Friday, February 07, 2014

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Periodic reminder that this Blogger blog is an archive of old blog posts. The real blog is Cyclelicious, so click through there, pretty please and thank you very much.
Green lane Hedding Street

Monday, March 01, 2010

NAHBS 2010 photos, news and updates

The 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show finished up Sunday in Richmond, Virginia with an announcement for next year's show location (Austin, Texas) and a prize presentation for "Best Of" show bikes.

NAHBS 2010 Sunday Roundup.

Ted Wojcik's pedal powered lawnmower.

Photo slideshow: The People of NAHBS 2010.

NAHBS Link-o-rama.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cyclelicious 2.0

After five years, I've finally converted Cyclelicious over from Blogger to Wordpress. Things are more or less functional now, but it may take a little time for the RSS feeds to get updated. Unless you're one of the small handful of people who still subscribe to my original feed, you shouldn't need to change anything. The correct feed is at at Feedburner/Cyclelicious. If you don't see your Cyclelicious feed updated over the next couple of days, you'll know you need to change things around.

You can still view the "legacy" Cyclelicious here, or visit the new, improved Cyclelicious and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A little worried about this guy

Floyd Landis in San Jose Team OUCH

I truly hope he gets some good counsel and doesn't do something tragically stupid in the next few days.

Fat tires and float

I'm having a lot of fun trying the Urbana Bike bicycle. I hope to have an initial review on Commute By Bike in the next day or two.

Those ultra fat 2.6 inch tires on the Urbana suggest to me that they might "float" wonderfully on the snow, and Urbana confirmed for me that the tire was designed with the year round, all weather commuter in mind. Urbana is based in Montreal, Quebec, and Montreal this time of year means snow.

I want to test this out, but we don't exactly have an abundance of snow in Santa Cruz. I tried a reasonable analog: Beach Sand. Conditions this last weekend were 70 degrees and sunny at the beach, a perfect opportunity to test these tires.

Balloon tire on the sand

As you can see, the blue waters of Monterey Bay look very inviting. Furthermore, the tire "floats" over the sand just fine. I didn't photograph myself on the dry, less compact sand away from the water because I was more concerned about keeping in control, but I can still ride and control the bike in the soft sand.

Unfortunately, for my return trip home, I discovered another type of float these tires excel at - the tires are too fat to fit into the tire slot on bus bike racks, so they sit right on top of the slot!

Fat tires and bus bike rack

The bus driver won't let me mount the bike like this, but I eventually found a solution to this problem. If I deflate the tires partially down to about 10 PSI (recommended minimum is 20 PSI), I can jam the tires into place. They're wedged in pretty good, so some effort is required to pull them back out at your destination.

Deflate to fit

At 10 PSI, these balloon tires are still ridable, though you risk pinching the tube on curbs and bumps and the front tire squirms like crazy. You also need noticeably more effort to make the bike go with the tires so squishy.

If you frequently bring your bike on the bus, you might consider swapping out to a skinnier tire. The Nid De Poule tires otherwise perform surprisingly well, with good rolling resistance and superior shock absorption because of their big air volume.

I discovered another cool feature in Santa Cruz last weekend -- a pair of pedestrians crossed against the light directly in front of me, so I squeezed brakes and the rear tire emitted a satisfyingly loud heart stopping screech. The walkers yelped in fear and clutched their chests in response as they jumped back to the sidewalk. I really hate the idea of generating fear like a car, but I have to admit to a certain visceral satisfaction when I saw the look of terror on their faces. I'll repent of that later.

If you want the Nid De Poule, you have to buy the bike from Urbana -- it's not available for sale individually. Steve tells me, though, that Schwalbe's Fat Frank tire might be similar.