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  • 5 fun bikes you should try to ride

    London Cyclist Blog
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    It’s very easy to get used to the familiarity of your own bike – perhaps you’ve had it for many years, and you’re good friends, or maybe your bike is brand new, and you’re still in the honeymoon period. Regardless what stage of “loved up” you’re in with your own bike (or maybe it’s love/hate?) – sometimes it’s fun to try something different. Here’s a look at 5 bikes you should try riding… Tiny bikes We’ve all seen pictures of people on really little bikes – we particularly like this one we found on If that’s not enough, this video had us…
  • Top 10 Cycling Essentials | #7 Cycling Hydration

    Ecyclingstore Blog
    11 Jun 2013 | 4:26 pm
    This ones a no brainer, staying hydrated while cycling is important no matter how you look at it. Cycling is a vigorous activity resulting in perspiration.  Perspiration can cause dehydration, there are several warning signs to look for: •    Immoderate thirst •    Muscle cramping •    Headaches •    Nausea •    Exhaustion If these symptoms go untreated, [...]
  • Strava Speed vs. Bike Computer Speed

    Bike Noob
    Bike Noob
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I’m now able to irritate a lot of my friends because I use Strava. The record-keeping is useful, and the segments — while they do prompt one to speed up when one might not want to — provide a nice progress report on one’s ability over certain parts of rides. But there’s one thing I’ve noticed: My speeds according to Strava are different from the speeds registered by my bike computer. Now, I know I have el cheapo computer. However, I’ve been pretty satisfied with it. I measured the circumference of the front wheel by hand, and found that I need to…
  • 7 London bike shops you should follow on Twitter

    London Cyclist Blog
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    For listings of all of London’s bike shops, cycle cafes and bike businesses, grab a copy of our free London Cyclist app. For a laugh, discounts and more, here’s a list of 7 London bike shop accounts I recommend you follow. Cycle PS @cycle_ps At Cycle PS in Camberwell you’ll find a pool table and stone baked pizza. It’s certainly not your usual bike shop and neither is their Twitter. You’re more likely to find silly videos of a man riding a mini bike in the store than talk of promotions. Take a peek in to what bike mechanics do when they’ve got too much…
  • This color is called Awesome

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    This is Sabine’s lugged commuter/tourer. It’s one of my favorite bikes. Lovely long point lugs, exquisite candy, 11 speed Ultegra on King wheels… delicious.                   And here are some shots of just the frame set:          I also modified a Rivendell Atlantis for a Rohloff hub. David had been running the hub for years, but awkwardly; I cleaned up the install a bit, with long Campy dropouts to allow for chain tensioning, a tab on the chainstay for the Rohloff cable stop, new…
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  • Tech scenes from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, Round 4

    Logan VonBokel
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.Tech scenes from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, Round 4 The Feedback Sports Velo Hinge wall-mounted storage hook allows your bikes to pivot away from the wall, so that you can store bikes in your house without them hanging into the room. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.comView Larger Image.Tech scenes from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, Round 4 The Velo Hinge can accomodate deep carbon rims, as well as mountain bike tires. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.comView Larger Image.Tech scenes from the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, Round 4 A second piece keeps the…
  • Reviewed: SR Suntour Durolux RC2 fork

    Spencer Powlison
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Heavy-duty magnesium lowers ensure that the Durolux holds steady on rough trails. The Q-LOC thru-axle can be oriented with the lever on either side of the bike. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.comMountain bikers are open-minded, but when it comes to forks, most expect their brands to have an “x” in the name — RockShox, Fox. SR Suntour doesn’t have that same fashionable cache. But the Durolux fork is a sleeper shredder, despite some quirks. And, of course, its designers put an “x” in there for good measure. Eagle-eyed gear heads have probably seen SR Suntour forks…
  • Gilbert optimistic for Liege after off day at Fleche Wallonne

    Gregor Brown
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Philippe Gilbert said he was out of position on the Mur de Huy in Wednesday's La Flèche Wallonne. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comGENT, Belgium (VN) — Philippe Gilbert says he hopes an off day at La Flèche Wallonne will work in his favor for Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Belgian and BMC Racing rider wants to win the biggest of the three Ardennes classics this Sunday for a second time. “The fact that I was a little behind in the Flèche Wallonne will help me to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège,” Gilbert said after Wednesday’s race. “My opponents might think I’m not as…
  • Ask a Mechanic: Can I cross shifter cables?
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Is crossing shifter cables under the downtube OK to do? Art's Cyclery has the answerThe post Ask a Mechanic: Can I cross shifter cables? appeared first on
  • Finding inspiration in an eclectic group of California-riding women

    Addie Levinsky
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The spirit of a wildly eclectic group lifted seven riders over the climbs of California to Sacramento. Photo: Jeremy Dunn | RaphaSeven women, 700 miles, and one overwhelming sense of inspiration. Women’s ambassador programs have become rather prominent in cycling over the past few years, and while there is not necessarily one common objective among them, they all come together with a unifying message: cycling should be accessible for all women, regardless of background and ability. Rapha, known for its chic cycling apparel, has expanded wildly in the last few years, not just with its…
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  • Valverde wins Walloon Arrow Classic for 2nd time (The Associated Press)

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Alejandro Valverde of Spain timed his climb on the closing Wall of Huy to perfection to win the Walloon Arrow classic ahead of Daniel Martin of Ireland and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland on Wednesday. Pre-race favorite Philippe Gilbert, who won the last two classics over the past eight days, never got among the leaders on the mile-long (1,600-meter) climb to the finish line and ended up in 10th place. The major spring classics end with Sunday's 100th Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, and Valverde put himself among the favorites since it is run over similar hilly terrain in southern Belgium.
  • Cycling-Road-Fleche Wallonne results (Reuters)

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    April 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Fleche Wallonne (Bastogne - Huy, 199 km) on Wednesday 1. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 4:36:45" 2. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Garmin) +3" 3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +4" 4. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Belkin) 5. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands / Garmin) +6" 6. Jelle Vanendert (Belgium / Lotto) 7. Michael Albasini (Switzerland / Orica) +8" 8. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Tinkoff - Saxo) 9. Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) +11" 10. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium / BMC Racing) +15" 11. ...
  • Cyclist Rogers cleared to race after doping case (The Associated Press)

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers can race again after cycling's governing body accepted that meat he ate in China likely caused his positive doping test. Rogers, an Olympic bronze medalist, helped persuade the International Cycling Union that he was not intending to cheat. ''Upon careful analysis of Mr. Rogers's explanations and the accompanying technical reports the UCI found that there was a significant probability that the presence of clenbuterol may have resulted from the consumption of contaminated meat from China,'' the governing body said in a statement. Rogers raced…
  • Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years (The Associated Press)

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years on Tuesday for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced the verdicts of an American Arbitration Association panel against Bruyneel and two medical staff, completing its lengthy investigation which saw Armstrong banished from cycling in 2012. Bruyneel ''was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the (U.S. Postal Service) and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders,'' USADA said in a statement. Team doctor Pedro…
  • Team staff linked to Armstrong doping get long bans (Reuters)

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday. Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement. The trio all worked for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team (USPS), which changed its name to Discovery Channel after a…
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    Bike World News

  • Team TIBCO ready for Joe Martin Stage Race, April 24 – 27

    Ron Callahan
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Team TIBCO is in Arkansas this week as they prepare for four days of racing at the Joe Martin Stage Race April 24 - 27. The post Team TIBCO ready for Joe Martin Stage Race, April 24 – 27 appeared first on Bike World News.
  • Tour de Troit’s Cycle Into Spring returns for third year during National Bicycle Month

    Ron Callahan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Roll in to spring and kick off national bike month with Tour de Troit’s 3rd Annual Cycle Into Spring, Saturday, May 10th at 9 a.m. The post Tour de Troit’s Cycle Into Spring returns for third year during National Bicycle Month appeared first on Bike World News.
  • Team Skyline’s Ryan DeWald Learns to Ride With Type 1 Diabetes

    Scott Kingsley
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Team Skyline rider was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after returning from the team's training camp and early season racing in Texas and Florida. The post Team Skyline’s Ryan DeWald Learns to Ride With Type 1 Diabetes appeared first on Bike World News.
  • New Belgium Brewing reveals national schedule for the 5th season of Clips Beer & Film Tour

    Ron Callahan
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    New Belgium Brewing today announced its 2014 national schedule for Clips Beer & Film Tour; the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show that will stop in twenty-one cities this year The post New Belgium Brewing reveals national schedule for the 5th season of Clips Beer & Film Tour appeared first on Bike World News.
  • Alejandro Valverde wins La Flèche Wallonne

    Ron Callahan
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar Team conquers second career Flèche Wallonne win after splendid final attack through the Mur de Huy. Win is his eighth in 2014. The post Alejandro Valverde wins La Flèche Wallonne appeared first on Bike World News.
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  • PEZ Previews: Liege-Bastogne-Liege

    Edmond Hood
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    La Doyenne – the last of the Spring Classics is on this Sunday and Ed Hood has had a good long look at the parcours and the starters to come up with his preview. LBL is generally an action packed race full of tough climbs which on their own are not too bad but when combined with the classic distance are brutal but the big question remains, who’s going to win? La Doyenne – ‘a woman who is the eldest or senior member of a group.’ The group in question being the Classics; and in particular the five ‘Monuments,’ specifically Milan–Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders,…
  • EuroTrash Thursday: Valverde Wallonne!

    Alastair Hamilton
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Alessandro Valverde won Flèche Wallone for his 8th victory of the season and Cadel Evans is overall leader in Trentino, a busy EuroTrash Thursday. Lots of video and rider quotes from all the races and we preview Liège, look at Johan Bruyneel’s ban, Rund um Köln, Giro d’Italia, Michael Rogers and round 4 of the Sky v Orica battle. Café grande time! TOP STORY: 10 Year Ban for Bruyneel Lance Armstrong’s ex-manager Johan Bruyneel has been given a 10 year ban by the American Arbitration Association, although Bruyneel refuses to accept “the authority or jurisdiction” of the…
  • Sea Otter Gear: Mucho Kit from Monterey

    Charles Manantan
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Sea Otter isn’t typically a bike launch spot – that’s generally reserved for Inter/Euro-bike shows. But this year I found a couple of new bikes from expected and unexpected sources, a new fave tool company (at least to me), a couple new saddles, wheels, shoes and a little more… Scapin Bicycles are well known for their slick custom frames. And while they had one of their exceptionally nice Ivor’s in house… …the bike that really grabbed a lot of interest is at the other end of their pricing scale. Yes, those are new BLACKED OUT Xentis graphics… Dark! The Anouk is…
  • Top Rides: PEZ Vs The Mur de Huy

    Richard Pestes
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The thing about the Fleche Wallonne parcours that surprised me most was just how hard this 200km ‘semi-Classic’ is. There’s nothing ‘semi’ about it… This hard course deserves the prime time and throws up 11 rated climbs, including 3 passes over a 1300 meter brute called the Mur. Here’s how it happened to me… As part of Velo Classic Tours’ 2007 Ardennes Week, we rode the final 80km that included 7 climbs – each one progressively tougher than the last – both as the kms bog into your legs, and because each climb comes longer and steeper. When you finally reach Huy, and turn…
  • Photog’s View: Images From Amstel

    PEZ Crew
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    PEZ-clusive: On the startline at the Amstel Gold, following the race and then at the finish, new PEZ contributing photographer Wei Yuet Wong was there in the heart of the action. Here’s the story of Wei’s day from behind the lense following the Netherland’s only Classic. I make pictures of cycling, and while I love the racing, I find that my best pictures are not of the racing. I want to share with you a dozen photos from the Amstel Gold Race, and I hope you like them. Chavanel is one of my favourite cyclists. It’s good to see him recovered from illness. I enjoyed…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • Cycling for those with poor eyesight

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
      I invited London Cyclist reader Spencer to share his experience finding a solution to riding with poor eyesight. Judging by previous posts on a similar topic, this is something a number of readers have experienced. My eyesight is so poor not only would it be dangerous to ride without glasses, but it also causes headaches when I concentrate too hard on what is around me. To solve this, I basically had three options: Contact lenses. Many people are perfectly happy with contact lenses, though in my case I cannot get a prescription close enough to my requirements. Corrective surgery.
  • 5 fun bikes you should try to ride

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    It’s very easy to get used to the familiarity of your own bike – perhaps you’ve had it for many years, and you’re good friends, or maybe your bike is brand new, and you’re still in the honeymoon period. Regardless what stage of “loved up” you’re in with your own bike (or maybe it’s love/hate?) – sometimes it’s fun to try something different. Here’s a look at 5 bikes you should try riding… Tiny bikes We’ve all seen pictures of people on really little bikes – we particularly like this one we found on If that’s not enough, this video had us…
  • Changes to make to your cycle commute in summer

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The sun is shining, and the weather is sweet… temperatures are gradually rising, and they will continue to do so. Winter commuting is full of mudguards, kit to stop you losing all the feeling in your fingers – summer riding is generally simpler, here’s a handful of tips to keep in mind. Panniers, not backpacks  Backpacks are a handy way of carrying your kit. That said, it means placing a potentially heavy, thick layer against your tshirt/jersey/shirt. If you’re changing at the office, that’s ok (though you might want to keep the backpack on until out of sight…) –…
  • Cycling tech that’s from the future

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    There is no shortage of great innovations on their way over to cycling commuters everywhere, as inventors rush to create new products that solve problems cyclists face on a daily basis. From the bike bell, to the bike light – nothing is safe from being ripped apart and reimagined. We feature many of these new innovations on our newsletter on a weekly basis. I’ve picked out three that I’m personally very excited about. Take the next left turn Using an awesome app like BikeHub, it’s easy to plot a great cycling route, but it’s much harder to follow it. The turn by…
  • 7 London bike shops you should follow on Twitter

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    For listings of all of London’s bike shops, cycle cafes and bike businesses, grab a copy of our free London Cyclist app. For a laugh, discounts and more, here’s a list of 7 London bike shop accounts I recommend you follow. Cycle PS @cycle_ps At Cycle PS in Camberwell you’ll find a pool table and stone baked pizza. It’s certainly not your usual bike shop and neither is their Twitter. You’re more likely to find silly videos of a man riding a mini bike in the store than talk of promotions. Take a peek in to what bike mechanics do when they’ve got too much…
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • I'm breaking away early this morning in a desperate ploy for TV time.

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    So it's the year 2014, which must mean that some duder made some sweet mags: I had pretty much the same setup back in the '80s when plastic wheels still meant something:Too bad he only appears to be doing his wheels in 26".  Is that even a size anymore?  I thought all the cool people were riding that new wheel size between 27.5" and 29" now. All I know is that in my mind I can still hear the sound of chain slap on that chainguard, which persisted until I finally figured out I could take it off, and that first bit of customization opened a veritable Pandora's Box of radness upon the…
  • I Can't Believe It's Wednesday Already!

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Last week, I embarked upon a short hiatus with the best possible intentions: to ride my bike and stuff.  Instead, I got sick almost immediately, and so the closest I came to riding a bicycle during my break was occasionally looking through a window and seeing other people doing it.  "That looks fun," I'd think.  "I'd sure like to do that again one day."  Cycling must have been something I enjoyed doing at one point, since apparently I have a whole blog about it, and now that I feel slightly less like ass warmed over I'm looking forward to confirming whether or not that is…
  • This Just In: I'm Teaking a Brake! (And Friday Fun Quiz, on Thursday!)

