23 November 2010

Guaranteed Hits for the Holidays

1. College jerseys are #1!

College jerseys make wonderful gifts for current students, graduates and alumni all year-round, but are consistent top-sellers during the holiday season. BicyclingHub.com proudly stocks over 70 official collegiate cycling jerseys from your favorite team mascots across the U.S. And don't forget the matching college cycling socks!

2. Sports jerseys

Whether your passion is major league baseball, hockey, or football, our collection of sports team cycling jerseys ensures you'll find one to root for this holiday season.

3. Beer Jerseys and Cycling Caps

Cycling beer jerseys and beer-themed caps, such as the Arrogant Bastard Ale jersey and North Coast's Acme Ale cap pictured here, are the perfect pairing of two things many cyclists love best: a day on the bike, and a fine micro-brew enjoyed with compatriots afterward. Now you can give the essence of both, in one tasty, refreshing package.

4. Castelli NanoFlex Arm Warmers

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Winter-weight warmers are always a great way to extend your wardrobe as well as battle ever-changing weather. With the addition of a lightweight fleece that sheds water from that occasional rain shower, the Nanoflex arm, knee and leg warmers are multi-season and multi-purpose: you can't go wrong!

5. Campagnolo Cycling Caps

An oldie but goodie, you deny its timeless, classic appeal. Available in multiple colors to suit a variety of palettes.

6. Castelli Viva Thermo Skully - Red

When it comes to blocking out wind, retaining body heat and keeping comfortable, Castelli's Viva Thermo Skully helmet liner has got you covered on all levels. So dapper you'll likely wear it just as much on your off-bike adventures as on them.

7. Castelli Radiation 1-2-3 Jacket

One jacket for three seasons, comprised of the most technically advanced winter clothing system ever. Ideal and adaptable for almost every situation, this jacket promises to keep you riding strong no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw your way.

8. Pearl Izumi's 3-in-1 jacket

Three options for a bad weatherman: this comprehensive cold-weather system combines a Primaloft® liner jacket, Cocona™ Softshell outer Jacket and detachable thermal/softshell balaclava for maximum versatility and protection in the nastiest of conditions.

9. Green Eggs and Ham Cycling Jersey for Men and Women by Retro Image Apparel

Do you like green eggs and ham ? ... if so you'll love this jersey, Sam I Am! Relive those fond childhood memories and share them with the rest of the pack on your ride. This bright and cheery jersey will be sure and raise a smile.

10. His & Hers Lucky Lab Cycling jerseys for men and women

Served up by Micro Beer Jerseys, this vividly-colored jersey pays tribute to one of our many local Portland micro-breweries. We sure love our bikes, our doggies and our beer - it's tough to say in which particular order! Enjoy all three as you roll up to your favorite local pub for a post-ride refreshment.

11. Rosie the Riveter Women's Cycling Jersey

Next time your favorite female riding companion needs a little bit more inspiration to reach the top of the long climb or the next checkpoint, she can glance down at this iconic piece of WW II memorabilia and shout "WE CAN DO IT!" as she suddenly sprints past the pack. Fuel her passion and reward her ambitions with this gorgeous print guaranteed not to shrink or fade.

12. Chat Noir Women's Cycling Jersey

Le Chat Noir, a classic design made into wearable, functional, art courtesy of Retro Image Apparel. Parisian charm and sophistication meets dry sport wicking fabric, for ladies who like to sweat--and look good while doing it.

13. Canari Journey Long Sleeve Jersey - Blue

Constructed with Evolve Pro fabric - a fleecy-backed, warm and comfortable Micro-Denier Polyester yarn tightly knit to help keep out the wind. Perspiration is wicked away to the outside of the garment so that you stay warm and dry, not cold and clammy.

14. Canari Women's Alpine Long Sleeve Jersey

This attractive mid-weight jersey combines simple styling, a nice lightweight fleece good for colder temperatures, an easy layering option, and a great price point.

15. Castelli MC Wool Long Sleeve Jersey

As featured in Bicycling Magazine's The Best Holiday Gifts for Cyclists guide! "Whether you give it or ask to receive it, this cycling clothing for men is sure to satisfy."

The MC Wool jersey is quickly becoming BicyclingHub.com’s number one selling item. 70% wool and washable 30% acrylic blend makes this full-zip jersey easy to care for, and a joy to slip into time and time again.

