just went live on the AC Blog
May 31, 2012
May 30, 2012
Since I built my Space Horse, the Salsa Cowbell bars, have become a new favorite of mine. I'm currently riding them on the above and a Macho Man prototype.
There are a number of reasons I like them and they all add up to a riding position that allows me to stay in the drops longer and more comfortably than any other setup I've ridden. I'm not sure if it's just because of the more aero position or perhaps it's easier to breathe more efficiently or some shit, I'm not a scientist, but I do know that whenever I'm hunkering down in the drops on any bike, I feel like I'm moving faster and thus desire to spend more time down there.
For starters they have a shallow drop which allows the rider easy access and a more sustainable riding position.
They also sweep back further than most bars to put them in easy reach
The flare is nice on my Space Horse and I definitely recommend it for a touring setup, but I'm still not sure how I feel about it on a cross bike. I'm thinking that perhaps to really make up my mind I need to also try the Salsa Pro Road Medium which is purportedly the same bar but without the 12 degrees of flare.
They MSRP for $45 in the 3 version, with a higher priced lighter "2" version also available.
Our favorite MPLS expat frame builder, Brad Wilson of Capricorn, recently posted these stunning photos of a bike he built for himself as an R & D project featuring a three piece top tube design.
Here's what the builder himself had to say: I built my first frame like this last summer, then three more over the winter. It’s a distinctive look, and the first thing that people notice. The impetus for the design was to build into the frame something of a leaf spring– a passive form of suspension that would allow the front end a little more wiggle. My main concern for this frame was that it would be too flexible during hard, out-of-the-saddle climbs, or that the weight in the front bag could initiate a wobbly feel. I did notice a little of each of these concerns while riding but nothing that felt excessive or uncontrollable. Even in fast descents over broken asphalt with a couple hairpin turns thrown in the bike still goes where you point it. There are understandably trade-offs of having a more flexible frame– it’s not built for sprinters or racing, for example. And while I don’t have a weight for the frame I’m almost positive that a little more steel goes into it, so it’s not for ounce-counters either. What it does do is take the edge of vibration, and it seemed to do that about as well I could’ve expected.
It's always awesome to see someone really trying something new.
May 29, 2012
but you'll have to grant me a recovery day. be back tomorrow with your regular b.s.
P.S. I'm leaving again from Thursday - Tuesday to spend some time tearing up gravel roads in Vilas county Wis.
May 25, 2012
May 23, 2012
I'm off to Richmond on All-City business.
Back next Tuesday or so. Perhaps Mark$ter or B. will keep you entertained while I'm out.
I hope to be bumping posts on the All-City blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts so if you're looking for NACCC updates, go there. I'm going to try to be putting out a bunch.
If you too will be in Richmond, make sure you say hello if you see me out and about.
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