Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wednesday News And Views

Formula Disc Brake Recall: From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News website, we have news of this recall of Formula disc brakes. Here's a short quote from the article:

"The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Formula Brake USA, yesterday announced a voluntary recall on its Oro Disc Brakes. Roughly 5,700 of these brakes were sold. According to the CPSC, the brake’s hand lever can separate, resulting in a loss of braking. This can cause the rider to lose control of the bike, posing a risk of injury."

You can check out the full notice here.

Single Speed Throwdown Out East: I got this little tidbit in my inbox yesterday, so take it for what it's worth, but an announcement of an "Americas Single Speed Championships" to be held next year in September has been made. Part of a series in New Hampshire called the "Ultimate XC Challenge", the event is slated to kick off with a festival including an XC race that is part of the series out there. The Single Speed Championships will start out with a hill climb that will determine a male and female "red jersey" winner. Then there will be a loop course XC race to help determine an overall winner and an "Americas Single Speed Champion" in a male and female category.

Interestingly, there is a Single Speed World Championships going on out on "the other coast" too next year. Hmm............

Big Wheeled Ballyhoo 2008: There was some question as to which weekend next year that this event would be held on mainly due to the fact that on the sidebar of this very blog I have the date set in the middle of the week next year. (I'm like that! Sorry!) So, the actual dates are tentatively set for June 21st and 22nd. The longest days of the year sound like a good time to ride the biggest off road bicycle wheels, don't you think? Put it on your calendars and plan on joining us, won't you?

Trans Iowa Tune Up Ride: In a little over a week from now we are going to be setting off from Marengo, Iowa to ride about a 100- 110 miles of Iowa gravel, hills, and dirt. You can find the details and a link to a printable route map/directions here. We will be taking off at 6am in the morning and I expect us to arrive back at the square in Marengo about twelve hours later, maybe sooner or later, depending upon weather and other variables. The ride will have about an hour-hour and a half of darkness to start out with. Please bring a headlight and red tail light with you. Remember, this is a "tune up" for Trans Iowa so no support will be available. You are on your own. We will have one convenience store stop a bit less than halfway into this, so plan accordingly. The terrain ranges from extremely hilly, rolling hills, to dead flat on a combination of very little paved roads, gravel roads, and "B" level maintenance roads ranging from average condition to beyond primitive. If you plan on coming, just show up in Marengo at the East side of the downtown square at about 5:30 am to get saddled up and ready for the 6am take off. Looking forwards to this ride, it should be a hoot! Haloween costumes optional!

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