly named Hell’s Backbone Bridge where you are literally staring out in both directions at amazing canyon views. The bridge is propped up across two rock outcroppings and seems like it is at the crux of the backbone.

Employee Parking at Hell's Backbone Grill

The road winds down and rejoins Route 12 in Boulder Utah. We drove into town for our dinner at Hell’s Backbone Grill. I would say this is truly one of the best restaurants in the Southwest with traditional and southwest dishes made from locally produced foods. It was good to see that most of the staff commutes by bike, as evidenced by the full bike rack out front.

On the drive back to Bryce, we stayed on Route 12. This road has almost equally impressive views and also offers up the backbone experience of riding on the high point of a ridge with tremendous views in either direction. This is all around amazing country and would be incredible for bike touring. Being as remote as it is, the roads are smooth and the traffic is light, perfect for a bike touring adventure.