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A Velo Orange MiniVelo with Pink Tires and a Pink Bag at Blue Heron Bikes in Berkeley, CA

A 15-minute stop in Blue Heron Bikes in Berkeley

Blue Heron Bikes is a fun bike shop to visit I went to Blue Heron Bikes to buy a new spoke and checked out their bike selection. I saw a bunch of Urban Arrows, a Velo Orange Minivelo, and the new Tern Short Haul. Not pictured is the Yuba Fastrack, which looks really good.  Blue Heron Bikes has a ton of cargo bikes, folding bikes, and e-bikes, and is perfectly situated in North Berkeley along the Ohlone Greenway bike path. A note about the Ohlone Greenway: It’s a commuting route as well as a recreational route for people who walk, bike, run, and roll.  It mostly follows the BART tracks and probably exists because it was formerly a railroad right of way.  It’s 4.5 miles long (wish it were longer).  It is punctuated by a decent number of cross streets, […]

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Lemond Prolog E-Bike

Nice Bikes: A Lemond Prolog spotted in Oakland (An attractive, stealthy e-bike)

  The Lemond Prolog is an e-bike that doesn’t look like an ebike. I spotted this Lemond Prolog last month in North Oakland, parked on the sidewalk.  It is an attractive, good looking bike, launched last fall, that I had only see photos of online.  Lemond has done a remarkable job of designing the Prolog so that you have to look very hard to find clues that it’s an ebike.  The motor is a small rear hub motor that is only a bit larger than a traditional hub. The other clues are the integrated rear lights in the seat stays and the power button on the top tube. It’s on the pricier end of a single person eBike at $4500. It doesn’t weigh as much as an eBike either Lemond also managed to keep the weight extremely low, at 26 […]

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Rivendell Susie W Longbolts Frame with a Child Trailer

Nice bikes: A Rivendell Susie W. Longbolts with a childrens bike trailer

Riding in style in Berkeley’s Elmwood District I came across this beautiful Susie W. Longbolts bike made by Rivendell Bike Works in Berkeley the other day.  The Susie W. Longbolts is a lighter duty “Hillibike”, which Rivendell describes as their steel-framed bikes, with longer chainstays and wheelbases made to absorb bumps better for trail riding and road touring.  The bikes also feature room for big tires and higher handlebars.  The name “Susie W. Longbolts” is an anagram of Gus Boots-Willsen, a similar but slightly heavier-duty bike of theirs. They look way more stable on bumpy surfaces than a road bike would be. The parents had set it up with chunky tires and a child bike trailer to tow their kid and scooter around in style. Or follow along for updates:

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Klein Quantum Road Bike with two-toned paint job

A beautiful two-toned Klein Quantum

On the way home after school dropoff a little while ago I saw a sharp-looking two-tone Klein Quantum. I can’t help having a soft spot for now-vintage bikes like these. My heart always beats a little faster when I see nicely-restored (or well-kept!) vintage bikes.   The USA-made Kleins were known for having meticulous attention to detail, fantastic paint jobs, and impressive frame stiffness.     Or follow along for updates:

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