Yesterday I had the pleasure to talk mountain bikes with a sales rep at the local bike shop. He had mentioned on his downhill bike he had a pneumatic, adjustable seat post. As a weight weenie the thought of something like this blew my mind and I had to do some more research. The concept is that when downhill riding you can drop the seat post to put your weight way behind the tire. The downside is when you return the saddle to its original position and you are not sitting on it you get your nuts turned into peanut butter. Allow this YouTube video to demonstrate:
Take a look at this completely amazing bike themed coffee shop in Minneapolis, MN. From the huge number of bike racks out in front to the tasteful decor inside it appears that the owners thought everything through and created a cold bike commuter’s dream stop.
The cycling scene depends upon a few key community organizers. If only these few people really knew how crucial they were to the fate of the cycling hobby in the city. Still, each of these organizers represent different disciplines in cycling: Road, Track, Mountain, Fixed, BMX. They are often unknown outside of their discipline and area of expertise. To a Mountain rider, the Road racing star is just another leg shaver in spandex. To the Roadie, the Fixed gear freestyle master, featured in videos internationally is just another kid with technicolor wheels and no helmet.
Stop. Wait. Step back for a moment: Each of these riders is different, but to the outsider, they all together represent cycling. They are all members of a two-wheeling, human-powered collective. But to each member, they are practiced disciples of their trade, separated by canyons. Out of these islands, Highflange was born.
What is Highflange? A type of bicycle part. A hub. A device from which spokes are laced to the rim. Though each spoke laces far away from the opposite spoke at the edges of the flanges, and reaches even farther away to hold the rim, the fringe, they are all connected at the hub. Highflange will cover all aspects of bike life, starting from its birth city in Houston, TX and radiating outwards through collaboration efforts in the cycling community. We are all members of the same sport. We are all connected at the hub of bicycle life: High Flange.