Archive | August, 2009

Smittys in Iowa

John and I took a trip to Decorah, IA to meet up with Deke from Oneota River Cycles, LeeAllen, Ron and several other cyclists from Decorah and Rochester, MN to do some bike riding in the hills around Decorah. We both took Smittys. John’s was set up with a 1X 9 drivetrain with a 42-tooth […]

Everyday Cycling

I may be a little Johnny-come-lately to the term but I ran across a blog article here: http://www.ecometro.com/community/blogs/portland_go/archive/2009/06/09/everyday-cycling-a-better-term-for-a-biking-life.aspx that seems to resonate with me. The term used in the article, everyday cycling, describes very much the type of riding I envisioned Smitty owners doing. Here is a short quote from the article Travis wrote that […]

Flat Drop Front Flip

As the cat at the end of the video says “That was sick!”

Carrying the iPhone on a Bike

This article is about the methods I’ve used to try to carry my iPhone while I bike and, more recently, how to get good performance from the Runkeeper or iMapMyRide apps while I ride. The rating method is a simple “gut feeling” score from 0 to 5. With 5, of course, being the best. Pocket […]

Spokes Model Dave’s New Frame

When it came time for Dave to pony up for a new ride he didn’t have to look further than our own builder Tom Teesdale to make his new steel beauty! See, Dave had already ridden the life out of a Scandium rig Tom built years ago. Literally, the frame finally broke but then it […]

Locking a lot of Bikes With One Lock

On a recent ride in Iowa with the Rochester and Decorah folks Ron showed us how to lock all our bikes, I think there were about 10 at this stop, with one lock.

Performance, it’s the name of the game!

Don’t get all hung up on who is getting fun poked at them! This is a riot!

Smitty Prototype #2

Like Smitty #1 we started with a hand-built frame from Tom Teesdale. Made with True Temper Verus HT tubes, this frame was painted gloss black to match a sweet Wily 29er fork I have. Since this is a coaster brake bike and no front brake is needed I figured the Wily would provide a great […]