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Riding back to happiness

4 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Riding back to happiness

A few months ago I got into a bit of a rut.

Not an all consuming black cloud rut. Just your typical too much work, not enough sleep kind of overcast feeling. Normally when I start to feel like this I self medicate with a long run in the mountains, or put some uplifting energy into planning a bike trip. But these last few months I've had some nagging injuries. When the doctor took a look at them, he prohibited all exercise and took away my medicine. Then the rut got a bit deeper. Soon I became a sulky and rather soft around the edges house cat. Worse yet, once I was physically able to ride a

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Rolling Recumbent, Part 1: The Utility of Recumbents

17 Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Sight seeing in a Dutch recumbent rickshaw. The integrated roof keeps everyone dry.

Recumbents. You've seen those oddball, laid-back bikes being ridden by slightly goofy guys (yeah, it's usually guys). They're smiling. They're waving. And they're looking suspiciously comfortable. Recumbents are practically the opposite of everything that bicycling is supposed to be about. There's no crying in baseball, and there's blessedly little comfort in bicycling. Right? Well, maybe not. From the start, recumbents have been criticized for being too comfortable. They first made a splash on the international cycling scene in 1933, when an enterprising French bicycle manufacturer, Charles Mochet, applied to have his "velorizontal" bicycles certified for competition by the Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI. The Mochet recumbents had distinct aerodynamic advantages. It's true: Recumbent Riders have a goofy grin, a side effect of ...

 

Joe Grant Interview: Self Propelled

No Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Joe Grant Interview: Self Propelled

Joe Grant cycled away from his front door in Gold Hill, Colorado this July with everything needed for a month of mountain travel. He travelled in "self propelled" style by bicycle and foot, linking up and summiting all of Colorado's 14,000' peaks along the way. The bikepacking racer set a new record of 31 days for the exhaustive solo endurance challenge, but his real goal was to inspire others to set out on their own "self propelled" adventures. In this interview for BikeShopHub we talk big miles, summer thunderstorms and the experience of putting yourself in a "raw and vulnerable state." Where did the idea of cycling between and climbing all 57 of Colorado's 14,000' peaks come from? I wanted to set ...

 

“Geef me min fiets!” Give me my bike! The Bikes of World War II.

4 Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
"Happy New Year, from the Exalted Elite Bicycle Troops of the Emporer's Front Line."

'Tis a pity that General Patton didnt lead a column of bicycles into battle, but Field Marshall Montgomery led an army of foot soldiers and "foot cycles" in Normandy. When the British were bottled up in Normandy with their plentiful bicycles, General Eisenhower appealed to Winston Churchill to persuade Monty

 

Small Business Tales from BSH and the Launching of LocalBasket.com

1 Comment Topics: Shop Updates Written by Josh Lipton
Small Business Tales from BSH and the Launching of LocalBasket.com

Happy Small Business Saturday everyone! As the editor of this cycling blog and the owner of BikeShopHub.com, I generally find myself as deep in the weeds of small business as I am in immersed in the world of cycling. And I'm often tempted to write about my various small business trials and tribulations here at this blog. Most of the time, I manage to keep my business musings in check in favor of keeping this blog focused on what people are here for, cycling insights and knowledge. However, today is Small Business Saturday, so I hope you won't mind indulging me as I take this opportunity to talk about this small business. BikeShopHub.com turned 10 years old this year. But I wasn't ...

 

No Shower, No Problem

4 Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
Commuting by bike is GROWING!

Think back to when you were a kid. Did you enjoy getting stuck in a car more than the riding your bike through the neighborhood? Then why do we default to cars as adults? Maybe we shouldn't and a lot of us are taking that to heart and commuting by bike to work. There are many reasons people commute by bike. MANY. For the love of the environment, ease of parking, fiscal responsibility, workout opportunity are among some of the reasons. Some bikers never commute. They ride only for fun and fitness. And that is ok too- biking is awesome for many reasons to many people and I welcome everyone to the road however they see fit. I do commute to work by bike ...

 

Biking beyond the edge of the village

6 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Biking beyond the edge of the village

In the weak afternoon sunshine of late September 2014, I fingered my British passport at the top of the Flathead Valley before rolling down towards the US border at Eureka, Montana. After three days alone in the only uninhabited valley of southern Canada, I was looking forward to some human interaction with the border guard. At the very least I hoped my dishevelled appearance and curious form of transport might raise some eyebrows and I could smooth my way into the country with smiles and anecdotes about my journey, as I had done so many times before in Latin America. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. "Have a nice stay," said the man behind the dark sunglasses before handing back my passport and ...

 

America, Let’s Go Ride Bikes!

Comments Off on America, Let’s Go Ride Bikes! Topics: Shop Updates Written by Josh Lipton
America, Let’s Go Ride Bikes!

On Monday, with the election looming, I decide to publish a statement about who I was supporting for president on this blog and our other online channels. Tuesday at 5PM, before the results had started trickling in, I decide to take down my post. I used my business as the one platform that I had for sharing my opinion in what I felt very strongly was a crucial election. My goal was to encourage others who shared a similar opinion to get out and vote. Having done this, with polls closing, I decided there was no purpose in keeping my statement up as I knew it would only serve to polarize our customers. I knew that publishing my piece would be incredibly ...

 

Playing Jedi Mind Tricks in Traffic

5 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Wesley Cheney
Yoda teaches Luke to use the Force to take the lane. "Do or do not take the lane. There is no try."

Paduwan Wesley Cheney bikes for family, fun, profit and necessity in Norfolk, Virginia. He writes about bikes and kilts at Foto by Wes and (re)builds bamboo bikes and bamboo kayaks at 757 Makerspace. When he is not delivering sandwiches for Jimmy John's on his bicycle, he aspires to earn (another) Bachelor's in Music Education at his alma mater, Old Dominion University. Wesley loves leather saddles, full fenders, helmet-mounted lights and mirrors, platform pedals, front racks, double kickstands, and vintage friction Suntour Command shifters. He warbles on a flugelhorn, sings bass in the choir of Christ and Saint Lukes Church, and studies ukulele under the amazing Skye Zentz.

 

Interested in Blogging about Bikepacking or Commuting by Bike? We’re Hiring!

2 Comments Topics: Shop Updates Written by Josh Lipton
Interested in Blogging about Bikepacking or Commuting by Bike?  We’re Hiring!

Are you a bikepacking aficionado with a penchant for hair raising story telling? Are you a dedicated bicycle commuter who wants to inspire others to bike to work? If you fit either of these bills, keep reading because we're looking for two new writers to join the BikeShopHub.com blogging team. Around the start of this year, we decided to rev up this blog by bringing on four bloggers. We found four great bloggers who've focused in on doing a monthly post within their area of cycling focus. Matt Maynard has handled Bicycle Touring, Carissa Sipp has focused on Family Cycling, Wesley Cheney has been our Utility Cycling guru and Emilie Bahr has covered Bike Commuting for us. They've all delivered great posts in ...