February 17, 2007

PODCAST: Grande Dame of the recumbent cycling industry

At her factory in Santa Cruz, CA, we visited the Grande Dame of the recumbent cycling industry, Melanie Vasuzi. With her company, Free Form Fashions, Melanie has been making apparel for cyclists and their bikes since 1982. Hear how much fun Melanie has in her work as a high tech seamstress and you will know why her customers come back over and over again.

Free Form Fashions can be found on the web at


Posted by mkreig at 11:47 PM

February 11, 2007

Bicycle CAMPING TRAILER next Summer?

If you want to hit the road next summer in high two wheel style, do consider the Pedal RV Bicycle Camping Trailer. Although we have not had a chance to try it out or for that matter contact the builders, it is enough thought provocative that we wanted to share it with you before we waited too long:


Rolling in at around 35 pounds and with a carrying capacity of 50+ pounds in cargo, the PedalRV is a real asset on a long tour.  Being totally self contained; there are no stakes to pound, poles to mess with, or guy lines to trip over in the dark, and no concern about uneven or rocky ground.

Just open it up and climb in.  It can be closed up tight for those cold or rainy nights or opened up with screens all around for the warmer ones.  In my opinion the only way to sleep better would be in a motel but I'd rather see the stars.  That is what PEDALRV™ is all about: Making cycle touring comfortable.  Pulled behind a recumbent the whole picture is complete.  Comfort on the ride and a great night's sleep.  Tow your own motel room behind your cycle of choice.

The cost for the package is $500 plus $35 shipping. See it HERE

Posted by mkreig at 09:25 PM

February 08, 2007

50 MPH Standing Bike - The Hyperbike

According to their web:
The circumference of an eight foot diameter wheel is roughly twenty-five feet and cadence, or the rate at which a person pedals, is most comfortable at a rate of 13 beats every 15 seconds. Gearing that allows an operator to rotate the wheels four times each pedal cycle, or at a 1:4 ratio while at the comfortable cadence rate will produce a speed upwards of 50mph.

Se it in action at http://www.bodyriteltd.com

Posted by mkreig at 09:16 PM

The Ultimate Bike Tool

Made by Wenger the makers of the genuine Swiss Army knife, here are all 85 tools included in Giant Knife, Version 1.0:

1. 2.5” 60% Serrated locking blade
2. Nail file, nail cleaner
3. Corkscrew
4. Adjustable pliers with wire crimper and cutter
5. Removable screwdriver bit adapter
6. 2.5” Blade for Official World Scout Knife
7. Spring-loaded, locking needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
8. Removable screwdriver bit holder
9. Phillips head screwdriver bit 0
10. Phillips head screwdriver bit 1
11. Phillips head screwdriver bit 2
12. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5 mm x 3.5 mm
13. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.6 mm x 4.0 mm
14. Flat head screwdriver bit 1.0 mm x 6.5 mm
15. Magnetized recessed bit holder
16. Double-cut wood saw with ruler (inch & cm)
17. Bike chain rivet setter, removable 5m allen wrench, screwdriver for slotted and Phillips head screws
18. Removable tool for adjusting bike spokes, 10m hexagonal key for nuts
19. Removable 4mm curved allen wrench with Phillips head screwdriver
20. Removable 10mm hexagonal key
21. Patented locking Phillips head screwdriver
22. Universal wrench
23. Laser pointer with 300 ft. range
24. 1.65” Clip point utility blade
25. Metal saw, metal file
26. 4 mm allen wrench
27. 2.5” blade
28. Fine metal file with precision screwdriver
29. Double-cut wood saw
30. Cupped cigar cutter with double-honed edges
31. 12/20-Gauge choke tube tool
32. Watch caseback opening tool
33. Snap shackle
34. Telescopic pointer
35. Compass, straight edge, ruler (in./cm)
36. Mineral crystal magnifier with precision screwdriver
37. 2.4” Springless scissors with serrated, self-sharpening design
38. Shortix key
39. Flashlight
40. Fish scaler, hook disgorger, line guide
41. Micro tool holder
42. Micro tool adapter
43. Micro scraper-straight
44. Reamer
45. Fine fork for watch spring bars
46. Pin punch 1.2 mm
47. Pin punch .8 mm
48. Round needle file
49. Removable tool holder with expandable receptacle
50. Removable tool holder
51. Multi-purpose screwdriver
52. Flat Phillips head screwdriver
53. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5 mm x 3.5 mm
54. Spring loaded, locking flat nose nose-pliers with wire cutter
55. Phillips head screwdriver bit 0
56. Phillips head screwdriver bit 1
57. Phillips head screwdriver bit 2
58. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.5 mm x 3.5 mm
59. Flat head screwdriver bit 0.6 mm x 4.0 mm
60. Flat head screwdriver bit 1.0 mm x 6.5 mm
61. Can opener
62. Phillips head screwdriver
63. 2.5” Clip point blade
64. Golf club face cleaner
65. 2.4” Round tip blade
66. Patented locking screwdriver, cap lifter, can opener
67. Golf shoe spike wrench
68. Golf divot repair tool
69. Micro straight-curved
70. Special tool holder
71. Phillips head screwdriver 1.5mm
72. Screwdriver 1.2 mm
73. Screwdriver .8 mm
74. Mineral crystal magnifier, fork for watch spring bars, small ruler
75. Removable screwdriver bit holder
76. Magnetized recessed bit holder
77. Tire tread gauge
78. Reamer/awl
79. Patented locking screwdriver, cap lifter, wire stripper
80. Special Key
81. Toothpick
82. Tweezers
83. Adapter
84. Key ring
85. Second key ring

Weight: 2 lbs - 11 ounces
Size: 8.75 Inches
Price: $1200

Call Wenger at 800-431-2996 to order

Posted by mkreig at 08:43 PM

February 01, 2007

Haluzak Retires

Fourteen years and 3000 bikes later, Bicycles by Haluzak is calling it quits. However, as Bill Haluzak pursues other interests, he stresses that unlike BikeE and Vision, he will still honor any bikes under warranty and will still sell Haluzak specific parts. Toward that end, he can still be reached at:

Email: haluzak@sonic.net
Phone: 707-544-6243

THX Bill - it was a great run!!

Posted by mkreig at 12:41 PM