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Archive for October, 2012

Upcoming Bicycle Maintenance Classes

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

 

Happy Fall to all of our loyal customers,

We have enjoyed a prolonged season and are hopeful that the weather is going to stay ripe for riding. In the mean time, we are preparing for activities around the shop. We will be offering Introductory and Advanced Bicycle Maintenance Classes taught by our very own Jason Bynum.

Introductory Level Class -$200:

This class will hinge upon empowering you to competently manage simple repairs and diagnose problems with your road and/or mountain bike. There will several sessions and small class sizes will ensure more one-on-one instruction. All classes will be held here at Millcreek Bicycle at hours conducive to work schedules. All deposits must be made in store prior to participation.

Session I:

Tuesdays- November 6th, 13th, and 20th from 6:15p.m.-8:15p.m.

Session II:

Wednesdays- November 14th, 21st, and December 5th from 6:15p.m. -8:15p.m.

Session III:

Tuesdays- December 4th, 11th, and 18th from 6:15p.m.-8:15p.m.

Advanced Level Road or Mountain Class-$200 for Road and$300 for Mountain:

Our advanced classes will be bike specific and will take a more focused approach to bike issues. Any individual who has completed our beginner class is encouraged to join the advanced class. For those out there with previous experience in bike maintenance, we welcome you to discuss your goals with us and participate in this class. All deposits must be made in store prior to participation. Small class sizes will also be utilized to ensure in-depth instruction.

Road Session:

Tuesdays-January 8th and 15th from 6:15p.m.-9p.m.

Mountain Session:

Wednesdays- January 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6:15p.m.-9p.m.

Wheel Building Class-$200:
This class is a great intro to wheel building and its fundamentals. Plus you get to ride your work! Small class sizes will enhance one-on-one instruction.

Thursday November 15th, or January 10th from 6:15th-9p.m.

Thursday January 10th and 17th from 6:15th-9p.m

 

We look forward to having you participate in these classes and we welcome any questions.

 

Cheers,

The Millcreek Bicycles Team

Shock Me With That Electric Feel

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-Speed drive train.

Since 1992, companies like Campagnolo have been developing electronic shifting technologies in an effort to achieve higher performance for their race teams.  Beginning as an 8-speed design, Campy’s original prototypes were available only to the elite racers for testing on pro circuits.  Early models were relatively simple and relied on a mix of mechanical principles coupled with the “smart” features of electronic outputs.  These early tests pieces represented the foundation for which two decades more research and development could build upon.  Perhaps the most difficult facet of engineering an electronic system is the life of the battery and properly shielding it from the elements.  The problem of water infiltrating the control unit (Brain) and shorting out the system was ongoing and not easy to fix.  As the generations progressed, the designers figured out new and improved methods of creating units that were as precise as they were durable.

In 2001 the Camagnolo 10-speed electronic shifting platform had been brought to the table and revolutionized what a lot of racers considered possible.  Key upgrades included the use of magnets in the front and rear derailleurs for increased precision and timing, a removable battery, and a new electronics housing that improved the interface between cyclist and drive train.  However, the new system proved somewhat fragile and road vibrations proved detrimental to the power supply.  So, it was back to the drawing board at Campy to devise a more solid housing and improve performance yet again.

2005 models of the electronic systems remained mostly unchanged in the derailleurs and encoders, but the Ergopower shifters underwent a few modification to yield a smoother feel.  The electonic housing and batteries also became more durable.  The introduction of Lithium-ion batteries also allowed the system to run longer on a single charge than previous generations.  Besides these upgrades, water infiltration was still a big issue.  One engineer recounts a particular situation where this point was illustrated perfectly.  “In 2005, during a transfer at the Giro D’Italia the flagship vehicles with the bikes loaded on the roof go through a great storm, that combined with the speed of the vehicles on the highway, causes water to leak in. Since the Campagnolo electronic drivetrain has to be perfect, the approach promoting innovation and the quality of the company leads to suspend manufacturing the product and move onto a new phase of the design aiming at solving the problem of water infiltration. ”

The sixth release of Campy electronic shifting marked a sea change for the company and the industry as a whole.  The development of 11-speed drive trains blew open a whole new realm of cycling performance and enabled riders to realize more power with less effort. Branded as “Campy Lab Tech”, the 11-speed setup surprised a lot of people.  Keeping with the spirit of innovation, the latest system became more compact, more efficient and more durable.  The use of smaller components and wireless technology brought down weights and the amount of space the system took up on the bike.  Different frame manufacturers had different mounting positions for the electronics and battery, therefore Campy improved the ability of these pieces to be placed in a variety of configurations based on factory specs.  The use of these systems during the 2011 racing season proved that the technicians at Campagnolo had developed something unique and the system could be introduced to the public.  Teams winning two titles at the Giro d’Italia, 1 at the Tour de France and 1 at the Vuelta di Spagna further signified the systems arrival at the forefront of the industry.

By the end of 2011, the system became know as Campagnolo EPS (Electronic Power Shift) and was now available for mass consumption.  2012 saw the development of EPS across the Campy line up from Super Record on down to Athena.  This milestone of proliferation of technology allowed the performance of EPS to be shared at a variety of price points, therefore allowing a greater swath of riders to experience the differences for themsleves. Features like auto derailleur alignment (trim) and extended battery life (2,000 kms) boost the value of these units and keep you riding happier longer.

For the future, Campagnolo will continue pushing the limits of R&D and release new systems when they are good and ready.  One thing is for certain, Campy will never allow a system that isn’t flawless to be available to the public.  Their attention to detail comes at a price, but as you can see, it is worth every penny.  Click here for more info about the evolution of EPS.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Italian Beauty: Colnago C59 built with Campagnolo Super Record EPS.

 

 

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