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The Velohottie has been taking pics of cycling related things for me to ogle over. Unfortunately, my imagination has me imagining everyone riding $7000 Bianchis and Colnagos. My imagination has been known to wander, but Austria and German are not the cycling utopias I imagined… well at least her photos are not showing me what I fantasize about.

Take a look:

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

All of these bikes could have come from a big box department store, or crappy sporting goods center in America. Where are the flashy names, pretty bikes, or hell, even the sharing bikes I hear so much about? My expectations were high, but I still feel disappointed with the bikes, not the photos.

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

Well, this bike is pretty cool. It too has fenders and a rack, but it just looks a little cooler. The crank is a dead giveaway that it is a crap bike, but I still think I would commute on it if I had to…. 😦

On a drive to a friend’s today, I saw better bikes loaded into vehicles on Rt.33 (the highway) than I did in all of these photos so far. There was a Toyota with three MTB’s, one being a Top Fuel EX, and a Cannondale Scalpel. I can’t remember what the third was, but it was a Cannondale also.

She has also been taking random pics of other things that I thought would share.

Here is a MTB trail in Germany (Usingnen?) The guy with his back facing the camera has some kind of indistinguishable dual suspension MTB, with Schwalbe tires on Mavic rims, and a Rock Shox fork. The bike is pretty serious with hydraulic brakes, a remote seatpost, and computer/GPS mounted on the stem… Wish I knew what the frame was…

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Here’s some other things that she took photos of, like bike lanes, trinkets, and signage~

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing, germany bike lanes, stencils

 

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Who thought WV Cycling was going to last an entire year? A lot has happened in the past 365 days, and to have the year in review, I’m going to list a little bit of statistics from WordPress’ site stats page:

Top Posts of 2010:

  1. Snow Chains / Tire Chains For Your Bicycle!
  2. Essential List For Your Bike Repair Tool Kit
  3. DIY Foldable Repair Stand
  4. How to Clean Your Bike – The Definitive Guide
  5. Recipes For The Road

Top Search Terms of 2010:

  1. bicycle snow chains
  2. tour of tucker county 2010
  3. diy bike repair stand
  4. selcof stem
  5. cycling recipes

Most Clicked Links:

  1. afajarito.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-portable-bike-repair-stand.html
  2. wenzelco.com/details.aspx?NavID=283
  3. cyclocamping.com/products.asp?cat=74
  4. fyxation.com
  5. craigbarlow.blogspot.com

Most Viewed Images:

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#1 - DIY Bike Repair Stand

Tour of tucker county 2010

#2 - Tour of Tucker County 2010

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#3 - Wenzel Lone Elk Hiker/Biker Tent

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#4 - Before A Ride @ Fat Tire Cycle

Laura mae given o2 rainwear cycling raincoat

#5 - Lovely Model w/ O2 Rainwear's 3Flow Rain Jacket

My Favorite Posts of 2010:

  1. Ascension Par le Jeu: Rise by the Game
  2. A Reply and Inquiry to Pantani’s Problems:
  3. Falling… for a fellow rider
  4. WV Cycling’s Service Course
  5. The Squirrel
  6. The Hitman
  7. Un Jour Sans
  8. Cycling is a Dreamworld
  9. Top Ten Reasons to Ride Locally
  10. Cycling Changing Everyday Behaviors

Taking a look backa at my goals for 2010, I think I did a pretty good job at accomplishing most, if not all of them; I’ve gone further around the state, and have ridden with many great riders, and LBS Proprietors. I also was able to acertain a cyclocross bike, and try that around; which oddly enough has been my favorite bike since October. The cross bike is more nimble than my MTB in the snow, and a heck of a lot more stable/safer than the road bike on dirt roads. Perfect balance.

Talking about other people, I met a lot of influential riders, advocates, business owners, and spoke to several State politicians about cycling in West Virginia. 2010 will be known as the year that I learned how many people actually ride their bike. This was a very comforting thing, and has motivated me to not only ride more, but promote more cycling events in WV.

I don’t think I spoke much about any Elite or european racing this year, but I am still wanting to ride with any local group that invites me to go for a jaunt with them.

If you ever have an event and want me to promote it, feel more than free. I have a hard time keeping track of everything that is going on; so even if it is a group ride, email me and let me know in advance by at least two days…. That’s free advertising~

I have a lot of optimism for WV cycling’s second year. I have a lot of things coming down the pipeline, especially product reviews, and rider profile stories. I think you guys will like what is to come.

Wish me luck, and have a great Christmas!

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