So I must open by apologizing as it has been TOO long since my last Presidents Paceline entry. I could discuss all the club has been up to (which is a lot) but I thought it would be more fun to get back in the swing of things by geeking out on cool bikes – that IS why we all ride after all 🙂
With that mindset I thought I would share a recently found favorite of mine – the Vintage MTB Workshop (www.vintagemtbworkshop.com.) For some this will be a look at early off-road bikes and for others it will be a trip down memory lane allowing you to reminisce how these bikes (or ones similar) from two decades agos “felt” as we turned each pedal stroke.
For me I cannot help but remember lusting over the early 90s Klien Attitude. I never personally got to own one myself however, working in a bike shop, I did get to ride a few in my time. Along with Cannondale, Klien was one of the first companies to popularize the use of thin-walled oversized aluminum tubes which are commonplace today. Before the use of this once “radical” tube design aluminum bikes were flexy (anyone else recall watching the slow motion replay of Sean Kelly’s sprint victories atop his Vitus and how the front and back wheel went almost sideways?) Klien was famous for their consistent smooth welds and unyielding strong stout frames along with their garishly fantastic multi-toned paint jobs. They also where one of the first to use the now common double oversized pressed-in headset designs to allow for a light-weight steering assembly that still tracked strait as well as press-fit bottom brackets and unified handlebar and stem. This integrated “frameset” design (frame, fork, headset, stem, seatpost, and BB) allowed Klien to be on of the first to push the limits of endurance and lightweight design which is now the standard for all high-end bicycles.
The Klien Attitude also fit the mold of the quintessential MTB race bike of the early 90s era. Stiff frame, low handlebars, crazy paint, and built for speed. These bikes where not comfortable but they where fast with every push of the pedals propelling you forward and a frame geometry that allowed you to instantly change your line. It was this design that I first fell in love with in the world of bikes and still gets my heart racing today…
What was your first bike love?
TMBA Trail Care Crew Visit
The Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association (TMBA) just wrapped up a very busy 4 day visit from the International Mountain Bike Association’s current Trail Care Crew – Jesse and Lori. You can find more general info about the Trail Care Crew in general here: https://www.imba.com/tcc
The Tallahassee visit’s main event was a free, one-day Trail Building School, during which Jesse and Lori taught sustainable trail building. TMBA scheduled the Trail Building School for Saturday, March 1st. The event consisted of morning classroom training held in the city’s Meyers Park Community room, free lunch donated by Dave’s Pizza Garage, and an afternoon of on the ground training in Tom Brown Park. We had great turnout with a mix of TMBA members, locals, a handful of people from out of town, and staff from local and state land managers. Organizing this couldn’t have happened without all the hard work from the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation staff Chuck Goodheart and Craig Brickser.
The Tallahassee Trail Building School project reestablished a portion of the Magnolia trail in Tom Brown Park that was removed during the construction of joint city/county public safety complex and the Red Cross center on Weems Road.
The participants of the Trail Building School bench cut a beautiful piece of singletrack between the new buildings and the adjacent retention pond. This trail will be connected with the existing Magnolia Trail in a follow-up TMBA workday on Saturday, March 15th.
In addition to the Trail Building School, TMBA scheduled an afternoon Land Manager Training session where Jesse and Lori talked with our local trail land mangers about the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails.
TMBA also managed to squeeze in participation in the Thursday evening event – Speed Date Local Leaders. Mike Yaun and Matt Wilson from the TMBA board; a few TMBA members -Sarah Wilson, Neil Dimacali, Joseph Petty, and Craig Brickser; and Jesse from the Trail Care Crew talked with County and City Commissioners, Leon County Administrator Vince Long, TPD Chief Michael DeLeo, and Tallahassee Director of Parks and Recreation Dee Crumpler. The event was a great opportunity to discuss with local leaders the importance of biking for the Tallahassee area.
Finally TMBA held several great social events related to the visit. Friday night included a social ride and meal with several kegs of beer brewed by TMBA Event Coordinator and brewmaster Joseph Petty; the Friday night meal was hosted by Higher Ground Bicycle Company. Saturday night was a post Trail Building School celebration at Juicy Blue Tapas Bar & Bistro in the Four Points by Sheraton, which had been gracious enough to donate a free room for Jesse and Lori’s stay in Tallahassee.
