Zach Kaplan Cycles

My job is to get cars off the roads and improve people's health by setting them up with recumbent bicycles or tricycles. I've been doing this since 1995.

Recumbent consultations and sales by appointment.

Today I sold my small Lightning Cycle Dynamics Phantom II demo bike. It will be used for commuting between Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For now the only options on it are P-38 drop type handlebars with bar-end shifters, a kickstand, an Axiom Streamliner Disc DLX rear rack, and a Mirrycle mirror with custom Lightning bracket that mounts to the left brake lever. In these photos the seat is in the most laid back position.

This HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec was picked up today. It is a custom colour they call Wilhelm’s Leuchtgelb and it is the most visible colour they offer. My Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Speedmachine are the same colour.

It is all set up for commuting to Apple with practical options including a Streamer fairing, mudguards, flag (not shown), and ORTLIEB Outdoor Equipment Back-Roller High Visibility panniers mounted to the standard rear rack. Because it is the S-Pedelec version of the Scorpion fs 26 it also comes with many other standard features such as a Busch + Müller KG mirror on the left side, headlight, front running light, taillight with brake light, turn indicators, horn, AXA Victory frame lock and rear parking brake.

For a smoother, more fine tuneable ride it has a RockShox Monarch RL rear air shock in place of the standard coil spring. Foot retention is provided by Shimano-MTB XT PD-T8000 pedals. For hydration there are dual bottles and cages mounted behind the seat to a special HP Velotechnik bracket specific to the BodyLink seat. The stock high density foam seat pad is shown in these photos but I installed a very breathable Ventisit cushion in place of it. Unlike the HP Velotechnik two-piece seat pad which adjusts to any seat length setting, the Ventisit pad is one-piece and comes in three sizes so we had to determine which size to use once the final fitting was done.

For longer rides in the hills a second BMZ 636 watt-hour battery is included (not shown) and will be carried in one of the panniers as needed.

news.mit.edu

Professor Emeritus David Gordon Wilson, expert in human-powered transport and gas turbines, dies at 91

Another David Gordon Wilson obituary. http://news.mit.edu/2019/professor-emeritus-david-gordon-wilson-expert-human-powered-transport-gas-turbines-dies-91-0508

news.mit.edu A prolific inventor and jet-engine designer, Wilson was passionate about recumbent bicycles and was an early advocate for a carbon fee.

bostonglobe.com

David Gordon Wilson, MIT professor and father of modern recumbent bicycles, dies at 91

Very sad news. The father of the modern recumbent movement has died. I never met him but have his book "Bicycling Science" and exchanged e-mails with him years ago.

bostonglobe.com David Gordon Wilson, 91, of Winchester, who died May 2, was a longtime MIT professor and the “father” of resurgent modern-day interest in recumbent bicycles.

This Bacchetta Recumbent Cycles Carbon Corsa was picked up today. The Carbon Corsa has the same frame as the Carbon Aero 3.0 but with the components, fork, and Euromesh seat of the Corsa. In my opinion as far as carbon fibre recumbents go, the Carbon Corsa has the most bang for the buck at $3,400.

This Carbon Corsa has the optional carbon seat that comes standard on the CA 3.0 along with an optional Bacchetta Full Carbon fork and TRP Cycling Spyke disc brakes. Not shown is the Bacchetta Brain Box seat bag.

The last photo shows it in the back of my client's 2015 Mazda 3. It fit into this small hatchback by removing only the front wheel.

Here are some photos of Charlie on his first ever recumbent test ride on a Bacchetta Recumbent Cycles Giro 26 ATT. He ended up purchasing this very bike though hasn't picked it up yet as I'm going to be swapping out the stock Euromesh seat for a carbon seat, swapping the stock Kenda Kwest 32-559 tyres for Schwalbe tires Marathon Plus 35-559 tyres, and adding a headlight mount and seat bag.

Interestingly I first met Charlie in September 2018 when he was driving SAG support for the Quackcyclists Knoxville Double Century staff ride. That was my 100th California Triple Crown double century and I wouldn't have completed it without his assistance fixing a pothole induced tubeless tyre air loss on an isolated section of Berryessa Knoxville Rd. as described here: https://www.facebook.com/zachkaplancycles/posts/1988140447911826

I recall at that time Charlie told me he gave up on tubeless tyres and runs Marathon Plus tyres on his Volagi road bike including on double century rides because he wants reliability and doesn't want to ever have to stop due to tyre issues. He also expressed interest in the Bacchetta Aero I was riding and said he was thinking about getting a recumbent.

