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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Investing in Biking and Walking Could Save Lives Says Report - Alliance for Biking & Walking



Posted: 01/28/2010

States with the lowest levels of biking and walking have higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease

Washington, DC - January 28, 2010 - A new report released today by the Alliance for Biking & Walking shows that lack of investment in biking and walking could be contributing to higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease rates in the U.S. imageBicycling and Walking in the United States: The 2010 Benchmarking Report reveals that in almost every state and major U.S. city, bicyclists and pedestrians are at a disproportionate risk of being killed, and receive less than their fair share of transportation dollars.
While 10% of trips in the U.S. are by bike or foot, 13% of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. Biking and walking receive less than 2% of federal transportation dollars. Seniors are at an even greater risk. While adults over 65 make up 9% of walking trips and 4% of biking trips, they account for 19% of pedestrian fatalities and 9% of bicyclist fatalities.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

RENOVO HARDWOOD BICYCLES

THE REAL BEAUTY OF A RENOVO IS THE RIDE... THE LOOKS ARE A BONUS:

The smoothest bike you'll ever ride, stealth quiet, light and responsive, stiff as you want. Renovo hollow wood and laminated bamboo frames will forever change your understanding of what a bicycle should be, and how these natural materials can perform when designed to their strengths.



Mayor Coleman - Columbus will be "Bike City USA" - Business First


Coleman: Columbus on 'road to prosperity'

Business First of Columbus - by Jeff Bell


Coleman also said he is determined to make Columbus “Bike City USA.” To help get there, the city will set aside $6 million from its capital budget to connect the Alum Creek Trail to the city’s bikeway system and build an additional 24 miles of bike paths and bike lanes on city streets.


entire story is here...

Fort Worth TX Mayor Admits Car-centric Planning a Mistake - Fortworthology

Fort Worth TX Mayor Moncreif speech excerpts;

Commuter Rail, street cars, and other alternative modes of transportation also remain a priority for me and this City Council. Unfortunately, Fort Worth and other major metropolitan areas are finding out the hard way what a mistake it was to design and build cities around automobiles years ago. Friends, we cannot continue to focus solely on building more roads for more vehicles. That’s counter productive at best.

Business as usual is dead!
North Texas requires a transportation overhaul. No more band-aides, no more patches—a complete overhaul!
Regrettably, it’s becoming more and more obvious that we cannot depend on the state or federal government to help us in the near term. In fact, there is no guarantee of any new money to build any new roads in Texas after 2012.
Frankly, I’m tired of talking about this. This afternoon, workers at BNSF…employees at Lockheed Martin or Bell Textron…even many of you in this room will leave work and then sit…and sit…and sit in traffic. It’s a frustrating daily routine that carries a great cost once you consider the impacts to our quality of life, our environment, our air, and our ability to attract and keep new business investment.
If this is a mobility crisis—and I believe it is—then it must be treated like one!
In the spirit of the early Fort Worth pioneers who took it upon themselves to pick up shovels and extend the first rail line to our city, it’s time that we took matters in our own hands. It is clear to me that we are not going to get where we need to be by relying only on help from the feds or the state.
We are going to have to pull ourselves out of the ditch!
In the coming weeks, I will appoint an 11-member Blue Ribbon Task Force. I will charge this body with returning specific recommendations to the full City Council on how we fix or relieve pressure on Fort Worth’s aging transportation infrastructure.

Friday, February 26, 2010

2010 Tour de H2O - Saturday, May 22, 2010


  • The Tour de H2O, a charity bicycling ride, will be on Saturday, May 22, 2010

  • Our goal: raise $15K to fund the construction of 2-3 water wells in Kenya.


Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The BikeRegistry Security Chain w/ Monobloc Padlock - Is this the best bike lock?


