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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Frankenbike 50 is Sunday, September 4th 2011

The Frankenbike 50

Date: Sunday, September 4th 2011
Location: Stoney Creek Rd. Scioto Trails State Park Start area is at the forest office/maintance area.
Time: HIGH NOON (12...)
Cost: We just ask for a small donation of $2-10 to cover map and sign costs.
2010 Race Map (8.1mb PDF) We're going to add about 3-4 miles to the 2011 course...
What is it?
The FrankenBike50 (or FB50) is a bike tour or race depending on who you ask. It's meant to to be a fun test of your overall abilities. It will be about 50% dirt/gravel forest roads, 30% paved road and 20% singletrack. It will have some great climbing, fun downhills and beautiful views of southern Ohio. It will have technical sections, flat boring road sections, long hills, a hike a bike, and it will probably hurt a little.
Where is it?
In and around the Scioto Trails State park and forest. About an hour south of Columbus, Ohio.
Is it a cross race? A mountain bike race? A road race? What the heck?
None of the above really. It's a 'franken bike' ride. It's a little bit cross bike friendly, a little bit mountain bike friendly and a little bit road friendly. Frankenbike/Monster Cross, something like that. Maybe a rigid mountain bike, maybe a cross bike with fatter tires and a lower gear.
Can you ride any of the above bikes?
heck yeah, there's no rules except don't cheat, play dirty or cut the course.
yeah, about 50 miles give or take. Expect a long day. We'll have some drinks and checkpoints all around the course. It's going to be epic (at least we hope.)
How's the course?
The course will be kept secret until race day. When you sign up, you'll get a map and a checkpoint card. You'll need to compete all checkpoints in the correct order to finish the ride (and stay on course - we'll have spys no wise stuff!). The course will be marked with signs but not closed so be careful! and bring your climbing gears.
Climbing Gears?
Yeah! Believe it or not there's some great hills in Scioto Trails state forest and we've worked hard to try to find them all. I (andy) can climb them all with no problem in a 32x32. JD likes to ride a 38x32 and Mason is rocking the single speed 39x17. We all agree there's some tough climbing and have all had to dismount on a few sections.
What goes up goes down?
The downhills are great. We have a few on dirt/gravel roads and a few on singletrack. One is pretty technical but most are easily do-able on a cross bike and all are great fun. Most of the trails aren't very technical but sometimes the horses destroy small sections of the trail which makes it VERY bumpy for a few yards. But in general the trails have been smooth and crossbike friendly.
What class should I ride in? 
Class? What you thinkin? this is some stinkin road race? No classes. Mass start. One winner, one prize. Do it for the fun, do it for the adventure, not to win some stupid 'class'.
Aid Stations?
We'll have 4 water stations on course, but they'll have only water. You'll come through the start/finish a little after 1/2 way, so you can grab any food you might need. I think the winners time will be around 3:30ish.
Does that answer everything? If not send me (Andy) and email...

Classic Rendezvous - Dedicated to Lightweight Vintage Bicycles, circa 1900~1983.

The purpose of this not-for-profit site is to encourage those interested in enjoying and preserving vintage lightweight "racing" style bicycles of the period from the early 20th century until 1983. These are primarily steel, most often lug built, not welded, injection molded, or glued. Here we are devoted to road and pista machines, not mountain bikes, BMX, recumbent, middle weights nor balloon-tired bikes. Those bikes have merit, but are not "on topic" for the Classic Rendezvous. Our goals are:

1.) identification of makers
2.) publishing images of original bicycles & their components
3.) providing key information about the makers & their history
4.) listing resources
5.) offering camaraderie among the enthusiasts.

Please contribute any information or illustrations you might have. Corrections are gratefully accepted. Updates are constantly being made to as new material become available. The most recent changes can be located by the small update note in each section.

Tokyo Fixed visits Nitto

Tokyo Fixed visits Nitto from Tokyo Fixed on Vimeo.

Nitto is probably the last handlebar and stem manufacturer of its kind still in business. We all marvel at the gleaming quality and craftsmanship of their products but very few people get to glimpse into the workings of the company. Last year I was lucky enough to visit their factory and office to discuss collaborating on a few handle bar and stem ideas. Here are some videos from my visit.

