Honey Introduces Titanium Bikes

Titanium bikes from Honey?  

We've been working on this project for over three years.  Design, fatigue testing, ride testing, fatigue testing, redesign, more ride testing.  You might think that the process would have been quicker since some of the Beekeepers have been building titanium bikes for more than thirty years.  It's been a long and rewarding process that has culminated in a really unique bike design. 

We are now ready to introduce our first Ti model:  The Allroads Titanium.  The AllTi.

Why Honey titanium when we love steel so much?  It's simple; when you remove price from the bike choice decision, titanium is almost always the best solution.  If you're interested in the best handling, best accelerating, best climbing, longest lasting, toughest, lowest maintenance, smoothest ride -- titanium is the answer to all of these questions, almost always.

It's important to remember that just like every material there are high and low quality sources available.  Just as not every steel bike is one that you'd want to ride, a poorly designed and sourced titanium bike is a very unpleasant experience.  Part of Honey's three year journey was finding ways to not sacrifice durability and ride quality while meeting a price point that makes this bike very compelling.

We'll be providing more details about the AllTi, and some other titanium bikes, in coming weeks.  In the meantime, here are some pages that explain what this bike is about and why we do what we do:

Get ready for the titanium game to change.  To be part of this future, contact us to reserve your place in our framebuilding queue.

Cyclocross CX1 Disc Geometry

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All specifications in centimeters unless otherwise indicated.

Frameset Feature Notes

  • Wheel diameter:  700c/622mm – these are the same size.
  • Tire, maximum size: 35c knobby
  • Tire, optimal size: 33c knobby, because that’s the maximum UCI tire size
  • Head tube diameter:  44mm
  • Seat post diameter: 27.2mm
  • Front derailleur clamp diameter:  31.8mm.
  • Rear axle spacing:  135mm with a 10mm quick release.
  • Brake mount:  Frame brake placement is low-mount disc.
  • Cable routing:
    • Rear brake:  zip guides on down tube and chainstay.
    • Front derailleur:  Cable stop on down tube.
    • Rear derailleur:  Cable stop on down tube and chainstay.
  • Two bottle mounts:  one on seat tube, and one on the down tube.
  • Fender mounts: on dropouts, in chainstay bridge, and seats stay bridge.
  • Fork features:
    • Steel fork:  1-1/8″ steerer.  Carbon fork upgrade features a tapered 1.5″ steerer.
    • Axle type:  100mm x 9mm quick release style.
    • Fender mounts – featured on both the standard steel fork and the carbon fork upgrade.

Frame Geometry Notes

Toe overlap:  Because the Cyclocross is a true race bike many of the sizes will have some toe overlap.  Make sure you are comfortable with this before ordering.  Questions?  Contact the Beekeepers.

Bike size: Top tube length combined with head tube length are better indicators of bike fit than the classic “seat tube length.”

*** Standover clearance:  We measure standover height from the ground to the midpoint of the top tube.  Honey’s cyclocross bikes tend to sacrifice stanover clearance for ease of shouldering for run-ups and dismounts.

General Geometry Notes

  • All specifications are in inches unless otherwise indicated.
  • Specifications subject to change as components and technology improve.  If you have any critical measurements for your cycling enjoyment, let the Beekeepers know before placing your order.

Honey 100 2015

Last year was a blast and we are so excited for 2015’s Honey 100. The fourth annual Honey 100 offers some of the best riding in eastern Massachusetts.  This ride is a true adventure, not a race.

For more information, please visit Honey Bikes

To register for this year's Honey 100, go to Bikereg.com

Space is limited, so sign up right away!

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Hosted by Ride Studio Cafe, with the routes designed by Overland Base Camp, the day is sure to encompass what Honey Bikes is all about on the road and in the woods.

This year, in addition to the 100 km and 50 km routes, they’ve added a third distance of 100-miles! The truest of Honey 100s.

The Honey 100 will begin and end at Ride Studio Café in Lexington, MA and as with all of OBC’s events, there will be plenty of great food along the way. All riders should come early and bring their appetites for a pre-ride breakfast. Depending on which route you choose, there will also be a lunch stop on the route and two “food Stops” which will include a variety food bars, nutrition options, water, drink mixes, and fresh fruit.

