I’m addicted to CraigsList.org!

I know I’m not the only one that checks out Craigslist.org every single day…I know you’re out there. I’m always on the look out for vintage bikes, I love those things! Plus it cracks me up to see some dumb ads where people think they can sell their 1995 mountain bike that is “barely ridden”…

But most of the time there’s some legit deals there and its also a great alternative to Ebay. Now they even have a way to help you get your CL Fix…RSS feeds! On the bottom of each category, you can subscribe easily. But I’m curious to know ,what kind of things are you looking for on Craigslist.org?

Product Review: Chariot Carriers-Catch’em

I received the Chariot Catch’em about 8 months ago. My daughter Aleah, who was 5 at the time helped me test this trailer-bike out.



Price
: around $250.00

Specs
:

Number of children 1
Weight capacity 38.5 kg / 85 lbs
Starting configuration Bicycle Trailer
Weight 8.2 kg / 18 lbs
Folded dimensions

104 x 56 x 38 cm / 41 x 22 x 15 in
Wheels 20? aluminum spoked
Axle Bolt-on


Features
:

# For children approximately 5-8 years old, depending on their size and strength
# Lightweight, durable aluminum frame with no-tools folding mechanism
# No tools are required for folding
# Hitch connects easily with no tools required. Aluminum shims are included to accommodate various-sized seat posts. Hex key (not included) is required for initial assembly
# Lightweight and strong aluminum components: 20? rear black-anodized rim, seat post and 5.5 in child-length cranks
# 6-speed Shimano SIS shifter and derailleur
# Rear fender, front splash guard, and chain guard included
# Clip to hold Catch’em in folded position for storage
# Padded handlebar crossbar
# Safety flag and reflectors
# Eyelets to mount a rear luggage rack
# More stable ride for child than a bike bar extension (a devise that links a child’s bicycle to an adult’s)
# Shorter than bike bar extensions so turns are easier
# Limited Lifetime Warranty

The Catch’em is a definite must have for any cyclist out there. My daughter Aleah simply loves riding on this thing. Some of the best features for her are the gears. She has her own set of gears that she can shift through and with a little coaching, she seems to have figured out which gears works the best for cruising and for climbing.

When I first received the Catch’em it came in with a few different shims for my seat post, a flag, fenders, chain guard, suspension seat post and like I mentioned, gears, 6 speeds. This bike-trailer even folds in half for easy storing or transport. The majority of the time my daughter and I spent on this trailer was through the Fullerton Loop. We’ve ridden miles and miles on single track, fire roads and stuff that would definitely show the integrity of this product.

I’ve always been leery of placing my kids on products that I’m afraid would brake and eventually harm them. That’s why we stay away from Wal-mart bikes. One of my biggest concerns about the Catch’em was its quality. Sure it looked beefy enough to haul around my little girl, but would it stand up to the abuse.

Well I’m glad to say the Catch’em has been very reliable, the welds are strong, the mounting bracket never bent or warped under stress. The only problem that I had was that the derailleur needed to be tuned after a few rides. I figured that was probably caused by the cable stretching. The Catch’em does come with a limited lifetime warranty, so that means once Aleah is too old or too big for it, I can simply pass it on to my brother who has two little girls and one of them will soon be big enough to ride it.

6speeds!

Part of me worried that towing the Catch’em would be too heavy. Well in reality its not that chunky, its about 18lbs and with Aleah pedaling, the work involved riding it was pretty easy. The Catch’em does have a few features that I really liked. The chain guard protected her legs from grease and possibly getting caught, it also came with a suspension seat post. Though she is too light for it to actually feel a benefit now, but I know once she gets bigger, it will come in handy. The long orange safety flag is cool too. It breaks down into two pieces and is definitely an eye grabber for motorists.

However, what made this product so easy to use was the “no tools” set up. I have made the mounting bracket a permanent part of my bike and whenever Aleah and I want to go on a ride, I just attach the quick release and lock it into place. The Catch’em is missing braze-ons for water bottle mounts, I think that might have been a great addition, especially if you and your kids plan on riding a long distance.

