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  • China-Loading Before High Cascades 100

    Bike Hugger
    Byron
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Mark V China-loads before a race Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically. The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth Raced complete Expecting a dream sequence in his…
  • Tour de PEZ: Climbs & Accreditation!

    PezCycling News
    Edmond Hood
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Roadside: Our PEZ man in France, Ed Hood, has been immersing himself in the Tour, as he does every year. And as always that elusive accreditation has given him problems. In the end all was sorted and he headed off to the mountains. Day 2 of Ed’s Tour ‘14 adventure. The Aussie accent coming over Radio Tour tells us all we need to know; Mick Rogers has done it again – just like he did on the Zoncolan in the Giro. Infiltrate the big break don’t get caught out when it starts to disintegrate and make sure you have enough left to administer ‘coup de grace.’ He explained…
  • Le Tour Stage 16 Recap: Take a Bow

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    Byron
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Take a bow, photo @JoshRBurrows Voeckler tries to steal the show, but in the Pyrenees, Mick Rogers takes a bow. And a press car was where it shouldn’t be…. A still from the Disney movie ‘Cars’, about a plucky little car who wanted to race the Tour. pic.twitter.com/XJydV0FLLF— nyvelocity (@nyvelocity) July 22, 2014
  • Le Tour Stage 15 Recap: 10 Meters Short

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    Byron
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Jack Bauer the cyclist pulled for like 24 hours, breakaway nearly stayed away, the catch, and then Kristoff wins! 2ème victoire pour le Viking / 2nd victory for the Viking @Kristoff87 #TDF pic.twitter.com/d1votOenD7— Le Tour de France (@letour) July 20, 2014 That was 10 meters too short for Bauer and left him shattered.
  • Technical FAQ: 10/11-speed compatibility

    VeloNews.com
    Lennard Zinn
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Dear Lennard, I was reading the comments in a recent column about a rider switching from 10- to 11-speed when his shifter broke. This leads me to the question. Which recent 10-speed road wheels are compatible with SRAM/Shimano 11-speed? I know that’s a large topic, but I was thinking primarily of popular, high-end carbon wheels like Zipp Firecrests, Mavic Ksyriums/Cosmics, Reynolds, and Bontrager. — Glen Dear Glen, I don’t know if Mavic had a crystal ball years ago, but Mavic 9/10-speed wheels are 11-speed compatible. That’s because its Shimano/SRAM-compatible freehub bodies have…
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  • Video: Greg LeMond on the Tour de France, stage 16

    VeloNews.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Greg LeMond reflects on stage 16 of the Tour.Editor’s Note: This video interview is courtesy of EuroSport. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc. The post Video: Greg LeMond on the Tour de France, stage 16 appeared first on VeloNews.com.
  • Cervelo, Rotor partner with MTN-Qhubeka for 2015

    VeloNews.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    MTN-Qhubeka has partnered with Cervelo and Rotor for 2015. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comThe game of sponsor musical chairs continues. Cervelo and Rotor, both current sponsors of Garmin-Sharp, have signed a deal with South African-registered pro continental squad MTN-Qhubeka for 2015. Trek, MTN-Qhubeka’s current bike sponsor, will focus on its own World Tour team in 2015. Cervelo’s move to MTN-Qhubeka only fuels rumors swirling around the Tour de France that Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale will combine in 2015. Of course, there would be no room for a second bike brand in the…
  • Tour de France marks a low point for Team Sky

    Gregor Brown
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Vasil Kiryienka tried to salvage Sky's Tour de France on stage 16, but he was unable to remain with the breakaway to contest the win. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comBAGNÈRES-DE-LUCHON, France (VN) — With only five days remaining in the 2014 Tour de France, Team Sky risks having one of its worst grand tours since it hit the road in 2010. This comes on the heels of a rather quiet Giro d’Italia in May. After winning the Tour with Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and Chris Froome in 2013, Team Sky is maintaining a cool exterior as the Tour races toward Paris. “I don’t think…
  • Technical FAQ: 10/11-speed compatibility

    Lennard Zinn
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Dear Lennard, I was reading the comments in a recent column about a rider switching from 10- to 11-speed when his shifter broke. This leads me to the question. Which recent 10-speed road wheels are compatible with SRAM/Shimano 11-speed? I know that’s a large topic, but I was thinking primarily of popular, high-end carbon wheels like Zipp Firecrests, Mavic Ksyriums/Cosmics, Reynolds, and Bontrager. — Glen Dear Glen, I don’t know if Mavic had a crystal ball years ago, but Mavic 9/10-speed wheels are 11-speed compatible. That’s because its Shimano/SRAM-compatible freehub bodies have…
  • Preview: Tour de France, stage 17

    VeloNews.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Stage 17 of the Tour de France.This may be the shortest stage of the race, apart from the time trial, but it’s not going to be easyThe post Preview: Tour de France, stage 17 appeared first on VeloNews.com.
 
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    Tour de France Lanterne Rouge

  • Apologies

    nancytoby
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I haven't kept up the blog here since 2012. Sorry! It still has some good historical nuggets back in the archives.I'm still active on Twitter as @TdFLanterne however, please ping me there!See you on the roads....
  • American Tour de France Lanterne Rouge History

    nancytoby
    12 Jul 2012 | 11:33 am
    A bit of history was made today as Tyler Farrar became the first American in recent memory to hold the Lanterne Rouge of the Tour de France. There has never been an American Lanterne Rouge at the end of the Tour, in Paris. At this writing I'm not sure if there has ever been an American in last place in the General Classification after a Tour de France stage, although Americans have been final finishers in stages (Dave Zabriskie, Stage 8, 2005).Can any Tour statisticians help us here? There are online historical archives at http://www.letour.fr/HISTO/fr/TDF/index.html but I haven't…
  • Brice Feillu in 2012

    Nancy Toby
    7 Jul 2012 | 1:16 pm
    Brice Feillu, French rider on Saur-Sojasun, has completed his 6th stage of the Tour de France as Lanterne Rouge. I'd like to offer this amusingly bad translation of the troubles that put him in last place in the peloton:Brice Feillu experienced only a tower of France in 2009, and it was fabulous. He was young, virtually unknown, and he won a stage of the Pyrenees, Andorra-Arcalis.Brice Feillu, Orchies, July 3, 2012 (Clement Guillou/Rue89)The start of the second round is a galley for the climber of the Saur-Sojasun. He lives in quarantine. He sleeps alone, travel without the rest of the team,…
  • Chaplin and Contador

    Nancy Toby
    20 Jan 2012 | 12:43 pm
    In another in our very limited series on "Separated at Birth" may we present a young Charlie Chaplin and Alberto Contador!?
  • Respect the Lanterne Rouge

    Nancy Toby
    24 Jul 2011 | 10:50 am
    Every year I see dumb comments and jokes about the Lanterne Rouge of the Tour de France and "the race" for the honor. I don't like that type of demeaning ridicule, personally (at least not at the guys who are doing massive amounts of work for relatively little pay and attention), and they're one of the reasons I started this blog. Before anyone jokes about 2011 Tour de France Lanterne Rouge Fabio Sabatini of Liquigas - let's recognize the magnitude of his accomplishment. Over a span of 3 weeks, he was racing for 90 hours, 10 minutes, and 5 seconds at an average speed of 23.63 mph. Over the…
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    USA Cycling News Headlines

  • Devo Wrap: Guarnier cruises to fifth at BeNe Tour

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    In a successful week for the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP), Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) posted a fifth-place finish at the BeNe Tour in Belgium, July 19-20, to lead the way for U.S. riders at the two-day competition.
  • 2014 Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinic Registration Now Open

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Click here for more information on the Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinic, hosted by USA Cycling at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. World-class race mechanics with national and international experience offers instruction on race support for all cycling disciplines.
  • Inaugural Team USA Gran Fondo slated for Sept. 7 in Ogden

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    On Sunday, September 7, USA Cycling will be hosting the inaugural Team USA Gran Fondo at the2014 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championshipsin Odgen, Utah.
  • Remembering the 1984 Women's Tour de France champions

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Thirty years ago, a squad of American women were the stars of the Champs Elysees.
  • Ettinger, Gould close strong on final day of Cross-Country Mountain Bike Nationals

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing) and Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) avenged Saturdayandrsquo;s disappointing cross-country outcomes with respective menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s short track national championships on the final day of competition at the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships, July 20, at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pa.
 
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  • Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16 (The Associated Press)

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) -- The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway. Riding in his 10th Tour, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia won his first Tour stage behind savvy racing, well-paced riding and the absence of his Tinkoff-Saxo Bank leader Alberto Contador. Race leader Vincenzo Nibali was still descending from the day's biggest climb, the…
  • Tour de France at a glance (The Associated Press)

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) -- A brief look at the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday:
  • 5 Things to know about the Tour de France (The Associated Press)

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) -- The Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Tuesday for the first of three mountain stages that may well determine the final podium of this year's race. American Tejay van Garderen and young French prodigy Romain Bardet suffered on the Port de Bales climb, cracking in the stage's final 25 kilometers and most likely losing any hope of a podium placing in Paris. Here are five things to know about the Tour de France on Tuesday: VAN GARDEREN GUTTED: American rider Tejay van Garderen was the biggest loser among the Top 10 yellow jersey contenders, blowing up on…
  • Bardet, Van Garderen suffer as Rogers wins Stage 16 (Reuters)

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    By Julien Pretot BAGNERES DE LUCHON France (Reuters) - Frenchman Romain Bardet and American Tejay van Garderen's Tour de France podium hopes suffered a major blow on Tuesday when they lost considerable ground in the 16th stage won by Australian Michael Rogers. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the overall leader's yellow jersey ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde while France's Thibaut Pinot, who was the strongest in the intimidating ascent to the Port de Bales, moved up to third at the expense of compatriot Bardet. Van Garderen also could not follow and lost more than three minutes, but…
  • Rogers's switch in focus pays off with Tour stage win (Reuters)

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    By Julien Pretot BAGNERES DE LUCHON France (Reuters) - Michael Rogers abandoned his dream of winning a grand tour to target more reasonable goals and his shift of ambition paid off on Tuesday when he won the 16th stage of the Tour de France. Asked if he would have had the opportunity to go for a stage win if the Spaniard was still in the race, he said: "Probably not.
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    SoCalCycling.com - Your Cycling Source

  • SKLZ-Swamis Junior Development Team is Recruiting Riders for 2015

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Swamis Cycling is currently recruiting junior racers (15/16 and 17/18) for the 2015 SKLZ-Swamis Junior Development Team.
  • USA Pro Challenge Announces Teams

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Taking place August 18-24, 2014, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. Led by UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Garmin-Sharp, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport.
  • Photo Gallery & Report: Rim Nordic # 2

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Rim Nordic XC #2 had a slightly bigger attendance than the first XC race in late June with some new riders for this season. It was a somewhat overcast to sunny warm day up in the mountains with threat of afternoon thunder storms that thankfully never came.
  • OCBC Hosts Memorial Ride on PCH in Memory of John Colvin & Debra Deem

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    The Orange County Bicycle Coalition has been helping friends coordinate a Memorial Ride in memory of John Colvin & Debra Deem and has shared the following details…. John died June 17, Debra died last August 28. Both were struck by careless motorists on Pacific Coast Highway.
  • Video: The Breakaway from Cancer Masters Cycling Team and the Breakaway Challenge

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    One person alone can’t beat cancer – it takes a team.” The Breakaway from Cancer Masters Cycling Team once again rode each stage of the Amgen Tour of California before the pro peloton to promote awareness for the Breakaway from Cancer initiative.
 
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    Bike World News

  • Polar Bottle is Official Water Bottle Sponsor of Pro Cycling Challenge Team- Team SmartStop.

    Scott Kingsley
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Team SmartStop selected for US Pro Cycling Challenge, both sponsored by Polar Bottle. The post Polar Bottle is Official Water Bottle Sponsor of Pro Cycling Challenge Team- Team SmartStop. appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • BMX Worlds start tomorrow in the Netherlands

    Ron Callahan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Canadian BMXers are ready to take on the World at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships The post BMX Worlds start tomorrow in the Netherlands appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Movistar shows podium potential on Stage 16

    Ron Callahan
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar Team showed that they have what it takes to be on the final podium of the 2014 Tour de France. The post Movistar shows podium potential on Stage 16 appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cervélo partners with MTN-Qhubeka for 2015

    Ron Callahan
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Thanks to a new partnership with Cervélo bicycles and Rotor components, Team MTN-Qhubeka continues its ambitious upgrade for 2015 and beyond. The post Cervélo partners with MTN-Qhubeka for 2015... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Greg Van Avermaet in winning breakaway on Tour’s 16th stage

    Ron Callahan
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet finished sixth Tuesday after being part of a large breakaway at the Tour de France while teammate Tejay van Garderen lost contact on the day's biggest climb and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    PezCycling News

  • PEZ Tour Talk: Michael Mørkøv

    Edmond Hood
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Roadside Interview: Ed Hood’s first hectic day on this year’s Tour de France was meant to be a rest day, but not for Ed. After the mussel party with OPQS, there were rider interviews to get. First up was PEZ favourite; Michael Mørkøv of Tinkoff-Saxo. If you’re a long term PEZ reader then you’ll know that we have a special relationship with Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Mørkøv. We’ve known him since he was a promising young track rider and followed his rise to World Madison Champion, top six day rider, Danish National Elite, Vuelta stage winner and Paris-Tours podium…
  • Tour de PEZ: Climbs & Accreditation!

    Edmond Hood
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Roadside: Our PEZ man in France, Ed Hood, has been immersing himself in the Tour, as he does every year. And as always that elusive accreditation has given him problems. In the end all was sorted and he headed off to the mountains. Day 2 of Ed’s Tour ‘14 adventure. The Aussie accent coming over Radio Tour tells us all we need to know; Mick Rogers has done it again – just like he did on the Zoncolan in the Giro. Infiltrate the big break don’t get caught out when it starts to disintegrate and make sure you have enough left to administer ‘coup de grace.’ He explained…
  • Tour’14 St.16: Rogers Romps It!

    Alastair Hamilton
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Race Report: Michael Rogers forced his way into the winning group and took it to the line. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the action behind saw the battle between the French riders take another step up with Bardet losing out, not only Pinot but also Peraud. Another day of action in France. A big break eventually escaped on this long stage over the tough climbs of the Portet d’Aspet and the Port de Balés before the drop in to the finish in Bagnéres de Luchon. Michael Rogers was in that group and he was odds on for the win, but he had to fight it out with Thomas Voeckler. Voeckler had a…
  • Toolbox: Rebounding from a DNF

    PEZ Crew
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Toolbox: This year’s Tour de France will record a DNF next to major players such as Cavendish, Froome, and Contador. While injuries and crashes are a part of the sport, facing the choice to ‘abandon’ mid race or mid stage can be demoralizing. Without proper support this decision can haunt an athlete, undermining self-confidence and ultimately hurt performance. By Kristen Dieffenbach, Ph.D., CC AASP Sports are full of acronyms such as RBI, TD, DQ, PR and DNF. Among endurance athletes perhaps none is more dreaded than ‘DNF’: did not finish. Results, like a mechanically related DNF,…
  • Tour de PEZ: Mussels & Muscles!

