The adventure you’ll have with this bike is directly proportionate to the size of the tire. It’s the Addict CX monster sized for gravel roads and indicates how purposeful the Swiss engineers are. While I didn’t ride this bike (demo only), it’s the same spec as the CX with a different fork for wider tires, like the Schwalbe G-One. I’ll share the rest of the stories about Scott’s new CX bike and the gravel version in the next issue of our magazine.. The lede is… took it up the lift, rode it down the mountain, and it handled perfectly.
What better place to learn about Bosch eBikes than the birthplace of Seattle on Alki Beach? Seattle is a booming tech town and Bosch an engineering powerhouse. What Bosch staffers told me, as we rode around Alki was…
Bosch, the German engineering and technology powerhouse, that transformed the auto industry is now focusing on another transportation device: bicycles. Back in the late 1800s, Bosch was churning out automotive innovations, well before Henry Ford had launched the model T. In 1902 the company debuted the invention of the spark plug – an automotive part that is still vital to cars being manufactured today._
Bosch eBikes are battery operated pedal-assist system that, when mounted on a bicycle, can boost a cyclist’s power with electric power at speeds up to 20 mph. More than just a battery, the system is activated through pedaling and controlled through a handlebar unit that allows you to increase and decrease the level of power assist through four different levels._
At Bike Hugger, eBikes aren’t necessarily our thing, but if they were, mid mounts (at the bottom bracket) are what we’d want, and recommend. That’s because they assist a cyclist instead of pushing or pulling from a rear or front hub. The drivetrain isn’t passive, the harder you pedal the more it assists, and you’ll figure this out on the first climb. The added weight of an motor and battery means an eBike isn’t a climber, until you shift up, start spinning, push the + button on the controller until turbo (the fourth mode) kicks in, and up the hill you go. Stop pedaling and it stops.
For urban commuting and errand running, Bosch brought an XTracycle to our meeting and it reminded me of the stoked Bettie (Surly Big Dummy with Stokemonkey) from years ago. That bike operated on the same principal of pedal assist and was used as car replacement. In hilly Seattle and when loaded, power assist was the only way to get around.
Bosch is on a new charm offensive in the States, meeting editors and publishers like me curbside for a ride. It was fun meeting them, and their tech is solid. While I prefer a less technological approach to biking and their role as fitness equipment, I understand why Bosch eBikes sell so well in Europe, and appreciate the enthusiasm of the Bosch staffers.
As congestion increases in cities, the bike will become a more viable alternative. With pedal assist commuters can get over those hills dressed for work, arriving without breaking a sweat, just like Europeans do, and maybe those new Seattlelites working downtown at Amazon. They came here seeking fortune, just like the Denny party did when they landed at Alki.
First ride impressions: it’s like a long Cross bike with big tires and from the first ride, feels more at home on the dirt than road. I’ll spend more time on all roads with the Roker, and write about it in an upcoming issue of our magazine.
Max Kullaway and Mark V will reveal their bike design and build process while Westland Distillery shares a tasting of their thoughtfully-made whiskey. We’ll have appetizers and craft beer during the evening too. If the mood is ride, maybe a song and dance…
Meet Mark V
Taste Westland whiskey
Learn what this machine does
Note: space is limited and the $29.00 ticket price includes a tour of the on-premise DKCB bicycle factory.
Retro steel: because it’s funny to slip by riders on bikes that weigh less and have twice as many gears. But is friction shifting better than the latest 11sp systems on the market? No; it SUCKS.
Slipped on a 25-year old jersey and rode a 30-year old bike on a fine Sunday. No power meter, no Garmin…just my iPod shuffle. Coming back in from the Mercer loop, The Fixx came on, and one thing led to another.
While the industry and fan focus is on the Tour, details are still getting worked out on bikes like this from Marin Gestalt and designed by Pfalzgraff, who also makes our magazine covers.
Photo: AP via Twitter
For our take on the Tour, as it happens, see this collection of tweets. Today while running an errand it was chaos with Stybar winning after a crash involving Tony Martin and Nibali. Such is the roulette wheel of a race and who’s got good luck that day. For a human interest story, Daniel Teklehaimanot made history being the first African to hold a jersey.
I have such complicated feels for this sport, but that was an impressive win…riding away from the pack. In his own words
I was so nervous. I don’t know how many watts I pulled. More than I ever did. Now I am so happy and a thousand thanks to my team. They supported me the whole week. Now I gave it back so I’m super happy.