16. Castelli Women's Opera Wool Long Sleeve Jersey

A great wool blend that is cute cute cute, this jersey is classically styled with cool Castelli embroidery on the chest for great looks. A 50% Merino wool and 50% fine gauge washable acrylic blend makes it easy to take care of and gives a soft feel against the skin.

17. Castelli Mod Sweater

This new casual sweater from Castelli puts a modern twist on their classic wool. With new modern graphics and a sharp looking sporty design, this is bound to be another favorite on your (and/or your loved one's) wish-list.

18. Showers Pass Helmet Cover

This new helmet cover from Showers Pass is perfect for the the rain, the wind, and the WET that is Winter. The lightweight, breathable and waterproof fabric is fully seam taped to make sure nothing gets in, and a removable drop-down rear brim deflects rain down the outside of your jacket, not down the inside and back of your neck. Thrills, not chills!

19. Pearl Izumi Amfib Cycling Tights

Warmth and versatility worth EVERY penny! These winter-weight padded cycling tights protect you from the wind and are extremely water-resistant. The Elite Thermal Fleece fabric helps draw sweat away from the skin and vent it out the rear panels, allowing the material to breathe as you sweat and prevent that cold, clammy feeling from sinking into your bones. A staff favorite!

20. Defeet Wooleator Sock

A treat for the feet, these winter-weight cycling socks are made with the finest quality Merino wool. Be sure to stock up on more than one pair, as your significant other or house mates may be raiding your drawers for "their" new favorite piece of luxuriously warm footwear!

21. Pearl Izumi Women's P.R.O Woolie Jersey Coffee

A semi-form fitting piece with a wool and acrylic blend knit brings style, warmth and comfort that will hold its shape season after season. Expect it to quickly become a staple in most wardrobes - works well for Fall, Winter or early Spring rides. Also works great and looks great on or off the bike - before, during or after your ride ........ or all of the above.

22. Castelli Merino Wool Long Sleeve Baselayer

Give the gift of WOOL this holiday season! Soft to the touch, this ultra fine and machine-washable 100% Australian merino wool doesn’t itch. Stay warm, dry and comfortable in this incredible baselayer, as you layer on the base miles in preparation for the season ahead.

23. Castelli Forza Glove Black

This beautifully stitched mid-weight glove offers considerable protection on those showery and windy days, especially in that variable temperature range of 46 to 60 degrees. Padded silicone palms enable you to keep a firm grip on those handlebars, and easy on/off Neoprene gussets provide comfort and allow free movement at the wrist.

24. Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket for Men and Women

One of the all-time favorites amongst BicyclingHub.com staff and customers alike, you'll be loved forever if you bestow one of these to your favorite cyclist X-Mas morning (or treat yourself to a well-deserved gift). If it's 40 degrees and raining, the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 is the ultimate go-to jacket. Whether you commute, enjoy fitness/recreational rides, tour by bike, or do all three, we hope it'll be yours too.

25. Gift Certificate

Not sure what size, what color, or what brand to get? A BicyclingHub.com Gift Certificate enables the lucky recipient to choose exactly what they want from our extensive catalog, and ensures your position on top of the gift-giving podium.

17 November 2010

Portland-based International Cycling Apparel Retailer Announces Relocation and Expansion

Despite uneven economic terrain, bicycling industry sales steadily continue to climb

Soon, 642 SE Stark St. will be welcoming another member of Portland’s growing bicycle-based businesses into the fold. “Do one thing and do it well," advises Douglas Duguay, owner and Sales Manager of BicyclingHub.com, an Internet-based company selling high-performance technical cycling gear throughout the U.S. and over 40 countries internationally, including Canada, Australia and Japan. “And no one knows cycling clothing better than our staff. Our new space will help us live up to our full potential."

Stationed near the corner of 7th Ave. and Sandy Blvd., two main corridors for bicycle commuters in the city’s well-mapped bicycle route network, Duguay expects walk-in business to increase significantly after the move, scheduled for November 30th, 2010. With 4,000 square ft. of warehouse and office space and a designated retail area, customers will feel welcome to browse and try items on before purchasing. “I’ve already submitted a request to the City to install a bike rack in front of the new building. It’s free for businesses, and it’s a terrific way to encourage more trips by bike,” says Duguay.

