Bicycle companies: great places to work. Plus, rod-operated drum brakes

P1050696Bicycle Retailer reports more than a dozen of Outside Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work are bicycle companies. SRAM (79), the components maker, has 540 employees and 16 locations around the world. Quality Bicycle Products (68) is a Minnesota-based bicycle parts wholesaler and the company behind brands such as Surly and Civia. And while not a bicycle company, New Belgium Brewery (17) certainly promotes the vehicle, starting with its logo, and its workers qualify for a free bike after a year of employment. (Outside)

Folks in Indiana may have a Bicycle Suitability Map in their hands by the end of September. Bicycle Indiana (“Cycling’s voice in Indiana”) hopes to overcome the lack of response from some local agencies by incorporating road data from individuals. In addition to identifying suitable roads, the map may indicate numerous cross-state routes given that Bicycle Indiana is looking for “three north-south roads and three east-west roads through each county in Indiana.” If you want to provide your insight on roads in Indiana, contact the organization no later than August 9. (Bicycle Indiana)

One of the notable changes in the corner of the bicycle world occupied by the United States is the increasing popularity of protected bicycle lanes. Angie Schmitt writes an extensive article on the topic, observing it’s “getting to the point where if your city doesn’t have a protected bike lane yet, it’s being left behind. Last year alone, the number of protected bike lanes in the United States nearly doubled from 62 to 102. This year, the number is expected to double again.” (Momentum Mag)

Rails to trails, the act of turning abandoned rail lines into bicycle and multipurpose paths, sometimes works in the opposite direction as railbanked paths become active rail lines again. One of the most recent reconversions is a 1.9-mile section of trail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Detroit Free Press)

Brian Davis announces a “soft launch” of a new, all-steel Fix It Sticks multitool. I preordered for my basement shop, and I’m eager to see how this torque-happy tool compares to the original aluminum/steel hybrid. (Fix It Sticks)

The Society of Three Speeds highlights an interesting Phillips bicycle. I’m not sure why one would cut and braze two smaller frames to create a larger one, but the machine’s rod brakes are even more interesting. Instead of the usual stirrup-style rim stoppers, the rods are connected to modern Sturmey-Archer drum brakes. (Society of Three Speeds)

If you’re going to chop down trees and spray them with ink, it’s best to use that resource for the transmission of quality information, like Jan Heine does with Bicycle Quarterly magazine. He also passes along wisdom using the whizzing electrons of his blog, Off the Beaten Path. Back in 2011, the fan of long rides ridden at a good clip wrote a series of articles on his preference for low-trail steering geometries, 650B x 42 tires, aluminum fenders, compact double cranks and handlebar bags. Spoiler alert: he hasn’t always ridden such machines. (Off the Beaten Path)

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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5 Responses to Bicycle companies: great places to work. Plus, rod-operated drum brakes

  1. adventurepdx says:

    I’m not sure why one would cut and braze two smaller frames to create a larger one,

    Simple. Because neither frame was big enough for him!

  2. Just wish I knew a little more about the joining procedure. Did the owner join tubes end to end? Was there a transporter accident? Not sure.

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