Messquerade 09. Go Team!

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Hope to see you all there, it’s a night of chaos, and it may not make any sense, but it’s a good time, with some amazing costumes, and this year I get to race! Who’s going?
Taken from Messman’s page:

Welcome to this years Messmann’s Messquerade ’09. You are invited to a halloween night to remember (hopefully) at the Messquerade Halloween Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, a night of scary and awesome costumes of bizarre bikery on Saturday October 31st. This year’s costume bicycle scavenger hunt will consist of teams of at least 2 to 6 people or so then register your team on the registration page! If YOU haven’t got a team together, you might assemble one with others in your loneliness or join another one, someone might want you! Just come to the start and mingle.

The Messquerade will be benefitting Bike Polo for KIDS! In conjunction with BikeWorks and Seattle Bike Polo and Seattl Parks Dept, SBP have been working in the community to aquire a permanent bike polo court so Kids interested in polo can come play as well as the big kids. I will have some bikes to raffle for this. 2 rollo bikes and a zombie bike. Raffle tickets are 3 for 5$, 15 for $10. Thanks.

Registration for the Scavenger Hunt STARTS AT 20/20 CYCLES from 6pm til 8pm. I’m excited that Halloween is on a Saturday this year.

Show up for registration early to get one this year’s limited edition Hoodie. I am limited number of Hoodies of all sizes, (except XS). $30 with Hoodie; $20 without. Includes beer/water/soda all night long & gets you into the afterparty all night long. Teams will sign in and enjoy some refreshing ale before the hunt starts. Bring your old waterbottles down for this as I will be suppling some as well. I will be selling hoodies @ the afterparty if there is some left.

Your team will have to scavenger all over the city for clues and hints to find the answers to the correct scavenger questions from the Manifesto of the Dead, so have your wits about you. There will be a points system on the Manifesto this year. Highest points back by 10pm will be the winner and gets first grabs a prizes. Make your manifesto readable.

For the afterparty/finish line, it is going to be at the Belltown undergrown @ 2407 1st ave in belltown Alley entrance Doors are @ 9pm. There is lots of safe bike parking. The Party is open to all with a $3 cover with costume. $5 with out, but its better to be in costume! Ride your bike to this party. you will be drinking!

We’ve got a great line up this year with MUSIC by;
IMPERIAL LEGIONS of ROME,(seattle/freestyle/ghettech/fusion)
the ANUNNAKI(Seattle/experimental),
GEORGETOWN ORBITS(seattle/ska-reggae
DJ’S GRIMUS(seattle)& A2Z(arizona).
Which should keep us busy all night long. U can listen to them on!

If you have been a participant in the past, I hope to see you again and make sure you tell your friends and bring ‘em.

At the Finish Line, your team will get your pictures taken and then it will be projected on the wall with special effects. Thats the plan. Aswell as bobbing for apples & airplane bottles. Each team will compete for the pumpkin toss! So do your one arm pushups!

Don’t forget the Costume Prizes! Go to the Zombie Info for catergories that Messqueraders will be judged by. A panel of zombies I have dug up from the deep from within the clay hill sides of Seattle. We have a lot of sponsors this year so we will be looking for those who went all out!

Thanks and enjoy yourselfs. its all about you!

See you there!

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Traffic Justice Summit: 10.14.09

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Chris from Cascade Bicycle Club sent this over to me. They, as well as many other groups are working hard to put laws in effect that will protect the life and rights of pedestrians and cyclists alike. Show your support by attending meetings, get your voice heard, and dog-gone-it, get out and vote!

Traffic Justice Summit

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 – 7:30
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room

Help protect bicyclists and pedestrians!

Each year in Washington state, nearly 500 pedestrians and bicyclists are killed or critically injured by motor vehicles. Shockingly, almost none of these drivers is ever held accountable.

In the vast majority of cases, these collisions were found to be the direct consequence of moving violations like speeding, driving while texting, talking on the phone, failing to yield the right of way or just not paying attention.

A traffic ticket is the worst the driver can expect if they run you over. Do you think there’s something wrong with this picture? We do.

If you agree, help us make history by changing the law. The Traffic Justice Summit welcomes Senate Judiciary Chair Adam Kline, Seattle city Attorney Tom Carr, Council Public Safety Chair Tim Burgess along with reserchers, experts, advocates, families, friends and victims to learn the facts and talk about what we can do as a community — and as a state — to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

Help get justice for: Kevin Black, Jill Spanjer, Susanne Scaringi, Tatsuo Nakata, Autumn Samsom, Paul Douglas Ratliff, Jose Hernando, Gordon Patterson, Ilsa Govan, Stuart Thayer, Paul Jaholkowsky, Veronica Gonzalez, Michael Ann Boucher, Bryce Lewis, Marvin Gene Miller, Michael McClurkan

Come find out how you can be a part of this movement. Please help us pass Washington’s Vulnerable User Law in January 2010.

Sponsoring organizations: Feet First, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess, Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr, Washington State Bicycle Association (WSBA), Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA), Washington Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), Association of Washington Cities, The Washington Bus, and publicola.

Does your organization wish to support this movement? Contact Cascade Bicycle Club to get involved.

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Interbike Urban Legend Fashion Show

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One of the highlights of Interbike was the Urban Legend Fashion Show. It was put together by Momentum magazine, with the help of Giant Bicycles. The goal is to show clothing and accessories that transition from the bike to the street, performing well on the bike, but not requiring a change of clothes to look good off the bike. I love to see what designers have brought to the table.

