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  • Guest Post from Sarah Barber: My Leadville 100

    Fat Cyclist
    fatty
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    A Note from Fatty About this Guest Post: Waaaaay back in December, I did a little fundraiser and drawing for WBR. One woman won a bike, and one woman won an entry into the Leadville 100.  Sarah Barber was the person who won the entry into the Leadville 100, which proved that I am incredibly good at randomly picking contest winners. Why? Because not only was she excited about winning the entry, but she’s a bona-fide kick-butt elite racer (and the defending champion of Rebecca’s Private Idaho). We’ve become friends, chatting by email ever since she won. She’s got great  enthusiasm,…
  • A Cycling Guide to Cuba

    lovingthebike.com
    Darryl
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    The tides are changing on this beautiful Caribbean Island with economic reforms and travel restrictions lifted. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, there’s never been a better time to visit Cuba. To enjoy this scenic paradise, you’ll want to book that holiday soon before the crowds show up. The roads of Cuba remain a cycling haven unlike anywhere in the world. Along with the island’s low population density, you’ll rarely encounter traffic. Away from the hustle and bustle of Havana, you can enjoy endless miles of road, virtually to yourself. Well, you may pass a horse drawn carriage or…
  • Let's Get This Show On The Road--Once We Finish Agonizing Over Tire Pressure, Of Course

    Bike Snob NYC
    BikeSnobNYC
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:03 am
    I'm now back from my High Ate Us, and if you want to know how I spent it this short video should answer all your questions: I changed "bike blogger" to "air traffic controller" because it's more relatable that way but otherwise that's pretty much exactly how it all went down.Of course, when embarking on a High Ate Us the most difficult decision one faces is which bike to bring, and after some deliberation I opted for the versatility of my Milwaukee:I had a notion that I'd try some of the "gravel road adventure cycling" that's so hot with the millennials nowadays, and at first it worked out…
  • Three interesting bikes from Eurobike 2015

    Bicycle Design
    James Thomas
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    It’s that time of year again. Bike show season kicked off on Wednesday with the opening of Eurobike 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. One of the big stories from the show this year seems to wireless electronic shifting.  SRAM’s new RED eTap system is getting a lot of positive press, and FSA is showing a prototype wireless group at the show as well.  Wireless shifting has the potential to have a big impact on the design of racing/sport oriented bikes, but I’ll save that discussion for another post. Today, I want to share three interesting bikes that caught my attention as I have been…
  • Tech & New Products: A Look At Julbo Venturi Sunglasses

    SoCalCycling.com - Your Cycling Source
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
    Although Julbo is new to the US market, Julbo is not new to the eyewear market. Julbo has been around since 1888 and has recently entered the US market with a line of goggles, sunglasses, helmets, prescription sunglasses and optics.
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  • Froome’s Vuelta hopes crumble in Andorra

    Andrew Hood
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:42 am
    Chris Froome was forced to chase after crashing early in stage 11 of the Vuelta. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comChris Froome’s hopes of winning the Vuelta a España crumbled early in the brutal, six-climb stage across Andorra on Wednesday. The Sky captain crashed early, rejoined the leaders, but lost contact for good on the day’s hardest climb at the “especial” rated summit at the Collada de la Gallina, about 4km from the summit. The 2015 Tour de France winner couldn’t match the pace set by Astana at the front of the already reduced GC group. Several Sky teammates drifted back to…
  • DEA announces major steroid sting

    VeloNews.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:34 am
    DEA officials announced Tuesday a nationwide series of enforcement actions targeting every level of the global underground trade of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the vast majority of which are manufactured and trafficked from underground labs in China. DEA-led “Operation Cyber Juice” comprised of over 30 different U.S. investigations in 20 states and resulted in the arrest of over 90 individuals, the seizure of 16 underground steroid labs, approximately 134,000 steroid dosage units, 636 kilograms of raw steroid powder, 8,200 liters of raw steroid…
  • Tinkoff-Saxo’s open letter to UCI and CPA

    VeloNews.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    In stage 8 of the Vuelta, a motorcycle caused Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) to crash, and he subsequently abandoned the race. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.comEditor’s note: This is the complete, unedited text of Tinkoff-Saxo’s letter to the UCI and the Professional Cyclists Association (CPA) regarding the crash that forced Peter Sagan to abandon the Vuelta a España. to Unipublic S.A.U. as “La Vuelta a España” Organizer attention of Javier Guillèn and to Union Cycliste Internationale attention of Brian Cookson and Cc Cyclistes Professionnels…
  • Tour of Alberta route includes opening team time trial in oil country

    VeloNews.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:52 am
    Canadian Ryder Hesjedal will tackle the Tour of Alberta's 12.2-mile TTT Wednesday night. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comGRAND PRAIRIE, Alberta (VN) — The Tour of Alberta begins Wednesday with many firsts bundled into the third-year event’s six days of racing. A short, evening team time trial will initiate the newness in a city where the oil and gas industry rules. Canada’s fastest-growing area is accustomed to the constant groan of heavy equipment. But it’s involved in the Tour of Alberta for the first time and is thus unfamiliar with pro bike racing,…
  • In Alberta, Fred Rodriguez embarks on final stage race of career

    VeloNews.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    Fred Rodriguez will retire from professional cycling after this season. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comGRAND PRAIRIE, Alberta (VN) — Fred Rodriguez begins his final stage race Wednesday, the day before his 42nd birthday and 21 years after a win at the Lancaster Classic in Pennsylvania launched his racing persona as Fast Freddie. The Colombian-born rider’s career includes participating in all three grand tours, abruptly folding teams, and far-flung sprinting victories from China to Greece to Malaysia. He’s on the eight-rider Jelly Belly squad competing this week in the…
 
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  • Special Pricing on 2015-2016 Racing Licenses

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Are you ready for Cross? USA Cycling is excited to offer a special discount on domestic racing licenses when purchasing 2015 and 2016 together!
  • NCC: Individual standings unblemished at Chris Thater Memorial

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Hilton Clarke(Los Angeles, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) andSamantha Schneider(Milwaukee, Wis./ISCorp Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI) maintained their respective spots atop theUSA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC)standings after the Aug. 22Chris Thater Memorialin Binghamton, N.Y. The menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s team standings nearly went untouched as well, with the only change coming whenColavita-Bianchi p/b Fine CookingandTeam TIBCO-SVBswapped fourth and fifth in the womenandrsquo;s rankings.
  • NTC: Champions crowned after final events

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Eric Engler(GER) andYesna Rijkhoff(NED) put the finishing touches on the menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s sprint championships, whileStephen Hall(Santa Monica, Calif./Incycle-Predator Components) andTela Crane(Sammamish, Wash./Lake Washington Velo) capped off the menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s endurance titles when the 2015USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC)came to a close with the Aug. 14Golden Wheel Race/Champions of Sprintand Aug. 21Keirin Revengein Trexlertown, Pa.
  • DEVO: Four kermesse podiums, team gold for juniors

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    The Team USA juniors continue to own the summer, adding five more medals to theUSA Cycling National Development Program (NDP)2015 tally following another wave of Belgian kermesses and the West Flanders Tour.
  • Seven-event 2015 CXNC announced

    24 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    USA Cycling announced Monday the seven-eventCyclo-Cross National Calendar (CXNC), which will run from September to December in seven different states nationwide.
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    Yahoo Sports - Cycling News

  • Track cycling likely to be missing at Durban 2022 (Reuters)

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:21 am
    By Greg Stutchbury AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Track cycling is at risk of being dropped from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban unless more money is made available to build a new velodrome in South Africa. Track cycling has been a regular fixture on the Commonwealth Games program since 1934 but remains an optional sport and South African officials say it could be omitted for 2022. Durban, which was named on Wednesday as the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games, does not have a velodrome, and South African officials want the International Cycling Union (UCI) to contribute to the cost…
  • Games-Track cycling likely to be missing at Durban 2022 (Reuters)

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:32 am
    By Greg Stutchbury AUCKLAND, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Track cycling is at risk of being dropped from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban unless more money is made available to build a new velodrome in South Africa. Track cycling has been a regular fixture on the Commonwealth Games programme since 1934 but remains an optional sport and South African officials say it could be omitted for 2022. Durban, which was named on Wednesday as the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games, does not have a velodrome, and South African officials want the International Cycling Union (UCI) to contribute…
  • Cyclist Rogers finally receives Athens bronze 11 years on (Reuters)

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:26 am
    Australian cyclist Michael Rogers was officially awarded an Olympic bronze medal on Monday -- 11 years after the ride in which he earned it. The 35-year-old finished fourth in the men's individual time trial in Athens in 2004 but after winner Tyler Hamilton was stripped of his gold three years ago for doping, Rogers was elevated to third place. "What a great honor," Rogers said during a ceremony at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, attended by IOC President Thomas Bach, Vice-President John Coates -- who at the time was head of the Australian team -- and…
  • Olympics-Cyclist Rogers finally receives Athens bronze 11 years on (Reuters)

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    Australian cyclist Michael Rogers was officially awarded an Olympic bronze medal on Monday -- 11 years after the ride in which he earned it. The 35-year-old finished fourth in the men's individual time trial in Athens in 2004 but after winner Tyler Hamilton was stripped of his gold three years ago for doping, Rogers was elevated to third place. "What a great honour," Rogers said during a ceremony at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, attended by IOC President Thomas Bach, Vice-President John Coates -- who at the time was head of the Australian team -- and…
  • Cyclist Rogers gets 2004 Olympic bronze medal 11 years later (The Associated Press)

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:02 am
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The IOC says Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has received his Olympic bronze medal 11 years after the Athens Games.
 
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    SoCalCycling.com - Your Cycling Source

  • Photo Gallery & Results: CBR SoCal Cup Finale Criterium

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The CBR SoCal Cup Finale Criterium was the final race of the SoCal Cup Series and with the last chance to earn SoCal Cup points and $100 primes up for grabs in the Pro 1-3 and Women’s race, a fast day of racing ensued.
  • Tech & New Products: A Look At Julbo Venturi Sunglasses

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:54 am
    Although Julbo is new to the US market, Julbo is not new to the eyewear market. Julbo has been around since 1888 and has recently entered the US market with a line of goggles, sunglasses, helmets, prescription sunglasses and optics.
  • Interbike Hosts Customer Appreciation Day on September 18th

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Have you ever wanted to go to Interbike, but couldn’t get a pass to get in? This year Interbike is holding a Customer Appreciation day that will allow cyclists the chance to experience the latest in bikes, technology and gear from the greatest brands!
  • Peter Stetina joins Trek Factory Racing

    27 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Peter Stetina has signed a contract for 2016 with Trek Factory Racing. The 28-year-old American joins the team as a support rider for the team’s overall ambitions in stage races, but also with a personal focus on the week-long races in North America.
  • Photo Gallery & Results: CBR Season’s Almost Over Criterium

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The CBR Season’s Almost Over Criterium was held this past Sunday in Carson on the .85 mile course. Here is a photo gallery from the Cat 3 race, Women’s race and Pro 1-3 race.
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    Bike World News

  • Berks County Regional Cycling Team Ready to Tackle Reading 120

    Scott Kingsley
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Berks County Regional Cycling Team will be one of two local teams competing in the Reading 120 later this month. The post Berks County Regional Cycling Team Ready to Tackle Reading 120 appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Philly Bike Expo Gets Ready To Roll

    Press Releases
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    The 6th Annual Philly Bike Expo returns November 7th and 8th. The post Philly Bike Expo Gets Ready To Roll appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Longterm Review – Louis Garneau Course Helmet

    Scott Kingsley
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Light, fast, and ventilated, all in one package with the Louis Garneau Course helmet. The post Longterm Review – Louis Garneau Course Helmet appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • BULLS Bikes USA Announces 2015/2016 Brand Ambassadors

    Ron
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Bulls Bikes USA is proud to announce their first ever U.S. brand ambassadors for the 2015/2016 calendar year. The post BULLS Bikes USA Announces 2015/2016 Brand Ambassadors appeared first on Bike... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Momentum Sports Group announces Maxxis-Shimano ‘cross team

    Ron
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Momentum Sports Group, owners and operators of the successful UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, will take their vast experience in team management into the cyclocross arena for the 2015/2016 season... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • New legislation forces lorries to use new safety measures

    Emily
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Tfl and the government have implemented a new piece of legislation aimed at keeping cyclists safer on London’s streets. From now on, lorries must use mirrors that decrease the sizes of their blind spots along with side panels that prevent cyclists being dragged under the vehicle. The new measures are a result of the disproportionate number of cyclists deaths that involve lorries. What the new measures will look like The new mirrors will improve the drivers ability to see alongside and in front of the vehicles. These dangerous blind spots are where cyclists are typically positioned.
  • How to get a bike in shape for cycle to work day

    Emily
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Cycle to work day is just next week – Thursday September 3rd– and we have teamed up with Chain Reaction Cycles to offer some suggestions for how you can: a) Get your bike in shape b) Keep your bike in shape Primarily you want to make sure that your bike is road worthy and is going to survive the journey to and from work. We don’t want you breaking down on the way in or home, other than being incredibly inconvenient, if this is your first time cycle commuting then it is going to be a bit off putting, or worse, dangerous. If you have not used your bike for quite some time, then it…
  • Brompton bags – Full range review

    Emily
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    It may seem like all I blog about is bags, but I will eventually prove to you that that is not the case. However, the bags have been stacking up at London Cyclist HQ so we thought we would have a blitz. This is more of a roundup post than a review. For all you current and aspiring Bromptoneers out there, here is a barebones review of all the bags Brompton make for their bikes. The prices are current as of August 2015 and are the prices for the bags without the carrier block. If you don’t have that on your bike you will need one of those too, they cost £15. T-Bag- £95 Capacity: 30…
  • My how they grow, Boris Bikes turn 5!

