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Oh, The Places They Go!

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Peter B., from the UK, visited us last week for a factory tour.  When he got home, he sent us some incredible pictures from the routes he’s ridden recently.  He writes:

“Thank you for showing us round the Seven production facility recently (calling it a factory doesn’t seem quite right). We both enjoyed the visit and found it very interesting.

The first picture was taken a few weeks ago at the top of Hardknott pass. It’s not a long pass, but it’s steep, around 30% in places. We had to walk a bit of it! The descent is also pretty interesting if the weather is wet, fortunately it wasn’t when we went over it.  It was on a ride called the Fred Whitton Challenge, which is 112miles and includes around 3900m of climbing, and goes over most of the steep passes in the English Lake District, many of which are 20 to 25% climbs. If you’re interested, you’ll find some information about this ride and also the Raid Pyraneen on the web.

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The others were all taken on the Raid Pyreneen, which I did last year. That goes Coast to Coast along the Spanish / French border from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The basic route is around 720km with 11,000m of climbing and the objective is to complete it in under 100 hours. Due to some passes still being snow covered from the west side, we actually did 755km and 13,100m of climbing. The first picture is the Col D’Aubisque:

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The second is the Col de Tourmalet (which was closed from the Aubisque side, so we had to go down to the valley, round the mountain and up from the far side).
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I can’t remember the name of the last one, but it’s a nice picture so I thought I’d chuck it in.  This ride goes over a lot of the big Pyraneen Passes many of which appear regularly in the Tour de France. They go up them (and down them) quite a lot faster than I did!
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All the best,

Peter”

The Bikes of Summer

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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Seven at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

CF3When we walked into Cyclefit in Covent Garden, London last week, we were greeted by this filthy Axiom SL. Closer inspection revealed it had been ridden by resident physiotherapist and fit analyst Morgan Lloyd in April’s Paris-Roubaix Challenge, a ride that takes in all of the cobbled sections of the pro race along the 170km route.

Morgan hadn’t cleaned the bike. He was keeping all that dust and grime as a sort of trophy.

He reported that the bike performed superbly with no mechanicals or punctures. He also said, “I could not wish for a better bike, everything felt solid and it gave me the confidence to ride the sections hard despite it being my first time on pave. The frame absorbed some of the vibration protecting me a little from the punishing terrain and when I got my technique and line right I felt as if I was flying along! Is there a better frame for this event or a better test for a bike?! Brilliant.”

We are, of course, grateful to him for bringing us along.

Seven at the 2014 Taipei International Cycle Show

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

IMAG3345We were very proud to be represented at the recent Taipei International Cycle Show by our good friends at Shenyang Bicycle International, who make the trip from the south of the island, near Tainan, to the north, for this big event on the international calendar.

Traditionally, Taipei serves as a meeting place for cycling industry insiders. It’s where the big companies meet with the factories who produce their bikes, and where component makers fete bike makers in an attempt to get them to include specific parts on their stock builds for the coming season. A lot of new products debut there, and the season’s trends begin to emerge.

A few things from the show piqued our curiosity this year. First of all, a surprising number of builders brought Ti bikes, confirmation that one of the materials we’ve been working with for decades is in something of a renaissance among riders who treasure its durability and superior ride quality. The other thing we noticed is the preponderance of drop bar bikes with disc brakes.

Thanks to William at Shenyang, we are present in Taipei each year, making the reverse trip most American bikes make. Instead of being built in Taiwan and shipped to the US, we are built here and shipped to Asia. Given the nature of the show, our partnership with Shenyang seems both supremely important and also a little subversive.

 

Jim K’s Axiom SL

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Kirsner_LondonThe day we get tired of hearing about the amazing adventures riders get up to on their Sevens is the day we pack up the shop and ride off into the sunset. This is Jim and his Axiom SL, built with our friends at City Cycle in Corte Madera, CA.

Jim says:

For my 70th birthday, I had a Seven Axiom SL made and took it from my home in California to London to do the first ever RideLondon London-Surrey 100 on August 4, 2013.  The century was on the London Olympics road racing course which was closed for the day.  The ride started at the Olympic Park in London and finished at the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.  This is a picture of me taken at the finish in front of the Palace.  Both the bike and the rider did just fine.

Thank you Seven.

Seven at the Gran Fondo Hincapie

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Chernoff This is our good friend Eric from High Gear Cyclery in Stirling, NJ on his Seven Axiom SL at the recent Gran Fondo Hincapie which takes place in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills. Eric has been putting in big miles on his Seven this season, and pictures like this are his deserved trophy.

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Hi Neil, love my Axiom SL. Climbs great, and handled the descents in the most confidence-inspiring way!

Here is Eric with Big George himself, post-ride.

Joe W’s Axiom SL

Friday, November 8th, 2013

2013-11-01 08.53.34We ran into Joe at the StarCrossed race in Redmond, WA. when he had just ordered his custom Axiom SL from Cascade Bicycle Studio. He opted for an oversized headtube  and a BB30 bottom bracket, as well as a stealthy, blasted decal, so we were curious to see what the final build would look like. And now, here it is.

Joe says:

When we talked at StarCrossed you ask for a finished photo of the new ride. It turned out great. Looking forward to putting some long hours on it this winter. Also, it came in pretty darn light, 16.2 lbs with tire liners, cages, pedals and a power meter (~270gr for the spider alone).

 Thanks to you and the rest of the Seven crew for putting together an awesome frame!

 - Joe

Seven on the Ventoux

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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One of the great joys of having so many bikes out in the world is that people are constantly doing awesome and amazing things on them. Here we have Larry conquering one of the legendary climbs of cycling history on his Axiom SL, a product of our long collaboration with River City Bicycles in Portland, OR.

Larry Says:

Bastille Day, Sunday July 14, 2013.  The Seven conquers the Ventoux.  This was taken about six hours before Stage 14 rolled through Bedoin and finished on top of the Ventoux.

Paul F’s Super Hero Blue Axiom SL

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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We built this fine Super Hero Blue Axiom SL with our friends at Helen’s of Santa Monica.

Paul says:

Folks at Seven,

Just wanted to send a picture of the completed bike.  It was a great experience working  with Neil on the design of this bike and I wanted to thank him for his input on the color combination which turned out fantastic.  The bike has exceeded my expectations for form, fit, and quality.  The paint job is a work of art and I wanted to thank Mike, Stef, Dan and Staci for their effort in building not only an awesome ride but a work of art. The picture was taken this week on the commute home in Manhattan Beach California.  I am sure Neil is familiar with this view.

Thanks again,

Paul

More Than We Could Ever Imagine

Monday, September 30th, 2013

R2R White house photoSometimes we get a note that just stops us in our tracks, and we all take a moment to let the humble admiration set in. There may even be some goose bumps. When we got the note below from Aaron, there was a moment of quiet, followed by a hushed, “wow.”

What some riders accomplish on a Seven never ceases to amaze us. Thank you Aaron, for being an inspiration.Ritter

Hello everyone at Seven Cycles,

My name is Aaron Ritter.  I am active duty Navy; stationed in Virginia Beach, VA.  Last year in February I was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident, resulting in the loss of my right leg below the knee and a few other injuries with it.  After transferring to Bethesda Naval Hospital I discovered the Ride 2 Recovery program and began cycling. 

Now, 19 months post injury, I am embarking upon a 2 day, 155 mile bike ride in support of the Wounded Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation.  The event is called the Undefeated Ride.   I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know that this will not only be my first, formal cycling event; I will be cycling the entire distance on one of your bikes. 

Thank you for such a great riding platform!!!

Aaron Ritter