Farmington Canal Trail high wheel bicycle ride.

4 05 2010

Spent May 1st riding on the Farmington Canal Trail with The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop and their high wheel bicycles. We covered 33 miles, very impressive for a high wheeler! There was a stop at the halfway point to consume the incredibly delicious Sweet Claude’s ice cream. A great day!


Critical Mass – April 30, 2010

2 05 2010

Critical Mass working it's way through the streets of New Haven.

A wide variety if bicycles come to Critical Mass including high wheelers and box bikes.

Marty Waters riding his tall bike through New Haven.

Pennies from heaven.

13 04 2010

The Devil's Gear Bike Shop's six high wheel penny bikes parked outside the shop.

Six penny bikes ready for action.

People for Bikes

17 03 2010

Here’s an interesting video from a bicycle advocacy group called People for Bikes that aims to improve bicycling in America. They are asking cyclists to take their pledge. They are aiming for 1 million cyclists. Check out their site by clicking here.

Budget Transportation: Zebrakenko 5 speed.

15 03 2010

1980's Zebrakenko 5 speed fully accessorized for the Elm City.

When I was a little kid the bicycle shop down the street sold Zebrakenkos. Later as a teenager, when I began working at that same bike shop, The brand was long gone and the shop used barrels of old Zebrakenko t-shirts as shop rags. They lasted for years. I wish I had saved just one! Anyway, Zebras are definitely not one of the more popular Japanese brands from it’s era but it is certainly of similar high-quality. When I saw this commuter I just had to make it one of my ‘Budget Transportation” posts.

This Zebrakenko 5-speed is from the early 1980’s and has a beautiful lugged Japanese-steel frame. It sports a nicely worn Brooks saddle, factory red fenders, comfortable upright seating position, original Pletscher rack, and a single gear lever to change the gears. The bicycle is in immaculate condition for it’s age and was likely ridden very little. The owner purchased it for $225.00 in fully restored and tuned-up condition. It has been accessorized with a front basket, folding rear baskets, cork grips, MKS rubber pedals (smooth!), and a Planet Bike Superflash taillight. The cost of the accessories added was around $125 including installation. Not bad! $350.00 for a fully decked out around town commuter with lots of style to match. This is a seriously classy looking bike.

Zebrakenko 5 speed ready for the city.

The front basket is perfect for carrying your lunch, or maybe a small dog? Woof!

Rear baskets fold down for carrying larger items, like grocery bags. The Planet Bike Superflash keeps everything safe in traffic.

The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop – Commuter of the Month

10 03 2010

Each month The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop names a lucky individual (or family) as their ‘Commuter of the Month.’ It’s a great idea to honor those who are making an effort to commute to work without the use of an automobile. And, I am very honored to be named the Commuter of the Month for March! Thank You Devil’s Gear!

If you or someone you know wants to be considered for The Commuter of the Month send the following information to The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop through their Contact Us page here.

Do you commute to work or school by bike?
Do you know some one who does ?
Send us contact info for how to get in touch with them.
And you or they will be commuter of the month !!

1. Name?
2. What is our nickname?
3. What do you ride? Make? Model?
4. What is your rides nick name?
5. What is your commute?
6. Funny Anecdote
7. Favorite bike tip

Click here to view The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop’s Commuter of the Month page.

Review: Quinnipiac River Linear Trail – Wallingford, Connecticut

10 03 2010

Entrance to the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail in Wallingford, Connecticut.

I will get this right out there to start. This is probably not a destination for cyclists . . . yet. One of the plans for reviews this year is to do an assesment of the ‘rail trails’, ‘linear trails, and ‘bike paths’ around the northeast. Today, we decided to venture out on the linear trail that is closest to where I live. The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail is a relatively new multi use trail that parallels the Quinnipiac River in Wallingford. While currently only about 1.25 miles long it does represent an important first step in establishing a longer trail. Like most trails of this type, just getting them to the groundbreaking stage can take several years of effort. Then, after groundbreaking, it can take several years to accomplish the first phase of the trail. These first two sections of the Quinnipiac trail have crossed those hurdles as well as the tremendous challenges of crossing both over the Quinnipiac River and under the Merritt Parkway (Route 15). The current trail terminous sits at the precipice of some beautiful woodlands along the banks of the river. It is not difficult to envision the scenery the trail will offer as it continues to follow the path of the river through the woods.

The long term plans for the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail are:

The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail is a multiple-town project. The cross- town Wallingford portion of the trail will cover 6.7 miles from north to south. The park offers recreational access to all citizens – young and old, by foot, bike, skates, canoes, strollers, and wheelchairs. Historically, native Indian tribes living along the Quinnipiac River used its banks to guide its travel from village to vil- lage. The Quinnipiac Linear Trail reinstates this important community linkage and travel way.

Additionally, the trail is planned to connect with 6.5 miles of trails in Meriden to the North and 4 plus miles of trail in North Haven to the south. And, those trails will eventually connect to trails in Cheshire to the North and Hamden to the south. This should tie the entire network into the greater northeast greenway trail, The Farmington Valley Canal Trail. Imagine 10 or so years from now being able to ride from town to town on linear trails within your area or travel as far away as Northampton or further on these tranquil greenways.

The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail meanders through the woods along the banks of the river.

A new bridge crosses the Quinnipiac River.

Crossing the bridge on the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail in Wallingford, Connecticut.