    Emily
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    Free hire this weekend, August 22nd and 23rd It is time for a celebration of the Boris bike which has been roaming the streets of London for 5 years now. As a sort of reverse birthday present, Tfl and Santander are giving you free hire this weekend, Aug 22nd and 23rd, 2015. Huzzah! First however, I start with excuses. I have been living back in London for a year and this time 5 years ago when the Tfl scheme launched I had just arrived in the US. In the time since I have been back in London I have commuted daily but always used my own bike. Living in North London means I am not within easy…
  • Bags for Cyclists – Brooks Pickwick rucksack review

    Emily
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    Classy commuter bags – part 2 The second bag review offering this week is a rucksack for those who prefer 2 straps on their bag but still want class. If you are more of a one-strap-porter check out part 1, our Trakke Wee Lug review. Brooks Pickwick, £205/€250 Brooks offer quite a range of luggage for portaging your daily life while trying to remain effortlessly cool and, dare I say it, trendy. We have chosen the larger of the two Pickwick’s to review as it is a good size for daily use and was designed specifically for carrying work type things around London, by someone who…
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • Urban Newspapers Aren't Meant For Idiots

    BikeSnobNYC
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:26 am
    So some yutz at the Boston Globe has expectorated your typical, standard issue piece of anti-bike clickbait, and here's a fake link to it because fuck him:(Boston was settled in 1630, dickbag.  They ain't meant for cars either.)You know the drill by now:Busy thoroughfares aren’t meant for cyclists. They are meant for the cars, trucks, and buses that transport the vast majority of people moving through the nation’s cities. Those vehicles weigh thousands of pounds, operate at 300-plus horsepower, and are indispensable to the economic and social well-being of virtually every American…
  • Let's Get This Show On The Road--Once We Finish Agonizing Over Tire Pressure, Of Course

    BikeSnobNYC
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:03 am
    I'm now back from my High Ate Us, and if you want to know how I spent it this short video should answer all your questions: I changed "bike blogger" to "air traffic controller" because it's more relatable that way but otherwise that's pretty much exactly how it all went down.Of course, when embarking on a High Ate Us the most difficult decision one faces is which bike to bring, and after some deliberation I opted for the versatility of my Milwaukee:I had a notion that I'd try some of the "gravel road adventure cycling" that's so hot with the millennials nowadays, and at first it worked out…
  • BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz on Monday and I'm Outta Here, Suckers!

    BikeSnobNYC
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    All right, that's it I'm cashing in my chips:(Disembodied hands pushing plastic discs to which are assigned monetary value across a green felt surface.)So what's that mean?  Well, it means that after today this blog is going on High Ate Us until TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2025!Sorry, I meant TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2015!See, by faking you out like that I make the High Ate Us seem shorter than it actually is.Don't worry, you'll manage.In the meantime, you can rest assured that bicycles are destroying the very fabric of society, and the latest indication of this is that adorable pugs are now…
  • BSNYC Field Trip: NYC Century Preview Ride!

    BikeSnobNYC
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    [Note: The BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz has been fun-postponed--for fun!]On Sunday, September 13, 2015, Transportation Alternatives will present the 26th annual NYC Century Bike Tour:There are various route options, but the full century covers 100 miles without leaving the city limits, and only Staten Island will be spared the indignity of this Lycra-clad procession:Which I'm sure comes as a great relief to Diane "Find a Fucking Bike Lane and Get In It" Savino:(The censored word is "Fucking.")Ironically, she doesn't even need to yell at us, because getting into a bike lane is all most of us are…
  • Safety First, Common Sense Last

    BikeSnobNYC
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    All right fellow cyclists, time to hang it up, because Bob "Oatmeal Nuts" Ryan has the last word on why bikes don't belong on the streets:Looks like I've got the cyclists upset. 13 cycling fatalities on Boston streets in the last 5 yrs. It's just not safe on streets or hwys.— Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) August 12, 2015Yeah, Bob, we're not yelling at you because we're mad at you; we're only yelling at you to let you know you're making a complete fool of yourself, in the same way we might yell at the forgetful senior who's left the house without putting on his pants.  Honestly we don't care…
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    Big Wheel Building

  • Next.

    MC
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:36 pm
    "We do not stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing."~Ben Franklin A month ago I'd not have given much thought to the words above. I'd have been too busy putting gear away from one weekend trip, or plotting/planning/packing for another to give it much thought.That was a month ago.In the intervening four weeks I've learned more about my cervical spine than I ever thought I could, or would.My summer effectively ended that Sunday morning, when I woke with intense neck/shoulder/arm pain and then spent the next few weeks digging deeper (chiro, MT, PT, DO,…
  • Summerish.

    MC
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    August.  In the desert that word is often synonymous with loathing and dread, or, at best, tolerance and patience.Respite from the stifling heat and smothering smoke comes only when the rain does, and thus far monsoonal activity has been nil.  Trails have been ground into powder, air quality is about the same, and runoff in the rivers is a distant memory.Despite the lack of measurable precip, we managed to get deep into a half-day ride when a micro-burst lasered in on us and dumped it's load. When we made it the last ~mile back to the car it was plain to see that not a drop had…
  • Restraint.

    MC
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Several months ago when winter was fading but the heat of summer hadn't yet crossed our minds, we woke one weekend with hopes of getting out and riding bikes on our backyard trails.  The trails had been clear of snow for a ~week, but only just, and the warming daytime temps meant that riding on dirt needed to be done (like finished) before 9AM.  Otherwise you'd wreck bike and trail by trying to ride in the mud.On this particular morning we woke late, and to fog, and it flurried off and on as we breakfasted while discussing options.As much as we wanted to pedal, to shake off…
  • Phew.

    MC
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Well, actually first I should say 'Harumph'.And then, a week and a half later I can say "Phew!".What's the hubbub?For reasons still unexplained, my wheelbuilding website went down early last week.  Kaput.  At first, before I knew it was down, I was enjoying a lack of emails to respond to, allowing me to get caught up on a few things around the shop.Sometime Tuesday it started to seem unnaturally quiet, so I went looking and found an error message when I tried to load the site.Thus followed a week of almost unbelievable emails and phone calls to the old host (largely placed on my…
  • Final Fatillac Manifesto.

    MC
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Summer got busy (duh!) and I haven't taken the time to update this space about where we ended up with the Fatillac.  Sorry 'bout that.First and foremost, why 29+?In short, I already have a killer fatbike, a killer 6 x 6" trailbike, and a dedicated set of 29+ wheels/tires that I use on my fatbike when the need arises.Because of where I live and what/where/how I like to ride, that 2 bike arrangement has taken care of 90% of my riding needs for years.If I'm going to add a bike to the quiver, it needs to do something unique, or at least something much, much better than the other two.
 
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    Citizen Rider

  • All or Nothing Town

    cafiend
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Summer resort towns survive on the frantic seasonal surge. The residents hope that the blur of activity leaves enough cash behind to weather the many months in which the whole outside world forgets we exist, except for the occasional mention on the Tonight Show.Wolfeboro squeezes a bit more income out of fall foliage and winter tourism, but summer is the big money maker. All. Then nothing.We're teetering at the edge of that drop into nothing right now. The only reason the shop has seemed busy is that we are running with two people most of the time, and never more than three. We used to need a…
  • Busy, crazy, hazy days of summer

    cafiend
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Your handlebar tape should not smell like a sweaty sock. And maybe you should see your dermatologist if it does. At the very least, burn your cycling gloves and get some new ones, because they're beyond washing at this point.I did not say this to the customer who came in with a sudden case of skippy gears on Saturday. I think he'd already headed off to drink and snack in a nearby cafe while we performed whatever instant miracle we could devise. I doused the tape with Lysol before getting near it again. It was white tape, a little grubby but not outright grimy. Something must have been…
  • A time to herd, a time to let 'em run

    cafiend
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    Even with a massive investment in road improvements, a lot of places in this country will still have narrow roads shared by all users. Terrain, geology and well-established land uses encroach on rights-of-way.On my commute, Route 28 gets narrow and bendy as it comes into Wolfeboro. The token shoulder disappears. In theory, no motorist can safely pass a cyclist without putting themselves and oncoming traffic at risk.As I developed my own theories about traffic management a couple of decades ago, I started taking a position further and further into the lane. When the law in New Hampshire made…
  • What's lunch like where you work?

    cafiend
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Someone in management thought Mimosas would enhance their parade viewing this morning.She left the fixin's on the Bayview desk.As much as I say my job drives me to drink, actually doing so at work does not improve either my day or the ride home afterwards. But the Mimosans today were not on the clock. They just didn't clean up after themselves.
  • Devise and Conquer

    cafiend
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    A bike mechanic should do more than absorb and repeat the industry's latest technical information to keep pushing the wave of product rollouts down the long shore of history. The master of the craft knows you have to deal with a lot of other stuff that washes up in front of you after drifting derelict or perhaps breeding in the depths.A minor challenge that has bubbled up in the last decade is, "where do I put the blinky light on this bike?"The lights themselves usually come with various mounting options. Some of them actually solve the problem effectively. But the combination of seat height,…
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    Cyclelicious

  • Notes from the Silicon Valley Bike Summit

    Richard Masoner
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    I attended the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bicycle Summit last Wednesday along with about 200 other people, which Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Director Shiloh Ballard tells me is the largest crowd they’ve had. Prologue I was an invited panelist, but I go mostly for the networking. This networking began as soon as I arrived at San Jose Diridon Station, where I ran into Jaime “I’m an LCI, I know how to ride a bike” Fearer (Planning Director for California Walks), Melissa “Green Gal” Ott (from the UC Santa Cruz Office of Sustainability), and Brendan…
  • Texas Transportation Institute says “Reduce stress with San Jose Bike Train”

    Richard Masoner
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Texas A&M Transportation Institute released their annual mobility report last week. Just in case you didn’t already know this, the TTI reports once again that your car commute costs you in time, money, and well-being. Hidden near the usual advice for more lanes to solve congestion, the report also hints at a possible solution that you personally can try THIS WEEK to improve your life! Transportation wonks note that sciency-looking metrics in the mobility report support pro-freeway policies in what is often used as an advocacy document. The annual report does include…
  • Santa Cruz Active Transportation Plan outreach

    Richard Masoner
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    The city of Santa Cruz invites the public to participate in workshops to develop a new Active Transportation Plan. Development of this plan will prioritize active transportation and help the city win funding grants from outside sources to pay for this stuff. What is active transportation? Active transportation is mobility beyond walking from the couch to your driveway. Cycling, walking to the bus stop, skating, and wheeling a non-powered wheelchair are examples of active transportation. Active transportation automatically builds physical activity into your daily schedule, expands your social…
  • San Jose: Last chance for the west bank gravel trap

    Richard Masoner
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Those who ride the Guadalupe River Trail north of downtown San Jose, CA likely have at least tried the short stretch of gravel on the west bank side of the trail between Julian Street and Coleman Avenue where the trail crosses the Union Pacific railroad tracks. Love it or hate it, this stretch will be closed and replaced with pavement beginning near the middle of September. The trail here will be rebuilt as part of the larger Autumn Parkway project, which connects San Jose Market Center (i.e. the Target store plus other retail and dining) to the Diridon Station area via a new connection to…
  • A bike train for the Silicon Valley Bike Summit

    Richard Masoner
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The 5th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26 2015 in Palo Alto, CA beginning at 9 AM. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will lead a Bike Pool from the California Avenue Caltrain station at 8:35 AM. I’ll join this ride and post the real-time location to Glympse/!SanJoseBikeTrain so you can find us on the way. The bike summit takes place at the Oshman Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303. What is your Plan B? Northbound Caltrain 227 arrives at the Bike Pool start on Cal Ave at 8:31; Southbound 220 arrives at 8:32. The…
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    Jeffs Bike Blog

  • Six Times on One Ride

    Jeff
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Six times in a one  hour ride, people passed me by going into oncoming traffic.  Each time they caused the oncoming driver to take some type of evasive action, either slowing, (sometimes almost to a stop) or moving off the road onto the shoulder. I guess since they all gave me plenty of room they aren't necessarily anti bike, just anti anyone else on the road who might slow them down in the least. Some were more egregious than others but all endangered not just the offending drivers but everyone else on the road.  
  • Three Times in Less Than a Mile

    Jeff
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
    First it was a guy in a minivan who waved his middle finger at me after he swerved in front of me. Then there was the elderly couple in the VW who at the next stop light kept laughing at me and telling me to get on the (non-existent) bike path, then there was the monster truck that honked at me as he buzzed by. Police have been contacted, I'll update when I hear back. Then today this guy decides to farmer blow on a busy bike path without looking behind him first. Thanks for that.
  • 38 Lawbreakers

    Jeff
    2 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    In the span of just under a minute we waited for 38 lawbreakers.  I say we, meaning my wife and I trying to cross one half of 108th St., and the jogger waiting to cross the other side. Granted they didn't commit any misdemeanors or felonies, but they disregarded a law meant to insure the safety of pedestrians.  They did so seemingly without a second thought. Perhaps they don't understand the law. I'll put it in simple terms, when someone is waiting to cross at ANY crosswalk especially a marked pedestrian crossing, you must stop if you are able. I've called the police department who…
  • The Trifecta

    Jeff
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Had the trifecta today, close pass, passing into oncoming traffic and ignorant comments.  For a bonus the passenger yelled something at me as they passed.Past the next stoplight the woman driving (388 HJB), told me I should be on the "bike path".  For the record there's not a bike path anywhere near this road.
  • The Big One?