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Firstly, after today's post I won't be adding what in the industry we call "content" to this blog until Wednesday, April 23rd, at which point I will resume regular updates.  Don't like it?  Eat a Brompton.(Bromptons are organic, unlike Dahons and other folders which are loaded with hormones.)Secondly, five or ten or twenty years ago or whenever it was that I started this blog, I was nothing more than a cranky mid-category back-of-the-pack amateur bike racer with no friends and a hurty vagina complaining about fixies on the Internet.  Since then virtually nothing has changed,…
  • Wednesday: Your Job May Be Mandatory, But Giving A Crap Is Optional.

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Well, it freaking snowed last night, which is a major setback to my carefully curated spring training program, because how the hell am I going to win back all my my Paris-Roubaix course KOMs from Niki Terpestra?It's oddly inspiring that the so-called "Queen of the Classics" has been relegated to the status of Strava segment.Not only am I worried about my fitness (I'm supposed to peak for the Wildcat Rock Machine New York City Anti-Fondo, register here), but now I'm also worried about whether or not all my quick release skewers are overdue for replacement:This of course is a completely insane…
  • You Can't Spell "Innovation" Without "In," "Vat," or "On." Think About It.

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Innovation.Innovation is the driving force behind the bicycle.  So vital is innovation to the cycling industry that there's a company whose motto is "Innovate Or Die."  I can't remember who it is though.  I think maybe it's Cannondale.  Or is it Trek?Doesn't matter really, it's all the same crap.Anyway, innovation is what brought us from the pennyfarthing:To the "safety bicycle:"(Hipster)And then for a brief period back to the pennyfarthing, only with three wheels:After that innovation stood still, trackstanding in time like a fakenger at  a red light that never…
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    Big Wheel Building

  • It's good to be the king.

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    If you read that title and didn't immediately smile while thinking of Mel Brooks, you missed it. It'd be hard not feel on top of your game at this time of year.  Temps are friendly, wind has not (as yet) been a factor, dirt is heroic, local trails are constantly being neuterized to make mediocre riders feel better about themselves without actually having to improve.  All that, and there's still snow to be had even as the rivers start what promises to be a solid runoff season.You'd have to be solidly in the curmudgeon category to do anything but enjoy April in the desert.Thanks for…
  • Re-entry.

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Winter lingered a good long while for us this year.  Depends on your elevation, of course, but we saw our first snow mid-November and it was still falling (within sight if not *on* us) at sundown tonight. When some of the local trails melted out enough to ride a few weeks back, we dusted off mountain bikes then got lost in the chaos of trying to relearn what to do with them.As temps continue warming gauges are slowly bumping into action, as are we along with them.J: "Is this what you call a gravel grinder?"M: "It would be if we had our fatbikes."Wild horses couldn't have made her…
  • Idita-epilogue.

    12 Mar 2014 | 10:45 pm
    As I reclined comfortably in my first-class seat, fizzy beverage in hand, looking down from 30,000' at the country I'd just spent 3 weeks toiling across, the thought process rolling through my brain went something like this:I'm pretty sure I'm done Idita-ing.  There are lots of enjoyable sections of The Trail that I would love to see and experience again, but given what a gamble it is with weather and trail conditions, as well as how much $$$$ goes into just trying, I feel like I've seen what I need to see.  4 complete trips to Nome, 5 as far as Unk, 7 to McGrath.
  • No place like Golovin. Or Nome.

    10 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The evening I spent in Golovin, in the company of the Punguk's, was among the most memorable of any I've spent in Alaska.  Or anywhere else.  Walter plucked me from the storm and brought me inside.  Kathy made sure I had plenty to eat and drink.  Tommy talked ceaselessly and for hours about hunting, fishing, war, intra-village communications, and every other subject that seemed dear to him.Tommy's hearing isn't as great as it could be, meaning all I had to do was sit back and listen (maybe an occasional nod of recognition) to the way things used to be, as well as…
  • Well blow me down.

    27 Feb 2014 | 11:32 pm
    16 hours spent in Koyuk waiting for the P.O. to open allowed ample opportunity to rest, socialize with the mushers and checkers, mend some gear, even time to get online and book a flight outta Nome.  This last is a critical detail: At Iditarod time all outgoing flights are full well in advance.  Sneaking onto one last-minute simply doesn't happen.So I took a long look at the weather forecasts, made some educated guesses about what the trail might be like (based on what it had been like), gave myself what felt like a reasonable buffer in case something changed, then went ahead and…
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  • 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…
  • What happened in 2013 on Training4cyclists

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    29 Dec 2013 | 4:54 am
    In the very beginning of 2013 I published a couple of goals for my website:Publish a book and e-book bestseller on Amazon. 
(goal NOT achieved – didn’t release any books in 2013)Reach 15.000+ Email Subscribers. 
(goal NOT achieved – currently ^13300 subscribers)Publish a couple of comprehensive articles about cycling training. 
(goal NOT achieved – published two comprehensive posts)So there were definitively things that could have been much better. I could find several reasons that would explain (at least partly) why I didn’t reach my goals.Still, I managed to…
  • How to Become Stronger without Adding Muscle Mass

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    16 Dec 2013 | 2:24 pm
    Weight Lifting Experiment #1Here is the story about how I have spend 6 months testing and optimizing a training program helping athletes to become stronger without adding muscle mass. So far, it has been a success, but it is clear to me that I’m a much better coach than athlete… Why is this weight lifting experiment important?Many road cyclists enter the local gym to use weight lifting as a compensation for less training time on the road. Weight lifting is a great way to keep you fit during the winter and that is also why I have used weight lifting in the majority of winter…
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  • This color is called Awesome

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    This is Sabine’s lugged commuter/tourer. It’s one of my favorite bikes. Lovely long point lugs, exquisite candy, 11 speed Ultegra on King wheels… delicious.                   And here are some shots of just the frame set:          I also modified a Rivendell Atlantis for a Rohloff hub. David had been running the hub for years, but awkwardly; I cleaned up the install a bit, with long Campy dropouts to allow for chain tensioning, a tab on the chainstay for the Rohloff cable stop, new…
  • Superlight Club Racer with Stainless

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Well this has been a fun one. We have a complicated relationship with stainless steel: we’ve always loved it for things like dropouts, where the paint is sure to get chipped anyway; and we love the all weather durability. But it’s expensive, and even from three suppliers there are a limited number of tube profiles available. Part of the benefit of a custom frame is that we have so many options to choose from in order to optimize performance and comfort. So, for Myles’ club racer, we decided to use a mix of True Temper S3 and OX Platinum tubing, along with a KVA Stainless…
  • Mark’s belt drive commuter with BLING

    4 Jan 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Local hero Mark wanted an all-weather commuter that would keep him and his scrubs clean. So right off the bat we’re thinking belt drive, internal hub, full fenders, disc brakes… and he had his heart set on the Sturmey-Archer 5 speed, seen here in rare disc version. We decided on Paragon sliding dropouts to make belt tensioning easy – but then the question was how to set it apart from the typical tig welded commuter. The first thing we did was put together a unique tube set – a variety of shaped Columbus Zona tubes that had a sort of faux-aero “coffin”…
  • Lugs are just pretty

    14 Nov 2013 | 7:50 pm
    Especially with some lovely silver Campy components. Go ahead, tell me I’m wrong. I know you’ve seen other Circle A’s this color, but as always the devil is in the details, and Ron’s road bike is lousy with them. Details, that is. Lots of parts courtesy of Richard Sachs, lots of stainless bits… lots of subtle awesome.                Next: Mark’s belt drive Sturmey-Archer commuter will melt your brain. Count on it.
  • Goodbyes and Hellos

    13 Sep 2013 | 9:25 am
    Usually this space is devoted to whatever projects are rolling out the door, but this spring brings some exciting changes to Circle A. It’s with a bittersweet mix of pride and sadness that Brian rides away from the Circle A nest and hangs up his own shingle under the banner of Chapman Cycles. He started as a friend, became a customer, then an apprentice, and leaves having served as a true partner who was instrumental in moving Circle A Cycles both physically (to our current location) and professionally, as we pushed each other in new directions and to new levels of quality. I look…
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  • Experienced Misinformation

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I've been watching an idiot riding in shorts through the last weeks of wintry temperatures. He's also mashing big gears, further straining his naked knees. I'm sure his friends know him as a big rider. It got me thinking about the effect of experienced misinformation in any activity.Years in the bike and cross-country ski business have given me a valuable perspective on inside information compared to the wide variety of uninformed or partially informed speculation.The first bike shop I worked in had the mechanics in the basement. I left that comfortable lair to try to sell some better bikes…
  • Nipple Alert

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    The tune up was going smoothly. Too smoothly. The owner of the bike is a big guy who rides a lot. How was I breezing through this toward my fast-approaching deadline? I'll just pop these wheels in the truing stand, even though they look pretty good.I'd noted that whoever built the wheels had used alloy nipples. Don't get me started on alloy nipples. I've seen a lot of them sheared off over the years. But I began to wonder if alloy nipples might be the safety valve to take some of the strain off of heat-treated rims that fatigue and crack.In the stand, the rear wheel looked pretty straight,…
  • 2014 cranks up

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    First ride to work today.  In a few weeks I hope to feel like a well oiled machine. Right now I just feel like a greasy doughnut.This was waiting for me on the work bench. It's duh speshul tool for eleven speed. Boy oh boy. Gotta have that special tool. Of course Shimano has had plans for 14-speed in the files since the mid 1990s. Can you doubt that skinnier chains and more special tools are in our future?In my immediate future is a pile of repairs.  Then I have to drag my slug ass home.
  • The Snirt Mountains

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    The temperature has shifted so the snow is melting. It has a long way to go.This bank has actually melted down about a foot. But ground level on the yard is down around my handlebars. The first terrace of flower bed is just above hub level.I was thinking of having an ice-out contest for this part of my driveway. Rain last night beat it back some. I might even be able to open the big sliding door on the front of the garage now.The sun makes everything look better, even mud and snirt.I tried to take a couple of videos to show the streams full of melt water and the Snirt Mountains along one…
  • Dual Drive earwax

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    One of the early repairs this year is a Cannondale hybrid with SRAM Dual Drive rear hub. The owner said the bike had been stored for a couple of years. He reported no functional problems, only requested that we figure out how to raise the handlebars.Dual Drive uses internal hub gears combined with a freehub body to provide a set of external gears shifted with a derailleur. This particular bike had a three speed hub.A single unit controls both internal and external gearsThe control linkage for the internal gears has been disconnected in this picture. While I had the wheel out for truing I…
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  • Bay Area transpo agency approves $8.7M to continue, expand bike share

    Richard Masoner
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    MTC votes to continue bike share into 2015, expand program to East Bay, and take over operation from BAAQMD The San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved $8.7 million to continue the SF Bay Area Bike Share program and expand it to cities in the East Bay at their monthly commission meeting earlier today. MTC approves $8.7 million for bike share expansion #bayareabikeshare — Sean Co (@seanaco) April 23, 2014 The Commission voted to approve the expenditure of the lion’s share of Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air…
  • Prescription cycling eyewear?

    Richard Masoner
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    I’ve always cycled in either my normal prescription eyeglasses with polycarb, photochromatic lenses, or in my contact lenses with non-prescription sports sunglasses such as these budget Tifosi sports shades I’m considering sunglasses with prescription lenses such as one of these specs from Sports RX. I’m a longtime fan of the budget shades from Tifosi, and I see SportsRX even has a private label line of inexpensive sunglasses. Of course they also have the high end brands like Smith, Rudy, and Oakley. If you wear prescription sunglasses, what do you recommend? Is helmet strap…
  • Use Strava to find new riding partners

    Richard Masoner
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    You’ve probably seen Strava’s Activity Playback tool, which allows you to quickly identify those missed connections as you ride. What can you use this for? First, an explanation. The green column labeled “C” is correlation. The higher the value, the more likely the rider rode with you on a group activity. 100 is perfect correlation. Strava considers anything above 30 a group activity. The lower activities are people who pass like ships in the night. The blue / purple column marked “S” is spatial correlation. This is a time-independent similarity to the…
  • Medellin, Colombia: Day Without Cars

    Richard Masoner
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    In the United States, we market electric cars to celebrate Earth Day. City officials in Medellin, Colombia, however, banned cars from city streets to encourage the use of bikes, walking and transit to work today. Residents were encouraged to Apaga el motor, enciende tu corazon — ‘Turn off the engine, turn on your heart’ — in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on April 22, 2014. A municipal decree prohibits the use of private cars today, in an attempt to reduce pollution levels and to promote the use of public and alternative transports. This year marks the 7th…
  • Fresh ideas for Bike to Work Day

    Richard Masoner
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Warren T in Overland Park, KS has a request: I’m trying to get some suggestions from various bike commuters regarding cool stuff they’ve seen at Bike to Work Week events. Overland Park, KS has asked me to help them come up with some fresh (for them) ideas. Your thoughts? Reply in the comments here, or send your thoughts directly to Warren via his Twitter account or by tagging him on Google Plus. Thanks! Related posts: Submit your Google Trike Streetview ideas Bike To Work Commuter Convoy Overland Park transportation and bicycling
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  • New SRAM PowerdomeX WiFli cassettes launched

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    SRAM has added new cassettes to its growing range of climb-assist WiFLi transmission technology –11-32 and 11-30 PowerdomeX clusters, costing $374/£284.  The new cassette – comprising a single piece of machined steel for the main nine-sprocket cluster allied to the two low-range aluminium rings will be compatible with the company’s mid-cage SRAM RED 22 and Force rear derailleurs. SRAM claims the PowerdomeX clusters are lighter than titanium clusters at claimed 185g (11-30) and 196g (11-32). The Chicago-based components maker says the PowerdomeX is “deadly…
  • Kona Zing review

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The US/Canadian outfit Kona’s origins lie in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s, but it also produces cyclo-cross bikes, classic steel bikes, tourers and road machines. The Zing is its least expensive aluminium bike. Highs: Fine handling from a well-finished aluminium frameLows: Basic wheels and average kit don’t shine against the oppositionBuy if: You’re looking for a quality aluminium frame and are prepared to upgrade laterThe Zing’s kit doesn’t hit the level of some of its peers. Its Tiagra groupset is upgraded to a 105 rear mech, to catch your eye in…
  • How to choose a bike helmet

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A helmet is one of the most important cycling accessories you can buy. Your brain is a valuable, vulnerable organ, yet it’s only protected by a thin layer of bone and skin. We were never designed to hit the roads at 50kph, or go hurling down rock-infested hills, so adding an extra layer of protection is an incredibly good idea.We’ve put together a list that covers everything you need to look for in a bike helmet to make sure it will do its job properly.There’s little difference structurally between the desired features of a road or mountain bike helmet, although the styles…
  • Novatec Jetfly wheels review

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Novatec has been producing high quality, reliable wheels for numerous prestigious brands for a long time. Its latest own-brand wheels truly deserve to bring the company out of the shadows, though.   Highs: Light, responsive, reliableLows: Slight front wheel flexWe think the Jetflys are undersold as ‘training’ wheels. At under 1500g a pair,  with a reasonably fast-reacting,  steel-reinforced freehub,  they feel very responsive,  with just a hint of front wheel flex when you’re really giving it grief out of the saddle. The 32mm-deep rim handles…
  • Win a trip for two to Colorado to watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    BikeRadar has teamed up with the Colorado Tourist Office to offer two lucky readers a chance to travel to Colorado to watch this year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge.The package up for grabs spans the dates 12-26 August 2014 (the Challenge takes place 18-24 August) and includes flights, hotel accommodation and car hire for two. The lucky winners will be able to follow some of the world's top riders as they spend seven consecutive days racing through the Colorado Rockies. Simply visit our competition page and enter your details for a chance to win.The closing date is 7 May 2014, and it's…
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    Twenty Nine Inches

  • Fuji SLM 29 1.3: First Impressions

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Fuji SLM 29 1.3: First Impressions- by Grannygear with Ed The Tall For the first installment of the Fuji SLM 29 1.3 test process, I handed the bike to Ed the Tall and had him put it into the dirt to begin the  testing.  Here are his thoughts from his time on it.  JeffJ will be next in line to get out on the fast hard tail from Fuji. Ed’s words: While being billed as a “hammer” by Granny, I don’t necessarily consider myself as one in the cross-country, racer-type sense.  Okay, so I’m comfortable in lycra and can probably beat most of the weekend warrior crew to the top of the…
  • Endura Xtract Jacket: On Test

    Guitar Ted
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Endura Xtract Jacket: On Test- by Guitar Ted Spring: That time of year around these parts when you may still need Winter gear in the morning, rain gear in the mid-day, and be wearing shorts and a jersey by late afternoon. That means I have to be prepared for a wide range of conditions if I am to be out cycling all day. Lightweight, packability, and high performance are all things I would like to have ion my gear for this time of year. Ya know……because I can’t be dragging around a closet full of gear when I ride! When Endura announced this new Xtract packable jacket, I sent…
  • Pivot Les 29“er: Out Of The Box

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    PIVOT Les 29“er : Out Of The Box: by Thomas Hebestreit & c_g And here comes another exciting bike for review on TNI. After having had the pleasure to ride their Mach 429c  last year (here)– one of the best and most versatile 100 mm dual suspension 29″ers we know, we have the privilege to ride their only other 29″er – the PIVOT Les hard tail. PIVOT Cycles  is a pretty small, but highly innovative company out of Phoenix, Arizona and has made themselves a reputation for always working on the cutting edge of what is possible and doing so with the utmost attention to…
  • Scott Spark 710: Life In The Middle Lane.

