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27 October 2010 @ 07:18 pm
Biking for Hope  

Three guys that I know from a hookah place I always go to in Royal Oak, Michigan have decided to go all the way down to Flordia riding on fixed-geared bikes. Right now they're going through Ohio, even in these nasty winds, and have already had some interesting things happen. They're sponsored by Velocity USA and are biking to raise awareness about a charity organization that helps give bikes to underprivileged kids.

It'd be awesome if you guys could follow them and spread the word. Here are links to their pages:

istopiistopi on October 28th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Burst the bubble
As is evident in the "first day" video and at 2:33 in the second video - they aren't riding fixed gear bikes. They are coasting. Maybe they have flip-flop hubs and can switch from single speed freewheel to fixed, but what they have said is misleading. It also makes no sense. Touring on a fixed wheel bike is for show offs, there is no other reason. I hope they have fun climbing hills when they get out of the mid-west.

Also, what is this charity that they are trying to raise awareness of? Their videos only raise awareness of corporations to me. I see McDonalds, Coors, Velocity and Wal-Mart, but I have yet to even find any information about this charity you mention. What group is it?

Also, if they want support, you should tell them to shed equipment. If they think they are going to carry that weight on their backs all the way to Florida, they are crazy. Tell them to buy handlebar bags and shove some equipment to the front of their bikes. Then they should get rid of a lot of the stuff they are carrying.
I would also suggest they buy a hand pump to replace that large floor pump they are touring with.

I really hope these guys make it and I hope they have fun, but they aren't doing anything new. In fact, it appears as if they aren't even doing what they say they are. It also appears as if they didn't do their research to find out how to do it right. But I guess everyone has to start somewhere. Best of luck to them. They'll make it.
zakeroth on April 13th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Great read! I wish you could follow up to this topic

vukowimp on April 15th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.