    Jeff
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In some NASCAR races they talk about the "big one", referring to a really bad crash.  I'm afraid at some point I will end up witnessing a big one because of drivers who are either really impatient or don't understand the concept of lanes and when and how to pass. Yesterday and today I had people who gave me plenty of room when they passed but since they passed directly into oncoming traffic they almost caused the big one. In the pass that the  Lexus (License 432MJM)  made, you can see in the rear facing camera that the car in the oncoming lane was almost off the road when the…
 
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    Jones Bikes

  • Jones Sasquatch T-Shirts now in stock!

    Brendon Potts
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    We just got our new T-shirts back from the printer, and they look great!  We’ve brought back the elusive Jones Sasquatch logo, and with it artwork by Stephen Haynes.  The shirt drawing went through a many iterations before it was done, but the wait was worth it because the final product is outstanding.  The are printed in four colors on Chocolate Brown Hanes preshrunk, short-sleeve cotton T-shirts (they’re even tagless!).  They’re available now in our store, so check them out! Front Rear
  • Jones Bikes – new location!

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Jones Bikes has moved to new location.  We now have so much more space to work, display bikes and H-bars, and generally organize things better. That’s not to say leaving Griffin Creek Road was easy – the shop there had grown with us in a very organic way and it had a real personality…   As you can see, organic growth isn’t necessarily tidy, especially once it outgrows its boundaries!  We had been working out of the house and the shop under the house for many years, and as great as the location was, each part of the business was on a different floor, which meant we spent…
  • A look at recent bicycle builds….

    Brendon Potts
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    We’ve been building up a lot of bikes, and thought folks might be interested to see some of them.  Every bike we build is essentially custom; but we do direct customers to components and combinations of parts that we know work well, are reliable, and will function harmoniously together.  The upshot of this approach is that we build a lot of bikes that are variations on our stock builds.  This works out really well for everyone, because someone buying a bike can change the details to make it exactly how they want it, while allowing us to make sure they are getting a bike that works as…
  • A ride in the woods

    Brendon Potts
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Last week, Jeff and I (Brendon) got out for a ride in the woods here in Southern Oregon.   We wanted to go out and ride two very different Jones bikes, and see how they handled on the same terrain: I rode the new thru-axle titanium Spaceframe, and Jeff rode the new brown Plus bike. Riding the rocks on the Spaceframe Coming from the freight train-like feel of the 25″ Plus bike, which I really like, the ti Spaceframe reminded me of the the one Harry Potter movie I have seen, where kids were riding flying brooms.  Those brooms looked ridiculously maneuverable, and though it may…
  • Custom Wheelbuilder

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    You can now, in our store,  select the exact wheel build you want (from the carefully selected range we offer – all tested and approved by Jeff). Rims, hubs, tires and extras are all there for to you choose from and the price will adjust to reflect your choices. That not to say you can’t call to discuss your riding and your bike – just that when you know what you want you can order it and we’ll get building! Visit the Wheels and Wheel Parts page. In case you missed it, here’s that link again.
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    Fat Cyclist

  • The Hammer’s LT100, Part I: End of a Long Week, Beginning of a Long Day

    fatty
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:28 am
    A Note from Fatty: I’m excited to be running The Hammer’s race report, starting today. Start to end, single-spaced in a Word document (without any images), it’s eighteen pages long.  It’s also definitely worth reading; The Hammer’s reports are really from the heart, and she’s clearly a lot more interested in the people and places around her when racing than I am. All while, I should note, she’s tearing everyone’s legs off. Enjoy!   Finally the alarm went off. It felt like I had been laying in bed for hours. I’m pretty sure I had, in fact. We had gone to bed early—around…
  • Guest Post from Sarah Barber: My Leadville 100

    fatty
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    A Note from Fatty About this Guest Post: Waaaaay back in December, I did a little fundraiser and drawing for WBR. One woman won a bike, and one woman won an entry into the Leadville 100.  Sarah Barber was the person who won the entry into the Leadville 100, which proved that I am incredibly good at randomly picking contest winners. Why? Because not only was she excited about winning the entry, but she’s a bona-fide kick-butt elite racer (and the defending champion of Rebecca’s Private Idaho). We’ve become friends, chatting by email ever since she won. She’s got great  enthusiasm,…
  • 2015 Leadville 100 Race Report, Part 7: To the Finish Line and Beyond

    fatty
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    A “Quick Links to Previous Installments” Note from Fatty: Here’s where you’ll find the parts to this story: Part 1: Pre-Race Jitters Part 2: Starting Line Surprise Part 3: Return of the Son of Joyful Warrior Part 4: Conflict and Questions Part 5: Perception and Reality Part 6: New Objective Part 7: To the Finish Line and Beyond I’m down to the final installment of my race report. But before I begin, I want to show you a picture from earlier in the week: This is Dave and Me. Dave’s been on Team Fatty since waaaay back. That 2009 jersey is legit. And I’d like to call your…
  • 2015 Leadville 100 Race Report, Part 6: New Objective

    fatty
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    A “Quick Links to Previous Installments” Note from Fatty: Here’s where you’ll find the parts to this story: Part 1: Pre-Race Jitters Part 2: Starting Line Surprise Part 3: Return of the Son of Joyful Warrior Part 4: Conflict and Questions Part 5: Perception and Reality Part 6: New Objective Part 7: To the Finish Line and Beyond There was a moment, during the three mile section between the bottom of the Columbine Mine descent and the Twin Lakes Aid Station, when I thought I had gotten off course and had become lost. Not because I had made a turn that was questionable and was now…
  • 2015 Leadville 100 Race Report, Part 5: Perception and Reality

    fatty
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    A “Quick Links to Previous Installments” Note from Fatty: Here’s where you’ll find the parts to this story: Part 1: Pre-Race Jitters Part 2: Starting Line Surprise Part 3: Return of the Son of Joyful Warrior Part 4: Conflict and Questions Part 5: Perception and Reality Part 6: New Objective Part 7: To the Finish Line and Beyond A wise man once said, “Perception is everything.” Or was it a wise woman?  Or did s/he say, “perception is nothing.” Let’s just agree that a wise person once said, “perception is…mumblemumble.“ My point is that what you…
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    Bike Hugger

  • Sage Lucky Envelope Cyclocross Team

    Byron
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Sage Titanium, CX Today the Sage/Lucky Envelope Brewing cyclocross team was announced for the 2015/16 season. As you can see on the back of the jersey, Bike Hugger is involved as a media partner. The Sage/Lucky team will focus on strong race results in the Pacific Northwest, Single Speed Worlds, and Nationals, but more importantly connecting with, and contributing to the cycling community. “Sage is extremely proud and excited to partner with Lucky Envelope Brewing,” said Sage Cycles owner David Rosen. “Sage has been a feature on the Portland cross scene for the past couple…
  • A Line on a Cross Bike

    Byron
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    Well that reminds me, it wasn’t quite A Line at Whistler, but did ride a Scott CX bike at Park City 1st Ride Playlist: Nail driver to Road to Ruby, to a Fire Road, descend Empire Pass; then to Silver Baron and lifted back. @bikeonscott Addict CX #scottweek A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jul 20, 2015 at 1:57pm PDT and it was as much fun as the video above. Best part too, watch how he slides off the bike when the front tire loses traction.
  • Bike Share Boom

    Byron
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    From that time we rode Velibs in Paris Ever since Velib, Barclays, bCycle, CitiBike and the like, we’ve noticed the bike share boom too. And while I believe that capital would be better spent on infrastructure, instead of sharing schemes, the numbers are impressive. City Lab breaks them down in a visual story that started with free bikes in Amsterdam… Does it feel like suddenly, bike-share programs are everywhere? The seemingly simple concept has indeed swept across the globe in a matter of just a few years. This is the story of just how quickly a great idea can spread when…
  • Yellow Pool Noodles

    Byron
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Damn it! If the timing had been better, would’ve ran quotes from this Reddit thread in Issue 27 The Tour. The original poster asked You can add one rule to the Tour de France to make it more entertaining. What is it? And the best commentis? This one… One cyclist out of every team gets a pool noodle, which he may use to sabotage the competition in any way he sees fit. Think about how awesome it would be to see a bunch of grown men with their serious game faces on, participating in one of the most grueling tests of endurance and fortitude in all of sports, but also a few assholes…
  • SRAM Red eTap Tested Extensively

    Byron
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Based on our (apparently unlucky) experience with di2, we’re concerned about reliability of electronic shifting. On a ride at Eurobike, GCN get’s the quotes from Scott McLaughlin, SRAM’s Global Director of Drivetrain Development, that we’ve been wondering about. Highlights include an enormous about of field testing and laboratory testing for 5 over years; including, at least 100 systems out on the road. We’ll ride SRAM Red eTap in a couple weeks in Vegas during Interbike.
 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • All Better Now? The Refugio Oil Spill, Three Months On

    Kasey
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    By Christian Beamish With ancestor chants evoking the original stewards of these shores, Chris Malloy, the Farm League crew and I put together a video short to comment on the Refugio Oil Spill. I did a voice-over at Todd Hannigan’s amazing recording studio based on some lines I wrote, but after a nip from the flask to loosen my chords, I went a little Kerouac and riffed poetic (or so it seemed at the time). And I wonder now about something I said. Above: Refugio – A Hell of an Oily Mess. Video: Chris Malloy  Still photo: Erin Feinblatt “I’d be a fool to grant myself some personal…
  • Kiteboarding for a Cause

    Kasey
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    By Jessica Salcido For the past few years, a small group of kiters here at Patagonia have participated in Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, a spectacularly beautiful kite race in Hood River, Oregon designed to raise money for the survivor-focused nonprofit, Athletes 4 Cancer Cancer has impacted all of our lives—we’ve loved and cared for friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances battling the disease. We know about the treatments, the medications, the prognoses. For survivors, however, life after cancer looks quite a bit different from the lives they put on hold. When treatment concludes survivors…
  • The Trip Continues – Full of Adventure

    Kasey
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    By Kitty Calhoun As my friends and I get older, the threat of slipping into a normal lifestyle becomes more real. I have to mow the lawn, get the oil and filter changed in the car, go to the dentist. These days, given a choice, I would rather do a few sport pitches and get a good workout in, than burn a whole day on a multi-pitch route. My sense of adventure, along with my confidence, is fading with my youth. Yvon Chouinard once said, “When everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts.” Did I really want to go through an adventure, including all the accompanying fear, unknowns…
  • Save Money, Save Salmon, Save Mike: Free the Snake

    Kasey
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    By Steve Hawley Meet Mike. He’s 21 years old, 20 feet long, weighs about 10,000 pounds. He speaks a language that was taught to him by his elders: a series of squeaks, clicks and squeals that allow him to coordinate hunting strategies with his clan. His species is the apex predator in the eastern Pacific. He also babysits. Mike is often seen protectively swimming alongside his younger siblings, part of a group of 80 orcas known as the Southern Residents that spend their summers fishing in the vicinity of Puget Sound. But over the past decade the babysitting gigs have been too few and far…
  • Two Big Threats to Yellowstone – Take action now

    Patagonia
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    Long before the arrival of Europeans, native peoples referred to Yellowstone as the “land of yellow rock waters” for the distinctive stone forged by volcanic blasts and the boiling waters of the largest geothermal system in the world. By 1872, Congress had dedicated Yellowstone as the nation’s—and the world’s—first national park. Yellowstone thus predates the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and the Department of Interior—and of course the Park Service itself. The Congress of the day may have specified Yellowstone Park as a “pleasuring-ground,” but a century and a half…
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    Bicycle Design

  • Three interesting bikes from Eurobike 2015

    James Thomas
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    It’s that time of year again. Bike show season kicked off on Wednesday with the opening of Eurobike 2015 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. One of the big stories from the show this year seems to wireless electronic shifting.  SRAM’s new RED eTap system is getting a lot of positive press, and FSA is showing a prototype wireless group at the show as well.  Wireless shifting has the potential to have a big impact on the design of racing/sport oriented bikes, but I’ll save that discussion for another post. Today, I want to share three interesting bikes that caught my attention as I have been…
  • Evolution of the Windcheetah- a guest post by Karl Sparenberg

    James Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
     I am a big fan of Mike Burrows, and have mentioned his work quite a few times over the years at Bicycle Design. In 2012, lifelong “cycling fanatic” and engineer Karl Sparenberg of Advanced Velo Design took over production of Burrows’ Windcheetah recumbent trike, and has been working on improving the materials and manufacturability of the original design. I think it’s a pretty interesting story, so I am letting Karl tell it to you directly in the guest post below. Having taken over the production of Windcheetah’s a couple of years ago the design and manufacturing has taken a…
  • More on the Specialized Eff You See Eye (fUCI)

