details occurring at Courier include:
New Shimano Saint Dual Piston Hydraulic Brakes (mineral oil) for our delivery bike. A pro freerider for Shimano was impressed since they just came out and were testing as of two weeks ago, according to our Interbike reports. Previously we had mechanical brakes on the front, where the brake line was difficult due to its eight foot run. We think hydraulics will have more responsive action and be less work. They certainly feel like a dream, and we wish Shimano would come out with dual front discs, and Chris King or Phil a hub to match.
New knife for baking made by Takeda, Shosui, from Niimi, Japan c/o Setaka, Sakiko (actually a personal gift but it has made its way to our bar. The knife is marked with the city, makers first name, and a heart, the mark Takeda puts on all their knives. It is of aogami super steel, from Hitachi. Aogami means blue paper and refers to the color paper Hitachi wraps the steel in. It has a western edge, yet the steep edge of a Japanese blade and is sharper than a western knife, yet also more delicate. We cut peaches with it! Something we learned via the Sharp Knives, c/o either Urban Honking or Little Red Bike Cafe is that sharp knives save lives (motto). So we also have a 5000 grit super stone from Japan to keep our edges polished.
Also we have a new coffee from Kenya on bar…..much love from Courier.