While we believe our BikeRegistry Decal Kits are THE key component of any proactive bike protection strategy, we also advocate using a high quality security chain (versus U Lock or Cable) for long-term parking of your bike in high-risk environments.
CHAIN- This 3/8” trapezoidal (4 sided) link chain, manufactured in Austria by PEWAG, GmbH is “case-hardened” to resist cutting by 3-foot long bolt cutters, hack saws, reciprocating saws and/or electric grinders. In tests we have found PEWAG's trapezoidal cross section much more difficult to shear cut than our asian competitors lower quality, cheaper-to-manufacture hexagonal (6 sided) design. We use an oxy-acetylene torch to cut bulk material into one (1) meter lengths (39"). YouTube. You will not find anything like this at your local big orange box hardware store. PEWAG has produced the finest quality chains since 1730 (that’s 279 years of experience dealing with the bad guys). Chain is sheathed in anonymous black Cordura.
MONOBLOCK PADLOCK - Manufactured by the well known German company ABUS. Their model 82/70. Large enough to do the job, but small enough to tote around in your pack or under your seat. Hardened 12mm sliding shackle cannot be breached by bolt cutters once secured. Buy two or more and they can be Keyed Alike for max convenience. Demo of Lock on YouTube. Complete w/ 2 keys.This no-nonsense 5.5# chain is offered at a no-nonsense BikeRegistry price. Only $34.95 plus 44¢ for shipping via Priority Mail (3 day shipping) to anywhere in the USA. ; compact shipping box is 8 5/8"x5 3/8"x1 5/8". The BEST price on the net for the best case-hardened security chain and lock system. Now INCLUDES a BikeRegistry universal Decal Kit!  BUY IT HERE

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Impromptu TNR 022310 Ride Report

I didn't know if it would be work riding so I didn't formally schedule a TNR. I called Brett and asked him if he was interested in getting out for a ride. We headed out from Hudson up north through the neighborhoods past Morse to 161. We stopped at Taco Nazo for a taco and then headed north to Schrock. Took Schrock all the way across to High St. Down to 161 and then down the hill to the trail. The trail was clear all the way down to the Park of Roses where it became a mess. We walked over to a road that connected up with High Street. Down High Street to Duncan and back over to Hudson. 22.5 miles total. Temps in the low 30's.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Time's Up! for Critical Mass rides in New York - Bike Radar


By Kirsten Robbins
A federal judge has ruled that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) can now require bike groups, such as Critical Mass, to apply for a parade permit before taking to the city’s streets.
The ruling by Judge Lewis A Kaplan has caused upset among cycling advocates like Time's Up!, who believe it is another case of NYPD harassment against cycling groups – as famously caught on video during a Critical Mass ride in 2008.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

NAHBS 2009 photos - I went last year when the show was in Indy

Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show is this weekend


http://www.handmadebicycleshow.com/

Spring Roll Alleycat - Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The Spring Roll is a celebration of bicycles, the coming of springtime and delicious Asian food.

Meet at The Wall in Oakland (University of Pittsburgh campus, across from The Dirty O) on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 5pm. Bring $10, a bag and your bike. Racers will get an event t-shirt (while supplies last).

The afterparty will be hosted at Bike-PGH's new headquarters in Lawrenceville—3410 Penn Ave. Prizes will be supplied by Duro, PEONFX and Iron City Bikes. Post-race refueling and refreshments come courtesy of Urban Velo.



Facebook event page is here

Thursday, February 18, 2010

HOO HA RIDE GLIDE

The original skin and chamois cream formulated for women by women. Protects your most girlie parts from infection, chafing, friction burns, irritation, inflammation, and saddle sores. Provides healing and a lasting cool feeling so you enjoy the ride. Do apply to your nooks and crannies. Do apply to your chamois. Do apply to other skin areas where exercise chafing occurs. Enriched with barley extract, lavender, eucalyptus leaf, tea tree and peppermint oils. 8 fl oz/ (236.6ml)


buy it here

Recyclables Pickup via Bicycle

http://www.cowichanrecyclists.com/index.html
By using human power, Cowichan Recyclists is taking the next step in environmentally conscious recycling by removing polluting emissions from the pickup process.

Many businesses have recognized the sensibility of offering an idle-free service and have readily given their support.

