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The Legend of Olaf the Cyclist

Once upon a time in an Østerly land, a man of great power named Olaf the Cyclist was caught in a snow storm. Blinded by the blizzard, he could no longer see the way home after deer hunting. He tried to keep straight, hoping that if he doesn’t go in circles, he can reach safety, just as long as he keeps going, and keeps going straight ahead. But the storm wouldn’t calm, so this great man fell down in exhaustion, and was frozen in time.

Olaf The Cyclist in the snow

Many cold years passed, and Olaf the Cyclist remained frozen, until one day, the skies cleared, the oldest of flags, Dannebrog, fell from the heavens, and a big melt started. Olaf slowly melted with the snow, his lungs gasping for air. He had no idea what had happened, but he felt a time of change ahead of him. He picked up his bike and started pedaling and soon realized he was in a place he had never visited. The snow storm had taken him to a far away land.

Guided by the stars and the sun, he started going South. Soon he encountered first people. These people were not the people of Olaf the Cyclist, but people from another tribe. They even had different bicycles. Some of these people did not think much of Olaf’s bike, and compared it to a gutted fish with only the skeleton remaining, yet some of the people were curious. Olaf the Cyclist saw their curiosity and let them too try to ride this machine, locked in time.

Olaf The Cyclist Fish Bike

Olaf thought about going further South, but before getting back in the saddle he realized something – what if it is a sign. Perhaps this is an opportunity to build these slim, fish-like bicycles for the people of this land. He had heard good things about these new people and heard that these people like things that are made by hand, not by large windmills.

So Olaf the Cyclist got to work as he had always known that one day, he will love creating something valuable for other people. Soon, Olaf was creating more and more with his two hands and he wanted to share his lessons with others. He decided to put up a board in his village on which he would post messages every week. So he set to work, he organised topics on his friends, his goods, and about the cyclists of lands near and far. He put up the first letter, sharing how to set up a device on your bicycle to carry whales on dry land. The paper was very successful and many people stopped at the board and read what Olaf had written with a help of a poet from a land across the sea.

To make life easier, Olaf the Cyclist bought pigeons to deliver messages to the board readers, so that whenever there is a new paper up on the board, people would get reminded and would not have to walk the board every day. Showing great respect to everyone who signed up for pigeon mail, Olaf will give away a set of Magnetic Lights to those subscribed.

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Sidecar Bike – How does it work?

A sidecar bike is a great way of extending the capabilities of your bicycle. By having a sidecar, you can easily transport cargo that is simply too large for panniers and racks. But have you ever wondered how a sidecar bike works? It seems like a miracle that it is able to stay attached without causing the bike to tip over. However, there are two simple methods which are used to keep everything balanced- sidecar lead, and toe-in. In this article, we’ll explain just how a sidecar bike works, so you won’t be left wondering anymore.

KP Cykler sidecar bike

The “sidecar lead” refers to the horizontal distance between the rear wheel of the bike, and the rear wheel of the sidecar. The greater this distance, the less of a risk there is of the bike and sidecar tipping over. However, a bigger sidecar lead will also cause the sidecar’s tires to wear out more quickly, so it’s important to get the sidecar lead just right.

KP Cykler Sidecar Bike Lead

The other way that a sidecar bike stays balanced is known as “toe in”. The weight of the sidecar means that the bike will be constantly pulled towards it- something that could pose a big problem if it isn’t dealt with. To counteract this, the sidecar will typically be tilted slightly towards the bike itself. The bigger the sidecar, the more toe in is required, both due to the increased weight and because of the wind resistance that could knock the bike off balance.

KP Cykler Sidecar Bike Toe In

As you can see, it requires a lot of skill to get the balance just right. We’ve worked hard to ensure that every measurement on our sidecar bikes is just right, so that you can be sure of a safe journey, every time.

Motorcycle sidecar setup: http://www.steves-workshop.co.uk/vehicles/bmw/sidecar/sidecaradjustment/sidecaradjustment.html

Our Sidecar Bike: http://kpcyclery.com/product/the-sidecar-bike-by-kp-cykler/

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First Blog Post

Our good fans of KP Cykler,

We are happy to tell you that we’re opening a blog on our site. We will be posting 2 posts a week on the following subjects:

  • Bicycle Geekery – design, building, and maintenance principles. From sidecar geometry to avoiding punctures.
  • Bike Culture – note-worthy developments in the bike world.
  • KP Cykler Daily – no, we will not be posting daily – the word daily refers to our everyday happenings at KP Cykler. You can expect new product development updates, news from events we’re attending, and other everyday updates.
  • KP Cykler Friends – here we will introduce our most interesting friends around the world who are contributing to the world of bicycles.

We hope you will find our writings interesting – please let us know if there is something specific you would like to read about. Subscribe to the blog on the right receive notifications as soon as something fresh has landed.

Much love,

Kaspar