Located in the Platinum-Level Bicycle Friendly Community of Portland, Oregon, BicyclingHub.com has been selling top-quality cycling apparel on the Internet since 2001. From humble beginnings as a one-man operation selling cycling jerseys on EBay out of Duguay’s spare bedroom in Southeast Portland to the company’s current standing as a successful online retailer in the global marketplace, a strong commitment to customer satisfaction has always been the cornerstone of its mission.

(photo, right: BicyclingHub.com team members enjoy the metric century route of the 2010 Oregon Tour de Cure.) While the economy continues to make tentative steps toward recovery from what pundits have dubbed “The Great Recession,” BicyclingHub.com has enjoyed a significant growth rate in sales during 2010. Although the majority of sales are conducted online, customers in Portland have been requesting a retail showroom for some time; its Annual Warehouse Clearance Sale remains a perennial favorite amongst local cycling clubs, regional teams and OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing Association) members. Stocking such well-known brands such as Castelli, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau and Showers Pass, the site specializes in hard to find items, such as the Thor Hushovd Norwegian Champion jersey, the “28 Million” Team Radio Shack-LIVESTRONG Jersey, and the limited edition Cervelo Test Team Tour de France team kit. Routinely ranked “exceptional” in its customer service ratings and known for its friendly, knowledgeable, and reliable attention, staff are heavily encouraged to commute by bike and ride in the products they sell in order to give direct feedback to consumers and manufacturers.

(photo, left: Portland's Sunday Parkways program fill the streets with thousands of bike riders, from the very young to the very young at heart.) Portland, Oregon might well be considered the ultimate testing ground for cycling apparel in a wide range of weather conditions. Portland Development Commission, Business Oregon and Oregon Business Council cite Portland is force to be reckoned with in the Activewear and Outdoor Gear world for the last thirty years,” in the recently-released Portland Economic Development Strategy. Appreciative to be headquartered in the same city as manufacturers like Castelli, Retro Image Apparel and Showers Pass, and it's a rare day that goes by that staff don't spy a cyclist wearing one of the products they sell. Ed Dalton, Co-President/Principal of Showers Pass remarks, “For us, [Portland] is the perfect proving ground for our product. It would be a challenge for us if we were…. based in Southern California." As the first Internet retailer to sell Showers Pass outerwear directly to consumers, since 2005 BicyclingHub.com has sold upwards of 1,500 Showers Pass products alone and can authoritatively speak on behalf of the brand's quality, durability, and loyal fan base.

BicyclingHub.com’s new brick-and-mortar location at 642 SE Stark St. will allow the company to expand its local retail presence while continuing to offer outstanding customer service online and by phone. Customers may continue to shop online throughout the holiday season; a grand opening of the retail space is planned for February 2011. After nearly a decade in the bicycling industry, BicyclingHub.com proudly stocks the largest selection of quality men's and women's cycling clothing in the Pacific Northwest and remains committed to continuing its platinum-level standards of service, quality and prompt delivery.

12 November 2010

The Quintessential Fall Classic: The Tour of Lombardy

The Giro de Lombardia, aka the Tour of Lombardy, 2010. Photo source: steephill.tv

It's November Trivia Time! Test your prowess and knowledge of cycling history and impress your friends on the next group ride. How many can you answer without looking?

This month's topic: the Tour of Lombardy, aka “The Race of the Falling Leaves”

Q1. Belgian hardman Phillipe Gilbert has won the last two Tours of Lombardy. Prior to Gilbert, who was the last previous back-to-back winner? For interests sake, let’s eliminate the “Italian Run” that preceded Gilbert (Bartoli in 2002-03, Bettini in 2005-06 and Cunego in 2007-08).

Q2. Lombardy is the only truly mountainous Classic and as such is won by Grand Tour riders more frequently than some of the other monuments in cycling. Who was the last Tour de France winner to triumph here?

Q3. Interestingly, a Spaniard has never won here, although Olympic Champion Sammy Sanchez has come close recently. With the Mountains and the proximity to the Spanish Vuelta, have there been any Vuelta/Lombardy doubles?

A1. Another Belgian!!! Eddie Merckx in 1971/72!

