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Jiggernaut Lite: Handbuilt Bicycle Jig

I remember watching chunk666, a bike club out of Portland with a flare for mutating bicycles, putting together a couple of frames for me to build a freakish tallbike. We had this gross rig of 2×4’s attempting to hold the two frames together. It got the job done but…it was as freakish as the bike we were building. Professional frame builders use a jig to align the parts of frames which is generally a large sophisticated contraption. Now, a DIY jig is being developed for the novice builder to build bicycles of their own.

Here is more on the project and a fundraising kickstarter page.

Introducing the Jiggernaut.

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The Story: Mixed Media Engineering is bringing bicycle building to the masses! Every cyclist agrees at some level there is nothing on this earth more beautiful than a handbuilt masterpiece. But the word of bike building has remained outside the realm of the DIY audience of tinkerers, craftspeople etc.

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The nomenclature and complexity of the craft can be a real barrier to entry. Desirable parts and materials are available if you know where to look but assembling the right components at a good price is a momentous task for the newbie. Enter the Jiggernaut! Mixed Media Engineering has taken the guesswork and a number of sizable hurtles out of the way so anyone with a little knowhow can get started in the craft of bicycle frame building. By offering complete frame and fork kits, to blue prints, as well as flat pack jigs to hold everything in place they have the hobbyist bike builder on their way to the first success for under $400!

Kickstarter video:

This Minneapolis company launched their first successful Kickstarter in February 2012 and are back to kickstarter with more product kits.

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Check out and support the project HERE.

Right after Turkey Day, Fyxation pedals went on a slimming diet

New from Fyxation

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The all new Gates slim pedal. With a tough impact grade nylon body, chromoly spindle, rebuild-able loose ball bearings and pedal strap
compatible. A slimmer model with a height of only 14mm. They also went on a diet with the weight at 345g, 70 grams lighter and 50% slimmer then the original Slim. The slim package increases pedal clearance
while still providing a wide platform.

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Check out their product video:

Find out more: here.

Cyber Monday at Timbuk2

Big sale at Timbuk2-50% off-

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Check it out: here.

Stolen bike: Cannondale Road Bike-Park Slope

This one hits really close to my home in Park Slope Brooklyn.

Ashley Bryan had her Cannondale Men’s road bike stolen on Saturday. (11/24/12) (Happy Thanksgiving)

Here’s what happened according to Ashley:

I’ve been with that bike for years, in many different cities. I can’t believe I moved the to nicest neighborhood in the last 10 years and it gets stolen here. I’m crushed.

I had people over on Saturday so I locked my bike up on the street (it’s usually in my apartment). Actually, my husband and I had our bikes locked together, on the same post. It was a street sign, a really tall parking sign. We had them locked together with a cable lock and both were locked to the sign post with Kryptonite U locks. The dirty thieves took the sign off the top of the post (like, 10 feet in the air) and somehow managed to get both bikes off. The other bike wasn’t worth anything, and they oddly left it there… I must have just missed them last night because my cheap bike was laying on the ground, not locked up. So strange.

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The bike wasn’t worth a ton, maybe $200 with all its parts. It just holds so much sentimental value… I’m going to try everything to get it back.

Unfortunately, this show street signs really aren’t good locking options and never lock to ones without signs at the top.

Any information on this bike, email Ashley: ashleyrosebryan{at}gmail.com

Update: Ashley sent me some more about this bike.

•The bike is registered to her husband, Adam Longenbach at Penn State.

•It has an orange registration sticker under the frame which includes the serial number.

Name: Adam Longenbach
Permit # P09 4321 CR (Centre Region registration)
Manufacturer: Cannondale
Model: 1988
Serial #- 56052987020
Type: Road Bike
Primary Color: Blue
Secondary Color: Black
Other Notes: which text, black seat/handles, suicide shifters

Sram Art Benefit for World Bicycle Relief

Component maker SRAM is teaming up with 80 visual artists for a benefit for World Bicycle Relief this Thursday, November 29th at the Cedar Lake Theater in Chelsea, Manhattan.

For more on this event I refer to awesome cycling style blogger Susi Wunsch of Velojoy.com

Art from photo-Spunk by Patricia Vader

The juried exhibition and gala event marks the SRAM pART Project’s debut in New York City, following a display at the Interbike industry trade show in Las Vegas and an exhibition and auction in Chicago in 2011.

World Bicycle Relief is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by documentary photographer Leah Missbach Day and her husband, F.K Day, in 2005. The organization has distributed more than 115,000 specially built and locally assembled bicycles to help support education, health care and entrepreneurship in impoverished communities in rural Africa.

I met Missbach Day and learned about World Bicycle Relief in September at the first National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach, CA, where she was the keynote speaker.

Read more and get tickets, here.

Time’s Up Relief Rides

Time’s Up continues to bring much needed relief to the Rockaways with Bicycle convoys of donations and even their own human powered generators.

Last weekend and Monday they were on hand to deliver food, blankets, bike-powered charging stations, and mobile bike repair units to neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Here is a video from their recent Fossil Fuel Disaster Relief Ride.

And a link to a Flickr Set of the ride.

