For Sale (SOLD): Civia Loring


As much as I hate to do it, I’m putting my beloved Civia Loring up for sale. It’s just not getting as much use as it should, and we need to make more room at the house, so I’m letting it go.

For those who are not familiar with the Loring, it’s a mid-duty cargo bike that can haul a week’s worth of groceries for a small family while looking great doing it. It’s outfitted with a 9-speed iMotion internal gear hub, front and rear mechanical disc brakes, bamboo fenders and rack appointments, Brooks B67 saddle, chain guard, dual-leg centerstand, and self-centering spring for loading the front rack. In my opinion it’s one of the nicest around town grocery getters on the market.

As with all of my bikes, the Loring has been immaculately maintained and stored indoors since new. I’m asking $825, with the buyer paying shipping within the continental U.S. (current retail is $1349). The frame is a size “large” — see the Civia website for details regarding the frame geometry and build spec. Contact me here with questions.

Loring Lens Test
Loring Lens Test
Loring Lens Test
Loring Lens Test
Loring Lens Test
Loring Lens Test

Gallery: Jake Dean’s Soma Stanyan

Jake's Soma Stanyan

This is my Soma Stanyan I’ve been building since I got back from Iraq (see: “why I ride contest”), and also the first bike I’ve built from the ground up. I went with the Stanyan because it was a reasonable price for a lugged steel frame. Obligatory Brooks saddle (I didn’t know about Selle Anatomica at the time), downtube shifters, Cane Creek headset, Panasonic tires, lots of Velo Orange shiny things, and a Klean Kanteen rounds out the look. The handlebars are upside down Nitto Northroads to give the “path racer” stance and the crank is Sugino. At the time this photo was taken, I was still waiting for the chain to come in the mail… but I couldn’t wait to take a picture of her. Here in northern Japan it is difficult to find a local bike store that doesn’t just make Japanese-style bikes, so a lot of the work was done watching a YouTube instructional video and a wrench in hand. It’s been lots of fun and I’ve learned a lot from this project. Looking forward to building the next one!

Jake Dean

Bicycle Commuter Profile: Dylan MacDonald

Bicycle Commuter Profile

Name: Dylan MacDonald
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Started bike commuting: At least 30 years. Growing up in Manhattan, I used to ride my bike to middle school.
Commute distance (one way): 6 miles

Describe your commute: I have the most beautiful urban commute imaginable. I enter the Presidio and ride up, past the Presidio golf course to the very top of the ridge. From there it’s a fast quarter mile downhill to Crissy Field, right next to the bay. The Golden Gate Bridge is to my left and the renovated buildings of this former army base are to my right.

I ride out of the Presidio, along the Marina Green and then into Fort Mason, another former military outpost, that is also next to the Bay. From there I am back on city streets, riding through the Fisherman’s Wharf area all the way down to the Embarcadero, the boulevard that runs along San Francisco’s eastern edge.

After about a half a mile I pass the beautifully renovated Ferry Building and, if it’s Tuesday, stop at the farmer’s market to get my daughter some grapes. From there it’s another 1/3 mile or so to her daycare, in an office building in downtown San Francisco. I reverse the route for the ride home.

Describe your bike and accessories: Six months ago I invested in a Bullitt cargo bike, made by Larry vs. Harry of Denmark. I knew I wanted to ride around with my daughter and I was really uncomfortable with idea of using a trailer in the city. It was the best $3000 I ever spent.

For her seat I cannibalized a bike trailer I had for its sling seat with a five point harness. I then worked with a local metal worker to fashion some struts that would attach the seat to the attachment points on the Bullitt. Final touch was a large plastic storage bin that happened to fit perfectly in the cargo area of the Bullitt.

My daughter wears a helmet, sunglasses (a cop who stopped me recommended I have some for her) and a windproof blanket for those foggy mornings. I always keep a grocery bag folded up in the Bullitt in case I need to pick up anything at Trader Joe’s on the way home.

I have a Planet Bike Blinky Super Flash for the rear and Planet Bike Blaze for the front. I just bought an additional 1 watt Super Flash to clip onto my backpack for even more visibility in the winter darkness.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Ride hard (but safe). Riding hard means you get there quicker and you’ll get a workout at the same time.

[Visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page to add your profile to the collection. —ed.]

Break-ins and Tune-ups


I receive a surprising number of emails from people who are having technical difficulties with their new bikes. Among others, the issues include squealing brakes, mis-shifting drivetrains, wobbly wheels, loose bearings, and even parts that simply fall off of their bikes. Often, these bikes are less than 6 months old and the owners are perplexed and frustrated, questioning their purchase and blaming the designers/manufacturers for their woes.

Every new bike I’ve purchased has had issues within the first couple of months of use. And in almost every case, the problems were a result of new parts settling in and causing things to go out of adjustment.

Every new bike I’ve purchased has had issues within the first couple of months of use. And in almost every case, the problems were a result of new parts settling in and causing things to go out of adjustment. Regardless of whether we’re talking about a $100 bike from Wal-Mart or a $10,000 Trek Madone, nuts, bolts, bearings, and cables will settle-in within the first few months causing parts to come loose and shifters and brakes to go out of adjustment. This is all a normal part of the break-in process.

Most reputable dealers offer a one-time free tune-up to customers who purchase bikes at their shops. They’re typically offered within the first three months of purchase, with some shops even offering multiple free tune-ups spread over the entire first year. When shopping for a new bike, be sure to ask about your shop’s free tune-up policy, and after making your purchase, take full advantage. It’s good business on their part, and it can be a real benefit to you. By keeping everything tight and properly adjusted, your bike will ride more smoothly and safely, and you’ll avoid any potentially more serious (and expensive) issues in the future.

Peace Pedalers

From Peace Pedalers:

Adventure cyclist and filmmaker Jamie Bianchini recently returned home to Santa Cruz after an epic 8-year, 80-country cycling expedition called Peace Pedalers. He piloted a custom tandem bike while leaving the rear seat open to invite total strangers to join the journey as his honored guest. Over 1,000 people accepted his invitation to ride. Now he’s gearing up to share the stories with the world, starting with an independently produced 12-part documentary series on his 2-year, 22-country expedition through the African continent.

There was no shortage of adversity on the expedition, including robberies, a bike theft, being hit by a car, terrible sicknesses, heat stroke, dehydration and heartaches. But Jamie doesn’t focus a lot of attention on these in the series, “If anyone pedals a bike in 22 developing nations you are going to have adversity. That’s a given fact and part of the adventure. The truth is that 95% of my experiences were positive and these are Africa’s untold stories I’m trying to share,” reflects Jamie.

Now five years later the hardest part of his dream is ahead of him—finding the time and money to craft the stories, edit the series and release them to the world. Jamie just launched a campaign using’s funding platform to take his dream to the global cycling community asking them to each do their small part in backing the project by making a small pledge. “If fellow cyclists each toss a few bucks in the helmet each we’ll see the world’s first pedal-powered series air that takes viewers into the heart of Africa”. Jamie only has until November 5th to raise $85,000 in pledges or else the series may never see the light of day.

Peace Pedalers’ Kickstarter Page
Peace Pedalers’ Photos

Why We Ride

Hillborne Fall Colors

Probably the question we’re most frequently asked by our non-bicycling friends and colleagues is, “Why do you ride bicycles for transportation?”

Underpinning everything we do here at EcoVelo is the desire to reduce our dependence on the automobile while encouraging others to do the same. We strongly believe reducing automobile use can improve our neighborhoods, our cities, and ultimately, the world. While this is reason enough to leave our car in the garage, truth be told, there are other, more personal (selfish?) reasons why we ride bikes, including:

Taken together, these benefits make a compelling case for transportational bicycling, and on a personal level, they make bicycle riding an extremely important part of our daily lives!

Alan & Michael

Another Commuter Race

UWE Screenshot

The University of the West of England in Bristol has conducted their own version of the ever-popular “commuter race”, with predictable results. Four commuters—a motorist, a bus rider, a runner, and a bicyclist—all started at the same location during rush hour, approximately 3.5 miles from the school. The motorist made the trip in 53 minutes, averaging 4.68 mph; the bus rider made it in 39 minutes, averaging 6.35 mph; the runner made it in 28 minutes, averaging 6.94 mph; and (drum roll please), the bicyclist made the trip in just 17 minutes, at an average speed of 12.39 mph.

UWE Article

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