Eddie Merckx says, "Everything in bicycling is about evolution." Photo, left: showing off one of his 2011 models at Interbike in Las Vegas, NV. Read BicyclingHub.com's full interview with him here.

A2. Frenchman Bernard Hinault in 1984. Now, given that IS an Italian Classic there were no less than three Giro winners in that time (Cunego, DiLuca, and Rominger)

Photo, right: Bernard Hinault, aka "The Badger," won an incredible 28 stages and five Tours, from 1978-1985, and was second twice, in 1984 and 1986. He's been ranked #3 in the Top 25 All-Time Tour de France Riders. Photo source: bleacherreport.net.

A3. Granted the Vuelta only switched to the Fall in 1995, but no one has done it. Even with the Mountains and the date proximity, Grand Tours and One Day Races have become two separate beasts. Vuelta Champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, however was 5th this year.

08 November 2010

Park-2-Park 2010 Raises $62,000 and Awareness of CASA Programs in Montana

Nearly 40 riders pedaled through the Roosevelt arch in Gardiner at Yellowstone Park after completing the 400-mile trip across Montana Sept. 10. Photo courtesy of Ellen Bush, CASA Montana.

Despite a struggling economy and reported cutbacks on charitable donations by individuals and families, The Sixth Annual Park-2-Park Montana 2010 fundraising event exceeded its target goal, reportedly raising $62,000 to help support CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) programs throughout Montana.

According to organizers, participants met their set goal of nearly $50,000 by the start of the event September 6th; since then, another $12,000 has been donated to provide advocacy for abused and neglected children so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. Funds will be shared with 15 local programs in Montana through mini grants to assist program operation. Programs are currently recruiting new volunteers to speak up for children who are in the state’s court system through no fault of their own. More than 400 volunteers are now advocating for nearly 1,000 children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

Cyclist Troy Charbonneau was the top fundraiser at nearly $9,000, with the support of JCT Construction, Jim and Janet Charbonneau, Cycle Montana and the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputy Benevolence Association. Helena rider John Morrison raised $6,500 with the help of Platinum sponsors Presidio Insurance and ALPS Insurance. Great Falls attorney Dave Slovak was close behind with more than $5,000 in donations. Kalispell rider Susen Marie Ladd raised more than $4,000 for her fourth CASA ride, most in donations of $100 or less.
New York state rider Steve Suozzo was enthusiastic about the experience. It was an absolutely wonderful adventure. A life-changing week,” wrote Steve. “The support team was great, and made the event so much more enjoyable. The food, rest stops, lunches and dinners were great fun and well stocked. Bravo to all of you on the CASA team.”

(Left: Park-2-Park Montana 2010 group with the CASA truck at the Dupuyer Community Center. Photo courtesy of Ellen Bush, CASA Montana.) Ride organizer Joe Bryce has announced Sept. 12 -16, 2011 as the scheduled ride dates for next year with a route along highway 89 from St. Mary’s KOA at Glacier Park to Gardiner in Yellowstone Park. The route takes cyclists along the eastern side of Glacier National Park through spectacular scenery along the Rocky Mountain front US 89 through Dupuyer, Choteau, Great Falls, White Sulphur Springs and Livingston before concluding at Yellowstone National Park. Save the date and keep informed along the way at park2parkmontana.org .

Photo taken approximately one mile from the finish. BicyclingHub.com owner Douglas Duguay reminisces, "It felt great riding in a giant pack of riders about to complete over 400 miles for the week."

2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge dares cyclists to try and bite off more then they can chew

International Pro-Cyclists to Compete Throughout Seven Stages, 11 Host Cities, and Nearly 600 Miles of Colorado’s Most Challenging Terrain

A new multi-day competitive stage race, reminiscent of the Coors Classic two decades prior, is set to carve out a new space in the international pro cycling calendar for 2011. Organizers of the Quiznos Pro Challenge™ officially unveiled details regarding the inaugural event at a press conference last Thursday, November 4th, in Denver, Colorado. Scheduled for August 22-28, 2011, the event will be made up of seven stages, traveling through Colorado’s most picturesque landscapes and visiting 11 host cities. Created to be the most challenging pro-cycling race in American history, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is set to cover nearly 600 miles of the region’s demanding terrain. (Photo, right: host city representatives proudly sport the team colors.)

