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  • Emma Pooley announces retirement

    VeloNews.com
    Spencer Powlison
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Emma Pooley pulled off a gutsy victory in stage 6 of the Giro Rosa. She said it was the most emotional win she's ever experienced. Photo: Nicola Ianuale | Photo IanualeOn Tuesday, Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley announced her retirement from cycling. Sunday’s road race at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow will be the final race of her career. The 32-year-old Briton has raced as a professional since 2006. Along the way, she’s collected many victories, including three time trial national championships (2009, 2010, 2014). Pooley saw some of her greatest successes in 2010, winning…
  • Why I Ride

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    Tyson Blades
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    What motivates humans to do certain things will never be medically or psychologically quantified…at least in an exact sense that covers everyone. Everyone is different. That’s why we hate stereotypes so much. I am a cyclist. I love bicycles. I have no idea why. Maybe I was born that way. With some sort of a … Continue reading →
  • Gallery: La Course by Le Tour de France

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    VeloNews.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.2014 La Course by Le Tour de France The publicity caravan was on hand to welcome fans who came out to watch the first-ever running of La Course. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comView Larger Image.2014 La Course by Le Tour de France Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv) was the odds-on favorite to win the 90 kilometer race through the heart of Paris. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comView Larger Image.2014 La Course by Le Tour de France Boels-Dolmans fielded a strong squad, including Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus. Photo: Tim De Waele |…
  • Video: Incredible POV Footage from Martin Soderstrom’s 2nd Place Run at the Colorado Freeride Festival

    Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog
    mtbgreg1
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Colorado Freeride Festival just went down this past weekend, and videos are just now starting to hit the interwebs. One of the coolest I’ve spotted so far is this POV video from Martin Soderstrom’s 2nd place run. Those features … Continue reading → Related posts:Video: Colorado Freeride Festival Finals Video: Freeride MTB in the Morning, Wingsuit in the Afternoon Video Recaps from the Enduro World Series Stop in Winter Park, Colorado
  • The Trails Need Gals and Gals need the Trails

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

    VeloNews.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.2014 La Course by Le Tour de France The publicity caravan was on hand to welcome fans who came out to watch the first-ever running of La Course. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comView Larger Image.2014 La Course by Le Tour de France Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv) was the odds-on favorite to win the 90 kilometer race through the heart of Paris. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comView Larger Image.2014 La Course by Le Tour de France Boels-Dolmans fielded a strong squad, including Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus. Photo: Tim De Waele |…
  • New Zealand, Canada dominate Commonwealth Games mountain bike races

    Alistair Watson
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Catharine Pendrel won the cross-country mountain bike race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, continuing a string of dominant performances by Canadian women at the event. Photo: Dave McElwaine | VeloNews.com (File)GLASGOW (AFP) — Mountain biking made its return to the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday with Canada and New Zealand coming out on top at the Cathkin Braes course in Glasgow. The event was dropped four years ago when the event was held in Dehli. New Zealand claimed the top two spots in the men’s cross-country, as teenager Anton Cooper narrowly won ahead of compatriot Samuel…
  • Emma Pooley announces retirement

    Spencer Powlison
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Emma Pooley pulled off a gutsy victory in stage 6 of the Giro Rosa. She said it was the most emotional win she's ever experienced. Photo: Nicola Ianuale | Photo IanualeOn Tuesday, Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley announced her retirement from cycling. Sunday’s road race at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow will be the final race of her career. The 32-year-old Briton has raced as a professional since 2006. Along the way, she’s collected many victories, including three time trial national championships (2009, 2010, 2014). Pooley saw some of her greatest successes in 2010, winning…
  • First look: Look 795 Aerolight frame

    Caley Fretz
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    The integration on Look's new 795 Aerolight serves a purpose beyond tidy looks. Look’s goal was to develop an aero road frame that could compete with the best available — bikes like Cervelo’s S3, the BMC TMR01, and Felt’s AR series. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.comPARIS (VN) — Look doesn’t play it safe. The company’s new 795 Aerolight road frame oozes integration, stepping into a realm typically reserved for narrowly-focused, ultra-aggressive time trial bikes. It’s another bold step from the relatively small French brand, which has never been afraid to throw out…
  • Q&A: Tour rookie Alex Howes on reaching Paris

    Matthew Beaudin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Alex Howes on the Champs-Élysées after finishing his first Tour de France. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.comPARIS, France (VN) — It’s finally all over. The barricades are long gone and the riders are off to various parts of the world before the next big thing. But for three weeks in July, the riders knock into one another every single day, gentle, or not, reminders of a line, a wheel. And who better to ask about the experience of a Tour de France than an eyes-wide-open rookie? VeloNews talked to Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes as he warmed up before the stage 20 time trial. He was about to…
 
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    Tour de France Lanterne Rouge

  • Apologies

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

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

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

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

    Nancy Toby
    24 Jul 2011 | 10:50 am
    Every year I see dumb comments and jokes about the Lanterne Rouge of the Tour de France and "the race" for the honor. I don't like that type of demeaning ridicule, personally (at least not at the guys who are doing massive amounts of work for relatively little pay and attention), and they're one of the reasons I started this blog. Before anyone jokes about 2011 Tour de France Lanterne Rouge Fabio Sabatini of Liquigas - let's recognize the magnitude of his accomplishment. Over a span of 3 weeks, he was racing for 90 hours, 10 minutes, and 5 seconds at an average speed of 23.63 mph. Over the…
 
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  • 2015 Giro to start with team time trial in Liguria (The Associated Press)

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    The 2015 Giro d'Italia will start with a team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo along a cycle path down the Ligurian coast. It will be the first time that a stage in a Grand Tour will take place entirely on a cycle path, with the 18-kilometer (11-mile) opening leg on the stunning Riviera dei Fiori course built on a former rail track. The region of Liguria will host the first three stages of the 98th Italian Grand Tour, race organizer RCS Sport announced on Tuesday. Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, who won the Giro in 2013, hinted he would ride in next year's race as part…
  • Correction: Tour de France story (The Associated Press)

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    In a story July 27 about the Tour de France, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years it's been since cyclist Marco Pantani died. A corrected version of the story is below: Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France Crowning of an 'emperor': Vincenzo Nibali gives Italy its 1st Tour de France winner since 1998 By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
  • Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France (The Associated Press)

