Honey bikes

What is Honey?

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Honey bikes are proudly displayed on our showroom floor. Honey bikes are special: they are purpose-built bikes that have a lot of spunk.

These bikes have been developed for the kind of riding people want to do. It's simple: it means that Honey has turned people's wishlists of the ideal bike for many different kinds of riding into designs ready to be built. If it seems like Honey does a lot, they do: they offer more bike categories than any other U.S. builder.

The Bee Keepers, also known as the good people of Honey Bikes, have developed the design of each size of each kind of bike offered: 12 in total for almost everyone of all heights. They've done a lot of hard work behind the scenes. And though they have taken care of the intricate details of proper frame design, they allow the rider the latitude to make decisions such as paint colors and choice of components. As a shop, we offer even greater choices in customizing the components to suit you, but Honey starts with a solid set of options. Their recommendations are good ones depending upon your personal preferences.  The Bee Keepers are bike designers and experienced riders and they want you to have that ride you've always dreamed of having without having to stress about the details.

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Decide what you want your Honey to do for you. Then see which model Honey has developed that does exactly that. We help you be sure you get the right size bike and then Honey is off building what you want. It's simple.

Honey bikes are made of cutting-edge quality steel tubesets and can be built and delivered in 5 weeks from the date you place your order. Lightweight steel offers a lively, fun ride and it's durable. Come in to demo ride these amazing bikes! Come in Tuesday through Sunday from 11am till close to check out our Honey demo bikes and talk with us about them.

Visit Honey on our Website or Email us (connect@ridestudiocafe.com) for more information or to set up a demo ride.

Check out the Honey Website and the Honey Blog, too!

Race Report from the top of the Podium at Cyclenaut Criterium

Race Report from the top of the Podium at Cyclenaut Criterium

by Jerome Guerard, RSC racer. Jerome races a Honey Final 200 Meters bike.


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Saturday's Cyclenaut's Criterium held at Stafford Springs Speedway in Connecticut had only one star, Mother Nature.  The supporting cast of this meteorologic show of force was a very small group of under-dressed, lycra clad, half wits who decided the day would be better spent case hardening their legs and spirits rather than seeking warmth and shelter.


Fortunate to have a 10 x 10 tent, my warm up went surprisingly well.  The fact is that I brought pretty much the same stuff that I use to ski coach in during the Winter, this allowed me to stay relatively dry and keep my core temp high.  Despite that, getting onto the lap for staging was similar to a Swedish sauna.  No, not the sauna itself but that odd theraputic process of sitting in the sauna (warm up) then running out and rolling in the snow (the course), then being flogged by black birch saplings (the wind & spray and yes this really exists).


Once on course it was obvious that there would be no hiding in the field, with only 12 registered and a few last minute no shows only 8 of use took the line.  OK...new strategy, work them over for a lap or two into the 30 mph headwind then sit in for four.  Once recovered do it again.  My strategy to ditch the weak illustrated who to watch out for and who had strength.  For a little while I thought a Sunapee rider and I would go off the front but as the wind picked up and the rain came down even harder it was clear that we had to stick it out together.  Continuing with my plan of attack I put in a hard 2 lap charge with the Sunapee rider taking a short pull here and there.  This left me with 3 laps to recover and sit in.



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.

 

 

 

 

Honey Bike Spotlight with RSC Racer Erin Faccone

Honey Bike Spotlight with RSC Racer Erin Faccone

by Joy Stark-Smith RSC Women's Team Co-Captain

If the RSC Cafe Racers seem particularly eager this racing season, it may be because of our new Honey Bicycles sponsorship. Many members of the team are riding Honey’s new Final 200 Meters race bike: a lightweight steel model that is purpose-built for fast criteriums and circuit races. We’re finding the stiffness and handling of the bikes make them ideal for tight corners, power climbs, and the full-on sprints needed to get on the podium.

P1030551Women’s team co-captain Erin Faccone put her new Honey to the test at the season opening Chris Hinds Memorial Criterium last Saturday. I sat down with her after the race to learn more about why she chose Honey, and how the bike performed.

What made you decide to buy a Honey?

Erin: I'd been considering a new road bike for some time - my prior bike never fit exactly right and was a bit on the heavier side. Honey offered me a stiff, light bike that, most importantly, would fit me perfectly. Add in the option of custom paint colors, and I was sold! Also, once I saw the Team Edition bike at RSC, I knew I would have major FOMO if I didn't get one.

