Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I just built this QBall which will be part of the TBE demo collection. The size small 29er has a heart of steel with a star fade wrapper. The frame is outfitted with Shimano XT bits and pieces with a Fox fork and Hope headset.
More pretty pictures here.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Roger just finished building his new do-it-all bike, a YiPsan monster cross. The bike is set up for all-day comfort in the saddle. The frame has clearance for wider knobbies so light mountain trails are not off limits. That fancy-pants hub you see up front is a Schmidt generator which will power both a front and rear light. The lugged steel bike is dressed up with Sram components and Avid disc brakes. Stop by and see this beauty in person.
More photos here.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
So how did it handle riding from home? It really does “seamlessly combine battery power with your own pedal power,” just like the Giant brochure says, which makes for a very different experience than my typical ride. It’s heavier than bike shop hybrids, mostly because of Giant’s EnergyPak lithium ion batteries (4-6 hour charge time). The motor for this rig is in the front hub and the “driver unit” (computer) that receives information from the PedalPlus sensor, is at the bottom of the seat tube. You select a battery (left or right); choose a power mode (sport, normal, or economy) and pedal. Yes, you have to pedal. That’s why Giant insists it’s not an electric bike. With the Twist Freedom DX, there is a certain amount of assistance that comes from the motor. The more you need, the more you get, but you can’t just sit back and go. That’s not how it works.
The first thing I noticed is the speed. It’s not bad, about 15-17 mph, which is slower than I’m used too but faster, I suspect, than most riders would take the bike. Without a cyclometer (not included in the package) I had to approximate how fast I was going. Also, the bags have less space than I’d like. Fortunately a rack top bag can be added, and one of the batteries can be removed for more space.
Functionally the bike performs quite well. The battery powered motor did a great job pulling my 175lbs frame up the hills even when I stopped and restarted on the incline. I do feel the advertised 70 mile hour battery life is optimistic. My 8 mile, moderately hilly, ride sucked 2 of 5 dots from one of the batteries power meters. For the vast majority of my ride I was in the sport setting which contributed to the expedited use the bike’s battery. There was a discernable difference between the motor’s, “eco,” “normal,” and “sport” settings which was nice.
I would describe the ride as having the wind constantly at your back; something that’s really nice if you’re tired, have knee pain, or you just want to chill a bit. Even when you pedal lightly the motor pulls you along. It’s simple to use, a pleasure to ride and lots of fun. When the batteries are turned off, the Twist Freedom DX can be pedaled like any other bike, though there is a slight “dead spot” at the bottom of the pedal stroke that reminds you of the electronics.
The bike definitely goes. It pulled me up the hills even when I slacked off. Anyone recovering from an injury or surgery would love this machine. Active older people could ride it all day, and non-riding spouses could keep up with more experienced riders.
There is a sensation when pedaling that the dead spot at the bottom of the pedal stroke is a little exaggerated due to the electronics. This is something that I noticed even when the motor was turned off. A rider less focused on pedaling smooth and consistent circles may not notice this at all but I felt it was worth mentioning.
Over all the Twist does what it’s supposed to do very well. The bike: pulled me up the hills even when I slacked off; handled well; and was great fun to ride. I definitely think people will love this bike. Anyone who wants a little extra “punch” when out with the family, a friend or spouse will appreciate what this bike has to offer. AND they won’t know it’s electric unless you tell them! Hey, anyone who can balance on two wheels and loves what cycling is all about but can’t quite spin the pedals as fast as they want, go for the Giant Twist Freedom DX it’s worth it. This bike has the potential to become everyday transportation for the masses, let’s hope it catches on.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The Bicycle Escape, in conjunction with M.O.R.E., will be hosting bi-weekly night rides at Gambrill State Park on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. These rides will begin on November 5th and run through the March 18th.
Gambrill offers some of the most technical terrain in the region so these rides are for experienced mountain bikers only. It is also necessary to have a high quality lighting system. These are specialty, high powered lights with a minimum output of 10 watts or greater. Safe and properly functioning equipment is required by all riders. Helmets will be required to be worn by all riders at all times.
The ride will leave from the main trailhead parking lot located off of Gambrill Park Road. The parking is on the right as you climb the mountain, if you reach an intersection at the top of the mountain, you have gone too far.
RSVP will be required for each ride. We are in the park with special permission and space is limited. If you RSVP and for some reason cannot make the ride, please let us know as soon as possible so we can allow room for a replacement rider.
Rides will leave from the parking area at 7:00 p.m. sharp and will last approximately 2 hours. Please allow enough time upon your arrival to sign-in, prepare yourself for the ride and be ready to hit the trail on time. Liability waivers must be signed by all riders and parking passes will be issued for each vehicle. These parking passes must be displayed on all vehicles! We must be out of the park by 10:00pm.
Pace for the rides will be moderate. Speed is not as important as technical riding ability.
Because this ride exists with special permission from the Department of Natural Resources riders must follow the guidelines below in order to participate.
