I am starting a category on my blog called, appropriately, “Bicycle Maintenance”. Most will be “do it yourself” type maintenance repairs or upkeep.

The handlebar tape is very important as it is the location of where your hands are 99% of the time. You want the tape to be on secure and not broken or loose. Your hands could slide off and that wouldn’t be a pretty site what happens next.

I have gathered this video from Bicycling Magazine to show you how to install your own handlebar tape.

Enjoy!

http://video.bicycling.com/video/Wrapping-Handlebar-Tape?cm_mmc=Twitter-_-Bicycling-_-Content-Video-_-wrap-bars

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I wouldn’t pass this up for anything! I will ride with Professional cyclists and athletes from around the world! George Hincapie is the Grand Fondo Chief but there are many many others! Tinker JuarezIna-Yoko Teutenberg, Tejay van Garderen, Paul Amey, Amber Neben, Matt Bigos and Greta Neimanas  and the list goes on!

http://www.arideforlife.com/event.php

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I am going to be able to check off “riding with George Hincapie” from my bucket list! He is doing an Organized century ride here in Santa Clarita on 12/31/11

Click the link below for information

http://www.arideforlife.com/

Can you imagine 20-30 of these Go One Velomobiles around Santa Clarita!

This Go-one velomobile at the 2006 Cycle Vision bike show in Zandvoort, Netherlands had been stickered by Tim Biesemans of Belgium.
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I dream of the day I can ride a bicycle like this lucky chap is. I would be so excited, at peace with myself!

Michal Kapral driving a human-powered car to work in Toronto. The Mango velomobile cruises at around 40 km/h.
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When I think of the primary use of  a bicycle that I have encountered over the years I think about how it transports me from one location to another. Weather that is by completing a Saturday group ride somewhere in or around Santa Clarita, CA with some cycling buds. Or I remember the time when I took a solo bike tour from NY to Cape Cod and checked out some incredible views along the way. I went through Mystic, CT, Newport, RI and finally onto the shores of Provincetown, MA. Ah yes, what a ride that was! I had panniers all the way around and a rack on top to hold my sleeping bag and tent. Those were the days!

Of course I also used the bicycle to transport myself to and from school back in my younger years along with my books and things.

Over the last few years I have noticed the bicycle evolve to what is now a “Cargo” bicycle or a “Utility” bicycle.  The cargo or utility bicycle can be used to carry or transport just about anything. I have seen “bicycle moves” where some cargo cycling  friends get together and literally move someones household possessions from one location to another via bicycle!

Enough rambling, time for me to jump on my bicycle!

Watch this great video about cargo bicycles, which is just a trailer by the way for a documentary that is coming out in the near future by Liz Canning, (check her out at lizcanning.com) …and you just might want to add another bicycle to your collection.

***Do notice how everyone is happy in this video and look at the joy in the children’s faces! Would they be that happy in a car…I think not!

Bicycles in Amsterdam are cool! They are a way of life. People use bicycles like we use autos here in the states. Can you imagine people leaving the Yukon or other vehicle at home and cycling down to the mall or to the supermarket to get things, I could!

What are your feelings about using the bicycle like they do in Amsterdam? How about just 1/10 of what they do!