Thursday, August 9, 2007

Something in the mail...

The Practical Pedal:

There are many elements of a great front porch, chief among them are a good dog, a cold beer and something awesome to read.

Here we have Juniper, New Belgium Sunshine Wheet, and The Practical Pedal, a new magazine edited by Wiley Davis of Bozeman Montana. Inside are articles on selecting the right trailer for your needs, Dutch cargo bikes, and eschewing technology for simpler pleasures. Here's an excerpt from Wiley's introduction to the issue and the magazine:

Things would have been different if I'd owned a bicycle trailer. Like most fifteen-year-old kids, I had a bicycle. But I'd never been exposed to the idea that bikes could be practical, even utilitarian, tools for transportation. Sure I rode my bike to friend's houses, but as soon as something heavy needed to be hauled, I'd call in the big automotive guns... or resort to the desperate measures of the plywood debacle. It took me twenty years to figure out that bicycles are useful, even to someone with a car and a driver's license. But I am heartened to see that bicycles are emerging from their recreational prisons. Bicycle shops are beginning to carry bikes with both the gearing and strength to carry loads. Small manufacturers such as Xtracycle, Cleverchimp, and Carry Freedom are making the kind of gear people need to put bicycles to work as viable forms of transportation. And the large manufacturers are beginning to see that practical bikes can help them reach a huge, untapped market.

Thank you Wiley!!

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Blogger Jeff said...

Kona has a new utility bike in the works. Check out the Ute!

August 10, 2007 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger wolfy said...

Talk about scroll-down perfection. Everyone in the office just heard me GASP!

"It will be mine--OH yes: it WILL be mine."


August 10, 2007 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Thanks for posting this, Mike. Keep it up. -Gwynne

August 17, 2007 at 9:31 PM  

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