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Best Progressive Cold Crushin’ and Serving Your Winter Warm

Winter’s no excuse.  Really.  Tough titties.  We’ve been busy at Mobo.  Have you been down to the shop recently?  Ask to see the garage or the bamboo bicycle.  Tonight if you show up for Co-op Night you can partake in the Stripping Party.  All proceeds go to sending our handsome asses to Bike Bike in Vancouver, B.C. this summer.  Sponsorships available.  Ask for me.

The Gene Autry BicyclePee Wee's bike!!!This warm winter has been extremely pleasant for afternoon bicycle rides.  When Saturday came with the rain, we were already ahead of it.  Through downpours of rain, then snow, treacherous Sunday drivers on Saturday, the flat open highways of central Ohio, and the blessed company of friends, MoBo held a fieldtrip to the Bicycle Museum of America.  <Place ridiculous amount of drool here.>  What a collection!!  Velocipedes!  Penny farthings!  Pee Wee’s bike!  A bicycle that did 108 mph!  Sexy string skirt catchers!  Hand pulled pinstripin!  Women’s liberation!  Cows!  America!  Fuck Yeah!!

Oh no, don’t think that’s all.  We have you all winter, baby, into the spring:

This Sunday during open shop, Laura Collins will be leading  Bike-CRAFT 1: Pimp My Ride.  Mmhmm.  Knit ‘r’ done!

The Winter Workshop series could be just what you need to get you and that cute little bike of yours out on the road before spring even hits.  Every Monday night at 7pm for the next two months  in the shop.

Bike Sale Committee meets this Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 at Mayday.  You want a new bike?  April 14th.  Mark your calendars.  “If you ain’t got your taxes done by now, just buy a bike.”

Volunteer Committee meets at the Comet at 9:15 on Feb. 15th.

The annual Fundraiser planning has begun.

And what about a station at the Flying Pig Marathon this year?  I like runners, don’t you?  Maybe a water balloon station and whiskey station….

How about a safety segue for a few minutes?  Now, now.. don’t pout.  I only bring it up because I love you.  Did I just say that out loud?  Let’s discuss running your lights.  Now imagine its night.   The air is brisk.  You can make out the chug chug and screech of railroad cars playing a back beat  to the rhythm of your bicycle ride.  You’ve been riding those main roads with regular traffic.  Your lights blinking either let them know you were there or gave them a case of the seizures.  Now you’ve turned off to the side streets.  Where its quieter.  The cars don’t move as fast.  More foot traffic.  Perhaps you’re by yourself.  Feel a little tighter?  Maybe in the cheeks or the shoulder blades?  Well, maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t run your lights.  I’m just sayin’.  That beautiful deep silence of the momentum you cascade through, as do those shorties on the corner; is broken…. disturbed… touched by lights meant to ward off the treacheries of automotive vehicles.  Time and place….  time and place.
Late breaking news!  MoBo has been nominated as Best Progressive.  Progressive what, hmm?  Progressive thinkers?  Progressive programming?  Progressive dance?  What about Best Progressive Synth-Pop Band from the Eighties?  Go check it out at the City Beat website.

Looking forward to talking with you later.

Snow peas and grease,


Winter Workshop Series 2012

Our Winter Workshop Series begins February 6th! All workshops are free and open to the public. Workshops will be held at Mobo (1415 Knowlton) from 7-9pm. All are welcome!

MoBo Winter Workshop SeriesFeb 6
Urban Riding 101

Have you ever heard of the “right hook” or the “door zone”? Do you know how to correctly lock up your bike? Urban Riding 101 is a great workshop for those who are new to riding on city streets! This informal group discussion will cover: how to dress for the cold (so you stay warm, but not sweaty!); basic street safety (right hooks, the door zone, metal plates, making turns, lights, bells); gear for commuting/running errands (weight distribution and securing of cargo for racks, panniers, baskets and messenger bags); recommended routes/roads; and how to correctly lock up your bike so it doesn’t get stolen!
Feb 13
Roadside Repair 101

Learn about mini air pumps, how to patch or change tubes, how to make tire boots, and what to do when your chain falls off!

Feb 20
Maintenance 101

Learn basic maintenance skills, such as: how/when to lube the chain, change or adjust brake pads, air up tires, and check the trueness of your wheels.

