Last year was Ainsworth State Park
Where will I go this year?
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.
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 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.
I am intrigued by the idea of dealing with the weather on an electric bicycle and this one does pretty well with that. Neat that it may well come in a kit form!
Published on Apr 2, 2016
Demo of my bicycle car PodRide with speaker text
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