Single Speed Giro “FIXIE”

I had my new bike with me at the fall Bacchetta Cat Trike Rally and a few people notice the set up. At that time I had it set up as just a single speed with a single freewheel cog. Finally got around to getting a 3/32 track cog and set up my flip flop hub with the single freewheel and track cog.

Last night I took the Giro fixie  and did a ride put on by our local Bacchetta dealer Bicycle Outfitters, http://bicycleoutfitters.net/, . Diana, Jerry, Adam Belander and the Outfitter crew put on a great X-mas light ride though Lake Park neighborhood that decorates up their streets and accepts donations to the Hospice. A good spread of treats with hot cider and cocoa at the store was well appreciated on the chilly Florida night (come on it was like 54 degrees).

Oh back to the fixie, she worked great and it is very interesting riding a high bottom bracket recumbent with a fix gear and reclined. I recommend keeping the extra brakes and not to depend upon leg braking. Other then that it works well, some planning on starts maybe required more, “Pinto run”  the duck run launches to get going as you though your feet up on to the pedals.

 More on the bike, I had my builder Cam “the man” Millet take a 2007 Giro 26 frame add in some track drop outs, clean off a few extra housing stops and stubby the front del. Post and his choice of color, which seems to be liked by a lot of people. I picked up a set of Surly single speed hubs built on to a Mavic Open Sport 700c rims and put on a pair of Maxxis 700c x 25mm Re-Fuse tires for banging around on. Added in a some Kore rear dropout adjusters you get a Fixie Giro. Note I ended up going with a 3/32 cog and chain to fit though the Bacchetta idler wheel, Tried a heavy duty 1/8 KMC chain and it was to wide for the idler wheel.

 

Merry Christmas

 John

Bacchetta Offices Closed: 12/22/08-1/5/09

The Lord of the Drongos says "Have a safe and happy Holiday!"

The Lord of the Drongos says "have a safe and happy Holiday!"

We’ll be closed for two weeks to celebrate the holidays, but we also want to take this opportunity to thank the Bacchetta recumbent family for another great year!

So from all of us here at Bacchetta, have a safe and happy Holiday Season!

The guys from Bacchetta

Key West- Part 1

Loaded and ready to roll!

Loaded and ready to roll!

 

 I’m going to make this a two-part story, not so much for the story but rather for the pictures.  I’d say that all in all it was fairly uneventful which for Florida riding, is a good thing.  That said, we had some close encounters and met some interesting people along the way.  We were also able to put in some real miles on a bike that we believe will turn a lot of people’s head in 2009, the Bella ATT.  Coming off riding only a Corsa for the last year and only about 150 miles on the Bella, I can tell you that this bike kicks ass!

Leaving Fort Myers Beach

Leaving Fort Myers Beach

 

Day 1- First of all, Salty Sam’s marina is in Fort Myers Beach, NOT Fort Myers!  Obvious?  Well, spend a little time with the Bacchetta boys and you’ll find that the obvious is not so, well, obvious.  We had wanted to be on the bikes by 10:00, but ended up getting started around 11:15.  No big deal; the weather seemed to be pretty nice. 

Sunny skies and headwinds.  The whole bleeping trip, we had bleeping headwinds.  Headwinds and narrow shoulders on the roads.  Luckily, we had been thoroughly  forewarned by our Bacchetta family members to expect this and all went pretty well.  We only had about 65 miles on the first day, which proved fairly easy for all of us.  Colliton of course, always provided comic relief whether he meant to or not.  He is also the new “Master of the Head Pop”, ripping the title from my cat, Buddy J (Buddy is looking to regain his title by the way):

 The setting: a nice road with a really narrow shoulder and good traffic both ways.

John: Guys, things are going to get pretty narrow coming up; be prepared.

Colliton: (Head pops out from the back, a common occurence the whole trip) There ain’t no bleeping way…(a common phrase the whole trip)

There ain't no bleeping way!

There ain't no bleeping way!

 

But there was a bleeping way and JS led us through it without any issues.  All in all, the traffic was fairly heavy the whole trip but we only ran into a relative handfull of A-holes.  That day had us ending up in Everglade City at around 4:15.  We ate, had a couple of beers and parked our butts in front of the tube for the rest of the evening.  Everglade City is a nice little fishing village but unfortunately, we weren’t packing the right gear.