    Edmond Hood
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Roadside Rest Day: A superb setting with top class food, wine, beer and more it was easy to see why our experienced Tour reporter Ed Hood headed to the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step media gig in Carcassonne on the Tour’s rest day. Mussels to eat and some tired muscled cyclists to interview were the menu of the day. The setting is perfect, the PR girls are cuties, the moules and frites cooked to perfection, the pils is cold and dispensed from ice cool Airstream caravans, the freebies are nice – and Ale Jet even does his best to pretend he’s not hating every second of it.
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • dhb Blok Fluoro bib shorts review

    Jack
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Bib shorts are not necessarily just the attire of Tour de France riders, they’ve become more popular among commuters, tourers and road cyclists. The DHB brand is sold exclusively by Wiggle, and we regularly review their products as they tend to be of a strong standard and at the same time remaining affordable. What’s the point? Many have wondered this before – why bother having the bib part of the short at all? What’s wrong with shorts that you know, go round your waist like any other pair of shorts, cycling or fashion? There are three main reasons why people choose bib shorts.
  • Where to watch the Tour de France TODAY

    Michelle Arthurs
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    It’s been seven years since the Tour de France graced British soil. The biggest bike race in the World visited us last in 2007, when London hosted the Grand Depart. Aside from that, the Tour has only been to Britain on two other occasions – in 1974 and 1994. So you see, it could be some time before Le Tour comes back to us, so we reckon it is worth enjoying every minute of this 2014 visit. Today, 198 (we hope – well, that’s the number of riders who started on Saturday) will rush through London. The riders will finish on the Mall, having began at Cambridge, whizzed through Essex,…
  • The coolest bike racks ever made

    Michelle Arthurs
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Locking and leaving your bike can sometimes feel a bit like abandoning it in the vague hope it will still be there on your return. Drab, old fashioned style bike racks littered with ‘bits of bike’ often do little to inspire confidence.. (Image: www.boweryboogie.com) Of course, what we’d all love is a modern, attractive but strong looking alternative that both makes thieves feel the bike is in a well cared for area, where cyclists are a priority, and fills the owner with a bit more confidence. We were really impressed when we first saw the video of Japan’s new and…
  • Why you got that ‘second’ puncture

    Michelle Arthurs
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Punctures are annoying, we all know that. However, they happen – and the best we can do is try to limit the frequency. What is of course incredibly annoying, is having two punctures in quick succession. Thankfully, this is probably avoidable. Here’s a look at why this might happen: You’ve been really unlucky This is a possibility. Perhaps you were rolling past a newly cut hedge, or a glass bottle has been scattered across the road. In this case, it’s worth always carrying one (some say two) spare tubes, as well as a patch kit – this enables you to repair numerous punctures if you…
  • 15 Tour de France facts that will make people think you’re a TdF expert at the pub

    Michelle Arthurs
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    The Tour de France is beginning in Leeds on Saturday 5th July, with stage one travelling over 190k of the Yorkshire Dales. After that, the race will move to York, for a 201km loop to Sheffield, before going from Cambridge to London on Monday 7th July. If you’re around, then there’s a great guide on the Yorkshire.com website about where to see the Tour. It’s not long until Tour hysteria takes over the country, so we’ve come up with 15 tour facts you can use to amaze and impress (or bore, if they’re not into cycling) your buddies with over the next few weeks: 1) In 2005, the…
 
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • Ready, set...read!

    BikeSnobNYC
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Firstly, the New York Times ran a nice little story about the Tour's Lanterne Rouge:I haven't been watching the TV coverage, so I have no idea if Phil Liggett has used any cringeworthy terms to describe his ethnicity yet.Secondly, Alexander Vinokourov doesn't want to talk about the past:“2007 is in the past and I don’t want to return to that topic,” Vinokourov said flatly, before pointing to Astana’s membership of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) as a sign of its good faith."Instead, I'd like to bypass 2007 altogether and go straight back to 1978, which is the last time my…
  • One down, a gazillion to go.

    BikeSnobNYC
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    First of all, give yourselves a great big "high five."This past Friday, as I was crawling through the bowels of YouTube for Friday Fun Quiz wrong answer videos, I came across an anti-veloist rant that had recently been posted by one Laura Weintraub:(Twitter.)In it, she travels the streets in an automobile expressing her disdain for cyclists and her desire to run them over.  It was pretty much exactly like the Keith Maddox thing--if, instead of being a living caricature of an Alabamian, Maddox were a stereotypical Southern California bottle blonde being chauffeured about town by a willing…
  • BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

    BikeSnobNYC
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    This morning I was going over my schedule while eating my Froot Loops.  Flipping through my DayRunner one day at a time I saw nothing...nothing...nothing...  until August 20th, when I head to the IMBA World Smit in Steamboat Springs, CO!If you're not going you totally should, because all the Smits of the world will be there summiting, me included.  We'll also be talking about lots of important stuff, including:9) E-bikes and Trail Access: Electric-assist bicycles are a fast-growing category. This discussion will examine the evolving management strategies and best practices for…
  • There's more than one way to slice an avocado.

    BikeSnobNYC
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    (Back when pro cycling was still classy.)Well, one by one the race favorites are being plucked from the Tour de France like rat turds from a bowl of Raisin Bran, and the latest to go is Andrew Talansky, who wasn't really going to win anyway but he's American so we all had to pretend:“I'm absolutely heartbroken to leave the Tour de France. I built my season around the Tour, and the team has supported me every step of the way. I had hoped the rest day would allow some time to recover from my crashes,” Talansky said in a team press release issued this morning. “But it proved to be too…
  • It's Wednesday All Around Me And I'm Kinda Freaking Out!

    BikeSnobNYC
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    (Twitters.)Yesterday, I was determined to watch the Tour de France stage.  However, despite my best efforts, I was unable to plant myself at or near a televisual screen for any sustained length of time owing to my extensive "to do" list.  (Those fingers and toes aren't going to mani-pedi themselves.)Eventually, I gave up.Then, this morning, I went to check yesterday's results, only to discover that yesterday was a rest day:(Rider "rests" inside the Transfuse-O-Tron 9000.)This welcome reprieve should help me get up to speed on the race.But it won't.Meanwhile, the controversy the…
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    Big Wheel Building

  • Exercising options.

    MC
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    All of last week Jeny and I alternately debated weekend plans and checked weather websites.  The normal summer pattern of afternoon thunderstorms has settled in, which is ideal if you're among the parched flora that blanket this state.  Not so good if you're a sentient bike rider looking to ride up high without getting electrocuted.As we neared the weekend very few options remained in play, and we began considering staying low and paddling in what little moving water remains.Then a hail-mary email came in from Jeff and Tim, inviting us to join them on an overnighter near Salida.Even…
  • Dark Canyon.

    MC
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
    20+ years ago, shortly after moving to Crested Butte, I overheard an acquaintance talking excitedly about the Dark Canyon.  I was eavesdropping and as such didn't get all of the details, but the general demeanor of the speaker was of reverence and awe, such that I knew I needed to see it, somehow, someday.Credit the packraft with finally making that long-deferred desire a reality.Greg Luck joined me for an overnighter that coulda been done in a long day.  We opted to drive to Kebler Pass the night before, allowing us to savor some non-plugged-in camp time and just decompress a bit…
  • Webster.

    MC
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    I first met Mike Webster mid-autumn of 1990.  Leaving a 200-level Poli-Sci classroom with head swimming in abstract theory I walked into the crisp fall air and almost directly into him.  These days you can't swing a pair of skinny jeans without hitting at least one fixie-riding hipster, but 24 years ago fixed-gear bikes were beyond rare.  In my 4 years on campus this was the only one I saw, and Mike was riding it, in circles, backwards.Maybe you had to be there.Fast forward a few decades and the guy that taught me much of what I know about riding and racing bicycles hadn't yet…
  • Dave's delight.

    MC
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Last weekend Jeny and I joined David Nix and Stan Pitcher for a packrafting adventure that Dave referred to in pre-trip emails as 'Cracking the Tavaputs'.The general idea was to find a walkable route from the Tavaputs Plateau down to the Green River, then to float the river back out.Italicized text below belongs to Dave, our route architect, the man with the plan.Our Jack Creek to Swasey’s packraft through the Desolation and Gray Canyons of the Green river in Utah was a product of much labor.  Powell had it wrong, way wrong in naming these canyons. They are beautiful beyond compare,…
  • Must be doin' somethin' right.

    MC
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:08 am
    The video below includes a whole buncha random clips dating back to September of '13, and as recent as last night.It is an answer to 'what do you do with all that stuff you shoot but that isn't part of some bigger project'?It is also an answer to, 'Are we spending our lives wisely?'It makes me smile ear to ear on many levels.  Locations include Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and Mexico.Trails include The Ribbon, Andy's, Moore Fun, Mack Ridge, 5 Miles of Hell, Land's End sledneck route, The White Rim, Lemon Squeezer at Pinky Point, and Kiwanis.Streams include the Gunnison Gorge,…
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    Training4cyclists

  • Any Age and Cycling are a Perfect Match

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    One thing we all have in common is that we can’t stop time. We all age whether we like it or not. Some slower or faster than others depending on genetics, overall health, lifestyle and environmental factors to start.Experts agree that exercise is good at any age regardless of your health. Sure you may have some limitations and should run all new exercise regimes past your healthcare provider. But bottom line is, exercise is great for you mentally, physically and emotionally whether you’re 15 or 85.Which leads me nicely to my next point. Cycling is fabulous for anybody,…
  • 3 Tactics to Increase Chances of Winning a Stage in Tour de France

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Tactics during the Tour de France are complex and there are many possible outcomes of each stage. Here are 3 tactical moves that are commonly used to increase chances of stage victories. None of these tactics are standalone race-winning moves, but they might play a role in a stage winner’s strategy.1 – Lose time in early stages to improve chances of winning a stageThis is a classic strategy among riders who dream about stage wins in a breakaway. If they are able to lose time in the early stages they are more likely to be a ‘allowed’ to join a breakaway. Simply because they are…
  • How to Increase Performance (without training more)

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The most common excuse people don’t make their dreams come through, is lack of time. If you’ve just had a little more time, you would be a better road cyclist, you would be more valuable for your company, you would be a better father, you would be a better husband etc.It’s absolutely no secret that I fully understand you.I have a wonderful family with a wife and three kids at age 1, 4 and 6, take care of a full time job at the hospital, some scientific work, supporting and helping readers of my two e-books and 13.000+ readers following my blog, and of course, I want to spend a little…
  • 3 Alternative Strategies in Bad Weather

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s not uncommon that bad weather makes serious outdoor training impossible. You know that cancelling is not an option if you want to achieve really good results, but it makes good sense to look for alternatives in extreme weather situations.Since you can’t change the weather (I guess that’s quite beyond this blog post…), you should act proactively to make an alternative training strategy for extreme weather situations. I fully understand that you prefer to follow your training plan, but there is no reason not to spend a few minutes to consider if there is a reasonable…
  • Improve Your Overall Cycling Skills and Performance in 2014

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    1 Jan 2014 | 5:57 am
    2014 has arrived and now is one of the best moments to change habits and implement smarter and more healthy habits. Maybe you would like to beat your personal best in 40K time trial or win the local criterium. That’s fine. You need goals for your training.If you want to change habits (like many people do on January 1st) then you should focus on behavior instead of overall goals. And 1st of January is the perfect time to set new goals and targets.If you want to ride faster, you should focus on your training today (not your overall goals). Do your best to improve your training habits. I guess…
 
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    Citizen Rider

  • For what it's worth...

    cafiend
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The doctor who examined me for my follow-up IV, 24 hours after my initial examination and treatment, disagreed with the MRSA diagnosis. He said the lack of infection reaction shown in the blood work and the character of the inflammation itself suggested a toxin of some kind, probably from an insect or spider.I've been more or less contentedly coexisting with the creepy crawlers all my life. Except for a brief and debatable period of apparent allergy to bee and wasp stings I've never exhibited more than a normal response to bites and stings.None of the big name spiders or snakes live around…
  • Guess I'm off the bike for a few days

    cafiend
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    An itchy patch of skin on my left ankle on Thursday grew into a pink swelling on Friday. Yesterday things really got interesting.I rode to work as usual yesterday morning. My ankle was a little sore to walk on, but warmed up to riding. I pulled an average of 17 mph for the 14.3 miles of my normal route inbound.When I got to work I felt lightheaded and headachy with a bit of neck stiffness thrown in for added interest. My ankle hurt and I felt what seemed like a lymph node up my thigh. Of course this happens as a weekend begins. If I couldn't hold out until Monday to try to get in with my…
  • Today's contrast

    cafiend
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    This was on the stand:when a guy walked in with this:Mr X called to see if we could slap on the new rear caliper Stromer sent for his bike in 30 minutes or less. The person who said we could does not do wrench work and did not ask those of us who do. I got to disappoint him in person when he showed up.Stromer has admitted that they have issues with those brakes. I was right.Lunch is over.  Back to work.
  • A friend's used bike

    cafiend
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Between 1994 and 1996 Shimano seemed determined to set a definitive low point so that whenever anything went wrong with componentry they made after that they could say,"yeah, well at least it's not as bad as THIS crap."These M290 Acera shifters from about 1995 are some of the worst they ever made. At best they feel like they're about to break. They feel flimsy in a way that implies that when something does snap in there it's going to jam up the whole works.Usually what snaps is the cheesy gear indicator. Several models of Shimano shifter had cheesy indicators that year, all prone to…
  • Instability in the atmosphere

    cafiend
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    "Showers are going to precede the front this afternoon and tonight. Then the front is going to stall over us," said the weather man this morning.He didn't mention that it was going to stall right there, just to the west of town. Watching it on the radar I would have said the rain would be pouring sideways on gale force squalls half an hour ago. I can see it building and building without getting here.Pretty annoying when I already called for the choppers. But there are few hospitable places on my route where I could take decent shelter if something large and electrical came through. I've lost…
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    Cyclelicious

  • Look at me! Look at me!

    Richard Masoner
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    You’ve seen bikes covered with glow-in-the-dark and reflective surfaces. They look cool, but they might not provide the eye-popping visibility that you really expect. What if there was a captivating coating for your bike that increases your conspicuity while looking sexy? Darkside Scientific has developed an electroluminescent (EL) coating system that can be painted onto your bicycle and accessories. Darkside Scientific’s Lumilor coating is more than a weak glow-in-the-dark paint. Like other EL technologies, an electric current passing through an EL surface generates light.
  • Parking in Santa Cruz California

    Richard Masoner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Ramona Turner’s “Street Smarts” column in the Sentinel addresses the issue of storing private property on public rights-of-way in Santa Cruz, while also discussion the multitude of scofflaw cyclists. It occurs to me that a solution to the first issue presents itself. Regarding an inquiry about how many cars residents are allowed to park on the street in front of their home in Santa Cruz: There are no limits to the number of vehicles a person may own [according to city of Santa Cruz parking program manager Marlin Granlund. In the city of Santa Cruz, only 2% of workers…
  • Team Sky rests in style

    Richard Masoner
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    How’s a Jaguar F-Type Coupé grab you as a team support vehicle? How long before a Specialized team runs with McLaren autos for their team support vehicles? #452478394 / gettyimages.com #452478036 / gettyimages.com #452482100 / gettyimages.com #452483548 / gettyimages.com #452484278 / gettyimages.com See also: Team Type 1 abandon due to bike theft Schwinn sponsors Team In Training Team CSC finds sponsor
  • Why everybody rides the train in Japan

    Richard Masoner
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Video shows what driving a car looks like in Yokohama, Japan. See also: バイクツーワークデイ : Bike To Work Day Japan Japan cracks down on sidewalk cyclists Japan considers cabinet level bicycle ministry
  • A teaser video for … a new bike lock?