I saw Charlie again the Saturday before last when he was supporting the Quackcyclists Devil Mountain Double Century staff ride which I was riding and we talked about recumbents more. He was even more interested in getting one after having gone down on black ice on his road bike in January and breaking his shoulder. Then I saw Charlie again this past Saturday when we were both supporting the main Devil Mountain Double Century and he said he'd like to come by this week to look at some recumbents and learn how to ride one.

For someone who had never ridden a recumbent bike before, he was very quick at learning. This was his first time on a bike since his crash in January.

Before anyone asks, yes I did recommend the Carbon Aero 3.0 for this type of riding but Charlie was adamant about not wanting a carbon fibre frame or fork. He supports a lot of rides and has seen too many carbon fibre bike frames fail catastrophically in crashes (including one on a crash on the Devil Mountain Double this past Saturday). His Volagi road bike has a steel frame and he doesn't care about a bit of extra weight, even on a long, hilly ride. He is only getting the carbon seat because it has a more supportive shape than the Euromesh seat, not to save weight. I look forward to seeing Charlie riding some double centuries on this Giro 26 ATT in the future.

Amy picked up her Electric Blue Catrike Road today. She first visited my shop to test ride it and put a deposit on it back in September 2018. She was planning on picking it up in November or December when she had the rest of the funds for it. On 8 November 2018 Amy lost her home and business in Paradise when the majority of the town burned down in the infamous Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the history of California. Her trike has been safe in my shop all these months. It is good she wasn't ready to pick it up before the fire or else it would have been lost too. Today was Amy's first day cycling in over six months as all her bikes were lost in the fire.

Now Amy has a permanent place to live in Chico so has room for this trike which is going to become her primary transportation. She already has a trailer for Rila, her service dog, and a DogPoweredScooter.com dog powered trike attachment on order.

This HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 20 was picked up today. This one is blue shade grey matt, one of the two new standard colours for 2019. The ErgoMesh XL seat is in the most upright position in these photos.

This trike is well outfitted for commuting with practical options including a Pinion Drive Technology C1.12 12-speed gearbox with long twist shifter that is well sealed in an oil bath and can be shifted while stationary or coasting, Schwalbe tires Marathon Plus 47-406 tyres on all the wheels, mudguards, model specific heavy duty rear rack, rear parking brake, Busch + Müller KG rear view mirror with HP Velotechnik's custom mount, and a TerraCycle Inc. Purple Sky flag (not shown).

For additional comfort there is a RockShox Monarch RL rear air shock in place of the stock coil spring shock and a headrest.

Special options include an HP Velotechnik model specific battery mount on the left side of the frame under the seat and HP Velotechnik TopView display mounts on the left and right handlebars. These will be used for an e-assist system my client is installing which will include a Grin Technologies GMAC motor which is unique in that it is a geared motor to operate at more efficient RPMs while climbing yet it doesn't have a freewheeling clutch so provides regenerative braking like direct drive motors. It will be controlled with a Grinfineon controller and powered by a custom EM3 battery pack. Once the e-assist system and lighting system are installed, he will be using this Scorpion fs 20 for his 40 km each way commute between Walnut Creek and Hercules, replacing another e-assist trike he currently uses for this commute.

This medium Lightning Cycle Dynamics R-84 was picked up today. It is the first R-84 I've sold with the standard rigid carbon fibre fork instead of the optional steel suspension fork, to save weight and cost. Like all R-84s it has elastomer rear suspension. It is also the first R-84 to have their new matte clear coat finish. For 2019 all Lightnings come standard with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

Today I sold this lime green HP Velotechnik International Gekko 26 Sport. John took it back to San Ramon in his Ford F-150 pickup. These photos show how the 6.5 foot bed is barely long enough for this non-folding Gekko, but all that counts is that it fits. Look for him riding it on the Iron Horse Trail.

Here are some photos Bill Bushnell took of me riding my HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec on Mount Umunhum in Santa Clara County. This was my first time doing this long, steep, scenic climb.