JS is done for Day 1

JS is done for Day 1

 

Day 2- This was our longest day by far of the trip: 115 miles.  This was a new PR for a couple of us, but most impressive was Jeremy, who finished it on a fully loaded Giro 20.  His previous longest ride was only about 35 miles.  Way to go Jeremy!

Jeremy: I have to go how many bleeping miles today?

Jeremy: I have to go how many bleeping miles today?

  

Crossing the Everglades was a new experience.  I have never and I mean never, seen so much road kill in my entire life!  I’m talking birds of every species, baby alligators and some sort of muskrat species.  All that aside, it is also a very peaceful place to be.  I usually only get un-ending silence when I go back to Kansas to visit, but I had it again out in the ‘glades and it was very welcome after waking up to police sirens every morning here in St. Pete.

Ready to ride- Day 2

Ready to ride- Day 2

 

Day 2 was also the only real incident of the trip.  Some guy was crossing the trail in his car and totally failed to recognize us.  JS had to stop and when I put on the brakes behind him, my rear wheel flew out.  I was going slow enough that it was no big deal, but the explecitives that were flying out of my mouth were not fit for human consumption.

 The whole day JS kept his mantra going; calories and hydrate, calories and hydrate.  I guess a guy who just completed a solo RAAM knows a thing or two about feeding the machine.

I could have made the whole trip in 1 day!

I could have made the whole trip in 1 day!

 

As a side note, you’re probably wondering why I’m not writing in more details.  Well, I’ll tell you why.  We are a bunch of potty mouths (as my wife might say)!  Can you bleeping believe how bleeping close that bleeping truck came to side swiping us?  The sort of thing that causes us to cut out a lot of dialogue.  In all honesty though, we pretty much stuck to a plan and rolled with the flow.  At the end of the first two days, we all came through injury free (for the most part) and with good spirits.

What the?

What the hell is in my helmet? Day 2 is over!

 

 Throughout the first two days and the whole trip, the Bella’s and Giro’s performed flawlessly.  I know, we’re supposed to say that, but the fact is, they did everything we wanted them to.  We had zero shifting problems, zero flats, zero everything; we just got on the bikes and went.  So if you’re thinking that Bacchetta doesn’t do long wheelbase recumbents or that we’re not serious about touring bikes, then think again baby! 

 

RAAM 2009

maybe 2010 SK!

maybe 2010 SK!

Team Bacchetta and RAAM 2009 

Earlier this fall I let out we had a stellar line up for a 2009 four man RAAM team with the possibility of also fielding a second Bacchetta team for RAAM. Think of it: a Bacchetta “A” and “B” team battling it out in the toughest endurance event on the planet!

Unfortunately though, B Team Bacchetta was not able to pull together what they thought was needed to make it happen in a timely manner.  However, and to their credit, they graciously offered to send any crew members, still interested in competing, our way to the A Team Bacchetta.

RAAM is an expensive enterprise.  While as a company Bacchetta is able to put forth a small amount of monetary support, the truth is that in the past we’ve been able to make it happen due in large part from the support of the Bacchetta family. This year though was beginning to look a bit more daunting, with a price tag that was beginning to exceed $40,000. So, after much soul searching and financial reviewing, we have decided it would be best to not try and field a Bacchetta recumbent RAAM team for 2009.  I realize and I’m sure many will point out, that I am making assumptions that for the Bacchetta family, but in these times I can not in good conscious be asking for donations to support an event like this.

So, what exactly does this mean for Team Bacchetta in 2009?  Well for one, if a team of recumbents does compete in RAAM, we’ll watch with zeal from our computers and wish them a successful and safe crossing.  It also means that a few racers and crews can do things they have not been able to do in June for the last four years.  For instance, the National 24 hour challenge up in Michigan or the Gold Rush 1200km in early July.  Who knows, it could even mean the birth of a team for HOS (Heart of the South) or some other team events.  So looking on the positive side, we have the opportunity to attend a lot more events and gather a lot more publicity for Bacchetta recumbents!

As always, thanks to all of you for your support.  And remember: best of all we will be able to get out there and ride our Bacchetta’s and that is what matters the most- riding!

John Schlitter