Urban Commuter Expo, a Success!

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Yesterday Moe and I were exhibitors at the Urban Commuter Expo in Pasadena. It was hosted by Cicle.org and the City of Pasadena.

Here’s some teaser shots of the event. I’ll come back and write a full report, right now I have to get ready for church. Amen to that!

Here’s our booth. People loved the Sweetskinz tires.

We met up with our buddy, the Eco Friendly Photographer, Russ Roca.
Russ Roca

We gave away some cool prizes thanks to Sweetskinz, KHS Bicycles, Bumble Bars, and The Crystal Deodortant.

Clinics on how to do stuff on your bike.

I’ll have a full report once I get a chance to sort things out from the event.

By the way, if you wrote your email down on a sheet of paper to win the Sweetskinz Tires…I lost it…I know I know I’m sorry. But if you were there and wanted to win the Scorch tires, please email me and we’ll announce the winners by Wednesday.

My Email.

Tell Nancy Pelosi….

Got an email from Eric, our fellow commuter. He found this interesting ‘Question’ on Yahoo Answers:

Congress is working on legislation to address global warming – what would you like to see included?

The question is still open for answers, click HERE to let her know that we can reduce emissions dramatically by being bike commuters. Funding for new paths, driver/rider education and other incentives can be useful to lure more people to use their bikes instead of their cars

Bike To Work Festivities in Seattle

Our buddy Tim Rutledge sent me some pictures of the festivities that are going on in the Seattle area.

Here’s what he said:

Here is Bike to work Day images from this morning. At the Renton Station seen here, we had 170 riders. In West Seattle, Val was with Aaron of Aarons Bike Shop, and they had 400 riders!! Great weather and enthusiastic commuters, it was a terrific morning.

Eric Smith

Today is National Ride your bike to work day, so we are profiling a bike commuter that is relatively new to riding a bike to work. His name is Eric Smith, he is an IT manager from Norwalk CT and commutes to Greenwich CT.


Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?

I bought my bike last summer for exercise. I soon found I was doing 24-30 mile rides. So this year, after putting on considerable holiday weight, I eagerly started riding in the first week of March, not waiting for the snow to melt. Then I put two and two together and realized I could ride to work and get my exercise in without taking those extra hours away from time with my family. My commute is 15 miles door to door going the most direct route. I take an alternate route home which takes me off the main road (Route 1, Boston Post Road) part of the way, so in all it is about 32 mile round trip.

Eric Smith

How do you like it so far?

The thing I like best is that I arrive at work on a high note, and I look forward to the commute home. I love it! I am slowly getting into shape and losing the extra pounds.

What is the biggest adjustment that you had to do from driving to riding a bike?

The biggest adjustment from driving to riding a bike is the preparation and necessary sleep. I usually get into work around 7 or 7:30. That means to keep that schedule with a ride that takes around an hour and 10 minutes, I need to prepare the night before. Preparation can take up to a half hour, just making sure I have my PC and electronic gear, the right clothes, keys, wallet etc… In order to get enough sleep I have to get to by 10. Normally, I would prefer to stay up past midnite, but at 42, that’s not exactly healthy anyway…


What kind of bikes do you have?

I only have one bike, a 2006 Gary Fisher Tiburon. Prior to buying this, I had owned a Huffy 10-speed as a kid, and some 10-speed that I used in NYC that someone gave me. When I went to purchase a bike last summer I was amazed by how much had changed. Bike sizes changed. There were road bikes, MTB’s, Hybrids, you name it. I picked this so I could get some exercise and ride with my wife and kids on outings… I’ve since had to change the tires to something more roadable, and put on a rack and panniers.

Eric Smith

Any experience that you can share with us about ‘learning the hard way’?

The first couple of rides tired me out. There are many long and steep hills going into Greenwich from Stamford , and it took me a couple of weeks before I learned how to attack the hills standing up on the pedals. Since then, my strength has increased, and now they are challenging, but not as exhausting as they once were. I found that standing still tires me out, but allows for a much faster recovery.

Eric Smith


What do people say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

Most people are amazed at the distance. I would have thought the same just last year. But after riding for a while, you realize how do-able these longer distances are. Naturally, I am zealous and excited about all the benefits of bike commuting, so people are generally happy for me, but, so far, no one has asked if they can join me…

Anything that you want to share with us

I really like the fact that I am reducing traffic, gas consumption and resulting pollution, and possible adding years to my life. I only wish there was more awareness for this in the area of CT where I live. I know that Hartford is getting organized, but my area is made up of one city and town after another who all have their own agendas, and as far as I know, none of them include making cycling, or bike commuting part of their traffic and environmental plans. Oh, and my personal blog is http://smithism.com/blog


Thank you Eric for sharing your story, good luck and keep riding, it only gets better!!!

National Bike To Work Day!

Yup today is like our Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah all rolled into one day! So to help bring in the festivities, I rode my bike to work!

This is a shot of my during a quick photo op.

See this big building that I work in, out off all the people there…

I’m the only bike commuter…wow talk about being a double minority. Not only am I good looking (you know there’s not enough of those people in the world), but I’m the only commuter here too!

Any who, I hope you all are having a great Bike To Work Day. Be safe and be happy!