Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Funnest Thing Between My Legs Lately...

Help Support East Van Bike Polo by entering to win this awesome Surly 1 X 1. This bike is a blast to ride, and its kitted out with some great parts including:
Mr. Whirly Cranks
Paul's Components Brakes and dual pull lever
Velocity Chukker Rims
and tons of other great stuff.

Enter to win at Mighty Riders or The Bike Dr. 5 tickets for $20. Well worth it in my opinion

"East Van Bike Polo will host the world in 2013 with the fifth installment of Ladies Army. Ladies Army has grown from a one-day, nine team tournament to a weekend extravaganza..."
more after the jump

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New public bicycle repair stations coming to Vancouver streets

    More here

Since writing isn't my best skill I'll just quote this comment which summarizes my thoughts in a more articulate fashion then I ever could.

I've been riding a bike for almost 40 years, and I can count on one hand (two fingers actually) the number of times I've had a breakdown while riding that needed an emergency repair (and neither of those times were right next to a repair station when it happened).

Do these people actually believe that there are people out there not riding a bike because of a lack of repair facilities? Does anyone apply even a modicum of common sense when it comes to this topic? What absolute nonsense. I would hazard a guess that there isn't a single soul in this city that is on the verge of cycling but the only thing holding them back is the lack of repair stations. Not one single person in this entire city. It's a pretty safe bet.

"The Dero unit includes an air pump and a scannable QR code that will link mobile devices to a website with repair tips"
More ridiculous nonsense. Why a QR code that forces people to install the app and scan the QR code? Why not simply print the website address? I'll tell you why - because the same idiots that think having a repair station will get people riding their bikes believe that anything and everything MUST have social media/high-tech component. It's silly and it's gimmicky and it's useless. It's being done purely for the sake of doing it. Yeah someone is going to scan a lame PR code with their phone to be taken to a website with repair tips whilst parked at a repair station. Who thinks of this stuff? I'm more than a little embarrassed for you."


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Whatch Out 650B!

An obscure wheel size  is no longer a safe way to differentiate your rig from that rust bucket on the bike route next to you. Now even your uber niche 29 plus can be bought at Walmart for $199. First they conquered the $99 fixie, then came the 32'ers and now fat tire 29"ers. 650B is sure to fall next. Quick, liquidate your bike collection and switch to 27 1-1/4" before its too late!

Monday, April 8, 2013

In Vancouver Friday Night?

Pee Wee's Big Adventure is playing at the Rio.

Stop Selling Shit Bikes To Women

A great post from Bicycle Buddha

Step back. This is a bit of a rant.

I have been working at the bike shop for almost a year now, and here is a true fact: I have seen many couples come in to buy bikes together, and not once — not ONCE! — have I seen a couple leave with a pair of bikes, where the woman’s bike cost substantially more than the man’s. I’ve seen lots of men ride out on fine $1,000 road bikes or high-end hybrids, while the partner chooses a mid-range hybrid, or worse—a clunky “retro” upright or a step-thru ladybike....

Check out the full article here