19 August, 2016

Where has summer gone?

By Scott

Well here we are at the middle to third week of August and one has to ask, where has summer gone? I heard on the radio today, people talking about kids going back to school in a bit over a week from Monday and then everyone getting back into their "normal" routines of commuting and such.

Here in the Mid Atlantic, temperatures are still up in the 90's. The C & O is still in it's full green zone, with lots of overgrowth. The afternoon thunderstorms tend to make the trail a bit mucky at points, but a day or two without rain, they dry right out.

I've been keeping my rides down to 30 miles or so, done first thing in the morning to avoid the heat and humidity of the mid afternoon. Chris has been bike fishing to avoid the heat as well.

Our prototype drawings of the Mk4 Polyvalent have been signed off, so now we wait for the prototypes to be made. Hopefully we should have them for late October, just in time to show them off at the Philly Bike Expo at the the start of November.  The Cigne stems are just finishing production, so those should be done around Labor Day and we're going to air freight those in due to the high demand we have for them.

Any plans for the time before Labor day? Anyone have a good tip on reducing the impact of the heat other then hibernating in the basement?

BTW- we got some cool bamboo tops for the Klean Kanteen bottles. An easy way to update an older bottle.


Barry said...

Watermelon juice! Run it through the juicer or blend and strain. Pour over ice. Hydrating, Cooling, alkalizing, and oh yeah, the best-tasting thing ever!

Daniel Jackson said...

What is max tire size for the mk4 proto?

VeloOrange said...

@ Daniel Jackson- we're looking at around 45 mm wide 650B tires with fenders with the first prototypes. We'll see how it works in real life once we get them at the end of October.

CharleyGnarlyP290 said...

Not going to miss summer... never do.
In my neck of the woods (even though trees are way to scarce for my liking) it is 100+ during the scorching daylight hours, and still in the 80s when I get up in the morning at around 5/530. I soooo look forward to late fall and winter. Riding time abounds during those months.

Brian Walbergh said...

~2.0" clearance with fenders would be really great on the new MK4, then you could run Big Apples with fenders.... a really great combo for the city. Just thinking about that makes me happy. Then there would be room for knobby 2.1" tires too in case you wanted to get a bit more rad!

I think a lot of people would like that, it would put it up against some of the other low trail 650b touring bikes, which might be a good thing.