Custom Fizik Saddles

arione%20bianchi%20wcs.jpeg I’ll admit it: I’m obsessive about colours on bikes. I know that black saddles are practical, but they so soboring. I love seeing someone with a white saddle on a black bike. To me, a new white saddle says, I’ll get dirty but I look good now.

But how about white with gold, or maybe metallic red? Fizik’s US distributor, Highway2, is offering a custom saddle program through selected bike shops. Expect a wait and an upcharge.

I’ve got a Bianchi bike on order…maybe I’ll get celeste with world champ stripes down the middle. But how will that look? No worries, the Fizik website has a nice little interactive that allows you to see your saddle before you order. Go there and play with the colours. Some saddles offer more options than others.

(added for Byron’s sake at 11:49AM): shopImg_Customizer.aspx.jpeg



More Video from the Handmade Bike Show

Bike Hugger visits the North American Handmade Bike Show and meets some attendees outside, spots the Kona Ute and its designer; checks a frame from Naked, wood frames from Renovo, and a bottom-bracket disc brake from Sycip.

Bikes shown:

Notes



At the Handbuilt Bike Show: Another Brake on a Fixie

sycip%20disc%20crank.jpg Here’s a brake configuration that I had never even thought of. Sycip Designs put a disc brake caliper on the down tube which grabs a rotor mounted to the left side of a special White Industries crank. Since the rear wheel is directly linked with no freewheel to the crank, stopping the crank stops the rear wheel. Kinda odd, but you would never have to worry about disc/caliper alignment while adjusting the chain tension and you would use a normal track hub. But I think you’d definitely want a real track hub with a reverse-thread lockring.

Update

We heard from Jay at Sycip and he said

This was just a one off attempt to see whether it would work or not. Its an idea we have had for a few years now and kept on shelving it due to the weak link a normal track hub and reverse thread cog w/ or w/o lock. The White Industries track hub with a spline cog is whats making it possible. We would never in a millions years try it with a threaded cog for obvious reasons.

The crank will never turn fast enough under braking to heat the rotor unlike a wheel and most important its serving as a assisted brake working in conjunction with the riders legs. Lets not forget the inertia or the wheels and riders legs which will continue to turn even under immediate braking.

Isn’t it a fun idea?

I will have to say it works well. Front brakes are the simple way to go and is for sure more effective since it does most of the braking.

I will have to say it works well. Front brakes are the simple way to go and is for sure more effective since it does most of the braking.



Isotruss & Hotspur at the Handmade Bike Show

I found an interesting contrast between old-school builder Davidson and the new Arantix Isotruss at the Handmade Bike Show …

Bikes shown

Note the Hotspur is equipped with the new Hed Ardennes.

Notes



Hotspur and Bikehugger

hotspur%2010.jpg Though Davidson Bicycles’ new Hotspur frame precipitated from Bill Davidson’s ideas on what a high performance bicycle should be, Bike Hugger provided the impetus to bring the idea to reality. Bike Hugger had previously worked with Bill on the Modal concept bike, based on some of my ideas about travel bikes. Setting aside the Modal’s unique features, Bill used Byron’s off-the-shelf race bike as starting point for the Modal’s geometry and then tweaked the geometry to improve the fit. Then a funny thing happened when Byron actually got to ride the bike. The Modal turned out to fit and perform better than Byron’s regular race bike.

Which begged the question: what would happen if Bill built Byron a bike designed for performance? This gave Bill the perfect opportunity to pull out some tricks that he’d been waiting to use … some subtle refinements on the titanium materials.

hotspur%2011.jpg

New chainstays, new top and down tubes, and different machining for the head tube stock. Above all, Bill wanted to build a new bike, but still offer customers a custom fit, durability, high performance, and a reasonable delivery time. The idea had been simmering for some time, but he doesn’t believe anyone should have to wait more than a couple months for a custom bike.

For the Hotspur Byron wanted a bike optimized for the type of racing he does most often, criteriums and rolling road races. Something along the lines of what the Dutch call a kermesse bike. A bike like that is typically a bit more relaxed than what would be considered an America-style criterium bike; a little more stability makes for surer footing on circuit races on poor or cobbled roads. Also, the kermesse bike is better for all-day training rides. This isn’t really a bike designed for Le Tour’s high mountain stages; it’s a bike designed for the roads we really ride.



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