Gallery: Matt’s Miyata Six Ten

[Matt sent us these photos and description of his Miyata Six Ten. —ed.]

This bike is a Miyata SixTen and is a bit of a throwback to traditional steel touring bikes of the 80’s. I use this bike for commuting and recreation about equally. The front rack made by Velo Orange is great for groceries and other heavy bulky items. This bike came with a factory rear rack which is really nice, I have loaded it up around 60lbs and never had a problem although I have no idea what the actual specs are for the rack. I also put a 48t front chainring on in place of the original 53t. Basically I get the effect of a modern compact crank for the cost of a new chainring ($25) and I highly recommend it. I haven’t seen any drawbacks to it in the way I use this bike. The fenders have a reflective strip down the middle which is comforting in low light level conditions. The steel frame has lived up to my expectations in every way, but you definitely feel the weight on hills, although that could be due to my gearing as well. Overall, I have enjoyed the versatility of this bike and is on my top ten list of “if you could only have one bike…”. —Matt

Riding Bikes with the Dutch

Fact-Finding in the Netherlands

Bikes Belong recently hosted a group of San Francisco Bay Area transportation officials on a fact-finding mission to the Netherlands as part of their Bicycling Design Best Practices Project. Transportation writer Jay Walljasper accompanied the group to chronicle the events for From his article:

I joined a team of latter-day explorers in the Netherlands this month on a quest to discover what American communities can learn from the Dutch about transforming bicycling in the United States from the largely recreational pastime it is today to an integral part of our transportation system.

Patrick Seidler, vice-chairman of the Bikes Belong Foundation, sponsor of this fact-finding mission for transportation officials from the San Francisco Bay Area, announced we were in search of the “27 percent solution” — the health, environmental, economic and community benefits gained in a nation where more than a quarter of all daily trips are made on bicycle.

Read the full article at CitiWire

(Eye) Candy for a Friend

A good friend of ours is picking up her Rivendell Betty Foy next weekend. We thought we’d post a few photos of Michael’s Betty to help her make it through what is bound to be a long week (there’s nothing like anticipating a new bike to bring the passage of time to a crawl). Have a great week, Erin; we’re hoping it flies by in a flash.

—Alan & Michael

PS – Welcome to the club; if we’re counting correctly, that’ll be at least four Betty Foys at the next Tweed Ride!

The Verdict: No Chainguard Required

Over the past couple of years, I converted my commuter from a triple, to a double, then recently, to a 1×9 with a Paul Chain Keeper. It’s a simple drivetrain that works quite well for how I use it. The one remaining question was what to do about a chainguard. After a couple of weeks riding the new set-up, the answer that presented itself was not at all what I expected: a 1×9 with a Paul’s Chain Keeper does not require a chainguard. That’s right; with the Paul installed, no matter how hard I try, I cannot catch my pant leg in the sprocket. And when combined with a super clean chain lube, grease marks are a thing of the past as well, even without a cuff strap. Pretty cool for such a simple set-up.

2011 Salsa Casseroll

The ever-popular Salsa Casseroll has been updated for 2011. New features include a taller headtube, a closer-to-horizontal top tube, a raked (as in curved) fork, cantilever brakes, an extra water bottle mount, and a painted-to-match front rando rack. This updated Casseroll looks to be a serious contender in the mid-priced, steel-framed, do-it-all category we oh-so-love.


Harvest Moon II

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