I'm engaged in a relocation to Portland, OR. My body arrived three weeks ago, my bikes two weeks ago, and my mind and spirit are expected any day now. Being a bike person in Portland is pretty much yesterday's news, so I'm going to lie low for a bit, watch and listen. Feel free to get in touch if in you're in this area--I don't have a lot of friends here.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
I'm starting a new cause: putting internal gears on kids' bikes - all of them, everywhere. Why not put a gear-hub on a kid's bike? I know: it's too expensive. I don't buy it (haha). There are so many good reasons to use internal hub-gears on kids' bikes that frankly, I'm shocked no one had done it before know. Maybe someone had, somewhere in bike-topia, but they weren't for sale around here. Now they are, I think. Perhaps. Anyway, I saw one yesterday at Clever Cycles, and it almost knocked me over, I was so excited. This is the Batavus 20" Personal Bike. In addition to the three-speed hub, it has a dynamo headlight engaged by a grip-twist remote mechanism. Um, RAD!
This one has a groovy wood-top rack with an integrated tail-light. The light could be bigger, and visible from the side, bu this is a good start.