Spotted at IKEA

IKEA sells bikes? Who knew?

On our way back from the bay area this afternoon we stopped at the IKEA store in Sacramento, California. While browsing through the store we came across this bike and matching cargo trailer.

Part of IKEA’s “Family Collection“, this bike is called the Sladda and features a belt-driven drive train.

The Sladda bike comes with a “25-year limited warranty on the frame and 10-year limited warranty on the belt drive”. IKEA also offers accessories for the bike, including a matching front rack, rear rack, and rear panniers.

And to top it off, IKEA offers a sweet matching cargo trailer for the Sladda. However, this trailer would work for any bike.

The Sladda bicycle retails for $499, however can be purchased for $399 at the “IKEA FAMILY member” price. [Becoming an IKEA FAMILY member is free and can easily be done on-site at the store.]

The Sladda cargo trailer retails for $179 [or $129 at the IKEA FAMILY member price.]

See my review of the Sladda Bike Trailer.

Spotted at West Shore Pizza

The next time you’re driving along the west shore of Lake Tahoe stop in at West Shore Pizza in Tahoma, CA. If not for their awesome pizza and collections of beers, but to see their collection of vintage bicycles hanging from the walls and ceiling.

Here are just a few…

West Shore Pizza has super friendly staff, good food, and a great atmosphere.

A fleet of Huffy Cranbrooks

Saw an ad today on a Burning Man Facebook Group to which I belong — a theme camp was selling of its camp’s collection of playa bikes. I pounced.

These are the bikes in the back of my truck. Almost all of them are Huffy Cranbrook cruisers. [Three are already spoken for for the upcoming burn.

Slow Rollers Poker Run 2016 – South Lake Tahoe

Today I took part in a bicycle poker run organized by the Slow Rollers Bicycle Club of South Shore, Lake Tahoe. This was a very fun, well run, beautiful ride along the south shore of South Lake Tahoe.

One of the participants was riding a Corker Monster Cruiser. (pictured above).  For those not familiar with this bike, this is the world’s first (and maybe only) 36″ wheel bicycle.  As the name implies, this thing is monstrous.  Look how it dwarfs the 26″-ers around it.

This is the first Corker that I’ve actually seen in the wild. Impressive bike.

Pictured above is a cool stretched custom frame bike.

Above are a few of the participants at one of the stops along the way.

I rode the Da Vinci Flying Machine (always a head turner and crowd pleaser) for the event. Here is the Flying Machine parked along the beautiful and scenic shores of Eldorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe – another of the stops.

Overall I was very impressed with this event and will definitely do it again.  This was my first Slow Rollers event, but will not be my last.  The Slow Rollers Bicycle Club website has a list of the events they host.


Blinky Man 5: Cinco de Blinko

Blinky Man was so much fun last year that Lorri and I had to attend again this year.

This year’s ride was called Blinky Man 5: Cinco de Blinko.  For this year’s Blinky Man ride, I rode the Playa Marauder (pictured below)…

…and Lorri rode the Mongoose Beast.

Riders gathering and listening to the pre-ride event director’s talk. (Below)

Just a few of the bikes seen at this year’s Blinky Man ride…

A sweet rat bike…

Blinky Man takes place in downtown Cason City, and is a must-attend event if you’re in the area.

I believe the next one will take place sometime in October 2017.

Spotted at The Generator

Here’s a sweet cruiser I spotted in Sparks, Nevada suspended from the roof of The Generator.

What’s The Generator you might ask? The Generator is an awesome 34,000-square-foot makerspace open to the community and filled with tools and industrial equipment to allow people to design, create and make things. Check them out at The Reno Generator.

Spotted at Blinky Man 2016

Check out this cool mutant custom build spotted at Blinky Man in Carson City, Nevada. Front-wheel drive! Note the disco ball light hanging from the frame’s bottom tube and the battery required to run all the lights.

Here’s the contraption and it’s maker pictured.

I rode the Da Vinci Flying Machine for the event.  Below is a shot of me standing next to it.  [Photo credit: Blinky Man Carson City – June 25, 2016]

And what is Blinky Man you may ask? “Blinky Man is a costumed Bike Ride at Night, with Lights, through Carson City, NV. The most bikable and friendliest town in Nevada!” …and a heck of a fun event!


Mr. Bones

“Mr. Bones wants you to keep healthy by eating nutritious foods and getting plenty of rest and exercise. It’s fun to care for your body!”

So reads the caption on this cute display in the Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

I captured this shot through the window while attending a conference in New Orleans.

Spotted at PedalFest 2013

I happened upon PedalFest 2013 held at Jack London Square in Oakland, California. This event is a celebration of all things bicycle and is attended by more than 20,000 people annually.

It’s hosted by Jack London Square and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and if you ever have an opportunity to attend, do so! You will be treated to (from the website)…

“…an incredible day of fun and excitement filled with pedal powered food and entertainment, dare-devil stunts, a colorful bicycle parade for kids, bike safety training and the most amazing collection of bicycles to be seen – from vintage and hand-built bikes to high-end customs, sturdy commuters and creative art bikes.”

Here are a few pics from 2013’s PedalFest.

Spotted at Scheels

You may be asking what’s noteworthy about bikes at Scheels. Well, typically not much. But while I was there yesterday this bike caught my eye.

Why did it catch my eye? Well, because the paint color scheme is practically identical to one that I used last month on the restoration I did on a Firmstrong beach cruiser last month. [See: The Firmstrong Gets a Makeover.]

Check out the two bikes side-by-side (below). Mine’s the bottom one. The colors look even more identical in person.

What a coincidence!

Since I was shooting pics, I also took a couple shots of this sweet Nirve Chopper on display.

This bike is the Nirve® Bicycles Cannibal 3-Speed Chopper, and features: a chopper frame; Nirve StreetKing® double crown chopper fork; front disc brake; and a Shimano 3-speed internal rear hub.