Sometimes it’s good to remember who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

I got to watch one in a series of studies from Robina Courtin.

Robina Courtin Teaching - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Ooops.  Someone told me that we started Seven Cycles nineteen years ago.  Chimpanzee masks and all.

Seven Cycles Party Chimp Mask 1998

 

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Overland Base Camp just posted a useful journal entry about navigating with a GPS units versus a phone.

“Someday mobile phones will work perfectly as cycling GPS devices.  However, the current state of phone-to-bar mounting systems, battery life, weather resistance, and tracking apps all mean that a dedicated GPS unit — specifically a Garmin 800 or above — is, by far, the right way to go.

As always, we’re specifically talking about long hours of mixed-terrain riding in all weather conditions.”

Check it out.  Do you use your phone for navigation?

Garmins All Night - photo - Rob Vandermark

 

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I’m putting together a ride project that combines the best of everything.  Lots of testing and research combined with riding a bike!  This project combines:

  • Bikepacking
  • Tandem riding
  • Winter riding
  • Camping
  • Night riding
  • Travel
  • Wood fire cooking
  • Prototype product testing
  • New product development opportunities

Tandem Prototype Tubeset - photo - Rob Vandermark

Stay tuned for details about each aspect of this project.  First, the frameset — above, then the ride — below.

Campsite RI - photo - Rob Vandermark

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It wasn’t too long ago that Seven would design a new fork about once every year-and-a-half or so.  We have five road style forks — available in a dozen rakes each — and we’ve have designed numerous ‘cross, mixed-terrain, and mountain bike style forks over the years.

Now it seems like we’re working on fork designs non-stop.  Brake mount options, axle types, accessory mounting setups, tire and wheel sizes, trail preferences, are all proliferating to the point that we don’t even call them ‘standards’ anymore; they’re simply options now.

Our most recent introduction was the Max45 mixed-terrain fork last year.  We’ve had so much success with it that we’re currently working on three more versions of it.  One of them is a 12mm thru axle option.  And once those are complete,  we have three more slated on the R&D calendar.

Fork Prototypes flat mount 12mm - photo - Rob Vandermark

We’ve got the 12mm thru axle prototypes completed so we’re about to start ride testing and second round of fatigue and static testing, too.  These prototypes are of a flat mount brake caliper design.  It’s still too early for that type of brake — there’s barely anything available right now — but we try to get a jump on the future sometimes.  This fork may or may not make the light of day.  Ride and performance testing will soon make the decision.

And, it’s always good to have an excuse to ride!  Feedback will arrive shortly.

Flat Mount 12mm Thue Axle Prototype - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Why do I ride so much more in the winter than the summer?  Not that I ride all that much in the winter, either.

Something about riding on snow and ice and the feeling of not being in control.  Riding in the winter really does imitate life.  The Ride Studio Cafe Sunday morning Mixed Terrain Ride is life.

Along the Snowy Trail - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Overland Base Camp’s 2016 Ride Calendar is printed and available.  The calendar is online, too.  Too many rides already on the calendar for the 2016 season.  And there will be more to come.

Get ready!

Overland Base Camp Ride Calendar 2016 - photo - Rob Vandermark

 

 

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Just finished the Winter Wonderland Ride.  Good fun on my first ride of the 2016 with Ride Studio Cafe.  Many more dark rides to come.

Fun Group Smiles on the Winter Wonderland Ride - photo - Rob Vandermark

 

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What a blast!  Ride Studio Cafe held their First Snow Ride.

I thought for certain that the first snow would fall in 2016; it didn’t.  The snow started just as I was getting off a plane in Logan.  A quick taxi home at 1:30 am and then a quick rebuild of my S&S coupled bike and I was pretty much ready for the Tuesday 3:00 am ride.  About 100 minutes in the snow and sleet.

First snow is the funnest snow.  It now officially feels like winter.

First Snow 2015 Ride Departure - photo - Rob Vandermark

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It’s become a bit of an annual project:  My brother coming to the Boston area and wrecking the joint.  He’s be in town on Friday, January 9, 2015 with Nate Wooley to play some amazing music at the Alternate Space.  It’ll be odd that one of the best music projects of 2015 will be happening so early in the year.  Don’t miss it!

More info at Alternate Space.

Solo Duo cards - photo - Rob Vandermark

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