Secret Drink Mix

“Everything Popular is Wrong” 
- Oscar Wilde
Over the last few years we went to what many would consider unreasonable lengths and incurred extensive personal costs to produce a drink that we never intended to sell and were never allowed to promote, just so that we could better hydrate our athletes and friends without making them sick. It’s just that simple.
Our athletes compete in events like the Tour de France and the Olympics, and are often paid to use their sponsor’s drink but secretly use ours instead. They’re also our friends and our family – people who want a sports drink based in science that actually works in the real world, not one that is full of synthetic crap.
Try X, change your experience, and share the secret. A rogue bootstrapped website is just the beginning.

NuVinci CVP Hub - Choose your gear

NuVinci® Overview
The patented NuVinci technology developed by Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) is the most practical, economical and universally adaptable continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission for human-powered and motor-powered vehicles and machines. The NuVinci CVP is ideally suited for applications in many major industries including bicycles, light electric vehicles, tractors, automobiles, trucks, and utility class wind turbines among others.

The NuVinci transmission uses a set of rotating and tilting balls positioned between the input and output components of a transmission that tilt to vary the speed of the transmission. 
Tilting the balls changes their contact diameters and varies the speed ratio. As a result, the NuVinci CVP offers seamless and continuous transition to any ratio within its range, thus maximizing overall powertrain efficiency, with no jarring or shocks from the shifting process, and improving acceleration, performance and overall vehicle efficiency over conventional transmissions.
When compared to traditional continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), the NuVinci CVP is less complex, has considerably fewer parts, offers more stable control and scalability across product lines, is better packaged, and is less expensive to manufacture and assemble .

Distinguishing the NuVinci CVP from Traditional CVTs.
There is a clear distinction between Fallbrook's NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) drive and more traditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) technologies. A CVT is a transmission that is infinitely variable between its high and low range as opposed to a conventional geared transmission where the number of speed ratios between high and low is limited by the number of gears.

The CVT has been called the "holy grail" of transmissions because it eliminates the multiple gears, shifting clutch and many other parts found in conventional transmissions. In place of gears, most CVTs use one or more cones, discs, balls, belts, toroids or other shaped devices for gradually changing ratios. These geometric shapes allow the input or output contact points on any particular device to vary in diameter, thus changing the input to output speed.

The use of CVTs has not become widespread due to multiple problems inherent in traditional designs. These problems include shifting control difficulties, poor efficiency, scalability challenges, questionable reliability and durability, high cost, and other factors.
The NuVinci CVP represents a quantum leap forward over other CVTs as well as conventional mechanical transmissions.  These advantages include:
Higher torque density
Smaller size/weight
Easily scalable
More adaptable and versatile
Improved overall performance
Easy to package (less space required)
Lower manufacturing and maintenance costs
How the NuVinci Transmission Works 

The NuVinci CVP is continuously variable and infinitely applicable to almost any product using mechanical power transmission. NuVinci technology combines the advantages of a toroidal traction CVT with the time-proven versatility of the planetary gear arrangement. It uses rolling traction to transfer torque, just as do toroidal transmissions. However, unlike toroidal CVTs, it distributes the transmitted torque over several spheres in an inherently stable configuration, thus lowering total clamping force required and significantly improving durability, control stability, and torque density.
This arrangement makes the NuVinci transmission the only practical CVT to combine the smooth, continuous power transfer of a CVT with the utility of a conventional planetary gear drive. Torque inputs can be summed or divided, just as in a conventional planetary. Ratio control is stable, and can be actuated down the center line of the transmission, which again is similar to the proven planetary transmission. Part shapes are simple and relatively easy to manufacture,  and in most applications, there is no need for power-robbing, high-pressure hydraulics.
The NuVinci CVP reduces energy consumption, such as fuel, through its seamless speed changing characteristics, allowing the power input such as a gasoline engine to operate in its most efficient speed range. Overall, the NuVinci CVP’s mechanical and manufacturing characteristics improve performance and reliability while reducing costs over traditional CVTs and stepped transmissions.
As a result, the NuVinci CVP can potentially replace the planetary gear automatic transmission in most mechanical devices.