    James Thomas
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    An earlier version of Specialized Creative Director Robert Egger’s “Eff You See Eye” concept bike was mentioned on Bicycle Design a couple months ago (in a post that was also featured on Core77). At that time, the personal project bike was just a teaser, a partially assembled primer grey prototype, but now Specialized has released photos of the completed concept bike, along with more information about the design, on their Very Special Things site. In the updated post, Egger talks about his reasons behind the fUCI project: “It’s kind of everything anti-UCI. Basically a ‘hey,…
  • Velox Volcane, a home-built carbon and aluminum bike by Richard Machin

    James Thomas
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
      Back in the mid nineties, I remember being completely fascinated with Damon Rinard’s “How I Made a Carbon Fiber Bike in My Garage” article (20+ years later, you should still check out the archive of his old Tech Pages if you never saw them, and read a recent interview with Rinard at Slowtwitch). I still enjoy seeing homebuilt carbon fiber bikes, and have posted a few reader submitted ones here at Bicycle Design over the years. Today, I want to share one more, a recent personal project by UK based mechanical engineer Richard Machin. Richard’s bike, which was inspired by classics…
  • Scott concept bikes by Julien Delcambre

    James Thomas
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
      Julien Delcambre currently works as a watch designer in Switzerland, but in a previous job at Scott Sports he designed a few interesting concept bikes.  He points out on his Behance page that his main mission at Scott was to redesign the old Gambler (a full suspension mountain bike). He was in charge of the design and graphics for all the parts and frame. “I was in charge of the design and graphics for all the parts and frame. Firstly the job was to create new frame with 27.5 wheels, new saddle, new links. Then I worked on the graphic elements ( colors, shapes, fonts ) to finish the…
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    Streetfilms

  • The Queens Boulevard Protected Bike Lane Celebration Ride

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    If Queens Boulevard can get a protected bike lane, you can probably put one on almost any street in the country. Yesterday, the Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee hosted the first of what it hopes are many celebratory bike rides down Queens Boulevard, trying out the first 10 blocks of the bike lane installed this month by NYC DOT. When complete, this project will run 1.3 miles from Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street. It’s the first phase in what the city has promised will be a thorough overhaul of the “Boulevard of Death,” which is also the most direct east-west route…
  • Why did so many people think Hamburg was declaring a car-free City Center?

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. This one continues to be a head-scratcher! Last year, many in the transportation world thought Hamburg, Germany was making plans to declare a car-free city center. I, too, had read many articles such as this and this that reported of it. Even Copenhagenize which lists Hamburg as its #19th Most Bike-Friendly City on their biennial index was hoodwinked (make sure you read their addendum.) When guest Streetfilms journalist Joe Baur was headed to Hamburg a few months ago he asked if I'd be interested in a story on the city's plans to become car-free.
  • Hamburg’s Quest to Get Bicycling Up to 25 Percent of All Trips

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Hamburg, a city of nearly two million people in northern Germany, has a 12 percent bike mode share and regularly ranks among the world's most bike-friendly cities (Copenhagenize currently has it in 19th place). Nevertheless, many cyclists and advocates in Hamburg believe their government should be doing much more to build safer bike lanes and encourage cycling. Guest Streetfilms journalist Joe Baur was recently in Germany and got to interview advocates about the state of cycling and how Hamburg can achieve its goal of 25 percent bike mode share by 2025. You can view more of Joe…
  • Looking back at our “Streetfacts” Series!

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. A few years back we decided to make a short series of four Streetfilms we christened "Streetfacts" trying to once again to give some great tools to our loyal followers, while attempting to showcase a different style of animation, charts, photos, video and written narration to tell our stories. Click here to view the embedded video. They did moderately well, but not as highly successful as we hoped. Thus in this blog post we present them all one page to see if they'll possibly catch fire. There are lots of great facts and topics, we highly encourage you…
  • Cambridge: Britain’s Cycling Capital

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    In the city of Cambridge, just about an hour's train ride north of London, you'll find lots of people bicycling. In fact, the official bike mode share is 22 percent, but advocates believe it's even higher and could comprise up to 50 percent of all trips in the city center. More than protected bike lanes, the key to Cambridge's success has been the management of motor vehicle traffic. For one, the city center is now ringed by a cordon of moveable bollards that only recede for buses, taxis, and some service vehicles. Private cars are not allowed downtown but people on bikes are…
 
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    Bikes For The Rest Of Us

  • Momentum Bicycles (by Giant)

    Freewheel
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Giant's Momentum Street bikes: double-diamond model at top, mid-step at bottom. Photos courtesy momentum-biking.comMomentum Street models are available in 5 colors, as a double-diamond or mid-step, and sell for just $425.Giant, the world's largest bike manufacturer, is making low-cost bikes for the rest of us. They're 7-speed aluminum bikes that come standard with fenders, rear racks (with bag mounts), nominal chainguards, integrated cup holders, and even a frame-mounted u-lock carrier.  At $425, this is a highly utilitarian bike and a really good deal.Rack, fenders, cup holder for $425…
  • Detroit Bikes

    Freewheel
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Detroit Bikes offers an A-Type (top) and B-Type (bottom). Photos courtesy detroitbikes.comDetroit Bikes A or B models go for about $700 + whatever accessories you choose.Two years ago, after we did a post about Shinola, I received an email recommending that we check out Detroit Bikes.  And so, a mere 2 years later, I checked out Detroit Bikes.  I found two simple, attractive cruisers that come with fenders, chainguards, and internal gear hubs.Detroit Bikes says its "mission is to encourage cycling by making an accessible, enjoyable bicycle while continuing Detroit’s legacy of…
  • Salsa Marrakesh

    Freewheel
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    2016 Marrakesh with drop bars (top) and flat bars (bottom). Courtesy: Salsa's Culture BlogNew for 2016, Salsa Cycles is offering Marrakesh for around $1,600.The Marrakesh looks like a really nice touring bike, at least the version with the Salsa Cowchipper bars (I can't imagine touring with flat bars, even if they do have a slight bend - you need multiple hand positions).  I like touring bikes (my main ride is a Miyata 1000 LT) because their ability to haul a heavy load over long miles necessarily makes them useful and versatile bikes.  It's why I'm a fan of Surly's LHT/Disc…
  • Giant Simple Three W

    Freewheel
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:21 am
    For 2016, a "lifestyle" cruiser from Giant. Courtesy: http://www.giant-bicycles.comGiant offers the Simple Three W, an aluminum 3-speed cruiser, for around $490.Here's a large bicycling company, truly a giant in the industry, marketing to women. This is something we've seen again and again (for example, the Trek Cocoa ad campaign), because women are the bicycle industry's major untapped consumer market.  Some women-specific models have been successful, like Giant's Suede, others a bit ridiculous, like the Trek Lime (discussed here).Giant's "Liv" campaign (on twitter it's @Livgiant)…
  • Simcoe Bicycles

    Freewheel
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    From the top down: Simcoe Step-Through Classic; Simcoe Roadster Signature; Simcoe Roadster Classic; Simcoe Step-Through Signature. All photos courtesy http://simcoebicycles.comThe Toronto-based Simcoe Bicycles makes European-style upright steel bikes that include fenders, chaincases, rear racks, and internal gear hubs. A 7-speed Classic goes for about $900; a 7-speed Signature for around $1100.Simcoe calls itself "the renaissance of the everyday bike in North America."  Momentum Magazine included Simcoe in its gear guide as one of "21 City Bikes for 2015."  Lovely Bicycle tested the…
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    CoachLevi.com

  • Tested: Yoga Sequencing Deck

    Levi
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    Have you been wanting to design your own yoga class but have no idea where to start? Check this out – Yoga Sequencing Deck: 100 Cards to Design Practices and Classes that Flow – it’s a deck of cards with yoga poses on them. Let’s backtrack though… why would one want to design a yoga class? Well, I did yoga at home for years. It was always based off how-to DVDs and free lessons on Youtube, so I did a lot of the exact same thing, over and over again. Not until these past couple years did I get into for-real hot yoga classes, which was really eye-opening. Sure there…
  • Tested: Ohuhu Gel Padded Cycling Underwear

    Levi
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:22 am
    It might be hard to believe, but not every person riding a bike wants to show off every inch of their body in tight spandex. Quite a few people prefer modest clothing that’s also acceptable off the bike. The problem is, spandex cycling shorts also provide a very important, functional clothing item – the chamois pad! Well, with the Ohuhu Gel Padded Cycling Underwear, you can pad your bottom while wearing casual clothes. Just replace your current underwear with these and your bike rides should get noticeably more comfortable. At $14.99 they are about double the price of regular…
  • Tested: Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 U-Lock with 4-Foot Flex Cable

    Levi
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    I found myself bike commuting in Pittsburgh, with only two bike locks sitting around. One, a cable lock that could be cut with scissors, and the other, an old Kryptonite New York chain lock, the kind which could be defeated with an even flimsier weapon – a Bic pen! The remedy for this situation was the full-size Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 U-Lock with an included 4′ flex cable for extra security. I was actually set on purchasing an OnGuard u-lock, since they were selling for only $30 for what appeared to be a similar quality level, and I figured I’d try something new. But…
  • Tested: Elite Man Multivitamins for Men

    Levi
    22 Aug 2015 | 4:04 am
    Yeah, the label imagery makes it look like some sort bro-science testosterone booster, but it’s not. It’s a multivitamin. Is it just another multivitamin? Not exactly. It’s called Elite Man Multivitamins for Men, made by Vitamin Elite. In addition to providing 33 essential vitamins and minerals, these contain eight proprietary blends (of various herbs and supplements) that you’d normally have to buy separately. You would rarely, if ever, see a multivitamin tablet that contains all this stuff. Since that’s what this is all about, let’s get straight into the…
  • Tested: MIU COLOR Foldable Picnic Blanket with Handles

    Levi
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    I don’t really do picnics. I’m outside a lot, but most of the time I’m eating while moving. And if I’m backpacking, I’m not going to be carrying a picnic blanket with me. But that could change because of this MIU COLOR Foldable Picnic Blanket with Handles. It’s a moisture-proof, water-proof, and sand-proof picnic blanket that sounds ideal for someone who will picnic in any conditions! Wondering how I ended up with a picnic blanket? Well, it all started when I reviewed this sweet foldable backpack, also from MIU COLOR. I was thoroughly impressed with it, so…
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    BikePortland.org » Front Page

  • City will share options for Clinton Street upgrades at Sept. 16 open house

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Portland’s second-most-ridden neighborhood greenway is being lined up for possible improvements.Southeast Clinton Street currently sees auto traffic volumes near 26th Avenue that are triple the city’s target for a neighborhood greenway and long stretches where auto speeds are 6 to 8 mph above the 20 mph limit.Three months ago, after joining Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick to call a summit about bike safety, Mayor Charlie Hales said the city “will experiment with diverters — which allow bicycles through but block cars — at different locations.”It was the…
  • 5 days in Eastern Oregon: Baker and Union Counties rally around off-road potential

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    A few of the people behind Eastern Oregon’s cycling boom.Top L: Kristen Dollarhide (Executive Director Union County Chamber of Commerce). Top R: Timothy Bishop (Baker County Tourism Director). Bottom L: Whit Hartz (Co-owner, The Mountain Works Bicycles). Bottom R: Pat Thomas (Owner, Range Tour & Shuttle Co.) (Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Last month I spent five days taking a closer look at bicycling and bike tourism in Wallowa, Baker, and Union Counties as part of a partnership with Cycle Oregon. Starting in the small town of Halfway on Monday, I rode northeast to circumnavigate…
  • TriMet police stake out new train-track crossings east of Tilikum Crossing

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:33 pm
    (Image: Google Street View)Portland’s regional transit agency is trying to educate people about navigating the new expanse of pavement near the corner of SE 8th and Division.With the new Orange Line due to begin service on Saturday, Sept. 12, transit police have been stationed in the area issuing formal warnings to people who break traffic laws such as crossing the tracks after a train has passed but before the warning signals have stopped ringing.Here’s the statement TriMet put out about this effort last week:Orange Line trains will run from around 5 a.m. until around midnight on…
  • Lane blockage on SW Stark presents a different kind of bike commute ‘challenge’

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:18 am
    All too common view on one of downtown’s “best” bikeways.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)I’m not one to get upset and complain at every little biking injustice I come across everyday; but when things reach a point of absurdity and highlight a larger problem, I think it’s reasonable to make a fuss. On my ride into work this morning I encountered three large trucks and one van completely blocking the bicycle-only travel lane on SW Stark Street. What really made me stop and do a story about it is that these four vehicles blocked the lane in a span of just four…
  • Three non-obvious reasons the Bike Commute Challenge is such a great idea

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:39 am
    Who doesn’t like trophies?(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)Portland’s friendly annual competition among workplaces to see who can log the most and longest bike trips and who can recruit the most commuters starts today. And an excellent new academic paper shows exactly why you should be signing up and nudging your co-workers to do the same.The paper published last week is by New York-based biking psychology student Do Lee, based on interviews, mapping and video and ride-along observations of the two-week Lake Tahoe Bike Challenge in California.His simple conclusion: no amount of…
 
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  • Upgraded Garmin Montana 610 gets GLONASS capability. Thanks, Putin!

