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  • An open letter to all shorts manufacturers: Please take care of the Butt Crack issue

    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog
    Dave Moulton
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Back in 2007 I wrote a tongue in cheek piece called “Batman and Robin never had this problem.” It addressed the problem of cycling shorts being so shear, that the outline of male genitalia could be seen in such detail that you could almost tell a person’s religious leanings, or ethnic background. At the time I called for more padding in the shorts, and since that time padding in cycling shorts has become larger and thicker, to the extent that we now see some serious male “Camel Toes” on the podium. This previous problem was not an issue when guys were actually…
  • Riding New York City

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    When I travel, my favorite way to explore the place I’m visiting is by bike. Yes, that opening statement is obvious to the point of absurdity. At a site devoted to cycling, saying you like to tour places by bike is rather like standing before a Catholic congregation and declaring you believe in God. I know, tell us something we don’t already know. Yet I needed to state that up front to help me make the point that when I get out of a car of off a plane, my first order of business is to get my bike ready to go for a ride. Even if the ride is short, my effort too easy to merit a…

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Among the awesome local builders you can catch a glimpse of Jay’s new 29er. Full write up and photo shoot next week! The Ball is tonight at the Botanical Garden at Roger Williams Park in Providence, 7-11 pm. Hopefully see you there!
  • Contador wins Velo d'Or award (The Associated Press)

    Yahoo Sports - Cycling News
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    PARIS (AP) -- Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has capped his tumultuous season by winning the Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2014.
  • Philly Bike Expo Keeps On Growing

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    Press Releases
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Philly Bike Expo expands to add more exhibitors and clinics for 2014. The post Philly Bike Expo Keeps On Growing appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • In the News: Hit-and-run crash leaves world champion shaken
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Macey Stewart won the 2014 junior world time trial championships. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | (File).Australian newspaper, The Advocate reported Thursday that junior world champion Macey Stewart, 18, was hit by a car in East Devonport, Tasmania. Stewart recently claimed the junior world time trial championship title in Ponferrada, Spain. The Advocate reported that Stewart was injured in the hit-and-run crash on Tarleton Street, East Devonport, about 2:00 p.m. She was heading south outside the Argosy Motel when the vehicle hit her from behind. The impact threw Miss Stewart to the…
  • Video: The basics of how to dismount and remount a cyclocross bike
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Global Cycling Network explains the basics of how to dismount and remount on a cyclocross bike.Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc. The post Video: The basics of how to dismount and remount a cyclocross bike appeared first on
  • Cycling Canada says country did not have ‘organized system’ for doping

    Matthew Beaudin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    A report recently issued by an independent agency working on behalf of Cycling Canada found that there is no overarching doping program in the country, but that the nation should increase its efforts to build a better educational platform to discourage the use of performance-enhancing drugs regardless. The report, entitled “National Consultation on Doping Activity in the Sport of Cycling,” looked at several areas of sporting ethics, such as the culture of cycling and PEDs, decision making, and testing. Ultimately it found that though there were isolated cases of PED use, those decisions…
  • Matthias Brandle beats Voigt’s hour record, riding 51.852km

    Spencer Powlison
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Austrian Matthias Brändle broke the world hour record Thursday in Aigle Switzerland, riding 51.852 kilometers. AFP PHOTO | FABRICE COFFRINIMatthias Brändle (IAM Cycling) set a new world hour record in Aigle, Switzerland at the UCI’s 200-meter track, riding 51.852 kilometers. Jens Voigt set the previous record on September 18, riding 51.11 kilometers at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland. However, it only took 42 days for Brändle to ride his way into the record books ahead of the now-retired German veteran. “Now I feel really great, but during the race it was so hard,”…
  • USA Cycling provides clarity on cyclocross nationals eligibility rules

    Maxwell Nagel
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Justin Lindine (Redline) is an example of an elite racer who contested both a masters race and elite race at 2014 cyclocross nationals. He won the 30-34 race that year, but with the new rules, will not be allowed to race both in 2015. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.comIn late August, USA Cycling announced a series of changes to 2014-2015 cyclocross season. The two rule changes that created the largest stir were the adjustments of qualification eligibility for cyclocross nationals, which will be held in Austin, Texas in January 7-11, 2015. In years past, racers have been allowed to compete…
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  • Collegiate BMX National Championships head to Georgia in 2015

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    USA Cycling has announced the 2015 Collegiate BMX National Championships will be held at the Dixieland Nationals at the Cobb County BMX track in Powder Springs, Ga., April 25-26.
  • Pro CX: Mani takes over top spot in standings

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Two podium finishes over the weekend at the Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis, Mo., propelled Caroline Mani (Littleton, Colo./Raleigh-Clement) to the top of the 2014-15 USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) womenand#39;s standings.
  • Competition concludes at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Individual and team omnium championships were clinched on Sunday, as the final day of the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Beech Mountain, N.C., closed with menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s Division I and II dual slalom and team relay competitions.
  • XC, downhill champions named at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Eight more national champions took the top step of the podium on Saturday in Beech Mountain, N.C., as menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s Division I and II cross-country and downhill competition highlighted Day 2 of the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.
  • First champions crowned at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The first medals of the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships were claimed in Beech Mountain, N.C., on Friday, as menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;sDivision IandII short track cross-country competition took center stage.
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  • Brandle beats Voigt's hour record (The Associated Press)

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Austrian rider Matthias Brandle broke cycling's historic hour record on Thursday after covering a distance of 51.852 kilometers at the UCI Velodrome. The 24-year-old Brandle, the Austrian time trial champion, eclipsed Jens Voigt's mark of 51.1 kilometers, improving his record by 742 meters. ''In the first few minutes I just wanted to get on with it but then it became more complicated,'' Brandle said. Now I am really happy.'' The UCI first announced that Brandle had covered 51.850 kilometers but the rider's team, IAM Cycling, later said the distance had been revised to 51.852 kilometers before…
  • Austrian Braendle sets new hour record (Reuters)

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    BERNE (Reuters) - Austria's Matthias Braendle set a new one hour record of 51.85 kilometres on Thursday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Twitter. The 24-year-old, riding at the World Cycling Centre in the Swiss town of Aigle, beat Jens Voigt's mark of 51.11 km which was set on Sept. 18 in nearby Grenchen. Braendle was ahead of Voigt's mark by more than 50 seconds at the halfway point and managed to break the record despite a few wobbles in the last 10 minutes. ...
  • Brazilian cycling champ banned 2 years for doping (The Associated Press)

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian cycling federation says it has suspended national road race champion Marcia Fernandes for two years for doping, virtually ending her chances of competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Contador wins Velo d'Or award (The Associated Press)

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    PARIS (AP) -- Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has capped his tumultuous season by winning the Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2014.
  • UCI, WADA appeal to CAS in Kreuziger case (The Associated Press)

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Cycling's governing body is joining forces with the World Anti-Doping Agency in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Czech rider Roman Kreuziger was cleared of doping violations by his national Olympic committee. The UCI and WADA say they are appealing with a request ''that consideration be given to a sanction for Kreuziger.'' The Czech Olympic Committee ruled last month that anomalies in Kreuziger's biological passport dating to 2011-12 did not break any limits.
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  • (San Diego Velodrome Fall Veloswap is November 2nd

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Southern California’s biggest, best, bicycle swap meet is just around the corner! Veloswap returns to the San Diego Velodrome on November 2nd, with all the wheeling and dealing you’ve come to know and love.
  • Report & Photos: Spooky Cross Haunts Irvine Lake

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Went to a Halloween party the other night and a cyclocross race broke out. The sixth edition of Spooky Cross had the distinction of being Round 5 of the SoCalCross Prestige Series, this year haunting the Baja Beach Club area of Irvine Lake on the eastern outskirts of toney Orange County.
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Announces 2015 Women’s Roster

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    After an incredible debut season on the women’s domestic and international racing scenes, the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has their sights on the 2015 season with new goals and a talented roster ready to achieve them.
  • Sho-Air/Cannondale Announces 2015 Mountain Bike Team

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Sho-Air International presented the Sho-Air/Cannondale Professional Mountain Bike Team at the team’s headquarters and Cannondale flagship store, Sho-Air Cyclery in Orange, California last Friday. The team will face the 2015 campaign with a stacked lineup, welcoming newcomers and bringing a former member back “home.”
  • JETCycling U23 Women’s Development Team Prepares for 2015

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    For the fourth year in a row, the JETCycling U23 Women’s Development Team, a 501 c 3 Non-Profit will be announcing their roster in the up and coming weeks. The team is made up of international riders from different parts of the world. Their mission is to give young ladies under 23 the ability to race at the top levels of their profession.
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    Bike World News

  • Philly Bike Expo Keeps On Growing

    Press Releases
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Philly Bike Expo expands to add more exhibitors and clinics for 2014. The post Philly Bike Expo Keeps On Growing appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lars van der Haar looks to extend World Cup lead in November

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    After a successful start to his cyclo-cross campaign, the racing continues for Lars van der Haar (NED) in November as he looks to defend his World Cup lead. The post Lars van der Haar looks to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blackburn introduces Outpost pack line

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Bicycle accessories manufacturer Blackburn recently announced a new line of bike packs called Outpost. The post Blackburn introduces Outpost pack line appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sho-Air/Cannondale Announces World-Class 2015 Team

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sho-Air International today presented the Sho-Air/Cannondale Professional Mountain Bike Team at the team’s headquarters and Cannondale flagship store, Sho-Air Cyclery in Orange, California The post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keirin Cut Jeans Live On KickStarter

    Scott Kingsley
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Jeans designed for athletes are just one of the rewards on the Keirin Cut Jeans Kickstarter campaign. The post Keirin Cut Jeans Live On KickStarter appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Pantani EuroTrash Thursday!

    Alastair Hamilton
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Top story asks: Can you change history and give Marco Pantani the 1999 Giro d’Italia? It might happen. The Tour of Hainan has finished and we have the results and video, Canadian cross champs, the Great Ocean Race, Van der Haar in November, team signings and all the latest cycling news in a full EuroTrash. TOP STORY: Marco Pantani to Win the 1999 Giro d’Italia? Mercatone Uno supermarket president, Romano Cenni, wants the victory of the 1999 Giro d’Italia posthumously given to Marco Pantani. Cenni is basing his legal action on claimed irregularities in the testing procedures when…
  • Verge Schild CX Jacket Review

    Stephen Cheung
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cyclocross preparation and racing is all about the little details. While most road cycling equipment can be used in the fields and mud, kit designed specifically with the demands of cyclocross in mind can make training or race day just that much easier and more enjoyable. We took Verge’s CX jacket and pants out for a few laps around the circuit. One of the appeals of CX is that it’s a common meeting ground for roadies, mountain bikers, and pretty much every other type of cyclist. Part of the vibe is that anything goes in equipment and gear. However, as with any other venture, the more you…
  • Photo Special: Good-Bye David Millar

    Alastair Hamilton
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Special: David Millar seems to have been around for ages, 18 years as a Pro to be exact, but you need to take two years away for a doping ban. Love him or hate him, he has a fine palmarés. If you want to believe in him or not is up to you, but he still was a grand champion. Of all the riders who have retired at the end of season ’14; David Millar probably causes more discussion than any other. Be he doper, ex-doper, reformed doper or as I’ve heard a few times, “he’s not Scottish!” He was a trail blazer in a time before any Lottery money or Sky backing British cycling.
  • PEZ Talk: Daniel Holloway

    Edmond Hood
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Rider Interview: Track trail-blazer, US Criterium Champion and style guru; what more could you want from an interview subject. Ed Hood caught up with US Six Day star Daniel ‘Hollywood’ Holloway at the first event of the winter season in Amsterdam to find out what makes this flamboyant character tick. ‘Hollywood’ they call him and not without good reason; Daniel Holloway is the man with the trendiest Oakleys, the loudest graphics on his disc wheel – and he may even just turn up in a Batman suit… But behind all the zany stuff there’s a serious athlete…
  • Toolbox: Setting Goals Reboot

    PEZ Crew
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Another article on goal setting? Really? How hard can it be? If 2014 was everything you planned it to be, congratulations and no need to read any further. However, if things got away from you or you feel some things were left undone, read on for our top tips on making the most of your goal setting. By Kristen Dieffenbach, Ph.D., CC AASP Chances are you started off 2014 full of promise and with lots of well-crafted goals. And no matter how big or small they were, if you are like most athletes, once set, those goals got taken for granted, getting lost in the immediacy of bike maintenance,…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • 8 tips for riding home in the dark

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Riding in the dark isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. A lamp lit spin around lanes you know, or off-road – known as night riding – can actually be both liberating and very relaxing, but when the ride is simply about getting home, it can sometimes feel like a race for survival. Here are some tips to keep you safe… 1) Have good lights, that work A good set of lights is your number one requirement. If your route is unlit, you’ll be looking at an 800 lumen+ front beam that lights up the road and shows you your path. Very often, those kind of lights will work on full power for an hour or…
  • How to put a bike away for hibernation (if you must!)

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Winter is on its way, and at the London Cyclist we do realise that not everybody wants to ride through November, December and January. If you do, it might not be on your ‘favourite’ bike, so here are some tips for storing your steed until it’s ready to come out of hibernation. Clean the bike Firstly, give it a complete clean – ensuring you use degreaser on around the chain, cassette, bottom bracket and other areas that have accumulated dirt. In an ideal world, you would remove the chain and cassette and leave them to soak before replacing, but this isn’t essential. When you’ve…
  • Comprehensive look at bicycle insurance options

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Let’s say I: Own a £1000 bike Plus £150 worth of bike accessories – my lock, lights, mudguard etc. I tend to leave my bike in my house and at work in a secure garage. Once a week I leave my bike overnight in London, when I go out for after work drinks (Around 14 hours) I have a sold secure gold rated bike lock – The Kryptonite New York 3000 I have receipts for my bike, my lock, my accessories I occasionally like to take part in cycling events Let’s take a look at the different insurance options I potentially have available. My Home Insurance The first port of…
  • Mitie London Revolution places are now open

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Registration for a place in the 2015 London Revolution has just opened. If you’ve been following London Cyclist for a while, you’ll know this is one of our favourite rides. I rode it in 2012, Sam, one of our contributors, rode it in 2013 and I’m sure I’ll be taking part again in the near future. This year, the event is taking place on the 16th and 17th May. As per usual, you can ride the entire route, or you can pick one of the days. Which you choose is a personal preference. The first day is 100 miles long and the second day is a little shorter at 85 miles…
  • 8 Tips to keep you riding all year

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Fact: riding over the summer months is much easier than keeping up the pedalling momentum past October. However, that doesn’t make it any less rewarding, any less fun or any less convenient. Here are 8 ways to make sure you don’t stop getting out on your bike as the weather turns, and help ensure you enjoy it all year round: 1) Get your bike sorted A badly maintained bike can ruin your riding – repeated punctures, squeaky or rubbing brakes or ineffective gears all add up to a lousy ride. Over the winter months, your bike needs more TLC – so take some time to check the cables are in…
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • Sorry I'm late, hope you all just started without me.

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Wow, so many important things about ME to mention today!MEMEMEMEME!Firstly, I wrote a thing for Bicycling magazine that they published on the Internet--that's the mainstream Internet, the one that everybody reads, and not the "deep" Internet with all the arms dealing and the animal porn:You know when you see Assos Man bearing down to force out an invisible doody that it's gonna be good.Thirdly, I'm pleased to announce that Walz are now offering the Fred "Woo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoo!" bicycle-capping hat in an alternative blue colo(u)r(way)!We're very excited about it, and we're calling the hue…
  • Wednesday spelled backwards is Wednesday spelled backwards.

