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  • Strength Training – Does It Make You Stronger?

    Training4cyclists
    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    During winter training many cyclists enjoy visiting the local gym and believe that strength training can help them perform better. But does strength training really help them?First of all, strength training is not a magic tool to better performance. However, if you like to switch cycling training with other sports during the winter, weight lifting can be a good supplement to your bike training.Even though so many cycling coaches have different opinions about weight lifting, there is probably a trend towards recommending strength training during the winter season. Several studies have shown…
  • The Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Gut Health

    CoachLevi.com
    Levi
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Gut health, digestion, and all that good stuff. How’s it going for you? Are you digesting everything? Absorbing all the available nutrients? Not sure? Let’s talk about it. Gut health is vital for anyone trying to be fit and healthy. It’s even more important for an athlete who needs lots of extra calories and nutrients to withstand the stress of training. And still more important for endurance athletes (like you) who need to fuel up during their workouts and are at a greater risk of gastrointestinal distress. Not to mention the number of problems that can be rooted in the…
  • The Indignity of Being a Fred: Closure

    Bike Snob NYC
    BikeSnobNYC
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Well here's something you already knew:People don't know how to use quick-release skewers:The company said that the issue is not a manufacturing defect on the QR but due to improper use or adjustment. Riders who leave the QR in the open position can potentially have the lever caught in the front disc brake while riding.Therefore, Trek is recalling like a million bikes in North America alone.  To put this in perspective, when motor vehicle operators kill themselves or others through user error we call that an "accident"--and when they kill themselves or others due to a manufacturing…
  • A Ride Around the Lake

    Fat Cyclist
    fatty
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    I was all alone. It was a sunny Saturday morning, and I was all alone.  Why was I alone? Because The Hammer was in Boston, getting to run some marathon or another with her friends, in the pouring rain. They ran the whole thing together (3:54:44), by the way, thereby earning finishing medals and space ponchos: But enough about them. This story is about me. And I was alone. And I needed a big ride, because I have some racing to do this summer. So I called The Hammer.  “Hey,” I said, “You know how I promised I wouldn’t go out on any road rides by myself?” (A lot of us around here…
  • Running can help you become a better cyclist

    Bicycle Lab
    Victor
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Running can help you become a better cyclist As a bicycle fitter and technique coach, I see riders with all sorts of ailments and efficiency problems. Some have poor engagement of certain muscle groups while others lack core strength which hinders their ability to produce power on the bike. With the exception of poor fit, the main cause of body problems from cycling [...] Bicycle Lab
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  • Video: Cannondale-Garmin recons Liege course

    VeloNews.com
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The post Video: Cannondale-Garmin recons Liege course appeared first on VeloNews.com.
  • Renshaw looks to launch “Missile” to Tour of Turkey success

    VeloNews.com
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Mark Renshaw has already piloted Mark Cavendish to several victories this season, including one in Spain at the Clasica de Almeria. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comALANYA, Turkey — Leadout specialist Mark Renshaw (Etixx-Quick-Step) is no stranger to the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. A year after taking a stage win in 2012 while riding for Rabobank-turned-Blanco, the 32-year-old Australian returned the following year with Blanco-turned-Belkin only to suffer the “worst crash of his career” which resulted in a concussion, fractured collarbone, and broken tooth. After his two years…
  • Martin hoping to recover from effects of Fleche Wallonne crash to contend in Liege

    VeloNews.com
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Dan Martin won the 2013 edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège ahead of Joaquim Rodríguez. A late crash derailed his chances in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comLIEGE, Belgium (AFP) – Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) said Saturday he hopes his whiplash will have improved enough to allow him to challenge for victory at Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Martin, 28, won the prestigious monument two years ago and looked to have a strong chance of retaining his crown last year before crashing on the final bend as he attempted a break for the finish line. But his preparations for…
  • Craddock set to soak in experience at Liege

    Spencer Powlison
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Lawson Craddock suffered several broken bones in a crash in January's Tour Down Under, but he has returned to racing and is looking to learn from his inaugural Liège-Bastogne-Liège start. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comLIEGE, Belgium (VN) — Lawson Craddock is an eager student of the sport. Whether it’s in the mountainous, week-long tours in Spain or the hilly Ardennes classics, the Giant-Alpecin rider is happy to be back in the classroom, in the WorldTour peloton. His early season was blighted by a nasty crash at the Tour Down Under, but the 23-year-old American jumped back into…
  • Gallery: Lotto-Soudal service course

    Spencer Powlison
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.Lotto-Soudal service course: TT bike set-up Two days before Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Lotto-Soudal service course was very quiet. Only one mechanic was in the shop, Steven Van Olmen, who was installing aero bars on one of Jurgen van den Broeck's time trial bikes. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.comView Larger Image.Lotto-Soudal service course: Measurements The mechanics keep a detailed spreadsheet of every rider's specifications close at hand. Crank length and saddle height are only two parts of the complex equation. Photo: Spencer Powlison |…
 
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  • Astana cycling team keeps top-tier status after doping cases (The Associated Press)

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The Astana team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has survived a review of its top-tier racing status ordered after several doping cases. The International Cycling Union said on Thursday that its independent licensing panel let the Kazakhstan government-backed squad keep World Tour status, which ensures entries to all top races. The UCI asked its panel in February to strip the license after a critical audit of Astana's anti-doping work conducted by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne. Instead, Astana will be ''subject to strict monitoring'' through the…
  • Astana retain elite license despite doping cases (Reuters)

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team kept their world tour license on Thursday despite a string of doping cases, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday. The UCI announced in February that it wanted the sport's Licence Commission to strip the Kazakh team of their elite status following an investigation into doping after several Astana riders failed tests last season. The Commission met on Thursday and agreed Astana should retain their license subject to strict monitoring of a number of special measures proposed by experts at…
  • Cycling-Astana retain elite licence despite doping cases (Reuters)

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    (Adds details, statement) PARIS, April 23 (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team kept their world tour licence on Thursday despite a string of doping cases, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday. The UCI announced in February that it wanted the sport's Licence Commission to strip the Kazakh team of their elite status following an investigation into doping after several Astana riders failed tests last season. The Commission met on Thursday and agreed Astana should retain their licence subject to strict monitoring…
  • Cycling-Astana retain world tour licence despite doping cases (Reuters)

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    PARIS, April 23 (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team retained their world tour licence on Thursday despite a string of doping cases. "The (team)'s registration for the 2015 season remains in force," the International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement on Thursday.
  • Games-European Games not under threat from new championships-Clegg (Reuters)

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    By Karolos Grohmann April 23 (Reuters) - The future of the European Games will not be threatened by a recently-announced European sports championships, with the 2015 Baku Games having done "phenomenal" preparation for the event to be established, Games chief Simon Clegg said on Thursday. The Azeri capital will host Europe's first continental multi-sport event from June 12-28 and Clegg said the recently-announced 2018 European sports championships would prove no threat to the next edition of the Games in 2019. "I do not feel any additional pressure because of that decision," Clegg told a small…
 
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    SoCalCycling.com - Your Cycling Source

  • Video: Bike vs Ferrari – Michelle Khare takes on Stuntman Andy Bell in LA Traffic

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    What happens when a profession cyclist and a profession stunt car driver race Los Angeles traffic to see what mode of transport can get from point A to point B faster? BMW p/b Happy Tooth neo-pro rider Michelle Khare, who works for Buzzfeed Video, puts Andy Bell to the test in a race from the top of the Topanga Canyon to the Santa Monica Pier.
  • Tour of Utah Reveals Race Route

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Organizers of the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah today published maps and route details on its website for all seven days of the men’s professional cycling stage race on Aug. 3-9. A field of 16 of the best men’s cycling teams in the world will compete over 712 miles and 51,442 feet of elevation gain, solidifying “America’s Toughest Stage Race” as the most challenging 2.HC race in North America, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
  • Race Report: LA Circuit Race – By Wesley Eslick, SoCalCycling.com Team

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The LA Circuit Race started off with a nice cool but windy day which would make for a great day of racing. The Pro 1,2 field consisted of around 60 riders for the day. The race got off to a pretty fast start down the tailwind section but was short lived as once we hit the first turn around point it was a block head wind all the way up to the next turn around at the top of the course.
  • ZWIFT and Jens Voigt to Ride with Fans to Kick Off the Amgen Tour of California

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:12 am
    ZWIFT, the online fitness and entertainment platform, will be kicking off this year’s 724-mile Amgen Tour of California by hosting a ride on the ZWIFT platform with race Ambassador Jens Voigt. In his capacity as the Amgen Tour of California Ambassador, Voigt, a former pro cyclist and world record holder, will be in Sacramento, California for the start of the 8- stage, 10th running of the event.
  • Koch and Erickson Mentor Juniors at Encino Velodrome Track Clinic

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    On Saturday, April 4, Twenty five Junior Track racers (and their parents) braved Los Angeles’ notorious traffic to learn track racing from Missy Erickson and Nate Koch, two of America’s best sprinters.
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    Bike World News

  • UCI, ISSUL roll over on Astana

    Ron
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    This is not journalism. It's opinion. It's my opinion that the UCI just rolled over and played dead on Astana's world tour license. The post UCI, ISSUL roll over on Astana appeared first on Bike... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Grooming – Layrite Pomade, Maestro’s Classic Beard Products

    Scott Kingsley
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Layrite pomade products will keep your hair styled even after a ride and Masestro's Classic has the wash and butter to tame your beard. The post Grooming – Layrite Pomade, Maestro’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Valley Preferred Cycling Center Announces 2015 Community Events

    Scott Kingsley
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Valley Preferred Cycling Center Announces their 2015 event calendar, with many programs that aim to get the community on the track. The post Valley Preferred Cycling Center Announces 2015... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ride Your Guts Out for Crohn’s & Colitis

    Ron
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Get Your Guts in Gear, the ride for Crohn's and Colitis, (GYGIG), has opened registration for its 2015 rides. The post Ride Your Guts Out for Crohn’s & Colitis appeared first on Bike World... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Showers Pass introduces new Torch socks

    Ron
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Though designed with cyclists in mind, the new merino-wool-blend Torch socks from Showers Pass are perfect for a variety of athletic pursuits, with a new level of comfort, a compression fit, durable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    PezCycling News

  • Retro Liege: Sean Kelly Talks

    Edmond Hood
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:19 am
    His stats for Liege read like this: 1979, 20th: 1981, 11th: 1982, 10th: 1984, 1st: 1985, 4th: 1986, 12th: 1987, 20th; 1988, 5th: 1989, 1st good enough to tell us a little about La Doyenne? Yeah, we thought so too: PEZ talked to Sean Kelly about the oldest, and many would say the hardest of the monuments. Ed interviewed Sean for this piece a couple of years ago now but hearing about La Doyenne from a man who has ridden and won it on multiple occasions is always worth another read.PEZ: What makes Liege-Bastogne-Liege so special, Sean?Sean: Its a clean race and it goes through nice countryside,…
  • Pez Rides L’Eroica California!

    PEZ Crew
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:09 am
    PEZ’s Nate King has raced professionally around the world but he’d never ridden on classic steel, strapped on some toeclips and got those downtube shifters moving on a machine from the past. Eroica California was the perfect place to do it and it’s where Nate rediscovered just how beautiful riding can be.Contributed by Nate King“Eroica, to me, is not a ride steeped in the past. It is about finding meaning in the present.”I arrived at Eroica California with trepidation. Neck-deep in the Redlands Bicycle Classic for the past week with a womens squad staying at my…
  • PEZ Previews: Liège-Bastogne-Liège ’15

    Edmond Hood
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    This Sunday brings us the last Monument of this year’s spring campaign: Lige-Bastogne-Lige. Ed Hood runs a keen eye over the long, star studded history of La Doyene, examines the course and picks the winner for the 2015 Walloon Classic. The PEZ Lige preview. Luik Bastenaken Luik they call it up in Flanders; Lige Bastogne Lige down in French speaking Wallonia. La Doyenne is her Sunday name, meaning; A woman who is the eldest or senior member of a group. With this being the 101st edition its hard to argue with that definition bearing in mind that nine editions were lost to the two World…
  • Team AXEON Gets Pez’d

    Matt McNamara
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Matt McNamara has been lucky enough to see the workings of Team Axeon at their recent Californian training camp and get the word on this year’s riders from the main man Axel Merckx. The project has brought some big names to the pro peloton in its seven years and there’s much more to come. Team Axeon rolls in from another day in the saddle. The sun is bright, the riders tired and hungry. They have one more task before they can descend on the food. A quick round of marketing shots. Head on. A couple of passes each for the press guides. The riders move through the responsibility…
  • EuroTrash Wallonne Thursday!

    Alastair Hamilton
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    Alejandro Valverde did it again on the Mur de Huy and we have the video, race report, result and rider quotes. Add in the women’s Wallonne the Giro del Trentino, Liege & Yorkshire previews and Spartacus returns and it’s a full EuroTrash Thursday. Feet up – coffee.TOP STORY: Spartacus on the way BackFabian Cancellara has got back on the saddle of his Trek with “no pain” after the fall where he fractured two vertebrae last March the 27th in the E3 Harelbeke. A lost spring campaign, no: Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix; his major objective of a fourth victory…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • The five things I’ve learnt as an everyday cyclist in London

    Charlotte Cowling
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    People ask me all the time, “dont you find cycling in London terrifying?” Apparently, it’s only the most insane amongst us who are actively choosing to take on two wheels in the UK’s capital. That’s not without its reasons. In the last four years, almost 23,000 incidents involving bicycles were recorded in London. Still, scary stats aside, I love being a London cyclist. Nothing quite compares to the unparalleled freedom you feel when you ride, wind whipping your face as you skirt through traffic, or the joy that comes from fully exploring London’s nooks and crannies outside the…
  • Best rechargeable bike lights

    Andreas
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Rechargeable lights come with green credentials and are wallet friendly, saving you from having to keep replacing the batteries. There is a downside though, in testing, they don’t tend to last as long as bike lights that use standard, non-rechargeable batteries. With that in mind, we’ve summed up a handful of our favourites from the low, mid, to high-end price range. Oh, and two caveats, before we look at our selections: We’ve only discussed rechargeable lights here and not dynamo hub lights. We’ll cover those in a separate post. As posted by Amoeba in the comments in a…
  • Mitie London Revolution 2015 – Extra camping spots released!

