Monday, December 28, 2009

"Boecycle" Handcrafted Bicycles


One of the nice things about the holiday season is you get to see people that you havent seen in a while. Chris Boedecker was in town visting family. Here is some of his handy work.






Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Santa's problems


Compliments of Chris B. Happy Holiday !! Enjoy !! jim

106th anniversary of first flight




Guess what today is?


On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright brothers made the first successful controlled powered flight. Unlike countless attempts over thousands of years, the scene over the sand dunes of Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, N.C., was more a product of science than art. Until that date -- 106 years ago today -- such flight was largely a product of the imagination or of daring pilots lacking knowledge and much, if any of an extensive future.In 1889, they published a four page weekly newspaper, the West Side News. They built their own printing press. Wilbur acted as editor of the paper. It was fairly successful, but after a year they became interested in other work. Orville became interested in bicycling and won prizes in amateur meets. With inventive genius to improve Orville's bicycle for meets, the brothers opened a bicycle repair and sales shop in Dayton in 1892.

If you would like to read the complete article here is the link
 http://www.standard.net/topics/hafb/2009/12/16/106th-anniversary-first-flight

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tree bikes

 I poached this from the internet, thought it would be interesting to reading for everyone

willy

 

Samuelson, a contractor and owner of MC Squared in Cape May, said he has always tinkered with personal projects outside his work on residential and commercial buildings. A former bike racer, Samuelson said a friend one day quoted him a line from a movie where a brat kid says to a struggling balloon crafter, “Build me a bicycle, clown.”
So he did, making the frame entirely out of hardwood. He and others liked the result so much that he built nearly 20 more from a variety of woods, including mahogany, ash, purpleheart and oak.
The wooden bikes are equipped with conventional cycling components and work just like regular bicycles, which is part of the challenge, Samuelson said.
“Art is usually there to be looked at, and mine has to be functional, so I have to walk this line between making it beautiful and making it perfectly functional,” he said.
Components also drive up the price of materials alone to $700. With each bike requiring about 75 hours of work, the bikes have to be priced as art for Samuelson to make money on them.
The wooden bikes have been in the artists’ co-op, in West Cape May; the Rusty Nail, in Cape May; and Algie’s Place bike shop, in Wildwood Crest, he said. There are also four in the Breezin’ Up clothing store in the Hamptons, N.Y.
Samuelson said he’s working on a new version that could gain in popularity by reducing two things cyclists try to avoid: weight and cost.
“I’m shooting to have an under-20-pound wooden bicycle, and I think it will be one of my cheaper models,” he said.
Whatever the price, his self-propelled pieces of furniture would surely get noticed on any boardwalk or bike path.
Contact Kevin Post:
609-272-7250
KPost@pressofac.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quintesential 80's BMX movie "RAD"

Probably one of the best and worst times of the 80's BMX movement.....BMX in all of its glory! I just thought of this movie today at work while gliding around on the Shred Sled during a slow period....


Monday, December 14, 2009

Bicycle Passion



Bruce is one of our regular customers and friends. He has a passion for bikes that you rarely see. I couldn't tell you how many bikes he has owned. Bruce's passion is not only riding them, but also making them his own. Here is his latest creation /innovation . Look close at the crank its his take on the fixie. dezigned and manufatured by Bruce

Friday, December 11, 2009

Joe Gaab giving it a shot

Joe Gaab In his first "go out"

This is an old picture taken 11-20-2003 , but I thought it was a great shot. This is Joe's  very first time surfing, all by himself with a beautiful sunrise. Just magical !!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lance and Jerome


One of our most favourite customers, Jerome Boykin, is a Customs and Border Protection Officer with the Department of Home Land Security. That extensive title allows him the right to know of all the famous people coming in and out of the Wilmington airport.
That being said on May 4th 2008 Lance Armstrong cleared customs at ILM on his way back from a vacation in the Caribbean. Jerome, knowing of Lance's arrival ahead of time, printed a photo of him off the internet and got his autograph for our bike shop! Check it out:


"For the Two Wheeler Dealer - Live Strong!"


-Kim

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Shop competitiveness at its best


Brian


This is the result of talking the talk and not walking the walk.... needless to say Billy the Kid made podium and Brian, well...not so much...


