$20K will buy 40-year-old Tennessee component brand.
NASHVILLE, TN (BRAIN) — John Meyer is putting all the remaining inventory, parts and prototypes of Hi-E up for sale. His father, Harlan Meyer, launched the brand with an 80-gram front hub in 1971. Harlan died last November at age 89.
“My main interest is in seeing the business in sympathetic hands. I'm only asking $20,000 for it now so I don't have to move it out of his old house in Nashville, which will probably be sold in a month or so,” Meyer said.
Meyer and his brother Clyde worked with their father at Hi-E, though John’s full-time job was at Harper’s Schwinn Cyclery in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Most of the inventory is unassembled hub parts—undrilled flanges, hub bodies and axles. There also are water bottle cages and a variety of other Hi-E components. Harlan is unsure about what to do with two of his father’s Cosmopolitan frames he made in the early ‘70s.
“They were referenced by Cannondale in their fight with Klein over fat aluminum tube technology. Cosmopolitan frame tubes are made from rolled aluminum sheet riveted together,” he said.
“And they have oversize press-fit bottom brackets and headsets, low-profile cranks and the low-profile pedals. Remember, this is the early ’70s. My dad was so creative and the Cosmopolitan showcases so many of his innovations,” Meyer said.
He has fielded some interest from the Smithsonian in adding one or both Cosmopolitans to its collections, but nothing has been finalized. He would like them to end up in a museum rather than in a private collection.
Interested parties can reach Meyer at (865) 696-4880 or email@example.com.
I was sad to hear he died, It was so nice to know there was some one out there making parts that were different and unique. I have one of his hubs and it still rides well 40 years later. A true testament to a great designer.
Why the Bike Industry Is Like the Beer Industry
In a good way, that is.
An article by Joe Lindsey, found at bicycling.com.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of going to the North American Handmade Bike Show, held this year in Denver, Colorado.
NAHBS, as it’s known by shorthand, is not only the largest handmade bike show in the world; it was essentially the first modern one and deserves a generous share of the credit for reviving attention to the craftsmen (and a few women) who make bikes by hand.
To be sure, NAHBS can be a bit annoying in some of its pretensions. In awards categories, why do steel and carbon get their own categories, while aluminum is considered an alternate frame material, for instance—on par with bamboo? Since most carbon bike frames are built by hand, why can’t Giant have a booth? And what is up with all the carefully curated facial hair (often paired with a twee metrosexual-lumberjack style of dress)?
But it’s also a remarkable source of art and innovation. The bike industry is a small and insular universe in some ways, but incredibly broad in others.
At one end are billion-dollar bicycle companies like Shimano and Giant; massive corporate conglomerates like Michelin, with bicycle divisions; and remote-seeming corporate parents like Dorel or PON Holdings (which owns Cervelo, as well as Derby Cycle Group).
At the other end is someone like Richard Sachs, who still builds every Sachs bicycle by himself, start to finish (excepting paint). In between are all manner of companies. Even at NAHBS, the range spans from solo builders like Mike DeSalvo to modest-size companies like Moots or Independent Fabrication.
In fact, one of the few industries I can think of that’s similar to the bike industry is the beer industry (and not just because of the beards). NPR’s Adam Davidson wrote a piece in the New York Times Tuesday wondering if the beer industry was undergoing “a global version of the scale-based consolidation we’ve seen in the United States over the past century.”
He was writing about the Justice Department suing to block brewing giant InBev’s planned acquisition of Grupo Modelo. But however homogenous the brewing industry is at the top, underneath it is a thriving subculture of small microbrewers, a group that is growing every year, with 174 new microbreweries opening in 2011. (Microbrewing even has its own consumer show of sorts, the Great American Beer Festival, held every year in Denver.)
Similarly, the bike industry (especially in the U.S.) is dominated in terms of sales volume by a few large companies: Giant, Trek, and Specialized for three. But below them exists an incredible variety of builders, also growing every year. Break it down by type of bike, material, size, geographic distribution, and almost any way you slice, it there is a remarkable amount of “microbrew” choice for cyclists.
Other similarities: There’s a certain floor for pricing. You can get a 12-pack of Bud Light for about $9 in any convenience store in the country; a sixer of most microbrews costs the same. You can get a decent production bike for under $1,000; most handmade frames start just north of that.
Brewers and builders love to specialize. Cooperstown, NY-based Ommegang brews only Belgian-style beers. Moots builds only titanium.
But the biggest similarity is economic. There will never be a monopoly in beer or bicycles because both have very low barriers to entry. Monopolies occur in industries that have high barriers to entry. Telecom, for instance: To become a telecom you not only have to satisfy a number of regulatory hurdles, but there’s the raw cost of the infrastructure—stringing fiber optic cable (and getting the right of way to install said cable) costs about $26,000 per mile.