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    So yesterday I was on the subway, because this is New York City that that's what you do, and as we rumbled along I noticed that the gentleman standing next to me was drawing something:At first I thought maybe he was surreptitiously sketching his fellow riders.  "Who says this is no longer a town for artists!," I thought to myself.  Clearly David Byrne, Patti Smith, and every other rich, aging artist who has taken to the pages of the Times and the Guardian to denounce New York City as a materialistic cultural wasteland were wrong.  But then I glanced over at the paper, at which…
  • Bicycle Development Index: A City Is Only As Good As Its Bike Parking

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Ever wanted your city to be more bike-friendly?  Well, be careful what you wish for!  Firstly, New York City is supposed to be the best cycling city in America, and look at us for chrissake.  You want this?  [Indicates clusterfuck all around self with sweeping gesticulation.]  Secondly Copenhagen is like the most bike-friendly city in the world (careful, you can be arrested in Amsterdam for saying that), but thanks to a bicycle parking shortage life there has devolved into a sort of living hell:Outside Copenhagen's central train station, where people often leave their…
  • Thar, She Blows!

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Air. (Air.)It powers our ships:It delivers our messages:And soon, it will even propel our bicycles: Remember Shimano Airlines?The revolutionary mountain bike shifting system that literally blew?Well, now the winds of change are blowing right up your bottom bracket:Yep, you can forget all about e-bikes, because air power is where it's at:According to the inventor of the pneumatic assist bicycle, the key advantage of this system is its portability:Which he illustrates by showing somebody carrying an ordinary, non-pneumatic fixie up a flight of steps:Presumably another advantage is that the…
  • BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    So yesterday I was flipping through an actual paper newspaper and I came across this New York Times "Style" feature on the phenomenon of non-bikey bikey clothes:(Obviously this is the digital version, I saved the analog version to stuff in my Sidis when they get wet.)The movement in the United States signifies a big shift from a decade ago, before bike lanes spread like kudzu in cities across the country. In those days, big-city cycling was generally a commando affair for bike messengers and other urban warriors. No wonder safety gear tended to be drably utilitarian in spirit, like…
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  • Review: Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    As a cycling coach and medical doctor you have many niches to master. Nutritional advice is just one of them. In the past years, I have had several requests from road cyclists and triathletes about nutritional advice and strategies to achieve optimal racing weight and performance.It seems like many athletes tend to ask very specific questions and get lost in all the different advice and products available. So cooking the knowledge into scientific-based recommendations is challenging. And picking the essential advice from hundreds of different studies of varying quality into useful, pragmatic…
  • 5 Practical Steps to Boost Your Race Performance Next Season

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    It’s October and for most riders in Europe and USA/Canada it’s the beginning of a long period without frequent cycling races. Maybe you ended your season with some of your best results ever or maybe you have already been in ‘off-season mode’ for a couple of weeks.Based on my experience, I have made a list of 5 tips you can use to let the off-season be your platform for better results next year.Sleep moreWe all need rest and most of the time we don’t get enough sleep. We can read tips about how important it is to get enough sleep almost anywhere. Anyways, we can almost always take…
  • Mountain Bike Training for Beginners

    Cecilia ‘Ceal’ Potts
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Here is comprehensive post about mountain bike training for beginners. The article is written by Cecilia Potts who is former junior mountain bike world champion and professional cyclist. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the reading. However, you may need an extra cup midway through this article, it’s quite long… Enjoy!Mountain biking can be a little intimidating when you’re a beginner. If you’re anything like me, the first time I took my tires onto an off-road trail it didn’t look anything like the YouTube videos that show up with a search for mountain biking.My first few…
  • Short Update About Lactate, Lactic Acid and Fatigue

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    From a scientific/pedantic point of view, there are some common myths or misconceptions about lactic acid and lactate among road cyclists. However, from a practical point of view, these facts shouldn’t change your approach to training. Not at all. Anyways, here is short update about lactate and why you shouldn’t care too much.Lactic acid vs lactateLactic acid practically doesn’t exist in human bodies, because the acid dissociation constant of lactic acid is 3.86. So at a pH value of 3.86 there is equilibrium between lactic acid (that’s the acid version of lactate) and lactate…
  • Power sprints – Your Secret Weapon to Powerful Attacks

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Have you ever tried to launch an attack in a cycling race or maybe even an attempt to make a race-winning move? If you have, you have probably also experienced the most likely scenario: the other riders closes the gap without struggling, because your attempt lacks power.How can you learn the skill to make more powerful race-winning moves? If we take a look at the initial phase of your attack, all you need to focus on is neural strength. If you watch a power meter file from your most powerful attempts, you are very likely above 1000Watts or even higher.Such efforts require activation of all…
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    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Among the awesome local builders you can catch a glimpse of Jay’s new 29er. Full write up and photo shoot next week! The Ball is tonight at the Botanical Garden at Roger Williams Park in Providence, 7-11 pm. Hopefully see you there!
  • Step-Through Belt Drive Internal!

    24 Jun 2014 | 7:37 pm
    It’s a mouthful, but for another commuter/all-rounder, it just makes sense! Again we’re using the value-laden Sturmey-Archer 5 speed hub, this time laced to a 26″ wheel to keep the scale of this smallish bike appropriate. But the focus for Manya is on practicality, yes (note the fenders and kickstand) but also on style and elegance, so we did our first curved top tube step-through. All it needs is a baguette and a beret.                  As we didn’t have the requisite, or at least recommended, three-roller bender…
  • 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”…
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  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Giro's 2014 Air Attack Shield Helmet

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Every time I wear it, riders are still asking about my helmet so I thought it would be helpful to rerun this review that ran earlier this year on RoadBikerider.There's a Giro video about their development of this new helmet at the end Good rides!JimAn Every-Ride Aero Helmet For RoadiesI received this Giro Air Attack Shield (about $200, 360 grams) last winter (2014) and liked it so much right out of the box, that I was tempted to give it a great review after only a few rides and races.However, it was mostly chilly back then and I wanted to see how it handled the heat. Last week, I…
  • BIKE RESTORATIONS: Making a René Herse-style decaleur

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Before brazingTo share this fun little project for the René Herse randonneuse I'm refurbishing, and to say thanks to my good friend and framesmith Paul Sadoff of Rock Lobster Cycles who brazed it for me, here are a couple of photos of my just-completed homegrown Herse-style decaleur (quick-release handlebar-bag holder).If you visit this page of the website with the best archive of Herse bicycle photographs, and if you look closely at how the handlebar bag attaches to the stem, you can see an original. There's also an illustration below that shows how cleverly it works.If you…
  • BIKE BOOK REVIEW: Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, Edition 3

    6 Feb 2014 | 7:47 am
    Readers, since it's winter - typically when bicycles need more maintenance - here's a rerun of a recent Jim's Tech Talk column I wrote for RoadBikeRider all about a helpful new guide to bike repair.As bicycles get more sophisticated, what with advances in carbon frames and components, electronic drivetrains and hydraulic-disc brakes for the road, not to mention the myriad of new bottom bracket and headset configurations - it’s pays to keep on hand an excellent up-to-date bicycle repair manual.Enter, Park Tool's 3rd Edition Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair by Calvin Jones ($24.95; available…
  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Kuat NV hitch 2-bike rack (2-inch hitch model)

    10 Nov 2013 | 12:18 pm
    The NV on the Roadtrek Agile SS Sprinter RVA few months back I wrote this review of Kuat's NV hitch bike rack ($549) for my Jim's Tech Talk column. I'm still using and thoroughly enjoying the rack, and regularly get asked about it when we're on the road.So, to help others looking for a bicycle hitch rack - and especially if you're trying to fit one on a Sprinter-type camper-conversion RV van, I thought I'd post the review here, too, with a few more observations from using it more, and also with their informative video.If you're looking for a great hitch rack for a car, truck, van or Class-B…
  • HOLY GRAILS: 1974 Masi Gran Criterium, continued

    13 Sep 2013 | 6:05 pm
    Back To The FutureIn part 1 of this great bicycle project, I reran a story I wrote for my Jim's Tech Talk column on RoadBikeRider called Basket Case, that told of my finding a quite beat-up 1974 Masi Gran Criterium, and deciding to go ahead and get it restored. It was a tough decision because somewhere along the line it had been run into a parked car or curb buckling the top and down tubes. Plus, all the original paint and decals were gone, an awful spray-can finish had been applied and the parts had been removed and dumped in a milk crate to rust away.Yet, the more I looked at the frame…
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  • This simple chart should make things clear

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Disc brake pad selection made easy. Sort of. Obviously you need to match the make and model of the brake. Beyond that, where you have a choice of pad compound you should try to match it to the customer's riding style and venue. If the customer can't give you clear answers you have to figure out which compound will produce the least amount of annoying noise...from the rider.Bass ackwards weather this week. The forecast for today called for, "Drizzle. May be heavy at times." How heavy does it have to be before it no longer qualifies as drizzle? What's the next rung on the promotion ladder?
  • Wet leaves

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    After shooting a few hours of boring video of commute after commute I quit using the helmet cam again. On the path I come face to face with pedestrians. The camera seems extra intrusive after I already intruded by riding through anyway. And it wasn't capturing the essence of the experience. But I should have had it on Saturday morning.After four days of rain and wind, wet leaves littered the ground, drifted into piles and shoals in some places, swept away in others. I entered the path with due caution, crossing a rail because the path runs between them there. The rails were wet, but the…
  • Red, ready to rock

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The red Rockhopper presented no obstacles during its renovation.I replaced the original substandard rear brake with a salvaged set. Now the pads actually line up with the rim.I already mentioned what a pleasure these shifters are. A progressive shifter is much more intuitive than one where the lever or levers return to the same position after every shift.The suspension fork messes up the handling a bit. The original fork crown would have been down about where the brake arch sits on this Rockshox Indy. Riders learned to live with it until manufacturers made frames ready to receive longer…
  • New glove design

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Your faithful reporter has found this prototype of a cycling glove that puts the high viz where you can really use it.The manufacturer's name has been obscured because they have not decided whether to release the product. Obviously it has its controversial aspects.
  • From the golden age of the rigid frame

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Just before good quality friction-option top mount shifters disappeared in the beginning of the 1990s we were able to remove the under-bar shifters and saw off the shifter mounts to retrofit the old reliable shifters onto mountain bikes with butted chromoly frames, nice all-around frame geometry and cranks with the newly reinvented round chain rings.The Rockhopper pictured above would have come with a rigid fork. Rockshox were still an after-market modification adopted first by aggressive riders who were beating on themselves and their equipment in the quest for speed on rough terrain. The…
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  • Santa Cruz: One of a kind stolen bike

    Richard Masoner
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Local businessman Rafael Ortiz is on the board of directors of the USA Cycling Board of Directors. He owns a one-of-a-kind USA Cycling team Olympic bike. It was, sadly, stolen, and he asks the public to keep an eye out for it. Ortiz offers a modest reward. More details at the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Reward offered for Olympic racing bike stolen from Santa Cruz. Speaking of theft, I recently ordered a Trackr Stickr that I plan to affix to my bike. This is a $25 small electronic gizmo that uses “crowd GPS” to help locate lost items. The Trackr Stickr is about the size of a quarter that…
  • Seen in the wild: Bicycle Safety Wing

    Richard Masoner
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I saw this guy with his Bicycle Safety Wing on the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose, CA the other day. This is a pop-out plastic shaft with a reflective panel that extends about 12 inches, or about handlebar width. Our good friends at Cantitoe Road distribute these to your local bike shop, where they retail for about $15. The Bicycle Safety Wing is also available for purchase online. See also: Silicon Valley Bicycle Safety Town Hall San Jose Bike Party SAFETY RIDE this Friday night UK bicycle safety politico rides helmetless
  • Kaci Hickox rides a bicycle

    Richard Masoner
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and defies quarantine orders after her return home to Maine, went for a bike ride this morning. There’s no word on if those hordes of reporters were cited for impeding traffic or not. Story and slideshow over at the Portland Press Herald. H/T to our old friend Mr Paul Tay of Tulsa, OK. See also: Alec Baldwin rides a bicycle Ron Paul rides a bicycle Paul Holmgren rides a bicycle
  • Japan’s mahogany bikes in the news

    Richard Masoner
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some of you might remember the mahogany laminate bicycles built by shipbuilder Sueshiro Sano and shown at the Japan Handmade Bicycle Fair in 2010. Sano and his “Sanomagic” bikes are once again making in appearance in the mainstream media. #457982948 / Sueshiro Sano owns a 200 year old business that handcrafts stunningly beautiful ocean going wooden sailing vessels. He’s a bike nut and began experimenting with wood laminate bicycles in 2007. #457982962 / You can view Sano’s wooden bicycles at his Sanomagic studio in Tokyo directly across…
  • Strava labs KOM maps

    Richard Masoner
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    A few days ago, Tom in Brazil told me about Strava Labs new KOM map tool. You can look at a map of the segments for which you own the KOM and QOM. “Segments” are user-defined routes in Strava by which Strava users can compare themselves against other riders who bike the same route. Whoever has the best time on a segment owns bragging rights as King of the Mountain or Queen of the Mountain. Strava also flags downhill segment winners as KOMs. I completely ignored this feature because I know I don’t own any KOMs. I eventually looked at a handful of pro athletes I follow to see…
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  • FSA and Nibali launch limited edition shark components

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    FSA and 2014 Tour de France winner Vincezo Nibali have launched a new range of limited edition road components emblazoned with a brand new shark logo, which FSA says will be Nibali’s hallmark.The logo, referred to as 'The Shark', is described as “a tribal design that includes the name of the triple champion and the colors that represent his greatest victories – red, pink and yellow, for the Vuelta a España, the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France”.Nibali said: “This new logo developed with the FSA team represents all the most important victories…
  • Nine essential cyclocross skills

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Cyclocross is an accessible and inclusive way to have fun and stay fit in the off-season. You don’t have to harbour dreams of being a pro, though, because there are races for all ages and abilities. The following technique tips will help you tackle the terrain quickly and safely, leaving you with a smile on your face and a new set of skills that can only help your road riding. And we’ve got British cyclocross champion Ian Field to show you how.Shouldering the bikeOn long or steep slopes, or deep mud and sand, carrying the bike can be quicker than pushing it. After dismounting (see…
  • Etape Caledonia 2015 opens with 48-hour priority window

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Entries for one of the UK’s leading closed-roads sportives, the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia, are now on sale. Pre-registered participants have a 48-hour priority booking window ahead of general entries, which go sale on 1 November.Based in Pitlochry in Perthshire, Scotland, Etape Caledonia is a unique 5,000-rider event. It takes place on closed roads over some incredible landscapes with stunning, breath-taking views.The event will take place on 10 May, 2015. Entries for the 2014 event sold out in less than 72 hours and the 5,000 spaces for next year’s edition will be snapped up…
  • Light & Motion Urban 800 Fast Charge – in brief review

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dive light specialist L&M produces unsurprisingly tough, weatherproof lights and this well sealed, superlight unit secures with a simple rubber ladder strap clamp that fits all round bars as well as flatter aero shapes with a bit of ingenuity. Power is impressive for its size and the beam benefits from copying the pattern Light & Motion uses on its big, separate battery Seca lights. This means a bright 'smile' around the bottom and up around the edges of the beam for peripheral awareness. Short to mid range infill falls off slightly but a powerful centre strip gives decent reach for…
  • Birzman Studio Tool Box review

