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Stan’s NoTubes hires Clayton Goldsmith for European OE sales and other projects

BIG FLATS, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Stan’s NoTubes has hired Clayton Goldsmith. Initially, Goldsmith is focusing on OE sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but he will also lead several internal projects aimed at improving product availability and reducing lead-times for European customers.

Paul Lew to head up Edco under new ownership

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.— U.S. industry veteran Paul Lew has been named CEO of the newly restructured Edco cycling company, now based in Arizona.

Mike King joins Felt Bicycles as brand ambassador

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — ?BMX and mountain bike racing legend Mike King has joined?Felt Bicycles as a brand ambassador.

QBP announces women’s paid internship program

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is offering five paid internships this summer for female undergraduates. The internships will be offered in each of the following fields: Graphic Design, Engineering, Industrial Design, IT, and Sales.

Hayes appoints four additions to its sales and marketing team

MEQUON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Hayes?is bolstering its sales and marketing team by adding four new personnel to the department.

Bespoked: five must-visit stands at the UK handbuilt bike show

The fourth Bespoked handbuilt bike show opened yesterday at the magnificent Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

BikeRadar dashed round the great, the good and the downright wacky stands to see what this year’s raft of exhibitors had brought with them for the weekend ahead.

If you’re heading to East London for the show, here’s some of our must-visit stands

Cofa Engineering

Cofa Engineering is based above the velodrome floor, handily next to the Look Mum No Hands Caf?. They’re showing this outrageous 26in mountain bike. Steve Major built this rig just because he should. Cofa Enginnering usually machine bespoke parts for other manufacturers – turns out he can build the entire thing too.

Cofa engineering's virtuoso piece of aluminium construction: cofa engineering's virtuoso piece of aluminium construction

Cofa Engineering’s mountain bike

Oak Cycles

Hit the velodrome pit and turn right. That’s London-based Oak Cycles’ stand right there. Have a look at the Time Machine. Beneath the retro Penguin paperback paintjob is a seriously cool bike – a light racing frame and ENVE fork combo that’s also a tourer. It’s constructed from Columbus Spirit Tubing, got the best mudguards we’ve ever seen (because you can’t really see them) and an SRM. It’s lush.

Oak cycles' exceptional time machine: oak cycles' exceptional time machine

Oak Cycles’ Time Machine

Feather Cycles?

Yorkshire builder Ricky Feather, perennial award winner at Bespoked and British handmade bike royalty, has a big, obvious stand decked in his beautiful steel frames. He’s just launched a race team with his mates and you can see the fleet of bikes here. They look great.

Feather cycles' racing team bikes: feather cycles' racing team bikes

Feather Cycles’ racing team bikes

Veloboo?

Worth the entry fee alone, Veloboo brought along a €38,000 bike! For the money you get a bamboo frameset and Campagnolo Centaur. Not even Super Record. The reason why it’s so expensive, of course, is the 24-carat gold plating on the components – rims, brakes and bars. The Hungarian company didn’t gold plate the rear derailleur, because that would have been “too much”, Rafeal Petrocz at the stand told us.

Veloboo's downright crazy 24-carat plated bambo bike. why?: veloboo's downright crazy 24-carat plated bambo bike. why?

Veloboo’s gold-plated bamboo frameset

Tsubasa

Ed Vavilovas has about two square metres of floor space and three extraordinary carbon frames. He makes them at home in East London flat. There’s a standard carbon model, an ultra-high modulus version, and one that uses T700S carbon in rectangular tube profile. The name Tsubasa is the Japanese word for ‘wing’, and it’s his homage to his Japanese wife, who has been very understanding of his hobby. The carbon’s sourced from a German company – a difficult task he said – and the wooden brake mount where the seatstays converge is a wooden floorboard from his flat. Legend.

Tsubasa's angular looking carbon monocoques frames - homemade: tsubasa's angular looking carbon monocoques frames - homemade

Tsubasa’s angular looking carbon monocoques frames – all homemade

There are so many great stands we could have but didn’t include in our cursory tour: Paulus-Quiros, Woodrup, Moss, Condor and Enigma for starters. If you can get down to the velodrome, do – it’s a great show and we’ll bring you more coverage this weekend.








Light & Motion to be featured on Discovery Channel show

California lighting manufacturer to appear in three episodes of How It's Made. MARINA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Lighting company Light & Motion will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel show How It’s Made

3T appoints two to top posts

TORINO, Italy (BRAIN) — 3T has made two key appointments within its senior management team. Nicola Pettenò, 35, has been appointed to Chief Operating Officer of the newly-created 3T Taiwan.

Alex Moulton dies at 92

BRADFORD ON AVON, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Dr. Alexander Eric Moulton, the engineer and inventor who founded the Moulton bicycle company, died Sunday evening at age 92. A statement from the company said Moulton died peacefully in the company of his family and staff.  Moulton worked at Bristol Aeroplanes as assistant to Sir Roy Fedden during World War II.

Car Culture Rules This Bicycle Street

At least 100 citizen cyclists at each light here in the rush hour. #cyclechic #copenhagen #bike
I was standing down on Dronning Louise’s Bridge this morning, in the midst of the rush hour. I was waiting for a film crew to arrive to shoot a little clip for the Danish Architecture Center. They were late. Stuck in traffic. When they arrived I could see their film gear could have easily fit onto a cargo bike and I mocked them accordingly – with a smile.

While I was waiting I beheld the morning rush hour on the busiest bicycle street in the world. I still am amazed to stand there and watch it. I never tire of it.

I started counting the number of bicycle users who were waiting at each and every light cycle. There were at least 120-150 in the peak of the rush hour and they were, as a rule, backed up because of the red light.

This is where the otherwise brilliant Green Wave (cycle 20 km/h and hit green lights) dies.

At each traffic light cycle there were, on average 2-8 single occupant cars, as well as many busses. In the photo above there is one car waiting for the light and more than 100 bicycle users – the queue continues out of frame to the right.

The timing of the traffic light cycle, however, was clearly based on some geeky car-centric computer model. It is completely and utterly out of touch with the current daily situation and the Desire Lines of the vast majority of the people using this intersection. It prioritizes automobile traffic in both directions and the engineers who run this aren’t sorry or shy about it.

There were no traffic light cycles that allowed all the bicycle users waiting at the red light to make it through at the peak of the rush hour. Many had to wait for the next cycle. In the summer months I’ve observed bicycle users waiting for three light cycles before be allowed by the engineer and computer model to continue on to work.

The bicycle users should be given a light cycle that is at least double the length in the morning rush hour – and then in the opposite direction in the afternoon. Sure, it would be promoting and encouraging cycling but you know what? It would the rational, logical and modern thing to do, too.

But then again, this is The New Copenhagen.

Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.