By contrast, a small microbrewery could be started with a modest SBA or bank loan. Brewing classes are available across the country.
A framebuilder could start with a credit card. To braze a frame, you need a torch, a jig to hold the tubes steady, supplies like tubes and silver or brass brazing rod and flux, and a small workshop. You can learn the basics over two weeks at United Bicycle Institute’s framebuilding classes.
And while the beer and bike industries both benefit from economies of scale (which is why that half case of Bud costs $9), taste in both is broad enough that there’s a viable niche for the small producer who does something out of the ordinary.
Which points out the final similarity: the small side of both industries is often where you’ll find innovation. Big brewers are finally recognizing the upside of making craft beers, but the downside of economy of scale is that their cautious natures prevent them from being very adventurous, lest they get stuck with lots of unsold beer.
Same for bikes. Both 29er and 650b got their start with small custom builders before the production industry took note. Oversize aluminum began with Klein back when Gary was a small builder. Today, the gravel road movement and fat bikes both sprung from niche builders meeting a customer demand that the big builders didn’t or couldn’t.
This year alone, I saw a small carbon builder (Argonaut) with an innovative way to do custom-geometry monocoque carbon frames, something I’ve never seen at any level of the industry; several companies created front or full-suspension fat bikes by modding old Cannondale Headshok forks with custom crowns; and from Steamboat Springs alone I saw a new 650b full-suspension design (Kent Eriksen), and a remarkable trail maintenance bike complete with built-in chainsaw rack and Pulaski mount (Moots).
Those bikes are the equivalent of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA, Green Flash’s Le Freak (a Belgian-IPA mashup) or Heretic’s Gramarye rye beer—not for everyone, but for someone specific.
No, there will never be a monopoly on beer or bikes. Bike lovers and beer lovers alike are simply too varied in their tastes. Individually handmade bikes will never approach the kind of dominance that the big bikemakers have, but they’ll always offer something that the big guys won’t.
Someone sent me this very disturbing article on, NBC.com, about a seat that came loose on a bike that a young boy was riding. It brought to mind the whole problem with Mega Mart type bikes and bikes that are poorly assembled and why I hate them so much. If this could happen to him could it also happen to your child? Think about it next time your loved one gets on their Mega Mart bike and rides out into the street.
Every cyclist's nightmare comes true as seat post goes up boy's rear
It's the cyclist's equivalent of waking up from a nightmare in a cold sweat: contemplating the possibility that your seat would somehow come dislodged — and your seat post would go up your rear end. Unfortunately for one rider, it's not just a nightmare anymore. A Chinese student was cycling to his first day of school when the seat bent over, and an exposed cold metal rod penetrated the boy's buttocks. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to detach most of the bike, and the boy was transported to the hospital to have the rest of the frame removed. The doctors were reportedly able to remove the bicycle from the boy's anus, and he's fine - though we doubt he'll ever want to get on a bike again.
When I opened my shop in 1982 there were a lot of shops around. It looked like each town had at least one and some even had two shops in them.
When I fist came here I went around to most the shops to say hi and introduce my self. One shop in particular was very nice to me and wished me well and offered to help me in any way that was Pro-Tour Cycles.
They were in Westfield at the time and a few years ago he moved to Watchung. Then in 2012 he moved again to Kenllworth NJ. I want to give back the support he gave me by listing that he has moved to 492 Boulevard, Kenllworth, NJ. 908-967-6144.
Major Taylor Cycle Club.
A good customer and friend wanted me to post up a great cycle club that he rides with.
They are the Major Taylor Club. They have some great rides all over NJ.
I would recomend you pop over to their web site Major Taylor Club and check them out.
MTCCNJ is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting all aspects of cycling.
They cater to a diverse group of cyclists. Their rides range from short leisurely romps to all day tours and even multi day excursions. No matter what distance they travel, they strive to promote fun and fitness through cycling.
They hold social events throughout the year to help build the camaraderie among their members and other Major Taylor Clubs. They aim to have fun both on and off the bike.
Be sure to check out our the New Ride Calendar and Gallery of Photos.
Dan Chabanov, The Bike Stands X employee does good.
Dan Chabanov came into my bike shop years ago as a high school kid that liked bikes. I gave him a job and taught him how to assemble bikes the right way and he showed me how to ride a bike the right way. He was and is an amazing rider and I still worry about him and him dropping out of college to do this bike riding thing full time but at least he has made it to a level I could only dream about.
So here is a resent article I was sent about him and I even got a mention in it. So cool, here is the article I got from The Washington Machine Post. The Washington Machine Post.
DK to Limit Mail Order, Online Shops.
SPRINGBORO, OH DK will now limit all mail order and online shops in order to continue to offer the best BMX products and to put the control back in the hands of the IBD. As a result, these few large mail order companies will no longer be carrying the DK brand.