The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages:
August 22 – Stage 1, Prologue time trial, Colorado Springs
August 23 – Stage 2, Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finish
August 24 – Stage 3, Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stage
August 25 – Stage 4, Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stage
August 26 – Stage 5, Avon to Steamboat Springs
August 27 – Stage 6, Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
August 28 – Stage 7, Golden to Denver

(Photo, left: USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson announces the next big thing in American cycling since the Tour of California: a grueling 600 mile, seven day race through the most majestic and treacherous terrain Colorado and the Rocky Mountains have to offer.) Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Governor-elect and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper were joined by representatives from the 11 selected host cites, as well as guest speaker Shannon Sharpe. Sharpe, a Denver professional football legend and avid cyclist, spoke passionately regarding the importance of the race and its presence in the international sports world, as well as his personal respect for international cycling and the endurance it takes to compete at a top level. Joining him on the podium were professional cyclists Tom Danielson, Tim Duggan and Rory Sutherland, as well as Steve Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling.

(Photo, right: pro football player Shannon Sharpe, right, and pro cyclist Rory Sutherland trade team helmets.) The 120 world-class cyclists anticipated to participate in the seven-day race will begin their journey in beautiful Colorado Springs, then crisscross their way over the treacherous Rocky Mountains. The region’s unique topography will provide challenging climbs and extremely fast downhill legs with an awe-inspiring backdrop of several of the United States’ highest mountain peaks leading to the finish in Denver. “We are excited to welcome sports fans and the international cycling community to many of Colorado’s most beautiful regions,” said Governor Ritter. “The Quiznos Pro Challenge will provide a majestic tour of many of the state’s natural treasures while becoming the battleground for one of the world’s most intense competitions.”

The initial idea to bring a major stage race back to Colorado is credited to Quiznos Pro Challenge partner Lance Armstrong who expressed interest to Governor Ritter last year. The Quiznos Pro Challenge is now expected to become one of the most significant international pro-cycling events worldwide, created to reinvigorate the legacy of the Colorado-based Coors International Bicycle Classic which took place from 1979 until 1988. The official race routes for the 2011 event are in the process of being charted and will be announced in the near future.

Team face-off: Tom Danielson from Team Garmin-Transitions left, and Shannon Sharpe, retired NFL Denver Broncos alumni, right, flex their respective muscles at the Quiznos Pro Challenge announcement Thursday.

02 November 2010

San Francisco Giants Cycling Jersey

Joining our huge selection of cycling jerseys, BicyclingHub.com is proud to add the 2010 World Series Champion- San Francisco Giants Cycling Jersey to our line up of cycling clothingMajor League Baseball Cycling Jerseys are being made by VO Max.  These surely will be a hit with Christmas coming up.

01 November 2010

Why do you love cycling?

A collective essay from the fans and fellow cyclists that comprise the BicyclingHub.com community

Last Thursday, we took an informal poll of BicyclingHub's Facebook fans with the simple question, "Why do you love cycling?" The topic generated over 101 responses and 26 "likes" in a 24 hr. period. The original intent to declare one participant the sole winner quickly proved to be a difficult task, given the high caliber nature of responses and the passionate discussions they evoked. We narrowed down the list to the Top 4 responses and awarded each a $25 gift certificate to BicyclingHub.com, so they can continue to ride in comfort and style.

Why do you love cycling?

"This is what we wore when we got married -- our Cycling Love jerseys -- 'cause we're not just passionate about each other...we are "Passionate About Biking," too!" Thanks to CyclingLove.com fans and newlyweds Julie and Brian Klay for sharing these pics from their August 2010 wedding.

The Winners:

"Cycling has been my salvation, my vehicle for the return to physical and mental wholeness after experiencing a heart attack a few years ago. It provides an amazing mixture of things; it challenges and strengthens the body, sharpens and stimulates the mind, and caresses the soul with the pure joy of flying at the ground level." ~Steve M.

"It's a little bit like time travel for me. Every time I get on a bike I feel like I'm 14 all over again." ~Jason C.

"I love biking for so many reasons, but especially for the community it builds. Everyday on my way to work all the commuters give a little nod or wave to each other... do we do that in cars when we see each other everyday? Nope. That's why I'm staying on the bike." ~Lisa B.

"The freedom and fresh air. It's my church and therapist all in one!!" ~Lori R.

