Black Friday Is Now Bicycle Friday As Deals Abound

Long story short, bike shops are making great deals on new bicycles and e-bikes starting on Black Friday and should continue these great deals through the end of the year (depending on how well sales go). If you were on the fence about buying an e-bike or bicycle, this is a great time to get off the fence and save.  WHY THE SUPER DEALS? It has been a weird three years for bicycle shops. Two years ago when the COVID lockdowns were implemented, people headed for the hills. That is,…

PikaBoost E-Bike Conversion Kit Concept Seeks Investors

The first time I read a media report on the PikaBoost, I chuckled at the brazen claims the article made, shook my head and filed the story with a command-backspace keyboard tap. But then something wild happened. The PikaBoost kept popping up on bicycle, tech, environmental, business and “Cool Things” websites. If the engineering department at Livall (the company that is planning to make the PikaBoost) is half as good as their public relations department, they will have a runaway hit on their hands. What Livall is trying to do…

2022 Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride Photos: Are You In This Mix?

November 3rd, 2022 was a beautifully breezy, chilly day perfect for another Mike Nosco Memorial Bicycle Ride. This California tradition draws hundreds of riders to pay tribute to the memory of Mike Nosco by riding one of three challenging loops. Riders punishing themselves on steep climbs must have Mike smiling down from Heaven. He liked people who put in an effort. Congrats to every rider who rode and keeping Mike’s memory alive. Money Shot Bankruptcy: Had the perfect opening shot of the group but my 200 lens froze solid. I…

Lessons Learned From The Park & Diamond Bicycle Helmet Debacle

Just checked in on Park & Diamond’s progress in delivering a foldable bicycle helmet and found that, surprise, there is none. The last company update is not from the company, but from Indiegogo, the investment firm who hawked the concept helmet based on little more than a slick public relations blast. That update said, “opps.” The last update from the actual company was back in March of 2022 and provided nothing more than hollow claims of progress. The investor comments on Indiegogo are flooded with requests for refunds. My gut…

Never Spill A Drop With This Bicycle Drink Holder

Not totally stoked the inventor dubbed his product a “beer stabilizer” (I’ve lost friends to drunk drivers), so substitute Drink Stabilizer and you’ve got an ingenious invention. Click here to watch it in action. Don’t drink and ride: The inventor says this accessory is made for use at Burning Man and that explains a lot. Still, I wouldn’t suggest consuming alcohol while riding a bike even in the middle of the desert. Wait until you are done riding. This invention would solve the problem I’ve had riding my motorcycle with…

Reevo Hubless Bike Reveals Over-blown Expectations Of Investors

The Reevo Hubless E-bike concept raised over six and a half million bucks from 2,769 backers on the crowd funding site Indiegogo. Close to three years later, the majority of those backers are still waiting for their Reevo and browsing the recent comment section reveals a growing frustration from those backers. What were they expecting? INVESTING IN A CONCEPT BIKE It is clear from the comments that many considered themselves customers, not investors. These folks were naive (showing a lack of experience, wisdom or judgment) when they plunked down the…

Checking In On The Too-Good-To-Be-True Park & Diamond Helmet Fiasco

I was skeptical when I wrote about the Park & Diamond foldable helmet three years ago. Based on prototype photos, I didn’t see how this helmet could pass any bicycle helmet certification. Well, it still hasn’t shipped and customers who invested in the company (that had never made a product, let alone a bicycle helmet) are feeling used, abused and scammed by both Park & Diamond and Indiegogo. Between a flood of investor comments demanding refunds, there are comments like these: “I’m now finding out how to scam people. I’m…

Businesses And Cyclists Battle Over Bike Lanes

WCVB 5 ABC is reporting that a group made up of Cambridge, Massachusetts, business owners known as “Cambridge Streets For All” is suing the city to stop them from removing parking spaces in favor of bike lanes. The business owners claim the reduction of public parking is impacting their businesses already weakened by the COVID pandemic. Watching the news report footage, it is easy to understand why cyclists want separated bike lanes on these busy thoroughfares. Even where separated bike lanes are shown, the cyclists are forced to navigate intersections…