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Stories

The First of the New Frames

Sundown,  a cold December day, Portland, Oregon – is that the new Kinn Cascade Flyer frame? Why, yes it is.  A pretty little thing she is too.  We picked it up from Zen Bicycle Fab this afternoon and now back at our workshop, and standing just 8 feet behind me Max is building it up. […]

Max modelling Kinn's cool spokeguards.
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Spoke Guards for Little Feet

One the the Kinn’s most appreciated features are the adjustable foot pegs.  But footpegs and younger children call for spoke guards (sometimes called wheel skirts),  because little feet caught in spokes can really hurt. Below is Max showing off  Kinn’s spoke guards, mounted to a stone-grey frame. Besides looking cool and protecting little feet, our spoke guards are double-sided. One side is brushed aluminum that matches Kinn’s aluminum fenders. The other […]

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Stories

What’s a Midtail?

Longtail bikes are long, regular bikes are short, midtails – well we think they are just right. Goldilocks would have loved them too. The first modern longtails appeared 1998 when Xtracycle introduced thier attachment which extends a bike by about 1 1/2 feet. For a decade or so it that was the only choice, then […]

Stories

The Story of our Name

In case you are curious, our name Kinn was inspired by two words: kin – meaning family or clan, and kinetic – meaning related to motion. However KinKinectic was to much a mouthful and KineticKin was surely a cartoon character.  So, late one caffeinated winter evening we simply doubled up the ‘n’ in kin to represent the double […]

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Wood / Plastic / Bamboo Revolution

I like wood, the look, feel and smell of it. I like it alive and i liked it planked and planed. Turns out I like grass too, for bamboo (a giant grass) is the final winner for the rear rack deck. I went through quite a stack of materials.  High Density Plastic ,  plastic skinned […]