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Monday, August 29, 2011

Fender Wedge - new cool widget August 29, 2011

Finally in stock, our proprietary Fender Wedge for underside of forkcrown. Machined in Boulder CO USA!

We realized years ago that fender hardware had a deficiency. When mounting a front fender with a forkcrown daruma, if you have the big rubber washer contacting the crown, the washer sometimes like to "creep" into the crown. (note that traditional French bikes typically had just the rubber between crown and fender, and the large metal washer on the underside of the fender).

Also, a typical installation results in the front of the rubber washer really squished, and the back not very compressed. Finally, sometimes its nice to take up a bit of gap between the fender and crown (depends on installation - if the fit is already tight, don't use this widget as it will reduce clearance even more and can be a safety issue).

So if your installation will benefit from the attributes of this fork wedge, than now you can avoid the hassle of making one yourself!

The wedge may reduce the amount of slide on the brake or rack stud inside the crown - in such a case you can enlarge the hole into a slot to give more room with a round file. But this step is not necessary unless you are working to get an exact placement so the fender lines up with a front rack fender mounting point and you've goofed and need the slide fudge factor.

The exact thickness of these will vary a bit. But on the one we just took from the bin, the thin front part is about 2mm thinck, and the rear about 3.2mm thick.

At some point soon, we may a run that are thicker for folks who want to take up larger gaps.

Danger - use of fenders has risks - if debris gets caught between a front fender and wheel, the bike can flip causing an accident with terrible consequences. Use fenders with caution!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Paris Brest Paris Excitement August 25 2011

Once again its been way too long since we've updated the blog - but that will change we hope - so much to discusss!

Most importantly, we want to extend our congratulations to all those who are completing PBP and those who tried. Above is Will deRosset with his modern Rene Herse (a rather understated blue). Will did a great job at PBP. Other folks on our products include Jan Heine who finally rode the 650b new Herse frame we did for him a few years back. Jan did some of his own work, and he outfitted the bike with nifty early items such as a Nivex rear derailleur. Apparently, Lyli Herse saw Jan's bike and was quite touched to see Rene Herse bicycles on the roads of France.

There were a considerable number of Boulder Bicycles at PBP. It is really amazing how many of our bicycles see very serious use. We started searching the list of Boulder Bicycle customers for attendance at PBP, and we were amazed how many are now in France.

We originally planned to travel to France to either ride PBP or at least attend the finish. But demands of business and family did not allow for that. But in the future...

With the business being so demanding, we made a decision not to attend PBP this year. It might have been a mistake.