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Vincenzo Nibali and the Tour de France pack have begun the 21st and final stage of this year's race, with the Italian poised to take home the leader's yellow jersey on Sunday. The 29-year-old native of Messina, Italy, is set to enter the history books as only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours - of France, Italy and Spain - and become the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998.
  • Humble, ambitious Nibali had early cycling dream (The Associated Press)

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    As a teenager, Vincenzo Nibali uprooted himself from his home in Sicily to head for Tuscany - and a career on a bike. Off to join a cycling program and move in with another family, Nibali left behind the video and photo shop of his father, a cycling fan, where the boy whiled away many hours watching footage of riders like Italian greats Felice Gimoni, Giuseppi Saronni and Francesco Moser. Nibali reportedly said he cannot really speak much with his proud grandfather about his Tour de France these days: He cries too much.
  • 5 Things to know about the Tour de France Stage 21 (The Associated Press)

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Marcel Kittel outsprinted Alexander Kristoff on the avenue of the Champs-Elysees in the last stage, a 137.5-kilometer (85.4-mile) ceremonial procession from Evry to Paris, to tie overall leader Vincenzo Nibali for the most stage wins at this Tour de France with four. Here are five things to know about the Tour on Sunday: JOB DONE: Astana, the Kazakh team of Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali, has come a long way in the last five years, says the head of Kazakh Cycling. In 2010, Alberto Contador won the Tour, only to have his victory stripped over a positive doping test. Kairat Kelimbetov, president…
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    SoCalCycling.com - Your Cycling Source

  • The Raymond Fouquet Brentwood Grand Prix Brings Racing and Expo to Brentwood on August 3rd

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    On August 3, 2014, Velo Club La Grange, Southern California’s largest cycling club, will once again bring the high-speed excitement of road bicycle racing to the streets of Brentwood. The racing will be faster and more exciting than ever, as we draw the best racers from all over the United States and have special video prizes for racers who take in-race video.
  • Product Review: Oakley RadarLock Path Sunglasses

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    When the sun is out and the air is crisp there is one particular piece of kit that you can’t go without. Its a piece almost as important as the helmet protecting your noggin, and when it comes to selecting a decent pair of specs not many look further than Oakley’s impressive line-up of sports eyewear.
  • Coryn Rivera Takes 6th Place and Best Young Rider Title at La Course by Tour de France

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team contested the first-ever La Course in Paris, France today, coinciding with the final stage of the 2014 Tour de France. With sprint points available on each lap and final victory on the legendary Champs-Élysées on the line, the 89-kilometer circuit race was extremely fast and aggressive from the start.
  • Inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France to air LIVE This Sunday, July 27

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
    Universal Sports Network presents LIVE national television and online coverage of the inaugural La Course by Le Tour de France on Sunday, July 27, at 7:30 a.m. ET. La Course will feature 100 cyclists battling it out over 90-kilometers of 13 laps of the Tour de France’s final circuit, and will likely to end in a sprint finish down the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
  • Racing the Cascade Cycling Classic for PPBI, By Chris Wyman

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    John Garbo, our team sprinter, scheduled a Tuesday night red-eye flight out of Ontario in a rented mini-van and that began my trip to Bend Oregon for the 2014 Cascade Cycling Classic; a race I had barely heard of until this season. Teammate, Dakota Gracey, and our manager/racer, Rick Thomas, were meeting us there.
 
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    Bike World News

  • 2014 Tour de France Stage 21 Preview

    Jamie Naragon
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Tomorrow, the 2014 Tour de France concludes with a 137.5kms route from Evry to the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The post 2014 Tour de France Stage 21 Preview appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. riders earn three time trial medals at BMX World Championships

    Ron Callahan
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Team USA Cycling earned three medals on Saturday as the elite and junior competitions got underway at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships. The post U.S. riders earn three time trial medals at BMX... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Luke Durbridge renews with Orica-GreenEDGE

    Ron Callahan
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Australian Luke Durbridge will ride with Orica-GreenEDGE through 2016 in a new deal announced today. The post Luke Durbridge renews with Orica-GreenEDGE appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2014 Tour de France: Stage 20 Results

    Ron Callahan
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Omega Pharma's Tony Martin takes his second stage win of the 2014 Tour de France, while Vincenzo Nibali takes 4th to stay atop the general classification. The post 2014 Tour de France: Stage 20... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ramunas Navardauskas wins stage 19 at the Tour de France

    Ron Callahan
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Ramunas Navardauskas attacked in the final kilometers to win stage 19 at the 2014 Tour de France. The post Ramunas Navardauskas wins stage 19 at the Tour de France appeared first on Bike World News. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    PezCycling News

  • Clasica San Sebastian ’14: The PEZ Preview

    Edmond Hood
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Race Preview: Fresh back from the Tour de France; Ed Hood gives us his thoughts on this Saturday’s San Sebastian Classic. The winner could be a rider with fitness from the Tour or one building up for the Vuelta. Whichever, there is always a tough fight in the Basque Country. The UCI Word Tour, Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian; San Sebastian-San Sebastian or to give it the proper Basque name – Donostia-Donostia Klasikoa is Spain’s most important one day race. San Sebastian is a beautiful city, on the Bay of Biscay and built around the crescent of La Concha beach, a centre for art,…
  • Devinci Leo SL Review

    Richard Pestes
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Devinci Cycles’ LEO SL is built for fast gran fondo style riding, has proven itself on the UCI pro circuit, and has been under some long term scrutiny at PEZ HQ – truth is I was having so much fun riding this bike, I was in no hurry to send it back. Here’s a closer look. Devinci Who? If you’re Canadian and been around mountain bikes for the past 25 years, you’ll know the name. Devinci Cycles started in 1987 in Chicoutimi Quebec – hotbed of North American aluminum production… and cheap electricity. Originally born as a university project of an engineer and…
  • The WINNER Is: AMClassic C58 Carbon Wheels

    Richard Pestes
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    I was deep the Vosges mountains at the 2014 Tour when the winner’s bell rang for the set of American Classic’s C58 carbon clincher wheels… Congratulations to Ty Brewer of Texas – long time PEZ-fan but first time winner! Time zones and time on the Tour made getting in touch with Ty trickier than usual, but turns out cell phones work just fine in the land of wine, baguettes and cheese, and Ty was even more surprised to that I called him between the stages of my roadside reporting shift. Like a lot of PEZ contest winners, Ty said this was the first thing he’s won…
  • Toolbox: Reflections on Race Across America

    John Howard
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    There is a growing world-wide calendar of endurance rides called Randeonneurs or brevets, and New England drivers can thank campaigning distance cyclists for their efforts in getting roads paved in the 1890s. The roots of American ultra cycling probably started with Thomas Steven’s 1887 American crossing on a high wheeler, a feat that still amazes me. Ultra distance cycling did not begin with the starter’s gun that kicked off the Great American Bike Race (GABR) in the heat of an August morning in 1982. Globally, ultra cycling tradition is upheld with events like Land’s End to John…
  • Tour de PEZ: Paris Calling!

