Tag Archives: bikes

Welcome A New Two-Wheeler To The Family

After buying a truck in December 2012, and working a real job, I had less opportunities to commute by bike than when I was a student at ASU, a few years back. I am happy to report that, recently, I have been riding my bike around town more often! I started practicing yoga at a local studio and it just so happens to be the perfect distance to ride my bike there from my apartment.

I’m also working at a coworking space in Phoenix, located right off of the light rail. In attempts to save gas money and my sanity during rush hour traffic, I have been commuting by bike multiple days a week. It’s been great! I love it. But then I started to remember that my bike is pretty heavy. It’s not fun to lug around on the light rail. And although I love my Schwinn Sierra, I believe sometimes you outgrow things you love. I started looking at Landis Cyclery for a cute fixie that was lightweight and easy to ride around town for a few miles.

PureFix

Well, I learned something. Apparently I don’t like how fixies ride and I was uncomfortable leaning so far forward, as I would often be wearing a backpack. This is the bike I had planned on buying, but I wasn’t happy with many of its features. After a test ride, I crossed the fixie off my list. It’s a good looking bike, but it wasn’t a good fit for my wants and needs. I had a very patient sales person at Landis Cyclery named Jon. He was really enthusiastic about helping me find the right bike for me, which I really appreciated.

Landis Cyclery

The next bike he showed me was a winner! I told him what I liked and didn’t like and next Jon showed me a Specialized Vita. It was much lighter than my Schwinn. I started to ride and it felt so light like I was flying! I liked that it had multiple speeds, awesome brakes, and rode similar to my previous bike.

Specialized Vita

It wasn’t a drastic change, which was probably good for transitioning to the new bike. I didn’t lean too far forward, but I was less upright than on my Schwinn. I tested it out with a backpack on and I think I can get used to it. When I got the bike home, I took it for a nice, long, relaxing bike ride in Tempe. I rode to Kiwanis Park and made a huge lap around the park. I really had a blast riding my new bike today! I’m glad Jon was able to help find the right bike and I agree that this bike was a better choice for me. Welcome my new bike to the family!

Specialized Vita

How to Survive Tour de Fat

New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is coming to Tempe this weekend and it’s a bike event you don’t want to miss! The event shines awareness on the environment and riding your bike instead of driving a car, and of course fun costumes and BEER! This will be my third Tour de Fat and I wanted to share some tips so you can have the best time ever this year!

Tour de Fat has arrived in Tempe!

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, Event starts at 9 a.m., Bike ride is at 10 a.m. and the event lasts until 3 p.m.

Where: Tempe Beach Park: 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Dress up for Tour de Fat!

These robots went all out for Tour de Fat!

The Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • Bring your bike! Don’t forget a bike lock.
  • Get there early. It will be crowded because look how much fun you’ll have!
  • Dress up! If you don’t wear a costume, you are more likely to stand out. Most people wear a fun costume of their choosing- there’s no rhyme or reason. Get creative! Think of Tour de Fat, as early Halloween!
  • Bring your ID, some cash and sunscreen. These items will be important if you want to drink New Belgium beer and avoid getting a sun burn- yes even in October it’s still hot and sunny in Tempe.
  • Drink water and bring some with you.
  • Eat breakfast! You will be better off having eaten something than if you were to start drinking beer in the heat on an empty stomach.
  • Check out your bike the day before. You don’t want a flat tire or busted chain during the bike ride.
  • Call all your cyclist friends and invite them! The more the merrier!

Avoid the hassle. Don’t drive your car.

Don’t:

  • Drive: This is a biking event that encourages you to “trade in your car for a bike”. So ride your bike or take the light rail there. The parking lot will be pretty full, especially the later you arrive.
  • Ride your bike like you’re in a race. There will be many people in the bike ride and it’s best to ride to a leisurely speed to avoid injuries.
  • Bring pets, unless you have a bike basket for them to ride in. They could get hurt being in a crowd of cyclists.

Check out the New Belgium website for more information! See ya there!

Thank you New Belgium!

 

Too Busy Riding Around On My Bike

I know that I haven’t produced a particularly entertaining blog in some time. I’m really sorry about that! It’s a shame because there have been so many bike events going on in Tempe in April! After all we’ve had the most lovely weather that one could dream of for a bike ride! (I highly recommend Tempe Town Lake for a breezy ride during sunset- beautiful!) If you have attended any bike events recently please feel free to drop me a line about your experience at the event or even a photo. Whatever you want to share!

So here’s my excuse, I’ve been super busy with classes, a PR internship and even hiking when I really need to get out, but the important thing for my readers to know is that, where ever I may be, I most likely rode my bike there! Throughout the last few semesters at school, my car has been unreliable and I mostly use my bike on the daily! Think of all the gas money I have saved! (Although I’m still paying car insurance!?) I’ve taken my bike on the light rail many times and that is always an adventure. It’s difficult because my bike is about medium weight, which is too heavy for Lizzle to lift onto the little rack on the train. Sad face :(

Anyways, I usually upload photos to Twitter and sometimes to this blog, when my iPhone app is working correctly! If you want to keep up with me and my travels on bike, make sure to follow @twowheelintempe and @lizzlemynizzle. I also made up the hashtag is #GoRideABike and it’d be cool with me if you borrow that from time to time!

Happy Biking!

An audio slide show: The ASU Bike Co-op

This slide show opens the doors of ASU’s Bike Co-op while we speak with the director, Mike Marriott. The Bike Co-op service is free to ASU students and faculty members. The Bike Co-op sells any parts that you might need at discounted prices. Payment is accepted by Sun Card only. The Bike Co-op is located on the Tempe campus in the Student Recreation Center building. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.