THIS WEEKEND AT ED RUDOLPH VELODROME
Chicago trackies! Test those legs, see who your real competition is, and grab some potential upgrade points this Saturday during Part I of the epic 2-part saga of the Midwest Dream Omnium.
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Race report from last weekend’s races at NSC Velodrome, part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival. Dana Feiss won the sprint omnium. Cari Higgins repeated as the endurance omnium winner. Zak Kovalcik won the mens endurance omnium and Jonathan Fraley returned to reclaim the sprint omnium title.
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