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For this year they've added two more categories! Details are at the Honey 100 Ride page. • Guided Group: Honey and Ride Studio Cafe provide a ride navigator so you don't have to worry about the 1,000 turns. • Team: Get a group of 4-6 friends together and push yourselves to the limit. No waiting for other riders. • Self-Led: For those that prefer to roll at their own pace. Let us know if you have any questions. Email us at: Beekeepers@honeybikes.com

We are looking forward to hitting the trails with some returning riders and many new faces as well.

 

Honey Bike on Display at the ibex Newbury Street store

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photo 4 Be sure to stop by Ibex Outdoor Clothing on Newbury Street in Boston this summer to see our Honey Cyclocross Race bike on display.

This bike is perfect for the upcoming CX season.  We designed the Honey Cyclocross Race specifically for contemporary American UCI 'cross racing with it's quick handling and tight geometry.  This race model can handle pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles and keep you moving fast through the course.  The frame and fork will fit up to 40c tires while maintaining excellent mud clearance.

This bike is also unique because we've designed a limited edition paint scheme that highlights Honey's paint skill.  The colors are amethyst, white, and black.  You'll be highly visible on the start-line and at the finish - whether the bike is covered in mud or not.  The paint design is only available through the end of this year.

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Why this bike? Designed specifically for US style race courses that are right, technical and enjoy lots of accelerations.  Steel provides a feel and control not available in other materials- and this steel frame is weight competitive.  This bike will push you to ride harder.

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Special Features:

  • New tubeset for 2015: four ounces lighter than last year.
  • Brake system options: this bike is set up with the lightest weight brake system.  Disc brake options are available.
  • Fits UCI legal 33c tires with generous mud clearance for the toughest New England cross race courses.
  • Limited Edition Paint Scheme: This is one of our special schemes for the current season.

We're excited to have our Honey at ibex on Newbury because we love their gear.  Ibex Outdoor Clothing is a designer of year-round merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance properties of wool.  Ibex has been known for its Duo bike shorts for over a decade. With a form fit mixture of spandex through the seat and inner legs and lightweight Merino wool throughout the remainder of the short, it provides for natural breathability and temperature regulation.

We look forward to a great CX season ahead and especially look forward to seeing one of our favorite Ibex sponsored teams, The Drifters, out on the course.

Overland Base Camp's Diverged Ride

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Overland Base Camp's Season Opener is happening again this Saturday, April 25th!  This ride is hosted by Ride Studio Café in Lexington, MA and sponsored by Honey Bikes.  This ride is free and includes breakfast for all the riders.

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Diverged is all about riding the trails and roads less taken.  Inspired by Robert Frost's poem, The Road Not Taken, it's one of our favorite rides because it's still early in the season so we get to see the trails come to life, and travel many different terrains on our route.

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The ride offers two distances as well as some different speed options to fit your pace.

The longer ride is 38 miles of pavement, gravel, dirt, and rocks.  About half of the ride is unpaved with some singletrack, too.  This ride is expected to take between 3.5 - 5 hours.  You can also choose 17 miles of the same terrain, which is expected to take between 2.5 - 4 hours.

There will be a fun pace for those who want to take pictures, enjoy the weather and ease into the season, a medium pace to challenge and push riders without overdoing it, and a fast pace which will have you riding at your threshold with no time for pictures.

Group sizes are limited.  Get more details and sign up for your ride at Diverged Overview page.

Packmule Dropbar: From Lightweight to Heavy-Duty Bikepacking

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Honey Bike's Packmule is a very serious bikepacking bike.  Designed from the ground up, from our years of bikepacking experience, the Packmule brings together all the best elements of a durable 'packer made for anything from an overnight excursion to a continental traverse.  We're very proud of this US handmade bike. The Packmule Dropbar will change the way you ride.

Here is the Packmule Dropbar in a few configurations - from lightweight to fully-loaded.  The Packmule loves to ride in any configuration!

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Trail Wizard Raffle Winner

10686901_10152744682259608_7528669872139625135_n Last September Honey and Lone Wolf Cycling held a weekend of adventure riding hosted by the Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA. It was a great weekend of offtrail and on pavement adventure riding. Putting on back to back rides of this type was an ambitious undertaking but was well worth it! So many smiles per mile!

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As part of the weekend Lone Wolf and Honey created a trail fund called the Trail Wizard. It was inspired by all the rides we had all done to put the two routes together for the weekend. While riding with the Lone Wolf crew in Weston we started laughing and singing "Trail Wizard". At first it wasn't clear whether we were the Trail Wizards or if we were looking for the Trail Wizard. Regardless, the name stuck and it gave birth to the idea to create a fund that would support local trail work. Adventure riding or mtn biking on CX and Allroad-style bikes wouldn't be possible without the work of all the great advocacy groups who lobby to keep access open and who build and maintain the actual trails.