    Edmond Hood
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Roadside St.21: Ed Hood’s 2014 Tour de France adventure comes to an end and as he makes his way into the centre of Paris, Ed gives us his thoughts on the riders and everything Tour. As always on the last stage there is time to take in all the sights and reflect on another Tour down. Evry, Sunday morning and it’s all over bar the potter to the Peripherique and the warp speed on the Champs Elysees. It’s the first time a Frenchman has clambered onto the podium since 1997 – Trick Dicky Virenque – and the first time since 1984 we’ve had two Frenchmen on the podium…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • GPS bike locks

    Andreas
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A week doesn’t go by without someone contacting me to promote their bike related Kickstarter. Where I can, I oblige. An area that really excites me, is bike locks. I’d like to be able to: Unlock my bike with my phone Receive an alert if someone tampers with my lock Share my bike with my friends, without having to hand them a key Rent my bike to strangers to make a little extra pocket money The best of the current generation of bike locks simply doesn’t do these things. However, I’d like to introduce you to three locks that do. Lock8 Available Q1 2015 –…
  • Knog Party Combo bike lock review

    Andreas
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    How would you feel if you never had to use a key again when you unlocked your bike? That’s the dream behind the light, sexy, flexible, soft to the touch; Knog Party Combo bike lock. Knog were kind enough to send one to London Cyclist HQ for a review, so we’ve put it through its paces. Background Frustratingly not yet available in the UK – have asked Knog for an estimate on when that might be the case. You can still buy it directly from Knog. Costs $29.95 USD (£17) Rated 3/10 on the Knog Security scale Let’s get the biggest issue out the way first… Yes, it is…
  • Shipping your bike

    Andreas
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    You are living in London, but you want to go on a cycling holiday in Spain? What do you do? Find a bike shop and hire a cheaper bike when you get there for around £15 per day (£25 per day for an expensive bike) Take your bike on your flight Take your bike with you on a ferry Use a shipping company Fly over a folding bike Go on a guided tour that includes a bike I’ve tried a few options. In Bolivia, when I cycled down the World’s most dangerous road, I rented a bike with a company there. When I flew with British Airways to Germany to cycle along the Rhine, I made a few…
  • 3 things I prefer about cycling in Austin, Texas

    Andreas
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    For a gallon of petrol (3.785411784 litres – give or take) in Austin, Texas you pay £1.96. In the UK, we would pay £4.96. With such bargain fuel prices, why ride a bike or walk? For me the answer was two-fold: Necessity and a love of cycling. I was in Austin, Texas for a couple of months at the start of this year for work, and I needed to get around. I didn’t particularly want to rent a car for two months and I certainly couldn’t buy one. Therefore, the bike was the best option. Also, I don’t know if you can tell this, but I love cycling. I thought it would be the…
  • dhb Blok Fluoro bib shorts review

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

  • Just when you think nobody can improve the bicycle, someone proves you right.

    BikeSnobNYC
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Firstly, one week ago, I said the following regarding Tour de France rider Ji Cheng:I haven't been watching the TV coverage, so I have no idea if Phil Liggett has used any cringeworthy terms to describe his ethnicity yet. Well, it came down to the wire, but in the end he didn't disappoint:@bikesnobnyc You called it. During the Paris circuit, Phil referred to Ji Cheng as a "Chinaman." I'm not making that up.— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) July 28, 2014Oy.Moreover, after this, Liggett enthused at great length over Queen Victoria's upcoming Diamond Jubilee, to which he had just received an…
  • Riding bicycles is an enjoyable activity, even though they can explode.

    BikeSnobNYC
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    So how was your weekend?  Yeah, whatever, keep it to yourself.  As for mine, it was excellent, for once again I pulled off the road ride/mountain bike ride double.  (I mean road bike ride Saturday and mountain bike ride Sunday, not both in one day.  I think I did that once like ten years ago, and I won't have that kind of time on my hands again until I retire and my seventeen (17) children take over the family business.) However, I did ride my road bike on a mountain bike trail at one point, which officially made my road ride "epic:"Granted, I did so extremely gingerly and…
  • BSNYC Wednesday Fun Quiz! No, Wait, Friday! I Meant Friday.

    BikeSnobNYC
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Firstly, the hats:How awesome are they?  Well, they're so awesome that Walz has already sold through the first run.  However, you can rest assured that the people of Santa Poco are sewing like the wind to produce another batch, which means that new ones will be ready to ship in about three (3) weeks. Take it from my scalp, they're worth the wait.However, if you absolutely must have a hat before then, you can always buy one from Stevil:I have one and it's also awesome, though in a totally different way from the "Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" hat, which is why, ideally, you should own…
  • Le Tour: Keeping It Classy

    BikeSnobNYC
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    For awhile I was regretting not following the Tour de France television coverage, but now I feel like this is all I need:'Hi, Mom! I'm at the Tour day France!' #TdF http://t.co/fGmDq2GV5f— daniel mcmahon (@cyclingreporter) July 24, 2014 I could watch that all day long.In fact, I think I will.["Jeeves?  Cancel my waxing appointment!"]In other Tour de France news, in addition to being dopers, it appears the riders are also filthy racists:(Yeah, I realize it's only one guy, but I'm going to go ahead and impugn the entire peloton, because why not?)Here's what happened:But on Tuesday, words…
  • The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Misshapen Lumps

    BikeSnobNYC
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Further to yesterday's post, in which I mentioned this guy:A commenter would like you reassure you that he's merely an "outlier:"Tame Dog Hawk Machine said...Dear everyone, the Tattoo n Tzitzit guy does not represent Zoobomb as a whole at all. Actually he's kind of an outlier.If you're in Portland, come see what we're all about!JULY 22, 2014 AT 8:10 PMIn other words, he wants to reassure you that, should you choose to try Zoobomb, you're unlikely to encounter any Jews.  Whew!  Also, you can be sure that if any Asians show up they'll immediately be outed as undercover police…
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    Big Wheel Building

  • Postcards from summer.

