XYZ Cargo Trike in Berlin

A friend of mine texted me this pic from Berlin. It’s an XYZ Cargo Trike. XYZ is a company based in Copenhagen that emphasizes local and fair production “in a socially just and environmentally sustainable way”. The design’s seemingly rough execution belies its industrial design sophistication. The structure is bolted together in a space-frame construction from square-section aluminium tubing, requiring neither expensive raw materials nor environmentally messing processing/finishing. The trikes are available with several accessory kit option such as a canopy or cargo bed or electric-assist, and the company encourages DIY projects. You can buy these cargo trikes and also a long john style cargo bike in Copenhagen and Hamburg, but I guess maybe the company’s emphasis on local sourcing/manufacturing probably precludes them from shipping to the states…even though the modular construction should probably make it otherwise very practical….like buying a Ikea shelving system. XYZ also makes one and two-seater recumbents, the designs for which are available open source as a download from their site. The designs for cargo trike and bike designs are not available as a download, though the company has no problem with individuals copying the design for non-commercial uses.

By my eye, the owner of this XYZ Cargo Trike doesn’t have electric-assist but has added an FSA Metropolis 2sp crank to go with the Shimano internally-geared hub. I have to assume that the rear wheel is shod with one of those ridiculously stout Schwalbe Marathon something-something tyres (toooooo many Marathon variations to remember) that can basically roll over landmines without puncturing….because I can see that removing that rear wheel to change a flat would be a total bitch.

Rolling Coal Banned

coal roll

Having been coal rolled before and pretty much every cyclist riding in rural areas I know has been too, this is great news from TruckYeah. New Jersey just explicitly banned rolling coal. If this hasn’t happened to you on a ride, that’s when diesel owners modify engines/exhaust systems to spew soot and smoke onto cyclists, motorcycles, Prius owners, women, cops or anyone that doesn’t drive a big-ass truck like they do.

Around here we call it getting dusted.

Maybe they do it to other trucks too, like a diesel-powered, smokestack love in? Don’t know, but it’s already banned by the EPA. Not one for more laws on the books, but yes this practice should be explicitly banned everywhere. This being ‘merica of course, truck owners defend the rights and free speech of a few of them to roll coal.

Here’s what it looks like

PRO Tip: if a big truck rolls up next to you, stop pedaling, and cause a premature or coal roll misfire…. Groups I’ve been with have done that too. Nothing pissed a coal roller off more than seeing that soot just float away.

Giro Spectator Crash

boo

Unconfirmed what type bike it was or the proper label for the person who decided to join the Giro yesterday, but here’s video and it starts around :10 from the planters. Read it was a dickhead, hipster fixie, cruiser, maybe it was a vacationer? But like a crash-causing, cat 5 vapor, he/she is gone.

As Mark V noted on Facebook

Last time a fixed gear bike was in the Giro was a decade ago when Aussie Stuart O’Grady tried to win the 1.15km prologue with basically a kilometer time trial track bike with brakes (he didn’t win, but he didn’t cause a pileup either).


We’re reminded of that one time at the Redmond Derby, a kid just wanted to race and everyone thought he jumped into it.

Hirose, Handmade Derailleur

Derailer

As I parse more marketing language from one of the big 3 bicycle component manufacturers into a Bike Hugger blog post, my mind drifts to a handmade derailleur by C.S. Hirose.

The imaginary vignette continues to a pilgrimage ride, where a bike is handmade too, and it’s ridden along the coast, after asking Mr. Hirose about his favorite route(s).

Hirose Retro

In a jersey pocket, I carry a Hozan tool, to disassemble the bike, and pack it up for the eventual trip back home.

The feeling of changing gears, changing attitudes, priorities, riding styles, and the technology is the theme for issue 24, dropping next month. Also, the romance of pedaling away from all the troubling news of the world and into another one like C.S Hirose’s bike shop. The current issue, number 23, is about momentum.

Available on iTunes and the Web, magazine annual subscriptions are $16; individual issues are $4.

Gear: Bontrager Flare R

flare r

Rode with a Bontrager Flare R, a daytime visibility taillight, on a sunny day in Seattle yesterday and yep, it’s that bright. When Trek announced the Flare, I posted on it

With gray skies, changing weather, and traffic I’m usually blinking most days, and early evenings, until the sun sticks around for more than a few hours during the Summer.

And wow we’ve got a 65 lumens option, I’m running that too. Here’s a Vine from the ride, showing on bright it is.


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