Another Year Gone By

In the spirit of taking a look back while continuing to move forward, we gathered together some highlights from the past year at EcoVelo. Let’s start by looking at the individual posts that received the most direct traffic:

Posts with the Most Views

  1. Gallery: John’s Rohloff-Equipped Surly Cross-Check
  2. Keen Commuter
  3. Gallery: Alan’s Surly Long Haul Trucker
  4. More Sam H. Pics
  5. Jtek Alfine/Nexus Compatible Bar-End Shifter
  6. First Look: Civia Bryant
  7. Basil Kavan II Natural Panniers
  8. Trek Belleville
  9. Planet Bike Blaze 1W
  10. Velo Orange Model 3 Saddle

Most of these posts had high numbers because they received incoming links from well-known, high-traffic cycling websites. Others were popular because pretty bikes and cool parts always get lots of attention.

Next, let’s look at the posts that generated the most comments:

Posts with the Most Comments

  1. My Stance On Bicycle Helmets
  2. Bike Cameras
  3. Quiet Killers
  4. Bicycle Helmet Pros & Cons
  5. Bicycle Mirror Pros & Cons
  6. The Decidedly Unfashionable Chartreuse Safety Vest
  7. Hybrid Electric Bicycles
  8. Foot Loose
  9. A Friendly Debate
  10. Cyclelicious: A United Front?

Most of these posts made the list because the topics were controversial enough to spark “lively” discussions. The big surprise was the popularity of the Bike Cameras post. Though we didn’t see that one coming, we’ve since learned that photographers are even more opinionated than bicyclists! ;-)

And finally, in no particular order, here are a few of our personal favorites for the year:

Some of Our Personal Favorites

We also want to take this opportunity to offer a heartfelt “thank you” to our readers, sponsors, friends, family, and fellow bloggers. It’s only with your support that we can do what we do. We have big plans for 2010, so stick around and enjoy the ride!

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year! —Alan & Michael

First Look: 2010 Civia Bryant

That’s a nice looking bike. I like the overall balance, gently sloping top tube, clean drivetrain, and tasteful color scheme. This particular bike is a 58cm. The frame and fork are chromoly steel (of course). There’s no need for a chainguard with a Gates Carbon Drive.


This cool “lug” at the base of the headtube serves as a cable stop. The rest of the frame is TIG welded.


Boy howdy! Yep, that’s a kickstand plate you see there. Thank you, Civia.


That is one complex dropout. Things to notice: replaceable dropout slot; integrated fender mount (just below the rack); notched disc brake mounts; and three holes that mimic the Civia logo.


This is the dropout that makes the Gates Carbon Drive possible. Notice the slit for inserting the belt at the upper right of the tensioner.


Love this seatpost clamp. It takes an M6x20 socket head capscrew and matching nut, so there’s no possibility of stripping the frame. A nice detail.


Post mounted Avid BB5 disc brake on a straight blade fork.


As is typical for Civia, tasteful, understated graphics.


Versa “brifter”; the control end of the Alfine IGH and rear Avid BB5 disc brake.


The Gates Carbon Drive. I’ve said it before: the Gates/Alfine combo is the smoothest multi-gear drivetrain I’ve encountered.


Nice curves. ;-)


Honjo-style alloy fenders.


The bike pictured here is a pre-production prototype. The production model will be available in April 2010. Please visit the Civia website for more information.


Disclosure: Civia is a sponsor of this site and provided the bike for this review.

Civia Bryant

I know many of you have been anxiously waiting to learn more about this bike. Well, UPS dropped off a box today. I’ll have photos and details for you soon.

Cursing the Bixi (Not Really)

Funny stuff from Rene Bruemmer at The Gazette:

I curse the Bixi, and Mayor Gérald Tremblay along with it.

Until the inauguration of the bike-sharing system and its annoyingly jovial trendsetting two-wheelers, plus Tremblay’s Stalinesque obsession to enlarge Montreal’s bike-path network, the roads of the city were my own personal cycling domain.

With the exception of the strange cult of sociopathic bike couriers, a few green nuts and some impoverished student-types, there were not many like me pedalling to and from work all year round.

Friends and colleagues marvelled at my strength and courage, my dedication to single-handedly saving the planet. Yes, I would concur modestly, I am great. And, by extension, you are not.

Read the full story at The Gazette

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

We’re coming down to the last few days of voting in the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s People Powered Movement Photo Contest (the deadline is December 31st). If you haven’t done so already, take a peek at the photos, and if you happen to run across one of ours, we’d appreciate a vote. :-)

People Powered Movement Gallery

Looking for a Good Home (SOLD)

Michael is selling her beloved Pashley Princess Sovereign. She’s asking $900 and the price includes the Basil bags shown in the photos. Local sale only, please (Northern California).

Kickstand Love

The recent arrival of a Civia Loring has once again reminded us that a Pletscher Double Kickstand mounted on an integrated kickstand plate is an immensely useful and practical bicycle accessory. Kudos to Civia for supplying a mounting plate between the chainstays on the Loring and speccing the Plestcher Double as standard equipment. We’d love to see more companies do the same!

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