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a seriously expensive toolkit, but it finds Birzman blowing away most of the competition in terms of quality, range of tools and design.With 37 pieces it has an advantage in scope. It includes multi-use tools such as cable cutters, link pliers, an adjustable spanner and a soft, dead-blow hammer – and the quality is very impressive.There’s a host of specialist tools, including crank, brake, cassette, BB tools and even a file. Both Allen and Torx keys come in sets of nine (1.5-10mm, T10-T50), and the Allen keys are ball-ended. If their holders are tight and awkward,…
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    Twenty Nine Inches

  • Rock Shox RS-1 Fork: On Test

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Rock Shox RS-1 Fork: On Test- by Thomas Hebert It was exactly 25 years ago that ROCK SHOX’s first suspension fork, the “RS – 1 ” debuted. In 1989, the mountain bike was firmly rooted in the Western world. Rigid forks for MTB use were the norm. In short, the world was ready for damped forks which today have long been considered standard equipment. What comes next? Now a quarter century later ROCK SHOX has presented its second model of its “RS – 1 “. The only thing it has in common with the first version is that this also is a suspension fork. The new version breaks…
  • Vee Tire Trax Fatty 27.5″ X 3.25″ Tires: Quick Review

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    VeeTire Trax Fatty 27.5 × 3.25  Tires -Quick Review: by c_g VeeTire Trax Fatty B+ tire Regular readers will know that we really liked the new B + format after the review of the first available tire, the WTB Trail Blazer 2.8. When I found out at Eurobike that VEETIRES CO . – a brand that is not yet sold in Germany- also has a relevant tire in the format, it was exciting news. It’s called the Trax Fatty, and it is available in the 4.0″ fat bike tire size, as a 29+ tire with 3″ width, and also as a B + tire with a 3.25 ” width. I was able to acquire a test sample…
  • Blackburn Tech Mag 1 Trainer: Test Intro

    Guitar Ted
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Blackburn Tech Mag 1 trainer Blackburn Tech Mag 1 Trainer: Test Intro- by Guitar Ted Shorter days, longer nights, jobs, family duties, “honey-do” lists, or whatever it is that is eating up your time can really put a binder on time on the bike at this time of the year. Most likely a combination of several of these factors, and the weather, is going to really knock your fitness gains from the Summer months backward. One way to get a quick, effective fitness boost despite weather, time, or lifestyle constrictions is to employ the use of a simple indoor trainer device like this…
  • DT Swiss OPM O.D.I. 29″er Fork: First Impressions

    Guitar Ted
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    DT Swiss OPM O.D.I. 29″er Fork: First Impressions- by c_g Just over 2 weeks ago we showed you the new DT SWISS OPM fork presented here – just under 1700 g , 130 mm travel with three-stage compression adjustment, and all sorts of nice touches like the one-piece magnesium casting with rear fork bridge, or the beautiful RWS thru axle . As then noted, it has since been installed on the ROCKY Instinct, put into use,  and has seen many a trail. The DT Swiss OPM fork on the Rocky Mountain Instinct As written , we got the model with the three stage ODL adjustment and a stylish remote to…
  • Coming Soon On TNI

    Guitar Ted
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Coming Soon On TNI- by Guitar Ted In the next few weeks we will be descending slowly back into the back end of Fall and then into Winter, but before that happens, we have a few things coming up on test or for final review. Here’s a brief sneak peek of what to expect.   Hutchinson Squale tires as tested by c_g Hutchinson Squale 29 X 2.3″ Tires: Our European correspondent, c_g, has tested the Hutchinson Squale 29 X 2.3″ tires already and we will be translating this text for the site here. The Squale is listed as an aggressive, down hill/enduro tire and it does come in a…
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    Fat Cyclist

  • 100MoN: Winner of the Iowa County Gravel Grinder In the Dead of Night Division

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    A Note from Fatty: Today’s 100 Miles of Nowhere race report comes to you courtesy of Martin B, who first caught my attention when he posted this shot of himself on Twitter as he was riding Ragbrai, on a fat bike: Clearly, this is a man to be reckoned with. Plus I like his choice in clothing and his hair style, for some reason. Anyway, when he started tweeting that he was going to do his 100 Miles of Nowhere as a gravel grinder, I got excited…and a little bit suspicious. Excited if he was going to really make it a “nowhere” ride—a true short course going around, on a gravel…
  • 100MoN Race Report: Winner, Multi-tasking, Multi-day, Multi-suffering 39yo Divison

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    A Note from Fatty: Today’s 100 Miles of Nowhere race report comes from Jeff DeVries AKA “ClyedeinKS.” It’s super double awesome. Enjoy! Oh, where to begin for this writeup? Could it be that for this past year I have had an amazing amount of ride envy in reading ride and race reports, as my riding has taken an incredible hit with other activities seeming to take precedence? Should I mention that leading up to the weekend Strava laughs at me when I see my yearly totals of 91 miles and 9 rides (clearly short rides—as time allowed with baseball coaching, rides with my son, and a 6 mile…
  • 100MoN Race Report: Winner of the Paradoxical Norwegian Alaskan (Out Of Canada) Open Water Bandit Division

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    A Note from Fatty: You’ve read about my stepdaughter, The Swimmer, here before (here and here and here, for a few examples).  Well, now she’s all grown up and going to college.  And while she’s there, she’s spending a couple afternoons each week helping kids—most of whom have parents that don’t speak a lot of English—with their homework. These are kids without any money, and they’re working hard to overcome some pretty formidable obstacles. So I really love it that The Swimmer is spending her time helping them move forward like this.  And right now, just for this one day,…
  • The 100 Miles of Nowhere: Winner of the Black Rock Divison

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    A Note from Fatty: I’ll be posting 100 Miles of Nowhere reports all this week, while I work hard on a project I’ll be unveiling very soon. It’s a project that’s been a long time in the making, I’m very proud of it, and you should be able to have it in your hands by Christmas.  Another Note from Fatty: Today’s 100 Miles of Nowhere race report is written by Kristie P, but is about Bobbie R. The Noodle Made Her Do It It was Fatty’s idea but the reason Bobbie got on the bike at all is because the @thenoodleater made her do it. The “Vehemence of Suckage” she wrote,…
  • 100 Miles of Nowhere: Haiku-Style Report About Epic 120+ Laps and 12,000 Feet of Climbing Division

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    A Note from Fatty: Today’s 100 Miles of Nowhere race report comes from Chris S, who rode an absolutely insanely wonderfully ridiculous race. It brought me to tears, nearly, it was so crazy. He then wrote a fantastic series of haikus for his report.  Somehow, he managed to be understated about it all, though. So you may want to stick around for my postscript at the bottom of his report, where I do a few bonus screen captures from the Strava log of his ride. 100MoN: Winner of the 12,000+ Feet Through Kids Playing Basketball in the Ipswich Alps Division Looping hill repeats One hundred miles…
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    Bike Noob

  • Two State Parks — Two Different Rides

    Bike Noob
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I’m a member of a Meetup group, the Austin Mountain Bikers. Earlier this week, I got a message from them that an interpretive mountain bike ride would take place at Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas, about 25 miles east of Austin. We would be led by a park ranger on trails that are normally closed to the public. Sign me up. Maggie had the same idea, so we loaded the bikes onto the SUV and set out for Bastrop. The park and the area are known for the “Lost Pines” — a substantial acreage of loblolly pines that somehow detached from the piney woods of East Texas.
  • Carnival of Animals

    Bike Noob
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    We decided it was time to head for Dripping Springs for Sunday’s ride. It’s been months since we were out there, and I had trouble figuring out why, since it’s my favorite place around here to ride. None of the other B riders joined us, although in fairness, this was the day of the Livestrong ride in Austin, and I knew they were going to have a large field for that. We saw only a few other riders, all near the beginning of our ride. Several miles into the ride, we rounded a bend and Maggie called out, “Turkeys!” There was a big one on the left side of the road,…
  • MY First Double Century (Guest Post)

    Bike Noob
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Our guest poster Don Blount has checked off another item on his bucket list: a double century. Here’s his account of riding 200 miles in one day. A year to the day after completing my first century ride, I set out on my first double century. A lot had happened during the past 18 months that resulted in me being a stronger rider.  Still, I never ever thought I would be riding a double century. Yet here I was riding the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century in Clovis, Calif.  This double is actually like three different rides. It begins with a fairly flat 73-miles and ends with 27 miles…
  • Vignettes From a Ride

    Bike Noob
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Our Sunday morning club ride promised to be routine. The A’s were going some distance southeast of Austin, while Maggie and I decided to do a B ride to the south. The forecast was promising: in the 60s (18C), partly sunny, and zero chance of rain. My glasses were covered in mist as I pedaled over to the ride start, and it was chilly enough that I wondered if I had underdressed. After faffing around and finally starting three minutes behind schedule, we made a long line along the road as we struck out from our Starbucks. But at our first left turn, we left one behind. Jerry had taken off…
  • Things You See On Rides

    Bike Noob
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Took a mountain bike ride on the Slaughter Creek Preserve Trail this morning. When I came out of the woods to the trailhead, a gaggle of mountain bikers lined the trail. It turned out they were the Austin Police Department’s bike patrol, getting in some off-road practice.  Filed under: Odds 'n ends Tagged: mountain bike
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    Urban Velo

  • I Love Riding in the City – Samuel Meyer

    I Love Riding in the City
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    NAME: Samuel Meyer LOCATION: Kent Ohio OCCUPATION: 4th Grader Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city? Living in Kent is great for riding. It’s a small city so we can get everywhere on two wheels with a quickness. We have a Bike Shop in town and are on our bikes constantly. Over the past few years there has been a lot of new trails and and paths added here for the people to use. What was your favorite city to ride in, and why? Riding in Kent is great but I really enjoy going to Cleveland and riding around the city with my family. We went to the recent NEOcycle…
  • Ritte Goes To Malibu with The Rider Diaries: A Chance Encounter

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    “You got this.” Amazing short film from Ritte.
  • Stoopidtaller – The Making of the World’s Tallest Bicycle

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    We covered Stoopidtall, Richie Trimble’s 14.5 ft tall bike that reigned supreme at CicLAvia in Urban Velo #37, and he has since followed it up with the 20 ft tall Stoopidtaller. This video gives us all a look at the building and riding of Stoopidtaller, now officially a Guinness World Record holder as the tallest rideable bicycle.
  • Church Burners Kits

    Scott Spitz
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Those fancy gents over at Dodici Cicli have their Italian made, arguably famous Church Burner kits back in stock. Get em at the Cicli online store. Matching T-shirts also available.
  • Cranksgiving NYC

    Scott Spitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tis the season (almost) for holiday rides and Cranksgiving NYC is still going strong after 16 years of rides benefiting a number of non-profits. The specifics for the ride and event are as follows: REGISTRATION – Saturday, November 22nd 12:30pm – 2pm 2:00PM – START – SOLAR ONE · 23rd St & the East River 3:30PM – 5:00PM – FINISH at “THE PIT” at CHRYSTIE ST. & BROOME ST If you finish after 5:00 and no bikes are around, you can bring your donations to the Bowery Mission: 227 Bowery. Don’t miss the after party & awards! Even if you come in last,…
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    Sweetpea Bicycles » Blog

  • High Fives

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Today I am pretty darned giddy to announce that Sweetpea and Gladys Bikes have join forces, nay doubled down in our commitments to bringing bicycle love to the ladies. Natalie Ramsland of Sweetpea and Leah Benson of Gladys Bikes Gladys Bikes is a women focused bike shop here in Portland, Oregon with big personality, smart folks, and pizza-print cycling caps. If that weren’t enough to win my heart over, they also have the nation’s first Saddle Library and a deep commitment to bike fit. And that is why Gladys is now the exclusive dealer of Sweetpea bikes. For the women I work…
  • Mom-Athlete

    2 Mar 2012 | 4:38 pm
    Sometimes the only way to see clearly is to take your glasses off. I was breathing hard, steaming up my glasses, and trying to keep up with my friend Diana. She was into the visible edge of the fog. The road was flanked by patches of snow in the trees. I normally would just let her go, but I wanted to hear what she had to say on a question that’s been haunting me recently: how do you reconcile being an athlete and a mom? (The Mom) We are both training for the Three Capes 300k brevet in April. It is dauntingly hilly, and a little farther than either of us has ridden in a day. She invited me…
  • Way Finding

    23 Feb 2012 | 3:21 pm
    I just spent the week in Duluth, Minnesota, Austin’s hometown. Every time I visit, I fall a little bit more in love with Duluth. Right on the edge of Lake Superior and not so very far from the Boundary Waters, this place has a strong gravitational pull. In the summer it is Northern enough to see some Northern Lights. In the winter it snows sometimes by flakes and sometimes by inches. On the shore of Lake Superior the ice makes creaking sounds, an understated articulation of something that is probably quite profound. After a few days of running on the trails, sucking down cold dry air like…
  • Choosing the right tools.

    19 Aug 2011 | 2:00 pm
    Last week I was asked to speak to an industrial design class at the art institute of Portland about framebuilding and bike design. The class is participating in the Oregon Manifest Builder’s Challenge, and I think they have one of the most exciting challenges of all. That is, they are starting as complete beginners to bike construction. And you can only be brand spankin’ new once. I found myself wanting to impart equal parts pep talk, myth-busting, and practical advice.  Among these tidbits were: Keep your hands in check with your brain. Draw your construction drawings by hand, at scale.
  • Studio Opening and GUN SHOW

    26 Jul 2011 | 4:25 pm
    You’re invited.
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    Bike Hugger

  • Another Hour Record Attempt Tonight

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Another hour record tonight from Scott Sports and Matthias Brändle, an Austrian rider with the Swiss UCI Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling.
  • James Franco Rides a Bike and is Fast on That Thing

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Normally let other blogs covers celebs on bikes, but since Franco tweeted it himself and it’s just him riding around in a circle, posted! As the fans say, “He’s fast on that thing.” Me on a bike … even their camera can’t keep up #ad #Droid #FrancoFast— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) October 27, 2014 Also, that’s the new Droid Turbo he’s holding.
  • Road Disc Adoption

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Road disc, equipped A small sampling, but the results surprised us. Most of our readers on G+ that responded are already using disc brakes, 64% of them. What prompted the poll was our magazine contributor, Patrick Brady wrote on his blog that he’d finally accepted them. For me, the on again/off again relationship I have with hydraulic disc brakes started with a cargo bike (Avid juicys) to trying and hating crappy mechanicals, then loving SRAM’s hydro, a failure/recall, and back again with their new, improved revision. I’ve also ridden and adored Shimano’s hydro on the…
  • SSCXWC 14

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    In case you missed the SSCXWC 14 shenanigans this weekend (and I did), find photos and posts with these hashtags #kyfncx, #sscxwc14ky. Like cowboy boots with cleats AND spikes for mud and the ink on the winner’s arm
  • History of Cyclocross: 1901, 32, 43, and 74

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The course featured 9 kms of coastline, 8 kms downhill, 1408 steps 400 meters from the woods, and 50 riders competing in Montmartre. It was 1943. Also see, what the racing was like in 1932, 1974, and what is thought to be the first cyclocross race Think about a cyclist in wartime. He can’t use the main roads; he has to ride or walk across unmade roads and worm his way through the undergrowth and clamber across ditches. Think of that and you’ll get the principle of the cross cyclo-pédèstre. Like Le Tour, the racing was created to sell more newspapers.
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Lowdown on Down: Patagonia introduces 100% Traceable Down

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    From this season (fall 2014) forward, all Patagonia down products contain only 100% Traceable Down. This means all of the down in all of our down products can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked—we never blend with down we can't trace. The Traceable Down Standard provides the highest assurance of animal welfare in the apparel industry. We began working in 2007 to achieve this, and are the only brand to have done so. Artwork: Geoff McFetridge This is a proud milestone for us. Longtime Cleanest Line readers will recall our first post on this issue,…
  • Benefit Corporation update: Patagonia Passes B Impact Assessment, Improves Score to 116

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By Elissa Loughman Patagonia has a passion for the outdoors. We aspire to make the best products for the most committed athletes, all the while trying to minimize our impact on the earth and the communities that inhabit it. It can be challenging at times for us to clearly convey how this passion for the outdoors is so closely linked to our business, the products we make and the environmental initiatives we pursue. Ultimately, it is important to us that Patagonia plays a role in preserving our natural resources and the connections that humans have to the earth. We strive to accomplish this to…
  • An excerpt from The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains by Barry Blanchard

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Barry Blanchard Patagonia is proud to announce our latest publication: Barry Blanchard’s memoir, The Calling. With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk rock, spurred on by the rhythm of adrenaline and the arrogance of youth. It is also a portrait of the power of the mountains to lift us—physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually—and the…
  • Solutions Series, Part 7: Vote!

