The Recent Cycling History of a 122-Year-Old Building

Way back, over ten years ago, the iconic wallpaper and paint shop at the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham finally closed up and was replaced by a quaint little grocery store. They didn't use the entire building. There was a small shop that housed an Orbea Bikes outlet store. The Spanish bike company had it's North American distribution center across the river in what is now the Diamond Bear Brewery … [Read more...]

Local Cycling Businessman, Tony Karklins buys Guru Cycles Assets

From Bicycle Retailer Story: Tony Karklins, along with a few other investment partners, has acquired the tooling, machinery and intellectual property from Montreal-based Guru Cycles and plans to set up a composite/carbon factory in the U.S. Guru Cycles filed for bankruptcy in December and its owners auctioned off assets in February. Karklins did not buy the Guru trademark name, which is … [Read more...]

A Ride With Class – Little Rock Gran Fondo

What the Heck is a Gran Fondo? The Italian phrase, Gran Fondo, is new to central Arkansas. Loosely translated, Gran Fondo means "great foundation", “great distance” or “great endurance.” It can be a full-on race, or just a ride. It’s both a sporting event and a cultural experience.  The first Gran Fondos took place in Italy in the early 1900's and they have been popular throughout Europe ever … [Read more...]

Spain on Main

I was mentioning to a friend the other day how exciting it is to watch central Arkansas become hip; or weird to use Austin, Texas parlance. I was talking about two of my favorite subjects, food and beer. Watching new breweries open, local and organic farmers markets grow, farm to table restaurants and food trucks flourish has been mouth-wateringly wonderful. I also noted how much of this has come … [Read more...]