San Jose Bike Party and Blinking Man
by Byron on Apr 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM
Like Blinking Man and our Mobile Socials, the San Jose Bike Party is about food, music, fun and, of course, bicycles. Stanford Journalism reports from San Jose ride in the video above and Nite Walk is in Vegas.
Tonight, a mere half block from my memories, I am blinking along with around 300 others now, surrounded by all manner of bicycle art, streamers, blinkers, wrapped neon, flags and reflectors. Large disco light towers are dumped into an attached carriage and flash to the rhythms of the music. One bicycle is covered with a real ram’s skull and full skeleton, another looks like Strawberry Shortcake puked rainbows all over it. There are low rider bikes, high rider bikes, scooters, mopeds, tricycles, mountain bikes, racing bikes and more.
The Foil Sails
by Byron on Apr 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM
The Foil slices wind like light through night
As I wrote in Issue 11 of our magazine, this bike made me late for dinner. TWICE.
On it, I take the long way home, caught up in those sought-after rouleur moments, when you catch a tailwind, and the Foil sails.
Read more about the Foil and see the gallery in our magazine and on G+.
Jeremiah Finds Freedom with a Folding Bike
by Byron on Apr 20, 2014 at 7:45 AM
Jeremiah’s new bike
Another Southby moment, my friend Jeremiah Owyang and I saw each other while stopped at an intersection. We were riding in the cold-ass rain, David was doing a semi track stand and Jeremiah walking pasts says, “Hey Byron, what’s that you’re riding?”
A month or so later, he’s got a Tern and loves it. He just posted on Facebook.
Anyone into the Transformers? No, not the Michael Bay version, the bicycle version.
Thanks to my bud Byron Dl, bike evangelist, who I’ve known for over a decade, he connected me with Tern Bicycles to borrow on loan this 24 lbs (10 kilo) folding 9 speed bicycle that can be tucked under a desk, in a Caltrain luggage rack or in the back of the two door car or in an Uber. Other features include dual brakes, removable pedals, and Shimano gears.
It takes four steps to collapse it, which I’m sure I can do in seconds once I get used to it.
Discussing riding, and getting in shape, Jeremiah also said, “Something changed in me, maybe I had a baby, maybe I care more about things over me, maybe I want to get healthy. It’s about freedom really.”
It really is… whether that’s freedom from the desk, a car ride, or not feeling healthy.
Big Dog in a Sidecar
by Byron on Apr 19, 2014 at 8:06 AM
Then this rolls by
Often thought of a reality show in a bike shop, you know the drama that goes down in ‘em…the customers, mechanics, shop girls. Or, at the least, a webcam to capture shots like this live. Just a big dog in a sidecar rolling by
We’ve posted a bit about working in a shop here on the blog and our magazine. Enough stories for a book one day…
Calculating Bicycle Velocity
by Byron on Apr 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM
Found this bike brake light from a news article that popped in my newsreader and it’s quite interesting. LucidBrake inventor, John Craig, is improving his current tail light system that works on de-acceleration with a new TI inductive sensor and entered it in a TI design contest
The sampling rates available on the TI LDC1000 provide hundreds to thousands of readings for each spoke’s transition near the sensor, even for the fastest bicycles. The threshold output on the INT pin provides the perfect way to determine very accurate bicycle velocity - a simple microcontroller count between pulses does the trick. When velocity is decreasing at a significant rate, the brake light comes on.
Like LucidBrake, this inductive sensor could inspire other, new ideas from bike makers to calculate a bike’s velocity. From those measurements, a new simple power meter perhaps?
Waxed Canvas Hugga Tool Roll: Second and Last Batch
by Byron on Apr 17, 2014 at 6:23 AM
Mark wants a koozie version that’ll have to wait
Seamstresses sewed up the last of the waxed canvas we bought into tool tolls and we put another batch on Amazon for sale. The tool rolls are $40.00 while they last, handmade in Seattle, AND 100% more aero than the bag sagging off saddles now with velcro straps that tear up your shorts. Endorsing the Hugga roll, Mark V did have one complaint
no storage for lemons and salt shaker.
