For 2009, Mavic introduces a wheel halfway in between their high-zoot, tubular only Cosmic Carbone Ultimate and the Cosmic Carbone SL. Like the SL, the new Cosmic Carbone SLR uses a similar aluminium rim (though revised and 20grs lighter than 2008) with the same carbon fairing for a 52mm profile. But the trick is the new carbon spokes and special hub that more closely resembles the Cosmic Carbone Ultimate.
Both wheels appear to be 20-spoke, cross x1 structures with wide bladed carbon spokes. Ah, but looks are deceiving. That’s because each spoke connects with a nipple at the rim, runs through the hub flange, and continues on to the opposite side of the rim. A plastic disc covers the outboard flange of the hub, hiding the central anchor point from the wind. But the uni-directional carbon fibres run all the way through. The wheel is true-able and the spokes seem to be replaceable. Mavic reasons that the continuous spoke reduces the number of composite spoke ends, which are potential weak areas.
So, the amusing part is that each wheel is actually 10 spokes with 20 nipples, laced cross x4.
But seriously, the bladed carbon spokes are said to be more aerodynamic than the previous steel spokes from the Carbone SL, and the SLR will weigh 270 gr less than the 2008 SL (245gr less than the 2009). But like the SL, the SLR’s tough carbon/aluminium-bonded rim is both more impact-resistant and more predictable during braking than full carbon rims such as the Carbon Ultimate. Additionally, the SLR is clincher compatible.
Internally, the hub uses the same FTS-L cassette body and QRM+ bearing system common to Mavic other high-end road wheels. It’s the only hub design that I actually smile while working on…ah, so simply, yet elegant.
Just like celebrity deaths, “20 inch front wheeled cargo bike posts” come in threes. Seriously, I found this excellent example of a restored Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by its owner and Flickr contributor Cricketpress. The success of this Schwinn work horse contributed to the updated designs by A.N.T. Bike and Sycip, recently posted on Bike Hugger.
Below is a story about a delightful green bike — a green Silver Eagle — as it was forwarded to Bike Hugger. It’s a tale of a bike lost and a bike found. With a bonus lesson on U-lock strength. Read on huggas, it’s a heart-warming tale …
Last year I had a delightful green bike which Pam (ed note: that’s the motha hugga) helped me fix up. A vintage green women’s bike with funny front shifters, a leather seat, Gregg’s Cycles stickers and drop down handles. It was love, true love. We rode together, and crashed together.
Then, last June it was tragically stolen out of my yard. I called the police and filed a Missing Bike Report, and was told that my chances of finding it were next to nil.
Exactly a year later, this Friday I was with a friend looking for parking behind Bauhaus on Capitol Hill when we found a spot, and I got out and realized the bike locked to the electric pole was my beloved Silver Eagle!
I left a note asking the owner to call me and that the bike was stolen, came back a couple hours later and found that my note was still on the seat. My friend recommended I call the police and just ask them what my options were.
Within 30 minutes, the Seattle Police Dept sent a squad car with two cops (one hot), who spent an hour looking up my original missing bike report. They finally confirmed that it was mine and called the Fire Department to liberate my bike.
At 11 pm, they sent a fire truck that was nearly a block long and 6 fire men to crack the U-Lock on the bike. They closed off the street for about half an hour and used probably about a $1000 of tax money. The fire fighters on the 4th try finally used a hydraulic splitter to free my bike and return it to me! (Pictures below, sorry about the low quality).
Welcome home little green bike! Thank you SPD and SFD!
Moral of the story: Write down your serial numbers and use a U-lock because they are impossible to break.
A reader tipped us to NYC’s plan to create car-free zones – yippee – and I’ve always thought that Seattle will get serious about making the city more livable when it bans cars from Pikes Place Market. I mean really, do cars need to try and park there?
Georgetown has found its way into a number of hugger posts because it is the backdrop of many urban rides through South Seattle. I cobbled together some shots of bikes I’ve seen in Georgetown. They speak as much about the area, as the old brick facades and dilapidated buildings that housed the original Ranier Brewing. There is no carbon fiber here. These rust clad steads are well used, functional pub crawlers, with the occasional Frankenstein tall bike. No where else in the city are you likely to run across such a motley crew of beloved bikes.