The Need For Speed

Hot from the KONAWORLD comes this press release announcing the 7th video in a series providing consumers some insight into the people behind the bikes at Kona.  These are actually some pretty interesting videos that are more than just commercials for Kona.  Watch out for an upcoming review on the Kona Sutra!

Take A Step Into The World Of Kona’s Product Manager Pat White In The 7th Episode Of Kona’s Dr Dew Files: Fast Pat

KONAWORLD (July 30, 2009) – There can’t be too many bike companies that have a product manager as speed addicted as Pat White, the guy in charge of making sure Kona’s bikes rip, and rip real good.

In the 7th episode of The Dr. Dew Files: Fast Pat, the good doctor catches up with Pat on his home turf, and let’s his riding do most of the talking. Produced by the talented folks at Freeride Entertainment, you check out the Fast Pat vid at Konaworld.tv, as well as HERE.

Based at the Kona USA headquarters in Ferndale, Washington, Pat rides it all, all the time. Whether it’s commuting to work on his custom 29er Unit, blazing road on his Haole, or shredding sweet Pacific Northwest trails on his CoilAir, Pat’s riding skills speak for themselves. And if you don’t believe us, go check out the guy’s trophy case – mega.

If that isn’t enough street cred for you, Pat takes it to the next level as an accomplished motocross rider (he’s raced the Baja 1000) and a track motorcycle instructor, where he teaches other speed addicts how to go 180 MPH.

It’s a personal addiction that carries big knowledge and experience into every Kona bike. Cornering, jumping, pumping and accelerating, Pat knows what’s required to make a speedy ride-across cycling’s entire spectrum.

For the complete collection of Dr. Dew Files episodes hit: www.konaworld.tv and browse all our rigs at www.konaworld.com.

Upcoming Event — August 15th in The ‘Ham

Our friends over at Bike Skirt wanted to let everyone know that they and Bici Co-op are putting on a ladies-only race in Birmingham, Alabama on August 15th:

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Although it is billed as a “ladies only” race, Elisa and Anna assure us that gentlemen are encouraged to attend, support and party along with the rest of the racers…better bring a skirt just in case, though!

If you’re in the ‘Ham or general vicinity, head on over for a day of high-speed action, beer, music and loads of fun. Oh, and be sure to wish Elisa a very happy 30th birthday!

The Path Less Pedaled

Dear BikeCommuters.com readers,
Some of you may already know but I’m hitting the road! Laura and I are doing what we’ve always dreamed about – a long open-ended bicycle tour. Our apartment is clean our bags are packed and we’re having a farewell party tonight to say goodbye to our friends and family.

Our goal is to travel the world by bicycle, searching for those that are living a life less ordinary. I hope to do portraits and interviews and put them on our site PathLessPedaled.com. We’re going to document our own travels and transformations as well. I’ve got a nifty new iPhone so expect lots of photo and video updates.

I will still post occasionally for BC along the way, whenever I see anything bike commuter related but it may be pretty infrequent.

So thank you again for reading my posts and all your comments!

All the best,
Russ
www.pathlesspedaled.com

I’ve enjoyed blogging for BC immensely, especially all the interactions in the comments.

Ugh…I don’t feel like it. Driving would be easier.

I often say that in my head before a commute to work or an errand on the bike. Sometimes the act of doing the right thing can be so labor intensive. Basically I can sit there and justify why driving would be easier…I gotta get my helmet, my bags, my locks, gotta make sure air is in the tires, and etc…

But I slowly learned that keeping motivated in doing something is having to obey what you need to do. I’m sure you’ve felt like I’ve mentioned, but as you know, as soon as you get on your bike, all those lazy feelings subside. In fact you feel even better by doing so.

So I’m curious to know if you struggle with wanting to take the easy route and get in your car. If you do, what motivates you or what gets you off your butt and on your bike?

Review: Cycleaware’s Roadie Mirror

Full disclosure: I’ve resisted cycling mirrors for a long time…I’ve never really felt the need for such a device. If I wanted to see what’s going on behind me, a quick turn of the head has satisfied my curiosity. Even when I drive a car, I rarely use the mirrors (other than to check out who’s behind me at stoplights). Chalk it up to years of racing coaches who drilled into us that a quick glance back while holding a line was all we ever needed…coupled with driving instructors who insisted that nothing took the place of a glance back to check out the “blind spots” invisible to mirrors.

So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I received Cycleaware’s Roadie Mirror for review — how was I going to remain objective and give this device a fair shake? Well, the jury’s still out on that, but here goes anyway:

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The Roadie mirror is quite simple…one rubber plug that replaces the left-side handlebar plug on traditional road drop bars and a mirror assembly that fits into the plug. Installation is a breeze (30 seconds max), and the ball-and-socket design allows for quick adjustment and a vibration-free view.

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The mirror assembly is solid but lightweight…made out of good firm plastic. The mirror itself is acrylic and is convex-shaped to allow a fairly wide view of the road behind the rider. The whole assembly seems fairly aerodynamic.

How did it work? Well…it certainly offers a pretty wide view of the things going on behind me, but I found that because of the convex shape, I was unable to determine distances of objects behind me and really had to analyze the view in order to make sense of it. I resorted to looking at the mirror and then turning my head to get a better understanding of the goings-on behind me. Kinda defeats the purpose of having a mirror, doesn’t it?

I also found the location of the mirror to be fairly awkward. At the base of the drops, it’s in an area I just don’t look at while I’m riding, so I had to consciously remind myself to look down into that zone. More seasoned mirror users may not have that same problem…

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Finally, I often struck the mirror with my knee or leg when dismounting my bike, knocking it out of alignment. This is a pretty small gripe because the ball and socket arrangement offers very easy readjustment…fiddling with it for a few seconds put everything back in its place.

Verdict? Well, I’m still not a mirror convert — but I can’t blame that entirely on Cycleaware’s mirror. The mirror itself is a clever, well-made product — fairly unobtrusive and easy to adjust. For me, undoing decades of conditioning is the real sticking point…perhaps with a little more road time I will “see the light” and find mirrors like this more useful.

Cycleaware has a wide range of other safety accessories on their site. It’s worth a look. For me, I’m going to keep plugging away with the concept of mirrors on my bike and may give others a try to see what all the fuss is about…