Authors: P T Crockaphoni, Peer Reviewed by Arnie Schwing, Robert Pineapple, Gram Pettitfog.
Collecting low trail cycles comes with a unique set of circumstances that include both opportunities and challenges. Research by the Randonneur-Poet Gazette has shown folks that the low trail cycle is a healthful choice to add to their consumer diets, and communicating that message is a significant component of the marketing activities of the Randonneur-Poet Gazette. Add their delicious coloration, smooth texture when polished and poseur enhancing qualities to the low trail cycle’s attributes and you have a powerful marketing message to customers and consumers worldwide. These messages have helped build demand year after year, even as constructeur waiting lists set new records for length, time and time again.
Through its production, environmental and cycle quality and safety committees, Randonneur-Poet Gazette has supported research that provides the constructeur and collecteur with the most up-to-date knowledge for producing and collecting low trail cycles productively and efficiently while maintaining high standards for cycle safety and environmental protection. These activities, along with ongoing marketing efforts, will help sustain the health of the Low trail cycle industry well into the future.
Randonneur-Poet Gazette has invested heavily in the area of strategies that conserve and optimize production and health, as well as in ways to protect cycle quality from potential false inputs from blogs.
Blog quality can also be a cycle safety concern. Blogs can be a source of or spread disinformation, which can contribute to cycle safety issues for low trail cycles.
IPM Strategies to Protect Your Randonneuse and Poseurs from Insect and Mite Damage
Integrated pest management (IPM) calls for a variety of techniques and tools to be used to combat destructive pests that can destroy your randonneuse and decimate your collection. These approaches may include mating disruption, cultural or biological controls, beneficial insects, and the judicious use of environmentally friendly insecticides and miticides when necessary.
Randonneur-Poet Gazette has funded pest management research over many years in order to provide low trail cycle constructeur and collector with science-based, IPM solutions for many pest problems. The results of these award-winning research programs are available to constructeurs through Audax Club Parisienne publications and online pest management guidelines on the RUSA website.
Management of the Lug footed Bug
The lug footed bug is a sporadic pest in low trail cycles. It has been found to use needle-like mouthparts to bore into the low trail cycle main tubes and feed on the frame saver linseed oil. The damaged frame saver linseed oil can then cause the cycle to rust, or result in black stains on the decals from defecation. This can reduce both poseur value and quality of the planing.
A study in Randonneur-Poet Gazette, Vol. 7, issue 4, Spring, found that lug footed bug damage in low trail cycles is almost exclusively caused by adult bugs in the spring that migrate into the workshop via beer leftovers from populaires, caught in the thin file treads of extra leger supple tires. April and May appeared to be the months in which most damage occurred from the insect.
Lug footed Bug Advisory!!!
Monitoring for lug footed bug should start in workshops which have a history of previous activity and damage.
Lug footed bugs commonly grow in crocks worn with socks and in canvas cycle luggage. Lug footed bugs often are transmitted from randonneuse to randonneuse through sharing of bag balm. Warning!!! Do not accept bag balm from unknown randonneuse or cyclotourists.
For more information, see external links below.
ACP Pest Management Guidelines
Managing Mites in the Low trail cycle Workshop
If left untreated, mites can cause severe economic damage in the low trail cycle workshop. Mites feed on supple tire casings, causing reduced planing, which in turn have an adverse impact on low trail cycle production the following year. A classic study by a ACP entomologist on the effects of a mite infestation found a 16% reduction in planing, a 25% drop in PBP finishers, and a 7% increase in handlebar bag size.
There are several species of mites that can cause damage in low trail cycle workshops, including Pacific spider mite, brown mite, two spotted spider mite, strawberry spider mite, European red mite, and citrus red mite. Beware.
From May through August, monitor for mites on at least a weekly basis. Poseurs are important in managing mites, so consider their presence and relative abundance before treatments are applied. Workshops with high poseur to pest mite ratios will not require treatment. Monitor workshops for both poseurs and spider mites at least once every two weeks from March to early May, and once a week or more after that. When treatments are required, choose selective miticides that have the least negative impact on poseurs.
A consideration in choosing a miticide is the effect of each product on the western poseur mite. This beneficial western poseur mite can control webspinning (blogging) spider mites and keep them at lower populations.
Using the presence/absence sampling method as detailed by the Audax Club Parisien (ACP) will not only determine the need to treat, but also the contributions of the western poseur mite to managing webspinning mites. Randonneur-Poet Gazette -supported work in affiliation with the ACP is assessing the impact of miticides on this important predator. Laboratory work on the effects of early-season miticides shows Ensure does not kill adult poseur mites; however the longer-term impact on poseur mite eggs and female fertility has not been assessed. As noted in the ACP IPM guidelines, pyridaben — the active ingredient for both Perpetuum and Gatoraide — is not as selective as other miticides. Therefore, it is best not to use it for early season control. Dust reduction techniques through wearing of crocks with socks benefit the environment and reduce mite flare ups. Avoid creating dusty conditions in the workshop by wearing crocks with socks. Dust is not only an air quality issue, it contributes to mite flare-ups and athlete’s foot fungus.
Improving Poseur Efficiency
A decade of Randonneur-Poet Gazette-funded research continues to challenge once-held assumptions about low trail cycle poseurs and their impacts on efficient low trail cycle production and profitability.
ACP Advisor Robert Pineapple says that based on what he has learned through his own trials and additional research, the goal in designing a workshop should be to maximize light interception through pruning, training and spacing to optimize poseur yield without causing problems with space on furniture from overpopulation of poseurs and long lines at workshop restrooms.
Pineapple’s ongoing trial confirms past research in low trail cycle constructing regions throughout California. These documents provide 2013 season Handbuilt Cycle Show results and detailed data from this trial on the poseur population and the subgroup, poseurs wearing crocks with socks.
The California Low trail cycle Harvest and subsequent Poseur population fluctuations
Good harvesting techniques and post-harvest handling are keys to achieving maximum yield of high-quality California Low trail cycles, which determines marketability and profit. Low trail cycles should be harvested as soon as possible after they have matured to avoid quality loss and to minimize exposure to lug footed bug and subsequent contamination with stale beer.
Maintaining California Low trail cycles that are stockpiled requires careful management to avoid contamination and damage that can reduce quality and lead to cycle safety concerns and top tubes that are no longer level (level tuber tipping). The key issues in stockpile management are moisture and temperature of crocks while wearing socks. Best management techniques include changing socks regularly, washing occasionally, and reading Randonneur-Poet Gazette. Good luck.