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Published on October 9th, 2012 | by Daniel

Lezyne World Headquarters Tour

Just one mile down the road from the Art’s Cyclery warehouse is a company that Art’s has maintained a great relationship with since its inception. That company is Lezyne. Well known for their sleek design and engineering acumen, we wanted to give our customers an inside look at their office and where their fine products are born. Not surprisingly, their office is just as sleek as their products. From the frosted glass cubicles to the ridiculously over engineered conference table, everything at Lezyne is slick.

Terry Cooke is the engineering manager at Lezyne and is spearheading their expanding line of lights. Here he is doing his best impression of a young Tom Ritchey.

Head design engineer Terry Cooke led us through the tour and took time to do a sit down interview with us that will be posted to the blog soon. Terry’s experience working at NASA, Cal Poly, and on the blockbuster film Avatar has been put to use designing Lezyne’s newest light offerings that are aimed at taking on the big boys in the light category. Interestingly, some of our friends that graduated from Cal Poly were taught by Professor Cooke including an engineer or two at SRAM. Mechatronics was Terry’s class at Cal Poly where he taught students to build artificially intelligent robots. It’s pretty heady stuff, but Terry makes it look easy. Ten engineers work under Terry designing everything including the company’s many offerings in the tool, pump, and bottle cage categories.

Some people say that Lezyne products are over engineered, and Terry enthusiastically agrees. Their bottle cages are a great example. We saw a bottle cage testing rig that consisted of a concrete filled bottle with an eye bolt attached to the bottom of it. This stupid heavy bottle is then placed in a bottle cage before being loaded with weights hooked to the bottle’s eye bolt until the cage fails. Their carbon cage had no problem handling 130lbs. It took around 200lbs to finally create a crack. We witnessed an underwater demo of their new Mega light (1000 lumens) that is to be released soon. After two hours the light was still going strong at a one meter depth. With any luck your night rides won’t involve that much water.

Take a look at the photos we took on the tour and keep an eye out for the video interview with Terry to follow.

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Daniel

Slusser is a professional bicycle mechanic with over ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HSU and a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. When he is not riding, wrenching, or writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.



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