CA 2.0, Tire clearances and wheels sizes.

There have been some questions about the new CA 2.0 wheel, tire clearance and brake reach. I’ll try and clear those up here.

The 650c  (that is 571 mm ) rear end CA 2.0 has 11mm clearance between a 23 mm x 571mm tire and the frame,

Good range of brake pad travels allows two wheel sizes!

Good range of brake pad travels allows two wheel sizes!

 

 

Short reach brakes like the Zero-G will reach the 650c (571mm) rim with no problems.

You can put a 559 (26” mt.bike rim) in the frame and with the Bacchetta rear brake it reaches the rim no problem, room to spare. Put a 26 x 1.25” (32mm) like a Kenda Qwest you have 6mm clearance between frame and tire.

Even with a 26 x 1.25" (32mm) you have clearence of 6mm!

Even with a 26 x 1.25

 

 

 

Bacchetta rear brake reaches the 559 rim, sweet!

Bacchetta rear brake reaches the 559 rim, sweet!

 

The 700c (620mm) CA 2.0) current proto-type rear end with a 700c x 23mm tire gives you 6mm clearance between the tire and the frame. The Zero-G short reach brakes fits with no problems and it looks like we could add 3mm more of length to the chain stay to gives us some possible options of getting a 28mm tire into the 700c rear end.

Looks like the CA 2.0 is going to be a great all around bike, I can envision many uses of this bike from hard core racing to light touring and of course doing the full brevet series.

Keep spinning

John Schlitter

 

CA 2.0

CA 2.0 Looking Good!

CA 2.0 Looking Good!

We’ve decided on the paint scheme and color for the CA 2.0 frames.

 

Silky Smooth

Silky Smooth

 

TEAM!

TEAM!

We are going to use the TEAM theme though out the CA 2.0, in other words everyone can have a team bike, well at least in frame and paint scheme.

When?

When?

When? We will announce when the final round of testing is completed.

Keep spinning

John Schlitter

 

New 650c tire on the market.

 

Utremo on the REEN 577

Utremo on the REEN 577

 

Schwalbe as discontinued the Stelvio in the 650c size and replaced it with the new Ultremo , sweet tire at 170 grams,  http://www.schwalbetires.com

 

Fast tire!

Fast tire!

 

At the Bacchetta/Catrike Rally I received a set of Ultremo’s to test. I have intentions of using these at Sebring 24 hour race Feb. 14th, http://www.bikesebring.org/races.html, and though it would be a good idea to put a few miles on them before. I mounted then up on a RENN 577 rear disc and Zipp 404 front. Went out and did a workout that have a 45 minute tempo workout that gave me good range of speeds and cornering for the tires, all went well, after fifty miles not indication of any road scars/cuts. Next ride was the Tour de Cape Century ride, http://www.bacchettabikes.com/forum2/tm.asp?m=48332, the Ultremo’s did a great job and not a single road cut in them yet after 150 miles.

They handle real well and are a smooth supple ride. I think these high end tires are a winner.

Keep spinning

John Schlitter

 

Correcting Rider Set Up or Requiem for MC’s Melancholy

What’s with the title you say ?  Well nothing gets Mark Colliton, here at Bacchetta, under his desk and in the fetal position quicker than someone incorrectly set up on one of our bikes.  What I’m here to do is point you to a page on our website that rarely gets mentioned, even though I would argue, that it’s one of the most important articles on our site: Correct Rider Set Up on a Bacchetta Recumbent

Whether you’re new to our bikes or have just went too far in one direction during the past few years and don’t know how to get back to square one, this is an excellent page to read through.  Please notice, that I said READ through it; don’t just look at the pictures, because they do not tell the story!

If you’ve read through it and are still having problems or something still does not feel right, send a couple of pictures to info@bacchettabikes.com.  Make sure that they are still, side views, with you in riding position.  In one picture, have the leg closest to the camera, extended to its furthest point on the pedal.  In the other, have the same pedal with your foot on it, at it’s highest point.  Also, be sure and tell us your x-seam, height and the size of your bike frame.  We’ll take a look at the information and get you feeling like a champ in no time.

And over time maybe, just maybe, we’ll cure that ol’ melancholy of MC’s.

Ride Story

John Cunningham of Recumbent Brothers Bicycle Shop passed along a story from friends of his out west, enjoy. js

 

“The spirit of the Mad Medico of Mandeville is alive and well as 
personified by the club wielding maniac who attacked a group of four 
riders yesterday morning on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills.

The group, consisting of three former and/or current La Grange 
members, Al Lavery, Joel Slaven and Skip Nevell and Ron Sarchian, a 
member of the San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club, were proceeding west 
on Ventura, outward bound on their customary Sunday ride, when the 
incident occurred.

The first indication of a problem manifested itself as the attacker 
sped past the group in his auto, leaning on the horn in apparent 
displeasure at being somehow slowed by their presence on HIS street. 
It was early morning and traffic was VERY light. At worst we were 
riding two abreast on the far right side of a very wide street.

The cretin then pulled to the curb ahead of the group, leaped from the 
car shouting obscenities and swung at Ron as we rode past. Ron fended 
off the blow with his forearm and we continued.

Not dissuaded, you have to admire his persistence, Sir Violence, again 
sped past us, nimbly exited his vehicle and the real fun started.

I was in the lead and I watched as he opened the rear door of his car 
and pulled out what looked like a length of black iron pipe. Fearing 
the worst, I rolled past and immediately heard a loud “thwack.”

Stopping and dismounting I turned to view the spectacle of Ron 
wrestling in the middle of the street with the lunatic.

I digress here to provide a few details of Ron’s resume. He is a 
former college football player, skydiver, rodeo clown, you know, the 
guys in funny suits who divert enraged bulls away from fallen riders 
and currently, between acting gigs, he is a personal fitness trainer. 
In addition, he holds numerous Guinness Book world records including 
most punches thrown to a bag in one minute, most roundhouse kicks 
delivered to a heavy bag in one hour and longest time spent punching a 
bag,,minimum one punch per second.

He is big, amazingly strong and very fit.

If you wished to attack a bicycle rider within a hundred mile radius 
of where we were at that moment, I wager the last guy you would chose 
would be Ron. To put it as baldly as possible, jerko was f—–g 
with,the wrong Marine.

The fight lasted at least three seconds and ended with Ron on top of 
the jerk in the middle of Ventura Blvd., securing him with an arm lock 
to the throat that prevented ANY movement.

The police were summoned and they responded with immediate and 
overwhelming force. At one point we counted seven black and whites and 
a helicopter circling over head. It was Sunday morning, what else was 
there to do?

Ron emerged unhurt from the fracas although he had been knocked from 
his bike by a blow to the rib cage I heard being delivered. 
Fortunately for Ron, the 20″pipe” turned out to be a walking stick but 
one certainly capable of inflicting serious damage when wielded by a 
determined attacker.

Jerko was handcuffed and hauled off to jail and we proceeded on our 
way trailed by the words of one of the arresting officers, “Have a 
nice ride, guys.”

And that we did.”