Saw this booth at Dirt Demo and it caught my attention because it’s something I’ve never seen before. The idea of “proper chain lubing technique” is highly debatable such as religion and politics. With the photos below, I hope you can formulate your own opinions about this product.
Felt Bicycles had a few commuter bikes on display. Here’s a few shots of models they had available.
Here are a few things I found with this idea, mind you this product isn’t currently available in the US. The company states that this particular idea is huge in Japan. Ok so back to the findings; Front drive doesn’t produce enough torque to see a big difference in how it rides. The left chain can easily rub against your thigh, and lastly, it’s heavy. I brought up the issue of changing the gearing on front to make it have more of an impact as well as the chain issue rubbing against the leg. The Rep gladly accepted my concerns and said that they were out at Dirt Demo to gauge interest to see if it’s even worth coming out with this bike here in the US.
If you didn’t know, America’s largest bicycle trade show is in less than 2 weeks. Last year I had the pleasure of providing the good looking readers of BikeCommuters.com media coverage of the show.
This year we’ve partnered up with our super awesome friends at Planet Bike so we can host our very first (cue the echo sound effects) BikeCommuters.com Interbike SWAG Giveaway Contest, brought to you by the handsome folks of Planet Bike!
So here’s how it’s going to work: Our Media Crew, yours truly and Hermes, will be working hard at Outdoor Demo and Interbike, collecting swag stuff from various vendors to accompany the GRAND PRIZE that Planet Bike has generously provided. What’s in the Planet Bike Grand Prize? Dunno, sexy Chris F. of PB said he’d surprise us, but whatever it is, it should be really good!
We’ll provide more contest details as we approach closer to the show date.