That's why we've created the Cowichan Recyclists Green List - a compilation of local businesses who have made a move for the future and partnered with Cowichan Recyclists in removing emissions from their recycling pickup.

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Chain Love - a primo piece of cycling gear on our site at a scandalous price.


THE MISSION

Biking is your lifeblood, not your hobby, and you're not a millionaire (yet). You’re addicted, and Chainlove is here to help. We're the stone-cold pusher on your corner with the premium product at cut-rate prices. Our merchandise? Everything from the Tour to the North Shore, and we’re not afraid to take it off the back of a truck if our connect gets spooky. We’re talking completes, components, apparel, tools—just name your vice.
Here's how it goes down:
  • We slap a primo piece of cycling gear on our site at a scandalous price.
  • We sell it 'til it's gone.
  • You leave feeling like a smooth criminal.
  • The gear arrives fast and you're back in the saddle.
Sign up for Instant Alerts so you always know The Deal. But don't blame us if you overdose.

Who We Are

We clip in or mount up every chance we get, rain or shine, hot or cold. We sneak away at midnight just to stare at our secret two-wheeled lover. Carbon fiber parts and CNC-machined aluminum pivots make us sweat and shake like we're extras in Flashdance. We're always searching for the next high: the rush of breaking away from the pack, the ecstasy of that perfect stretch of single track, the burn in our body the day after. We live for the ride.

Abusers Beware:

Those who come falsely to Chainlove seeking monetary gain, take heed: our agents are many and our reach is long.
  • Each item has it's own per-household sale limit.
  • No resale. Anywhere.
Abuse will result in swift punishment of a most merciless nature.
You’ve been warned.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

London has Mobile Bicycle Mechanics


London Mobile Bike Mechanics

There is no need to go to a bike shop. Our expert Cycle2Job Mobile Mechanics can visit your home or workplace to service or repair your bike while you work. From minor repairs to full services, there is no problem too big or too small that our experienced team of Mobile Mechanics can’t fix. Our mechanics have a broad range of experiences from our Brompton specialist mechanic to road bike specialists. Of course, we do every type of bike including hybrids and other types of folders such as Mezzo and Dahon. Based in Central London and the City we can be with you in no time to fix your bicycle.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spokeless Bicycle - Gizmodo

Leave it to a bunch of engineering students at Yale to design a crazy spokeless bike. It's not the first spokeless bike we've seen, but it looks a lot more like a real bike than past models.

Only the back wheel is spokeless, but that's just because they only had a limited amount of time and money to build this. It would be pretty simple to do what they did to the back wheel to the front wheel. As for how it works: more...


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Showers Pass Club Convertible pants

  • 3 Layer durable and breathable waterproof Fabric
  • Fully seam taped
  • Articulated Knee with Lycra panel for lower leg ventilation
  • Traditional fly and elastic waist
  • 3M Reflective trim for 360 degree visibility
  • Compatible with Showers Pass Suspenders
  • Zippered Ankle for easy on-off over shoes
  • Hook and loop tabs at the ankle keep pants off the chain
  • Mesh lined side pockets with waterproof zippers
  • Easily convertible from Pants to Knickers via a hidden zipper


Fix up your bike! Roll has specials until February 28th


Level 1: fit to ride service package.  $59.00...On Sale Now! Just $29 until February 28th.
Our Level1 fit to ride package is designed to care for your bike and your body with the basic maintenance and roll: perfect fit adjustments to ensure a safe bike and comfortable riding. We inspect and adjust all major systems including braking, drive train and wheels, cleaning and lubricating all areas as we go to keep your bike adjusted and in ready to ride condition.
Level 2: fit to ride service package. $89.00...On Sale Now! Just $44 until February 28th.
Our Level2: fit to ride service package is designed with frequent use and performance in mind. In addition to the maintenance and roll: perfect fit services of our Level1 package, we fully remove and overhaul the drive train. Our Level2 package includes the installation of all new control cables to ensure smoother and crisper shifting and braking performance.
Level 3: fit to ride service package. $159...On Sale Now! Just $79 until February 28th.
Our Level3: overhaul is designed to ensure the performance and long life of your investment. First we tear down your bike to the frame, then we clean, inspect and lubricate all moving components before rebuilding your bike with new cable and housings to achieve like new performance. Our exclusive roll: perfect fit body scan and bike set up complete this comprehensive package.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ritchey sells a steel Breakaway Cross frame!


