Category: eurobike

More Eurobike photos — parts and stuff

In my earlier Eurobike post, I misidentified one of the sites as Mountain Bike Review. I was mistaken — is actually a Turkish mountain bike magazine. I don’t read Turkish, but the site looks pretty slick.

The folks from MTBTR are at Eurobike 2009 and now they’ve posted seven pages of photos of components, parts and accessories. There’s an interesting 15 mm quick release adapter from Crank Brothers, and the usual assortment of carbon fiber cranks, shiny wheels, colorful rims (from Crank Brothers and others), brakes, tires, forks, saddles, handlebars and other goodies.

There’s some nice bike porn over at Maglia Rosa, the German MTB News website has lots of video coverage if you can understand German and plenty of photos if you don’t, and a ridiculous quantity of bike porn at the Italian edition of the Picasa photo sharing service.

Other notes… Reminder — I’m giving away the Monkey Electric bike lights this next week, so watch for the contest announcement. I’ll be at Interbike in Vegas in a couple of weeks. And finally, I have a bike for sale that I’m probably asking too much for. How much do you think a one year old Raleigh One Way should sell for?

Eurobike 2009 photos

Update September 2009: Please visit this page for a current survey of Eurobike 2009 photos.

The folks at the Turkish mountain bike website are at Eurobike. As usual, they have lots of photos pushed online: 3 pages of Eurobike Demo Day photos and 16 pages of Eurobike bike photos.

Road Bike Review’s Brad Roe has photos of the interesting commuter bikes at Eurobike on his Flickr photo stream. Via Bike Hugger.

James at Bicycle Design mentions Mark Sanders new Integrated Folding bike was introduced at Eurobike. He also has pointers to a 100 image gallery from a bike show in the Netherlands.

Velovision has the Eurobike news roundup, with info about Sunrace Sturmey Archer’s new run of 3 speed non-ratcheting (i.e. ‘fixed gear’) hubs (also mentioned at the Sunrace S-A blog, Rohloff’s gold plated hub, and more.

Eurobike debuts a Green Award, which went to an e-bike manufacturer of all things.

Eurobike and web tech

The big European bicycle show — Eurobike — starts Thursday in Friederichshafen, Germany. If you have the software installed for your web browser, you’re viewing below a multimedia presentation from Oamos of random images, text, and sounds related to a search for “Eurobike.” It’s kind of entertaining. Via Velorution.

While Giant Bicycles of Taiwan reports amazing growth during 2008, and exports from all of Taiwan’s bike vendors to North America grew 19% in volume and 20% in value, Bike Europe seems bearish on the 2009 bicycle market in Europe. Because of a drop in consumer confidence amid gloomy economic news in Europe, bike vendors aren’t quite sure what to expect for 2009.

Other factors include a stronger Taiwan dollar and higher material costs for vendors. “Although prices of aluminum and carbon fiber have been more stable recently, compared with three years ago, they have increased nearly three-fold,” says Giant spokesman Jeffrey Sheu.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of low hanging fruit to pick in the United States, which lags behind much of the rest of the developed world in encouraging bicycling for transportation.

Commuters in Northern Europe have been lured out of their cars by bike lanes, secure bike parking and easy access to mass transportation. At the same time, steep automobile taxes, congestion-zone fees and go-slow rules have made inner-city driving a costly pain in the neck. In the Netherlands, where such carrot-and-stick policies have been in place for decades, 27 percent of all trips are by bike.

“It is very clear how to do this,” said John Pucher, a professor of urban planning at Rutgers University and lead author of a global study of strategies that promote cycling. “It is not rocket science.”

Has anybody tried Google Chrome yet? I haven’t figured out how to easily subscribe to RSS feeds through Chrome, like I can with Firefox or Internet Explorer. Chrome also has a hard time with Flickr — just logging into Flickr took several tries, and I never was able to upload images through Flickr’s web interface with Chrome.