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Sometimes I don’t find out about things until it’s too late.  Paul Webb, being the kind soul he is, alterted me to the fact that Rob‘s been working on a series of new dropouts that will interface with the system created for the One Way and the Season tikit.

You can see them here from left to right: disc brake version, Rohloff disc brake version (uh oh, Vik‘s in trouble now), Rohloff version, and standard derailleur version.

Technically there is one kink left to be worked out of the Rohloff version, but it’s a minor adjustment and we should have the new version shortly to test out. Still, we’ve managed to fit it to a bike as you can see here. Within the week this one should be ridable at the factory, so if you want to come down for a test ride, we can do it.

As for the disc brake version, we’ve just put it on a really blinged out Alfine Season tikit and it worked without a hitch. It’s only too bad it’s got hydraulic discs on though because the standard brake line is way too short. There’s going to need to be some extra work done on this one, so don’t get overly excited about the concept of hydraulics! Still, the proof is in the pudding: it’s ridable. This one’s going out to a customer; can’t wait to see what they think!

The disc mounts in front, by the way, are two threaded posts mounted to the back of the fork.  Just in case you’re curious.

The coolest thing about all of this is that if you have this system (say, you already have a One Way or a Season tikit), you can easily switch to any of the others without making any frame changes or anything. What’s even crazier than that is that if you have the derailleur version (which can be useful even if you have a internally geared hub or single speed with a chain tensioner–  which, by the way, is bad on a fixed gear!!) you have a somewhat adjustable wheelbase.  How cool is that?

Those of you that have really been keeping track of things may wonder how Paul Webb managed to get these on his standard tikit. He bought a new frame and changed all the parts over, which is an option to all you other folks. Get in touch with the service department to make that happen. Being that this is the down time, this is a perfect opportunity for that!


scan0001Seriously, it may happen.  Sure, we’ve joked that we should send Obama a tikit, what with him being a cyclist anyways, but a tikit may find its way there in a totally different way.  It turns out that one of the people rumored to have a place in the seat of Secretary of Transportation is none other than Peter DeFazio, Bike Fridays’ own Congressman.

Being a supporter of local business (and subsequently NOT a supporter of the economic bailout), and a serious bike advocate (he’s got a bike/ped-only bridge in Eugene named after him!), Peter toured our factory two years ago.  Since, he’s been seen doing his commute on a custom built, all-American just the tikit.  Here you can see him with Alan and our dealer development dude, Michael Bennett, in front of the new Eugene courthouse with his favourite ride.

But hopefully soon you’ll see him in the White House. 😀

How could I have missed posting this? Edi, who’s been commenting the heck out of this blog (well, he’s the only person who leaves any comments!) has a fixed tikit, too. His is really special, though, in a lot of ways.

For one, unlike a lot of fixits here, he’s got a production One Way tikit.

And then there’s the Phil Wood track cog. Drool.

I love his nameplate: “Major Taylor – miles ahead.”

Lastly, Edi’s simply a good guy, with an awesome-looking Pocket Rocket Pro.

Talk about accessorizing, huh? It comes as no surprise to me that he has a B.U.B. from Momovelo, as they were like the boutique of bike shops. We were hoping that he was going to come out with a special version of the Bike Friday and then *POOF* he was gone.

Oh well, you got to see what Edi’s done with the tikit. He really outdid himself this time. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but Edi did provide a poetic script to this visual masterpiece:

1930 era Lauterwasser handlebars
Nitto lugged stem
Paul’s brake lever connected to a Mrazek v-brake for super stopping power
Brooks saddle w/ Nitto seatpost
Sogreni bell and lights
Tioga spyder pedals.

P.S., check out Mrazek’s 20″ bike! And he’s in Portland now!! Is everyone up there now?

Bike Friday has been alive with activity lately, so much so that this blog is a nagging memory every now and then while I ride to get to work, so I can in turn work like crazy and then finally get to ride home into the sun to my beautiful family.

