Made in America – An Evening with Sky Yeager of Shinola

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending an event here in Minneapolis  where bike designer Sky Yeager spoke about her company Shinola and their design philosophy. With Thanks to Leah McMullen I was also invited to dine with Sky and a few other friends of Shinola like the makers of my favorite espresso at […]

Review #1 – 1979 Trek 510 Custom – Part 1

I have always been a fan of the USA made steel Trek bikes built in Wisconsin up until the mid to late 1990’s. When I was working at Penn Cycle in the late 80’s I came to appreciate the much better build quality of Trek bikes, relative to comparably priced models from other brands, and loved […]

Rakish Rideshare

Part of the master plan for Rakish Ride has always been to build a bike sharing/rental scheme and that plan is coming along rather nicely. As part of the planning process I do “research” on bike sharing and rental schemes and most importantly I actually use them every chance I get. This past week I […]

Belgium

When we set off from Middleburg we were pretty wiped out from the previous days long ride and it was raining, so we cheated, sort of and got on the train with our bike to ride the 10 miles or so to Vlissingen where we hopped the ferry to Veerhaven. Once we arrived on the […]

Hague-Hellevoetsluis-Middleburg

After 4 days of luxury and copious amounts of food and drink we set off on three straight days of riding about 60-80km each day. Our first destination was a small rural B&B just outside the city of Hellevoetsluis, which was easy to find thanks to the GPS tips I had gotten the day before […]

Europe Trip – Arrival in Amsterdam – Bikes and Beer

Last week Beth and I returned from our first bike touring trip together. We packed up our bikes, flew to Amsterdam and rode through the Netherlands to Bruges Belgium and then on the Ghent and Antwerp before hopping a train to spend the last few days of our trip in Paris. By all accounts (most importantly […]

Mid winter blues and big bike trip plans

It has been an epically cold and snowy winter here in MN and despite getting my All City Macho Man shod with studded tires I have not logged nearly enough miles to prepare for our upcoming tour of Holland, Belgium and France. As it turns out this would have been the perfect winter to get […]