Honey Bikes values awesome riding and racing that's different - much of it includes dirt, other riding is simply the kind that takes you to amazing places with others who like to get off the beaten path, too! Check out the calendar Honey put together. Hard copies are here on our table - this is worth taping to the front of your fridge. Click on the calendar below to get the full PDF, it's a full calendar, and that's not everything...
2014 Honey Bikes made their debut at Ride Studio Cafe this weekend inspiring countless ooohs and aaaahs. (Photo by Russ Cambell.) There is so much to say about each bike, and Honey Bikes, in general. We will talk about each bike and each build in the coming days. For now, here's a high-level overview so you are up-to-date on what's happening in the world of amazing bikes, and Honey bikes, in particular.
Honey Events Calendar
Honey has published a 2014 Events Calendar. Included on the calendar are your favorites that leave from RSC such as the Diverged Ride (April 26th), The Highpoint Ride (Aug 15th-17th), and Honey 100 (Sept 13th). You'll find the Honey-sponsored and already very anxiously anticipated Rasputitsa gravel race (April 19th) as well as Dirty 40 (Aug 30th), back after being very successful last year.
The New England Randonneurs' rides are listed, they're doing more rides than ever from RSC this year.
Cyclocross comes to the area even bigger than ever (hard to imagine?!?!) Holy Week, as it's been dubbed, is a muddy cross racing sandwich comprised of the Gran Prix of Gloucester (Sept 28-29), followed by a Cross Party like you've never seen here on Tuesday, Sept 30th, followed the next evening by the much too fun Night Weasles Cometh, and the week ends with the biggest, most spectacular three of cyclocross racing, Builders' Ball, road Gran Fondo, and more, all part of the Providence Cyclocross Festival Oct. 3rd-5th.
Other events listed include other dirt road races, rides, hill climbs, and other events you are likely to want to consider doing.
Drop by to pick up this calendar or get the PDF version of it here.
Special Edition Bikes
Honey announced their 2014 Special Edition bikes. This one, the All Roads Hammer and Cycle, is designed for the Rasputitsa and Dirty 40 races. (Photo by Russ Campbell.) This bike wants to roll fast through tough terrain. The setup takes full advantage of cutting-edge Shimano Ultegra Di2 shifting with hydraulic disc breaking. The shifting and breaking are silent, smooth, and powerful: perfect for this bike that does everything the mud, dirt, pavement, and trails demand while making the ride insanely fun for its pilot.
The All Roads Clover Ride has a limited edition paint scheme, watch for it to be announced. This is a simpler and slightly lighter build with SRAM Rival shifting and Avid mechanical disc braking.
There is a special promo running for anyone who purchases one of these Limited Edition bikes by March 8 that allows the rider to have his/her choice of matching painted fenders for free ($350 value), three sets of Clement tires for all riding conditions ($350 value), or entry fees paid to two of the following rides: Rasputitsa, D2R2, Dirty 40, or Honey One Hundred.
What Makes the All Roads the Ideal Bike for Adventure?
This SRAM Rival, cable-actuated disc brake All Roads is available at the Studio for you to ride.
Honey is putting great emphasis on the All Roads bike in 2014 because it is awesome. We define an awesome bike as one that allows the rider to decide where to go without creating constraints or holding the rider back from anything. Here's more from Honey:
- Tire Options: Want room for high volume or knobby tires? No problem. The All Roads has room for big tires - up to 45mm. And the All Roads is a fast road rouleur when matched to 23c slick tires.
- Wheel Options: This bike offers the option of 700c or 650b wheel sizes on one bike.
- Brake System Options: Low-mount disc brake design works well with hydraulic or cable actuated systems.
- Fork Options - Steel: For a classic and rugged design. Works well with full-time fenders. Carbon: For lightweight and precise handling. Full-time bonded fender mounts are available.
- All Day Comfort: With its stable front end, standard trail, low bottom bracket, and long wheelbase, the All Roads makes for a great all-day -and even night- ride.
This Honey Cross Race bike is designed specifically for US-style race courses that are tight, technical, and supply opportunities for acceleration. Steel provides a feel and control not available in other materials - and this frame is weight competitive. The 2014 model has many upgraded features. Come by the Studio to marvel at this bike and the details. Photo by Russ Campbell.
We often express our sincere praise of the wonderful people who build Honey Bikes in nearby Watertown, Mass. We were honored to have painter, Staci Sommers, here to see the result of her very hard work (she rarely sees a fully built bike after it leaves her hands in paint)! She painted most of the bikes that were debuted here. There are many amazing people behind the scenes who are responsible for the design, manufacturing, and countless details that are all so careful thought of to bring Honey Bikes to us. We are very grateful for each of these people. Photo by Russ Campbell.
With a very successful debut complete, it's time to get out and demo bikes so you can get yours built up for spring and all of the really terrific riding on and off road that is coming up!
To see more of the bikes and the Honey Debut, check out this awesome video by @dirtwire.tv, below! .
Race Report from the top of the Podium at Cyclenaut Criterium
On the bell lap I sat in the back of the surviving 4 racers and waited for them all to work far too much into the headwind. With fits and starts they all tried to get away not realizing that they were really just a 4 person lead out train for me. Before the second to last corner, still pressing into the wind I went very wide left, up the banking of the track where none of them could draft and I could use the down slope to really launch my sprint. On the last corner, now with a strong tailwind I could sit up and jibe to the finish if needed. When I looked back with 50 meters to go there was probably another 50 or 60 meters to the would-be 2nd and 3rd place riders. Winner winner chicken dinner....and a couple of great Harpoons courtesy of RSC Racer Matt Nutella Nutelley's 3rd place winnings.
Jerome went on to win the Nutmeg Criterium on June 8 on his Honey. That day it was rainy everywhere except at his race, where he reported sun.