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Bikes and Beer Go Hand in Hand

Some of the best combos in the world have been Ketchup and Hotdogs, Chilli and Cheese, Cream and Coffe. Now, our very own Lance Lowry has combined his two favorite passions to help educate the rest of us, bikes and beer.

Every Tuesday MtnBikeRiders.com has something that Lance calls “Brews Day.” This is a day where he talks about the beer of the week. He goes into the history, what its made out of and how it tastes. It’s actually pretty cool. So feel free to check out this week’s brew and come back again for next week’s Brews Day.

Helmet conditioned me…

This morning I had to drop of Priscilla’s car at the dealership to get some warranty work. They have a shuttle service but I brought my Redline 925 so I can ride it back home. As I unloaded my bike I realized that I didn’t bring my helmet.

The dealership was a good 9 miles from my home and I had to ride on some busy streets. As I rode my bike home I did feel very insecure not having my helmet on. I felt naked without it. Kinda like how it feels when you forget your watch or wedding ring.

Anyhow, I realized that my insecurity was caused by my years of wearing a helmet. Let me explain, when I’m on my bike I always wear a helmet. Now that I didn’t have one on my head, all I could think about was my head getting bashed in. But when I am wearing a helmet, I don’t even think about it. So perhaps when I don’t wear my helmet, I’m more distracted because I’m preoccupied with nasty thoughts of my noggin getting mushed on the ground.

What’s the moral of the story…don’t forget your helmet. Cuz if you do, all you’ll think about is your helmet. Which makes you distracted and paying less attention to the road ahead.

the tour is coming

The Tour de Fat is coming to Phoenix – well Tempe to be exact, but if you live here then you know what that is all about. The Tour de Fat is an all-day bike and beer festival put on by the wonderful folks at New Belgium Brewery, the brewer of Fat Tire beer. The festival will take place at Tempe Beach Park this Saturday, Oct. 13, with a massive bike parade (bring your costumes) kicking off at 11 am. Afterwards, the music starts playing and the beer starts flowing.

If you need information or directions, be sure to check out the Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s website – they are the great folks who coordinate and host this event for the city of Tempe.

So if you live in the Phoenix metro area, or someplace close by, grab your bike and come on out. They will be presenting one lucky person with a custom Surly commuter bike – and to think, all this individual had to do to win was swear to not drive for an entire year! I will be there all day – so let me know if you want me to keep an eye out for ya.

tour de fat

just kick it

Footbike

Though not really intended for commuting long distances or hitting some serious mountain trails, Footbikes are a blast to get around with.

Gary Schmitt

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Schmitt a World Champion Kick Bike Racer and talked about Footbikes. Gary showed off 3 models: Street, Track, and Trail which all come in various colors.

different styles and colors

I even had a chance to ride one of these bad boys around the convention center. Being a bike fanatic, I instantly fell in love with the ingenuity of a Footbike. If you get a chance to ride a Footbike, I would definitely suggest you jump on it.

Read more about FOOTBIKE.

D-Tour Safety Flag Update

Last month, we posted a first impression of the D-Tour Bicycle Safety Flag. For those of you who missed the article, the flag itself is made of highly reflective nylon — fluorescent yellow-green for the body and silver for the stripes and trim. This fabric flag and “sock? fit over a springy metal arm. The flag “arm? appears to be made of stainless steel, and the attachment bracket is machined aluminum with plastic frame clamps. The flag comes with two pairs of two different sizes of Cateye plastic frame clamps and very clear and concise instructions for mounting the assembly. Once assembled and deployed, the flag device sticks out about 24″ to the side of the bike. It then folds straight back when not in use.

It’s really a clever and simple device. Better yet, it seems to work! We’ve ridden with these flags on the streets of California and Florida, and can honestly say that it seems motorists WILL give you a bit of extra room when you have this flag deployed. Another phenomenon I noticed while riding around the mean streets of Tampa is that motorists seemed to be less likely to turn left in front of me when the flag is extended. Apparently, the bright yellow flag captures more motorists’ attentions than a cyclist rolling full-tilt towards them! It was certainly a nice phenomenon to experience…I don’t know if it was the “placebo effect? or something, but I did notice it.

I must admit — intially, this is not something I would have bought for my bike. To be honest, I prefer less hardware and gadgets on my “fast commuter? bike…a couple of lights and a rear reflector are the only safety equipment it has on it. But, now that I have experienced the benefits of this flag, I am forced to reconsider. The flag retails at $20.00 + shipping — is that worth a couple extra feet of passing room from motorists? I think so!

Overall, this seems to be a great product — solidly constructed, reasonably priced, and surprisingly effective at its job. For more information or to purchase a D-Tour Safety Flag for yourself, please email developer Glenn Hanson at dtourltd(at)aol(dot)com.