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    By Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff Project On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, U.S. citizens will vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future and the planet. Voting is an action we can all take, the ballot a place we can all be heard.In this installment of her Solutions Series, Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project, writes about the importance of voting, especially in the…
  • The Cleanest Power – $20 Million & Change invests in Hawaiian rooftop solar project

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Last year, Patagonia Works announced the launch of $20 Million & Change, an investment fund for companies and initiatives that, in the words of our founder Yvon Chouinard, “work with nature rather than use it up.” We promised to update you from time to time on how this project is shaping up. We’re entering into an agreement with Kina‘ole Capital Partners to create a $27 million fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar power systems in Hawai‘i, where most homeowners currently use electricity generated by coal and oil. If more businesses followed this investment…
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    Bicycle Design

  • Douze and Kiffy- a pair of French cargo bikes

    James Thomas
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    I have been traveling for work the past couple weeks, so I am a bit behind on the blog (as usual). Recently though, reader Pierre Fabre shared a couple of interesting French cargo bike designs with me, so I want to take a minute to share them with you.   The 4/ A modular cargo bike by Douze Cycles is an interesting design by Thomas Coulbeaut, a French designer who has been working for the past three years in Hamamatsu, Japan at Yamaha musical instruments. According to Pierre:    “Thomas developed the concept and prototype all by himself and begun marketing it through his own…
  • Arvak, RoadRing, Stromer, Vello and a glimpse into design at BMC

    James Thomas
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Arvak is a minimalist wooden bike designed by Paul Guerin and Till Breitfuss of Keim. The lines of the frame certainly look nice and sleek, but if the seat height is anywhere near correct, I wonder if I could get my leg over that extremely high top tube. Aside from that though, the hollow frame construction is pretty interesting. According to the website, the lightweight monocoque frame is a composite of 24 layers of laminate ash vacuum bio-sourced with a resin” (that’s roughly translated from French, but you get the idea). I would like to see pictures of the construction process though.
  • The University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program

    James Thomas
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    I mentioned the University of Iowa’s Hand Built Bicycle Program earlier this year in a post about NAHBS 2014.  That was during my time away from this blog though, so it is likely that the majority of you never saw it. I noticed recently that the Iowa students are gearing up for something new at the next North American Handmade Bicycle Show (in Louisville, KY March 6-8), so it seemed like a good time to give the program another mention. Dr. Steve McGuire, Professor of 3D Design and Metal Arts, Head of Dimensional Practice (3D Design, Ceramics, Metal Arts and Sculpture) and Studio Division…
  • The Randonneur Chair by Two Makers

    James Thomas
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Cycle Show 2014 took place this past weekend in the UK, and I saw a few interesting things from the show on Twitter. The Randonneur Chair by Two Makers (Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor) was definitely the standout though. According to the Two Makers website, the design was “inspired by classic hand-built racing and touring bicycles manufactured by the master Constructeurs of the 1940s.” The chair was “handcrafted from Reynolds 631 tubing, hardwood and bicycle saddle leather. Using bicycle geometries and traditional frame-building techniques, it is both a celebration of cycling and of…
  • Jens Voigt’s hour record bike and my confusion with the UCI

    James Thomas
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Jens Voigt’s Trek Speed Concept 9 Hour Record bike. Photo: © Maxime Schmid I have been a fan of the hour record for a long time. Back in the early to mid 90s, I really loved the technological arms race that was happening as Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman swapped the hour back and forth on very different, but equally innovative bikes (not to mention the amazing hour record bikes of Moser in the 80s and 90s). Interesting things were happening with the bikes used for the hour, until the UCI put an end to all that innovation in 1996. I have shared my feelings about the Lugano Charter a few…
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    Bikes For The Rest Of Us

  • Biking Through the Snow

    Keith Couture
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    How to make your spirits bright by transforming yourself into an abominable snow-bicyclerby Keith Couture          Winter bicycling? You must be crazy! This is the most common reaction I receive upon telling someone of the joys of winter biking. I empathize with the viewpoint, I really do. But I'd like to offer two rhetorical counterpoints to this incredulity.      There was a time in my life and likely in many of our readers' lives (although I won't make the mistake of saying this is universal) when upon waking up to see a lawn…
  • Bike Everywhere

    Keith Couture
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    by Keith Couture  “There is no worse neurosis than that which derives from a consciousness of guilt and an inability to reform.” - Anthony Burgess           Riding your bike gives you the ideal pace to observe city life. For instance, I can always linger long enough to read bumper stickers. I read a lotof bumper stickers. Bumper stickers make me chuckle because there is no more obvious an example of talking the talk (it's even more passive, since you don't have to talk. When one uses a bumper sticker one is literally “letting the…
  • Internal Geared Huhs?

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    An introduction to the ever-mystifying internal geared hub by Keith Couture You are biking on a cool, Autumny, but bright day; a perfect day for a ride. You take the route to your favorite flat stretch of road and, feeling inspired, you decide to really push yourself this time (well, more than you usually do anyway). Just as you reach a comfortable yet brisk pace, you're passed by another bicycler on a bike with only one gear! The rider's legs push the cranks in a slow revolution. You think to yourself With a gearing that high, they'll never make it up the hill just around the corner.
  • Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Fairfax SC6 comes in any color you want so long as it's black. Credit: Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX comes with an 11-speed Shimano Alfine internal gear hub, Gates carbon belt drive, hydraulic disc brakes, aluminum frame and fenders, an integrated rear rack, and a Super Nova E3 lighting system powered by a front dynamo hub. It retails for about $2400.Edwin mentioned this bike when he did his roundup of bikes that come with lights, aka, Lights for the Rest of Us.  Unlike the Trek Lync, the Fairfax SC6 light system is battery free.Here are the specs:Frame: Series Three 6061…
  • Trek Lync

    8 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Trek Lync has lights front and back. Photos courtesy of Trekbikes.comThe 2015 Trek Lync 5 27-speed will go for about $1320; the Lync 3 9-speed will go for around $990. Trek calls the Lync a "dedicated, low-maintenance, tricked-out commuter bike."Let's start by giving Trek some credit for finally producing an off-the-shelf bike with an integrated light system. These are not dynamo hub powered lights, but are instead powered by a lithium ion battery that is rechargeable by USB. It will be interesting to see the longevity of these batteries.  In any event, when Edwin did his…
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  • Tested: KOOEE! Super Snacks Jerky Trail Mix

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    I’ve had beef jerky, turkey jerky, elk jerky, moose jerky, and venison jerky, but this is my first time biting into Tasmanian Devil jerky! OK, not really. It’s actually beef jerky. But the cows are from Tasmania, and I grew up watching the Looney Tunes, so what else is going to pop into my mind?! In this KOOEE! Super Snacks Jerky Trail Mix, you get top-quality beef jerky combined with trail mix for one of the best snack combos you can carry along on your wilderness adventures. It’s not just any trail mix, either. Rather than peanuts and raisins, you’re getting almonds,…
  • How to Score Epic Deals at the REI Garage Sale

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Want to get awesome outdoor gear from the best brands, brand new or barely used, at insane discounts? Then you need to find an REI Garage Sale. This is how REI gets rid of their returned merchandise, retired rental equipment, stuff that was damaged during shipping, and anything else that can’t be sold as new. The garage sales are awesome, but there is a catch – an REI garage sale literally is a garage sale. Most of the stuff is going to be old and/or broken, it will be crowded, and you have to show up really early on a Saturday morning to get the best deals. The good news is, with…
  • How To NOT Get Sick – A Guide for Exhausted Endurance Athletes

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Getting sick really screws up your schedule. You’ll probably have to go shopping for medicine, cough drops, tissues, etc.. You might even have to go to the doctor if it’s bad. Worst of all, you’ll have to skip training sessions… and make up for them later. Feeling sick isn’t particularly pleasant, either. Here’s how to avoid the problem in the first place: Lifestyle Factors to Prevent Catching a Cold Your normal routine plays a very important role in preventing colds and the flu. Here are a few daily habits that will be simple to implement. De-stress…
  • Tested: Nice Laundry Men’s Dress Socks

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    I see dress socks as a necessary evil. As much as I love socks, I’ve never been excited about them. And how could I be, with a drawer full of beautiful creations from Darn Tough, DeFeet, Sock Guy, Thorlos, Patagonia, and Balega, to name a few? When it comes to dress socks, I just try to make sure they match my outfit. And that I can change into something better ASAP. But when I was recently introduced to Nice Laundry, that all changed. The company sells men’s dress socks in fun, colorful designs, and they sell them in 6-packs, making it easier for guys to give their entire sock…
  • Better Than Treadmills and Ellipticals? Or Just Hype? Examining the Arc Trainer.

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It’s that time of year where you have to start thinking about off-season training. Which, in many cases, means indoor training. And that raises a few questions… Do you finally plunk down the money for an indoor trainer? Or get a gym membership and take Spinning classes? Or is it best to take more time off the bike in favor of running and resistance training? But that brings up its own set of questions, such as… Is the treadmill the most boring machine ever invented? Is an elliptical easier on my joints? Is that Arc Trainer just another elliptical machine? Lots of…
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  • Weekend Event Guide: Corn cross, Blazers Bike Night, sausage ride, and more

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Let’s do this!(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland) Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery Things are getting a bit lean on the various ride calendars… Except, that is, if you are a cyclocross fan (and can get to Bend). If you aren’t into racing and you’ll be in Portland this weekend… Might I suggest joining 100 other BikePortland readers for Blazers Bike Night on Sunday!? Of course, Halloween is tomorrow and we all know that the streets will be full of folks headed to parties and filling up…
  • Clackamas County wants Metro to fight climate change by widening roads

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Climate change in action — or inaction, depending on your point-of-view.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) This morning, Clackamas County’s commissioners are considering whether to urge the Portland region to attempt to fight climate change by adding more lanes to its freeways. “Congestion is a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions,” the five commissioners write in a draft letter to the regional government Metro, part of their public agenda this week (see p. 26). “It is critical that the language in the Preferred Strategy [of Metro's Climate Smart Communities…
  • Portlanders say street parking is getting worse, but their neighborhoods are getting better

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The people have spoken, and they say that in most of Portland, it’s getting harder to park a car on the street: (Source: 2011 and 2014 community surveys, Portland auditor’s office) Since the central-city building boom resumed, residents of every part of the city except East Portland are more likely to say it’s annoying to find a car parking space. But this is interesting: they say something else, too. Since the central-city building boom resumed, residents of every part of the city except East Portland are more likely to say they’re highly satisfied with their…
  • PPB officer on a mission to curb downtown bike theft

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Officer David Sanders.(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland) There’s a strong feeling among many in the community that the Portland Police Bureau simply doesn’t care about bike theft. I hear this sentiment all the time, and I agree that the bureau needs to step up and make this growing problem a higher priority. In the meantime however, it’s good to know there are some PPB officers going out of their way to battle bike thieves. Officer David Sanders is one of them; but unfortunately he’s doing it inside a bureau that has yet to join him in the fight. I met Sanders last week…
  • Portland’s ‘Peacock Lane’ holiday light show will go car-free on busy nights

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    More bike visits mean less trouble for the neighborhood.(Photo: First, it was the Last Thursday art festival. Then, Old Town’s weekend nightlife district. Now, Portland’s 90-year-old holiday light tradition is also dealing with crowded streets by going car-free on certain nights. The catch: It looks as if the car-free nights this December on Peacock Lane, which is one block east of SE Chavez Boulevard between Stark and Belmont, won’t be announced in advance. That’s the word this month from the Peacock Lane Neighborhood Association: Due to record…
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    Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

  • Video: Always Summer Somewhere: Mountain Biking New Zealand

    Greg Heil
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    SRAM takes a trip to New Zealand to enjoy summer in the southern hemisphere. Watch the video here. Related posts:League of Gentlemen Mountain Bikers Summer Race Series (New Zealand) Video: A Swedish Summer Fairy Tale: Trials Mountain Biking in Sweden … Continue reading → Related posts:League of Gentlemen Mountain Bikers Summer Race Series (New Zealand) Video: A Swedish Summer Fairy Tale: Trials Mountain Biking in Sweden Video: “Two Wheels to Freedom: Mountain Bike Road Tripping in New Zealand”
  • Ride Report: Buffalo Pass to Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Greg Heil
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    This 2014 weekend getaway to Steamboat was my second bout of exploration in the area. Last year, easily the best ride I did in the region–and one of the best rides of my entire month-long summer road trip–began at Rabbit … Continue reading → Related posts:Ride Report: Dry Lake Campground and Spring Creek Trail, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Ride Report: Emerald Mountain, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Ride Report: Buffalo Creek, Blackjack Trail, Colorado: Fat Bike Style
  • Video: Downhill Elementary: How To Survive Turns

    Greg Heil
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    In this episode we’ll learn how to go through flat corners and bermed ones. Top free-rider Richard Gasperotti, who took part in the legendary Red Bull Rampage contest four times, will be your teacher. Watch the video here. Related posts:Video: … Continue reading → Related posts:Video: “Downhill mountain biking at The Lookout (Swinley Forest, UK) with Amber the Downhill Dog” Video: “Downhill Mountain Biker Throws Himself Off A Cliff” Video: “Crankworx Daily – Enduro World Series and Air Downhill Final”
  • Mountain Bike Photography: How to Work with Light

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Always striving to take better photos for Singletracks, I have spent a lot of time learning how to get the best shot possible in a specific situation. But to be honest, I’m always learning! Hopefully these techniques and tips will … Continue reading → Related posts:Mountain Bike Photography Mountain Bike Photography: 10 Techniques for Beginners Mountain Bike Photography: 10 Editing Tips for Beginners
  • Pedaling Old School Singletrack in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    Greg Heil
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Before the snow started falling I had to squeeze in one last trip in the high mountains, so my wife and I headed up to Steamboat Springs for a quick weekend trip. After driving up on a Friday morning, I … Continue reading → Related posts:News: Kick off Mountain Bike Season in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Steamboat Bike Week Ride Report: Dry Lake Campground and Spring Creek Trail, Steamboat Springs, Colorado News: Steamboat Springs, Colorado Votes to Spend Tax Money on Trails
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    Sick Lines - mountain bike reviews, news, videos | Your comprehensive downhill and freeride mountain bike resource

  • Video: Focus Trail Team loves Whistler

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Whistler is one of the most fun places to ride a gravity bike and the Lahnvalley Crew beamed over a video of their crew riding some trail bikes in this wonderland. Whistler has so much more to offer than just bike park riding. A couple days bevore the EWS race Focus Trail Team riders Fabian and Markus went into the woods to ride one of the best trails ever – Microclimate. follow us: See more Lahnvalley Crew videos.
  • Mick Hannah at Taxco Urban Downhill Race – United Ride

