Archive | May, 2011

Meet Matthew and Crystal (and Lanikai)

Last week I met Matthew and Crystal, who are about to embark on a cross country bicycle tour, following the Adventure Cycling TransAm route. 

An overnight on Mt. Diablo

I went out camping last night with my buddy Grant.  It had been a while, and I need to train for the Himalayas, so we decided to go to the highest, toughest and rockiest spot on Mt. Diablo.  It had been raining earlier that day, but

Tire weight disparities. Schwalbe Marathon XR vs Marathon Extreme

I recently ordered two sets of big fat touring tires, 26×2.25″ Schwalbe Marathon XRs, which I used in a 700c version on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route back in 2008, and a set of Marathon Extremes in the same size.  I’ve been using the Extremes for the last 1.5 years on a Surly Big […]

Pushing the Pedals goes to Career Day!

Because everybody knows that writing a blog and working in a bike shop are highly desirable careers among the middle school set, I was recently invited to give a talk at a local school for career day.  I remember being in 6-8th grade once, and I can tell you that my dreams at the time […]

Dad’s new bike

I finally finished and delivered my dad’s new bike!  He came by with my Grandpa on Saturday to pick it up, and I think it’s safe to say that he likes the bike.  These are the kinds of projects I enjoy doing, where somebody basically says “Build me the touring bike of your dreams!” As […]

Happy Bike to Work Day!!!

I made the rounds this morning, picked up my tote bag, and visited a couple of energizer stations set up by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  There were probably twice as many cyclists out as there normally would be, which is great!  I also took the opportunity to renew my membership to the SFBC.  Thanks […]

An overnighter, and introducing Aaron’s Trohloff!

Last Wednesday I rode out to Samuel P Taylor state park, to try out some new gear.  I have some new bags from Carousel Design Works, and a new tent, sleeping bag and pad.Woohoo! New Hilleberg Akto tent fits my 6’4″ body very well and only weighs a little over

Behind the scenes at a photo shoot, and the coolest kids bike ever!

Last week a San Francisco based technology magazine used our shop for a photo shoot of a bike build using Shimano’s electronic shifting system.

Progress, and a tent sponsor

I’m making steady progress on my dad’s new bike, got the crankset and fork installed, as well as the belt drive system. I was a bit skeptical about