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The last Awnry Bike

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Last November I had the idea of fulfilling a dream of mine and having my own line of bikes so I created “Awnry Bikes” from a gag that we posted years ago. Well, I have finally sold the last Awnry bike from my first experimental batch and here is what I learned:

The market on fixed geared bikes is fierce. Companies such as State, SKU and Purefix have decent offerings at reasonable prices so the prices on my bikes had to be lower in order to compete with them.

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I was trying to market my bikes to bike commuters by offering an inexpensive method of transportation, however, most of my buyers were young people who were going to use the bikes “just to ride” and to ride with friends. Nobody was going to use the bikes as a commuter bike. So I changed a few things by offering Awnry bikes for more “hip” appeal such as adding colored handlebars, grips and chains.

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I learned that Pink was not a big seller and also the “raw” finished was not appealing to most buyers. So what kind of bikes sold? Plain bikes:

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Yup, plain bikes with no brakes, no reflective stickers and drop bars. So what is the future of Awnry Bikes? Well, it is going dormant for now, maybe when gasoline goes back to $5 per gallon commuter bikes will be appealing again and Awnry Bikes will be re-born.

A new friend

Hello Bike Commuters! So it turns out that one of the guys from my local bike shop is a bike commuter AND a Vlogger! Here is a video of him giving sound advise about bike commuting:

Check out his YouTube channel at KOM Bike Talk Shop

Insulated water bottles, are they worth it?

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My wife dragged my ass to a big box store and as I always do, I hit up the bicycle section to see what kind of crap they sell. Well, this time an insulated water bottle caught my attention and for about 8 bucks I said why not. So then it occurred to me to do this extremely unscientific test to see if the bottle actually works:

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I grabbed 20 ice cubes (chips?) from my fridge and placed 10 in the insulated bottle and 10 on a non-insulated bottle, I then proceeded to fill both bottles with water and placed them outside in 80 degree heat.

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It took 40 minutes for the ice to melt in the non-insulated bottle, I also checked the insulated bottle and it still had plenty of ice left.

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The ice lasted 18 minutes longer in the insulated bottle and it kept the water cool another 20 minutes, not bad! There is one drawback though; if you notice, the insulated bottle is significantly bigger than the non-insulated bottle yet they both hold the same amount of water.

It’s HOT!

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Hello bike commuters! Summer is here and I always get asked about riding to work during the hot summer days. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, here are a few articles we wrote about staying cool:

Dealing with the heat by Ghost Rider

Arriving Sweat Free by Ghost Rider

Why I do it by The Veloteer

How to avoid being smelly when you get to your destination by RL

Showers? We don’t need no stinking showers! by Moe

Artic Heat Cooling Vest by Moe

With almost 3,000 posts under our belt, we’ve covered a lot of topics. Don’t be afraid to use the search function on our site, you’ll most likely find what you are looking for.

More riding, less writing

Hello fellow Bike Commuters, roadies and mountain bikers! It has been a while since I’ve posted but to be truthful I have not been commuting on my bike lately and I don’t really want to be one of those bloggers that pretend to ride to work and write stuff about how fantastic their commute is.

However, I have been riding my mountain bike and my tandem bike every weekend. Ironically, I think that there are times that mountain biking is safer than riding to work since I don’t have to deal with dickhead drivers.

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Why have I stopped riding to work? Well, I can’t control the train schedules and unfortunately my kids still have Summer water polo and drumline practices which conflict with the lack of frequent trains to LA.

Anyhow, things will change soon so I can start riding to work again and I am already looking into getting a new-to-me commuter bicycle. Meanwhile, enjoy the Tour de France!