Profile Racing– well known for their BMX components as well as their contributions to the fixed gear and MTB world, will be adding a line of hubs for road and cyclocross. For fans of well built products that are made in the USA- as well as those that love anodized parts- this will make you very happy.
Profile is employing the same driver system that they currently use in their Elite BMX and MTB hubs. That of the Ultradive. Six oversized pawls and 68 steps on the ratchet ring, give you forward motion as soon as you press down the pedals. The rear hubs are offered in 24, 28 and 32 hole. They have higher, slotted flanges, with a spacing that needs a minimum of dish. They are currently available as a SRAM/Shimano 9-10 speed body, but fans of Campagnolo fear not- as a Campy 10/11 speed body is expected by springtime. Black and silver anodized is currently available, with anodizing available in limited quantities.
These R/C hubs aren’t the lightest available, with with rear weighing in at 302g. That is similar to what you might expect on a MTB. The front balances it out a little bit at 88g. That is light! The front is available in 20, 24 and 28 hole versions. Like all of their products, they are made in St. Petersburg FL. They are completely rebuild-able, with no special tools required. The bearings used are of a common size and can be upgraded to ceramic.
Hey ladies! Monday February 6th will be a great ride with a trip to The Bikery for a little “how-to” about bike mechanic basics. From the Menstrual Monday page:
We are super excited to announce that we have partnered up with The Bikery to put on a Lady Bike Maintenance Class and Wrench party!
The Bikery is a non-profit community bike workspace that you can read about it in our site visit last week. We will have use of their tools and benches, but most importantly, we will have access to their super knowledgeable friendly female and pro-female mechanics. We can be split into groups depending on skill level or what people want to learn. This is a great chance to learn the basics, add-on to the skills you have, learn the solution to a problem that has been stumping you, or mentor other women. This will be hands on, so be prepared to get dirty! The atmosphere is super casual, non-intimidating, ultra supportive so bring all those questions you have been afraid to ask or knowledge you want to share!
To thank The Bikery and their volunteer mechanics for opening up special hours for us, we would like to ask a suggested donation of $5 (feel free to give more if you can) for the class to benefit The Bikery. Winter is their hardest season financially, and they can really use every bit of support.
Let us know if you have anything in particular you would like to learn!
As always, the ride meets at Seattle Center at 6:30pm and departs at 7:00pm to head up to The Bikery. If your bike is down or can’t make the riding part feel free to come to The Bikery. If you have meant to come out to a ride this is a great chance to check out The Bikery and spend time with some great bike ladies.
Fyxation has steadily been increasing to their offerings in the bike parts world. Whether it be for urban riding, FGFS, or racing track- they’ve been delivering good parts at a decent price.
Their newest bar is called THE RODEO. They are available as bullhorns, as well as pursuit bars. I’m generally more a fan of risers or drops for my track bike or “sweet fixie (bro)” but these look pretty great. The bullhorns retail at $25.95. The (in my opinion, sexier) pursuit bars go for $32.95. The black ones would look pretty fly on the Dodici.
Strong, Light or Cheap, the usual saying is “pick two.” With Retroshift you can now have all three. Utilizing proven and durable bar-end/down-tube shifters a fully serviceable Retroshift system is lighter than Ultegra 6700 and easily comes in at under half the price (about 1/3rd if you already have shift levers on hand) and ongoing costs of ownership are lower still. A Stronger, Lighter, Cheaper alternative to STI it offers a great option where the advantages of Retroshift are desired. Cross, Touring, Commuting etc.
We are up and running and in just the first month shipped not only within the USA but also to Japan, Canada, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Czech Republic. We have been contacted by distributors in a number of countries including TKC Productions who will be distributing in Japan (they also distribute Portland Design Works and Tonic). Overall we are thrilled at the response.
The initial system is selling very well and we are running a little low on the model 0ne and Werle Red and are looking at doing a second run of parts in the coming month to remedy this. We are also working with a manufacturer to have custom shift levers produced to best match the system and hope by the fall to have complete systems (with shifters) available. We are just starting to set up a network of dealers in the U.S.
There are some good things happening in Seattle this weekend. I also wanted to get the word out about Pedaler’s Fair.
Pedaler’s Fair will be happening on April 21-22 in Ballard. We are looking for folks to be involved. We are seeking makers from around the state to come on down and sell their handmade wares. Sign up at http://pedalersfair.com
We are also looking for people to be a part of the Pedaler’s Fair in other ways. Do you have graphics and/or web expertise? Great! Have a knack for promoting events? Fantastic! Full of great ideas? Excellent! Contact us with how you’d like to be involved.
Bike Works, the South Seattle bike education non-profit, is hosting its 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale this Sunday, January 29. The sale will include discounted used bikes, used bike frames, and new and used bike parts and accessories. This year, the sale will have an added festive atmosphere as there will be pedi-cab service (for a fee) between our shop (at 3709 S Ferdinand) to our warehouse (at 3715 S Hudson). Additionally, a local tamale vendor will be present.
