Browse Month by September 2010
Gear, News

Gates Carbon Drive- Center Track

Every new advancement I see with Gates Carbon Drive makes me more and more excited.  This just seems like a great idea.  And it makes the system more efficient?!? Sign me up!

From the Gates Blog:

CenterTrack, which promises to provide the lightest, strongest, cleanest and highest-performing belt-drive system ever created.  CenterTrack™ features an innovative new design that offers all the advantages of existing Carbon Drives but with a whopping 20 percent more tensile strength, a slimmer profile and the most advanced dirt- and debris-shedding ever.

CenterTrack features an ingenious advancement of the increasingly popular belt and pulley system that debuted at Interbike in 2007. Instead of a raised flange on the side, the front and rear pulleys of CenterTrack feature a narrow track that runs around the center of their circumference. The CenterTrack belt has a channel on its underside that fits snuggly onto the track for perfect alignment every time.  The CenterTrack belt’s teeth engage with the pulleys, whose sides have been removed for optimal debris shedding. Dirt and grime simply fall away, making CenterTrack technology ideal for muddy or snowy conditions.

Gates will offer the CenterTrack technology on its new CDX-CT drive train, which will be the new premium component offering from Carbon Drive Systems. CDX-CT joins the CDX and CDC product lines.  CenterTrack was conceived by Wayne Lumpkin, one of the most innovative thinkers in the bike industry and the creative spark behind Avid brakes for many years. Gates and Lumpkin worked together to develop and test the CenterTrack technology and bring it to market.

CDX-CT will debut for 2011 on Spot Brand’s Acme Bike (displayed in the lobby of the Sands Convention Center at Interbike). The system will appear in widespread use on 2012 models, available retail in late 2011.

If I wasn’t excited about Gates Carbon Drive already, this would have done the trick…  I love it!

Gear, News

Over the top: 2010 SSCXWC Raleigh Carbon cross bike

A little thing called the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships is happening in Seattle this year.  Heard of it?

In years past, Raleigh has released a limited edition of their single speed cyclocross bikes to celebrate the growing number of oddballs, degenerates, rejects and weirdos that like nothing more than spend a cold and wet day playing in the mud, grasping for beer handups and loving the pain and suffering that Pacific Northwest cyclocross is.

These images are the public’s first look at what Raleigh’s been cooking up down in Kent…  A carbon single speed cross frame; compatible with the Gates Carbon Belt Drive that we love here so much at GMG.  If this bicycle was  movie poster it would look something like this:


I’m loving how clean these dropouts are, even with the breakaway section to install a belt drive.

It’s sexy.  And there is only going to be 40 of them with this paint scheme.  That is less than in previous years- which all sold out…

See the Sasquatch on the headbadge?  How bout the Hodala lion?  This bike is like Sly Stallone when he turns his hat backwards in Over the Top- ready to kick some ass and take some names.  Is it hot in here or is it just the bike?

Now the only question is:  Are you going to race for money, glory, or for the love of cyclocross?  Get more information on the frame and where to buy one at the SSCXWC webpage, and stay tuned for more info on how to win a –ONE OF A KIND– Complete Shimano/Gates build for your new bike.  This is going to be an amazing year for single speed cyclocross.

Got the scoop from Sally- the amigo over at Raleigh- one of the (dis)organizers of the SSCXWC.

Here’s the basics:
– full direct connect carbon frame that has been proven on our carbon road bikes.
– CNC’d drop outs that are keyed for a Gates Carbon Belt Drive (the belt drive will help keep your costume clean)
– Thinned brake stays to help smooth out some of the jarring (ideal while putting down your first of many hand ups)
– Flat Top Tube for a comfy shoulder should you need to run with the bike (but honestly.the thing is so light you shouldn’t have to)
– Head tube is traditional. 1-1/8″ top and bottom
– Uses the same geometry as our RX 1.0 (what can we say.we like how that one rides)
– Fork on the actual production run will be the new ENVE.(because everyone is going to be just that with this thing.envious)
Limited run of 40 to be sold this year to be sold purely though and for SSCXWC. All proceeds of the sale of these frames goes directly to the event (sorry kids… no prodeals on this machine)
– Shimano (AGAIN!) and Gates Carbon Drive is offering up perhaps the sweetest groupo on the mud for one lucky person. (we know how creative SSCX racers are- so start thinking YouTube in order to earn the groupo. more details to be announced at IB)  Gates Carbon Drive is also on board and will be providing the complete drivetrain.
– MSRP is currently targeted around $1200 for frame fork headset

Sally will be taking one for its inaugural spin at StarCrossed and CrossVegas.  The complete built up bike will be at the Raleigh booth at Interbike.

You’ll be able to buy them from the SSCXWC online store soon, and with only 40 available- they’ll go fast.  Don’t sleep.

Events, GO MEANS GO events, Roller Racing, Travel

Emerald Sprints Regional Winner announced!

After a series of qualifying rounds taking place in Seattle and Bellingham over the last few months, Friday night brought everything to a head at Wright Brothers Cycle Works in the heart of Fremont.