    Richard Masoner
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Kryptonite released this video about a new “Messenger Collection” of bike locks designed with input from New York bike couriers. I initially ignored the video because “Collection” almost sounds like a stylistic change. I like Kryptonite’s colored sleeves for their u-locks, but producing this pre-announce video two months before product launch probably signals something a little more substantial. They touch on ease-of-use and superior security in this video, so I look forward to what they plan for this autumn. Speaking of autumn, it’s been a couple of years…
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    BikeRadar.com Road

  • Pinnacle Arkose Two review

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pinnacle is an Evans Cycles house brand, and not one we normally associate with daring or outlandish designs. The Arkose Two’s bright green alloy frame is decidedly conventional with its threaded bottom bracket and slightly agricultural welds, but the build is virtually a one-off in its category, featuring TRP Hylex hydraulic disc brakes and a 10-speed, single-chainring drivetrain.Highs: Great hydraulic brakes, and a full-carbon fork; its stock tyres offer good all-rounder abilityLows: The drivetrain is noisy and there’s quite a bit of flex through the cranks and bottom bracket;…
  • Petacchi’s S-Works Tarmac – 21 Days of Tour Tech

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Italian Alessandro Petacchi was once an Alpha sprinter in his own right, winning no less than 48 Grand Tour stages from 2000 to 2010. After bowing out of this role at the end of 2012, he joined Omega Pharma-Quick Step for 2014 as a lead-out man for Mark Cavendish. Even among a field of flexible, aero-minded pros, Petacchi’s bike stands out for its extreme set-up.Standing 6ft / 1.84m, the lanky Italian has his bikes set up almost like track machines, with a huge amount of saddle-to-handlebar drop (14cm) and reach (62.5cm), plus very narrow 40cm handlebars and a 140mm stem. As with the…
  • Cervelo and Rotor to sponsor MTN-Qhubeka Pro Continental team from 2015

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Canadian superbike manufacturer Cervelo and oval chainring specialist Rotor will sponsor the MTN-Qhubeka Pro Continental cycling team in 2015. The news of Cervelo’s involvement could tally with unconfirmed rumours that Argon 18 is taking over sponsorship of the Garmin-Sharp team next season.MTN-Qhubeka will be riding in this year’s Vuelta and is Africa’s first Pro Continental team and is to build on ideas of closer fan interaction developed by the Cervelo Test Team, with this initiative headed up by Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen.Team Principal, Douglas Ryder, said:…
  • 226-mile Etape Xtrem sportive announced for 2015

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    The new Chain Reaction Cycles Etape Xtrem ultra sportive bundles the three Snowdonia-based Etape Eyri routes into one epic 226-mile ride with more than 4,800m of climbing. The event is limited to a field of only 100 riders and will have an 18-hour time limit.Organisers Always Aim High Events are calling the Etape Xtrem the UK’s longest and toughest sportive. The 226-mile route, due to run for the first time on Sunday 14 June 2015, will challenge riders to take on all three of the popular Etape Eryri, which was first run in 2012 and attracted over 1,500 cyclists to this year’s…
  • Feedback Sports Velo Column storage review

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Indoor bike storage is no doubt the cause of many domestic arguments, and for those with rentals and/or limited floor space, it can become an even greater concern. How do you get the bikes off the floor if you don’t (or can’t) drill into your walls? The Velo Column offers a solution, from a brand best known for its portable workstands. The Velo Column adjusts to fit ceiling heights of anything between 2.1 and 3.0m (7-10ft). It requires some minor assembly and setup: with a spring loaded rubber pad at the top, you install the Column by measuring your ceiling height and replicating…
 
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    Twenty Nine Inches

  • Scott Sports Rolls Out 2015 Bikes

    Grannygear
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Camp Scott at Deer Valley, Park City, Utah. Scott Sports Rolls Out 2015 Bikes  – by Grannygear “A year of consolidation and refinement.”  That was the phrase used by one of the Scott Bikes engineers as he introduced the 2015 changes to the MTB line of bikes.  Fine tuning, rather than great big leaps, was what we saw as the curtain was drawn back and the shiny goodies were unveiled.  Nothing wrong with refinement, especially since the Genius, Spark, and Scale line-up was already fresh and selling well.  We will not spend time on the more gravity rated Voltage AM/Freeride…
  • Ergon GE1 Grips: Quick Review

    Guitar Ted
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Ergon GE1 Grips: Quick Review- by Guitar Ted The Egon GE1 grips in their packaging Ergon is pretty well known these days for the grips, back packs, and saddles they make, along with gloves, a suspension seat post, (which we reviewed on our sister site, Gravel Grinder News here), and an urban pedal. However; that wasn’t always the case. I came across Ergon in a rather unique way as they were a sponsor of an event I am involved in called Trans Iowa back in 2005. That’s when I found a grip that radically changed my mountain biking for the better and those grips helped me realize that…
  • Orange Mountain Bikes Announces “Segment” Short Travel 29″er

    Guitar Ted
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Recently our comments section reflected a desire on some folks part to see a “short” travel, Trail oriented 29″er. Ironically, here we have an announcement by U.K. mountain bike brand Orange Mountain Bikes concerning a new bike that may just fit the description many of you have for such a bike. The Segment. See if this may be what would work by reading the following from Orange…. Orange Mountain Bikes Segment RS model The Segment. Divides opinions. Conquers trails. Designed to be the fastest all-rounder we could make, the Segment takes preconceptions about what is…
  • Borealis Echo 29+ Version: Mid-Term

    Guitar Ted
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Borealis Echo 29+ Version: Mid-Term- by Guitar Ted Last week we posted the First Impressions of this Borealis Echo fat bike fitted wit 29+ wheels and tires. As stated, this review is being fast-tracked since we have it for a limited time. That said, I have had enough rides on twisty single track to give you all my next update on this intriguing set up. The Borealis Echo on a recent bushwhacking ride. The First Impressions ride was all done on a wide, fairly straight trail system. The terrain was difficult, but how would the Borealis react to tighter, narrower trails at speed? This post will…
  • A Tale of Two Shimano Shoes: Long Term Follow-Up

    Guitar Ted
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    A Tale of Two Shoes: Long Term Follow-Up- by Guitar Ted & Grannygear Late last year we ran a review on two disparate models of Shimano shoes and we tried to see if a mid-level shoe gave you a modicum of higher end performance, or if you really were getting what you paid for. (See our last report on these shoes HERE) Now we thought we would come back with a Long Term Update to see how we feel about these shoes and how they are holding up. First up, Guitar Ted gives his thoughts followed by Grannygear for each shoe…….. Shimano SH-XC90 shoes SH-XC90: Guitar Ted- These…
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    Fat Cyclist

  • A Conversation With Levi Leipheimer

    fatty
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    I had a great vacation in NC with my family. Except for one day: July 12, the day of the Crusher in the Tushar. I love that race, and was bummed to be missing it this year. So I tracked it, as best as I could — watching for Twitter, Facebook, and Strava posts. Eventually I saw that Levi Leipheimer had posted a fast time for the race, so I left a comment congratulating him. Which made it so that I started getting notified by Strava whenever anyone else left a comment.  And there were quite a few. Some positive, some critical. And up to that point at least, all very  well-considered. That…
  • 2014 Rockwell Relay Race Report, Part 12: Idiot

    fatty
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    A Note from Fatty About Today’s Post: This is part 12 of my 2014 Rockwell Relay Race Report. The previous installment, part 11, is here. Or if you need to, you can go to back to the beginning.  The most reliable indicator of a successful blog post, as far as I’m concerned, is that upon reading it, you will admire me. You will find me insightful. Athletic. Witty.  Strategic. Smart. Handsome, even.  This will not, as measured by any of the above metrics, be a successful blog post. Handoff We got to the Cedar City exchange point with enough time for me to get changed, get my bike ready,…
  • How About for Today’s Post I Just Do This

    fatty
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    So, I’m in Austin all this week. Working. Which is fine. But what I’m about to tell you is not fine. It is dumb. Or more to the point, I am dumb. I got to the office early, so I could write the final entry for my Rockwell Relay race report before heading out to an offsite meeting. I unlocked the office, set up my computer, and then went to use the bathroom — which is down the hall from my office. So far so good. But when I finished and headed back to the office — which nobody else is at, cuz they’re all going to the offsite —  it’s locked. And my key…
  • 2014 Rockwell Relay Race Report, Part 11: Emotional Swings

    fatty
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    A Note from Fatty About Today’s Post: This is part 11 of my 2014 Rockwell Relay Race Report. As a refresher (or if you haven’t read it yet), part 10 is here. Or if you need to, you can go to back to the beginning.  You can feel a lot of emotions, all at once. And when you’re tired and sleep-deprived, those emotions can swing pretty fast. I have examples. Jealousy Kenny started his final turn in the Rockwell Relay just as the sun was starting to really show. The day was — barely — warming up and we were moving out of the desert and into the mountains. Instead of terrain like this:…
  • 2014 Rockwell Relay Race Report, Part 10: Over the Wall

    fatty
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    A Note from Fatty: Enormous thanks to everyone who signed up for the 2014 100 Miles of Nowhere Thursday and Friday. The event is now sold out. Huzzah! And again: Huzzah! A Note from Fatty About Today’s Post: This is part 10 of my 2014 Rockwell Relay Race Report. As a refresher (or if you haven’t read it yet), part 9 is here. Or if you need to, you can go to back to the beginning.  There are certain realities of endurance racing that you simply cannot avoid. One of them is that, at some point, it’s going to stop being fun. No, that doesn’t mean the fun won’t come back. But if it…
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  • REPORT: Telluride 100

    Jeff Kerkove
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    July 18, 2014 Telluride, Colorado  Telluride, CO is known Worldwide for it's fantastic skiing in the winter. Soon it will be well known for it's Telluride 100 mountain bike race.  2014 marked the inaugural year for the Telluride 100 which covers 96 miles and climbs 15,000 ft.  As a first year event, the field was limited to 100 athletes.  Coming from all over the USA to tackle this demanding course, the athletes would ride 2 different loops, both starting and finishing in the town of Telluride.Loop 1 was the toughest loop of the day and also the shortest at about 33…
  • Mosquito Range: See The Path Less Traveled

    Jeff Kerkove
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    A re-post of a post I wrote up for PinkBike and MTBR.com.....With one of our Ergon Bike USA offices located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado I am lucky to drive through some mind-blowing terrain. I often pass through Leadville en route to events, to visit Ergon retailers, and weekend rides. The Mosquito Range sits to the east of Leadville. It's peaks are high (topping out over 14,000 ft), but less aggressive than it's brother range to the west, the Sawatch Range. From a distance they look smooth and relatively flat in comparison to some of the jagged and aggressive peaks in any…
  • REPORT: Durango Dirty Century & Firecracker 50

    Jeff Kerkove
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Enjoy!! Cut-n-paste from the team post-race press release.......July 8, 2014 Durango and Breckenridge, Colorado, USA Over the past two weekends, Topeak-Ergon USA rider Jeff Kerkove, has been putting in some lengthy efforts on the Canyon race bikes. The last weekend of June, Jeff competed in the Durango Dirty Century (DDC), a 100-mile self-supported and self-navigated backcountry mountain bike race. The following weekend he celebrated the USA Independence day by toeing the start line of the fastest mountain bike marathon race in the USA, the Firecracker 50. While looking for solid results,…
  • REPORT: Bailey HUNDO

    Jeff Kerkove
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Congrats to Wiens for winning the 50-miler! My race was good....and bad all in the matter of 100-miles.Cut-n-paste from the team release....This year marked the 5th year for the Bailey Hundo, a non-profit event that uses the race entry fees to support Trips for Kids, the Colorado League of high school MTB racing, and COMBA. Add in the professional organization and the enthusiastic Bailey community and you have a top-shelf event that utilizes some of the most amazing singletrack in the state of Colorado.In previous years, the Bailey Hundo was a stand alone 100-mile event. New for 2014, the…
  • REPORT: GoPro Mountain Games XC

    Jeff Kerkove
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
    Yes, XC racing still hard as hell.  Still blows my mind how deep the talent pool is in this sport! Always a painful reminder that we all have to keep pushing and working hard.Here is the team PR piece.....Jeff Kerkove tunes his engine with one of the most competitive XC races in the USA, the Mountain Games in Vail, CO.The XC race every June at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO brings out the best XC racers in the USA; Olympians, National Champions, and World Cup winners. Without question, the event could double as the USA National XC Championships, as the $8,000 prize list has racer…
 
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    Bike Noob

  • Getting Hot

    Bike Noob
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    We’ve had a real break so far this summer. It wasn’t until last week that we had our first 100 degree (38C) days of the season. We had enough rain in June that the grass in my yard is uniformly green. These conditions are markedly different from the summers we’ve had around here in recent years. The worst was the summer of 2011, when we hit 100 nearly every day for three months straight. The problem is, the severe drought conditions that began that year have never abated. We’re still in extreme to exceptional drought conditions. But riding has been great. We decided to…
  • Natural Selection

    Bike Noob
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    We were thundering down a semi-rural road on our weekly ride. The road was deserted, for a change no cars or trucks were on hand to buzz us. Off in the distance, we saw a bicyclist turn to cross the road at a right angle. Although the road was empty, traffic does travel fast: 55-60 mph, and sometimes faster. It’s a two-land road with no shoulder. We thought the cyclist was putting herself in some danger. But she got to the opposite side of the road, and as we got closer, we could see she had taken out her phone, and was using it to take a picture of something. Just before we pulled even…
  • Road Bikers vs. Mountain Bikers

    Bike Noob
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned a conversation we had while on a mountain bike ride. Another mountain biker had stopped to chat with us, and we talked for a good 15 minutes before he moved on. “That’s why I like mountain bikers,” said my friend Maggie. “They’re more sociable than road bikers.” Are they? The club we’re in is a road biking club, although some of the members mountain bike, too. We never organize any mountain bike rides to supplement the road biking we do during the week. Some of the mountain bikers will put together an ad hoc ride…
  • A New City Trail

    Bike Noob
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Had a change of pace for today’s ride. Maggie suggested we check out the South Walnut Creek Trail. It’s a brand new trail the city has just completed on the east side of Austin. The trail is about 15 miles long, and it’s concrete all the way. On this quiet Sunday morning, the trailhead at Govalle (Go-valley) Park had only a few cars in the parking lot. Govalle Park. This Google Streetview picture was obviously not taken in the middle of summer. (Click all pix to enlarge.) We took our bikes off the rack and got moving. The trail is easy. Mostly flat, but lots of curves. At…
  • Big Ride for the Death Ride

    Bike Noob
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Our pal Don Blount is at it again, as he prepares for his big ride of the year. Here’s his account of a little(!) training ride. To prepare for big rides, you have to train for big rides — and often that training is painful. On Saturday, July 12, I am riding the Tour of the California Alps Death Ride. It is 129 miles (207.6 kilometers) with 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) of climbing over five mountain passes. I have done a number of “big” rides to prepare for the Death Ride, including two double metric centuries and two century rides. But I had never ridden at altitude, so two…
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    Urban Velo

  • Tom Teesdale Suffers Heart Attack on RAGBRAI

    brad
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    In sad news RAGBRAI is reporting that long time framebuilder Tom Teesdale suffered a heart attack and passed away while participating in the annual ride across Iowa on Monday the 21st. Tom was an influential craftsman having been involved in the 1980′s era Fisher bikes, and known throughout the world of small-time builders. Son John Teesdale said his father loved his family and had a passion for bicycles. “It’s nice — well, it’s not nice — but if you’ve got to go out, you might as well go out riding your bike,” he said. Read more at www.ragbrai.com
  • Swobo Minneapolis Folsom Fist Fight

    brad
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Minneapolis rules, and this is more evidence. Swobo gets it.
  • In It Together Fest and Alleycat

    Urban Jeff
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    In It Together Fest (InFest) is a celebration of underground art, music, and activism throughout DC, running from July 31–August 3. It’s four days of shows, workshops, and activism; occurring in DC’s homes, basements, and other non-commercial creative spaces. And on Day Three of InFest, there’s also a kickass alleycat! The InFest Alleycat is like a tour de DIY. The race will guide riders to the city’s myriad creative spaces—checkpoints at community-built skateparks, house venues, graffiti havens, art trails, etc. Along the way, checkpoint tasks will encourage riders to participate…
  • Dragon Shirt Sale – $5!

    brad
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Roll with the red dragon and a winning hand of cards for just $5 plus shipping. The art was originally made for our annual Spring Roll alleycat but we decided it would work well on a shirt as a standalone piece. Time to make space for a new design, pick one up while supplies last. White Gildan Dryblend 50/50 shirt, available in sizes S-XXL.   Price: 500 Quantity: Small Medium Large XL 2XL + $1.00 Inventory Restriction Inventory Failure Success!  
  • Etnnic Bikes

