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Ben Spies

Elbows out: After its debut in 2011, Elbowz Racing quickly became one of the top amateur teams in the U.S. Photo: Elbowz Racing. Cat. 1 racer, and most notably, he started the successful Elbowz Racing team, which, in its rookie season in 2011, won more than 70 races. Spies won the AMA Superbike national championship for in 2006, and successfully defended his title in 2007, and again in 2008. He then went on to win the world Superbike championship in 2009, which he describes as nothing more than “a big dream.” Even with motorcycle racing at the forefront, Spies began cycling as a way to get in shape, beginning nearly a decade ago. Despite the difference in the physics and dynamics of bike racing and motorcycle racing, there are also similarities, in body position, and in the accompanying adrenaline rush. – Velonews

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Professional Athletes are integrating the bicycle into their workout routines in greater numbers. Many NASCAR drivers are riding and Jimmie Johnson recently said on Lance Armstrong’s Podcast that in the mornings you’ll often see large groups leaving the track to go for a ride.

Today we are going to talk about a local athlete Ray Lewis and his love of the bicycle. We’ll circle back to NASCAR in an upcoming post.

Ray talks about his love of cycling in this Intro to a Spinervals video he recorded with Baltimore resident and Coach Troy Jacobson:

From: The Post Game

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the All-Pro linebacker is in the best shape that he’s ever seen him in, and Lewis says that’s thanks to cycling.Ray Lewis Indoor Training

“I credit a lot of my training to a lot of my cycling,” Lewis told reporters, getting more excited by the word. “I did a lot of cycling. I became real big in it. First couple times I went out there I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I mean, the fatigue that you go through…”

One reason Lewis brought out the bicycle is because it puts less stress on legs than pounding the pavement.

Have any of you seen Ray while out on a ride?

This post is part of our celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Bicycle and the people who love them.

 

Pink (Alecia Moore) is often seen cycling, alone, with her family or to run errands. While on tour she is likely to be spotted on her bicycle exploring cities. Seems the only important accessory she usually leaves behind when photographed on rides is her helmet. However in some recent Instagram posts she is wearing a helmet so maybe she has changed her ways, we hope so for her and her family. Yet Another reason for her cycling is;

“The singer makes a point of riding bicycles instead of using a horse drawn carriage, which she is part of a PETA campaign against.” From ilovebicycling.com

 

This post is part of our series celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Bicycle and the people who love bicycles.

 

Famous People who Rode – Albert Einstein

 

Early in his schooling at Munich University in Germany, Einstein would often take bicycle tours with fellow scientists to contemplate the world at large. It is thought he had several ‘Eureka!’ moments while out cycling.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

This is part of our celebration of the 200 Anniversary of the Bicycle

Patrick Dempsey – Celebrities who Ride

Patrick Dempsey Actor, Production Manager and Producer but best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy is an avid cyclist. He has also acted in the Bridget Jones’s movies, Sweet Home Alabama and Can’t Buy Me Love to name a few.

From a Bicycling Magazine Interview we learned a little more about his passion for cycling:

Dempsey started riding after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. “I find biking is the best way to work on your cardio, and your lower body and core strength. It’s just an incredible sport. I love it. It just calms you down and it’s mediation in motion. Getting my daughter and the boys, and my wife, on bikes was a really great breakthrough this last year. It’s been a great way for us to spend time talking and working things out. It becomes therapy together because you get out and you’re moving and distracted. At the same time you can communicate.”

(interview) http://www.bicycling.com/culture/people/patrick-dempsey-s-challenge

Famous People and Bicycles

Certainly on the short list of famous people who had ties to cycling and the cycling industry are the Wright brothers. They bought their first bicycles in 1892 and in 1893 they started a repair and rental business in Dayton, Ohio. Expansion was next for the brothers as they started manufacturing their own line of bicycles. It is here where they started creating and building their flying machines. Ultimately using this knowledge and experience in their design and construction of the airplane.

 

 

 

From the Air and Space Website:

“In designing their airplane, the Wrights drew upon a number of bicycle concepts:

The Wright Brothers Bicycle Store Dayton, Ohio

•             The central importance of balance and control.

•             The need for strong but lightweight structures.

•             The chain-and-sprocket transmission system for propulsion.

•             Concerns regarding wind resistance and aerodynamic shape of the operator.”

From: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/who/1895/biketoflight.cfm

The Wright Brothers journey is truly fascinating and the bicycle played a major role in their lives. Obviously there is a ton of material about them so I won’t go on but I do highly recommend David McCullough book “The Wright Brothers” if you want to dig deeper into their story. Also the Air and Space Museum has some great information that can be found from the link above.