Last, but not least, Matt Wilson lead a Sunday morning social ride that starting at Tom Brown Park that included trying out the new section of Magnolia Trail and was a great send off for Jesse and Lori.
written by Mike Yuan
Recently The Village Square hosted an event called “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” that was attended by several CCC members. Here is a summary of their experience, written by Joe Barnett:
Village Square’s “Speed Dating”
by Joe Barnett
Several Capital City Cyclists members attended the event including Neil Dimacali, Mike Yaun, Joe Barnett and probably others.
The list of local officials was impressive. City Commissioners Scott Maddox, Nancy Miller, Gil Ziffer were there along with County Commissioners Kristin Dozier, Mary Ann Lindley, and Nick Maddox. Also in attendance were the County Administrator Vince Long and Supervisor of Elections Ian Sancho. There were also representative from Leon County Schools like Jackie Pons and Forrest Van Camp.
About 30 tables were set up at St John’s Church. Local leaders had about 7 minutes to sit at each table and discuss any issues table members brought up. And we got to eat free pizza!
At my table I asked the new chief of police, Michael DeLeo, about safety. He said our narrow roads are dangerous. I wasn’t sure if he was talking about canopy roads or wanting to widen other roads. So I mentioned that in Killearn Lakes our roads were narrowed and now the cars have slowed from about 43MPH to about 33 MPH making it safer. We also have bike lanes.
I asked about every commissioner if the 200-300 million of the sales tax dollars would go to more 6 lane roads or not. They told me how there will be a LOT of sidewalks and completion of the bike network.
I mentioned I am worried that if we keep making 6 lane or bigger roads it will be dangerous and ugly sprawl like Atlanta, Orlando, L.A….. I told them how Greenville, Duluth Minnesota, Sarasota, Thomasville, have very busy downtowns and ALL have two lanes with street parking. Most liked that idea, and are supportive of Bike -Ped issues, but all felt we need a Capital City “outerbelt”…. just like other sprawl cities…
The event was a great opportunity see speak one on one with our local officials. Tallahassee is a relatively small community and even a small group like the CCC can have a big impact if we can regularly have a presence at these types of events.
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Here’s a talk at TEDxFSU by Liz Joyner, Executive Director of To The Village Square:
Have you heard of Bicycle House?
Bicycle House is a non profit community bike shop located on Jackson Bluff Rd, near the FSU Stadium. They have a special interest in providing bikes to people who need bikes for transport, not just recreation. Often these are people who can not afford cars and can barely afford a bike.
But its more than a bike shop. Bicycle House has become a gathering place for non-traditional cyclists. Its a place to meet new people and learn new skills. it provides a service to a population that might otherwise never be exposed to cycling or have the opportunity to own a bike.
Bike House also operates a hostel for travelling cyclists. The shop is located on Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier route and in 2013 they hosted more than 300 touring cyclists!
The non profit organization has been growing at a rapid pace and are in the process of expanding to the space next door. Once complete they will have space to run a full time coffee shop and have an additional 5 workstations (complete with tools) dedicated for member use.
Do they give away free bikes?
Not exactly. To get a bike from bike house you must schedule an appointment and meet with a volunteer to assess your needs. Then a bike is chosen from their stock of donated bikes and a volunteers helps you to assemble or repair the bike to suit you. People are asked to pay what they can for the bike, sometimes that amount is zero.
Isn’t that bad for local bike shops?
Historically, no. Most of the people Bike House serves have been to local shops and have not found what they needed. Even the least expensive bikes at a shop are too expensive and some feel overwhelmed by the bike shop experience.
Bike House often refers people to local bike shops when their stock of used parts does not meet their needs. And many people start out with an inexpensive used bike from Bike House but after getting “hooked” on cycling go to a bike shop to purchase new bikes.
How can I get involved?
There are a few things you can do if you’d like to help out or learn more:
- Donate your unneeded bike parts.
- Donate your time. Volunteer to work at the shop for one 4 hour shift a week
- Help spread the word.
Find out more at www.bicyclehouse.org