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Urban downhill races are quite popular in the off season and the Taxco race has been a popular destination for racers. The City Downhill series race at Taxco this past weekend was well attended and you can check it out a a race report from United Ride inside. Mick Hannah race run – Urban Downhill Taxco 2014 from UR Team on Vimeo. Mick, what do you think about your week end ? I had a crazy weekend in Taxco, Mexico for the last round of the City Downhill World Tour. I made a huge mistake on my 2nd practice run and came up short on the big wooden step down which resulted in a small broken…
  • The Bike Brothers – Szymon and Dawid Godziek – Red Bull Trailer

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Inside you can watch the trailer of the upcoming blockbuster movie, The Bike Brothers, with Szymon and Dawid Godziek. The premiere for the full film will be Nov 17. Here the Godziek brothers once again surprise. This time they are impersonating movie characters and blend their amazing biking skills with acting in a film. Due to the use of advanced technology in the post-production process the guys were transported into the world of cult movies, where their bikes played the major role. It is a glance at the freestyle world from a totally different, unique perspective. The guys enjoyed their…
  • Coast Gravity Park – Trippin World Wide Whistler Ep4

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    This time the guys head off to the Coast Gravity Park to sample some loam and jumps, then they head back to the bike park in Whistler and try out some of the old classics with the lads. Whistler is the Mecca of mountain biking and it’s iconic lines are instantly recognizable even if you haven’t been there, so enjoy Whistler in all its mountain bike glory. Then go bike it. Endless MTB Flow At Coast Gravity Park, Whistler Pt. 2 | Trippin’ Worldwide Inc., Ep. 4
  • 2015 Pro GRT Schedule / Calendar

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    The 2015 Pro GRT calendar is published and includes 5 events across the USA. These gravity events have seen a lot of coverage in the past and tend to bring out the best of the best often. Professional and amateurs alike have flocked to these races yielding some great competition. Check out the full list inside. Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 22, 2014) — USA Cycling has announced the dates and locations for the 2015 Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). The Pro GRT will feature five events as it enters its seventh year of downhill racing. Series points are given to top…
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    Commute by Bike

  • New Crowdsourced Bike Safety Map:

    Melanie Colavito
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Anything that combines two of my favorite things – geography and bicycling – is something I can’t help but share with you all! Hooray for bike maps! Earlier this month, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson launched a new bike mapping website called The website is a […]
  • ‘Transportation Colonialism’ and Inequality

    Ted Johnson
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
      Before coming to Madagascar I spent a lot of time organizing my storage unit — and getting pulled into the kind of distracted, time-consuming reminiscing that happens whenever I get near all my old junk. I came across this booklet: “Transportation Patterns in Nairobi & Programs to Improve Opportunities for Bicycling [PDF]” published by […]
  • Why Aren’t More US Women Riding Bikes?

    Melanie Colavito
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    An article recently came out in The Guardian titled, “The reason fewer US women cycle than the Dutch is not what you think it is.” This title grabbed my attention immediately, as it was meant to do, and I began to wonder if there was something I already thought about this matter as the title […]
  • Unusual Bike Commuting Needs

    Dara Marks Marino
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In some past lifetime, long ago, in other words, before I had a child, bike commuting was pretty much what it sounded like: riding my bicycle to get from point A to point B and back again. I used racks and panniers, front and rear. Simple. Then I had a child. And bike commuting looked […]
  • Tananarivize’ – Bike Commuting in Madagascar’s Capitol

    Ted Johnson
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    After a week in Madagascar, I finally got a bike! I rode home to my apartment, taking selfies all the way. That week without a bike served me well. I spent some time on foot, in taxis, taking small public transportation buses (taxi brousse), and bumming rides from various colleagues with their SUVs. I observed […]
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    Bike Shop Girl

  • 2014 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

    Bike Shop Girl
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    In only it’s second year, the Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship program is helping change the face of the bike industry. The program is for current bike shop girls, awarding ten full scholarships to attend a two week, in-depth, bike mechanics school! Do you know worthy women in your local bike shop? Are you one of them? SRAM, Liv, QBP, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Pedro’s and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women bike mechanics to attend UBI. This scholarship is dedicated to getting more women on bikes and supporting the development of female…
  • Bike Shop Life: Coffee Addiction

    Bike Shop Girl
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In the bicycle industry, coffee and bikes go hand in hand. There is something about hopping on your bike to visit a new coffee shop. The romance of sitting down with a tasty cup of coffee that was made only moments before, just for you, is a very unique feeling of love. The coffee addiction is very strong at my shop and you could say I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to coffee. I prefer it black, roasted within the past week and each cup made to order. Because of this, the kitchen at Salvagetti is outfitted with an electric tea kettle and an AeroPress. Most mornings I roll in to the…
  • Early October Bike Overnight Gear List

    Bike Shop Girl
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    This past Sunday night we had a shop bike camping outing from Salvagetti. A total of 6 of us pedaled from the Irving St. location down to Bear Creek Lake Park. 44 miles round trip on mostly greenway. Read the full trip report on I haven’t been bike camping since moving to Colorado. As I explore more, it’s easy to see how many amazing places the local Denver bike path system can take you! October weather in Colorado is questionable. It could be 85º during the day and then snow at night. With that in mind, I packed a lot of wool and my 30º sleeping bag! Gear Fully…
  • Last Weekend: Fairplay, Breckenridge & Frisco

    Bike Shop Girl
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
      Last weekend I had the opportunity to frolic in the mountains with my wife and a couple of friends. We had perfect timing to see the Aspen’s leaves changing and somehow lucked out all weekend on gorgeous weather. If you are ever looking for a great weekend trip, or even a long day trip, check out the bike path from Breckenridge to Frisco (or beyond!)
  • First 30 Days Back in the Bike Shop Saddle

    Bike Shop Girl
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    It’s been officially one month since I said goodbye to the ad agency. I am finding my groove back in the bike shop life and I have already have seen a couple successful milestones. 190 miles by bike. This could have been significantly more as I skipped most of last week, and there were a couple days early on that I didn’t track my rides. Salvagetti has a new website. We launched a revamp of as the kick off of new marketing plans. Successful Labor Day sale. We blew last year’s numbers out of the water. Enjoying life. I’ve been seeing my wife more,…
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    Bike Diva

  • Bike Diva is a FitFluential Ambassador

    Lynn Smythe
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Bike Diva was chosen to be a FitFluential Ambassador! What is a FitFluential Ambassador? Are you passionate about fitness and inspiring others through your healthy lifestyle? Interested in introducing new products to your audience, working with brands on your social media channels, and finding support to take your online endeavors to the next level? Then you may be the perfect candidate to become a FitFluential Ambassador!  FitFluential Ambassadors are social media influencers who work with FitFluential’s brand partners. FitFluential’s goal is to successfully connect brands in the…
  • Top 5 Cycling Safety Tips

    Lynn Smythe
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    5 Safety Tips for Cyclists This article is a Sponsored Guest Post Cycling is slowly becoming everyone’s favorite hobby. It is fun and it also allows you to exercise properly. Many people are including it in their regular workout regimen and cycling is now at par with swimming. Not just that, cycling to work can help you in doing your bit for the environment. Children can cycle and lead healthy lives which would help them to grow and become healthier adults. Apart from bearing in mind safety consideration I also make sure I have a decent padlock, I have replaced a few bikes due to theft.
  • Bike Diva Reviews LumeneX Bike Light

    Lynn Smythe
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    I spend most weekends at my friend's house out in Loxahatchee, Florida which is about 35 miles from my apartment in Boynton Beach. He lives right across the street from 60,000 acres of JW Corbett Wildlife Management Area. I do a bit of trail running and mountain biking out in the Florida wilderness. We are going into the hot and humid summer of south Florida, so this time of year I try to get my workouts in either early morning or later in the evening. I often start my workouts very early, before sunrise, or later in the day as the sun is starting to set. I have a road bike, mountain…
  • Low on Energy? Try QSpeed CoQ10

    Lynn Smythe
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. I recently got to try the QSpeed CoQ10 supplement from Nuline Nutritionals. Instead of having to swallow a pill, this supplement comes in a fast melting tablet. You simply place one or two tablets in your mouth and they instantly melt away.  CoQ10 is known as a supplement to help restore energy levels. I like taking these tablets mid-morning, after my early morning cup of coffee has worn off and it's not quite time for lunch. You know that time of day when you feel like you might fall asleep at your desk but it's too early…
  • Bike Diva Reviews Shandali Microfiber Towel

    Lynn Smythe
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Above: Shandali travel towel comes in small or medium in gray, navy or light blue. I recently got to test out a microfiber towel from Shandali. I do a bit of running and cycling and always carry a small towel in my gym bag. I don't like beach towels, they take up a lot of room, and once you use them you're left with a stinky, wet mess. Shandali was kind enough to send me one of their small, ultra sport travel towels, which measures 20" by 40".  I use one of those chamois cloth towels on the rare occasions when I…
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    Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos

  • Technique Thursday: Letting Your Front Wheel “Hold Your Line” in the Sand

    andrew reimann
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    With Cycle-Smart International coming this weekend (and giving some hints on social media about a possible sand pit) and all the bucket loads of sand ... The post Technique Thursday: Letting Your Front Wheel “Hold Your Line” in the Sand appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • In Review: Brooks Cambium C15, A Classic Saddle Meets Cyclocross

    andrew reimann
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
      Brooks is a name rooted in cycling tradition, although seeing one of its leather saddles at a cyclocross race isn’t the most common occurrence, ... The post In Review: Brooks Cambium C15, A Classic Saddle Meets Cyclocross appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • SoCal’s Spooky Cross Haunted by Nauman, Gritters

    andrew reimann
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
      by Philip Beckman October 25, 2014, (Orange, CA) – Went to a Halloween party the other night and a cyclocross race broke out. The ... The post SoCal’s Spooky Cross Haunted by Nauman, Gritters appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos. ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • Weekend Preview: The Legendary Cycle-Smart International

    andrew reimann
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    In Issue 26, we named Cycle-Smart International as one of the top destinations for cyclocross racing in the United States (for the full list, make ... The post Weekend Preview: The Legendary Cycle-Smart International appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
  • USAC Pro CX: Caroline Mani Takes Over Pole Position, Jeremy Powers Remains On Top

    cyclocross magazine
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Caroline Mani and Jeremy Powers sit atop the USA Cycling Pro CX standings after last weekend’s racing, and opportunities to earn more points just got ... The post USAC Pro CX: Caroline Mani Takes Over Pole Position, Jeremy Powers Remains On Top appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine -... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site:
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  • Matthias Brandle Sets New World Hour Record

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    PARIS, October 30, 2014 (AFP) — Austrian cyclist Matthias Brandle set a new world hour record on Thursday with his 51.85km effort trimming more than 700m off the old mark set by Germany's Jens Voigt last month. The three-time Austrian time-trial champion set the new record at Switzerland's Aigle velodrome rather than using the Granges track where Voigt set 51.115km on September 18. "I knew after 30 minutes that I was going to succeed," said the 24-year-old. "The first minutes were easy and then I wanted to go a lot faster. Halfway through, things became more complicated and I started to…
  • Taking on the Bullies

    bob mionske
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Cheryl, a former client of mine, was riding one of her regular routes, one she had ridden probably hundreds of times before. The only thing on her mind was whether she should get some climbing in, or loop back home on a flat route. So at first, she didn’t notice anything unusual as a car approached from behind. Did the driver have to shave it that close, she wondered, as the car passed. A few hundred feet up the road, she noticed the car up ahead, pulled over on the side of the road. As she passed, she decided against saying anything to the driver, and just focused on her training. Related:…
  • Ebola-Quarantined Nurse Defies State Orders, Goes On Bike Ride

    Elspeth Huyett
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A potentially deadly disease and state-ordered quarantine can’t keep Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox off her bike. On Monday, Hickox returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa with Doctors Without Borders. Upon landing in Newark, she was held there until she agreed to the Center for Disease Control’s 21-day quarantine policy. She was then allowed to return to her home in Maine, where she has been instructed to remain during the quarantine. Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola and shown no symptoms, broke the quarantine earlier today, when she rolled out aboard her mountain…
  • Savor the Road: Best Dessert Rides

    phil gaimon
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    I call them cookie rides. They're routes—some painfully long, others short and mellow—that pass a place you can stop for a slice of homemade apple pie or stuff your jersey pocket with a warm, gooey chocolate-chip cookie. At races and on training rides, I've kept an eye out for these roadside cafes and mom-and-pop bakeries. I could go on for days about the best rides with the tastiest, cyclist-friendly snack stops, but these five top my list—each is guaranteed to satisfy your love of riding as well as your craving for dessert. 1. Mountain Salvation With multiple routes up Southern…
  • Bike Tucson, Arizona

    Stephen Edwards
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    It's sunny, arid climate and proximity to high mountains makes this Arizona city—ranked 18th in our 2014 Bike-Friendly Cities report— a favorite winter-training destination for pro cyclists. But there's more here than fast group rides and bike shops that cater to hammer heads. Alongside world-class athletes, urban riders from all backgrounds cruise down a robust network of bike routes—the city boasts more miles of bike lanes than any other midsize metro region in the country. And things are getting even better: Tucson is installing 23 miles of wide bike boulevards through downtown and…
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    All up to date 2014 Texas bicycle rides in one location

  • Trick It Up Bike Ride, Still Has A Few Tricks

    WB admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
     By: Suzee Bolton The Farmersville Chamber of Commerce Fourth Annual Trick It Up Bike Ride still has a few trick up its sleeves. Most awesome, while others are questionable depending on your skill level. With a population of approximately 3300, Farmersville is a rural community that takes pride in its historic downtown. The city is […]
  • Weekend Ride Round Up 10/31 – 11/2

    Taylor Ford
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
     Happy Halloween Wheel Brothers! If you are not already busy this weekend, check out these rides coming up! Friday, October 31st: No rides that we know of. Happy Halloween! Saturday, November 1st: Mineola Pedal for Paws - Mineola, TX Wallis Independence Ride - Wallis, TX Sunday, November 2nd: No rides that we know of. Enjoy your Halloween Weekend! Don’t […]
  • Weekend Ride Round Up – 10/24 – 10/26

    Taylor Ford
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
     Are you ready to round out October with a great ride? If you have still not picked which ride you want to do this weekend, consider these.   Friday, October 24th: No rides that we know of…   Saturday, October 25th: Trick It Up Bike Ride - Farmersville, TX Kiwanis Sealy Fall Classic - Sealy, TX RPMH Charity Ride - Sweetwater, […]
  • Weekend Ride Round Up – 10/17 – 10/19

    Taylor Ford
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
     I think it is safe to say it is officially  fall now! How about you get out there this weekend and enjoy this weather, before it is winter’s turn! Check out what we have this weekend.   Friday, October 17th: Ride for Missing Children - Flower Mound, TX Saturday, October 18th: 23rd Annual Missions Tour de Goliad - Goliad, […]
  • Perseverance and Courage

    Nedim Topic
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
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    Cycle EXIF Update

  • Baum Coretto by Above Category

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    As far as beautiful bicycles go, Baum Cycles are one of Australia’s greatest exports. The quality of workmanship and the spirit that Darren Baum imbues within each custom frame is beginning to garner an international reputation, to the extent that California’s Above Category Cycling are proud to distribute them amongst North America’s cycling cognoscenti. Baum Cycles are native to the southern Australian state of Victoria, which is a cornucopia of fine cycling terrain. The landscape rolls and burbles with mountain ranges and hilly vistas, coated with forests of eucalypts…
  • Munin Bikeworks All Seasons

