We are two partners from different hemispheres with different upbringings, careers, and life experiences. We were brought to collaboration by a binding passion for bicycling and a shared philosophy of vintage bicycles. While we all have our worlds, with our own goals, fascinations, and hobbies, we intend to present with our website the world of vintage bicycling so that we can interact on common ground.
As life orbits around you, we graciously welcome you to forget your worries and explore the world of vintage bicycling as we’ve worked hard to present. We hope you might be inclined to interact with us and provide a part of your world so that we can come together for the common purpose of enjoying the beauty and simplicity of vintage bicycling.
Now, here’s a little bit about us:
About Me, David
I can divide the story of my love affair with bicycles into three chapters.
At the age of 4 I got my first three wheels bicycle from my parents. At that time I could not know that it was just the beginning of a life time experience. I have a very clear image of me riding on my childhood bicycles in these early days of mine.
At the age of 40, my wife bought me a special birthday present: a brand new diamondback bicycle. This marked the 2’nd cycling chapter. I’ve started to ride different types of mountain bikes on a regular basis, near my home and abroad, in many bicycling tours around the world.
Three years ago – The third and current bicycling love affair of mine has started three years ago, when I’ve started my first web site about Bicycles and Bicycling.
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Many things have changed along these years. In October 2010, I took part in a gorgeous bike riding trip along the Rhine River in Germany, France and Switzerland. We were two bikers on our first yet short bicycle touring trip, exploring the beauty of the Rhine valley, as well as ourselves and our passion for bicycling.
On May 2015, two of my best friends and I had another great trip: a bicycle trip in Japan. You are invited to read more about our 450Km bike ride from Takayama to Kyoto.
About Us & Bicycles and Bicycling Websites
My official education is an electrical engineer with years of experience in software development. In the last ten years, I am developing software for GPS navigation. Over the years, I had some ideas on how to put my creation in the market. The last one was to build a web site that will help me in the mission.
Me and SBI
I have a neighbor and a dear friend, Elad Shippony. For several years, Elad told me inspiring stories about SBI (Site Build It), about working from home, the freedom it offers and as a way to make my dreams come true. Some of Elad’s inspiring web sites are in the SBI results list.
But until the end of 2009, I had neither the time, energy, nor courage to make my dream come true: creating my web site, my own business, and beginning my journey towards the goal of working from home. Elad suggested I use SBI for building my web site to sell my software. This is how I was exposed to the wonderful world of SBI.
As you can see, this site is not about GPS software. It is about me and my main hobby, bicycle riding. My GPS software site is still waiting for me to be completed. I find so much joy in building www.american-vintage-bicycles.com , that I am willing to put my other dream aside, at least for now.
Moving Oמ to WordPress
SBI is the perfect platform for anyone who is just new to creating websites, or for anyone who doesn’t need Dynamic websites. It has a great Action Guide, as well as superb support. It will take you by hand and guide you through the process of creating great “do it yourself” websites, but – it is limited.
On the other hand, WordPress is leading CMS (Content Management System) in the world. It is based on PHP scripting language, as well on the Open Source phpMySQL server. As I became more experienced in creating websites, I feel that I am ready to move on to a more advanced (and challenging) platform, and I am so happy with this move! I have the intention to assist other SBI’rs who are thinking about moving their SBI websites to WordPress. For this task I’ve created the SBI-to-WP.COM website.[/expand]
About Me, Kavin
I’m 24 years old, and I live in the beautiful town of Cascade, Colorado, nestled in the Rocky Mountains at 7,700 ft. I’m a woodworker, a writer, and a bicycle enthusiast.
Bicycling, to me, is an extension of my ethics and beliefs in life: I believe in a simple, well-crafted life. I believe strongly that every moment is an opportunity to enjoy your life.
Cycling represents freedom, simplicity, and beauty. Bicycling is a reprieve from the highly-strung, fast-paced world around us.
I grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. I spent the first six years of my life on the edge of Zuni Drive, in the last house on the street. where the urban sprawl broke, and gave way to lush forests carved neatly and precisely with paths perfect for walkabouts into nature— for hikers, bikers, and journeyers searching for the peaceful calm of nothing but the sounds of birds and wind winding through old and young trees.
At the age of five, I received my first bicycle. I couldn’t tell you what brand or model, because I wasn’t concerned much with that at the time. I was focused on learning to ride without my training wheels.
My father would grab my seat and my handlebars and he’d run by my side. As I gained speed and impetus on the bicycle, he’d launch me onto the single-track. Without my training wheels, and with enough speed, I learned how to maneuver and balance the bicycle without falling.
And like they say, you never forget how to ride a bicycle, I never forgot learning.
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When I was sixteen years old, I decided it was time to make it on my own. Knowing little about brands and quality, I spent most of my days on inexpensive, poorly made bicycles. It wasn’t until I started taking mountain-biking seriously that I looked into purchasing a quality bicycle.
At age 19, I bought my first half-way decent bike. I know it wasn’t the best bike, but to this day, I won’t forget it. It was a 1994 Diamondback Ascent I purchased from a local bike store. It was used, but it was sturdy: no suspension; steel frame; rapid-fire shifters. It rode smoothly, and it took me through many adventures in national parks and trails in Colorado.
My love-affair with bicycles began. I researched everything I could. I read about 29ers, 69rs, single-speed, fixed-gear. Sheldonbrown.com was my golden book. I started buying bicycles from yard-sales, thrift-stores, ebay.com, and craigslist. I wasn’t interested in the new, innovative mechanics of the bicycles made in the 21st century. I desired simplicity and style. I quickly became enamored by single-speed bicycles. I bought so many 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s road bikes I don’t even care to remember. I quickly grew short of storage; I started selling them and I started fixing them.
I’ve owned vintage Schwinns, Cannondales, Nishikis, Bianchis, Gary Fishers, Bridgestones, Treks, and more. The list goes on and on.
I credit Grant Peterson (the marketing director for Bridgestone in the early 90s) for steering me into theories of geometry, rideability, durability, and rigidity. I learned that a bicycle should be designed to last.
The technology of modern-day bicycles are becoming so complex, that bicycles have become multi-thousand dollar throwaways designed for a high-tech look and competitive racing.
It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a bicycle designed to last a lifetime. I believe a bicycle should be designed with rigid, durable metal. I believe that a bicycle should be comfortable and practical. A bicycle should be an alternative to the ultra-paced world around us. A bicycle should be easy to maintain, inexpensive to own, and most importantly: enjoyable to ride.
As the saying goes, they just don’t make them like they used to.
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Our Other Websites
We have several websites. Most of them are about Bicycles and Bicycling. Take a look:
- bicycle-riding.com – Visit this web site and explore the wonderful world of bicycle riding: Different types of riding styles, bicycles, equipment, clothes, as well as many of my trips and more.
- bike-riding-guide.com – Like many others, I believe that my passion for cycling offers better health and positive mindset that keeps me going. Join me with my bike riding guide.
- american-vintage-bicycles.com – American-Vintage-Bicycles.Com is about us, and about the history of our vintage bicycles. Be aware: collecting American vintage bicycles is an obsession!
- bicycle-storage-ideas.com – Protect your bicycle against weather conditions, such as harsh sun, rain and snow. Keep it in a covered space so that its sensitive parts don’t rust and/or get dirty. This website will help you find the best storage for your bike.
- bicycle-pumps.com – There are many types of bicycle pumps. There are portable bicycle tire pumps, floor pumps and even electric pumps. This website will help you find the best bicycle pump for your needs.
- outdoorstorage911.com – Here you can find some great outdoor storage ideas. Keep your garden tools in a covered and secured space so that it serve you well for years!
- vintage-tricycles.com – Collecting vintage tricycles and vintage bicycles is not very common. If your are one of these enthusiastics you came to the right place.
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