Disc Brake vs. Rim Brake Performance on Road Bikes

One of the most common questions we receive is whether disc brakes are better for road bikes than traditional caliper brakes.  It seems every company now offers disc brake road bikes.  So many marketing dollars focus on selling discs for every type of riding.  It's easy to understand why most people think discs are better for road bikes.  "Better" is a broad word that covers a lot of ground, just as "road bike" is a broad term.  We find that find each brake system has benefits and shortcomings.  These positives and negatives often get clouded by the latest bike review which may be influenced by what bike brands want to sell -- whether it's right for every rider or not.

We are agnostic about brake systems for road bikes.  We offer performance road bikes with three brake system options:  Calipers, discs, and even medium-reach calipers.  The reason we offer three systems is that each has strengths and weaknesses.  We just want cyclists on the right bike for their kind of riding.  We hate it when a rider ends up with the wrong bike for the wrong reasons. 

This article explores braking performance:  Which brake system lets you ride "faster" on various surfaces and in wet and dry conditions.  The answer is surprising.

Comparing 700c & 650b Wheel Sizes for Gravel Riding

Dual wheel size bikes have continued to gain in popularity.  Honey first offered a dual wheel size bike seven years ago.  It was very unusual at the time.  The bike was our Allroads for 700c x 40 mm and 650b x 47 mm.  We're doing more and more Allroads with two wheel sets.  People tend to have questions about what works and when it makes sense to have two wheel sets of different diameters.

We're agnostic about which wheel size and tire size to use.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there, sometimes biased by bike companies with a horse in this race.  We're not trying to sell any specific technology.  Honey doesn't get paid to sell one wheel over another.  Honey is agnostic about wheel size because we build with all wheel sizes.  We like both 650 and 700 but neither is perfect for everything.  Here are our thoughts on the benefits and shortcomings of 700c and 650b wheel choices.

PavGrav and GravPav: Mixed Surface Riding -- is it Gravel First or Pavement First

PavGrav and GravPav:  Mixed Surface Riding -- is it Gravel First or Pavement First

Honey Bikes coined the terms PavGrav and GravPav in order to distinguish between four similar but very different types of riding. 

We've always parsed the term "gravel riding" because that's a huge generalization of riding.  In fact we find that most riders talking about gravel riding aren't really doing much gravel riding, if at all.  If we recommend a true gravel optimized bike for anyone that talks about doing "gravel griders" we're doing many of those riders a disservice by providing a bike that's sub-optimal for the kind of riding the person does day-to-day.  It starts with better understanding what "gravel riding" means to the rider.  We find the terms PavGrav and GravPav help.

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.

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!

honey 100 route

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.

honey 100 trail


honey 100 biscuitsThree Riding Category Options

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.