Honey Bicycles Kicks Things Off (Again, Sorta) w/ Limited Edition Rasputitsa All Road Endurance…

first_imgThe new Honey Hammer and Cycles limited edition. Photo: Russ CampbellIn January 2013, Honey was sort of relaunched with a new focus on building the brand. They kicked it off with a few new projects like the Final 200 Meters crit road bike and the Winterando do-it-all foul weather bike for the New England winters. All in all, they offer a whopping 22 models each for men and women, with a lot of crossover between them, and you can customize quite a bit…so the actual tally is a bit ambiguous. And irrelevant. Just assume they have something to fit your needs.Their latest is the Rasputitsa limited edition version of the All Roads endurance bike. Built and painted to celebrate the “mud season”, the bike comes with entry to the Rasputitsa gravel road race in Vermont this April. Or, choose an entry into the D2R2, Dirty 40, or Honey One Hundred. It includes a goodie bag of lotions, potions and gear from Honey, also. Or, like their Cross is Boss bike launch, you can pick from two other prize packages…Rob Vandermark is president/CEO of Seven Cycles and owns Ride Studio & Cafe. He started Honey Bicycles to expand their offerings with a simpler business model than full custom. All are separate companies, but Honey’s frames are contract built and painted at Seven’s factory.“The idea of Honey is to have a stock bike brand that builds to order,” said Vandermark. “So, stock sizes, but they’re built once someone orders, which lets us add the paint and options they want. And there are a bunch of different kit options to build it the way you want.”Each of the 22 distinct models is offered in up to 12 stock sizes, and each created with a certain type of riding in mind. And each is available in a women’s version with its own geometry and sizing patterns. Tubesets are also chosen specifically for the intended purpose. It all sounds like a lot, but Vandermark says the removal of geometry options makes it pretty simple.While sister brand Seven works with titanium, carbon and steel, Honey only works in steel. But, Chip Baker, Honey’s product manager and brand front man, says they’re pushing the bounds of what can be done with the material. For instance, the Final 200 Meters is a crit racing road bike that they say matches a carbon bike’s stiffness and is lighter than composite frames at the same price point. It was originally only for their team to replace Cervelo carbon bikes, but is now offered to all.2014 BIKE LAUNCHMost of the line carries over from 2013, but there are a couple highlights. Honey showed off the Hammer and Crank and other updates at the Ride Studio Cafe last week. Here’s a little video of  courtesy of DirtWire.tv:Bet you want a coffee and/or beer now, eh? And one of those sweet bikes…Technically, the standard All Roads came out last year, but this was its coming out party. The timing’s good with the increased interest in gravel road racing. It gets a low-mount rear disc brake position (inside the rear triangle), which required a re-route of the cable runs compared to their other bikes. Most of the other models use the outside-on-the-seatstay mount as standard.About that Hammer and Cycle edition: It’ll come spec’d with Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes with HED wheels. If you can’t make it to one of the events, you can opt for either painted-to-match metal fenders or three sets of Clement tires, one for each type of riding you’re likely to do aboard the bike. Retail is $6,552, and it can run 700c or 650B wheels. All three bonus packages carry a $350 value.There’s also a new SSCX (singlespeed cyclocross) bike that was built to contest the Philly SSCXWC last year. It comes with options for EBB, Paragon sliders or track-style dropouts.  Canti or disc brake versions available. (pics of this coming, we hope)Overall, the entire ‘cross bike gets more tire clearance (up to 33 plus lots of mud for the race bikes, and 38 with room for mud on the others) and a slightly stiffer drivetrain. The mountain bikes also get improved frame stiffness, better tire clearance and a new 27.5″ wheel size option. Need some proof they have a massive amount of options? They offer “east coast” and “west coast” geometry.HoneyBikes.comlast_img read more

Dominica Government salutes Archbishop Felix

first_img Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica Government salutes Archbishop Felix by: – January 13, 2014 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Archbishop Kelvin Felix. (The Voice SLU photo)The Dominica Government, through acting prime minister Reginald Austrie, has congratulated Archbishop Felix who was named Cardinal emeriti by Pope Francis on Sunday, January 12, 2014.“Pope Francis’ decision to select Archbishop Felix as one of the nineteen new cardinals from around the world shows wisdom and foresight in expanding the Church in its development,” Austrie told members of the press on Monday, January 13, 2014.He noted that Archbishop Felix, who was ordained as a priest in 1956, has served with distinction throughout his long career in the Catholic Church.“Having been ordained bishop in 1981 and served in that position for twenty-seven years, overseeing the Diocese of Castries, St. Georges and Roseau, Archbishop has been a shining example of what a Catholic priest should be,” Austrie said in commendation of Archbishop Felix.“We in Dominica are very proud of Archbishop’s achievements in the Catholic Church,” he added and highlighted Archbishop Felix’s decision to return home after retirement as a demonstration of “his love for country and desire to play his part in the spiritual development of the people”.“On behalf of the government and people of Dominica, in particular the Catholic community, I congratulate Cardinal Felix select and wish him great success in his new vocation”. “We will continue to pray for him asking God to give him the guidance he needs to continue his ministry,” Austrie stated.Archbishop Felix will be formally instated during a Consistory which will be held in Rome on February 22, 2014 along with eighteen other Cardinals. One of the functions of the Cardinals of the Catholic Church is to elect a new Pontiff. However, due to his age, Archbishop Felix will not be eligible to vote for a new pope. Archbishop Felix served as Principal of St. Mary’s Academy from 1972–1975; Associate General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches from 1975–1981, President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference from 1991–1997 and President of the Caribbean Conference of Churches from 1981–1986.As Archbishop of Castries, he was the metropolitan of the Province which comprises the Archdiocese of Castries in St. Lucia, St. George’s in Grenada, Roseau in Dominica and St. John’s-Basseterre in Antigua and St. Kitts.He has also served on various Vatican committees, including the Pontifical Council for Family Life, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cor Unum and the Synodal Council for America.Since his retirement as archbishop, Felix moved back to Dominica where he has been helping out in various parishes and served as parish Priest of St. Patrick, Grand Bay and St. Mark in Soufriere.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Kenai And Homer In The Top Five Safest Cities In Alaska, According To Report

first_imgThe overall evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, Safewise also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). SafeWise has announced the release of their annual five Safest Cities in Alaska report for 2017. The top five safest cities included; 1. Sitka, 2. Homer, 3. Kenai, 4. Unalaska, and  5. Ketchikan. To identify the five safest cities in Alaska, SafeWise reviewed the latest FBI crime report statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system. SafeWise stated that in fact, violent offenses represented less than 10% of all crimes among the top three safest cities of Sitka, Homer, and Kenai.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Story as aired: According to SafeWise, while conducting the data for their report to establish the top five safest cities in Alaska they determined that of all the crime reported in these cities (and in the state), most were property crimes—not violent crimes.last_img read more