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We decided to do a raffle at the after party of the Lone Wolf ride on Sunday, September 14th. Honey donated an Allroads frameset to be raffled off. To say people were excited to win the bike was an understatement. Proceeds from the raffle were used to help Belmont in Philadelphia. It was a great partnership between two regions, Philly and Boston, who embrace the same sense of adventure and love of riding in the woods!

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The winner of the raffle was Jonathan Sainsbury, a local rider from Cambridge, MA! He is a designer and asked if he could come up with a concept for an original paint scheme for the bike. He integrated some of the LWC Trail Wizard graphics we had used on the event. One of the fun things about the Allroads bike is that it can be so many things to so many riders. It is always exciting to see how each rider specs their bike to suit their vision of what Allroads means.

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Jonathan's paint scheme has so many fantastic little details going on it that tell a personal narrative about the bike and what it is all about. It is a testament to the painters at Honey that they can always take a rider's vision and turn it into a beautiful work of rideable art.

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A lot of people work on each Honey. Each bike is built to order, one at a time and by hand. The signatures on Jonathan's Allroads reflect just how much passion went into his bike.

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There are a lot of adventures ahead for this bike. We hope Jonathan loves his new Honey! Look for the bike at the Honey Winter Party on March 7th and hopefully Jonathan can join us on the Diverged ride on April 25th!

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Winter Warmer

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honey-fat-bikeWe have been riding the Offtrail pretty much non-stop since we launched the bike at this year's Providence Cross Festival Builder's Ball. What we have found in that time is that the bike is pretty much our favorite trail bike. Winter has been slow to descend upon us here in New England this year. We have had a few snow storms and some bitter cold but not the 70 inches of snow we had last Winter. This has been a great opportunity to test the Offtrail in a very varied and ever changing off road test track! We put 4" Surly Nate tires on the bike initially to give it a great balance between trail handling and stability/shock absorption. The Nates are a fantastic tire for trail riding. Pretty much the perfect woods tire in my opinion. Great traction on mud and rocks but also fast and nimble in singletrack. But the biggest challenge in the winter for riding a bike isn't snow it is ice. Snow can slow you down and make the going tough. Ice can break your hip. Sounds dramatic but its true. One crash on ice and you will be a believer in studded tires.

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I got a reminder a few weeks ago at just how hard a crash you can have on a patch of ice. While riding Blue Hills with some friends I came bombing down a trail. They were up ahead yelling what I thought was "RIGHT" aka turn right. They were in fact yelling "ICE" I of course wanted to impress my friends with my rad skills so didn't touch the brakes and just went faster. I crashed so fast and hard I had to lie on the ground for a moment doing an internal check to make sure I wasn't broken. Thankfully I crashed so fast I didn't even let go of the bars. Likely saving my wrist/collarbone. The multiple layers and "winter weight" probably saved my hip. I was bruised and sore for days but otherwise unscathed.

But I got my winter wake up call and put the studded tires on. To say I am impressed by the 45NRTH Dillingers is an understatement. They weigh in about the same as the Surly Nates that don't have studs. They are a "faster" rolling tire if you will as well. I have taken them out on a frozen pond (which was a bit nerve wracking) and over sheer ice under snow. They hook up so well. The tires even work well on some of the trails that aren't covered in snow.

This winter has been a blast so far. There are a bunch of Fat Bike events locally that look like a ton of fun:

• January 24-March 7th there is the Fatty Walrus Fat Bike Series in Haverhill, MA

• January 31 DAS Fat Bike Fest in Danielson, CT

• February 1 Wicked Nor'eastah, Easton, MA at Borderlands

• February 22 FATWEASELS, Goshen, MA

NEMBA Toys ride

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1476089_580806875397720_2294151216219991232_n I am a huge fan of NEMBA. Every since I moved back to New England I have been so impressed by the work they do on trails and working to build the community. There are some really great people working hard to make sure the trails stay open and to help grow mountain biking. It doesn't hurt that they are all really cool people. My good friend Lee Toma lives over near Blue Hills and always posts such great photos of the riding. I have only ridden a few times on Blue Hill. It really is a gem of a riding area near Boston.