Break Away Cross Frame w/ roller case

  • Ritchey heat treated, Cro/moly butted steel tubing
  • Full size bike can be split apart to fit into travel case
  • 7 sizes 48-60cm (2cm increments)
  • Eyelets on rear drop outs for rack capacity
  • Carbon fork w/ alloy steer and Canti bosses
  • Case size: 8.5" W x 26.5"H x 31"L w/ wheels
  • Ritchey does not guarantee Airlines will not charge
  • 5.9 lbs Frame/Fork (56cm)
  • Protected by US Patent No. 6,886,844, EPO Patent 1298046 (validated in various EPO countries), Chinese Patent No. ZL200520113128.5 and Taiwanese Patent No. 192792 & 217716
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Build your own indoor wall rack - from Ikeahacker!


stolmen bike rack

i really like michael's idea for bicycle storage with the stolmen posts. i just wonder how easy it is to get the bikes up and down the pole. that's a workout in itself!

he says, "there are a lot bicycle storage/rack-systems on the market, but none of them met my expectations in function/style and price. i wanted to get 2 bikes on a wall in my apartment.

so i build one on my own. here's how it looks:




Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bike Lust: IF Steel Independence

Built for the long haul; the Independence is an expedition level, touring specific frame and fork. It’s extremely durable and equipped with all of the necessary options to handle a full load. The frameset features a heavy-duty tubeset, three water bottle mounts, a full set of rack and fender mounts (front and rear), and a pump peg. This frame is available in either steel or titanium and comes with an IF steel touring fork.

Frame/Fork PriceMSRP $2,100 (Steel)
MSRP $3,640 - (Titanium)
* Complete pricing depends on custom options and selected componentry.  Please consult a certified IF dealer for more details.



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Custom Mountain Frames: Justice Madison Cycles


From the website:
     
The first thing I do is ask you a lot of questions.  Then I will ask even more questions about your current bike and setup.  What you are looking for etc.  I can usually come up with a good idea for your Justice Madison geometry and then tell you how I arrived at that and we can tweak even more from there.

     Then we can decide if you want to run continuous housing on the rear end of bike or go with traditional cable stops? 

     Then we can pick a color for your Justice Madison to be painted.  It can be painted just about any color under the sun.  What you will appreciate as you bomb down your favorite trail is the zealous attention to detail I put into each frame.
   
     I weld the frames straight and do very little if any cold setting.  Lots of "cold sets" leave residual stress that could show up as misalignment after years and years of hard use.  Lots of builders will say "my way is the best way" and so on.  Let me put it like this.......Justice Madison frames are fine works of art intended to be ridden hard and provide years of service.

     Once we agree on a bike I take a deposit and get to work.  When your Justice Madison is ready we settle up and I get it to you.  Right now I can build you a custom hand made steel XC race frame for $1390.00 plus shipping (+ tax in TN).  The price includes a two color fade paint job (you pick the colors) and you get a t-shirt with it.
Payment Options-I require one third down and the rest upon completion.  Check, cash, money order or Pay Pal.

For Single Speed Slider disc dropouts add $75 to the cost of the frame.

For flame/smoke fade paint work add $75 to the cost of the frame. 

Can't (or won't) ride in the cold? Ride indoors at Ray's in Cleveland



website

614 Magazine Article: Winter Cycling


By Tom Over


When Old Man Winter's frosthammer pounds the fingers of novice winter cyclists against their handle bars, the veteran cyclist need not put the bike in the shed - some of Columbus's most intrepid cyclists ride all winter long.
Ken Cohen has been doing this longer than some of us have been alive. He is an instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Here's some information from an expert that might keep you on two wheels longer than you expected.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Carousel Design Works





Welcome to Carousel Design Works.

