Fixie Inc shows off 2009 singlespeed, racer bikes

first_imgFor the racer types, there’s the Chip Race geared frame made of ultralight Reynolds 953 tubing.  Since Recep at Fixie has put it so eloquently…I’m just going to share with you their blurb on this frame:“The new generation of steel tubing is light, corrosion resistant and offers extreme tensile strength. With the martensitic age-hardenable structure, super thin-walled, oversized tubes can be made that push the frame weight below the 1400gr limit at outstanding riding performance and high stiffness. Special tube shapes and dimensions in Chip Race have resulted to a strength-to-weight ratio, that even outclasses a premium titanium frame. With his slender silhouette and outstanding appearance, the Chip Race is an outré alternative to the rest of the road racing market and a proof for the competitiveness of steel.”  Fixie, Inc., showed off their new 09 whips at Eurobike, and we’ve got some pics from them to show you.  We posted about belt-drive bikes recently, and Fixie Inc’s got a sweet new one called the Five Star (with a ‘cross and city one planned for later in ’09).  Their new stuff includes:Chip Race 953 – Reynold’s superlight 953 tubing with regular dropouts (for gears)KickFlip Hub – Adjustable chainline for both sides, fixed or freewheelFive Star – Belt Drive Stainless Steel frame with Ti, wood and leather bitsRead more for lots of sweet, single-speed-licious photos and specs on the bikes…First, the Five Star.  The ultra-clean looking frame is Columbus XCR Stainless Steel with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, but the bits are modern “old school” with wood rims and and a wood handlebar (more pics of that here), leather seat.  The dropouts have an integrated chain tensioner…but wait, that’s not a chain, how do you get that into the rear triangle?  Why, an S&S coupler of course!  Located on the drive-side seatstay, the coupler allows you to pass the belt through the frame and onto the drivetrain. The blend of old and new with the tactile pleasures from wood and leather make riding this bike an experience.The Five Star uses Fixie’s new Kick Flip hub, allowing you to ride it as a fixed gear or freewheelin’ singlespeed.  The 305g flip-flop hub features a 10-spline profile that allows for mounting of belt drive or sprockets (for a chain) and has adapters to use it with Centerlock or IS disc brakes.  Combine that with it’s ability to be used on or off road and an adjustable chainline on both sides, it’s pretty much the most flexible hub we’ve seen, accommodating any mood you might be in.  Pricing is not set yet.Regarding the brakes, there’s a hole in the seatstay bridge and fork for traditional road bike brakes, but to run disk brakes would take adapters or a friend that knows how to weld (and, probably, your willingness to void any warranty). center_img Frame price for the Chip Race is €2120 (about $3,100 USD).  The custom build up shown supposedly weighs under 6kg (13.2 lbs). Fixie Inc doesn’t currently have a US distributor or importer, but they will ship direct.Just for fun, here’s one of their test bikes dubbed “Rusty”.  This is the frame they use to test new concepts like the Belt Drive and Kick Flip hub.  Once the frame rusts over (which, by the way, isn’t likely to happen to their production frames), it’s pretty well protected from further rust or corrosion.  I asked them how long it would last like that.  Their response: “We’re testing.” Note the rear hub sporting both the belt drive and a cog.Here’s some more fun…last_img read more

Vermont Gas celebrates 20 years of energy efficiency programs

first_imgVermont Gas Systems Inc,Since 1993, the award-winning energy efficiency programs developed by Vermont Gas have helped customers lower their energy bills by $13 million per year while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 62,000 tons.The cumulative impact of these savings during the past 20 years equals approximately one full year of gas usage across all of Vermont Gas’ nearly 50,000 customers.”Astronomical” is the word used by Vermont Gas customer Marc Jacobs, who owns 10 multi-family buildings in the Burlington area, to describe the savings potential from the gas utility’s energy-efficiency programs. Jacobs, who purchased his first building in 1983, works with Vermont Gas to install efficient systems in his units and passes the savings on to his tenants.During the last two decades, the quality and effectiveness of Vermont Gas’ energy-efficiency programs has been recognized 33 times through national awards and recognition from organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the American Council for and Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).”The national recognition we’ve received for our energy-efficiency programs through the years has been great, but the real reward is saving our customers money and maximizing the environmental advantages of natural gas,” said Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas. “Our customers recognize and truly appreciate the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas, so after 20 years of energy efficiency leadership we want to again say thank you for the trust they’ve placed in the Vermont Gas team.”To celebrate the 20 years of bringing energy efficiency to Vermonters, Vermont Gas is planning a customer and energy efficiency contractor appreciation event, with details to be announced soon.Vermont Gas serves more than 45,000 customers in Franklin and Chittenden counties and is currently working to expand service into Addison and Rutland counties through the Addison Natural Gas Project. The company’s long heritage for safe and reliable operations includes its award-winning energy-efficiency programs, which reduce energy use while saving $13 million annually for homes and businesses.  For more information about the Addison Natural Gas Project, visit is external)last_img read more