    Scott Spitz
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Etnnic Bikes is a new frame maker from overseas, specializing in unique urban frames that are both utilitarian and compact. They will be releasing electric models, 20″ fixies and more in the near future. Etnnic on Facebook
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    Bike Hugger

  • Slaying the Badger is on Tonight

    Byron
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Our friends from Rapha reminded me that tonight on ESPN, is Slaying the Badger. Check your local listings and read the entire first chapter from the book In the midst of competition, Hinault attempted to snatch victory like a furious, clawing rodent… he acted not only for himself but for a nation horrified that its great race might be hijacked by an American outlaw.
  • Le Tour Stage 16 Recap: Take a Bow

    Byron
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Take a bow, photo @JoshRBurrows Voeckler tries to steal the show, but in the Pyrenees, Mick Rogers takes a bow. And a press car was where it shouldn’t be…. A still from the Disney movie ‘Cars’, about a plucky little car who wanted to race the Tour. pic.twitter.com/XJydV0FLLF— nyvelocity (@nyvelocity) July 22, 2014
  • Rest Day for Us Too

    Byron
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In the Aspens, mayne, with a nice whip A rest day for the Tour and one for us to get caught up on photos, videos, and words after a week on the road in Vegas for SXSW, then Scott Week. Here’s a storied, swipey, touchy version of my Genius LT Tuned ride. Lots of things to push, click, and switch And if you’re into that sort of industry intrigue, at the high end, Scott specs SRAM drivetrains with XTR brakes. I pushed and clicked everything hanging off that bar and it all worked splendidly. Even flipped the chip, which switches the geo from short to long. Also see this vignette on…
  • Le Tour Stage 15 Recap: 10 Meters Short

    Byron
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Jack Bauer the cyclist pulled for like 24 hours, breakaway nearly stayed away, the catch, and then Kristoff wins! 2ème victoire pour le Viking / 2nd victory for the Viking @Kristoff87 #TDF pic.twitter.com/d1votOenD7— Le Tour de France (@letour) July 20, 2014 That was 10 meters too short for Bauer and left him shattered.
  • China-Loading Before High Cascades 100

    Byron
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Mark V China-loads before a race Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically. The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth Raced complete Expecting a dream sequence in his…
 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action

    Kasey
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Annie Leonard In my last essay, I talked about an updated vision of environmental changemaking, one that recognizes that many businesses are potential allies in the transformation to a responsible sustainable economy. Not all businesses, mind you, but a good number really do want clean energy, safe products, and decently paid workers. This time, we’ll talk about what we can all do to scale up these kinds of solutions, whether we work within a business or we use its products and services. When I talk to all kinds of people working to make today’s companies more sustainable, often…
  • Thai Boxing

    Kasey
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    By Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll “Climb it for me!” he yelled as I walked out of the hospital room. I gladly would if I could, I thought to myself, but this one might just be too hard. I can’t make any promises. A few days earlier, after a nice enjoyable day of climbing, we were heading back to my friend Sasha’s house to cook up some grub. He was on his motorbike, I was driving his van. Life was sweet. In a split second everything changed. An old man came out from a side road and didn’t see the motorbike coming. We had some good adventures lined up for the week, but now Sasha was…
  • Patagonia’s Plastic Packaging – A study on the challenges of garment delivery

    Kasey
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Nellie Cohen & Elissa Loughman Patagonia’s finished goods factories package each individual product we make in a polybag. Some of our direct customers (people who order from our catalog or Patagonia.com) have expressed disappointment in the amount of waste generated by polybags. This customer feedback inspired us to investigate ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated from Patagonia’s product packaging. Editor’s note: The tone of today’s post is a bit formal due to its origins as an internal case study. It’s a good look into the workings of our company and the…
  • Stepping from Sand to Pavement – San Sebastián Surfilm Festibal 2014

    Kasey
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    By Tom Doidge-Harrison Travel in all its various guises is at the heart of surfing, so it was appropriate that there was a little of it involved for most of the people—Patagonia or otherwise—at this year’s Surfilm Festibal in San Sebastián, Spain. They say that change is good and that exploring new places nourishes the soul, but Nora, my three-year-old daughter wasn’t letting on if it did. Changing time zones with a small child is a test of a parent’s reserves of patience. From her perspective, though, once we were in country and with day time operations revolving around…
  • My Best Surf Session

    Kasey
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    By Laurel Winterbourne Head-high peaks stacked in perfect rows, warm clear water, and glassy surface conditions were not the reasons for the best surf session of my life. Sometimes it’s about more than that. If you were asked to describe your most memorable surf session, what would you say? Would you scroll through your memories of surf trips to the South Pacific, or an epic day at your home break with no one out except you and the dolphins? That’s what would have come to mind before my experience with the athletes from the High Fives Foundation. While surfing with this crew of…
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    Streetfilms

  • Transportation Videos & Photos from Montevideo & Buenos Aires!

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    I was very fortunate to be able to take a long vacation to South America and was in the cities of Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Asuncion. Of course with me a vacation can never be truly 100% relaxing when there is transportation observations to be made and I was able to squeeze in some Streetfilms work here and there.  Here are some short videos and photos with commentary. The first video above (apologies for some sound, it was a very impromptu shoot without using all my gear) is from Montevideo, Uruguay. I was very surprised to see so much bicycling and very new bike infrastructure. And…
  • Asunción, Paraguay: A Walk on a Bikeway Yields Evidence of a Rail Past

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week while in Asunción, the largest city in Paraguay, I was surprised to learn the country introduced the first railway service on the content - sometime in the 1830s. But sadly, there are no longer any kinds of rail or passenger service here. That's such a shame. Paraguay is a very poor country. For the most part its roads are choked with traffic and the vehicles on the road spew emissions that you can taste. The pedestrian environment is as bad as I've seen anywhere with horrible sidewalks and drivers who yield your right of way, um...never! For a place that frequently scores as…
  • Parking: Searching for the Good Life in the City

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    Streetfilms is proud to partner with ITDP to bring you this fun animation that's sort of a cross between those catchy Schoolhouse Rock shorts and the credit sequence for a 1960s-style Saul Bass film. For too long cities tried to make parking a core feature of the urban fabric, only to discover that yielding to parking demand tears that fabric apart. Parking requirements for new buildings have quietly been changing the landscape, making walking and transit less viable while inducing more traffic. Chipping away at walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods has been a slow process that, over the…
  • In the U.S. Walking & Biking to School is Becoming Extinct, Get Inspired by some Streetfilms to Change That

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    Last year, we debuted a crisply-edited Streetfilm "Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam" as a chapter in our STREETFACTS series. We were surprised the 4-part educational series didn't do better. However, the last week saw renewed interest as people started forwarding it around Facebook, nearly 100 shares! Perhaps the general public is beginning to crave change? Things sure have changed in most parts of the country since I was a kid. I'm now 47. I walked over 2 miles each way to school - in rain and snow (and I was also a morning paperboy for the Times-Hearld Record in Goshen, NY!)…
  • How a Massive Bike Tour Inspired Montreal to Become a Bike-Friendly City

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    Especially in the warmer months, Montreal is simply alive with street life and, of course, lots of bicycling. Its car-free spaces are inviting to everyone, and there's so much art and interactive installations in public space. In 2001 and again in 2003, I got to ride the Tour de l'Île in Montreal while on group trips with NYC's Five Borough Bike Club. Both times were incredibly exciting, not only because of the rides, but because I could see and use wonderful, safe bike infrastructure. It helped me realize what could be possible in NYC one day. I was invited by Vélo Québec to…
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  • Tested: SweatHawg Skull Cap

    Levi
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you sweat like crazy? As in, so much that no skull cap or headband has ever been enough to prevent the sweat from running into your eyes? That’s how it was for me. I tried all the skull caps from top brands, finally settling on one that worked well enough to keep my sweat from washing my contacts out of my eyes during a typical 2-hour bike race. Then I got this thing called the SweatHawg Helmet Liner. That thing soaked up so much sweat I couldn’t believe it. But it had to be used within a helmet, and placed carefully, too. Finally, my dreams have come true, and the SweatHawg…
  • Tested: Amaçari

    Levi
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    For the past month, I’ve been testing a new supplement called Amaçari. It’s based on Camu Camu, one of many so-called superfruits. I hadn’t even heard of this one yet, but no surprise, Dr. Oz was one step ahead of me. He had already discovered that this berry “might just be our missing fountain of youth.” Wow, move over acai berry, goji berry, and every other superfruit that has yet to provide you with any noticeable health benefits despite the same claims! But wait… there is this slightly important piece of information thrown in at the end of the Dr. Oz…
  • Tested: Arctic Ease Instant Cold Wrap

    Levi
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Do you like being overheated? Do you like being hurt? If you answered “no” to both those questions, as I did, you might be interested in something called the Arctic Ease® Instant Cold Wrap. The company has been around a while, but I just found out about it recently when the company announced a partnership with IRONMAN, and boy did I get excited! Because it’s not that I “don’t like” being overheated and hurting, I hate it! So if there’s a product out there that can help me recover from injuries and cool me down at the same time, I have to try it! This…
  • Tested: Paper Shower Body Wipes

    Levi
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    As a mountain biker, trail runner, and lover of the great outdoors, it’s no surprise that I’m frequently dirty and in need of a shower. It’s also no surprise that showers are hard to come by when you’re out in the woods. That’s why Paper Shower Body Wipes caught my attention. Rather than being a regular wet wipe, this is supposed to be a shower replacement, since you get both a wet wipe (for cleaning) and a dry towelette (to dry yourself off.) Now let me ask you something – have you ever taken a traditional “baby wipe shower” and thought to…
  • Tested: Wilderness Athlete Superman

    Levi
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    If you’re shopping on the Wilderness Athlete website, you won’t find it. That’s because it’s sort of an insider secret. Well, it used to be. News of the Wilderness Athlete Superman has spread, though, and it’s not just company employees mixing up this special concoction anymore. Athletes and outdoorsmen of all types have caught on and it seems like every Wilderness Athlete customer is a big fan! So, what is the Superman? It’s a mix of two popular Wilderness Athlete drinks (an energy drink and a recovery drink) into one super drink. Apparently it was a huge…
 
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    BikePortland.org » Front Page

  • If only every stolen bike story ended this well

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Joel Brown, happy with his bright green Kona.(Photos courtesy of Joel Brown) We’ve shared dozens of stolen bike recovery stories here on BikePortland over the years. From an editorial standpoint, I usually don’t like to repeat similar stories; but in these cases I make exceptions. Why? Because I know the despair people feel when their bike gets stolen, and I want to give victims hope. I also feel that given what a huge problem bike theft is in Portland (much larger than you might think), I jump at any excuse to cover the topic. On that note, here’s the story of reader Joel…
  • Local bike shop news roundup: Major closures, big moves, and smoothies!

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    There’s only one constant in Portland’s bike shop ecosystem: change. With about 70 or so bike retail shops in the city boundary, hundreds of employees constantly switching between them, and an ever-changing market of bicycle riders, we need a full-time business editor on staff here at BikePortland just to keep up. In the meantime, I’ve cobbled together several weeks of notes and emails to bring you the latest local bike shop news… Bike ‘N Hike closes Portland store One of Portland’s largest shops, Bike ‘N Hike, is closing. The 7,500 square foot store…
  • New path link will open in time to greet Sellwood Bridge, County says

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    An edited overhead map of the new path (highlighted in orange) along the west side of the Willamette River, with east up and Macadam Avenue along the bottom.(Map: November 2011 Multnomah County open house, edited by BikePortland) Noting that the current detour along a narrow Macadam Avenue sidewalk “has some challenges,” Multnomah County says it’ll open its much-improved path along the Willamette River by the time the new Sellwood Bridge is ready next year. “The conditions there are not great, but it is not our road. Better facilities are coming soon… “—…
  • City’s most underrated bike jump? A driveway near Peninsula Park, Mercury says

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    We’re maybe a little late to the Portland Mercury’s “Most Underrated” issue, out last week, but it’s a nice twist on the “best of” genre and it has a few interesting details about bikes. The most intriguing claim, from Merc reporter Dirk VanderHart: Portland’s “most underrated bike jump” is a not-explicitly-identified private driveway on North Ainsworth Street near Peninsula Park. Here’s what he says: It’s not much to look at, but if you’re pedaling west on N Ainsworth near Peninsula Park, there’ll be a…
  • City drops 84 bike parking spaces into East Portland parking lots

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The city created a process for East Portland businesses to request free bike staples in exchange for dedicating space in their parking lots and maintaining the racks.(Photos by David Hampsten) Portland may have just cracked a very important puzzle: How can the public provide convenient bike parking in neighborhoods where the front door of a business is half a football field away from the sidewalk? The city just wrapped up a project that bought metal bike racks in bulk and donated them to interested businesses, who in turn agreed to maintain the racks along with the rest of their private…
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    Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

  • News: Cam Zink will Attempt a World Record Back Flip at Mammoth Mountain

    Jim Hodgson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    A mountain biking person by the name of Cam Zink will attempt to break the world record dirt-to-dirt back flip August 21st at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area by backflipping over one hundred feet. If he succeeds, he will surpass the … Continue reading → Related posts:World Record Mountain Bike Wheelie Attempt News: Mammoth Bike Park in California Set to Open May 24th Photo Blog: Mammoth Mountain, CA Set to Open off the Top Saturday June 14
  • Interview: Jenny Fay, Professional Australian XC Racer

    jurgenmennel
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Jenny Fay is a professional Australian cross country racer who has logged some impressive wins in recent years. Read on for a brief glimpse into the life of a pro XC racer: Congratulations on your 2013 season! What have been … Continue reading → Related posts:Australian mountain biker Jongewaard reconsidered for Olympic team One tough mountain biker and racer MTB raffle to benefit Great Divide racer
  • Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Oak Mountain State Park, AL

    projektroam
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride lends tires blissful singletrack with a snug, tree-hugging turn from time to time, mixing it up a little bit. When ridden in a counter-clockwise direction, the trail is a smooth, flowing, enjoyable experience. Mr. Toad’s Wild … Continue reading → Related posts:Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Lightning Trail, Oak Mountain State Park, AL Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Jekyll ‘n’ Hyde Trail, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Trail #533, Mingus Mountain Recreation Area, Prescott, AZ
  • 8 Pairs of Mountain Biking Sunglasses to Wear This Summer

    Chris Barber
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Your future’s bright, and it’s time to get some shades to sport on the trail. We’ve put together a list of excellent sunglasses that will not only protect your eyes, but will also earn you style points as well. Open … Continue reading → Related posts:Julbo Pipeline Sunglasses for Mountain Biking Summer Mountain Biking Trip #1, Day 1 Ryders Eyewear Reviews: VTX & Vigor Sunglasses
  • Review: Mavic Crossmax Enduro Shoes

    syd
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Building on the success of the Alpine XL shoe, Mavic wanted to push its shoe technology to the next level. With input from top riders like Jérôme Clementz and Fabien Barel, Mavic produced the new enduro racing Crossmax Shoe. The … Continue reading → Related posts:Review: Mavic Crossmax XL Pedals Review: Mavic Scree All Weather Shoes 2009 Mavic Crossmax SX Review
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    MtnBikeRiders.com

  • REVIEW : ROYAL RACAING’S A ROYAL REVIEW- SIGNATURE SHORT, STAGE JERSEY, STAGE JACKET, AND QUANTUM GLOVES

    Art Aguilar
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    ENDURO GEAR WHAT’S THAT With the advent of a new mountain bike discipline called Enduro racing, which is comprised of stages, gear companies are now on the push to design gear suited to the needs and demands of the racer. That being said Enduro racing is a longer distance time race where you are timed between each stage. Now I have not attended an Enduro race yet, but I do want to see what the hoopla is all about. Now being an old Motocrosser and dirt head, I grew up all things motorcycles and the motorcycle Enduro racing aspect is about the same concept, but with moto you had to come in at…
  • Snow Summit Edit By Neal Bryant

