The Monkey Lab
Two trips to New York a week apart, two bike shows, the largest organized bike ride in the US, good food, and lots of people meant for a busy week and a half. Just two days after returning home from the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, we ended up back in the Big Apple for Bike Expo New York. Here's a recap of the two trips.New Amsterdam Bicycle ShowThis show had a fashion/lifestyle focus for riding a bike in NYC. There were a variety of clothes, bags, helmets, and commuter bikes on display. The venue had more of an art gallery feel to it, which was a nice change compared to the usual conven
Katie and I loaded up the bikes this morning with everything for our booth at the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show and pedaled the 6 miles from northern Washington, DC to Union Station where we met the Bolt bus. The cargo bike was pretty squirrely with all the weight, and the turning radius was drastically increased because the handlebars were hitting the large box on the platform. The bike also felt a lot slower than usual and was far less nimble in traffic.
Independent Fabrication, one of our partner frame builders, recently built this rugged touring bike for one of their customers. They were commissioned to build the bike to be as strong as possible to carry the rider safely and reliably through many thousands of miles of unsupported, heavily loaded touring. IF contacted us to build a wheelset around a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 that would complement the frame.For the wheels, we laced the Rohloff rear hub and a
After more than a month of searching, Matt received a tip that someone had purchased his bike at the Oakland Coliseum flea market. He was able to track it down and buy it back. Not ideal, but Matt is totally stoked to have his bike back and be able to continue his trip. Thanks for keeping an eye out!
We built this black and white Leader 725 recently for a customer in Toronto, ON Canada. He was looking for a fixed gear bike with clean lines to commute on but wanted to have more than one gear to deal with hills. A Schlumpf Speed Drive was a natural fit as it offers two gear choices without any cables or hand shifter.
Along with the Rohloff-specific Hot Rod Cranks from Groovy Cycle Works that we showed you on 3-25-12, we also have titanium Luv Handle Handlebars in stock. Like the cranks, these bars are also made in Wooster, OH. They offer an ergonomic hand position with 21.5 degree back sweep, 4 degree up sweep (yields 1" rise), and 26" overall width. The bar clamp diameter is 25.4mm while 31.8mm stems can be used with adapter shims.
After nearly a year of waiting, we finally received our first batch of Groovy Cycle Works Hot Rod cranks. These tubular chromoly steel cranks are hand made in Wooster, OH and weigh 712g. A 24mm diameter axle is attached to the drive side arm and the non-drive side arm is secured to the axle using two 5mm Allen-head pinch bolts. A three-lobed polygon interface is used between the non-drive arm and the axle for high torque transfer capability.
This custom painted Surly Big Dummy hybrid was done for a customer in San Francisco, CA who was looking for an alternative to using his car for day to day activities. The Big Dummy offered the cargo space that he needed and the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 offered wide gear range and a maintenance-free drivetrain, but getting up and over the steep hills in San Francisco was a challenge, especially with heavy loads.