Big tires and even bigger wheels

big_tire.jpg One of the most liberating things about Bettie is the big tires; Big Apples from Schwalbe to be exact. They’re like that cruiser bike you had as a kid, where you just roll over everything: through a field, over a curb, on gravel, potholes … whatever. They also have a magic carpet ride about them and Schwalbe calls big-apple equipped bikes, Balloon Bikes. Not sure how that marketing program is working, but we’re seeing bikes with big tires on The Ride, Batavus Diva, and even Dahons.

Big tires are cool, bigger is better, but what I’m don’t know about is the 650B wheels (which measure 27.5” in diameter, half-way between 26” and 29” wheels) discussed this week in Bicycle Newswire.

Question is whether or not the world needs another wheel size?

Valet Bike Parking

I saw valet bike parking in Beijing at nearly everyplace cars would park. I’ve heard about the very particular bike parking in Japan and now from Streetfilms, we’ve got parking at Giants Stadium …

Photo of the Day: Fat guy in spandex

fatguyinspandex-1-01.jpg It’s been a while since we ran a photo of the day, until I saw this photo from Swobo’s blog … Oh yeah! Reminds me of Chris Farley’s Fat Guy in a Little Coat.

In the bike shop: Ti is back

While some would argue that Ti frames never left, they don’t get the respect they used to with all the industry focus on carbon these days. But in the latest issue of Road Bike Action they feature top Ti frames, including a new Litespeed that’s sub 800 grams. I’ve owned 3 ti frames and another, our Modal project, is being built now.

I race on carbon, just like any roadie, but when it’s time for a tour, all-day ride, endless hours in the rain, or just commuting, Ti is it for me.

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Bikes and Buses

It was well timed that I’d ride with David Hiller and Patrick McGrath (from Cascade) down the bus and bike-only thoroughfare on the same day the city announced it was permanent. We weaved in and out of the buses, cursed the few cars that had strayed onto the street, and urged the cops to ticket them.

A few turns later, in a sad amount of traffic, we went our separate ways, and back later for Critical Mass. Before our ride, we met at Zeitgeist Coffee talked advocacy, bikes, and more. Their bikes are pictured below.

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