Civia’s Greenlight

Civia, makers of high-end commuting bikes, is launching their “Greenlight” trip tracker and fantasy bike league application tomorrow:

Welcome to Greenlight, your portal to a world of cycling, competition and community. Part online game, part real-world sport, Greenlight transforms your ordinary commute into a high-stakes scramble to rack miles and leave your rivals grinding their granny gears. Whether you want to set new personal goals or team up with others to conquer the world, Greenlight helps you do it—one ride at a time.

Greenlight allows people to track their rides, compete against others in fantasy football-style leagues, and discuss the league and other cycling-related topics in a forum. Looks like fun!


Mezzo D9 at Folding Society

Mike Hessey has just posted an excellent review of the Mezzo D9 folding bike over at The Folding Society website/blog.

From the review:

We first saw the Mezzo at the Bike Show in London towards the end of 2004, when a number of production prototypes were on display. The bike created immediate interest, as it was a completely new design for a compact folder, owing little to the design of any other folder, and in its folded form it was very compact. At that time there were two models planned, the i4, with a 4-speed Shimano hub gear, and the d9, with a 9-speed derailleur system. It took a few months for the first full production models to reach the market, and initially only the i4 was available, to be followed later in 2005 by the d9.

I really like the looks of this bike, though as far as I know it’s not readily available outside the U.K. (please correct me if I’m wrong).

Read the full review
Visit the Mezzo website

WorkCycles Oktoberfietsfeest

From WorkCycles:

Hi colleagues, friends, family, workcycles fans, it’s already time for the fifth annual, world-famous WorkCycles Oktoberfietsfeest (“october bike + beer party”). The tasty food, plentiful drink, balloon animal making, generous lottery/raffle, child friendliness, and general relaxed/no-pressure atmosphere will all be present as usual. This time, however, we’ll enjoy the comfort of our huge new Lijnbaansgracht shop in the cozy Jordaan neighborhood and some exciting new “activities”. Consider this the shop’s “official opening” as well.


  • What: Party with BBQ, food and drinks
  • When: 5 October, from 15.00 until we kick you out
  • Where: WorkCycles Jordaan, Lijnbaansgracht 32B, at Goudbloemstraat (near Westerstraat)
  • Who: You, friends, colleagues, family, kids, neighbors, martian WorkCycles fans etc.
  • Why: Celebrating another successful year of business and growing (up). Thanking our customers and colleagues for their support. Because we can!

Henry & the WorkCycles crew

Sounds like a blast – anybody have a line on cheap airfare to the Netherlands? ;-)

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Gallery: Suhas’ Giant & Bianchi

Here are two of the ways I get around Baltimore. On the left is a second hand 1994 Giant ATX770 that I bought for $100 from a friend of a friend who used to race it. It still has the stock naff early 90’s black/mottled pink fade paint job which I believe was thought to be totally rad at the time but I now consider an anti-theft measure.

I swapped the floppy suspension forks with an NOS Girvin fork off of eBay and later, when the Deore XT derailleurs started having a mind of their own, replaced them with a NuVinci CVT. Despite being really heavy, it works well except that I couldn’t make the aftermarket chain tensioner that mounts near the axle work since the NuVinci control box takes up that space. This results in the occasional dropped chain. Recently though, I saw a tensioner that mounts to the chainstay so there’s still hope. It has lights front and back as this is the bike I use to get around town. I ride with a backpack so I haven’t looked at putting panniers or a rack on it yet.

The bike I use for the 7-8 mile commute to work is a 1996 Bianchi Campione d’Italia I bought way back when I was in college. A friend and I aimlessly wandered into a bike shop near the University of Delaware campus one day and this bike immediately jumped out at me. The beautiful blue paint and clean lines made possible by the Ergopower component set, in-tube cable routing and teardrop section wheels made it look like it was going a million miles an hour standing still. I took it for a ride and I’d never experienced a bike that could turn so quickly yet felt completely stable. The derailleurs swapped cogs instantly with a click of the hood-mounted levers and it surged forward with even the slightest pressure on the pedals. I wanted to buy it right then, problem was it costed $575 even with the end of the year close-out discount. Technically I had the money in my bank account, but that was meant for pedestrian things like food, clothing, shelter and other things one forgets about shortly after buying.

It took me a week to rationalize that yes, this bike was a necessity of life but when I went back a week later it had gone back up to the regular price of close to $700. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I told the salesperson that I could buy it if they could give me last week’s sale price. Amazingly, it worked. As I wrote out the check they screwed on some reflectors and I rode it home with a grin on my face. My mom called about a week later wondering why my balance got so low and I told her about the really cool bike I got. She was not pleased; I’ve never regretted it.

In contrast to the Giant, it’s virtually the same as it left the factory except for the tires and pedals. It’s a lot faster and in better shape than the Giant so it earns commuting honors. —Suhas

[Visit Suhas’ blog to see his sustainable transportation design projects. —ed.]

New Bike Commuting Book

Paul Dorn’s Bike Commuting Tips website was launched in 1997 as a class project and it has evolved and endured for over ten years to become the best beginner’s guide to bike commuting on the web. I’m a big fan of Paul’s website and blog, so I was excited to learn that his book on bike commuting, co-authored with Roni Sarig, is due out in November. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders, and more information on the book release can be found at Paul’s Bike Commute Tips blog.

Gallery: Derek’s Electra Ratrod and Red Betty Xtracycles

These bikes were acquired for use as guest bikes. Whenever we had company over, people always wanted to try our cruisers and then didn’t want to get off. It was very cool to see people getting excited about riding bikes, but we wanted to ride too!

These bikes help get us all out there. We are kind of famous around here for our bike double dates – no one ever comes over without wanting to hit the streets with us. They are too much fun to only be used with company so they get pulled into regular rotations for grocery runs, hot dates, and the occasional longboarder tow. —Derek

Extras as shown:
Xtracycle attachment (both bikes)
Neversummer Eclipse Pintail Longboard (ratrod)
Gravity Hypercarve Longboard (red betty)

[Derek is a professional photographer living and working in the Pacific Northwest. You can see his tricked-out, Xtracycled cruisers and other cool bikes at his gorgeous blog, —ed.]

Facing His Fears

Photo © ACJ

Don Boykin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is an active 61 year-old who recently took up cycling. This summer, he was assaulted by a group of 4 teenagers while cycling on the Silver Comet Trail outside of Atlanta, Georgia. The story about his ordeal, and how he’s overcoming his anxiety and getting back on the bike, is at once upsetting and inspirational.

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