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Scott Spark 710:  Life In The Middle Lane.- by Grannygear The concept of a middle ground being the “Best of both worlds” is an interesting one.  After all, no one desires a glass of luke warm tea.  Iced or hot, yes.  In the middle, not so much.  We are not reviewing tea here, and yet, this overwrought drama of the wheel sizes is, if you believe the marketing, as much of a revolutionary event as the Boston Tea Party. I have not been a staunch skeptic of a new wheel size for MTB use.  What I did see early on was a strong potential for 27.5 to replace 26″ wheels…
  • Ride Impression: Salsa Bucksaw

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Ride Impression:  Salsa Bucksaw- by Grannygear “Holy mother of roaring death!“. This thought crossed my mind as I dropped down a section of rutted single track at the Sea Otter Classic.  I was astride the newly unwrapped Salsa Bucksaw 2, in this case the personal steed of Tim Krueger, a Salsa ‘person of interest‘ who had his hands elbow deep in the development of this beast.  The tires were roaring like an F250 with Super Swampers, the suspension was keeping things buttoned down, the scenery was getting kinda’ blurry and I hoped the SRAM Guide brakes were well…
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    Fat Cyclist

  • 6 Hours in Frog Hollow Race Report, Part 2: A Beautiful Lie

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    A Note from Fatty:  To read Part 1 of this race report, click here. In the first installment of this story, I noted that I am a liar. But the truth is, everyone who races is a liar. We lie to ourselves. Whether you’re racing people in real time — like I was in the 6 Hours in Frog Hollow — or racing against other people’s best time-shifted efforts — like everyone does with Strava — you’re lying to yourself. You’re lying to yourself that the race matters. You’re lying to yourself that the race is somehow an indicator of how fast you are. When, in truth, the race doesn’t…
  • Race Report: Six Hours in Frog Hollow, Part 1

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    A Note from Fatty: Thank you to everyone who has left encouraging messages and helpful feedback about doing the 100 Miles of Nowhere. It’s been just what I need; we’re definitely going to do it. I’m going to put together the necessary logistics (keeping it simple, though) and will have more to announce soon. Prologue I am a liar. You can go ahead and think about that previous statement for a moment and decide whether you want to believe it or not, but I promise you: I am a liar. Here, for example, is a lie: I signed up for the Six Hours in Frog Hollow just for the fun of it. The truth…
  • So Where’s the 100 Miles of Nowhere?

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Is it OK if, for today’s post, I drop the “beloved goofball” act and just tell you what’s going on in my life and what’s on my mind? It is? Oh good. Thanks. First, I’m employed again. I’m working at a startup, and it has me traveling pretty often. And when I’m not traveling, I’m still working. Really hard. To the point of not having a lot left over, actually, timewise nor mental-energy-wise. That’s OK. It’s a startup; I knew I’d be busy. But while I can live with the likelihood that I’m going to be continuing to be posting less often here than I used to — at least…
  • Weight Loss Update: One Good…I Mean REALLY BAD…Weekend Can Spoil Everything

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I’ve been planning to do an update on the Fatty / Beeminder Weight Loss Challenge for a while now. In fact, I was excited about it, because while it’s not like I’m high up on the Leaderboard, I’ve been doing really well. I mean, check out my progress on my Beeminder chart: As you can see, I’ve been dropping weight, nice and steadily. Sure, it bounces around a little from day to day, but I’ve been staying on the yellow brick road. And for the past few days, I’ve even been on the low side (which is the “good” side) of the yellow brick road.  In fact, I had hit my halfway…
  • Stuff Fatty Loves: Water (Specifically, really good, clean water)

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    People email me all the time, asking me if I want stuff. Even more often — lately — they email me asking if I’ll write a post about their Kickstarter campaign. Which is kind of nuts, when you think about it: expecting someone to promote something that they not only haven’t tried, but which doesn’t even actually exist yet. And may in fact never exist. (I of course reserve the right to reverse my philosophy on promoting Kickstarter campaigns when I inevitably start one of my own.) Where was I? Oh yeah, getting stuff. Companies send me stuff, pretty often. And there was a time that…
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    Bike Noob

  • The Warm Up

    Bike Noob
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I went out Sunday morning with a group I’d never ridden with before. We left from Mellow Johnny’s bike shop in downtown Austin and headed south. Four of us showed up for the so-called “Mid-Century Ride,” named because you had to be at least 50 years old to take part. We four were all men, all more than 60 years old. The ride leader took us on a circuitous route to get out of downtown. We wound our way through tight turns, almost stopping, almost putting feet down. Finally, after taking some sidewalks through a city park, we reached a north-south residential street, and…
  • Strava Speed vs. Bike Computer Speed

    Bike Noob
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I’m now able to irritate a lot of my friends because I use Strava. The record-keeping is useful, and the segments — while they do prompt one to speed up when one might not want to — provide a nice progress report on one’s ability over certain parts of rides. But there’s one thing I’ve noticed: My speeds according to Strava are different from the speeds registered by my bike computer. Now, I know I have el cheapo computer. However, I’ve been pretty satisfied with it. I measured the circumference of the front wheel by hand, and found that I need to…
  • This is a Bad One

    Bike Noob
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A cyclist was hit and killed this morning by a pickup truck in Edinburg, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. The two men in the truck allegedly tried to hide the cyclist’s body, but were caught by police. The victim, Eddie Arguelles, was a close friend of Ramon H., who has commented here several times and even written a guest post. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the family. under: Safety Tagged: crash, hit and run
  • Keep Those Knees In!

    Bike Noob
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Back when I started riding, I was with a friend who was an experienced biker, taking a few laps on the Veloway. At one point, a young woman passed us, and my friend picked up the pace to stay close to her. This surprised me, because this particular friend isn’t interested in women. I caught up to him, and he said, “I wanted to see her position on the bike — if she kept her legs in. She does. Looking good.” Huh? “A good rider keeps the knees close to the top tube,” he replied. “Some people ride with their knees sticking out to the sides.” Uh,…
  • Favorite Rides – The Zoo Ride

    Bike Noob
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
    When I consider rides I like, it’s easy to overlook the Zoo Ride. That’s because it’s not as long as most of our other marquee rides. But it does have a lot of features that make it worthy of consideration. In fact, our club has an informal “Friday Zoo Ride” that I might be able to join one of these years. In the meantime, I have mostly ridden it by myself. As the name suggests, the Zoo Ride heads to the Austin Zoo. Our zoo is not in the city, but is several miles west. From our neighborhood, we get a quick taste of the hills that highlight the Zoo Ride. We take…
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    Urban Velo

  • Kinfolk Kits on Pre-sale

    Scott Spitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’ve only got till May 2nd to pre-order this run of stylin’ Kinkfolk Kits created with Endo Customs. If you didn’t like the colors from the first offering, these are a little more stealth in a black and grey color selection. The bibs and jerseys (of both colors) can be purchased here. Kinfolk also produces these videos highlighting some of their people and programs…like this one here.
  • Undercover Houston Bike Cops Bust Dangerous Drivers

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Houston has a thriving bicycle culture, but ranks among one of the least safe places to ride in the country according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Fast Company is reporting on a new program to catch dangerous drivers in the act, and bring cycling fatalities in the city to “Goal Zero.” “We asked them to put police officers in plain clothes on bicycles with support in the area, so if someone did pass them too closely, they could call on their support to pull over that driver and issue a citation,” explains Mike Payne, executive director of BikeHouston, the…
  • San Francisco Bait Bikes

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Bay Area has quite the bike theft problem. No doubt some people are making a full time income from bike thievery. From San Francisco Craigslist. We have bait bikes deployed all over the city. Our bikes have trackers. You steal our bikes and we will definitely come for them. If you think the bike you are selling on craigslist is stolen, then it probably is. Guess what, you are subject to felony arrest if/when we find you. Jail is waiting and your face will be all over social media.
  • Bamboo Bicycle Club

    Scott Spitz
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Bamboo Bicycle Club is partnership between James and Ian, two bike-riding engineers who aim to create a knowledge sharing community for building robust and safe bamboo bicycle frames. We want to transfer the skills and experience we have gained over the last two years – helping those riders who don’t have the time to research materials or test jig set-ups to realise their dream and own a bamboo bicycle which they have built to their chosen geometry.
  • I Love Riding in the City – Valdemaras

    I Love Riding in the City
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    NAME: Valdemaras LOCATION: Vilnius, Lithuania OCCUPATION: Airline agent Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city? I live in Vilnius, Lithuania. Riding in my city is pretty much the same as in any other small capital of a small country. Cycling isn’t really popular and riders are frowned upon, but to be honest that just makes me smile and ride more. It was freezing last few weeks (below °20C) and people did give me strange looks. I don’t mind that. Makes me feel special. What was your favorite city to ride in, and why? Apart from Vilnius and my hometown I…
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    Bike Hugger

  • As Seen on Instragram: Nois7

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Platform to Platform The surreal work of Robert Jahns includes BMXers in the sky. Lift off Flatland freestyle in the Sky
  • Huggacast Shorts: A Minute of Sea Otter

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Our Sea Otter favs in a minute edit.
  • San Jose Bike Party and Blinking Man

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Like Blinking Man and our Mobile Socials, the San Jose Bike Party is about food, music, fun and, of course, bicycles. Stanford Journalism reports from San Jose ride in the video above and Nite Walk is in Vegas. Tonight, a mere half block from my memories, I am blinking along with around 300 others now, surrounded by all manner of bicycle art, streamers, blinkers, wrapped neon, flags and reflectors. Large disco light towers are dumped into an attached carriage and flash to the rhythms of the music. One bicycle is covered with a real ram’s skull and full skeleton, another looks like…
  • The Foil Sails

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    The Foil slices wind like light through night As I wrote in Issue 11 of our magazine, this bike made me late for dinner. TWICE. On it, I take the long way home, caught up in those sought-after rouleur moments, when you catch a tailwind, and the Foil sails. Read more about the Foil and see the gallery in our magazine and on G+.
  • Jeremiah Finds Freedom with a Folding Bike

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Jeremiah’s new bike Another Southby moment, my friend Jeremiah Owyang and I saw each other while stopped at an intersection. We were riding in the cold-ass rain, David was doing a semi track stand and Jeremiah walking pasts says, “Hey Byron, what’s that you’re riding?” A month or so later, he’s got a Tern and loves it. He just posted on Facebook. Anyone into the Transformers? No, not the Michael Bay version, the bicycle version. Thanks to my bud Byron Dl, bike evangelist, who I’ve known for over a decade, he connected me with Tern Bicycles to borrow…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Treewok

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall The average American spends a third of their income on housing. Almost as much as the next two greatest expenses — food and transportation — combined. So, theoretically, if you just stopped paying for housing, you could earn a living working three days a week. Or two thirds of the year. Today, we bring you a story about the pursuit of snow, world domination and cheap rent. It’s imperfect. It comes with inconveniences. Trade-offs. But, at the end of the day, what would you rather trade in? Convenience? Or time spent chasing down dry rock or fluffy snow? Listen…
  • Imagine

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Gavin McClurg, photos by Jody MacDonald Sailing around the world isn’t new. Historians recently learned that Chinese merchant ships in the latter 15th century, which were grander, faster, and better equipped than Spanish and Portuguese fleets (Magellan, Columbus, Gama, etc.), used trading routes that vary today only because of the Suez and Panama Canals. These canals eliminate the need to navigate the treacherous Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, respectively. Today, we call these routes the “milk run.” When you start at X and sail to Y, there is a very sensible time of year to do it…
  • DamNation: America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014, Updated Tour Schedule & Recent Awards

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s been a month since DamNation made its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas. First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the people who’ve come out to see our film. Your support is greatly appreciated. Moving forward, we have a bunch of news and some important action alerts to share, so let's get to it. America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014 When, as a young man, DamNation co-producer Matt Stoecker witnessed migrating steelhead jump at, and bounce off, Stanford University’s Searsville Dam on San Francisquito Creek, he recognized the destructive power a single dam can have…
  • Climbing in Iceland with Loki the Deceiver

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Kitty Calhoun Iceland is a land of extremes – stark beauty within a harsh, unforgiving landscape and an equally daunting climate. Volcanoes are still erupting, earthquakes are nearly constant, yet the geothermal water provides Iceland with most of its energy needs and natural hot springs ease the cold of winter. Eleven percent of the country is covered with glaciers. Sighting of the aurora borealis is common. The coast is dotted with steep cliffs, overhung by glaciers and blasted by wind off the ocean. Yet over 300 species of birds nest in these cliffs, eider ducks (think eiderdown)…
  • Home

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:11 am
    By Patch Wilson Growing up in Cornwall, in the UK, it’s easy to feel blessed when you’re young. I thought we had the best waves ever, and in some ways it’s true. When you’re a kid, the waves at home are all you really need. But quickly the realization sets in – as you get a bit bigger and aren’t so scared of what the ocean can throw at you – you want more. I‘ve travelled to the other end of the planet to get my fix of heavier hollower waves. But over the last 10 years or so I have come to realize that what I’m really looking for is right on my doorstep. Here are some photos…
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  • Charles Montgomery Talks “Happy City” with Mark Gorton

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Mark Gorton interviews award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery about his fantastic new book "Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Thru Urban Design," which delves in to the hard-to-measure metric of happiness and how the built environment of the place we live directly affects us. It's only a short discussion of what's in "Happy City" but Mark and Charles discuss unique ways of measuring happiness thru neuro-science, behavioral economics, and psychology. It also ends up touching on quite a few New York City places like Times Square, the Lower East Side and Jackson Heights, Queens. As people…
  • Streetfilms’ 8th Anniversary Announcement: “Love Helmets, Hate Helmets” PSA Contest!

