Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I've been living the dream here at Cycle Works and the Moose's Tooth for nearly 10 years and today is the last day here at work before moving onto a new set of dreams. Our family is moving up North to Minneapolis to play in the snow, ride our bikes, paddle the lakes, and of course work a little bit.
To summarize my experience:
It's been fun. I've met a ton of great people and have got to outfit a bunch of people with the gear and bicycles that they needed for their next adventure. The Cycle Work's and Moose's Tooth staff gets to help a lot of people find fun and seek adventure in their daily lives. The opportunity to help others to start off on their dream adventure has been the best part of living this dream.
I hope that Lincoln continues to grow as a bicycle friendly community. There are a bunch of people working to make Lincoln an even better place to commute to work, play in the woods, and just enjoy life to it's fullest. There are so many great rides and great trails and the systems and facilities that has been created is truly magical and for the most part it has been installed by a community of people with health and recreation and something to pass on to the next generation in mind. I am very proud to have been part of such a great community of people.
Keep on riding. Keep on having fun. Wheelies when you can and always smile.
Cheers and many Thanks,Butch
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"Portland circa 1970 was a typical American city: auto-addicted, congested, polluted, and searching for a better way. It began investing in light rail, traffic-calmed neighborhoods, parks, and walkable streets. By the early 1990s, when I began my job as bicycle coordinator, the city had looked to Europe and found another piece of the puzzle: bicycle transportation. The task placed in my hands was to create conditions that would allow a skeptical public to choose to bicycle for transportation, and then convince them to do so. If that wasn't enough, my job was also to evolve the city's bureaucracy, which, like most every American transportation department, was almost entirely dedicated to moving and parking motor vehicles." READ MORE
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation.
Through a panoply of hilarious and poignant stories, Birk takes readers on a 20-year rollercoaster journey of global and local discovery and education, while bringing into sharp focus some of the planet's most pressing and hotly debated energy and transportation issues, policies, shortcomings, and solutions.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPORT
The classic cyclist rides first and foremost for the pure love of cycling, for the fun and enjoyment that comes from bonding with a simple, beautiful, and ingenious mechanical device and ranging the world. This cyclist rides for the wind in the hair, for the sensation of hot, cold, humid, wet, or dry on the skin, for carving up rolling terrain like riding a roller coaster, for the sensations of a pounding heart, sweaty brow, and heaving chest. The pursuit of adventure, camaraderie, and well-being astride a wheel are the primary driving forces behind every ride. “Training” is reserved only for preparing for specific competitive, or personal challenge, efforts; it is not the only, or usually primary, motive for heading out the door. Read More
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
|Cycle-Ops and Giant Trainers|
|Pearl Izumi Lobster|
|Bar Mitts (Shimano, SRAM and MTN)|
|Trek Gary Fisher Mamba and Marlin 29er|
We stock a few different types of trainers for your indoor riding pleasure. Indoor training is a great supplement to your other outdoor activities during the winter months. Here is a breakdown of the types of Trainers along with a pricing schedule:
* Magnetic — a magnetic flywheel creates resistance on the rear wheel. Pros: Nearly silent operation. Cons: Resistance has an upper limit.
* Fluid — combines magnetic flywheel with fluid resistance chambers. Pros: Nearly silent magnetic operation with added progressive resistance. Cons: Repeated friction heating
* Centrifugal — Specially designed centrifugal pressure plates provide resistance. Pros: Nearly Silent, resistance curves may be adjusted by the user.
* Utilitarian — The output power is used to drive a useful device such as generator; or even to spin laundry as one inventor has done.. Pros: pedal powered clean clothes. Cons: Considerable do-it-yourself engineering required; imperfect design requires a strong cyclist.
* Virtual Reality — this is a very comprehensive simulator, the rear wheel sits on a motorized roller and the front forks fit in a frame equipped with steering sensors, the whole system is linked to a computer with 'virtual world' software. Riders steer their way through this virtual world and pedaling gets harder (the motorized roller 'loads' the rear wheel) when going uphill. Pros: the virtual world is massive, it will hold your interest and you can fit your own bike into it. Cons: It is expensive and you do need a computer with a modern graphics card and a monitor.
We carry a variety, but do not include the Virtual or Utilitarian models.
The Giant Auto II Trainer: $199.99 on Sale $169.99
Giant's Cyclotron Mag Trainer is a versatile tool that lets you ride whenever you want, regardless of weather, daylight or schedule issues. It features a heavy-duty steel frame for a stable base when you're cranking and a quiet magnetic unit that provides 7 levels of resistance for a real-world feel. Plus, this trainer includes an easy-to-use quick-release lever.
Giant's Auto II Trainer:
$279.99 Sale $259.99
Giant's Cyclotron Auto II Trainer provides progressive, magnetic resistance from easy spins to burning climbs smoothly and automatically with no need for remote adjusters. The frame is foldable for easy storage and lightweight so you can take it with on the road and to races. The steel platform is super stable for those out-of-the-saddle sessions and comes with its own quick-release so set up is easy.
Trek's Fluid Squared Trainer: offers an ultra-quiet and super-smooth ride so it's perfect for all your indoor training sessions. There's a large flywheel built in for a true road-like ride, and CycleOps' exclusive Power Band Technology offers an extra-wide range of resistance without you having to make any adjustments. Plus, this great trainer folds quickly for storage and comes with the Carmichael Training Systems' Train Right DVD to ensure your training program gets results. $329