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Mario Kart Bike Lane

August 24th, 2010 [print] No comments

Some clever person has turned the Williams Avenue bike lane in Portland, OR, into a Mario Kart race track.  If the City is as cool as they pretend to be, hopefully they’ll just leave it alone and let everyone enjoy the upgrade.

Via YouTube

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Wall of Bikes

August 19th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

More clever than another vinyl sign:  a bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany, advertises themselves by mounting their entire inventory of 120 bicycles on the exterior wall of their store.  Shop co-owner Christian Peterson, the man who came up with the great marketing ploy, is certainly a genius.

Bicycle Wall - Image via Reuters

Via Flavorwire

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EighthInch Butcher Frame

August 16th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

Awhile back, EighthInch mentioned they were working on a cyclocross frame for this year.  Well, today they’ve released a sneak preview of their new Butcher freestyle frame, but is this the cyclocross frame they had talked about before?

Sidenote:  "sneak peak" apparently means releasing specs and nearly a dozen HQ photos of the frame.  They seem to have a lot to learn from the auto industry.

Anywho, here’s some info on the frame:

– Sizing: 50, 53, 56, 59cm
– Double Butted 4130 Chromo
– 45/45 Integrated Headset
– Mid Bottom Bracket
– Removable 990 Brake Mounts
– Removable Cable Mounts
– 700×45 Tire Clearance (maybe more)
– Bar Spin Clearance In All Sizes
– Includes Mid-BB and Integrated Headeset
– ESTIMATED STREET PRICE – FRAME ONLY: $300 FRAME+FORK $350

Oh, and here’s a profile photo:

EighthInch Butcher - Click for larger image

Now, tell me that doesn’t look like a singlespeed cyclocross frame to you.  If that’s the case, it looks like an excellent frame, although I’m not sure I’m too happy about the mid bottom bracket (it uses press-fit bearings instead of a standard threaded bottom bracket).  The integrated headset is a nice touch, though, as are the butted tubes and extra gussets aft of the head tube.

If this isn’t the CC frame, then it’s at least a great platform for it.  I wouldn’t mind seeing disc brake braze-ons and a normal BB shell on that bike should it still be in the development phase, though.

For more info and pics, check out their blog:  Butcher Sneak Peak

Lunartic Cycle – Hubless Wheel

August 14th, 2010 [print] No comments

Designer Luke Douglas is showing off a concept bike he came up with as an entry for the James Dyson Awards.  The bike, which is still in the early prototype stage, uses a tiny front wheel for maneuverability (I’ll complain about this momentarily) and a much larger rear wheel for stability.  The rear wheel has a toothed drive, which sends power through the rear wheel rim, totally negating the use of spokes.  The overall design is a bit awkward compared to typical 700c bikes, but it looks like it might work over the long run.

Lunartic Cycle

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Friday Links

July 29th, 2010 [print] No comments

I’m going to try to get in the habit every Friday of posting links I find throughout the week.  It’ll go a lil’ sumthin like this:

 

Traffic Master Jersey via Cyclelicious

Great things about to come from Sette Bikes via MtnBikeRiders

Shop Updates and Projects via Winter Bicycles

The Vintage Mountain Biker via Singletracks

Loving the Bike T-shirts via Lovingthebike

Felt 2011 road bikes via BikeRadar

Dave Weagle Awarded Split Pivot Patent via BikeRadar

Bishop Bikes’ Photostream via Flickr

Creating an Off-Road Conversion via 650B Palace

Michelin Tire Sweepstakes via Lovingthebike

 

I’ll try to get a longer list next time, but it’s time to get some sleep.

 

Edit:  back with more links…

Bicycle via Hyperbole and a Half

Proposed Bike Path Restaurant Inaccessible by Automobile via Wisconsin State Journal

Floyd Landis: ‘I Saw Armstrong Using Drugs’ via Fanhouse

and… Cycling Fans Root for Dopers to Get Caught via The New York Times

Monkey Light via MonkeyLectric

 

Okay, done for reals this time.

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EighthInch Scrambler V3

July 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

I’m really happy with my EighthInch Scrambler V2 road frame–great compliancy, stiff bottom bracket, strong, but on the heavy side–but now its replacement is coming (not for me; I plan to build my own frame eventually).  Today, EighthInch opened up pre-order sales for the new, improved Scrambler V3 frameset for $170.

EighthInch Scrambler V3 - Click for larger image

The new frame has laser-cut drop-outs, as opposed to the stamped ones on the V2.  It also comes with rear brake cable mounts, which the V2 lacks completely.  Instead of using typical braze-ons, though, they’re using the type you normally find on mountain bikes for attaching hydraulic brake lines (like this), that require full brake housings and a zip-tie.  Either system works fine, but I prefer the typical type of braze-on, where you don’t have to run full housings, and save a few grams of weight.  The upside to using full housings, though, is that your cables stay cleaner if you ride in wet conditions.

