DaMan, DaMachine, DaHÄNGER

by Janet Bressler-Bilenky


When I saw a company by the name of DaHÄNGER on the Philly Bike Expo New Exhibitor list, I thought, What’s with the umlaut? Is it some kind of Motorhead reference or IKEA spoof? Then I discovered that DaHÄNGER’s founder comes by that umlaut honestly. DaHÄNGER is the brainchild of Juergen Beneke, the legendary German-born former professional racer and winner of multiple German championships and World Cups in the mountain bike and downhill field. Beneke moved to the USA in 1996, and in 2000 retired from racing and launched a second career in home renovation and furniture building.


“I truly believe life is better when you ride a bike, “says Beneke. “The daily stress melts away and you can think clearly. Bikes are everywhere in my day to day life, so I needed to find a better way to organize and store my cycling equipment.” 


Beneke designed the DaHÄNGER and DaHÄNGER-Dan to make it easier for everyone to store their bicycles in their home. He subsequently staged two successful Kickstarter campaigns to bring the ideas to fruition. The DaHÄNGER suspends a bike by the nose of its saddle. Any style frame can be hung without damage to finish or kinking of cables. There’s also a place for a helmet and other items. The DaHÄNGER-Dan is a fun pedal hook system for hanging multiple bikes in a staggered configuration.  


It’s family lore that the Bilenky children literally cut their teeth on bicycles. Innovations such as the DaHÄNGER and DaHÄNGER-Dan would have spared both insult and injury caused by too many bikes crowding the narrow hallway in our house.   


Aficionados know that bicycles can be works of art. DaHÄNGER’s USA-made products are meant to not only solve the problem of storage, but at the same time create a display for prized possessions. The DaHÄNGER and DaHÄNGER-Dan free up prime living space, while bikes remain on view and within reach to inspire that next ride.

NixFrixShun: Grease (or Lube) is the Word

by Janet Bressler-Bilenky


There are the stars, then there’s the back-up band, and then there’s all the behind-the-scenes individuals without whom there’d be no show. Once in a very rare while these hidden wizards and alchemists get to step out from behind the curtain or mixing board as the case may be.   


If the frame is the star and the components are the back-up band, then chain lube is one of those unsung workers that literally makes things run smoothly. And NixFrixShun is the world’s most effective bicycle chainlube.


The testimonials are many and effusive: “NFS isn't just the best chain lube on the market, now or ever,” says Tom Kellogg,  “It has changed the relationship I have with my bike.”


NixFrixShun makes NFS, which was recently proven in independent testing to be between .4 and 4 watts better than some of the most popular brands sold and by far the longest lasting. Also in the product line is NFS+ Ne Plus Ultra - the only odorless, colorless, biodegradable endurance chainlube and NFS Race Grease, all are hand-crafted in the USA.


Founded in 2010, (the same year as the first Philly Bike Expo!) NixFrixShun will be exhibiting with us for the fifth time. When asked about what's exciting in today's bike industry, NixFrixShun founder and creator Josh Simonds says, "There are a huge number of new vendors providing exciting products that help folks get outside!" Simonds himself helps folks get outside. Besides the contribution of his products, he organizes "Ballers Camp" a challenging mixed terrain course in W. VA.  He's also hosted morning rides at the Expo- no word yet whether he'll be doing one in at Expo 2017. Stay tuned.

JDRF: Type 1 to type none

Type 1 diabetes (T1D), sometimes referred to as “juvenile diabetes”, is an autoimmune disease that impacts millions of people around the world. Including this writer and lifelong cyclist.


The disease occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it can cause serious damage to all of the body's organ systems.

Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. It requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.


Cycling is a fantastic way to help control this disease, and the professional cycling Team Type 1 has drawn international attention to what athletes with this disease can accomplish. But whether you have Type 1 diabetes or not, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes can serve the ultimate goal of finding a cure for T1D.


JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes is a destination cycling event in one of seven stunning locations across the United States. Every year, riders come together to raise critical funds to help JDRF find a cure for type 1 diabetes. JDRF Ride is more than a bike ride. It's an unforgettable experience where you'll be surrounded by a passionate community of cyclists, friends and family. Whatever the skill level, whether cycling 25 or 100 miles, JDRF has a Ride for you.


Riders choose a fundraising package and set their own mileage goal. Along the way, riders receive the full support of the JDRF Ride Community, from the ride coaches to the fundraising experts who will help you reach and exceed your fundraising goals.


Ride locations for  2016 included Lake Tahoe, CA, Burlington, VT, Amelia Island, FL and Tucson, AZ. 2017 destinations are yet to be announced.


Visit the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes web site to get started planning for next year’s rides today.