Do It Yourself! by mark on Jul 17, 2015
A flat tire can put a big damper on a bike ride, especially if you aren't armed with the knowledge and tools to rectify the situation. Practice makes perfect as the old adage says. Check with your local bike shop to see if they offer any free repair classes. If you're feeling adventurous then check out our DIY tutorial on flat changes and how to build your own flat kit!
Super Commuters by mark on Jun 26, 2015
The mailman always say, "I wasn't sure if you guys were open today. There weren't any cars in the parking lot." I'm surprised he's not used to it after all these years.
Bacon on the Bike Path by mark on Jun 16, 2015
We set out for our 9th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path last Friday with high prospects for rain. We did end up with a wet start to the event but by the end we were dry and full of delicious Nueske's bacon and Just Coffee blends!
Despite the weather we had an exceptional turnout and served up nearly 30 pounds of bacon! Thank you to all who continue to make this event a success. We once again had the support of Nueske's, Just Coffee, Budget Bicycle and The Bike Fed.
Yolks & Spokes by mark on May 19, 2015
Yolks and Spokes documents breakfast culture along the Mississippi River through multimedia storytelling with an ovular lens: the egg. Dana and Sara are riding their bicycles approximately 2,000 miles, beginning at Lake Itasca in the Minnesota North Woods, through the mid-continental United States and the cultural centers of Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, ending at the Gulf of Mexico. This route offers a dynamic natural, human, and food landscape. Yet the egg has a shape and a language that everyone shares. As they pedal along the river, they're sitting around breakfast tables with ordinary strangers who consume eggs in all of the ordinary ways – over hard or easy, boiled soft, scrambled, sunny-side up – and letting the ceremony of preparing and eating eggs hatch an array of unexpected human stories.
The stories they have collected so far are almost comforting. It could just as easily be me sitting across the table talking about making fried eggs and bacon for my family at home. A Good Mess is my favorite so far!
National Bike to Work Day by mark on May 14, 2015
Friday, May 15 is National Bike to Work Day. Are you ready to get your day off to a glorious start with a nice pedal into work?
Bike to School Day by kristin on May 06, 2015
Today is Bike to School Day and I used that as motivation to make it my first bike to work ride this year as well. School is only a 2 mile ride from home but PBHQ is 13 miles from there so when you throw in the chaos of trying to get two small children out the door in the morning, my bike commuting days have been on hiatus for a few years. I recently put an electronic assist system on my kid hauling long tail bike thanks to the help of Madison’s new niche shop - The Cargo Bike Shop. Riding with the extra boost is amazing and now I look for any excuse to get out and ride. My bike isn’t exactly light and where I used to have to grind up the hills before I now just increase the assist a bit and pedal smoothly up them. This easy speed is addicting and fun and I don’t feel like I’m “cheating” in the slightest. Anything that gets you riding a bike more is all good in my book. This morning’s commute had me reveling in the fresh air and smiling at fellow cyclists and pedestrians. Bike commuting is such an amazing way to start the day. More than anything I love riding with my kids and showing them that the bike is the best way to get around town. My 4 year old has declared car rides to be boring compared to bike rides; my heart beams. Logistically I know I just can’t ride to work every day but I’ll shoot for a day or two a week and maybe that will increase as the routine becomes established. Life is certainly better by bike.
National Bike Month by mark on May 01, 2015
Traverse City Bikes to School Day by mark on Apr 22, 2015
I'm continually impressed with Traverse City's Norte in their ability to get kids riding their bikes in all kinds of weather. They're currently gettin ready for their Bikes to School Day on May 6 but check out these stats from the last week!