Thursday, September 30, 2004


W is for Waterford

Waterford Precision Cycles is owend by Richard Schwinn, the last Schwinn still in the bike business.

The Schwinn name is still around, appearing on both bike-shop quality bikes and Wal-Mart level bikes. The brand has been sold several times since the firm declared bankruptcy around 1990 or so.

I'm re-reading "No Hands" which is the grim story of the downfall of Schwinn. It is also hard to beleive that this book is now worth $65!

Wednesday, September 29, 2004


V is for Ventana

Ventana Mountain Bikes are real bikes, not a 49 speed bike with handlebars that can rotate 360 degrees.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004


U is for...Ultrabike!

When I was a kid, there was a TV show called Ultraman. I'm sure if he had ridden a bike instead of flying through the air, he would have ridden an ULTRABIKE!

This isn't really a custom bike manufacturer, I just wanted the list to be complete. If you are a custom bicycle manufacturer with a company name that starts with the letter "U", let us know and we will feature you prominently.

U is really, really hard

It was not possible to find a "U"

If you know of one, please post a comment.

So I found some unique gifts made from recycled bicycle parts.

Monday, September 27, 2004


T is for Tom Teesdale

Tom Teesdale builds trikes, too.

PSU bicyclists finish 2nd in 12-hour marathon race

This just in from The Daily Collegian, the Penn State Cycling Team finished 2nd in a 12-hour marathon race.

Sunday, September 26, 2004


Paterno's son-in-law seriously injured in bicycle accident

From the Centre Daily Times, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno's son-in-law was injured in a bicycling accident on Park Avenue, the northern border of the Penn State campus. He was wearing a helmet, and no cars were involved.

My friend Mark and I were at University Park Airport on Saturday getting ready for a joy ride in Mark's plane. We saw the Life Flight helicopter take off. It wasn't until I read this article that I realized it was going to pick up Coach Paterno's son-in-law.

S is for Steelman, and Seven, and ...

There are lots of "S" builders.

Steelman Cycles is one S.

Seven Cycles is another.

Don't forget Spectrum Cycles!

Friday, September 24, 2004


R is for...Rock Lobster!

Since I already linked to Riivendell this R is reserved for Rock Lobster. A big shout out to the B-52s, too!

Thursday, September 23, 2004


Q is for Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo uses wind tunnel testing! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004


P is for Pedersen

Pedersen Bicycles are truly unique. Check out that hammock saddle.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004


N is for Nobilette

Nobilette Cycles is the missing "N."

Monday, September 20, 2004


O is for Orbea

Orbea is the bicycle of Spain.

Friday, September 17, 2004


The Kryptonite Krisis

Here goes a link to an Associated Press story on the Kryptonite lock situation.

This link will take you to BRIN, which is Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

There are links to the movies showing the locks being opened with a Bic pen barrell in seconds.

M is for...mmmmmmmmmmm

I couldn't decide on one "M" so here goes three:

Richard Moon cycles.


Peter Mooney.

Moots Cycles.

I'm off to ride the MS-150 City To Shore Bike Tour, another "M" so no new posts this weekend. See you Monday.

Thursday, September 16, 2004


L is for Landshark

Landshark! Candygram! Check out those kooky paint jobs.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


K is for Kogswell!

Kogswell Cycles has a great name and some fine machines, including a great fixed gear frame set.

I have a pair of their single speed/fixed gear hubs on my single speed mountain bike. I never did get around to posting a picture of that bike, mostly because my house and garage are in complete disarray because of a home remodeling project.

Can Spacely Sprockets be far behind?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


J is for Bob Jackson

Bob Jackson cycles is a UK builder.

Friday, September 10, 2004


I is for Indy Fab

Independent Fabrications builds great bikes.

Thursday, September 09, 2004


H is for Harry Havnoonian

Harry Havnoonian is a double H, and he's Armenian. He's also in my local area.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004


G is for Gaansari

Gaansari Cycles is located in Dayton, OH. Check out the Scorcher.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004


F is for Fort

Fort bicycles are made in the Czech Republic. We're international!

Monday, September 06, 2004


E is for Eisentraut

Eisentraut hande made bikes.

Sunday, September 05, 2004


Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles

D Is for Davidson.

Saturday, September 04, 2004


C is for Columbine Cycle Works

Columbine Cycle Works makes some incredible frames that qualify as art. Like this one:

Friday, September 03, 2004



B is for Bilenky. They build lots of tandems and other great bikes, about three miles from my house.

Thursday, September 02, 2004


My Saturn SL1 Sucks, My Bicycle Is Nicer

My POS Saturn SL1 is at the dealer again. I've had a problem with the key sticking in the ignition. It happened again last night at Target, which is right next to the Cult of Saturn Temple in State College, so I dropped it there, and got a loaner Impala.

The Service Drone called me today to tell me my car was ready. I went to the dealer after work, picked up my car, and drove the 0.25 miles to the bar for Happy Hour. To make a long story short, the key is still sticking, and I am driving the loaner Impala.

What does this have to do with bicycles? Well, I'll tell you. I live maybe 1.5 miles from my job, I'm likely closer to my job than fixedgear is to his. Do I bike or walk to work? Nooo, I drive the POS SL1 to work. The gods of clean, efficient, human-powered transport are punishing me.

Just today, upon hearing how close to work I live, Claudio from XRT said, "You should buy a bike."

I said, "Well, er...ummm...yeah, I have a bike." And a web site, and big pimpin' bike accessories. Just no legs or lungs.

Bike builders, A to Z

For the next 26 days I will post a link to a custom frame builder. A - Z.

Why? Because I can.

Let's start with A.

A is for Anvil.

They also make frame building jigs and fixtures in case you want to build your own frame and/or fork.

Check out those track dropouts or 'fork ends' as they are called. Hole-y!

Wednesday, September 01, 2004


RIP Mr. Whipple

No, not the "Please don't squeeze the Charmin" guy. The astronomer guy.

Here is the article, which I posted because I know that The Fat Guy is interested in this sort of stuff.

What does this have to do with bicycles? From the article: "Whipple retired from Harvard in 1977, although he continued to bicycle to the center six days a week until he was 90."

See, bicycling keeps you young. And smart!

Antique bike photos from New Zeland!

Can you play a slide trombone while pedaling? I didin't think so.

More can be found here.

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