    Andreas
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Way back in 2012 I rode the Mitie London Revolution. To date, it’s been one of the most fun and challenging rides I’ve ever been on. Since the rides conception just a few short years ago, it’s become one of the most popular routes amongst London cyclists, selling out each year. The 2015 edition, kicks off on the 16th and 17th May and the organisers have just released a few extra spots. The ride circumvents the capital, involving 185 miles of ‘breathless sightseeing’ over two days. It is said that “the adventure really begins on day 2″ and it’s true…
  • The simplest bike storage solution

    Andreas
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    It’s a well known formula: Bike + Indoor storage = Unhappy coinhabitants  + messy corridor Having recently taken part in the much despised game of “find a new place to rent” one of the things I was looking at, as estate agents showed me around, was where I could potentially store my bike. Would I be able to fit it in that lift? Does that bike storage outside look safe enough? Carpets in the lounge! There’s no way I can store my bike here! It’s a tricky one to overcome and there are all manners of solutions vying for the attention of cyclists. A Trimetals…
  • 10 of the greatest joys for cyclists

    Andreas
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In a previous video, I’ve talked about 5 of the greatest dangers facing cyclists in London. Of course it’s not just about avoiding the dangers, it’s also about taking in the joys of cycling in London. In the new video, I wanted to explore 10 of the greatest joys London cyclists experience. We often forget many of these as we get used to each daily commute. Take a look at the video and do share any that you would add to a Top 10 list. We produced this video and hopefully many more future videos, thanks to a GoPro we got at Argos. 1. Challenging hill climbs That feeling of…
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  • Home to Lecchi

    Heidi Swift
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Headed back home. Gonna ride bikes. Drink wine. Eat my heart out. Live inGamba style for 7 perfect days. We’re gonna laugh so hard we cry. Gonna make our legs hate us then let the soigneur coax them back to the brightside. Gonna have dinners in castles, wander the cobbled streets of Siena, let the Philosopher Shoemaker kiss both our cheeks, taste Il Magnifico’s amazing pastries, bathe in the thermal baths, drink too many espressos. Paolo’s going to call to us in the morning. Raul’s going to dance with the tuba. Anna’s going to hug us too hard, speak Italian to us too fast, feed us…
  • Kale-farro salad with dried cherries and pecans

    Heidi Swift
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:12 am
      I threw this salad together last Saturday after Sal brought something similar home from the deli counter at New Seasons Market. The beauty of this salad is that it can be adapted based on what you have on hand. These are the basic components for success: Kale Hearty grain (try job’s tears, barley or wheat berries) Dried fruit (try yellow raisins or dried cranberries) Nuts (walnuts or slivered almonds would work well here) Celery for crunch and texture Dressing (try red wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar-based options) The combination I ended up with was a great balance of chewy…
  • Obsession: Olive Oil

    Heidi Swift
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    Color study | Olive Oil Two of my current favorites: Left: Oregon Olive Mill Arebequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil —$18.99 Right: Castello di Ama 2013 Extra Virgin Olive Oil —Roughly $45.00, not available in U.S. It’s great to see olive oil coming out of Oregon! Oregon Olive Mill has 13,000 olive trees in Dayton, though they also incorporate olives imported from California. It’s a respectable bottle with a great nose, mild nutty flavor and an impressive price-value ratio. The Castello di Ama is more robust with a grassy sharpness and peppery finish that pairs especially well with…
  • Grace and Flight at Pre Classic

    Heidi Swift
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Shot from the track at last week’s Pre Classic international track meet. Bodies honed to perfection, the pinnacle of sport. After so many years pointing a lens at cyclists it was refreshing to observe another form, another brand of effort, another shape of athlete. Stacked sprinters, lithe high-jumpers, ultra-efficient middle distance runners. The best in the world gathered in Oregon. I was most struck by the balance of professionalism and emotion; sport as a business retains the purity of its point of origination. Disappointment, elation, triumph. Elite or amateur, the core of sport…
  • Warm cycling feet. Because sometimes Rule #5 can bite me.

    Heidi Swift
    24 Feb 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I’ve been at this a while, so you think I’d have this dialed by now but every year I still struggle to get it exactly right. Part of the problem is that most days I just grumble about hardman something-or-other or Rule #5 and then roll out the door with normal socks and normal shoes and normal overshoes. And I wonder why I return with numb feet. Or I get home and congratulate myself on suffering through with numb feet because, Rule Number Five. But this weekend I snapped. The weather was (finally) mercifully dry, but still a little cold. Saturday’s 4-hour rollabout featured…
 
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

    BikeSnobNYC
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Cargo bikes.They're practical, they're efficient, and they're fun for the whole family.Unfortunately, many of these families will make you wanna puke:When Dave Hoverman, 38, a business strategy consultant in Berkeley, Calif., goes to Costco on the weekends, he ditches his Audi Q7 and instead loads his four children into a Cetma cargo bike with a trailer hitched to the rear.“We do all sorts of errands on the bike,” Mr. Hoverman said. “We try not to get in the car all weekend.”Right.Firstly, if you're new to the world of smugness, "We try not to get in the car all weekend" means "We…
  • You Can't Spell "Invention" Without "Vent"

    BikeSnobNYC
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    Back in 2007 when I started this blog, I wrote it anonymously and avoided contact with people at all costs.Now, eight years later, I've abandoned both anonymity and pride, and here I am on my knees begging you to come see me at the Walz booth at the Bike Expo New York:By the way, why are so many cycling event titles reversed?  I find it pretentious.  "Bike Expo New York?"  Why not just "New York Bike Expo?"  "Gran Fondo New York?"  Why not just "New York Gran Fondo?"And so forth.At least they don't call it the "Bike Tour Five Boro."  Anyway, I mention the Bike…
  • The Indignity of Being a Fred: Closure

    BikeSnobNYC
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Well here's something you already knew:People don't know how to use quick-release skewers:The company said that the issue is not a manufacturing defect on the QR but due to improper use or adjustment. Riders who leave the QR in the open position can potentially have the lever caught in the front disc brake while riding.Therefore, Trek is recalling like a million bikes in North America alone.  To put this in perspective, when motor vehicle operators kill themselves or others through user error we call that an "accident"--and when they kill themselves or others due to a manufacturing…
  • "Hey, cyclist, can you help me tell my ass from my elbow?"

    BikeSnobNYC
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Ooh, I almost forgot!  Not only did I ride my brand new bike this past weekend, but I did so while wearing this smart, high-fashion, high-performance bicycle-riding shirt:Believe me when I tell you it's so comfy it's like wearing nothing at all--assuming your lower back area has handy marsupial-like pockets for carrying your keys, cellphone, and wallet.  Really, the only way I could have been more comfortable would have been if I'd been wearing my matching hat:Sadly, it's been a long winter and even after turning my bikey clothes drawer upside down I couldn't find the goddamn hat,…
  • Sorry, I forgot to wind my Apple watch.

    BikeSnobNYC
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    So the "direct action street justice" group Right of Way installed a mural mourning everybody who died in traffic in New York City in 2014 and--surprise!--while they were working a giant truck ran into it: The truck shows up to the party at the 1:40 mark:And then after knocking some shit around it drives off in the protected bike lane:About which one participant (or bystander, I'm not sure) had this to say:"That was unbelievable, I've never seen a giant truck blatantly just run through a bike lane like that."Wow, really?  He must be new in town.  Perhaps he read that hilarious…
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  • Inspiration lies thereabouts.

    MC
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    In the smile of a dog, reflected leaves in a rippled pool, the twinkle of a lover's eye.In wood on rock, disneyland in the desert, learning to trust the downstream lean.In faith in friction, dependence on gravity, trust that rubber will stick to rock. In remembrance of puppybreath, light diffused through petals, the scent of rain on a spring sidewalk.We don't always know from whence inspiration will come.We just know that it does.
  • It can, and it is.

    MC
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:44 pm
    5 years ago I wrote this:If you consider yourself a mountain biker, and if you haven't ridden a bike park in the last year, you really need to look in the mirror and ask yourself why not. Aside from the thrill-a-minute nature of the riding that is evolving within these parks, it is so easy, so fast, and yes, so fun to up your skill level in the span of a few hours. Fast forward to 2015 and the nearby town of Montrose went and blew everyone's minds with the progressive decision to approve, finance, and build a whitewater park on the Uncompahgre River.Along with Greg and Skippy, I've made…
  • Mind melt.

    MC
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It's been 80 degrees in Colorado.  For weeks.In March.The appropriate response seems to be:Real snow never happened.  The little bits that did come are distant memories, ephemeral moments much like the wildflower season that has just begun and is likely almost over.  Or the runoff that'll sputter out just as it gets going.Meanwhile, as we inch closer to a hot, dusty, desiccated summer, the temps *now* are nice, and the spring winds have not yet kicked in full force.Which means it's time to ride.We aren't the only ones who've noticed: Our backyard loops are inundated with…
  • Transitioning.

    MC
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    “Life is a garden, not a road. We enter and exit through the same gate. Wandering, where we go matters less than what we notice.”― Kurt VonnegutOur winter was but a shadow of it's normal self, but it was winter.  Impatient humans that we are, before one season's ended we're ready for the next.So it was that we drove away from our own little slice of heaven and headed for the Sonoran desert.We had reason to both celebrate and take some time off, and given a choice Jeny's first (and 2nd, and 3rd) preference would always be to bikepack.I'd ridden a handful of…
  • Back to the front.

    MC
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:38 pm
    After a winter spent flitting between the fatbike (sometimes lightly laden, other times loaded for bear) and the 29+ rig, occasionally interspersed with a bit of paddling here and there, today I got onto my mountain bike.  A proper 29" full suspension trailbike.Felt like the first time all year.  Wasn't, but definitely felt like it.And damn if it didn't feel like coming home again.  The simple pleasure of leaning back to manual through silly amounts of chunk on the back wheel cannot be overstated.  And I missed it dearly.Tis the season--80 degrees in the forecast for…
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  • What About Interval Training During Tapering?

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    Recently, I wrote about how you can reduce training volume during up to 4 weeks before a cycling race with high priority (e.g. your season goal). And you can why you can use this tapering to improve performance. Tapering with markedly reduced training volume may sound contraintuitive to people preparing for their first race. However, more experienced riders do know that tapering is an essential part of optimal preparing for peak performance.Nevertheless, there is one question I hear again and again:What about interval training during tapering?When you reduce the total training as outlined…
  • Tapering for an Important Cycling Race (training volume)

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    If you have a major season goal in front of you, a reasonable tapering protocol can supercharge your cycling performance. Even though this is not breaking news, many cyclists don’t benefit (enough) from tapering.In most cases people train hard and have a big training volume until one week before their season goal. After one week of reduced training volume, your performance will increase and you may believe that you’ve done everything right.Advanced tapering protocol for a cycling raceHowever, if you’ve trained structured for months before a single prioritised race, you’ll probably…
  • Ironman training: The Comprehensive guide to your first Ironman Triathlon

    Nikolaj Astrup
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    Triathlons are tough. There is no way around it. Whatever distance you want to complete, doing one is a big project from start to finish. Training to have good results in swimming, cycling or running is a big project, but combine all three, and it starts to look overwhelming.This article will try to break down all the elements of Ironman Triathlon. Hopefully, this article can give the last kick to someone thinking about doing an Ironman and give some tips and ideas for you, who are already training towards an Ironman.Doing an Ironman is all about the experience and the things you learn on the…
  • Strength Training – Does It Make You Stronger?

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    18 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    During winter training many cyclists enjoy visiting the local gym and believe that strength training can help them perform better. But does strength training really help them?First of all, strength training is not a magic tool to better performance. However, if you like to switch cycling training with other sports during the winter, weight lifting can be a good supplement to your bike training.Even though so many cycling coaches have different opinions about weight lifting, there is probably a trend towards recommending strength training during the winter season. Several studies have shown…
  • Interview with Matt Fitzgerald – Author of ‘Racing Weight – How to Get Lean for Peak Performance’

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    A few weeks ago I made a review of Matt Fitzgerald’s popular book Racing Weight – How to Get Lean for Peak Performance. I thought it was a great read with many practical examples and illustrations of how athletes can manage their diet to perform better. However, many readers are not going to read the whole book, but want practical tips that are easy to implement now. So I decided to contact Matt Fitzgerald to ask for some easy digestible tips that you can implement today.Interview with Matt FitzgeraldJesper: Many riders bulk 5 to 10 kg during the off-season. People train less and eat…
 
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    Jim Langley's Bicycle Beat

  • L'Eroica California Ride Report in Photos

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    The first American L'Eroica ride took place April 11 and 12, 2015 in Paso Robles, California, and I feel lucky to have been there. Here are a few photos and captions from what should become an essential annual event for anyone interested in celebrating cycling history with classic bicycles, fun people and epic riding.I should say heroic riding, because that better relates to the Eroica name, and the accomplishment of completing the rides on a vintage machine. Though there are no bike-checks, official L'Eroica Italy rules require riding a pre-1987 (or facsimile) racing bicycle (I chose a 1974…
  • New resource: 1991-1999 Bicycle Specifications Archive

    27 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Just in time for a new year, I'm pleased to announce a handy resource for buyers of used road and mountain bicycles or those needing information to keep one on the road or dirt. It's Anthony ("Tony") Alsberg's collection of bicycle specifications.From 1991 until 1999, in our Bicycling Magazine West Coast Editorial Office (which was located in Soquel, California - photo), Tony disassembled, weighed, reassembled and recorded the specifications (specs) for over 100 road and mountain bicycles we were testing and reviewing in our pages.Many of these bicycles are from famous brands still around…
  • Jim's Last-Minute Cycling Gift Guide

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Happy Holidays and happy the-time-of-year-no-one-knows-what-to-get-for-their-favorite-cyclist (which might be YOU!).Here are a few sure-to-please cycling gift suggestions - well, if you count my last tip, it's more like many thousands of bike gift ideas, so keep reading! (And be sure to share this, so that you get the gift you really want!)Your Home Bicycle Workshop e-Book ($19.95)Let's start with a suggestion dear to my heart: my very own Your Home Bicycle Workshop e-book. It's the only book of any type all about setting up the perfect place for your loved one to work on all your bicycles.
  • 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…
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    Citizen Rider

  • Here, have an Audi in the kneecaps

    cafiend
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:10 pm
    The snarl of a high performance engine with a barely restricted exhaust system announced the explosive arrival of a mostly red Audi coupe ripping around a curve and launching into the passing zone right at me. The low-slung car flashed past my knee as the driver flung it forward in a desperate maneuver to get around the car in front of him and get back into his lane before the oncoming car -- that could actually hurt him -- got too close.The finger I gave him was reflexive and perfunctory. I would hope he never saw it, since the flame-brained passing job he was doing should have commanded his…
  • The art of the worst case scenario

    cafiend
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    When bikes come in for extensive work, the technician has to think what would be the worst thing that could go wrong. What would make this bike not worth fixing? Find it now, before you've invested a lot of your time to fix all the obvious stuff.You cannot win them all. A lot of the time, the killer flaw only shows up when you're doing one last value-added thing that might not even have been on the original work request. Sometimes it's curable if you do everything just right. Sometimes it just looks curable long enough to lure you into another expensive round of heroic measures. Or you decide…
  • George's rocket

    cafiend
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    When Big G finished building up his new Specialized Roubaix last week, he put it on the scale in the shop.Drum roll...Twenty-two pounds. Carbon fiber and bla de bla,and the friggin' tank weighs twenty-two pounds.Mind you, 22 pounds is a perfectly respectable weight for a top quality butted steel racing bike from the 1980s. In other words, thanks to tinfoil chains, cog-packed clusters and temperamental, expensive brifters, we have achieved equality with a simpler machine powered by the same engine 30 years ago.I know: more gears! Convenient shifting! And with the simple investment of at least…
  • How cold was it?

    cafiend
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:22 pm
    You know it's a cold morning when you put a lunch-size container of leftovers from the freezer into your bike bag well before departure -- so you don't forget them-- and they're still frozen when you get to work after an hour on the road.That was yesterday, when I took a gamble and squeezed in a bike commute ahead of an approaching snow storm. Started the morning ride at 26 degrees. Hardly the bitterest cold, but pretty unwelcome this far into April. The sun was out for a few hours before hazy cirrostratus whited it out. The day never felt mild.With uncertain weather and the morning chill, I…
  • Housing crunch

    cafiend
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    And so my season begins. Local rider brings in the bike he got somewhere else because the shifting went bad on him during his abusive first ride.Kona Jake the Snake cyclocross bike. New 105 11-speed. "I read that it's hard to adjust," he said. "So I brought it to you.""I kept twisting the barrel adjusters the whole ride," he went on. "It was never right." He added that the ride group wallowed through a lot of mud and snow.The way the internal cable routing was done, the shift cables can't be cross routed. That would have helped with the angle up front. Either way, longer housing will feed it…
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    Cyclelicious

  • California bicycle legislation update Spring 2015

    Richard Masoner
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    There are currently nearly 40 bills pending in the California Assembly related to bicycles and related transportation issues. Here are some important recent updates. Traffic Level of Service Reform: Richard Bloom’s AB 1098 substitutes better performance measures compared to LOS, including vehicle miles traveled. Current law mandates a traffic level of service standards for a system of designated highways and roadways, a performance element that includes performance measures, and a 7-year capital improvement program. A city or county is required to prepare a deficiency plan when highway…
  • That Belmont PD press release

    Richard Masoner
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    There’s been local discussion about a news item regarding a car-vs-bike collision in Belmont, CA. Some people apparently don’t understand what’s missing, so I’ll try to explain. Driver makes a left-cross turn on Ralston at Chula Vista in Belmont, CA and sends a guy on a bike to the hospital. Belmont PIO takes the opportunity to remind cyclists to be careful, which I suppose is fine as far as that goes, but fails to remind those operating the more dangerous vehicle to do the same, even when the operator of the more dangerous vehicle was apparently at fault in this…
  • Strava FlyBy button: New?