"Today's BMX market has changed tremendously over the past several years and consumers have more options than ever before, forcing us to rethink about the industry as a whole and our place within it," said DK's Trevor Gay in a press release.
"It is no secret that a few mail order companies have captured a large percentage of the BMX market and this has put a strain on our relationship with our independent bicycle dealers," he added. "In an effort to protect the DK brand and to continue to build our relationships with the bicycle dealers, we are making some drastic changes."
Along with DK's renewed efforts to strengthen its relationships with the IBD, DK will also keep an internet presence through DK Bicycles. "Here we will be in a better position to protect MAP pricing and healthier IBD margins," Gay added.
This is great to hear and I hope it stays in place. I for one will try and pick up some parts to sell now that the big mail order companies are out of the pictures. You just can not believe how many people bring in there bikes and parts all from mail order and want me to fix it only to get mad at me because I have to charge.
Saris Raises $95,000 for Local Group.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)-The 7th annual Saris Gala, benefiting the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, raised $95,000 and will support a variety of infrastructure and educational programs throughout Wisconsin including Safe Routes to School.
It was held at the Saris Cycling Group (SCG) headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, October 29, according to a press release.
"We strongly support bicycling advocacy in Madison and across the country," said SCG president Chris Fortune. "So working with the Bike Fed is really important to us. We're proud to host the Saris Gala, but we did not do this alone. This is a community event that relies heavily on volunteers and the generous support of our industry partners."
This year's event had a Halloween theme complete with a costume ride and costume contest. Over 600 attendees enjoyed food and drinks, bid on auction items, and listened to special guest, cycling commentator, Phil Liggett talk about his experiences at the Tour de France. Former pro cyclist turned coach Robbie Ventura lead the live auction and got the crowd bidding on high end items like a Cyclesport Travel trip to the Pyrenees, Vision Quest Coaching Camp package, and a high end Trek bike of the winner's choosing.
It is nice to see someone in the bike industry giving back. It is also one of the reasons I carry the Saris bike racks. Maybe before you run out to Mega Mart and buy that poorly made bike rack that will scratch your bike and car if not dump it out on the highway you will give a company that gives back a shot. You can also be happy to know they make a great rack too.
Headset Makers Collaborate on Standard.
FLETCHER, NC Responding to the chaos unleashed on headsets by tapered steerers, Cane Creek developed a headset identification code that is being adopted by other manufacturers.
"We don't intend this label to replace model names. But to provide a common language to describe the look of a headset and how it fits," said Jason Grantz, Cane Creeks' director of marketing.
Called the Standardized Headset Identification System (S.H.I.S.), it is a unique alphanumeric label for the top and bottom cup that identifies bearing location and cup type. The small label can be laser etched into an externally visible part of the cup and the insertion skirt.
For example, an external cup headset type receives the leading code EC, zero stack is coded ZS and an integrated headset is coded IS. The numbers following this code specify the inner diameter of the headtube it presses into and to the outer diameter of the steerer it fits.
"Tapered headsets made the situation unmanageable and by sharing this system we hope to help dealers and mechanics out," he added.
So far Acros, Cane Creek, Hope, Race Face, Reset and Ritchey have agreed to begin labeling headsets and packaging with the new system, and Cane Creek hopes other makers embrace the label. Cane Creek removed its trademark on Zero Stack to allow the name to be used freely.
"We've been working on this for over a year. Dealers will still have to identify the type of headset they need to service or replace, but we hope manufacturers adopt the system so bikes will come from the factory with SHIS labels. Then all dealers need do is read the headset label to know what type it is," Grantz said.
Okay I know you are waiting for it. My 2 cents is YAHOO! It is so nice somebody out there tries to do something to make it easier for the lonely old bike mechanic. So what I will do in return is stock Cane Creek headsets!
FSA Recalling Cranksets.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Full Speed Ahead, has issued a voluntary recall of about 9,300 Full Speed Ahead BB30 Gossamer cranksets that are used by numerous bicycle manufacturers.
When the fixing bolt is over-tightened on the non-drive crank arm, the bolt shoulder can crack or break. If this occurs, the non-drive arm can fall off the bicycle causing the rider to crash and suffer injuries.
Full Speed Ahead has received 11 reports of incidents, including two cases where injuries have been reported.