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When Lee told me NEMBA was going to be doing a Toys for Tots ride I immediately said sign me up! The ride was schedule for the Sunday after the traditional season finals of our CX season. I asked via the internet for people to please bring a toy to Ice Weasels that we could donate to the NEMBA Toy drive. The #NECX came up big time. I was expecting a few toys but what showed up was very unexpected. We collected three bins of great toys! What a difference that is going to make in some kids lives.

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I am sad to admit I haven't done too many NEMBA rides. Maybe one or two. So I didn't really know what to expect. People were so friendly. I didn't know anyone other than Lee and Steve Cobble but everyone welcomed me on their ride like I had been a part of their club ride for years. It was nice to see so many fat bikes! Lee and I both were on our fatties. I have to say I am loving riding a fat bike in the woods even without snow. The woods in New England are strewn with fallen leaves. The leaves hide all manner of dangers-rocks, roots etc. Throw in some rain and you get a real tricky riding surface. A fat bike with its big tires at low pressure just grips and rolls over all of it. Not to say you can't drift a bit here and there but it makes the riding so much more safe. And fun!

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Lee and I joined Steve on the "easy" ride. It was a big group. Nicely mixed by different levels of abilities and it was very nice to see an almost 50/50 split between men and women. Steve led the ride from Houghton's Pond. We rolled mostly over wide fire roads but did jump into some really fun "secret" singletrack. We rode out to a former Nike site which was totally surreal. The woods were in good shape. I would say we rode for about 2 hours before heading back towards the lodge. We stopped to take a great group photo and enjoy the beautiful day.

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I can't say how impressed I am by how the group rode together. NEMBA really works on keeping the riders together so no one gets lost or separated from the group. At intersections one rider would stop and wait til the last rider came through and made the turn. We accordioned on this way for the whole ride.

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At the two hour point most of the group wanted to head back and get some food. A smaller group of us decided to head up to Buck Hill. I had heard of Buck Hill but never had the chance to ride it. Buck Hill is a new trail built by NEMBA. Riding a trail built by mtn bikers is so nice. It has such a nice flow. It is a switchback climb with some technical features that really make you concentrate on the climb. When you pop above the tree line the whole sky seems to open up. From the top you can look in 360 degrees and get an amazing panoramic view of Boston.

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We spent a fair amount of time on top of Buck Hill talking about the ride and all the hijinks that had ensued. The descent off Buck Hill was a blast. We rolled back as a group to the lodge with ear to ear grins. I can't believe how much great riding that there is in this area. NEMBA has done an amazing job working with the DCR and the local community. What a great day of riding and meeting new friends. Thank you to NEMBA, DCR, Lee Toma, Steve Cobble and the #NECX for helping make the NEMBA Toys ride so successful.

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Winter is Coming

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IMG_5528 I have been dreaming of riding the Offtrail in snow since October. It is a great trail bike and makes riding in the woods on mountain bike trails so much fun. But the fat tires just were begging to play in powder. Looking at the forecast for the Thanksgiving break my stoke level went off the chart. A Nor'easter was bearing down on the coast of Maine where we would be spending our holiday. I have spent the last four years scouting out the trail system around the farm we stay at. They are a great mix of paths and singletrack in beautiful wooded terrain. There are also a couple of sections that include a beach! I have ridden Kettle Cove on my CX bike a bunch of times and it is always a blast. But the thought of riding it on the Offtrail opened up parts of the beach that were too soft to ride on skinny tires.

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I got a bit of a late start which made for some snow that was a bit softer than optimal. And most of the trail was fresh pack. I saw a few deer tracks but that was it. I had the whole winter playground to myself. Things that would usually put fear in my heart, like a snow covered boardwalk were no problem at all. The big fat tires at 8 psi just floated over everything and were incredibly stable. The biggest problem I came across were all the trees that had fallen down in the high winds and heavy snow. A fair amount of limbo and crawling under and over tree limbs added another level of adventure to an already super fun ride.

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The first half of the ride went without a hitch. I knew most of these trails and the section by Kettle Cove. Once I popped out onto route 77 things got a bit how you say "interesting". I was hunting for an open space I had ridden last summer. It was new to me and really well marked. As I rode along the nearly abandoned road I saw a sign at the edge of the woods I had never seen before. It looked very promising. It was called Cross Hill and was part of the Cape Elizabeth Conservation Area. It had a very detailed map of the trails. I took a photo on my iPhone so I would have it in case I needed it.

