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Recycling the past: Specialized Expedition

Here’s John Ringham the night he joined dozens of people to pedal Bushwhacker’s bicycle inventory from the old Metro Centre store to the new Junction City building. 239 more words

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Frame building for credit at the University of Iowa

It’s obvious that before you display your work at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show you have to build a frame. In the United States, builders have learned their craft on their own, on their own using… 1,249 more words

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A memorable name. A memorable bike. Pedalino

If you ride a tandem or an old high-wheeler, you know the default comments you’re going to get on just about every ride.

On the former it’s some variation on, “Hey, I don’t think she’s pedaling back there.” (She is; she always is.) And on the latter it’s, “How’s the weather up there?” (Fine, but I’m not sure about the wind direction. 421 more words

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The loneliness of the long-distance water bottle. Co-Motion in Louisville

I emailed Co-Motion’s Dwan Shepard before the North American Handmade Bicycle Show to ask him what he wanted to accomplish with his display. He wrote, “We’re showing what we actually do every day here: Really nicely made bikes with well-established provenance, purpose, form and craftsmanship.” 623 more words

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Word on the street: PVC Pete

Imagine the Wizard of Oz rewritten as a one-character play. That character? A lost soul, clearly not from around here, and totally without a brain, heart or courage. 1,214 more words

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Co-Motion quint on the San Diego boardwalk

You’re next to the Pacific Ocean on Ocean Front Walk in San Diego. You’re working off another can’t-be-beat meal from the Mission Cafe. You see single-speed cruiser bikes… 66 more words

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Bicycle at land's end

No, not the merchant. No, not the place of that name in England or India, Spain or Mexico.

This is land’s end in the broader sense: Here, the kingdom of foot and pedal, there, the kingdom of fin and whale. 103 more words

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