The recalled models are either painted black with "Gossamer" printed in white on the arm or white with "Gossamer" printed in black on the arm. There are two drive gears (referred to as "double") on the crankset. The recalled crank arms were assembled as original equipment on the following bicycle models:Bianchi 2010 Sempre Ultegra, Cannondale 2010 CAAD9 5, Cannondale CAAD9 5 Feminine; Cannondale 2010 Six Carbon 5; Cannondale 2010 Slice 4, Cannondale Slice 4 Nytro, Cannondale Slice 5; Cannondale 2010 Synapse Carbon 4, Cannondale Carbon 4 Feminine, Cannondale Carbon 5; Cannondale 2011 CAAD10 5 105, Cannondale CAAD10 5 105 Feminine; Cannondale 2011 Slice 5, Cannondale Slice 5 Womens; Cannondale 2011 SuperSix 5 105, Cannondale SuperSix 5 105 Womens; Cannondale 2011 Synapse Carbon 4 Rival, Cannondale Carbon 4 Rival Womens, Cannondale Carbon 5; Cannondale 2011 CAAD8 5 105; Cannondale 2011 CAADX 105 Cyclocross, Felt 2011 F75, Felt 2011 F75X, Fuji 2010 ACR 1.0, Fuji 2010 ACR 2.0, Fuji 2010 ACR 3.0,Quintana Roo 2010 CD.0.1, Litespeed 2010 C3, Raleigh 2011 RX 1.0, Raleigh 2010 RX 1.0, Scattante 2010 CFR Comp. Gossamer BB30 non-drive crank arms that are included in the recall have serial numbers beginning with 10B, 10C, and 10D. Serial numbers are located on the backside of the crank arm by pedal threads.
Note: MegaExo model Gossamer cranksets and Gossamer BB30 cranksets with three drive gears (referred to as "triple" cranksets) are not involved in this recall.
Assembled as standard original equipment on the bicycles listed. Sold by independent bicycle retailers nationwide from February 2010 through October 2010.
Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles that have the recalled crank arm sets and return bicycle to the dealer. The dealer will install the new non-drive crank arm free of charge.
For additional information on obtaining a free replacement non-drive crank arm, contact Full Speed Ahead toll-free at (877) 743-3372 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the firm's Web site at FSA.
I will go out on a limb here, I would say the problem here, is not like most of the junk bikes I report on, but either the bolts were over tighten at the assemble over seas or the bolt supplier had a bad batch of bolts in there. Still bad but not as bad as just building your bike so cheap that it just self destructs.
NYC Bike Lanes Bring Backlash.
NEW YORK, NY It seems not everyone is happy with the 250 miles of NYC traffic lanes dedicated for bicycles that have been added over the last four years, according to a New York Times article.
Vocal opposition has caused the city to remove one painted bike lane on Staten Island, according to the article, while the bickering continues over others.
"He's taking away my rights as a driver," Leslie Sicklick, 45, said of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in the story.
The Wall Street Journal also had a story on bike lanes in New York City. Author Tom Perrotta wrote: "What the city has discovered, though, is that remodeling its streets and increasing ridership is the easy part of building a bike town. It's a far greater challenge to change the habits of drivers, bikers and pedestrians in a dense urban environment with congested streets."
To that effect New York City is launching a new ad campaign titled "Don't Be a Jerk," featuring prominent New Yorkers preaching bike etiquette, according to the Wall Street Journal article.
Now for my two cents. Change is hard we all go through it. We all don't like it but if you sit back and try to look at the greater good bike lanes makes sense to me even if I did not ride bikes. Just sit back and try to see it from another view point and you may see beyond the change you feel at first.
Fisher_price Recalls Trikes Due to a Protruding Plastic Ignition Key.
Fisher-Price and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles are recalling over 7 million Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles and 150,000 in Canada because "A child can strike, sit or fall on the protruding plastic ignition key resulting in serious injury, including genital bleeding." CPSC and Fisher-Price are aware of 10 reports of incidents resulting in injury. Six of the incidents required medical attention after young girls, ages two to three years old, fell against or on the protruding disc-shaped and D-shaped pretend key.
This recall involves the Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles, some of which feature popular characters like Dora the Explorer and Barbie, with model numbers listed in the chart below and that have either a disc-shaped or D-shaped pretend key. The model numbers are located under the seat in the storage compartment. The trikes are intended for children 2 to 5 years of age. The pretend keys are located about 3 inches in front of the seat and protrude at least 5/8 inches above the trike's body. The trikes manufactured after June 16, 2010 are not included in this recall. These trikes have a modified key in a flattened D shape and a manufacturer run number higher than 1670Q2. The run number indicates the trike was manufactured on the 167th day of 2010 or on June 16, 2010. The run number is found under the seat below the model number. This recall includes trikes sold as far back as January 1997.
Consumers should immediately place the trikes out of children's reach and contact Fisher-Price 800-432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at Service Mattel for a free replacement key
These trikes were sold at Mass merchandise stores or as I call Big Box Stores nationwide from January 1997 through September 2010 for about $25.
To add my two cents here I keep wondering why people keep buying the cheapest thing they can get there hands on. When will we all learn that the cost of an item can have a hidden cost that is very hard to see until it is too late.