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The trail reminded me of the Cross Town Trail in Wellesley. It wove in and out of neighborhoods. It never was too far from a road or a house. At some point I began following a power line trail and that is when things got a bit "exciting". I began regretting not telling my wife where I was riding. And of course sunset was creeping in. And of course the snow was getting deeper and softer. And my phone was dying. Did I mention I hadn't brought a light or any type of safety gear for winter woods riding? Yeah, I basically was a massive fail for being prepared in the woods in winter. Little alarm bells were going off in my head but I was ignoring them and putting them into little boxes. The good news was that the trail was incredibly well marked. I couldn't even see the trail as it was so covered in snow but the trees had blazes and arrows. So I kept pushing on and having an amazing time.

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Riding in this type of snow on the Offtrail was more like surfing than riding. I would literally laugh as I dropped down little chutes on the bike. I stopped laughing once the trail markers stopped. Ok, I thought. Now you have my attention. I was deep in the trees so couldn't tell how dark it was. It was definitely dusk and getting darker by the minute. I remembered a fence about a half mile back so I backtracked as quickly as I could. I saw a house and relaxed a touch. I almost just went up through the backyard but didn't want to trespass. So I just followed the border of the fence until I saw a berm which clearly led to a road. I trudged up the berm and dropped down the other side to pavement. I was never so happy to see a paved road in my life.

I rode back on 77 all the way to the house thinking just how lucky (and stupid) I was. I pulled in right as darkness fell over the coast and walked into the smell of Thanksgiving. That turkey and IPA never tasted so good.

Coonamessett Farm Eco Cross

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RadbradThis past Veteran's Day a bunch of us headed down to Falmouth, MA for a race at the Coonamessett Farm. It is a great local grassroots race put on by Corner Cycle. Its always been one of our favorites. We packed up a bunch of friends and bikes into the van and headed south from Boston. drifters

One of the biggest draws, other than the cool farm and great vibe, was the Fat Bike race. Eco-Cross has been doing a cyclocross race for a while now. Its always fun and has some really cool mountain bike sections. Corner Cycle is really into Fat Bikes so it was only natural that they would add a Fat Bike Category to their race. I am pretty sure this is the first time Fat Bikes have been raced as a category in a cross race in New England. Corner Cycle did it right. They had a stable of about 20 Fat Bikes for people to borrow so they could try it.

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Fat Bikes are fun. We all know that. But what would racing them be like on a cross course? We were about to find out. Thirty people lined up for the Fat Bike race at the end of the day! It was incredible to see so many fat bikes lined up for a race. Even the USAC official didn't know what to think of this. His last words before blowing the whistle were "please everyone be careful and no one get hurt!"

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I assumed it would be a Fat Bike parade. But no, like all things in New England, it was race time! The start was just as furious as the Masters race we had done 2 hours before. And the chopping and dropping just as spirited. There was a big crash on the first fireroad and somehow me and the big man in an orange jumpsuit got around it! Gewilli escaped with two Corner Cycle riders and I spent the whole next three laps trying to chase them down. It took all my effort to do so!

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But it was so much fun you didn't even notice who hard you were pedaling. A Fat Bike smooths out so much of the rough stuff that would usually bounce you around on a cross bike. We were flying through the woods. And every time I would come up over the second hill and see the goats it would just give me more energy!

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To say I was beyond impressed by how fast the Honey offtrail was is an understatement. The bike felt as fast and nimble as my mountain bike. That really was the whole idea behind the design of the offtrail. After three laps I came around to see the leaders having a BBQ and beer stop at the barriers. Just as I rounded the corner to join their party they were gone! I did my best to chase them but they were too fast!

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As we came into the finish there was a lot of yelling and pointing. I could make out "One More Time!" And "Jump It!" Not to disappoint I headed out on what I thought was one more lap. What it in fact was, was a Ramp of Doom. My good friend Gewilli had rammed through one of the barriers on the last lap. Some spectators had taken the fallen barrier and put it across the first barrier to make a ramp for us to jump over the barrier.

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Not to disappoint I headed down to (what I thought was certain death) the ramp and let it roll over. Again, I can't say how much a fat bike saves you in these situations. I am not a very good mtn biker. Basically, I have zero skills. But the bike did the work. It zoomed right up and over and I was airborne! Four inch tires at 8 psi make for pretty good suspension! I landed without incident much to my relief!

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Everyone had a blast. And I hope that Fat Bike categories take off at cyclocross races. It really is a great way to have fun at a cross race. The only thing that maybe isn't fun is trying to get a 28 pound bike over a high barrier!

