Weekend Rides

I spent a fair bit of time biking as well as working on the bikes this weekend so I have a few things to report, including a new addition to the stable, but more on that later… First off I saw this very Rakish Ride parked in downtown Minneapolis on Friday afternoon. It appears to …

Inspired in Denver

Today was an inspiring day for this rakish rider. I was in Denver this morning and after a little research decided to take a walk and check out Chocolate Spokes, which turned out to be a truly inspirational experience. The founder of Chocolate spokes is Gregory Crichlow, formerly an architect he became a bike shop …

The Rakish Ride Hierarchy of Travel Theory

In our first week of having it the Xtracycle has been used on at least 4 journeys that would have otherwise required a car. While we may have only saved a few gallons of gas and a tiny amount of greenhouse gasses so far the benefits go well beyond this. I felt awesome yesterday when …

The #1 biking city in America – Minneapolis

My home town of Minneapolis is about as close to a cyclists paradise as one could find in a major US metro area. Mainly because you can get just about anywhere in the city on dedicated bike paths and boulevards and when you do have to share the road, car traffic respects the cyclists right …

Test ride complete, planning for the epic tour begins…

Today Beth and I rode 40 miles, which is her longest ride ever. She handled it with no problems and is almost as excited as I am about the epic European cycling trip we are planning. We’ll see how she feels tomorrow morning…there is talk of signing up for Spin classes. If all goes to …

SUV, meet SUB – Xtracycle build complete

This labor day weekend I am celebrating the completion of a labor of love…specifically the conversion of my Trek 950 mountian bike, which I have owned since it was new in 1995, into a Xtracycle. It took me about a day to get the whole thing put together and another few hours on either side …

The fine line, fine wine, and the beauty of a Columbus bike

So, it’s been said that “there is a fine line between hobby and mental illness” and Beth today extended that to say that there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding. Which is why those of us who collect, often find ourselves in a position of having to explain our hobby or justify to …

Stepping Up

So last night my partner Beth caught me perusing Craigslist based on my current obsession with Chevy Trucks. I was going back and forth between looking at newer 2500HD’s that would be suited to towing my race trailer, and older 60’s and 70’s C10’s and C20’s which I just think are super cool. Her comment …

Sport Utility Bike Build Begins

  So after sitting on the sidelines for the last few years as my enthusiasm for road biking has been growing I have pulled out my beloved 95 Trek 950, my first real performance mountain bike, to convert it into an Xtracycle. I just don’t do much trail riding any more, and what I do …

Inspired…

As I was researching my latest acquisition I came across a blog post that described this particular vehicle ( A 70’s Raleigh Tourist DL-1 bicycle) as “rakish” ¬†and I was struck by the fact that this unique term could be used describe virtually every vehicle that appeals to me. So what is a Rakish Ride? …