Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Riders wanted by MetroGnome Music & Cycle to Go for El Tour de Tucson

My home store Metrognome Music & Cycle to Go is looking to form a group to do the 55-mile ride at El Tour de Tucson.  The ride is occurring on November 21, 2015 and attracts people from all over the world.  There is a discounted link below for you to sign up with Metrognome.

I won't be able to ride this year, but I've done it in years past and it has always been a great time.  Hope that you can make it out here!

El Tour De Tucson - 55 mile event for folding bikes and friends!
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Saturday November 21st
Start Time 10:30am Ft. Lowell & Swan

El Tour De Tucson
55 mile event

55 miles


It looks like we have a group interested in doing the 55 mile version of El Tour De Tucson!  GET A DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION RATE BY USING OUR SPECIAL REGISTRATION FORM (SEE LINK BELOW)!  This event is open to folding bikes and friends.  The discounted rate for the event is $135 (Reg $160).  Register in our store, or mail / bring your registration form to:
El Tour
2609 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716

  You need to use this REGISTRATION FORM to get the discount.

We will have some longer group rides coming up to help train for the event.  Feel free to forward this on to anyone else you know who may be interested in doing the event.  To be eligible for the discounted rate, payments and applications need to be received by Oct 23rd, 2015.  If you are dropping off the registration at our store make sure it is here by 1:00pm on the 23rd so we can get it down to the office!

About our rides:
If you are looking for a casual fun weekend ride, the Metro Gnome Music & Cycle To Go group ride is for you!  These rides will go to various locations around Tucson, and will vary in distance to accommodate riders of all abilities.  These rides are open to all types of bicycles, but are a great chance to try out a folding bike and meet with other folding bike enthusiasts!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Straight Outta...

Had to post this in celebration of the release of Straight Outta Compton...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 Brompton US Championships Announced!

It was just announced this week that this year's Brompton US Championship will be held on September 25, 2015 in Richmond, VA in conjunction with the UCI Road World Championships.

I've heard that we will be riding the actual course that the pros will be on for that day.  Here's Cav to give us a preview:

Curiously, this will be held after the BWC for this year, so I think that there will be no US Champion representation this year.  This year's BUSC champions will be going to next year's BWC.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hello everyone!  I'd like to wish everyone safe and festive Thanksgiving (Americans and non-Americans alike).  It's a rather scorching 82 degrees F (about 28 C) here in Tucson and it feels like it's too hot to bike (sorry for those of you with snow)!  But I toughed it out today...


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Brompton Saddle Height Insert Fitting

Brompton has released a video showing how to install a Saddle Height Insert Fitting.  This fitting limits the seat post height a maximum extension to the height that you prefer.  No more guessing when you pull your seat up!

I've had a prototype of this for since BUSC, but just got around to installing it today.

Installation was pretty easy, as shown in the video.  You do have to make sure that the fitting "bottoms out" on that back slot.  And when you are cutting the fitting, err on the short side (cutting off less material).  You can always go back and cut another section off.

Fitting is bottomed out

There are a couple of things to note:
  • You will still have to make sure that your saddle is pointed straight forward.
  • If you share the Brompton, you will have to set the insert for the higher (taller) position.  Either that, or buy another Bromtpon!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

100,000 pageviews!

Just a quick post expressing my gratitude for everyone's visits to this site.  I plan to continue providing interesting content for a while.  Thanks!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Interbike 2014 roundup

I just came back from Interbike 2014 last week in Las Vegas.  I'm going to break up my observations into three sections: Brompton, Tannus Tires and overall observations.

The big news this year is the addition of new colors, which will replace some of the current colors.  Admittedly, these new colors look just slightly different from the colors they will replace.

Lime green, which I think replaces yellow or maybe Apple green

Lagoon Blue, replacing Arctic Blue

Berry Crush, replacing Claret

Lagoon blue main frame with orange extremities
Cherry Blossom, replacing hot pink

Vanilla main frame, replacing desert sand.  The extremities are  Turkish  green.
The MetroGnome crew admiring the new colors
 Damn, I thought I had a picture of Tempest blue, which will be replacing Cobalt blue.  Oh well, there's a good one here.  I hope I got all the new and replaced colors correct... if not, let me know in the comments.

Also, there will be an option to have black handlebars (except for the P-type), seat post, and cranks on select color schemes.  I think the current selected color schemes are lime, white, lagoon blue, and berry crush (although these are subject to change).

Lime green with blacked out extremities

Tannus Tires
I was able to ride a prototype formulation of Tannus tire polymer (tentatively dubbed Aither 2.0) on a Brompton, and I must say I was very impressed.  Although there is still a touch of dead feeling to it, it feels much closer to a tubed tire, and there is much less rolling resistance.  The tire will be designed  specifically to fit a Brompton and is about 90% developed, targeting final release in early 2015.  The new tire will be available in black, and perhaps only black (which would be fine by me).

Tannus Tires with their current generation of tires.

Overall Observations
There was a big push to electric bicycles this year.  There were at least a dozen that were available for demo rides outside, and a few more inside on display.  They were all fun to ride, from the top of the line Stromer ST2 to the more frugal folding e-Joe Epik.  I was particularly impressed with e-Joes... they got all the basics right (throttle controlled and/or pedal assisted), costs under $1350 for the base model, and were a hoot to ride.  I can really see how these electric bikes could get a lot more of the casual riders and potential commuters out on the road.  I'm looking forward to getting my ShareRoller soon.

Electric e-Joe
Yeah, it doesn't fold like a Brompton...but it's still fun to ride!
I also noticed more folders this year.  However, they were mostly cheap copies of Dahon / Tern models.  Dahon had a model with a Rohloff hub as well as a 30th anniversary edition which looked very nice (and should be at over $5000 each).  Tern had some minor updates, one of which was adding a custom BionX kit.  I had a go on this one also and it was fun.