Category: 2008 Urban Bike Commuter Expo

Well well, scheck out what I found on Cicle.org’s Flickr Account….

Now I’m not just saying BikeCommuters are good looking because Ben “Buns of Steel” and I are in this photo, but in general, bike commuters (you the reader) are good looking. We’re in shape, or getting in shape, we have skin that glows, great hair or lack of, plus we’ve got some killer sexy legs! I’m sure there’s some ugly people that commute by bike, but for the most part…bike commuters are the best looking people in the world!

It seems that Cargo bikes are becoming more popular amongst Bike Commuters, so when the people from Bucket Bike showed up at the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo we were really excited to talk to them. We talked to Yonni Afman, one of the guys behind Bucket Bike. Here’s Yonni showcasing his personal Bucket Bike:

Yonni mentioned that there’s a container full of bikes coming from across the pond, so check out their site at www.bucketbike.com for updates.

There were two ‘Green’ companies at the 2008 Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo that caught our attention. The first one is Totally Tubular.

Like RL mentioned,

They take old tires and tubes and make them into something useful such as wallets, purses and bags. The items they had were priced reasonably well, all ranged from $5 to $20. But I think the bigger bags were a bit more. I asked them if they used those industrial sized sewing machines and they said yes. It took them a long time to get down the process of making bags because they kept breaking needles trying to sew tires and tubes. I also asked how they got rid of the rubber smell…ready for this……washing machine.

The other company is called Path to Freedom. The following is an excerpt of Path to Freedom’s mission statement:

Path to Freedom strives to inspire individuals to “think globally, act locally” by motivating them to live a simpler and more fulfilling life on the path to eco-stewardiship.

The above picture is of a Solar Oven, the Path to Freedom people were cooking up some Pizzas and cookies while we were at the show. I’m looking into buying their environmentally friendly stainless steel water bottle. Check out their site (http://pathtofreedom.com/) for more info.

At this years Urban Commuter Expo, they did some thing totally different from last year, which by the way was super cool…they had live bands playing!

One band that stuck out the most was Fear Mia. Abby Posner and Jesse Clema were on stage playing their great music. Jesse played a wicked violin while Abby strummed her sweet guitar and both shared the vocals. Ever since the expo I’ve been visiting their MySpace Page every chance I can get to play their songs. My favorite so far are Follow Through, Another life and Walken Christopher. If you were to ask me what style of music they play…its a mix of Folk Rock, Bluegrass and Funk.

They’re definitely worth checking out. I guarantee you’ll dig their music as much as I did.

We met a nice fella at the expo that showed us his nice home made panniers. It’s a wonderful idea that doesn’t cost more than a bucket of detergent.

He basically took some old detergent buckets (rectangular shaped) and cut the handles bent them and latched it onto the rack.

The lip of the bucket keeps them secure.

The owner said that its pretty easy to remove but it won’t come off when he’s got load in it.

We thought it was a pretty brilliant idea…and he recycled his trash. We even joked with him about painting it to match his bike and get some bullet hole stickers on the side to add some character.