The All British Cycling Event

Yesterday Beth and I were out visiting bike shops and discussing our plans to open the Rakish Ride bike shop in Amsterdam when we stopped at the Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis for some lunch. As we walked up I noticed there were a number of very nice old British bikes parked out front. Low …

Trek 510 Series Randonneur

My first "labor of love" 1983 Trek 513. The bike represents nearly two years of continuous development and evolution on my first effort to build a "perfect for me" bike. These early 80's Trek frames are well known as very high-quality bikes that were silver brazed by hand in Wisconsin. While it is hard enough …

1979 Trek 510 Custom – Part 2

Over the winter the Trek project progressed slowly but steadily to what you see pictured here. I have added new hand built wheels, handlebars, fenders and a rear rack to the bike making it nearly complete. As I start new projects I find it useful to make changes one or two at a time and live with …

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 Reviews

As a "chronicle of compelling conveyances" the Rakish Ride will from time to time offer reviews of bikes and related products of interest, in the hopes that a whole bunch of people will like, or at least respect, an honest and unbiased assessment of the various bike related products I have purchased and use. As …

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 …

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