Campus Cruisers Recalls Bicycles Due to Front Fork Failure.
Campus Cruisers LLC, of Boulder, Colo. announced a voluntary recall of the 2010 Eastside Fix Bicycle Forks. The bicycle's front fork can crack or break, causing a sudden loss of steering control and posing a fall hazard to bicyclists. This is really getting to be a big problem with forks.
Campus Cruisers has received four reports of lateral cracks beneath the front fork's crown.. This recall involves Campus Cruisers' Eastside Fix model bicycles. The single speed bicycle has an aluminum frame and fork. The bicycles were sold in royal blue with a white leather seat and white gel grips on the handlebars.
These bikes were sold in Independent bicycle dealers nationwide from March 2010 through May 2010 for about $450.. They were made in China. People should contact their local Campus Cruisers dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers who are not near an authorized dealer should contact Campus Cruisers for assistance.
For additional information, contact Campus Cruisers toll-free at (877) 260-2721 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.campuscruisers.com. Consumers can also email the firm at Campus Cruisers.
Seattle Bike Supply Recalls Bicycles and Framesets Due to Fall Hazard.
Seattle Bike Supply, of Kent, Washington announced a voluntary recall of the 2010 Redline Conquest Cyclocross Bicycles and Framesets. The bicycle fork's legs can separate from the fork crown and cause the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard and risk of injury. This is were I say something cleaver like "really"?
Seattle Bike Supply has received five reports of cracks near the fork's crown. This recall involves all 2010 Redline Conquest Cyclocross bicycles and framesets. The bicycles and framesets were sold in yellow and black, and have aluminum frames and aluminum forks with aluminum steering tubes. "Redline" is printed on the bicycle frame. The bicycles are equipped with a 700C wheel and frame sizes ranging from 44cm to 60 cm.
These bikes were sold at specialty stores nationwide between July 2009 through May 2010 for about $1,400 for the bicycle and $400 for the frameset. They were made in Taiwan. People should contact their local Redline bicycle dealer as soon as they can to receive a free fork replacement. I did not sell any of these but I will be happy to help in any way.
For additional information, contact Redline Bicyles at (800) 283-2453 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at Redline Bicycles .
Felt Bicycles Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
2009 Felt model B12, B16 and S32 road bicycles.
About 2,100 bicycles from Felt Bicycles, of Irvine, Calif. Manufactured by ADK Technology Limited of China. I for one was surprised that this level of bike was made in China. I heard most better if not all "Carbon Bikes" were made in Taiwan, who knew. I guess the old saying "you get what you paid for" fits.
The hazard is the bicycle's fork steer tube can break, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer injuries.
Felt Bicycles has received seven reports of the bicycle forks breaking. Minor injuries, including bumps and bruises were reported in one of the incidents.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact your local Felt Bicycles dealer to receive a free inspection and repair.
Consumer Contact information, call Felt Bicycles toll-free at (866) 433-5887 or (866) 4-FELT-US, or visit the firm's website at Felt Bikes.
CO2 Bicycle Tire Inflators Sold at Walmart Recalled by Todson Inc. Due to Risk of Injury.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
This recall involves Zefal CO2 bicycle tire inflators with a small pressurized carbon dioxide cartridge. The metal cartridge is threaded into the inflator head, which allows for the controlled release of carbon dioxide into the bicycle inner tube. The recalled inflators have "Zefal EZ+ CO2 inflator" printed on the front of the package. Model number 5602 and UPC number 798661556020 is printed on the back.
Consumers should immediately stop using the inflators and return them to Walmart for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Todson Inc. at 800-213-4561 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at Todson.
Moser Enterprises Recalls Schwalbe Brand Bicycle Tires.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Schwalbe Ultremo R Bicycle Tires. The tire layers could separate causing the inner tube to rupture, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
This recall includes Schwalbe Ultremo R bicycle tires. "Schwalbe" and "Ultremo R" are printed on the sidewall of the tires. Sold at: Bicycle specialty stores and on the Web from April 2009 through May 2009 for about $75.
Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles with the recalled tires and contact the place they bought the tire from for a free replacement set of tires.
For more information, contact Moser Enterprises toll-free at 888-700-5860 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at Schwalbe Tires.
Bicycles Recalled by Easton Sports; Stem Failure.
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The bicycle stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider falls. The company has received a report of a stem breaking, causing a minor injury to the rider.
This recall involves all Raleigh 2007, XXIX 700c MTN, RX1.0, Diamondback 2007, Mission, and Sortie bicycles with EA30 stems. The EA30 stems are black with white-and-gray graphics and feature a four-bolt stem face cap."EA30" is printed on the stem. EA30 stems sold as aftermarket items are included in this recall.
