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Welcome to Campfire Cycling!

Welcome to the bicycle camping outpost. This is CampfireCycling.com! Last week, we switched the website over from BikeShopHub.com to CampfireCycling.com.  Having had a week to make sure everything is running smoothly, I am incredibly excited to share our new website and brand with you. I feel much gratitude to have you, our customers, friends and…

The Journey from Beginner to Advanced Bicycle Camping

Welcome to Bicycle Camping! There are so many inherently good things about bicycle camping – from fostering a healthy lifestyle, to practicing sustainable transportation, to experiencing new landscapes and cultures.  I’m inspired to inspire you to consider getting out there for some bicycle camping adventures. I’ve laid out the incremental steps one might take on…

Our First Family Bicycle Campout!

Last weekend our family successfully embarked on our first bicycle campout.  This campout was very meaningful to us because of what it meant for our family and for our business with the upcoming launch of CampfireCycling.com. As I’ve been preparing for the major directional shift to a bicycle camping focused business, a major dilemma has…

Building the Campfire Cycling Showroom + We’re Hiring

A Showroom for Bicycle Camping Gear The idea was to build  a great showroom for bicycle campers that strongly complimented the Campfire Cycling ecommerce brand. As we’re building the showroom we’re thinking about how to develop synergy between Ecommerce and brick-and-mortar.  Our showroom will be a physical manifestation of our online presence. And conversely our…

CampfireCycling.com is Launching April 29th!

BikeShopHub.com is becoming CampfireCycling.com! We’re gathering up kindling and wood chunks for our “campfire”.  Come late April, we’ll be striking a match to set ablaze our rebranding to CampfireCycling.com! I’m inviting all of you to the campfire to gaze into the flames with us.  In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing with you why we’re rebranding, what…

Biking Off Road

5 Tips for Riding with Your Kids in Low Light

Fall is here and the days are getting shorter. Gone are the long, sun-filled evenings of summer. At the same time our kids are back in school, and it’s harder to find time to ride. If you’re like our family, you’re still trying to squeeze in some after-school, after-work evening rides. We did one of…

Pedal Cliques: Top Five Reasons to Go Clipless (not)

“All real cyclists ride clipless pedals.” “No real cyclists use platform (“flat”) pedals.” That’s what you’d think, anyway, from reading many biking websites and magazines. They’ll tell you, in not so many words, that you’re not “serious” about biking if you’re not walking around in clunky plastic shoes and clicking on linoleum like a castanet….

A tale of N. America’s 3 hi-end trailer brands & Why we’re closing out Croozer at 40% off

Croozer Trailers – 40% Off!!! I know it sounds to good to be true.  Let me explain… This is not an ordinary sale.  We’re offering this amazing line of German designed trailers at what is effectively our wholesale/dealer pricing while supplies last. I should explain how things evolved as I know the price probably sounds to good to be…

Everyday I’m Shuttlin’: Profiting from a Cycling Passion

Follow your passions, the self-help gurus said. So I followed my passion for cycling to Alaska. I may not be the fastest or the skinniest guy on a bike, and I’m certainly not the richest. But where other people pay to ride, spending their hard-earned dollars on entry fees and bib shorts and bike vacations,…

Phone Follies

I’m a bona fide nerd. I even have the credentials to prove it: a first edition Netware CNE (Certified Novell Engineer) certificate and a Windows NT MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certificate. In case you don’t know, this means I am not only a Nerd, but  am truly an Old Blood Geek. The further proof…

When Quitting is Winning

Bicycling is the opposite of quitting. Biking requires tenacity. Biking rewards tenacity. But there are times when too much tenacity can lead us astray. Bicycling necessitates putting one foot in front of the other ceaselessly.  Bicycling teaches that suffering is rewarded. Every descent is earned with a climb. I’ve never quit a ride. Every century and…

The Better Bike Lanes

In my last post, I groused about bike lanes that I thought were done poorly; that were actually, in some situations, dangerous to the folks who are supposed to use them. I thought it was only fair to bring attention to some bike lanes in Phoenix which I think are done well. My home town…

Building a Better Bike Share

What happens when you finally arrive? For decades I’ve been trying to get more people onto bikes in my adopted hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. I’ve tried appealing to their motivation; reminding them that they say that want to ride more. I’ve tried to create more opportunities for folks to bike by working with my local…

Traffic Troubles

FACT: Maricopa County, Arizona, where I call home, is the fastest growing county in the United States. That is not me talking, that is the U.S. Census Bureau. The data says we add an average of 222 people every day. FACT: Arizona has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation. Again, that ain’t…

The Wheels of Justice Go Round and Round

Like the wheels on a bike, the wheels of justice go round and round. Life, like biking, is about do-overs.  It’s about learning from your mistakes. Last month a young man made the mistake of stealing my Sport Utility Bike in plain sight of  a police officer, who promptly arrested him. When the arresting officer…

Lighten Up!

I remember the first “portable computer” I had. It was called, appropriately enough, the Compaq Portable. In the vernacular of us computer geeks of the time it was referred to as a “luggable.” It was the size of a portable sewing machine. You laid the thing on its side, unsnapped the keyboard from the bottom…