Needless to say, things have been good. We had a nice vacation on the beach in Newport. We flew kites in a state wayside right down from our hotel that thanks to knowing the right people was less than it costs to stay in the Motel 6 on the freeway here in Eugene. We didn’t do much of anything. That was a nice change of pace.

After which, Bike Friday went to the Oregon Country Fair in custom-built (folding, too!) tie dyed polo shirts and showed off the bikes. We showed Ted White‘s classic “Return Of The Scorcher,” a movie that’s not only well known for showcasing bike culture around the world (read: see it if you haven’t!) but also for inspiriting the first Critical Mass (and also much less so for including a little interview with Kash, who runs our SF tikit agent Warm Planet, as he washes some underwear on tour). We made a whole skit out of it, explaining that our power source wasn’t working and that we’d need to bring in the back-up ROB unit.  As it turns out, the “ROB unit” was Rob English, fastest British man and 7th fastest in the world according to the hour record, atop Hanz’s desk which is entirely pedal powered.  He was all decked out in a huge Union Jack in the form of full-on time trial gear.  Anyways, it was a blast, but we didn’t get to camp because the Fair’s weird like that. I guess.

The girls left me last weekend and I went to Paul‘s well-named “No Car Party” as well as the even better-named “Kidical Mass.” The latter really sticks into my memory because it was a heck of a lot of fun on bikes. I’ve appeared at a Critical Mass or two and kind of like it. The police reaction to it I don’t like. But Kidical Mass was none of that. Just a family-friendly group touring about the neighborhood with the kids, enjoying the ride and following the traffic laws along the way. It was not like we were blocking traffic (yes, yes, I know, “we are traffic”), but it was like the other traffic didn’t exist. We went down to the Whiteaker Neighborhood River Festival I didn’t even know existed and then rode all over. Then they were playing “Labryinth” at the park and the plan was to go to Laughing Planet beforehand but I thought the dog might miss me.

In the Bike Friday front, we’ve never had a July like this. Usually things start slowing down now. They’re ramping up. In other news the tikit line hit a real milestone in production today, being a sure sign of the ease at which we’ll be able to keep up with the increased desire for transportation solutions. Season tikit? Yeah, it’s pretty much ready. We’ve got a blinged-out fiber Express tikit in the showroom we’ve been calling the Carbon tikit. Kind of like a carbon credit, but much more useful for getting the groceries.

I’ve just been riding (actually so has Sierra, both on the Tug-a-bug and on her own Bantam NWT) and hope that I’ll take the Pocket Llama to Cycle Oregon Weekend and the tikit to the Bridge Pedal. The 54×15 will be perfect. Hope to see you there!

In honor of the Last Friday Artwalk (the much better of the two in Eugene) as well as Critical Mass, I propose we change the name of our most ridiculously-category to “Bike Friday Fabulous First/Final Friday Fixed Gears.” There will be one every month or else!

Lastly, go see/hear Panasonic‘s new release if you haven’t. Yes, I know they’re now called Pan Sonic because of that silly electronics company, but I still remember them at Panasonic when I saw them play with Merzbow and Masonna. Indeed, that was probably the most memorable show of my life. Their cold, mechanical, form of minimal techno is unlike anything else, all pink-noise and square-wave. The latest is another live set, just brimming with raw, powerful energy, like a technology-current Esplendor Geométrico. I just wish it were a LOT louder. Just put it on headphones in the dark on turn to tracks 8 until the end to feel the full frontal force.

On the same trip, 1/2 of the aforementioned, aka Mika Vainio, who usually seems to have more in common with minimal glitch composers like Ryoji Ikeda or Alva Noto than anything else, also put out a great album called Oleva under his alias that even has a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” to rival Psychic TV‘s. It’s dark, throbbing, almost ambient at times and highly recommended.

What’s new in ya’ll’s world?

Just a quickie here as it’s been really busy (last post 3 months ago? Yikes!). Anyways, I’ve taken possession of a new tikit. This one features the slower Impulse fold technology relative to my old one and has a really slick Racing Green/Black Diamond finish.