    MC
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    My guess is that, were summer given a pen, her to-the-point message to fall, winter, and spring would be:"Y'all can suck it!"Gazing at the pixels appended here (if you aren't already out recreating) might make a strong argument for that assertion.Mountains, Milky Way, shooting star. and aurora--FTW!Get out there, now, before the flowers are gone and the creeks have all dried up.
  • Exercising options.

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

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

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

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

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Threshold power is the key to a successful cyclist. Climbers, time-trial experts and sprinters all need strong threshold power if they want to win any race.Of course, a highly-trained aerobic system, tactical acumen, VO2 max and sprinting prowess also matter. But if you don’t want to get dropped by the leaders, then having a high threshold power is imperative.Threshold power can often be referred to as critical threshold power, functional threshold power, anaerobic threshold or lactate threshold. It simply means that when you ride at a certain speed you can continue for about an…
  • VO2 Max: A Winning Formula

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    VO2 max is widely regarded as the best indicator of cardio-respiratory performance and plays a pivotal role in the success of every endurance athlete.Runners, triathletes, rowers, swimmers and, of course, cyclists should all spend time optimizing their VO2 max (also known as their maximal oxygen consumption), especially if they want to end up standing on the podium.Athletes who perform at the crucial moments in their sports produce oxygen consumption that is extremely close to their VO2 max and those with the highest VO2 max tend to end up winning much more than others.It is impossible to…
  • Any Age and Cycling are a Perfect Match

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

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

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

    cafiend
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Reader Grego posted a comment with a link to Sheldon Brown's article on squeezing cogs onto freehubs technically too narrow for them. Rather than leave this in the comments I wanted to put it on its own post.When I wrote the post I was going to say that I was sure greater minds than mine had thought of the idea years ago, but somehow in the press of time I forgot to put it in. Suntour launched the narrow chain movement in the 1970s with Ultra 6 freewheels that put six speeds on bikes that formerly had only five. If anything my post showed how slowly my mental wheels grind, not how rapidly.I…
  • 8 of 9 on 7

    cafiend
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    You can easily get caught up in the bike industry's definitions of things and start arguing in their terms, forgetting to analyze problems at their most basic level. Nowhere does this seem to exert more control than in drive trains.I spend a lot of time getting people's shifting to work. I spend time getting other things to work, too, but shifting occupies a lot of brain space, working out compatibility issues and remembering what can and can't be fixed at all.Aside from the fixed-gears, my other bikes have seven or eight speeds. My faithful old road bike had seven because I had never…
  • For what it's worth...

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

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

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

  • Where’s the stadium bike parking, Santa Clara?

    Richard Masoner
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    You might recall that the Santa Clara Stadium Authority told the public they planned 422 bike parking spaces outside of Dignity Health Gate (aka Gate C) and another 328 spaces outside of the Intel Gate (aka Gate A). Ever since the connection between the San Tomas Aquino Trail and the parking lot opened up the other week, I’ve hunted in vain for the promised bike parking. Instead of bike parking, I see dozens of freshly painted car parking spots. Here’s the view of the parking lot looking towards the Dignity Health Gate (Gate C). The Levi’s Stadium parking information page…
  • Fast Women in France

    Richard Masoner
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Women line up to ride in the in ‘La Course by Le Tour de France’ before Stage 21 of the Tour de France on Sunday 27 July, 2014. #452806198 / gettyimages.com Here’s the view from Marianne Voss’s bike as she raced in the Tour de France “La Course” women’s race in Paris yesterday. Voss went on to win the €22,500 purse yesterday. #452782650 / gettyimages.com See also: 100 years of the Tour de France Tour de France 100 picture book Tour de France 2008 updates
  • Silicon Valley bikey events this weekend

    Richard Masoner
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The Los Altos (CA) History Museum began exhibiting “Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse” last April. As part of this summer-long bike theme, the museum has two special events over the weekend. Saturday’s event is an electric bike festival from 10 AM to 1 PM at the museum, where you can see a bamboo electric bike from Calfee Designs, a “classic” styled e-bike from Vintage Electric Bikes in Los GatosSanta Clara, and several models from Faraday in San Francisco. On Sunday, July 27, History San Jose will open their “Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation…
  • Look at me! Look at me!

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

    Richard Masoner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Ramona Turner’s “Street Smarts” column in the Sentinel addresses the issue of storing private property on public rights-of-way in Santa Cruz, while also discussion the multitude of scofflaw cyclists. It occurs to me that a solution to the first issue presents itself. Regarding an inquiry about how many cars residents are allowed to park on the street in front of their home in Santa Cruz: There are no limits to the number of vehicles a person may own [according to city of Santa Cruz parking program manager Marlin Granlund. In the city of Santa Cruz, only 2% of workers…
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  • Giant performance road, mountain and cyclocross 2015

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    The biggest news for Giant Bikes' 2015 range is the already unveiled new Defy and Avail endurance disc brake road bikes. But that's not all that's new. On top of a few things we can’t talk about yet, Giant has also revealed a trail-ready Anthem, a budget-orientated Trance dual suspension bike called the Stance, and a small, yet important update to the Propel aero road bike range. We take a look at the men’s range, as for 2015, Giant has split its entire women’s range into a separate brand called LIV. Full details on this coming soon. Road bikesGiant’s aero road racing…
  • Argon 18 signs on as Team Bora title sponsor

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.The NetApp-Endura team further secured its future with a three-year co-title sponsorship from Canadian bicycle manufacturer Argon 18. Earlier this month, the German team announced a new company, appliance maker Bora, would take over the title sponsorship of the team.It is the first time that Argon 18 has sponsored a team at this level. The Montreal-based company has backed several triathletes, the former Spidertech team, and Amore e Vita, but with Leopold König having taken seventh in the Tour de France for NetApp-Endura this year,…
  • Vitus Chrono II – first look

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Vitus’ Chrono II is a new top-end TT bike for 2015. It's the time-trial weapon of choice for the An Post-Chain Reaction Cycles UCI continental team, so its been thoroughly tested alongside the Irish Cycling High Performance Programme, with Ryan Mullan clocking the fastest time of the day – both under-23 and elite – at Irish time trial championships on the bike.  The Chrono II also scored a bronze medal at this year’s UK national 100-mile TT championships under Ironman UK winner Lucy Gossage.The Chrono II is fully UCI approved across all five sizes…
  • Cube Agree GTC SL review