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Eco-Cross is a great little race. The farm itself is reason enough to head down and check it out. Huge thanks to both Corner Cycle and Coonamessett Farm for letting us spend the day shredding on Fat Bikes! Thank you to Lee Toma for always being so great and taking such terrific photos.

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Off Trail

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When we named our latest bike the "Off Trail" we did it for a very good reason. We love fat bikes. But when most people think of fat bikes they think of Winter and riding in snow. Or maybe riding on sand. We live to ride in the woods. And while we love the challenge of riding CX bikes, All Roads and "road" bikes in the woods we also love the idea of pushing the limits of what a trail is. Here in New England during Fall the lines get very blurry about what is and what isn't a trail. The trails and rocks and roots all get covered by a glorious blanket of golden colored leaves. And while visually breathtaking it poses a huge challenge for a rider. awesome

New England is bony. We have very few loamy plush trails. Most of our trails are littered with rocks and roots just waiting to flat a tire or send you flying over the bars. Even on a mountain bike it becomes a challenge. When we designed the Off Trail we had just this type of riding in mind. A bike that would flow over all of it. A bike that was nimble and sure handling at the same time. One that would climb well and handle like a mountain bike but with the addition of 4-5 inch tires would give a rider supreme confidence even when they were in extreme situations.

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We have been doing real world testing of the new bike and I have to say I am blown away. It is a blast in the woods. I took it into Needham Town Forest this past week. NTF puts fear in my heart. Why lie. It is a true crucible.

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So many axe head rocks and weird technical sections. I was able to clear things on the Off Trail I never have in my life. And like its moniker it opens up so many options. Where I would look for the line and maybe a B line on my mountain bike the Off Trail can go almost anywhere. Flowing over a high sided boulder was easy. Zero fear. Dropping into a leaf covered chute was not panic inducing. I started to look at sections I had ridden countless times in an entirely different light.

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The bottom line is fat bikes are a blast. We will continue to share our adventures on the Off Trail with you in the coming months. Get out and ride! Hopefully see you out there!

Honey Bikes at Kingdom Trails

IMG_1168With over 100 miles of flowing single track, free form double track, and even a pump track, riding The Kingdom Trails in Burke, Vermont feels like a amusement park for bikes. The drive from Boston, MA is close to 4 hours, but many would argue the travel is worth it. The trail systems that Kingdom fronts are absolutely unique and thrilling. You can spend hours connecting trail system to trail system, each with it's own distinct features, and not feel like any time has gone by at all. This 2014 calendar year has flown by for me. Before I knew it, October was here and my usual Summer weekend trip to the Kingdom was out of the question. I felt like I wouldn't make it to my favorite trails this year and was feeling pretty devastated over it. I had to go, especially since I was just refitted on my Honey and knew I was riding better than ever this year.

After scrounging the calendar for a spare weekend day, I found a Sunday and a friend, and loaded my beautiful Honey 26" hardtail into the car around 6am. My goal was to truly seize the day and ride as much as possible.

Something that is so rewarding about mountain biking is being able to see your improvement on trails you have ridden before. Nailing turns and jumps or other technical aspects of a trail that you weren't able to land before is instantly ego boosting and means something new is working for you.

This was my first time on Kingdom Trails on my Honey mountain bike. The fit on my Honey was Kingdom Trailsremarkable to me after having a series of ill fitting and ill equipped bikes. I can honestly say I was able to take on trails more confidently than I ever had before and was able to ride for a longer period of time without body aches and pains from a poor fit.

The drive was of course worth the ride for me. Aside from feeling really proud of myself for such clean riding, and feeling excited about my great bike, it was PRIME leaf-peeping season in New England that weekend. The splendor of the red and gold tree lines in the mountains are something that will always take my breath away even more than sweet single track.

Honey 100 Instagram Contest

Best Road-Chris McIntosh The Honey 100 heading east this year through some of the rockiest terrain we have seen. It also featured stunning road riding and mixed paths. As always it was an adventure ride and not a race!

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This past Honey 100 we held an Instagram photo contest. One of the things we love about Instagram is the way it can act as a photo journal of adventure. Each rider has their own unique view and ride. We wanted to see what each rider could capture so we could all relive the ride through their perspective.

