Let me start by saying that we are always thinking about ways to make our bikes a better value and making them more versatile is just one way we try to apply that thinking. Over the years we’ve made a number of frame changes to our bikes in an effort to improve their versatility but keeping up with those changes, and what they mean to you in a practical sense, is sometimes a daunting task. So if you haven’t seen or heard anything about our new dropout system the article below will be a good primer.
Drive side Adroit dropouts
Non-drive side Adroit dropouts
The first thing you should know is that the “A” in our new A-frames refers to our “Adroit” dropout system. Adroit means “having or showing skill in handling multiple situations well,” and that’s just what this system does. Simply put, this new dropout system allows you to quickly change your bikes rear dropout spacing for 135mm to 130mm, or vise versa, in a matter of minutes. So, if you’re like me, with a collection of road/mountain bike wheels down in the basement and a wish that there was an easy way to use them without a lot of futzing around, now you can. Also, besides making the rear dropout spacing a non issue, our “A” frames incorporate braze-ons for canti studs, positioned for using V-brakes on 26”(559) wheels, a road brake boss positioned for 700c wheels, and a disc brake tab on the rear dropout. Yeah, you’re right, that gives you a ton of options for brakes and wheels. If you already have disc wheels and brakes, using all the possible combinations is pretty straight forward. But to make things easier on your wallet Bacchetta has also sourced a Long-Reach V-brake that doesn’t cost an arm and leg so configuring our bike with 26”, 650b, 650c or 700c wheels doesn’t require taking out that second mortgage for disc brakes, disc wheels or a set of PAUL MotoLite brakes. The other great thing about the dual big wheel A-frames (Giro-26 and Corsa) is that these models are now considerably more configurable in regards to seat height. We’ve set bikes up using these frames with dual 700c, 650c, 26″, 24″ and down to 20″ wheels, which can change the seat height by almost 5 inches. That’s huge if you’re looking for the flexibility to quickly configure your bike for different riding situations. Like I said before, you can use the long reach V-brakes for 26”, 650b, 650c or 700c wheels but the dual 20” or dual 24” set-ups on these frames does require disc brakes and a fork change, to keep the steering geometry right. IMHO, the additional cost of wheels and a fork are modest in comparison to the cost of a new bike, so if you like to tinker and you’re on a tight budget, a Bacchetta A-frame can’t be beat! To give you some idea of what is possible… click the link below. Enjoy!
Below is some general info regarding wheel sizes which will work on our Giro 26 bikes beyond the original stock wheels. If wheel sizes are a mystery to you, we highly recommend learning a little more about wheel sizes before reading the article. You can find general wheel and tire information, here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html,
GIRO 26 AND 26 ATT FRAMES: THE BASICS
Both the Giro 26 (steel frame) and Giro 26 ATT (aluminum frame) come stock with 26” (ISO 559mm) wheels and 1.25” tires. Rear dropout spacing is standard MTB 135mm. Frames and forks come with disc brake tabs and canti posts for V-brakes positioned for 26” (559mm) wheels. Both Giro26 frames also have a rear brake boss for a traditional road brake caliper which will work with 700c wheels. Also, the steel and alloy forks available on these models have enough clearance for a 700 wheel with 23c+ tires. All of this makes both bikes extremely versatile as far as wheel sizes go, but there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind before making any changes.
Note: The most fulfilling feedback from customers is when they tell us our bikes have made a difference in their lives. I’ve heard from folks who’ve finally been able to manage diabetes, because they’ve been able to ride again. One gentleman, spurred by the desire to ride one of our bikes, went from 560 lbs. down to 185 lbs. Here is yet another story in this arena and we’re proud to have Ron on a Bacchetta!
My name is Ron Swann. I am 54 years old and live in Atlanta, Georgia. I ride a Giro 20 recumbent that I bought about six years ago from a pawn shop on EBay. It came in two boxes, grimy and almost completely disassembled and I used photos from the Bacchetta website to put it together.
I have been an avid rider of bicycles for most of my life. I rode my first century when I was 14 and raced competitively throughout high school and college. In the early 80’s I raced triathlons and toured several times a year with my wife on our Santana Tandem. When we had children we rode single bikes with bicycle seats.