The bike hasn’t changed much in its basic shape over the years. It certainly gotten better and a lot more choices in styles etc.

Bicycle History

A little history of the bicycle again from Wikipedia:

The first verifiable claim for a practically used bicycle belongs to German Baron Karl von Drais, a civil servant to the Grand Duke of Baden in Germany. Drais invented his Laufmaschine (German for “running machine”) of 1817 that was called Draisine (English) or draisienne (French) by the press. Karl von Drais patented this design in 1818, which was the first commercially successful two-wheeled, steerable, human-propelled machine, commonly called a velocipede, and nicknamed hobby-horse or dandy horse.[8] It was initially manufactured in Germany and France. Hans-Erhard Lessing (Drais’ biographer) found from circumstantial evidence that Drais’ interest in finding an alternative to the horse was the starvation and death of horses caused by crop failure in 1816, the Year Without a Summer following the volcanic eruption of Tambora in 1815).[9] On his first reported ride from Mannheim on June 12, 1817, he covered 13 km (eight miles) in less than an hour.[10] Constructed almost entirely of wood, the draisine weighed 22 kg (48 pounds), had brass bushings within the wheel bearings, iron shod wheels, a rear-wheel brake and 152 mm (6 inches) of trail of the front-wheel for a self-centering caster effect. This design was welcomed by mechanically minded men daring to balance, and several thousand copies were built and used, primarily in Western Europe and in North America. Its popularity rapidly faded when, partly due to increasing numbers of accidents, some city authorities began to prohibit its use.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle

Image Information: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4406665

So now that we have a little of the background stuff out of the way we’ll be sharing quotes and talking about some famous people who ride bicycles.

Our customers celebrate the bicycle every day and so do we. For the month of June we’ll be celebrating the bicycle a little more than normal. This month is extra special this year, June 12th is the 200th Anniversary of the first bicycle ride. During June we will be sharing fun facts and such about the bicycle. It is our hope that you enjoy them and maybe share them with your friends. Riding bikes is super fun and so is talking about them.

We’ll start today with Wikipedia’s Definition of the bicycle:

Bicycle

The early bicycle.bicycle, also called a cycle or bike, is a human-poweredpedal-drivensingle-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist.

Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century in Europe and as of 2003, more than 1 billion have been produced worldwide, twice as many as the number of automobiles that have been produced.[2] They are the principal means of transportation in many regions. They also provide a popular form of recreation, and have been adapted for use as children’s toys, general fitness, military and police applications, courier servicesbicycle racing and bicycle stunts.

The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright or “safety bicycle”, has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885.[3][4][5] But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of specialized designs for many types of cycling.

The bicycle’s invention has had an enormous effect on society, both in terms of culture and of advancing modern industrial methods. Several components that eventually played a key role in the development of the automobile were initially invented for use in the bicycle, including ball bearingspneumatic tireschain-driven sprockets, and tension-spoked wheels.[6]

Wikipedia Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle

Link to image information: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=727702

The bicycle sure has come a long way hasn’t it! 

Maybe you have heard the term “balance bikes” “running bikes” or “kick bikes” and wondered what they are. They are the easiest way to teach your child to ride a bicycle. Best of all they are fun for the kids. At the store we carry Strider Bikes.

Most children are ready in the 18 to 24 month age range but if your child can walk they are ready for a balance bike. In the beginning the child just straddles the Strider holds onto the handlebar and begins to walk around with the Strider. With a wheel in the front and a wheel in the rear they are safe and stable. I call this the Fred Flintstone stage. Many families have their children use them around their house to get started. As the child gains confidence on the Strider they will begin to experiment with sitting on the saddle a little more and running with the Strider. Now the fun factor is increasing and their confidence is building. At some point they naturally will pick their feet up and realize they can coast. If they are unsure at all, all they have to do is put their feet back down.

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by Ernest Freeland

Part One

Today you have many options of where to purchase your new bicycle but the local bike shop is still the clear choice.

The bicycle is not something that you just pull out of the box and it is ready to go, like your new baseball bat or soccer ball. A lot of human input is needed to perfect your ride, first it needs to be assembled and then fit to its rider. A properly fit bike is like your favorite pair of shoes, you can wear them all day, so in the case of your bicycle you can ride it all day. To many people have memories of bicycle riding that wasn’t comfortable. With the help of your local bike shop that doesn’t have to be the case.

Your local bike shop is full of people who love bikes and love to ride bikes and they bring that passion to work with them every day. They will discuss your cycling goals, needs, your riding style any injuries you may have. With that information they will help you select the perfect bicycle for you. Once you have picked out our new bike the local bike shop (LBS for short) will perform a very important step, fitting you and your bicycle to each other.

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