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    This year, during the 2014 Tour de France, I had the pleasure of visiting Mike Pearson of London’s Munin Bikeworks. Mike is a recent graduate of The Bicycle Academy, England’s centre of learning for aspiring framebuilders. With only a few frames under his belt, Mike is one of a number dedicated to upholding the great British tradition of the handmade bicycle. In his own words: “Some people say that running mudguards ruins the aesthetics of a bike. Challenge accepted. “Built for my personal use, I wanted a fast and smooth bike for group riding and lightweight touring…
  • Jamie’s own Firefly All-Roader

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Disc brakes on road bikes. What’re your thoughts? When it comes to new technology, there will always be room for conjecture about what should be the standard. That is, of course, until everyone has the opportunity to try them out and make their own judgement. Aesthetes argue that disc brakes clutter with the traditional mechanics of the bike, until someone like Peter Verdone arrives, bridging the gap between old and new. The dropouts he designed for Firefly Bicycles has streamlined the issues involved with the evolution of road bikes to disc brakes. Boston’s Firefly Bicycles…
  • Formigli Classic

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Renzo Formigli is one of the few Italian frame builders who has managed to provide a custom product at the highest level of quality and still utilise the latest materials. Born in 1969, he was apprenticed to Cino Cinelli at the age of twenty-one and built the first Formigli racing bike at twenty-two years old. Twenty-three years later, Formigli now supplies over 40 Italian shops and five racing teams, and offers not only the Columbus-tubed Classic frame seen here, but also completely custom aluminium and carbon racing frames — all made in-house from the design to finishing stage. Bicycle…
  • Saffron Frameworks Welsh Road

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    When it comes to bicycle design and fabrication, Matthew Sowter of London’s Saffron Frameworks is definitely a free thinker. He produces some of the most elegant bikes to come out of the United Kingdom, yet he’s also not afraid of bending the rules. Or, for that matter, the top tube. The latest release from his workshop is this tight Welsh-themed roadie, a mixture of traditional and modern — all in the one package. The Saffron Frameworks workshop is tucked away in a Camberwell industrial estate. It’s small and tidy, and it’s easy to see the relationship between the…
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    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog

  • An open letter to all shorts manufacturers: Please take care of the Butt Crack issue

    Dave Moulton
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Back in 2007 I wrote a tongue in cheek piece called “Batman and Robin never had this problem.” It addressed the problem of cycling shorts being so shear, that the outline of male genitalia could be seen in such detail that you could almost tell a person’s religious leanings, or ethnic background. At the time I called for more padding in the shorts, and since that time padding in cycling shorts has become larger and thicker, to the extent that we now see some serious male “Camel Toes” on the podium. This previous problem was not an issue when guys were actually…
  • On being Working Class.

    Dave Moulton
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    If a man had a marijuana leaf tattoo on his neck and piercings in his nose and eyebrows, it would probably bar him from gaining employment in most places. On the other hand, if you had a poisonous snake that had taken up residence under your house, and this same man came to remove it, I doubt anyone would care too much about his appearance, as long as he had the necessary skills required to take care of the problem. I have a friend who has a long beard of biblical proportions, his hair is also long and he wears it in a single braid down his back. Most would take one look and dissmiss him as…
  • See you at the Philly Bike Expo

    Dave Moulton
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I will be at the Philly Bike Expo to be held November 8, and 9, 2014, at the Convention Center, Broad Street, Philadelphia. I was fortunate enough to be invited as one of the guest speakers. I will be speaking from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. on Saturday 8th November. I will do my best to make the talk both informative and entertaining. Among the other speakers are two other framebuilders from my era, namely Tom Kellogg, and Ben Serotta. I will be looking forward to meeting up with them again. The thing I love about these type of events, it is always an opportunity to not only meet up with old…
  • Working Bike

    Dave Moulton
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    It gives me great satisfaction to see a bike I built in pristine condition, but there is also a measure of fulfilment when I see one that has obviously been ridden hard and has seen a lot of use. Like this one pictured here. In the heyday of my custom framebuilding, the years 1982, 1983, and 1984 I built only three of these pure track frames. (One in each year.) They were all actually raced on the relatively few banked velodromes that exist in the US. No one rode a brakeless, fixed wheel bike on the streets back then, with the exception of a few New York City bike messengers, who started the…
  • I Don't Suffer for my Art

    Dave Moulton
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    I have a new book titled “I Don’t Suffer for my Art.” The subtitle inside reads “It’s the people who read this shit that suffer for my art.” It is a collection of over 1,500 short humorous quips, together with 100 cartoons also drawn by me. The book contains some strong adult language, and anyone who would be offended by this, I would rather they not read the book. I give fair warning of the content in the opening pages. Here are a few excerpts: Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? I haven’t seen that many horse faces and funny hats since the Royal…
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    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education

  • Indoor Cycle Brand-Specific Class Profiles (
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:16 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. We all like our specific brand… Ever notice how, if you teach on multiple brands of Indoor Cycle, your class presentation changes a little from one to the other? From the distance all the IC’s from FreeMotion, Keiser, Schwinn and Star Trac, look pretty much the same. But you know better if you’re teaching at more than…
  • How Safe or Unsafe are Indoor Cycling Classes? (
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:37 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. Updated: 10/27/14 I continue to be confused by people’s insistence that Indoor Cycling is in someway unsafe – so I thought I should republish this post. Updated: 7/11 My mic failed this morning. We were about 10 min. into our hour class when any small movement of my head caused the loud crashing sound many of us have…
  • These Are Awesome! (
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:42 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.   John often receives emails about products/offerings for studios and instructors. He didn’t feel ‘qualified’ to comment on this particular product from Melissa Sherwood, owner of Klara Kelly Designs maker of the best headbands I’ve ever put on my head! However, Melissa says…
  • A few additional thoughts and observations on SoulCycle (
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:17 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. Over the last couple of days I’ve remembered a few points that didn’t make it into either part 1 or part 2 of my SoulCycle articles that I wanted to share today. 3 pound hand weights can get really heavy I failed to complete part of the weight segment in the first class. I’m not kidding  Amy was right there next to…
  • Non-Authentic Indoor Cycling (
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 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. Update from John: This post was originally published in June of last year, shortly before we lost Jim. I thought Jim’s wisdom could add to our current conversation about SoulCycle, so I’m re-publishing this today. By Team ICG® Master Trainer Jim Karanas Why would anyone want to do it?  It’s crazy.  What about the…
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    Cycling 360 media

  • The Tool Bottle

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    In this quick tip podcast, Darryl offers a very simple idea that he thinks you’re going to love.  He recently started using a “tool bottle” and totally recommends it for rides when you don’t require two water bottles on your bike. Tune in to this Cycling 360 quick tip to find out why he loves it so much, and how easily you can set yourself up as well.  
  • Simplify Your Cycling: Nutrition

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    As we continue our series on Simplifying Your Cycling, we discuss a topic that matters to all cyclists.  Nutrition is important no matter what level of cycling you take part in, not to mention something that matters whether you cycle or not. Of course we had to bring in cycling nutrition expert, Kelli Jennings.  Kelli is a walking encyclopedia (maybe it’s referred to as walking Wikipedia these days) full of incredible nutrition knowledge.  Not only is she a Registered Dietician and Sports Nutritionist, she’s also an avid cyclist and endurance athlete. Nutrition can be a very…
  • The Reprieve Saddle

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    In this quicktip, Victor talks about the problems with bicycle saddles and speaks about a new saddle just launched on kickstarter. Should you go with a regular design, center cut out, cut off nose, or the Reprieve saddle with a mid-section drop and self adjusting air bladder? Victor goes over them all and discusses what each of the options will do for your comfort on the bike. To find out more about the new Reprieve saddle, head over to their kickstarter page and give them your support if you like what they’re doing. Reprieve Saddles Kickstarter –…
  • How to deal with a creaky bike

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does your bike have an annoying creak every time you hit a bump or stand up on the pedals? Most bikes at some point will develop an annoying creak. These are usually warning signs that something is about to break and it should not be ignored. In this quick tip Victor attempts to answer a question that came in on our Facebook page. Hi Guys Any tip on how to diagnose unwelcome noises on a bike? My bike has developed a noise when I go over bumps. Not always and seems better when out of the saddle, so I’m concentrating on that area but everything seems tight? Thanks again for the great…
  • Simplify Your Cycling: Equipment

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Last podcast we gave you an overview of how simplifying things can help make you a better cyclist.  In our first category, we talk about cycling equipment and how to make things more simple. Darryl and Victor truly believe that simplicity can help you love life on and off the bike, and in this episode they go over simplifying your equipment from the bike all the way down to your shoes. Tune in and find out about simplifying your cycling equipment: How to choose the best bike for you when there are so many options and choices Simplify your clothing – how much do you really need? Why did…
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  • Loving the BITE: Stay Lean this Winter Tip #3

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Stay Lean This Holiday Season I love a good party.  And, I love the Holidays. However, I will admit that I start playing a little defense during the 2 1/2 months that begin right before Halloween and end after New Year’s Day.  It’s during this time that overflowing candy bowls appear in all offices, that yummy baked goods are brought in each week, and that our calendars become overbooked with school, work, and family and friends social gatherings. How can you avoid packing on a few pounds during these stuff-your-face-its-a-party months? Here’s how: Eat whatever…
  • Loving the Bike TV: Friends

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    I had a friend tell me once that they didn’t want to get close to me because they knew I was leaving the country.  WTF?  In this episode of Loving the Bike TV I talk about how even spending a short time with a friend can be the best thing you ever did…..on and off the bike. The post Loving the Bike TV: Friends appeared first on
  • That’s Ok.

    Ashley Irving
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Kits on sabbatical. I haven’t seriously ridden a bike in three weeks, and that’s ok. By seriously ridden I mean riding with the intention of getting a workout, and not just trying to survive. I rode on Sunday, but wasn’t feeling well so I made it 25 miles before calling it quits. I thought about riding during the week, but honestly I was more interested in getting work done. It’s officially That Time of the Year. Every year, around this time, I lose motivation to ride and just say ‘eff it’ for a month or so. This mental off-season usually starts around Halloween and lasts until…
  • Hedley Helped Save My Life

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Ever heard of the Canadian band, Hedley?  Well, as a guy who feels he knows good music….I highly recommend you give these guys a listen. Yeah, I’m originally from Canada but that has absolutely no impact on why I think this band totally rocks.  First of all, they have been a musical hit machine for like the past 8 years or more.  Second, they are a very cool bunch of guys who like to have fun and know what good living is all about.  And third…..they are a big reason I’m living the life I am today. Yep, you could say that Hedley saved my life. Our whole family digs…
  • Choosing the Right Cycling Kit for Winter

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    You can’t beat the feeling of a glorious summer ride, but the same pleasure is still there to be had in winter as long as you’ve got the right kit – there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing! Set yourself up to really enjoy your winter rides with these tips to making sure you’re fully kitted out and ready to go. Build the Right Base We do all know about layering by now don’t we? A base layer isn’t just there to keep you warm, but also to wick any sweat you do work up away from your skin. It helps minimize the cooling effect the moisture…
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    PinoyMTBiker Community - Philippine Mountain Bike Community

  • FS Used: Mavic Crossride Wheelset 29er

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    15 QR front and 9 QR rear hubs. 6 bolt with rim tape 24 straight pull black bladed spokes Good condition RFS: upgrade 4500.00 09228764499 Pick up only Mandaluyong
  • Help: stem extender for folding bikes?

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Hello, I'm planning to use a stem extender for my Tern D8 so I could use a bullhorn type handlebar. My questions are: 1. Would there be a difference (besides longer reach) regarding the steering and stability of the ride? How so? 2. What stem extender types are compatible with the Tern D8? Is there a cheaper alternative to the LitePro brand with equal quality? If yes, where can I buy it? Thanks in advance.
  • xtr crank fc-m960 to single chainring?

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    good day PMTB need help xtr crank fc-m960 to single chainring or Narrow Wide Chainring can do? thanks in advance
  • FS Used: scott voltage fr10

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    For sale Scott voltage fr10 yellow frame size small 160 180 adjustable rear shock Fox vanilla 180 travel kashima coat Mavic deemax ultimate tubeless rims 26 Schwalbe tires 2.35 Avid elixir 7 brakes with avid rotors 210 front 180 rear Shimano zee drive train Kmc x10 sl gold chain Truvativ seatpost Specialized saddle Renthal handle bar and stem duo All parts are in good condition 150k for the whole bike For faster response please text me 09162061205
  • 36 hole rims...are they still available?

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I have a claris hub which is a 36 spoke hub. Just wondering if there are still 36 hole rims that are available? Coz most bike shops sell wheelsets already. Do I have options? Or I really have to settle for the generic ones? TIA.
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • 8 tips for riding home in the dark

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Riding in the dark isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. A lamp lit spin around lanes you know, or off-road – known as night riding – can actually be both liberating and very relaxing, but when the ride is simply about getting home, it can sometimes feel like a race for survival. Here are some tips to keep you safe… 1) Have good lights, that work A good set of lights is your number one requirement. If your route is unlit, you’ll be looking at an 800 lumen+ front beam that lights up the road and shows you your path. Very often, those kind of lights will work on full power for an hour or…
  • How to put a bike away for hibernation (if you must!)

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Winter is on its way, and at the London Cyclist we do realise that not everybody wants to ride through November, December and January. If you do, it might not be on your ‘favourite’ bike, so here are some tips for storing your steed until it’s ready to come out of hibernation. Clean the bike Firstly, give it a complete clean – ensuring you use degreaser on around the chain, cassette, bottom bracket and other areas that have accumulated dirt. In an ideal world, you would remove the chain and cassette and leave them to soak before replacing, but this isn’t essential. When you’ve…
  • Comprehensive look at bicycle insurance options

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Let’s say I: Own a £1000 bike Plus £150 worth of bike accessories – my lock, lights, mudguard etc. I tend to leave my bike in my house and at work in a secure garage. Once a week I leave my bike overnight in London, when I go out for after work drinks (Around 14 hours) I have a sold secure gold rated bike lock – The Kryptonite New York 3000 I have receipts for my bike, my lock, my accessories I occasionally like to take part in cycling events Let’s take a look at the different insurance options I potentially have available. My Home Insurance The first port of…
  • Mitie London Revolution places are now open

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Registration for a place in the 2015 London Revolution has just opened. If you’ve been following London Cyclist for a while, you’ll know this is one of our favourite rides. I rode it in 2012, Sam, one of our contributors, rode it in 2013 and I’m sure I’ll be taking part again in the near future. This year, the event is taking place on the 16th and 17th May. As per usual, you can ride the entire route, or you can pick one of the days. Which you choose is a personal preference. The first day is 100 miles long and the second day is a little shorter at 85 miles…
  • 8 Tips to keep you riding all year

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Fact: riding over the summer months is much easier than keeping up the pedalling momentum past October. However, that doesn’t make it any less rewarding, any less fun or any less convenient. Here are 8 ways to make sure you don’t stop getting out on your bike as the weather turns, and help ensure you enjoy it all year round: 1) Get your bike sorted A badly maintained bike can ruin your riding – repeated punctures, squeaky or rubbing brakes or ineffective gears all add up to a lousy ride. Over the winter months, your bike needs more TLC – so take some time to check the cables are in…
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • Brand spanking new 2009 Scapin Avus Carbon fiber 6,000 new. Dura Ace 7800

