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Reeves/ Deschamps Family Saves Pedal Power Plus

I would like to Thank The Reeves Family also Adam Deschamps and Ragdoll for helping to get all of the stock out of PPP before the recent Deluge. Without the help of Jane, Ebony, Grace, Gary, Jacob and Jessica Raymond of St. Jerome, Quebec also Adam Deschamps and Ragdoll PPP would not Now be open for business- we would be Out Of Business. So Thanks for your Amazing Help. the Phillips Family

Industry Test Results Revealed at www.winwithgiant.com

Anyone considering purchasing a new road bike would  be well advised to check this out. These figures logically and clearly set out data which proves absolutely that Giant bicycles are Simply the Best  that are available on the market today;  lightest weight frames, best steering rigidity and torsional stiffness. Shows that the investment Giant has made in building their Own Factories has definately paid off.

2013 Giant 29ers in stock NOW!

Hey; Time for a new bike? Have you considered getting the best new technology in order to impress your friends- or do you just want to go faster than them.

Either way you simply Must try a ” 29er”  Larger wheels smooth out the bumps turning your ride into a magic carpet ride- and once you get ’em rolling they just go on and on for ever.  Plus bigger just has to be better!! 2013 Giant 29ers are in store now- or just keep your eyes open round the ridges.

Best of all prices start at just $569…… Whatchawaitin4??

Fast Fact – Lubrication

Lubrication…… without it your bike is going to be awful to ride, use the wrong type and its going to be a horrid greasy mess.

To begin with, use a proper lube purchase from [novel idea] a bicycle shop. Frequent lubricators should choose a DRY type lube which won’t pick up dirt, infrequent lubricators should use a synthetic oil type.

The key here is not to apply too much. Use a clean rag to wipe excess from chain… you can always add more later. DRY type lubes should be applied more frequently, possibly at every ride- again use the cloth. Never use motor oil as  the detergents therein which are designed to clean your engine will soon cause your drive train to turn into a blackened mess. This will stain clothing and skin.

Also AVOID cans of  “cure all”  sprays- all puff and No stuff!  Never use kero or petrol to clean your bicycle, after all its 2012 and there are many environmentally friendly degreasers out there.

We use and recommend Rock n Roll “Miracle Red” ITS FANTASTIC!

Fast Fact – SA three speed hub

When the first SA three speed hub was designed, due to the complicated shape of the hub ‘barrel’ [ which featured a little box with hinged access door] the designers actually made the hub flanges more of a figure of eight shape rather than round.  I guess it was just too obvious to be obvious.

This was a wheelbuilders Nightmare requiring a few different spoke lengths. The Dursley Pederson was one bike that these hubs were found on and Lorne Shields the famous Canadian collector has one in his extensive collection; unusual in the fact that he specialises in [mostly] pre 1900 stuff.

More info over on Wikipedia

Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To

Which is good really… Had the pleasure of overhauling a SA 3 speed hub today which I haven’t done for 30 years [if it aint broke don’t fix it!] Those things are bomb  proof, so I didn’t get to use any of those ultra rare spares which we have in stock.  Handy hint- don’t over oil these- its tempting I must admit with the little oil port. Resist Resist

FAST FACTS

In 1890 there were estimated to be 150 000 cyclists in the USA. A bicycle cost the average worker roughly half of his or her annual salary. By 1895, this cost had shrunk to a few week’s wages, and there were a million new cyclists each year! Bicycle manufacturing emerged from its roots as a cottage industry to become Big Business.

Bicycles were manufactured on assembly lines for the first time, and bicycle related innovations accounted for one-third of all US patents during the 1890s. The bicycle even had its own dedicated patent building in Washington, DC.

At the 1895 Stanley bicycle show in London, 200 firms displayed 3 000 models. In 1896, 1.2 million bicycles were produced in America, with Columbia’s 2000 employees producing a bicycle a minute.

Jacob Off To Canada

Yes our star employee Jacob [all things bicycle] Reeves is heading off to Canada in a week! He is going for an extended stay and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his years of  fantastic service to Pedal Power and also to the Gympie cycling community! His honesty and integrity and committment to his job are Legendary! No wonder he has so many friends. We wish him well!

Where Was My Bike Made?

If you want to know more about your Bike and where its made, check out “Where Was My Bike Made?”, very interesting reading (Edit: The original link has disappeared but below is an extract).

 

Extract from original article:

Where was my bike made?

Some bike companies have a few secrets. And one of those secrets is where your bike is made or who actually made it. The bike companies like it that way because many of them rely upon the same factories to build their bikes!

The big picture is pretty clear: around 95% of the bikes sold in the U.S. are made in China or Taiwan by a handful of manufacturers of which Giant is the largest.

Generally speaking, low to mid level bikes are made in China and mid to high level bikes are made in Taiwan. The exception is carbon; many manufacturers use Chinese manufacturers to make their carbon frames even their high-end racing frames.

When it comes to knowing where your bike is made, shouldn’t it be as easy as looking at the sticker on your bike or what is printed on the box in which your bike came? After all, how confusing can a label that says Made in the USA or Made in France or Made in Italy be?
Well in a word very. It is very confusing because your definition of made in is different from the bike industry’s definition.

A typical rule of thumb is that the country claiming origin has to add 60% or more of the value of the final product.

For example, you and I can import an unpainted carbon fiber racing frame from China to Spain which will ultimately retail for $4,000 with Shimano components in the United States.
The frame and fork may only cost $200 from the Chinese manufacturer. In Spain, we will paint, decal, assemble, and box the bike for shipping to the U.S.

Our cost to paint, decal, assemble, and box might be $300 and the cost of the components might be another $800.

So is this bike Made in China or Made in Spain? According to the bike industry’s definition, the bike is made in Spain. The sticker will say Made in Spain as will the shipping box to the United States because over 60% of the value will be added in Spain.
Let’s say we take the same frame and have the Chinese manufacturer paint it, decal it, assemble it into a bicycle, and ship it to Spain. When we ship it to the United States, the label will have to say Made in China.

Perhaps the best way to eliminate the confusion is for the bicycle industry to follow the lead of the automobile industry and tell the end consumer the countries of origin of all aspects of the bicycle.

After all, if you are led to believe by a bunch of marketing people that your bike was handmade in Spain when it was actually mass-produced in a Chinese factory, would you buy that bike? Maybe but you wouldn’t pay a premium for it.

With these things in mind, here is an alphabetical brand by brand run down of some key bike brands sold in the U.S. along with a few bits of trivia.

To read more:

http://allanti.com/articles/where-was-my-bike-made-pg328.htm

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