I'll post my own photos and ride report as time permits. According to this link, Mt. Umunhum is the fourth-highest peak in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Umunhum

In December 2018 David Godinez got a great deal on an early Calfee Design built Easy Racers C-Rush on Craigslist. He brought it to a Bay Area Recumbent Cyclists ride where I recommended removing the kickstand the previous owner installed, as I think it is sacrilegious to clamp a kickstand to a carbon fibre frame.

Later on Dave removed the kickstand and was horrified to discover a crack on the frame under where the kickstand clamp had been. He had me strip the components off the frame and he brought it to Calfee Design to have them repair it. While there he saw all the fancy paint jobs on various Calfee bikes and decided to have them paint the frame, fork, stem, and handlebar matte black after they repaired the frame.

I reassembled Dave's C-Rush using very few of the original components. Lots of upgrades including a HED Cycling Jet Disc wheel, Schwalbe tires G-One 35-622 rear tyre, TRP Cycling HY/RD disc brake in the rear, Shimano-Road Ultegra front brake, Shimano 105 Triple crankset, Shimano-MTB XT 30-speed drivetrain, and KMC-Bicycle Chain & Accessories X10SL Gold Ti-Nitride coated hollow pin chain which goes nicely with the cork hand grips on an otherwise all black bike. Now Dave just needs to find a no longer made carbon front fairing and Easy Racers Sprinter seat.

Here are some before and after photos plus photos Dave took of me working on his C-Rush.

I rode my HP Velotechnik International Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec to do an errand in Oakland. I rode back the long way over the Berkeley and Oakland hills and encountered snow on Pinehurst Road in Canyon.

Lightning Phantom D

This is my new Lightning Cycle Dynamics Phantom D demo bike. The Phantom II was redesigned for 2019 to have disc brakes, hence the name change to Phantom D. The tilt stem was also redesigned and and now tightens with a bolt rather than a quick release which saves weight and makes it less likely to develop play.

The hydraulic disc brakes are Shimano BR-M315 which while being less expensive than many mechanical disc brakes have excellent stopping power, modulation, and lever feel. These are the same brakes HP Velotechnik started using as standard equipment on all their bikes in 2018.

The Phantom D comes in two sizes and mine is a large. The small is normally blue, though for extra cost Lightning can powder coat them custom colours. As shown in these photos the seat is in the most upright position and the boom is in the most extended position which happens to provide me with the correct leg extension. When I reclined the seat I had to move the boom in.

This is my new Lightning Cycle Dynamics Phantom D demo bike. The Phantom II was redesigned for 2019 to have disc brakes, hence the name change to Phantom D. The tilt stem was also redesigned and and now tightens with a bolt rather than a quick release which saves weight and makes it less likely to develop play.

The hydraulic disc brakes are Shimano BR-M315 which while being less expensive than many mechanical disc brakes have excellent stopping power, modulation, and lever feel. These are the same brakes HP Velotechnik started using as standard equipment on all their bikes in 2018.

The Phantom D comes in two sizes and mine is a large. The small is normally blue, though for extra cost Lightning can powder coat them custom colours. As shown in these photos the seat is in the most upright position and the boom is in the most extended position which happens to provide me with the correct leg extension. When I reclined the seat I had to move the boom in.

This is Bob's new HP Velotechnik International Scorpion that was picked up today. It is the relatively rare Scorpion model that has no letters in its name after "Scorpion" which means it doesn't fold and doesn't have front suspension. It has the same suspended rear end as the Scorpion fs 26.

The Scorpion is considered the highest performance model in the Scorpion lineup because it is the lightest weight Scorpion model and also has the lowest seat height and highest bottom bracket height of any of the Scorpion models for better aerodynamics. With the BodyLink seat as shown, the seat height on the Scorpion 28 cm vs. 29 cm for the Scorpion fs 26. The bottom bracket height of the Scorpion ranges from 41 cm to 52 cm depending on how extended the boom is. In comparison the Scorpion fs 26 which has a flatter main frame angle has a bottom bracket height ranging from 40-45 cm. The base weight for the Scorpion is 16.9 kg vs. 18.2 kg for the Scorpion fs 26. Also due to not having a folding hinge, the Scorpion has a 150 kg weight limit vs. 140 kg for the Scorpion fs 26.

