sábado, marzo 23, 2013

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Night Riding Innerleithen’s Enduro Trails

We grabbed an opportunity to ride the unofficial enduro trails at Innerleithen before the Forestry Commission moved in to harvest. We were too late for Interstellar [ ;-( ] but we were able to do an evening’s filming on Prospacker.

Local riders, David Hodgson and Fraser Glass slip and slide their way down the steep muddy trail with a single light each. The only extra light was from anothe Full-Beam light mounted to the cable cam for those 3 shots.


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Directed and Edited by Benny Zenga, Line of Sight is 60 minutes of the best Lucas Brunelle footage, with titles by Futura 2000, plus extras, outtakes, and a 40 page art book featuring photography and spoke cards from a decade of Alleycat races around the world.
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big bamboo Aluboo

Bamboo = Performance

Bamboo is like 'whoa!' when it comes to making great bikes. Especially the species that we use, Vietnamese Tam Vong. It's nicknamed 'Iron Bamboo' because it is the strongest, densest species of bamboo in the world (there are 2,000 species). Not all bamboos are created equal (just like wood), and we've got the good stuff!

Why do we make bikes out of bamboo? PERFORMANCE. Bamboo is strong, light, stiff, and dampens vibrations really well, making it an excellent material for bikes.

An Aluboo frame absorbs roughness in the road and the trail unlike any other bike on the market, but it’s still strong, light, and stiff. Our Boo race bikes have long benefitted from bamboo’s ability to absorb vibration–but custom handmade carbon fiber and bamboo frames are pricey.

That's why we are building the Aluboo–to bring the performance benefits of our custom Boo race bikes to many more riders.

Aluboo prototype in Malibu
As Versatile as a Swiss Army Knife

We grow bikes, and we want your Aluboo to grow with you.

We also don't think you should need to have three different frames if you want to run a few different setups with your bike.

That's why we designed the Aluboo to be SUPER-versatile. Chain or belt-drive, compatible with all three types of brakes, room for bigger tires, three different hub spacings, cable guides and fender/rack mounts galore–Aluboo can do it all!

120mm spacing (track, single-speed, or fixed-gear setup)
130mm spacing (road/urban/cyclocross setup)
135mm spacing (internally-geared hub setup)
Derailleur hanger, or no hanger
Rear disc brake mount, cantilever studs, or standard road caliper
Breakable, so you can ditch the chain for a belt drive–no lubrication and no mess!

Other awesome features:

Clearance for up to 40mm cyclocross/touring tires
Fender mounts front and rear
Rack mounts–carry a huge load with pannier bags
Removable cable guides for front and rear derailleurs and rear brake
Road, cantilever, and disc brake mounts
Full belt drive compatibility, up to a 50t front Gates CenterTrack ring
Easier on the Planet to Build

Iron Bamboo has recorded over three feet of growth in a single day, and it only requires water, sunlight, and soil to grow. It’s a grass that naturally grows back after being harvested. It prevents soil erosion, does not contribute to soil depletion like many other crops, and is one of the most efficient means of sequestering carbon dioxide known to man.

We use aluminum because it is the easiest metal to recycle and is strong, stiff, and light.

Aluboo is an incredible bike on its own, but when the whole picture is taken into account, you can feel good about buying one, too. That's because it is more sustainable to build than most bikes on the road today.

Our Experience
How do we know what we're doing? We build Boo Bicycles, the highest performance bamboo racing bikes in the world. Our team has more than 60 combined years of experience engineering, building, riding, and racing bikes. And we don't like to brag, but we've won awards and races (see how we humblebragged, that? Boom!).

Why Kickstarter?

Filming for 'The Aluboo Story'
Why are we doing a Kickstarter project? We want the Aluboo dream to become a reality because of our supporters, not a bank.

And, to be honest, it's all on the table with Kickstarter–without a successful project Aluboo won't happen. We've cobbled together some money for development up to this point, but we're boot-strapping and things will get tight real fast without a funded project.

James and Nick have spent thousands of hours designing, engineering, and testing these bikes, and Drew has become a novice video editor and pro insomniac in preparation for Kickstarter.

Drew will be back to bussing tables if our project is not funded!