    Richard Masoner
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    I know the Strava “missed connections” feature has been around for a while now, but somebody recently pointed this out to me: Is this “Go To FlyBys” button new? Available only via the web browser interface. I get the feeling this was rolled out just during this past week, but I could be wrong. The Strava FlyBys feature allows you to find the Fred you stomped all over, or the over-aggressive Cat 6 who stomped all over you. And I know a couple of people who have used FlyBys for potential hook-ups. I’ve successfully used FlyBys to connect people to San Jose Bike…
  • Santa Cruz: A delicious sandwich ride for youth

    Richard Masoner
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Young people ages 13 through 20 are invited to ride with the Sandwich Ride on Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California. To provide youth a low-pressure setting to enjoy the bike community and some of Santa Cruz’s best sights and food, Bike Santa Cruz County and Green Ways to School present The Sandwich Ride, on May 3rd. The ride will leave at 11:30 am from the Bike Church (703 Pacific Avenue) and lead riders on a delicious route, making stops at New Leaf and the Bagelry to pick up ingredients for sandwiches. The ride will then take bike-loving-youths to a scenic picnic destination…
  • Visit Caletti Cycles new digs in Santa Cruz CA

    Richard Masoner
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Local frame builder Caletti Cycles has moved to the live/work Delaware Project on the west side of Santa Cruz, CA. They invite you to their open house this weekend, Saturday, April 25, at 104 High Road from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bike Santa Cruz County volunteers will be on hand to provide valet bike parking. This shop is located in the Delaware Project on Delaware at Swift, a new mixed-use development in which local business owners live above their shops. For further details, read more at John Caletti’s blog
 
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    Twenty Nine Inches

  • Sea Otter Classis 2015: Part Three

    Grannygear
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Vittoria (think Geax in MTB speak) tires has a new 29″er trail/enduro tire called the Morsa.  We have an early version to ride and report on but this one we have is a single tread compound.  The final versions will be 4C as in 4 distinct compound zones in the tread of the tire.  I was told Vittoria is the only company who can do this.  Pretty cool.  Also, in the pic you can see the A.P.F. (Anti Pinch Flat) layer in the sidewall of the tire (a red color in the cut-away).  What was interesting was how much stability that brought to the tire casing.  With very little pressure in the…
  • Sea Otter Classic: Part Two

    Grannygear
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The Plus sized bikes really dominated the show so far.  It was what was for lunch and dinner, so to speak.  The thing was, it was all a bit fragmented as to how to get it done and no one seemed to agree on what it will all look like once the dust settles. It is no fad though. Gravity, a part of the FSA guys, is re-focusing on aggressive trail and Enduro riding, but at a budget price.  Introducing Grid, a mid level cost, all alloy parts group. All bars/stems are 35mm clamps and a typical bar/stem combo would be priced at $59.00 for the bar and $69.00 for the stem.  The crank here is hollow…
  • Sea Otter Classic 2015: Part One

    Grannygear
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Subaru had a very cool display highlighting bikes from generations past right up to today and pairing them up with period correct Subaru models.  Neat…took me back a few years.    Zoic clothing had a nice new baggy short in the Contraband model, shown here in the Fresh color. This is the ‘Father of Mountain Biking”, Mr. Gary Fisher.  Nice suit, Gary.  He has a style that is 100% unique…cool dude who is still excited about getting people on bikes after all these years.  We were at Trek to see, among other things, the new Stache line of hardtails, now all in a 29+ flavor.
  • Scott Bike’s Spark Ultimate Di2

    Grannygear
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:13 pm
    We hung out with Scott Bikes a bit the night before Sea Otter and looked at the new Addict Disc cross bike and the new 27.5″ Spark 700 Ultimate Di2.  Yeah, it’s a 27.5″ bike and all, but I am talking about it in this post only to say that this technology (and price point) will be coming to 29″ers at some point, or one would expect so, although I have no absolute info that there will be a big wheeled version of this bike.  Still, it is quite a suite of technology going on here and it is an interesting example of integrating electrical trickery and riding performance.
  • Shimano XT goes to 11

    Grannygear
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    It was inevitable…Shimano loves to trickle stuff down from XTR to XT to whatever, so it is no surprise to see XT go to 11spd.  Note that the cassette includes a 42T option, but no 10T cog. From the Press Release (more on this from Sea Otter): Shimano DEORE XT M8000 Delivers Premium 11-speed Performance OSAKA (April 15, 2015) – With DEORE XT M8000, Shimano has elevated the performance level and options of the industry’s original mountain bike component group to accommodate limitless riding adventures. With DEORE XT M8000, Shimano delivers XTR-level features, premium performance and…
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    Fat Cyclist

  • A Ride Around the Lake

    fatty
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    I was all alone. It was a sunny Saturday morning, and I was all alone.  Why was I alone? Because The Hammer was in Boston, getting to run some marathon or another with her friends, in the pouring rain. They ran the whole thing together (3:54:44), by the way, thereby earning finishing medals and space ponchos: But enough about them. This story is about me. And I was alone. And I needed a big ride, because I have some racing to do this summer. So I called The Hammer.  “Hey,” I said, “You know how I promised I wouldn’t go out on any road rides by myself?” (A lot of us around here…
  • A Well-Considered Option

    fatty
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you are a mountain biker. For many of you, this will take very little imaginifying, because you are in fact a mountain biker.  And while we’re imagining, let’s go ahead and throw on this further supposition that you’ve got a knack for this mountain biking, which you’ve enhanced with years of experience. You’ve become quite discerning. Let’s imagine, now, that you, as a mountain biker, somehow get paid to ride mountain bikes. To try out lots and lots of mountain bikes and wheels and component combos.  In other words, we are imagining that you…
  • 3 Things Fatty Loves

    fatty
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    A lot of stuff comes to me in the mail. I’m not complaining; I’m happy to try things out. But as I’ve mentioned before (and mention anytime someone emails me, asking if they can send me product to review), I don’t wind up writing about a majority of the things that come my way. I write only about things I love and think are really worth sharing (or, much more occasionally, things I hate so badly that I feel like I need to warn the world about them). Today, there are three things different companies have sent me, all three of which I’ve been using, all three of which I love, and all…
  • The Sound I Was Waiting For

    fatty
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    An “I Have a Lot of Notes Today” Note from Fatty: This is just a note to say that I have quite a few pre-story notes today. But I also have a story. And also, every one of my notes is worth reading. So do. A “Sign Up for Something You Should Sign Up For Anyway and Maybe You’ll Win a Free Bike” Note from Fatty: I’m a big fan of The Feed, a service that makes it easy to get the energy food you want for cycling at a good price, at the right frequency, with excellent guidance. And right now, they’re having a contest where if you give them your email address, they’ll enter you in…
  • Pssst. Don’t Tell Anyone.

    fatty
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Hey, Fatty here. I’m in Austin this week, doing work things, working as workers work when they’re at work. As proof of this, I offer a photo of the colossal, inseparable wad of  keys (2), key fobs (2), key rings (3) and pieces of garbage (1) the Hertz company makes me carry around as punishment for having rented one of their cars: I do not show this as a sly way to ask for your pity. No, wait. Actually I do. (Pssst. Hey you. Stick around for a minute. I’m going to try to bore the rest of the readers away to another page, so it’ll be just you and me.) So. Anyway. With me being in…
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    Bike Noob

  • They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab — I Said Yes, Yes, Yes!

    Bike Noob
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Guest poster Don Blount sets an example for us all by the way he’s coming back from hip replacement surgery. April 20 marked 39 days since I underwent surgery to replace my left hip. Since then my focus has been on recovery, rehab and rest. This is my second hip replacement; my right hip was replaced with an artificial joint in 2004. But this time around a less-invasive surgery has enabled me to recover more quickly. I checked into the hospital at 12:30 p.m. March 12, underwent surgery later that day, and was on my way home by 2:30 p.m. March 13, a stay of 26 hours. Because I was fit,…
  • The Unprepared Cyclist

    Bike Noob
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:23 pm
    What a day! Sunny, a nice breeze, and 84 degrees (29C). There was nothing to keep me off my bike, even at the expense of foregoing yard work, and putting off a chore I promised to do for my wife. I wasn’t going to go too long — maybe 20-23 miles — something that would keep me out about an hour and half. I could tell I haven’t been riding as much as I should, but over the years, I’ve built a good base, so getting back into a rhythm wasn’t difficult. A fellow from my cycling club caught up to me and passed me like I was standing still. But then I caught a…
  • You — Yeah, You! — Can Get Paid To Ride Your Bike

    Bike Noob
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    They say that if you can do what you love while making a living at it, you’ve got the best of all possible worlds. Guest poster Jeff Hemmel might have stumbled onto that situation — he thinks. I am so pro. If, that is, your definition of professional cyclist is someone who’s getting paid to ride his bike. Just this morning alone I made an easy $3. By month’s end I should have about $40 in the bank. And if you use Strava, now you can be paid, too. The details were in an email that crossed my desk last week. Competitive Cyclist (www.competitivecyclist.com), which is part of the…
  • A Feeling Like No Other

    Bike Noob
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    It’s been a long and frustrating hiatus from biking. My bronchitis just wouldn’t go away. The fact that I approached like a typical guy didn’t help any — a typical guy would do nothing but take some throat lozenges and hope for the best. That’s what I did. And although my wife was after me to see the doctor, the Mayo Clinic’s website says you don’t need to see a doc until you’ve had the bronchitis for three weeks. If it hasn’t cleared itself up by then, maybe an intervention is called for. I took solace in the fact that I coughed a little…
  • Breathing In, Breathing Out

    Bike Noob
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
    After battling bronchitis for three weeks, a tentative ride on the bike was very welcome. I didn’t go very far or very long — I just wanted to see if I was ready to come back. I think I am. This picture is six years old, but I still look like this when I ride, with my mouth open. It didn’t take long into my ride before I became aware of something I don’t think about during my “normal” rides: breathing. My lungs have been so congested these past few weeks that I haven’t been able to take in a deep breath without bursting into a coughing fit. But this…
 
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    Bike Hugger

  • Vined! Scott Solace

    Byron
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    A 7 second review of the Scott Solace… in Issue X, Patrick Brady wrote about the disc version Unlike some bikes in the endurance category, the Solace is still a proper road bike with zippy handling. The caliper-brake version in on demo, is the same bike with different brakes, and equally good looking.
  • Even Lighter and Faster

    Byron
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Now I can’t say our mobile site is vertically stuff and horizontally compliant like a race bike, but this week it’s even faster for sure. About 2 years ago, I shared Over the weekend, we’re turning on Google Page Speed Service to deliver our blog with more blazing speed. Engine Hosting is already fast, with PSS it’s even faster: 15% decrease in load time and a 30% faster speed index. Now we’re running a 93 score out of a 100 on Google’s Page Speed Insights with lots of code tweaks. That’s judged by a second to load criteria, correlated to time to…
  • Cargo Bikes NYT

    Byron
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    A growing contingent of eco-minded and health-conscious urban parents are leaving their car keys at home and relying on high-capacity cargo bikes for family transportation. Our kids have long since outgrown this phase, but yep we took them to school on a cargo bike too like the NYT reports today. See the first ride 7 years ago on an Xtracycle. Also that one time we hit ludicrous speed If you’re thinking about ditching your car to take your kids to school, more posts about cargo bikes are in our archives. Also see this post from 2013 when we hit peak cargo bike after the Wall Street…
  • 27.5/29+: What is it Good For?

    Byron
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Trek Farley accept 27.5+, if you’re into that I wasn’t at Sea Otter this year, but heard that the emergence of 27.5+ and 29+ wheels and tires was the talked. I asked our magazine contributor Nathan Wright for his take and he said told me this drinking a few beers As with fat bikes, the industry is attempting to create a new niche to sell a few more units. This is due to a lack of sustained industry growth. Basically, fat bikes, and 27.5 didn’t yield the financial returns companies where looking for so they combined them hoping to produce the magic formula for profits. They…
  • Sun Over The Ship Canal

    Byron
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Photo: Ben Moses The sun is out in Seattle and so are the cyclists…just a few pedal strokes south of this location is where I took the City with No Children in it photo during the winter. When it seemed no one was out riding but me. Thanks for the company.
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    The Cleanest Line

  • DamNation Petition Delivery to the White House – Washington state residents please take action

    Patagonia
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    On Wednesday, January 28, a small team representing activists, moviegoers, customers and the entire Patagonia family delivered a petition containing more than 70,000 signatures—the online petition and postcards combined—to President Obama and his top environmental advisers. Created in conjunction with the release of DamNation, the petition brought together activist voices from all 50 United States and 60 countries around the world asking President Obama to crack down on deadbeat dams—starting by finding a path to remove four harmful dams on one of the nation’s most important salmon…
  • Protect Bears Ears – Mutton Stew, Fry Bread and the Anatomy of a Public Lands Movement

    Kasey
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    By Willie Grayeyes My friend Leonard Lee works in the oil industry across San Juan County, Utah, both on and off the Navajo Nation. He oversees oil and gas wells and the crews who work them. So it may surprise you that Leonard is also the Vice-Chairman of a Native American organization that intends to protect 1.9 million acres of land as a national conservation area or national monument in San Juan County, Utah. The Bears Ears proposal was developed by Diné leaders like Leonard who were asked by U.S. Senator Bennett in 2010 if they had an opinion on public lands management. Never having been…
  • Kids: Our Best Product – Participating in the Champions of Change for Working Families event at the White House

    Kasey
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Rose Marcario, Patagonia, CEO It’s an honor to be recognized by President Obama for our commitments to working families. I share this gratitude with Malinda Chouinard, who has always made Patagonia a great place for families, and with Anita Furtaw, who developed an award-winning on-site child development program for our Ventura headquarters 30 years ago, and has run it ever since. We’re happy to serve as a model for other companies who want to do the right thing by their employees. It’s a necessary element of doing business in our time. To support our families, Patagonia provides…
  • Worn Wear Spring 2015 Tour – Free clothing repairs and more in 15 cities across the country [Updated]

    Patagonia
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    One of the most responsible things we can do as a company is to make high-quality stuff that lasts for years and can be repaired, so you don’t have to buy more of it. The Worn Wear® program celebrates the stories we wear and keeps your gear in action longer to take some of the pressure off the planet. This spring—beginning April 4th in San Francisco—our biodiesel repair truck will travel coast-to-coast doing free clothing repairs, teaching you how to fix your own gear and selling used Patagonia clothing. Bring us your tired, well-loved clothing for repair. If you don’t have any,…
  • The Release – Fundamentals of fish and the path to responsible angling

    Kasey
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    By Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD   Recreational angling is an incredibly popular leisure activity in North America, spanning a wide demographic of our society and occurring almost every place fish can be found. Tools and techniques for recreational angling are also vast and selecting the right gear often consumes a lot of our leisure time, basements, and wallets. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ sport and, for the most part, I think we like it that way. Given recreational angling’s popularity, breadth and depth, this also means that many different kinds of fish are caught in many different…
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    Bicycle Design

  • FrenchBuilt 22 concept bike by Ben Goudout (update)

    James Thomas
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
      Last fall, I began a post about the FrenchBuilt 22 Triathlon concept bike by saying, every once and a while, a design on Pinterest catches my attention and I want to find out more about it.” Thanks to Ben Goudout, the designer of that bike, I recently did find out a bit more… and received additional images of the prototype that was presented at the Paris bike show a couple years ago. As mentioned in the first post, the bike was designed for RCD Small Dots in 2013 and a 3D printed prototype was displayed at the show later that year. You can see additional images of the prototype…
  • Avokádo wooden frame by Jan Mucska

    James Thomas
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
      I haven’t been able to post here at Bicycle Design lately, but I have noticed that quite a few designs have been submitted though the contact page in recent weeks.  I am traveling in China for work at the moment, but I will start reviewing all of those messages when I am back in the US next week. Please bear with me if you shared a design in the last few weeks. I’ll get to it eventually. Today I want to quickly pass along a wooden bike prototype created in a Prague-based workshop called Bike Studio Jan…named for the two founders Jan Mucska and Jan Vidlicka. Mucska had the idea…
  • RIP Ilya Vostrikov