The Phenomenal Success of Capital Bikeshare

The Phenomenal Success of Capital Bikeshare from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

[Yes Magazine article]

PumpTire - Self Pressurizing bicycle tire

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PumpTire is commercializing the first self-pressurizing bicycle tire. Imagine taking your bicycle out of the garage and never having to fill up the tires or even check the pressure. Or imagine yourself being able to change your tire pressure on-the-fly with a simple adjustment from the handlebars. PumpTire is developing both of these systems. The self-inflating, self-adjusting technology is incorporated directly into the tire and is compatible with current rims, making it a simple addition to any bicycle.


New Product Bean Spillage Commences… now

It's that time of year when all the hard work of the design and engineering chipmunks becomes real honest-to-goodness bike parts. We're real proud of all the new bits and we hope you'll dig them too. They'll all be displayed at the two big bicycle industry trade shows coming up here shortly: Eurobike (picture lots of faux-hawks, strategically bleached tight jeans, and bike parts) and at Interbike (picture lots of goatees, baggy shorts, dudes saying "Brah!", and bike parts.) We wanted you to have a glimpse first - because we love you and would like a chance to get you in the back seat of our very large Amercian car.

So, what's the overall outlook? Sexy! (in the way that a Swiss Army Knife is sexy - or in the way that a really good pair of work boots is sexy).

We've got two new frames to show in the Ogre and the Moonlander. The Long Haul Trucker will now have a disc brake option for those of you so inclined. We've got new complete versions of the Troll, the Moonlander, and a new Pugsley build to augment the current one (that means they'll both be available.) There are a couple of new tire choices for yinz fat bike enthusiasts out there and we've made some changes to many of our current bike and frame models. Also new: The Long Haul Trucker and the Ogre will come in XXL - 24" for the Ogre and 64cm for the LHT. We've got Clownshoes, Black Floyds, MWODs, Nates, Marge Lites, Lady Fingers, Black Cats, Whistling Bung Holes, Husker-Dus, Husker-Don'ts (with or without the scooter stick!), and lots of good old American Chaos to spread over the whole sandwich.

Take my hand and we'll stroll through the new things - together...

Let me see the goods! -->

Friday, August 26, 2011

STOLEN BIKE(S) ALERT: Puch and Nishiki

From the owner:  Bikes stolen from E Maynard, and may be in the 150 block of Clinton Ave. A friend thought that he spotted it last night in the Weiland Park area.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Salsa Fargo - great looking bike packing bike!

Fargo Complete

The Fargo is our drop-bar, off-road adventure bike.
Despite developing a cult of adoring fans, the Fargo remains a bit of a bicycling anomaly: a disc brake only, drop bar mountain bike designed for off-road touring.
Now suspension-corrected for 80mm travel forks, the Fargo lets the user choose whether to run rigid or with front suspension.
Drop bars provide multiple hand positions for long days on singletrack, path, or roadway. A full compliment of braze-ons on the frame and fork allow for both front and rear racks and fenders. The investment cast chainstay-mounted disc brake mount is conveniently tucked out of the way, eliminating accessory mounting interference. Load as much or as little gear as you choose for your next adventure.
Five water bottle cage mounts help keep you hydrated on a long journey. The sloped toptube allows plenty of standover clearance for those fully-loaded starts and stops.
The Fargo is designed to take you wherever it is you wish to go. Throw a dart at a map, make some plans, load up your gear, and hit the dirt.

Custom frame bags from The Porcelain Rocket

3/4 kit.
Main Framepack.
Seatstay pack.
Handlebar System.
About a 3/4 kit for an Amazon-sized Surly Big Dummy headed for some South American jungle touring.
It’s been a wild Spring… just starting to catch my breath…

EVOC bike travel bag


Bike travel bag for trips by plane, car, or train. No matter if roadbike, XC-, FR-, DH- or enduro bike- everything is safely stored ready-to-go within mere minutes. Only the handlebar, the pedals and the wheels need to be dismounted.