    Jim Hodgson
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:49 am
    Yes, that’s right, that Putin: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia. Whatever else you may think of him, we have him to thank for the modernization of the GLONASS satellite system, which, working in tandem with GPS, can provide faster location fixes than GPS alone. If you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, I don’t want to use …
  • Test Ride Review: GHOST Riot LT 8 Trail Bike

    Jeff Barber
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:05 am
    REI recently brought the GHOST brand to the US and has quickly rolled out the bikes to their nearly 150 retail stores. The company has been marketing these bikes pretty aggressively and after seeing one show up to our weekly group ride a few weeks ago, I knew I had to test a GHOST bike …
  • Video: The Best Tricks in Red Bull Rampage History

    Red Bull
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:56 am
    Red Bull Rampage has established itself as the event and location where freeride boundaries are pushed and limits are shattered, year after year. And after watching the video above, it’s easy to understand why.
  • Video: Top 10 Ways to Improve Your MTB Fitness

    Global Mountain Bike Network
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:55 am
    Mountain biking is so good that you don’t even need to call it training…
  • Get a Grip with the WTB PadLoc

    Jim Hodgson
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:29 pm
    See what I did there? Get a grip? Because this article is about grips. Don’t roll your eyes like that. Bad puns are required by law in this bicycle journalism game. Ask BikeSnobNYC if you don’t believe me. But now, to business. If you’re experiencing fatigue on the bike — and aren’t we all? — …
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  • Video: SR Suntour’s New 36mm Fork Durolux R2C2, RC2 | Rux R2C2, RC2 | Duair + Unair Shocks

    sicklines
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:37 am
    SR Suntour has been steadily increasing their product range and for 2016 they’ve got a variety of new forks and shocks in the market. Check inside for some quick videos explaining some of the new products and technology in their 2016 range including the new 36mm Durolux R2C2, Rux R2C2, Duair, Unair, and more. We attended an SR Suntour media camp where we were able to get some first hand experience onboard some of these new products. Stay tuned for the ride impressions as well. Below you can learn about the details of their 2016 range to better understand their new products more. Video:…
  • On Track With Curtis Keene – Season 2 Episode 4

    sicklines
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Let’s face it, Curtis’ results after the first 3 rounds of the Enduro World Series are far from the expectations he had set for himself this season; but he’s not the type of guy to simply roll over and give up. Watch the latest On Track With Curtis Keene inside. Returning home from Scotland, Curtis books a trip back to his roots in Arizona. Trail building in Prescott and riding full gas in Flagstaff is the perfect recipe for taking a break from the pressure of the Enduro World Series. Will it help him to free up his mind from the though beginning, the crashed and injuries? All we know…
  • Outerbike 2015 – Around the Corner : Oct 1st-4th

    sicklines
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    If you’re looking to swing a leg over the latest and greatest 2016 bikes there’s no better place than Outerbike to do it. The event is well attended and the major manufacteurs show up to let you ride their new bikes in Moab! Rides / shuttles are organized throughout the weekend to some iconic Moab trails. This also includes beer and some meals as well with your entry to Outerbike. This year the event takes place Oct 1-4th so be sure to sign up if you haven’t already! You can learn more about Outerbike thorugh some of our previous articles as well as visiting the official…
  • Video: Cruz Fest And Post Office Parties | Tyler McCaul’s God Luck and Good Speed, Ep.8

    sicklines
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:25 am
    There’s nothing like a good Tyler McCaul video edit and you can follow along with Tmac around his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA as they capture some great footage in this epictv edit. Cruz Fest And Post Office Parties | Tyler McCaul’s God Luck and Good Speed, Ep. 8 Tyler McCaul has collected loads of footage throughout the season, mostly from around his hometown in Santa Cruz, California, as he and his friends session the massive jumps featured at Cruz Fest during the infamous FEST Series this year. To the final days of the much loved Post Office jumps. Of course with this bunch of…
  • Eurobike – Intense M16 Carbon, Giro Mips, Devinci Troy

    sicklines
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Some more 2016 content coming your way from Eurobike. Check out these latest videos that epictv has shared with us including a carbon Intense M16, Giro MIPS, Alpinestars, and Crankbrothers pedals. 2016 Intense Cycles M16 Carbon Preview | 2015 Eurobike After rumours and recent spy photos of a carbon Intense M16 surfaced on the net, it was only a matter of time until the cat was officially out of the bag. Thankfully the 2015 Eurobike trade show delivered, and the latest DH bike from Intense Cycles looks set to be another popular gravity machine, much like its iconic predecessors. 2016 Giro…
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  • The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can’t Buy

    Ted Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Check out this homemade bike bell system I came across in Madagascar. The owner of the bike — perhaps the inventor — was more than happy to demonstrate. I was visiting the Cold Water Geysers of Analavory. I was not commuting per-se; I was being a tourist. The geysers are not a natural phenomenon, but […]
  • The Joy of Cycling with My Daughter

    Josh Lipton
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    I am a very lucky guy. I get to go cycling with my daughter. Showing the joy of cycling to my daughter has been one of my favorite things about being a dad. When we go on a ride it is an adventure for just the two of us. Or for the whole family. And […]
  • Progress: Police Remind Drivers Not to Park in Bike Lanes

    Stacey Moses
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    For several years, I have been reading about cyclists’ frustrations with people parking in bike lanes. Very often, the focus of these posts is the lack of attention and action offered by local enforcement agencies. Last Friday, I published my own ruminations on the topic. On the same day, a lawyer in Arlington, Virginia published […]
  • Yes, People Still Park in Bike Lanes

    Stacey Moses
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Bike lanes have about a dozen different names and an approximately equal number of design variations. However, the intended purpose of bike lanes is the same on all streets, in all cities: to provide cyclists with a car-free lane for safer, more efficient riding. When used appropriately, bike lanes make our streets safer for motorists, […]
  • DRIVE Act Motors Through the Senate

    Stacey Moses
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    If you bet against the Senate to pass the DRIVE Act before the federal transportation program ran out of funding on July 31st, it’s time to get your wallet out. Right at the deadline, and right before breaking for its annual August recess, the Senate approved the comprehensive transportation bill that includes at least three […]
 
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  • Video: Birzman Studio Tool Box Review

    Arleigh
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    A video review of my pros and cons of the Birzman Studio Tool Box. A full review with more photos and in depth options will be coming next week! Preview on BikeShopGirl.com: http://bikeshopgirl.com/2015/06/preview-birzman-studio-toolbox/ Can’t Find It Locally? Buy it through my affiliates (Currently on sale for $325!): http://amzn.to/1LnbPu0 Tool Box Info: $400-430 37 Tools Tools Included: 1 Torx®Key Set T10/ T15/ T20/ T25/ T27/ T30/ T40/ T45/ T50 2 Hex Key Set 1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8/10mm 3 Chain Wear Indicator 0.75% to 1% 4 Patch Kit 5 Tire Lever Set 6 Shimano®Cartridge B.B. Tool 7…
  • Review: All City Nature Boy Cyclocross Bike

    Arleigh
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Two years ago when we first moved to Colorado my wife needed a new everyday commuter bike. Something quick but sturdy for her daily commute that would range from 4 – 11 miles one way at all times of the day and night. Our criteria for this Denver friendly commuter bike: Wider tires Slightly upright but not too comfort oriented Drop bars Pretty (This by far was the most important one) I had recently left my job as an outside rep for QBP (parent company for Salsa, Surly, All City, Foundry) and personally had an All City Nature Boy that I adored. Naturally I wanted her on a cyclocross…
  • Hauling Your Kids by Bike: Rear Mounted Bike Child Seats & Kid Trailers

    Arleigh
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    In this “Hauling Your Kid by Bike” series I’ll walk you through different ways to carry your kids with you on your bike, the pros and cons of each, and how I ultimately decided on the product I did to help you figure out what fits your needs the most. The most popular ways to haul kids by bike in the United States are bike child seats and kids bike trailers. Today we will look at the options in each of these styles and the pros/cons so that you can make an educated decision for your family. The article will end with a preview of the next part of this series, cargo bikes!
  • Today’s Recommended Cycling Socks

    Arleigh
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Some call it sock doping when you have aesthetically pleasing socks on your feet. I call it accessorizing and I’m in need of a few new cycling socks. In my opinion you have 3 options for socks, black 6″, designed to match the kit you are wearing or so amazing that you could have nothing on and pull them off. Here are the socks I’m ordering for late summer sock doping. Srirachi Sock – $9 from JensonUSA* Taco Tuesday Sock – $10 from Jenson USA DeFeet Framework Socks – $12.95 from Competitive Cyclist*   Twin Six Providence Sock – $14 from…
  • Help Replace Dave Nice’s Bike

    Arleigh
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    WOOHOO! Dave’s bike has been found!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t typically use these pages for fundraising but this is a worthy cause. My dear friend, Dave Nice (Fixie Dave), recently had his bike/wallet stolen and could use some generous friends. Dave is known for his adventures on his fixed gear mountain bike, taking on endurance mountain bike races and using it as his only mode of transportation. The guy isn’t only out a nice bike but out his way of life. Dave is the kind of guy that would do anything for a friend. When my family first moved to Colorado he biked 60 miles to help…
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  • Bicycle Races in China: Now a Multitude to Choose From

    Bikedan
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Over the last five years I have lived in China and have witness a stunning growth in the number of cycling races popping up all over the country, providing one with a multitude of choices in any given week.  For an aspiring rider who wishes to experience what life is like as a pro, China would be the best place on earth right now;  if you are a half-decent rider, you can actually win some good prize money to cover your travel plus more. Many events also offer travel subsidies or at the least free-entry and free accommodation in their bid to attract foreigners to races.  The only catch is…
  • Yoga will help your Cycling

    Bikedan
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    YOGA – It’s not just for Girls Photos courtesy of Craig Ferguson – http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Yep, that’s right, yoga is good for the guys too and just about perfect for the serious cyclist who wishes to transcend beyond the perceived ceiling! I have been living in China for the past almost five years and in that time I have witnessed yoga becoming increasingly popular amongst Chinese women – its a new fashion fitness trend. But, very few Chinese men are doing yoga – in the past year I have seen one other Chinese male attend the yoga class I regularly…
  • China: Yunnan Colorful Gran Fondo

    Bikedan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    I have been in and out of China for the last 14 years since first coming in the year 2000, I have witness a stunning transformation of this great nation; not just the economic transformations but a significant shift in the attitudes towards outdoor leisure, particularly cycling. Cycling has always been part of the Chinese culture and it still is a major mode of transportation in today’s modern China.  The cycling events scene has been rapidly gaining in popularity over the last few years, but the problem was most events were short and held on boring un-inspiring circuits. If there was…
  • New Zealand: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

    Bikedan
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the official opening of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail in Lumsden, Southland and witnessed part of what New Zealand is doing with the Cycle Trails Network development to attract more international tourists to experience the beauty of New Zealand on two-wheels. Route 6 Cafe in Lumsden The turn-out in windy, but sunny, Lumsden was its largest in history for the small Southland town that also hosts a stage finish at the Tour of Southland. The first stage of the trail was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bill English. English led a group of cyclists…
  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

    Bikedan
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    It is always good coming to race in the Chengdu area as the organizers, ‘Lao Che Mi’ are widely known for putting on great events that are well organized. They also look after their foreign guests extremely well, paying attention to every detail. I have raced at many races throughout China, and Laochemi events are right up their with the best, if not the best.  They have been putting on events since 1984 and are pioneers in the China cycling scene; they also have five TREK concept stores in Chengdu city!  If you are looking for a good race to do in China, consider signing up for…
 
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  • Tour of Spain Off to Craziest Start in Years

    whit yost
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:49 pm
    We’re only 10 stages into the 2015 Vuelta a España and already, the 70th edition of the season’s final Grand Tour has been one of the craziest and most controversial events in a long time. Before the race even started, two riders from Katusha (Yuri Trofimov and Egor Silin) were kicked off the Russian squad’s roster allegedly for drinking a bit too much while travelling from an Olympic test event in Brazil to Spain for the start of the race. The Vuelta already has a bit of reputation for being as much of a party as it a bike race: Andy Schleck and Stuart O’Grady…
  • Has President Obama Helped Cyclists?

    joe lindsey
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:28 pm
    When you’re the President of the United States, you can’t even take a simple bike ride without the press tagging along. So when photos surfaced of the First Family taking a spin while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, it reminded us: In 2008, Obama was the bike candidate, even during the primaries. But how has cycling—particularly things like bike paths, protected lanes, and other important infrastructure—fared under his leadership? As we enter the last year of Obama’s presidency, and as the 114th Congress embarks upon the last legislative session before…
  • Move Over Standing Desks: Kids Learn Better with Pedal Desks

    Molly Hurford
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Caption:  (Courtesy of KidsFit) Sitting still in class is a thing of the past. At least, that’s certainly the case for a few children at Oakridge Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. The school recently added several of KidsFit’s two-person pedal desks to their special education classrooms, where children with attention issues can use the motion of pedaling to keep their minds more focused on learning. While the program is new to Virginia, KidsFit desks can be found in classrooms around the country. "Most of what we hear is directly from teachers on the front lines.
  • The Blackburn Outpost Seat Pack is the Ultimate Adventure Enabler