    RL Policar
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    MtnBikeRiders.com Team Racer Neal “Hollywood” Bryant works in the film industry. He took his God-Given skills and made this sweet edit while he was at Snow Summit with some of his shredder friends. Bookmark It Hide Sites
  • Energy Bears by MtnBikeRiders.com

    RL Policar
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The last month or so we’ve been working with a lab to help us develop our newest product…Energy Bears! That’s right, ENERGY BEARS(tm). These Energy Bears were the brain-child of RL Policar (that’s Me! and The Moe). We wanted to develop a new energy chew that we are all familiar with. Jelly Belly came out with their energy beans so we figured that we should do something just as fun! This is when we had this bright idea of coming out with the MtnBikeRiders.com Energy Bears. This High-Energy snack is perfect for anytime you need that extra push of energy. Whether you eat…
  • A Must Have tool: Pro Grabit

    RL Policar
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    So are you wondering what this thing does? Well it’s simple, it helps you remove stripped allen heads with ease. I’ve actually featured this tool before. But recently I used it on my motorcycle. I needed to remove a engine guard, but the allen heads were stripped on the screw. This was the screw that I removed by using the Pro Grabit. 5 years ago, I demonstrated how well this Pro Grabit works on this video below. I paid $20 for the little kit, but have used it in various applications through out the years. Trust me, get one of these and it will pay for itself in no time! Bookmark…
  • Kali Camp

    Dan Burdett
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:02 pm
    This past week I had the opportunity to attend Kali Camp, an informal riding and product info session in Big Bear, CA for Kali Protectives. Most of the guys rolled in late Wednesday evening to the quirky local cabin where everyone would be staying. This cabin even featured a pool table; however, the carpeted surface made it less than ideal. Around a dozen guys including a couple Kali sales reps and the owner himself, Brad Waldron, were there. Loaded up with Bikes The priority was getting saddle time in, so first thing Thursday morning everyone headed out for a XC grind on to a local trail…
 
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    Sick Lines - mountain bike reviews, news, videos | Your comprehensive downhill and freeride mountain bike resource

  • 2015 Renthal Carbon Fatbar – 780mm DH Carbon Handlebars

    sicklines
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Renthal beamed over some details on their new 2015 Carbon Fatbar handlebar. Learn more about it inside. Following on from our hugely successful Fatbar Lite Carbon, we are now excited to expand our carbon line-up with the new Fatbar Carbon. This new handlebar comes is wider, at 780mm and is approved for downhill racing and use with a dual crown fork. The Fatbar Carbon is an all-new handlebar, not just a wider version of the Fatbar Lite Carbon. We followed the same in depth R&D process with this handlebar as with our previous Fatbar Lite Carbon, with the ride-feel of the bar being of the…
  • Video: Hope Factory Tour

    sicklines
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    We love Factory Tours and Hope has a pretty impressive facility. Check out their facility inside as Chain Reaction Cycles pays them a visit. Hope are this year celebrating 25 years of designing, developing and creating some of the best mountain bike and road components available – we’re just back from a tour of their incredible headquarters – we hope you enjoy our video as much as we enjoyed being there!
  • Cam Zink – Record Backflip Attempt in the Works Live on ESPN August 21

    sicklines
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Cam Zink will be attempting a world record for the longest dirt-to-dirt mountain bike backflip, soaring 100 feet in the air. The event is set to take place at Mammoth Mountain on August 21 and will air live on ESPN. photos: Peter Morning/MMSA Mountain Biker Cam Zink to Attempt World-Record Back Flip at Mammoth Mountain ESPN to televise “World of X Games: Mammoth Flip with Cam Zink presented by Monster Energy” Live on August 21 Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – Mountain Biker Cam Zink is known for going big, but no one, Zink included, has ever tried to go this big. On August 21st Zink will look to…
  • Video: Yeti Cycles – The San Juans on the SB5 Carbon

    sicklines
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Yeti Cycles takes their new SB5 Carbon to the San Juans for some testing with Joey Schusler. Fall in the Rockies is always epic, but the weather is variable. We encountered freezing temps and snow, but were rewarded with fresh loam and peak colors. In the end, after the trails were explored, weather was endured, flat tires were fixed, and a few beers were drunk, we found out what works and what doesn’t. Excursions like this are part of the feedback loop necessary to fully develop our suspension designs. SB5 Carbon & The San Juan’s. Proven Here. [Video: The San Juans] Learn more about…
  • 2015 BOS Idylle FCV 37 MTB Downhill Fork – 26 and 27.5

    sicklines
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    BOS has a new downhill fork called the Idylle FCV 37. Learn more about it inside. Watch Remi Thirion shred on the new Idylle FCV37 while you learn about some of the updates BOS has performed. Video: Available models to fit 26 and 27.5″ wheels New lowers- Improved tire clearance : Chassis and fork arch have been reworked to allow improve clearance FCV – Frequency Control Valve New Hydraulic Bumpstop – more powerful New Stanchion- 37mm (36mm before) New Seals More Travel – 208mm
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  • Crusher in the Tushar

    lyne
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Photos from the 2014 Crusher in the Tushar [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Del-Cin, Rathwell Win Tour de White Rock Peace Arch News Road Race

    pressrelease
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Matteo Del-Cin who rides for the new Silber Pro Cycling Team attacked the break to win the Peace Arch News Road Race, the final day of racing of Tour de White Rock and BC Superweek on July 13. Megan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Knauer, Gibson Win Tour de White Rock Criterium

    pressrelease
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Germany’s Florenz Knauer wins Choices Markets Criterium for second straight podium finish at Tour de White Rock in Vancouver, BC on Saturday. 2013 Junior National Time Trial Champion Kinley... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Etzl Repeats at Tour de White Rock Hill Climb

    pressrelease
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Brandon Etzl (Team Jet Fuel Coffee/Norco Bicycle) repeats as Homelife Realty Hill Climb winner at Tour de White Rock. Local BC Riders Sweep the Podium in the Women’s Race with Alison Jackson (Team... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wren Talks Crusher in the Tushar

    lyne
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Two-time winner Tyler Wren (Jamis-Hagens Berman) talks about the Crusher in the Tushar, his love of off-road racing and bike choices to tackle the event in the stunning back country of Utah’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Commute by Bike

  • Bicycle Face

    Melanie Colavito
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    I learned about a fascinating new topic this week thanks to Vox.  Apparently, when women started riding bicycles en masse in the 19th century, doctors coined a fictitious disease called bicycle face in an effort to scare then off from cycling.  From the Vox article: “Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious [...]
  • Is Rollin’ Coal the Mirror Image of Critical Mass?

    Ted Johnson
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    It’s been said that for every activist there’s an equal and opposite reactionary. So I’m just asking: Are these “Rollin’ Coal” trolls just the natural polar-opposites to Critical Massholes? Rollin’ Coal, if you haven’t heard of it, is a phenomenon where people modify their diesel trucks to make them less fuel efficient. The modifications, which [...]
  • The Cadillac Backup Plan

    BluesCat
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    When I returned to bicycle commuting in 2008, my backup plan for handling problems out on the road was pretty simple: I carried a spare tube, a set of tire tools, a multi-tool and a cheap frame pump. If I encountered anything I couldn’t handle with that basic kit, I carried my cell phone to [...]
  • I Don’t Want to Share My Road With You

    Josh Lipton
    21 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The other day, I stumbled across a tweet and reply that made me question the ubiquitous bicycle friendly term “Share the Road“. I decided to jump in on the fun by trying to come up with a new and improved version of this pithy but now under-mined slogan.  Nothing of any real merit sprang to [...]
  • unTerrifying Facts About Bicycling

    Melanie Colavito
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    This absolute gem of a video found its way to my inbox yesterday.  It’s titled “Terrifying Facts About Bicycling” and was created by BuzzFeed, the most prolific makers of lists on the Internet today. Please take the next 2 minutes to watch this video. Wow.  May I be the first to say WTF just happened [...]
 
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    Bike Shop Girl

  • I Live #LikeAGirl – How about you?

    Bike Shop Girl
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    Many years ago I started this BikeShopGirl.com to empower women in cycling. Empower women to ride bikes, fix bikes and maybe even work in this glorious bike industry. Not to change how we ride, fix or work. I’m happy to see the work of Always, Shelly Sandberg and others taking center stage. I live like a girl because I am a girl and I would never want to change that.
  • Banjo Brothers Tiny Bike Shop Concert Series – June 27th in MN

    Bike Shop Girl
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:35 pm
    There a notion, that may seem a bit crazy, that a a company or brand may do something solely to spread the love they have for their passions. A great example of this kind of notion is the Banjo Brothers Tiny Bike Shop Concert Series. What does this have to do about bike bags? Not much. Yet, it may have to do with banjos, bike shops and bringing together like minded people, hopefully like minded people on bikes. Banjo Brothers Free Concert with King Mulhacen and Brianna Lane June 27th 2014 on the Banjo Brothers Stage in Minneapolis the Banjo Brothers will host a special “Happy…
  • Motivational Monday with Sue Rawley

    Bike Shop Girl
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:49 am
    What is your name and location? Sue Rawley What type of cycling do you enjoy? All types! What is your first cycling memory? I remember “working on” my first bike that wasn’t a hand-me-down from my brother. I would turn it upside down and spin the pedals like I knew what I was doing! Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why? My mom. My mom is going to be 75 next year and she still rides her bike to work. My parents always made cycling and other outdoor endeavors a part of our lives and I’m grateful for that. I will still be riding just like my mom when I’m 75.
  • 2014 Beti Bike Bash Recap

    Bike Shop Girl
    8 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Photo credit: Mark Woolcott This past weekend I lined up for my first mountain bike race in over a year. There were reasons I hadn’t lined up in so many months. Injury, work, life and countless things that didn’t seem to matter once I zip tied that number to my bar. Why was I doing such a thing? Knowing I didn’t have the legs, or even the lungs, to be competing with those strong ladies that towed the line with me. Why? Because it was the Beti Bike Bash, an all women’s mountain bike event put on by my favorite ladies – the Yeti Betis. It would have been a larger…
  • Motivational Monday with Angela Walker

    Bike Shop Girl
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    What is your name and location? Angela Walker, Sheffield, UK What type of cycling do you enjoy? All kinds, I ride for transportation, exercise and fun. I sold my car 2 years ago and haven’t looked back! What is your first cycling memory? As a child, being taught to ride by the boys next door. Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why? The old guys at my cycling club, many of whom are in their 70′s and still racking up the miles every Sunday. Cycling keeps them young, both in mind and body. What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year? 340 miles in 4 days through…
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  • Preparing for Dropped Chains in a Race -Technique Tuesday

    andrew reimann
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Several years ago, on a rainy night in early September, my wife and I were riding along the yellow taxicabs and familiar traffic of New York City on our cyclocross bikes; we were right on the wheel of a man... The post Preparing for Dropped Chains in a Race -Technique Tuesday appeared first on... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Looking for an Easy Upgrade? Try Compressionless Brake Housing-Mechanical Monday

    andrew reimann
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The folks here at Cyclocross Magazine can’t get enough of our cyclocross bikes, and usually we find excuses to keep riding them year round. We’ve also heard scary rumors of cyclists who leave their ’cross bikes in a dark corner... The post Looking for an Easy Upgrade? Try Compressionless Brake... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • USA Cycling Announces 2014 Cyclo-cross National Calendar, Focuses on Lesser-Known Locales

    molly
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    It’s always exciting to see ’cross spread, and we’re happy to see that USAC is putting an effort into making sure that it develops throughout the country, not just in the “classic ’cross” regions like New England and the Northwest.... The post USA Cycling Announces 2014... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Davison Defends, Wells Regains at US Cross Country MTB Nationals

    molly
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    North America had a busy weekend, with US and Canadian XC MTB Nationals taking place on the same day. In an eery parallel, in both countries, the projected winner of the men’s race took the win, and in both women’s... The post Davison Defends, Wells Regains at US Cross Country MTB... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Kabush and Pendrel Take Canadian MTB National Titles

    molly
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Mirroring their wins in 2013 Canadian Cyclocross Nationals, Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel took the Elite Men and Elite Women’s Cross Country titles yesterday at Hardwood Hills in Ontario. Kabush’s win makes the Olympian the eight-time National XC Champion, a... The post Kabush and... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

    Bikedan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Mountain biking seems to be seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially with multi-day stage racing that provides riders with new experiences and adventures in exotic locations. Multi-day MTB stage racing is already popular in Europe and USA, and its slowly taking a grip on the Asia circuit. Its a perfect way to see and experience the country close up while meeting other like-minded MTB endurance riders from all parts of the globe. I had my first taste of MTB stage racing when I took part in the Genghis Khan MTB Adventure in Inner Mongolia back in 2010. It has now become a firm fixture on…
  • Cycling Secret: Durian Fruit the New Super Food?

    Bikedan
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    It is a stinky putrid smelling fruit. I’ve always steered clear of this fruit despite friends on numerous occasions trying to convert me to eating Durian. Last year, I had a flat-mate from Canada who loved the spiky fruit and would bring it home; I would instantly know it was around, even though it was put out in the laundry room. The smell just pervades the whole apartment. I was offered to try it but never could get past the evil smell. I did try it and was pleasantly surprised at the sweet creamy taste of the fruit, however it did leave a slight after taste.  My wife also tried to…
  • Racing: Bikedan’s 2013 Tour de Bintan

    Bikedan
    14 Nov 2013 | 3:32 am
    I had always wanted to go back and do the Tour de Bintan race for the past several years but always ended up doing something different like the 7-day Tour de Formosa race in Taiwan followed by the KOM Taiwan Challenge in 2012. I was invited to go back  and do the KOM Taiwan again, but chose to do Tour de Bintan instead as it more suited my abilities as a rider.  I first competed at the Tour de Bintan event in 2010 as a Cyclingnewsasia cycling journalist, my report can be found via this link: Cycling Tour Bintan Island.  Also check out a 2010 report on Cyclingnewsasia.  Read about…
  • Cycle Travel: Discovering Fujian

    Bikedan
    22 Oct 2013 | 6:59 pm
    China has a stunning variety of places to discover by bicycle and this Cycle Travel series is part of my goal to show-case the cycling opportunities in China as well in other Asian countries. Expect to see more inspirational ideas and photographs to inspire you to travel with your bicycle more often. I have not yet gone myself to visit the Tulou’s but that is one of my listed destinations. There is a cycle invitational race this week in Fujian and hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit the UNESCO sites. Images and words kindly provided by Bruce Foreman. Cycling in Fujian is…
  • Racing: Tour of Matabungkay iTT stage

    Bikedan
    21 Oct 2013 | 7:33 pm
    The 2013 Tour of Matabungkay kicked off with a 10km individual time trial followed by three action-packed road race stages and ending with the final 40km team time trial; this made for a highly interesting and challenging race that is not over till the very end! I had been doing the press releases for the Tour of Matabungkay so I had no time for my own blog site to update on my personal progress. On paper this looks to be a flat time-trial, however it is deceptively difficult due to the little rolling kickers with a nice little 6% climb 2km from the end. I had come into this race unprepared…
 
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    All up to date 2014 Texas bicycle rides in one location

  • Ride Interview – Miles 4 Marce – College Station, Texas

    WB admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    A ride at the Texas World Speedway?! Yes, you read right! Our interview with Tim Brandon and his daughter, Kara, gives us an exciting preview of what you can expect at this special and truly memorable ride. Why join your ride? Have you ever cycled a course raced by Cale Yarborough and A.J Foyt? Miles […]
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    Taylor Ford
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
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    Taylor Ford
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
  • The Difference

    Taylor Ford
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
  • Weekend Ride Round Up 7/18 – 7/20

