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

Ambassador Thomas presents credentials to US President

first_imgJamaica’s new ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, officially presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the United States, Barak Obama during a ceremony held in the oval office at the White House on Thursday, September 17, 2015.President Obama in his remarks said, “Jamaica and the United States are tied together by history, culture, family and most importantly by friendship.” He expressed strong support for the government and people of Jamaica and for the continued development of the special relationship that exists between the two countries.In recounting his visit to Jamaica in April, President Obama said he was heartened by the warm reception he received from the people of Jamaica and pointed out that in the meetings he had with Prime Minister the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, great progress was made to deepen and strengthen our cooperation in the region.The US president said that the town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies reaffirmed his conviction that the young people of Jamaica are poised to lead their country to new and greater heights and that the US continues to value Jamaica as a true leader of the Caribbean.In presenting his Letter of Credence to the President of the United States, Ambassador Ralph Thomas said that during his tenure, he would work to further deepen and strengthen the relationship between Jamaica and the US. “Over the years, Jamaica and the United States have shared a strong fraternal relationship which has been to our benefit and it is my firm intention to facilitate as much as possible the further strengthening of this bond.”Ambassador Thomas noted that the discussions that took place between Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and President Obama identified priorities for engaging with the United States, including issues such as: energy; trade and investment; competitiveness; youth-related matters; immigration and deportation.. These he said are key issues he intends to focus on while in office.He pointed out that the United States remains our most important trading partner and the island continues to attract a significant number of American tourists. He said it is his aim to work at increasing the trade ties and tourism arrivals between the two countries, as we both seek to cement the economic recovery process and increase opportunities for our people.Jamaica values the tremendous support now being extended with respect to development financing in the areas of energy; climate change and disaster management which emanated from the high-level meetings held earlier this year, with Vice President Biden.Ambassador Thomas reiterated the Government’s deepest appreciation for the invaluable assistance provided by the United States Government in helping Jamaica to secure critical funding from the International Financial Institutions, in particular the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).He noted that Jamaica has made significant strides with respect to meeting the targets set by these institutions. The austerity effects on our social programmers have been grave but the Government is steadfastly pursuing various avenues to spur growth and attract investments to the island, which will ultimately be to the benefit of our people, especially the less fortunate in our society”, he said.Jamaica’s envoy to Washington was appointed Jamaica’s twelfth ambassador to the United States by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on August 21, 2015. Previously, he was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of China in 2013 and focused on strengthening relationships between the two countries in key areas of development.A former teaching fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona School of Business and Management, Ambassador Thomas has experience in multinational banking and trade finance and served as Vice President of the Bank of New York during his twenty two years with that institution.last_img read more