    Caitlin Giddings
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:05 pm
    When, like me, you live in a small town without a car, the occasional weekend bike trip to the nearest city can be the only thing keeping your life from turning into a sad country song. Sure, the Blackburn Outpost Seat Pack was likely made for long bikepacking trips and escapes into the backcountry, but I’ve found it’s perfect for overnight escapades to civilization, too. Just throw a change of clothes in with a few bike tools and snacks, and set a course for the bright lights and multiple restaurant options of the big city.     RELATED: How to Plan a Weekend…
  • The Best Part of Coming In Dead F*cking Last

    Caitlin Giddings
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The first time I tried a sanctioned bike race, I only had one goal: Try not to finish last. That might sound like setting the bar pretty low—after all, with 50 people racing, how hard is it to beat just one person?—but something tells me a lot of people treat their first race like being chased by a bear. You don’t have to outride the bear. You just have to outride one other guy. The sad truth is that fear of coming in last keeps some people from ever trying bike races. After all, who wants to be sitting on an elaborate DFL saga when someone asks, “How did your race…
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    All up to date 2015 Texas bicycle rides in one location

  • Ride Report – La Vernia Wild West Hammerfest Bicycle Ride 2016

    Nikki Frisby
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Why join the “La Vernia Wild West Hammerfest Bicycle Ride”? Hammerfest is a Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River Recommended Ride. Riders will be greeted by our friendly, small town atmosphere. Three great routes to choose from, with gentle rolling hills, fantastic support on the route and at our fun and well-stocked rest stops. Support […]
  • The #1 Way for Cyclists (or any athlete) to Get and Stay Healthy

    Emily
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    You sweat. You push your limits. You expand your lungs and tone your muscles into a habitual rhythm. You self-motivate and ride; And you sweat. It’s a beautiful thing, a man (or woman) and their bicycle. When you’re not hovering over your handlebars, you might be pressing bells or stretching or using a treadmill. You […]
  • Ride Interview – Peach Pedal 2015 – Weatherford, Texas (July 11th)

    Emily
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Whether or not you’re already considering heading out to Parker County Peach festival the weekend of July 11th, consider contributing by way of joining the Peach Pedal 2015. It aids in supporting the community and also offers scholarships for Weatherford College students. WC’s Vice President Brent Baker gives us the juicy details below.     […]
  • Two Wheeled Epitome of Independence Day

    Emily
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Too often, the bicycle becomes a means to an end. We use them to stay fit, pedaling our way to healthier limbs, lungs and hearts. We compete either for a victorious win or to support a cause. Even the need to get from place to place gives us an excuse to use our bicycles. But […]
  • Ride Interview – Wild Pig Pedal – Seymour, Texas

    Emily
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    There’s a whole lot of riding going on. This weekend that is. (If you happen to be in the Waxahachie area this Saturday be sure to check out the Cow Creek Country Classic Ride that we blogged about yesterday.) Another option for wheeled weekend recreation is happening Saturday June 27th in Seymour, Texas. The Wild […]
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  • Saffron x DSC Snow Bike

    Adam
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    If you somehow managed to get all of David Gwyther’s — A.K.A Death Spray Custom — artwork in one room at the same time, the atmosphere could be described as highly combustible. And it wouldn’t just be from the vapours. Death Spray Custom has decorated motorbikes, helmets, jerry cans, car bonnets, axes, tool boxes and hammers, and more than a few bike frames and forks. His latest canvas is a snow and gravel bike by London’s Saffron Frameworks that’s heading for the harsh climes of Sweden. This isn’t the first time Matthew Sowter of Saffron Frameworks has had a…
  • Yeti SB4.5c

    Adam
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Yeti Cycles celebrated their 25th Anniversary of creating progressive mountain bikes, but here they are again, announcing special 30th birthday editions of their SB6c enduro sled and the brand new SB4.5c. Sydney’s MTB headquarters, Summit Cycles, have had a pre-production SB4.5c for a few months now, kept under wraps from the press until its official debut at Eurobike 2015, last weekend in Berlin. Well, now the covers are off. It used to be that both cross country and downhill events could be won on the same day on the same bike but, as…
  • Review: SQlab Saddles

    Adam
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    From Cycle EXIF’s technical correspondent, Richard Gearing. I forget how I came across the SQlab ‘Super6.1’ saddle, but having seen it I had to know more and, as a fan of carbon saddles and the surprising comfort they offer, was keen to give it a try. Unfortunately at the time of writing it was still being finalised, but my queries prompted the supply of a few of the SQlab range of saddles to test. The first thing to do to identify which saddle width I should be riding is to measure my sit bones. Krischan of EightyOneSpices.com.au – the Australian distributor for SQlab –…
  • Insight: Speedvagen Fit Tour Sydney

    Adam
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Sacha White and The Vanilla Workshop team made it Down Under to Sydney this week, setting up shop at the Rapha Cycle Club for their Fit Tour. The aim was to meet new customers and make sure their new Speedvagen frames were perfectly suited to their physiques. Sacha and Jenn brought a selection of bikes with them: their personal rides, including Sacha’s original Urban Racer — one of the most talked about bikes of 2015, and a couple of new customer’s builds. One of the most striking was this one, with a black Hollatext scheme with matching Busyman Bicycles saddle and bar tape —…
  • BOO Bicycles RS-R

    Adam
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Prestige Cycles, the best bike shop in Brighton and Hove, now stock BOO Bicycles — makers of some of the world’s finest bamboo bikes. Although they share the floor of Prestige with the likes of Baum, Mosaic, Yeti, Cannondale and Passoni, the Boo Bicycles are surely the most interesting. Bamboo was used as a frame material for some of the earliest bike frames. A US patent for a bamboo frame was granted in 1896, and today their construction has evolved to make them comparable to steel, titanium and carbon fibre. Bamboo, like carbon fibre, is a composite material, which means that it is…
 
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    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog

  • My West Coast Tour

    Dave Moulton
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    On September 29th I will be flying to Portland, Oregon to begin a three week speaking Tour of the West Coast. From Portland I will drive south to Eugene, and then on to the San Francisco Bay Area. My next stop will be San Luis Obispo in Central California, before traveling down to Los Angeles, and Laguna Beach in Orange County. I will also be in the Chino Hills area of the Inland Empire, and I am hoping to make it down to San Diego.  I fly back home to South Carolina on the 17th. October. The purpose of my trip is to meet with people who own bikes that I built, obviously, but not…
  • It does my heart good

    Dave Moulton
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    It does my heart good to see a frame I built thirty years ago still being ridden and enjoyed.  Ken Avchen who owns this bike said: “I did consider building this one up with period correct components, but I thought this is the bike I want to ride, not just admire it, so I went with a modern group.” So let’s look at exactly what we have here. This hand built lugged steel Fuso frame built in 1985 will give a ride quality and precise handling that is hard to replicate in a modern frame. The modern Campagnolo components offer a far wider range of gearing than was ever…
  • The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

    Dave Moulton
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Since 1983 the English Department of the San Jose State University has sponsored the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. A whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the worst possible opening sentence to an imaginary novel. Named after the Victorian English writer Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who penned a novel with the opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Later immortalized by Snoopy, the beloved Schultz “Peanuts” cartoon character. Bulwer-Lytton is also credited with coining the now famous quotations, “The pen is mightier…
  • My Racing Weight

    Dave Moulton
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I wrote last week about the Imperial vs. Metric weights and measures. People in the UK still measure their personal weight in Stones. I currently weigh eleven stone, which was my racing weight. There are 14 lbs. in a stone, so eleven stone is 154 lbs. American. As a teen I was pretty skinny and weighed around ten and a half stone 147 lbs. But by the time I reached my twenties and into my thirties I had added some muscle and was consistently 11 Stone. It was the weight I strived for every spring after packing on a two or three winter pounds. It was the weight I was when I arrived in New Jersey…
  • Going Metric

    Dave Moulton
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Britain like the US resists going completely metric even though logically it makes sense to measure or count stuff in multiples of ten. The US has always had a decimal monetary system. 100 cents equals one dollar. Real simple. If you have 10095 cents, you simply stick a decimal point two digits in from the left, like so, 100.95 and you have 100 dollars and 95 cents. Britain too has decimal money. 100 pennies equals one pound. It wasn’t always like that, the new currency was introduced in 1971, and I remember it well. I grew up with a system where 12 pennies made one shilling, and 20…
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  • The Power of 3 – Keep it Simple and Progress – Profile (Sept 2015 Week 1)

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists.     I have been receiving an incredible amount of positive feedback about these progressive profiles, so I have decided to provide ICI/Pro members with two profiles per week starting in September.  In order to keep it Simple and keep it Progressive I’m going to provide a profile every Wednesday that focuses on…
  • Warm Up or Cool Down Video – Landscapes

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists.   I’m always looking for Warm Up and Cool Down videos and I think I just created my all time favorite. Check it out. Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education
  • Moderation May Be a Myth When Sugar’s Involved

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:07 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. When it comes to food, no doubt you’ve heard, read, or even said something along these lines: Everything’s fine in moderation. Many famous people have said that they’ve never been successful at achieving moderation. Professionally, I never recommend moderation in sugar intake. Instead, I favor this quotation by Saint Augustine:…
  • You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know By Jay Duplessie

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. I’m sure I could list 10 or 20 clichés that everyone reading this could relate to, but I’m only going to do a couple. “If I knew then what I know now,” and then one of my personal favorites in this genre “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Being that this is only my third post, you may…
  • Favorite Track of The Week

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 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. This week I’m sharing two songs with you. The first is an older tune that I use every year to mark the end of summer. Well, not officially the end of summer, but the time when those of us that are teachers or have kids in school get back into the swing of things. It’s always a bittersweet time of year for me because I do enjoy…
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  • Get Out of Your Own Way, and RIDE

    Darryl
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    This episode of the Cycling 360 Podcast is brought to you by Ryders Eyewear.  We appreciate their support, and you’ll find out more about their products and our comments in this edition of the show. We bring back our resident Mental Skills Expert and Coach, Carrie Cheadle, for another podcast that is sure to make you a better cyclist….and better in all other areas of your life. The mind affects everything we do, and it definitely plays a part in getting the most out of your cycling.  There are so many outside influences that can alter your performance on the bike, and in this…
  • Cycling on Gravel

    Darryl
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    None of us like taking our road bikes on anything other than beautifully paved road, but if it hasn’t happened already there might come a time when you need to pedal through some gravelly road. In this quick tip, Darryl talks about a few little tips that will make riding through gravel more manageable for you and your bike.
  • Cycling: If We Knew Then What We Know Now

    Darryl
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    In this edition of the Cycling 360 Podcast, Darryl and Victor talk about all the things they would say if they could go back and talk to themselves when they first started cycling.  Yeah, neat concept huh? Listen in as the co-hosts go back in time and go over all the things they wish they would have known about way back in the past. Included in this podcast: What Darryl and Victor would tell themselves about equipment, training, and the cycling mindset Great tips for all cyclists wanting to make the best of what they do Insight into what cycling life was like for the co-hosts when they…
  • Making Adjustments to Your Bike

    Darryl
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Like most things in life, we tend not to make too many adjustments and like to go through with something that is familiar and comfortable. Well, we all know that Darryl likes to shake things up….but does his rebel attitude apply to his bike?  Tune into this quick tip where he talks about getting comfortable and making small adjustments to your bike.
  • Keeping your Bike Clean

    Victor
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you damaging your bike by cleaning it the wrong way? In this tip Victor talks about the common mistakes that people make when cleaning their bikes. Why wiping your bike down many not be enough How to wash your bike Why the wrong detergent can ruin finishes and damage components.   If you want to learn more check out Victors Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course
 
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  • A Cycling Guide to Cuba

    Darryl
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    The tides are changing on this beautiful Caribbean Island with economic reforms and travel restrictions lifted. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, there’s never been a better time to visit Cuba. To enjoy this scenic paradise, you’ll want to book that holiday soon before the crowds show up. The roads of Cuba remain a cycling haven unlike anywhere in the world. Along with the island’s low population density, you’ll rarely encounter traffic. Away from the hustle and bustle of Havana, you can enjoy endless miles of road, virtually to yourself. Well, you may pass a horse drawn carriage or…
  • Reckless Cycling

    Darryl
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    I’m in no way trying to promote reckless cycling in any way, but I wanted to get a feel for how all of you label your riding.  Are you conservative, reckless, adventurous, scared?  What kind of adjective would you use for yourself? I sat down for a minute to think of what word first comes to mind when I think about me and my cycling.  For some reason, that word RECKLESS pops up first. Thinking some more about it, I am not too far off in my personal description.  I ride fast, I make sudden decisions, and I take a whole bunch of chances.  Don’t get the wrong…
  • Berlin City Breaks by Bike

    Darryl
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Berlin is the kind of city where you will find something surprising around every corner: from peaceful green spaces to important historical landmarks to cool-kid haunts. The best way to see the most that Berlin has to offer is by hiring out a bike and cycling around the city! As every seven in ten residents own a bicycle, the Berlin is well equipped with over 620 km of cycling paths. Whether you choose to follow your own route or join one of the many guided bike tours, here are some of the places you should visit and the monuments you should see by bike. Whether you are planning to book your…
  • Loving the BITE: Sweet Potato Quinoa for Lunch, Carb Load, & Recovery

    Kelli
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Sometimes my lunch is boring. As in same ol’ yawn-inducing boring. How ’bout yours? Other times, I have a stroke of genius and come up with a great meal that is nourishing, energizing, and exciting (as exciting as lunch can be, anyway). If you’re packing your lunch, you may go through these ups and downs as well. This week, I’ve got a cure for the lunch-time bore.  And, it just happens to be a recipe so versatile, and so good for your body, that it can be used for many meals as well as a boost in long-lasting carb loading and recovery. Quinoa (keen-wah) and sweet…
  • Loving the Bike TV: Stay In Your Element