    Taylor Ford
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Howdy Wheelbrothers! It’s the middle of July, and I have to say, we have had some great rides this year! And to think, we still have so many left to do! The hard part is deciding which races to pick! If you are not busy this weekend, here are some rides you can do!   […]
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    Cycle EXIF Update

  • SingleBe Bikes Rock’n’Rolla

    Adam
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    There’s some pretty inspiring bikes coming out of the Czech Republic custom scene these days, especially the off-road sector. One workshop that’s spearheading that movement is Tomas Kutin’s SingleBe. This is his latest weapon: the emphatically-named Rock’n’Rolla. Tomas breaks down the story of the Rock’n’Rolla for us, in his own words: “It’s SingleBe Rock’n’Rolla: a fully rigid single speed 29er with our tapered steel fork. The top and down tube is from Reynolds 725 heat-treated series, the rest of the tubing is no butted…
  • Sophie’s Zunow

    Adam
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A rare bird, is a Zunow. We’ve only seen one before on the pages of Cycle EXIF — plumed with characteristically garish paint — but this example is the real deal. Owned by Sophie Ballo and it won the award for Best Japanese Bicycle at the 2013 Bicycle: Art Meets Form show. This is Sophie’s pride and joy, and it’s no wonder. Kageyama was an eccentric Japanese frame builder who worked from the mid-60s to the early 2000s. Apparently, Zunow translates to ‘genius’ — an apt brand name — and this, one of Kageyama’s early frames, is a fine example of his…
  • English Cycles Giles’ V3

    Adam
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    The 2nd Annual Tour of Aufderheide was held last weekend in Westfir, Oregon. It was intended to be an adventurous ride through the magnificent West American outdoors, but it unintentionally claimed a victim. One of our favourite builders, Rob English, crashed, suffering multiple broken bones and other serious injuries, and is still in hospital. Rob sent me an email letting me know about his latest build while I was still on holidays in the UK, so it was a great shock to hear about his accident just afterwards. Giles’ V3 was completed with the same ingenuity and finesse he applied to all…
  • Kumo Signature Finish All-Roader

    Adam
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Kumo Cycles’s Keith Marshall will be significant presence at this weekend’s Pushies Galore show in Brisbane. He recently instigated a ‘Signature Finish’ line, which allows him a carte blanche when it comes to frame design and fabrication. This all-roader is the first example of Keith’s new portfolio. The proviso for a Signature Finish is only that Keith is given free reign to create the ultimate custom bike that’s unique to the customer and their requirements — whether it’s a road bike, all-roader, tourer or travel bike. The package includes…
  • Marshall ‘Loose Goose’

    Adam
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    The fourth annual Pushies Galore bicycle show takes place this weekend in Brisbane which, if any of the previous events can be used as a benchmark, will prove to be the most memorable yet. A few surprises will be unveiled at the show, one of which is this pursuit bike, modified and customised by an industrial designer named Brad Marshall. Brad referenced the innovative geometries of well-known pursuit frames such as the famous Takhions and Textimas. Brad’s creation actually started off as a bog-standard lugged CrMo road frame, to which a new integrated seat mast was brazed, along with…
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    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog

  • Chicken or the Egg?

    Dave Moulton
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Which came first, did Alberto Contador’s bike break and cause him to crash, or did Contador fall breaking his leg and the frame at the same time? The above picture of a bike, taken soon after the crash with Contador’s race number 31 on it, shows the top tube separated at the point it joins the seat tube. The down tube is broken mid-way. Unfortunately, there were no cameras there to film the actual crash as it happened. Speculation as to what actually happened was immediate online and on TV. There followed denials from Contador’s team that the frame break caused the crash. At…
  • Disappointed but not Heartbroken

    Dave Moulton
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    I am sorry to see Chris Froome out of the Tour de France. Disappointed but not devastated. Froome is a rider who can be exciting to watch, but at other times annoying and frustrating. He is exciting to watch when he is going uphill fast, and the likes of Alberto Contador can barely hold his wheel. On the other hand, he can be extremely frustrating because he seems to lack the basic bike handling skills needed to keep the rubber on the asphalt. He has this annoying habit of riding with his head down, even when around other riders. Holding your head up, and looking where you are going is…
  • A traditional hip flask with a cycling design

    Dave Moulton
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Some of the finest whiskey in the world comes from Scotland, so it is fitting that a company that specializes in hip flasks to carry the precious liquid, is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. When the company contacted me offering to send me a flask with a cycling design, I was a little reluctant at first to accept their offer. I know very few cyclists who actually carry alcohol with them while riding. However, there are some objects like this that are just nice to own, or to give or receive as a gift. So I thought why not, and accepted. When the flask arrived I was immediately struck by the fine…
  • New Fuso: Back to the future

    Dave Moulton
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:33 am
    After my last article about building up vintage Fuso frames with modern components, longtime friend and regular reader of my blog, Steve Farner sent me pictures of his brand new custom Fuso built by Russ Denny. Russ revived the Fuso brand name two years back and customers can have one built in pretty much any configuration they wish. Modern oversize tubing, or as Steve chose here, the traditional size tubes with brazed lugs. Steve also went with the original Fuso seatstay caps, and a level top tube. A classic style flat fork crown with square shoulders completes the traditional look. (Picture…
  • Mixing the old with the new

    Dave Moulton
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last year I managed to find a 49cm. Fuso frame for $350, Shipping cost rounded it up to $400. The frame built in 1985 was in mint condition, at looked like it had hardly been used. I built the bike up for my wife to ride. (Picture above.) I spread the rear end to 130mm, all frames I built in Southern California were 6 speed 126mm. I bought brand new components, 11 speed Campagnolo Athena Group, new wheels with Mavic rims, Modern bars and stem, fitted using a Deda quil stem adaptor so the original fork was used. (Picture below right.) I don’t have the exact dollar amount, but the whole…
 
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    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education

  • Ride with a road-type handlebar?

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. Paul Swift from BikeFit sent out another infographic showing proper wrist alignment, this time for road bikes. We published his previous email that highlighted proper wrist alignment on a mountain bike. Notice in the image above how the curve of the handlebar drops matches the natural, straight wrist position? I see this problem a…
  • ICI Podcast 319 – Developing your fitness product or service idea and then selling it to a large fitness brand

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists.   If you’ve ever had an idea for a new, fitness related product or service? Dream about building a company around your new widget and then selling your company to a larger company? If that sounds like you, you’ll want to listen to this interview with fitness entrepreneur Sara Shears. Sara invented the Ugi ball to help…
  • How do I convert my Spotify playlists over to Deezer?

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. I’m hearing from Instructors outside of the USA who are switching from Spotify, over to Deezer. Hi, I have had Spotify for a long time now and have created lots of different playlists. I have recently just converted into using Deezer, however, it would be much easier for my Spotify playlists to be on Deezer instead! Is this…
  • Yellowstone National Park Indoor Cycling Videos

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. Cyclist Darin Letzring contacted me about the Indoor Cycling videos he has made in Yellowstone National Park. They look like they could provide an awesome backdrop for a class. Yellowstone Time Trials These videos showcase the flat and fast areas of Yellowstone National Park. Most of the video is spent right next to one of the many…
  • Give Participants Ownership with Interactive Drills

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. By Jennifer Lintz, Registered Dietitian and ICI PRO Contributor A few days ago, I attended one of my colleagues’ classes. The ride was top notch from start to finish, but one drill in particular got me thinking. Towards the middle of class, Lori (the instructor) told us we would be doing a climb. I can’t remember exactly…
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    Cycling 360 media

  • Using Strava for Cycling Motivation

    Darryl
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How many Stravaholics do we have out there?  With the popularity of Strava, we’re sure there’s more than just a few of you.  If you haven’t heard of this site before, or even if you are a member….be sure to listen in and see how you can use Strava to your advantage. Additional Links: Strava Attack Stravaholic
  • Finding Freedom on and off the Bike

    Darryl
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Ask pretty much any cyclist to describe what cycling feels like, and odds are that the word Freedom will come up.  Darryl agrees, but he also wanted to talk to you about creating freedom in more areas of your life. Listen in to this quick tip podcast as he explains the value of freedom both on and off the bike.
  • Ride Your Personal Tour de France

    Darryl
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s the time of year where cyclists and also a lot of non-cyclists get excited for a little 21 stage race called the Tour de France.  We wanted to have some fun this month so we’re challenging our listeners to take part in their very own personal TdF. Here’s the deal.  Listen to this episode of the Cycling 360 podcast and find out how we want you to set this up for yourself.  You don’t have to ride hundreds of miles, and you don’t have to be a hardcore racer.  This is for everyone to take part in and to do at their own level. Be sure to interact with us on…
  • Do it Yourself: Build Your Own Bike

    Darryl
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    Have you ever thought of building your own bike?  You might just want to after listening to this podcast about the ins and outs of building your own road bike. Darryl’s business is about to start building it’s own brand of bikes, and it got us thinking about the advice and tips we could give to other wanting to personally build their own.  So here it is.  All the good stuff on do it yourself bike building. Why would you want to build a bike? The best place to start once you’ve decided to build The advantages and disadvantages of various groupsets How to select a frame. …
  • Push Your Cycling Limits

    Darryl
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is another one of those quickcasts by Darryl that doesn’t just apply to the bike.  In this Cycling 360 quick tip podcast, he talks about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone no matter what level of cyclist you are. One of the greatest things that happens by pushing your limits is the feeling of achievement and pride you’ll feel by getting through it.  It’s an amazing feeling that will help make you more confident and better all around. Get out there and push your cycling limits and let us know how you feel.
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    lovingthebike.com

  • Goodfluence Bicycle Tour – Back on the Road

    Darryl
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    After taking 10 days off to be part of a reality survival show in the bayous, Rob is back on the bike and is ready to start pedaling again.  But, in order to Goodfluence as many people as possible on this tour….he left the deep south yesterday and flew straight up from New Orleans to Minneapolis.  Today he’s back on the bike and rolling once again.  From here he’ll pass through Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago before continuing eastward to New York. While we wait for more inspiring stories from Rob’s journey, I wanted to share 12 Simple Ways to Start Living an…
  • Crewing for an Ultracyclist

    Ashley Hill
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Ultracycling, to me, is the hardest form of the sport. The riders who race in ultracycling events have to battle themselves, both physically and mentally. Not to mention mechanicals, weather and the terrain. Last week I had the privilege to meet someone who is gunning for 100 UMCA records, already with 82 to his name. Gerry, from Tennessee, made a trip to my neck of the woods to tackle three records in a day: Boston to Hartford, Hartford to Boston and the combined Boston to Hartford to Boston. It was a trip that left me exhausted before we even set off with the need to sort the van according…
  • Do You Want 2 Fingers or 1?

    Darryl
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    A lot of cyclists may have issues with this one, but I’m not afraid to admit that I give the middle finger to any driver doing something dangerous or stupid.  I’ll even give them the finger when I see them doing something stupid to someone else while I’m rolling by.  But I’m not biased…..I’ll also give a hand gesture to drivers doing something good and friendly as well. I find that I flip off a lot more people here in Grenada than I’ve ever done anywhere else, but that’s also because of the tight conditions we deal with on the roads over…
  • If Life Were a Cup of Coffee

    Darryl
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    If life were a cup of coffee, I would brew mine especially strong. Almost undrinkable. Very thick. Very dark. The cup would be extra large. Filling as much into it as I could. The first sip would be difficult, it would be very small. But the tingle on my lips would quickly send me back for more. Not really thinking, but enjoying it none-the-less. A valuable addition to the morning routine. I would fill the cup again. Noticing the beauty and the simpleness it holds. This time it’s not just another cup of coffee. Not a monotonous reach and habitual flow. Noticing more…caring less about what…
  • I’m stuck. Now what?

    Suzanne
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    I had an assignment: create a one-sheet that a client can use to sell their product. No problem. As a designer and writer, I’ve created thousands of sell sheets over the span of my (very long) career. Well, no problem until I sat down to actually do it. Uncharacteristically, I couldn’t even come up with the first word. So I placed their logo on a blank InDesign document – and while I would never start a project like this at design, I thought it would somehow jumpstart my brain into action. Yeah. Not so much. More coffee. Maybe I just needed more morning coffee. This was…
 
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    VeloReviews

  • The Trails Need Gals and Gals need the Trails

    Rapunzel
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    I was reading an IMBA article that asked the question why there are so few women out on the trails. I put a post on a social media site with some thoughts on the matter, and then, I realized I had much more to share. I wanted to put out encouraging words for women, girls [...]
  • Riding dirt is like being the wind

    Rapunzel
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:02 pm
    If you could change forms and become the wind, what would you do? I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my mind is the playful element of the wind. Oh sure as those of us who doing road biking know, the wind certainly has its harsh and painful attributes, but [...]
  • The 3 Biggest Keys for Better Flexibility

    Al Painter
    19 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    Before we get too far along, there was HUGE news today. Like summer blockbuster big. Zack Snyder unveiled not only the Batmobile, but the Bat suit (HOLY OMG WOW BATMAN!!). Now we all have to wait two years to see it in action, but after today, I’m defnitely on board with the release of “Batman [...]
  • Headaches after riding? Not anymore!

    Rapunzel
    19 May 2014 | 9:49 am
    Since I started back riding 6 years ago, I’ve experienced headaches after most of my harder rides. These headaches would always turn into a migraine if I didn’t find a way to stop them. As a migraine sufferer since I was a child [some come on instantly], every headache turns into a migraine unless I [...]
  • The UItimate Recovery Workout for Cyclists

    Al Painter
    7 May 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Most of the people I know who ride a bike go out on the weekends and absolutely kill it on Saturday and Sunday. This means on Mondays their legs are shot and strength training can very easily slide down the priority scale. When, in reality, it should be at the top of the list, and [...]
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    PinoyMTBiker Community - Philippine Mountain Bike Community

  • FS Used: Surly Ogre 15" Olive Green (Andaming Freebies!!!) :D

    paoloducz
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    SURLY OGRE size 15 OLIVE GREEN 1x9 Setup Full Specs (AS SET UP NOW): Fork: Surly Ogre Fork (Olive Green) Handlebars: Salsa Woodchipper 2 off-road Drops Stem: Truvativ Headset: Race Face Brake Levers: Cane Creek Linear-Pull Drop Levers Brakes: Avid BB7; Avid 160mm Discs Shifter: 9sp Shimano Bar-end shifter (with friction mode and can work with 8/9/10 speed systems) Rimset: Velocity P35 F/R Spokes: Wheelsmith Silver Hubs: Blue Hope Pro II Evo Front Tire: WTB Kodiak 2.5 Rear Tire: Geax Saguari 2.2 Saddle: Black Brooks B17 Semi broken-in Seatpost: FSA 270 Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 1.1G w N-Gage…
  • FS Used: 2013 giant tcr carbon composite

    mike cardoza
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    2013 giant tcr carbon composite small 35k like bnew banawe qc 0922 35 22 700
  • FS Used: giant 29er wheelset with tires and xcm fork 29er

    mike cardoza
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    giant 29er wheelset with tires -5k sr suntour xcm fork 80mm 29er-2,300 banawe qc 0922 207 70 87 0927 919- 02 77
  • FS Used: Spyder Dome polarized shades

    lan993
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    For sale is a slightly used Spyder Dome polarized shades with polycarbonate frame. Elite series. Used for just a few rides. Selling for P1000.00 only FIXED original price is P2195.00 With pouch and spyder neck strap. RFS: used as spare only http://postimg.org/image/axxjopm6j/ http://postimg.org/image/748otau8b/ 09175341651 Makati office Las Pinas
  • FS Used: AmClass 15mm thru axle

    lan993
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    For sale is a slightly used American Classic 15mm thru axle. (conversion of your 9mm qr front to 15mm thru axle) Php1800.00 only RFS: not being used anymore Location:Makati or Las Pinas 09175341651 http://www.google.com/images?q=ameri...Q&ved=0CDYQsAQ
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • dhb Blok Fluoro bib shorts review

