Paper of record on the Campy Record crowd

New York Times | You Paid How Much for That Bike?

The New York Times looks at the high-end bike market, especially in Manhattan.

The article focuses on boutique custom-bike shops, one (Signature Cycles) whose fitting studio is open by appointment only.

The current top end of the top end, according to the times, is about $23,000 for a carbon time-trial bike sold at Signature Cycles that comes with handmade German wheels at $5,500 a set. Judging from the Signature site, above, I’m guessing that’s a Seven Diamas, but who is making $5,500 wheelsets? Even the pro-level Corimas, Zipps, and Rolfs seem to run circa $900/wheel or less.

The lead is a woman who bought a $9,000 bike as she neared 39 so she could learn to ride. First question: Who doesn’t learn to ride a bike as a kid? Second question: Isn’t that a beautiful leap of faith?

The Hugger ethic even makes an appearance:

Dr. Levine bristled slightly when it was suggested that people like him may be a little, um, obsessed with what is, after all, just a bicycle. You do feel a connection with it, he said. But I don’t think anyone in our group takes it to a psychotic, unreasonable extent. He paused. But my wife might disagree with that.

Cleaner Performance

Treehugger | Performance Bicycle Rides With the Wind

Bicycle catalog specialist Performance Bicycle of Chapel Hill is making an effort to use renewable power at all its locations. They’ve partnered with Renewable Choice to purchase clean fuel credits equivalent to more than 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which reportedly equates to more than 7,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emission reduction.

Performance Bicycle | Renewable Energy

Best wishes to Sheldon Brown

Bicycle Design | Captain Bike

James at Bicycle Design points out that Sheldon Brown, one of the most helpful and knowledgeable bike experts on the internet, is suffering from neurological problems that have pushed him from two wheels to three.

Brown is keeping a health journal on his condition, and the current diagnosis is maybe Multiple Sclerosis. If you’ve considered riding or sponsoring a rider in an MS 150 ride this year, maybe this will provide a little extra motivation.

If you’ve never experienced Brown’s bike pages, here’s a good place to start. Here’s his Bicycle Glossary, here are repair tips, and here’s his fixie page.

Travel with Bicycles

When we were planning our trip to Spain, I found the Travel with Bicycles (Air/Rail/Other) site that provides a wealth of data on traveling with your bike.

Interestingly, when we were in the airport, we saw cyclists that just handed the airline their bikes with not packing at all.

Photo of the Day

These two are ready for the commute.

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