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NAHBS 2013: Gokiso’s Amazing Suspension Bicycle Hubs

first_imgThere’s so much going on with these hubs it’s crazy. Note the beginning of the video where they spool up the front hub with nothing but a small air gun blowing on the virtually smooth flanges. Try doing that at home. Scroll to the bottom of the post for video on the rear hub.On these, the inset sections of each “fin” are attached to the axle assembly, each acting like a small leaf spring. Click to enlarge for detail.The other version uses an internal tube with the center of the hub shell resting on it and the ends of the tube resting on the bearings. Slits in the tube between the two connection points act as small leaf springs, giving a small amount of cushion to the bearings and prevent deformation of the rolling bits, but not enough to affect brake pad/track alignment. The result is probably the most drag-free hub I’ve ever felt.The hubs use two DIN P5 deep groove bearings per side within the front and rear shell, and more on the outside of the freehub body. Actually, the rear hub has SEVEN bearings, with three of them between the FH body and the axle, making it every bit as smooth with pedaling as when coasting. Their freehub bodies are Shimano 9/10/11-speed compatible or Campagnolo 10/11. They use four double-wide pawls, with alternating pawls offset by half so that clicks across the 46 teeth effectively provide 92 points of engagement for a mere 3.9º rotation. Even with that many teeth and much more contact area, the hub spun sooo easily in my hands.Really, the only complaint with these hubs could be the weight, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise considering how much mechanical tech is crammed in there. Standard front road hubs come in 230g (Hill Climb) or 240g (Standard 700c), and the disc brake version is 305g. Rear hubs are 445g, 455g and 500g respectively, with the disc being available in both 130mm and 135mm widths. All are available in 20/24/28/32/36 drillings, with rears eschewing the 20 hole option. Oh, and they offer complete wheelsets for road and track, plus a BMX hubset…and their website says a bottom bracket is coming soon!Check ’em out at Gokiso.jp. We almost overlooked Gokiso’s booth, but as we passed by we overheard some interesting chatter. Something about suspension inside the hubs. Ding! Curiousity piqued…but that’s only half the story of these amazing hubs.Two different hubs were on display, the externally suspended front hub shown above, and an internally suspended rear hub. Both operate on what’s essentially a lot of little leaf springs, and we’ve embedded a video below to show how it works, plus tons of pics.The other thing that really blew our mind, which is also illustrated at the beginning of the first video, is the insanely low friction these hubs have. With most rear hubs, if you hold the freehub body and give the shell a spin, you’re lucky to get a few rotations. I did that with the internally suspended rear hub and it spun and spun. It’s hard to convey in words how good it felt. ENVE founder Jason Schiers happened to be standing next to me and said he has several friends in Japan that race them and won’t ride anything else, they’re that good.Click on through for more…last_img read more

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London 2012 Olympic Triathlon Race Director John Lunt launches Bspoke Events

first_img Related After having had some valuable time out after 4.5 years working on the London 2012 Olympic triathlon and having departed from Human Race post-sale, John Lunt has formed a new company called Bspoke Events to deliver ‘some new and interesting projects’.There are exciting times ahead for this prolific race organiser who can’t keep away from the sport he loves! John has lived and breathed the sport of triathlon since 1984. (He has raced IRONMAN Nice nine times and finished nine Iron distance races including IRONMAN Hawaii in 1994).Three events from Bspoke Events coming up are the Poole Swim, which will be delivered in Poole, Dorset, on 12 September 2015 with a 3K and 1500m ocean swim; the St Lucia Triathlon in the Caribbean on 21 November with Steve Cram and Daley Thompson; and a new triathlon on the south coast, the Brighton and Hove Triathlon on 11 September 2016.John is also pleased to announce a number of partners who are signing up to his events. One is Bloodwise – the new name for the charity Leukaemia Research.“It’s fantastic to be working with Bloodwise again,” said John Lunt. “They have an amazing passion for sport and triathlon; they do some incredible work supporting people with blood cancers and are a really important charity to support.”John added, “Organising events is in my blood and its great to back creating events that people enjoy.”www.bspokeevents.co.ukwww.pooleswim.comwww.tristlucia.comwww.brightonandhovetriathlon.comlast_img read more

