IKEA Bikes: Sladda

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Starting in February 2017, you’ll be able to pick up IKEA’s new Sladda bike in stores across the US. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can order it now on IKEA’s US website, starting at $399.

I know a lot of folks are already complaining that it won’t be a “real” bike.  Seriously, with a 10 year warranty on the belt drive, with disc brake and a rear coaster brake?  With a $25 Front Rack, a $129 Trailer, and a $30 Bike Bag (that converts to a backpack)?

This was designed with a carry handle on the frame and appears to include lights and a bell.  A BELL!  Standard. 

I think I have just found my new commuter bike.

Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive

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I volunteered at the 21st annual Holiday Bike Drive!

Thanks to everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm, 411 kids picked their first bike, received a perfectly fitted helmet, and rode away with a great introduction as to what a bike can bring to their lives.

The stats:

416 = Kids registered

411 = Bikes in the hands of kids

240 = Total volunteers

265 = Total volunteer shifts

1163.5 = Volunteer hours for the week

Pictures of the Event

Squirrel Attacks Cyclist

Read the full article for the comments, they are soooo fun. I had to look at the bike for a minute to see why they were suggesting different wheels, awkward moment, for the squirrel.

Chicago squirrels have been warned to stay clear of local politicians on bikes

In one of the most bizarre stories that you’re going to read today, a Chicago politician has described the moment he was hospitalized after crashing into a squirrel as a ‘revenge attack’.

Howard Brookins Jr., the alderman for Chicago’s 21st ward, fractured his skull, lost a number of teeth, and broke his nose when when he fell from his bike after a squirrel ran into his path.

Brookins may have been hospitalised, but it was a much worse ending for squirrel

Brookins may have been hospitalized, but it was a much worse ending for squirrel

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune after being released from hospital, Brookins saw the funny side of the accident.

“I can think of no other reason for this squirrel’s actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge.

Electric Mini Folding Fat Bike

The RadMini is the first and only electric folding fat bike with heavy duty front and rear cargo racks and a powerful 750 watt 48 volt power system. Equipped with comfortable but compact 4’’ wide and 20’’ tall tires, the RadMini can be conveniently folded in order to store and transport the bike more easily. What really makes the RadMini special is its versatility. The RadMini has the ability to take on many tasks you would not expect from a folding bike such as hauls from the grocery store, challenging terrain, and rough roads all without breaking a sweat. The integrated front and rear lights help you be seen on the road. The 20 MPH top speed allows you to crush your commute or enjoy a fast and exciting evening ride around the local park. Stylish, durable, and fun the RadMini  is your key to new adventures big and small.

The Other Trans-Am: TAT

tat-logoFrom Outside online, info here about Bikepacking, in the article these folks started in 2015 to be the first to Bikepack

the Trans-America Trail—the cob-rough, dirt-and-gravel path across the U.S. adored by off-road motorcyclists.

Bikepacking, in which the bike serves as both steed and pack mule along dirt single- and doubletrack—is one of the hottest trends in cycling. Statistics are elusive, but the anecdotes of bikepacking’s exploding popularity are many. For example, the Tour Divide, the famed 2,745-mile, self-supported knobby-tire course through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, went from 17 riders in 2008 to 185 in 2016 (though not everyone goes the distance). 

Large gear manufacturers are stepping up, too, joining niche brands in making equipment that’s stout enough to outfit a multi-day trip, but light enough that riders won’t curse themselves for bringing so much. Giant and Ortlieb now make bikepacking-specific bags, and Cali­fornia’s Blackburn Design can barely keep up with demand for its handlebar bags and seat packs. “It’s very redeeming,” says Robin Sansom, Blackburn’s brand manager. “You know that these products are being used for something joyful and extraordinary.” This summer, industry titan Specialized rolled out the Sequoia, the second bikepacking-ready model in its Adventure line, and unveiled a collection of packs, clothing, and accessories made specifically for the long haul.