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Bike Zoo

We love bikes! What's better than riding in fresh air, stretching our muscles and being in nature? And, if you're looking for the Bike of the Day {BotD}, stay tuned and take a peek around the Bike Zoo while BotD shores up!


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About the Bike Zoo

The Bike Zoo is the place to talk about bicycling topics you love. We'll talk about fixed gears and their simplicity and how not to die on one. We'll discuss bicycle touring. Bill Hannahs is in the picture above, riding his full-tilt Basso in Belgium.

(image from London Cycle Chic)


Are you into artisan bicycles? Who doesn't love crafted bikes? We'll visit Alex of Villin Cycle Works in Gainesville. And, you'll hear about legendary Vanilla Bicycles of Portland, run by Sasha and his faithful poodle. Share your bicycling passions.

Zoobird Brant Haflich (above with his Surly Long Haul Trucker) organizes the SLOBike Kitchen in San Luis Obispo. You'll meet Zach Holford (eventually) who rode his Surly from S. Carolina to Portland, OR in less than three months! That's Zach and Joanna below. Enjoy!

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Offroad biking in Gainesville, FL - Maps and Photos!

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Bicycle Commuting in Portland

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A Very Nice Gary Fisher Touring Bike

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Bike of the Day {BotD} ::: Trek 728

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Bike Grease and Coffee ::: Kurt Sandiforth's Bicycle Tour Round the World

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Kurt Sandiforth dropped by the Bike Preserve on his way to South America. At first, I was amazed and intrigued by his plans. He had already been in several countries on his fat tired bike.He dropped…Continue

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Bicycle Travel with Kurt in Peru (right now!)

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Eisentraut for sale...hard to resist!

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1975 NOS Atala Grand Sport

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Here's a NOS Atala Grand Sport. It was rescued from one…Continue

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Basso ::: 1980's classic road bike from Italy

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This is one of the best road bikes around. It's a Basso. All Campagnolo, hand sewn leather wrapped handlebars, rides like ice. Love it. What do you know about Basso? …Continue

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Comment by Michael Levin on March 11, 2014 at 5:31pm

Rick, Those are amazing! Thanks for sharing. Maybe if you get the chance you can start a discussion about them and how you built them, where you ride them, etc. They definitely aren't the stereotypical Dutch style bikes! 

Comment by rick de graaff on March 11, 2014 at 2:26pm

Just shared my 3 bikes with you...hope you like them! Greetz from the other side of the world!

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Comment by Michael Levin on July 9, 2012 at 12:26pm

Hey, Tim! I agree. Traveling by bicycle is a favorite part of my day, too. And, I love cycling in Gainesville especially around downtown near the McRorie Community Garden and the bike shop. I love having panniers on my bike. Here's a shot in front of a massive shale boulder:

Have panniers, will travel. No panniers? Rucksack will do! Heck, grocery bags and pants pockets will do, too!

Comment by Tim Kinney on July 9, 2012 at 12:11pm

Hey, better yet, move to Gainesville!!! ;0) This is a great place to commute by bike. In Orlando, it depends on what area you're in, but some of them could be tough for cycling. I hope it works out for you  though, because traveling by bicycle will be your favorite part of the day. It is mine.

Comment by Michael Levin on July 9, 2012 at 11:58am

Jose, My advice is get yourself a bike and one for your wife, too! I can help. Ride to work. The neighborhood is great for bikes when you stay off the main roads. Orlando has a bunch of bike trails, too. Ponce Inlet has a bike trail that goes to the lighthouse and to a marine aquarium! There are so many great places to ride in Florida, your head will spin! Get a bike rack or just stuff the bike in the trunk of your car. Let me show you some bikes sometime that I have that are not my size...we're similar size so one may be perfect for you. How's that for starters?

Comment by Jose Baranenko on July 9, 2012 at 11:34am

I used to ride everyday in Venezuela, since i arrived to USA i just been busy working and going to school. I want to do it again. My schedule is pretty complicated because i am a Chef. any advise?

Comment by Michael Levin on April 10, 2012 at 11:45am

That's a beaut, Tim. Thanks for posting the Centurian photo. I commented here


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