Entries in flask holster (8)
Last call for Custom Engraved Flask orders is the 26th of November! That's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. If you place your order after the 26th I won't be able to guarantee delivery before Christmas.
For all other orders (Flask Holders, stainless Water Bottles & Coffee Mugs, Handlebars, etc.), please try to order early to ensure you get it before the holiday. As you're probably well aware, the post is unpredictable this time of year. After about the 16th of December, there's no way of being sure of delivery times.
And if you've just ordered that gift bike for someone special, we're going to get that beauty together for the 2014 holiday season. Santa's good with a torch and files, I hear.
Christmas shopping chaos has begun. It's hard to even go grocery shopping these days, let alone going to the post office, or any of the specialty shops around town. It's kind of a feeding frenzy. Except I like to give gifts. I think we all like to give gifts. And...
That's right, you can now get your flask custom engraved from Ahearne Cycles!
The way it works is simple. You order the number of flasks you want from the Ahearne website. Once you've placed your order, you then send an e-mail with the logo or image that you want to see on the flasks. The file format to send is either a pdf or jpeg file. Or, if it's text only, you can choose your font and send it as a Word document. Please send the file exactly as you want to see it on the flask.
All the details for the ordering process are on the Custom Flask Engraving page. Discounts are available for orders of ten or more flasks. There are also discounts availale for bike shops, clubs, cooperatives and teams.
You can order your custom engraved flasks with or without the Flask Holster. Remember, though, if you order both together you receive a $5 discount.
To be sure your flask is ready to give as a Christmas gift, orders for custom engraving must be submitted by the 10th of December!
Here is my entry to the 2011 Oregon Manifest. The 50 mile ride was good. The weather was just about perfect, even if a little hot, and the route took us through some awesome backroads. There was a combination of paved roads and gravel, with a lot of climbing along the way. I was very pleased with the bike. It was solid, quiet, had the gears I wanted for climbing and it carried the load without a hitch. I ran some pretty large tires so that the gravel sections weren't a problem, and descending with weight the bike felt sure and stable. The bike did everything I asked of it, and did it well.
There were a lot of great entries in this event. I can't imagine having been a judge, trying to decide which bikes were winners. I think a congratulation should go out to everyone who did the work building the bikes, and for all those who rode the ride. And a special congrats to Tony Pereira for taking the cake. Nice job Tony!
Here are photos of the Ahearne entry with a summary of features to follow.
This is the Ahearne Cycles entry to the 2011 Oregon Manifest competition. There were several criteria that the all the entrants were supposed to fulfill, most of which were in the realm of bikes that I often build. The bikes are to have lights, fenders, a locking system, a way to carry things besides the rider, etc. Here's a quick list of the features this bike offeres:
24 inch front wheel, 700c rear. The rack is fixed to the frame and is rated at about 50 lbs. maximum capacity. The small front wheel allows the basket to be lower, which drops the center of gravity and makes for a more stable ride with a load.
The basket has an integrated lock holder (no rattle), a bottle opener, corner bumpers (dead tire), a weatherproof DiBond base (aluminum sheet with a dense plastic core -- light-weight & bomb-proof), a large waterproof bag by Inside Line Equipment, and shown here there are 2 speaker mounts and a water bottle cage (also on the basket). There is also a bolt-on utility bag on the rack which is for spare tubes, tools, straps and bungee cords, etc.
There is an insanely bright lighting system (600 lumens!) that runs off a rechargeable battery pack hidden under the rack, which is charged off the generator hub. It's a prototype lighting system by Light On! lights. The wired tail light is internally routed, and if you look closely, it is mounted to a bolt that runs through the seat tube and serves the double purpose of being a seat post lock -- the seat post is slotted, and can't be removed without taking out the light mount bolt.
Speaking of security, there's a hidden lock for the kickstand so that, when the kickstand is open and the lock engaged the stand can not be retracted. I'd love to see a thief try and ride off on the bike, but not be able to figure out why the stand won't go up.
The bike has clearance for very large tires. The fenders are full wrap, with a 26 inch rear fender covering the front wheel. There's a supplementary blinky tail light and reflector on the rear fender by Portland Design Works.
Beyond these features, the bike has a lot of the little things I believe should be standard on a hard core commuter bike: full gear range, bell, pump, disc brakes (advisable, especially for rainy climates), wide puncture resistant tires, comfortable upright riding position, wide flat pedals, etc.
The final thing is the aesthetic, which is subdued and classy. I didn't want to over-invent a machine that has been designed & refined for well over a hundred years.