Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pedal Power video from CBS Sunday morning

"Pedal Power" is coming into its own these days, as Americans of all ages are coming to realize biking can be practical, economical, and good clean fun - or should we say, good GREEN fun? Our Cover Story takes us from California to Cambridge, and is reported by Serena Altschul

"Learn to ride a bicycle," Mark Twain once wrote. "You will not regret it if you live."

On a cool Summer morning, a dozen bicyclists are living the good life on two wheels. Their backroads tour out of Sonoma, Calif., takes them through wine country.

"There's really no better way to see something, to see a place really well than by biking," said one rider. "You're presented with the smells and sounds of nature. For me, this is a very Zen ,relaxing thing."

Relaxing, and refreshing.

Today's ride of about 40 miles is new for some ("I actually am not a big biker<' admits one), and for others, it's just another day.

"We ride about 5,000 miles a year," one couple said. "A hundred miles a week."

A coast away, at the Bicycle Riding School in Somerville, Mass., a drama is unfolding as Sue Ghezzi and three other students are about to take the saddle for the very first time.

"Isn't that a shock - I've never ridden before," she said. "I grew up in New York City and I probably didn't see a bike until I was a teenager."

Full story and video:

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New bike shop Grand Opening

Long time no blog!

Sorry for the quietude around here, but Kelley was on bed rest for her pregnancy (she's a mom now!) and I'm supposed to be her backup for bike stuff but I was on vacation.

But I'm back, and with news!

From Luke Grieve at the new Fountain City Pedaler bike shop:

Well, we've been open for a couple weeks and it's time for the Grand Opening. It will be Saturday 7/19/08. We'll be open from 9-5 but will be there into the night to celebrate. We will have cold beverages and some food. We will be grilling hotdogs starting at 12:00 until around 2:00. We will have more food for later for when the Tour de France is on to watch. Hopefully most of you can make it out to have some fun and hang out. Our address is 4620 Old Broadway Suite 102, Knoxville, TN 37918 if you need to mapquest directions. Our phone # is 357-1580.

Luke tells me they're working on getting a website up, so we'll add that info when it's available.

Come on out for the Grand Opening, or come by another time to support this new shop. Luke says they have the fastest repair in town -- I hope none of our other bike shops are offended by my posting that :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Next bike ride coming up

Are you ready to ride? East Side Story, part of the 2008 Knoxville By Cycle Summer Ride Series, is a repeat of the 2007 Neighborhood Bike Ride route. Some said it was their favorite route ever! These bicycle rides are for all ages and skill levels, with a different theme each month. This ride will meet at Ashley Nicole Dream Playground (Caswell Park), 620 Winona St. on Saturday, July 12, 2008. The 11-mile ride highlights the Parkridge, Holston Hills and Burlington neighborhoods, Chilhowee Park, Speedway Circle, and Knoxville Botanical Gardens. All participants should be on site and ready to ride by 9 a.m. More information is available at As always, helmets required.

Bike class rescheduled

Learn the hows and whys of safe bicycling with our Confident City Cycling class! You'll learn how to ride safely in traffic, how to use your bicycle more efficiently, and even basic maintenance. This class combines classroom learning with on-bike exercises and a practice ride on Knoxville's streets.

The class is for adults and older teens, and is taught by League of American Bicyclists-certified instructors. The $30 fee includes the League Guide to Safe and Enjoyable Cycling. You’ll need your bike and a helmet for the class. You must be 16 or older to register.
Confident City Cycling Saturday, August 29 a.m.-1 p.m.Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine St.

Please spread the word to anyone you think would be interested. Pre-registration is required, and the sooner, the better!
Registration form at For more information, pleasre visit our webstie at

NBC video "What Works" bike commuting and your health

There was also a story the evening before this one about bike commuting and saving money on gas. What, is there something going on with gas prices?