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NAHBS 2015: Groovy heads for the beach with Woody-inspired, surfboard carrying Kauai bicycle

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Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

Groovy’s Kauai 6.5.0. is a titanium surfer inspired bike that takes cues from the old Woody SUVs, made to easily transport the owner and his surfboard to and from the beach…and the trail and the store, all without harshing its chill beach vibe.

The foundation is a titanium frame, built up with house-made titanium racks, cranks and a titanium-and-wood truss fork. Drivetrain is a Gates Belt Drive turning a Rohloff gear box hub. Those parts and materials make for a corrosion free ride that’ll hold up to the sandy beaches, salt water and ocean air.

When it’s time to hit the trail, the rack and fenders, which are all integrated into single pieces, have hidden bolts that make them fully removable. Pull them off and you’re left wtih a mountain bike, pure and simple…

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

It’s built around 27.5″ tires, but has the space to fit 26+ (26×3.25) tires when the racks aren’t attached.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

Fenders are made by Cody Davis of Woody’s Fenders in Oregon.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

The wheels, light casings and fork trusses are white oak wtih maple accents.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

The rims are made in house, from harvesting to steaming, rolling around forms, finger jointed together and then milled out. They’re robust enough to handle any swelling caused by temperature and humidity changes, too.

Rody works with a local Amish man that makes wooden wheels, and these aren’t the first wood rims he’s made.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

Lastly, there’s the finish. The customer wanted a paint scheme that reflected his passion for the ocean.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

He’s got ankle to hip tattoos of octopus tentacles that wrap around his legs, so the bike’s paint matches that artwork.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

The Brooks saddle was hand carved by Ken Poulsen based off a photo of the customer surfing.

Groovy Cycles Kauai 29er cruiser for surfboards

All of the hard work won him a Best of Show award!

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Another bike sitting by was an existing customer’s 29er mountain bike that had been converted to a wide drop bar gravel road bike.

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He also had his Groovy Space Bike on hand, which we covered at the Philly Bike Expo.

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Sevo
Sevo
8 years ago

Absolutely beautiful

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
8 years ago

well deserved award.

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

Very cool Best of Show bike.

wako29
wako29
8 years ago

whoa, okay that is one COOL bike! Glad he took home some hardware for his efforts, too.
One question: any detailed info on how the rack system works that carries the boards? Pretty interested in this.

Greg
Greg
8 years ago

@wako29
I don’t see it either, maybe a skimboard.

Ripnshread
Ripnshread
8 years ago

I’d flip my board over, lay it on the rack nose in the seat cluster and run straps/cord through the big lateral tubes on the rack. It would probably make the front end light at speed (think rear spoiler) but with that long stem the riders weight is going to be well over the front wheel.

Looks like fun.

Larry
Larry
8 years ago

He explains it in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZW9nlNisMI

morehardcore
morehardcore
8 years ago

First off that is a real nice looking bike. Won’t look as good when someone is riding off on it while you are out in the line up. Of course you won’t see it because you will be facing off-shore looking for the next set.

Best way to carry your board is flat on a BOB trailer behind a beater fixie with just a front brake. That eliminates problems with cross winds, lets you carry stuff from the store or to the beach (towel, water/beer, food, etc..), drop the trailer and hit the trails like a boss.

If you have never surfed, don’t start, you won’t like it. Take up golf instead.

Icycle_Bay
Icycle_Bay
8 years ago

I suppose it would be really expensive to ship a decent size surfboard to KY. I just don’t see how it’s supposed to carry one though. Something like a Carver rack? or a trailer attachment? Unless the board is like 5′ it’s just not gonna strap on the back of that. Beautiful bike, but if you showed up at the beach with it I would think you were crazy.

fasterjason
fasterjason
8 years ago

Best way to carry your board is flat on a BOB trailer behind a beater fixie with just a front brake. That eliminates problems with cross winds, lets you carry stuff from the store or to the beach (towel, water/beer, food, etc..), drop the trailer and hit the trails like a boss.

Nice bike, would be a shame to see someone ride off on it while you were in the line up.

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