Congratulations to Rob English of English Cycles who took home two awards from the recent North American Handmade Bicycle Show. A multiple Oregon state time trial champion, English brought his new personal time trial bike and took home Best of Show with it. Culture Cycles took quite a few pictures of the low, narrow, wind-cheating machine. This is more than frame building—English made the front brake, hub and cranks, and tucked the electronic rear derailleur’s battery inside the frame. Rob is a man of broad interests—and co-designer of the Bike Friday tikit folding bicycle. My tikit is pictured to the left.
Gates Carbon Drive awarded seven of its own prizes at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show for builders integrating the company’s belt drive into their custom creations. English won for the Best Belted Adventure Bike, built for a customer who plans to ride it on mostly unpaved roads along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. Bike Rumor takes a look at three English machines: a rigid 29er, the Black Rainbow Divide Ride and the Best of Show time trial machine. Rob has also written about the Black Rainbow. And Gates has pictures of all the award-winning belted machines.
Rob English and his wife, Misha, are getting ready to open a bed and breakfast in Oregon’s South Willamette Valley this summer. Rob says the couple will give “a 10% discount to anyone traveling by bicycle; any English Cycles customer who would like to come for a fit or to pickup their bike can get a free night’s stay, too.” Says the Velo website: “Vegetarian. Eco. Local. Organic. Velo!” (Velo Bed and Breakfast)
Italian parts maker Campagnolo is celebrating its 80th anniversary. You’ll find a brief review of its history on its website. It also has a special anniversary website. Campy, of course, is probably the only parts maker that is seeing the value of its 50th anniversary parts group going up—as long as it has never been used.
A folding bicycle with 14 speeds and no derailleurs? Dahon says its 2014 product line will include the Mu Rohloff Sport featuring the German-made Rohloff internally geared rear hub.
Tern Bicycles is back at the Austin, Texas, South by Southwest Conference, “the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies,” running a bike share program for conference attendees. According to the news release: “The SXcycles bike share program is presented by NBC’s Revolution and will provide registered conference attendees (Platinum, Gold, Interactive, Film and Music badges) with a fun, health conscious and sustainable way to get between the conference center, outside events, and lodging, at no cost to them.” Details: “Before taking a bike, every renter is required to pre-authorize a $250 deposit at the SXcycles lot. Bikes must be returned by 2 a.m. or a $100 late fee will be applied daily until the bike is returned.” 2 a.m.? I think I could manage that. (Tern)