Browse Month by October 2012
Bicycle, bikes, Cyclocross

Ibis Hakkalügi Disc.

I just saw the IBIS Hakkalügi Discbike via Cascade Bicycle Studio and well- she’s a beauty. Not only is it available in a super wide range of sizes (47cm-61cm,) it’s lightweight- with the larger frame sizes weighing in under 1150 grams. It’ll fit a 38c tire on the rear with room for fenders if you swing that way- and with an ENVE fork- you can run something wider up front. There at some point might be a conversion BB for the press fit BB86 that they are using if you want to run single speed- but to my knowledge there is nothing currently available.

The next hurdle for component manufacturers to cross of course, is that of integrated hydraulic cylinders, but for now there are some great options for cable actuated disc brakes. If you really want to go next level- TRP has an option.

I’ve been riding TRP CX-9 mini-V brakes for two years now on my Raleigh carbon SSCX bike, and Paul mini-motos on the Traitor Crusade. I prefer mini-V’s over cantilever for stopping power any day of the week. An issue I have with rim brakes is the small inconsistencies in the rim. At 225lbs, I can do some damage to a rim if I hit a root or rock (or curb) on the trail or course. Riding tubulars on the Raleigh, I recently put a hop in the rim. It’s pretty true now, but I can feel it when I’m applying the brakes- it comes to the hop and pulses, especially on corners it has a tendency to grab the rim- locking the wheel.

Since the UCI started allowing the use of disc brakes- there have been a number of offerings out there. Sure- you see CX bikes out there with cantilever brakes. You will for a long time, probably forever. But they don’t work as well as disc brakes- and that’s a fact. You still see road bikes with single pivot sidepulls as well- but once you use a dual pivot- it’s hard to go back. It’ll happen and though it may be fought by the traditionalists of ‘cross- disc brakes will prevail.

I don’t often trust myself with derailleurs in muddy conditions- which is one of the big reasons I race SSCX. I am in love with riding fire roads and a gravel road racer bike with fender capability looks to be one thing this bike will excel at.

If you are looking for something new for the stable, consider this an option. No, it’s not cheap- but you can’t put a price on fun- can you?

Frame: $1450.00

Complete with Rival build: $3580.00

Complete with Ultegra build: $3700.00

And because ride videos keep me happy- Here is theirs from Scotland. Happy Humpday.

Local trails ala cx from Andy Wardman on Vimeo.

PS:

Santa, I ride a 55cm.

Bicycle, Clothing, Gear

Cleverhood and the bicycle rain cape.

The rain has once again settled into the Northwest and now comes the time where blue skies and sunshine are the exception, not the rule.  With fall comes preparation for damp days and dark nights. For years I have threatened to get a rain cape, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it.  With full fendered bikes being the norm for my daily errands anymore, I still sit on the edge;  wondering if something like the Cleverhood rain cape, from Providence, RI will be the hot ticket for me this year.

A rain cape seems to be best designed for people that ride fully fendered bikes- to act as a shell from the rain falling from above.  The bottom is open, allowing airflow and reducing the plastic bag sweatsuit feel that many rain suits can give.  In Seattle I have found the weather to be wet, but not very cold- so I end up sweating out nearly as much as the rain permeates lesser rain jackets.  My thought is that a heavier, more waterproof fabric can be used for a rain cape, meaning a more durable product all around.

I tested a rain cape last year from Hub & Bespoke, but wasn’t too keen on how it felt with a bag underneath the cape- so I waited.  It was also a rubbery and plain looking piece, that I can’t remember who made for the life of me.  They were more affordable than other models I’d seen, custom and otherwise, coming in under $100.  The black one wasn’t too bad, but the bright yellow was too much.  I’m a fan of more subdued cycling fashion preferring to be seen through lighting or reflectors not Seattle’s favorite, the ever present “yellow jacket.”

My most often ridden bike seems to be the Raleigh Port Townsend lately. With a porteur rack and large front bag- the need to carry a bag on my person is not there.  This makes a rain cape seem much more conceivable.

Why focus on Cleverhood?  Well, I just found them in my searches of today- and though it’s a little silly, they have a video.  No, the video doesn’t really show how amazing they are for riding- but there are boats, a water ballon fight and a puppy.

Cleverhood – the rain cape from Providence from Cleverhood on Vimeo.

Other options I’ve seen are:

So whether you subscribe to the church of the bicycle rain cape or not- there is some food for thought- and a video.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to get you some first hand experience from underneath one.  Ride safe this fall and keep the rubber side down.

Bicycle, Mt. Bike

Oh yeah buddy!

I’m not going to post the video from Kurt Sorge’s epic run at the Redbull Rampage, but here is a kid that is stoked on life.  Get a kid on a bike.