We're going to be out of the shop!
Ahearne Cycles will be on an R & D cycling expedition from Thursday 15 May through Memorial Day Weekend, May 24/25/26.
All orders for flask holders, flasks, handlebars, etc., over the next week will ship after Monday 26 May. I will not be responding to e-mails or phone calls from 15 - 25 May.
I’ll be riding the Oregon Outback, which is an organized, but unsupported ride from Klamath Falls in southern Oregon, near the border with California, to the Columbia River, which is the northern Oregon border with Washington. It’s about 360 miles, much of which is off road, or on unpaved roads. The ride concludes about 100 or so miles east of Portland, and then we’ll be riding back home. You can see the route here. We're leaving a week before the official ride begins.
I posted a couple of photos back in February of the bike I’ll be riding. Some adaptations have been made over the past few weeks in order to get everything set to carry my gear. The bike is bad ass, but untried. I’ll be posting a full ride report after I return. As I said, this is R & D, and what better way to test an off road touring bike than to pack it with gear and go ride it a few hundred miles off road?
As well as the bike I’m riding, there will be 3 other versions of the same bike on this trip, all being ridden by friends of mine. These are the sorts of friends who aren't afraid to tell me honestly what they think. Or, maybe they are, but I'll hear them grunt, I'll hear them bitch, I'll see them throw their bikes down in disgust if they don't work well.
What this means is that there will be several perspectives on the ride quality, features, handling, load bearing, etc., that this particular bike has to offer. After the trip, and with this feedback, I intend to make whatever design revisions are required, and then I'll make quite a few of these bikes. Like I said, they’re bad ass. But I'll be able to speak more truthfully about that after the ride…