Suspension seat post


Summary
:
If you want your youngin’ to get into bikes, then this might be a great way to introduce them to the sport. Now Aleah is always asking me to take her bike riding on it. She’s even at the point where she’s become my stoker on my Tandem bike. The Catch’em has proven to be safe, reliable and SUPER fun for both my daughter and I. Besides, its a great way to bond with your kids.

Great eats…

I love great bikes and good food! I am always looking for great eats to sustain my energy out on the trails. I don’t care much for the gu’s and energy drinks, but in times of emergency they do help. Our friend Jay (trials n errors) shared another great option.

Check out Jays world famous (well they are now if they weren’t already) all natural, organic granola bars! If you eat these you just may be able to do really cool tricks on your bike too, just like Jay!!! 😀

Jay’s Organic Granola Bar Recipe

2 heaping cups rolled oats (not instant)
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup wheat germ
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup natural maple syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup applesauce
½ cup honey or brown rice syrup
½ cup organic brown sugar
1 ¼ cup chopped unsalted peanuts
½ cup of almonds
2 eggs
1 – tbsp vanilla
¾ cup rice puffs
¾ cup wheat puffs
¼ cup flax seed
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins (chopped)
1 cup cranberries (chopped)
¼ cup of organic chunky peanut butter

Extras:

1 cup of dried fruit of your choice (If desired)
(BONUS – ½ cup of protein powder)

Add above ingredients in large bowl and mix well. (I found that wetting my hands and then mixing with my hands works best)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Line cooking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Wet your hands and press mixture firmly into pan to a thickness of approx. ¾ inch thick.

Bake for ½ hour and then proceed to cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for an additional ½ hour.

While it is still hot, cut the desired lengths of the granola bars.

Let stand until it is completely cool or they will fall apart.

I normally put them in zip lock bags and freeze them until I’m ready to eat them. They taste great cold!

Enjoy!

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Drop us a line! I’ll be trying this recipe out myself this next week, and will report back! Mmmmmmm….

Ultimate AM Spolitght: IRD components

Often overlooked, you bike’s cockpit components are crucial. Interloc Racing Design (IRD) provided the Headset,

IRD Techno-Glide Headset
Headset Specs:
* Tange Sealed Cartridge Bearings
* Precision CNC-machined 7075 Aluminum Cups
* O-ring seal
* Stainless Steel Race
* 6 anodized colors: black, silver, red, blue, gold and titanium
* 110 grams, stack height 26mm, 1″ & 1-1/8″

The Stem,

Stem Specs:
* Cold forged aluminum
* 4-bolt bar clamp w/ OS M6 bolts (40mm wide)
* Opposed bolt configuration on the steerer clamp for more even clamping pressure.
* Black or Silver finish; laser etched graphics
* 185grams
* 25.4mm clamp diameter
* Extensions: 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm, 130mm
* Rise: 10°

and the handlebars for our Ultimate AM bicycle.

Handlebar Specs:
* 7075 T6 aluminum
* Butted construction
* Shot-peening for fatigue strength
* Laser-etched graphicss
* 640mm (25″) length
* 9° backsweep
* 30mm rise (1.2″)
* Black or silver finish
* 250 grams

All the IRD components have proven to be very reliable. The Headset is stylish and smooth, the Stem and the bars really compliment the geometry of the bike. All IRD components are competitively priced, they are definitely worth looking at.

Interbike 2007: Terry Bicycles

I had a chance to stop by the Terry booth with photographer extrordinaire, Khoa. I’ve always been a big fan of Terry. Their butterfly saddle is AMAZING!!! They have really expanded their line and they are running with their Ride Like a Girl Logo. You can’t help but smile when you see that!

It’s never boring with Terry! Here are a few of their new pieces. Love the tunic with the wheel pattern!

Check out the ventilation on the back of this jersey! Now, now, boys..simmer down..simmer down! 😀

And don’t worry boys…you aren’t left out…

Just Beautiful……..

It was a ton of fun checking out all their new stuff…my christmas list is long this year!
Terry has some amazing saddles, I highly recommend them for both boys and girls. They are also the only company I know of that carries a plus size for women, AND I have even seen a maternity jersey!! How cool is that?!