All proceeds from the sale benefit our 501(c)3 non-profit, which empowers youth through bike education. Bike Works also promotes bicycling by teaching adult bike repair classes and by providing affordable used bikes through our community bike shop.
The Warehouse Sale is this Sunday, January 29, from noon to 4pm, at our warehouse at 3715 South Hudson St. in the Columbia CIty neighborhood of South Seattle
Roll out of bed, skip checking the results on the internet and join us for a replay of the 2012 Cyclocross World Championships from Koksijde, Belgium to watch the Belgians take on the World. Will this be the year Sven Nys finally caps a stellar season with World Championship or will Zdenek Stybar three-peat? Maybe Kevin Pauwels will win one for the wrong-side dismounters. Personally we are rooting for Rob Peeters after his trip to StarCrossed this season. You say what about Americans Jeremy Powers and Ryan Trebon, we will see!
Swift Industries– born in Seattle, is housed in a plain, non-descript building in Ballard sharing space with a number of other artists and craftspeople. Predominately focusing on panniers, Martina and Jason have branched out their line to include a variety of bike baggage including tool bags, handlebar bags, saddle bags and even fanny packs.
The Pelican Porteur is a bag designed around a rack that is becoming more and more common on everything from randonneur bikes to “sweet fixies”: The “5-rail porteur rack.” Born from the needs of newsboys and couriers of old, it’s got a base that is roughly the size of a record sleeve- or a newspaper (go figure.) There are many companies that are offering these porteur racks- each a little bit different. Cetma, Paul and Pass & Stow to name a few.
The platform that Swift Industries used for their Pelican is the Cetma 5-rail. A great rack- I’ve owned one for a number of years and still love it.
The Raleigh Port Townsend made the voyage to Alaska in the hold of a fishing boat and was my transportation for the summer. After riding it a bit up there, I wanted to make some changes to the front end of the bike- namely the bars. With that came the brake levers that matched the curve of the bars (fancy.) And with that came the elk handlebar wrap. Might as well get one of those dutch locks too… And what the hell, better get a nice shiny new porteur rack to round out the old man hot rod. I placed the order at Velo Orange and went fishing.
I’d seen the Pelican Porteur a while back and loved it from the start. There are lots of options for carrying items when you have a front rack, but not many are waterproof. Cordova is a town with a substantial amount of rainfall (110” a year,) with Seattle getting it’s fair share as well. A bag that fastens to the rack base, and is waterproof seemed to be just what I needed- and of course it would look great on the bike- quickly becoming a beautiful townie bike well equipped for anything froom city riding to gravel roads.
I talked to Martina to get it going. I let her know that I would be using a different porteur rack- the Velo Orange. This was important info, as the fastening system was a little different for the individual designs. I picked the colors and it arrived a couple weeks later.
I rode with the bag for the remainder of the summer while in Alaska and it’s been a fixture on the Port Townsend since my return to Seattle. (The bike got to fly home with me, not travel in the belly of a boat)
The Pelican is durable, with a similar construction to a messenger bag. With a trucker tarp lining and Cordura shell, it is highly water resistant. It has a roll top closure and a large flap that goes over that- secured by two plastic buckles in front. It’s flap is even waterproof- which may even be a little excessive. On the front of the flap there is a strip of reflective ribbon, as well as a place to clip on a light. Unrolled, the bag is about the size of a square bucket. The base is 12″x12″ and when unrolled it sits about 23″ high. When you roll it down and close the flap you have 12″-18″ of height. In nice weather I often roll the top down inside of the bag, tucking the flap in as well- which makes something of an open top- milk crate sized basket.
With no divider inside- and the rolltop being so tall, it’s sometimes a little difficult to find little things that may have found their way to the bottom of the bag. There is a small pocket on the front of the bag where I often keep lights or a small tool bag.
The Pelican fastens to the rack by a strap on each side, and a larger buckle in back. Very easy to clip on- and because of that (as well as my untrusting nature) it’s easy to pull off and take with you.
There are two D-rings on the bag- one on each side. When a strap is clipped into these D-rings and you lift it off the ground, the bag flips over on the front. No bueno. When you wear it over the shoulder- it does rest on your back, but it’s still not very comfortable. I have taken to carrying it by the flap with both hands. Not excellent if you need your hands for anything else. The other strap, which is on the back of the bag and looks like it should be a strap with which to lift does the same thing.
Something else to consider with this bag, is whether or not you have a handlebar mounted light. If so, you will likely need to relocate it. I made a mount that sits at rack level and now there is no issue at all.
When it comes down to it- the only real issue I’ve found with the bag is how awkward it is to carry. In Cordova it’s not a big deal, I can leave it on as I go to the store, into the bar, wherever. In Seattle- not so much. I don’t like to leave it on if I go to the library just for a minute for fear of returning and fiding my tools, camera, whatever else I’m carrying inside, gone.
The Pelican retails for $150. A cost that’s reasonable for what you get- a well built bag that does what it’s designed to do. It’s also made in Seattle by a great company. As with many handmade products by small companies- turnaround time varies, with holiday season a busy time of year, so if you want one for your tour or as a gift for someone, be prepared.