Some of our other favorites that deserve Honorable Mention:

"I love the sense of freedom of being on a bike and knowing I can go just about anywhere on my bike."~Tanya M.

"I always ride with friends!!!" ~Emily J.E.

"Cycling is my "mental floss," it clears out all the garbage."~Vicki D.

"I love to go places in the city that cars can't go. It's like getting to know someone intimately and sharing a special secret together." ~Beth H.

"Its my solitary activity that allows me to push myself & develop mental toughness." ~Lillian D.

"My bike separates my mind from my life...oh yeah! It gives me exercise too!" ~Matt L.

"I love cycling because it never bores me, each ride writes its own story with each turn of the wheels, and each story teaches me about achieving goals. Such success permeates all aspects of my life. And sometimes the ride has nothing to do with reaching a goal, but shows me something new, like today I saw recently harvested purple cauliflowers that had fallen off a farm truck, and I never even knew purple cauliflowers existed, so how wonderful it is to learn something new!" ~Darcy W.

"I find cycling to be my best form of therapy... plenty of time to thing about life. the 2nd reason I love cycling is you see so much more of your surroundings by being able to look around while you ride past." ~Matthew B.

"I can go almost anywhere for free!" ~Samuel A.

"After a ride I feel a sense of accomplishment even if I don't get anything else done the rest of the day." ~ Michael M.

"I love to mountain bike especially, because it takes me to some spectacular locations that only a fraction of the general public will ever see!" ~Dave S.

"Because cycling builds character(s)!... what other sport would you find yourself in the middle of nowhere having to hobble into Billy Bobs convenience store wearing cycling shoes and a skin tight shirt and shorts...risking being made to squeal like a pig...simply to get some water?" ~Ashe R.

"I feel powerful and free. It's a big block of "wheeeeeeee!!!" in a crowded and stressful life." ~Connie W , D.

"Because in no other activity am I in the moment!" ~Roger Mallette

"I love cycling because I can escape, fantasize, dream, enjoy, love, embellish, laugh, cry, hurt, feel joy, feel freedom, feel life, . I love cycling just because." ~Mia M.

"It can be a sensual, zen-like experience, a combination of the runner's high and the thrill of downhill skiing. The artistry of a fine bicycle holds a particular appeal. Then there is the comradely amongst many riders, a feeling of the shared experience similar to other extreme sports." ~Andrew R .

"It gives me a chance to wear all the nice cool apparel that I bought from Bicyclinghub." ~Eugene T.B.C.

Chris Sheppard on his way to winning his second consecutive Cross Crusade race in Rainier, Washington. Photo courtesy of Pat Malach, Oregon Cycling Action.

"Because of the inhuman suffering we are willing to accept and then come back the next day and do it again. No other sport asks for so much from the body, mind, & soul. Professionals dedicate their entire life just to finish some races, not to contend but just to say I finished. That is why I love cycling." ~Kevin B.

"Because I can't fly under my own power :-D " ~Randall G.

"The incredible sense of power and freedom it allows you...you lose all sense of the stress of your mind and tune into your body, your bike, the day at hand and the road before you...wow...the most exhilerating and rewarding experience of my life." ~Valerie N-H

"Rhythmic freedom, I love most everything about it motion, daydreams the feel of the bike or trike-- keeps me fit and outdoors in my beautiful Colorado. Lasting joy and happiness." ~G. Tess G.

Jim, Carolyn, and BicyclingHub.com owner Douglas Dougay take in Big Sky Country during the 2010 Park-2-Park Montana ride.

"Because it is fun, energy free, sustainable, healthy, and fascinating, and sooo Zen. I've been all over the world on a bicycle and had sponsored trips to Japan and Australia, set records and met great people. I've seen three comets, two triple conjunctions, solar and lunar eclipses and a UFO while bicycling. Rode with a deer leaning against me for 200 yards. I've exhibited my antique bikes in musums, art galleries and premiere auto concours as well as at Amgen Tour of California. Bicycling let me commute 33 years without burning a single drop of gas. I conserved over 35,000 gallons of gasoline this way. Did you know a study was done and showed a bicycle and rider is THE most efficient thing on the planet even more so than a Salmon swimming downstream. Now, THAT's COSMIC. WAY cooler than cars." ~Jacques G.

"Its the only time I feel like ME...a free spirit."~Catherine S.

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