Prairie Village approves agreement with KDOT to renovate 75th Street

first_imgUpgraded sidewalks and lighting are part of the project tentatively scheduled to begin in 2014.If all goes according to plan, Prairie Village residents will see the beginnings of a long-awaited facelift along 75th Street sometime in 2014.The Prairie Village City Council on Monday approved a renovation plan for the heavily used thoroughfare between State Line Road and Mission Road that includes significant funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation. As part of the agreement, KDOT agrees to pay up to 80 percent of the costs related to construction and engineering, a total not to exceed $1,616,800.KDOT is making the federal funding for the project available to the city based on its selection through a process administered through the Mid-America Regional Council. The project will include significant streetscape upgrades designed to improve the pedestrian experience, upgrading both aesthetics and safety features. The project will also include the construction of a substantial “monument” at the intersection of State Line Road and 75th Street, which will serve as a signifier for motorists crossing the intersection from the east that they are entering the city.Prairie Village public works director Keith Bredehoeft said he is hopeful that the scheduling process with KDOT will allow the city to begin and complete the work in 2014 — but that it was possible the project may be bumped to 2015.A monument at the intersection of State Line Road and 75th Street will let motorists know they are entering Prairie Village.last_img read more

Proposed RideKC changes would reduce service on certain Johnson County routes

first_imgPart of the rationale behind the changes is to improve connections at the Mission transit center.The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is making changes to RideKC bus schedules in Johnson County.Shawn Strate, planning manager for KCATA, said the public transit agency has proposed a series of concepts to “adjust and improve routes throughout the Johnson County system.”“This is a comprehensive service analysis, so we’ve taken a look at the entire system within Johnson County,” Strate said, adding that the changes will be cost neutral. “Some routes will see less service; some routes will see more service.”Strate said some of these schedule changes will reduce the bus route frequency from every half hour to every hour. Others will increase route frequencies throughout the day.One of KCATA’s goals, for instance, was to improve connections of Mission Transit Center, a hub for many routes in Johnson County, he said, adding that KCATA is also focusing service more on Johnson County Community College, an area of “high ridership and area of growth opportunity.”“We’re finding out that the timing of the routes that go there aren’t working out as well as they could,” Strate said, “so we’re looking to kind of streamline the schedules at that location and make those transfers work better.”A full list of changes can be found on its website, but here are some of the major changes that will affect bus riders in northeast Johnson County:Bus 475, which runs along 75th Street and Quivira Road, would be changed to run hourly during peak periods and midday, instead of every 35 minutes during peak periods and every 70 minutes during midday. Bus 475 would also extend east to Prospect Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., to connect with the future Prospect MAX, which begins service in late 2019.Bus 403, which runs from Walmart near K-7 Highway to downtown Kansas City, Mo., via Antioch Road, would no longer offer service between Johnson County Community College and downtown Olathe. The new Olathe Connector would instead connect the college and Santa Fe Walmart via Strang Line Road and downtown Olathe. All 403 trips would run between JCCC and downtown KCMO. The route would operate hourly all day, instead of every half hour during peak times only.Bus 405, which runs from West 107th Street and Nall Avenue in Overland Park to downtown Kansas City, Mo., would be eliminated “due to low ridership.”Strate said these proposed changes are based on ridership data collected from daily operations by route and trip.“What we don’t have on a daily basis is the exact stops that people are getting on and off the bus, and we don’t really have the technical capacity on our vehicles, currently, to do that within the Johnson County service,” he said.As a result, KCATA staff manually collected bus stop data by traveling each bus route one time during a few weeks in September 2017.Strate said changes are posted online and on flyers on buses. KCATA is accepting public input until the end of October. The agency also accepted public comments at five meetings throughout the county, the last of which took place Oct. 17.After Oct. 31, KCATA staff will go through public input on the concepts and then make adjustments to the actual bus schedules. Strate said KCATA anticipates posting those detailed schedule changes sometime in January “so that everyone can see the exact time and how they might be impacted.”Submit comments online at, by email at or by phone at 816-346-0300 until Oct. 31.Actual changes to the bus route schedules will take place in April 2019.last_img read more