True! And maybe we’ll make a mixer roll for the holidays with pockets for ice. A party-time solution we’ll look at later. For now, we want to stop ruining shorts, make changing a flat faster, and easier to keep track of your tools
Ruined Shorts, Demanded a Solution
Beltro’s ruined shorts
So where’d the roll come from? Well, this one time on a ride, Velcro straps flapped my inner thigh like a bird trying to escape for 50 miles. Those ruined shorts, like Beltro’s above, demanded a solution. Also, a bag small enough to not threaten your thighs, is fiddly with tools dropping all over the place when opened. With the roll, tools and spares are organized neatly in pockets and unrolled on a saddle when needed.
Tools, spares, organized, ready to go
If you’ve got multiple bikes, the roll goes with you, not with the bike; a major convenience when you need to get out the door and on the road.
In a jersey pocket
Get them while you can. We spent months developing the roll and starting shipping them two weeks ago. See the posts and more iterations on G+.
Make a World of Difference with World Bicycle Relief
by Byron on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM
After sharing a ride story from Sea Otter earlier this week, where I met and rode with World Bicycle Relief staffers, here’s a video of their latest campaign being announced today.
Also see another WBR-ride story about Jacob Seigel-Boettner and the documentary, With My Own Two Wheels. It’s about how bicycles and WBR change people’s lives abroad and in the States.
WBR’s goal is to raise $500,000 and they’ve raised $188,161 to date. That’s 1404 bikes so far….
Osprey Shuttle: Rolling Monolith
by Byron on Apr 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Osprey Shuttle 32
This bag arrived, so huge, it’s like a monolith to gear and travel being discovered. I placed it outside for filtered-light photos this morning. After the pug furiously barked at it, apparently concerned an alien intruder was in the yard, I thought the toddlers next door could pretend it was a spaceship from planet Osprey too!
Like a Monolith
You can stuff your courage AND all your gear in this hauler before your next big trip to race and ride. The Shuttle 32” / 110L is available from Amazon and a retailer near you for $299.95
All the gear you own in one bag
Terpstra’s Winning Roubaix Details
by Byron on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Terpstra winning on a Roubaix
The difference between Terpstra’s bike and the Roubaix SL4 I’ve been riding in the rain, since the Fall, is Force 22 instead of the Red 22 spec. When raced or ridden hard, the fenders are removed and the fast, Zipp Firecrests replace the 30s. Force is SRAM’s value group, with all the features of Red, at a more affordable price. When asked recently about it, I said, if I close my eyes and don’t look at the graphics it shifts just like Red.
My fendered Roubaix on a dreary day
Between the two, there’s about a $3K price difference. Terpstra’s race-winning Roubaix is around $9K and my parking-lot crit, rolling-a-fondo version is $6K.
- Frame: Specialized S-Works Roubaix – 58cm*
- Groupset: SRAM RED 22
- Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap with Reach adjust
- Crankset: Specialized (175mm crank arm length) with SRAM RED 22 chainrings – 53×46*
- Front derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
- Rear derailleur: SRAM RED 22 – Short cage
- Cassette: SRAM PG1170 11-26
- Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink
- Chain: SRAM RED 22
- Wheels: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular
- Stem: Zipp Service Course SL - 120mm
- Bar: Zipp Service Course SL-88 - 40cm (c-c)
- Seat post: Zipp Service Course SL 27.2mm 0mm Setback
*I run a 110 stem, 52/36 rings, Contis tubulars or Hutch clinchers, and a Joule instead of the Garmin.
My Roubaix was also seen in our Tool Roll launch, including a gear story in Issue 11.
Terpstra Photo by Gruber uploaded to Flickr
Sea Otter 14: Big Bouncy House of Bikes
by Byron on Apr 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM
My ride/Paris-Roubaix recap this morning bounced around a bit; well, cause that’s what Sea Otter is like, a big bouncy house of bikes. As I said to Patrick and Jim as we walked the expo, “It’s like a constant stream of bike consciousness too.”
Oh look a hot bike then a world champion, and a race, and beer. Then there’s Ned, who when asked about the scene, wryly observed, “Fat Bike Action!” And hey, some kids are flying through the air on BMX tricks, while women raced road.
So how do you capture that? By bouncing around, like a kid in a bike bouncy house, and taking photos, lots of them. Of the 406 shots I took, the 21 best and products that interested us the most were just added to a G+ gallery.
Ergon Seatpost for gravel…
Like the XTR, CX1, and the Ergon seatpost shown in this post.
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