Xtracycle Open House…this Sunday!

From our friends at Xtracycle:

This is your chance to see Xtracycle Headquarters in the flesh, get your BBQ on, and invite your friends: we have a few offices soon to be available for sublease for the right sort of people/enterprise. (

The Xtra-Aire Airstream is in mid primp getting ready for her debut hosting the Red Hot Roots (our fantastic fleet of Radish service bikes) at The High Sierra Music Festival. We look forward to giving you the tour.

xtra flyer

P.s. No, that is not Richard Nixon pulling an Airstream by bike. It is in fact the French bicycle racer Latourneau towing an airstream in 1947, 50 years before the momentous birth of the Xtracycle cargo bicycle. 9 out of 10 French bike racers agree – if you’ve got to carry your home on your bike, Xtracycle is the way to go.

Walz Caps Edition: For Sale

I have a handful of Walz Caps that we are offering to our few lucky readers.
Black cap with green racing stripe and stitching. “” embroidered in white on both sides.

Here’s the sizes that are available:



Price: $25 shipped in the lower 48.

Email me right away if you want one or two! infoATbikecommutersDOTcom

Once these are gone…they’re gone!

Banjo Brothers Announce “Factory Store”

Mike Vanderscheuren of Banjo Brothers wanted to let everyone know that they’ve opened a “factory store” with some GREAT deals on Banjo Brothers gear:

The Banjo Brothers have opened a “company store”. Here’s the rationale:

We created the store in order to sell close-out goods, factory seconds, re-furbished goods, one-of-a-kinds, and other schwag that you can’t get from our fine network of dealers. If you are a dealer,
a team, organization or charity and wish to make a special buy, give us a holler and we’ll see what kind of deal we can put together.

Inventory is likely to change frequently, so check back often or subscribe to our feed.

We have a bunch of stuff not suitable for our dealer network but which is first rate product. We are just looking to keep our office and warehouse tidy.

Check out their company store by visiting it here. There are some spectacular deals to be had!

Flip that Bike! Fila Torino Hybrid

On this segment of Flip that Bike, I worked on this late 80s and early 90’s hybrid bike. The branding says Fila and its good old steel. I received this bike form the LBS I used to work at. A customer didn’t want this bike any more and decided to give it to the shop. I happen to be there the right day and I asked about it, the manager said I could take it, schweet!

I wish I had taken before pics, but basically the tires were rotted out, cables were rusty, cranks were loose on the riveted chain rings, bottom bracket was completely dried out and the seat post was stuck.

After about a few hours of work, I had replaced all the cables, filed down the pads to a new layer. Replaced the gawd awful Shimano Exage Shifters and Levers with an old but newer Shimano Alivo Shifter/Brake combo. I had also replaced the saddle and installed some Ritchey CX tires. Since my garage is a mini shop, I have parts laying around. So I reused some parts from other bikes. For example, the Biopace crankset were riveted, and the rivets were coming loose. I went ahead and swapped out the set with an SR Suntour crank sent from my old Gary Fisher.

I was able to extract the seat post by using my buff arms. After I got it out, I sanded down the post, cleaned out the seat tube and applied grease to prevent it from happening again. I also upgraded the bike with an aluminum flat bar and new grips.

After tunning it and test riding the bike, I give it my final approval-This bike is ready to be sold! I currently have it listed on CL in Orange County Ca. for $175, not bad if you ask me.

Total investment: $5.00 for cable\housing set.
All other parts came from my surplus bin O’ goodies from my garage.
Total man hours: 3.
Profit: (if sold at asking price) $170

Win Sweetskinz Tires EVERY MONTH!

That’s right folks you read it right, you can win a set of Sweetskinz Tires EVERY MONTH! We’ve teamed up with Sweetskinz Tires and one lucky person will win a set of their newest tires, the Eclipse or Digi Camo.
sweetskinz eclipse tires

So stick around as we’ll be announcing when the contest will be and which site it will be hosted by. It could be:
sweetskinz digi camo