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Why steel is still the king of frame tubing?

Steel is the material that has been on an irreplaceable position throughout the history of cycling. From the boneshakers of 1860s to modern custom builds, it has been the material of choice for many builders.

KP Cykler Boneshaker Animation

From the early 1900s to 1990s, steel was almost the only material used in producing bikes. In 1990s aluminium began its rise as the top choice in racing, only to be dethroned as the end of the decade saw a new material’s rise – carbon fiber. Composite materials have large advantages over metal such as aerodynamics, as it can be easily formed into any shape, and most importantly for racing – weight. Carbon road racing frames have been built as light as 642 grams with a ‘light’ steel frame being around 1400g. With carbon conquering most of the professional cycling, steel is not very likely to make a comeback to the performance world.

But if dreaming of the fastest time on Alpe d’Huez doesn’t give you a boner, then steel is most probably the best option for your urban bicycle. Sure the stiff aluminium gets you up the hill fast, but it also makes for a depressingly bumpy ride on most streets. Get into a crash on a carbon frame, and you better have a plastic bag with you to pick up the pieces – try to google shattered carbon bike frame. Steel frames give you a nice smooth ride on most city street with its lovely little flex. If you get into a crash, it will stay in one unit and hopefully still giving you a chance to guide your bike, or get to your destination once you get back up.

A shattered carbon fiber fork.

These are the exact reasons why at KP Cykler, we love steel  frames – their design is beautifully simple, they age gracefully, and they give you the most comfortable ride for the best possible price, what’s there not to like..?

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One of our steel framed bicycles

The lightest bike in the World: http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/the-worlds-lightest-bike-36902/

History of the bicycle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle

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The Bull’s Head aka How Pablo Picasso designed our Bike Hanger

Okay, we can’t really ‘employ’ Pablo Picasso – though we would love to. But we, a bike company, are surprisingly taking his heritage to more homes..

During the 2nd World War, Picasso’s style took a turn, the vivid colors were replaced with shades of brown and grey. The theme was turning ever morbid. Yet from the bleakest of times, comes a sudden demonstration of whit and unseen creativity – The Bull’s Head from 1942.

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It wasn’t a painting or a drawing, but a simple combination of handlebars and the seat of an old bicycle. It has been hailed as Picasso’s most striking and exciting works, and it inspired our Bike Hanger. The beautiful piece is not only practical in its efficiency to rest your precious bike’s wheels, but a striking piece of art. Many bike hangers have the unfortunate fate of looking unsightly when the bike is taken down, but with the lovely architectural taste of Picasso’s inspiring 20th century statue, you’ll be amazed at how it blends right in.

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The Bike Hanger is available in limited edition (50 pcs) and the regular production model. You have the choice of a fine black finish or a soothing brown theme, both of which give you a wide variety to fit your home’s color scheme. Picasso’s Bull’s Head was meant to inspire and be playful, which is exactly what the art of biking is. Add on to the adventure of a lifetime and allow your bike to relax in style.

The track handlebars are made of a gorgeous silver finish and the premium handlebar grip tape is a great, soft place for your weary bike to rest. As a reminder, only 50 of the limited editions will ever be made, so as the wise Picasso once said, “Action is the foundational key to all success.” Act now!

Pablo Picasso’s Bull’s Head is part of the permanent exhibition in Musée National Picasso-Paris: http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/

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4 of the Most Popular Urban Bike Shows in Europe

Talk of bike shows and Eurobike is the first to come to most people’s minds. While Eurobike is the biggest cycling trade show, it’s commercial and profit-making aspects make it corporate and cold for those looking for an authentic experience.

So let’s take a run through four popular bike shows for a more urban feel:

SPIN: London (20.05 – 22.05.2016) At The Old Truman Brewery

SPIN: Manchester (06.05 – 08.05.2016) At The Victoria Warehouse

Revered as the “world’s first dedicated urban bike trade show”, SPIN: London & Manchester houses a curated collection of cycling’s most creative inventors, designers & pros.

Not only does the cycling show demonstrate innovative and exciting start-ups but also promotes stuff like superior bikes, art installations, craft beers, bicycle film premiers, street food, live music shows and a wonderful atmosphere.

Having participated in 2014 Christmas event, we suggest you to take time for attending this cool bike show in 2016.

KP Cykler at SPIN London Xmas 2014
KP Cykler at Spin London Xmas 2014

http://spinldn.com/

Berliner Fahhradshau (18.03 – 20.03.2016)

At Station Berlin

Offering an excellent fusion of velophile passions atop six exhibition spaces—Handmade, VELO Couture®, Ambition, Travel& Tour, E-Mobility and Urban Lifestyle, Berliner Fahrradschau takes the corridors of the STATION-Berlin for the 7th time.

With its modern curatorial twist, easygoing festival atmospheres, cycles extending from start-up insignias to international players, sleek bicycle fashion paraphernalia and cult celebrations, BFS has become a real dernier cri of contemporary bicycle culture.

This is THE one event we wouldn’t dare miss this year – see you in Berlin!

KP Cykler Sidecar Packed
We will be packing our bikes and Hangers for Berlin 18-20 March. See you there!

http://berlinerfahrradschau.de/en/

Like Bike Monte Carlo (03.06 – 05.06.2016)

In Monaco

Celebrated as “the most illustrious bicycle lifestyle show”, LikeBike Monte Carlo debuted in 2015. This international premium cycling event attracts robust media interest, favorable coverage across the globe and exhibitors from diverse interest areas.

Favorable media exposure helped the 2015 bike show to uplift cycling from a recreational and sporting enterprise to a fashion and lifestyle activity while lauding all features of cycling.

While the Like Bike Cycling Show is perhaps too ‘glossy’ and perhaps ‘refined’ for the urban hipster, it has a lot to show.

http://likebikemc.com/

Wiener Fahrradschau (21.10 – 23.10.2016)

In Vienna, Austria

The world’s dominant cycle lifestyle show comes to Vienna this year with Wiener Fahrradschau.

Organized by Berliner Fahrradschau folks, the first WFS scheduled in Marx Hall will boast the style that Berlin Bicycle Week has been showcasing for years.

From a modern blend of esteemed global brands, cultural attractions and live events to a laid-back cycle show atmosphere, this urban bike show will be a home to many thrilling and inventive concepts.

So, we can all expect the same quality as Berlin show, and who knows perhaps a new spin on things?!

http://www.wienerfahrradschau.at/

 

Remember to sign up for the blog updates for a chance to win a set of Magnetic Lights in the end of this month.

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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.

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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.

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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.

windmill

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.

We will give a way a set of CPH Magnetic Lights in the end of the month to all blog subscribers. Sign up for our blog updates on the right. Includes free shipping World-Wide.
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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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1st Post

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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