    James Thomas
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Without a doubt, the best part of writing this blog for the past nine years has been the opportunity it has given me to meet really great people who share my passions for bicycles and design. Some of them I have met in person, but many others I have communicated with on a regular basis only through email, instant messenger, and social media.  Ilya Vostrikov falls into that latter category. He first contacted me in 2012 when he was working in Germany as an automotive designer. At the time, he was very enthusiastic about sharing a few of his bicycle sketches. His talent was obvious and I was…
  • Predator HPV by Eugen Ackermann

    James Thomas
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    3d printed 1/4 scale model of Eugen Ackermann’s Predator HPV   Last summer, for his Bachelor thesis of Industrial Design at Pforzheim University in Germany, Eugen Ackermann chose to design an “Alternative Mobility” solution. His Predator design is a recumbent bike, a category that he believes offers users many advantages but still is not socially accepted even though the basic design goes back to the early days of human powered transportation. To change that perception, Ackermann believes that recumbents should not be thought of as versions of ordinary bikes. As he states on…
  • ElevenTwentySeven Erembald by Tobias Knockaert

    James Thomas
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Karel Vincke (left) and Tobias Knockaert (right) at the ElevenTwentySeven launch last week in Belgium.   Tobias Knockaert is a recent industrial design graduate from Belgium, Bruges. For his final school project, he designed a custom bicycle frameset using laser cutting technology to precisely size and miter the frame tubes. Since people were generally enthusiastic about his prototype, after graduation Tobias decided to start a company with business partner Karel Vincke, an industrial engineer and owner of V.A.C. Machines in Bruges. They plan to produce the bespoke Erembald bike in a…
 
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  • Tested: GU Electrolyte Brew

    Levi
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    Despite GU gel being my absolute favorite for years, I was never drawn to the rest of the GU product line. Even when GU2O was available, I drank something else. But with the launch of the new formula and flavors for GU Electrolyte Brew, that could all change. GU’s electrolyte hydration drink is about electrolytes first, then carbohydrates. This is a hydration drink offering just enough calories and carbs to provide some energy, but not so much that it’s going to interfere with a carefully calculated fueling strategy based on gels or foods. It comes as a powder, available in single…
  • Tested: GU Electrolyte Tablets

    Levi
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    Another complement to their energy gels, GU Electrolyte Tablets have been added to the GU product line. These are straight up electrolyte tablets. No carbs, no sugar, no amino acids. Just electrolytes. What’s the point? Hydration. That’s it. If you want to get electrolytes for better hydration, but you don’t want any extra calories, this could be for you. Just pop 1 tab into 16oz water and you’re ready to go. GU Electrolyte Tabs Health and Nutrition Info Let’s see exactly what’s in these tabs. Here are the ingredients for the strawberry lemonade flavor:…
  • The Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Gut Health

    Levi
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Gut health, digestion, and all that good stuff. How’s it going for you? Are you digesting everything? Absorbing all the available nutrients? Not sure? Let’s talk about it. Gut health is vital for anyone trying to be fit and healthy. It’s even more important for an athlete who needs lots of extra calories and nutrients to withstand the stress of training. And still more important for endurance athletes (like you) who need to fuel up during their workouts and are at a greater risk of gastrointestinal distress. Not to mention the number of problems that can be rooted in the…
  • Tested: GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink

    Levi
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    To complement the Roctane gel, you can add GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Drink into your fueling strategy. The key words here are ultra endurance. It’s specifically made for demanding situations like high-intensity events lasting 4+ hours, providing lots and lots of carbs and electrolytes per serving, plus BCAAs, taurine, and caffeine. We’ll get into more detail in the next section… GU Roctane Drinks Health and Nutrition Info Much like the Roctane gel, this drink is formulated for ultra-endurance efforts. Just look at the ingredients list. [Grape] Ingredients:…
  • How to Get Started Bouldering (Rock Climbing)

    Levi
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that takes place on individual boulders (or 10-15′ high walls if you’re in the gym.) Instead of ropes, pads are placed on the ground for protection. And instead of climbing straight up, you often traverse along the wall as well as climb along the ceilings of caves! You can start indoors with no experience required, and it’s a great workout, so give it a shot. Here’s everything you need to know to get started. Safety Principles and Precautions Any type of activity where it’s common to fall to the ground brings an element of…
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    BikePortland.org » Front Page

  • Comment of the Week: The five-ingredient recipe for a great bike city

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Birk at Powell’s Books in 2011.(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland) If anyone in the country knows what it takes for a city to improve its bike transportation, it’s a woman whose entire business depends on cities doing so: Mia Birk. Birk, the former Portland bicycle coordinator and senior local principal of Alta Planning + Design, was indirectly quoted in a comment this week from BikePortland reader Matt, who said he’d heard Birk’s theory about this in a conversation once. Matt seems to have remembered it. It’s a memorably simple formula. I once sat next to Mia Birk at a…
  • The Bike Concierge finds niche by making bike adventures easy

    Jennifer Sotolongo (Contributor)
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Fat biking in Post Canyon? The Bike Concierge has you covered.(Photos courtesy Jennifer Sotolongo_) — This article was written by Jennifer Sotolongo, a tourism development specialist for Clackamas County who’s about to embark on a bike trip around the world with her husband Dave and dog named Sora. Follow them at @longhaultrekker. When Thom Batty resumed his regular life after riding the Tour Divide in 2013, he realized that he no longer wanted to spend his days behind a desk. He wanted to get people on bikes. Shelley and Thom Batty. Together, with his wife Shelley, the couple spent…
  • City debates cutting park fees for small homes, hiking for big ones

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Backers say the proposal would encourage smaller, more densely built houses.(Photo: Mark McClure) For years, almost every new home built in Portland has paid thousands of dollars into a city fund that pays to buy and develop parkland. But so far, the size of the home hasn’t affected the size of the fee. If it were built today, a 900-square-foot bungalow would pay the same $8,582 parks fee as a 3,100-square foot 4-bedroom. But in a proposal that could shift the local economy toward building smaller homes — and potentially provide a boost for bike infrastructure funding — the Portland…
  • Jobs of the Week: Rack Attack, Chris King, Sprocketfly, Bike N’ Hike, Universal Cycles

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    We’ve had five great job opportunities listed this week. Learn more about them via the links below… Sales Associate – Rack Attack Car Rack & Hitch Centers Finisher – Chris King Precision Components Flexible P/T Mechanic – SprocketFly Mechanic and Sales – Bike N’ Hike Beaverton Mechanic/Sales – Universal Cycles For a complete list of available jobs, click here. These are paid listings. If you’d like to post a job, you can purchase a listing online by visiting our Job Listings page. You can sign up for all the latest listings via RSS,…
  • County’s bridges may get $33 million for biking and walking upgrades by 2020

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Crowding on the Hawthorne sidewalks is already a serious problem and is only likely to increase, advocates say.(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland) Some or all of Multnomah County’s four busiest bridges across the Willamette River — the Broadway, Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne — could see major biking and walking upgrades within five years, biking and walking advocates said Thursday. One possibility being discussed: physically separating bike and foot traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge by moving either biking or walking to one or two of the four auto-dominated lanes on the bridge…
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  • Bell Built Contestant: Gorges Jump Line, Brevard, NC

    Chris Daniels
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    For those of you not familiar with Brevard, NC, it is next to Pisgah Forest National Forest, and Pisgah Forest is home to the Pisgah Stage Race, known as one of the world’s best mountain bike stage races. (Catch Part 1 of our recent Pisgah Stage Race coverage, here.) So yes, there’s a lot of mountain biking …
  • Riding Along with the Pisgah Stage Race, Part 2

    Kurt Rampton
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Waking up in the Pisgah forest is a magical experience: the sounds of birds and streams, the smell of fresh damp foliage, the promise of a new day and new trails to slay. On the morning of Stage 4 of the Pisgah Stage Race, I wasn’t anxious to leave the tent, so I made a …
  • Video: The Intense Tracer 275 DVO in Action

    Video Share
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    I (Greg) got to see the special edition Intense Tracer 275 DVO in person at Sea Otter this year, and it is one sick bike! The performance lives up to the looks, too.
  • Polygon Releases Syncline Carbon, Di2 Hardtail in USA and 160mm Collosus N9 Trail Bike

    Aaron Chamberlain
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Polygon started in 1989 in Indonesia where their factory is still located. They have quite the following in Southeast Asia, but are looking to expand their presence globally, specifically within the US market. To that end, they’ve started selling their bikes using the consumer-direct model à la Fezzari, Commencal, YT, and others. While they make bikes …
  • SR Suntour Is Making an Awesome $850 Fork… For 20″ Kids’ Bikes

    Aaron Chamberlain
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    SR Suntour has been in the suspension business since 1988, but has really come on strong in the past few years with a slew of products that can go toe-to-toe with offerings from any company. Greg spent some time with their burly Auron fork last summer; you can check out what he had to say …
 
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  • SEA OTTER : BELL HELMETS

    Art Aguilar
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you recall we did a review on the BELL super helmet last year as a part of our Enduro product reviews. At that time BELL had not yet released the Super 2R or Super 2R MIPS. These are the latest in the All-Mountain / Enduro type line up for BELL Helmets along with the Super 2. The Super 2R come as a standard foam type EPS liner with a In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell, while the Super 2R equipped MIPS steps up the protection in the shell. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This allows for better protection to the head. The key feature to both Super 2R helmets is that they…
  • SEA OTTER VIBE

    Art Aguilar
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    What this means is when you attend an event like this you will see some of the most interesting people an well as going on’s here. With this many people that are into cycling I have to say we are a rear group. GOOD MORNING SEA OTTER Time for the show to start and the crowds to come THE BEER CAR IS HERE Beer is important to cyclist as well as wine. Sierra Nevada knows how to do it up right. YOU WON’T SEE THIS EVERYDAY Sumo cycler   KIDS COVER YOUR EYES!!! STUNT SHOWS THE FUN OF SEA OTTER IS YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING COOL TO SEE   “Did you get that!”…
  • REDLINE BICYCLES

    Art Aguilar
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    REDLINE BIKES Redline has come out with a couple of new item that the BMX and Dirt Jump set will love. Let’s start with the new PL-26 that looks like an oversize BMX cruiser. The PL-26 has that old school BMX heritage put into it that Redline is known for. If you want that full sized BMX feel this is the one for you, built with a full chromoly frame, machined BB. The fork is made with the same material and the frame and multi butted with tapered legs, Integrated headset 1 1/8, RL Aluminum HollowPoint 55mm stem, with Chromo bars. You have the old school type pinch bolt crankset with…
  • SEA OTTER: DAY TWO

    Art Aguilar
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    GT BICYCLES LOOKING GOOD GT Bicycles booth is sporting there latest for all to see. The new Fury DH bike that Team Atherton is using is a bike to be recon with. They will be doing battle on the World Cup circuit. On the Enduro Stage you have the 27.5 Force. Pictured here is the Force Sport for $2930 that is well equipped for that new Enduro rider. The all new Fury World Cup DH bike is also 27.5 and at the top of the big boy list. Its ready to take you to the podium if you have the “moxey”. The Fury World Cup comes in at $8140. On the XC side GT has their 27.5 Helion carbon for…
  • 25 YEARS OF SEA OTTER!!

    Art Aguilar
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Yes it has been 25 years of one of the biggest cycling events to ever be on the west coast and one of the fun things about coming to Sea Otter is the dive up. If you are fortunate enough to be able to ride along the coast, this makes for one beautiful ride up. Again the MtnBikeRider.com crew was able to bum a ride up wit the fabulous D-Crew from Dainese, thank you guys. If you have never been to the Sea Otter Classic, this is an event so big that it spans four days of racing that covers mountain biking, road biking, and one of the biggest consumer expos ever. Fun for the whole family, cycling…
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  • Video: Sea Otter Classic “From the Inside” Ep2 – UR Team Dual & DH

    sicklines
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    United Ride sent over their Sea Otter Classic video. Follow along as the team competes in the gravity events and enjoy their time in the sun. From the inside” is a style of videos based on helmet cam footage. Lifestyle, race runs and overall fun stuff is what it’s all about! Follow the Polygon UR Team athletes around the world! For the second episode follow the UR Team in Monterey, California, for the 2015 Sea Otter Classic. Take a ride down the crazy Dual Slalom with Andrew and pedal as hard as you can with Mick Hannah on the fast downhill track. Follow us on Facebook :…
  • Pivot Cycles Team at Sea Otter | Emilie Siegenthaler, Bernard Kerr, Eliot Jackson

    sicklines
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Pivot Cycles had their World Cup gravity team, Emilie Siegenthaler, Bernard Kerr, and Eliot Jackson, at Sea Otter this year. We swung by the Pivot booth, got a chance to chat with them, and snapped a few pictures from the event. This was Emilie Siegenthaler’s first time at Sea Otter and she was excited to be here.  The sunny weather had many athletes happy and in good spirits. Sea Otter gravity events are often about having a good time and Emilie enjoyed her time on the courses. She ended up 3rd in dual slalom and 4th in the downhill. Bernard Kerr and Eliot Jackson were also in…
  • Video: Tracing Dirt – Quadra Island

    sicklines
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Faultline has beamed over their latest video edit from Quadra Island. Check out the trail shredding inside. “Quadra Island’s website states that the island residents are an extremely diverse and unique community of individuals, who share the passion of the island existence, but enjoy a variety of different professions. When we talk about individuality, a picture is painted of forging your own path and creating one’s own free existence. Sam Whittingham is very much so at the core of individuality. Sam created Naked Bicycles, a handmade bicycle manufacturer situated on Quadra Island,…
  • OneUp X-Cog 44T for XX1/X01 and Sram Direct Mount Narrow Wide rings

    sicklines
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    OneUp sent over some details on two new prodcuts they’ve developed. The first item is desigend to extend the life of your 10-42t cassette by replacing your worn aluminum 42t with an X-Cog 44T sprocket. The second item is the Direct Mount chain rings that bolt up to SRAM’s cranksets. Details inside. X-Cog 44T Sprocket for XX1/X01 OneUp your XX1/X01 cassette with the X-Cog 44T expander sprocket. Extend the life and range of your 10-42T cassette by replacing your worn aluminum 42T with the X-Cog 44T sprocket. XX1/X01 cassettes have steel sprockets from 10-36T (X-dome). It’s never…
  • Video: Trail Hunter – Sun Valley and Destination Trail – Maui

    sicklines
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Specialized has produced two videos recently that we enjoyed watching. Watch as Matt Hunter and friends travel to Sun Valley, Idaho to ride. The second video is part of their Destination Trail where they visit Maui to see what they’ve got to offer. Matt Hunter and his friends plan a trip every year to reconnect and ride. This year, the group elected to meet in the Sawtooth Range outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. Few places embody the heart of the American West like the Sawtooth. Rugged, wild, and ever changing, it’s the perfect place to crack a beer, earn your rides, and laugh with…
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    Keir Plaice

  • Tomorrow, I am off to Belgium for the Arden Challenge, a race I remember fondly. In the hills, there...

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Tomorrow, I am off to Belgium for the Arden Challenge, a race I remember fondly. In the hills, there is no longer any place to hide. I’ll find out if I am still any good at this racing lark.
  • Advice for Aspiring Racers1. Winning is all that matters. No one gives a shit how hard you train,...

    8 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Advice for Aspiring Racers1. Winning is all that matters. No one gives a shit how hard you train, how talented you are, or how good you look on a bike. The numbers on the results sheet are the only ones that count.2. Fear is debilitating. Get over it.3. You have no friends in the peloton when the race is on. Everyone is there to fuck you over save for your teammates (usually).4. You aren’t a specialist. Every great racer can climb, sprint, descend and time-trial with the best. 5. Every race is important. You are there to win.6. Bike handling trumps raw power. Learn how to ride your…
  • “You can suffer as much as you want; if you do the wrong thing at the wrong time, you will...

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    “You can suffer as much as you want; if you do the wrong thing at the wrong time, you will never win the race. You can not compensate your stupidness by suffering more. First you must begin to do right thing at the right moment. That’s the art of cycling.” - Paul Köchli
  • With 30k left in yesterday’s race, I suddenly couldn’t see straight. I’d been flying, covering moves...