What do you look for in a race bike?

I was looking for a bike that would be stiff and responsive. Race-wise, I tend toward flat, fast crits. I wanted a bike that would handle really well, and that would let me pedal through turns without slamming my foot into my wheel and crashing. Being "vertically challenged" makes toe overlap a genuine concern. Also, I wanted a bike that would let me get lower in the front-end than I was capable of on my prior bike, and that would actually be comfortable riding on the hoods and in the drops. With previous bikes I've either felt very stretched on the hoods/drops, or had to deal with wonky steering because of super-short stems.

How does the ride quality compare to other bikes you've raced?

P1030609I've only been on the bike a handful of times so far, but it's been beyond my expectations. It's stiffer than any bike I've ever ridden before. It felt super zippy even on the first ride. I took it through some hard cornering and a few quick sprints and felt great - like I'd been riding it forever. After my first long ride with it, I’m more pleased than ever.

As a sprinter, what qualities do you think are most important in a bike?

I have to say I'm not the most discerning in terms of frame composition, having only ridden a handful of frames before. Stiff and responsive were my two most desired attributes. I feel spoiled now, because the bike came out stiff, responsive, AND light!

As a smaller woman, has fit been an issue for you? How does the Honey feel?

Historically I've had to choose between running a "normal" length stem and feeling stretched while riding on the hoods, or running a super short stem and having weird steering issues. The Honey is the first bike I've ever felt more comfortable on the hoods and, dare I say, in the drops than on the flats. On my first ride, I did some out of the saddle efforts, and was shocked at how stable I felt sprinting from the drops. Aside from the bike itself, I had a fitting with Rob from RSC which was super thorough. We ended up changing my position pretty significantly from what I was used to. The result has been more comfort and more power, so win-win!

I see you opted for custom paint colors. What inspired your unusual selection?

erinshoneyA lot of my original inspiration to get a Honey came from the RSC Team Edition matte white, black, and blue edition. I went into the process wanting that same custom scheme. However, since I was already opting for custom paint, Rob and Patria encouraged me to consider adding some of my own unique flare. Red is my favorite color, so I was toying with ideas on how to incorporate red into the RSC color scheme. Then I was inspired by the recent run of Chris King purple hubs (despite that I don't actually own them) and somehow the white/purple/red scheme was born in my mind. The final paint job totally exceeded my expectations! The purple is actually a metallic, so the sun makes it shine even more. And Chip Baker told me it's scientifically proven that purple makes you faster.

Which race are you looking forward to most this season?

This is tough. I'm actually most looking forward to the Lake Sunapee Road Race, despite that I generally tend toward fast, flat races. I raced there last year thinking the course was going to be flattish (my last ever attempt to judge a course by the online "course profile") and got dropped so hard on the climbs. This year I want revenge!

Best of luck to you this season, Erin!

The Bike

Model Final 200 Meters
Frame Size 50.5 Top Tube, 10.5 cm Head Tube
Kit
Shifters, Derailleurs: SRAM Force
Brakes: SRAM Red
Crank: SRAM Quarq GXP
Bars: 3T Ergonova Pro
Wheels Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Bike Weight 17.3 lbs total (w/o pedals)
Unusual Aspect The Honey accents on the seatstay and chainstay are reversed - one is red on the outside, purple in the middle. The other is purple on the outside, red in the middle.
Why This Bike In her words: "My previous bike never really felt like it fit right. I decided I wanted to race more seriously this year, was looking for a bike that would be snappy and responsive, handle well in crits, and fit my small frame. The color scheme reflects my often loud personality. All in all the bike is everything I needed in a race bike."

The Racer

Name Erin Faccone
Height 5' 2"
Race Category Cat 3 - Road & Cyclocross
Years Racing 3rd year, 2nd year racing seriously
Favorite Type of Race Criteriums and flattish/rolling circuit races. She says she likes burritos and ice cream too much to truly enjoy (or excel at) the big climbing races.
Anything Else You'd Like to Add It's been hard to contain my enthusiasm this year! I'm in love with the bike and never been happier in that regard. We've got a really, really great group of people on the RSC race teams this year, both on the men's and women's sides. Some of our new additions are really experienced racers and it's elevated the level of the whole team and made us all more excited about racing. Plus my fitness is much better than it was last year. We've really laid the foundation for a successful road season, and it's hard not to share that enthusiasm with everyone!