10 Weird and Wonderful Derailleurs and how they Changed Cycling!
If your bike has gears, the chances are it also has derailleurs. These mechanical marvels which move the chain when you move up or down a gear may be a small part of the bicycle, but the myriad designs reveal a lot about the history of cycling. Over the nearly 40 years I’ve spent working in bike shops, I have collected about 1,400 rear derailleurs. Here are just 10 of the most influential, interesting or just plain weird.
God Save The Track Bike!
WTB HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE NORCAL HIGH SCHOOL CYCLING LEAGUE TO INTRODUCE A LIMITED EDITION SADDLE WHERE A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS CONTRIBUTES TO THE BUDDY NEWMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND, WHICH IN TURN COVERS RACE ENTRY FEES FOR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES THROUGHOUT THE RACING SEASON.
WITH OVER 1200 KIDS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING AND RACING IN THE NORCAL LEAGUE BETWEEN GRADES 9 TO 12, THE LEAGUE HAS PROVIDED AN INTRODUCTION TO THE MOUNTAIN BIKING COMMUNITY FOR AN EVER-INCREASING AMOUNT OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. REGARDLESS OF ABILITY LEVEL OR REASON FOR BEING DRAWN TO THE SPORT, THE NORCAL LEAGUE INTRODUCES THEM TO THE BENEFITS OF A LIFETIME OF MOUNTAIN BIKING AT AN EARLY AGE AND HELPS SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF MOUNTAIN BIKERS.
THE WTB NORCAL LEAGUE SADDLE IS A TEAM-LEVEL VOLT 142 SADDLE, WHICH FEATURES TITANIUM RAILS AND TOP-TIER DNA PADDING. IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH WTB’S ONLINE STORE FOR A RETAIL PRICE OF $129.95 AND A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BE CONTRIBUTED TO THE BUDDY NEWMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND. WE ONLY MADE 100 OF THESE LIMITED EDITION SADDLES, SO ORDER NOW TO ENSURE YOU’RE ROCKING THIS CALIFORNIA-INSPIRED SADDLE WHEREVER YOUR RIDE MAY TAKE YOU.
“Lauren Cat West is an artist living and riding in the city of Philadelphia, PA. Her keen sense of observational humor is reflected both in her work and in her personality. When she’s not hanging from scaffolding painting murals on the walls of Philadelphia, she’s out pedaling around in search of subject matter and strange finds at yard sales. We caught up with Lauren in between mural projects and gallery shows to find out more about her and her work.”
Read the interview…HERE!