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    With 30k left in yesterday’s race, I suddenly couldn’t see straight. I’d been flying, covering moves and fetching bottles, fighting at the front then dropping back for the boys, euphoric, not useless, ‘til I cracked. I wasn’t prepared. I was riding on memory, on too little training, too little racing, too much belief in myself.  In half a lap, I fell from the front to the back, legs numb and hands cramping, body bathed in pain, mind floating in ether. Every corner became a battle to concentrate, to stay on the wheel, stay on the wheel, stay on the fucking wheel. For the rest…
  • On the first day of third grade, my mum told me I was old enough, I could ride to school without...

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    On the first day of third grade, my mum told me I was old enough, I could ride to school without her. Within a week, I had ridden my first bike race. Every morning, the boys from town would meet at the corner of Avon and Ridge for a mass-sprint to the schoolyard. By the time the first bell rang, no one would remember who had won but for those eight-hundred metres coming first was the only thing that mattered. There we were; a pack of kids on hand-me-down bikes, charging, cars-be-damned, down the whole road, backpacks swinging and shoulders bumping, gasping for breath as our sneakers slipped…
 
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    Bike Shop Girl

  • Road Holland Breukelen Mid-Weight Long Sleeve Jersey

    Bike Shop Girl
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    It’s spring time in Colorado which means I am pulling on a wool sweater for every outing. There aren’t many well fitting women’s wool jerseys on the market, so this mid-weight wool blend jersey from Road Holland called The Breukelen caught my eye. 61% / 39% Merino Wool – poly blend means it won’t be too scratchy. There are several colors to pick from, and if they hold up as long as the rest of the Road Holland line, the $150 price tag will be long forgotten in 3-4 years when it still looks new.  
  • We’ve Been a Bit Busy

    Bike Shop Girl
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The riding and writing around these parts have been a bit sparse. You see on March 6th my wife delivered our daughter, Ellington. As she is our first, the months leading up to the big day were filled with preparation and furniture building, and the weeks following have been filled with a bundle of sweet joy. I’m sure in the coming months and years I will wax words of how much this little girl means to me, and please be patient as I may over share photos of her first moments. Most importantly, for you my friends and readers,  know that I am catching up and have a renewed passion to…
  • Preview: Yuba Bikes Spicy Curry Electric Cargo Bike

    Bike Shop Girl
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    What’s green, electric and can haul? The Yuba Spicy Curry of course. The long tail company, Yuba Bikes, have partnered with a well known eBike company called Currie Technologies to build a car replacing cargo bike, the Spicy Curry. This bike will be officially launched at Sea Otter but Yuba sent out some spec info out earlier today. The only thing missing on this bike, in my opinion, is a generator front hub and lights. 20 inch rear wheel for better balance. Plug-in cargo system with optional Truck Bed Add-On that creates a four-foot-square cargo area. Integrated adapter to easily…
  • Motivational Monday with Neela Fleckenstein

    Megan Archer
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Motivational Monday is an on going series highlighting stories of women like you and me. We feature racers, commuters, car-free mommas, and everything in between. Want to be featured? Let us know! Neela Fleckenstein is a 33 year-old engineer from Greenville, South Carolina. She started cycling in 2011. What initially motivated you to race bikes? Joining a women’s cycling team helped get me into road racing. I became interested in racing cyclocross after seeing my husband do a few races, and watching a few episodes of Behind the Barriers. I had to join the fun! What were (if any) your…
  • Early Rider Belter 16″ Kid’s Bike

    Bike Shop Girl
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Popularity of quality bikes for kids is growing as adults realize that kids benefit from bikes that don’t weigh as much as they do! There are a few brands on the market offering well spec’d kids bikes and Early Rider is one of them. This fancy Belter 16″ model has proper length cranks, great v-brakes and is belt drive for less maintenance (and rust!) The price is steep, but if you have several children or know your child is into it – it will last a couple lifetimes! MSRP: $420 16″ wheels 12.5 lbs Suggested age 3.5 – 6 yrs Minimum seat height 47cm Hand…
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  • WTB Cross Boss: 2015 Editors’ Award for Best Overall Clincher Tire

    Andrew Reimann
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and award those that struck us as ... The post WTB Cross Boss: 2015 Editors’ Award for Best Overall Clincher Tire appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • TRP Spyre SLC: 2015 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mechanical Brake

    Andrew Reimann
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and award those that struck us as ... The post TRP Spyre SLC: 2015 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Mechanical Brake appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • 2015 Cyclocross Magazine Editors’ and Readers’ Choice Awards

    Andrew Reimann
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    It’s that time of year again! One of the annual traditions of Cyclocross Magazine is reflecting back on a year filled with reviewing products and ... The post 2015 Cyclocross Magazine Editors’ and Readers’ Choice Awards appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Get a Grip: Giro Designs Rivet II Gloves for Fans of Trail Feel – Review

    cyclocross magazine
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    The post Get a Grip: Giro Designs Rivet II Gloves for Fans of Trail Feel – Review appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos. ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Fezzari Foré Cyx Cyclocross Bike Review – Issue 27

    Andrew Reimann
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:23 am
    In Issue 27, we tested the Fezzari Foré Cyx, and today we are offering one full review of the many in that issue. For other extensive ... The post Fezzari Foré Cyx Cyclocross Bike Review – Issue 27 appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos. ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
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  • The Best $100 Kit We've Ever Tried

    Molly Hurford
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    It’s hard to find a nice pair of cycling shorts or a jersey for less than $100. It’s even more rare to find affordable women’s designs. But Performance has created a jersey and shorts that fit women properly and cost less than $100 total. And while some cheaper shorts and jerseys tend to wear out quickly, this set is still going strong after numerous ride-and-wash cycles. I’ll start at the top with the Women's Elite short-sleeve jersey—and by the top, I mean the eye-catching collar. Performance gave this model a softer Mandarin-style collar that sits lower than on a traditional…
  • Pack Wisely to Save Your Spine

    selene yeager
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    On October 6, 2013, BMX legend Eddy King stuffed his hydration pack with water, tubes, tools, phone, shock pump, and everything he’d need for a day of dialing in his mountain bike on some downhill runs at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, California. On his third and fastest run down the mountain things went horribly wrong. He caught the lip on a tabletop and sailed over his bars, landing flat on his back and injuring his spinal cord at the thoracic vertebrae T11 and T12, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This week, he posted photos of what he believes to be the crippling…
  • Do You Need the Apple Watch?

    bill strickland
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I first got to wear—and briefly operate—an Apple Watch during a secret preview in January, and for the past four days have tested one extensively on the bike and off, a period that’s just enough to provide some idea of whether cyclists will find the device useful or revolutionary, but nowhere near enough to fully understand or benefit from its capabilities, as even Jay Blahnick, Apple’s director of fitness and health technologies, said to me. “You’re going to need to live with this for awhile,” he said. And that’s sort of the take-away for me. If you trust that Apple can do…
  • Rap and Basketball Fans: Here's Your Bike

    Kelsey Molseed
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    If you find yourself rapping Biggie Smalls lyrics on your morning commute, you might want to check out the Wallace bike from California-based Pure Fix Cycles. The Wallace is a tribute to Christopher George Letore Wallace, who you probably know as the Notorious B.I.G., and former NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace. The bike’s color scheme is based on Rasheed Wallace’s black and red Portland Trail Blazers jersey, and the gold hubs and chain are reminiscent of Biggie’s gold bling. A flip-flop hub lets you ride it as a singlespeed or fixed-gear bike. “We make bikes with a goal of spreading the…
  • NICA and IMBA Launch Teen Trail Corps

    Kelsey Molseed
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) have partnered to create the Teen Trail Corps, a new initiative launched at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Teen Trail Corps is an expansion of IMBA and NICA’s Spirit of Howdy campaign, an initiative begun in 2010 with the goal of teaching teens to be friendly and respectful toward people they meet on the trail.      RELATED: Tips from Top Trail Builders In 2014, four NICA league high school students were chosen to attend the IMBA World Summit. There they met with IMBA…
 
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    Cycle EXIF Update

  • Insight: No Quarter Paint

    Adam
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Back in November 2013 we featured a striking mauve-on-purple track bike that had been restored from a real junker. It was a prime example of the work offered by Leicester’s No Quarter Paint — specialists in custom paint work and powder coating. After three months of fine tuning, they’ve just perfected their signature colour: No Quarter Purple. James Langton is the Director of No Quarter, which he founded in 2012 with a £15 capital in a single car garage. Since then, No Quarter has grown into a full-service paint shop that has been churning out some superb frame restoration and…
  • Winter Bicycles Velvet Hammer

    Adam
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    After another successful appearance at Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show, Eric Estlund has returned to the Winter Bicycles workshop in Springfield, Oregon. He exhibited the constructeur-style bikes he is well known for, and also this track bike. It didn’t look out of place, but had a modern twist. Eric has titled it ‘Velvet Hammer’ and its companions on the stand were a couple of light tourers built in the spirit of René Herse and Alex Singer — legendary French builders who looked at the finished bicycle as a whole, not just a collection of disparate parts. Every…
  • Groovy Cycleworks Kauai 6-5-0

    Adam
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Sydney is currently in the grip of a major storm; the wind has been blowing the rain horizontally for the past three days, whipping the sea into a frenzy and strewing half the beach across the carpark. The ocean’s power and mystique was the theme behind one of the most eye catching bikes of the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Groovy Cycleworks‘ Kauai 6-5-0. Rody Walter of Louisville’s Groovy Cycleworks is an all-encompassing frame builder, who takes care of every single step of the custom bike process, from fabrication to paint to assembly. Not only does he build…
  • Firefly Bicycles FF411

    Adam
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    When it comes to cycling, Melbourne is Australia’s capital city. But there’s one thing in trumps that Sydney has over its southern sister, and that is a mountainous coastline. Skunkworks Bikes is located at the heart of the eastern suburbs, Bondi Beach, and specialises in assembling bikes of the highest pedigree. The latest, having travelled from Boston to Bondi, is Firefly Bicycles‘ FF411. The flat topography of Beach Road might keep Melbourne’s dawn patrol happy, but the shoreline from Little Bay in the south to Watsons Bay in the north is a literal rollercoaster of…
  • John Boultbee Leather Goods

    Adam
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    The Brooks England catalog has undergone a revolution over the last couple of years, adding new additions to their range of superb products that still upholds the integrity and ethos of the band that John Boultbee Brooks founded in 1866. From the press release: Manchester, 15 April. John Boultbee, trademark of Brooks England ltd, announces the Small Leather Goods collection in new colours. This classic and timeless line is made with the same materials and identical handcraft of the famous Brooks Leather Saddles and Cycle Bags. The J.B. Small Leather Goods Collection features classic staples…
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    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog

  • Patti Kissinger 1953 - 2015

    Dave Moulton
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Patti Kissinger was an artist, she created beautiful pieces of art in glass. Glass blown and formed while hot and in a semi-molten state. She also made stained glass windows, and lamp shades. Patti was also a songwriter, played guitar and was a working musician. That is how I met her briefly in 2013. She had just moved to Charleston, South Carolina and showed up one night at a Songwriters’ Open Mic that I attend regularly. As I usually do when I meet someone new at one of these events, I gave Patti a copy of my novel, Prodigal Child. She was only in the Charleston area for a month or…
  • The Bike Registry: Five Years On

    Dave Moulton
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    I started the Dave Moulton Registry in 2010, to list and account for the many frames I built, to preserve those left for people wishing to own one. The Registry will be five years old later this years. I have just counted the number of Fuso frames listed. Roughly 250. That is only about 10% of the approximately 2,500 built between 1984 and 1993. It leaves me wondering, where are the other 90%, they can’t have all been wrecked, rusted away, or thrown out as trash. I have a feeling I will continue adding to the list for a number of years to come. There is hardly a week goes by when at…
  • It is stay off the Internet because everything you read is BS Day

    Dave Moulton
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    This blog will be 10 years old this year, and I used to look forward to April 1st. each year when I could attempt to write some bogus article that would entertain and maybe amuse my readers. A good “All Fools” story will suck you in at first, and you believe what you are reading. Then as the story becomes more and more bizarre, you start to ask yourself, “What is this?” Then you realize the date is April 1st. and you chuckle because you get the joke. You’ve been had. However, a joke is not funny if you already know the punch line. I wrote my last April…
  • The March of the Machines

    Dave Moulton
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Just about any manufactured item can be described as Functional Art. Designed not only to do what it is supposed to do, but to look appealing also. If you are choosing between two similar priced items of similar quality, you are most likely going to pick the one that looks cool, all other things being equal. When I built bicycle frames in England during the 1970s my customers were almost exclusively racing cyclists. They bought my bikes mainly because they rode and handled well, and were reasonably priced. A few file marks showing under the paint showed it was a handmade item. On moving to…
  • Survival, Fear and Anger

    Dave Moulton
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    On the spectrum of emotional feelings, fear and anger sit right next to each other. If we believe our vital instincts stem from mankind’s primitive beginnings, this makes perfect sense. When in danger there are two options, fight or flight. Fear will make you run, if trapped or cornered, anger will make you turn and fight.  I sometimes feel we arrive on this planet with one very basic and simple instruction: Survive. But it is never explained to us how to survive. When, if we would just stop and think about it, if we just live our lives day to day we can do nothing else but…
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    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education

  • Free Music Friday 4/24

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:07 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. Missed you guys…too much traveling! This is a great climb song- I think we all want to say sometimes, “Give Me All of You!” with the busyness that seems to surround our lives. This woman doesn’t even have a Wikipedia (what????), but she’s awesome. A combo of electric dance and etherial voice in my humble…
  • Just relax and do what you normally do… Cycle Sculpt Profile #3

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. With 40°f and rain scheduled for this past Sunday, I agreed to sub the 9:00am Cycle Sculpt class at the Life Time Fitness where I have scheduled classes. This was my third chance to teach this LTF branded format that combines Indoor Cycling and Resistance training. You can read about my earlier experiences here and here – both…
  • Happy Earth Day!

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:17 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. As I sit here, breathing in the clear (but thin) Denver air – I’m struck with how awesome things are here on our rock floating through space. It’s rare to find an article that’s full of good news > found one and wanted to share it with you. Ah, Earth, ah Spring. As Earth Day dawns this year, we can all feel…
  • How Sugar Changed My Elevator Pitch

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:17 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. Do you have an elevator pitch? Mine has changed several times – all necessary. But this post is actually about the emotions that sugar generates. I began with a standard 30-second elevator pitch. Remember that version? It was the original length years ago, but now almost nobody will listen that long. I shortened mine to 15 seconds.
  • The new SoulCycle iPhone App – It’s all about the Instructors and their music

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:29 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. Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, there’s no denying that SoulCycle is enormously successful and a driving force that’s responsible for much of the excitement our industry. I visited SoulCycle last fall and participated in a few classes. The purpose was to accurately report on this juggernaut of Indoor Cycling. The bottom…
 
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    Bicycle Lab

  • Running can help you become a better cyclist

    Victor
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Running can help you become a better cyclist As a bicycle fitter and technique coach, I see riders with all sorts of ailments and efficiency problems. Some have poor engagement of certain muscle groups while others lack core strength which hinders their ability to produce power on the bike. With the exception of poor fit, the main cause of body problems from cycling [...] Bicycle Lab
  • Indoor fluid trainers – Cycletek

    Victor
    26 Jan 2013 | 8:44 am
    Indoor fluid trainers – Cycletek Short video review of the Cycle Tek trainer You can find the trainer at http://Cycletek.com Bicycle Lab
  • Do you know what 10lbs (4.5Kg) of fat looks like?

