For Sale: Touring Bike and Rare Bridgestone

It’s time, I know. It’s well more than time to finally clean out the basement of two bikes I just don’t use. I know. Stop bugging me about it, already.

2017 Co-Op ADV 1.1, formerly Novara Randonee.

I’ve put these beauties up on craigslist — here and here; on, here and here and on Facebook Marketplace, here and here. Despite a nationwide dearth of good bicycles, I’ve not had a single call yet.

1993 Bridgestone NB-26, comfort/hybrid bike so rare it wasn’t included in that year’s catalog. Not a scratch on it.

They’re both nice, good looking and in perfect running condition. I just don’t ride them since I’ve built up my daily XO-2.

If you know anyone looking for Bikes for the Vertically Challenged, let me know.

Does Bike Boom Portend Copenhagen-like Shift in U.S.?

The COVID-19-inspired bicycle boom is quite real.

My local bike shop is barren, and the masked employees are frazzled with mountains of repairs of nearly forgotten old bikes dug out by people driven mad by quarantine. A couple of weeks ago I was at another bike shop to get a small part. There was a line around the block. People were buying whatever bikes the shop could wheel out.

Tim Blumenthal, president and CEO of PeopleForBikes, has even said this past three months might actually be “the best quarter for the bike industry in the last 50 years.” Blumenthal on Tuesday announced his retirement from the bike advocacy organization after 16 years at the helm.

But does the meteoric rise in bicycle interest and ridership portend a Copenhagen-like shift in the U.S.?

Doubtful, but this article from The Detroit News explores that question and the recent bike boom better than almost any I’ve read in the past several weeks.

Book Review: In Praise of the Bicycle

SHORT REVIEW: Ask yourself three questions before picking up In Praise of the Bicycle, by Marc Augé: Am I French? Am I a French Boomer who knows the geographical layout of major French cities? Do I have an irrational affinity for major bike races and racers of the 1950s and ’60s and the ability to recall minute details of long-ago contests as though it was my own beloved father leading the pack while wrapped in a jersey that reads ‘I LOVE YOU, SON” in block lettering?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then I recommend just one more before delving into Augé‘s mercifully short book: Do I have a strong will to live?

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GEAR REVIEW: Bike Lights for the Beginner

Riding at night is mainly new to me. It’s not something I’ve normally done. Lately, I’ve begun an after dinner ride, which often puts me out after dark. For the first week or so, I strapped a headlight I bought for a home project to my helmet in place of a proper bike light. It worked alright. I could see in front of me. But I was concerned that drivers weren’t as aware of my presence as I’d like. Plus, I had no blinky behind me, which is arguably more important.

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Fuji Suspends Bike Sales to Cops; Trek Silent on its Role in Police Violence

Two major bicycle manufacturers responded in vastly different ways to photos and video showing police around the country using their department-issued bicycles as weapons against demonstrators protesting in the wake of George Floyd’s homicide during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minn.

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