TON UP WITH DONHOU: EXPERIMENTS IN SPEED
I love this video because it reminds me of this video. Donhou Bicycles recently designed their 100mphbike and they are looking to do the ton.
For the record, motorpaced experiments in speed were first championed by Mile-A-Minute Murphy, a six day racer who exceeded 60 mph by pacing a train in 1899 (he laid plywood boards between the tracks). Years later, the first bike racer to do the ton was Frank Bartell in 1935. He and his pace car hit 100 mph just before winding down from a minute-long effort which averaged out to 80.5 mph. The current motor-paced speed record stands at 167 mph and was set by Fred Rompelberg in 1985.
Still, this Donhou project looks amazing and I can’t wait to see the promised full-length doc. For details on the beautiful Donhou 100mphbike, click HERE.
RED HOOK CRIT: CYCLEANGELO PHOTOS
From everything I’m hearing, it seems like last weekend’s Red Hook Crit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was INTENSE. The world’s premier track bike criterium became a gnarly ass crash fest but that didn’t get in the way of Cycleangelo grabbing these fantastic shots of the night’s competition. Congrats to all 5 racers who finished (out of a field of 100).
Click HERE for more of Angelo’s photos.
ChROBIN: SAVE THE DERNY BIKE!
Our pal Christopher Robin — who built the Obree tribute Paragon bike a couple years ago — recently sent me some details about his latest build project: a motorized derny bike!
“As I’m into both bike and motorcycles,” Chris says, “I thought the perfect mix must be to build a Derny moped.” He started out with an old Swedish postman’s bike and the finished result is pretty damn awesome. I love these homebrew projects and I hope to see some footage of this bike in action soon.
Here are the build details:
Frame: Old Swedish postmans bike with loads of modifications
Tank: Homebuilt carbon fiber thing
Grips: ODI long necks
Brake Levers: Some retro motorcycle things
Engine: 70cc Puch Maxi e50 motor with kickstart, 21mm carb
Pedal Drivetrain: 72t chainring with cranks from a kids bike and MKS pedals
Saddle: San Marco Rolls
Rear Wheel: Continental Tour Ride tires on 26” Westwood rim laced to a drum braked Puch Maxi moped hub for pedal start
Front Wheel: Continental Tour Ride tires on 24” Westwood rim laced to a drum braked Sachs hub
THIS WEEKEND AT ENCINO VELODROME
It’s gonna be Jurassic Track all weekend as SoCal Masters racers aged 35+ compete for State Championship titles. Judging by everyone I’ve been seeing training at the velodrome lately, I think it’s going to be some pretty damn good racing.
See the full schedule and more details HERE.
DAVID FLORES x UNKNOWN BIKES x CBNC
The compadres over at Chubby Boob Nerd Crew are planning a big RV road trip and to finance this glorious excursion, they are raffling off some custom painted track frames. This Unknown LV2 is painted by one of my personal favorite artists, David Flores. Tickets can be purchased HERE for $10 each and the drawing will be at the big CBNC 5 Year Anniversary Pop-up Party on June 7th.
Be sure to check out the other custom-painted frames by some great artists on raffle and if you don’t want a bike, then you can enter to win the CBNC Squad Car! Photo by Ace Boogie.