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cube’s Agree GTC has been a high value all-round stalwart for several years and for 2014 it’s cheaper and better equipped. The Agree GTC SL frame has evolved over time and is now a really well-proven piece of composite engineering. Highs: Good value, light and agile frameLows: Low slung, relatively firm Actually, to be precise it’s two pieces, because Cube uses a twin-mould technology to make sure each half of the main frame is laid up as accurately as possible and that all excess heavy resin is squeezed out of the structure during manufacture. It’s totally up-to-date…
  • Knog Qudos – GoPro and DSLR action video light

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Pronounced Kudos, this action video camera light brings Knog’s experience in bicycle lights to a wider consumer electronics market. While not a cycle specific product, it will likely find space on many amateur videographers bikes and cameras shooting nighttime riding and other action sports experiences. With up to 400 lumens claimed output in a waterproof aluminium housing, the Qudos is designed to sit alongside a GoPro, mount to a camera’s hot shoe flash position, or onto a tripod. Knog says it will work with all GoPro Hero cameras along with other action cameras that use a GoPro…
 
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  • Mavic Crossmax SLR 29″er Wheels: Mid Term

    Grannygear
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Crossmax SLRs at treeline, Mosquito Pass area, Co. We had the Out Of the Box article here and the first impressions here, and now we have had a bit of time on the fancy hoops from Mavic.  I trained on them, mounted to a Giant hard tail 29″er, took them on vacation to Colorado, and then raced on them in Utah.  I even scratched them up a bit in the process.  Oops! To begin with, I always ran them tubeless with two different sets of Vredestein tires.  It was either a Black Panther Xtrac/Black Panther Xtreme 29×2.2 or a set of 2.0 Spotted cats.  As an aside, the tires rode like…
  • Borealis Echo 29+ Version: Final Review

    Guitar Ted
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Borealis Echo 29+ Version: Final Review- by Guitar Ted It has come time to pack up the carbon fiber fat bike beast with the 29+ wheels and send it on its way to Colorado, but I don’t really want to. (Yes- that is a hint!) To see why that is a hint, go check the previous posts here and here. Now I will give my final thoughts on what it was like to have been riding this bike and what it could mean for the future in off road cycling. The Borealis Echo with 29+ wheels was a lot of fun to ride. The Borealis Echo is, of course, a high end fat bike made of carbon fiber. It is light, and it is…
  • Salsa Cycles For 2015: Fat Bikes Get Squishy & Fatter

    Guitar Ted
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Salsa Cycles For 2015: Fat Bikes Get Squishy & Fatter- by Guitar Ted Saddledrive has just packed up the tents and the dealers are on their way home, but we have received the information on the newest Salsa Cycles models for 2015. Here is the last post on the new line up dealing with the fat bikes on offer for 2015. The Bucksaw 1 full suspension fat bike breaks the mold of what you know as a fat bike. Salsa Cycles Pushes Fat Bike’s Boundaries: Salsa Cycles has been arguably the most aggressive fat bike producing company in terms of the genre’s range of use. From a category…
  • Salsa Cycles For 2015: Fargo & El Mariachi

    Guitar Ted
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Salsa Cycles For 2015: Fargo & El Mariachi- by Guitar Ted Saddledrive has just packed up it’s tents and the dealers are on their way home, but we have received the information on the newest Salsa Cycles models for 2015 and we are going to share that across a few posts this week. In this post we’ll take a quick look at the Fargo and El Mariachi line ups for 2015. The Fargo 2 Suspension model for 2015 Steel Refinements: In my last post on the Carbon Spearfish and Horsethief models from Salsa, I mentioned that Salsa had stepped away from what was a perception of the company’s…
  • Salsa Cycles For 2015: Carbon Horsetheif & Spearfish

    Guitar Ted
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Salsa Cycles For 2015: Carbon Horsetheif & Spearfish- by Guitar Ted Saddledrive has just packed up it’s tents and the dealers are on their way home, but we have received the information on the newest Salsa Cycles models for 2015 and we are going to share that across a few posts this week. First up we have the announcement of the carbon fiber upgrade to the Horsethief and Spearfish models. Salsa Cycles 2015 Spearfish Carbon RS1 Salsa & Carbon Fiber: In 2013, I was able to attend a preview of some of the 2014 Salsa Bikes. The two big announcements were Split Pivot and Carbon…
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  • Fatty’s Feet: A Cry for Help

    fatty
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    I cut a ride short last weekend. I had to. I was in too much pain to go on.  You need to know exactly how serious of a thing this is with me: last weekend was supposed to be my last long day of riding before the Leadville Trail 100. And it was going to be my first really long day on the bike I’ll be riding at Leadville: my Ibis Tranny 29, built up as a singlespeed with a Gates Carbon Drive Belt System drivetrain.  I’ll be doing a not-live-blog of the story of this bike tomorrow (it’s a surprisingly dramatic story), but here’s the spoiler ending: it’s awesome. The Hammer and I…
  • The Joys of Quantification, Part 2: Garmin Edge 510 Long-Term Usage Thoughts

    fatty
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve had the Garmin Edge 510 for just about a year now. Long enough that I know exactly what I like and dislike about it for reals — as opposed to the things I thought I’d find awesome when I got the thing (Full Disclosure: of the two Garmin Edge 510s The Hammer and I own, we purchased one; the other was given to us at no charge by Garmin). And there are a lot of things I do — and don’t — like about about it.  Me as a Use Case I should probably give you an idea of what kind of Garmin Edge 510 user I am. That’s pretty easy: I use it on pretty much every ride — mountain, road,…
  • The Joys of Quantification, Part 1: Which Garmin-Compatible Mount Should You Buy?

    fatty
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    I love looking down at my bike computer. Love it. I know, I know. I should be looking around, at the great outdoors and stuff. But sometimes I just can’t stand the thought of taking in another majestic mountain range. I find myself rolling my eyes at picturesque valleys and burbling streams. There are times, quite frankly, when the thought enduring yet another waterfall makes me want to scream.  But staring at my Garmin 510 never gets old. The speed! The time! The elevation, grade, and total ascent! My heart leaps, just looking at that rich mine of information, all there for the seeing.
  • A Conversation With Levi Leipheimer

