Bike Your Drive!

Faces of a Bike Commuter

A while back while I was in the waiting room of my therapist…what? Yes, I used to go to therapy…and I probably should still go. Anyhow, we’re getting off track. In the waiting room was this Calvin and Hobbs style poster that showed a kid that expressed all the emotions that people go through.

The poster had this cartoon make different faces such as sad, mad, happy, insecure and stuff.

So that motivated me to come up with my own set of pictures of the emotions/faces that bike commuters go through while riding.

This is my “beating the red light look.” I’m very focused and intense huh?

This is my “mad at a car for cutting me off look.”

My “satisfaction that I saved alot of money by riding my bike look.”

This is the “What did that guy in the car yell at me while he was going 60 on a 35 zone.”

This is the, “dang my legs burn but it feels sooooooo good look.”

This is the “euphoric look.” It’s that high we all get once the dopamine kick in.

Memorial Day 2007

On behalf of, we would like to thank all our military people overseas and at home. We also would like to honor the memory of all of the soldiers that have lost their lives to protect our way of life.

Nirve Ultraliner with Auto Shifting

I drove down to the Nirve Bicycles head quarters in Fountain Valley, Ca. to pick up their new Ultraliner. This bike has the similar components and design as the Shimano Coasting Group, but only better!

nirve ultraliner

Here are the specs:

# NEW AUTOMATIC SHIFTING TECHNOLOGYShifts automatically just like your car to always keep you in the right gear
# No more guessing which way to turn the shifter and ending up in the wrong gear
# Climb hills easier. Keep up with your friends with less effort
# Nirve 17” aluminum Sport Cruiser frame
# Lightweight & easy rolling alloy 700C wheels w/Stainless spokes
# SHIMANO 3 speed Automatic transmission for varied terrain conditions
# Upright alloy Nirve Sport Cruiser handlebars for comfortable cruising
# Nirve comfort saddle w/springs
# Tough impact resistant Polycarbonate fenders
# Alloy Kickstand
MSRP $529.99

I met up with Dan Bon, President/CEO of Nirve. He went into great detail about the Ultraliner. One of the features that stood out to me about this bike was that the Shimano Auto D CPU allows a rider plug in any generator light set to it. He explained how the Shimano Dynamo Hub acts as the generator and produces enough electricity power up a head light and tail light. The CPU even has a photo sensor that knows when it gets dark. So when the sun goes down, the lights will automatically come on! Cool eh?

I rode this bad boy around the neighborhood. Surprisingly this thing is quite fun! To me the Ultraliner is better than any of the Coasting bikes that Trek, Giant and Raleigh put out because it has subtle features on it that make it superior. Here’s a list of why I like the Nirve Ultraliner better than the other auto shifting bikes out there.

1.V-brake, not coaster brakes.
2.High pressure tires.
3.700c wheels, Coasting bikes have 26″ wheels
4.Light weight aluminum
5.It doesn’t look like a girls bike.
6.It rides really smooth, big wheels= faster and smoother ride.
7.CPU allows the rider to manually adjust the shift timing.
8.Sweet Nirve styling.
9.Comfy Seat

So stay tuned as we review this bike and possibly make some upgrades to it and make it more commuter friendly.