Best trail-Kathleen Morris

The route took us on some very interesting and challenging features. One thing about the Honey 100 — you never know what awaits you around the next corner. It could be a wall that you have to hop over to find the next stash into Gnarnia. Or an amazing road descent that looks like its in Umbria not Saugus.

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After 3-4 hours and 50 or so miles changing flats can get pretty dark. But that is what makes the Honey 100 so much fun. No one is ever on their own. We all ride as a group and take care of each other.

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A well earned lunch break! A gourmet lunch awaited us at the mid-way point. Burritos, cookies, mochas...it was amazing.

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The bikes people choose to ride on the Honey 100 are as diverse as the route itself. I was lucky enough to ride with a good friend on his fat bike! We had touring bikes, singlespeed mountain bikes, singlespeed cross, touring bikes and of course lots of Honeys!

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Thank you to all who took part in our Honey 100 Instagram contest! Congratulations to the winners! It wasn't easy picking winners as all the photos were so fantastic! Get out and ride! You all inspire us daily to find new routes and adventures!

New England Builders' Ball

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On Friday, October 3rd Honey was a part of the New England Builders' Ball. This was our second year at the show and it was a huge success. We were very excited about last year's Ball which was held at the Biltmore in downtown Providence. The Biltmore was a great venue for a Ball. It is a classic old hotel with great architecture and ambience. But it had its challenges. The space was pretty small and getting to and from the Ball posed a challenge for a lot of people. This year's Ball was moved to Roger William's Park, the venue that hosts the Providence Cyclocross Festival. The Providence Cross Festival is one of the biggest cross races in the United States drawing world class competitors and grassroots racers from all over the country. The race itself is a UCI C1 race which features racers from Europe, Canada and the US.

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Richard Fries and Eric Weiss created the Builders' Ball to showcase the top bike builders and artisans and show them off to a legion of bike racers. It has been a great format. Moving the ball right to the race course made an already fantastic event that much better. The new space at the Botanical Gardens offered exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to really spread out. The noise levels were much better so you could have conversations without shouting. This year's Ball was a who is who of New England bike building Legends. Honey was very proud to spend the evening in such lofty company!

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We had a great spot in the Botanical Gardens. Right by the DJ and a nice water fountain. It was so great to see so many friends both old and new. We were very excited about the launch of our new Fat Bike! The Off Trail has been in the works for the past two years. We targeted the Builders' Ball for the launch as we knew it would be the perfect place to show it off. It was so hard to keep it a secret in the days leading up to the Ball!

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We have so many friends who ride fat bikes. What drew us to fat bikes was not just their application for winter riding (although we are very excited to ride them in winter!) but how versatile they can be. Riding the Honey 100 with a good friend who happened to be on a fat bike showed just how much fun you can have on a fat bike in the woods even when there isn't snow and ice!

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It was a great night and we thank Eric Weis, Richard Fries and their staffs for putting on such a great event that celebrated handbuilt bikes, cycling culture and cyclocross.

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The New England Builders' Ball is a benefit for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. All the photos in this post are courtesy of the ECGA and were taken by Constance Winters of lovelybike.blogspot.com

Second Annual Honey 100

The Second Annual Honey 100 was held on Saturday, Sept 13 in Lexington, MA. The Honey 100 was created with the spirit of the less ridden path. We are lucky in New England to have such a diversity of open space and riding. There are so many secret trails and paths hidden from plain sight. There is nothing we like better at Honey than finding some new trail or path and sharing it with our close friends.

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The Honey 100 draws just as unique a crowd as the roads and paths we ride. For this rendition we headed east. Its not a direction most in the metro Boston area think of when they go on a ride. But we found some true gems. What always impresses us is that the riders who show up for the Honey rides are literally up for anything. This route would travel through some very challenging terrain. The Fells is one of the more technical areas to ride a mtn bike. And most of us were on slick 700 x 33 tires. Sure there were a few fat bikes and some legit mountain bikers but everyone was up for the challenge.

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This was my favorite route to date. I loved it for its raw urbanness and its highly technical nature. Garmin GPS devices make these rides possible. Without them it would be very difficult to navigate without getting very lost. Even with the devices it takes some real mental energy. Its not a race. Its more like hide and seek. Trail heads are hidden behind rock walls or chainlink fences. You ride through what seems like an office park and voila you step into gnarnia.

