|Renovo's John Day -- Longer wheel base and more relaxed geometry.|
Appropriate for gravel, chip seal and long rides. Really long rides.
The exhibition is at the "Maach eCute Kanda Manseibashi" building, just a few minutes SW from Akihabara Station. English description of this oddly named but historically interesting event space is here: http://www.maach-ecute.jp.e.of.hp.transer.com/ (see the "about" tab for a brief history of the site).
(Pop up PDX includes, among others, a cycling accessory vendor -- Portland Design Works. And Portland-based Keen footwear, whose line of course includes cycling sandals and shoes -- compatible with SPD cleats.)
When I hear about a bicycle made of wood, my first reaction is "novelty bike"! Something like this:
Renovo bikes are real performance machines, with traditional bike geometries and generally standard components. A Renovo time trial machine has been ridden at the last few Ironman triathlon world championships.
Wood just happens to be an ideal material for a bike frame. As the Renovo website notes:
Renovo has a serious factory/showroom which you can see on this video: https://vimeo.com/50382904 . See more on the Renovo site: renovobikes.com .
(Renovo's factory is located less than a mile from my mom's house in Southeast Portland ... almost as close as that other world-famous workshop -- Vanilla Cycles/Speedwagen) Chris King/Cielo remain a bit further away (only a short bicycle ride) in Northwest Portland.)
And wood, of course, can be beautiful, and can last for hundreds of years.
Some photos of the bikes:
|Renovo Pursuit - the main road bike model. And Rolf Prima wheels -- another Oregon product.|