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by Mark Zalewski
December 14, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.
A man currently cycling from the South Pole to the Antarctic coast is doing so with a pretty epic custom bike. Hank Van Weelden, 50, from Edmonton, Canada is traversing Antarctica with a $17,000 custom, fat, quad-bike, constructed by custom bike-builder Davis Carver, owner of Carver Bikes in Woolwich, Maine.
“Carver was both willing and excited about the project,” said Van Weelden. “He has proven to me on the other builds to think things through thoroughly. I needed that, especially on this bike.”
The titanium frame has four 5.5 inch-wide wheels, two in front and two in rear, with an 18-speed internal hub utilising a pinion transfer case that Van Weelden said gives him “more range than mountain bikers with a triple chainring.”
The design allows the stainless steel chain to run through the center of the bike, powering a rear hub that rests between the two tires, and meaning the rear wheels do not have to be dished to offset the asymmetry that plagues other bikes. The fully-symmetrical wheels are stronger as a result.
“I have 30 days to make it to the last airlift off the continent,” Van Weelden said. “Barring medical or catastrophic bike issues, I’m confident in success.”
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