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a BRAND NEW 2009 Scapin, HANDMADE in Italy Avus. It has never been ridden. It was built for a gift for a son in 2009. He never touched it outside of a ride to the end of the block and back. It was a 6,000 build in 2009. It has a FULL Dura Ace 7800 group on it. The top of the line for that day. We are asking about what the group cost back then fro the bike. This is for a TALL person being a 60 CM frame. It has SPINERGY AERO lite wheels on it for strength to carry the weight of a larger person. You will be very happy with this VERY RARE example of Italian workmanship. BEAUTIFUL Carbon…
  • Custom painted 2009 Aegis Victory Carbon RARE

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    You are looking at a custom painted Aegis Victory carbon fiber. The company that started it all isn't even listed here! This is a ONE OF A KIND that will have people talking wherever you go. Very close to BRAND NEW. This is basically an UNUSED bicycle. Maybe 50 miles total on this baby. ALL Dura Ace 7800 group. you will NOT be disappointed. Over 7,000 for this NEW in 2009. Built for one of four sons and never ridden. Two bicycles here that are never ridden gifts. Get a rare example of a classic design. Two chain rings up front, 10 speed cassette in the back. I will deliver within 100 miles of…
  • Rare Yankee Womens 9 Speed Radial Gear Rim Brake Bicycle

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bike comes with letter from inventor, operating maintenance instructions and original receipt. Original purchase price was 394 in 1991
  • Schwinn Road Bike

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am selling a Schwinn Road and Schwinn Mountain bike. Check out my other add. Both bikes are tall and made for a large rider 6 feet or over. If you are interested in both I will make you a good deal. Both are in good shape. I believe this schwinn is a 1980.
  • For sale tour easy

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    For sale 2007 Tour Easy frame size is ( small ), x-seam 36.5 - 39.5. Bike comes with front and rear fenders, rear rack, kick stand, speedometer, full zipper fairing, front frame tool bag. Bike has been maintained well and is in good condition. This bike is geared for touring. Front chain rings (44-32-22 ) rear cassette (11-32).
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    Cycling Tips

  • Bikes of the Bunch: Donhou Signature Steel DSS1

    Matt de Neef
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    You might recognise the name Donhou Bikes from the “100mph Bike” they built a while back; a bike with a 104-tooth chainring. Well, Donhou is now also producing a handcrafted stock model called the Signature Steel. We spoke with Donhou Bicycles founder Tom Donhou, and the proud owner of a Signature Steel, David Ollerhead, about the bike and how it rides. For Tom Donhou the Signature Steel DSS1 represents a new direction for Donhou Bicycles and it’s a development he’s very excited about. “We love working with our customers on the custom builds and both us and the…
  • Rocacorba Daily

    Matt de Neef
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Matthias Brandle beats Voigt’s world hour record, covers 51.850 kilometres; Velocio Sports partners with Cervelo for 2015/16; First year at Sky a learning experience for Nathan Earle; Janez Brajkovic joins UnitedHealthcare through 2016; Clarke, Lapthorne, Meyer, Norris and Bernard Sulzberger re-sign with Drapac for 2015; Sammy Sanchez undecided about racing in 2015; Strava raises $18.5 million in venture capital; Martyn Ashton reflects on a year of being a paraplegic; Movember begins tomorrow – join us!; On the Road…
  • Cervélo confirmed as new bike supplier for former Specialized lululemon team

    Shane Stokes
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The setup behind next year’s incarnation of the current Specialized lululemon team continues to take shape, with Cervélo announced Thursday as taking over from the American company as bike supplier. The riders will use the new S5 aero road frame, the R5 road frame and the P5 Time trial frame in 2015, aiming to win its fourth consecutive world team time trial title with the latter. “We’re excited to be partnering with Cervélo going forward,” stated Kristy Scrymgeour, owner of the team. “Cervélo has been a big supporter of women’s cycling at the top level for…
  • Brandle beats Voigt’s world hour record, covers 51.850 kilometres

    Shane Stokes
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Achieving his goal in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, Austrian rider Matthias Brandle dug deep to break the world hour record previously held by Jens Voigt. The IAM Cycling rider covered 51.850 in the hour, surpassing Voigt’s mark of 51.115 set on September 19 in Grenchen, Switzerland. He had looked on course to achieve his goal of covering 52 kilometres but faded inside the final ten minutes, his cadence slowing and his style becoming ragged. He dug deep, though, and beat Voigt’s record by less than a minute, setting a new mark.
  • Matthias Brändle hour record live stream

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Join us here on Thursday, October 30th 2014 (18:50-20:10 CET) to watch the live stream of Matthias Brändle’s attempt to beat Jens Voigt’s world hour record at the UCI velodrome in Agil, Switzerland.
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  • Cycling on Mont Ventoux

    Mark Taylor
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Original article published on “You see this big man? Would you believe that he can actually ride over big mountains?” These words were ringing in my ears for a long time. They were spoken by a close friend of mine whilst talking to other beer swilling pot bellied people at the local beer festival. Words that were not uttered […] More Info on Google+ for Mark Taylor
  • Boris Bikes Worth £300,000 Stolen

    Mark Taylor
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Original article published on Last year we reported that cycle commuters in London had doubled over the past decade, which is significantly more than the national average. The introduction of the London congestion charge and the phenomenal growth in popularity in cycling following the London 2012 Olympics may have had a direct impact on these commuters numbers. £308,000 valuation […] More Info on Google+ for Mark Taylor
  • How Independent Bike Shops Can Compete Online

    Mark Taylor
    11 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Original article published on There are approximately 2,500 bike shops in the UK, most of which are independently owned and managed. However, like many retail industries, there are a small group of companies that dominate the sector, these being the likes of Evans Cycles, Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle and Halfords, not to mention the likes of Tesco, Argos and […] More Info on Google+ for Mark Taylor
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  • Blackburn Central Front Smart Light

    Michael Hotten
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Everything is so smart these days. We have smart phones, smart cars, smart TVs. So I’ll have to say, my eyes kind of rolled when I got a hold of Blackburn’s top-of-the-line light and saw it was called the Central Front Smart Light. But truth be told, it is kind of smart. The light has a sensor on top that monitors ambient light and when in smart mode it will automatically adjust lumens accordingly. Mount up for a pre-dawn ride, flick on the light in smart mode and as the sun comes up the Blackburn backs off the brightness to conserve battery. This is especially good for commuters who may…
  • Riding New York City

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    When I travel, my favorite way to explore the place I’m visiting is by bike. Yes, that opening statement is obvious to the point of absurdity. At a site devoted to cycling, saying you like to tour places by bike is rather like standing before a Catholic congregation and declaring you believe in God. I know, tell us something we don’t already know. Yet I needed to state that up front to help me make the point that when I get out of a car of off a plane, my first order of business is to get my bike ready to go for a ride. Even if the ride is short, my effort too easy to merit a…
  • Rolf Prima Ares 4 Wheels

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    In the late 1990s, Rolf Prima wheels were getting spec’d on a great many Trek road bikes, most of them, at least according to my memory. Their approach of pairing spokes at the rim, rather than alternating the drilling, made the wheels arguably the easiest low-spoke-count wheels to true, but it did come with one liability at the time. The rims cracked nearly as often as eggs. A few things have changed since then. Rolf Prima ended their relationship with Trek and began hand-building all their wheels in their Eugene, Oregon, facility. They also revised the design of their rims so that…
  • Thoughts on Disc Brakes

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Two years ago, while on a ride that took in some of Malibu’s most fearsome descents, I had a conversation with a product manager from one of the big three bike companies. The occasion for both the conversation and the ride was a piece I’d just published about carbon clinchers, but as these things often do, talk turned farther afield and we landed on the issue of disc brakes. I can say that at that point in time I was flat-out not in favor of disc brakes on road bikes. What happened next can only be described as a debate. I would state an objection or concern, and he’d knock…
  • Friday Group Ride #237

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    When I damaged my hand over the summer and had to go to the emergency room, the admitting nurse asked me, “Do you feel safe at home?” which is a coded way of asking whether I might have been a victim of domestic violence. My wife stood there looking bemused, and I replied in a theatrical whisper, “She’s right there…” It’s a crass joke, and inappropriate probably. Domestic violence is no joke, except that I’m crass, and it made my wife laugh, which is one of my favorite sounds in the whole world, so… We’ve already been talking about…
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    Semi-Pro Cycling Performance Podcast

  • SPC118 - How to Become a Better Climber

    Damian Ruse
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learn the 5 step system to become a stronger, faster and more efficient climber. Including the Focus Checklist - a complete body and form check to keep you riding at your highest capacity even in high stress situations. Also learn a quick way to check if you are activating your glutes, and why it's so important in climbing.
  • SPC117 - Pedal Forces, Vibration and Performance

    Damian Ruse
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This episode looks at optimising the mechanical forces on the pedals in different situations to produce a higher power output. In every cycling environment there are opposing forces that change the force on the pedals compared to the input. The problem with pedalling is that it is impossible to have an effective force throughout the entire cycle. Understanding these forces better will help you make adjustments on the fly.
  • SPC116 - Teamwork Wins Races with Nick Traggis

    Damian Ruse
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This episode is all about choosing team members, finding mentors and pleasing sponsors from both a rider and manager perspective. Nick Traggis - Director at Team Horizon Organic/Einstein Bros helps us out with some knowledge bombs.
  • SPC115 - Turning PRO the Carter Jones Way

    Damian Ruse
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carter Jones’ coach Dr Stephen McGregor joins us again to talk about Carter's development. Carter Jones has signed a two year deal with Team Giant-Alpecin.
  • SPC114 - Pacing and Performance Measurement Using VAM

    Damian Ruse
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s cycling and climbing today with the concept of VAM helps us understand and quantify cycling performance and can be a useful tool to help improve your own cycling performance.
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  • The Breaker Multitool by Full Windsor

    CJ Holt
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    FULL WINDSOR DOES IT AGAIN WITH THE BREAKER. The Breaker from Full Windsor is a beautifully crafted bicycle multi tool that give you the functionality of a workshop chain breaker in a multi tool. Cast from stainless steel, The Breaker includes a spoke key, a multitude of hex bits, a Philips driver, a 25T torx bit, a bit extender, bottle opener, glass filled nylon tire lever and last but not least, a tool grade stainless steel pin for breaking chains. The bits are made from high quality chrome vanadium steel that’s been nickel plated, so they should last. Keeping things simple and cool,…
  • The Rider Diaries: A Chance Encounter

    CJ Holt
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    THE RIDER DIARIES, A CHANCE ENCOUNTER IS A COOL SHORT FROM THE CREW AT RITTE. Chance Encounter features Poc + Ritte team rider Michael “Pitch” Piccirilli as he explores the hills of Malibu on his Ritte Vlaanderen. While enjoying the road, dirt, and all that the Southern California hills have to offer a beautiful brunette rolls by giving him a quick glance. He attempts to chat her up, but she lifts her glasses, smiles and speeds off. With no chance of reeling in the vintage auto, he continues down the road. As the ride comes to an end, he stops into 10 Speed Coffee for an expresso,…
  • Tannus Solid Bicycle Tires

    CJ Holt
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    TANNUS, THE SOLID PUNCTURE PROOF TIRE. Australian based Tannus manufactures solid non puncture bicycle tires that never go flat so you can always enjoy the ride. Using cutting edge polymer technology, Tannus tires never go flat no matter how many sharp objects you manage to roll over. They’re pretty light too at 380 grams for a 700×23, my Specialized Armadillo Elites weigh around 300 grams. They also require no special rim and will work on most clinchers style wheels. Sizes included everything from 700×23 to 700×32 road tire, to 16″ thru 20″ tires for fold-up…
  • Wheels Eccentric Bottom Bracket

    CJ Holt
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    NEW FROM WHEELS MANUFACTURING, PF30 ECCENTRIC BOTTOM BRACKETS. Looking to convert your PF/BB30 frame to a single speed for track racing our cruising around town? Then Wheels Manufacturing has got just the ticket. Their new eccentric bottom brackets allow you easily convert you PF/BB30 frame into single-speed without the use of a separate tensioner. Compatible with just about every popular setup from PF30 & 24mm (Shimano) to PF30 & 22/24mm (SRAM & Truvativ), BB30 & 24/22mm (SRAM & Truvativ), and even BB30 & 24mm (Shimano) cranks. Each bottom bracket also comes…
  • Fontus Water Bottle

    CJ Holt
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    INTRODUCING FONTUS, THE SELF FILLING WATER BOTTLE FOR YOUR BICYCLE. Powered by solar panels, Fontus collects moisture from the air, condenses it and stores it as safe drinking water all while your roll down the road or trail. It’s capable of harvesting .5 liters (16.90 oz) of fresh, clean drinking water every hour, assuming conditions are ideal. That’s almost enough to fill a standard water bottle, pretty amazing. Fontus works by using a Peltier Element, a solid state active heat pump which transfers heat from one side of the device to the other. When powered by electricity, the…
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    Total Women's Cycling

  • Review: Rapha Souplesse Long Sleeve Jersey

    Heather Irvine
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Despite the fact that summer has clung on for dear life, there is an apparent chill in the air. Winter is on its way and alas it is time to start turning our attention towards waterproof jackets, baselayers, overshoes, gloves and cosy winter jerseys. Many of us are not rejoicing the arrival of colder temperatures and […] The post Review: Rapha Souplesse Long Sleeve Jersey appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Does Drinking Chocolate Milk Improve your Memory?

    Heather Irvine
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    I love chocolate milk. It is one of a long list of guilty pleasures (most of which involve chocolate of some description) and arguably one of my favourites. So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across the findings of a study published in Nature Neuroscience (well I actually stumbled across it on Outside […] The post Does Drinking Chocolate Milk Improve your Memory? appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Gender Equality in Sport: 8 Things we Learned from BBC Woman’s Hour Discussion

    Heather Irvine
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The debate regarding gender equality in sport continues to gain momentum. With new facts and figures released on an almost weekly basis highlighting this disparity we are constantly reminded that the we still have some way to go, especially in cycling. While listening to Silver Olympic medallist Emma Pooley and Ruth Holdaway of the Women’s […] The post Gender Equality in Sport: 8 Things we Learned from BBC Woman’s Hour Discussion appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Reflective Cycling Accessories to Rock your Ride

    Hannah Ustel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Banish dull high-vis from your wardrobe with these trendy reflective cycling accessories. The post Reflective Cycling Accessories to Rock your Ride appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Review: Proviz Reflect360 Women’s Cycling Jacket

    Hannah Ustel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    How bright is the Proviz Reflect360 jacket? From this review we can tell you that it doesn't disappoint... The post Review: Proviz Reflect360 Women’s Cycling Jacket appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Affordable Quality Bike Trailer for Bike Touring and Commuting, by Rideon

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Aosom Solo Single-Wheel Bicycle Cargo Bike Trailer Reviewed Aosom Single Wheel Bike Trailer with water proof bag. Trailer capacity rating of eighty pounds. Quality packaging with all the parts is nice As mentioned in a previous post regarding the Top Four Bike Trailers here is the review of the Aosom Single Wheel Bike Trailer.  First of all I want to say I like it and for the price of less than a hundred bucks including shipping it's excellent.  Secondly it's the perfect trailer for anyone who has some aptitude for working on their own bike maintenance and repairs and this review…
  • Made in USA, Selle Anatomica Titanico, by Rideon

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Selle Anatomica, New Designs and Options for Touring and Commuting Selle Anatomica Titanico Watershed '07 Mahogany Selle Anatomica could be producing the best saddle for a touring bike.  Since 2007 when the Selle Anatomica introduced their Titanico saddles with patented slot design there has been praise for the absolute comfort and quality of craftsmanship in a simple effective design which appeared to be made to last.  If you're one of the many bike touring folks who has been following the company's products including production and design changes you probably understand…
  • Simple No Frills Delta Compact Panniers, by Rideon

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Delta Compact Panniers with dry sacks Some bike accessories are so simple they seem boring and thereby potentially taken for granted.   Such is the case with my pair of Delta Compact Panniers.  I own other higher quality more expensive panniers with locking attachment mechanisms that are excellent for the rigors of bike touring.  However when I want to conveniently toss on a pair of bike bags for some commuting errands on short notice I don't want to mess around by having to fiddle with some gadget mechanism no matter how wonderful the products' claims.  I also appreciate…
  • Top Four Bike Trailers for Touring and Commuting, by Rideon

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Versatile Single Wheel Bike Trailers Reviewed Single Wheel bike trailer for food delivery Bike trailers for cargo usage Of all the various bicycle cargo trailers including those offering two wheel designs for bike commuting and touring we prefer a single wheel bike trailer for its' versatile maneuverability.  Riding narrow bike lanes, multi use pathways and casual trail riding a quality steel frame trailer is both fun and practical for carrying gear or groceries with a single wheel design.  Another advantage to the two wheel design is the tire is less likely to get a flat.  One…
  • Top Five Bike Commuting Bells Has a Nice Ring to It, by Rideon

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Some communities request bike commuters to use a bike bell. Vintage Lever Strike Bell One of the joys of owning a bike is personalizing it with practical accessories and since most all accessories for bike commuting are designed with some form of practical advantage it's easy to do.  With new technological advancements and efforts to make folks app happy there are still some things that an app would have a very difficult time replacing for example a bike bell.  Accessories and gear for bikes often seem to be excessive and expensive. Here is one item that can be purchased very…
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    Office Cyclist

  • Cyclist using Google

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Cyclist not thinking while using Google: Google for "replace brake pads" ....Spend a minute staring at the results and wondering what does replacing brake pads have to do with cars?
  • We all ride for fun, not to make fun!

