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Pake Bikes Releases a new Frame

I got an email from AJ of Pake Bikes telling me all about their new frame.

The new frame is actually called the C’Mute.
It has a versatile geometry which you can build into a
sport tourer, CX, fast commuter, geared or
single-speed bicycle

Cyclocross geometry
Butted Tange 4130 CrMo tubeset.
Rear rack and fender eyelets
Clearance for 35c tires with fenders.
Decals: Removable w/o stripping clearcoat
Semi-horizonal dropouts
Optional unicrown steel fork w/ rack and fender mounts
and low rider pannier mounts;
44mm rake, matching paint
Extended headtube
Color: Pave-Mint

Numbers:
27.2mm seatpost
1325mm rear hub spacing.
1-1/8″ headset size.
68mm BB shell
28.6mm front derailleur

SRP, frame with fork: $349.99

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There’s not enough bicycling education available for kids

Either the parents of the kids at my daughter’s school are really dumb or these kids are simply don’t have a clue about the basics of riding a bike.

Number one basic is the use of helmets. Some kids straight out don’t wear them. Now that’s the kid’s fault but the responsibility of the parent to make sure they do. However, I also believe that the school needs to enforce it…after all it is a law.

Locking a bike seems to be optional at my daughter’s school. On any given day you’ll see nice mountain and BMX bikes not locked. If I really wanted to I could easily grab one and take it home.

Riding on the bike lane is another basic rule that kids don’t know about. I see a bunch of them riding on sidewalks and going the opposite direction.

Thinking back to when I was a kid, we had bike rodeos and usually a police officer would teach the kids the hand signals, rules of the road and the basics of bike riding. Either our government has taken money out of the schools systems which prevents teaching kids about bikes or their parents just don’t have a clue. At a certain point, as parents we can’t rely on the school systems to teach our kids about everything….heck they’re already learning about sex as part of “growth and development classes.” As parents, bike rider or not, if you are going to give your kid a bike, you need to learn about being a responsible bicyclist and you have the obligation to pass that on to your kids.

Could Bike Commuting Help You Get Promoted?

In my opinion, yes. Here’s a few reasons why. For starters when you ride your bike in or do any type of exercise, your body release all sorts of goodness into your brain to help you feel more at peace, invigorated and basically feel way better about yourself. This stuff is called endorphins and seratonin.

So with all that goodness being released into your body while riding your bike, think about the kind of attitude and productivity you’ll have once you sit down at your desk. I once had a job where I was hired on as a Marketing Associate. I then started commuting to work, 17 miles each way 2-3 times per week and then within a month, I was promoted to the Marketing Manager, and a month after that, Marketing Director.

Bike commuting helped me deal with my job in a different way. I remember when I would have to drive, I would already be tired as I pulled up to the parking lot and wasn’t as productive during the day. But if I rode, all the factors of the bike commute played into my better work habits. Not only did the cool air wake me up, but I was also getting a workout and I felt free. Bike commuting did quite a bit for my attitude and of course my health. I was just happier on the days that I rode.

When the CEO would see my bike in my office, he’d always make comments on how it takes dedication and drive and blah blah blah to ride a bike and because of that, I earned his respect and moved up the ladder.

There’s just something special about bike commuting that gets you noticed in a different light than butt kissing. Coworkers are always impressed that you would ride so far to work and that subject can be carried into meetings where other people discuss it as well as your job performance. Now bike commuting will not get you anywhere if your work is half assed. But I do know that bike commuting can help you become more productive and more alert with your duties at work and at home.

So if you want to move up the corporate ladder, try bike commuting.

If Bicycle Helmets Looked Cooler, Kids Would Wear them More

Everyday I see kids riding their bikes to and from school without helmets. The other day when I was picking up my kids from school via bike, one kid comes up to me on his bike and makes a comment on how cool my Xtracycle is. I say thanks and I asked him where his helmet was. He then proudly taps his back pack and says…”its right in here!”

I tell him that if he were to fall, his back pack would be just fine, but his head wouldn’t…he looks at me puzzled, so I finally just said, “wear your helmet.” He tells me that his helmet looks stupid and that’s why he doesn’t wear it.

Well when he brought out his helmet to put on his head, I had to agree. It was this dumb looking thing and it didn’t even fit him. Plus he was missing a buckle on his straps to secure it. Being the dad that I am, I gave him a quick lecture about helmets and blah blah blah.

I tried to encourage the guy to talk to his parents about getting him a new one…the kind that not only fits, but looks good. The more I talk to kids, the more I’m learning they don’t want to look like a mushroom or look stupid in front of their peers because of their unstylish helmets.

Adults have so many choices of styles and colors for helmets, some costing as much as $150…but what about kids, their choices are limited and always lack in style. Oh and they are either too big or too small…but that’s another story. So if a helmet manufacturer is reading this, I say make some cooler looking helmets for kids…you might sell more too!