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Folks we've been sitting on this news for a few weeks now, but thanks to an anonymous donor's 100K gift, we will be hosting a radically cool bicycle PSA contest this summer titled "Love Helmets, Hate Helmets".  Anyone in the world will be invited to submit a 60 second PSA telling us why or why not they wear a helmet when they ride their bike(s). Our annonymous donor decided it's time to really look seriously about helmets as she has seen convincing arguments on both sides, and sometimes she rides with a helmet and sometimes not. Streetfilms Director Clarence Eckerson Jr. says he can't wait…
  • National Bike Summit 2014: United Spokes

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:06 am
    Usually I have a rule to limit conference wrap-up videos to three to four minutes in length. But there were so many inspiring, great and laugh-out-loud funny moments at this year's League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit 2014, I felt it important to pack in all of the coverage we could, especially since the Women's Bicycling Forum has grown to be a large part of the event. So sit back and enjoy many of the faces and fun that made this year's #NBS14 a big hit.  Here's just a few of the gems you may only see here on Streetfilms! - Watch as We Bike NYC arrives in DC after a 262 mile…
  • Families for Safe Streets: Let’s End Traffic Violence

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    24 Feb 2014 | 7:31 am
    This one-day mini film takes a look at NYC's newly formed transportation advocacy group, Families for Safe Streets, and the press conference they held for their first public gathering on the steps of NYC's City Hall steps. There was plenty of emotional testimony given by the families of loved ones who have perished due to traffic violence on the streets of New York City. In fact, many of the people are likely familiar to Streetfilms viewers since they've been in past videos reaching back seven or eight years.  Thus, we dug in to the archives to emphasize just how long some of these families…
  • Beyond #Sneckdown: Five Other Street Conditions You Can Observe or Document

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:37 pm
    It's been quite a ride we've had the last six weeks on the sneckdown train.  At least 40 publications & blog posts since January 2nd including the BBC, The Economist, and The Atlantic Cities. I even got on the local news here in NYC on WPIX. As of December 2013 our two Streetfilms had been watched about 9,000 times, but currently are up over 32,000 plays. The phenomenon grows every day. The most exciting thing has been watching the contributions - the blog posts and thousands of photos tweeted.  I've asked myself, "What's next to keep up the motivated masses wanting to change their…
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    Bikes For The Rest Of Us

  • Brompton

    Joseph E
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Brompton H6L dyno, Brooks, racing green: $1974While not made in the USA, like the Bike Friday folding bikes, Brompton folding bikes are often touted as the bike with the most compact folded size and a very quick fold. This makes them a good option for people who need to combine a bike trip with trains or buses which do not allow full-sized bikes, or who want to fly with a bike when visiting another city. They fold down to a package that is a few inches larger than their 16 inch wheels.The bikes and most of the special components are made in England, and there are many customization…
  • Kettler Berlin Royal

    Joseph E
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Kettler Berlin RoyalKettler bikes do not seem to be available via many local bike shops, but this German manufacturer will sell direct to consumers. We previously reviewed a few of their models.They now offer several well equipped bikes with dynamos and lights, internal gear hubs, racks, chainguard, fenders and kickstand at reasonable prices. Kettler City CruiserThe Kettler City Cruiser has a 7-speed Shimano Nexus internal gear hub with coast brake, front v-brake, dynamo hub with lights, chainguard, rack and fenders for only $729.The Royal Berlin model has a Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub,…
  • Batavus Flying D

    Joseph E
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Unfortunately, Batavus bikes are no longer being regularly imported to North America. But for a period in the mid 2008's they were available through several local bike shops. I became the second owner of a Batavus Flying D, after my first good city bike, a Breezer Uptown 8, was stolen.Batavus is a dutch company from the Netherlands, but the frames are made in Taiwan or China. The Flying D model has a traditional "Dutch Bike" geometry and appearance, but is made with thick aluminum tubing and modern "29er" wheels.The wheels have deep rims that are laced in a modern-looking pattern, paired with…
  • Xtracycle Edgerunner

    Joseph E
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Xtracycle Edgerunner 27D Lux XOContinuing our overview of cargo bike options, the relatively new Edgerunner is a Longtail cargo bike from Xtracycle.Xtracycle founded the current Longtail cargo bike craze, with their FreeRadical. This frame extender attached to a standard bike, converting it to a longtail. An ecosystem of accessories, bags, decks, lights and kickstands was developed around this standard, which Yuba later adopted for their Mundo bike, as have some other manufacturers. Now Xtracycle is making their own complete bike, the Edgerunner. The 27D Lux features fenders, a…
  • Bike Friday

    Joseph E
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many have lamented the decline of American bike manufacturing, as most production frame builders have moved work to Taiwan or mainland China in the past 2 decades. Now most custom USA built frames will cost over $1000. Folding bikes or frames designed for traveling can cost even more. But it is still possible to get an affordable American-built frame on a Bike for the Rest of Us.Bike Friday has been building frames for small-wheeled, foldable bikes in Eugene, Oregon for the past 22 years, and have gathered something of a following for their unique, customizable designs. Although most of the…
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  • Tested: 2XU Compression Leggings

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    Once I got my first pair of knee sleeves, I was hooked for life. Why? I realized that a simple compression garment can alleviate nearly all my knee pain from some old overuse injuries that don’t want to go away completely. Problem was, ordinary knee sleeves would slide down too easily when worn during a bike ride. What was the solution? 2XU Compression Leggings. These are full leg sleeves that extend from your ankle the whole way up to your crotch. They cover your calf, knee, and your quad, so it’s like three sleeves in one! For me, what mattered was that they provided compression…
  • Tested: CamelBak Relay Water Filtration Pitcher

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Now I can fill my CamelBak from a CamelBak! Thanks to something completely unexpected – the CamelBak Relay Water Filtration Pitcher. Instead of a mundane Brita or PUR filter/pitcher, my kitchen is now outfitted with a fancy new CamelBak pitcher. It actually blends in well, thanks to the numerous CamelBak bottles scattered about. Though surprising initially, I guess it makes sense. They already do hydration packs, sports water bottles, everyday water bottles, and even filtering bottles, so they might as well expand into home goods. For me, the timing couldn’t have been better. When…
  • Tested: Skout Organic Trailbar

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    If you like to have your food named for its exact purpose, consider the Skout Organic Trailbar next time you’ll be on a hiking trail. This bar is somewhat new, at least to me here on the East Coast – if you’re closer to Portland, perhaps you’ve known about them for years. Am I excited? Just a little bit. I’m always a little excited to try a new bar, but the energy bar market is so crowded these days, it’s hard to stand out. It takes something serious to “wow” me these days… Skout certainly tries their best to do so. The bars are certified…
  • How to Shave Your Legs with a Double Edge Safety Razor

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    There’s a trend right now where men who grew up with cartridge razors are going old school and turning to traditional safety razors for their shaving needs. Probably has something to do with the skyrocketing cost of Gillette’s cartridges! Even I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one of these Double Edge (DE) razors. And it is pretty cool. But I had to wonder… How about shaving your legs with one of these razors? I imagine most guys who are using these razors are doing it to look/feel more manly, so it seems unlikely anyone is using them for leg shaving. I’m not most…
  • The Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Sweet Spot Training (SST)

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Sweet Spot Training, or “SST” for short, is one of the newer methodologies used for structuring training for endurance sports. It breaks away from the most traditional method – periodization. It might sound complicated when you first read about it, but in practice, it’s relatively simple and makes a lot of sense, especially if you don’t have tons of hours available for training purposes. Keep reading to see what it is and how you can use it to your advantage…   What Sweet Spot Training Is The term “Sweet Spot Training” was coined by Frank…
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  • Recap of PBOT Director Leah Treat's first major speech

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    PBOT Director Leah Treat at the Sentinel Hotel today.(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland) Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat hit mostly familiar notes today during her first major speech since taking over the agency last summer. Treat was hosted by the City Club of Portland and the event was included in the agenda of the annual Oregon Active Transportation Summit. While she didn't make any major policy commitments or launch new initiatives that might have sent the crowd of local transportation advocates and insiders abuzz, Treat gave us a glimpse of her perspective and offered…
  • The Ride: A north Portland loop that's perfect for the whole family

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    With half the mileage on paths completely separated from auto traffic, this nine mile north Portland/Columbia Slough loop could be the ultimate family ride.(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland) If you've been looking for a great loop ride in north Portland that's perfect for novice riders and families, I've got an exciting route to share. Thanks to the completion of a new, 1.2 mile section of the Columbia Slough Trail back in January, it's now possible to ride a nine-mile loop with nearly half of the total mileage completely separated from auto traffic. Add about three miles of neighborhood greenways…
  • As a low-car generation rises, youth organizers step up transportation activism

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Kelly Hansen of the Community Cycling Center, Nicole Johnson of OPAL, Camille Bales of Grant High School and Adriana Rangel of De La Salle High School at a panel on youth transportation advocacy Monday.(Photo by M.Andersen/BikePortland) Few Portlanders rely more on low-car transportation than teens. And as many factors have made car use by young people dramatically less common, some are getting more sophisticated in advocating for better public transit, biking and walking. A panel on the subject at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit Monday was enough to make city staffer Janis McDonald…
  • Get Legal: Doored? The law is on your side (but that might not be enough)

    Ray Thomas (Contributor)
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    (Photo J. Maus/BikePortland) If you ever have the unfortunate luck of coming into conflict with another road user, it's always a pleasure to find out the law is in your favor. Usually, conflicts on the road relate to the question of who has the right to the same space at the same time. Having someone open their car door into you — a.k.a. getting "doored" — falls into this category. Usually a motor vehicle operator fails to see a bicycle rider and opens a door so close to their path that a collision or near-miss occurs. While defensive riding can go a long way toward avoiding this…
  • Are parking permits a solution to neighborhood parking wars?

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Auto parking on Southeast Division Street.(Photo by M.Andersen) As the city's transportation director says Portland should stop giving away so much of its on-street parking space for free, a local parking expert is floating one way to do it. From the embattled 20s Bikeway to Foster's broken bike lanes to the chronic shortage of rental housing in low-car-friendly parts of town, residents' annoyance over the lack of on-street auto parking in central Portland is making it harder for the city to become bike-friendlier. At the Oregon Active Transportation Summit Monday, parking consultant Rick…
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  • Spring Break Singletrack Trek, The Sequel, Part 2: Hitting Three Peaks and Going to Church Rocks

    John Fisch
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    After two glorious days riding the San Rafael Swell, we headed further southwest into Zion country.  While the riding was excellent on the swell, it was rather lonely, and we were actually looking forward to a few more people and … Continue reading → Related posts:Spring Break Singletrack Trek, The Sequel, Part 1: Green River Greenhorns Spring Break Singletrack Trek Part I: New Mexico Spring Break Singletrack Trek Part IV: Livin’ on Tucson Time, Take 1
  • Review: Park Tool CRP-2 Crown Race Removal Tool

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Don’t you just love it when a tool does its task well? Well I do! The Park CRP-2 is one of those tools that just does its job. The CRP-2 is a shop-quality precision tool designed to rapidly and carefully … Continue reading → Related posts:RockShox Domain Dual Crown R Fork Review MTB emergency tool reviews Crank Brothers Multi-17 Tool Review
  • Photo Blog: 30 Days of Biking, Days 18-22

    Greg Heil
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Unfortunately, shortly after my great ride to Turret, I began to come down with a cold. Several snow storms, rain, and now sickness? Yep, there’s definitely been plenty of “challenge” in the “30 Days of Biking Challenge” this April! Day … Continue reading → Related posts:Photo Blog: #30daysofbiking Days 3 and 4: Fat Biking in the Snow Photo Blog: Working with Winter During Days 5 and 6 of #30daysofbiking Photo Blog: #30DaysofBiking Days 7-11: Getting Dirty in Salida
  • Video: Snow Summit Opening Weekend

    Greg Heil
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear, California opened for the summer season last weekend. They’ll be running Friday-Sunday until June 13th, and will switch over to daily operations after that. Check out this great vid from opening weekend: Related posts:Melting … Continue reading → Related posts:Melting Snow = DH Season! Resort Opening Dates News: Snow Summit Bike Park to Open April 18 News: Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Big Bear, CA Opens DH MTB Park
  • Day 17: Ghost Town Gravel Grinder

    Greg Heil
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    The townsite of Turret, Colorado is located just a few miles up in the Arkansas Hills from Salida. A gold mining town founded in 1897, Turret had a peak population of 400-600 people (depending on the source you consult), but … Continue reading → Related posts:Bend, OR is 2009 best mountain biking town PLUS new Boulder singletrack Gravel Metric 2012: Three Videos Race Report: Gravel Metric 2011
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    Art Aguilar
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
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    Art Aguilar
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    KIDS IN ACTION Last year I did a little segment on kids at Sea Otter. This is one of the coolest things to see here. They are lit up with excitement in every way and when they come down they are “DOWN”, which every parent I’m sure loves. You will see kids racing, dad showing them the tricks on the downhill, the race face, Photos of “The Little Bella’s”, where Pro racers take time out of their schedules to show young girls proper riding and confidence, kids with mom and dad just enjoying the sun and fun. So here are a few pics of the kids at Sea Otter 2014…

    Art Aguilar
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    AIRBORNE 650B While at Sea Otter you will always see something new that will be coming out soon or will be for the next year. We ran into Trevor Gay from Airborne Bicycles and he was rocking a new prototype 650b (27.5) that Airborne has been testing. With the advent of so many bicycle companies going to either 650b or 29er I could say that 26″ wheel may disappear soon except on low end bikes. Airborne sees this and has been working on there first 650b. It will be around 5″ travel in the rear although they spec the prototype with a 150mm fork, one would guess it will be close. When…

    Art Aguilar
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    DAINESE 2014 Dainese is back at Sea Otter this year and they have some new gear. If you don’t know this Dainese has always been at the forefront of protection, and they have brought innovation to the mountain biking market for decades. Dainese hhas been a part of mountain biking since the early 90′s. They have sponsored some of the greatest and biggest downhill racers around. Currently you could see the Lapeirre DH Team taking the World Cups, as well as seeing yours truly [The Team] taking on local events in our area. Yeah I had to plug us in this article, after…
  • REDLINE’S NEW D880 & D860 and Hardtail D680 29er’s

    Art Aguilar
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    NEW AND COOL Redline is well known for their exploits in Cyclecross and they are know stranger to cross country bikes by no means. Their latest is the new 29″ D880, the flagship in the line with the D860 below the D880. These two are their full suspension models, fallowed with the D680 carbon Hardtail. As you can see the D880 is Fox equipped with Kashima coat fork and shock, Sram 1x drivetrain, Crankbrother conponents. Here you have the Redline’s 29 hardtail equipped with Fox, Sram, and Crankbrothers. The D860 in the background. The D860 come with Rock Shox suspension and Shimano…
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  • Video: PRO GRT / NW Cup – Port Angeles, WA

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    The NW Cup held stop #1 of the 2014 Pro GRT series. Professional racers typically flock to this venue and there were many pro’s in attendance including Kevin Aiello who took the win. Check out the results and a short video of the race from Onthereal Media. Results 1 Aiello, Kevin 57 245409 RSM CA KHS Factory Racing 00:02:29.09 2 Gauvin, Remi 70 CAN19920616 Nanoose Bay BC PerfomX Commencal 00:02:29.24 3 Sangers, Kyle 68 CAN19930412 Kingston WA PerformX/Commencad 00:02:29.75 4 Strobel, Luke 3 181052 Issaquah WA Evil Bikes 00:02:30.57 5 McDowall, Kirck 86 140630 Anmore BC…
  • Bell Built – West Coast Trail Grant Winner Flagstaff, AZ

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Bell has crowned the West Coast trail grant. Next up is the central region so get your votes in! The grant money will help fund the construction of the beginner and intermediate trails at the proposed bike park project, which will be open to the public for the entire mountain biking community to enjoy. Flagstaff, AZ Winner Vote on the central region trails at
  • Course Preview: Claudio’s Cairns World Cup Helmet Camera – Australia

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    GoPro and Velosolutions team up to bring us more track talk gold with Claudio Caluori. With the second round of the 2014 UCI World Cup just days away, we felt it was time to send our pet test pilot, Claudio Caluori, for a quick GoPro preview run. When racing gets underway, the Cairns track will be new to everyone. But will the world’s fastest racers get away with some of the sketchy moments that Claudio manages to wrestle back into line?! We doubt it. Be sure to keep in touch with all of Claudio’s crazy goings-on on his Facebook and Twitter. Tune into this…
  • Life Behind Bars Season 3 Episode 1 – Brandon Semenuk

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Life Behind Bars continues into its third season today. Brandon and crew meet up with Troy Lee at his race shop and then go to the moto track Milestones. The boys then head to Pine Valley and session Griz’s big jumps then off to ride some Cali single track. POV – Chasing Vink
  • Intense 27.5 Options, Specialized 650 Stumpjumper EVO, iXS Berrecloth Dagger and Trail RS Helmet

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Specialized has introduced a 650b Stumpjumper FSR EVO recently that we take a closer look at inside. Intense has been busy revamping their brand and had a great presence at Sea Otter with their new carbon Tracer T275C. iXS also has new products in for 2014/2015 that are sure to appeal to many of you riders. Intense Intense has been having some nice momentum recently and their new Tracer T275C has been received quite well. You can read our review of it here if you’ve missed it. Expect to see more new items coming from Intense. Specialized Specialized was hesitant to create a 605b bike…
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    Smart Athlete

  • Wild Betty's Fun-duro Women's Event

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    My friends at the Wild Betty's asked me to pass this on: We are writing to ask you to SAVE THE DATE for July 8 2014. (raindate July 15th)It's a Tuesday evening and we're having aWild Bettys FunDuro in the Don!!This is a WOMEN'S ONLY fun race on our beloved Crother's Woods Trails. The start-finish is in the Loblaw Parking Lot at 11 Redway Rd in Leaside, if you are not familiar with the area.We
  • Knees hurt while running ?

