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Bike Check Wednesday with Art Thomason

Hoffman Bikes calling Major Art, Major Art coming in, this is mission control. Last week we made contact with Art Thomason to see if he can take a moment from his busy NASA job and riding to get this weeks bike check.

Art was able to pull himself away from designing tools for astronauts and perfecting his riding skills to answer a few questions and send us this weeks Bike Check Wednesday with Art Thomason

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What is the one part you find yourself having to replace on a regular basis? And why?
Front tires. I go through a front tire every 6 weeks or so. I do a lot of front wheel tricks where I turbine, pump, and change direction, which takes a toll on a tire. My spot is pretty smooth, otherwise I would go through them even more quickly.

What part do you spend the most time on to make sure it’s dialed in?
I try to make sure everything on my bike is dialed. I hate having something that rattles or doesn’t work/feel right. I am really happy with all the parts on my bike and they are working well, so I don’t have to do much work on my bike these days.

You recently took offer you brakes. What made you decide to go brakeless?
The main reason I went brakeless is because it is a new challenge. I was thinking about doing it for a few months, but finally decided I was ready. It has been a lot of fun and it has forced me to learn things I probably would have never tried if I still had brakes on.

What has been the one trick you have found to be most difficult to do without brakes?
180 barflips to hitchhiker is one of the tricks that I used a lot to link tricks together that I haven’t been able to dial in brakeless. I think the hardest thing about going brakeless is being able to keep links going. Just one brake pull to help during a switch can allow you to string 2 big combos together, but I am enjoying the challenge of figuring it out with no brakes.

How hard was it to convince your wife that your yard would look great with a large slab of cement in the yard?
My wife is pretty cool about it. When we were house shopping, one of my requirements was that it had a backyard big enough for me to have a 30’ x 40’ riding spot, so she was ready for it. The kids play on the riding pad all the time and I don’t have to leave the house to go ride, so it is a great thing.

Is it true that Hoffman Bikes is the first bike company to have a part in space?
As far as I know. After training astronauts for spacewalks on Shuttle mission STS-123, one of the astronauts graciously offered to use some of his allotted space to fly something on the Shuttle for me. I decided to have him fly the Hoffman Bikes seatpost clamp from my bike. The seatpost clamp flew 6.5 million miles in orbit ~200 miles above the Earth at a speed of ~17,000 mph.

 

Bike Check Wednesday with Art Thomason

Frame: Hoffman Bikes Strowler 19.75
Forks: Odyssey Flatware, zero offset
Bars: S&M Intrikat, 9″
Stem: S&M Enduro, 36mm
Headset: Odyssey
Grips: Hoffman Bikes Razz Grips
Cranks: Profile Flatland with Ti spindle and hardware
Chain: Odyssey Blue Bird
Sprocket: Profile spline drive, 18t
Pedals: Premium Slim, Sealed Bearing
Bottom Bracket: DECO
Seat: Mankind
Seat Post: DECO Pinotal
Front Hub: GSport Simian
Front Rim: Hoffman Bikes Generator
Rear Hub: KHE Geisha Lite
Rear Rim: Hoffman Bikes Generator
Front Hub Guard: None
Rear Hub Guard: None
Front Tire: Ares A-Class 1.75
Rear Tire: Odyssey Frequency G K-Lyte Kevlar 1.75
Pegs: Deco Wu Pegs
Brakes: None
Levers: None
Gyro: None