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Month One

The first month at paper street motors has come and gone. The shop is still up and running and we didn't burn the pace down. Were still in a transition phase while the shop grows, there are walls and benches to be assembled, and inventory to stock.  HGC has gone from a casual basement business to a full blown repair shop in just a few short months, and we continue to grow each day.  We look forward to the next month and hopefully many more after that.  Lets get those bikes on the road.
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HC HOOLIGANS

Look out for the HC Hoolgans this season  a newly formed team looking to stand high on the podium this year.
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Gone Camping

HGC will be in leota for the weekend all repairs will resume on monday!!
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HomeGrownShop

recent photo of the shop as it starts to take form.  the shop gives us much more space to do work that we couldn't get done in the truck.  After we finish a bike we like to play a little bike polo in the rest of the warehouse space.
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Bicycle powered washing machine

Homeless Dave's Bike Powered Washing Machine Of all the potential bicycle powered applications, other than the primary one of simply gettin' around, washing machines seem the most practical to us. With the bike powered wash cycle, someday spin class and laundromats could co-locate. In the meantime, if you've got the space, a BPWM can also water your garden while giving you a chance to loose a few pounds. There are a couple of designs floating around the internets, but we like Homeless Dave's the best because it you don't need to do any welding or fabrication of special parts. Homeless Dave's extensive instructions require scavenging a bike, a trainer (we found one in the street, but we've also seen them at garage sales and thrift stores), and a top loading machine. Homeless Dave's design only does the spin cycle, not the washing, so it will be up to Homegrown Revolution to come up with a design for a full-on bike powered washing machine (we'll wait for our hated Sears model to die first). When that day comes we'll post the design and a special soak and spin music mix.
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Detroit Bicycle lanes

Detroit to put 30 miles of bicycle lanes on streets

Detroit is embarking on an ambitious plan to create bike lanes on roads across town, giving cyclists like Jon Koller designated space for riding as city leaders and community groups rethink street and land use in a shrinking city. It's a big change. Although the city is starting with about 30 miles in a handful of neighborhoods this year, there eventually could be as many as 400 miles of bike lanes in Detroit. "I think it's going to encourage more people to get out there and take biking as a serious form of transportation," said Koller, 25, who lives in the city's Corktown neighborhood and commutes by bike to Wayne State University, where he's a doctoral student in transportation engineering. Supporters envision a city that's easier to maneuver without a car, with bike lanes and paths connecting the Cultural Center, Mexicantown, parks and other attractions. The largest share of 30 miles of marked on-street bike lanes that the city plans to add this year will be 17 miles in southwest Detroit connecting the Corktown and Mexicantown neighborhoods. Read more
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The Shop

HomeGrownCycles recently moved into a 20,000 sq ft business incubator located in Ferndale.  Our space is a 500 square foot work in progress, soon to be fitted wrap around benches, heavy duty park tool work stand, rubber flooring, and lots of tools.  We will soon have regular business hours to drop off, or you bikes or have them picked up by Big Yelloww.
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Bike ART

some good bike art I found while surfing the bike blogs check out the rest by clicking on the image.
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Because MMBA says so

Your Name Isn't Mud!

Do not give yourself or other mountain bikers a bad name by riding on trails during the spring thaw.  The recent warm weather may be melting the snow, but the sub-surface layers of soil are still partially frozen.  Trails are critically sensitive to erosion damage at this time. Currently, water from the melting snow is unable to sink into the soil, so trail surfaces are muddy.  Tire ruts help channel this water and contribute to erosion and muddy spots that can become long-term trail damage. A good rule of thumb is that when the earthworms begin to emerge, the ground is thawed.  Please ride on pavement or gravel roads for a few more weeks while the trails properly thaw and dry out.  Help us keep trails open to mountain biking by riding in an environmentally sound manner.
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Phill wood RIP

Hub-Maker Phil Wood Passes Away BAXTER, IA (BRAIN)—Phil Wood, the man responsible for sealed hubs and bottom brackets, died this week on his farm in Baxter, Iowa. He was 84. He started the Phil Wood Company in 1971 as primarily a hub maker, though he offered other components. He sold the business to Peter Enright and a group of investors in 1991. “I feel so lucky to have talked with him about a week before he passed away, and he mentioned again that he was so lucky to sell the business when he did,” said Enright, Phil Wood Company’s president. “We talked off and on over the years, usually to catch up on news about his friends in the bike business. But he was quite happy to return to the farm after selling the business to help raise his granddaughter,” Enright added. Wood was a problem-solver working at Food Machinery Corporation. Had he not been bothered chasing bearings for a hub he was rebuilding for his daughter, sealed-bearing hubs might have taken years to hit the bike market, Enright noted. “He was complaining to Spence Wolf about why no one offered a sealed bearing hub and Wolf told him to make his own hub. A little while later he asked Spence how many he should make. It took Spence a bit to remember what he was talking about. He said make 50 hubs and the business was launched,” Enright said. Wood’s family is deciding on funeral arrangements at this time. “I’m glad he and I were able to have that last chat. He was a little bothered he wasn’t as ambulatory as he once was but he was content to move on,” Enright said. —Matt Wiebe
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Truck Tee