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

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

    Jeff Kerkove
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Personally, one of the best rides in Colorado exists just to the south of Winter Park, CO. Most riders, me included at times, are head down and full steam to get over Berthoud Pass to get that day started at Trestle Bike Park. Don't get me wrong, Trestle Bike Park is amazing! But sometimes, the sense of adventure outweighs the lift lines, berms, jumps, and park features. Not many are aware that just off of Hwy 40 to the west while en route to Winter Park sits Jones Pass. This route was new to me until about 4 years ago. Now, I try to make room in my schedule to hit this out-n-back ride at…
  • REPORT: Telluride 100

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

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

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

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

  • Chip Seal

    Bike Noob
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    My wife and I took different routes on our Saturday bike rides, but arrived home within minutes of each other. “They’ve chip sealed LaCrosse,” I said. “But you already knew that.” She grimaced. “It was awful,” she said. “Yeah,” I responded. “I had to use the sidewalk for a few hundred feet, until I got around the truck.” “Well, my tires are wider than yours, so I could stick it out,” she said. “But it looks like I’ll have to take a different route for awhile.” Uh oh. Bad news for bikers. Those…
  • Mid-summer Adjustments

    Bike Noob
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Summer is not shaking out the way I’d planned. I’m worked roughly half days, in the mornings, and was looking forward to doing some regular riding when I got home in the afternoon. But afternoons in Central Texas are ridiculously hot right now, and the thought of getting out on the bike when it’s 98 degrees (37C) is unappealing. So I was glad to get Friday morning off and hit the road for the club’s weekly ride to the zoo. What I didn’t realize is that the turnout for the ride is made up of A riders. I guess the B’s are all working or don’t want to…
  • Getting Hot

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

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

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

    Urban Jeff
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    From NPR: A grassroots project in Los Angeles – a city, of course, dominated by cars – is helping those who commute by bicycle but don’t like being out there alone in traffic – called LA Bike Trains. It’s built on the idea of strength in numbers. Read more.
  • 10th Annual Aeolian Ride

    Urban Jeff
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    10 years ago, 52 people showed up on bikes and Jessica Findley put inflatable costumes on them and they rode from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Check out www.aeolian-ride.info
  • Cop Does Their Job!

    Scott Spitz
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wow…this happened. A typical angry, tailgating driver gets pulled over BEFORE they hit a cyclist…and gets ticketed! The cop is even heard to say, “Just letting you know I care.” Well, man, can we get this guy to travel the country advising other cops on how to take preventative measures and protect the most vulnerable of travelers?
  • The Bike Design Project – Voting Now Open

    Urban Jeff
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Voting begins today for The Bike Design Project, a design competition which partners five design firms with American bike builders to create the “Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.” The competition includes teams from Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. The winning design will be announced on August 4th and the winning design will be manufactured by Fuji Bikes in 2015. Check out oregonmanifest.com/vote
  • Montague Folding Bike Giveaway

    Urban Jeff
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Montague is giving away a Crosstown—a 7-speed, 700c folding road bike. You just have to answer two questions: If you receive a Montague Crosstown, what would you use it for? How would you utilize the bike’s folding feature? Click here to enter.
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  • Map of a Steady Hundred Miles or So

    Byron
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Sharing an annotated map of our steady hundred miles or so ride from West Seattle to the rural roads of East King County last weekend. On this ride I ran over a slug, a snake, and saw Sir Mix-A-Lot’s house. Also dived right to avoid a distracted driver and cleared an unseen drainage ditch that unsteadied our bikes like an IED had gone off. Shaking that off we continued to pedal and… When we turned out of the trees into the sun, it was like the opening sequence of an action flick. A cross-dissolve transition from shade to the sun and into a fast descent with twisties. He’s…
  • Issue 15 Preview: Steady for a hundred miles or so

    Byron
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Steady for a hundred miles or so Here’s a free preview article from the next issue of our magazine that’ll drop in August like the hammer did when we saw a curves ahead sign. It’s shared here in the Medium Bicycles Collection.
  • Scott Week in Deer Valley

    Byron
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    I spent a week riding hardtail, enduro, trail, freeride, downhill, AND road bikes with Scott. Here’s my take… Apparently I never used my T-Rex-style, cyclist-adapted arms for anything but steering and steadying myself on bike, cause they hurt after 3 days of lift riding during the first 1/2 of Scott Week.  Twinlock control on the Genius locks out the suspensions while the XTR stops the break and the SRAM XO-1 propels it. Pushed, clicked, and shifted every knob and lever hanging off a bar so wide, crows could flock on it. At times, that meant I wasn’t in the right gear…
  • The Case for Nibali’s Win

    Byron
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    The cheering kid, the man with a camera for an arm, her very French, Cest la vie hair stylings…and Nibali gaining more time Bike Hugger Magazine contributor, Patrick Brady makes the case for Nibali on his blog, Red Kite Prayer. While the credibility of professional cycling certain merits skepticism, epithets and innuendo simply accelerate a race to the bottom. What if the sport is in the midst of rebuilding its integrity, and Nibali’s impending victory is the rightful result of talent, training, teamwork, and timing? If evidence shall be required to support accusations, what is…
  • He’s Not Racing Road with these….

    Byron
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Didn’t know I wanted Camo Sidis with pink socks until I saw Blake wearing them last night. Blake is getting ready for Cross season…that starts for us immediately after the Tour. And we’re getting real restless about it.
 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • 2014 Bike to Work Week Recap

    Patagonia.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Reno Recap By Gavin Back The numbers are in from Patagonia’s Bike to Work Week and this was the Reno DC’s best year yet! We had a total of 118 people riding for a total of 4,550 miles ridden. This means a total of $4,550 donated to an awesome local non-profit, the Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis seeks to promote cycling and bike safety, and distributes bikes to children in the Reno area. We would like to thank the members of Kiwanis who took time to visit the Reno DC prior to Bike to Work Week and helped Casey and Eric tune our bikes. All four of you did a great job keeping us safe on the…
  • Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action

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

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

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

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

  • Why do we need a buffer in Protected Bike Lanes? Well, here’s why….