    Darryl
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Okay, so I love being in my element in everything I do.  Sure, I may seem like I’m an extrovert….but it’s only when I’m in a situation where I feel totally at home and comfortable.  I’m all about my element and do all I can to stay right there in it as much as I can. In this edition of Loving the Bike TV, I talk about being in your element and how it is a definite way to be Loving Life on and off the Bike.
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  • New legislation forces lorries to use new safety measures

    Emily
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    Tfl and the government have implemented a new piece of legislation aimed at keeping cyclists safer on London’s streets. From now on, lorries must use mirrors that decrease the sizes of their blind spots along with side panels that prevent cyclists being dragged under the vehicle. The new measures are a result of the disproportionate number of cyclists deaths that involve lorries. What the new measures will look like The new mirrors will improve the drivers ability to see alongside and in front of the vehicles. These dangerous blind spots are where cyclists are typically positioned.
  • How to get a bike in shape for cycle to work day

    Emily
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Cycle to work day is just next week – Thursday September 3rd– and we have teamed up with Chain Reaction Cycles to offer some suggestions for how you can: a) Get your bike in shape b) Keep your bike in shape Primarily you want to make sure that your bike is road worthy and is going to survive the journey to and from work. We don’t want you breaking down on the way in or home, other than being incredibly inconvenient, if this is your first time cycle commuting then it is going to be a bit off putting, or worse, dangerous. If you have not used your bike for quite some time, then it…
  • Brompton bags – Full range review

    Emily
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    It may seem like all I blog about is bags, but I will eventually prove to you that that is not the case. However, the bags have been stacking up at London Cyclist HQ so we thought we would have a blitz. This is more of a roundup post than a review. For all you current and aspiring Bromptoneers out there, here is a barebones review of all the bags Brompton make for their bikes. The prices are current as of August 2015 and are the prices for the bags without the carrier block. If you don’t have that on your bike you will need one of those too, they cost £15. T-Bag- £95 Capacity: 30…
  • My how they grow, Boris Bikes turn 5!

    Emily
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    Free hire this weekend, August 22nd and 23rd It is time for a celebration of the Boris bike which has been roaming the streets of London for 5 years now. As a sort of reverse birthday present, Tfl and Santander are giving you free hire this weekend, Aug 22nd and 23rd, 2015. Huzzah! First however, I start with excuses. I have been living back in London for a year and this time 5 years ago when the Tfl scheme launched I had just arrived in the US. In the time since I have been back in London I have commuted daily but always used my own bike. Living in North London means I am not within easy…
  • Bags for Cyclists – Brooks Pickwick rucksack review

    Emily
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    Classy commuter bags – part 2 The second bag review offering this week is a rucksack for those who prefer 2 straps on their bag but still want class. If you are more of a one-strap-porter check out part 1, our Trakke Wee Lug review. Brooks Pickwick, £205/€250 Brooks offer quite a range of luggage for portaging your daily life while trying to remain effortlessly cool and, dare I say it, trendy. We have chosen the larger of the two Pickwick’s to review as it is a good size for daily use and was designed specifically for carrying work type things around London, by someone who…
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • Santana Tandem Mountain Bike

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Size Medium 30 Gears Formula Hydraulic Disc Brakes made in Italy Serfas Seats Web-Tech Suspension Hanebrink Front Shock Rock Shock Super Deluxe 100x2.0 Adjustable Rear Shock Mauic 217 Rims made in France with 26x2.30 Eskar Tires Ultimate Support Protopal Bike Stand Both captain and stoker seats have capability to fully extend up to 33 (measured from center of crank to the top of the seats. Comes also with extra Formula Disc Brake and 8 sets of pedals- 4 Shimano clip pedals and 4 Bell conventional pedals Bike built for off road cycling or pleasure use. Location: Palmyra, NY Asking: 2,300.00 or…
  • Cannondale 2013 Super X Carbon Hi Mod 58cm

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Cannondale Super X 58 Cm full carbon high modulus Black and white graphics Maddux 8.3 wheels WTB 700cX40mm All Terrain Tires Ultegra derailleur 10 speed FSA Cranks Used as a commuter bike NEVER Raced or wrecked Very good condition 2200 or best offer
  • Tandem For Sale

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Great around town 26 tandem with 21 speeds. Very good condition. Newer gel seats.
  • Trek Superfly Carbon 100 Mountainbike

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Two 2012 Trek Carbon Superfly 100s for sale. Both bikes have 15.5 size carbon frames, have very low mileage and are in excellent condition. They have upgraded wheels (Stans ZTRs) and new SRAM shifters. The tires are new and have very few miles on them. They were about 4500 each when new. The URL from the Trek archives provides specifics on the bike: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2012/archive/trek/superfly100/#/us/en/archive-model/details?urlus/en/bikes/2012/archive/trek/superfly100 They are located in Boulder.
  • Dean Colonel Titanium Complete Mtn Bike

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Dean Colonel 19 Frame (TIG welded 3Al/2.5V titanium) Shimano XT bottom bracket Race Face Crankset Shimano XT front/rear cog set Shimano XTR V-brakes and V-brake levers SRAM GripShift 9.0 shifters and rear 9.0 carbon derailer Shimano XT front derailer Ritchey Logic Pedals Use SX Shokpost Specialized seat Answer Manitou SXti front fork (1 1/8 steerer tube) Cane Creek headset Dean stem Mavic Crosslands wheel/hub set WTB Enduroraptor tires Profile Design carbon fiber handlebar Gore Ride-On goretex cables Located near Raleigh, NC
 
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    Cycling Tips

  • Tinkoff-Saxo demands apology and charitable donation from Vuelta organisers over Sagan motorbike collision

    Shane Stokes
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    Responding to the collision between a race motorbike and Peter Sagan on the eighth stage of the Vuelta a España, the Slovakian’s Tinkoff-Saxo squad has written to Vuelta organisers Unipublic and also to the UCI demanding a number of steps are taken as a result of the accident. These include an apology for what happened, a charitable donation equivalent to what Sagan would have earned for the green jersey competition victory or a similar gesture, a change in UCI rules to ensure that safety is increased in this area and also a revocation of one of the two fines the UCI hit Sagan with that…
  • Australia names team for 2015 Road World Championships

    cyclingtips
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:04 pm
    via Cycling Australia press release Cycling Australia announced the team selections for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to be held in Richmond, USA, from 20-27 September 2015. The team will be spearheaded by 2014 road race silver medallist Simon Gerrans (VIC) and former under 23 road world champion Michael Matthews (ACT) who has netted a multitude of stage wins in 2015 including wearing the leader’s jerseys at Paris-Nice and the Giro d’Italia. Veterans Simon Clarke (VIC), Mathew Hayman (ACT) and Rory Sutherland (ACT) will provide valuable leadership to the team, with strong man…
  • Specialized Road Disc Review: new Tarmac versus Roubaix SL4

    CTech
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:35 pm
    While the pro peloton is only just starting to experiment with disc brakes, consumers have had access to road disc bikes for a few years. Specialized was an early adopter however a pure-bred race bike with disc brakes was missing from their catalogue until recently. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom compares the company’s first road disc bike, the Roubaix SL4, with the new S-Works Tarmac. Over the last few years, road disc technology has been slowly emerging but it has one of the few instances where consumers have been able to experiment with the latest technology long before…
  • Sea salt chocolate sticky bites from Skratch Labs

    Jessi Braverman
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:20 pm
    This video popped up in my Twitter feed earlier today and before I had finished watching it, I knew it was the perfect fit for Ella Eats. Having seen the interest in portables amongst our readers following our two features on #SwannyorRider Emilie Moberg, I am confident that this sea salt chocolate sticky bites recipe from Skratch Labs will be a welcome addition to those that are interesting in diversifying their “real food” ride food recipes. While I have yet to test these out myself, the Skratch Labs kitchen has consistently delivered crowd-pleaser after crowd-pleaser, and I trust that…
  • Spice up your ride

    Kristen Legan
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Bringing your personal style to cycling doesn’t stop at picking out your bike or helmet. There are tons of ways to spice up your ride and your cycling gear to keep things interesting this season. A dab of colour here, a couple patterns there, and you’ll have a personalised cycling style like no other. Bike accessories Handlebar tape – Liven up your ride with some flashy handlebar tape. Choose a vibrant colour to brighten up a dull bike or add some texture with patterned tape. I love the Cinelli Caleido Eva Ribbon bar tape with rainbow eyelets for subtle but eye catching flair.
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  • Finishing In The Last 30 Cyclists. But Still A Winner

    Over 40 Cyclist
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    An epileptic older cyclist tackles a cycling challenge, and wins. Even though he finishes in the last 30 cyclists Lots of older cyclists pursue their love of cycling despite a range of challenges, both health challenges and others. In fact for many cycling is a great way to overcome various personal challenges. I’ve published articles […] The post Finishing In The Last 30 Cyclists. But Still A Winner appeared first on .
  • Cycling Love – Cycling Maui

    Over 40 Cyclist
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Frank Thompson’s second cycling story You might have read Frank Thompson’s first cycling story, about how he was 50 pounds (and 20 years) younger after taking up cycling. If you haven’t read that then you can read Frank’s story here. Here’s his second cycling story about cycling Maui. You might remember he’s lucky enough to […] The post Cycling Love – Cycling Maui appeared first on .
  • 50 Pounds Lighter and 20 Years Younger

    Over 40 Cyclist
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Frank Thompson’s Cycling Story – at 56 I love hearing stories of people who’ve taken up cycling in their later years and found all sorts of benefits that come from it. Frank Thompson is no exception, he seems to have found a stack of benefits from his new sport. This is Frank’s story. Take it […] The post 50 Pounds Lighter and 20 Years Younger appeared first on .
  • Cyclists And Hyponatremia. Or Why You Might Need To Eat And Drink More Salt On The Bike

    Over 40 Cyclist
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    And why you shouldn’t just rely on water when on a hard ride Many of my readers will remember Ron Mollinga, who has written articles for this site before. Ron suffers from Epilepsy, and is also a cyclist. Here’s one of his articles detailing his battle with his disease, and incorporating cycling into his life. […] The post Cyclists And Hyponatremia. Or Why You Might Need To Eat And Drink More Salt On The Bike appeared first on .
  • I’m Okay, I’m Okay

    Over 40 Cyclist
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Jim Goodin’s Story Today’s article is by Jim Goodin, a cyclist at, co-incidentally, the same age as me. 58. Jim has a story that might be familiar to you. Hitting the pavement. It’s happened to most of us, including me, before. And his story doesn’t stop there. I’ll let Jim take it away: Well it […] The post I’m Okay, I’m Okay appeared first on .
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  • Live Coverage: Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 11, Andorra to Els Cortals de Encamp, 138km

    Charles Pelkey
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    The 11th Stage of the 2015 Vuelta a España is quite short, but don’t let the distance fool you. This is not only the hardest stage in this year’s Vuelta, it could arguably be the hardest grand tour in decades, packing in more than 5000 meters over just 138 kilometers. CLICK HERE to join us for wire-to-wire coverage of this remarkably difficult mountain stage in Andorra.
  • Felt AR FRD, Part I

    Padraig
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    There’s a reason why I’m not directing Hollywood blockbusters. Actually, there are a few reasons, such as the fact that I can’t direct a film, am happy being a writer and also that I’m happy to unleash a bombshell within the opening of the tale. They say you spoil the fun that way, but I think conventional wisdom is frequently wrong. Watch what happens when I do it: The traditional road racing bike is a dinosaur that has a life expectancy shorter than human-driven cars. Boom. The inside of the AR FRD is ultra clean. Few frames approach this level of workmanship. When…
  • Giordana’s FR-C Kit: Like a Fine Suit

    Michael Hotten
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    If I had to wear a suit to work I suppose I would love to go all out at least once. And I mean really all out. Get on a plane, fly to Rome, and head for Kiton, maker of the famous K 50 bespoke suit.  Fifty because it takes 50 hours to make and they only make 50 a year.  They are measured and made by legendary tailor Enzo D’ Orsi—$68,000, ‘cuz every girl’s ‘bout a sharped dressed man. The good thing about a $68,000 suit is it’s going to be something you can wear for a long time. Unless we get way too fat or give up the board room for a position in sanitation services, that suit…
  • Live Coverage: Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 10, Valencia to Castellon, 146.6km

    Charles Pelkey
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    The 10th Stage of the 2015 Vuelta a España seems perfectly suited for a successful breakaway effort. The 146.6-kilometer race from Valencia to Castellon is short and features perfectly placed climbs that could favor a strong group of escapees. CLICK HERE to join us for Live wire-to-wire coverage of what promises to be a terrific stage as the peloton heads into tomorrow’s Rest Day.
  • Live Coverage: Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 9, Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol, 168km

    Charles Pelkey
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    The Ninth Stage of the 2015 Vuelta a España takes riders north along Spain’s Mediterranean Coast on a 168-kilometer race from Torrevieja to a steep finishing climb at Cumbre del Sol. CLICK HERE to join us for wire-to-wire coverage of a short, fast stage with what is bound to be a fierce and decisive finish.
 
