Phil Wood has come out with a new track hub using the disc brake ISO 6 bolt pattern. This isn't new, Boone was the first to produce the cogs (besides garage mods by home tinkerers) to be bolted on existing disc hubs. Tomi Cog (see photo at left) and London Fixie (now Velo Solo) currently produce cogs. The current crop of cogs are bolted to MTB hubs (135mm spacing), which just happen to magically line up for a correct chainline. The Phil Wood hub is for track hub spacing (120mm) with matching chainline and several configurations including a double fixed set up. Cogs to match are part of the deal. With a fixed disc hub in MTB spacing already in the line up, you have to wonder if there will be a 135mm version of the double ISO produced or they'll just stick with the track version...
The bolt on cog system makes gear changes and cog removal a lot easier than the old chainwhip method. Is it the future? Time will tell. Level Components (review here) has had something similar for years but with a proprietary interface it hasn't taken off like it should. White Industries also has introduced a proprietary splined interface. The systems have their merits, but ISO has a much better chance of catching on in my opinion.
Caps are in //
Tuesday - August 4, 2009
Last year we did a small batch of cycling caps and they sold out quick. We've got another small run available now with the new logo. Once they are gone, that will be it. This year the caps are made by our new sponsor Endura and are cotton instead of synthetic. Buy now or be sad you missed out.
Location: Sand Flats parking lot, Gambrill Park Road, Frederick, MD (directions) Date: August 8th, 2009, ready to ride @ 9:30 Ride Level: Moderate pace/Hilly terrain/dirt roads and pavement. 54 miles, 5700 ft. of climbing. Description: In 1903 the first Tour de France was held. The roads were rough and unpaved. This ride seeks out similar conditions. Expect gravel, ruts, bumps, big hills and plenty of rural riding at it's finest. A mix of pavement and dirt road riding on and around the Catoctin Mountain range. Fixed gear bikes encouraged but not required. Pack what you need, there may not be any refueling stops. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If that doesn't float your boat, there will be a more casual ride leaving same time, same location. That one will be around 30 miles with a stop for ice cream in the middle at South Mountain Creamery. Details can be found at The Bicycle Escape.