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Great article by my friend Greg Lehman Change your shoes frequently to help avoid running pain . 
  • Via Collingwood Cycling Club = Updates to Highway traffic Act for cyclists

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Show your support of this bill .  ALso if you find yourself in Collingwood this spring/summer check out CCC NEWSLETTER /  SITE  Bill 173 Ontario Legislature,first reading of a major amendment to the Highway Traffic Act    33.  Section 148 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsections: Same    (6.1)  Every person in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway who is overtaking a
  • More Exciting news for 13-16 year old Riders ! 2014 Ontario Summer Games

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    OCA Announces Participation at the 2014 Ontario Summer Games – Road and Mountain Bike Windsor August 7-10, 2014   (April 2, 2014) The Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) is proud to announce that the 2014 Ontario Summer Games will take place August 7-10, 2014 in Windsor, Ontario.  With a delay on the games announcement the OCA is excited to continue offering this multi-sport experience to
  • 4 Private Bike Skills Session - New Package !

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Get back into riding this spring . You have put in the hard work on the trainer now let's make sure you are efficient and smooth ! Early season sessions at Joyride 150 or local parks/skateparks are a great way to refine and drill the basics. Remember, becoming an expert is not about being crazy but mastering the basics. Let's get started ! 4 Private Bike Skills Sessions in 2 Months
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  • Sea Otter Classic – Cross-Country Race

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Photos from the Sea Otter Classic Cross-Country Race [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sea Otter Classic – Circuit Race

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Photos from the Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sea Otter Classic – Road Race

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Photos from the Sea Otter Classic Road Race. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sea Otter Classic – Dual Slalom Qualifications

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Gallery from the Dual Slalom Qualification Runs at the Sea Otter Classic. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sea Otter Classic – Criterium

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Gallery from the men’s pro/1 criterium at the Sea Otter Classic. Remi Pelletier-Roy (Garneau-Quebecor) took the from a break ahead of Sam Bassetti (5-hour ENERGY) and Jesse Anthony (Optum). [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Commute by Bike

  • Why yes, I am wearing my bicycle pants to the office…and hiking…and camping…A review of Bluff Works adventure-ready pants

    Samuel Hagler
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    You know those guys who go a year without breaking a sweat? You’ve seen them walking, bellies a swingin’, from one boring meeting to the next in some sprawling city where people get lost in thoughts about whether there is more to life than this. Well, unfortunately, you can do that in these pants if [...]
  • Maximum Impact Bicycle Advocacy

    Josh Lipton
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Being constrained by a 60 minute window I feel like I have an excuse to make broad and sweeping claims regarding topics that I am familiar with but I am certainly no expert on.  So I beg your pardon as I launch in. The development of serious and dedicated bicycle infrastructure is a requirement for [...]
  • Less Car More Go Documentary on Kickstarter

    Melanie Colavito
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I don’t know what it is about cargo bikes, but they do have a funny way of getting into your heart.  I’ve had a lot of bikes comes and go from my life over the years, but there is one I miss more than any of the others and that’s my old Xtracycle. The Xtracycle [...]
  • 60 Minutes

    Josh Lipton
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    I’m sure that our loyal readers have noticed some decline in the regularity of our posting here at after the departure of Ted Johnson, our ponderous and insightful editor and marketing expert here at  In his wake we’ve been working to come up with a new strategy for maintaining and growing this blog.  [...]
  • Cyclovia Tucson Spring 2014

    Melanie Lipton
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Our family has just celebrated one year living in Tucson, Arizona.  There are a lot of great things about Tucson, but as a cycling family, one of the things we have enjoyed most is the nearly year-round cycling season.  Granted, our first summer was a bit of a rough adjustment (toasted bums on blazing hot [...]
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  • The Slackers Guide to 30 Days of Biking

    Bike Shop Girl
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Today marks the 6th day of biking for the 30 Days of Biking. I hope everyone is sticking to their pledge as best as possible! Unfortunately, I haven’t done any epic rides during these first 6 days but my butt has sat on the saddle and my feet have pedaled some distance each day thus far. For everyone that is struggling to find the time to hit their bike rides I give you my guide to slacking your way through the next 24 days! Start with small distances Are you riding around the block? Down a hallway at work? Great, you’re getting on the bike and that is ALL that matters for 30 Days…
  • Day 1: 30 Days of Biking

    Bike Shop Girl
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Day 1 for 30 Days of Biking is in the books, kicking it off in style by replacing the car commute with a bike ride to bus ride. How was your first day?
  • 30 Days of Biking: Basic Pre-Game Tips

    Bike Shop Girl
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    This is part of a month long series that follows along my journey of completing a pledge of riding 30 days straight in April with Tomorrow kicks off 30 Days of Biking and I want to make sure we are all 100% ready. Hopefully, you realize that this doesn’t need to be epic adventures everyday and I’m taking the first week in stride, planning basic trips, to get back in the swing of daily riding! It’s the night before your the first day in the challenge so let’s run through everything I did to make sure that I’m ready to tackle this! My Bike is…
  • Pedal Into Spring Motivated with 30 Days of Biking in April

    Bike Shop Girl
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:59 am
    As I look outside my window, in downtown Boulder, Colorado, it is snowing. So much for the promises of 60 degree weather today, Mr. Weatherman! If this isn’t the motivation I needed to kick winter in its pants and out the door, the pledge I made to 30 Days of Biking is. What is 30 Days of Biking? Very simply, 30DOB is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather! It is also a community where you share your adventures online with #30daysofbiking. For me, 30 Days of Biking is a stand to be part of a community bigger than myself. I strive to…
  • Week-end Round Up for March 22

    Bike Shop Girl
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:16 am
    Grab a delicious cup of coffee as it is time for the week-end round up. Have something to add? Put a link in the comments below. The first week of spring has hit us and the anticipation across the cycling community can be felt near and far. This winter was tougher than normal for most of the country and I can admit first hand that I have been caught this past week  daydreaming of tan lines and long miles. Get Ready for Spring Miles Tips to Get You Rolling After a Long Winter  30 Days of Biking in April – Sign the Pledge Changing Group Ride Behavior – People for Bikes  This…
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  • Your Legal Obligations After An Accident

    Lynn Smythe
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Today's guest post is written by Terry Farley. Here at Carry on Biking, we know that the immediate aftermath, as well as the long-term impact, of a motorcycle accident is a traumatic andemotionally challenging time. Most riders will experience a state of shock after an accident, particularly if you or someone else involved is badly injured. Some riders are more fortunate and are physically able to leave the scene of the accident without the need of an ambulance or any medical attention. Even if you are this fortunate, you could still be breaking the law if you leave the scene of an…
  • 5 Bicycle Safety Tips You Can't Afford to Forget

    Lynn Smythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Today's sponsored guest post was written by Matthew Hall. Bike riding is one of the most popular methods of transportation in the world today. Bicycles are used for an array of things ranging from getting to work, riding for pleasure or riding competitively. Although people use bicycles for different purposes, there should be one thing kept in common between all of them, safety. Nothing is more important than staying safe while riding your bike, and the good part is that it’s not hard to stay safe on your bike as long as you follow the tips I will be going over in this article. So…
  • Bike Diva Trains on CycleTEK Momentum

    Lynn Smythe
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Do you live in a climate that's not conducive to year round training on your bike? Although I live in Florida, there are many days when I just can't get outside during daylight hours to train. Rainy days, short daylight hours during the winter, HOT days, hurricane watch - you get the idea. I've wanted to get a bike trainer so I could enjoy indoor workouts anytime of day, night or during adverse weather conditions. CycleTEK was kind enough to send me one of their high-tech cycle trainers, the Momentum 1 Pro. Quiet and Smooth Bike Trainer The Cycletek Momentum uses a giant…
  • Bike Diva Reviews Adovia's Purifying Mud Mask

    Lynn Smythe
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Bike Diva Tries Dead Sea Mud Mask I'm not usually a fan of product reviews written in exchange for free product. But when it's for a product I already use I am open to testing out other brands. I recently had a chance to try out a facial mask by Adovia. The problem I've had with other brands of mud masks is they have a tendency to dry out the skin around my eyes and cheeks.  Adovia's mask contains ingredients including dead sea mud, aloe vera and vitamin C and is suitable for all skin types. I have combination skin…
  • Boxing Exercises You Can Do at Home

    Lynn Smythe
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you into cross training to get in shape for cycling season? Do you follow a certain workout routine to strengthen your upper body and core? Today's sponsored guest post talks about the benefits of boxing. Above: Bike Diva thinks she has guns - fail!?! Creating and maintaining the right training program is a concern that no boxer can afford to ignore. Limiting yourself to only the exercises and workout opportunities found in the gym could end up costing you far more than you might realize. Strength training, exercises that will improve your stamina as well training opportunities…
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  • Focus Mares CX Carbon Cyclocross Bikes Get Lighter, Higher and Adopt a Pair of Rats

    cyclocross magazine
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Focus and Jeremy Powers have had quite a bit of success together since the 2014 National Champion switched from Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld to Rapha-Focus three seasons ago, and the two parties will remain a team for the 2014/2015 season. However... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • Raleigh Updates RX 1.0 and RX 2.0, Returns with RXW Women’s and Tamland Gravel Bikes

    cyclocross magazine
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Raleigh didn’t just launch a new RXS singlespeed at Sea Otter this year—the company also revamped both the high-end carbon models and their aluminum lower-tier offerings for 2015. Prices are expected to stay roughly the same as the 2014 lineups,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • 2014 Cyclocross Magazine Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Another year of ’cross is gone, and with our new-to-the-newstands Issue 24, we bring you the 2014 Reader and Editors’ Choice Awards. We didn’t want to keep all the good stuff just for our subscribers though, so we’re listing almost... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • HED Cycling Goes Fat and Skinny with Ardennes FR and The Big Deal in 2014

    Clifford Lee
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    HED Cycling is always innovating, looking for the combination of light weight, strength, and aerodynamics. Not all these parameters are completely compatible, but there are wheels that deliver in each area specifically. HED brought more than a few of its... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • Get Kids into Cycling: Pennsylvania High School Mountain Bike League

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Sure, XC isn’t the same as CX. But get a Junior on a mountain bike, and maybe by the fall, he or she will be ready to hop on some skinner tires and test out ’cross. From the promoter: Interested... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
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    All up to date 2014 Texas bicycle rides in one location

  • Weekend Ride Round-Up April 18th-20th

    Taylor Ford
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
      Easter is just around the corner! Is anyone going to be hopping on their bike for one of these Easter Weekend rides? If you are still looking for a great event this weekend, for the family or just for yourself, here are the rides that will be happening this weekend.   Friday, April 18th: […]
  • Top 10 Reasons to Like Wheelbrothers on Facebook

    WB admin
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Did you know that Wheelbrothers is also on Facebook? Yep, that’s right! We have a pretty lively community over there. If you haven’t liked us yet and need some motivation to click that little ‘like’ button (it’s easy – just look at the top of the post, bottom of the post or even in the […]
  • Interview – Ride for Heroes – Aledo, TX

    Taylor Ford
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Hey Wheel Brothers! Has spring been treating everyone well? We hope everyone has had a chance to get out there and get started on their spring rides. If you are looking for another awesome ride, benefiting an awesome cause, you have got to check out our interview with the board members of the Ride for […]
  • Interview – Katy Ram Challange – Katy, TX

    Taylor Ford
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    Have you tried the Katy Ram Challenge? If you haven’t been in the last 11 years, you have been missing out. Don’t worry, you still have a chance to get in on this amazing ride. Ride Captain, Andrew Amstutz gave us an exclusive scoop on what to expect from this year’s ride, on April 5th. Why […]
  • Be a Part of the Makings of a Revolutionary New Bike Pedal

    WB admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:33 am
    Fellow Wheelbrothers… If you’ve ever wondered what alternatives exist for bike pedals, here’s your chance to not only have a glimpse of one, but also to support a project for creating a revolutionary new pedal. It is called The Infinity Pedal and its creator, Sam Hunter, is asking for your help in completing the project. […]
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    Cycle EXIF Update

  • Jim Bundy Spirit Road

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    2013 was a busy year for Wing Lau, a Sydney-based graphic designer: winning the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for Visual Design & Communications, lauded by numerous creative institutions, all rounded off by a solo show at a local gallery featuring work inspired by cycling trips around Taiwan and Hong Kong. But ask him what he’s most passionate about and he might turn around and say something about classic Australian custom frame builders like Ken Evans, Kerry Hopkins and especially Peter and Jim Bundy. This is his third Bundy frame, after losing his first two in tragic accidents…
  • Gellie Custom Tandem

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    With wisdom and experience gleaned from a career that spans working at GM-Holden, Ford & Toyota — troubleshooting engine and car manufacturing, to defending his ’92 Aussie Downhill Mountainbike Championship against John Tomac, it’s no surprise that Ewen Gellie speaks with gravitas. Having built plenty of mountain bikes, and numerous bikes with skinny tyres, presented here is a foray into the complicated realm of the tandem. Ewen has built many frames with S&S couplers, like the tandem, which required four more couplers than a standard frame, but will allow it to be…
  • Argonaut Cycles at Aether Apparel NYC

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Ben Farver, the founder of Argonaut Cycles, continues his tour into New York City this Friday night, to talk about the engineering that goes into his custom, US-made carbon fibre road bikes. “Argonaut Cycles would like to invite you to an evening of SpaceBikes in NYC. Join us at the Aether Apparel NYC Store Friday April 25th from 6-9 PM. Free drinks, a presentation from founder Ben Farver and the video premier of the Argonaut Deep South Odyssey. Our NAHBS Best In Show Gravel Racer will be on display.” Top photo credit: John Watson Cycle EXIF supplies a daily dose of commuter bicycles,…
  • Review: BOgear Spare Camel

