Parlee Big Bike

by kgsbikes on December 1, 2016

in Photography


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Lennard Zinn helped with the geometry on this beauty. It is Parlee’s first example of a big Z3. I recently delivered it to its new home in Dallas.

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Originally posted 2008-10-08 17:01:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Parlee Z5 - a groundbreaking frame

Parlee Z5 - a groundbreaking frame available through KGS Bikes

As you all know, I design custom bicycles. What goes without saying is, I can’t sell a custom bicycle to everyone! I also believe in Parlee as the best framebuilder on the planet. They have a line of stock bikes with more headtube options than mass produced stock bikes which mean that they fit a much broader group of people than the big company’s stock bikes. The Z5 is Parlee’s answer to the mass market’s demand for a bike that fits many people and is incredibly light, around 800 grams.

Here is a press release from Bicycle Newswire about the Z5. As I wrote in another post, if custom is not for you, I can still help you get the best semi custom stock frame out there by using my positioning expertise in consulting with you remotely. I still always recommend that folks fly into San Antonio to get it perfect but am pragmatic enough to know that many people have a good position already and if I can help them define it, we can work together to specify a frame that will be incredible.

If you are in the market for a super light frame that really will perform, give the Z5 a try. Better yet, let’s choose one together!

Originally posted 2010-01-07 05:09:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Look twice

by kgsbikes on November 19, 2016

in Technique

When riding the tandem on the 6:00 morning ride we discuss tons of techniques to deal with urban riding. One of the jobs of the stoker is to watch out for cars and to alert me when it is safe to change lanes. Since Cynthia is relatively new to riding on a tandem she is learning how to judge the safety window that we need to be able to maneuver.

At first, whenever she would see a car coming from behind she would say it wasn’t safe. I would wait and wait and finally realized that the caw was very far away and the second she saw a car she perceived it as a threat and looked away.

The solution, I told her, was to look and when a car was spotted, look again to judge the closing speed. It takes quite a bit of practice to accurately judge these closing speeds but this makes the difference between a safe lane change and one that is dangerous.
Overtaking traffic - probably not going too fast.

Overtaking traffic - probably not going too fast.

If you have had trouble judging overtaking traffic please feel free to comment. I am interested in your techniques for judging closing speeds as well.

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Originally posted 2008-10-07 10:25:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Julie's Parlee Custom Triathlon bike

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We recently delivered a Custom Parlee Triathlon Bicycle to Julie in Houston. She is a competitive 70.3 Ironman athlete who is improving rapidly. Julie’s new bike allows her to push harder without straining joints and some chronic injuries. She can also now corner and descend in the aerobars and can stay in the aero position the entire event.

Her first ride was in 30 MPH winds and she was able to stay in the aerobars in gusty crosswinds, reach down and get water and to hold her line in admittedly nasty conditions. This is the essence of what we strive for at KGS Bikes; a bike that is an extension of the rider that is a long term investment in success.

We posted an entire gallery of the new bike on our Flickr site and invite you to check it out.

Thanks, Julie, for your faith in us and for allowing us to create this masterpiece for you!

Originally posted 2010-03-22 16:54:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Top 40, or, who KGS Custom Bicycles is seeking

17 November 2016

Are you part of the Top 40? If you are Casey Kasem, you are a referring to a popular pop song. Well at KGS Custom Bicycles, we have the ability to build about 40 custom bikes a year. As such, we are looking for 40 people around the world who want to be completely blown […]

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Testimonial from Jeff Etessam

13 November 2016

I get lots of letters of appreciation from folks who like the fact that I buck the status quo and think outside the box. Here is an email plus a testimonial I received today from my friend Jeff Etessam in Dallas. Thanks Jeff! Kevin, Second ride this morning was just as good as the first. […]

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Too hot to ride? Commission a Custom Bicycle for the fall!

11 November 2016

At KGS Custom Bicycles, the summer is the slowest time of the year. We don’t have a big repair department since most of our clientele hails from afar. Most of our clients or potential clients are vacationing, busy with kids, or riding the bike they currently have. What is interesting, however is the Fall Rally, […]

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KGS Bikes – Bike shop employees who are bike snobs – Are they really better than you?

10 November 2016

Have you ever walked into a bike shop and felt like you didn’t belong? I have. Many times. In fact, the reason I started KGS Bikes was the fact that as I hated going into bike stores as an “adult with greater than 10% body fat” and at best be ignored and at worst be […]

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Do you train in the rain or the dark?

9 November 2016

Now that fall is upon us I hear many people discussing their training options and the range is quite large! Some say they will ride outside even if it is dark or rainy. I call this the Belgian approach, because the weather over there is so wet and cold. Many others switch to spin bikes […]

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Unfriend me on Facebook, or not!

8 November 2016

Have you ever “un-friended” anybody on Facebook? I have, but only twice. Facebook has been a great way for me to network KGS Custom Bicycles and to reach out to people around the world. Right now, however, I am a victim of my own success. I have enough Facebook fans and friends that I cannot […]

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