Los Alamos County Council Pays Tribute To Retiring Atomic City Tours Owner Georgia Strickfaden

first_imgAt the Council meeting Tuesday, retiring Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden, center, holds a proclamation that designated Wednesday as Georgia Strickfaden Day. Joining Strickfaden, from left, County Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart, Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, Lemonade Living founder Melissa Arias and Councilor Pete Sheehey. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post kirsten@ladailypost.comAfter 35 years of sharing Los Alamos history, stories and sites with visitors, Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden has decided to retire.The fact that her canary-yellow tour bus will no longer be spotted around town has caught the entire County’s attention. Los Alamos County Council paid its respects to Strickfaden Tuesday night by declaring Wednesday, Jan. 8, Georgia Strickfaden Day.The proclamation states:The County Council wishes to acknowledge the valuable contributions of Georgia Strickfaden for three decades of service to our community; and Georgia has been “the driver” for almost 35 years for Atomic City Tours, offering riders exclusive insights and entertaining stories about the history of Los Alamos … and Georgia’s enthusiasm to share with others the history, location and people of Los Alamos shines through in all that she does – she has cultivated a deep knowledge about the rich history of Northern New Mexico and been a valuable resource for history docents throughout the State … we are so proud that Georgia was recognized and honored by the New Mexico Hospitality Association as “New Mexico Tourism Professional of the Year” in 2016 – it is a testimony to her passion and commitment … now that Georgia has decided to finally step down from her familiar yellow van and enjoy a well-served retirement, it is fitting for our community to recognize the thousands of hours that Georgia has spent helping both visitors and locals “Discover Los Alamos”….Strickfaden told Council that it was humbling to be recognized as an individual business by the County, adding, “It has been a really good ride; it has been neat to have tourism come to forefront.”Showing off Los Alamos has been something Strickfaden has done even before starting her touring company in 1985. She said she worked as a casual public liaison for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Strickfaden explained that in that role she gave tours of the town to perspective LANL employees.In providing tours to Lab employees as well as working as a docent at the Los Alamos History Museum, Strickfaden said she saw first-hand that newcomers and visitors didn’t know that much about Los Alamos.Strickfaden said people would come to the history museum asking, “Where is Los Alamos?” This, she said, made her want to drive them around the County and show them.As a result, Strickfaden founded Buffalo Tours, which eventally became Atomic City Tours.“My original dream was to do tours in Los Alamos, White Rock, Bandelier … I had to sell Los Alamos to a larger market,” she said.This was no easy task because at the time, Strickfaden pointed out that tour companies were not only rare in Los Alamos but outside of the County, too. She said there was only one touring company in Santa Fe.So, she said she had to develop an expertise outside of Los Alamos. Strickfaden read newspapers, history books and biographies.“My intent was to get people to Los Alamos,” Strickfaden said.When the Bradbury Science Museum moved to its current location, that helped Strickfaden with her business goal.“There was my market,” she said.Another positive factor was Strickfaden’s former business partner, Lucy Wallace. Strickfaden said Wallace was a “big asset”, in fact, Strickfaden said her long-range plan was for Wallace to take over the business. However, Wallace had to move out of state due to family obligations.Additionally, Strickfaden said with the Manhattan National Historical Park established, more people are finding their way to Los Alamos’ historic areas including the history museum and Fuller Lodge. The local tourism industry also received a boost when the County implemented a tourism strategic plan.There is still work to be done, Strickfaden said.“I’m really pleased Los Alamos finally recognizes we have tourism … but we’ve got to get more lodging,” she said.Strickfaden said she is slowly retiring. Her business is up for sale and she offers some advice to the next owner.“I have learned that I need to stick with it … you really have to put a lot of time and effort in it,” she said.There have been many rewards with owning a local tour company. Strickfaden said she is happy when she gets visitors to go up the street and experience more of Los Alamos than just the Bradbury Science Museum.She added one of her favorite spots to take visitors is past the ice rink, on the road toward the ski hill. The views there are spectacular, Strickfaden said.Plus, “I’ve gotten to meet an awful lot of really neat people,” she said, noting everyone from celebrities to Nobel laureates have taken her tours. This includes Dr. George Raines, whose father, Fred Reines won a Nobel Prize; as well as Neils Bohr’s great-granddaughter, Barbara Bohr from Denmark. Additionally, Robert “Christy Pit” Christy and his family have taken Atomic City Tours along with Krik Krikorian’s family and friends.It also helps that Los Alamos is a great community with a lot of people who are active in helping it thrive, she said.“Los Alamos is a really good place to run a business,” Strickfaden said. “We have such a dynamic group of people running things.” Although Strickfaden is stepping away from her business, her work in promoting tourism and history in Los Alamos is not stopping. She said she hopes to develop a reference for self-guided tours as well as a reference for planning hikes, using Atomic City Transit. Atomic City Tours owner Georgia Strickfaden her popular yellow tour van. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Dead ‘Baby’ Shark Found In Southampton