    Victor
    13 Dec 2012 | 6:29 am
    Do you know what 10lbs (4.5Kg) of fat looks like? Yup this is what ten pounds of fat looks like Most cyclists are carrying around 5-10 pounds of extra fat. Victor here: The first time I saw this was many years ago during a nutrition class.   For me this was a game changer Sure I knew what it felt like when I was a [...] Bicycle Lab
  • Interview with Hunter Allen

    Victor
    7 Aug 2012 | 2:29 pm
    Interview with Hunter Allen Interview with Hunter Allen   Hunter is the owner of Peaks Coaching Group and Co – author of Training with Power and a new book called Cutting Edge Cycling. Victor and Hunter discuss some of the basics of training and coaching and why average athletes should think about training with power. About Hunter Legendary Cycling [...] Bicycle Lab
  • The Science of Cycling – Video Series

    Victor
    6 Jul 2012 | 11:53 am
    The Science of Cycling – Video Series This is a fantastic overview of the science of cycling and the world hour record Grab a coffee and watch this series of videos about how technology has changed cycling. What do you think? Please leave a comment and make sure you sign up for our email news. These videos feature interviews from Moser, Obree, [...] Bicycle Lab
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    Cycling 360 media

  • Integrating Cycling with Family Life

    Darryl
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all know that Darryl and Victor are passionate about Bikes and Family, and we’re had several comments asking about how to find room for cycling and integrating it into family life. This is a fantastic topic and the Cycling 360 guys were happy to dive right into it.  Helping others find a balance between cycling and family time is something we definitely want to help out with. In this podcast: Integrating cycling into life‏ Getting everyone on the same page Core values and priorities Making best use of time‏ on the bike Why group rides might not be a great idea Setting a…
  • 6 Tips to Keep New Cyclists on the Road

    Darryl
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    This Cycling 360 Quicktip is intended for all you new cyclists who are fired up and ready to make this the best riding season ever.  We want to make sure you keep that fire burning and continue to make cycling a part of your every day lifestyle. In order to help make that happen, Darryl has 6 quick tips to make sure you keep on loving the bike. Additional Links: Shopping for a new bike Does an expensive bike make you a better cyclist? Victors Excellent Essential Course On Basic Bicycle Maintenance 
  • Sore Feet and Cycling

    Darryl
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Why do I get burning, aching, numbing in my feet when cycling?  It’s a question Victor gets all the time, and we’ve also had a few listeners asking about as well….so we decided to make a podcast out of it. Whether you experience foot pain while cycling or not, you’re going to want to listen in for our tips and suggestions on how to improve your cycling experience by making your feet happy. The importance of a good insole Adjusting your shoe Pedal Stroke and minimizing foot pain Do insoles wear out? Victor’s tip for properly adjusting your shoe straps What causes…
  • How to deal with muscle imbalances

    Victor
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Almost everyone has some sort of physical imbalance, and whether you know it or not, it affects your cycling.  The idea for this podcast came up after receiving an e-mail from one of our listeners who suffered a rare type of stroke that made everything in life more difficult.  We share his inspiring story and explain how he decided to take up cycling in the aftermath of it all. So how does your own personal imbalance affect your cycling, and how do you improve it?  In this podcast, we go over all things involved with imbalance and cycling: Strength, Form, Awareness, and how to deal with…
  • Stretch After the Hills

    Darryl
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    It’s important to stretch all the time, but this time around Darryl talks about stretching when you’ve been doing hill climbing.  Riding hills uses different muscles than on regular rides, so you need to stretch it out in order to keep things loose and prevent your back from tightening up. In this quick tip, Darryl explains why you need to stretch out your glutes.   Additional Links: 4 Good Cycling Stretches (with video)
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    lovingthebike.com

  • Upgrading Your Bike

    Darryl
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Unfortunately we might not always be able to buy a new bike when we want one, but what’s the next best thing?  Upgrading.  Yeah, making upgrades to your current bike may not be as exciting as purchasing a new one….but your dollar might actually go a whole lot further in making you a better cyclist. Many of us cyclists feel that a new bike, new wheels, new whatever will make us a better cyclist….if only it were that easy, huh? But, there actually are upgrades that can be done to your bike to help improve performance. Take tires and tubes for instance.  This just might be…
  • Loving the BITE: Spice Things Up

    Kelli
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    What’s for dinner tonight? Anything exciting? Spicy? Delicious? Or, blah? If you’ve got a case of the dinner-time blahs look no further than this weeks Loving the Bite Recipes to Spice things up. Along the way, we’ll ditch the commercial spices that harm our arteries, hormones, and health, and make our own fabulous real-food spices. We’ll even get some sinus relief, metabolism boosts, and a healthy dose of vitamin C along the way. Ready for this ride? Recipe of the week: 3 Ways to add Homemade Spice Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce: Ingredients: 3 large garlic cloves, peeled…
  • Loving the Bike TV: A Reminder that Life’s For the Living

    Darryl
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    We all need reminders, right?  Well, I know I sure do.  This week it came to me courtesy of my man, Passenger in his song called “Life’s For the Living”. It sure did put the whole world back in perspective once again….at least until the next time. Have a watch, and then get out there and live it up. The post Loving the Bike TV: A Reminder that Life’s For the Living appeared first on lovingthebike.com.
  • Beautiful Earth Day 2015

    Darryl
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:27 am
    It’s Earth Day 2015, but instead of telling you to be aware and to recognize this special day…..I’m asking you to act on it. Spend part of the day watching the Sun rise or set, clean up trash around your neighborhood, take in some bottles for recycling….help find a way to turn around what is going around. I may not be the perfect Environmentalist, but absolutely hate waste and I hate the things that are being done to our word.  If I ever catch you tossing garbage out your car window, leaving unnecessary power on, or throwing away perfectly good paper, food, or…
  • Improve Your Basic Bicycle Maintenance Skills

    Darryl
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    If you’re a cyclist, you don’t have to be an expert mechanic….but you really should have basic maintenance skills.  However, most don’t. By learning the basics, you’ll be a much more confident cyclist and will most likely get yourself out of a difficult situation in the near future.  That should be motivation enough to improve your skills, right? Well, my good friend Victor Jimenez makes learning bicycle maintenance incredibly easy.  If you’ve ever listened to one of our Cycling 360 Podcasts, you’ll already know just how knowledgeable and…
 
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    MTBikeAZ.com

  • Brown’s Ranch Trail System

    Mike
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Length: 5-50+ miles Descriptors: Buff, Scenic, XC, Singletrack, No Tech, Flowy, Twisty Access: Brown’s Ranch Trailhead (gate schedule) Alma School & Dynamite, Granite Mountain Trailhead, Fraesfield Trailhead Options: Limitless The Skinny: Brown’s Ranch Trails will give you a bugs-in-teeth grin as you carve turns on groomed desert singletrack. Leave your big travel bike and gears at home. It’s back to basics at Brown’s. Brown’s Ranch is a low-to-no tech riding adventure where you can roll through the desert at a good pace covering more miles than you thought…
  • Picketpost Out-n-Back

    Mike
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Length: 12 miles Descriptors: Sweet, Singletrack, Steady Climb, Twisty, Mild Tech, Serenity, Remote, Isolation, Scenic Access: Picketpost Trailhead Options: Out-n-back The skinny: You will soak in breathtaking views of Picketpost mountain as you climb this segment of the Arizona Trail around and away towards the Gila River. The Arizona Trail covers 800 miles from Mexico to Utah. Phoenicians can sample the sweetness AZT has to offer right from Picketpost trailhead (just 20 minutes further than the King’s Ranch exit to Gold Canyon). This little epic is part of the Alamo Canyon Passage…
  • Spring is Here

    Mike
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Hedghogs up Bees on a very scenic loop on the west side of South Mountain. Brittlebrush on Pirate in Estrella Ranch. No flowers on these canals. Brown’s Ranch is getting ready to explode in color… get out there soon.
  • Winter

    Mike
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Hammer at Browns Ranch Destination National Gold at the end of the Rainbow! Golden Glow We need more cowbell !!! Best ride all winter! When it rains…wii ride. Vortex Solid gold!
  • Summer

    Mike
    25 Jun 2013 | 9:08 pm
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • The five things I’ve learnt as an everyday cyclist in London

    Charlotte Cowling
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    People ask me all the time, “dont you find cycling in London terrifying?” Apparently, it’s only the most insane amongst us who are actively choosing to take on two wheels in the UK’s capital. That’s not without its reasons. In the last four years, almost 23,000 incidents involving bicycles were recorded in London. Still, scary stats aside, I love being a London cyclist. Nothing quite compares to the unparalleled freedom you feel when you ride, wind whipping your face as you skirt through traffic, or the joy that comes from fully exploring London’s nooks and crannies outside the…
  • Best rechargeable bike lights

    Andreas
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Rechargeable lights come with green credentials and are wallet friendly, saving you from having to keep replacing the batteries. There is a downside though, in testing, they don’t tend to last as long as bike lights that use standard, non-rechargeable batteries. With that in mind, we’ve summed up a handful of our favourites from the low, mid, to high-end price range. Oh, and two caveats, before we look at our selections: We’ve only discussed rechargeable lights here and not dynamo hub lights. We’ll cover those in a separate post. As posted by Amoeba in the comments in a…
  • Mitie London Revolution 2015 – Extra camping spots released!

    Andreas
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Way back in 2012 I rode the Mitie London Revolution. To date, it’s been one of the most fun and challenging rides I’ve ever been on. Since the rides conception just a few short years ago, it’s become one of the most popular routes amongst London cyclists, selling out each year. The 2015 edition, kicks off on the 16th and 17th May and the organisers have just released a few extra spots. The ride circumvents the capital, involving 185 miles of ‘breathless sightseeing’ over two days. It is said that “the adventure really begins on day 2″ and it’s true…
  • The simplest bike storage solution

    Andreas
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    It’s a well known formula: Bike + Indoor storage = Unhappy coinhabitants  + messy corridor Having recently taken part in the much despised game of “find a new place to rent” one of the things I was looking at, as estate agents showed me around, was where I could potentially store my bike. Would I be able to fit it in that lift? Does that bike storage outside look safe enough? Carpets in the lounge! There’s no way I can store my bike here! It’s a tricky one to overcome and there are all manners of solutions vying for the attention of cyclists. A Trimetals…
  • 10 of the greatest joys for cyclists

    Andreas
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    In a previous video, I’ve talked about 5 of the greatest dangers facing cyclists in London. Of course it’s not just about avoiding the dangers, it’s also about taking in the joys of cycling in London. In the new video, I wanted to explore 10 of the greatest joys London cyclists experience. We often forget many of these as we get used to each daily commute. Take a look at the video and do share any that you would add to a Top 10 list. We produced this video and hopefully many more future videos, thanks to a GoPro we got at Argos. 1. Challenging hill climbs That feeling of…
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • Cannondale Road CAAD 9 4 56CM

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    CANNONDALE CAAD 9-4 (56CM) Frame: CAAD9 BB30, taper butted, Optimo Alloy, Fork: Slice Premium, monocoque full carbon, Shifters: SRAM Rival, Chain: KMC DX-10SC, Rims: Shimano RS10, Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick, 700 x 23c, foldable, Stem: Cannondale C2, Headset: Tange integrated, 25mm carbon top cover, Spokes: Shimano RS10, Saddle: Prologo Kappa Pas, Pro T.20 Rails, Seat Post:Control Tech ONE, 31.8 Payment TYPE: CASH... my cost was (RETAIL PRICE 1799.00 tax)
  • Bianchi Veloce

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Celeste green Veloce 53cm frame campagnolo parts
  • Motobecane Bullet Fat Bike W, Bluto

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I am selling my custom built Motobecane Bullet fat bike. The bike is in like new condition, the bike was built up from a frame set last month just the way I wanted it, I have yet to take it out on any trails yet, the only miles on the bike are less than 4 road miles. I do not want to sell the bike but circumstances are forcing the sale. The only blemishes on the bike are a few small scratches on the drive side crank arm. Mechanic owned, built and maintained. The frame is a 19 inch (Large), I am 6'2 with a 34 inseam and it fits great. The frame is a very rich metallic purple that the pictures…
  • Orbea Alma H50 29er

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Orbea Alma H50 29er. Great shape. New shimano chain and new specialized fast trac tires. Easton carbon bars with Ergon grips and bar ends. Shimano platform/spd pedals. Extra pair of DMR Vault pedals included. Size medium. 850. DFW.
  • NEW! BikesXpress Micargi Puma GTS Chopper Beach Cruiser Bicycle 26

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Burgundy, Blue, Black, Chrome
 
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    nicomachus

  • Poetical Scavenger, digital humanities project on 18th century poetry

    Phillip Barron
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    After years of managing digital humanities projects for organizations, this past fall, I had the opportunity to contribute to a digital humanities project as a student. In a graduate seminar on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Radical Doubt – a poetry reading

    Phillip Barron
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Join me, along with Andrew Joron, Amy Narneloop, and Eric Parkison, next Saturday afternoon in San Francisco for a poetry reading. The reading is part of the sixth annual conference of the North... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Water, the problem of representation

    Phillip Barron
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    An experiment in micrograms, dedicated to the tule fog and shrouded winters. Each morning, a tightrope walk on wires of water suspended tightly at the ends. #cadrought pic.twitter.com/1ScPYwcZt9... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lyrical Materialism, a working theory

    Phillip Barron
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    In June, I published four poems along with a statement of poetic research in the dynamic journal Common-Place. The statement gave me the opportunity to work through some of my thinking about the how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • listen to Black Mountain poets

    Phillip Barron
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Thanks to Alice Sebrell for the opportunity to gather together a handful of the web’s best collections of recordings of Black Mountain poets. It is an honor to contribute to the good work that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cycling Tips

  • The slow but steady return to racing for Marianne Vos

    Anne-Marije Rook
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    With a 1.2 UCI ranking, the Ronde van Gelderland might be a minor race on the women’s race calendar, but for 12-time world champion Marianne Vos this race was a big one. Sidelined with a hamstring injury since the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships in January, Gelderland marked Vos’ long-awaited return to the peloton. Prior to Gelderland, Vos pinned on a number for the the Rabobank Bikecenter VANTUYL Paasbike mountain bike race. It was a final test of the hamstring and fitness. She won race with ease. “Paasbike was a home race on a course I know well with a lot of fans along the…
  • Renshaw: Cavendish’s watts are up, he looks a lot more focussed

    Shane Stokes
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Mark Cavendish’s leadout man and roommate Mark Renshaw has spoken of the Manxman’s determination to have a big season, saying that he has seen signs that the multiple Tour de France stage winner is going better than before. A 25-time Tour stage victor, Cavendish has had a slightly couple of quieter seasons of late. Although he was still very successful in other races, he took two stage wins as compared to Marcel Kittel’s four in the 2013 Tour and then crashed out on the opening stage of last year’s race. He had hoped to shine in the latter event, thus proving that he was once again…
  • With investigations concluded, Shimano issues apologies for Tour of Flanders neutral service car incidents

    Shane Stokes
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Concluding the investigations it promised when two of its neutral service cars were involved in collisions with riders during the Tour of Flanders, Shimano has published its findings and issued apologies in relation to the two events. The company didn’t specify if the drivers concerned would continue working in the same role, but said that both matters were unintentional and occurred in high pressure situations. It said that the first incident involving the Trek Factory Racing rider Jesse Sergent occurred after race radio instructed all drivers following the early break to move quickly to…
  • Giddy up! Back to Holland: Loren Rowney on her return to racing

    Loren Rowney
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Ella columnist Loren Rowney returns to racing this weekend at EPZ Omloop van Borsele and Dwars door de Westhoek. It has been six weeks since a horrific and widely documented crash involving a spectator in the sprint finish at Drentse 8 left her with a broken collarbone. As she awaited surgery the morning following her crash, Rowney penned an Ella column about the experience. She checks in again today as she heads to Holland to join her Veloocio-SRAM teammates for the final few Spring Classics. Six weeks ago today I was lying in Hamburg hospital. I found myself repeatedly thinking: “What the…
  • Tour of Flanders champion Kristoff prolongs with Katusha

    Shane Stokes
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Concluding negotiations with the teams keen to sign him for 2016, Alexander Kristoff has opted to remain with Team Katusha, the squad with whom he has raced since 2012. The 27 year old rider has thus far been the most successful rider of this season. He has clocked up eleven wins, including the most recent results of three stage victories plus the overall in the Three Days of De Panne, the Tour of Flanders Classic and also Scheldeprijs. “It is unbelievable how the team was going the last months. They all worked so hard for me,” said Kristoff, explaining his decision on Friday. “The…
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    Car Free Days

  • One Day at a Time (an Alternative to 30 Days of Biking)

    Anne
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    #30daysofbiking April 1st is not only April Fools Day, centered around pranks and jokes and various forms of tomfoolery, it’s also the beginning of 30 Days Of Biking. According to their site, 30 Days of Biking started in 2010 as a way to encourage people to ride their bike. “We ride our bikes every day in April, no matter the weather, no matter the distance. We started in 2010, and thousands of people from around the world have joined in.” At this count 6997 people have signed up. Have you? Make a pledge. Join others and ride. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?
  • Teen Bike Rejection Syndrome

