Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, one of the early political champions of traffic calming, talks about how taming automobile traffic has… read more
January 29 2011, 3:05 PM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
Podcast [audio http://emma2.radio4all.net/pub/archive/09.01.05/NBG@bikeroute.com/1680-1-20050819-DonLoomis8-19-05.mp3]
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Almost everywhere I ride here, especially during this part of the year, the sides of the road are dotted with color. Always, Virginia and I have fresh flowers that I frequently stop to pick and put in my butt pak…….
The Numbers: 25 bales of hay average yield per football field 2 harvests per year 10 ???uro/bale sales value to farmer The hay is then “cooked” in the black plastic you see in the last picture 20 ???uro/bale cost to buyer 10 number of bales average co…
There is so much beauty for the cyclist to enjoy here in Ireland, this blog should have begun last September when I landed here. As a photo essay, I will post a regular picture or two or more for you to enjoy……
February 26 2011, 3:42 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
Listen as we have great fun with Peter Stull at his huge bike shop in Alfred Station, NY. In the words ahead you will hear how Peter wanted to be a bike shop owner from the time he was 11 years old. And about Willy, the harmonica player pictured in the slide show below, who inadvertently helped him make his dream real. Along the way, Peter will also tell you about the odds he overcame to become the owner of one of the nation’s biggest recumbent dealers, the Bicycle Man, as well as the manufacturer of the Linear Recumbent!
Here is his LinkedIn profile:
“I founded Pedal Pusher with two donated relics in 1969. Using a buy-repair-resell business model I established production facilities in my parents basement with a sales office in their front yard. I grew Pedal Pusher into a powerhouse that dominated a 5 mile square market area encompassing a population of over 500. I relocated the business to a dorm room in 1974 and again in 1975 to a rent free (and utility free) house that had last been painted in 1920. I managed a staff of myself and overcame challenges like reading by kerosene lamp, rebuilding decrepit chimneys and transporting firewood 1/2 mile on an old Schwinn. My capstone project here was building “Bikezila.” With 5 speeds and a rear disk brake it was one of the first mountain bikes outside Marin County Ca. In the fall of 1976 I was recruited by Social Services for position “recipient” but refused because their offer to pay my rent if I moved to an apartment with plumbing required that I give up and close Pedal Pusher. I was evicted from the rent free location at the insistence of a building inspector in early 1977 and founded Bicycle Man that spring with rent subsidy from my parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!”
February 13 2011, 9:15 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
We visited with Tim Brummer, the former aerospace engineer who builds bikes so fast that even a middle of the pack roadie can blow the doors off Lance Armstrong on one. In his quest to go even faster, you will hear why his company, Lightning Bikes, supports the National Bicycle Greenway and our upcoming the ride across the US .
We went to the Southern California desert to talk to a new sponsor for our Eagle / Busycle ride from San Jose/San Francisco to Boston. Indeed you will take inspiration from Kirk Newell, a bike shop owner who has used tragedy to move mountains with his actions in a way all of us can take example from.
1983 at the IHPVA championships held in Carson, CA, which also featured events on the newly built Olympic Velodrome, Kirk Newell hit 46.3 mph in the 200 meter sprint on the Tadpole Trike pictured above. It earned him 6th place in the world! He was the only non-national class rider in the top 10 at this event!!
March 23 2011, 7:01 AM by Martin & Virginia Krieg
We spent some time visiting with a new sponsor of our ride and the man who used to build bikes for third world victims of land mine explosions. Rod Miner of Lightfoot Cycles, one of this nation’s greatest bike builders, thanks to the Internet has been able to keep the purity of his purpose alive. From a tiny Montana town of 1500 people Rod has been able to flourish in satisfying his goal of supplying people all over America and the world with transportation that is reliable, highly efficient and highly capable.