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Bike Touring Ambition

No Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Bike Touring Ambition

Hi adventurous types! I'm very pleased to have some space on the BikeShopHub blog to spin some stories about bike touring, and share some words of experience along the way. If you read Josh's introduction you'd think I'd been travelling the world by bicycle all my life. The truth is, however, my bike touring ambition had humble beginnings when I bought my first proper machine, aged 24. I had some big plans like everyone else, but before that, I just got out there. I did successfully make it to Sheffield over the next two days. I had made a lot of mistakes and was assisted along the way by the kindness of strangers - the incongruous site of a C21 human being loose ...

 

Don’t mess with a Gator: The Continental Gatorskin Tire Review.

5 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Matt Duffin
Don’t mess with a Gator: The Continental Gatorskin Tire Review.

Back in 2009, I found myself stuck on the side of a very busy road with a flat tire and as I counted the cars that drove by it hit me. I needed a better commuting tire and not just something that could be reinforce with gel or goop inside the tire. I needed something tough, durable and cost effective and that's when I laid eyes on the Continental Gatorskin. Once I had the Gatorskins mounted, they immediately felt great. Sturdy, tough and smooth. If truth be told, it would be 1,815 miles before I'd have another flat and considering the goatheads and brutally hot 120+ road temps in our AZ summer, these tires were a steal and I've never ...

 

Yes, I’m pregnant. And riding my bike.

8 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
Emilie headed out the door to work.

"You're 8 months pregnant! Can you please stop riding your bike?" my concerned co-worker pleaded with me on a recent Friday. As we headed to lunch in her car, she'd spotted my bike glinting in the sunlight, conspicuously tethered to a signpost in front of our office. "Actually," I corrected her, thinking back to my idyllic ride into work that morning, propelled in part by the most beautiful weather of the year, "more like 9." Being pregnant with my first child has caused me to alter lots of things about my lifestyle. I've given up alcohol (despite assurances from doctor friends that the occasional glass of wine is perfectly fine), Diet Coke, bean sprouts, sleeping on my back, most of my ...

 

Giant Saddle Bag Shootout!

1 Comment Topics: Bike Touring Written by Brian Mueller
Giant Saddle Bag Shootout!

If you have done any bike packing, chances are you have a seat bag. Josh goes over the various brands and sizes we carry in this comprehensive large seat bag shootout! Hey, I am Josh with Bike Shop Hub. Today I am doing a giant bike saddle bag shootout. I will be showing off all the the giant saddle bags we carry at Bike Shop Hub and give you an overview and how the compare to one another. I am going to start with the Revelate bags this is the Viscacha which is Revelates larger pack, its pretty big. The volume is up to 14 liters. Next we have the Pika, which is paked quite a bit smaller, but it will accommodate ...

 

The Accidental Utility Cyclist

3 Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
esley Cheney rides in a kilt to another day of work as a Utility Cyclist at Carry Norfolk. (Photo Credit: Liz Schleeper)

Once upon a time, we were all utility cyclists, and all of our rides could be adventures. Riding our bikes was how we got to school or the library, how we explored new neighborhoods and found independence. Riding half a block or half a mile was nothing. But somewhere between junior high and college bikes became uncool. We stopped riding our bikes and started getting rides from friends and parents in their cars and vans. Biking became a sport around the same time we got a car of our own. It wasn't something that we needed to do, but rather something that we chose to do. Biking was a tribe that we belonged to. We kitted up and bought into a ...

 

Splish Splash, I was reviewing a bag! The Ortlieb Velocity Bag Review.

1 Comment Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Matt Duffin
Splish Splash, I was reviewing a bag! The Ortlieb Velocity Bag Review.

The Velocity Messenger Bag by Ortlieb is a must have for any commuter. While Brian was busy throwing buckets of water at me, I forgot to mention how comfortable this bag is, so I decided to wear it when I took my kids to Disneyland and I wore it all day without having to trade it off to my wife. If you buy this bag, you will love it. It's my first choice when it comes to cycling backpacks. Hi, I'm Matt with BikeShopHub.com and this is the Ortlieb Velocity Messenger Bag review. The Velocity Messenger bag is a fantastic messenger bag. It's a 100% waterproof bag and that allows your stuff to not get wet and stay super dry inside ...