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Recently I had a quick exchange with a visiting cyclist who was pleasantly amazed at the "extra" space afforded bikes in most NYC protected bike lanes. He was referring to the painted zone between parked cars and the actual "green" bike lane - amazingly it's not the first conversation I've had like that. And you know if that's true among riders, you can image the consternation of the motorist crowd when it comes to examining why that "extra" space exists. That's one reason I put together the above Streetfilm with Gary Toth many years ago. To explain why it's there and how both drivers…
  • William H. Whyte in His Own Words: “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    When I first got started making NYC bike advocacy and car-free streets videos back in the late-1990s on cable TV, I didn't know who William "Holly" Whyte was or just how much influence his work and research had on New York City. A few years later I met Fred and Ethan Kent at Project for Public Spaces. I got a copy of Whyte's 1980 classic, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, which in its marvelously-written, straightforward style is the one book all burgeoning urbanists should start with. Recently, I read it again. With all the developments in video technology since his day, I…
  • Transportation Videos & Photos from Montevideo & Buenos Aires!

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

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

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:03 am
    Streetfilms is proud to partner with ITDP to bring you this fun animation that's sort of a cross between those catchy Schoolhouse Rock shorts and the credit sequence for a 1960s-style Saul Bass film. For too long cities tried to make parking a core feature of the urban fabric, only to discover that yielding to parking demand tears that fabric apart. Parking requirements for new buildings have quietly been changing the landscape, making walking and transit less viable while inducing more traffic. Chipping away at walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods has been a slow process that, over the…
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  • The Runner 360: A 12-Minute Workout Targeting Every Muscle You Need to Run Your Best

    Levi
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    Editor’s note: Today I’d like to share a full-body workout designed specifically for runners. It’s excerpted from the just-released Build Your Running Body book. Try it today and let me know what you think in the comments! The Runner 360 The Runner 360 is an all-around strength program for runners who prefer the outdoors or their own living rooms to the weight room. Best of all, fitness motivator and running yoga instructor Angie Stewart Goka, MPH, CSCS, has crafted a workout that can be completed in 12 minutes and that targets every muscle that runners need for strength and…
  • Tested: GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel

    Levi
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    No matter how many fancy new products come out that try to reinvent the wheel (with the wheel in this case being energy gels, not a bicycle wheel,) there is one thing that doesn’t change – GU gel being my #1 go to fuel for high performance. I don’t think anything could steer me away from the original GU energy gel. Maybe if GU released a newer version of gel that contained even more goodness, such as BCAAs, but that’s it, no other exceptions. Oh wait, GU did exactly that! It’s called GU Roctane Ultra Endurance Energy Gel. The Roctane gel contains the same proven…
  • Tested: SweatHawg Skull Cap

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

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

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

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    (Photo: Banjo Brothers) Banjo Brothers, a popular brand of bike bags and accessories, will b ring their “Tiny Bikeshop Concert Series” to Portland tomorrow night (7/30). The free concert will take place inside Western Bikeworks on NW 17th and Lovejoy. Here’s more from the company: “This summer Banjo Brothers hired King Mulhacen, a band based out of Fordham University in New York, to do a Western US tour bringing our Banjo Brothers Tiny Bikeshop Concert Series to “the world’s best bike shops.” We kicked off the series in Minneapolis and have since had…
  • Even a 6-year-old can feel Portland’s massive bike theft problem

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    — This post was co-written by Michael Andersen and Jonathan Maus KATU-TV ended their evening newscast on Friday with a pretty touching anecdote about a girl who knows how much her dad’s bikes mean to him. As soon as six-year-old Roxy Thompson and her father Rob discovered that someone had stolen “about a half dozen custom road bikes” from his garage, she tried to think of things she could do to help. “The first thing she said when we saw the garage door open was I could have all her money, all her life savings,” Rob Thompson told KATU. Then Roxy took it on…
  • Good excuse to try biking: TriMet’s week-long MAX detour next month

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Not rolling west from the Rose Quarter for a week.(Photo: M.Andersen) It’s likely to be one of the hottest weeks of the year, but Monday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Aug. 15 is looking like a good time for east-side MAX riders to test non-air-conditioned alternatives. The 10-block light rail connection between the Rose Quarter Transit Center and Lloyd Center, probably the highest-ridership stretch of rails in the TriMet system, will close for track and switch improvements that week, adding an estimated 15 to 30 minutes to trips in or out of the central city. TriMet has full details about…
  • If you could change one thing about Sunday Parkways, what would it be?

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Sunday Parkways is pretty darn great. I know these two guys wouldn’t change a thing.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Sunday Parkways is a rare government program that enjoys nearly universal support. It has no detractors — or at least none that would risk the political and social fallout that would surely come if they shared their opinion. And what’s not to love? Carfree streets, free entertainment, and a huge helping of smiles and civic pride all rolled up into one event. But even still, we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. Here in Portland, we should always “do it…
  • Dispatch from Paris: ‘La Course by Le Tour’ was much more than just a race

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    In Paris on Sunday there were women on the podium, not mere “podium girls.”(Photo: Luc Revel) — We’re excited to share a report from a major bike race in Paris — and we’re not talking about the Tour de France. Author and former Portland resident Anna Brones witnessed the first ever “La Course,” a women’s race put on by the organizers of the Tour, and she filed this report for BikePortland. (Photos by Luc Revel) Three women stood on a podium on Sunday and it wasn’t to give flowers. It was to receive them. When I was in middle school I wrote a…
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    Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

  • Video: First Look at the New Specialized Demo, Aaron Gwin’s New World Cup DH Bike

    mtbgreg1
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Specialized Demo has been completely redesigned for 2015 with the help of Aaron Gwin and other top downhill racing pros. Check out this first-look teaser from Red Bull about the design and development of the new rig. One thing … Continue reading → Related posts:Specialized demo truck @ Lake Crabtree this weekend Video: “Aaron Gwin Is On Fire with No Rear Tire” Video: “Aaron Gwin Blazes a Downhill MTB Trail in California”
  • Custom-Built Wheel Review: Stan’s ZTR Arch EX 27.5/650b Rims and White Industries MI6 Hubs Assembled by Southern Wheelworks

    mtbgreg1
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Ever since receiving the GT Force Carbon Pro for review last winter, I’ve been methodically checking off 27.5/650b review parts one by one: forks, tires, and last but definitely not least, wheels. However, this wheel review will be quite different … Continue reading → Related posts:Stan’s the Man: Tubeless Carbon Rims and Fat Bike Wheel Prototype On Review: NOX Composites XCR-29 Carbon Rims The 650b (R)evolution, Part 2: The 650b Godfather, (R)evolution, and 650b Sales
  • Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Orange Loop, Lake Stanley Draper Trail System, Oklahoma City, OK

