Cyclocross wheels: Hed is ready for a disc revolution

Hed centre-lock disc hub

I finished out the cyclocross season on a set of Tufo Flexus tires glued up to Hed Stinger4 wheels. I had a Tufo’s all-conditions “Primus” tread on the back and the mud-specific “Cubus” up front. I really liked that combination. I like the front to have a lot of traction and my cornering technique has inexplicably sharpened (historically I sucked at mtb riding) to the point where I actually slide my rear tire on purpose in the turns. Deep mud was the only thing that overwhelmed the Primus tread on the rear, but my relatively light weight and technique compensates. The Hed Stinger4 wheels are NOT designed for cyclocross, but I loved them. The new Stinger5 is specifically cleared for cross; I wouldn’t have problems recommending that rim to anyone. However, Hed’s fat, toroid shape (like the latest from Zipp) that works so great for aerodynamics with skinny road tires complicates brake setup for cross bike; I had to belt sand my pads down so that the cantilever brakes could open up enough for mud clearance.

Yet next cross season may potentially be the year that disc-brakes take over, in which case setting up rim brakes will be irrelevant. And Hed is ready: these pix are from Interbike. That’s a Stinger5 with my fave Tufo tires and Center-lock type disc mounts. Actually, I’m terribly pleased that Hed chose to go with Center-lock. Six-bolt seems stupid in comparison to the ease/speed of installation of Center-lock.

Hed cyclocross wheels

Suffer Faces Tee

Chris Mahan will handprint shirts for our Holiday Party attendees next week with this new Suffer Faces artwork.

Handprinted at our Holiday Party and the cost is $15.00. This tee is a one-time, exclusive run. Click through for the full size.

Get Your Suffer Faces Tee

Show up at our party, throw your cash down, and Mahan will use his t-making machine to make you a shirt.

2nd Annual Holiday Party: For the Love of the Bike

Last year it was for the Love of Bikes tee, and this time Suffer Faces

While admiring yourself in a warm, freshly-printed shirt, drink some free beer, eat apps, and check the Biologic gear we’re bringing in for the trunk sale.

Party Details

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Reunited and it Feels So Good

This story by Captain Hairdo is so good, I’ll just let him tell it.

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A stolen and recovered cargo bike Photo: Matthew Rogers

Sometime between midnight and 3am on November 26th, The AoB was stolen from my home. By early Sunday afternoon- with the help of social media and many friends, I had recovered it. I had expected that, if I ever got it back, it would be trashed. The only damage though is the board you see in the middle of the cargo deck; someone had attached a Christmas tree to that board and then nailed it to the cargo deck. The Christmas tree was, ironically, a key factor in my getting the bike back: the person who had it when I found it (claims he bought it on the street and was not the thief) had been cruising around the Lloyd District with the tree nailed on it trying to sell the tree. A woman took a picture of that outside of a Safeway thinking it was just funny, and posted it to facebook. Within moments a friend of a friend recognized it, got in contact with me, I put out a request on my profile, and a small army of awesome friends quickly descended on the Safeway. We didn’t find him, but we got a bunch of information from people who were there. The next day, several friends and I met there again to look for the bike. My friend Risa asked a guy if he’d seen it, it turned out he had it, and I was able to get it back (thanks, Risa Dale!)

All of this, from the theft to recovery, took place in less than 36 hours. That I got it back was completely due to friends getting the information and pictures out on social media and to the help of my friends and caring strangers (as of yet, the Portland Police Bureau has not responded to my stolen bike report). Many of my friends stepped up to help, as did many caring strangers- several of whom are now new friends. It seemed that people were coming out of the woodwork and bending over backwards to help. That’s what community is all about- friends taking care of friends! I am humbled by and very thankful for the generosity and caring of this galvanized community. And that I have my bike back! I hope I will be able to, in some small way, repay the kindness, caring, and generosity shown to me during this situation.

Schwalbe Ultremo ZX: An Even Better Fav Tire

As Cross season winds down, we’ll get back to the road, urban soon with new tires from Schwalbe.

The Ultremo ZX is a racing tire with flat protection. It’s our favorite clincher tire that just got better with more grip for the wet and cornering when racing or dropping your bros on the weekends. We run these on Hed’s C2 wheelsets.

Why do we like Ultremos so much? Cause they’re legend ‘round here.

Review: Hiplok; Wearable Bike Lock

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Evidence A: It is generally known that hardened steel chains with small, well-engineered locks are the tops for bicycle security. A super hard chain link is too much for bolt cutters and the small lock (unlike a U-lock) can’t be leveraged apart.

Evidence B: Bike locks/chains are heavy.

Evidence C: Using hips/waist to support heavy things is convenient and less fatiguing.

Ladies and gentleman, I present Hiplok , the wearable bike lock. As many of the best products are, Hiplok is pretty simple in concept. It consists of a chain, a lock that doubles as a belt buckle, and a woven nylon cover with a velcro strap. The chain is a square-section to resist cutters and hardened steel so saws don’t bite in. The thick nylon cover sheaths the chain, preventing it from scratching your bike’s finish and making Hiplok more comfortable as it wraps around your torso. A flush headed bolt/nut secures each end of the cover to keep the chain ends easily reachable. The lock is basically a large padlock with a disc-type lock mechanism, a similar mechanism to the best from Kryptonite and On-Guard. However, the lock has a stout plastic cover with a loop for the covers velcro strap to link. You simply feed the velcro strap through the buckle loop and secure the strap back onto the cover’s velcro.

Just so you know, Hiplok isn’t the same as buying a regular padlock and length of chain at the hardware store and locking it around your waist. Hiplok is safer in that it doesn’t actually lock to your waist at all; the nylon and velcro do that. And strapping on Hiplok is much faster and is easily adjustable, even while riding. Oh, and just in case it wasn’t obvious: even though your wear Hiplok like a belt, it can’t replace a belt to hold up your pants because it won’t fit through the belt loops of most pants.

I’m normally a U-lock kind of person, but my low position on the bike and high cadence don’t allow me to stick a mini-u in my pocket as is the fashion. I wanted a Hiplok because I could wear the lock and not need a bag to carry it if I just wanted to go bar hopping or something. Sometimes I just don’t want to carry my messenger bag with me everywhere….what if I drink too much to keep track of it? My system is cargo pants to keep safe my wallet, phone, and keys, and Hiplok to keep my bike safe.

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