    Anne
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Let me start by admitting two things: Of the many parenting issues I’ll likely face in my lifetime, this one is minor This issue definitely falls into the ‘first-world-problem’ category Even though this issue seems trivial in the grand scheme of parenting woes, it’s one that Tim and I have been pondering, discussing, obsessing over and pondering some more: What does a ‘bike family’ do when their teen rejects her bike? Let’s be frank: Teen-bike-rejection is a huge pain in the ass. It personally affects me, my transportation and activity choices, how…
  • Light Up Your Bike with Battery-Powered-Holiday-Lights

    Anne
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Tree-hauling preparations started last week with a search for LED-battery-powered-holiday-bike lights. We love using these festive lights in the winter, not just to spread holiday cheer, but also for safety, they provide excellent side visibility! They come in all shapes and sizes: from stars to pine cones to super mini-bulbs. We string them through our front baskets and weave them around our rear Xtracyle Snapdecks. Drivers really appreciate a festive well-lit bike, and often stop us to compliment our high-vis-decorated bikes and cool lights. We try not to be wasteful in general, Tim is a…
  • Eighth-Annual Xtracycle Tree Haulin! (plus retrospective)

    Anne
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This is our obligatory eighth-annual Christmas tree by bike post. Tree-hauling is old hat by now, but I thought I’d post some photos of this year’s adventure anyway. You might remember that last year our daughter hauled the tree. When we discussed who would pedal the tree home this year, I realized I’d never done it. How did I pass on all of those tree-hauling opportunities over the years? Naturally I volunteered for the task. As we were prepping to leave for the tree lot, I strung lights through the baskets, Snapdecks and frames on four of our bikes. I lit up my commuter…
  • Confessions of a Bike to School Advocate

    Anne
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I think I’ve mentioned one or two (or a hundred) times over the past seven years that I’m a bike to school advocate. If you’ve been reading Car Free Days for any amount of time, you’ve most likely surmised that I’m a tiny bit passionate about encouraging kids and families to bike and walk to school. One message I’ve repeated over the years is how easy it is to bike and walk to school. Since my first kid started pre-school in 2004, I’ve talked about the simplicity and the joy and the fun of biking to school with kids. But lately, I’ve started to…
 
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    Bikes.org.uk

  • Saris Sentinel 2-Bike Carrier

    Mark Taylor
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Original article published on www.bikes.org.uk. A friend of mine recently asked if I could recommend a bike carrier. Having used a Saris bike rack for a number of years, I immediately suggested he look at the two-bike Saris Bones model. A couple of days later, he said that wasn’t an option as he had no bumper (fender to our US […] More Info on Google+ Bikes.org.uk for Mark Taylor
  • Cycling the Coast of Turkey

    Mark Taylor
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Original article published on www.bikes.org.uk. For leisurely cyclists, this trip can be completed in just over 8 days of cycling, at around 60km per day. If you’ve got a stricter schedule, it’s possible to skip a few of the smaller places and reduce the time by a few days very easily. Route: Antalya > Side > Alanya > Gazipasa > […] More Info on Google+ Bikes.org.uk for Mark Taylor
  • Cyclists Pay £82m Road Tax

    Mark Taylor
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Original article published on www.bikes.org.uk. Earlier today, the Bicycle Industry website, BikeBiz.com published an article following a series of tweets by Transport for London part-time board member, Brian Cooke. They report on a number of tweets in which Mr Cooke demonstrates his hatred of cyclists, naivety and downright rudeness. Here’s an example of one of his tweets: Cyclists as cyclists […] More Info on Google+ Bikes.org.uk for Mark Taylor
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  • Friday Group Ride #260

    Robot
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    Is there any such thing as a calculated risk? In other words, ok, you’ve done the calculation in as much as risk submits itself to math (are all of the factors ever factored?), and you’ve decided to engage in a behavior anyway. The risk remains, but you are somehow acknowledging its existence rather than hurling yourself blindly into statistical destiny. So what? The risk is the risk, no matter how good your math is, right? Does knowing the risk change your behavior in some small ways and does it diminish the rewards in some small ways? I was talking with my friend Dan about…
  • Gutted

    Michael Hotten
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The proposed mandatory helmet law in California has been turned into a study. State Senator Carol Liu has changed the language of her bill so it now asks the Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol to conduct a comprehensive bike helmet study that includes an estimate on how many cyclists do not wear helmets and the fatalities or serious injuries that could have been avoided if helmets had been worn. The study is due back to the Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees no later than the end of next year. The study-bill still needs to be approved by the state…
  • The Sea Otter ‘Show,” Part III

    Padraig
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    I’ll get to the large, otherwise flightless object in a bit. Giant has introduced several new helmets. Notable among them is the Rivet aero road helmet which is meant to be a better ventilated aero offering. After all, an aero option isn’t worth much if you won’t wear it on hot days.  The helmet was designed in conjunction with the team at Aero Concept Engineering in France, the outfit that used to work on F1 cars and then went freelance. Development began with CFD software and then moved into their wind tunnel to make sure that the computer models worked in the real…
  • The Sea Otter ‘Show,’ Part II

    Padraig
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The expo at Sea Otter was a me-too event, started to riff off the success of the expos at the Big Bear Lake and Mammoth Mountain NORBA National stops on the mountain bike circuit. It’s not unfair or inaccurate to say that mountain bike events have always been lower-key affairs with a much higher hang-out factor. And let’s not forget that for the first few years of the Sea Otter’s existence, it was strictly a collection of mountain bike races. The first road events weren’t held until the mid-’90s. The demise of the Mammoth and Big Bear events—indeed, the…
  • The Sea Otter ‘Show,’ Part I

    Padraig
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    At last week’s Sea Otter Classic I saw a lot and very little of it was racing. And that’s not to say I didn’t watch any of the racing; it’s just a testament to how much is going on at the Sea Otter. I’ve yet to hear of another event on the planet that offers races in more different disciplines than does Sea Otter. Yet for all the racing going on (and let’s not forget two gran fondos), the expo has taken on a life of its own. Starting last year I began hearing my contacts wish me a “good show.” And to a certain degree the event is now more a show…
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    Semi-Pro Cycling Performance Podcast

  • SPC135 - Don’t Get Dropped : Analyse Your Bunch Ride

    Damian Ruse
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    We have all been dropped by a bunch at some point. there. This week we are going to look at advice for not getting dropped. Find out a way the 3 steps to analyse the power numbers of your favourite local bunch ride. Go to http://semiprocycing.com/bunch for all the episode details.
  • SPC134 - Strategies for Treatment and Prevention of Burnout

    Damian Ruse
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This episode explains what burnout is, examines the symptoms, illustrates why it occurs, provides a burnout questionnaire to assess burnout levels, and provides strategies to prevent its occurrence.
  • SPC133 - Does Poor Air Quality Mean Poor Performance?

    Damian Ruse
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    On August 5, 2008, Sarah Hammer and Michael (meatball) Friedman arrived at Beijing Airport ready to compete for the USA 2008 summer Olympic games wearing face masks to protect them from air pollution. Why? Do masks even protect you from air pollution? Is air pollution that dangerous? Today we’re investigating whether Hammer and Meatball were right to wear masks - and what you can do if you’re faced with a similar situation. Listen in to find out the effect of air pollution on your cycling performance; including, what air pollution is, and how it is measured. Also, why athletes are at a…
  • SPC132 - The Effect of Green Tea on Performance

    Damian Ruse
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This episode explores Green Tea Extract and the promise it has shown as a supplement to induce weight loss by an increase in energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
  • SPC131 - Energy Systems Explained

    Damian Ruse
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Energy systems drive all of our activity on the bike. Understanding them will help you to focus your training and optimise your nutrition. The 3 energy systems will also help you understand training zones.
 
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    104 Octane

  • 2015 104 Octane Event Schedule

    104 staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Do you own a repair shop, restoration business or an automotive related company? Are you in need of a website, marketing collateral or looking to utilize social media to grow your brand online? Then listen up! 104 Octane will be exhibiting at over 15 events this year in California, including GoodGuys events in Pleasanton to Cars & Caffeine at Club Auto Sport to the Brothers 15th Annual Chevy and GMC Truck Show, West Coast Kustom Cruisin Nationals, Billerproof and many more. Be sure to stop by our booth, say hi, learn about our services, talk about cars or take home some freebies. Oh…
  • Introducing the ’72 C30Crew

    104 staff
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:58 pm
    If you’re into classic trucks, especially the widely popular 67-72 C10’s, you’ll love the C30Crew project. Why? One simple reason – Chevrolet never made a crew cab dually between 1967 and 1972. Yep, this truck is completely custom. Ok, so what’s a C30Crew, and why did you choose the name? Let me explain, the letter “C” is what General Motors used to classify Chevrolet 2wd trucks from 60-87. C10 for 1/2 ton, C20 for 3/4 ton, C30 for 1 ton, and even heavier duty trucks like the C40 and C50. Since the body is built atop a 73-87 1 ton chassis, C30 seemed…
  • Why WordPress?

    104 staff
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Clients often ask: Why WordPress? What’s wrong with my current site? Is WordPress really that much better? If you’ve ever wondered what all the hype is concerning WordPress, you’ve come to the right place. This article will attempt to shed some light on Why Wordpres, and why your website should be built using WordPress. When it comes to web design in general, most people and even fewer business owners understand what a good website is, how to build one, or how to get people to visit it. Let alone what WordPress is. So here goes… Wordpres is the most popular CMS or…
  • Social Media Explained Infographic

    104 staff
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:48 pm
    We know that social media can get confusing, especially if your managing multiple networks all at once. That’s why we have come up with our own “Social Media Explained” infographic that should clear things up. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram all have a different audience, which means you need to develop content that’s specific to each social media network. For example, let’s say your going to share the post below on both Facebook and Twitter. “Just put the final touches on the new #104Octane office @clubautosport, we’re officially open for…
  • Welcome to 104 Octane

    104 staff
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    It’s been a long time in the making, but we’ve finally launched our home on the web. Welcome to 104Octane.com!!! While the site is live, it’s not quite broken in, we will undoubtedly be modifying it to our liking over the next several weeks. We’re also going to be adding the “411 BLOG” (actually we did five minutes ago, damn we’re fast), where you’re all welcome anytime. It’s your informational hub for all things design related, like how-to articles, tips & tricks, clever marketing and of course a great collection of automotive images…
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    Total Women's Cycling

  • This 3D Printed Bike Frame is Mind-Blowing …

    Hannah Ustel
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    This bike frame came out of a 3D printer. Awesome. The post This 3D Printed Bike Frame is Mind-Blowing … appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Muc-Off Launches Range Which Claims to Improve Athlete Performance

    Heather Irvine
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    We take a look at the new athlete performance range from Muc-Off The post Muc-Off Launches Range Which Claims to Improve Athlete Performance appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • What to Expect at a Club 10 Time Trial

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    Time trialing is a funny sport – it was created at a time when racing on the roads was illegal, so instead riders set off at one minute intervals, victory going to the individual who completed the course in the shortest period of time. Racing had to be secret – courses had funny code names […] The post What to Expect at a Club 10 Time Trial appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Review: Hoy Vulpine Valldemossa Race Jersey and El Toro Bib Shorts

    Heather Irvine
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:42 am
    We check out the Hoy Vulpine range and put it to the test to see how good it really is The post Review: Hoy Vulpine Valldemossa Race Jersey and El Toro Bib Shorts appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Knog Lights: Buyers Guide Review & Tips

    Hannah Ustel
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    The stylish and practical light brand for urban riders. The post Knog Lights: Buyers Guide Review & Tips appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Fun Earth Day Project, Wood Pallet and Bamboo Bike Rack

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Bike Rack for parking bicycles made from wood pallet and bamboo. I always knew building a bike parking rack from wood pallets would be a fun project.  After clearing some of the bamboo that lying around behind the Natural Living Country Store.  Photo above is of the newly completed bike rack for bicycle parking just in time for Earth Day.  Bike Commuters typically need a way to park and lock their bikes while running and errands and shopping.  The bamboo pallet bike rack fits a variety of wheel and tire sizes with a large bamboo top piece for use with a cable lock.
  • Honoring Park Tool Co-Founder Howard Hawkins

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Park Tool Co Founder Howard Hawkins Walk into any bike repair shop and you will notice the distinctive blue tools and repair stands which have become standard equipment in most all American bike shops.  Since 1963 Park Tool Company has made it easier and safer for bike techs. to perform their work with innovative designs and a reputation for quality.Check out the link provided below from Bike Magazine showing how Park Tool provides more bike specific tools than any other company in the world.  Most of my bike specific tools are from Park Tool Co. and I truly appreciate the tried and…
  • Wald Splash guard Fenders, When Minimalism is good

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    Wald Balloon Splash Guard Fenders are designed to fit up to 2.125 wide mountain bike tires. Bike commuters and folks who enjoy packing their touring bikes for a nice scenic getaway will both agree that a minimalist approach founded on common sense sure makes life easier.  Packing too much stuff on your bike can make for a rather burdensome outing where as being able to pack the bike "nicely" contributes to a more enjoyable ride.  As I have a tendency to be a bit stingy with myself I decided to look at some steel fenders for a few different bikes that wouldn't hurt my budget and yet…
  • Waterproof Bike Commuter Pants from Tenn Driven Cycling

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    Adjustable velcro zippered pant leg It has been quite a cold and wet winter, more typical of Oregon or Washington than here along the southern Texas Coast which is why I was pleasantly surprised to receive these wonderful waterproof pants earlier than expected.  Lisa mentioned something about a gift arriving for me after Christmas while they would be in Arizona and so I concluded "how nice, my Sweetie is suggesting I get out and ride more".  As my old Columbia Omni-tech pants have been around for so many years it's been a chore trying to find affordable quality pants for bike…
  • Touring, Trekking Commuter Bike Year in Photos

    31 Dec 2014 | 12:58 am
    One year of building, changing out accessories and many rides later getting to look forward to many more. Another year gone by, out with the old, in with the new, with every ending there is a new beginning. Cyclists observing cycles of life and.....gotcha, not going to "spin off" (pun) on some philosophical "Mumbo Jumbo" which happens to be what we have come to refer to this bike build as.  I considered building a fat bike but it just isn't a necessity here along the Texas Gulf Coast.  When we went to ride the Matagorda Coast the Kenda Small Block Eights 2.35 diameter handled most…
 
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    Fit Citizen

  • Recipe of the week - Fried Liver with Oven Baked Potatoes

    5 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Sometimes you need a lot of flavour in your meal. And this is where fried chicken liver with potatoes shines. It's still relatively healthy, and should be eaten fresh - no leftovers for the next day.This lunch is quite easy to prepare, although it takes more than an hour of total cooking time.Ingredients (for 3 persons)For the fried liverFried liver with oven baked potatoes450 grams of chicken liver 3-4 cloves of garlicRosemary AllspiceSaltPepper50ml good quality brandyteaspoon of butterOilFor the oven baked potatoes4-5 large potatoesRosemarySaltAllspiceThymeOlive oilSeveral…
  • 4 Things just as important as fitness

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    You started your fitness effort, and achieved some good results. Now you believe in yourself and you can do more distance, more speed, more resistance!Once you become hooked to the fitness "high" you want to do more training. You start pouring more time into training, doing extra miles, extra repetitions, extra weekend hours. And since you can't carve that time  from work, you'll take it from your private time.That way you'll miss out on other very important things:Taking a nap - by Stephan BrunetMacphreak via Wikimedia CommonsA good night sleep - getting up earlier or training late at…
  • Keep fitness interesting - Go find a new monster to beat

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    After long time of the same fitness routine, create a new challenge for yourself. And don't make it easy on yourself! I found my new challenge by combining running and cycling.I am primarily a cyclist, and I don't really love running. It's difficult, painful there is no cutting corners like drafting or coasting to rest. But I'm not giving up!Duathlon logo (not aero on my bike though :) ) My new monster to beat is duathlon. Last weekend I did my first duathlon training. I did 6 kilometres running, then 39 kilometres cycling and finished with another 6 kilometres running.It…
  • Keeping fit - Do something you suck at

