Small used Pocket Metro 7 speed

No kidding, folks. I am offering a barely used seven speed Bike Friday Pocket Metro in size small for a mere $450. (more…)

Advertisements

One thing that’s great about working in the bike industry is access to bike parts. This is especially true at Bike Friday, or any custom manufacturer, for that matter. The only thing that is not so great is all the left overs you end up with.

Thus, this begins a series of posts of stuff for sale in order to clean out the garage. Here’s the rules: Everything is as is. Assume used unless otherwise noted. I can ship to wherever, but the cost is not included. Payment by PayPal, check, money order, or cash. Contact me here. Happy shopping! (more…)

DEMO belt drive tikit
Belt drive tikit in the urban jungle
Silent, clean drivetrain
I can’t say we’re ready to sell these yet, but we’re close: the long anticipated belt drive tikit. Using the Gates Carbon Belt Drive leaves us a bit limited on gearing so we are inclined to wait until later in the year when the Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub comes out before release.

So the one you’ll see in and around the Gates booth (thanks, Jeff Linder, for delivering it!) at Interbike (now you’re going, right?) has a normal old 8 speed Alfine. I would still buy it, though. There aren’t going to be any road races on it, but it was a usable flatland gear on the high end. So plenty of low 🙂

Another stumbling block for us on the belt drive is how stiff to make the frame so that flex doesn’t result in belt slippage. So we increased the chainstays from 1/2″ to 5/8″ and brought the chainstay bridge closer to the rear wheel for better triangulation. If anything, it’s overbuilt.

Missing clip braceClamp on latch pinImproved stand and seat latch
Other interesting frame features include some ideas that Rob English has been kicking around. One is the lack of a clip brace (between the rear end and the back of the main frame). Another is the integration of the stand into the seatmast latch. Both of these are for simplicity’s sake, but the former one makes for better function and easier repair of the rear end latch: a clamp on pin. There is also something going on with the latch pins to simplify things, too, which will provide more clearance.

Split seatstay
Then there is the cool split seatstay Rob came up with to deal with split seat stays. Because, as I told Juan Díaz Díaz, a regular on the Bike Friday IRC channel, elevated chainstays are so late 80s 😉

Civia Colfax 25 degree bend bars
Did I mention these bars? I think I found the first flat bars I like. I am stoked about that! They are Civia Colfax 25° bend multiposition bars. All the clearance and compatibility of a flat bar but so much more wrist friendly.

And am I stoked about the bike! I, for one, plan on pushing hard to release it with the 8 speed. All of us were surprised that the gearing really wasn’t that bad after all. But if you want to be on the list for the official release, get in touch.

Oh and we’re looking for good names. I like Traffic tikit. In typical Bike Friday fashion, it’s a play on words. The Season tikit is a great commuter but this is the übercommuter and in that sense, it really conquers the traffic. What do you think?

UPDATE 15 February 2011: As I’m sure you all know, it’s out now. We opted to give it a relatively lame name, in my opinion, but at least it tells you what it is: Carbon Drive tikit. At the time of writing (yes, I realize this differs from the link above), the 11 speed is $3175 and the 8 speed is $2595. Please note that the use of Phil Wood belt drive cogs allows us to get reasonable gearing with the 8 speed. You also might note the special offer on a Phil Wood hub upgrade..

Josh Mitchell's fixed FridayI am pleased to announce that we are now able to offer the Sturmey Archer S3X three speed fixed gear hub. It is available on any Bike Friday, but the Pocket bikes (not the tikit or the Air bikes) will require removing the chain to fold as all models will come with adjustable vertical dropouts. It is operated by a propietary bar end control, though an old style thumb shifter mount is available. Cogs get down to 12 teeth. Direct drive is the highest gear so calculate gearing from your given cogs and then 2nd will be 75% of that and 3rd is 62.5% of direct. Also possible is the installation of a freewheel on the threaded cassette body but why would you do that? 🙂 À la carte, price is $249 for the kit and a tikit with it on would run about $1498.

Is it worth it? Heck yes. I had one before it was stolen and loved it. It seems like an oxymoron but in practice it really extends the possibilities of a fixie. You do have to hesitate, even under the slighest of loads to get it to shift and there is no brifter (like the Versa for Nexus), and there is no disc brake option, but these are minor quibbles. You can now have all the advantages of a fixed gear without sacrificing your knees. That’s a GOOD THING.

Get in touch if you want to order one up.

meebo2.so in finchLook, I’m still alive! Been busy with work/family/geeking out.

On that latter subject, I’ve been regressing to some degree, running my instant messaging/IRC, email, and tweets off of a free Debian shell in Germany called the Nic Nac Project. I’ve been using finch aka gaim-text (the ncurses-based version of Pidgin), alpine, and twidge, respectively to handle these tasks and using tmux to manage windows (though there is one IRC server I connect to that only has open port 6667 which NNP’s ISP blocks, so I have to ssh into another free shell and use irssi from there to connect). Technically, I could create an SSH Tunnel and VNC in or use X11 Forwarding and run everything off of the more traditional fluxbox-based desktop but it’s s-l-o-w, and ANSI was good enough for a long time for me (though now I demand UTF-8).

