White Industries ENO eccentric hub

Many people have a lonely old multi-gear bike in the garage that they’d like to convert to singlespeed or fixed gear. One big hitch, however, is that almost all geared bikes nowadays have vertical dropouts. When you ditch the derailleur, there is no way of adjusting the chain for correct tension. Bummer.

Unless you have a White Industries ENO eccentric rear hub! This nifty item has a small offset between the axle and the nuts, which means you can adjust chain tension by TWISTING the hub in the dropout before tightening the nuts. This is the real deal! You can run it fixed or free, or flip-flop between the two. If you choose to run fixed, White Industries has a splined fixed cog system that is more reliable than traditional threading; no more stripped threads or loose lockrings, even if you are the gnarliest skidder in town.

The ENO comes sized for road or mountain, with or without disc brake mounts. The guys at the shop can help you choose the right model for your needs, and then build up a rear wheel that will serve you for years and years of smooth rolling. Being a specialty item, the hubs are not stocked and do need to be special-ordered.

White Industries is a precision bicycle component manufacturer in Petaluma, California, and has been around since 1978. More information can be found at their website:



With night rides in full swing everyone is digging up their lighting systems and making sure that they still work. If you are looking for an updated headlight that is super simple and compact take a look at the Niterider MiNewt Mini USB. This little guy puts out an impressive 110+ lumens while using a small and light lithium ion battery pack. It can be charged using the wall charger or with your computer's USB port. Best of all it only cost $100!! Come by the shop check it out.



We all hate to see the end of the time change every year but there is one positive to this time of the year, Night Rides!!! Birmingham has some nice rides to fill your evening riding desires. Monday night at 6 pm at Bham Bicycle Co for a 20-25 miles ride, Tuesday 6 pm at Pepper Place in downtown for a very cool 20-25 mile ride and Thursdays at 6 pm at Bham Bicycle Co for another nice night ride option. All ride require taillights and a quality headlight that you can see with. Check http://bhambikeclub.org/ and our site's calendar for more info.


Vintage Fixie

Here's a recent addition to my collection, an 1895 Elmore safety from the golden age of cycling. This is a good example from the transition period between high wheeler and diamond frame. The frame is very tall with a steep head angle and short top tube for a very upright (almost standing) riding position. It has a fixed rear hub with fork pegs for coasting. The coaster brake had not yet been invented and brakes were unfashionable at this time, especially on men's bikes. The rims are wooden with single tube pneumatic tires. It is driven by a hand-made block chain. The grips are cork.
Elmore went into the automobile business in later years and was a division of General Motors for a few years.



Dave just picked up his new cross bike, a 2009 Scott Addict CX RC. This is a 14.88 lb cyclocross bike!!! The frame is built using the same technology and HMX carbon as the Addict road bikes. Parts include Sram Red drivetrain with FSA SL-K Light crankset, Ritchey 38mm carbon tubular rims laced up to DT 240 hubs and Ritchey carbon bar and stem. Look for this fancy ride and the future cross races.