-Kim

Friday, December 4, 2009

A new face at a morning meeting


Noah asleep at the wheel !!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

great beers for bikers












for all of the dudes and dudettes, after a long ride this is the beer that i would recommend. for other great tasting beers check out this link http://bicycling.com/bke/slide/home/1,8155,s1-1-101-0,00.html
  ----enjoy covi

Hopworks Bike Beer NW IPA

The official beer of Oregon Bike Manifest, a celebration of cycling art and culture, and brewed at Portland's Hopworks Urban Brewery, making few beers more appropriate for 'cross season. The Bike Beer uses locally sourced organic hops and barley to create a beer that not only highlights the aggressively hoppy style of the Pacific Northwest, but also showcases just how damn good organic beer has become. The caramel-flavored malts provide a malty background, but the hops are the star. They jump out of the glass with a floral and grapefruit aroma, and then coat your mouth with sticky pine, peppercorns, and a citrus fruit punch of bitter flavors.
Tasters say: "Drinkable with a good, bitter kick

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fitting fortune cookie

This morning at the bike shop our QBP order showed up with a little suprise in the box. There at the bottom, all crunched up, was a fortune cookie! Georgia found it and threw it in the trash, then had a second though...you can't throw away a fortune cookie before you read the fortune! This is what it said:



"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world."

-Kim

Heavy Wal-mart bikes

 I was wondering why those bikes are so dang heavy!!!

Marijuana Concealed in Bicycle Tires

Updated: Saturday, 28 Nov 2009, 4:20 PM MST
Published : Saturday, 28 Nov 2009, 4:20 PM MST
DOUGLAS, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers have seized about $11,000 worth of marijuana after it was found stuffed in the tires of two bicycles.
Friday, CBP officers spotted two 15-year-old Mexican boys on bicycles approaching the border.
Officers searched the bicycles and found that the tires of both bicycles were loaded with seven pounds of marijuana.

The boys were questioned and released to their parents.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blue Clay Sunday morning



"This is the group that talks the talk AND rides the ride!" Brian was there but his photo is lost in cyber space somewhere ! Sorry Brian.  jim

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Billy tuning his "new fangled" derraileur !!



I do not know who took this pic, but I found it on the camera. Enjoy, jim

Old school derr and brakes


 This bike was in the shop the other day with some cool "old school" parts. The rear derraileur is the Paul Component Engineering WWW.Paulcomp.com 1995 Powerglide in blue and green. These were all CNC machined in Chico ,CA in a low volume high quality American made mentality. Paul Components are still alive and well today, however they do not make the derraileurs any more.

The other neat part on the bike was the Avid Tri Align cantilever brakes.

As Billy said these mementos need to be saved so here is a memory! Enjoy ! jim


Monday, November 23, 2009

Rickshaw guy - Sean Robinson @ our shop!



Today at the shop we opened the front door to find a man and his dog hanging out on the front porch with a HUGE pile of stuff. Turns out he is Sean Robinson from New York City, and his dog is Cooper. The two of them are riding a rickshaw around the perimeter of the continental US, just for fun!

They were at the shop because we received a new bike for him, which came fully assembled in a massive crate on a freight truck. Apparently his old bike was a 700lbs 3 speed...he literally pushed it up hills, as you can imagine! The new bike is a mountain bike style 21 speed, with a much more efficient geometry, and "only" 350lbs. Sean was stoked on it! And Cooper had a comfy new set up in the back. (He also got a new squeaky toy, gift from TWD!)




Sean's plan is to escape the fast life of being a chef in NYC and pedal until hes ready to go home. From Wilmington he is heading to Charleston, Atlanta and then spending Christmas in New Orleans.

You can follow him and Cooper on their journey at www.rickshawusa.blogspot.com

- Kim

Lance and Alberto Super Bikes!!!!







These bikes were on display at the Trek factory in Waterloo.
I couldnt help think " If these bikes could talk"

"Red Derosa"








This bike came through the shop last summer for complete overhaul.
very beautiful work!

1964 Scwhinn 3spd Traveler



























Stacy brought this in last week in a box. He didn't want to see it thrown in the trash. so here is the finished bike. Somebody will enjoy this ride!!!!!!!

"Seaside Shuffle Crew"















 Bob,Robbie,Brian,Billy,Kim

Here is the shop crew running at the" Seaside Shuffle" on Sunday........... Great job everybody!