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Bar President’s Awards of Merit

first_imgBar President’s Awards of Merit July 15, 2016 Regular News Bar President’s Awards of Merit At the Bar Annual Convention’s General Assembly, outgoing Bar President Ramón Abadin presented the following President’s Awards of Merit: Seth Miller, executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida: “In recognition of his dedication to the bedrock principles of liberty and justice by providing both to citizens who are wrongfully convicted. The Innocence Project of Florida was started in 2003 to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. Annually, IPF processes nearly 1,000 requests for assistance from inmates and their families. The project is currently litigating more than three dozen cases with hundreds more in various stages of review and investigation. In total, Florida has freed 13 men after DNA testing proved their innocence. Collectively, they spent 259 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Seth has dedicated his career to providing liberty and justice to the wrongfully accused. He represents the finest and highest ideals of what it means to be a lawyer.” Hillsborough County Judge Daryl M. Manning: “In recognition of his efforts to open dialogue and build a bridge between The Florida Bar and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. In 2014, he became the chair of the Board of Bar Examiners after serving on the board for five years. The three major goals for his term were for the board to remain user-friendly and transparent; continue to embrace technology; and to be prepared for changes — in his words, ‘be flexible.’” Andy Sasso received the Tony Boggs Excellence in Discipline Award that recognizes dedication, integrity, intellectual excellence, and extraordinary work in and on behalf of the lawyer discipline efforts of The Florida Bar. Sasso has been on the Board of Governors representing the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2004 and he finished his service at the Annual Convention. “Andy has made extensive contributions to The Florida Bar and to the Board of Governors, particularly in lawyer regulation and disciplinary procedures. Throughout his service, Andy has never once wavered from being well prepared, thoughtful, collegial, and collaborative. He is so well regarded for his integrity, reputation, and depth of knowledge of the operations of our board, that our incoming President Bill Schifino has asked Andy to be the parliamentarian so he can continue his wise counsel,” Abadin said. Mary Ellen Bateman,who recently retired after 32 years on the staff of The Florida Bar, received the Marshall Cassedy, Sr., Award for Exemplary Service and Extraordinary Support of the Legal Profession, named after the Bar’s executive director from 1961-1980.Bateman, who began in 1982 as a staff attorney, also served as director of UPL, assistant division director for lawyer regulation, and in 2006 became the division director for ethics, unlicensed practice, and special projects.last_img read more

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McShane promotes Elmer to VP of Phoenix office

first_imgJeffrey A. Raday, P.E., president of McShane Construction Company, has announced that Milt Elmer has been promoted to vice president of the firm’s Southwest office in Phoenix. Elmer offers nearly 45 years of construction and field supervision experience and has demonstrated his skillful construction management and leadership expertise through the successful completion of numerous high-profile projects on behalf of the firm.  Elmer’s responsibilities include the oversight and direction of the firm’s Phoenix operations in addition to his current duties as Director of Field Operations – Southwest Region.  He coordinates his responsibilities from McShane Construction’s Phoenix, Arizona and Irvine, California offices.As Vice President – Phoenix, Elmer oversees the firm’s Phoenix office and its growing portfolio of project undertakings.  He offers proven leadership in the pursuit and execution of complex construction assignments within the industrial, manufacturing, office, healthcare and multi-family markets.In addition, Elmer performs the simultaneous organization, scheduling and direct management of superintendents and numerous field staff on McShane’s job sites within the Southwestern and Western regions.  He implements McShane’s Safety and Quality Assurance Programs and performs regular site visits to ensure that the highest standards of safety and quality are being utilized.  He is also directly responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with industry affiliates including subcontractors, suppliers and OSHA, in addition to national, regional and local governmental authorities.Since joining McShane Construction in 2006, Elmer has been instrumental in the delivery of numerous assignments for many highly-respected clients.  Most recently, he served as the on-site point person for the fast-track construction and tenant improvement assignment for a global e-commerce retailer at Cherry Logistics Center, a 575,000 square foot, Class A industrial building in Newark, California.  He also oversaw and directed the delivery of the new 72,000 square foot U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Gilbert, Arizona.  His other recent notable projects include a 1.3 million square foot manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona, for First Solar and an 820,000 square foot build-to-suit for W.W. Grainger, Inc. in Patterson, California.“Milt Elmer has earned this notable recognition and we look forward to implementing his expert direction within the Phoenix office as Vice President and throughout the Southwest and Western regions as Director of Field Operations,” remarked Raday.  “During his tenure with McShane Construction, Milt has consistently demonstrated the expertise and dedication necessary to provide successful results to our clients.  This appointment will allow him to better position the firm to deliver best-in-class construction services while strengthening field operations and safety to ensure continued success both on and off our job sites.”last_img read more

