Archive for December, 2009
As seen on Ben’s Cycle blog. Follow the link to see pictures of Kremin’s set up.
Problem Solvers Cable Doubler 1:2. Allows one brake lever to operate two brakes.
1 lever :2 brakes
One brake lever to operate a front and rear brake at the same time. The idea has been tried before, from some cheap dual pull levers, to doubling up standard single levers on top of each other on one side, or custom fabricating old gyro cables to pull two brakes. I’ve never paid much attention to the crap people have come up with to get two brake calipers actuated by one lever but this seems to be the best. Mostly because it simply solves the problem, and does so BETWEEN the lever and calipers. Meaning you can use the components you chose. Just add this to the cables.
Ben’s Cycle has them for $39.99
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So for the last couple of Sundays I have been getting some warm up here before going to The Pit. On the corner of Lorimer and Harrison in Brooklyn this school yard set of courts is clean, quiet, and a short ride from the Williamsburg Bridge.
Because of New York Bike Polo’s agreement to limit it’s use of The Pit and the sun going down so damn early we need a place to play from noon till 2pm. See it on the NYC Polo & Spots map.
Show up for practice and pick-up Sundays Noon till 2pm.
A new type of sport is rolling into Lawrence. This unique combination of biking and polo has attracted many people.
This is a real bummer, I read this over at communitymallets.blogspot.com
This past weekend was the All Florida Bike Polo Championship held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Bike polo players from all over Florida came to have fun, eat food, and play their friends. The Ft. Lauderdale community was complimented hundreds of times over the weekend for having such amazing courts, and beautiful park to play in. The weekend went smoothly with no injuries, no drinking, and no trash whatsoever at the park.
On Tuesday evening, we showed up to Holiday Park only to find that the lights were turned off, and our cones were in the middle of the court. Asking the park ranger why the lights weren’t on, his response was “because you’re not playing anymore.”
The FTL bike polo players have been playing at Holiday continuously, 2-3 times a week, for over a year now. We’ve had no complaints other than “open containers” but it is never the bike polo players, only spectators on bicycles. The bike polo players brought this unused court back to life, and now it’s been taken away.
The city has never complained about bike polo in general. Their reason now is “as of November 10th, 2009, it is $20 per hour for the permit for the court, and another $40 per hour for lights.” A total of $60 per hour to use, otherwise unused, roller hockey courts. The All Florida tournament was held on December 5th and 6th, just about a month after the permits came into act.
If you have any references, stories, or legal help for us, please write to me! FTL will not go down without a fight!
Help save our courts!
Wow, it’s a been a long time coming and the Outlier Pivot Sleeve Shirt is finally ready for it’s first experimental drop. We’ve been working on this one since before Outlier was a company and it’s been in development the whole time. A complete reworking of the men’s buttondown shirt, designed to move better for cyclist, but really we think it’s a better shirt for just about anyone. The key to the shirt is our patent-pending pivot sleeve design. The underside of the pivot sleeve flows seamlessly into the back of the garment, creating an extra side panel. By removing the rear arm seam you can move your arm forward without restriction. It opens up a whole range of arm motion, move your arms forward or up and your shirt stays in place, cuff at the wrist, no cutting at the shoulders, your shirt tucked in properly. The extra side panel created by the pivot sleeve gives the shirt a strong form, the extra fluff found in most modern dress shirts is gone, this is how a shirt should fit.
As always we stayed local with the craftsmanship, although we strayed a few miles further, across the Hudson River to the Gambert Shirt Corp, and their 76 years of shirting expertise. Single needle tailoring throughout, with 16 stitches per inch for strength and quality. For the fabric we stayed classic, two ply Egyptian cotton spun and woven in Italy, this is great stuff with an amazing touch feel and drape. If you were expecting a tech shirting fabric from us, well give some time. We haven’t found any on the market we like, but lets just say we are working on changing that… But for now, check it out, the Outlier Pivot Sleeve Shirt.
Ride Safe and Ride Strong,
Hold Fast is a small, rider founded company making a “Foot Retention System”and is based out of Red Hook, Brooklyn.
For a couple months I’ve been wanting to try out their FRS thinking it might be good for my speed on the court. I normally, and have since the beginning, played with flat platform pedals with no clips or straps. I don’t have clips or straps on my work bike or the bike I race alleycats on either. For two reasons. One, I wear bulky skate shoes. I like the thick soles and the extra upper padding so my shoes do not fit well into toeclips and straps. And second, because if and when I need to jump or eject off my bike, on the street or on the court, there is nothing slowing me down. My feet leave my pedals as easily as my hands leave the bars.
When I started riding road bikes I did use a popular clipless system and never had a problem and I just got back from riding coast to coast doing over 4000 miles clipped in. So I know the advantages of having your feet attached to the pedals. Of course that’s not something I’ve wanted all day and night on the streets of New York or game after game in The Pit.
But still, seeing that Hold Fast makes a quality product and that other players had good things to say I thought I’d like to find a way to get a pair onto my polo bike. I thought that having my feet a little more secure on the pedals would give me more start up power on the jousts and that from using more muscle groups I might be less tired after riding around our huge court.
Luckily Hold Fast sponsored one of my favorite races in NYC, Cranksgiving 11, and I won a set as my second place prize. Right away I installed them onto my Haro BMX pedals, worked around with the fit, securing the straps through the body of the pedals and adjusting the main strap over the top. It took me a little while because I think they are designed around a shoe with less bulk.
Sunday I went out a played a full day with them. And knowing that there is nothing wrong with the way they are made or the purpose they serve, I took them off my bike as soon as I got home. I fell off my bike about twice as much as I should have. Not being used to having my foot held in place made me simply fall before I could catch myself. Also, having large shoes and working the straps into an adjustment that both lets my foot slide into place but not be too loose when in place was hard to do. I found that when I tried a more circular pedal stroke my foot would lift off the pedal but trying to tighten them more I found that I’d need to use my hand to get my shoe in place under the straps.
For me I think it comes down to two things. My shoes have too much upper padding for any strap to be able to hold my foot down without letting my foot lift AND let me get my shoe in place easily on the go. And more importantly, after giving it a go, I don’t think they’ll make me any better at bike polo. I thought about giving it another week and maybe I’d like them more (I really want to like them) but I figure I don’t need to be falling anymore that I already do.
Last thing, and this is just to make the point one more time that for people who run normal size shoes I bet this system would be great. But the shoes I run are so wide that the sides of the straps were making contact with the ground at times when I might or might not pedal strike. All the buckles are on the outer edge and take away from my cornering clearance.
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