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Just Riding Along… New Bike!

Some days, it just happens to be your day. Every thing is going smoothly, and things effortlessly fall into place. Today was that day. After randomly searching Craigslist for bikes, which I have not done in a while, I stumbled onto a bike posting that got my attention. After a few emails, I ended the day with this:

This is a first generation Kona Ute cargo bike. You might be thinking, “Didn’t you just sell an Xtracycle cargo bike kit this year?” Yes. I moved the Xtracycle, and regretted it after it was gone. That thought, paired with the idea of a different cargo bike to haul the kiddos around, ended up with this strange twist of fate of finding this bike at complete random. Timing is everything right?

This bike is from 2008 I believe, and it has the newer style Ute cargo bags that are super large, and very heavy duty. Drivetrain is set up as a 2×8, which is surprisingly low geared. After a little tweaking this afternoon, and a small ride around the neighborhood, this bike is going to be in the stable for some time. Or at least a year or so…

Just keep spinning…

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Just Riding Along… DIY Coaster Bike.

Now that my daughter is rolling along on her training wheels, I have been thinking of the next step in her cycling career. Instead of simply pulling off her training wheels and letting her fend off the balance wolves, I finally decided to move forward with a balance bike. The only problem for me, with my frugal ways, is that balance bikes are extremely overpriced. Instead of buying a $100 bike that will get limited use, I came up with this simple solution:

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I wrote about this bike a year or so ago, basically it started it’s life as an X Games motocross style bicycle. After pulling off all of the plastic garbage, it looked more like a normal bicycle. My next step for this beast was to remove the crankset, and voila! Instant balance bike!

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At first, my daughter was a little hesitant riding this bike, but after one trip around the block she had already started coasting. Now, after about a week, she is trying more and more to keep her feet off of the ground, and she is looking for every single section of the sidewalk that points downhill. I feel that this is going to make her transition to riding a bicycle without training wheels that much easier, and making her enjoy cycling that much more!

If you are thinking of a balance bike for your kiddos, keep this option in mind. Sure you could spend $100 on a Strider, which would be a great brand to buy, or you could scope out your local Craigslist for a cheaper alternative. Kids bikes are all over Craigslist, and they are a dime a dozen. For this bike, I have $0 in it, and about 15 minutes of time. Not too bad in my book.

Just keep spinning, or in this case, coasting…


Just Riding Along… Fall is here!

Spent a little time this morning on the Cannondale T500 riding along the Little Miami Scenic Path. It seems that fall has arrived here in Ohio, as the temperature was in the low to mid 50s, and the leaves have littered the pathway. Definitely a nice change, as this is my favorite time of the year!

One interesting sight from the ride today was the old trailer park that is right off of the path between Milford and Loveland. I have been watching this area deconstruct for some time, and now the process seems to be almost complete. Such an odd sight for the area…

Hopefully though, fall is here to stay.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Keep an eye on the trails!

Got this photo in my inbox today from a riding buddy out west:


Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

Just a nice reminder to watch out on the trails for those random encounters with nature! Rattlesnakes are a pretty common sight out west, as I have seen quite a few in my time. Here in Ohio, rattlesnakes are not as plentiful, but they are out there, so keep your eyes open!

This photo got me thinking though, how many readers out there have seen interesting wildlife on the trails? What have you seen?

Just keep spinning…

Photo thanks to Chip Brent in SoCal. Check out his site here if you are looking to buy a home in the San Diego area!


Just Riding Along… Deal of the Year…

If you have ever read this blog, you know that I like a good deal. There are quite a few companies and products that really strike my fancy, but some of the best deals that I have seen comes from Airborne Bicycles. I have written about their bikes before, like here and here, and once again they are dropping the deals.

From their website today, they unleashed what I am calling “the deal of the year” when it comes to buying a new bike, all in the name of Interbike. Four of their models are now at amazingly low prices, with included shipping. With that said, lets take a look:


Sabre 26″ hardtail, $249.99
Airborne’s entry level hardtail. 21 speed drivetrain, Tektro mechanical disc brakes. This price makes me want to buy one of these for my wife.


Skyhawk 26″ hardtail, $349.99
The Skyhawk is a step up from the Sabre, offering better components and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. The geometry is also more in line with their higher end, very successful Goblin 29er.


Wingman dirt jumper, $549.99
The Wingman has earned rave reviews from various mountain bike publications, making it one of the best bang for your buck dirt jumpers.


Delta cyclocross, $749.99
The price on this bike shocked me. I have been bike lusting for this one for some time, now it is almost impossible to pass up this offer. SRAM drivetrain, Avid mechanical disc brake cyclocross machine? Yes please. Now it’s time to convince the wife…

If any of these bikes make you as happy as I am, you need to head over to their site here soon, as this offer ends at the end of Interbike, which is the 23rd of this month.

Amazing, simply amazing.

Just keep spinning…

Photos from Airborne’s site.


Just Riding Along… Do not trust wet wood.

Since I have been out of town for work, I have been off of single track for a couple weeks. My plan for the day was to be out before the sun rose and riding at East Fork state park. Unfortunately, there was a quick downpour that delayed my start time, but I still was on the trail by the late morning. While East Fork drains very well, and Ohio has been exceptionally dry lately, I figured that the rain would be soaked up by the extremely parched Earth which would leave primo trails. And primo they were, nice and tacky, with pretty amazing traction.

One part of the system that did not soak up the rain however, was the multiple bridge crossings. So the photo above shows the aftermath of a tight corner, taken a little faster than it should, and sliding off of the bridge. After doing a somersault off of the obstacle, checking that the bike and myself were okay, (Yes, in that order) I was back on the velcro like trails laughing to myself.

The point of all of this rambling: Do not trust wet wood.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Landen Deerfield.

Quick ride tonight at Landen Deerfield park. Small trail, but a pretty solid one nonetheless. It is amazing how much trail that was squeezed into one small area, tucked inside a neighborhood. Definitely not a destination trail, but if you are in the area already, it might be worth your time. Only around 3 miles or so total, so it is a good system to roll some laps.

Here is a video of their tiny rock garden, next time I am there I will try to film the upper area of this section, which is a little tricky. The video makes it looks simple. Thanks to Eric for filming this spot!

Just keep spinning…