Boo Bicycles’ Aluboo Budget Aluminum & Bamboo Bike Kickstarted

first_imgThe folks at Boo Bicycles showed us the Aluboo in detail at NAHBS with promises of a Kickstarter campaign launching just after the show. They’ve held true to their word, and the fundraiser’s off to a good start!In a nutshell, the Aluboo is an alloy and bamboo framed bicycle that’s versatile in its uses. It can be made to run thick tires or thin, disc brakes or rim calipers, flat handlebars or drops, chains or belts, gears or not. The point in developing this bike was to make something with the ride characteristics of bamboo without the huge price tag of a full custom ‘boo and carbon fiber bike.Head on over to their Kickstarter page and pick up a frameset for a pledge of $645 or a complete bike for as little as $945. For $3,995, you can travel to Vietnam and tour their bamboo farm and manufacturing facility, ride around with the builder and more! Click past the break for the full list of options…Options:120mm spacing (track, single-speed, or fixed-gear setup)130mm spacing (road/urban/cyclocross setup)135mm spacing (internally-geared hub setup)Derailleur hanger, or no hangerRear disc brake mount, cantilever studs, or standard road caliperBreakable, so you can ditch the chain for a belt drive–no lubrication and no mess!Other features:Clearance for up to 40mm cyclocross/touring tiresFender mounts front and rearRack mounts–carry a huge load with pannier bagsRemovable cable guides for front and rear derailleurs and rear brakeRoad, cantilever, and disc brake mountsFull belt drive compatibility, up to a 50t front Gates CenterTrack ringlast_img read more

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Minnesota has first road test tonight in Cedar Falls

first_imgMinnesota has first road test tonight in Cedar Falls Mark HeiseNovember 13, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIf Northern Iowa’s convincing 72-58 win over Colorado State is any indication of how the Panthers’ season will go, the low-scoring Minnesota women’s basketball team might be in trouble tonight.But it shouldn’t be an indicator, as Colorado State is more of another Australian national team than an Ohio State powerhouse.So when Minnesota (1-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) tips off at 7 p.m. tonight against Northern Iowa (1-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley) to begin the team’s first away game of the season, the Gophers should be favored.But coach Pam Borton said the team wasn’t taking anything for granted.“We’re not taking anybody lightly,” she said. “We’re not in a position to do that yet. This is just our first road game, so we’ll find out what we’re all about here.”Rebounding was a big part of Minnesota’s success against UC-Riverside last weekend, and it should be a factor again, as the Panthers have just one player taller than 6 feet 1 inch, and barely out-rebounded Colorado State in their last matchup.“This will be a good test for us,” sophomore forward Ashley Ellis-Milan said. “Rebounding and defense are the two key factors for us, and I’m pretty confident that we’ll be able to overcome whatever Northern Iowa throws at us.”Minnesota might be a defensive-minded team, but it will have to find ways to put up more points, as the Gophers only scored 57 in their season opener. “We’re getting good shots, our players are doing a good job of crashing the boards and getting second chances. Now we just need to finish,” sophomore guard Brittany McCoy said. “We work so hard sometimes to get a good shot or an offensive board, and then we just throw those opportunities away. That’s something we’ve been focusing on getting away from.”Northern Iowa is starting three freshmen in a young lineup, but is led by sophomore guard Danielle Wubbens, who scored a team-high 14 points in the season opener.Senior forward Megan Keefe averaged 9.2 points per game last year and is the only returning player to average more than four points per game at the college level over a full season.“We talked about going out hungry because Northern Iowa does have freshmen starting, and we know how it was last year, playing against more experienced teams,” McCoy said. “So we’re going to go in there knowing that this is a game we can and should win, and we’re going to take care of business.”Minnesota, meanwhile, has 81 percent of its scoring back for this season, and if the defense creates the turnovers it has so far this year, the Gophers have the ability to put up a lot of points in a hurry, as they did against Riverside, transitioning quickly from defense to offense for easy baskets.But Borton said the main goal was to work on improving the team, listing everything from half-court offensive sets to defensive breakdown, to rebounding as things that needed improvement in the coming months.“Everything that involves the game of basketball, we’re working on,” she said. “We’re still working on fundamentals and breaking down different things so we can become better at it. I don’t think we’re great at anything right now.”last_img read more