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    After years of working as a bike courier in Sydney, my spine had conformed to the use of a single-shouldered messenger bag. Now that the majority of my riding is commuting, I use a backpack, but always searched for a pack that combines solid construction with accessibility to its contents. Finally, I’ve acquired one that combines those facets: Brisbane Outdoor Gear’s Spare Camel. The first backpack to replace my Crumpler messenger bag was a Poler Rucksack, which served me faithfully for a number of years. That’s a good stretch, for a bag that is worn daily. Finally, I needed…
  • Sven Cycles x Paniagua

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    In his tell-all book ‘The Secret Race’, the story of his tenure with Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team, Tyler Hamilton made reference to the Spanish phrase, Pan-Y-Agua. Inside the peloton, “riding paniagua — or ‘Bread and Water’ — described riders who hadn’t doped. What are we to think, then, of a providore called Paniagua, who sells coffee beans called EPO? It becomes more suspicious when they have collaborated with Sven Cycles on a racey commuter frame that’s obviously on the juice. Paniagua’s EPO is a Peaberry Arabica from Tanzania.
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    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog

  • Marketing

    Dave Moulton
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Marketing is always a tough nut for the artist. All he wants to do is create, but then there comes a point where he must market what he creates in order to survive and continue creating. It is tough when you have a product that you know is superior, but lose sales because some large corporation has more marketing clout. This happened many times with me in the 1980s when customers would be on the brink of buying one of my bikes, then at the last moment opt for a Japanese Nishiki, on Centurion. Both good bicycles of that era, but could never compare to a hand built frame made by an individual…
  • The good, the bad and the clueless

    Dave Moulton
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whenever I write an article about cyclists running stop signs and red lights it brings many comments for and against. According to some, it seems you can be on either side and still see yourself as a good safe cyclist, it is not black and white for everyone, it is a matter of opinion. Those who ride through red lights, say they do so for their own safety, and though the letter of the law says a bicycle is a vehicle and as such should stop and wait like every other vehicle. The red light runners say it is a stupid law. There are many stupid laws, and not just traffic laws, but as a society can…
  • Ridiculous

    Dave Moulton
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    I have seen some crazy bike set-ups in my time, but this one I think beats all. Looking at the amount of seat post showing it must be above its limit with barely half an inch in the frame. This 52cm. First Generation Fuso was obviously too small for its owner, and WTF is that handlebar stem extension? Luckily it has been bought by a collector who already owns a custom ‘dave moulton’ and a Recherché, and I am sure will restore this to some measure of sanity. It is okay to dress your own children funny, but please, not mine.    To Share click "Share Article"…
  • More on Practical Gearing

    Dave Moulton
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    My last piece was about switching out my 50 tooth chainring on my Campagnolo Athena crankset, for a 46 tooth Cyclo-Cross ring, to give me a more practical gear range. The article brought many interesting and useful comments. One of the things I learned was that there are other makes of Campagnolo compatible cassettes. Miche for example is one of them. It occurred to me that rather than go to the expense of replacing the whole cassette, why not just swap out a couple of sprockets. With this in mind I ordered a Miche 13 tooth first position sprocket, that’s is one with a serrated outside…
  • 46 Big Ring

    Dave Moulton
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The gearing on modern bikes is probably one of the greatest improvements seen in the last twenty years. The only issue I have is that for the non-racing leisure rider, like me, the gear ratios available are well outside the range I am likely to use. Even with a “Compact” crankset with 50 – 34 chainrings, the 11 speed rear cassette comes with a 11 or 12 tooth top sprocket. And the 12 x 50 gives me a top gear of 112 inches, which I can guarantee I am never going to use. Even more frustrating, the gears I use most, the ones between 65 inches and the upper 70s, fall all the…
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    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education

  • Long Lasting Polish and No UV Light Needed! (
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:55 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. I met a dear friend for happy hour the other night and we were discussing nails. Hers looked great- they were manicured and polished with a beautiful spring coral color. Mine looked terrible- no polish and ragged cuticles. What’s happened […] Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education
  • The 10 Commandments of Outdoor Group Cycling (
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:14 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. Happy Earth Day! Spring in Minnesota is finally here and that means we can ride outside! I’m so excited to test my fitness against the hills, wind and other cyclists I ride with again! This week begins our organized rides […] Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education
  • ICI Podcast 307 – Social Media help for Instructors, Studio Owners and Podcast Hosts (
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 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. Marketers have specific names for people, based on how quickly they purchase new products or embrace new technologies. The people who lined up, days in advance, to buy the first iPhones are described as innovators. Those of us who waited […] Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education
  • Do you teach at a Big Box and a Boutique Studio? (
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:42 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 sent out an email last week, asking: Do you teach at a Big Box and a Boutique Studio? By “Big Box” I’m referring to one of the majors with multiple locations; 24 Hour, LA Fitness, Club Sports, Equinox, etc.. […] Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education
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    15 Apr 2014 | 4:49 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.   ICI/PRO is partnering with ECA World Fitness to co-host a very special Cycling Studio Owner and Instructor education conference near San Francisco, CA over the weekend of November 7th – 9th, 2014. We’ve chosen the beautiful campus of the College of San Mateo and their […] Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast |…
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    Biking To Live

  • 5 Steps To Setting Up Your Trainer For Success

    28 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    After a couple of years of putting it off myself (I am a procrastinator), my wife bought me a bicycle trainer for Christmas from the local bike shop. I have always put off getting one myself because trainers are meant for people who either live in colder climates or are afraid of being abducted by a Yeti while riding outside during the winter. I haven’t heard of anyone getting abducted by a Yeti but it could happen. I know they like spicy buffalo wheat thins so they may like cyclists too. Food is scarce in the winter you know. Seriously, I live in Florida. What do I need a bicycle…
  • Is a Matching Kit Cool or Not?

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I’ve got a semi-serious question for you folks. Anyone whose been around road cycling knows that there are some written and unwritten rules out there. I’m talking about stuff like not wearing a pro team jersey (unless you actually raced on the team), wearing a world champ jersey (unless you actually won said world championship) or no attacking on the last stage of the Tour de France. The written rules you can find here. I totally get the whole pro team jersey and world champ jersey rules. My question considers matching bibs and jerseys though. I’m not talking a matching pro…
  • Thanksgiving 2013

    28 Nov 2013 | 12:12 pm
    Thanksgiving Day here in the US marks a day of food, football, and giving of thanks. It also marks the start of the holiday season. Or the crazy season as I sometimes like to call it because everyone seems to go nuts about stuff – mainly shopping. But I digress from today’s topic. Today’s topic is about Thanksgiving and reflecting back on what we’re thankful for in our lives. Here’s a list of what I’m thankful for: My family. I couldn’t have asked for a better one, and just like my job, things aren’t always perfect but that’s life.
  • To Yolk or Not To Yolk – That is the Question

    26 Feb 2013 | 10:05 am
    I love eggs. And I like to think they love me. They’ve been a staple of my diet ever since I was a kid and it’s still true today. In fact, I had two hard boiled eggs for breakfast this morning. Over the years eggs (particularly the yolk) has gotten a bad rap for not being good for you. That’s old school logic. Just the other day my wife and I were debating the nutritional value of eating the yolk and whether or not it was good for you. She was of the mindset that they’re bad for you. I tried to tell her that current thinking is that it isn’t as bad as you think.
  • The Wake Up Call – Time To Get Serious

    25 Feb 2013 | 11:31 am
    Today I had a regularly scheduled followup appointment with my doctor after having blood drawn last week. You see, I was due to have some of my perscriptions refilled and he wanted to update my lab results before sending the refill order in. I can understand that. It makes perfect sense. It just didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I’ve never been a fan of going to the doctor either when I’m sick or when I feel fine. And I do feel fine – other than knowing I look like a Walrus that has pulled itself up onto the beach. You’ve all seen the Animal Planet show and know…
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    Cycling 360 media

  • Cycling in a New Location

    28 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    Cycling in a new location We recently had a question from Matt asking for tips on how to get the best from you cycling in a new location.  Matt says: “My family and I just moved from the states to Spain a few months ago.  I wonder if you guys could give some advice either here or on the show about moving from one place to another and how best to transplant my cycling habits. I know, Darryl, that you may have some great firsthand insights and tips.” As most of you know, Darryl is an expert in this area so we had him put together a quickcast on the subject. Additional Links: How…
  • Improving Your Inner Drive

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cycling and Inner Drive: Improving Your Performance We may have said this about other podcasts, but we feel this one is something everyone needs to listen to.  We brought Scott Price on this episode to help us discuss inner drive and inner abilities that all great performers and successful people master….and to tell you how to tap into it as well. Not only is Scott a former national cycling champion, but he’s also an amazing speaker and full of insight and knowledge on this topic.  This is a “can’t miss” episode, and you’ll see why after you listen. Why…
  • Weight Loss for Cyclists

    20 Feb 2014 | 11:51 am
    There are a lot of people who use cycling as an aid in obtaining their goal weight.  But just jumping on the bike is not always enough to attain your weight loss goals. In this podcast, Darryl and Victor go over nutrition based and on the bike options that will help you lose weight.  We’d like to disclose that neither Victor or Darryl are licensed nutritionists, so the information found in this podcast is based on their personal knowledge and experience. Listen to this podcast on weight loss and find out: Easy ways to immediately move forward in your weight loss goals How Calories in…
  • Be a Raging Fire on Your Bike

    31 Jan 2014 | 10:05 am
    In this podcast, Darryl talks about doing your best every time you get on your bike.  This applies to your ride, your goals and everything else that goes into making you a better cyclist.  As with many of Darryl’s quickcasts, this one applies to life on and off the bike. This podcast is based on the following quote from George Bernard Shaw: “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
  • Take a Happy Ride

    24 Jan 2014 | 6:14 am
    We all love cycling, right?  Well, even so….sometimes we just need to forget about training hard and get out for some fun on the bike.  In this quick tip, Darryl discusses the importance of a Happy Ride and how to incorporate it into your training.  It’s just one more ingredient to help you become a better cyclist.
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  • Loving the BITE: Just Add Salt

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    I’m not usually a fan of “almost.” I like done.  I like to be all-in.  Go big, or go home, right?!? I get summit fever as much as anyone and hate to “almost” finish a ride, climb, or run.  I almost never let “almost” stand. However, in some instances, I have to admit that almost can work just fine.  This week, I’m going to give you a handful of fuel ideas, that are “almost” homemade, and completely amazing fuel.  And all you’ve got to do is just add salt.  No recipes, no stress in the kitchen…just add salt.  If…
  • Loving the Bike TV: Jar of Sand and Water

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    What does the inside of your head look like on any given day?  Well, in this video I show you and talk about the benefits of taking time out to let the sand settle in your head. As always, Loving the Bike TV is about Loving Life on and off the Bike.  I hope you’re able to put this one into place and make it a part of every day.
  • 10 Miles of Total Diversity

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    Most days, my bike ride consists of 10 miles up the East coast of Grenada and another 10 miles or more back down to the South where Mocha Spoke is located.  Yeah, a 20 mile daily ride which I equate to riding something like 30 miles anywhere else due to the hills and road conditions here. But within 10 little miles, I ride through total diversity in every way.  Let me try to give you the play by play…..but you really have to come to Grenada and ride with me to experience it for yourself. I start off my ride from our home in Springs.  We overlook Port Louis, the home to magnificent…
  • We Need Nature as Much as Nature Needs Us

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earth Day 2014 happens tomorrow, April 22.  Arguably one of the least celebrated holidays of the year.  Unquestionably the most important one. A few years ago I wrote an article about the interaction between us and nature, and how each of us relies on the other for life.  I don’t think its coincidence that it happened this way.  In order for our world to flourish…and for us to continue having Earth Days, we must treat it as we would our own Family.  Nature needs us as much as we need it. Up until that article I had thought I was the only Kotyk that was concerned about our planet,…
  • City Bike Holidays in European Towns

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m not really a city biker, but man would I love to spend a few months doing it in Europe.  Our friends over at Momondo have put together this infographic with bicycle sightseeing routes, and what the cycling scene is like in places like Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Nice.
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  • The two C’s kept me from losing weight! Wait, what?

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Back in 2008 when I re-discovered the love of cycling I experienced as a teen, I had a bit of baby weight to get off. I’d tried everything that I knew to try, well according to “conventional” wisdom, that is. The weight wouldn’t budge. Some of you might remember that when I started cycling that [...]
  • A really weird way of relieving pain

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    A while back, a friend of mine was going to participate in an important, out-of-town, athletic competition. She had been looking forward to this for quite a while. So, I knew it meant quite a bit to her. However much to her dismay, a part of her body started hurting to the point where she [...]
  • How fat is fat?

    Jack Bulkley
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:39 am
    Some people refer to mountain bikes as fat tire bikes. In fact New Belgium Brewery has a nice Amber Ale named Fat Tire with this label:           But some pioneering work, much of it in Alaska, followed by production of bikes and parts by Surly and now HED, have fueled a new bike [...]
  • Carlos Betancur wins Stage 6 of Paris-Nice

    Ross Del Duca
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    Carlos Betancur took the overall lead of the Paris-Nice by outsprinting world champion Rui Costa and winning the 6th stage of the week-long race. The Columbian rider finished the 221.5 kilometer stage from Saint-Saturnin-les-Avignon to Fayence in 5 hours, 12 minutes and 11 seconds. Betancur was also victorious in the 5th stage that took place [...]
  • Starting at the end – The NAHBS Winners

    Jack Bulkley
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:24 am
    I will have lots to say from my experience at the 2014 North American Bicycle Show in Charlotte, NC, but I it seems best to start at the end. Here are the overall winners in the various categories with a few comments. Best Campagnolo Equipped Bicycle This year, Campagnolo sponsored a contest for the best bicycle [...]
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    PinoyMTBiker Community - Philippine Mountain Bike Community

  • PinoyMTBiker stickers now available!

