“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else I the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.” ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896
fBig Shot Bikes of Ft. Collins, Colorado, celebrates its 10,000th bike build milestone and thanks their HTML5 based bike builder web tool for it.
Big Shot Bikes, maker of design-your-own fixed gear and single speed bikes, recently reached a significant milestone with the sale of its 10,000th bike. The company launched in Fort Collins, Colo., in December of 2009, and has seen steady growth in both direct sales and through key retail distribution since its inception.
“It kind of snuck up on us, but when we saw that this was our 10,000th bike, we definitely had a celebration,” says Big Shot founder and owner Matt Peterson. “We might have spilled a little champagne on that frame before it went out the door.”
Helping to support Big Shot’s sales growth has been the recent launch of its HTML5 optimized iPad bike builder application. The program, which has been in a successful test phase for the past two months, allows consumers to easily design their custom Big Shot bike on an iPad.
Introduction of the application has supported Big Shot’s significant sales growth in the early months of 2013. There has been a 30 percent increase in iPad sales during the first two months of 2013, when compared to all of 2012. With the launch of the new application, year-over-year sales conversion is up 444 percent on iPad devices, which maintain the highest conversion rate of all mobile platforms.
“With more consumers shopping on mobile devices, it is crucial for our mass customization business to have a seamless moblie application,” says Peterson. “iPads account for 10 percent of our total site traffic and visits are up significantly over last year, since the introduction of our bike builder application.”
In addition to supporting Big Shot’s direct sales business, the steamlined HTML5 application will provide brick and mortar dealers with the opportunity for customers to design a bike on an in-store iPad and complete the transaction.
Previously, Big Shot offered custom in-store kiosks to key dealers. However, the iPad program is significantly more scalable and instantly available to all retailers. The HTML5 application operates on the iPad without requiring any downloads or installation.
ABOUT BIG SHOT BIKES
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Big Shot Bikes has been building customized, fixed-gear and single-speed bicycles since 2009. Big Shot is a leader in mass customization, allowing customers to design their own unique bikes online at bigshotbikes.com. With a choice of frame sizes, handlebar styles and thousands of color combinations, Big Shot offers fun, durable, high-quality bikes at an affordable price.
This concept helmet includes headlight, turn signal and brake light.
“Thousands of racers will ascend on and crash the Los Angeles Marathon race course in the dead of the night to compete in one of the toughest urban cycling races known to man. Chrome has partnered with Red Bull to bring the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series to the next level of urban racing. This is just the first stop of the three race series that will span over several months including a LA Crit, and the 6th St. sprints. Only one man and one woman will be immortalized as winners of the official sacred dog tags which will prove their endurance, speed, and power.”
I’ve never really understood yoga pants. I’m not sure I’m supposed to. For a while I wasn’t even really sure what yoga pants were, then my wife discovered Lululemon. So, now I know and I’m broke.
All reports are that yoga pants are the most comfortable pants a woman can wear in public. This is why the world is suddenly filled with women who have never practiced yoga but are always dressed for a pop-up yoga class. It’s also, I think, a major reason why there’s a dress code at my office.
Last winter I splurged and bought myself a pair of wool cycling tights from the now defunct Lab-Gear. This winter, I’m beginning to understand just how women feel about yoga pants. I never want to take them off.
If it were acceptable for a guy to wonder around in what amounts to a pair of long underwear, I probably would. I’ve worn them under jeans at softball games and to the snow. I’ve worn them on my bike, of course.
In the winter, anyway, I couldn’t live without.
Pop by Lab-Gear’s new venture, Eleven Vélo. I’m not sure you’ll be able to convince them to make you up a pair of wooly bottoms, but I’m sure they’ll have something you’ll love.
There’s this guy. You might know one too. He’s a lot like you or I. He rides his bike on the same streets. He gets overtaken by impatient F-150s. He’s a cyclist. There’s one major difference, though. Unlike you or I, he tends to get hit by cars; frequently. Most of the time, he comes away without any serious injuries (which is more than I can say for his bikes – carbon fiber, it turns out is the real victim here).
When I first started riding I thought maybe this guy spent more time on busy roads than I did. But slowly, I began to think there might be something else, something that didn’t have anything to do with where he was riding or what he was wearing (more garish colors than I). It was when he told me about his 4th crash involving a car that I began to wonder if, perhaps, it was the way he rode.
It turns out, I might have been on the right track. Last month the City of Minneapolis published a study that examined 2,973 bicycle-motorist crashes that took place over a 10 year period and one of the many interesting bits of data they uncovered was that the cyclist involved is, at least partially, at fault in 59% of all crashes (motorists were, at least partially, at fault in 63.9%*).
If you’d asked me a few weeks ago I’d probably have guessed that cyclists were at fault in about 30% of all accidents. I’ve seen a lot of motorists do a lot of dumb things (I’ll even admit to being a motorist doing a dumb thing once or twice) and it’s easy to assume, because they’re the more vulnerable of the two groups, cyclists are always the victims. But, you have to admit, it sort of makes sense.
I consider myself a careful cyclist 95% percent of the time. During my commute, I’m alert and cautious and often yield even when I have the right of way. I check driveways and think about how to react when the unexpected happens. These things don’t make me invincible, I know that. It is nice to know, perhaps, they do make me a little safer.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming that guy who gets hit by a car once a year for everything. Some of it is bad luck and some if it is bad driving and, maybe, some of it is bad cycling. It is nice to know, as I’m riding my 25 pound bike next to a 2 ton truck, what I do makes a difference.
* Adds up to more than 100% as in some crashes both motorist and cyclist share fault.
This weekend after a mountain bike ride in Fairfax, it was suggested that we must stop at the Gestalt Haus for a beer and a brat hot dog. “You can bring you bike inside and hang it on the wall!” was said on our way through the quaint town. As we pulled our bikes through the door, wound our way by the line and along the wall to group our bikes and order one of the seventeen available brats and one of a dozen beers on tap for ten dollars. Waiting for my name to be called to pick up my brat, I found a wall of board games to play and several classic mountain bikes attached to the wall to look at.
The beer is large and well worth the five dollars. I ordered the chicken-apple brat without sauerkraut and it hit the spot, especially after the ride. If you are ever in the Fairfax/Mt Tamalpais area, be sure to check them out, you can find them at 123 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930.