Issue 24 Change

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by Byron on May 15, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Change

Changes: We see it in gear, attitudes, priorities, technology and even jobs. We look down the road at what’s coming. Dropping today, issue 24 is available on iTunes and the Web for an annual subscription of $16 or $4 for an individual issue. Ad-free, our magazine is supported by subscriptions.

Articles include

  • The New Facebook World Order by Byron
  • A Sage Ride by Nathan Wright
  • A Weekender by Byron
  • Dear Belle, Plateau Beau by Zanne Blair
  • Sannino by Mark V
  • Hirose, Handmade Derailleur by Byron
  • What Steve Said by Byron
  • Change of Plans by Byron
  • PinkGate by Patrick Brady.

And the cover by Micheal Pfaltzgraff indicates how sometimes change is simple.

The 24th issue also marks 2 years of publishing our magazine and we’ll celebrate that next month.

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XYZ Cargo Trike in Berlin

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by Mark V on May 13, 2015 at 9:13 AM

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.

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Rolling Coal Banned

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by Byron on May 13, 2015 at 6:36 AM

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.

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Giro Spectator Crash

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by Byron on May 11, 2015 at 7:17 AM

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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.

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Hirose, Handmade Derailleur

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by Byron on May 09, 2015 at 7:35 AM

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.

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Gear: Bontrager Flare R

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by Byron on May 08, 2015 at 3:21 PM

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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Gear: Look Keo 2 Max Blade

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by Byron on May 06, 2015 at 9:51 PM

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Look Keo 2 Max

After persistent knee pain, I finally figured out with the help of BG Fit that I needed a wide as possible stance on the bike and got there with the Look Keo 2 Max, switching from Time that I ridden for two decades. Look sent me their Blade to try, which is even wider, lighter, and offers better engagement with a carbon blade. Instead of engaging a cleat with a wound wire, it’s a leaf spring (blade). Step into the pedal, and the clip-in (and out) sensation is immediate and deliberate. Thanks to a chromoly spindle (and still at 120g a pedal), the version I have is at a more approachable price point.

Oh and my knee pain went away – like why wasn’t I running wider pedals 5 years ago? Learn more about the blade on Look’s site and buy from your local shop or on Amazon for about $199.99.

If you need to go even wider, the spindle’s 14 mm thread length enables the Q-Factor to be adjusted by another 2 mm using a special spacer available as a spare part. This increases it from 53 to 55 mm.

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Gadgets: Buckshot Pro

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by Byron on May 05, 2015 at 12:05 PM

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Speaker, charger, flashlight that attaches to your bike.

When this Buckshot Pro showed up for a demo, I thought, “now that looks like a bike party….” It’s a portable rugged speaker that has a passive bass port for bigger sound, a 2600mAh powerbank for charging devices, AND a flashlight. So you can ride with the speaker end towards you, charge your phone, and shine some light on the trail (or keg).

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Play some music, charge your phone, light the path.

This is the second product we’ve had in from Outdoor Tech and like them both. The Turtle Shell Boombox I spotted a few years ago at Interbike, ended up in the garage, on the workbench and has remarkable sound, considering the form factor. If you don’t want the two extra features from the Buckshot Pro for $79.95 – flashlight/usb charger – the regular Buckshot ships from Amazon with Prime for $49.95.

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Attached to your bars.

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Make Sparks with Your Bike

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by Byron on May 05, 2015 at 8:22 AM

What I like about this Wimshurst machine for a bike is how it’d clear the bike path of dogs on leashes, moms with carriages 3 wide, and rollerbladers. Also, impress your friends at the next picnic, zapping bugs!

Wimshurst machine added to a bicycle for making sparks! A Wimshurst machine is an electrostatic machine, which by turning some disks, produces high voltage and sparks. By designing and 3D printing a bike chain sprocket, I caused pedaling the bike to also turn the sprocket and then the disks.


Or hey…as the works starts on Issue 24 of our magazine (yep, 2 years of publishing), this post flowed real easy.

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A Surrey on the Swing Bridge

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by Byron on May 04, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Line

Here we all are stuck and the surrey is in the front

Not everyday you see a pedal surrey stuck on the swing bridge in West Seattle. They’d pedaled miles from Alki and were stuck with us when the bridge had a mechanical. Not knowing when a crew would fix it, as the discussion went on Twitter, we rode around to another draw bridge, and eventually saw the surrey family (the Hidlebrands) on the trail.

They told us, “Yeah the kids were getting hungry and the rental period was running out…so we heave ho’d it OVER the gates.”

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Free from the stuck swing bridge, here they are on the bike trail eating ice cream

Amazing and a reminder, when it seems like a tough climb or long road ahead, the Hildebrands pedaled a surrey further than any family before them AND lifted it over draw bridge gates.

When asked, the youngest said, “It was a lot of work, but totally worth the ice cream.” And must’ve been fun descending down the other side of the bridge….

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