For more information and upcoming relief rides visit: http://times-up.org/index.php?page=fossil-fuel-disaster-relief-bike-rides

Pro Fitting, Cycleangelo and Mike Sherry

Looking to have better skeletal leverage on the downstroke to help protect the connective tissue below the kneecap? This is just one of many technical adjustments made to your body positioning when getting a pro fitting on your bicycle.

Blogger Cycleangelo recently was pro fitted by an expert in body mechanics, Mike Sherry of Performance Labs HC.

Here is more about his experience:

BIKE FITTING WITH MIKE SHERRY

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After weeks of research and contacting multiple shops and services, I was finally able to pull the trigger on a professional bike fit. My decision to work with Mike Sherry of Performance Labs HC was based on many important factors. Aside from years of experience as a coach and fitter specializing in biomechanics – the combination of his ability to perform the fitting in the comfort of your own home as well as be able to provide a follow up fitting consultation played a tremendous role in choosing Mike for the task at hand.

Read more here.

Happy Cranksgiving! 280-Largest Turnout Yet!

Cranksgiving, the annual charity bike race in NYC, had it’s largest turnout ever last Saturday. With 280 participants riding through the city collecting food for the hungry.

Here is an article from the Examiner:

Happy Cranksgiving! NYC charity cycling race is biggest ever
By: Grace Lichtenstein
November 19th, 2012

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Bike share program in NYC may have got damaged by Sandy

In an odd twist of irony, the highly anticipated bike sharing program in NYC, which would have come in real handy with the disruptions hurricane Sandy caused, may have been damaged by hurricane Sandy.

The New York Times is reporting the warehouse space in the Navy Yard which is storing the bike share equipment got hit with flood waters and may be the latest victim of the storm.

Here is more:

Bike-Share Equipment Apparently Damaged by Flooding
By Matt Flegenheimer
Published: November 14, 2012

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New York City’s seemingly star-crossed bike-share program, once promised for last summer but delayed until the spring amid software problems, has found its way into Hurricane Sandy’s unsparing path.

The storm dumped several feet of water at some points across the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where the city had been storing equipment like bicycles and docking stations in Building 293, near the northern tip of the yard and the waters of Wallabout Bay.

Read more: here.

Book Review: Nobody Rides for Free-John Francis Hughes

I’ve never read on the road by Jack Kerouac, but I’ve often wondered about this pioneer of the beat generation and his care-free meandering through a wide open America. Of course the setting of this book was back in the 50’s when it seemed as if one could just pinch a tent anywhere and easily thumb a ride…and a cup of coffee cost a nickle right? The idea of hitch hiking seems so dated, obscure and down right dangerous today, but I was recently given a novel, written by former Vancouver bike courier John Francis Hughes who did exactly that. The setting is in the 90’s and Hughes finds himself stuck in Florida, with less than $100 bucks, dazed and looking to get back to Canada after a drunken, bike trek through South America.

This is Hughes first book, published by Canada’s Book Thug. The story jumps back and forth from Hughes adventures in Central and South America to his attempts to get back home from a Miami airport.
It all starts when Hughes decided to leave his courier days and travel to Latin America, intrigued by it’s peoples deep rooted political struggles and hell bent on adventure, destined to avoid a mundane existence and a checkered alcoholic father’s upbringing. He takes his bike with him and travels though various countries having misadventures with bandits, drunken gringos and coke feinding Europeans. It’s an honest tale of travel, meeting local cultures, observing various nationalities and being free to roam in post revolution societies.

The US is no picnic either. Trying to decompress from a wild journey he has trouble getting around. He abandoned his bike before arriving in the states (his first mistake) and is forced to hitch rides on rapidly expiring funds. From desperate characters dressed in drag looking to score to silent potential serial killers…Hughes brings clear meaning to the title: Nobody Rides for Free.
I really enjoyed this book and its well written honesty. It’s not trying to hard to make deep sense of the world, rather the audience is along for the ride of a young persons need for escape. Its a nice contrast of the light and dark sides of the open road in both North and South America.

Here is more about the book from Book Thug’s website:

Nobody Rides For Free: A Drifter in the Americas chronicles former bike courier John Hughes’ rambles through Latin America on a bicycle. In this gripping mosaic-travellogue, readers are introduced to banditos, artists, grifters, would-be wives, dope fiends and attacking monkeys: a cast of characters who conspire to reduce him to alcoholic destitution. His last remaining $400 is spent sailing the Amazon, flying to Miami, and then hitchhiking across some of the most frightening highways in the United States with the goal of making it safely home to Vancouver. Throughout his adventures we learn about con-artistry, fear, and kindness set against the imposing backdrop of everything we think we know about the Americas. Nobody Rides For Free sheds light on obscure 1990s road culture while gearing itself to the needs of anyone with a desire to run from their demons on the open road.

Read a sample here.

About the author:

John Hughes was born June 22, 1970. He is a long-time bike courier, reporter, adventurer, and now first time author. Reporting gigs at CBC and at Co-op Radio in Vancouver sharpened his pencil to a fine enough point that writing Nobody Rides for Free became inevitable. Travelling across India, riding boxcars across the United States and working alongside the strangest people in the world have primed the powder-keg for another swath of unusual chapters.

224 PAGES,PHOTOS
6×9 INCHES | PAPERBACK
ISBN 9781927040041

I want to thank Book Thug and the author for the free copy. I’ll be giving a free copy away through twitter at the end of the week so stay tuned.