Keeping It Wheel

Bike culture and shop talk.

Molly and Karina started a kickstarter campaign to make their dream of selling their hand blended tea by a mobile truck a reality. (Photo courtesy of Steep Tea Co.)

“Steep Jeep” is bringing a modern take on tea

Revamping an ice cream truck into a mobile tea business is just one part of Molly Gaylord and Karina Vlastnik’s vision for Steep Tea Company, based in West Oakland. They are renovating the “Steep Jeep,”...
Nelson Mandela being recognized in 2008 for his contributions to the South African city of Tshwane. Photo Courtesy of The Good News:

You Tell Us: Mandela’s Oakland visit was turning point for young refugee

The death of Nelson Mandela last week revived memories of the day in 1990 when the anti-apartheid leader spoke in Oakland. Among those present was Oakland resident Sonny Le, a former boat person from Vietnam,...
Bikers try out the new bike lane on Webster Street on Friday morning.

New bike lanes installed in downtown area

City officials and bicycle advocates and riders gathered Friday to celebrate the addition of new bike lanes on Webster Street and Franklin Street in downtown Oakland.
El TacoBike is the first legal and permitted warm food bicycle in Oakland.

Oakland’s first pedal-powered food cart hits the streets

What do you get when you have a taco truck but take away the gasoline and one wheel? El TacoBike! This new meal on wheels hit town last week serving up fresh and authentic Mexican...
Manifesto celebrates the 3rd anniversary of Bike Church.

Manifesto celebrates three years of Bike Church

Manifesto’s Bike Church isn’t your typical Sunday morning of sitting inside a stained-glass structure, listening to scripture and quietly reciting prayers. But there are some similarities. People with similar beliefs do congregate, listen to music...
Record numbers of people biked to work on Oakland's 18th annual Bike-to-Work Day.

Thousands roll out for Bike-to-Work Day

Taking the podium at Oakland City Hall during the Bike-to-Work Day celebration on Thursday morning, city councilmember Libby Schaaf of District 4 started a chant. “When I say ‘bike,’ you say ‘Oakland,’” say announced. “Bike!”...
Cyclist geared up in the rain. Photo by jrodmanjr via Flickr Creative Commons.

Here comes the rain: Oakland North’s tips for biking in wet weather

It’s time to break out the fenders. As last week’s balmy weather changes to winter rain, people who rely on their bikes have to switch gears, sometimes literally, and prepare for drenched roads and clothes.

Bike scavenger hunt on Sunday

Head down to Frank Ogawa Plaza on Sunday and join up with Cycles of Change, Wheel Unite and Oakland Parks and Recreation in a city-wide scavenger hunt. Checkpoints will be set up all over Oakland...