The Home Stretch

Why I Ride Photo Contest

We’re in the home stretch; the “Why I Ride” Readers’ Choice Award voting closes tonight at midnight. If you haven’t voted yet, do it now. And if you’re in the running, get on the wire and send your friends over here to place their vote before midnight. Good luck!

Readers’ Choice Award

EcoVelo 2011 Calendar

The EcoVelo 2011 Calendar is now available!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re taking the day off to spend time with family — see you Friday!

“Why I Ride” Photo Contest Readers’ Choice Award

Why I Ride Photo Contest

Here are the judges’ top 20 picks out of the field of 277 photos entered in the EcoVelo “Why I Ride” Photo Contest. This group has qualified to compete for the Readers’ Choice Award. Congratulations to the finalists! Click on the links below to see their entries.

To participate in selecting the Readers’ Choice, place your vote in the poll below. Please feel free to forward the direct link to this page to anyone you think might like to participate. The poll will be open until Friday, 11/26/10 at 11:59 pm.

Choose your favorite entry!

  • Entry #274 - Mary Bernsen (15%, 205 Votes)
  • Entry #127 - Danette Rivera (12%, 158 Votes)
  • Entry #184 - Boban James (11%, 146 Votes)
  • Entry #95 - Roger Bombardier Jr. (9%, 126 Votes)
  • Entry #50 - Glenn Budak (9%, 118 Votes)
  • Entry #65 - Mitchell Connell (8%, 107 Votes)
  • Entry #36 - Cecily Walker (6%, 81 Votes)
  • Entry #240 - Jake Dean (5%, 74 Votes)
  • Entry #223 - Richard Wezensky (4%, 54 Votes)
  • Entry #25 - Will Millhiser (4%, 49 Votes)
  • Entry #216 - Philip Lengden (4%, 48 Votes)
  • Entry #18 - Patrick McKay (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Entry #128 - Kim Schmidt (3%, 42 Votes)
  • Entry #177 - Sally Hinchcliffe (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Entry #138 - Nelson Ralls (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Entry #212 - Stuart Gimber (2%, 22 Votes)
  • Entry #104 - Matt Chia (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Entry #175 - Steven Starfas (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Entry #186 - Martin Wong (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Entry #39 - Tucker Teague (0%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,371

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The Readers’ Choice Award winner will receive the “Rickshaw Performance Tweed Collection” including a Zero Messenger Bag, iPad/Computer Sleeve, Moleskine Folio, and Top Tube Sleeve, all courtesy of Rickshaw Bags.

[Note: The winners of the prizes in the main competition are among this group. We’ll announce the final results next weekend, so keep an eye out! —ed.]

Traffic Cycle Design

Traffic Cycle Design

Please join us in welcoming our newest sponsor, Traffic Cycle Design, of Southhampton, NY.

About Traffic:

Traffic Cycle Design was founded to design and build practical, beautiful bicycles for use by all types of riders. Beginning in 2006, Spencer Wright has been building frames on a custom and short-run production basis. All frames are made from only the highest quality tubing and parts and are crafted by hand to provide a lifetime of riding. We work with our customers on all aspects of the design process, and specialize in customizing your bicycle to suit your particular riding needs and component selection. We also put a lot of energy into keeping up on the most interesting and exciting aspects of cycling design and technology, so that we’ll be able to build you a bike that will address your specific needs in a stylish, efficient manner.

We love bicycles, and try to appreciate each one for the utility it provides its user. We look forward to working with you on yours.

Traffic Cycle Design

Of Madones and M9s

Leica M9

Did you know, 19 of the 21 Madone racing bikes listed on Trek’s website are priced above $2000, with nearly half of those priced above $4000, and two models at nearly $9000? It’s beyond me to say whether or not those bikes are “worth” that much, but obviously somebody thinks they are or I wouldn’t see so many on the road, and Trek wouldn’t be doing so well in the marketplace.

The $9K Trek brings to mind the limited edition Leica Titanium M9 camera. Leica manufactured a limited run of 500 of these cameras, priced at $30K each. I figured they’d have a tough time selling through 500 at that price. Guess how long it took to sell out the entire run? One hour. Shows how much I know.

Just about any bike (or camera) will do in a pinch, but obviously, there’s a very wide spectrum of what people think is required to get a job done. It’s no different with transpo bikes. I have a friend who’s all about sub-$300 recycled bikes, and I have another friend who’s looking at a Co-Motion with a Rohloff hub as his first commuter. Who am I to say who’s right?

Many of the better commuter and transpo bikes fall into the $1K-2K price range. Sure, it’s possible to spend far more and far less, but if you’re looking at ready-to-roll, production commuters that will last more than a season or two, you’re probably shopping in that price range. I’m guessing that creates a bit of sticker shock for someone who hasn’t looked at Madone prices lately. But upon closer inspection, a $1K-$2K transpo bike that replaces a car and lasts 10 years or more appears to be a very good investment, particularly when the cost of owning and maintaining a car is brought into the equation (believe it or not, according to AAA, it’s nearly $10K per year). And just think, if you sell that car and take up bike commuting, you’ll save enough for a Titanium Leica M9 in only 3 years… ;-)

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