Bike Anonymous


The Bulldozers Are Coming!
August 2, 2010, 4:56 am
Filed under: Bikes

Next time you need to fight for a good cause, I suggest contacting Time’s Up for a few creative ideas.  Their most recent event was a Paul Revere Ride to create awareness for the pending end of hundreds of preserved garden spaces in NYC, complete with a police escort, a gentle message to the Mayor, and David Bowie on the speakers.  Hats off to you Time’s Up!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/nyregion/02gardens.html?_r=1&hp

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The Truth.
June 15, 2010, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Bikes

Great letter-to-the-editor by Mark Mykleby, sent to the The Beaufort Gazette in South Carolina.

“I’d like to join in on the blame game that has come to define our national approach to the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This isn’t BP’s or Transocean’s fault. It’s not the government’s fault. It’s my fault. I’m the one to blame and I’m sorry. It’s my fault because I haven’t digested the world’s in-your-face hints that maybe I ought to think about the future and change the unsustainable way I live my life. If the geopolitical, economic, and technological shifts of the 1990s didn’t do it; if the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 didn’t do it; if the current economic crisis didn’t do it; perhaps this oil spill will be the catalyst for me, as a citizen, to wean myself off of my petroleum-based lifestyle. ‘Citizen’ is the key word. It’s what we do as individuals that count. For those on the left, government regulation will not solve this problem. Government’s role should be to create an environment of opportunity that taps into the innovation and entrepreneurialism that define us as Americans. For those on the right, if you want less government and taxes, then decide what you’ll give up and what you’ll contribute. Here’s the bottom line: If we want to end our oil addiction, we, as citizens, need to pony up: bike to work, plant a garden, do something. So again, the oil spill is my fault. I’m sorry. I haven’t done my part. Now I have to convince my wife to give up her S.U.V. Mark Mykleby.”



Not just any Talking Head talking about a bike.
June 1, 2010, 6:38 pm
Filed under: Bikes

Policy and a Pint w/ David Byrne and R.T. Rybak!

Posted at 7:44 AM on June 1, 2010 by Steve Seel (1 Comments)

As we announced this morning, our next “Policy and a Pint” is Thursday June 17th at the Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, with guests David Byrne and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak among others. This time, its a production we’re doing in association with Nice Ride Minnesota, called “Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around.”

David Byrne is a longtime cyclist and bicycling advocate (not to mention bike rack designer), and he’s written a new cycling memoir, The Bicycle Diaries. Mayor Rybak is a devoted cyclist as well (he’s been called “America’s Fittest Mayor”), and will surely have much to say on the topic. Our other guests: Steve Clark, manager of Transit for Liveable Communities’ Walking and Bycicling program, and Jay Walljasper, author and specialty on urban issues and sustainability.

Tickets are available at the Uptown Theater box office and also at the Minneapolis Commuter Connection, 220 6th Street South.



Why Floyd? Whhhhyyyy!!!
May 20, 2010, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Bikes

What a fucking jackass.  Now I have to get rid of my Free Floyd t-shirt.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/sports/cycling/21landis.html?hp

Program Feature

Eaton’s AftermarketADVANTAGE Program Approach

Benefit to Distributor

Suggested Discount Schedule

Suggested aftermarket discounts for retail (over-the-counter and ecommerce), resale (jobbers, contractors), and OEM/MRO type customers.

It helps capture the true value of the aftermarket and improve margins for the distributor in the aftermarket.

Bulk Parts & Order Quantity Break

Quantity discounts for the high-volume repair parts- seal kits and shaft seals, and an order quantity break to ensure product is available in the channel.

Get better pricing for parts ordered in bulk and helps distributor keep ready stock for aftermarket opportunities.

Brand Promotional Material

Branding tools and information at your fingertips to use to fight off the competition- located through your Eaton Customer Connect home page under “Product Information”.

Eaton has developed professionally made promotional tools for distributors to help sell the Eaton & Char-Lynn brand.

MAP (Minimum Advertised Price)

A minimum advertised price (MAP) – to preserve our strong reputation for providing customers with high value products and good after sales support.

Distributors will start seeing consistency in advertised prices for Eaton & Char-Lynn motors across the market.

CO-OP/Advertising Funds

Additional reimbursement through advertising funds to promote Eaton products.

Additional promotional $$ available to distributors to help promote the Eaton & Char-Lynn brand.

POS Electronic Reporting

POS reporting allows you paperless Point-of-Sale data and charts that will enable you to see market trends on a larger scale.

Don’t take our word for it – Use the data to understand the value you can capture in the aftermarket!



Bad News For People with Excuses…
May 11, 2010, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Bikes

All signs are indicating that summer will finally be arriving next week in Minneapolis.  Just in time for National Bike To Work Week!  75 and sunny everyday.  No more excuses.

Can you put the car keys away for a week?



GoldBikeShoes to review Bespoke in NYC!
May 11, 2010, 3:13 am
Filed under: Bikes

Great news!  Thanks to some corporate sponsorship, BA will be sending our very own author, GoldBikeShoes, to NYC for a review of the newest exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design.  Bespoke:  The Handbuilt Bicycle.

http://collections.madmuseum.org/code/emuseum.asp?emu_action=advsearch&rawsearch=exhibitionid/,/is/,/516/,/true/,/false&profile=exhibitions

Stay tuned!



Sell your car, get an 18% raise.
May 7, 2010, 5:27 am
Filed under: Bikes

Americans spend, on average, 18% of their annual income for
transportation. The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is
3.75% ($308) of an average car ($8,220).