Sold through independent bicycle dealers nationwide from August 2007 through August 2009 for about $30.
Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycles and contact any authorized Easton Sports for a free replacement stem.
For more information, contact Eason Sports toll-free at 866-892-6059 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at Easton Bikes.
Ritchey Cranksets Recall Reminder.
SAN CARLOS, CA In light of some recent breakages, Ritchey Design wanted to remind retailers and the public of the voluntary recall issued earlier this year on certain WCS and Pro level road and 'cross cranksets.
Ritchey Design has identified a potential safety issue concerning WCS and Pro level non-drive side crank arms (Left Arm Only). In certain cases, it is possible that the non-drive crank arm could fail or break unexpectedly. If this happens during cycling, the cyclist may lose control of the bicycle, which could lead to serious injury. Because Ritchey Design products are designed to meet the highest industry standards, as a preventive action, and in the interests of putting the safety of its consumers first, Ritchey Design has decided to undertake a voluntary recall of all affected non-drive side crank arms.
The (right-side) drive crank arm is not affected by this issue. The reinforcement from the spiders lend the necessary strength to the design to prevent breakages. Ritchey hasn't received any reports of drive side arm breakages. Models affected:
All affected cranks are black finished with a silver machined face or are solid black color. (Any Ritchey crank that is silver isn't affected.)
• WCS Road 130 bcd in black w/ silver machined face only (39/53 chainring combination)
• Pro Compact Road 110 bcd in black only (34/50 chainring combination)
• WCS Compact Road (110 bcd in black w/ silver machined face only (34/50 chainring combination)
• WCS Cross 130 bcd in black w/ silver machined face only (38/48 chainring combination)
• Pro Cross 130 bcd in black only (38/48 chainring combination)
Mavic Recalls R-SYS Front Wheels.
HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)-Mavic has announced a voluntary recall of its R-SYS front wheels as a precautionary safety measure. The carbon tubular spokes of the R-SYS front wheel may break during use in certain circumstances.
All models of Mavic R-SYS front wheels are included-R-SYS, R-SYS test, R-SYS Premium-whether purchased separately or as part of a bicycle. The wheels must no longer be used.
Consumers should immediately return their front wheel to a Mavic dealer; and a new upgraded R-SYS front wheel will be delivered free of charge. This exchange will start from March 31. Until this date, and to facilitate the continued use of your bicycle, Mavic will offer a set of Aksium wheel that customers will keep after they have received the replacement R-SYS front wheel.
Sounds like a great job of getting those wheels off the road.
BETHESDA, MD-The clock is ticking for manufacturers who haven't yet reacted to the new
consumer product safety reform legislation.
The first deadline associated with the law is Nov. 12, when manufacturers must start testing to certify products-including bikes, helmets and accessories-meant for kids 12 and under, meet CPSC standards.
John Nedeau, president of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, said that while some may be a bit behind the ball, the industry is largely ready to comply with the law.
Some challenges remain, such as whether enough accredited labs will be set up to test by the deadline, how to deal with the potential backlog of manufacturers waiting for their products to be tested, and whether the CPSC will accept testing from labs the industry is already using, but that are awaiting accreditation, Nedeau said. Complicating matters, the bike industry's not the only one in line; the law focuses primarily on the toy industry.
Along with testing for lead, manufacturers will also need to supply certification for other products the CPSC oversees. For the bike industry, this includes bikes and bike helmets for all ages; however, testing for adult products can be done in-house and doesn't need to be outsourced.
Personally I think this a great idea as long as it will apply to every body and not just the independent bike dealers. Because we are small, sometimes we seem to get lost by the people in power.
Eddy Merckx Finds Strategic Partner For His Company.
MEISE, Belgium - Cycling legend Eddy Merckx has entered a strategic partnership with investment company Sobradis. Both parties are convinced that the combination of their experience and competences, combined with a reinforcement of the management structure, offers the company the best perspectives for the future.
"The partnership between Eddy Merckx and Sobradis guarantees a further profitable growth of the company. Our participation is aimed on the company as a whole and not just the brand name", says Jurgen De Vuyst spokesman of Sobradis.
Eddy Merckx was one of the first influence I had in cycling. I would read anything I could find about him and in the US back then it was not much. Imagine my surprise that I got to meet him years later after he stopped racing, and yes I got his autograph with a little help from Paul.
Eugene A. Sloane, cycling author, dies at 91. Eugene A. Sloane, the author of the 1970's Bike
Boom bestseller The Complete Book of Bicycling, died in Illinois this year. He was 91 and died from complications from
pneumonia, according to the Chicago Tribune.
This is the book I started my love for bikes with. I still have a copy not the one I bought back in the 70's. I still like looking through it but now I see the old stuff and not the new world of cycling I used to.
