The theme of this issue is “Investing in Cycling” and as we were putting it together I couldn’t help but think back to my first bike purchase and smile. Aside from the sweet Huffy Stone Mountain, I knew nothing about bikes, and when I walked into the bike shop near my house to inquire about a “real” bike I was pretty overwhelmed by what I found.
Luckily this shop sold new and refurbished bikes, and after the shock that a bicycle could cost three HUNDRED dollars wore off I rolled away on a classic road bike with down tube shifters and a whopping 12 speeds to choose from. At the time it seemed like a crazy amount of money to spend, but over the years it has been one of the best investments of my life. Cycling has taken me around the world and introduced me to countless friends. — Adam Newman, Editor-in-Chief
Adventurer Laura Bingham made a few friends along her journey as well, as she traveled across South America on a five-month bike tour without bringing any money. She had to scrape together a bit of cash to repair her bike after it was hit by a car(!) but otherwise she relied on just her wits and the kindness of strangers.
In Portland, Oregon, framebuilders Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan both had good businesses going with their custom bikes, but even when working full speed they were limited by how many bikes they could get into the hands of customers. Not content with long wait times they combined their talents to form Breadwinner Cycles, a brand that’s rethinking how the custom bike process can work.
But not every investment is about gear or goods. It’s even more important to invest in your community, and there’s li le doubt that the cycling community could be a lot more inclusive for minorities. Learn about why it’s important to promote diversity in cycle culture and get some tips on making your bike scene more inclusive in our story by Taz Loomans.
“Investing in cycling” is not just about spending money, it’s about trading something of value—your time, your efforts, your skills—and getting something back in return. Cycling has paid huge dividends in my life and I hope it does the same in yours. Enjoy your Bicycle Times!
Also in Issue #43
Peddling Through Beijing
As China rapidly embraces a car-centric, luxury lifestyle, small makeshift bicycle repair shops are struggling to survive. By Matt Moir.
Rediscovering Lost Sierra
Intrepid cyclists explore well outside the guidebooks in one of the most remote regions in California. By Kurt Gensheimer.
Practical Product Reviews
- Advocate Lorax
- Twin Six Rando
- Kona Wo fat bike
- Ortlieb bikepacking bags
- PNW Components gravel dropper seatpost
- Paul Components
- American Classic wheels
- Spurcycle bell