The Coaster Brake Challenge #5
It’s that time of year again, my friends! Atomic Cycles of Van Nuys is once again hosting the Coaster Brake Challenge of 2011.
This self proclaimed “Anti-race Race” is annually put on by the guys at Atomic Cycles for the purpose of having “fun, to race, to sweat, breathe hard, to ride hard, to challenge ones self”. The 4-part series will take place Jan. 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, all at different locations throughout the San Fernando area. The rules are simple, all bikes must be single-speed, coaster brake (pedal back brake) equipped. No multi-speed systems (derailleurs or internally geared hubs) are allowed at all. No other form of brakes other than the coaster hub brake are accepted, no exceptions. You must bring tools/supplies for fixing your bike or tires in the event of a failure during the race. Other than that, you have a great time. Frames are yours to choose from, single speed MTB’s or old American cruisers (e.g. old Schwinns and etc.) are recommended, but you may choose at your leisure. Pretty much all other components, except the afore mentioned brake and gear changing systems, are yours to choose as well. There is lots more specific info here along with helpful hints and suggestions.
For over a year now I have wanted to attend this event, and this year I am, along with a few others from Bakersfield. I will be able to haul up a few bicycles for those who don’t have the means to do so, but those persons will be responsible for their own transportation to the events.
If you are interested in participating but don’t have the correct equipment feel free to contact me. I can order coaster brake wheelsets, or build a custom set for you; help you determine and achieve the proper gearing you may need, or serve any tire, tube or other component needs you may have. You might also contact Jon P. at Bike Bakersfield to help get a used frame or components you might need.
Also, while you’re doing some research contemplating whether or not you want to be involved in this as a racer or spectator, take at look at these links for some phat illness: Klunker Bike gallery at RatRodBikes.com, The Cruiser & Klunker thread at MTBR.com, Alan Bond’s Klunker Gallery and a preview of the movie, Klunkers: A Film About Mountain Bikes.