The 10th anniversary critical mass ride went off. Moz should have photos available soon. A great turn out, maybe more than 150 cyclists paraded around the city streets before making our way to newtown to celebrate. The fam (paula and sol) accompanied adam, tiff, jo, jos and emma (riding solo on a tandem: bad boyfriend adrian).
We did not stay to party, the bubby had to get to bed. We did see a great tandem with a babyseat which was ridden very skillfully by a couple who looked like they were enjoying themselves. I hope to make critical mass a regular family/friend activity.
was a huge success.$5000 raised for the cancer council, 95 riders on a sweet trail. Nice speech by Stevo to remember Jase by.
Photos are here
Davy's framebuiding adventure.
I have just begun my journey to framebuilding fame and am learning Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW or TIG) at tafe. I had wanted to learn ox-acetylene but it is no longer offered. I wanted to get some experience with welding and brazing before i shelled out more silly amounts to do the UBI lugged framebuilding course.
It is pretty cool to be learning how bicycle frames are put together, reading descriptions on the internet can not provide the practical experience of the assembling equipment, striking the arc and heating the metal.
So, this week we actually did some welding. Pretty scary first up to be handling a 6000 degree arc dabbing your filler rod uncoordinatedly into the edge of the molten pool trying to avoid the tungsten tip lest you contaminate it. People who are good at this must have very steady hands. We also did some oxy-acetylene welding on Monday night which was fun. Basic stuff but it is all complicated to me so takes a while to get the hang of heating the base metal enough, applying flux to your filler rod, tapping filler rod onto metal and then heating up the metal so the filler flows all the way through between the two plates.
I am intending to focus on City bikes, Holland style bikes, and touring bikes whatever else i have the ability to create will be a bonus. I think custom framebuilding has largely been priced out of contention in the consumer's consideration of a new bike. I am refusing to believe that quality cannot be offered at a reasonable price. Maybe i will eat my words when i realise the cost of setting up a workshop, insurance and the return on hours worked doesn't stand up. However, i feel like i have to find out. Offering quality products to enable cycling as transport to a broad range of people appeals as a job description to me.
We have just received some new shimano dynamo hubs, (lighter and more efficient) well priced at $150 (hub only) and the schmidt's are going strong for the ultimate dynamo solution.
The new B and M LED supravision light from lumotec was recently installed and tested and absolutely blew the oval plus i had been using out of the water. This light is incredibly bright, when angled correctly it gave me a broad light with a great beam directly in front. They are pricey and at the moment require a bit of modification to use with dual pivot brakes but i was very impressed. They reach maximum brightness somewhere around 5km/h which is great when climbing. It is on my commuting bike so you can check it out at the shop.
Cool new items in stock: Nitto bars (moustache, track and touring)
Cool folding bike display care of paddy
Fuji touring with deore cranks and euro trekking bars
We've got some mad surly's in stock: steamroller, long haul trucker and 29er frame and fork the karate monkey.
Marzocchi and Manitou will be soon to follow.
You can now buy folding bikes and accesories online !!!
click here to go to our new site
Got a new shipment of Dahon folding bikes recently
including my new favourite, the Speed 8
8 Speed, nice light frame, big cushy fat tyres, adjustable stem with comfort grips, and only $800.
This is going to be a very popular bike I think.
and of course, we are the exclusive distributors for
Our good friend Laszlo has got some great PR in the Sydney Morning Herald today (Tuesday) in the Eco section. Laszlo picks up all our used tyres and makes belts out of them and then sells them back to us.
Dave and I have discovered these great new Ergon grips. Yep, they look Kooky, and yep they are pricey but boy do they feel sweet! There are mens and womens models with or without barends, and they bolt on.
On a brighter note, here are some nice bikes we have built recently
The next wave in Lighting has begun !
Just in, is The Light and Motion Vega for $300, with an LED light which can run for up to 8 hours , up to 12 watts equivalent light, with a 2 hour charge time. The battery is in the light unit and it also has a flashing mode !
Here are a couple of photos of Ben Wilson who kicked ass at the Singlespeed Worlds earlier this year in VIC, beating many faster riders due to his excellence in beer drinking
messenger bags, little handbag type bags, pouches, strap pads, tshirts. This stuff is so damn cool. AND WATERPROOF tarp lined like all work bags should be
Courier section updated with some cool links and info on Sydney's successful bid for the Cycle Messenger World Champs in 2006. Before this years worlds there is a messenger stage race from Boston to NY with 3 alleycats, 3 road stages and a timetrial.
Excellent Cycling proficiency and commuter courses are run by the Sydney Community College
Exciting news! There is a new distributor for BOB trailers, which means that there will be excellent availability, and the prices have dropped dramatically.
I'm gonna get one myself !
It's that time of year when everybody is coming in stocking up, nor for Xmas, but for panniers and racks and touring supplies, making me jealous with their plans.
We have heaps of Ortlieb handlebar bags and panniers
Dave has also been getting into Dynamo lights, and we now stock B and M lights, Schmidt and Shimano Dynamo systems.
And we have heaps of flashers and rechargables.
Imagine having this on your handlebars.
Singlespeeds are ticking along, and there is a fantastic new hub from White Bros called the ENO which allows you to put a single cog or freewheel hub into a normal bike with vertical tips. No chaintensioners ! Awesome. And pretty too.
Check this out for an adventure ( read some of the reports)