    7 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    PMTB stickers now available in 2 Sets, only Php 100/Set Matte Laminated Japan made quality sticker Set A (Car / Bike Sticker) - Php 100/set 1 pc. 2.75" x 4.25" 3 pcs 1.75" x 2.7" Set B (Bike Sticker) - Php 100/set 5 pcs 1.75" x 2.7" Pickup at the following Locations: Food Chomps (Sta Cruz Area) 1281 Benavidez Street, Sta Cruz, Manila Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm 922 Cycle Bikeshop (Parañaque Area) 922 Armstrong Ave., Moonwalk, Parañaque 1709 Mon to Sun 9am to 9pm Via FB PM: Dragunov's Lair (Monumento, Kalookan)…
  • FS Used: Epicon 29er white set at 80mm

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Epicon 29er white 1 1/8 steerer 7in set at 80mm can be internally set to 120mm 9QR w/ light scratches Price 5,500 Contact 09228774977 Meet ups fort/ pasig
  • FS Used: xt maxxis hone tektro epicon truvativ bontrager

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    for sale used parts in good condition: XT 10 speed rd with usual trail scratches XT 10 speed rear shifter Deore 10speed Cogs 11-36t Shimano HG-54 10 speed chain with missing link 4,000 pesos fixed Maxxis 26x2.1 non folding tires pair with free tire tubes/interior 1,000 pesos fixed for the pair Shimano Hone Crankset with Token Bottom Bracket 36t chain ring 170mm arm length with free Tecnic Sealed Bearing Pedals 2,500 pesos fixed Tektro Bolt Type Rotors 160mm pair with complete set of bolts 500 pesos fixed Epicon 26er Fork 120mm travel 7.5inch steerer tube 5,500 pesos fixed Truvativ Hussefelt…
  • climbing/going down sinai on a bike? (the middle loose rock area)

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:17 pm
    :thinking: the climb: i don't know kung pagod nako that time pero nag hike nalang ako instead of bike... 'i think' one should climb this pedaling while standing... can anyone do seated climbing here? the descent: will you go down here on a bike? remember what i'm talking about is the loose rock portion in the middle.
  • Help Building a CX bike

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Mga Master tanong ko lang how much ba need ko na budget in building a CX bike? Gusto ko kase pwede sya road, light trails at balak ko din gawin commuter. Papano po ba diskarte sa ganun? Gusto ko kase disc brakes, pero naka drop bar parang yung Trek na Crossrip. Yung current bike ko kase was a built hard tail bike, so iniisip ko this time around will try to assemble it para hinde chapsuey yung parts if possible. TIA!
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • Cycling for those with poor eyesight

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
      I invited London Cyclist reader Spencer to share his experience finding a solution to riding with poor eyesight. Judging by previous posts on a similar topic, this is something a number of readers have experienced. My eyesight is so poor not only would it be dangerous to ride without glasses, but it also causes headaches when I concentrate too hard on what is around me. To solve this, I basically had three options: Contact lenses. Many people are perfectly happy with contact lenses, though in my case I cannot get a prescription close enough to my requirements. Corrective surgery.
  • 5 fun bikes you should try to ride

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    It’s very easy to get used to the familiarity of your own bike – perhaps you’ve had it for many years, and you’re good friends, or maybe your bike is brand new, and you’re still in the honeymoon period. Regardless what stage of “loved up” you’re in with your own bike (or maybe it’s love/hate?) – sometimes it’s fun to try something different. Here’s a look at 5 bikes you should try riding… Tiny bikes We’ve all seen pictures of people on really little bikes – we particularly like this one we found on If that’s not enough, this video had us…
  • Changes to make to your cycle commute in summer

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The sun is shining, and the weather is sweet… temperatures are gradually rising, and they will continue to do so. Winter commuting is full of mudguards, kit to stop you losing all the feeling in your fingers – summer riding is generally simpler, here’s a handful of tips to keep in mind. Panniers, not backpacks  Backpacks are a handy way of carrying your kit. That said, it means placing a potentially heavy, thick layer against your tshirt/jersey/shirt. If you’re changing at the office, that’s ok (though you might want to keep the backpack on until out of sight…) –…
  • Cycling tech that’s from the future

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    There is no shortage of great innovations on their way over to cycling commuters everywhere, as inventors rush to create new products that solve problems cyclists face on a daily basis. From the bike bell, to the bike light – nothing is safe from being ripped apart and reimagined. We feature many of these new innovations on our newsletter on a weekly basis. I’ve picked out three that I’m personally very excited about. Take the next left turn Using an awesome app like BikeHub, it’s easy to plot a great cycling route, but it’s much harder to follow it. The turn by…
  • 7 London bike shops you should follow on Twitter

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    For listings of all of London’s bike shops, cycle cafes and bike businesses, grab a copy of our free London Cyclist app. For a laugh, discounts and more, here’s a list of 7 London bike shop accounts I recommend you follow. Cycle PS @cycle_ps At Cycle PS in Camberwell you’ll find a pool table and stone baked pizza. It’s certainly not your usual bike shop and neither is their Twitter. You’re more likely to find silly videos of a man riding a mini bike in the store than talk of promotions. Take a peek in to what bike mechanics do when they’ve got too much…
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • Actionbent Midracer Full Suspension Recumbent Bicycle

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Full suspension Actionbent Recumbent. Rear wheel is 26. Front is 16. Rear Shimano Deore cassette is a 9 speed, triple crank rings. Front Tiagra diraller. Like new tires rear Kenda Kwest, front Primo Comet. Standard pedals. Sram Attack grip shifters. Avid brakes. Keeping the bar ends. A few scratches. Head rest included. Please no Scammers! Calls or phone tx ONLY! Price FIRM. 724 787 8600 Latrobe,Pa.
  • Royal Mail bike

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a bike that Pashley made for Londons mail delivery. They retired it and shipped to South Africa. I purchased it and brought it back to the Staters. It has brakes and gears that are inside the wheel hubs.
  • In Search of Burley Bike Trailer

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Looking for good condition solo, encore, cub, or d'lite trailer that is of the newer styles (2007 to present) that has a jogger option, although I can buy the jogger kit myself if not already available. I am willing to pay for shipping if you can provide sufficient pictures. I only put the price as a starting point and I am negotiable. If the jogger is included and it is in great shape it could be closer to 300.
  • Miyata 912

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    1986 Miyata 912 in excellent condition. 50 Cm frame, full Shimano 600 EX group, 12 speed, Worbler Alpine rims, Miyata toe straps in great condition Very original bike. Very clean, tires and tubes are recent, ready to use and enjoy this classic Miyata.
  • Vintage Torpado Road Bike 1975 Campy Gnutti Nisi 63 CMToro

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Vintage 1975 Torpado Amature 63 Cm 10 (5x2) speed in good condition, derailleurs are campy, Nervar 170 mm crank set, Gnutti hubs laced to Nisi Toro rims, TTT 110 MM stem, Universal 61 brakes. No dents, no rust, rides and works well, shifts and stops great. standover is 34, top tube is 23 Will trade for smaller bicycle, road or mountain, 52 to 56 cm
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  • Time-lapse of Northern California train route

    Phillip Barron
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Time-lapse video of part of Amtrak California’s Capitol Corridor route, from Davis to Richmond, CA. The train makes stops in Suisun/Fairfield and Martinez. The camera is facing northwest for most of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • San Francisco readings

    Phillip Barron
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    I want to thank the organizers of two great literary readings this weekend. Thanks to the staff of Fourteen Hills for putting on Gird your ‘Loin at Celtic Coffee on Saturday. See photos from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Squaw Valley Community of Writers, 2014 Poetry Workshop

    Phillip Barron
    2 Feb 2014 | 10:39 pm
    The Community of Writers is now accepting applications for its 2014 workshop.  From their website… The Community of Writers Poetry Workshop is founded on the belief that when poets gather in a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NCAI Super Bowl Ad*

    Phillip Barron
    31 Jan 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Among the professional ranks, the effort by the NFL and the Washington football team to retain the violent and racially derived term “Redsk*ns” has been a focus of national and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Amulet

    Phillip Barron
    23 Jan 2014 | 6:05 am
    My friend Gary Kueber shared this photo. It made us both smile. The photo was taken, to the best of our knowledge, during the year of the bicentennial, which may explain why, like Christopher Walken... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cycling Tips

  • Rogers cleared but questions about clenbuterol remain

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The UCI announced on Wednesday that Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Rogers would not be sanctioned for an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race late last year. Rogers won the race on October 20 – only three days after he left China following the Tour of Beijing – and thus told the UCI that clenbuterol in his urine was from eating contaminated meat in China. While Wednesday’s news came as a relief to Rogers, the decision leaves a lot of unanswered questions about clenbuterol contamination and how cycling’s governing body, the UCI, is…
  • Inside Line: Tiffany Cromwell’s Fleche Wallonne

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    La Fleche Wallonne is the fourth round of the 2014 UCI Women’s World Cup and the 17th edition of the race was contested in Belgium yesterday. The 127km race was held on the same day as the men’s race and featured two laps of a circuit that finished atop the infamous Mur de Huy. Australian Specialized-Lululemon rider Tiff Cromwell wrote the following piece, giving us her perspective on the action from within the race. The Mur de Huy When people think of La Fleche Wallonne they immediately associate it with a little climb called the ‘Mur de Huy’. It is a climb, or should I say…
  • Tro-Bro Léon in photos

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    While most of the cycling world has been focused on the Cobbled Classics and Ardennes Classics in recent weeks, the cycling fans of Brittany in north west France had their own race to celebrate. Tro-Bro Léon is not a Monument, it’s not even a ‘classic’, but what the UCI1.1 race lacks in prestige it more than makes up for with character. Husband and wife team Jered and Ashley Gruber went to Tro-Bro Léon last weekend and send back the following story and photos from a race that really does deserve more attention. They call Tro-Bro Léon the Petit Paris-Roubaix and L’Enfer…
  • Rocacorba Daily

    Matt de Neef
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Alejandro Valverde wins men’s Fleche Wallonne; Pauline Ferrand-Prevot wins women’s Fleche Wallonne; Edoardo Zardini wins Giro del Trentino stage 2, Cadel Evans takes overall lead; Mick Rogers cleared of doping, UCI acknowledges likelihood of contamination; Rogers aiming to ride Le Tour de France; I’m not ready to give up on racing – Andy Schleck; Tour de France Grand Depart hosts slammed for ‘outrageous’ ticket prices; How to make slingshot, faux, and bungee attacks; Behind the scenes with Orica-GreenEDGE…
  • Mick Rogers reacts

    Shane Stokes
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    Given a green light to return to racing today by the UCI, just over four months after it was announced that he had tested positive for Clenbuterol at the Japan Cup, Mick Rogers has said that he is relieved to get back to competition and that he believes he can be part of the Tinkoff-Saxo team for the Tour de France. “I’m obviously very pleased at the news,” he told CyclingTips minutes after the UCI issued a statement on the matter. “It has been a long few months, but I am just looking forward to doing my job, doing what I love best…riding a bike. “I have continued to train the…
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    Tredz Cycling Blog

  • Dodgy Chinese meat and other notable doping defences

    Sal Thomas
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    There’s always excuses to be made in cycling, especially amongst Tredz staff. “The rain will ruin my electronic gearing”, “I prefer cycling in my conservatory” and “My commute’s too short to put my Lycra on” to name a few.In the light of former Team Sky rider Michael Rogers been cleared in his recent doping case by blaming contaminated meat for being the source of the clenbuterol found in his tests, we take a look at some of the excuses used over the years in doping cases.Something fishyIn the 1962 Tour de France, twelve riders fell ill at the Luchon to Carcassonne stage,…
  • Getting children involved in triathlon

    Sal Thomas
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Triathlon is a particularly time pressed sport at any level, and more so if you are trying to compete at a level that untaps your natural talent, hold down a job, raise a sprog or two and avoid a divorce. There are too many people who struggle with this tightrope walk of scheduling, priorities and passions and end up compromising some or all, or even walking away from the sport all together. How amazing would it be to get the family hooked on the sport too? Here’s some hard learnt lessons for getting children involved in triathlon.1. You can take the kids along! There are a lot of…
  • Worthy, weird or wonderful new cycling products

    Sal Thomas
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    We’re big fans of Kickstarter – a site where entrepreneurs can gain attention and funding for their projects and products. We take a look at some of the cycle-specific offerings that may or may not make it to a road or trail near you. As a bonus treat, we’ve asked our buyer Joe to pretend he’s on Dragons Den and say whether he’s in or out.  Bike Poncho First up is the two-tone Bike Poncho, which is a waterproof, UV, wind-protected, oil resistant, washable and aerodynamic cover for your bike. It’s designed to cover your bike and protect it from the elements at…
  • Burn off your Easter Eggs

    Sal Thomas
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Ah, Easter. The shop shelves are full of chocolatey treats ready to feast upon (especially come Easter Monday when they’re all reduced). But if you’re training for a cycling event this summer, you’ll need to exercise some serious will power or work extra hard to burn off the calories.With some Easter eggs containing almost the recommended amount of daily calories alone, just because it tastes nice – think twice! But all is not lost if you succumb to a sweet treat – here’s how to burn off your Easter eggs.   CaloriesMen (based on the ONS ‘average man’…
  • Egg-loading for Easter

    Sal Thomas
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    It’s official – you’re allowed to eat as many eggs as you like this Easter… just as long as they’re the type in a shell.Scorned as a sandwich filler, thrown at school leavers back in the day and raced on spoons, the humble egg is actually a secret weapon when it comes to legally boosting your performance.In an eggshell* One egg contains around 13g of protein* Along with cholestorol, fat and Vitamin E* Eggs contain a huge selection of vital amino acids* Eggs have a ‘high satiety value’, meaning you’ll stay fuller for longer.Protein powerActive…
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    Ecyclingstore Blog

  • Fighting Fires is Hot Work; It Deserves a Cool Bicycling Jersey!

    Elan Powell
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Fire service members are close-knit brotherhood:  they share a common bond, risking their lives every day not just to extinguish blazes, but support each other while doing so. Firehouse lingo is a very specific vocabulary used by emergency personnel, and their training and job environment unites them as a group. In short, they are a [...]
  • Ride Lighter in 2014 — Bicycling Burns Calories Faster!

    Elan Powell
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    Trying to stay in shape this spring? Bicycling burns calories faster than most other forms of exercise. That’s right; no need to pound the pavement (and your knees) running; no need to swallow chlorinated pool water swimming; no need even to watch Richard Simmons “sweating to the oldies.” Exercise is an essential part of any [...]
  • Top 10 Cycling Essentials | #7 Cycling Hydration

    11 Jun 2013 | 4:26 pm
    This ones a no brainer, staying hydrated while cycling is important no matter how you look at it. Cycling is a vigorous activity resulting in perspiration.  Perspiration can cause dehydration, there are several warning signs to look for: •    Immoderate thirst •    Muscle cramping •    Headaches •    Nausea •    Exhaustion If these symptoms go untreated, [...]
  • Top 10 Cycling Essentiels | #8 Cycling Glasses

    24 May 2013 | 1:10 pm
    Cycling eye protection is nothing to blink about, cycling has a number of hazards that can take a toll on your peepers.  Aside from protecting your eyes from injury by keeping dust and debris out, harmful rays of the sun etc, you need your cycling glasses to be comfortable, versatile, and of course stylish, because lets [...]
  • Top 10 Cycling Essentiels | #9 Cycling Bag

    16 May 2013 | 12:44 pm
    Cycling bags provide you a solution for your next cycling adventure.  Whether it’s long-distance, daily commuting or weekend recreation, Cycling bags allow you to store important items. The narrow profile of cycling bags ensures that they are kept out of the way of a rider’s movement on the bike. Their attachment straps are designed not [...]
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  • Dear Johan,

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    It’s clear from your recent blog post on your site that you’re not happy with your 10-year ban from cycling. Big surprise. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: The rest of the world isn’t happy with that ban, either, but for reasons I suppose are very different from yours. You see, we all think you should have gotten a lifetime ban, just like your favorite son, Lance. He earned a lifetime ban and to most of us, your sins were just as great, your guilt just as proven, your responsibility even greater, so your punishment should have been just as high. Here’s…
  • First Look: Shimano XTR 9000 Prototypes

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a rule, writing about parts that don’t yet exist violates one of my prime directives. Star Trek references aside, there are reasons to draw lines in something harder than sand. Getting people excited about something they can’t have is a fundamental evil. That’s my problem with strip clubs. Well, that and the absolute political incorrectness of ogling naked women dancing to Ted Nugent. I’m sure if they were dancing to Morrissey we’d all feel very differently. Or not. My belief is that, generally speaking, I should write about gear that’s actually…
  • NICA: The Shape of Things to Come

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    When I was in high school, what I knew of bike racing wouldn’t have filled an espresso cup. I knew of the Olympics and thought that racing a bicycle was as heady a sporting adventure as I could hope to have. Other than skateboarding, and one season on the third string of my Catholic school’s football team, I was a profoundly unathletic kid. It’s an often-told story among cyclists, athleticism only unlocked with the help of two wheels. The lessons I’ve learned thanks to sport, what cycling has taught me of being a good sport, of cooperation, community, of self reliance…
  • Focus Izalco Max, Part II

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Hangin’ around Focus offers the Izalco Max in several spec levels. At the top end there is the Izalco Max Team, which the AG2R team rides, a bike equipped with Campy Super Record and carbon Fulcrums. Then there’s the Izalco Max 1.0, a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped rig rolling on DT-Swiss wheels. My review bike was the Izalco Max 3.0. That designation—3.0—seems laughably misleading to me. It’s a $7250 bike and while many consumers will consider it far out of their league, price-wise, this thing isn’t even close to their top-of-the-line. Within the industry Focus is…
  • Focus Izalco Max, Part I