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Management Changes at Sika in North America

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement LYNDHURST, N.J. — The Board of Directors of Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland, has appointed William Loven to head North America as regional manager and Sika Corporation USA as president and CEO effective January 1, 2005. In this position he will also serve as a member of Group Management of Sika AG, Switzerland. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Enrico Tissi, who held these positions for the last eight years, has elected to step down by the end of this year. He will continue to serve Sika as vice chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. subsidiary. Tissi was instrumental in growing Sika Corporation remarkably during this period. He is credited with building new R&D facilities in Lyndhurst, N.J., and Madison Heights, Mich., and also with constructing new plants in Philadelphia, Pa., Grandview, Mo., and Atlanta, Ga. Since joining the Industry Division of Sika in 2000, Loven has reorganized the division and grown the business considerably. He has been instrumental in bringing new technologies into the company’s product range fulfilling the objective to make Sika a full-range supplier for its defined market fields. Loven has an MBA in Finance from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. He started his professional career in 1978 at Henkel in technical and sales responsibilities followed by a general manager position at ITW Plexus in Danvers, Mass. Loven joined Sika Corporation, USA, in 2000 as senior vice president of the Industry Products Division. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Europa double act to ‘add value’

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VRV delivers on several Middle East projects

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Selective memory

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice seems to be suffering from amnesia in relation to the road traffic accident portal negotiations (see ‘Change to RTA portal legal fees’. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers was closely involved in the negotiations and we can confirm that the issue of referral fees had no part in the ultimate outcome. Many firms using the portal do not even pay referral fees, but incur marketing costs as overheads instead. The figures were, in fact, based on a combination of hourly rates and the time needed to deal with cases in the portal. The final figures were the result of an agreement between the parties, including, of course, the insurers. What never seems to be mentioned though is that, although still really in its early days, the RTA claims process is working well enough for insurers to be able to say they are already making savings on cases which go through the system. So the real question is: why are premiums not coming down? Deborah Evans, chief executive, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Nottinghamlast_img read more