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Self-proclaimed serious road bike riders will usually make fun of you if you:Velo Parade by Geigerni via Wikimedia Commons1. Wear a helmet with a visor (apparently a MTB helmet)2. Keep the wheel reflectors on the wheels3. Put any form of light on the handlebars that actually illuminates the road in night rides4. Put any rear red light that marks you well in pitch black.5. Have an oil mark on your right calf from the large crank gear or chain6. Have a third gear on the cranckset (the much maligned granny gear)7. Have a lower-end groupset on your bike8. Your shirt does not match your bibs9.
  • Why I love cycling

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:43 am
    Words are obsoletePhoto by Jared Gruber, originally published on
  • 19.05.2014 - Тажен ден за Скопје / A sad day for Skopje

    19 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    19.05.2014 - Тажен ден за Скопје. Попладнето е убиен Ангел Петковски, додека се обидувал да го фати крадецот кој му го украл велосипедот од дворот на семејната куќа. Имаше 18 години.Уште еден прерано згаснат живот. Почивај во мирA sad day for Skopje. This afternoon Angel Petkovski was killed while trying to catch the thief who stole his bicycle from the yard of his family home. He was only 18 years old.Another…
  • The morning after the prom night

    18 May 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Half drunk high-school graduates after the prom are certainly not an obstacle you want to encounter while cycling on a loose cobblestone path. They just don't care how much space they take up :)Got my front wheel stuck in a gap between the cobblestones while avoiding a particularly tipsy girl talking on her phone and ignoring the world around her.Luckily, no high-school graduates were hurt, and I managed to keep a smile on while quietly grumbling "watch out where you're going".Kids, congratulations on finishing high school, and best of luck in the future. Just please mind…
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    Cycling Perspective®

  • Tour de France 2015 route announced

    Kim Hull
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Tour de France 2015 route © ASO The Tour de France 2015 will start on Saturday 4th of July in Utrecht with the only individual team time trial on the route and end three weeks later, on Sunday 26th of July, on the Champs Elysées in Paris. The route for the 102nd edition of the Tour de France includes a a start in the Netherlands, a finish at the top of the Mur de Huy (stage 3), passing of seven cobblestone sections (stage 4), five summit finishes, one individual time trial, and one team time trial. Tour de France 2015 route and stages Stage 1: Saturday 4th of July: Utrecht…
  • Alejandro Valverde’s 2014 season by the numbers

    Kim Hull
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Alejandro Valverde, Vuelta a España 2014 stage 10Photo: © Movistar 34-year-old Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claimed the 2014 UCI World Tour title, amassing some impressive numbers over the season. Number of seasons as a pro cyclist 2014 Podiums  Career victories since 2002   2014 Victories Stage 6, Vuelta a España Flèche Wallonne Clásica San Sebastián Roma Maxima GP Miguel Indurain Spanish ITT Championship Vuelta a Murcia Vuelta a Andalucía (+ 3 stages)  2014 Grand Tours Tour de France: 4th Vuelta a España: 3rd   2014 Medals Spanish ITT Championships (gold) World RR…
  • 2015 UCI Races by Date

    Kim Hull
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    January – February – March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October From To Name Class Country January 09.01.2015 18.01.2015 Vuelta al Tachira en Bicicleta 2.2 VEN 10.01.2015 10.01.2015 III Gran Prix San Luis Femenino 1.2 ARG 11.01.2015 16.01.2015 Tour Femenino de San Luis 2.2 ARG 14.01.2015 18.01.2015 Tour of Egypt 2.2 EGY 19.01.2015 25.01.2015 Tour de San Luis 2.1 ARG 20.01.2015 25.01.2015 Santos Tour Down Under 2.UWT AUS 28.01.2015 01.02.2015 New Zealand Cycle Classic 2.2 NZL 29.01.2015 29.01.2015 Trofeo…
  • Final Tour of Beijing 2014 general classification results

    Kim Hull
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tour of Beijing 2014 Stage 5 » Name Nat Team Time / Gap 1 Philippe GILBERT Belgium BMC 17:59:57 2 Daniel MARTIN Ireland GRS 3 3 Esteban CHAVES Colombia OGE 9 4 Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA Portugal LAM 11 5 Sergei CHERNETSKI Russia KAT 23 6 Warren BARGUIL France GIA 23 7 Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO Colombia TFR 23 8 Rinaldo NOCENTINI Italy ALM 23 9 Rigoberto URAN URAN Colombia OPQ 23 10 Mikael CHEREL France ALM 26 11 Pieter SERRY Belgium OPQ 26 12 David LOPEZ GARCIA Spain SKY 26 13 Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Spain BMC 26 14 Bryan NAULLEAU France EUC 44 15 Steven KRUIJSWIJK Netherlands BEL 47…
  • Tour of Beijing 2014 Stage 5 results

    Kim Hull
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Tour of Beijing 2014 Stage 5 » Name Nat Team Time /Gap 1 Sacha MODOLO ITA LAM 2:40:10 2 Greg HENDERSON NZL LTB 0 3 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN NOR SKY 0 4 Tyler FARRAR USA GRS 0 5 Moreno HOFLAND NED BEL 0 6 Luka MEZGEC SLO GIA 0 7 Davide APPOLLONIO ITA ALM 0 8 Ben SWIFT GBR SKY 0 9 Caleb EWAN AUS OGE 0 10 Enrique SANZ ESP MOV 0 11 Nikolas MAES BEL OPQ 0 12 Rudiger SELIG GER KAT 0 13 Sergei CHERNETSKI RUS KAT 0 14 Guillaume BOIVIN CAN CAN 0 15 Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG RSA GIA 0 16 Bryan NAULLEAU FRA EUC 0 17 Rinaldo NOCENTINI ITA ALM 0 18 Mathew HAYMAN AUS OGE 0 19 Mikael CHEREL FRA ALM 0 20…
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    Jarred's Cycling

  • Soleus GO! Review

    Jarred Gitz
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So Soleus has entered the activity tracker market with the new GO!. Many long time runners will be familiar with the brand as they have been a long time manufacturer of running watches. Obviously the GO! is their first attempt at creating an activity tracker and they have delivered a pretty interesting feature set for the GO!. (Yeah I'm not 100% sure how to punctuate the title GO! being at the end of a sentence given that an explanation point is sentence ending punctuation however it is technically part of the title)Feature wise the GO! tracks all of the usual: steps, calories, distance, etc.
  • Last Couple of Rides

    Jarred Gitz
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Given the completion of my athletic season for the year I have been floating rather aimlessly recently. Which basically means I have just been riding my bike how and when I feel like it and not according to a training plan. That being said it also clearly (given by the title) shows a lack of time in or around pools or running shoes. Some people need a complete break at the end of the season; I just want some aimless riding. So here is a compilation of my aimless rides.Wish it was Fall (10/7/14)Apparently I was wanting it to be fall just a little too badly when I had to take off the arm…
  • Compact Crank: A Beginners Guide

    Jarred Gitz
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo from: DCRainmaker.comCompact vs Standard cranks is a topic that flies right over the head of most new cyclists for good reason.  I mean gear ratios are hardly interesting and more than a little confusing.  On most new entry level bikes these days if you look at a specifications sheet you will usually see that the crank is a 50/34 compact crank; and you might have said what on Earth is that?  Well I have the answer for you.First a history lesson; there used to be only two kinds of cranks a standard crank and a triple.  A triple crank is a crank that has 3 front chain…
  • Misfit Flash in for Review

    Jarred Gitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today the postman dropped off a new product which turned out to be the Misfit Flash. I have been looking forward to playing with the Flash ever since Misfit announced it earlier this year. The big selling point of the Flash is all of the my detailed review of the Misfit Shine (Review).Misfit Shine's functionality at a retail price of only $50! That is a lot of features for a not very large price tag. I don't think anything else in that price range will come close to rivaling the Flash. Now the Flash builds upon the platform that was already established with the Shine so in many ways it is…
  • Olympic Road Race Format - Throwback Post

    Jarred Gitz
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Picture: CXMagazine.comGiven that the UCI World Championships just recently happened it reminded me of two articles I originally wrote a LONG time ago.  One was my article on national teams versus trade teams which I already posted here (National Teams at the World Championships) but the other one was this article here.  Yes, I get it’s about the Olympic road race but at the end of the day that format is almost identical to the world championships format so I am calling it relevant.  Granted how teams qualify for riders isn’t but it is the same in that different nations…
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    Cyclist Ville

  • Spandex Benefits: We wear it for a good reason!

    Shawn Gossman
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Spandex benefits actually weigh in on a lot for you as a cyclist. You wouldn’t think much about spandex benefits if you are new to cycling other than most riders wear them, so it must be a cycling thing. To be culturally accepted now days, spandex should only be worn in cycling or in some other sporting venue but even in other sporting venues; there are still spandex benefits present. So if you are new to cycling and unsure about spandex benefits and unsure about squeezing into a spandex cycling kit, I am here to tell you what it’s all about and why we do it.   Spandex Benefits:…
  • Cycling Multisport Creativity: Make Your Own Bike-Blank-Athon

    Shawn Gossman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Cycling multisport examples include events such as the Iron Man triathlon and the Colorfest Biathlon where cycling multisport is made up of cycling, running and swimming or just cycling and running. A cycling multisport is a great challenge to anyone who wants to reassure themselves that they can still challenge themselves to a fitness degree. A cycling multisport is sometimes the only cycling related activity that athletes will do as well. But is there a lack of cycling multisport events out there? Sure there are plenty of triathlons but that isn’t what I mean here…     My Idea…
  • 100 Cycling Tips for Cyclist Ville’s 100th Post!

    Shawn Gossman
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hip, Hip, Hooray! This marks the 100th blog post for the Cyclist Ville cycling blog. As a celebration, we wanted to recognize our 100th post by posting a 100 Cycling Tips article. Who can go wrong with 100 cycling tips? We hope you enjoy these 100 cycling tips and thank you so much for being a reader on Cyclist Ville for all 100 blog posts.     100 Cycling Tips – Beginners #1 – Get you some decent padded bike shorts. Don’t wear underwear with them because it will defeat the purpose of them. I buy my bike shorts and other apparel from Aero Tech Designs. #2 – Get you a good…
  • 5 Secrets to Having a Better Cycling Experience!

    Shawn Gossman
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Do you wish you could have a better cycling experience? Some of us will jump on our bike, ride all day and wish the ride could have been better, more entertaining and sometimes even less painful. If you are wishing for a better cycling experience after your rides – then there is something wrong going on here. You should be enjoying every bike ride that you take! So I wanted to write this article to share 5 secrets that most new bike riders don’t know about to make for a better cycling experience.     #1 – Clip in for a Better Cycling Experience If you want a better cycling…
  • Bike Laws: Know Your Bicycle Rights on the Road!

    Shawn Gossman
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Bike laws were made for two reasons. One, bike laws were made to protect cyclists from being struck by drivers and two, bike laws were made for cyclists to avoid causing drivers to get into accidents. I am a cyclist and I know my bike laws and I should because it helps me understand what I am allowed to do on the road or better yet, my rights on the road. I am also a first responder and therefore, I know and have seen the dangers of riders who haven’t followed their bike laws and the usually excuse, if they make it that is, is that they didn’t know about the bike laws to begin with. So I…
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    Bicycle's Buddy

  • About Seven Cycles Bicycles

    Bicycles Buddy
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Despite being a relatively young company (having been founded in 1997), and fairly small (with only 24 employees), Seven is rapidly gaining an international reputation for its custom-made bicycle frames and is one of the largest custom builders around. The company, which began in Topsfield, MA, and is now located in a 15,000 square foot space in Watertown, MA, emphasizes precision, craftsmanship, quality, and individuality in all of its products.From the very first year it was founded, Seven has pioneered the manner in which customization takes place with its Custom Kit questionnaire that…
  • About Mongoose Bicycles

    Bicycles Buddy
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Since 1974, Mongoose has been a leader in BMX and MTB biking. The company was founded 40 years ago by Skip Hess. Hess started Mongoose in his garage in California with the MotoMag One Wheel. This new style of BMX bicycles boasted improved, more durable wheels. Due to the almost immediate success of this product, Mongoose quickly established itself as a thriving manufacturer of BMX bicycles.Over the years, the company became active in BMX competitions, and its high-quality bicycles began to provide wins for competitive riders. The company’s bicycle was used in a win in the ABA #1 National…
  • About Jamis Bicycles

    Bicycles Buddy
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Jamis originated in Tallahassee, FL, in 1937 as a distributor of European bicycles. The company, however, quickly established its own brand of bicycles and moved into the design and manufacturing of bicycles.In 1979, the company introduced one of its very first, and well-known, bicycles, the Earth Cruiser. Encouraged by the success of this beach bike, the company began introducing new types of bikes almost every year, including race bikes, comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, and mountain bikes. Perhaps the most famous of these bikes in this era was the Jamis Dakar, a race bike released in 1985 that…
  • About Fuji Bicycles

    Bicycles Buddy
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Fuji is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. Founded in 1899, this 115-year-old company has faced bankruptcy, moved from Japan to the United States, and developed a reputation for producing excellent touring and road bikes. While it has struggled at times to keep up with larger bicycle companies, it has established itself as a quality producer of bicycles that offers innovation and high-quality engineering in all of its products.Fuji was founded in Japan by Nichibel Fuji and named after Mount Fuji. The company took its name and logo after Mount Fuji to represent the kind of…
  • Top 10 Cool Mens Bike Helmets

    Bicycles Buddy
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    We know, helmets can suck. They’re never considered cool (although we do have some that are an exception to that rule). You would often see professional cyclists without helmets, up until the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) made it mandatory for cyclists to wear helmet in all major races. Some are of the opinion that they took part out of the fun out of cycling, but let’s be honest. Protective headgear really can be a lifesaving accessory, and one which is very important (in addition to tail lights and other safety lights).Back in the day, helmets used to be bulky and…
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