If you ever see one of these books kicking around I would give it a try.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm
named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled
products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Names of Products: InStep "Pathfinder," Schwinn "Run About," and Mongoose "Alley Cat" Trailer Bicycles
Description: The "Pathfinder," "Run About," and "Alley Cat" are single-wheeled, children's bicycles that connect to an adult's bicycle by a coupler. The recall includes model numbers: 12-PF250, 13-SC250, 13-SC350 and M5101. The model number is located on the lower seat tube of the frame. The affected couplers have welded plates; bicycles that have couplers with cast parts are not included in this recall.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.instep.net, www.schwinnbikes.com, or www.mongoose.com
Not to sound all preachy here but I have been saying all along that these are just too cheap to be well made. I do not nor have I ever sold these in my shop. I have also turned away most, if not all, that have come in for repair. I do not want to get my name on these things. When are we all going to figure out that something can be too cheap to be any good? If my memory is right this is the second or third time this has had a recall on it's coupler. Does that say something? It does to me!
ST. PAUL, MN -The United States Patent and Trademark office has granted federal
trademark registrations to Park Tool Company for its iconic blue color.
Exclusive rights were granted to Park Tool for the use of the color blue in five categories, including bicycle hand tools, measuring equipment, pumps, cleaning equipment and repair stands.
Park Tool is the only company in the bicycle industry, and one of the few companies in any industry, to receive federal protection for a color. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has granted 1,329 federal registrations dating back to 1913, of which 967 are currently active. Similar color trademarks have been awarded to Owens Corning for pink insulation, John Deere for green and yellow farm equipment and UPS for its iconic brown.
"Park Tool is undeniably tied to the color blue. If you show a blue tool to a bicycle mechanic or enthusiast they will tell you it's a Park Tool product," said Eric Hawkins, president and owner of Park Tool. "After building a reputation of quality and innovation over the past 40 years, we want to protect that investment and eliminate confusion in the market. A good number of our competitors started to produce blue bicycle tools intent on capitalizing on our reputation and status. In order to end this confusion it was necessary for us to secure federal registrations to better enforce our famous color brand."
As I look up at the tool wall in my shop I see a wall of blue.
Huffy Recalls Bikes For Crank Failure
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)-The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Huffy, yesterday announced a voluntary recall of the 2007 Huffy Howler and Highland Bicycles. Roughly 22,000 of these bicycles were sold. According to the CPSC, the bicycle crank can unexpectedly come off, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer serious injuries. Huffy has received two reports of the crank coming off, resulting in one injury. The recall involves multi-speed bicycles with 26-inch, 24-inch or 20-inch wheels. The Howler was sold in black (model K3587, boy's model), blue (model K4587, men's model) and red (model K6587, men's model). The Highland was sold in white (model K4597, women's model) and blue (model K6597, women's model). The name Howler or Highland is printed on the frame of the bicycle, and the name Huffy is on the front of the frame. Model numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the frame where the crank is attached to the bicycle. Sold at Kmart stores nationwide from May 2007 through July 2007 for between $80 and $100. All bikes were manufactured in China. Consumers should stop using the recalled bicycles immediately and contact Huffy to receive instructions on tightening the crank. Visit Huffy's Web site at Huffy Bikes.
My own thought to this is when are we going to figure out that you just can not get a good, safe bike for that low of money. I also know that I have never had a crank fall off a bike I put together. If they are tightened down correctly the first time, they should not come off. So who put these bikes together?
The old Quick Release is back in the news. Wal-Mart and the importer of Next bikes are being
sued because of the Quick Release on the bikes. I believe that this is the most common suit against all bikes.
I try and explain the working of the QR to people all the time even if they did not get the bike from me.
If you are not sure if you know please come on down and ask we will be glad to help. Other then that a quick
rule of thumb is that the QR lever should always curve in to the bike not away from it. Also most modern QR's
have the words OPEN and CLOSED right on the little lever. More information about this suit with Wal-Mart can be found here on this
website Stop Hurting Our Kids. Also this is a good time to say
please wear your helmet. Take a look at a Box Bike and see some of the ways companies can save money on a bike but I think
some of this can take away safety too. Comparing the Box
Bike with bike shop bikes. Wal-Mart won the case but I think it was never the actual quick release but maybe
the QR was not installed correctly or maybe the customer was never shown how to work the QR. I would venture a guess
that only one in ten people that work at most box bike stores know how to work a QR. So do you self a favor and look
again at your local bike store they may offer more then you think. I am personally uncomfortable with even working on
these box bikes but if you own one please ask some one how these QR's work.
Then to piss me off even more some person talking about this on the news recommended that every body that bought a bike from Wal-mart run down to your local bike shop and have them explain how to work a quick release. Am I missing something here? Shouldn't these people go down to the place they bought the bike and get told how to work it? Or maybe they should try and buy a bike from a bike store it may be cheaper in the long run.
