Waiting for the POC Trabec helmet

The one problem with Interbike is seeing next year’s generally not yet available products. The product I’m waiting for is the 2011 POC Trabec helmet, which isn’t available until Mid February. I’ve never spent more than $30 for a helmet based on the fact that a $30 helmet and a $200 helmet both meet the exact same safety standard set by the CPSC. The helmets I’ve owned have been comfortable enough, or so I thought! After trying on the new POC helmets I will be buying a Trabec model when available. It was the most comfortable helmet I’ve ever worn, period. I heard this statement echoed by several people that tried them. The Trabec retails for $145 if I remember correctly, significantly more than my $30 helmets. However, given the exceptional fit and unique design/color schemes, I believe it will be money well spent. The only question now is, which color? I’m leaning towards the green as it stands out and visibility is one component of safety.

POC Trabec & Trabec Race

POC Trabec & Trabec Race

Also notable for 2011 are the new OnGuard Bulldog locks. They’ve eliminated the tacky yellow rubber end caps on the locking bar and finished the ends with a minimalist flush fit plastic end plug instead. I’ve always found the rubber end caps to interfere with the U part of the lock when putting the lock together. They also start to discolor and degrade in the Arizona heat quite quickly. Unfortunately there are no detailed pictures to be found of the new 2011 models so you’ll just have to wait until they’re available.

Pack it in, pack it out!

A friend of mine is wanting to do a sprint triathlon next year. To that end we went out to the Pecos Road / 40th Street Park and Ride to do a 13.x mile out & back ride heading west on Pecos road turning around where it ends at Chandler Blvd. I’ve never ridden this road before, it’s not bad, I flatted once. Terrain is rolling, slightly more elevation gain heading east than west. I wouldn’t want to ride it with heavy car traffic. 50mph speed limit, wider paved shoulder, but I’m sure most motorists do 60+ mph. I don’t often ride roads of this type so I was surprised at the amount of trash along the roadway. I also saw enough cyclist specific trash to prompt me to write this post calling out my fellow cyclists. Are some of you really too lazy to pack out a co2 canister or energy food wrapper? If so maybe you should buy a fucking trainer, ride in your living room and litter there instead. Granted the ratio of cyclist:motorist trash is extremely low, but that’s no excuse AT ALL.

I’m thinking that a cyclist initiated roadway clean-up ride is in order, maybe sometime January 2011? I’ll volunteer to pull a flatbed bike trailer with 90 gallon recycling & trash bins.

The IKEA bike shaped object

I love IKEA, been going since I was a little kid, but it saddens me to think that corporate management thought it was a good idea to give this piece of crap bike shaped object to all their employees as a bonus. I’d wager a 5lb bag of Swedish meatballs this bike was made in China at a wholesale cost less than the retail on a 5lb bag of Swedish meatballs. If I worked at IKEA I would feel like Clark W. Griswold as he opened his “Jelly of the Month” club membership. Notice the one piece crank, and the crimped/spot welded seat/chainstays at the rear dropout. And what’s with the full suspension design frame that lacks any suspension at all? Might I recommend that if you received one of these bikes you promptly donate it to a homeless person in need of a bicycle. How awesome would it be if as a group, the 12,000+ employees that received a bike donated them all to homeless folks? Now that would be a statement by IKEA employees that would put corporate management to shame and put a positive spin on their otherwise horrible decision. If you work at IKEA Tempe and received one of these bikes, please consider donating it to one of the following organizations: We-Cycle Mesa, Central Arizona Shelter Services or Tempe Community Action Agency.

IKEA Bike

IKEA Bike Shaped Object

http://www.we-cycle-usa.org/