Purveyors of fine gear for ultralight bikepacking, endurance racing, winter riding, and lightweight touring. Innovators of lightweight rack-less packing systems for bicycle exploration, and the first name in custom bike bags.

Why go rack-less? It’s all about reducing weight, eliminating mechanical complexity, and making the riding fun. Equip a bike with our ultralight packs and a lightweight backcountry kit and it opens a door to a whole new world of riding possibilities. No heavy racks and bulky panniers to get in the way, and no trailer to tow like an anchor, means you can quit acting like a pack mule and actually enjoy the ride!

Look around. Carousel Design Works gear has become the choice of some of the finest self supported endurance athletes, clandestine backcountry trail ninjas, and discerning bike geeks around the globe. Whether you want to explore high alpine terrain, scorch Great Divide Route, or you simply make touring more fun by carrying less, Carousel Design Works can help you make it happen!



Hi, my name’s Jeff. All the gear you find here is borne from my desire to be able to explore on a bicycle as unencumbered as possible while enjoying the ride. This gear is handcrafted in my small shop, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. CDW gear is meticulously crafted to demanding standards then continually tested and refined by myself, and a collective of some great riders who are as nuts about bikepacking as I am. The equipment offered by CDW represents the continuing evolution of the lightweight touring system I’ve developed. A system that I felt so excited about, I couldn’t help but want to share it with others.

So take a look around. Maybe you’ll find something you like. Then get out and start exploring your world. We are all just passengers on this great carousel of life, so make the most of it and ENJOY THE RIDE!

Happy Trails!

Jeff Boatman
Owner

Monday, February 8, 2010

Grease Monkey Wipes


About Grease Monkey Wipes

Grease Monkey Wipes, a division of Kong Concepts LLC, was created by frustrated cyclists who wanted an easy, portable way to clean up after getting greasy from changing a flat tire.
Owners Tim Stansbury and Erin Whalen are committed to helping everyone, from cyclists to mechanics to motorists to moms, steer clear of grease and grime. Grease Monkey Wipes are the perfect solution for anyone who finds themselves in need of a heavy duty cleaning wipe that can be taken anywhere.
Tim has been an avid cyclist for 5 years and has participated in such events as the Oklahoma Freewheel, 24 Hours of Booty, LIVESTRONG Challenge, and Tour de Cure. When he's not busy saving the world from grease or out riding, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, dog and cheering on his beloved Ravens. Tim received his BBA and MBA from Oklahoma State University.
Erin shares a passion for entrepreunership and cycling, via the sport of triathlon. Her favorite Grease Monkey Wipes experience was cleaning her bike (and the bikes of her friends) before her first Ironman Triathlon. When she's not saving the world from grease, Erin can be found training, visiting art galleries and building toy robots. Erin received her BBA from the University of Texas.
Tim Erin
Enjoy the ride,
Team Grease Monkey Wipes

Newsflash: Two BikeStations opening soon!


But, not in Columbus

Bikestation Covina, CA is Coming Soon!
Courtesy of the City of Covina, the first 50 users to sign up will receive a free annual membership.  To take advantage of the new Bikestation Covina and see if you are one of the lucky first 50 click, “Join Now,” and go through the normal sign up process selecting a one year membership.  You will need to select a method of payment and include credit card information as requested to complete the enrollment process.  If you are one of the first 50 you will be notified via e-mail or phone and your fees will be refunded.  If you have any questions you can e-mail us at info@bikestation.com.  Even if you are not one of the first 50 to sign up, City of Covina Residents and users may qualify for special promotional pricing on monthly and yearly memberships.

Bikestation Covina is an unstaffed bike parking facility which provides twenty-four hour access to members only.

