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About AlphaBENT

Hugh and the staff at AlphaBENT / PBW know human-powered cycles from the inside out and have the experience that can only come from many years of hands-on mastery helping people across the globe achieve their goals of having FUN, HEALTH, and ADVENTURE riding. See you soon!

A Reverse Chronology of PBW / AlphaBENT


2013: PBW moved the Dixon shop into downtown Sacramento where it has made a permanent home at 1114 C Street.

PBW began using the moniker AlphaBENT to reflect its leading position in the recumbent market. AlphaBENT / PBW is a Premium dealer for ICE and HP Velotechnik, and enjoys the enviable position of being one of the very few Catrike Concept Stores in the world.


2010: PBW made its first expansion starting a shop in Dixon, CA midway between San Francisco's Bay Area and the Sacramento Capitol City. The business expanded quickly as the recumbent trike revolution continued.


2007: Within a few years of selling the first Greenspeed GTO touring trike, the recumbent trike business became the primary focus of Peregrine Bicycle Works.


2006: HP Velotechnik develops their first recumbent trike -- the Scorpion. PBW immediately brings them into the fold and becomes a premium HP Velotechnik dealer.


2005: ICE shifted focus from the custom trike business to a broader spectrum market and signed up its initial dealer network. PBW was at the top of the list and immediately became one of the top ICE dealers in the world.


2003: Paulo Camasmie's Catrike manufacturing business came online and PBW immediately brought Catrike products onto the floor and became a Catrike dealer.


2002: Hugh traded a couple of folding bike frames for a Greenspeed GTO frame and thereby became a Greenspeed recumbent trike dealer. That same year, PBW quickly became Greenspeed's largest California dealer.


2000: at a trade show showing PBW folding bikes in England, Hugh met Greenspeed's Ian Sims and saw and sat in his first Greenspeed recumbent trikes. It was love at first ride.


1997: Peregrine Bicycle Works (PBW) started when Hugh Kern started making custom-built folding bicycles. While learning metalworking, Hugh watched with great interest the progress of a young man named Paulo Camasmie who was developing a manufacturing system for a new brand of recumbent trikes. A year and a half and many metal-splinters and burn blisters after officially starting the business, the first PBW folding bike was shipped.

Products

brake levers

Pair with locking parking button (V / linear / long-pull leverage)

These locking parking brake levers are built with a spring-loaded button. When the brake lever is pulled, the button can be pressed in and it jams the lever in the engaged position -- thereby serving as an effective parking brake.

This just in

Rim tape is an invisible partner to all recumbent trike and bike riders. Rim tape protects the inner tube from sharp hole edges on double-wall rims and spoke-ends on singlewall rims.

20 Jun 2016 - 1:33pm

On trikes with no derailleur post we are often challenged when mounting a front headlight.

11 Aug 2015 - 4:18pm

22 October 2014, Sacramento, CA: AlphaBENT is shipping its first NeoDrive electric-assist retrofit kits.

22 Oct 2014 - 8:46pm

Once again, we had the opportunity to turn out in support of Kyle Bryant and his band of amazing people.

350 riders rode whichever ride worked best for them: 60, 40, 10, 5, or 1 to raise funds for research to cure FA.

An incredible $110,000 was raised as well as the hopes of all.

2 Jun 2014 - 6:17pm

Classifieds

PBW

Explore the elements of a tricycle drivetrain from the pedals through the cranks, chain, rear cog or cassette, and into the wheel.

PBW

Come out and learn about adjusting your own shifting.

Enjoy beautiful, crisp shifting. Eliminate pesky trips to a bike shop to get rid of that clunking. Take charge of your handlebars. We'll show you how to do all this and more. Covering twist shifters, bar-ends, internally geared hubs, as needed.

Caffeine and morning snacks provided. Bring a shifting conundrum for our version of Stump the Chumps. Go for a ride on the beautiful American River Trail afterwards.

Where: 1114 C Street, Sac'to.
Cost: FREE

Come out and learn about chains.

When to lube and how. Lube options. How to measure the wear on your chain. How to open quick-links (power links). How to use a chain tool.

We'll show you how to do all this and more concentrating on conventional multi-speed bike chains.

Caffeine and morning snacks provided. Bring a chain conundrum for our version of Stump the Chumps. Go for a ride on the beautiful American River Trail afterwards.

Where: 1114 C Street, Sac'to.
Cost: FREE

PBW

Wheels - This is the ONLY workshop of the year on wheels. It is a bit on the technical side: to satisfy the need for more knowledge.

How to build a wheel; true a wheel; make it round; calculate spoke lengths; smooth out bumps inside your drum brake. When can't a wheel be saved? Why are good spokes important? How and why to dish a wheel. How to make or true an unconventional (single-sided) wheel. Replacing wheel bearings.

Come with a thirst to learn.

Caffeine and morning snacks provided. Workshop starts when the caffeine kicks in. Cost: FREE

PBW

Never fear going out again. Have confidence in your patch kit and your patching technique! Meet a goathead / puncture-vine and know your enemy. Morning snacks and caffeine provided. Workshop begins when the caffeine kicks in. Bring a flat tube to fix and tire conundrums and puzzles. Go for a ride on nearby American River Trail afterwards