I thought my cycling days were over in 2005 when I suffered a severe spinal cord injury and was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. Thankfully, emergency surgery restored about 60 percent of my function but I remained completely paralyzed my ankles, calf muscles and about half of my hamstrings and glutes.
About a year after my accident I tried riding a diamond frame bicycle but found my lack of seat/glute muscles as well as saddle anesthesia made it impossible. Soon thereafter I began investigating recumbents and the Giro 20 was recommended as the best recumbent to start with.
Learning to ride my Giro 20 was a challenge. I remember my first attempt at riding, left me lying in the street at the bottom of my driveway wondering if with my wobbly legs I could get the bike back up the driveway to my garage. I was so discouraged that I waited several months before trying again with success.
In 2009 I went with my 20 year old son on a ten day bike tour from Nashville, Tennessee to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. My son rode a traditional diamond frame touring bike and I rode my Giro 20 fully loaded with camping gear. The memories are priceless.
Since July of this year I have been riding about 100 miles a week and will be riding my 4th century of the year this weekend in Opelika, Alabama with my sixteen year old nephew.
I have included pictures of me on my Giro as well as a couple of close-ups of the custom made carbon fiber braces I wear. Without my Giro and the braces cycling would not be possible.
I set a goal in July 2012 to ride a (very flat) 25 mile Time Trial with an average speed of 19.5mph by July 2013. On my first attempt (8/15) I averaged 18.13 mph and yesterday (9/23) I rode my second TT and averaged 18.76 mph. When I achieve my goal, I plan to reward myself with a Bacchetta Corsa!
I love riding my Giro 20. For handicapped individuals like myself, recumbents make cycling possible. For riders of all types, recumbents make cycling more comfortable and more fun.
Just got back from 5 days in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Wheel & Sprocket’s annual Spring Bicycle Expo and, once again, Chris Kegel and his crew knocked it out of the park. Great weather made for some huge crowds looking to jump start the bike season. I was there to help out the Wheel & Sprocket recumbent staff that work out of the Hales Corners store. Jeff, Mark A., Jim and Bob are some of the nicest (and knowledgeable) people you’ll ever meet so if you’re in the area make sure you take some time to check out the Hales Corners store… even if it’s just to say hello!
Most bicycle dealers have a passion for the business. I think recumbent bicycle dealers take it up a notch. Then there are few that like to take it up even further by sponsoring a weekly Saturday morning Bread Ride and a couple of very successful organized rides a year. Jim Snider of Ride South, www.ridesouth.com, is one of those dealers.
The last few years I have had the pleasure of being able to attend the Birthday Challenge Ride on the Longleaf Trace in the Fall. In March, Jim puts on the Ride South Signature Ride. The main portion of the Signature Ride begins on Saturday riding from Ride South in Brandon MS to Hattiesburg MS. Jim starts the weekend off with a gathering at Ride South on Thursday evening to discuss long distance cycling. It is a refresher course for those who are doing the longer rides on Saturday and Sunday but it also provides tips and suggestions for future ultra-riders. Jim covers the basics of good bicycle maintenance to make certain it is not the bicycle that does not allow you to accomplish your goal. Jacquie Hafner, Team Bacchetta Sebring 24 hour record holder (516.4 miles) and I joined in the discussion sharing our experiences with long distance riding.
Friday evening includes one more meeting of the riders to nail down any last minute details and coordinate the arrival of riders from Hattiesburg to Prentiss where all riders meet up for a lunch stop and then ride the Long Leaf Trace back to Hattiesburg for the wine and cheese party ending with dinner at a nearby restaurant.
The ride travels fairly light traffic roads and picks up the Long Leaf Trace in Prentiss MS. The 119 mile ride has a few bumps but that makes a nice change from riding around the west coast of Florida. After a relaxing Saturday evening at the Holiday Inn with some wine, beer and cheese some of the crew chose to ride back to Brandon the next morning on a more easterly route that does manage to gain almost 300 feet more for the ten mile less long course.
