Friday, August 27, 2010

Frame Repair

It is no secret that steel is a durable material, but even frames built of steel occasionally brake.
This old LeMond bicycle gave up the ghost after thousands and thousands of miles.

You may not know however one of the cool things about steel frames is that they are often repairable. This LeMond was given a second chance by Renold Yip of YiPsan Bicycles.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Don't forget to bring the family out THIS SUNDAY!!!

Frederick Bicycle Coalition plans ride to 'Sunday Funday' Keys game
Originally published August 26, 2010

By Teresa Bell-Stockman
News-Post Staff

Although not quite a year old, The
Frederick Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit Frederick County bicycle advocacy organization, is on track and keeping pace to reach its objectives.

"Our real focus is to improve in cycyling in Frederick ... for recreation and transportation. To make it a safe, viable option," said Anna Kelso, treasurer of the coalition.

Another goal is to help Frederick become a recognized bicycle community by the League of American Bicyclists, she added, and the group is working with the mayor and board of alderman to achieve this designation and to establish a bicycle advisory committee.

"People perceive bicycling to be more dangerous than it is," Kelso said, and "we really want to drive home the point that (bicycling) is something you can do" anytime.

The coalition has organized a family friendly ride to the Frederick Keys game Sunday, departing from the Baker Park bell tower at 12:45 p.m.--

Kelso said Frederick City Mayor Randy McClement will lead the group to Grove Stadium, where he will also throw out the first pitch.

Free general admission will be provided to all participants courtesy of The Frederick Keys. The 1.2-mile ride will take place on an established, low traffic route with experienced cyclists escorting the group and a police presence to help with directing traffic. --

In addition to the bicycle ride, the game is scheduled as a "Sunday Funday" event, where kids can meet the Keys players prior to the game.

Participants should bring a helmet, a bicycle lock and will be required to sign a release waiver.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tour de Frederick

It was great fun to help out with the very first Tour de Frederick. We had fun meeting the many cyclists at our water stop.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What is Custom?

The term custom is thrown around quite a bit in the bicycle industry. Sometimes it describes a stock bike frame with a hand-picked parts assortment. To others a custom bike is one with custom geometry and tubes designed to best suit a specific persons needs.

The YiPsan pictured is a wonderful example of what a truly custom bike can be. Each and every detail of this machine is tailored to one rider's desires. His name is Dan and his goal was to own a bike that is comfortable for long rides and built tough to tackle foul weather and averse conditions.

The bike began with custom geometry (as you can tell Dan is very tall) and extra heavy duty frame tubes. Next a selection of parts were identified to suit the rider's needs. The bike was equipped with the bomb proof Rohloff 14 speed internally geared Speedhub. To accommodate the twist shifter required for this drive-train Renold at YiPsan Bicycles made a special stem with a shifter mount. The bike is also equipped with a Schmidt Dynamo/SON generator front hub to power both the front and rear light. Fenders, a Nitto front rack and Tubus rear round-out the build. This machine is not limited to the road, the 40mm tires and stout wheels will be right at home on dirt and gravel roads.

This bike is one mans dream and perfectly illustrates what a custom bike can be.

More pictures available here.