Charles Hadrann, owner of Wright Brothers, catered the event with food and beverages from around the world, a good representation of the global nature of roller racing. In the 1950’s, roller racing was commonly found in pubs and taverns throughout Europe. Due in part to the availability of technology, the last decade has seen a boost in the popularity of roller racing throughout North America and the world over. 70 cities from around the world will be present at the World Championships in Las Vegas later this month.

Patrick Monteith and Pavel Cherney started the evening as the crowd favorites- the two of them have each won a number of events and are extremely fast on the rollers. Many people saw them as being the two that would face off for the grand prize.

The majority of people that came out to race had qualified already, but a few came out to put in their best time, to qualify, and to take their shot at winning a round trip ticket and hotel stay in Las Vegas.  One of those people was Andre Kivijarvi.  His first time at an Emerald Sprints event, he put in good times through the night.  It came down to the final 1000m head to head match between Andre and Pavel.  Andre got a lead from the start and held strong, finishing with a time of 38.665, with Pavel right behind at 38.914.

Rae Anne won out over Cara for the women with a time of 44.956 seconds for 1000m.

Andre and Rae Anne both took home a hand built wheel set, built by the skilled hands at Wright Brothers. Andre K will also be traveling to Las Vegas to represent Emerald Sprints and Wright Brothers Cycle Works at the Roller Racing World Championships on September 23rd 2010. Go Means Go and Wright Brothers Cycle Works provided a round trip ticket and hotel stay for Andre while in Las Vegas.

Go Means Go will be at Interbike all week and at the Roller Racing Championships on Thursday to cheer on our Northwest competitors. Stay tuned for updates on the goings on at Interbike, which is going to bring a bunch of new and exciting things to the world of cycling.

Events, GO MEANS GO events, Roller Racing, Travel

Emerald Sprints Regional Finals this Friday!

Friday 9/10 it’s time to send someone to Las Vegas.  Bring your spinning legs to Wright Brothers tomorrow- because it’s going to be hot!  People have been qualifying in Seattle and Bellingham for the past couple months and it’s time to see who will represent Emerald Sprints in Las Vegas at the World Championships on September 23rd.

Register at 7pm.  Race 8-10.  Don’t be late!  $5 to race.

Winner of the night wins a round trip ticket to Las Vegas to compete in the Roller Racing World Championships.


Top male and female racers win a custom wheelset built by Wright Brothers Cycle Works

We’ll have a keg for those 21+, there will be great prizes, and you should definitely be there.  Bring your friends too- free to watch, though space is limited and priority will be given to those that are racing.

Those that have already qualified are below.  Friday is the big day- make sure you come out to see how you fare.  If you haven’t qualified- get there early and put in a time.  The fastest times of the qualifier round for both men and women will be able to compete that evening.

6/4 Qualifier at 9 Million in Unmarked Bills:

  • Geoff C
  • Randy S
  • Tyler J
  • Raymond W
  • Lindsay F
  • Kerry D

7/22 Qualifier at Ballard Loft:

  • Pavel C
  • Leo B
  • Brian G (Fat Brian)
  • Eric C
  • Rachel G
  • Nouela J

7/31 Qualifier at Brouwer’s Cafe:

  • Nat P
  • Tyler M
  • Noah T
  • Patrick M
  • Sally
  • Mary M
  • Sarah S

8/3 Qualifier in Bellingham:

  • Charlie H
  • Lars
  • Joey M
  • Joe P
  • Jessica
  • Ariel

8/8 Qualifer at Murphy’s Irish Pub

  • Ben B
  • Charlie C
  • Bryan D (Sleepy Bryan)
  • Josh S
  • Rae Anne
  • Ari S



Adam Haynes

It looks like Adam Haynes has been doing a fair bit of work for Nike 6.0 lately.  It’s pretty safe to say that he’s got a different way of looking at the city.  Ride it.  See more of his work over at


Seen here first.

art, Events, Rides

Bicycle music festival this weekend in Seattle


Info taken from the Seattle Bicycle Music Festival website HERE

We’ll be starting at Bergen Place, in Ballard (at the intersection of Leary Ave, 22nd Ave NW, and NW Market St)

9:00 – 10:00AM Leaf Colors

10:15 – 11:15AM Ethan J. Perry

11:45AM – 12:45PM Ride bikes to the next location! Denny Park (corner of Dexter / Denny, downtown)

1:15 – 2:15PM  Three Ninjas

2:30 – 3:30PM The Mongrel Jews

3:45 – 5:00PM No Rey

5:30 – 6:30PM Ride bikes to Cal Anderson Park!!!

6:30 – 7:30PM Orkestar Zirkonium

7:30 – 8:30PM Manigua Band

8:45 – 10:00PM Goose Vargis


Baron Bicycles

Baron has a new bike on the road- this time it’s something for the fans of titanium.  A folding titanium race bike.  Boosh!

pic from Baron's blog
pic from Baron's blog

And built up:


See more pics of the build HERE

Also check out the interview we did with Baron Bicycles HERE