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First longer test ride with full carbon/kevlar bike shoes

April 13th, 2014To the top
First longer test ride with full carbon/kevlar bike shoesA nice test: cycling with on my left foot the pretty lightweight Nike bicycle shoe of 390 gram and on my right foot my new carbon "sock" of 147 gram. Apart from the perfect fit and the lower weight there's something else I notice: the reduced distance between my foot to the pedal, due to the lower structure. This will be corrected when the lining of my left shoe is ready too.

Initially I presumed that I made a much too lightweight basic structure, thinking "strengthening can always be done later". Now I'm sure: below 100 gram at shoe size 47 is also possible and that's rather spectacular. A fully rigid and fitting shoe with the weight of a bar of chocolate.

Up till now I've been busy experimenting with a number of locking systems. Milled and lathed little knobs from aluminium and POM (a black kind of nylon). There seems to be a good looking result now, is lightweight and also functions well, because one demand was and is that you can close the shoe with two fingers. Another advantage is that you need minimal force to close the shoe because of the optimal fit.

At the next set of shoes even more attention will go to the ventilation. This will also contribute to keeping the shoes below 100 gram, because more mesh material and less carbon/kevlar will be applied.
First longer test ride with full carbon/kevlar bike shoes
 

These shoes are made for cycling

March 11th, 2014To the top

At last these fit and only 145 grammes in size 47

These shoes are made for cyclingIdeas are often swiftly made, actually implementing them is from a different order

One of the last winter-stop projects was making cycling shoes that are both light and comfortable. I was confronted for a long time with cold and numb feet as the result of pinching. There's a selection of custom made footwear, but these are not available nearby and, although justified, not low priced. There is also a range of so-called "moldable" shoes, but the deformable part is limited solely to the unnecessarily thick sole portion and offers little solace, especially for broad feet. In my case the width difference with a standard bicycle shoe was up to 25 mm! Not surprising that your feet get numb or cold...

So make it a do it yourself project?

It is important to get molds from your feet under pressure and in a position/angle that matches your riding position. In my case I used a high quality gypsum used for casting . After sanding with grain 800 I made epoxy/glass molds in which the product parts were produced with wet laminate. Prepreg was a possibility too, but then an autoclave would be most suitable: heat, pressure and vacuum. A product can't be produced more perfect. However, the shoes will now weigh around 145-155 grams, which is only a third of a standard size 47 shoe. But the biggest advantage: once you slide your feet in them, there's the immediate and ultimate recognition "For your feet only" !

During the forthcoming period much time will be invested in modifications, improvements and innovations for clasp types, vents, protective heels etc. But this is a good start.

To be continued !
These shoes are made for cyclingThese shoes are made for cycling
 

New carbon rear carriers ready to go!

February 28th, 2014To the top
New carbon rear carriers ready to go!Our "Made in Middelburg" carbon rear carriers are now available for sale at 79 Euro.
 

Duo M-Racing in Japan

February 5th, 2014To the top

Kazuo Miyakawa with daughter on self assembled M5 M-Racer

Duo M-Racing in JapanDefinitely a deja-vu for me: by the same method my first Greyhound "Shatci" hitched a ride during fast descends in the Italian Dolomites.
Duo M-Racing in Japan
 

VIKINGTOUR 2014 NORWAY by Bram Moens

January 17th, 2014To the top

Participate in the ultimate mountain race!

VIKINGTOUR 2014 NORWAY by Bram MoensIn 2006 I considered the Viking Tour of that year to be my "final race". This decision was boosted by the following: an 18-year old which finished just behind me only had to, so to speak, take a shower to recover from the effort. I myself felt the mountain trial still in my legs the next morning. I had one excuse: a large generation gap.
Anyway, it's 2014 now and the plan has been conceived to do the amazingly beautiful Viking Tour event once more, but fortunately with the participation of younger M5 CHR users! Up till now four persons will definitely attend, but if other recumbent riders feel drawn, I'll say: subscribe! At the moment there are still around 80 starting places available. A light weight recumbent and good shape are surely going to help you during this tough race. Make sure to check the route on the site of the 2014 edition of the Viking Tour.


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