This particular Scorpion is the standard blue which HP Velotechnik calls Peeka blue. Factory options on it include the SRAM GX 30-speed drivetrain with bar-end shifters, Schwalbe tires Kojak 35 mm tyres, a rear parking brake operated by a thumb shifter on the left handlebar, HP Velotechnik bottle cage brackets with bottle cages and bottles mounted behind the BodyLink seat, a Busch + Müller KG mirror mounted above the left headset, a taillight mount at the top of the seat with an integrated flag mount, an HP Velotechnik flag, an HP Velotechnik TopView display mount attached to the right bar-end shifter for mounting a GPS within easy view, and an SKS rear mudguard. For aftermarket options I added a Vuelta SE Plus 24 tooth chainring in place of the stock 30 tooth chainring to provide a sufficiently low gear for the steep hills around here, a Ventisit cushion on the BodyLink seat, and a Radical Design Solo Racer seat bag.

Despite not folding, the Scorpion easily fit into the back of Bob's Toyota RAV4 as shown in the last photo. The rear wheel intruded only slightly between the front seats.

Spring has finally sprung here. This is the peach tree in front of my shop.

eastbaytimes.com

Renewed push to redevelop Alameda’s historic Del Monte warehouse

Many people who visit my shop ask about the historic warehouse across the street. Here is an article about what is going on with it.

eastbaytimes.com The conversion of Alameda’s Del Monte warehouse into housing — anticipated to cost at least $120 million — could be back on track after the developer tweaked the architectural pla…

I saw this Pinion Drive Technology gearbox with open shell at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento. I have Pinions on a couple trikes but this is the first time I've seen one opened up in real life. The crank could be turned by hand and the gears shifted.

On Saturday 16 March 2019 I attended the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento. The closest thing to a recumbent I saw there was this Bilenky Cycle Works ViewPoint tandem with recumbent stoker position ahead of the captain. It is based on the Counterpoint Opus tandem which came out in the mid-1980's. When Counterpoint went out of business in the mid-1990's, Bilenky bought the design.

This ViewPoint has an add on electric assist with a front hub motor. My first recumbent was a Counterpoint Presto back in 1992 which had the same seat as the stoker seat on the Counterpoint Opus. Interestingly it doesn't really look like the seat has evolved since then.

Want your business to be the top-listed Gym/sports Facility in Alameda?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)

Montezuma Hills stampede 2017-03-25
Chatcolet Bridge
Grizzly Peak Cyclists Ride After Dark 2016.02.23
BART takes trikes

Location

Category

Address


Buena Vista Ave.
Alameda, CA
94501
Other Bike Shops in Alameda (show all)
Cycle City Cycle City
1433 High St
Alameda, 94501-3102

Serving Bay Area cyclists since February 1999. Across the street from picturesque Lincoln Park on Alameda's East End.

Mikkelsen Cycles Mikkelsen Cycles
2021 Alaska Packer Pl
Alameda, 94501

I have been building steel bike frames professionally in the East Bay since 1974. I also do the fastest turnaround on repairs around.

Westside Joe's Bikes Westside Joe's Bikes
1000 Central Ave
Alameda, 94501

Westside Joe's Bikes is your full service neighborhood bike shop. We're a Alameda family run shop, specializing in affordable city bikes and cargo bikes.

Galloping Bicycles Galloping Bicycles
1801 Clement Ave Ste 102
Alameda, 94501

Fine bicycle accessories, classic touring, lugged steel and wool. Bike lifestyle. www.gallopingbicycles.com

Alameda Bicycle Alameda Bicycle
1522 Park St
Alameda, 94501

Our responsibility is to help others love cycling as much as we do. It begins with treating each person with respect, honesty, and professionalism.

IBikeDaily.com IBikeDaily.com
Alameda, 95118

We provide daily insight on cool bikes and cool bike gear. I Bike Daily is for roadies, mountain bikers, urban cyclists and everyone in between.

Rideable Bicycle Replicas Rideable Bicycle Replicas
2329 Eagle Ave
Alameda, 94501

Rideable Bicycle Replicas is the world's only commercial manufacturer of penny farthing style bicycles! RBR is located in Alameda, California and is owned by Greg Barron. RBR was founded by Mr. Barron's father, Mel Barron in 1973! Thank you!

Stone's Cyclery Stone's Cyclery
2320 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, 94501