Overall it has been working quite well, except for two things:

  1. when using PuTTY as a terminal it doesn’t handle line drawing characters correctly when using UTF-8 translation so finch winows and tmux windows look all messed up. Unfortunately their approach to dealing with bugs is not necessarily friendly. I’m guessing this is a lost cause then.
  2. constant authorization requests from MeeboMe (I can’t believe people still check my blog even though I haven’t touched it in so long!) which I couldn’t fix with the old plugin.

Luckily, the friendly folks at #pidgin on Freenode came to the rescue. Apparently, one of them had taken that old plugin and ran with it. I am happy to report that it works marvelously with Finch 2.6.6 running Debian Lenny. Unfortunately, it takes a few steps:

  1. download the source for Pidgin
  2. untar if necessary and cd inside the source directory
  3. type ./configure (note you will probably need to use a lot of –disable flags; I did ./configure –disable-gtkui –disable-gstreamer –disable-vv –disable-meanwhile –disable-avahi –disable-nm –disable-tcl)
  4. download the plugin
  5. mv the plugin into the source’s pidgin/libpurple/plugins directory
  6. type make meebo2.so
  7. mv the finished plugin (meebo2.so) into your own plugins directory (I use ~/.purple/plugins for one’s I’ve made myself)
  8. It should pop up in finch’s plugins dialog– just click the checkbox and you’re set

Hopefully this puts your mind at ease as it did mine.

The wrong dessert to get me for my birthday: Bacon Burger Pie

The wrong dessert to get me for my birthday: Bacon Burger Pie

Yep, it’s my birthday tomorrow (thanks for the early wishes, everyone!). My honey ain’t feeling too hot so I probably won’t have a cake, so if you want to stop at Sweet Life and grab a Vegan Tiramisu or something, that would be cool. While you’re at it, a Vegan Chef’s Choice from Pizza Research Institute and some Oakshire beer, maybe the Vit or Duck Billed Platypus or the Ill Tempered Gnome, would go down quite well, too.

If you really want to splurge, get me a gift certificate at Best Buy (I probably would have said Frys but they’re not local and I’ve already got some old gift certificates at Best Buy). I can use it to get another external hard drive for the music, pictures and video. A print server would be nice, too. We could also use a couple extra Wii MotionPlus remotes for when the visitors come and want to gang up on New Super Mario Bros. Wii! 😀

<geek>Not to mention the fact that it would be nice to get another Linksys WRT160Nv3 router in case I happen to render mine useless trying to flash an Open Source firmware called Tomato USB onto it. After SimplifyMedia made me mad and gave up the ghost, I’ve been trying to find a good solution to accessing my files from abroad. Maestro.fm crashes and has literally no support. Remobo— is just plain weird and looks like it will have issues with firewalls. This lead me to virtual private network solutions. Hamachi would be GREAT but there’s no support for anything but Windows (ew!) anymore. There was Viscosity but I didn’t feel like spending money for it.

So that lead me to OpenVPN solutions. Tunnelblick held some promise but it was going to take me forever to figure out how to configure the thing (I have a couple BOOKS now on the subject) and then I wasn’t sure it would work with a Bonjour-based service like iTunes Home Sharing. Looking for other options, I stumbled across a few different Open Source firmwares like dd-wrt and the original Tomato, complete with built in OpenVPN server. Now it’s just a matter of implementation but I’ve been a bit nervous without a backup option. So, yeah, that would be cool. I can always return it if all goes well.</geek>

But in all honesty, I don’t need any presents or surprises. I can’t complain. Even if I got nothing, I got a great wife who I am so proud of for going back to school to persue her dream (art) and constantly and delightfully surprised by for gaining new interests (biology) and who is just the best friend I could ever have (tandem kayaking and whale watching last weekend was fabulous!). I also got a remarkable little daughter who could out-swim me any day, who’s excelling reading standards and who continues to challenge and astound me every day.

Besides, I’m a geek. I don’t ever get bored, so it’s hard to feel sorry for yourself if you don’t get any presents or no one remembers your birthday. 😀 Not like I have that to worry about…

Ever since I got a Prism kite as a gift, the easily foldable/packable Stowaway Diamond, I have been absolutely in love with kites. On a recent trip to the Northern California Coast, home to the world’s oldest trees (the Redwoods, silly!), I even rushed to save my kite from the ocean as if I was trying to save my daughter from drowning. I guess that’s what I get for letting someone else fly it!

Anyways, I always enjoy when my client’s interests (outside of bikes) intersect with mine. Such is the case with the well-travelled cycletourist Jan Houtermans aka kiteplayer. He just happens to like kites, too. While browsing through his galleries, I found a glorious picture of a cyclist AS a kite, which was even more coincidental. Jan told me that he was not only a French professor of math and physics, but was well known for his remarkable kite making abilities. And does he deserve it. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:


Any other kite flying cyclists out there? What’s your favourite?