Ride South is a full service bicycle shop that sells all types of bicycles. It is evident though that in Jim’s preferred choice of ride is recumbent and his Bacchetta CA 2.0 is nicely decked out with some personal touches. Over half of the bikes ridden were Bacchetta’s!
We all know these events cannot happen unless someone like Jim has support. Behind every good man is a great woman, Lane, Jim’s wife. The fan club of ” legendary Jim Snider” (as the reporter said who was interviewing Jim in Prentiss), Beth and Captain Johnny Rawls, Liz, Louis, Chad and the two Mississippi motorcycle Highway Patrolmen made for a great weekend.
If you get the chance or need an excuse to go do some great riding head to Ride South, a dealer with a passion.
I would like to thank Jim and Ride South for his continue support of Bacchetta Bicycles and being a sponsor for our Team Bacchetta RAAM riding for Kids with Arthritis efforts in June, www.TeamBacchettaRAAM.com
A recent phone call from a customer prompted me to do a quick search of our BLOG archives for the original article Mike posted about our redesigned seat clamp. Turns out that was over 3 years ago but it seems there are still some folks out there that are not aware of that fact. Anyway, here’s what you need to know. The new seat clamp design separates the seat mounting and clamp tensioning functions. It uses one set of bolts to tension the clamp, making the initial set up extremely easy, and a second set of bolts that hold the seat, which allows you to install or remove the seat in a snap without messing with the clamp tension. This means you’ll never loose your seat position if you take your seat off. The other good news, this clamp will work on any Bacchetta model that uses the old style clamp. And at $30 USD it’s a great low cost upgrade that makes traveling with your bike a whole lot easier. The new seat clamps are available at the Bacchetta store:
First, and foremost, we’d like everyone to know that April 1st, 2012 (no joke) will mark the 10th year that Bacchetta has been in business. So we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for making our first decade a very successful one. We would also like to give a special shout out to all of our early supporters that took a chance on a new company and kept us going in the early years when success was not a given.
While the arrival of the 2012 bikes is still a few months away there are some things we want to share with everyone now. To help mark our 10th anniversary we’re planning to offer some limited edition colors that pay homage to our company’s beginnings; as well as some of the bikes that we loved growing up. For those of you not familiar with the original Bacchetta bike colors, they were BP Green (Giro-20), Bugatti Blue (Giro-26), Cannibal Orange (Strada) and Natural Ti (Aero). By using a bit of creative license with the original colors, and a brand new decal scheme, we’re hoping to evoke those early Bacchetta bikes while bringing something new to the table at the same time.
Pamela called me one day with a challenge. She wanted a Bella ATT but with a few specialty items. Generally, Bacchetta is a “simpler is better” company, but you reach a point where you’ve got to try new things. Remember I said that.
When things went further than I could handle, I handed over the challenge to Mark at Power On Cycling. The result is what you see above and for me, is what’s possible with this bike. And I have to say that she was also very patient as I was often slow in responding- she’s a real champ. So, here’s to Pamela for looking outside the box and maybe opening a few eyes along the way!
Large frame Bella ATT, purchased from Power On Cycling, Newport, Tennessee
-Custom 26″ rear wheel with SRAM Dual Drive, 12-36 cassette, built by Power On Cycling
-Standard Bella crankset
-Power Grips pedals
-Bacchetta Universal Rear Rack
-Terra Cycle Underseat Rack
-Jandd duffle bag on rear rack
-Jandd Commuter panniers on under seat rack
-Mountain Mirrycle bar-end mirrors on both left and right
-Topeak Panoram V12 Wide Screen computer, wired version, mounted on top tube
This adventure started back over ten years ago. There was a ride in the Flint Hills of southeast Kansas called the Death Ride. It would cover 60 to 75 miles of the Flint Hills gravel/dirt roads in August. Thus the name Death Ride because the heat would be around hundred degrees, I rode the Death ride twice on recumbent bicycles. The second ride was on the DRS (Death Ride Special) A dual 26” wheel Bacchetta proto-type of a bike we had not even released yet or launched the Bacchetta Bicycle Company. The ride went great except for the front tire sliced like paper during the finishing miles. Continue reading →