61 mile bike ride to pick up a new camera? Why not!

If you can't eat at the Pescadero Bakery, Mr. Mustard's a good 2nd choice!
If you can’t eat at the Pescadero Bakery, Mr. Mustard’s a good 2nd choice!

Ok, doesn’t take much to see that’s a weird route, at least not what I’d normally do on a Sunday. And it might have been what I’d normally do on a Sunday (inevitably including a stop in Pescadero for lunch). But it was destined to be a bit different from the start, as Keeble & Shuchat had just received the new camera I’ve been waiting for (Canon T6s) and, since I don’t own a car, had to create a ride that also dropped by Palo Alto to pick it up.

Picking up the camera, using one of the Tour de France freebie TdF bags to carry it home
Picking up the camera, using one of the Tour de France freebie TdF bags to carry it home
It was made up as Kevin and I rode along, first ditching Pescadero after we’d climbed Old LaHonda. We did at first have a plan (we always have a plan), which included the Pescadero loop, then heading back up to Skyline via West Alpine, descend Page Mill all the way to Palo Alto, pick up the camera and go home. We kept West Alpine in the mix, then rode south on Skyline to 9, hot dogs with Mr. Mustard, then dropped down 9 & Redwood Gulch, stopped by our Los Altos store for a bit, then battled crosswinds on Foothill as we headed back north.

It turned out to be not-so-bad. Even picking up the camera and having coffee in Palo Alto. Nice camera by the way.

In the end it turns out you really can do just about whatever you need to on a bike. Even riding 61 miles to pick up a camera.

Print Friendly

Trek issues massive recall of quick releases for disc brake bikes; what it means to you (non-Trek bikes suspect as well)

recalled_bikesA few days ago Trek issued perhaps the largest bicycle recall in history, affecting nearly 1 million bikes with disc brakes. I’m going to attempt to summarize the issue here.
But first, here’s a link to a video showing an OK quick release,
another that shows the recalled quick release… and why it’s dangerous.
And finally, Trek’s official release on the recall.

This affects only bikes with disc brakes. Period. Despite the photos shown in the news, displaying rows of bikes without disc brakes, you do not have an issue if your bike does not have disc brakes.

The recall is for Trek bikes right now, but it’s expected to become an industry-wide issue. The quick release style being recalled has been in wide use across nearly all major bike companies. Trek recognized and is dealing with this first, as they became aware of a very serious injury for which research pointed to the quick release design as the cause.

The problem is caused by the quick release rotating backward into the front wheel’s disc, where it can lock in place, causing the front wheel to suddenly stop rotating. This can cause a crash without warning, possibly launching the rider into harm’s way. It’s a serious problem.

The buzz in some of the industry is that this is a user-error situation, where someone has not properly installed the front wheel. In many cases, this is true. If someone does not properly install the front wheel, perhaps by screwing the quick release on instead of flipping the lever, or they simply don’t have enough pressure holding it in place, it will easily fail. But in 2003 it was shown that front quick releases on disc brake bikes can loosen on their own.  The industry fixed a potentially-serious wheel-ejection issue by making it nearly impossible for the wheel to leave the fork, even if the quick release loosened. This keeps the wheel in place, but it doesn’t keep the quick release from opening and flipping downward.

It would appear that simply moving the quick release lever from the disc-side of the wheel to the other side would eliminate the “lock & launch” problem, but this is not a reliable solution because the mechanism is not keyed and can easily be installed either way. But if you have a non-Trek bicycle and the quick release can rotate backward enough to go into the rotor, having the lever side of the quick release opposite the disc is better than nothing. The problem is that anyone, at anytime, could reinstall it differently.

You should also pay attention to the adjustment of your quick release much more often, since the evidence is clear that they can loosen over time. Yours might not have yet, but it could. Next time you’re in a shop, have them show you what proper tension on the lever is.

Replacing the quick release is super-easy. A couple of minutes and you’re done. Replacing broken bikes and healing from accidents is not so easy. Please take this recall seriously.

Thanks, Mike Jacoubowsky, Partner, Chain Reaction Bicycles

Print Friendly