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Our group set out towards the end so we could sweep the course and make sure everyone was having a good time. The Honey 100 is a very well supported ride with numerous rest/check points and a full lunch! The lunch has to be seen to believed. We joke that no one goes hungry on the Honey 100 and it is true. Our group had some adversity early on. We hadn't even gone five miles before one rider broke a chain and another bloodied his knee. But those stops gave us a chance to talk and meet people. Some farmers in a field yelled to us "ARE YOU ON THE HONEY 100?!" Why yes we are we all yelled back!

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We had friends from all over the area join us for the ride. Friends travelled as far away as Philadelphia! Our little band of Honey/Lone Wolf Cycling riders meshed together so well. It always amazes me when you can pull together a group of riders who haven't seen each other in months and then they just blend together and ride like one.

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Some of my favorite moments included bumping into Lucky the dog at the end of the Saugus rail trail. We spent a good 15 minutes talking with Lucky's owner. He was blown away that we had ridden all the way from Lexington. He gave us directions to Lynn Woods (I didn't have the heart to tell him we knew where we were going!) and wished us godspeed. Lunch in Peabody was also a favorite. After riding for 4 hours sitting down to a real meal in the woods is something that has to be experienced to be appreciated.

After lunch I got a bit separated from my main group as I was sweeping looking for a few wayward riders. The nice thing about sweeping is you get to meet lots of people and share their stories of the ride. As we rolled back into Lexington and the Ride Studio Cafe a light rain started to fall from the sky. It was a welcome shower to wash away the grime of a long day in the saddle with good friends both old and new.

LWC FLD OPS X Honey Trail Wizard Raffle Winner!

IMG_0996The Trail Wizards at Lone Wolf Cycling picked a raffle winner this morning on a secret Dawn Patrol ride in the woods of Philadelphia. The lucky winner is Jonathan Sainsbury of Boston! Congratulations Jonathan and thank you to all who participated! We will document the process with Jonathan in the coming weeks!

We hope all of you are spending time in the woods searching for your own inner Trail Wizard!

Honey Off Trail

honey-off-trail-sideThis past weekend at the New England Builders' Ball Honey launched its first Fat Bike. Like all things Honey we cooked up something very special. The bike has been in development for over three years. We wanted a bike that wasn't just a winter fat bike but was a bike equipped to go off trail. We hope you are as excited about it as we are!

Honey Off Trail:

Honey lives to explore, and our Off Trail model sets out to do just that. The term ‘off trail’ is a backpacking term, to note when you are literally going off the trail to explore. It emphasizes an experience free of constraints, as opposed to seeking a shortcut to a specific destination such as a scenic viewpoints or summits.

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Not just for the sand and snow, we wanted to make a bike for riding where the trail ends. Not to put limits on any potential escapades, we have created a bikepacking version, for overnight adventures, and all conditions version for those unexplored patches that are  closer to home.

To give you the exact handling and features you want out of your ride, the Off Trail also has the ability to be set up with drop bars or riser bars.

Price: Frameset with painted to match fork and stem: $2,245 Complete Bike – Shimano 1x10 XT Kit, Race Face Cranks: $5,422

The Night Weasels Cometh

The Night Weasels Cometh is a legendary night race held during Holy Week of CX in New England. Honey has been sponsoring this grassroots mid-week race for the last three years. Kirk of Skunkadelia has been creating the trophies for Honey from day one. His trophies are works of art and reflect what cyclocross is all about. We are so lucky to have such talented people as Kirk working on Honey! The Night Weasels' Trophies have become one of the most coveted trophies in cyclocross. night-weasels-trophies-2014

Holy Week of CX

Holy Week of CX in New England kicks off this Wednesday night with the Midnight Ride of CX in Lancaster, MA. Holy Week is the biggest week of cyclocross racing in New England drawing racers and spectators from all over the country. It is equal parts world class competition coupled with the best grassroots racing in the region with a circus festival atmosphere. Racers from Europe, Canada and the US vie for UCI points and cash payouts. Grassroots racers battle for bragging rights. And spectators come for the great spectating and expo. The term "Holy Week" was coined four years ago. The moniker is an homage to the Holy Week of european cycling that happens each Spring. Holy Week of CX is a celebration of what cyclocross in the US is all about.

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This years calendar of events is as follows:

Sept 24-Midnight Ride of CX in Lancaster, MA

Sept 27 & 28-Rapha Super Cross of Gloucester in Gloucester, MA

Sept 30-Holy Week party at The Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA

Oct 1-The Night Weasels Cometh in Shrewsbury, MA

Oct 3-5-The Providence Festival of cyclocross in Providence, RI