HomeGrownCycles will be rolling out its new T-shirt in the next week or two get yours at our shop.
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Awareness

[pro-player]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4[/pro-player]
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Need Breaks In Berlin

This video is getting is making its way through all the bike blogs its pretty funny we got it from Urban Velo who got it from the Canadians who subsequently got it from some Americans who probably borrowed it from the Chinese.  [pro-player width='530' height='253' type='video']http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QadBBthDGJc[/pro-player]
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The T

HGC tee's 100% certified organic combed ringspun cotton; 3/4" seamed collarette; double-needle stitching on sleeves and bottom hem; shoulder-to-shoulder tape; AnvilOrganic TearAway™  Get yours @ shop.homegrowncycle.com
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Tim Paterek Manual

The Patrek Manual is a great reference for frame builders with 500+ pages it pretty much covers everything.  We here at HomeGrownCycles would like to thank tim for producing suck a vast resource, because there are so few out there like it.  Get your copy here The Paterek Manual
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Show Us Your BIKE

Do you have a bike you want to show off?  here is your chance to get your bike displayed on our site.  send us a photo to homegrowncycles@gmail.com and we will post it in our bikes page.

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2010 Events

Fellow peddlers... As of now there are two events worth noting in the upcoming year that the HGC Crew will be part of... 1. Cherry-Roubaix (www.cherry-roubaix.com) to be held in Traverse City the weekend of August 27-28, 2010. Events include an Old Town Criterium race, a 12 mile road race, the Jolly Pumpkin Cruiser Classic, trials competitions, concerts, bicycling themed documentaries as featured in the annual New York Bicycle Film Festival, Fixie Stationary race, and various other fun exibitions and displays. 2. Tour de Troit (www.tour-de-troit.org) the 9th annual ride will be held in September (TBD) in the streets of Detroit. This 30 mile, police escorted leisurly ride is held annualy in an attempt to raise awareness of biking as a mode of transportation, to publicize the growing greenways network in the region, and to raise funds for the Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink. Come join us... HGC
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80 for Haiti

AdventureCORPS, Inc., an athlete-run firm producing some of the world's toughest sports events - including the Badwater Ultramarathon and Furnace Creek 508 races in Death Valley - will host "80 FOR HAITI," a cycling benefit ride for Haiti relief supporting Mercy Corps on Saturday, February 13, 2010. The event will feature an 80-mile ride along Old Hwy 80 in southeastern San Diego County. There will be an $80 entry fee (minimum donation) and 100% of the entry fees will go directly to Mercy Corps, one of the most respected relief organizations worldwide.
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Hell Yes Sprints

HomeGrownCycles had a strong showing at the Hell Yes Sprints on Tuesday at the Blind Pig putting up some impressive numbers, but in the end just falling short of qualifying times.  This was the first of hopefully many sprint series HGC will compete in, we would like to thank Hell Yes for a good time, and also thank Big Yellow for getting us to the Blind Pig with out breaking down, also we would like to thank matisyahu for letting Justin in.
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Hell Yes Sprints

HomeGrownCycles will be at the blind pig tomorrow night for Hell Yes Sprints come join us and have a good time.
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HomeGrownProductions teaser

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Boxed Water

I was recently at my local coffee shop when I was shocked to see water in a box.  The most surprising thing is that it seemed almost too simple of an idea.  I was happy to find that  The Boxed Water Is Better company is located in Grand Rapids, we here at HGC like to support local business, especially those who are doing their part.  20 percent of their profits go towards water relief, and  forest restoration federations.  I generally don't drink bottled water since It's easy enough to get it from the tap, but i would be amazed to find that 20 percent of my water bill is going towards such a cause. Read more
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Good old days

Italian cyclist Giuseppe Martano, 2nd place in Tour 1934.

Gears were available at that time yet riders on the Tour were regulated to a single speed.?Multiple gears were for bicycle tourists, and they took away from the purity of the sport of cycle racing, according to the organizer at the time. Riders climbed and descended the same mountain passes as the modern tour with a single gear.

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Nobel prize winner bicycle lifestyle

Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of 2009 Nobel Prize for chemistry lives in Cambridge, doesn’t own a car and rides his bike everywhere. Dr Venki - as he prefers to be called - was recently interviewed by members of Rideacycle and the Bangalore Bikers’ Club. This is an edited version of that interview. Read more
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Junker projects

The other day I was rummaging behind my parents' garage and noticed an old junker bicycle. I knew it would be perfect to make a fixed gear for my brother, Alex.  A few of us here at HomeGrownCycles like to tool around the city on our fixies, and have decided that we will soon be playing some bike polo.  This old junker bike would be great for polo and cruising around town. The only problem:  the bike was in our neighbor's yard.   Read more