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Imagine for a moment that you work for a big bike company. Your job is to develop a new road bike for the market, something that will be ridden by professionals in the world’s biggest races. Prior to the 1990s, you’d have been charged with sourcing a tube set from one of the big manufacturers, such as Columbus, Reyonlds, True Temper, Tange or Ishiwata. You’d choose one set of tubes, give the factory the geometry for each size and then start talking colors. The sad truth is that the difference between Company A’s Columbus SL bike and Company B’s Columbus SL bike…
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    Semi-Pro Cycling | Performance talk for cyclists

  • SPC092 - Brain Training to Perform Under Pressure

    Damian Ruse
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Performing under pressure is crucial to training and racing success. The key to controlling pain and other emotions is awareness that starts with your body, then your mind, and finally your situation. This episode will give you tools directly from the military that will help you to deal with each of these areas. Helping you expand the time you can spend in the pain cave.
  • SPC091 - Increase Your Pain Threshold with Practice

    Damian Ruse
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learn how to PROs deal with pain, and how you can start to understand your own relationship to pain. This episode explores the issue of pain and how cyclists deal with it differently than other athletes, and non-athletes. We also look into the pain cave, and how you can extend your time in there, and increase your pain threshold.
  • SPC090 - Evaluating Your Race Performance with Race Reports.mp3

    Damian Ruse
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hard race data like power is important but can only take you so far in understanding why you did, or did not perform to your expectations in a race. Using a race reports as a tool to gather and record vital subjective information will help shape your training, race preparation, and ultimately your performance.
  • SPC089 - An Introduction to Power Based Training

    Damian Ruse
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learn the 5 steps you should take the moment you buy a power meter; including, why not to test straight away, what to test and why, and why you shouldn't Froome-dog it!
  • SPC088 - How to Budget Your Upgrades with Andy Blair

    Damian Ruse
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Andy Blair from the Swell-Specialized Mountain Bike Team talks how to upgrade your bike based on dollars per gram. I also touch on if it is even worth upgrading for roadies by looking at how weight reduces climbing times, what to look for in new wheels, debunking the rotational weight myth, and we tackle to aero versus weight debate.
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  • Noah Bike By Cofa Engineering

    CJ Holt
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The NOAH Bike, Radically Different Suspension From COFA Engineering. The NOAH Bike from COFA Engineering is a unique suspension system to say the least. NOAH stands for Normally Operated Articulated Hybrid, which utilizes two mid-mounted rear shocks instead of the traditional single rear shock. By using dual a-arms that connect from the telescopic fork to one of the shocks, the system soaks up bumps from the front wheel. Why such a change from the norm? According to COFA there are several advantages to the NOAH system. First off, the NOAH Bike uses a fork that’s closer to the wheel,…
  • How A Colnago Frame Is Made

    CJ Holt
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Watch How A Colnago Frame Is Made. How A Colnago Frame Is Made is a short clip showing how technicians assembly Colango’s carbon lug road bike frames. It’s a short clip, but an interesting process to see. Thanks to Global Cycling Network for the behind the scenes look. For more cool bicycle related vids visit our Video section or check out GCN. The post How A Colnago Frame Is Made appeared first on .
  • Mopha Tool Roll

    CJ Holt
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mopha Toll Roll, The Essential Bike Tool Roll. The Mopha Tool Roll from EH Works is nothing more, nothing less. Carry everything you need for any ride, cross town or cross borders. The Mopha Tool Roll is made of waxed canvas with leather trim and a leather toe strap to cinch the roll under your seat or drop into a bottle cage. It has 10 small pockets, of varying size, so that you can find just the right spot for all of your gear. The roll measures 16″ by 7″, when opened, making it a clean dry surface to work from. The Mopha Tool Roll is ready to ship immediately. Let us know if you do not…
  • Cylo Urban Bicycle

    CJ Holt
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cylo, The Ultimate Urban Bicycle. The Cylo Urban Bicycle, is the ultimate urban bicycle is designed to perform, be functional and stylish. Born out of 18 months of design, engineering and passion, CYLO is the vision of brothers Eric and Antoine, co-founders of Cylo. Wanting to create the perfect urban bicycle, one so simple you’ll wonder how you lived for so long without it. “It will take you right back to the feeling you had as a kid on hot summer days, freely exploring as you coasted down the street on your first adventure.” says co-founder Eric. CYLO’s unique design is built…
  • Razik Bicycles

    CJ Holt
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Razik Bicycles, Cutting Edge Bicycle Frames. Established in 2013, Razik Bicycles offers unique, cutting-edge bicycles featuring IsoTruss®, open lattice tubes made of three-dimensional pyramid-shaped trusses of carbon fiber and Kevlar. The distinctive IsoTruss® frame design debuted in bicycle frames several years ago under the brand name Delta 7, which lost the licensing rights to the technology. Understanding the advantages and capabilities IsoTruss® adds to a bicycle’s construction, a completely new company, Razik, acquired the rights and has spent more than a year in development of…
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Detours Town and Country Basket Review, by rideon

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Detours Town and Country Basket with Rain Cover A refurbishing project of a '60's Puch Bergmeister went surprisingly smooth and easy after the initial hard work and efforts to restore the bent fork and convert to a 14 speed cruiser. A comment from a reader suggested I not add a handlebar basket as it would block the beauty of the ornate lugs and head tube badge.   My search for a versatile handlebar basket began with considering a handlebar bag for photography equipment and other goodys that I enjoy taking with me on my bike rides.  A combination of a waterproof handlebar bag and…
  • Classic '93 Bridgestone MB 1 and Threaded Fork Reviews, by Rideon

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    One Inch Threaded Mountain Bike Replacement Forks from Breezer and Sunlite '93 Bridgestone MB 1 mountain bike for touring and commuting One of the joys of bike repair is finding older bikes worthy of refurbishing.  When I heard about this classic steel lugged '93 Bridgestone MB 1 mountain bike I had to check it out.I got the bike for a very reasonable price and immediately went about converting the riding position to a more relaxed style for touring and commuting. Bridgestone bikes from that era built with Ritchey Logic tubing are very desirable to many Bridgestone aficionados as the…
  • Classic Retro Fitting Components from Velo Orange for Touring and Commuter, by Rideon

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    DIY Brake Lever Tips for Velo Orange HandlebarsReshaping non aero brake levers for commuter bike A fellow bike appreciation friend who honors the quality of old steel lugged frames and such recently commented about how much he "hates retro bikes with a passion".  His rant had more to do with bikes refurbished in keeping with an older bike's original design and components with their inherent inability to perform or function satisfactorily.  An example he focused on is older non aero drop bar brake levers which typically provide poor comfort on the small rubber covers or "hoods" and…
  • Inexpensive Laptop for Bike Touring, by Rideon

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Google Chromebook for Bicycle Touring?Samsung Google Chromebook for bike touring Chromebooks are becoming very popular with students and other mobile users.  Reading over the reviews the main reason folks were interested in a Chromebook is peace of mind knowing that all important data and information is not being unnecessarily toted around. That gave me the idea of using a Chromebook for bike touring trips where we need to stay in touch with our business while we pedal the countryside.  This review is not intended to cover all the potential usages of this nifty little computer but…
  • Little off Topic, I Love our Little Store, by Rideon

    18 Feb 2014 | 10:34 am
    Steel frame and metal roof cover for store addition Most of us have been there, three hours sleep, work projects, family waiting in line to use the shower and sprinkle it with a bit of bad weather to work in and it all made for a very nice week. As a way of displaying my love and support of the Natural Living Country Store and knowing Lisa would have her very popular home made chocolate ready for the store's Friday market (which was on the same day as Valentine's), I wanted to get as much of the store addition ready as possible. A steel frame carport with metal roofing material was delivered…
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    Office Cyclist

  • So the training starts...

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:29 am
    As I already announced, I plan to do a double century on the 6th and 7th of September 2014. It's a huge effort, and yesterday I had a glimpse of how difficult the task is - I went out for a ride and joined up with a much more experienced rider.We rode a route that I hadn't ridden before, which was a 25km flat ending with a 11km uphill, with the first 4km a hard climb. While my flat ride wasn't too shabby, I suffered an epic fail on the uphill. I managed to climb around 2km before stopping puffing and panting on the hard climb.Just goes to show how much training i need to do before being…
  • Preparations for a double century

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    The preparations for the double century - Skopje - Ohrid and back are starting. The date for the double century is 6th and 7th of September 2014.To start things off, I created the possible routes. For the trip back, just reverse the routesRoute1 - Skopje to Ohrid via Mavrovo and Debar, total length over 200 km, one mountain to climbRoute2 - Skopje to Ohrid via Kicevo, total length around 179 km but with two mountains to climbCurrently there is a voting on the facebook event page on which route should be chosen. Most votes are currently leaning towards Route1Also, I have created a training…
  • Morning - the best time to ride

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:54 am
    Since I started cycling, the absolute best time to ride is early in the morning. There is no beating the quiet of a still sleeping city, the crispness of the air, and of course, the empty cycling tracks. For all those that find it difficult to drag themselves out of bed before sunrise, here is a bit of motivation:Morning Cycling poster by Bozidar SpirovskiWhen do you ride? Tell us in the comments!
  • Велосипедизам низ Скопје, реална слика - Cycling in Skopje, a very real image

    4 Mar 2014 | 3:09 am
    This post is written both in my native Macedonian as well as an English translation, since the topic deserves discussion in both languages. The Еnglish translation is below the photos.Низ Скопје секојдневно има се повеќе велосипедисти, кои се борат за своето место низ сообраќајот и по тротоарите и пешачките патеки окупирани од паркирани возила, контејнери па дури и инсталации поставени од градските…
  • A new route, long nice ride and a painful lesson in training more

    22 Feb 2014 | 10:43 am
    Today's ride started off with a dilemma. I had an idea to ride a new route towards Sv. Nikole, but since I was riding solo, the new route didn't seem too appealing.Over The Highway, towards new cycling route by Bozidar SpirovskiNevertheless, I packed 2 spare tubes and a bottle of water, ate a spoonful of honey and started the ride on the planned route. I decided to ride as far down the planned route as I chose, just to explore it.The ride follows a well known road towards Katlanovo, and that part of the ride was quite uneventful and fast. In the village of Rzhanichino, I turned left, over the…
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    Cycling Perspective®

  • Tour of Alberta announces 2014 route & host cities

    Kim Hull
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Tour of Alberta 2014 will reverse directions for 2014, beginning on 02 September in Calgary and ending in Edmonton on 07 September. The six-day race will contain a time trial, two circuit races and 3 road stages: Prologue / September 2 / Calgary (Time Trial) Stage 1 / September 3 / Lethbridge (Circuit Race) Stage 2 / September 4 / Innisfail to Red Deer (Road Race) Stage 3 / September 5 / Wetaskiwin to Edmonton (Road Race) Stage 4 / September 6 / Edmonton to Strathcona County (Road Race) Stage 5 / September 7 / Edmonton (Circuit Race) The first teams announced for the Tour of Alberta…
  • Tour of Alberta 2014

    Kim Hull
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The Tour of Alberta 2014 will run 02 September through 07 September, beginning in Calgary and finishing with a circuit race in Edmonton. Tour of Alberta 2014 stages Prologue / September 2 / Calgary (Time Trial) Stage 1 / September 3 / Lethbridge (Circuit Race) Stage 2 / September 4 / Innisfail to Red Deer (Road Race) Stage 3 / September 5 / Wetaskiwin to Edmonton (Road Race) Stage 4 / September 6 / Edmonton to Strathcona County (Road Race) Stage 5 / September 7 / Edmonton (Circuit Race) Tour of Alberta 2014 Teams Belkin Pro Cycling and Garmin-Sharp have been confirmed as of April 2014.
  • Michael Rogers to resume racing

    Kim Hull
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Michael Rogers returns to the pelotonPhoto: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media   Michael Rogers (Tinkoff Saxo) will return to racing after news that no further actions will be taken against him with regard to a positive drug test last fall. Rogers had provisionally been suspended by the UCI relating to an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol in an A-sample taken in connection with Japan Cup on the 20th October 2013. Rogers had claimed the the adverse analytical finding were from a contaminated food source he had eaten during the Tour of Beijing.  
  • Giro del Trentino 2014 Stage 2 Team results

    Kim Hull
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Team Time Gap 1 ASTANA PRO TEAM 13:18’56 2 BARDIANI CSF 13:19’03 7 3 TEAM NETAPP – ENDURA 13:20’39 1’43 4 ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI VENEZUELA 13:20’45 1’49 5 MTN – QHUBEKA 13:20’46 1’50 6 RUSVELO 13:20’46 1’50 7 CAJA RURAL – SEGUROS RGA 13:20’58 2’02 8 NERI SOTTOLI 13:21’05 2’09 9 MOVISTAR TEAM 13:21’26 2’30 10 TEAM SKY 13:22’04 3’08 11 CANNONDALE 13:22’19 3’23 12 LAMPRE-MERIDA 13:22’37 3’41 13 BMC RACING TEAM 13:23’48 4’52 14 AG2R LA…
  • Giro del Trentino 2014 Stage 2 Sprint results

    Kim Hull
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    TV – Rovereto Name Team Points 1 93 DUQUE Leonardo Fabio (COL) COLOMBIA 6 2 113 HONKISZ Adrian (POL) CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE 4 3 137 CECCHINEL Giorgio (ITA) NERI SOTTOLI 2 CLASSIFICA GENERALE Name Team Points 1 93 DUQUE Leonardo Fabio (COL) COLOMBIA 6 2 113 HONKISZ Adrian (POL) CCC POLSAT POLKOWICE 4 3 137 CECCHINEL Giorgio (ITA) NERI SOTTOLI 2   Giro del Trentino 2014 Stage 2 results Stage 2 Results » General Classification after stage 2  » Stage 2 Sprint results Young Rider Classification after stage 2  » Stage 2 King of the Mountains results » Stage 2 Team results » Team…
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  • De Rosa (Wednesday Bike Pron No. 10)

    Tyson Blades
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Every day I am put in a position of whether or not to shell out a bunch of cash for a beautiful bicycle. In this case, a guy came into the shop with a 1983 De Rosa Eddy Merckx decked out with the original Campagnolo C-Record components. The only thing odd about the gruppo being that … Continue reading →
  • Luis and the Mexican Connection

    Tyson Blades
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I have been highlighting Luis on here a lot lately because I just can’t help it. He always comes up with the coolest bikes. You can see his other posts here, here and another of his bikes here. Today he stopped by with an amazingly well-preserved Benotto double-top tube bicycle. I had never seen one of … Continue reading →
  • Brooks Saddle

    Tyson Blades
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The perfect saddle is indeed hard to find. Most people will think that if their saddle is uncomfortable, they should get a wider one. Or one with springs. Or one with gel. Or one with an animal print cover. What it really boils down to is a misinterpretation of how bicycle-saddle comfort actually works. It’s not … Continue reading →
  • Luis

    Tyson Blades
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    You may be saying to yourself, “didn’t that fixie scene die out like four years ago?” I thought so. But that was when people were buying them because they carried some sort of hipster caché. Indeed, it used to be college students insisted on getting a beach cruiser. Not so anymore. They all want fixies. … Continue reading →
  • Dean and the Celeste Blue Acquisition

    Tyson Blades
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    So my friend Daniel Quinones has a buddy named Dean who just acquired possible the most beautifully-restored Bianchi road frame I have ever seen. It’s amazing what you can find with just a little perseverance and patience. Dean found this frame on Craigslist. He got it from a guy who repaints and restores frames and … Continue reading →
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