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The Paketa V2 “Green Machine”…

July 12, 2013

Our friend and photographer, Matt Lasala, took some nice photos of us while we were racing our Paketa V2 in Bend, Oregon recently. This is our first year of riding and racing on our green machine and we love, love, love this tandem. Thanks to the folks at Paketa and Spinergy for the custom wheels with matching green spokes and decals. Hadn’t realized just how cool they look until we started seeing photos of the bike in action… ~Henry & Amy

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Henry Abel & Amy Mitchell of Bend, Oregon – Photo by LasalaImages.com

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Henry Abel & Amy Mitchell of Bend, Oregon – Photo by LasalaImages.com

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Pinnaclife wins three times at California State Championships

May 25, 2013

Pinnaclife Racing wins Gold, and Silver in the California State TT Championships racing Paketa Tandems

Pinnaclife Racing wins Gold, Silver and Bronze in the California State TT Championships. Dave and Gary take Gold in the 90+ Mens Tandem category with the third fastest time of the day 46:54 on the 40K coarse. Chris and Colleen take the Gold in the 90+ mixed tandem category and Bruce and Sue take Gold in the mixed open Tandem TT with a great time. Dog and Ian power through the coarse taking Silver in a hard 70+ Mens Tandem category.

Champions TT 5-18.

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Pinnaclife Racing Wins State Mens Masters 90+ TT on Paketa Tandem

May 25, 2013

Gary and Dave from Pinnaclife Racing win the gold at the California State Time Trial Championships by setting a 40K time of 46:54, and the third fastest time of the day.State TT champions

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World’s lightest travel tandem – 22.5lb Paketa D2r

March 4, 2013

Our newest tandem to grace the performance tandem community is a very remarkeable bike. At 22.5lbs with two custom S&S couplings, no other travel bike can compare. Our two-coupling tandems fit into a single bike case for easy travel. The two-coupling version also helps for those who need to carry their tandem on a rear mounted vehicle rack. Read below for features of the D2r and photos.
·         Right-side timing has up to 70% lower boom-tube flex than other tandem designs
o   Higher performance, lower weight
o   Sleek design with conventional parts
·         World’s lightest travel tandem at under 22.5 lbs. as shown
·         Custom low-profile titanium S&S couplings
o   Designed by S&S and Paketa engineers
o   Unique features for frame assembly and stress-relief; designed for longevity
·         Durable Ceramikoat (TM) ceramic coating
o   Mohs hardness of 9 (diamond=10)
o   More flexible than Mg: won’t chip
o   Superior corrosion protection
o   Perfect for a travel bike
·         Compact crank adapter with belt drive
o   Retains right-hand-side-timing advantages
o Touring gearing–as low as 25” (0.97:1) gear ratio
o   Compatible with Gates’ CDC and CDX/CenterTrack sprocket designs
Packs into Biknd case;  44 lbs. total weight
o  Allows packing accessories in the same case while still staying under 50 lb. airline limit

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NAHBS 2013 – A great success for Paketa

February 26, 2013

I can’t say enough about the tremendous show that was hosted in Denver last weekend. The 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle was a huge success. The people of Denver came out in full force to show their love of cycling. We are proud to be a part of the Denver cycling community. We were also impressed with how many people traveled from all over the US and all over the world to come to the show.

Thank you to every person that stopped to chat with us about our bikes. We love showing off our amazing rides, and we hope you keep in touch with us. We also want to thank the event organizers for doing such a great job and driving a big crowd.

The Bikes we showcased at the North American Handmade Bicycle show this year in Denver:

1. D2r Magnesium tandem bike with two couplings for easy travel. The D2r was shown with a right-side Gates timing belt and a compact crankset. We also showcased our new finish option, which is a nano particulate ceramic coating. Ceramikoat is extremely hard and scratch resistant, and also very thin. We had the insides of the frame and BB shell coated for extra protection. We chose a matte finish for the show bike, and I have to say that the matte finish from Ceramikoat is extremely smooth and continuous. It looks much better than a matte finish powder coat. This incredibly versatile tandem weighed in at 22.5 lbs for the show.

2. WAC Corporal 29er:  A mountain bike with a double/double belt drive. This bike simply rocks. It’s a single speed, but with more versatility so you aren’t always stuck with one gear. And you still get to use the Gates belt drive. The rear wheel simply drops out and you can switch the belt manually to a different combination of sprockets. Switching the belt takes less than a minute, and you don’t get your hands greasy. This 29er weighed in at 22lbs for the show.

3. 18th Street Scorcher: This super fast singlespeed tandem was displayed with no chains. Adhering to the Gates philosophy, we used a belt for the drive and also for the timing. It rides so quiet and clean. The most unique thing is that we built the bike to allow the drive and timing belts to both be mounted to the right side, allowing the use of any crankset.

4. Scud All-road bike: The Scud road bike we presented at NAHBS is a slick looking bike. It’s matte black finish mates perfectly with the finish of the ENVE carbon fork, rims, handlebar, stem, and seatpost. JP built this bike with Campy Record EPS, and did a fabulous job of concealing the wires. The bike also featured Hayes road disc brakes, and the entire brake line was routed inside the frame, leaving no cable clutter on the bike.

5. V2 Time Trial Tandem: The V2 time trial tandem is a speed machine. I can’t keep track of the number of people who have won races on this setup. Everyone at the show loved the Sweet Wings titanium tandem cranks that are on this bike too. What a great touch.

6. D2r Tandem with four couplings: This bike is a sight to behold. It’s flashy paint job really brought a lot of attention at the show. The frame is powder coated with a super chrome base coat, then Lollipop Berry faded to Ink black with a clear vision top coat. It has matching pink American Classic 420 Aero wheels, metallic pink bottle cages, and some other pink flare parts that really bring it all together.

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Visit Paketa to see the only Magnesium bikes at NAHBS

February 23, 2013
Come visit Paketa at booth 536 and see the only magnesium bikes at NAHBS. Magnesium bikes are very light, which you will quickly find out when you pick up our 22.5 lb D2r travel tandem. Magnesium is also stiff and responsive and has excellent power transfer. The most incredible quality of Magnesium is the ride quality. The material absorbs shock better than any other bicycle frame material, making a Paketa bike very comfortable to ride. Image
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Visit Paketa at NAHBS in Denver this weekend!

February 20, 2013

We would like to invite you to visit us at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show at the Denver Convention Center on February 22nd through the 24th. We have a corner booth number 534/536. We will be displaying some incredible bikes including single road bikes, mountain bikes, and tandems. Our new custom magnesium travel tandems will be on display, so you can check out a sub-25lb travel tandem. We will also be showing off a two-coupling D2r that weighs in at 22.5lbs and a sub-18lb “Scorcher” tandem. The D2r we are showing is coated with are new finish option, which is a nano-particulate ceramic coating almost as hard as a diamond. Ceramikote is extremely durable and scratch resistant and provides the ultimate in frame protection. We look forward to seeing you at the show. Here is a link to the NAHBS site for details.

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Last year, our magnesium V2r with electronic shifting won best in show for the Alternative material category. We will be competing this year for best tandem and best alternative material as well as the Gates belt drive competition.

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Our 4-coupler D2r travel tandem will be on display at the Gates Carbon Drive booth.

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click here for more info about NAHBS 2013

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