I’m not a big fan of the guy in all black that looks like he could be on the SWAT team, but I’m sure some people are into it.

Videography by David Niddrie and Gwendal Castellan

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Bengaluru, India: BSA Hercules Cyclothon 10.11.09

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The BSA Hercules Cyclothon:
An all out Cycling event in Bengaluru, India. Crazy. Promoting everything cycling.
Taking place October 11th, 2009.
It will be “India’s first and biggest ever Cyclothon!”
Their teasers are so much fun!

Taken from the BSA Hercules Cyclothon site:

The main objective is to create a mass mobilizing cycling event in the country – Cyclothon
This would be a public event involving the general public, corporate sector and the city at large. Projection of cycling as an ‘in sport’ – which connotes the values of speed, passion, excitement, thrill, fun and most important of all as an environment friendly sport for all, with fitness benefits especially targeting the younger generation of Indians.
Cyclothon would imbibe the elements of a distance running event namely mass involvement and participation of World class cyclists, to support and encourage the Indian cyclists and promote the concept of cycling along commercial, social and environmental planks.
The aim would be to highlight all the valuable aspects of cycling in the form of

* Viable mode of Transport
* Environment Friendly Activity
* Cycling for Health & Fitness
* Cycling – The Sport

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Nike 6.0 Tunnel Jam-

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Some people don’t like big companies like Nike being a part of the bmx world, or any bike community for that matter. I’m not quite sure if it’s a wholly good thing, but the fact that they drop some cash to get things like this going is pretty great. The best part is that all the ramps stay (the owner of the tunnel is allowing the 3 mile tunnel to be used for riding.) If you end up in England, head about 3 hours outside of London and check it out. In the meantime, enjoy the video.  More pics can be seen HERE.

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The rundown: Belt drive systems of today

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I’ve got a lot of love for simple drive trains, clean- smooth running. It’s one of the things that I really like about fixed gear bikes. How can it get cleaner? Get rid of the chain. Of course you can grab a shaft drive bike, but at this point they are heavy, and though it works for many motorcycle companies, the technology hasn’t translated that easily. I am fascinated by shaft drive bicycles, but for one reason or another they don’t call to me as do bikes that look a little more “traditional”. So then you have the belt drive.

I guess it’s been a while since I first saw my first belt drive bike.  Interbike 2007 brought us Frank Scurlock’s Spot Brand SS Mountain Bike. I had also seen pics of the Strida folding bike in the magazine “BIKE CULTURE QUARTERLY” which has all but disappeared from the world, and is very difficult to find. (*Bicycle Culture Quarterly was only around for 19 amazing issues, the last being 01/2000. I happen to have the complete collection, and am still impressed with the amount of information on everything human power.)

There was about 5 years that seemed pretty quite on the ol’ belt drive front- but it looks like it’s back, and hopefully here to stay. Many of the “major” bike companies are offering a belt drive model, and there are a large number of small builders that see the potential and are working with the technology as well.

In my opinion, the technology is best suited for urban or commuter bikes, though with the use of an internal hub (Rohloff® recently announced it’s compatibility with the Gates® Carbon Drive System) it opens up much to the mountain biking set as well. Whatever it’s used it for, it’s catching on, and many that see it for the first time are captivated by it’s simplicity, and the fact that the messy days of greasy chains may be a thing of the past.

Some examples of what’s avaiable:







Cost is not much (if any) higher for a single speed bike, what ends up bumping the price is the Internally Geared Hub (IGH.) That, and the fact that the technology in a cycling application is new to most folks, and so there is a “WOW!” factor involved.

Why are people into the Gates® Carbon Drive System

  • No chain=no chain lube. No chain lube=no mess
  • The two sprockets and the belt weigh (280g); less than a typical 9 sp chain
  • According to lab tests, The belt lasts over twice as long as a chain
  • No chain stretch. Nope. Doesn’t stretch. Period.
  • Mud ports. Keeping it clean.

Of course it goes without saying that there are some things that could be considered drawbacks by some:

  • It probably won’t work on your frame. Due to the fact that the belt cannot be disassembled, your rear triangle must have a break in it for the belt to pass through. For me, one of the coolest things is seeing how different companies take care of this issue.
  • If you break a belt on the trail or anywhere, you need to install a new one. Since they can’t be folded, you will have to carry this whole belt (albeit lightweight) that is affixed to a cardboard disk.
  • Flat repair is (a little) more complicated, with a couple added stops.
  • Gear combinations. You are limited to their sprocket combos and what your internal hub can add (if you want more than one gear)
  • If improperly tensioned, and under a lot of strain the drivetrain can “ratchet”, basically skipping a tooth, and causing the bike to lurch.

If you are unfamiliar with Gates® by name, you have seen them in action I’m sure. John Gates introduced the polyurethane V-belt for automobiles in 1917. Used on 150hp motorcycles as well as 6000hp dragsters, even strong enough for a bicycle to pull a car, which can be evidenced by this poorly made Youtube video:

I would love to ride a fixed gear belt drive bike. It seems like such a great idea for an urban fixed gear. Maybe not for riders that like to jump stairs and trick around, but it would be great for those that just want a clean A to B bike.

German company Fixie Inc. put this together a while back about the application for the fixed gear:

Of course there are many smaller builders working with the belt drive, as well as folding bike companies.  The way that builders take on the task of breaking the rear triangle to get the belt in is where in the engineering really shows.  One of my favorites is the Schindelhauer method:


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