Derrick Bell – The ReBuilder

We are so honored to have known D-Rock for the last 25 years. He was one of our earliest product testers and Ambassadors for Robert Axles. Watch him ride and you can see how he’s one of the reasons we build our axles to the most durable, strongest quality that we can. He shreds, without and without a B.O.B. Trailer and he is an inspiration to all trail builders. Proud to know you Derrick!

 

New Years Resolutions for Bike Adventures

Who’s ready for 2017? We sure are. This year, live it up with our New Years resolutions for bike adventures. Just do it. Time’s a wasting.

Commit to microadventures! You are busy. We are busy. Not all of us have time to take that yearlong trip-of-a-lifetime traveling around the world by bicycle. We have careers, families, mortgages (bleh), and all the responsibilities of being an adult. These things add up and pretty soon we find that we’re on a hamster wheel of obligations. Add in the increased urbanization of our world and “improvements” in technology that tethers us to our computer screens and phones, and pretty soon you find that you haven’t explored the outdoors much.

That’s where the microadventure comes in. A microadventure is an adventure that is short, simple, local, cheap – yet still fun, exciting, challenging, refreshing and rewarding. Microadventures allow us to escape to outdoors and reconnect us with why we love to ride bikes. Adventure Cycling started a Bike Overnights campaign with great ideas on how to get started with bike touring by embarking on quick overnight trips. Now is the time to plan your microadventures. Commit to one a week, one a month or a few times a year. No excuses.

Make family time outdoor time. Remember when you first discovered a bike as a kid? It was likely your ticket to freedom, a feeling that you could go anywhere and do anything. Introducing your kids to biking early on has immensely positive outcomes.

Need some inspiration? Check out While Out Riding’s post about a family overnight in New Mexico. Near and dear to us, our friend Drew takes his teenage daughter on short overnight BOB Trailer excursions in the forests of central Oregon. Finally, check out this family’s advice on bike touring with a toddler.

Give back to your cycling community. The Robert Axle Project has deep roots in building and maintaining our local singletrack. We figured that if we enjoy these trails, then we should certainly help to keep them in tip-top shape. If you are a mountain biker, joining your local trail building and advocacy group (starting with IMBA) can have a big impact on your local rides. If you are a road or cyclocross rider, find out how you can contribute. Organizations such as parks and recreation departments and Boys and Girls Clubs often have ways to get kids out on bikes too!

Visit your local bike shop. On that note, we still truly believe that in many places, local bike shops are the backbone of the cycling community. (Have you noticed? We’re all about community.) Your bike shop can provide you insider information and quality service. Because after all, the Internet can’t bleed your brakes, tune your suspension, or true your wheels. Bike shops can serve as a hub for cyclists, creating and advocating for the cycling community.

Remember why you ride. I don’t know about you, but riding my bike actually makes me a BETTER person. Chances are, you didn’t initially get into this sport because of Strava or some fancy pants carbon fiber bike part. You got into it because it made you feel better. You got into it because your friends shared the stoke with you. Or you got into it to make the world a little bit better. Whatever it was, just remember that feeling when you are on your bike, exploring your neighborhood, your country or your world. Keep that stoke and share it with others!

Happy New Year, from all of us at The Robert Axle Project!

Trailer Compatible Through-Axle

As seen in the July 1, 2014 issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News:

BEND, OR – You may be proud of your new mountain bike purchase and its stout through-axle design, but say goodbye to trailers and trainers. That is until you purchase Robert Axle, an aftermarket 12-millimeter trailer-compatible through-axle that allows trailer hitches to bolt on and enables full-suspension bikes to mount on trainers. “Most new bike customers don’t realize that upgrading to a through-axle means their bike is now incompatible with trailer hitches and trainers,” said Chris Kratsch, Robert Axle president. Kratsch, a trail coordinator for the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, was not happy when he found he could no longer tug his BOB trailer on maintenance runs with his new bike. So he developed the Robert Axle at first to pull the BOB, and later expanded compatibility to other trailer systems. Currently 12-millimeter axles are offered in the three popular thread pitches, substituting for Maxle, Syntace and other OEM axles. Hitch axles sell for $52 to $57, depending on application. And they with work with BOB trailers as well as hitch-mounted child and cargo trailers by Burley, Chariot, Croozer and others. Axles also work with yoke-mounted trailers like Extrawheel, and the trainer axles work with most bike resistance trainers. The company is looking at offering something similar for fat bikes.

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