Let's make sure that doesn't happen ;)


City/Urban Builds:

SRAM APEX crankset, brake levers, and calipers
Riser handlebar with foam grips
Shimano 18-tooth freewheel and 18-tooth Shimano cog
700c Alex rims with Shimano Tiagra hubs
Continental SuperSport Plus 700x28 tires

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Featuring SRAM's Automatix 2-speed internally-geared hub, this Aluboo looks like a single speed but it has a secret! Without cables, shifters, or levers, this bike will automatically shift to its rear hub's higher gear at around 11mph! How cool is that? Perfect for someone who needs a little more speed than one gear can provide.

SRAM Automatic 2-speed hub
SRAM Apex crankset, brake levers, and calipers
Velocity Deep-V rims, machined sidewall, black

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Featuring a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internally-geared hub (all the gears are inside the rear hub!) and a Gates Carbon Drive belt-system, this Aluboo is game for everything from around-town commuting to tackling gnarly mountains with its 307% gear range, and everywhere in between!

SRAM Apex crankset
Shimano Alfine 8-speed internally-geared hub
Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes
Velocity Deep-V rims, non-machined sidewall, black
Gates Carbon Drive: 55t front sprocket, 24t rear sprocket, 115t belt
Michelin Dynamic Sport tires

Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Road Builds

Shimano Tiagra components: 50/34 crank, bottom bracket, STI lever set, front and rear brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-28t cassette
Dimension road wheels; Tiagra hubs/Alex DA22 rims
Michelin Lithion2 700x25 tires
WTB Volt Race saddle
Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Shimano 105 components: 50/34 crank, bottom bracket, STI lever set, Super SLR front and rear brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-28t cassette
Handspun Sport Series 2.1 wheels; Shimano 105/DT R450/DT Champion
Michelin Lithion2 700x25 tires
WTB Volt Race saddle
Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar
Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Shimano Ultegra components: crank and bottom bracket, STI levers, brake calipers, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-25 cassette
Handspun Peloton Series 2 road wheels; Ultegra/DT RR465/DT Competition, all black
Michelin Lithion2 700x25 tires
Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar
WTB Silverado Pro saddle
Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Cyclocross Builds

Shimano 105 STI lever set, front and rear derailleurs, and 11-32t cassette
SRAM Apex 46/36 Crankset with GXP bottom bracket
Avid Shorty 6 cantilever brakes
Dimension Value Series 2 wheels; Shimano 2200/Alex DC19
Kenda KrossCyclo 700x35 tires
WTB Volt Race saddle
Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar
Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Shimano Ultegra kit: bottom bracket, STI levers, rear derailleur, and 11-25 cassette
Shimano CX70 46/36 crank and front derailleur
Avid BB7 road disc brakes
Handspun Peloton Series Cross disc wheels; SRAM X.9/Velocity A23/DT Competition, all black
Challenge Grifo 700x33 tires
Ritchey Comp Logic Curve road bar
WTB Silverado Pro saddle
Geometry Diagram

Geometry Specs

Non-Bike Pledge Rewards

Limited-edition poster by Eric Noon

Aluboo trucker cap

Aluboo ball cap

Aluboo beanie (mockup–actual product may differ slightly)

Aluboo tees (mockups–actual product may differ slightly)

Bamboo iPhone skins

Aluboo long sleeves (mockups–actual products may differ slightly)

Bamboo iPad skins

Timbuk2 Commute Messenger Bag (mockup–product may differ slightly)
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have finalized our design, built one Aluboo prototype in each size to confirm, and machined multiple sets of our dropouts for testing. Nick is a mechanical engineer and professional cyclist, James is an industrial designer, and both have been through the designs with a fine-toothed comb. Combined with over four years of experience building custom race bikes with Boo, we are very confident in our product.

We want to be upfront though and mention that there are number of risks and challenges we will face with our first large-scale production run of Aluboo frames.

James is based in Vietnam. Enough said. Don't worry–he has Skype and dial-up internet ;)

Once our aluminum lugs are manufactured and pass QC checks, James will build the Aluboo frames at his shop. This entails him having enough bamboo of the right size and age.

Good thing he harvested a bunch of excellent tubes from his exclusive plantation months ago!

He'll then start hand-chiseling and fitting the tubes, securing the tubes in the frame using our trade-secret process, and clear-coating the frames for protection. The frames will then be shipped to Aluboo headquarters in Colorado–which can be delayed. We should be cool here too–James and our partners have experience with shipping, import/export, and so on.

Then we have to build up all these frames into complete bikes! That means our crew will be assembling, packing, and shipping your bikes to your doorsteps.

So, it will be a bit of a delay for you to get your new shiny Aluboo, but aren't you glad we handle all those logistics?


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