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Vibration analysis aims to reduce train door failures

first_imgEUROPE: A Vibration Analysis for Remote Condition Monitoring project funded from the EU’s H2020 Fast Track to Innovation programme aims to use remote monitoring to detect potential failures of train doors and predict their remaining lifetime.The vibration analysis algorithms will be combined with image recognition to distinguish between doors that are working properly and those that are not. The ambition is to able to predict the probability of failure, and thus reduce costs through the use of targeted rather than preventive maintenanceThe project is being undertaken by a a consortium of Hitex, TWI Ltd, Transport Systems Catapult, Transports Metropolitans De Barcelona and Innovative Technology & Science Ltd, with completion planned for 2019.The partners quote statistics which say that between 25% and 50% of train defects come from the doors, while worldwide 70% of passenger injuries involve doors. ‘Vibration analysis and pattern recognition applied on the signals received during the operation of the train doors can pave the way for better maintenance, enhancement of future design of train doors and most importantly, decreased number of accidents’, said Sofia Sampethai, Project Manager at Transport Systems Catapult.last_img read more

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Farmington Hills to create permanent water system council

first_imgFarmington Hills officials will on Monday talk about making the city’s temporary water system advisory council (WSAC) a permanent addition to the roster of boards and commissions.In a memo to council members, City Manger Dave Boyer explained that state Lead and Cooper Rules require water supply systems serving a population of 50,000 or more to create a WSAC that provides public awareness about the effects of lead in drinking water. The city created a temporary council in 2018, as officials waited to learn whether there would be a regional council administered by the Great Lakes Water Authority, which supplies the city.The 7:30 p.m. meeting agenda also includes a Freedom of Information Act request appeal and the award of more than $15 million in bids connected to the Community Center renovation.During a 6 p.m. study session held in the Community Room, council members will get a road construction update and discuss proposed amendments to zoning and city code ordinances.Agendas for both meetings are posted at fhgov.com. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cricket News Heather Knight, England Captain, Joins NHS As Volunteer To Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic In UK

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The United Kingdom, as well as the rest of Western Europe, has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, UK had over 17,000 cases and the death toll has crossed 1000 and the situation is not improving. With the coronavirus pandemic resulting in total cancellation of all cricket in the United Kingdom until May 28 and with the country reportedly looking at a lockdown for close to six months, the chances of sports being played in the summer is looking grim. In this situation, one England cricketer is planning on making a big difference by contributing to the fight on the ground. Heather Knight, the captain of the England cricket team, has joined the National Health Service (NHS) as volunteer to help the healthcare system. More than half a million people signed up when the volunteer programme was announced on Wednesday. Knight, who has played 7 Tests, 101 ODIs and 74 T20Is for England will help in transporting medicines and spreading awareness about the pandemic in the United Kingdom.In her column in the BBC, Knight wrote, “I signed up to the NHS’ volunteer scheme as I have a lot of free time on my hands and I want to help as much as I can. My brother and his partner are doctors, and I have a few friends who work in the NHS, so I know how hard they are working and how difficult it is for everyone.” Knight was the captain during the 2020 ICC Women’s World T20 but her team was eliminated in the semi-final as their match against India in Sydney was abandoned without a ball bowled and since they finished lower in the points table, India progressed to the final where they were thrashed by hosts Australia in Melbourne.Knight and the England cricket team returned home and currently, they are under lockdown. The England skipper will also be making an effort to educate people about the coronavirus. “One of my close friends, Elin, works on the ward at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She is having to make tough decisions, so we are trying to keep her positive. Our university friendship group have been sending her throwback songs of the day to try and give her a moment to be happy and relax,” Knight wrote.Britain’s Head Of State Scarred By COVID-19Boris Johnson, the prime minister of United Kingdom, has tested positive for coronavirus. Johnson posted a video on Twitter confirming his COVID-19 positive status. In the video, Johnson confirmed he had developed mild symptoms such as a temperature and persistent cough over the last 24 hours. He took a test on the advice of the chief medical officer which returned positive for coronavirus. In the video, Boris Johnson said he is self-isolating and working from home. He said he will continue to lead the national fightback against the virus thanks to “the wizardry of modern technology”.Boris Johnson, the prime minister of United Kingdom, tested positive for coronavirus a couple of days. (Image credit: Getty Images)Prince Charles also tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday. It is to be noted that Prince Charles has become the first British royal to reveal that he has tested positive for Coronavirus. In a statement, Clarence House said, “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”Also Read | Coronavirus: Prince Charles Tests Positive For COVID-19, Goes In Self-QuarantineThe statement further stated that Camilla, wife of Prince Charles, has tested negative for the coronavirus. “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. In accordance with Government and medical advice, the Prince and the Duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland,” Clarence House added. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” Clarence House said.last_img read more

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