Archive for September, 2009

» Ode to the Chupacabra

September 30, 2009

Fat long-tail bikes are cool!


If you treat people around you like they have no choices, that’s who you end up with.

September 27, 2009

Ikea, ‘Family Circle’ Take Food on Tour

September 24, 2009

– Lucia Moses

NEW YORK Well known for its low-cost home furnishings, Ikea
is enjoying newfound popularity as a dining destination with
shoppers who like its cheap, kid-friendly cafeteria.

Starting in October, the retailer will take its association with
food a step further with free cooking seminars. They’re part of an
ad deal cooked up by Meredith’s Family Circle, which is presenting
the tour with Food University, a culinary events company. The
five-city tour, called Food University Presented by Family Circle,
kicks off in Seattle and features chefs demonstrating recipes from
the magazine.

Sole sponsor Ikea also will commit to pages in Family Circle. The
3.9 million-circulation pub wouldn’t disclose the number of pages,
but said they represented an increased investment over 2008, when
the retailer started advertising in the title.

Ikea increased its magazine spend in the Jan.-June 2009 period to
$7.1 million, or 15 percent of its total media budget. In the
year-earlier period, it spent $6.7 million in magazines, or 13
percent of its media budget, per Nielsen.

“We know that our readers, the moms of teens and tweens, have
started cooking more and more at home as a way to save money and
spend more time with their families,” said Carey Witmer, publisher,
Family Circle. “Our partnership…gives us the opportunity to help
people feel more comfortable in their kitchens.”

To help establish the event’s brand name, Family Circle also
changed the name of its monthly food column, “Cooking School,” to
“Food University.”

Family Circle has been an exception in an otherwise lousy ad
climate for magazines. This year through October, its ad pages grew
14 percent to 1,411 vs. an 11 percent decline in the women’s
service/lifestyle category and 23 percent decline for the industry
overall, per the Mediaweek Monitor.

Nielsen Business

I love their Swedish Meatballs!

SSWC’09 Course Map

September 17, 2009

SSWC09<br/>Find more Bike Rides in Durango, Colorado

CO Springs to Durango – Our route yesterday

September 17, 2009

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I think it was the most scenic drive I have ever done!

Grand Opening and Alleycat Race at Transit Bicycle Company

September 13, 2009

See and download the full gallery on posterous

Steve Jobs’ return and the Journal’s ad placement

September 12, 2009

Wow… I’d like to think this was a total accident. Of course, I’m not sure that anyone looks at final pages before they are printed since there are regional versions of most national newspapers these days.


September 11, 2009

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Best Burning Man Photo

September 11, 2009

by vikapproved

Cyclocross Bikes for Commuting at Urban Velo

September 11, 2009

Redline Conquest Classic

Cyclocross racing and commuting have a few things in common. Both are for the hardy, attracting cyclists who don’t mind riding in foul weather, over imperfect terrain or in adverse conditions. Although many commuter bikes are patently unsuitable for cross racing, with some exceptions, cyclocross bikes are excellent for commuting. They all accept high-volume tires (typically 32mm or higher) and some manufacturers have even created commuter-specific cross bikes that do double duty. Here are a few examples—feel free to suggest others in the comments below.

Frameset Only
Soma Double Cross – $375
Van Dessel Hole Shot – $650
Gunnar Cross Hairs – $800
Santa Cruz Stigmata – $850

Complete Bikes
Kona Jake – $899
Specialized Tricross Triple – $940
Giant TCX 2 – $975
Felt F95X – $999
GT GTR Type CX – $999
Surly Cross Check – $1050
Giant TCX

Gary Fisher Lane – $1099
Masi Speciale CX – $1150
Raleigh RX 1.0 – $1200
Rocky Mountain Solo CX – TBA
Redline Conquest Classic – TBA
Schwinn Fastback CX – $1300
KHS CX200 – $1399
Jamis Nova Pro – $1575
Trek XO 1 – $1650
Salsa La Cruz – $1680
Terry Valkyrie Cross – $2518
Bianchi Cross Concept Race – $3499


I used a Surly CrossCheck as a commuter in Dallas and it was a perfect blend of speed, maneuverability and durability. I miss that commute.