It’s fixed as usual and basically has the same parts as the old ones with a few exceptions. I’m running a 165mm crank (boy have I missed that) from FMF BMX (I won it at a Bike Friday Christmas Party a few years back) with an FSA ISIS bottom bracket. It’s got a Dimension hub– sealed cartridge bearing non-quick release but hollow axle hub in a double fixed variety. I’m running a TA 54 tooth cog up front and a Dura Ace 15 tooth cog and a Surly 13 tooth cog in the rear.

The thing that makes this one really unique is the rear dropouts, a proprietary design that Rob worked out. It is an adjustable vertical dropout with stops, making wheel changes an absolute breeze once you get everything set up just right. Most exciting is the fact that the hub spacing is easily adjustable just by using– wait for it– different chainring bolts and spacers. Yep, that’s how it all attaches and it works great. So with it set up for 135mm a la double chainring bolts, I used triple chainring bolts and 7.5mm of spacers on both sides and now I got 120mm spacing.

This could potentially revolutionize all of Bike Friday’s offerings giving us replacable dropouts assuming of course that we can make them with derailleur hangers and disc brake mounts and such for the right price. This we don’t know but if this prototype passes the test we’ll have a great platform with a fixed gear (most of the other Bike Fridays won’t allow for a rear brake, can’t do 120mm spacing, need to have the chain slacked to be folded, etc. etc.) and we’ll be on our way to release the ultimate all-weather commuting bike– the Season tikit. More to come!

I’m not going to sleep until I finish this, darnit! That being said I’ll probably make this one brief.  Our good customer (a long time New World Tourist owner) from downunder, Peter Frey, contacted me a while back to order himself a fixed gear.  I believe his is the first and perhaps the only fixed Pocket Crusoe and the only fixed Friday I know of in the land of Oz.

Despite the simplicity of the drivetrain, he’s got it jam-packet full of features including a carbon handlebar with Cane Creek Ergo Control bar ends, a ThudBuster suspension seatpost (with the elusive CrudBuster cover), a Brooks saddle, MKS AR-2 EZ quick snap pedals, a Phil Wood flip flop hub, Surly Tuggnuts (two, yes, two of them), and Schwalbe Big Apple tires.

And then there’s the accesories:  bell, kickstand, front and rear lights.. and Polar wireless cadence computer, of course.

Who said a SINGLE speed had to be SIMPLE?

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Well, that New Year’s Resolution isn’t coming along very well is it?  Here we are almost two weeks late but I’m actually glad I waited because I have a real treat.  Imagine this:  a Pocket Rocket Pro fixed gear frame with a titanium Easy Pack seatmast, a Chris King headset, and a set of fenders for $200.  Well, it’s true.  More info, how to buy and more components for it here.

The current owner, one Geoff Huber, is the general manager and mechanic at the local independent bike shop Life Cycle as well as the drummer and vocalist to local "2-piece hardcore-hillbilly-hip-hop circus rock" band Back In The Dark

Life Cycle is a pretty neat place in that it has a lounge, publicly offers free cycling advice (everyone expects it but it’s usually given reluctantly), offers professional fittings, offers racing sponsorships, focus on women’s specific bikes and clothing and accessories, and has personalized coaching.  They’re the new guys in town, but they seem to be doing very well and I’m sure this is due in part to creating a community around the shop that is centered in great service.

As for Back In The Dark, I don’t know what to tell you.  Their description seems fitting: "comedy stand up meets metal punk dude and they fight till the death while having a really good time."  Listen to the samples and go see them play in Eugene at Diablo’s this Saturday.  Maybe you can even arrange for Geoff to let you pick up the bike there!

Just make sure to let me know if you snag this one!  I want to see pics.  Maybe I can get that resolution back in order. 😀

P.S.  The pics are from last summer (yeah, I know, I’m a slacker!).  Not consistent with how it looks now.  Ask Geoff for pics.

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