* The group must stay together at all times* Keep noise to a minimum* Do not disturb wildlife* Respect park rules* Follow the guidelines set forth by Tread Lightly
As is the case with the Schaefer Night Rides Space Is Limited. Currently we have 20 slots open per ride. Please RSVP here:
Info and Sign Up here: http://www.thebicycleescape.com/nightrides.html
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Now listen up all you naysayers, haters, and general wankers. I don’t want any negative comments about this (or similar products) not being a "real bike". This bike was designed for a specific type of bike rider and if that is not you, fine. To be frank it is not me. But than again I am a 28 year old man in decent physical condition with well over a decade of cycling experience. If I was 68 and recovering from knee replacement surgery I might have a very different point of view. I also might want the bike if were a casual rider who lived in downtown Frederick, DC, Rockville, etc. were an electric bicycle is a cheap, practical, reliable, and sustainable way to get around. Electric bikes might even be a way to attract more people into the cycling community. Nuff said.
My plan is to ride a Twist to the shop and blog about my experiences. So check back soon.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
If you want to demo this bike just let us know.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Single Speed/BMX (1/8”) chains are designed for non-derailleur applications only. 1/8” chains have less deflection or lateral flex than multi-speed chains. Multi-speed chains are optimized to flow through the various cogs and chainrings as the rider shifts gears. The light colored chain is 1/8" the darker chain is 3/32"
The Single Speed/non-derailleur chain has an internal width of 1/8” (where the teeth of the chainring nests inside see photo) which is wider than the 3/32” internal width of a derailleur equipped bicycle chain. As you might have surmised, the width of the chainring compliments the width of the chain so single speed chainrings are wider than multi-speed chainrings. While the widths of the chains differ the pitch (distance between the rollers) both chains measures ½”.
Most modern multi-speed chainrings are equipped with ramps and pins (see photo photo above) which are designed to facilitate smoother more accurate shifting. Single speed rings of course lack these features.
Bicycles with internally geared mechanisms (usually hubs) will often use the 1/8” chain since there is no derailleur on the bike and the chain remains fixed on one chainring and one rear cog.
Often you will see a 1/8” chain on a single speed bicycle with 3/32” cog and chainring. The wider chain on the skinnier rings poses no problems. Some feel the wider chain is stronger and they choose this set-up hoping for a more robust drive train. Others prefer the 3/32” chain and rings for single speed applications. These riders may spec their bikes in this way to save a bit of weight or to exploit the increased deflection of the 3/32” chain which may run quieter and smoother in set-ups where the chain line is not quite perfect.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
There is a goal to make September 22, 2008 a car free day. If at all possible please help with this goal. Ride your bike, telecommute, car pool, take a day off, quite your job, etc. What ever it takes. If you would like to participate you can sign up here.
The featured car free logo was designed by: http://mattbmedia.com/ pretty cool huh!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
The Bicycle Escape is proud to announce we are now a Phat Cycles dealer. Their entire line of bikes are high-style, laid back cruisers. Every bike rider should own a bike like this and at least 4 times every year ditch the Lycra, clipless pedals, and gloves for a recreational cruise to the ice cream parlor, coffee shop or pub. It is good for the soul!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
BIKES FOR THE WORLD
Do You Have A Bicycle You No Longer Use?
Solution – Donate It!
The Knights of Columbus Bishop McNamara Council 1622, in partnership with Bikes for the World, will be collecting bicycles in relative good condition and/or easily repairable condition. (Also good bicycle parts, bicycle accessories, tools, and portable electric sewing machines.)
These collections will benefit developing nations with a means of transportation, allowing their citizens the opportunity for employment and education, thus helping to transform their lives.
Donations are tax deductible, and receipts will be provided. We request a cash donation of $10.00 accompany your donation, to help defray shipping costs.
Collection Site: St. Johns at Prospect Hall
889 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, MD
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Goal: 200 Bicycles
Chairman: Jose Rector – 301-928-1083
Donate Your Old Bikes For This Worthy Cause!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
The FSR XC Pro gets an uninterrupted seattube for increased saddle height adjustment. This is the same frame design that the Stumpjumper received for the 2008 calendar year.
The 2009 Specialized mountain bikes highlighted in the PDF catalog are the S-Works Epic, Big Hit III, SX Trail II, Myka FSR Expert, and the Hardrock Pro Disc.
The 2009 road bikes show are the S-Works Roubaix, Allez Elite, and the women’s Dolce Comp.
The Super popular 2009 Crosstrail Expert is also revealed. A lot of the 2009 bikes are a ways out but this should wet your appetite until they land in shops.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Special thanks to the Single Speed Outlaws who help organize the event as well as Clipper City Brewing for helping us out with the beer.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
We first laced up some White Industries hubs (the eccentric type) to take up the chain slack. Then we specked some Avid Single Digit Ultimate brakes married to Paul brake levers. A Thompson post and stem with an Answer carbon bar were next. The old school yellow Raceface cranks were highlighted with new Oury grips in a matching color. The whole bike tips the scale at 22.06lbs.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
--700x28 tires offer rack and fender options.
City, townie, street, metro, commuter - Whatever you call it, the Diem is in a class of its own with a style beyond description.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The P.1 AM Disc is a stout aluminum hop-around bike. The bike will also be offered in stain grey/bronze or orange. If you are looking for a playful mountain bike in a lower price point the AM might be the right bike for you.
Even though I am hooking you fine folks up with this sneak peak don’t get all antsy just yet. We still have quite a while before these hit the show room floor.