first_imgA deceased, juvenile female great white shark washed up on Cryder Beach in Southampton.The fully intact juvenile — though some may consider it a baby because of its size — was 6.9 feet in length and weighed about 175 pounds. Great whites are born at about four feet long.While unfortunate, of course, the find was beneficial to Greg Metzger, a marine biologist and Southampton High School teacher who founded the South Fork Natural History Museum’s Shark Research and Education Program.“The scientific shark community has very few opportunities to perform necropsies on white sharks as we just don’t get many. Most, in my limited experience, have been very decomposed. This one was almost pristine,” he said, noting the internal organs are in excellent condition so scientists studying them can get “an excellent idea of what a live one may look like. This was a very significant individual for the understanding of white shark’s biology.”Whenever he is alerted to a shark on the beach, he is in touch with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.A pathologist conducted a necropsy. Metzger said as of now there is no indication why it died.His work has focused on this age class of shark for the last five years.“We have confirmed that Long Island is a nursery for white sharks,” Metzger said. “So, these little ones are found in our waters based on our research from mid-April to the end of October.”Parts of the shark are being used for his education program, and Metzger shipped samples to scientists elsewhere for Sharelast_img read more

Eurobahn retains Hellweg-Netz contract

first_imgGERMANY: Following an international tender, the Westfalen-Lippe and Rhein-Ruhr transport authorities announced on October 5 that they had selected incumbent Keolis subsidiary Eurobahn for the next contract to operate Hellweg-Netz passenger services. The final award of the contract is subject to the 10-day regulatory standstill period. The contract would run for 12 years from the December 2018 timetable change, and cover the operation of 5·9 million train-km/year on four routes:RB 50 Der Lüner: Münster – Dortmund;RB 59 Hellweg-Bahn: Dortmund – Soest;RB 69 Ems-Börde-Bahn: Münster – Hamm – Bielefeld;RB 89 Ems-Börde-Bahn: Münster – Hamm – Paderborn – Warburg. The new contract will require an increase in seating capacity at peak times, and 50% of trains before 19.00 and all trains after 19.00 to have onboard staff, compared to the current 40% throughout the day.last_img read more

5G+8K/4K/VR technologies to dazzle the 2020 Spring Festival Gala

first_imgA launch ceremony showcasing the innovative application of 5G+8K/4K/VR technologies to be used at China Media Group (CMG)’s 2020 Spring Festival Gala was held at the Beijing Media Center. CMG President Shen Haixiong attended the ceremony.The gala’s main venue and sub-venues have been fully covered by 5G networks. CMG will adopt 5G+8K technology to realize multi-camera shooting and produce an 8K gala.Moreover, a virtual network interactive system (VNIS) will be used for the first time at the gala, showcasing a new viewing experience.CMG has actively promoted innovative applications like 5G, 4K/8K, VR and AI, and will employ innovative audio-visual technology during the gala to bring new experiences for its viewers.Following the launch of “5G+8K/4K/VR” technology for the Spring Festival Gala, related A-share listed companies soared on the same day.The Spring Festival Gala will be held on Lunar New Year’s Eve, January 24, 2020.Related Spring Festival Gala: A backstage visit to world’s most watched TV event Kenya’s SGR employees in Beijing for the Spring Festival Galacenter_img Kenya’s First Chinese Spring Festival Gala kicks off in Nairobilast_img read more

United Kingdom help for Caribbean countries

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional United Kingdom help for Caribbean countries by: – June 21, 2014 Sharecenter_img Share 25 Views   no discussions Caribbean and UK delegates at the ForumGEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 21, CMC – The United Kingdom (UK) says it will provide technical assistance to the Caribbean as it seeks to develop its energy sector.London said it would it would also work with the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) on options for “catalyzing a regional gas market” as Caribbean governments continue to explore the potential for natural gas as well as other forms of sustainable energy as an alternative to fuel oil imports.The UK said it would also “share its experience of managing complex renewable energy systems through a private sector-led knowledge-sharing mechanism on smart grids, distributed generation and holistic energy management systems.“The UK will work with regional regulators and utilities to progress dialogue on utility reform and models for electricity provision which respond to the challenge of diversifying and securing energy supply whilst maintaining viable electricity companies,” according to a joint statement following the Eighth UK-Caribbean Forum held in London earlier this week.The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat late Friday released the joint statement, which noted that the Forum enabled UK and Caribbean governments, public, private and donor experts to share knowledge, experience and best practice in the development of sustainable energy solutions.“We reaffirmed our commitment to diversifying our energy sources and minimising energy waste to ensure a more sustainable and secure energy future”.“We recognised that upgrading existing generation plants from oil to natural gas and other forms of alternative forms of energy has the potential to reduce energy prices and carbon emissions.”Caribbean Media Corporationlast_img read more