Beautiful Bike In Provo

I was volunteering at our wonderful Bicycle Collecitve this weekend, and stumbled across this beautiful bike which belongs to Allen Ludwig local artist, and gentleman, using the Collective to put the finishing touches on his new bike. The bike is a Rivendell Hunqapillar which has been built up right. While snapping some photos I went ahead and asked Allen some questions.

BikeProvo: First off this is an awesome bike! What made you go with Rivendell.

Allen: I wanted something that was really nice, and that would fit me properly. I am pretty tall so finding a bike that fits right is really hard. (Allen’s bike looks like a monster truck. As one of the other volunteers pointed out, “He is ready to storm the gates of Mordor”)

BP: Well it looks massive. What do you plan on using it for.

A: I plan on using it for everything; grocery shopping, transportation, S240’s, touring, even some 80’s style mountain biking.

BP: That is really awesome! I know these types of bikes do not come cheap, and I heard that you have been saving for awhile. Do you mind if I ask how you payed for it?

A: I saved for a year straight. I had a jar at home I would put cash in. I was making art pieces and selling them, working extra hours, anything I could do really.

BP: Well, I am glad it payed off you have a wonderful bike built up and rolling.

A big thanks to Allen for letting us take some pictures of him. Make sure to look for Allen while you are out riding, and tell him congratulations on the new build.

 

 

 

What Do You Love About Bicycling in Provo, Busy Mom Sariah Hillam?

Sariah Hillam is a busy mom that works tirelessly to improve our community by volunteering in many positions. She’s currently serves as the chair of the downtown Maeser neighborhood, a PTA member, and a Provo CDBG Social Service Committee member (the group that decides which non-profits to fund).

How does she get to all her meetings? Often, she travels by bicycle.

Here she is, showing off her sporty Trek bike. She can also be seen around town touting a bike trailer or heading up a bicycle parade of younger Hillams.

“Bicycling is a part of the reason we chose to live downtown,” Sariah says. “I can get a full load of groceries in my trailer. I don’t have to drive everywhere.”

Thanks for helping make Provo great, Sariah! If you see the Hillam parade pedaling through your neighborhood, be sure to give them a wave!

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo!Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Blogger Stephanie Nielson (NieNie)?

Favorite Provo blogger Stephanie Nielson is busy raising four kids, writing, speaking at conferences, and continuing the recovery after a tragic accident.

With all that, she still makes time to ride her bikes around town. Here she is enjoying a summertime Provo ride on her gorgeous green Electra, complete with bell and basket.

In addition to her new Electra, Stephanie also loves riding her Madsen Bucket Bike around the neighborhood (often with kids in tow) and even throws an annual Madsen Bike Rally right here in Provo. Last year around a hundred people showed up to celebrate their bucket bikes, take one for a test drive, and win some pretty cool prizes. We’ll be sure to keep you updated and post on the blog as soon as we find out when the next fall rally will be.

Happy riding, Stephanie! Be sure to give her a wave the next time you see her happily cruising by on one of her cool new bikes!

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Computer Guy Danny Prager?

We got a chance to chat with Nu Skin computer genius Danny Prager when he visited the Bike Committee booth during this year’s Bike-to-Work Day.

Danny rides a black single speed Specialized Langster around town and on Provo’s many trails.

“I just love the outdoors,” he said. ” I love going up the canyon and all around the county. It’s a great place to ride.”

Thanks for taking a minute to share your love of cycling, Danny. Ride on.

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Kitchen Designer Erin Flynn?

Have you seen a graceful brown-haired girl pedaling through the downtown area? That’s Erin Flynn.

Erin was recently spotted cycling in the rain at the 2010 Mayor’s Bike-to-Work Day. She has also been helping with cycling advocacy issues as a member of the Provo Bicycle Committee.

She rides her black, single-speed Windsor bike all over town. “It’s a good way to stay healthy and a good alternative to driving,” says Erin. “I feel like it brings people together.”

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Graduate Student Tod Robbins?

If you’ve been involved in the Provo cycling community, you’ve probably met Tod. Tod Robbins rides a magenta ’73 Schwinn Collegiate with an original speedometer and a brass bell. He has pedaled his vintage ride for over 1,000 miles and often chooses cycling over driving.

“Things seem richer in Provo when riding a bike,” says Tod. “It lets me explore at a faster pace than my feet – discovering new neighborhoods and places you would usually just drive by. When you’re on your bike, you discover all sorts of neat things.”

Although he is leaving for graduate school this summer, Tod has worked tirelessly over the past months to improve bicycle culture and community in Provo. He’s leaving the city better than he found it – hopefully he’ll be surprised at the progress we’ve made when he returns.

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Bike Committee Chair Zac Whitmore?

As a new feature, I’ll be asking cyclists of all sorts what they enjoy most about riding a bike in Provo. The fist fist victim / volunteer is our very own Bike Committee chairman, Zac Whitmore.

Zac and his family have been car-free for the last 2 1/2 years (yes, even in the winter). He can often be seen riding around Provo in his green custom Surly Longhaul Trucker, complete with a brass bell.

“I like to run into other riders I know and stop and chat,” he says. “In downtown it’s the fastest way to get around.” Zac cycles to work, school, bike committee meetings, and just about everywhere else he goes – sometimes with his daughter carried along in a trailer. “Everything looks better from a bike,” he says.

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo!
Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.