This week we are bringing back our Deluxe Conversion Kits! Recently we sold through a lot of parts that made these kits possible, but with high demand we were able to come up with some combinations that will keep it alive until more parts show up. The Amelia wheels we usually spec are sold out but we are now offering all of our machined front/non-machined rear color options. That means you can get a kit with white components and your choice of white, green, orange, purple, red, or blue wheels. We also have a gold kit paired with gold wheels. Check them out at WS-Outlet and pick a kit up.
Funbikes put a great video together from their third annual Garage Race. What can be more fun than racing your way down a parking garage on slick cement. It’s great to see events like this bringing bigger crowds every year. Seeing a handful of Scambler’s there is pretty cool too. Visit Funbikes website to see all they have to offer.
It’s been a bit busy since we got back from the Wheel and Sprocket Expo Sale but I finally had time to post some pictures from our final day at the event. The EighthInch Urban Yard was a huge success. Our bike builders were busy all weekend and we watched dozens of custom bikes and conversion go out the door and hit the Milwaukee streets. Check out the photos below and see all of the photos from the weekend on our Flickr page.
Our EighthInch Conversion Hunt is going pretty good so far. We’ve seen a lot of nice frames get posted onto our Facebook page but I know there are more out there. Keep posting and at the end of the month the owner of our favorite frame/bike will receive a free EighthInch Essential Conversion Kit to help them get it back on the road.
Check out some of the entries below to see what your up against. We won’t be voting until 3/31 so there’s more than enough time to submit your own beat up 10-speed. You can find more details on the contest here.
Our Deluxe Fixed Gear Conversion Kit has been helping a lot of people give a second life to those old thrift store and garage finds. Each bike that gets dug up has its own restoration needs. Some may need a full overhaul while others just need a few parts replaced. For those bikes that are still in fair shape we are now offering our EighthInch Essential Conversion Kit. This kit is exactly what it sounds like, a slimmed down and more affordable kit that comes with just the essentials to get an old road bike converted
to a fixed gear. This kit includes a EighthInch Amelia rear wheel, EighthInch crankset, cog, lockring, bottom bracket, and chain for only $99 shipped. You can choose from black
or silver components and 700c or 27″ wheels. If you’ve got an old frame laying around or looking for a fun winter project stop by WS-Outlet and pick up the kit that best fits your needs.
Our friend Ian recently left Hong Kong and traveled to Japan in search of a little adventure. Rather than taking the usual mix of subway and high-speed rail, Ian decided to make the 300 mile journey from Osaka to Tokyo on his Scrambler. Traveling under the city or at 150mph through the countryside may be efficient, but you miss out on all the amazing sights. Judging by the pictures he took,
taking your time
and enjoying Japan by bike is definitely the way to go.
A local rider, and good friend of ours here in Appleton just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a great new bicycle tool. Fix it Sticks takes a mechanics favorite tool, the 3 way wrench and makes it compact and portable so you can toss them in your bag or pocket. They’re light, compact, reliable, and made in the USA. We’ve been following his project from inception through the prototype and testing phases and it’s great to see the Kickstarter campaign of to a good start. Check out his Kickstarter page and help him take these tools to market. I’ll be trading my multi-tool in for a set soon.
A few weeks back we started our Winter Riding Guide and showed some tips and tricks on how to prepare you
r bike. Today let’s look at how to prepare yourself when it comes to riding in the cold.
The key to riding in cold weather is layers. It’s always nice to have that extra layer to put on if you get chilled or a few layers levitra online pharmacy to shed if you get too warm. A jacket over a shirt may feel good when you step out the door, but if you start getting too hot while riding there’s not much you can do to make incremental changes in your body temperature.
Less is More
If the temperature is at 20 degrees don’t dress like it’s 20 degrees. Once you hop on your bike your body is going to start generating its own heat pretty fast. If you are overdressed and sweating you’ll find yourself uncomfortably cold as your body starts cooling down. Wear a layer or two less than you would if you weren’t riding, once you start spinning and your body
heats up you should become more comfortable.
Good base layers will help keep you warm and dry. Wool or a poly-blend will wick moisture as opposed to cotton which will absorb it. An effective outer layer has both wind resistant panels and waterproofing, without being bulky. Shell jackets will usually do the job. The amount of layers you need between those two will depend on how cold it is. A wool jersey is a great middle layer and won’t add a lot of weight.
Hands and Feet
Your hands and feet will be the first to feel the effects of winter. When the cold sets in try switching to wool socks. They lock in the warmth while still letting your feet breathe to minimize sweating. Shoe covers are a good addition if it is really cold or when riding on wet roads. For your hands a good set of gloves goes a long way. Thin gloves will give your hands good mobility and keep the wind off. Lobster gloves are great when the temperatures really drop. They give you the warmth of mittens with added mobility to reach your brake levers.
Your legs are doing all the work so make sure to keep them warm. Waterproof pants will keep you dry when your tires kick up snow and slush while windproof panels help keep you warm. A beard only provides so much protection so a balaclava is a great choice if you need to keep your face and ears warm. Every rider is different so it may take a few rides to figure out what works best for you.
We thought we’d get a head start on the Black Friday madness and unleash the savings today. Now through the end of next week we will be offering killer deals on EighthInch complete bikes and frames. Now is the time to get that new bike for th
e daily commute or the polo bike you’ve been waiting to build up. Have us build you a custom Scrambler for only $399 or pick up one of our pre-built models for $299, either way you’ll be saving $100. Custom built Butchers are priced all the way down to $549! You can check out all of these great deals on WS-Outlet.com. Be sure to check back tomorrow when we unveil our Black Friday pricing on components.
A shipment of Amelia wheels just came in t
oday. We got in a restock on black, white, purple, and orange wheels along with some new color
options that include blue, red, and gold. All the sets are now available with a machined front wheel and non-machined rear. As always the Amelia wheelsets come with cog, lockring, tires and tubes, all for only $109.50 with