And Bikestation Claremont: Coming soon to the historic Claremont Metrolink Station

Kirk Precision Frames - Magnesium bike frames

Hi and welcome to the Kirk Biycles website!
This website came about following my fascination with the Kirk mountain bike and its unique design. I used to own a black Kirk Revolution and had very few problems with it (apart from being stopped all the time by curious passers-by). After a few years I decided to upgrade and modify the bike and the results were posted on my personal website, along with some of my other projects. Then, in 2005 I received an email from Frank Kirk himself, asking if I still had the bike and whether I would consider selling it. That took me by surprise, but a meeting was arranged and both the MTB and Racer were sold to a good home. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this site, feedback is always welcome, as is any further Kirk information.
I do have a number of Kirk Revolution front mech hangers available, but sadly I've run out of the ones for the rear.
Thanks. Simon Haydn.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

36th Mid Ohio Century is April 25th

36th Mid Ohio Century (MOC) - Budget Tour
Sunday, April 25th 7:30-9 a.m.
Mingo Shelter Building, Mingo Park, Delaware, OH. Roads will be marked and maps provided. Travel through Delaware, Morrow, and Marion Counties. Alum Creek Reservoir for all three routes and Scioto River for 100 mile return route. A beautiful scenic and traditional TOSRV warm-up. 35, 65, 100 miles. Fairly flat course with a few small hills. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Woody Barry 740-375-5906 wbarry333 AT verizon.net


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43rd SPOT is April 17th

43rd SPOT - Budget Tour
Saturday April 17th 7:30-9 a.m.
Cyclist Connection, 200 Cemetery Rd., Canal Winchester, OH. Start is off of 33 South towards Lancaster. Get off at 674/Gender Rd. exit. Left on Waterloo. 35 to 102 miles. Fairly flat course with a few small hills. Roads will be marked and maps provided. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Bob Allen 614-866-8698 rdavisallen AT earthlink.net
Donna Bush 614-837-6744 bikedonna AT sbcglobal.net


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38th Woodstock is April 10th

Saturday April 10th 7:30-9 a.m.
Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH.  Start is 1/2 mi north of Maxtown Rd on Tussic St in Westerville. Note the NEW starting location. 30/55/100 on relatively flat terrain. Roads will be marked and maps provided.  Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Tricia Kovacs & David Jeffords Bike_woodstock AT att.net 614-476-9093




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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour

Host:
Date:
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Time:
9:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
Wheeling Heritage Port

Description

4th Annual tour of the Wheeling Heritage Trail that celebrates the existing trail and gathers support and awareness for trail expansion.

Sling Power Technology by Slingshot Bikes

In every pedal rotation of a traditional bike design there is a "dead" portion in the power stroke where the rider is getting no benefit from the expended effort. With the Slingshot design, we have provided the most efficient use of pedal energy throughout the entire pedal revolution resulting in greater speed with the same expended energy. This difference is achieved as pedal energy is stored in the spring compression - then released at the "dead" portion of the pedal stroke, effectively increasing the length of the power stroke. Any energy not going directly to the rear wheel (forward power) is momentarily stored, returning 100% in the "dead" portion of the power stroke. This returned energy helps balance the power through the pedal stroke and reduces the effect of the dead spot. The net effect is what we call "Sling Power".
Here are the components that allow for the stored energy - release.

Dogbone Flexboard - Located just in front of the seatpost, this board provides independent mid-suspension. The Dogbone is self-aligning and replaceable.
Coil Spring - Located where the head and top join, this spring absorbs shock and stores pedal energy. Different color springs for different size riders. Green=extra strong, red=medium, black=soft.
Stainless Steel Cable - Attached to the coil spring and the bottom bracket, the cable links the front and rear frame components.
Another benefit of the spring, cable, fiberglass board relationship is that the Slingshot frame has the potential to turn every bump in the trail into forward motion. Every bump becomes a boost. This is achieved by utilizing the same stored energy concept explained above - with the added feature of the mid-suspension fiberglass board. When the rider hits a bump in the trail, the front of the bike will absorb the shock by compressing the spring and flexing the fiberglass board (suspension), temporarily increasing the bikes wheelbase. When the bike returns to its normal state, the Slingshot redirects the forces of trail shock into forward motion.

SlingPower is so noticeable - you won't need labratory equipment to detect it!