Single Speed Mode

Mark built up the Modal in Single Speed Mode this week. There are lots of bike geek details to share and I’ll cover what I can and add a travel report from Texas this weekend.

One of Davidson’s specialities is S&S Coupling travel bikes and Mark has traveled with them more than 30 times, all over the world, in various configurations. From Mark’s experience, Davidson’s direction, and creative input from me, we began working the Modal Concept in May of this year. The Modal is a travel bike that folds and toggles between single, fixed, and geared modes.

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The concept isn’t presenting anything particularly new, but gathers various parts and ideas into a unique bike that I can travel with and ride in a city or a long tour. The bike switches modes with Paragon dropouts, a second set of bars, and cable split-stops.

Hinge v. Couplings

As our readers know, we’re into folding bikes and Dahons. The Modal is a different bike for a different purpose. I’m using it for longer rides and trips when I want a full road bike. For business trips and urban mobility, the Dahons are outstanding.

There are tradeoffs. Where the Dahon is heavier than the Modal, the Modal case is heavier and travel weight is about the same at around 45 pounds. I’ve also traveled with Sci-Con cases and the drawback to those is TSA and airline reliability. It’s very liberating (both in time and money) to check a bike as luggage and not have to wait for oversize to come out, hope that it wasn’t crushed, and that TSA didn’t unpack and repack it for you.

Single Mode Details

For the Modal to work, it’s built as a road bike with two sets of bars: one has shifters and other just brakes. I’m simply removing the derailleur, releasing the chain master link, swapping out the Paragon, changing the bar, and connecting the cable stops. After a few adjustments, the bike is ready to ride. The beauty of a single speed when traveling is fast rear wheel in and out. There’s also very little to break in transit.

  • 39 x 16 gearing with a chain-ring protector replacing the 53 chain ring
  • Ksyrium wheels with adaptor spacers
  • One position derailleur hanger
  • Carbon fork starnut adaptor thingy – don’t know the actual name, but this part replaces the expanding bolt method on some carbon forks with a star-nut style. If I need to drop the fork and for swapping bars, it’s way easier.

Due Props

The modal was designed by Mark V with help and advice from Bill Davidson. Building the bike was a group effort from the crew at Elliott Bay Bicycles.



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Bikers in Costume: Halloween critical mass

halloween-2Critical mass attendance usually drops as we head deeper into fall, but October is usually well attended and seen as one of the better rides of the year because of the Halloween spirit. A few more photos of bikers in costumes below, the whole set is here. Happy Halloween Huggers!

David Koresh: halloween-4

Bee-Girl and shoe: halloween-9

My fav: Pipi Longstocking halloween-18



Seattle Bike Master Plan Adoption

After months of planning, discussions and set backs, the Bike Master Plan comes before the City Council for a vote. Show up and support at the upcoming meeting:

City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
600 4th Avenue
Monday, November 5, 2 p.m.


The Bike Master Plan (BMP) was initiated by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) with the help of consulting firm Toole Design. The plan includes improvements to on-road cycling and public policy changes to complete Seattle’s current disjointed bicycling network.



Pum’kin head Pug

Happy Halloween from Pum’kin head Pug and all of us at Bike Hugger

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