“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 didn't 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 ...


Biking to School: One pedal stroke at a time!

No Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
Our Ride to School!

Fall is here! School has begun!!! The weather is cooling off and the mosquitoes are beginning to die off...and finally we can go outside again anytime of the day! But many of us are busier than ever too. Busy with chores, work, life and ready for the election to be over for some sanity. One very cool tool put together by the city of Brisbane helps put together a safe commute and maybe a useful tool to familiarize yourself with building your own route. Once you have mapped out an opportunity to bike to school with the kids. DO ride this on the weekend first. Try a nice Saturday and Sunday morning when traffic is light and see how the kid(s) do. Is ...


Cycling the conquistadors’ graveyard

8 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Cycling the conquistadors’ graveyard

In May this year my friend Alan came to visit me in Chile. Our plan was to ride an enormous, ambitious loop through the land of volcanoes and monkey puzzle trees in the south of this long, thin country. The region is known as the Araucania. For over 300 years in this inhospitable terrain of ice and fire and mountains, the entrenched indigenous Mapuche people repeatedly slaughtered the advancing Spanish armies who had otherwise conquered South America. With good reason historians today call it the "Spanish Graveyard." With our bikes loaded with everything needed for our six day, 268 mile backcountry trip, we hoped our incursion would fare somewhat better. From the city of Temuco we rode directly towards the Andes ...


Why I haven’t been riding my bike

8 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
Why I haven’t been riding my bike

This will be my last post in this forum, at least for a while. I've come to realize that caring for an infant full-time doesn't leave a lot of extra wiggle room in my day to do much of anything else. The part-time work I'm doing these days from home is squeezed into the often-unpredictable nap schedule of my rapidly-changing 6 month old (time, I'm told, that I'm somehow supposed to be sleeping myself). Emilie Bahr is a writer, urban planner and healthy communities advocate living in New Orleans. She is the author of the book Urban Revolutions: A woman's guide to two-wheeled transportation.