Feb 27


March 5

Shifters & Derailleuers

March 12

Wheel Basics

March 19

Hubs & Bottom Brackets

March 26


That Fever is Rough, Time for Vapor Rub

How Do You Dress For the Cold Weather?Perpetual motion machine…… that’s like folks on tracks bikes that have to move their feet with the pedals as the wheel moves.  Continually moving.  That crisp December breeze hitting your face, making your eyes water a bit, all those nerves feeling that cool buffet.  And ol Jack Frost, he’s a kinkster, that one.  Like, how his fingers slide up under the back of your shirt, lashing any exposed skin.  Or how your jacket opens and the chill wraps around your stomach like a tornado.  The absolute worst, my perpetually-in-motion friends, is when it goes right through your sweater.  It creeps in!  Finds every little hole and crevice between the weaves, and Land! when it gets through and there’s sweat on your chest.

We all want to be babied when we’re sick, don’t we?  Someone to make you tea, rub your back, put a hand on your forehead,  bring you movies.  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  Don’t forget the fever.  And the achy muscles.  The sweats, the rasp in the lungs.  Not fun.

So, an ounce of prevention vs pound of cure….

Keep the moisture off the chest.  Athletic shirts of various fiber types accomplishes this.  It does.  Yeah, yeah…. not in your wardrobe, well, what in there might remove moisture from your skin?  The answer is NOT COTTON!

And if the special moisture control shirt is unavailable, then at least keep the wind off your chest.  Nothing says pneumonia like a good bike ride in cold weather in the wrong jacket.

Remember, moisture control and thermoregulation.  You know what they mean.  How do you practice it?

“Ch-check” This

Hi!  How are you today? Mmhmm.  Really?  K.  Well, let’ talk about something else.  What do you want  to talk about?  Whatever?  Ok, you asked for it…

Watch Out For Car Doors!When you ride down the street and there’s 2 lanes, but one is filled with parked cars, how do you ride?  Do you ride in the middle of the traffic lane?  Do you ride towards the outside of the traffic lane?  Do you ride in the parking lane, all close to the cardoors?  The sidewalk?  Not sure?  Think for a minute.  Maybe you’ve been going down Hamilton Ave through Northside down by Hoffner Park.  On the north side of Blue Rock heading down towards Spring Grove.  There you have two lanes at your disposable, if the bus isn’t taking up the outer.  Once we cross over Blue Rock, cars begin to park in that lane and there is only one left for moving traffic.  Where do you go?  Straight to Take the Cake?  Ok.  Now back out in the street…   Car behind you and bus ahead of you.  Yeah, it a big car!  They’re all big!  Wait!  Real quick, just consider what could happen if you try to make yourself small against that wall of parked cars.  You know, to give those people in the vehicle that can do 0 to 70 in how many SECONDS the opportunity to squeeze past you?  THEY CAN WAIT!!  They can.  Really really really realize that if a cardoor opens up and hits you, you’re screwed.  If it opens up and you hit it, you’re screwed.  And not in the fun way!  How will we be friends for thirty years if you didn’t make it?!  Own your lane.  See your line in front of you.  Pedal.  How often have you caught yourself only looking at the moving traffic?  How often do you listen to your space radio while cruising?  Think about how crucial it can be to see the head inside the parked car moving like they plan on opening the door, and hear the ‘ca-click’ of the latch and lock.

No, you haven’t done anything wrong.  Just something to run round in your head tonight.  Each one teach one, right?  Why would you NOT want to think about this?

See ya later.


Reflectors!!  Lights!!  Visibility!!  In this city, it is not only the law, but a necessity to avoid being run down while out riding in the evening and night.  So here is a little food for thought…

Lights and Reflector Will Save You PainWould you believe how important at dusk to have a blinking taillight?  The Lakota peoples speak of this as a magic time, and no in the oh-so-fun rabbit popping out of the hat.  Think more like, everything is a shade of gray.  So its all the more important to have that flashing bit of red or orange blowing up drivers’ retinas.

The next little bit to consider is WHERE to place your reflectors and/or lights.  Studies have been done showing how simply by viewing  lights placed on moving joints, the human mind can discern a multitude of information, and in our case, that we are on a bicycle in front of their half ton+ of steel.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this little demo…

What it boils down to, is to seriously consider wearing reflectors on your ankles and knees, and have a blinking light on either your back or on the back of the bike.  Whichever is more visible.  Bike stores sell a variety of lights, which they will readily mount for you (sometimes for a price), and most will  also have reflective bands for your joints for a very low cost.  And if you’re crafty, you can always think up new ways to sew reflective material onto your clothes and gear!

Stay tuned, we may even have an upcoming reflective workshop in the not too distant future!