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    After the effort to start exercising, the months you were sore and the cycle of measuring weight, pulse and blood pressure, you've made it! You can fit in your high school clothes, and people say that you've never looked better.It's time to set different goals and challenge yourself. That way you will continue your fitness and achieve something more. Setting and achieving challenges is perfect for long-term fitness.Be simple in challenging yourself. Dump all the rules for motivation, positive enforcement, and that NLP crap people are pushing these days. There is only one challenge:Do…
  • You don't need any kit to start fitness - stop shopping and procrastinating

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I am training and doing endurance sports for more than 3 years. In that time, i've talked to a lot of people who want to start exercising, but still find reasons to postpone it.One of the easiest reason to procrastinate is shoppingHere is a true story about two people I met - Bill and Jim (not real names). Bill is around 65 years old, and has issues with his muscle strength. Jim is around 45 years old, a strong man with weight and blood pressure issues. Both Bill and Jim had a very strong recommendation from their respective doctors to start doing low-impact cycling. I had the opportunity to…
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    Cycling Perspective pro cycling photos & news

  • 2015 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Race Preview

    Todd Hofert
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    by Todd Hofert The last of the Belgian Classics before the season swings into Grand Tour mode, Liège-Bastogne-Liège represents the 4th monument on the cycling calendar. In 2015, La Doyenne, as its known, has been shortened to 253 kilometers, down from 263 kilometers in last years race. Simon Gerrans, Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2014 winner© ASO/P.Perreve The finale of last years race brought a large contingent of contenders into the final kilometer which saw Simon Gerrans (OGE) claim victory. The ASO elected to shorten the parcours in order to make it more selective. This, the 101st edition,…
  • Magellan Cyclo 505 Series of GPS enabled Cycling Computers

    Todd Hofert
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    by Todd Hofert Magellan, a long time producer of consumer and professional grade GPS receivers, introduced their first generation Cyclo Series of cycling computers in Europe in 2012 and in Australia/New Zealand in 2013. Later in 2013 the Cyclo 505/505HC were introduced, along with support for ANT+ trainers and Shimano’s Di2 electronic groupset. Magellan launched the Cyclo 315/505 computers to the North American market in July of 2014. The Cyclo 505 Series is at the top end of their offerings and are made up of two models, the 505 and the 505hc. As a data junkie and a gadget enthusiast, I…
  • Amstel Gold Race 2015

    Todd Hofert
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Kwiatkowski Wins Amstel Gold RacePhoto: © Etixx – Quick-Step/Tim De Waele by Todd Hofert The Amstel Gold Race is a staple of cyclings’ Ardennes Classics, despite its relative youth, having only been established in 1966. It is the only Spring Classic contested in The Netherlands. This years’ race marked the 50th edition of the Dutch race. Once again the World Tour event took its traditional start in the Market Square in front of City Hall in Maastrict and as it has since 2013, finished on the Riksweg in Vilt shortly after topping the Cauburg. The Cauberg is a short 1.2km climb…
  • Subaru Sea Otter Classic 2015

    Kim Hull
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Sea Otter Classic 2015Photo: Greg K Hull © Chasing Light Media by Kim Hull 25 years ago a bike shop owner in Monterey, California told Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph, “You guys should put on a mountain bike race.” And so they did. 350 athletes and 150 spectators participated in the first Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 & 7, 1991. The event, which was renamed in 1993 to the Sea Otter Classic, has since grown to one of the world’s largest cycling festivals with over 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans in attendance. Sea Otter Classic 2015Photo: Greg K Hull © Chasing Light…
  • Tour of Utah 2015 teams announced

    Cycling Perpspective
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    The Tour of Utah has announced 13 of the 16 teams that will ride in this year’s race August 3-9. The teams include: UCI ProTeams (*world rankings as of April 12, 2015) BMC Racing Team (USA), No.5 on UCI WorldTour Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling (USA), No. 17 on UCI WorldTour Trek Factory Racing (USA), No. 13 on UCI WorldTour UCI Professional Continental Teams (rankings as of March 25, 2015) Drapac Professional Cycling (Australia), No. 2 on UCI Oceania Tour Team Colombia (Colombia), No. 3 on UCI America Tour Team MTN-Qhubeka presented by Samsung (South Africa), No. 1 on UCI Asia Tour…
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    wayofthebicycle

  • Stormtrooper: Surly Long Haul Trucker

    TB
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    (See gallery below for more images!) I have what some would say would be an unhealthy obsession with steel-framed bikes. The fact that pedaling a heavier bike makes you exercise harder leaves that point moot. Recently, nostalgia got the best of me. I decided that I wanted to convert my Surly Long Haul Trucker to…
  • In Defense of Rim Brakes

    TB
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm
    It was a long struggle with pneumonia. It was close…real close. I am still not back on the bike but I am getting there. While I recover, I wanted to talk about brakes. Probably the most invasive technology in the cycling world (aside from crabon everything) is disc brakes. They are becoming more common on bikes…
  • Erin

    TB
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Sometimes it rains in Santa Barbara. Years ago, it used to rain a lot. Years before that, it didn’t. But the drought pattern ebbs and flows like waves. Currently, we are in the worst and driest spot since the 80s. Santa Barbarians are made of some pretty soft stuff. Indeed, as I sit here in…
  • Quick Review: 2015 Kona Hei Hei Deluxe

    TB
    3 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Ah Kona. Kona Kona Kona. Always surprising me with something I didn’t expect. I mean, after last year’s lineup, I thought that the maker of the overbuilt-yet-surprisingly-finessable Process line of compact all-mountain shredders would never be able to top themselves. After all, we have been waiting for a crabon Process to emerge in 2015 only…
  • Overreaction to Winter: a Birthright of the Santa Barbarian

    TB
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Back when I was in college, I met a girl from Oregon. She grew up outside of Eugene and moved down here to go to college. Her first impression of Santa Barbara was what giant pussies we all are when it comes to the weather. She was surprised, for example, that when the temperature dipped…
 
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  • Voler Black Label Cycling Kit: My Product Review

    Shawn Gossman
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Have you tried the Voler Black Label Cycling Kit yet? I wanted to try another cycling brand outside of my normal buying of Aero Tech Design products. Voler has a decent reputation and it’s another company manufacturing items out of the United States – I have to do what I can to support the economy of my home country!   Photo by Voler.com   I read up on the Voler Black Label Cycling Kit from other reviews about the apparel on the internet. I liked what I saw and decided to go ahead and purchase the bib-shorts and short sleeve jersey of the Voler Black Label Cycling Kit. This is…
  • Trek Road Bike Review: The Trek 1.1 Road Bike

    Shawn Gossman
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Are you considering buying a Trek road bike?   This is a Trek road bike review of the Trek 1.1. The 1.1 Trek road bike was my first road bike after I got hooked back on cycling after riding a mountain bike around. I bought a Trek road bike because I attempted to do an organized ride on a mountain bike and it was super hard and I wasn’t able to finish it in the end. I did 40 miles out of the 60 miles I was determined to do. So I went to a local bike shop near my community and purchased the 1.1 Trek road bike. Trek is not paying me or endorsing me to do this review – I am reviewing the…
  • Cycling Apparel: Dressing for Cycling in Any Conditions

    Shawn Gossman
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    How big is your cycling apparel wardrobe?   Cycling apparel is an important product to collect as you dive deeper and deeper into cycling. Cycling apparel is developed by many different manufacturers and it comes in all styles, colors, sizes and pricing structures. Cycling apparel is important for you as a cyclist because it is made for cycling, for performance, to prevent saddle-related pain and to help keep you dry and healthy. There are many different types of cycling apparel for different types of riding and weather conditions, though. In this article, I will guide you on all…
  • Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs – REVIEW

    Shawn Gossman
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Have you tried the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs yet?   The Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs for men is a cycling knicker that is in between a bike short and bike tights. The Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers are basically padded (chamois) bicycle tights that are ¾ the size of actual bike tights giving less leg coverage than tights but more leg coverage than traditional bike shorts. This is my review of the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs. Aero Tech Designs is not paying me nor recommending me to make this review – I…
  • How to Start a Local Cycling Club Today with Ease!

    Shawn Gossman
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Have you ever wanted to start a local cycling club in your area?   Starting a local cycling club might sound like a lot of hard work and it might even look impossible but if you play your cards right, starting a local cycling club can be a lot easier than it looks. Cycling is a lot of fun but not as many do it as they should. Starting a local cycling club can help promote awareness for local cycling activities and encourage more local citizens to consider taking up cycling. Starting a local cycling club can also create a great social network between you and other local riders and allow…
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    Bicycle's Buddy

  • Review of The Best Lightweight Bike Locks

    Bicycles Buddy
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:35 am
    Bicycles can be prized, and expensive, possessions. As a result, they can be the target of thieves who want to use or sell the bicycles for themselves. Bicycle riders who live or work in urban or high-theft areas need a high-quality bike lock to prevent these kind of thefts. Less expensive, or lower quality bike locks can be prone to lock picking or bolt cutters that can render the locks useless. As a result, bicycle riders should invest in high quality bike locks that have been specially designed to resist determined potential thieves. For instance, the best bike locks come with a high…
  • The Best Padded Bike Shorts for Long Distance Rides

    Bicycles Buddy
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    Bicycle riding can create discomfort without the proper equipment. Beginning riders who are not used to the rigors of the bike may find that getting into the hobby leaves them uncomfortable. Even experienced bicyclists can experience pressure and chafing, especially on longer distance rides. As a result, purchased one or two pairs of padded bike shorts can significantly relieve their discomfort and improve the quality of their rides. One important factor to consider when purchasing a pair is size. Some bib shorts run a bit larger than average shorts, and others run a bit smaller. Knowing the…
  • Citizen Folding Bikes Reviews

    Bicycles Buddy
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    The Citizen bicycle company has established itself as a relevant American company specializing in folding bikes for the average person. The company has a passion for making high-quality folding bikes available at an affordable price. The company focuses on creating a comprehensive package that is accessible to consumers on a budget. For instance, in addition to economy, Citizen strives to make its products beautiful, high-quality, compact, and reliable.Citizen’s line of bicycles includes both folding and portable bikes. Each bike follows the company’s motto of “Going and Being Human,”…
  • The Best Indoor Bike Trainer – 2015

    Bicycles Buddy
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    There is no need to spend hundreds on an indoor exercise bike for those colder months when you can find an indoor bike trainer that turns your everyday road and mountain bike into your new indoor cycling workout. Once weather becomes inclement, there is no reason why your bike needs to be packed away and forgotten about. Don’t let the next winter season become your excuse to gain weight and go exercise free. On rainy days, have an indoor alternate for your outdoor workout. Open up a brand new world of usage for your bike with an indoor bike trainer. Quickly clasp your outdoor bike into one…
  • Brompton M3L & S2L-X Folding Bikes Review

    Bicycles Buddy
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Since first producing folding bicycles under a railroad arch in 1988, Brompton has grown into an international company occupying 22,000 square feet of space in West London, England, and distributing its bicycles across the world. The company emphasizes freedom and independence for the consumer by offering them a high-quality, compact, folding bicycle that can be taken, and stored, anywhere.Since the very first prototype, Brompton bicycles have been characterized by a rear wheel that folds under the body of the bike. This folding rear wheel is part of what allows the company’s bicycles to…
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    ScarletFire Cycling

  • Review: DHB Aeron Pro bib short.

    Al Thompson
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness My review of the DHB Aeron Pro Bib Short. I have quite a few pairs of DHB shorts, so in this review I’ve been able to confidently provide a comparison between a less expensive DHB bibshort, and some others from their range. As I mentioned in my recent review of the DHB Flashlight Gilet, I’ve always thought of DHB as a brand which perfectly balances quality and cost. Essentially, you get really good gear for your money. The Aeron Pro is at the more expensive end of their product line, so would I be able…
  • Reader’s questions: How to start riding a road bike and stay motivated

    Al Thompson
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Here’s a reader question from Marius in Germany! Right now I’m not a regular biker with a Race bike (yet) but I really want to start it. Do you have any tips on how to start racebiking without doing “too” much and without loosing the motivation? I started mountainbiking a few years ago and in the beginning I just did too much (I believe) so that I did not feel so happy about it anymore. I also want to start racebiking in order to lose some weight. Maybe you have some helpful advice for that…
  • Review: dhb Flashlight Gilet

    Al Thompson
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness I just got my first cycling gilet! Why has it taken this long to discover the awesomeness of the gilet? When you first get into cycling, the range of clothing can be a bit daunting. Like some strange new S&M club but without the pvc and latex, there’s some pretty mind boggling garments. I still can’t get my head around arm warmers. A gilet isn’t too strange. Even normal people wear “bodywarmers”, so there’s nothing too weird about sleeveless tops. Topless sleeves though (arm…
  • Strava introduces #StravaPhoto – add photos using the Strava app.

    Al Thompson
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness First there was integration with Instagram. Now Strava has brought photography straight into their own app. I ponder the reasons why we are inspired to share pictures of our rides. Now with Strava Photos, you can add photos directly to an activity – as many as you like, anytime after you finish. It’s never been easier to document a foggy morning run or ride, sunset adventure or epic view and share it with fellow athletes. Curated from http://blog.strava.com/introducing-photos/ Cycling has an incredible knack of…
  • Strava on my apple watch – exclusive photo preview

    Al Thompson
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness I couldn’t be bothered waiting for Apple to release their new watch, even if it will run a Strava app. I decided to take them on at their own game. Whenever Apple release something new, there’s always a predictably high demand. Not always because of the genuinely new features or improvements though. People who buy their products seem to think it reflects positively on them if they’ve got the latest shiny toy. Oh, you’re expressing your unique individuality? Pardon me  I thought you were just…
 
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    Bicycle Events 2015

  • Keep your Health Breathing with UCI cycling events

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Welcome to Virginia! Let’s participate in the UCI cycling events with thrills and spills. Put your feet in your shoes and start pedaling your bicycles with fun and enjoyment. Cycling looks tempting but it is very challenging as you need to maintain balance to get rid of falling on the road. And it’s even more daunting when you are out for mountain biking, in which the cyclists have to ride their cycles over the hills and mountains passing over the cobblestones and dense forests. The cyclists have to act very smart and careful while riding over the hills and deep valleys. UCI popularly…
  • Pedal your Bicycles in Virginia at World Championships

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    Cycling events or world championships are organized by the biking associations or clubs to promote cycling and encourage cycling lovers. Proper teams are made who perform cycling and the winning team gets prize as well. Bicycle tours virginia are organized to let the cyclists participate and contribute for the country and with a purpose to motivate them to perform well in the competition and take it seriously.  These are organized annually by UCI i.e. Union Cycliste Internationale, an organization to promote cycling events. World championships are held in different styles every year…
  • Two Wheels Have a Lot to Give You

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    Cycling championship is going to take place in September 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. The city will be hosting the cycling event this year and many cycling enthusiasts are going to gather here to participate. Virginia invites you all to participate in this cycling event with full zeal and thrill. bike race richmond va 2015 has organized this event for a total of 4 days from 12thto 16th of September. Cyclists will be starting their journey from Staunton, Virginia and will cover 480 miles in total. Many cyclists will come here from around the world and everyone will be having fun and lots of…
  • Richmond UCI World Championships at a Glance

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    UCI World Championship is a cycling event which is held annually. The city which will organize the event is decided by Union Cycliste Internationale known as UCI. Basically the cycling event lasts for some days which includes road races, mountain biking and world bike tours etc. Athletes or cyclists from around the world participate in this event to showcase their skills and talent and prove themselves for their country. Complete media coverage is done and live broadcast is shown to the audience. It will be fun to take part in this huge event and those who cannot participate, watch the event…
  • Kill your Fears with Cycling Events in Virginia

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:36 pm
    For all who are fond of cycling and are adventurous, you must try cycling events in Virginia. These events are must to try for every cyclist and biker as it gives a lot of fun and entertainment. These events are organized from time to time by many associations and biking clubs to let the cyclists show their skills and talent. Every cyclist want to participate in these events as it let them take a break from the boring schedules and inculcate a feeling of competitiveness and friendliness. Racing is the most adventurous event and has gained a lot of popularity now. In the United States,…
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