Today the Ride Studio Cafe and Honey Bikes hosted a ride with Lone Wolf Cycling.  Their crew came up from Philly for the weekend.  Michele Smith put together a route that made everyone very happy.  It was an all day event.  They were here, in part, to promote a Lone Wolf x Honey Limited Edition Bike.

The Cool Kids - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Honey Fun  and Screwdriver - photo - Rob Vandermark

Nearly 140 riders joined the Honey Bee Navigators for a great day of mixed terrain riding in the Boston area.

Difficult to imagine it being much better.

I’m thinking of quitting while I’m ahead.

My favorite quote of the day:

“I absolutely loved everything about the day.  It was my first introduction to an “all roads ride”.  I have done a lot of road riding and single track mountain biking, and even some gravel riding, but never all together – and never single track on a road bike (actually I used a rando).  It was simply a revelation.  Everything – the ride leaders, the route, the group, the pace, the food – was excellent!  Great job!”

Thank you to all the people that helped make this ride happen!

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Cloud over Nevada - photo - Rob Vandermark

Delayed flight.  26 meetings packing into a 28 hour period.  Lots accomplished.  Met with retailers, distributors, suppliers, and a few business project partners.

This fall will be busy – for a change.

Photo:  The view from my window seat.  Next time I gotta ride out there.

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Highpoint 2014 Logo - mountain climb

The Ride Studio Cafe’s Highpoint Ride is even bigger this year.  Three days of awesome difficult road riding.

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Still one of my favorite Honey Bike Projects.

Honey Been F100 - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Storm Warnings

July 15, 2014

in Humor

What now?

Storm Warnings - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Patrick Brady, founder of Red Kit Prayer, visited Seven Cycles today.  We’ve been working on a bike project for a while now, and this was his first trip to Seven for this specific purpose.

Today he rode a test bike we put together for this project.  This yielded great results that were worth having Patrick make the journey east to meet with us.  We discussed hundreds of details about this limited edition bike – nearly all of them we are incorporating into the final design.

Tools of the trade - photo - Rob Vandermark

I’ve known Patrick for 18-years – since the days of Bicycle Guide.  Patrick has been a good friend to Seven Cycles and to me.  It’s always great to see him and it’s never often enough.  Fortunately he’ll be back soon for the official unveiling of the project results.  In the meantime we have a lot of work to do.

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Here is the fastest and most durable method for installing Ride Studio Cafe’s custom reflective decals onto rims or any bike part.

The Studio’s decals are unusual and require instructions.  Here are the steps:

02 Clean Surface

Step One: Clean the area with rubbing alcohol or Acetone. If the surface isn’t really clean, the decals will not stick well.

02 Decal Cut To Size

Step Two: Cutout each decal so that each is separate from the others. It’s a lot simpler to install them when they are as small as possible.

03 Decal Peeling

Step Three: Peel the white backing sheet off the decal. Make sure the translucent top sheet stays with the decal. Keep the white backing for decal buffing in step 12.

05 Decal Alignment

Step Four: Make sure your fingers do not tough the decal – handle only the clear top sheet.  Lightly place the decal onto the bike part. The decal is sticky but will allow you to adjust the alignment of the decal.  Ensure that you are aligning the bike part to the actual decal edges, not to the translucent top sheet; because you cut the sheet with scissors it is unlikely to be square and true to the decal.

06 Decal Sticking

Step Five: Begin sticking the decal to the part. Start pressure from the center of the decal and work your way toward the outer edge of the decal. This method ensures no bubbles or wrinkles will exist in the decal. Check the decal alignment as you apply pressure; at this point the decal can slide and be re-adjusted easily.

07 Decal Sticking Process

Step Six: Apply pressure to the decal from the center, working outward toward the edges.

08 Decal Adhering

Step Seven: Fold the decal carefully over any corners. The Decals are very flexible but the translucent top sheet is fairly stiff and does not like to contour.

10 Decal Pressure

Step Eight: Once the decal has adhered to the part, use your fingernail to apply a lot of pressure to every part of the decal. This is an important step. If you don’t apply enough pressure to the decal now, it will peel apart when you remove the translucent top sheet.

11 Decal Peeling First Corner

Step Nine: Begin removing the translucent top sheet. This is the most difficult part of the process because the decal’s corners, and small details, want to stay stuck to the translucent top sheet. In order to minimize this issue, start peeling the top sheet by folding a corner back as tightly as possible; in other words, pull the top sheet corner along the surface – horizontally to the surface – of the bike part.  have the fold be as tight as possible. Peel slowly. If the decal starts to peel away with the top sheet, push the folded edge of the sheet back down so the decal is on the part’s surface. Reapply fingernail pressure to get the decal to stick to the part rather than the top sheet. Work slowly.

12 Cover Peeling All Corners

Step Ten: Repeat the top sheet folding technique at each corner of the decal. Work slowly.

13 Decal Peeling Trailing Edge

Step Eleven: The trialing edges of the decal like to peel away with the translucent top sheet. In order to avoid this challenge, make sure you peel away the top sheet while slowly pulling horizontally to the part’s surface.

14 Decal Buffing

Step Twelve: Once you have removed the translucent top sheet from the decal, the difficult part of decal application is complete. The last step is to buff the decal to ensure it is well adhered to the bike part. Buff the decal with the white decal backing sheet you removed earlier. Be careful not to catch any edge of the decal under the edge of the white sheet. Use firm pressure.

15 Decal Ready to Reflect

Step Infinity: Ride. The decals become more durable as they weather. You can clean the decals with any cleaner you would normally use to clean your bike.

That’s it.  So simple…

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Worker Bee

June 11, 2014

in Bike Design, Honey Bikes

This Honey bike gets commuted hard.

Worker Bee - photo - Rob Vandermark

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Pioneer crankset with gold details.

759 Project Pioneer crank detail - photo - Rob Vandermark

A couple more images after the jump.

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