The cycling industry got a significant boost today when the Wall Street Journal published an
article touting the joys and benefits of commuting to work on a bike.
With a circulation of 2.1 million affluent subscribers, the article-"The Cycling Commute Gets Chic"-struck home with the newspaper's readers noting that "affluent professionals" are leading the charge when it comes to commuting to work on bikes. (Look for it in section D, Personal Journal.)
The article cites various cities that have improved bikes paths, added bike stations and put more bike racks on buses. All these improvements seem to be encouraging more cyclists to go to work on a bike. And higher gas prices are giving it an extra push.
Besides data on trends in commuting, the article included a sidebar of six products to help improve the commuting experience. They were Mirrycle's Big Brass Bell; Planet Bike's Freddy Fenders; Metal pants clip; A standard light combo; Suit-bag pannier; and a coffee mug and mug holder.
Wald Launches New Web Site
MAYSVILLE, KY (BRAIN)-Wald's new Web site is designed to inform both consumers and dealers that such a long-standing company continues to produce quality bicycle baskets, training wheels and other accessories.
Wald's new Web site features full-color photographs, installation instructions and links to some of its favorite people in and around cycling. Consumers and dealers can learn about Wald's heritage, current product offerings and also sign-up to receive quarterly email updates from the company.
Click on the link to see the new site. here.
The Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), PTI Sports and Schwinn recalled about
14,000 Schwinn Deluxe Bicycle child carriers that were made in China. Consumers should stop using recalled products
PTI Sports has received five reports of the bicycle child carriers falling, including three reports of minor injuries, such as bumps and scratches. If the seat is not fully seated on the rack, the plastic guide tabs on the carrier can break. If these tabs break, it could cause the seat to fall off. This poses a risk of serious injury to a child seated in the carrier.
About 14,000 of the recalled child carriers were sold through mass-market retailers and military exchanges nationwide from September 2004 through November 2005 for about $50.
The carrier is gray plastic with a blue rubber back and seat pad, a gray headrest and black straps. Model number SW571T is printed on the carrier's packaging and in the owner's manual. "PTI" is printed on a yellow warning sticker on the back of the carrier seat. For additional information, contact PTI Sports at (800) 515-0074
The Bike Stand did not sell these seats nor would we install them. But this is a perfect time to ask what are you thinking. An important thing as a baby seat you would even think of buying at a mass-market retailer. We only sell the CoPilot Limo here and if bought here we will install it for free. Come in and look at this baby seat before you go to that box bike store out on the highway.
Cyclist Score Important Victory in Kentucky. In an important victory for cyclists
everywhere, the Kentucky Supreme Court struck down a decision blaming a cyclist for being on the road when a passing
vehicle hit her. In reaching this decision, the Supreme Court specifically noted that a driver shall not pass a cyclist
such as the plaintiff in this case "unless he can do so without interfering with the safe operation of the bicycle, and
that if, in fact he did pass the cyclist that he not drive to the right until he was reasonably clear of the cyclist.
"This decision is important because it reaffirms cyclists" right to the roads. As an appellate decision, it is binding precedent for future cases in all of the courts in Kentucky," said League of American Bicyclists Region 1 director John S. Allen, who has served as an expert witness in bicycling cases. "And we can expect the decision, as it is by a state Supreme Court, to be cited by other courts in future cases throughout the United States."
The League, with local Kentucky bike clubs, filed an amicus brief in support of the cyclist in March.
Okay am I crazy here, the defense was a cyclist should not be on the road. Just unbelievable, I wonder if this lawyer really thought this out. As***le.
For all you fixed gear riders The Bike Stand has a new idea for you a double side track cog hub take a look at these track hubs. We do it two ways, one is to take on old road hub that you may already own and cut the left handed treads for the lock ring so you have a real track hub. The second idea is to take a Suzue
Track flip flop hub and cut the left hand threads on the side that is meant for a single speed freewheel then you have a two sided track set up. Now ask your self why didn't anybody do this before or did they.
Well some one did it and yes we got them now.
My favorite author of bike repair book has passed on to big bike shop in the sky. His
name is Tom Cuthbertson and the book I am talking about is Anybody's Bike Book which has sold over a million copies
since 1971. The book was written for the average home mechanic. No fancy tools just what most people had at home at
the time. One of his articles about how to fix a flat started with sit down and enjoy the moment. I loved that way
of looking at it and I will miss his wit and insight.
The web page business has taken off pretty good too I am no way ready to retire but
with a few false starts it was fun to see it work. I am learning as I go but all in all it was a fun experience.
I got to meet people all over the world by Email that I would never have met any other way. I feel the world is a
little smaller with the web.