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1. 100% protection
2. Quickly packed
3. Easy to handle

W8 600 g
S130 cm x 80 cm x 27 cm (inside: 128 cm x 78 cm x 25 cm)
MP 600/D PU coated, Tarpaulin

  • Bike travel bag for trips by plane, car or train
  • Fits all DH-, FR-, XC-, and ROAD-Bikes
  • Full protection, quickly packed and easy to carry

  • Fits also for 29“
  • Reinforced axis push-through protection
  • Front GFK reinforcement
  • Including frame cushion pad

Reinforced fork adapter: the tubes are supplied with two extra buckles and padding which are mounted on a rigid-foam block; the fork ends are provided with double protection from below by means of a specially reinforced plastic plate.
Extra wide carriage: tilt-protected, impact-resistant carriage with durable, soft skate wheels and sealed bearings.
Side wheel compartments: pressure and impact are distributed to the tyres and rims by means of tube struts, so the brake disks are protected from warping.
Fits for MTB and roadbike

[EVOC website]

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Well at least what it cost us.

At first, the idea to build our own touring bikes was both exciting and daunting. We researched for days (ok, weeks) to find out what would work for us. We found lists compiled on other tourers’ sites to be a valuable resource along with their reviews of various parts. We gathered all the information we could to pick and choose the components that have worked well for others while building a bike that suited our demands of our touring transportation.

So now we have our own list to add, detailing all the parts we used, specific specs. and the price we paid (including tax and shipping where applicable). We hope that the information and cost breakdown provided below can provide some insight for other aspiring tourists.

There are also a few points to keep in mind to help explain why we chose what we chose...

Read on -->

Earthquakes: one more reason to ride your bike

Capital Bikeshare in high demand after East Coast Earthquake, photo by Camera Slayer, Flickr

If yesterday’s East Coast earthquake and the subsequent scramble to get home taught us anything, it may be that there is no better vehicle in emergency situations than the bicycle. As traffic in downtown DC was bumper to bumper at 3:00 in the afternoon, bicyclists navigated fairly smoothly through the jammed streets, smiling and waving to each other.

League Communications Director Meghan Cahill helped several people rent Capital Bikeshare bikes yesterday afternoon. Later, “two Australian tourists came up to me at a traffic light and said ‘Where’d you get that bike, we have to get out of here,’” Cahill said, “I explained where to find a station and what to do. They ran off saying ‘Cheers, mate!’”

Meanwhile, we keep hearing stories about the grueling experiences so many people had getting home.

In all seriousness, walking and biking are often the best modes in unusual situations, including terror attacks, transit strikes, extreme weather, and yes earthquakes. The ability of large numbers of people to evacuate quickly is one of many reasons that non-motorized accommodations are so important on bridges.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Brothers Drake Meadery joins Bike the C-Bus 2011 as rest stop! And donated raffle items!

Brothers Drake Meadery has joined Bike the C-Bus 2011 as a rest stop. You will be able to check out their location AND get a chance to win a bottle of Honey Oak mead and four glasses in the raffle! Thank you for the support!

The EARLY BIRD registration has been extended to August 26th, so get registered today and save $5, plus get into the raffle.

A New Breed of Lawyers Focuses on Bicyclists’ Rights [Yeah, Steve Magas!]

Christian Hansen for The New York Times
ON THE JOB Steve Vaccaro, a lawyer at Rankin & Taylor, biking from his office on Broadway to Midtown to meet with a community organization that has taken a stand against cyclists.

AT the law firm Rankin & Taylor, everybody’s a cyclist.

One recent day, the lawyers there parsed bike-law issues, like “dooring zones” and when is it legally acceptable to ride outside a designated lane, while downstairs, each of their bikes were expertly locked to a scaffold along Broadway in TriBeCa.
The small firm is preparing to bring a class-action suit against New York City on behalf of cyclists over summons handed out for what it contends are phantom violations — bike behavior that it says is not illegal in the city. It is another sign that New York’s bike fights are moving from the streets to the courtroom.
When it comes to bike law, it seems, the wheels of justice no longer grind slowly. Since a ticketing blitz early this year, cyclists in New York have faced stepped-up police enforcement of red-light and other, less-obvious rules, like having adequate lights or not riding with earphones in both ears.