The Endless Summer Photo Contest

It’s time for another EcoVelo photo contest. Since fall is in the air and some of us are already wistfully looking back on summer, we thought an “Endless Summer” theme would be apropos. Some nifty prizes and buchoo bragging rights are up for grabs, so fire up that image sorter and send us your best photo from the past few months that tells a story about bicycling in the summer.

Contest Rules

  • All are welcome — amateurs and pros alike.
  • Please submit only one photo.
  • The work must be your own.
  • Please submit only photos that include bicycles and express something about summer.
  • Photos should be sized no smaller than 1000 pixels on the long side.
  • Sorry, but prizes can only be shipped within the continental U.S. (but please do enter anyway if you’re from outside the U.S.).

Send your entries as e-mail attachments to Include your name in the body of the e-mail and “EcoVelo Photo Contest” in the subject line. Please note that we’re running approximately 7-10 days behind on posting photos, so please be patient.

The call for entries starts today and we’ll close it off on November 20. Like we did for our previous photo contest, we’ll publish the photos on the blog as they come in. Once the entry period is closed, we’ll pick the winners by jury and announce the results here.

Needles in the Haystack

The linear flow of the standard blog format works very well for its intended purpose, but the reverse chronological layout can sometimes make it difficult to locate posts on specific subjects. To help you find those needles in the haystack, we provide 4 ways to search for archived posts on EcoVelo:

  • Search Box – This is probably the best way to locate something very specific. Located at the top of the left hand sidebar.
  • Category Archive – Use this if you want to isolate a specific category and browse backwards through the posts chronologically. Located mid-way down the left hand sidebar.
  • Date Archive – Use this if you want to isolate a specific month/year and browse backwards through the posts chronologically for that time frame. Located mid-way down the left hand sidebar.
  • Main Site Archives – This is our new high-zoot archive that lists every individual post, organized alphabetically by category, and chronologically within each category. Each listing links to a single post and opens that post in a new window. The page is quite long, but this is a really cool way to look back over the entire span of approximately 1200 posts and pick-and-choose those that catch your eye. Located in the menu at the upper right of the main page (look for “Archives”).

And as a last resort, run a search on Google that includes the search term for what you’re looking for along with the keyword “ecovelo”. Happy hunting!

Calhoun Cycle

We’re super-excited to have Calhoun Cycle on-board as our newest sponsor. We’re long-time customers and can’t say enough about their eclectic product mix, high level of technical expertise, and exceptional customer service. We’ve ordered through their online store many times and our experience has been nothing short of outstanding.

Here’s some background information taken from their “About Us” page:

Calhoun Cycle is a great group of people who believe in human power. We think spinning on a bike is a great way to physical, emotional and spiritual fitness. Reducing pollution, road congestion and parking stress are icing on the cake. The bicycles and accessories we sell are designed to help you be successful cyclists, whether you’re touring Nepal or bopping around the corner for milk.

We’ve been selling, repairing and renting bicycles in Uptown Minneapolis for 18 years, and we’ve been on-line for 10 years.

Calhoun Cycle

“Stuff We Like”

If you’ve been visiting EcoVelo for a while you’ve seen our road tests and product reviews and recently you may have noticed a new category called “Stuff We Like”.

Road tests are simply bike reviews under a different name. They usually involve an extended period living with a bike (2 weeks to 2 months or more) and include multiple photos and a detailed description and analysis of the bike.

Product reviews are in-depth looks at products other than bicycles (typically parts and accessories). Like road tests, they usually include multiple photos and a detailed description and analysis of the product.

Somewhere along the way we realized there was a need for a third type of “review”. Something less formal, a sort of, “Hey, we like this product and you might too. Check it out sometime.” To meet this desire/need, we created a new category and called it “Stuff We Like”.

These new mini-reviews won’t replace our full-fledged road tests and product reviews, but we’re hoping they’ll enhance what we’re already doing and provide another source of ideas and inspiration.


Interbike is fast approaching and I keep forgetting to mention this. A while back I mentioned that we’d be attending Interbike this year, and we had every intention of doing so (going so far as obtaining press passes and making travel arrangements), but as so often happens, real life intruded and disrupted our best laid plans. I won’t go into the details, but just know that other, more pressing responsibilities require we stay close to home at this particular juncture. We’ll be there next year come heck or high water! In the meantime, this year we’ll do our usual best to cover the show from EcoVelo headquarters here in NorCal.


We started EcoVelo back on May 16, 2008 and today we passed a major milestone; you’re looking at post #1,000.

People occasionally ask what motivates us to keep moving forward, finding new material, doing everything we can to keep it fresh. A recent note from one of our regulars sums it up:

“By the way, I hold Alan personally responsible, and am thankful, for our car-light decision.”

We’re super-excited about how far we’ve come, but we’re even more excited about where we’re headed. Many thanks to all of our loyal readers (and newbies too!) for coming along for the ride; let’s keep it rolling!

Alan & Michael

Things to Come

We have a number of bicycle reviews in the works for this summer:

The list is likely to grow as the year progresses. We also have a number of accessory reviews in the works and a headlight shootout planned for the fall. And of course, as promised, we’ll host our second photo contest later this year, this time focusing on a specific theme (we’re looking for ideas).

Stay tuned, and if you aren’t already following us via RSS or e-mail notifications, consider subscribing so you don’t miss anything!

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