The V2 came in satin black or glossy white, but the V3 adds Raw to the color mix.  If you don’t drool at the sight of a raw steel frame (w/ clearcoat), then I pretty much don’t want to be your friend.  The downside is, clearcoat doesn’t stick to steel as well as primer and paint do, so you’ll have to keep an eye on it or risk eventual rust.

Check out the EighthInch blog for more info or to get a pre-order in:  http://eighthinch.wordpress.com/

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Show-Me State Games MTB Race Canceled

July 24th, 2010 [print] No comments

Canceled

We got hit with rain the night before the mountain bike race, so park officials have canceled the race.  It sucks for me, since I’ve been planning to have this be my first race for an entire year now.  But, it also sucks for all the racers who traveled to Columbia, MO from around the state, only to have to drive back tomorrow without having had a fun race.  I guess I’ll see you all out there next year, and maybe the weather will be a little more cooperative.

I headed out there tonight–the night before the event–to see how well the trail had been cleaned up over the previous week.  The park crew did an excellent job re-routing parts of Deer Run trail that had been damaged due to fallen trees, as well as a swelling creek that has come a little too close to the edge of the trail.  I was really impressed with the effort, since they’ve apparently worked O.T. just to get everything in order; even more so considering we’ve had triple-digit heat indexes over the same time period every single day.

In the middle of my ride, I came up on the Walt’s crew as they marked the race course, and Sarah–the race commissioner–said she hoped she wasn’t putting the markers up in vain.  Twenty minutes later, the trail went extremely dark, thunder picked up in the near distance, and an out-of-town racer and I left the rest of the crew to head to our cars.  I hopped in mine literally the second a monsoon hit, flipped on the A/C, dried off, and waited for the rain to back off enough that I could see past the nose of my car.  I finally drove home at half the posted speed limit, barely able to make out the roads, disappointed that I missed what would have been my first race, but glad that I had a thrilling final practice ride.

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Tato CSSB Commuter Bike

July 21st, 2010 [print] No comments

Upstart Swiss bicycle maker, Tato, has revealed a new commuter bike with a cool solution for carrying your stuff.

Instead of using a messenger bag, backpack or pannier system, they’ve designed a frame with room inside the front triangle that’s large enough for a briefcase, laptop, or anything else that can fit the 15.75" x 12.5" x 3.75" slot.  The top tube is a split design–called Central Storage System for Bikes, or CSSB–allowing you to just slip your cargo into the frame and ride off.

The $1,500 bike comes with a Shimano Deore drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and your choice of rigid or suspension fork.  Personally, I’d like to see more aggressive road bike geometry and a drop bar (or bullhorns), and rear axle dropouts that allow for a singlespeed set-up.  That aside, it’s a pretty interesting concept, and I wouldn’t be surprised if smaller builders mimicked the split top tube (it can’t possibly be patentable, can it?).

Tato Commuter Bike - http://tato.li/cssb/

Tato Commuter Bike - http://tato.li/cssb/

Link:  http://tato.li/cssb/

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Specialized In It To Win It

July 11th, 2010 [print] No comments

Not to be outdone by Trek, Specialized is also doing a giveaway promo during the Tour de France.  Instead of complete bikes, they’re giving away 21 framesets over the next three weeks.

To enter, however, you have to stop by your authorized Specialized dealer each day to pick up a Rider Card, which has a code number on it.  You then log on to Specialized’s website and enter your information, along with the code on the card.

What this means is, if your authorized dealer is a long drive away, or you’re too busy to get there each day to pick up a card, you’re pretty much out of the game.  I think this is a pretty stupid way to do a promotion, and maybe they’ll get their shit straight next year and do it right.

http://iamspecialized.com/inittowinit/

Specialized In It To Win It - http://iamspecialized.com/inittowinit/

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Trek Dream Bigger Giveaway

July 11th, 2010 [print] No comments

Stop whatever you’re doing and don’t enter Trek’s Dream Bigger bike giveaway.  Last year, I sorta got screwed out of winning any prizes in Trek’s giant WOW! promo because none of my local bike shops were involved.  All the while, my buddy in Ohio practically got the CEO’s first born… or at least a some water bottles and other crap.

If no one enters this year, it raises my chances of not only winning, but of shoving it in all your faces, too.

Starting on July 16th, they begin drawing prizes for 10 days in a row, but you can only win if you get started collecting game plays now.  So, don’t click the following link, and absolutely don’t sign up to win.  Thanks.

http://trekbikes.promo.eprize.com/dreambigger/

Trek Dream Bigger Giveaway - http://trekbikes.promo.eprize.com/dreambigger/

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