Hello fellow bike commuters! Did you miss your Monday Bike Geek fix? Me too, but I had a very busy weekend and I was not able to write my weekly post. Let’s just hope that I still have a “job” at BikeCommuters.com (who are we kidding, I effin’ run the show here!)
So the unofficial start of summer is here and two of the things that are on my bucket list is to do a bicycle camping trip and learn to play golf. Well Burley is one of those companies that is well known for their trailers (they did have bitchin’ tandems years ago) so they sent a Burley Travoy to fulfill that bike-camping dream of mine.
This thing is freaking awesome, it folds so it is out of the way if you live in a Condo and it is very sturdy once it is fully erect. It comes with a tote bag with neat little tie downs, quick release bicycle attachment, 12 inch wheels and it carries up to 60 lbs. I’ve been planning a small trip to a camping ground 23 miles away from where I work so stay tuned for that adventure in the near future.
In the meanwhile, what to do with the Travoy? Well, since I started learning how to hit that little white ball, I figured that I can ride my bike to my always crowded golf range and when the time comes, I can use the Travoy to haul my golf clubs around! Pretty neat, eh.
We will be putting the Travoy to the test, come back for the updates!
Most of us are familiar with the famous “Blue Book” for cars. If you are not familiar with it, this little book (now a website and app) would give you an estimate of what a car is worth.
So a blue book for bikes would make sense, right? I mean, we all want to know what our bike is worth if we want to sell it. As an avid buyer and seller of bicycles on Craigslist (I’m not a flipper), I can tell you that the bicycle blue book sucks. Here is why: the prices are no where close to what the Los Angeles market dictates. This means that if you list your bike at “market value” you always get that buyer who wants to buy your bike at “blue book value”.
Here is a couple of examples of my personal experiences:
I sold a 2004 Giant TCR for $500 on Craigslist, Max Bicycle Blue book value: $300. GTFO.
Sold a 2007 Bianchi Via Nirone 7 on Craigslist for $450, Max Bicycle Blue Book value: a ridiculous $169.
Friends have also told me that when they try to sell bikes, the bicycle blue book value is way off.
Why such discrepancies? Not sure but here is my theory: According to the bicycle blue book site, it gathers data from Ebay and other sources but it does not cite Craigslist as one of the main sources. As far as I know, Craigslist contains more bicycle listings than eBay and it really dictates the market value of a bike more accurately.
Sure you have idiots on Craigslist trying to sell piece of shit bikes for unrealistic prices, but that is where the art of bargaining comes in. On the other side of the coin, if you happen to be a buyer and you get that uninformed seller and throw the blue book value at them and they bite, you just scored a nice deal.
So if anyone is selling a Bianchi Via Nirone for $169, hit me at a firstname.lastname@example.org.
In honor of bike to work week AND Throwback Thursday, I present to you this picture of my haydays as a “hardcore” bike commuter. Enjoy.
I hope you have been enjoying “Bike to work month” also known as “Bike commuters get lots of free schwag month.” Lots of companies jump on the “bike to work” bandwagon and all kinds of interesting stuff pops up during this month.
An email that I received from Performance Bicycle caught my interest, it was called “How to make your business bike friendly“.
So this got me thinking if my company is bike friendly, or to be more precise, bike commuter friendly. As I mentioned on previous posts, the President of the company that I work for rides his bike to work from time to time so he understands some of our needs. Although the company does not have a dedicated bicycle rack to park our bikes, he is cool with having our bikes inside next to our cubicles or in the warehouse. I think that this is much better than leaving the bikes outside.
We also don’t have any showers and I doubt that the owner of the building would want to add one. I really don’t see the lack of showers a big deal, we have written a few articles on how to clean up once you get to work:
Here’s the thing, I really don’t believe that a facility needs to be “bike friendly” to promote bike commuting, I think our culture is so car centric that we are usually dubbed as the weirdos that ride a bike to work and that is what needs to change. Bike commuting is perceived as dangerous, inconvenient and in some cases, as the poor man’s form of transportation.
But how do we change that? Trying to convince that our fat ass society needs more physical activity? Good luck with that… That cycling is safe? Cycling is indeed safe, is the asshole drivers that make it dangerous. Provide more infrastructure for bicycles? Sure, but it is my experience that bike lanes are not enough. Move to Portland? I wish.
I no longer try to convince people to ride their bike to work, I just simply answer their questions on why it is a personal preference. So let’s keep enjoying all the free stuff that we get on “Bike to work month/week/day”, the way I see it, more free stuff for us!
Next on The Bike Geek: More carrying options for Bike Commuters!
If you live in Southern California and if you happen to be an avid cyclist, you have heard of this fun ride. In case you haven’t, here is what you have been missing.
Let’s begin by answering the “Is it safe to go to Mexico?” question: The answer is yes it is. The people from Baja California understand that the Rosarito-Ensenada ride brings in a lot of tourists and therefore a lot of revenue. Over 8,000 cyclists took part this year, that is a shit load of beer consumed! (I did my part).
Other than trying not to crash at the beginning of the ride, the ride itself is awesome. The route takes us along the “Free road” which happens to be right along the coast. The road is closed to all vehicular traffic so there is no stress about getting ran over by a car.
We then head out inland where we start climbing about 1200 feet. This is the part where you question the “fun” from “fun ride”.
We also met a few interesting individuals, there was this rider that was attempting to ride the entire 50 miles standing up. He actually removed his seatpost and saddle! We asked him why, he said “No pain, no gain”.
Although this was my fifth time doing this ride, this was my first time doing it “bike commuter style”. I rode my Devinci Caribou 1 with Panasonic Gran Bois tires and my ISM PN1.1 saddle.
It took me about 4 hours to complete the ride, not bad compared to last year where I ended up cramping up with about 20 miles to go.
Next Rosarito-Ensenada ride is on September, if you live in Southern California, this is one of the rides that you have to add to your bucket list.