Pope Francis to be given a custom Breezer in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Pope Francis will be given a custom Breezer bike when he arrives in the City of Brotherly Love this weekend. Advanced Sports International, which produces Breezer bikes, is based in Philadelphia. ?Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board presented the gift to Archbishop Charles Chaput in a ceremony held at the Philadelphia Convention Center on Tuesday; in connection with the gift, they announced that 100 bicycles are being donated to bicycle-based community programs in Philadelphia.

Nicolai 2014 mountain bikes – Eurobike 2013

Alternative German brand Nicolai have shown their faith in the 650b platform with a pure downhill bike, the Ion 20, which takes the medium wheel size across the entire Nicolai 2014 range.

The Helius range includes the 140mm travel Helius AC, which also features 650b wheels on all frame sizes. The model we saw has the Pinion gearbox, costing €3660 (frame plus gearbox but without shock). The Helius AC is also available in traditional transmission format.

The Helius TB is a new 120mm travel trail bike, which is available in 29er (medium and large sizes) and 650b (small). This replaces the 2013 model with its 26in wheels.

The nicolai helius tb is a new 120mm travel trail bike, which is available in 29er (medium and large sizes) and 650b (small), replacing the 2013 model with its 26in wheels:

Nicolai Helius TB trail bike

Nicolai have also joined the fat bike fraternity. The Argon Fat is their interpretation of the all-terrain bike. Its monster rims seat a 3.8in tyre and are bolted on with a 170mm standard rear axle. The Argon Fat comes with a single speed belt drive too.

Click on the gallery at right for more details on Nicolai’s 2014 mountain bike range.


I Got My Bike Back!

No, it wasn’t my Bullitt, unfortunately. But two weeks before the Bullitt got stolen, my other bike – pictured above – was nicked. It’s a 1955 Swedish Crescent. Bloody irritating. Vintage bicycles are in high demand at the moment, fetching a high price. Bicycles that only three years ago wouldn’t even garner a second glance by bicycle thieves are now targeted.
I was sad to see it go but didn’t bother blogging about it.


A month or so ago, Hans from Larry vs Harry was standing with Claus, who works at Larry vs Harry. Hans spotted a bicycle rolling past and noticed that it was the Crescent. It’s an incredibly unique bicycle and it’s hard to miss. Hans mentioned it to Claus. Claus – the reigning Danish cargo bike champion by the way, we call him Copenhagenthighs – took matters into his own hands. He hopped onto his Bullitt and set off after the Man on the Crescent.

He gave him a bit of a shock braking hard next to him and shouting “Where the hell did you get that bike!?” The guy riding the Crescent was not a little spooked. He explained that he had bought after seeing an ad on the bulletin board at at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Copenhagen University for 500 kroner.

For a bike that can fetch 4000+ kroner at the moment, that was a bit disappointing, but hey. The guy was cool about it and instantly agreed to deliver the bike back to me. Claus called me from the spot and told me about it.

A week later, an Austrian guy studying here in Copenhagen came by. Elio. My favourite Austrian of the month. He had the Crescent with him and was happy to hand it back. I promptly gave him four beers out of the fridge for his trouble.

Brilliant. Not only is this social media lark sometimes quite cool, I’m also grateful for Hans and Copenhagenthighs for keeping their eyes on the street.

The whole Bullitt episode earlier this year was a brilliant rush but this little episode also help restores my faith in humanity.

I attended the TEDx Copenhagen Community Event last week and one of the TED talks we saw was Jonathan Zittrain about Random Acts of Kindness. I feel it appropriate to embed it here:

Thanks to Hans and Claus and also to Elio!

Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.