Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Museeuw Bike Using Flax to be Distributed in U.S.


Okay I have heard flaxseeds for health, flaxseed oil for nutritional supplements, but flax for bicycle manufacturing?

Check this out: "Flaxseed oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial for heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and a variety of other health conditions. Flaxseed, in addition to ALA, contains a group of chemicals called lignans that may play a role in the prevention of cancer." So says the University of Maryland Medical Center

Well little do they know it would be used in more than one way to prevent heart disease: now you can get a bicycle made partly with flax, the plant that is used to make flaxseed oil.

Velcon Sports, located in Concord, MA. will be distributing Museeuw Bikes, flax-carbon racing bikes, they said in an announcement released today. Museeuw bicycles are named after classics racer Johan Museeuw. Museeuw is known as the "Lion of Flanders", former World Champion and three-time winner of the Paris-Roubaix race, which is raced over cobblestones.
They also said the patented material "adds shock absorption to the stiffness, strength and lightness of high performance composite frames."

Two models of the Museeuw range will be stocked for the US market, the MF-1 and the MF-5. .

The MF-1 model is handcrafted in Europe from tubes with 40-50% flax fiber and the rest 3K HM carbon fiber, while the MF-5 model comprises 80% flax fiber and 20% 3K HM carbon fiber. Both models have 100% 3K HM carbon fiber lugs and 50% flax, 50% HM carbon fiber forks.

A track frame, the MF-3 Pista, and a cyclocross frame, the MF-3 Cross, will be available on special order

Museeuw Bikes received an iF Product Design Award for 2008 from the European industrial community.


Museeuw Bike products can be viewed at www.veloconsports.com, and www.museeuwbikes.be

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Chicago Alley Cat Race Ends in Fatality

This is reprinted in part from the Chicago Tribune

By Karoun Demirjian, TRIBUNE REPORTER, February 26, 2008

A race to the finish resulted in an untimely end for a cyclist who was killed during a street race Sunday morning when he was hit by a sport-utility vehicle.

Witnesses say the accident took place when a large group of riders competing in Chicago’s “Tour Da Chicago” street race attempted to ride through an intersection against a red light.

Matthew Manger-Lynch, 29, of the 1400 block of West Lill Avenue in Chicago was near the front of the pack of about 40 riders, police said. The group was traveling southeast along Lincoln Avenue, when they attempted to cross Irving Park Road at about 9:15 a.m.

But the stoplight was red, and Manger-Lynch was killed when an SUV traveling east along Irving Park struck him. He was pronounced dead in Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 9:47 a.m. Police said they do not expect charges will be filed against the driver.