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    Total Women's Cycling

  • Ask the Expert: How Can I Conquer Rocky Climbs on my Mountain Bike

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:44 am
    It’s always a pleasure to hear from our readers – and we love to help out where we can with your questions. Recently, we received a query from Sarah – a new mountain biker who was looking for some advice to help her on the way to becoming a champion climber. She told us:    I’m […] The post Ask the Expert: How Can I Conquer Rocky Climbs on my Mountain Bike appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • 13 Intuition Lambda Women’s Road Bike Reviewed

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:31 am
    Halfords aren’t typically associated with zooty road racing bikes. Large warehouse-esque stores, wall-to-wall children’s bikes and a funny new-car smell are more commonplace associations. However, over the past few years Halfords have really gone out of their way to draw in the committed cyclist audience. They’ve reinstated their cycling specific Cycle Republic stores, now accumulating […] The post 13 Intuition Lambda Women’s Road Bike Reviewed appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Campaigners Seek to Free Miles of Welsh Trails in Access Reform

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:23 am
    Mountain biking in Wales and potentially England could become much more accessible if the government listen to recommendations made by cycling groups. Wales is known for its epic mountain bike trail centres, but currently those who prefer to stick to public footpaths only have the right to use 21% of the available network. The Rights […] The post Campaigners Seek to Free Miles of Welsh Trails in Access Reform appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • How to Change Bike Gear When Going Uphill

    Lorna North
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:19 am
    Picture yourself on a road bike adventure through the breath-taking and rolling countryside. You’ve just enjoyed the pleasure of a long descent, and ahead of you is a great big hill. You approach the gradient change, and start madly fiddling with your gears until you hear the dreaded clunk of your chain dropping off the chainring, […] The post How to Change Bike Gear When Going Uphill appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Armitstead Sprints to Victory in Plouay to take Last Ever UCI Women’s World Cup Series Win

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:48 am
    Photo via Boels-Dolmans, by Anton Vos/Cor Vos Lizzie Armitstead won the final round of the UCI World Cup over the weekend, scooping the overall victory in the last ever series before the World Tour replaces it. Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) has near faultlessly held the leader’s jersey since round six, losing it once to Wiggle-Honda’s Julien D’Hoore […] The post Armitstead Sprints to Victory in Plouay to take Last Ever UCI Women’s World Cup Series Win appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Velocity Chukker Wheels for Bike Touring and Commuting

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:52 am
    Chukker rim requires longer presta valve stem. After a recent post regarding wheels for bike touring and commuting I decided to get a set of Velocity Chukkers.  Just received these wheels today, several days earlier than expected and wow! I really like this new beefier rim and of course, yay now I have serviceable hubs. With a front and rear wheel combination built with thirty six spokes there is a noticeable feeling of confidence for loading the front rack.  Twenty five pounds? No problem, not that I load that much weight over the front wheel but when and if I want to it's not…
  • Selle Anatomica X Series Saddle Review

    24 Aug 2015 | 2:56 am
    New X Series Saddle Shape My original Selle Anatomica Titanico Watershed saddle was in need of a new top from having stretched over the years and the threaded adjustment bolt was on its' last bit of threads.  Considering how much it would have cost to get a new cover and after reading several reviews of how those older original models had problems with the rails bending I decided to get a new saddle with chromoly rails instead. I don't mind investing in quality particularly when it's something that can be rebuilt or repaired over the next several years.  Given the information…
  • Wheels for Bike touring and Commuting

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    Relics of old wheels and bike parts still find some use as repurposed bike art in Durango, CO. "Roll on brother, like wind inside the wheel" I decided this year to replace my touring bike's wheelset for a couple of reasons. 1.  My experience with cartridge style bearings is that I don't like them.  I received a rather high quality wheelset from a company I won't say who and I was told that one to two millimeters of lateral play in the hub was normal.  Yeah, I disagree there shouldn't be any lateral play in the hub of a wheel and so I'm sticking with good old cup and cone hubs.
  • Dog Days of Summer, Four Ways to Beat the Heat

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Hot Weather Tips for Bike Touring and Commuting  A fun summer trail riding buddy. Follow your Shadow Several years ago an old friend gave me some pretty solid advice (no, it wasn't my dog) to "follow your shadow".  There were some other rather esoteric connotations left for me to derive from that but for practical considerations of helping to stay cool if your ride gets too hot is to put the sun on your back and follow your shadow.  It's rare that I find myself in such a situation where I feel that I have needed to change course or direction to avoid being over heated but…
  • Lighter, Faster Tires for Bike Touring

    6 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard Tires Old School style of Pasela Tour Guard tires When you hear bike touring folks run down their list of must have qualities in a tire for touring most common is durability and flat protection.  Schwalbe and Vittoria are perhaps the two leading tire manufacturers meeting those demands in a touring tire.  Selecting a tire width for touring is where folks differ and this is mostly due to what the rider feels comfortable with in terms of performance and handling over their most traveled surface.  Another consideration is how much stuff gets packed into…
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    Fit Citizen

  • Stelvio - The Alpine Italian Job - Part 2

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    This is the second part of the story of my cycling climb to Stelvio - my Alpine Italian Job.Read Part 1 hereThe final 10k - the mountain fights backWet, cold and sideways rainStart of the last hairpins, still wet but feeling greatAfter i rode up the set of hairpins, the mountain decided to make things difficult. It became freezing -  cold wind pushed the rain drops sideways and hit me like tiny cold pins. The bad weather and having 10 more kilometers of climb puts a real dent in morale. It was time to fight the alpine adversary with some alpine tools. I stopped for a great bite of…
  • Stelvio - the Alpine Italian Job - Part 1

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Passo dello Stelvio is called the greatest driving road in the world. It's also one of the most epic climbs in Giro d'Italia, so it's on the bucket list of every cyclist in the world. I got the chance to ride it this year. It as an epic Alpine Italian Job.from passo dello Stelvio towards BormioThe drive Tunnels toward BormioTo ride up Stelvio from Italy, you can ride from Prato (north side) or from Bormio (south side). I chose to start my ride in Bormio because I rented a nice bike from a local shop instead of lugging my bike on my car for thousands of kilometres. Bormio is surrounded by…
  • Ohrid run

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    I love being in Ohrid. The air is crisp and nice, the lake is calm and relaxes. You can make the most of your experience in Ohrid by taking a walk or a slow run in the morning. I opted for a morning run of 10 kilometres.The old town of Ohrid, on a very early morningAfter two months without running, it had to be a slow run - more time to enjoy Ohrid in the morning. I ran to Hotel Park, then to St. Sofia and finished off by eating a famous Ohrid boiled bagel.A lot of people took the same cue and were up and about at 7am on a Saturday. Even some of the beaches were filling up.Not everything is…
  • Thriving on long cycling tours: Nutrition rules

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Enjoying a long ride has a lot to do with proper nutrition. When you have enough energy and water you can push yourself, keep a good pace and climb well. Our ultra long cycling tour was a great experience, and everyone rode well. Here's how we kept in good shape over 260km of cycling:Chocolate chip cookies by by Adrián Cerón via Wikimedia CommonsThere are two simple rules to follow on any ride longer than 4 hours:Eat before you are hungry - food takes time to digest. If you wait until you get hungry while you ride for hundreds of kilometres, you'll deplete the glycogen stores in your…
  • The 260km challenge - "Are you professionals?"

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:11 am
    The early morning startAnd now we are 5 riders at 3 AMA ride of 260 kilometres is not an easy challenge. We published the ride on Facebook groups, and invited friends. Not much response to the invitations, and up until the evening before the ride, there were only two confirmed riders. It was a very nice surprise to meet three other riders joining us at the gas station at Avtokomanda before the start. Suddenly we are 5: Aleksandar Dimovski (Thiago), Konstantin Koneski (Kosta), Alex MKD, Aleksandar Stojanovic and me.Fast in the nightWanting to avoid the worst heat, we started the ride…
 
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  • Tom Dumoulin wins stage 9 & takes over race lead

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    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    La Vuelta a España 2015 Stages 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 18 – 19 – 20 – 21 Tom Dumoulin, Vuelta a Espana 2015 stage 9Photo: © Team Giant-Alpecin Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant -Alpecin) won stage 9 and took over the race lead. Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished second 2 seconds back and Joaquim Rodriguez (Team Katusha) was third. I felt very good during the stage, unlike yesterday when I did not have the best day, so I wasn’t really expecting it. But the stage worked out surprisingly well. My tactic for the…
  • Peter Sagan leaves La Vuelta a España 2015

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    30 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    Peter Sagan, Vuelta a Espana 2015 stage 8Photo: © TInkoff-Saxo Tinkoff-Saxo has announced that Peter Sagan will leave the Vuelta because he “cannot safely continue to race and will instead return home to recover from the injuries he suffered after he was hit by a motorbike at the finale of stage 8 on Saturday afternoon.” Sagan was struck with 8.2km left in the stage, finished the stage and was then fined by the race for an outburst following the incident. Sagan’s injuries include wounds and burns of first and second degree on the left side of his body, from the hip to the…
  • La Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 8

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    28 Aug 2015 | 2:18 pm
    La Vuelta a España 2015 Stages 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 18 – 19 – 20 – 21 Jasper Stuyven, Vuelta a Espana 2015 stage 8Photo: © Trek Factory Racing Jasper Stuyven (Tref Factory Racing) picked up his first professional win at stage 8 in Murcia, winning the bunch sprint after an eventful day at the Vuelta a España. Peio Bilbao (Caja Rural) was second and Kévin Reza (FDJ) was third. We knew it was going to be really hard today. We were well-placed together with the team and then there was the big…
  • Kristin Armstrong wins inaugural edition of the Women’s Pro Challenge

    Todd Hofert
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Kristen Armstrong & Rohan Dennis, USA Pro Challenge 2015 winnersPhoto: © Todd Hofert by Todd Hofert The USA Pro Cycling Challenge wrapped up Sunday on the front lawn of the Capitol building in Denver Colorado. The men’s event, in its fifth edition, was joined this year by the inaugural edition of the Women’s Pro Challenge, a very welcome and complimentary addition to this ‘Tour of Colorado’. Ladies First! “Long overdue” has been the mantra for women cyclists and their fans, and 2015 has proven to be a watershed year for the advancement of women’s racing…
  • Bert Jan Lindeman wins La Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 7 from the breakaway: Chaves retains overall lead

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    27 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    La Vuelta a España 2015 Stages 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16 – 17 – 18 – 19 – 20 – 21 Bert Jan Lindeman, Vuelta a Espana 2015 stage 7 Photo: © LottoNL-Jumbo Bert Jan Lindeman (LottoNL-Jumbo) held on from the breakaway and soloed to victory at stage 7 of the Vuelta a España 2015. Fellow escapee, Ilia Koshevoy (Lampre-Merida) was 2nd 9 seconds behind Lindeman and Fabio Aru (Astana) was third 29 seconds back. I played the game. That’s also cycling, and not only to be the strongest. I got all the support from…
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  • Why the Garmin Edge Explore 1000 is the Garmin for Dads

    Al Thompson
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness After the imminent release of the new Garmin Edge 520 and their new radar system, Varia, Garmin have announced yet another new device – the Garmin Edge Explorer.It’s a slightly simplified version of the top of the range Edge 1000, but with a redesigned interface. You could think of the original Edge 1000 as the boy racer version. Optimised for speed and aiming to get the max performance out of you on every ride. The new Edge Explorer might be thought of as a more laid back unit, much more safety…
  • Get faster Strava uploads with Stravup (mac only)

    Al Thompson
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Stravup is a mac only app that speeds up the process of uploading your rides or runs to Strava. I don’t use a mac so I can’t comment on this app from any personal experience, but I thought I’d spread the word to ScarletFire readers, in case anyone out there finds it useful. Visit www.stravup.com for more info. It seems to work a bit like a handy little free bit of software I use on my Windows PC for backing up certain files and folders, called SyncToy. You define a relationship between two folders,…
  • Review: Women’s DHB Aeron Race Bib Shorts.

    Al Thompson
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness OK, before you start thinking that I’ve gone all “experimental” with my cycling wardrobe, I hasten to add that my good lady wifey person was kind enough to review this item, and have her photo taken! There’s a lot more people cycling these days. And a lot more women too. I mean, proportionately more women than there were just a few years ago. My wife is one of them. Only last year we bought her first road bike. A Trek Lexa. She loves the ride more than the token flowers on the paintwork (the…
  • Cadence monitors for iPhone and Android smartphones.

    Al Thompson
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Detailed performance monitoring isn’t just for Garmin Edge users. Smartphone users can connect a range of devices via Bluetooth, to get the additional performance info like cadence and heart rate monitoring. Here’s a look at cadence monitors. Cadence monitor for a smartphone There seems to be a natural progression as people get into cycling, then discover the joys of looking at their data and using it to train more effectively. Most people tend to start out with their smartphone and then gradually…
  • Finally! Garmin users will get Strava segment synchronisation

    Al Thompson
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness The folks at Garmin must have been spiked with a common-sense potion. The new Garmin Edge 520 was announced last week, and with it, the news that we’ve probably all been waiting for – Garmin and Strava finally jumped into bed together! For the first time, it will be possible to quickly and simply select multiple Strava segments and use that data on your Garmin to race against either your own personal best, or the current KOM. New Edge 520 – with Strava Segments! Here’s the great news.
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