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Market February 2007

first_imgAustralia: The Western Australia government has exercised an A$157m option with Bombardier and EDI Rail for a further 15 B-series three car EMUs (p111). The 130 km/h 25 kV units will enter service on Perth’s 1 067 mm gauge network in 2009-11.China: ABB is to supply Beijing Line 4 with 600 low voltage switchgear sets in an order worth 38m yuan. Delivery will be from September to November 2007, and the 28·7 km metro line between Ma Jia Lu and Long Bei Cun is expected to open in 2009.Lithuania: On December 15 LG signed a €18m contract with Skoda subsidiary CKD Vag?nka for the supply of two three-car double-deck EMUs which will enter service on the Vilnius – Kaunas route in the second half of 2008. The 160 km/h units will be a 1 520 mm gauge 25 kV version of the Class 471 units built for Czech Railways.Netherlands: Strukton Railinfra has been awarded a contract for major track renewals in the IJsselstreek region around Deventer. ProRail took into account the number of hours for which the tracks will be out of use when awarding the contract, and the work on 17 level crossings with the renewal of 12 km of track is to be completed by December 1, with the lines out of service for 380 h.Norway: At a cost of €62m, Oslo Airport express train operator Flytoget has ordered an additional 16 carriages from Bombardier to lengthen its three-car EMUs to four cars by August 2009.Poland: The CBRail joint venture of Babcock & Brown and Bank of Scotland Corporate Group has signed a contract with GE Transportation for the modernisation of 20 ST44 (M62) diesel locos which will be available to private operators. They will get a GE module containing a FDL?12 engine, alternator and auxiliary equipment, as well as upgraded traction motors. Approval will be obtained for use in Germany. Delivery will run from May 2007 to January 2008.Russia: In May JSC Aeroexpress will take delivery of an eight-car EMU being built by Transmash Holding’s Demikhovsky Engineering Plant for use between Moscow’s Savelovsky station and Sheremetyevo airport. Based on the ED4MKM design, the 120 km/h EMU includes checked baggage facilities.This year RZD is to undertake trials of 300 open wagons designed by Altaiwagon which are shorter but wider and higher than conventional designs, allowing an increase in the number of vehicles and overall capacity within the same train length. Test trains will run from mines in Kuzbass to the ports of Ust-Luga and Nakhodka.Spain: As part of the project to build a high speed line between Madrid and Ja?n (RG 9.06 p490), Sacyr and Neopul have been awarded a €93·8m contract to upgrade the 46·7 km Alc?zar de San Juan – Manzanares section of the Madrid – C?rdoba main line for 220 km/h operation.The Ministry of Development has awarded Tecsa and Dragados a €41·06m contract to undertake formation repairs and relay with UIC?54 rail the 50?6 km section of the Barcelona – Latour-de-Carol route between Ripoll and the French border. Tunnel linings are to be waterproofed to prevent ice forming on the overhead line equipment.UK: On December 19 Network Rail announced it had awarded Ansaldo the contract for design of a €60m project to implement an ERTMS Level 2 cab-signalling system to replace Radio Electronic Token Block on the largely self-contained 215 km Cambrian route in central Wales. Design work will be completed by the summer.USA: TrinityRail is to construct 920 covered hoppers and 1 050 tank wagons which it will then lease to Ethanex, which is developing three ethanol plants with a capacity of 1?5 billion litres/year. Bombardier has placed a $14m order for 406 auxiliary power units, spares, training and engineering services with Turbo Power Systems, the largest rail contract won by the company spun-off from Imperial College in London. The equipment will be used on metro cars for Chicago with AC propulsion and regenerative braking (RG 6.06 p309).Venezuela: China South’s Qishuyan Locomotive Works has supplied the first two of a batch of 12 DF8Bven 3 680 kW diesel-electric locomotives, customised to work in high temperatures and humidity.last_img read more

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PM on Hurricane Season -“Be Prepared to Help Ourselves”

first_img 143 Views   no discussions Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritDominicans have been advised to prepare to be self-reliant in this hurricane season predicted, for another year, to be above normal.“The world is in a very difficult situation,” said the Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit who is chair of the National Emergency Planning Organisation. “Therefore, it calls on us to do everything in our power to properly and absolutely prepare ourselves” at family, community and national levels, the Prime Minister said.He issued the guidance at NEPO’s recent meeting to plan for the season.“We must plan and be prepared to help ourselves with a mindset of resilience and self-sufficiency as we acknowledge that external donor countries and agencies are already overwhelmed given the ongoing response to Covid19.”He spoke of pre-emptive measures including insurance coverage in case of disaster.“Ensure that your insurance payments are up-to-date and that you are not under insured as we were all told after Hurricane Maria. Please engage your insurance broker or company and go through your insurance policy very, very carefully,” he advised adding that that was a major challenge to property owners in 2017.“We must not be foolish,” Hon Skerrit said, “We have to prepare.” LocalNews PM on Hurricane Season -“Be Prepared to Help Ourselves” by: – May 27, 2020 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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