    Jack
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Bib shorts are not necessarily just the attire of Tour de France riders, they’ve become more popular among commuters, tourers and road cyclists. The DHB brand is sold exclusively by Wiggle, and we regularly review their products as they tend to be of a strong standard and at the same time remaining affordable. What’s the point? Many have wondered this before – why bother having the bib part of the short at all? What’s wrong with shorts that you know, go round your waist like any other pair of shorts, cycling or fashion? There are three main reasons why people choose bib shorts.
  • Where to watch the Tour de France TODAY

    Michelle Arthurs
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    It’s been seven years since the Tour de France graced British soil. The biggest bike race in the World visited us last in 2007, when London hosted the Grand Depart. Aside from that, the Tour has only been to Britain on two other occasions – in 1974 and 1994. So you see, it could be some time before Le Tour comes back to us, so we reckon it is worth enjoying every minute of this 2014 visit. Today, 198 (we hope – well, that’s the number of riders who started on Saturday) will rush through London. The riders will finish on the Mall, having began at Cambridge, whizzed through Essex,…
  • The coolest bike racks ever made

    Michelle Arthurs
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Locking and leaving your bike can sometimes feel a bit like abandoning it in the vague hope it will still be there on your return. Drab, old fashioned style bike racks littered with ‘bits of bike’ often do little to inspire confidence.. (Image: www.boweryboogie.com) Of course, what we’d all love is a modern, attractive but strong looking alternative that both makes thieves feel the bike is in a well cared for area, where cyclists are a priority, and fills the owner with a bit more confidence. We were really impressed when we first saw the video of Japan’s new and…
  • Why you got that ‘second’ puncture

    Michelle Arthurs
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Punctures are annoying, we all know that. However, they happen – and the best we can do is try to limit the frequency. What is of course incredibly annoying, is having two punctures in quick succession. Thankfully, this is probably avoidable. Here’s a look at why this might happen: You’ve been really unlucky This is a possibility. Perhaps you were rolling past a newly cut hedge, or a glass bottle has been scattered across the road. In this case, it’s worth always carrying one (some say two) spare tubes, as well as a patch kit – this enables you to repair numerous punctures if you…
  • 15 Tour de France facts that will make people think you’re a TdF expert at the pub

    Michelle Arthurs
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:09 am
    The Tour de France is beginning in Leeds on Saturday 5th July, with stage one travelling over 190k of the Yorkshire Dales. After that, the race will move to York, for a 201km loop to Sheffield, before going from Cambridge to London on Monday 7th July. If you’re around, then there’s a great guide on the Yorkshire.com website about where to see the Tour. It’s not long until Tour hysteria takes over the country, so we’ve come up with 15 tour facts you can use to amaze and impress (or bore, if they’re not into cycling) your buddies with over the next few weeks: 1) In 2005, the…
 
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • 1952 Schwinn World Traveler 21 womans bike

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    1952 Schwinn World Traveler 21 woman's 3 speed bicycle.Serial number E53452.3 speed shifter.Miller generator kit with front headlight and rear red light.Rack.Front and rear hand brakes.Bike is all complete and original.It is good condition for it's age,but it not in mint condition.180 cash.Pickup only.Bike is in the east SFV section of Los Angeles.I have it storage so if your interested in it call me at (818)299-1812 between 8:00am and 9:30 pm PST any day to see it.
  • Tetra Calfee

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Very loved bike kept in doors .been to iron man Idaho .well used normal wear . Its an amazing tri bike . MOST INFO IS IN PICTURES . its 48 frame .carbon fiber Tetra Features: High modulus 42 and 55 msi roll wrapped tubes Molded in one layup Titanium dropouts Optional S and S Machine couplers Optional PressFit 30 carbon bottom bracket shell Optional head tube and seat tube extensions Optional rear axle spacing, tire clearance, brake type, cable routing and threaded eyelets Tetra Benefits: Best combination of stiffness and comfort for everyday riding Tubing is crash tolerant Lighter than Luna…
  • 2005 GT Compe 20 BMX 4130 bicycle

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Very Good to excellent condition. Sold as is. Entire bike is factory intact with the exception of the seat/saddle. Comes with Redline seat/saddle. Bike is ride ready and needs NO additional components to ride. Serious inquiries only, all CASH offers considered. FACTORY DESCRIPTION: MSRP: 240 Frame Construction: TIG-welded Frame Tubing Material: Chromoly down tube/hi-tensile steel Fork Brand Model: GT Fork Material: Chromoly, unicrown crown Rear Shock: Not applicable Hubs: Steel, 14mm Rims: Alex G303 Spoke Brand: 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge Spoke Nipples: Brass nipples Brakeset: Tektro 907AD…
  • Rhoades Cycle Car

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:23 pm
    New condition Purchased on 2-21-11, paid over 2,700.00. Is 42 speed, has digital speedometer, handlebar steering, rear-view mirror, soft cushion seat, safety flag, pedal toe clips with straps, heavy duty cargo box, one seat canopy, fenders. Compare with other similar models at www.rhoadescar.com. Asking 1,300.00, but this is negotiable. Can be shipped in a crate, if desired. Call (931) 759-5433, if interested.
  • BMC Speedfox 29er

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    size / dimensions: Medium 46cm Note: Photos are of the bike for sale New 2012 BMC 29 Speedfox mountain bike. Medium size. MSRP for this bike is 4,500 Note the photos are of the bike for sale. BMC didn't rush into the 29er game instead, it invested heavily in both saddle-time and computer feedback to perfect the Speedfox's geometry and frame structure. The heart of the Speedfox's chassis is BMC's iSC (integrated Skeleton Concept). Using Finite Elements Method (FEM) computer technology, every 6000-series aluminum tube is shaped to exacting standards what you get is a frame that reacts to rider…
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    nicomachus

  • listen to Black Mountain poets

    Phillip Barron
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Thanks to Alice Sebrell for the opportunity to gather together a handful of the web’s best collections of recordings of Black Mountain poets. It is an honor to contribute to the good work that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t choose on me

    Phillip Barron
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Apparently the criteria for selecting a poet laureate in North Carolina have changed. The North Carolina Arts Council’s traditional criteria, which are no longer on their website, are below. A North... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fourteen Hills, 20.2 – new poetry published

    Phillip Barron
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    A few years ago, I began to feel like the more contemporary poetry I read, the more I saw a pattern of predictability in poets of my generation. The poems each had very different things to say, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lyrical materialist poems, Common-Place Issue 21

    Phillip Barron
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Over at Common-Place, four of my poems have been published along with a statement of poetics and research in their latest issue (Vol. 14, No. 3.5). Common-Place is an online journal of the American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Phillip Barron
    28 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
      … Continue reading → The post Holocaust Remembrance Day appeared first on nicomachus. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cycling Tips

  • Tour de France stage 16 in photos

    cyclingtips
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Stage 16 was the longest day of the Tour de France, running 238km from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon [profile] with five climbs, including the hors categorie Port de Bales before the run-in to the finish. It was predictable that today’s winner would result from a breakaway, and it was none other than Mick Rogers who who rose to the top. For all of Team Tinkoff-Saxo’s woes with Alberto Contador abandoning the race on stage 10, Roger’s win today along with Rafal Majka’s win on stage 14 (and now leading the Mountains Classification), Contador’s domestiques…
  • Rocacorba Daily

    Matt de Neef
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Rogers solos to stage 16 win at the Tour de France; Simon Gerrans withdraws from Tour; Disappointing day for Van Garderen in Pyrenees; Rui Costa out of the Tour; Tony Martin extends with OPQS to 2016; Horner confident of Vuelta a Espana title; Interview with Mark Cavendish; Interview with Michal Kwiatkowski; How La Course came about; What Do Tour De France Riders Eat?; Jimmy Fallon making fun of Tour de France riders. Michael Rogers solos to stage 16 win at the Tour de France Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) has added a Tour de…
  • Renshaw and Petacchi – Cav’s a nudist

    cyclingtips
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Mark Renshaw and Alessandro Petacchi talk about all the reasons they miss Mark Cavendish after his crash and leaving the Tour de France, as well as a few reasons why they don’t.
  • Simon Gerrans out of Tour de France

    Shane Stokes
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Although he had hoped to repeat his stage win of twelve months ago and was yet to do so, Simon Gerrans has taken the decision to withdraw from this year’s Tour de France. The Australian rider completed stage 16 in the Pyrenees but will not take the start of Wednesday’s 17th stage. “Obviously it’s disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris,” Gerrans said in a team announcement. He crashed on the opening day of the Tour and said that this is the reason why he will call it a day. “With the injuries I have from stage one I think the best decision is actually…
  • Van Garderen: ‘The race isn’t finished…I’m hoping to bounce back’

    Shane Stokes
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    His body language, his communication, even the look in his eyes were markedly different. Just over 24 hours earlier Tejay van Garderen had been brimming with confidence, talking about his high standing in the race, savouring his good sensations and laying out the highest of goals for the years ahead. One day in the Pyrenees changed all that. The American rider went from feeling on top of a wave to crashing into the depths, his body tiring unexpectedly in the final week of the Tour. Van Garderen got into difficulty on the final climb of the day, the hors categorie Port de Balès, and slipped…
 
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    The Over 40 Cyclist

  • Teach online at skillshare

    Over 40 Cyclist
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    http://www.skillshare.com/teach sgtest The post Teach online at skillshare appeared first on The Over 40 Cyclist.
  • Exercise For Older Cyclists, From Philip, At 71!

    Over 40 Cyclist
    5 May 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Philip’s cycling exercise routine for older cyclists Today I’d like to share with you an article written by one of my readers, Philip Venter from South Africa. You might recall that Philip also shared his story with you in a previous newsletter which you can read here. At 71 Philip is doing extremely well on […] The post Exercise For Older Cyclists, From Philip, At 71! appeared first on The Over 40 Cyclist.
  • 71 Years Young and Still Cycling

    Over 40 Cyclist
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:00 pm
    How about cycling on a 40 year old bike? Here’s a lovely article written by Philip Venter from South Africa. Cycling at 71, and after some extended health problems. I love how he got back on a bike at 69, and got back on a 40 year old bike. Here’s Philip’s cycling story. This started when […] The post 71 Years Young and Still Cycling appeared first on The Over 40 Cyclist.
  • Too Old For Cycling? There’s Always A Way

    Over 40 Cyclist
    3 Feb 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Can a 65 year old tackle cycling from London to Paris – Off Road, and how? A few months ago I sent out a newsletter about electric bikes. Whilst I know many of my readers are dedicated road bike riders and would frown on any sort of mechanical (or electrical) assistance I also know that […] The post Too Old For Cycling? There’s Always A Way appeared first on The Over 40 Cyclist.
  • Christmas Greetings to Everyone. All The Best for 2014

    Over 40 Cyclist
    21 Dec 2013 | 11:15 pm
    Christmas is Here, Happy Christmas and Happy Cycling 1. Christmas greetings 2. My book offer 3. Advertising in the newsletter Greetings everyone, and my best wishes of the season to you all. It’s that time of year again, and I hope everyone has a pleasant Christmas and gets some great bike rides in. I know […] The post Christmas Greetings to Everyone. All The Best for 2014 appeared first on The Over 40 Cyclist.
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    Tredz Cycling Blog

  • Tour de France – climb categories

    Sally Thomas
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, hills are part of cycling and whilst you’re cursing your way up your local nemesis in mound form, spare a thought for this year’s Tour de France riders who will be tackling over 74,000 metres of climbing.Of course, this isn’t just one whopper of a mountain, there are various climbs to be partaken in over the course of the 21 stages, ranging from ‘testing’ to ‘only for the superhuman’. Back in the day, riders gained the same number of points for a climb no matter how high or steep it was. In 1947 categories were introduced to represent the difficulty…
  • Tour de France facts and figures

    Sally Thomas
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    In preparation for the Tour de France, we’ve gathered together some interesting, number-based facts about the greatest sporting event in the Tredz calendar. So without further ado, here’s our non-musical, non-short, non-Christmassy version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. About the Tour de France.1 – single rider, Eddy Merckx (BEL), has won the combination classification, combativity award, points competition, King of the Mountains and the Tour in the same year (1969, the first year he took part).2 hours, 49 minutes and 45 seconds – longest gap between first placed Maurice Garin…
  • Catching up with Team Tredz

    David Bowkett
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    It’s been an intense year so far for all our Team Tredz triathletes. Dave Bowkett catches us up on the latest news from the squad, including a first impressions review of his Giant XTC Advanced.Without doubt Liam Lloyd’s selection for the Commonwealth Games has been the star performance for Team Tredz so far this year. Well done, Liam, we can’t wait to cheer you on to victory in Glasgow. I’m please to say my own quiet year transitioning to off-road tri has turned into a string of podiums and a real run of good form. With just a few weeks until I race the ITU Cross Triathlon World…
  • Finding the right saddle width – are you sitting comfortably?

    Sally Thomas
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’re struggling to find a decent saddle, something that might help is checking the width of saddle that you need. Although there are various DIY measuring methods on the internet (including corrugated cardboard, silver foil and even bags of flour), the most simple and effective way is to use the measurement device you’ll find at your local Specialized dealer.Our Specialized BG Fit expert Mark was on hand to talk through the process: “Your sit bones, or Ischial Tuberosities, support almost all your weight when you’re sat down. If you sit on a hard surface and rock left and…
  • A look at drafting

    Sally Thomas
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Tour de France is a great example of teamwork in cycling. Although an individual winner will be crowned at the end of the competition, teams very much work together to support each other. A specific example of this is drafting, which we’ll explain in more detail.Drafting/SlipstreamingA flock of migrating birds flying overhead in a “V” formation may look like an impressive sight, but this is actually a very technical feat of nature. This is a process known as slipstreaming or drafting, in which teamwork operates to produce the best aerodynamics for a group against the wind.The…
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    Ecyclingstore Blog

  • Tour de France 2014 Wet and Wild Adventure on the way to Paris- Celebrate French Cyclist Pride with a New Jersey

    Elan Powell
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The Tour de France always ends in Paris, but getting there turns out to be a new set of adventures and surprises every year.  This year seems to have brought more challenges, disappointments and opportunities than usual. First created in 1903, the Tour de France is cycling’s most prestigious Grand Tour event, and traverses a [...]
  • Go Speed Racer, Go!

    Elan Powell
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    Watch out for Racer X and get a leg up on the competition in your own imaginary Mach 5 with the latest in Ecycling Store’s cycling jerseys, styled after the legendary anime Speed Racer. Yes, the Speed Racer Men’s Racer X Jersey brings the colorful imagery of this classic anime tv series and manga to [...]
  • How to Eat (and Drink!) Your Way Through the Tour de France

    Ross Barefoot
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    It’s the world’s greatest bike race, and, notwithstanding the media hype about those boys kicking balls around down in South America (am I the only one sick of a month of Google World Cup doodles?), the Tour de France is also the world’s greatest sporting event.  But enough has been written about how the riders [...]
  • Say “Don’t Tread on Me” This Summer with a Unique Bicycle Jersey

    Elan Powell
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:32 am
    Say “don’t tread on me” in style this summer as you hit the best routes. Cycling season is in full swing, and the freedom of the open road has many recalling the freedom of our country (especially as we approach the 4th of July). With that we remember the original Thirteen Colonies and their struggle [...]
  • Why Drive When You Can Ride? Cycling’s Love-Hate Relationship With the Open Road

    Elan Powell
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
                    Cars are one mode of transportation we love to hate and hate to love. Gas Guzzlers and eco-engines can’t hold a candle to the thrill of cycling, but they still hold a place in our hearts as a mode of transportation and competition for rule of the [...]
 
