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Saturday, September 06, 2008
  More Eurobike photos -- parts and stuff
By Yokota Fritz 
In my earlier Eurobike post, I misidentified one of the sites as Mountain Bike Review. I was mistaken -- MTBTR.com 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?


Friday, September 05, 2008
  Eurobike 2009 photos
By Yokota Fritz 
Update September 2009: Please visit this page for a current survey of Eurobike 2009 photos.

The folks at the Turkish mountain bike website MTBTR.com 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.


Tuesday, September 02, 2008
  Eurobike and web tech
By Yokota Fritz 
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.


Monday, September 03, 2007
  Eurobike report
By Yokota Fritz 
A demo bike equipped with the NuVinci CVT hub was apparently a hit at the Eurobike outdoor demo.

A record 34,280 trade vistors made their way to Eurobike 2007, an impressive 8% more than last year. Velonews reports it it took an hour just to park. Carlton Reid @ Bike Biz also reports on the record crowds, with surveys showing the bike industry as "stable to rapidly improving."

Velonews Eurobike report and photo gallery, with product intros from Schwinn, GT, Litespeed, Formula, Adidas bike shoes, Mavic, and Deda.

Cycling News can be counted on for plenty of good photos: Eco Consciousness, CNC machined stuff, tubeless CX, Rock Shox, and SRAM Red and Felt.

Pez Cycling News reports on Eurobike with plenty of yummy photos of carbon fiber mechs, wheels, cranks, and, of course, Pez's famous Daily Distractions.


  Lightest folding bike
By Yokota Fritz 
Dahon introduced the lightest production folding bicycle at Eurobike 2007, the Mu XXV. 250 of these limited edition bikes will be built to commemorate Dahon's 25th Anniversary in 2008.

Dahon Mu XXV

This 7.5 kg / 16.6 lb folding bike is built up with Shimano Dura Ace along with custom components designed just for Dahon from FSA, Shimano, Syntace, Schwalbe, Kinetix and Kore. See more photos -- including a nice one of the sweet white FSA crankset with ceramnic bearings -- and details at Bike Radar.

Bike Radar also reports on other Dahon bike products like the eye-catching Smooth Hound 6.0 mini-bike with stylish touches like a leather Brook's saddle and leather handlebar tape on moustache bars with bar-end shifters. This mini-bike is not a folder, but it is packable for travel and storage.

The Dahon Cadenza 2008 "urban mountain bike" is equipped with the Alfine internal gearing hub and Shimano disk brakes. This 28 lb bike folds in about 10 seconds, according to Dahon.

Read more about these Dahon bikes at Bike Radar.


Friday, August 31, 2007
  Eurobike Friday news
By Yokota Fritz 
BRaIN: "Traffic clogged all roads leading to Eurobike Thursday as thousands of visitors poured into the exhibition center’s 13 halls to get a firsthand look at 2008 products."

Bike Radar: Nice and new Crank Brothers kit likes very shiny and pretty: Integrated headsets, cranksets, wheels, and seatposts. Very interesting.

Bike Radar: Road bike showstoppers -- lots of amazing yummy bike porn.

Michael Frank @ Bicycling Magazine: Eurobike report.

VeloNews show report and photo gallery.

Cyclingnews Eurobike coverage.

Bike Magic Eurobike bicycle porn.

Details on SRAM Red, SRAM's new high end road group.

29er fans are happy to see some 29er interest at Eurobike.

Interesting Sunrace product announcement. Via.

Lots and lots of BMX vendors with their bikes: Snafu, Mirraco, Subrosa, Kuwahara, KHE, GT, Mongoose, Felt, Perv, HARO, Free Agent, Stolen, Shadow Conspiracy, KingKong, Eastern Bikes, wethepeople, Viper, Diamondback, Univega, Redline, MBK, Nicolai, Kink, Fit, 2-Hip and several parts brands.

You all have probably already heard about Shimano's new carbon fiber Dura Ace crank.

There's lots of interest in Garmin's new EDGE GPS bike computers.

MTBTR Eurobike demo day photos.

MTBTR Eurobike bike porn.

Speaking of porn, a little Australian bike accessories company is getting some attention from their Eurobike presence. Knog's website, though, just has some lesbo girl-on-girl action instead of any substantive product information. Kinda weird way to do marketing.


Thursday, August 30, 2007
  Cannondale folding bicycle
By Yokota Fritz 
Cannondale's Jack Knife concept is now a ridable, working reality! This prototype Cannondale folding bicycle -- designed in Switzerland by Cannondale engineers Torgny Fjeldskaar and Chris Dodman -- was seen at Eurobike.

Cannondale designer Chris Dodman shows off the prototype folding bicycle at Eurobike 2007. This is a full size bike with 26" inche wheels that folds back so the front wheel overlaps the rear wheel. That beefy chainguard you see is also an integrated chainstay and rear wheel rocker, providing all of the support for the rear wheel. The non-drive side is completely empty.

This bicycle has SRAM's iMotion 9 speed hub which has been modified for the unique characteristics of this folder.

Like the rear wheel, the front wheel is supported on one side with a one-sided "fork," kind of like the Lefty fork, except this one is a "Righty." This enables more compact folding of the bike.

According to the German cycling magazine Aktiv Radfahren, production of this bike is dependent on dealer response to this prototype.

Read more also at Bike Radar, where they talk about urban bike offerings from Cannondale (including the new Hooligan) and Bianchi.

Read more Eurobike news.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
  Eurobike 2007
By Yokota Fritz 
See all Eurobike 2007 updates.

Eurobike 2007 -- the huge International Bicycle Trade Exhibition in Germany -- has kicked off. The 2007 edition is the biggest Eurobike ever with 30,000 trade visitors, 20,000 bike fans and 1,000 journalists expected to visit the 868 exhibitors spread over 13 halls.

I haven't seen any decent Eurobike photos at Flickr yet but I'll post some good bike porn when I see it.



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