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.

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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.




Gear: Look Keo 2 Max Blade

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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.



Gadgets: Buckshot Pro

thing

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).

thing

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.



Make Sparks with Your Bike

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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