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    RKP

  • Live Coverage – Tour de France 2014: Stage 16, Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon, 237km

    Charles Pelkey
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    The Rest Day is over and the Tour de France takes on the first of three tough days in the Pyrenees, with Stage 16′s 237-kilometer race from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon. CLICK HERE to join us for complete wire-to-wire coverage of today’s march into the Pyrenees.
  • Real Racing

    Padraig
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    I was watching a shot from a motorcycle as it sped from past a Sky riding getting dropped from the main group, past a dwindling peloton containing Alejandro Valverde, Tejay Van Garderen and two French kids, only one of whom was known to me before this year’s Tour: Thibaut Pinot. The other, Romain Bardet, was  sitting on the wheel of a soon-to-be launched Vincenzo Nibali, who was busily surveying the remaining members of the group with the watchful of eye a school teacher, and yes, to my eye, he had the appearance and demeanor of someone in charge. That Sky rider who was getting…
  • Live Coverage – Tour de France 2014: Stage 15, Tallard to Nîmes, 222KM

    Charles Pelkey
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    The 2014 Tour de France leaves the high Alps today and heads west toward the Pyrenees on a long, flat 222-kilometer race from Tallard to Nîmes. CLICK HERE to join us for Live wire-to-wire coverage of a stage that will surely favor the remaining sprinters in the peloton, who may be particularly eager to score a stage win in advance of the Tour’s upcoming three-day run through the Pyrenees.
  • Scott Road Premium Shoes

    Padraig
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    I first learned the Scott name because of those aero bars Dave Scott was using back when shoulder pads were in style. I had no idea they did anything other than crazy bars. Then I moved to New England and I encountered Scott skis, ski poles, and ski boots. Then mountain bikes. Then road bikes. Did I mention running shoes? There aren’t many sporting goods companies that offer as broad a product range while still offering cutting-edge, high quality products. Scott introduced the Road Premium Shoes last year, their entry into top-of-the-line road shoes. What Scott did was to design a shoe…
  • Live Coverage – Tour de France 2014: Stage 14, Grenoble to Risoul, 177km

    Charles Pelkey
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    The 2014 Tour continues its run through the Alps with a tough 177-kilometer race from Grenoble to the ski resort at Risoul. CLICK HERE to join us for live coverage of the 14th Stage of the Tour de France and see if anyone can assail Vincenzo Nibali’s formidable lead in the overall standings.
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    Semi-Pro Cycling | Performance talk for cyclists

  • SPC103 - How to Start with Mobility and Stability

    Damian Ruse
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
  • SPC102 - The Easy Way to Set Training Routes

    Damian Ruse
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here’s the problem - you have arrived at your new location, whether it be permanent or temporary - and your coach (or you) have prescribed a specific workout that requires a specific type of road, or climb etc. and you have no idea where to ride. Here's how to find and set the best training routes in new places.
  • SPC101 - How to Set Process, Performance and Outcome Goals

    Damian Ruse
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Goals are the starting point for any cycling success. They are fundamental to measuring your progress, maintaining laser focus, and sustaining motivation. Learn the why you should break down your goals into 3 types, and why some are more important than others.
  • SPC100 - Jake Kauffmann: From Rugby Player to Semi-Pro Hitter

    Damian Ruse
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Find out how a rider goes from C grade, then B, then winning his club champs in A grade and State ITT Champs in one year. And now leaves his homeland to race in the US and Canadian domestic scene. For a guy that only started dabbling in cycling in 2009 at the age of 22 whilst doing rehab for some broken bones in his feet, and only infrequently once he got back to playing rugby, he has come along way. His real cycling career began when he started riding more after he finished playing rugby at the end of the 2010 season, and has lead him to a contract to ride the US and canadian national road…
  • SPC099 - Does Running Impact Cycling Performance

    Damian Ruse
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do the dangers of a cyclist running outweigh the risk of any potential fitness gains? Running can damage your your body if you aren't a seasoned runner. Listen in to learn the physiological adoptions of each training modal, why running can build fitness, and how can you reduce the risk of injury - if you try to run.
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  • Team Sky F-Type Jag

    CJ Holt
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    JAGUAR BUILDS A CYCLING SPECIFIC F-TYPE FOR TEAM SKY. Team Sky was the envy of the peloton during Saturday’s Tour de France time trial stage after being presented with a bespoke F-Type Coupé to use as a support vehicle by Jaguar. The unique F-TYPE concept car is based on the F-TYPE R Coupé was supplied on stage 20, which saw the riders tackle a 54km race against the clock between Bergerac and Périgueux. The unique F-TYPE features a new racking solution which can carry two Pinarello Bolide TT bikes, and a separate electric supply in the boot which powers the radios, amplifiers,…
  • Brooks Bike Multitool

    CJ Holt
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    STYLISH & CLASSY, THE BROOKS BIKE MULTITOOL. The Brooks Bike Multitool, as goodlooking as it is useful, comes straight from the knowledgeable folk at Brooks England. Not content with bringing us a some of the best saddles on the market, they’ve created a beautiful multi-tool to help you out in moments of bicycle need. 7 allen keys (2mm – 8mm), 3 torx heads, a flat head screwdriver, 2 cross-head screwdrivers, 4 spoke keys, a chain tool, a bottle opener (crucial), a saddle spanner and a knife, all wrapped up in an embossed leather holder. You’re covered. Over 700 members of the…
  • Scott Plasma 5

    CJ Holt
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    GAIN THE UPPER HAND WITH THE SCOTT PLASMA 5 The new Plasma 5 from Scott Sports is the ultimate tri bike for the most discerning triathletes. What makes the Plasma 5 different than that of a standard tri bike is the attention to detail Scott has integrated into the bike. In addition to things like aero tubing, an ergonomic rider position, and hidden brakes the Plasma 5 also has an integrated front water bottle system and even a top tube storage box. Both of which have been designed into the bikes frame and do not effect the bike’s aero qualities. In fact, according to Scott the bike is…
  • Priority Bicycles

    CJ Holt
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    INTRODUCING PRIORITY BICYCLES, A 3-SPEED, GATES BELT DRIVE CITY BIKE. Priority Bicycles, a New York based bicycle company dedicated to making cycling easier and more enjoyable through smart design, announces the launch of its first collection featuring men’s and women’s bicycle models. Available via crowd sourcing website Kickstarter.com, the collection features high quality, lightweight construction and eye-catching designs. Through normal retail channels this bicycle would cost over $800, however Priority will sell the bicycle for $399, and for their Kickstarter customers Priority will…
  • Enve Wheel Backpack

    CJ Holt
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    CARRY YOUR GEAR, LAPTOP OR A SET OF WHEELS WITH THE ENVE WHEEL BACKPACK. The new Enve Wheel Backpack is the perfect all-in-one backpack designed with bicycle enthusiasts. More that just a stand alone pack, the Enve Wheel Backpack allows you to transport wheels. Bike commuters will appreciate the laptop sleeve, electronics pocket and loafer storage. Mountain bikers can carry tools, all kinds of GoPro accessories or even an extra helmet for the downhill sections while roadies and cx racers can transport all their gear, wheels and post ride beverages (beer), to their Saturday morning race. The…
 
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    Total Women's Cycling

  • Top Tips For Touring Solo

    Chloe Hay
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Learn from experience: how to make your solo touring trip as less daunting as possible The post Top Tips For Touring Solo appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Timeline: How La Course by Le Tour de France Came About

    Aoife Glass
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    La Tour by Le Tour de France is set to be a game-changer in the world of professional women's road cycling. Here's how it came to be. The post Timeline: How La Course by Le Tour de France Came About appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Is this Space Age Looking Object the Future of Indoor Cycling?

    Heather Irvine
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Introducing Ciclotte the so-called future of indoor cycling. The post Is this Space Age Looking Object the Future of Indoor Cycling? appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Half the Road Receives Rave Reviews at Look Mum No Hands Screening

    Total Women's Cycling
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Half the Road gives an interesting insight into the position of women in professional cycling The post Half the Road Receives Rave Reviews at Look Mum No Hands Screening appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Free Accommodation For Cyclists: Warm Showers

    Chloe Hay
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Couchsurfing for cyclists, Warm Showers connects bicycle tourers with hospitable hosts offering free accommodation for cyclists The post Free Accommodation For Cyclists: Warm Showers appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Long Term Review of Topeak Joe Blow Pro Floor Pump, by Rideon

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Used and a bit abused, Topeak Joe Blow Pro Finding a good shop quality floor pump proved to be a bit of a challenge.  We had two of Park Tool's shop quality floor pumps seize up on us and used the Home Mechanic Model instead.  Shop quality air compressors are standard of course but the atmosphere of our coffee customers necessitated a more quiet method for our particular shop's needs.  After much experience with various floor pumps either failing to perform under the rigors of everyday shop use or simply not efficient enough for rapid tire inflating I decided to try the Topeak…
  • DIY Bike Maintenance, Porter Cable PCC583B 18 Volt Inflator Review, by Rideon

    19 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    PORTER-CABLE PCC583B 18-Volt Inflator One of my jobs in the bike industry had me overseeing bike assembly, performing advanced bike repairs and maintaining the bikes on the retail sales floor.  As I was required to use my own tools I noted the dependability and performance of the Park Tool PMP 5 frame pump for adding air to the display bikes' tires as needed.  However, based on that experience when I saw the Porter Cable PCC583B 18 Volt Inflator while shopping at our local hardware store I snatched one up. I really like the digital pressure gauge which can be preset.  For…
  • Tough, Versatile Bike Pump for Touring and Commuting, by Rideon

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Park Tool PMP-5 Dial Adjust Frame Pump Review Park Tool PMP-5 Dial Adjust Frame Pump on my Old Razesa Road Bike Park Tool PMP-5 Dial Adjust Frame Pump "They don't make a good mini pump" to quote our instructor at United Bike Institute.  After about a year of not listening to him, preferring to pack a pump I could fit in a jersey pocket or pack I realized he was correct.  Immediately following my attendance at bike school I found myself commuting on steep dirt, rocky and muddy roads of Colorado to get to the paved highway eight miles from town.  Being able to change tire…
  • Bike Advocacy, Share the Road, Cars aren't Bullies, by Rideon

    19 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Commuter using his bike for self defense. "Bike people are raw" to quote my railroad working buddy who spends most all his waking life behind the wheel of a two ton semi truck.  In his mind I'm sure bike folks do seem a bit "vulnerable" as I have listened to him complain about how people drive.Now, that friend owns a bike which he rides occasionally for exercise to compensate for his many miles and hours spent on the road driving.  However, he is by no means a bike commuter nor does he have any interest in bike touring.  So when he made a follow up comment "I don't know if it's…
  • Warm Showers and Memories of Off Grid Bike Commuting, by Rideon

    22 May 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Portable Solar Shower for Bike Touring and Camping Click on Photo for Cabin Porn's Site of Fun cabins and sheds A very fun site for photos of interesting cabins and other types of structures has featured a photo of my old property in Colorado.  Cabin Porn  provides fun and interesting photos of a variety of cabin and rustic type structures.  So today I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had published one of my earlier blog articles about a cabin and bath house I had finished building for some folks in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  I learned of the site by way…
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    Cycling Perspective®

  • Michael Rogers wins Tour de France 2014 stage 16; Nibali remains in overall lead

    Kim Hull
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Michael Rogers wins Tour de France 2014 Stage 16 Photo: © ASO Michael Rogers (Tinkoff Saxo) won stage 16 of the Tour de France 2014 with a solo ride to the finish line that began 4.5 kilometers outside of Bagnères-de-Luchon. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) was second and Vasili Kiryienka (Team Sky) was third.  “I had the feeling that my stage truly began at the foot of the final climb and at the top, we were only three guys left in the group. On the descent, Europcar’s Gautier bridged the gap and rejoined Voeckler but I just rode as fast as I possibly could on the lower slopes,…
  • Tour de France 2014 General classification after Stage 16

    Kim Hull
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Tour de France 2014 Stage 16 » Name Nat Team Time Gap 1 41 NIBALI Vincenzo ITA ASTANA PRO TEAM 73h 05′ 19” 2 11 VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 73h 09′ 56” + 04′ 37” 3 127 PINOT Thibaut FRA FDJ.FR 73h 10′ 25” + 05′ 06” 4 81 PÉRAUD Jean-Christophe FRA AG2R LA MONDIALE 73h 11′ 27” + 06′ 08” 5 82 BARDET Romain FRA AG2R LA MONDIALE 73h 11′ 59” + 06′ 40” 6 141 VAN GARDEREN Tejay USA BMC RACING TEAM 73h 14′ 44” + 09′ 25” 7 201 KONIG Leopold CZE TEAM…
  • Tour de France 2014 Stage 16 results

    Kim Hull
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Tour de France 2014 Stage 16 »  Name Nat Team Time Gap 1 38 ROGERS Michael AUS TINKOFF-SAXO 06h 07′ 10” 2 159 VOECKLER Thomas FRA TEAM EUROPCAR 06h 07′ 19” + 00′ 09” 3 3 KIRYIENKA Vasili BLR TEAM SKY 06h 07′ 19” + 00′ 09” 4 118 SERPA José COL LAMPRE – MERIDA 06h 07′ 19” + 00′ 09” 5 154 GAUTIER Cyril FRA TEAM EUROPCAR 06h 07′ 19” + 00′ 09” 6 148 VAN AVERMAET Greg BEL BMC RACING TEAM 06h 07′ 23” + 00′ 13” 7 74 KWIATKOWSKI Michal POL OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK…
  • Mark Cavendish back on bike again

    Kim Hull
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Mark Cavendish, Omega Pharma Quickstep, Amgen Tour of California 2014 Stage 6 Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) is back on his bike again just weeks after having surgery to repair injuries he suffered in a stage 1 crash at the Tour de France 2014. “I want to get back to racing for Omega Pharma – Quick-Step as soon as physically possible, and my days are full doing everything I can to optimize that. Yesterday I went out with my bike on the road for the first time after the injury, but as of now I can’t really say when I will be…
  • Valverde: “Never surrender”

    Kim Hull
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Alejandro Valverde, Tour de France 2014 stage 13 Photo: © Movistar Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is not going to throw in the towel at the Tour de France 2014. Valverde, who is in second place in the general classification after stage 15, 4 minutes 37 seconds behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team), says he will keep fighting as the race heads into the final six stages of racing. “I’m the place I more or less expected to be at this point of the race. It’s been quite a peculiar Tour, with the abandons of Froome and Alberto. Still, Nibali has shown to be super strong.
 
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  • Colnago the Phoenix

    Tyson Blades
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I somehow seem to have missed taking a full wide shot of this bike. It is a Colnago, yes. Vintage? Unknown. However, I can tell you that it is indeed a rescue. It was, I am told, left outside in a yard for years. The sun bleached the side of the frame facing up. Despite … Continue reading →
  • Colorful Frames of Mind

    Tyson Blades
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Even though I work in a bike shop, I still love other bike shops. Cranky’s Bikes is no exception. Jim always has some beautiful frames hanging over the counter. His shop is a very colorful place. All the folks that work there are awesome. I have pretty much given up on fixies. My knees are … Continue reading →
  • Adam and His Specialized Specialized

    Tyson Blades
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:36 pm
    So I ride an older mountain bike around from the 80s. I really like its long wheelbase and straight and low top tube. However, I always thought it needed a little something extra. Enter Adam’s 90s Specialized Rockhopper. On my morning commute, I always spy this grand machine outside the French Press. I often wonder, … Continue reading →
  • Deanne

    Tyson Blades
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:46 pm
    On my recent trip to San Diego, I had to visit the velodrome at Balboa Park. We really didn’t check the schedule, seeing as it was a Sunday, we just missed a class winding down. So I managed to sneak a shot at one of the members leaving for the day. There were some people … Continue reading →
  • Carlos and Fred* – Update

    Tyson Blades
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:14 pm
    The last time you saw this image was in my post Freds* from right before Christmas of last year. I have a habit of naming people “Fred” when I don’t have time to get their name. I also understand that the word “Fred”, when referring to a cyclist can have a negative connotation. I do … Continue reading →
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