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Endless Bikes Limited Edition SSWC 2016 cog

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Fancy a limited edition 19t cog in your choice of color from Endless Bikes, custom lazer etched with the Single Speed World Championships Australia logo. Available for preorder. All parts will be shipping from the USA around November 15. Order cutoff will be November 5. If you are registered for Singlespeed Worlds, you will receive an e-mail with a coupon code for free shipping.

SSWC2016 Australia Memory Cog

Art bike workshops for local kids

Kids from Kyneton Secondary College and 1st Macedon Scout Group recently took part in workshops to build their own zany bikes.

Matt Benn from Urban Donkey  gave “I heart my bike” workshops to instruct kids in the creation of improbable bikes. Matt is a long time builder of a variety of quirky bikes including penny farthings, clown bikes, extra tall ‘skyscraper’ bikes and  bikes covered in a variety of fabrics.

Look out for the results of these workshops during the SSWC Carni-velo at Hanging Rock on Saturday 22 October. The Scouts are also providing food for the race on Sunday, so make sure you say G’day.

1st Macedon Scouts checking out Urban Donkey's improbable velocipedes.
1st Macedon Scouts checking out Urban Donkey’s improbable velocipedes.

Dirty Deeds CX comes to Carni-velo

Everyone’s favourite Cyclocross ruffians Dirty Deeds CX are joining up to present a cyclocross side event amidst the joyful celebration that is Carni-velo at the Holgate Brewhouse Single Speed World Championships!ddcx
There will be a series of shorter races where entrants can race geared or singlespeed bikes for the chance of eternal bragging rights. The male and female winner will receive the much coveted BCCDDCXSSC trophies.
Racers can ride CX bikes or MTBs (or whatever, but no recumbents… please think of the children) over a somewhat standard CX course. The organisers reserve the right to pit racers against their friends or apply spurious handicaps based on perceived form/fitness.
Race format will vary depending on number of entries and will be announced closer to the date. If you’ve been to a SpookyCx, DDCX prologue or OckerCross you have some idea of what to expect. If not, it will likely hurt like a normal CX race but for less time and you will be smiling even more.
COSTUMES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. SERIOUSLY… We normally give out the best prizes for costumes rather than actual race performance. Don’t make us give the ‘fastest’ racer the best stuff.
If you’ve already entered SSWC, you can race the Dirty Deeds CX for no extra charge.
If you’re coming to Carni-velo just to race Dirty Deeds CX you have the choice of two options:
  • ‘Full Gas’ which includes race entry, official pint glass and hops-based sports drink to fill said glass throughout the day, as well as the group ride out from Woodend via Mt Macedon, bands and entertainment through the day, and then bus back into town at around 9pm for more festivities.
  • ‘Responsible Racer’ which covers race entry and the entertainment, but no glass, beer or post-race transport, (though you will be able to buy some beer on the day).

Enter at https://entryboss.cc/races/245

My Mechanic Rules

 

mmr-oldCalling all bike mechanics. Are you up for the challenge of My Mechanic Rules?
A Holgate Brewhouse Single Speed World Champs satellite event in the vein of ‘Australian Idol’ and ‘My Kitchen Rules’, only with beer.  And bikes. And DJ’s and general good times. Commuter Cycles in Brunswick will be hosting the initial knock out rounds (Tuesday October 18th) with a series of gnarly bike mending challenges, with the final 4 mechanics progressing to the death match show down event Saturday (22nd October) at Woodend as part of the Holgate Brewhouse Single Speed World Champs Saturday night festivities.
So like the prince searching the kingdom for cinderella with his glass slipper – we need the contenders. Great prizes, good times, and opportunity to take out the first ever title. Who you got?  Pre-registrations only…   at Commuter Cycles (03) 9380 2225 or    will@commutercycles.com.au
One month away – get in touch.
PS it’s also a spectator sport! Roll up.

 

Single speeding on the cheap

A half arsed guide for tight arses.

  1. The cheapest single way to get on an SS for SSWC16 would be to borrow a complete bike off your lazy mate that isn’t going. Everyone I know has a singlespeed or 2 kicking around in the shed. You’re mad if you don’t already. (PM B Rad the details of your mate that owns the SS and isn’t going to SSWC16, he’s a chump)
  1. A quick conversion. Rip off the useless and unnecessary parts. Shifters, shift cables, big and little rings, front mech if you haven’t already chucked it. Put them in the bin. Now with only your middle ring* on the front, get down to your LBS and get a rear ss cog and spacer kit. They should have an 18 tooth kicking around or can get one in for you. Make your chain as short as possible using your rear mech as a tensioner, screw in your limit screws to line up your new cog and viola. *this method works best if you have a singlespeed specific front ring (i.e. no shifting ramps) or one of the narrow wide types.
  1. Using method 2, and using a hardtail, you might be able to get the magic gear. If so, chuck your rear mech in the bin too
  1. Ghost cog might work if there’s enough room behind your chainstay. Method 3 and a well placed spare cog of the right size can work a treat

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  1. Buy some pink knicks and ride your geared bike whilst wearing them. We can zip tie the levers to prevent any gear changing mishaps
  1. Just come and drink beer!

Thanks to B Rad for the words.

Want to host SSWC 2017?

Who’s going to put their hands up to host SSWC 2017? Based on entries so far the front runners are New Zealand, Japan and maybe the US.

If you want to bid for the right to host SSWC 2017 you’ll have to be in Woodend to fight off the competition. Don’t leave it too late though, seats in the Holgate Brewhouse SSWC 2016 big top are filling up fast.

As an added incentive, we’ve extended the deadline for international entrants to go into the draw to win the awesomely awesome Hettly Bikes titanium frame to 21 July.

Stay close to the single trail

Home of the closest beds to the Wombat State Forest trail head, Cammeray Waters Resort is on board for SSWC 2016 with special accommodation rates for single speeders. Roll out the front gate, across the road and single trail awaits! Even better, Cammeray Waters is the venue for the race day festivities on Sunday. The resort is located about 12km from Woodend and has self-contained cottages and double, triple or family rooms to choose from. Details on the accommodation page.

Don’t miss out

Hurry up, hurry up. What are you waiting for? The big top is filling up fast and you don’t want to miss out on your seat.

You’ve only got 11 days to get your entry in if you want to go in the draw for the awesomely awesome custom titanium frame from Hettly Bikes.

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Register HERE before 1 July or you might find yourself out the back of the tent with the clowns.

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