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.
Danny’s Wee Day Out (and the making of )
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Fascinating read in Nature Magazine published July 2016
From 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.