    projektroam
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Orange Loop is a one-mile trail allows riders to travel along sweeping, red-hued singletrack that weaves through tight copses of trees and open sections alike. Red Rock Hill is encountered on this loop, standing out for being in the … Continue reading → Related posts:Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Back in Black Trail, Lake Stanley Draper Trail System, Oklahoma City, OK Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Green Trail, Lake Stanley Draper Trail System, Oklahoma City, OK Projekt Roam’s Weekly Wander: Red Loop Trail, Lake Stanley Draper Trail System, OK
  • Video: Colorado Freeride Festival Finals

    mtbgreg1
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Excellent compilation from the Colorado Freeride Festival Finals: Related posts:Video: Incredible POV Footage from Martin Soderstrom’s 2nd Place Run at the Colorado Freeride Festival Red Bull Rampage 2012: Finals Video Video: Freeride MTB in the Morning, Wingsuit in the Afternoon Related posts:Video: Incredible POV Footage from Martin Soderstrom’s 2nd Place Run at the Colorado Freeride Festival Red Bull Rampage 2012: Finals Video Video: Freeride MTB in the Morning, Wingsuit in the Afternoon
  • Video: Incredible POV Footage from Martin Soderstrom’s 2nd Place Run at the Colorado Freeride Festival

    mtbgreg1
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Colorado Freeride Festival just went down this past weekend, and videos are just now starting to hit the interwebs. One of the coolest I’ve spotted so far is this POV video from Martin Soderstrom’s 2nd place run. Those features … Continue reading → Related posts:Video: Colorado Freeride Festival Finals Video: Freeride MTB in the Morning, Wingsuit in the Afternoon Video Recaps from the Enduro World Series Stop in Winter Park, Colorado
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    MtnBikeRiders.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Video: Aaron Gwins World Cup Downhill Bike – 2015 Specialized Demo

    sicklines
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Interested in seeing Aaron Gwin’s latest Specialized Demo? Red Bull takes us behind the scenes with Aaron Gwin, Mitch Ropelato, and Troy Brosan as they perform secret research and development sessions in order to create the fastest downhill racing bike, in pursuit of the UCI World Cup Series Championship title. An all new 27.5″ carbon Specialized Demo. Designed to be playful but still a race bike through and through. Low center of gravity, lighter, and much more. You can watch the boys shred on the bike in the video above or check out some pictures below including that big bold…
  • Video: Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling at Snow Summit – Big Bear

    sicklines
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Check out the video inside featuring Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling shredding Big Bear. Whatch as Giant Factory rider Andrew Neethling follows team mate Danny Hart down Westridge trail at Snow Summit, Big Bear. Me and my team mate spent 2 days up at Big Bear riding our downhill bikes. The trails up there are fun, some nice jumps, good turns… Good riding here to get ready for some high speed riding up Mont Sainte Anne next weekend!
  • Motor Monday: Ohlins USA – Facility Visit

    sicklines
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a Motor Monday so we’ve created a new one for you guys this week. We swing by Ohlins USA and learn a bit more about what they’ve been working on and if we’ll be seeing any more MTB products in the near future. In addition to a few videos you can drool over some of the tools and suspension they’ve developed inside. Öhlins (www.ohlins.com) and Specialized partnered last year to deliver some components to the gravity mountain bikers. We’ve been on their TTX22m rear damper on the Demo and its an impressive shock…
  • Video: Colorado Freeride Festival Slopestyle

    sicklines
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Plus Size BMX sent over a Colorado Freeride Festival slopestyle video that captures all of the tricks that went on during the event. Watch as Brett Rheeder, Martin Soderstrom, and many others rose to the occasion this past weekend. You can read their full write-up and see some great pictures at : http://psbmx.com/2014/07/27/cffest-edit/
  • Results: Enduro World Series – Colorado Freeride Festival

    sicklines
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    The dust has settled from this weekend’s Enduro World Series race in Colorado. Yeti Cycles cleaned up nicely as Jared Graves and Richie Rude took 1st and 2nd place in the Pro Men division. Anne Caroline Chausson won the Pro Women division. [Video: Enduro World Series - Colorado Freeride Festival] Pro Men 1. Jared Graves 2. Richie Rude 3. Rene Wildhaber Pro Women 1. Anne Caroline Chausson 2. Tracy Moseley 3. Anneke Beerten [Video: Enduro World Series - Colorado Freeride Festival]
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  • Crusher in the Tushar

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ryders Eyewear: The Gia Standard and Polarized Sunglasses

    Karen Voyer-Caravona
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Until we moved to perpetually sunny Arizona, sunglasses were an occasional accessory, purchased at Target to wear while driving or at the rare trip to the beach. I just didn’t put much thought sunglasses and because I tended to lose them so often. During undergraduate school, I quickly lost the only pair of expensive sunglasses [...]
  • Bicycle Face

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

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

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

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

  • Cody Kaiser Hops From Strawberries to Grapes: LangeTwins Winery New Title Sponsor

    andrew reimann
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff are not the only elite-level cyclocross racers with new team news. Cody Kaiser recently released that he will be forming a one-man team, sponsored by the LangeTwins, a nationwide family winery and vineyard. Kaiser placed... The post Cody Kaiser Hops From... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Ritchey Logic Updates WCS Carbon Cross Fork: New Disc Brake Cyclocross Option, Integrated Crown Race, and Straight Steerer

    cyclocross magazine
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    NAHBS 2014 visitors may have seen a disc brake version of the Ritchey Swiss Cross bike sitting in the Ritchey booth, brazed by Tom Ritchey himself (see our review of the canti Ritchey Swiss Cross in Issue 15). Astute observers may have noticed... The post Ritchey Logic Updates WCS Carbon Cross... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Allen Krughoff and Meredith Miller Sign Noosa Finest Yoghurt as Title Sponsor for Rider-Owned Professional Cyclocross Team

    andrew reimann
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Boulder, CO – July 28, 2014 – Allen Krughoff and Meredith Miller announced today that they have signed Bellvue, Colorado-based Noosa Finest Yoghurt as title sponsor for the newest cyclocross program in professional cycling. Krughoff, formerly of Raleigh-Clement, and Miller, formerly of California... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • New CLIF Bar CrossVegas Category Recognizes Bike Industry Women

    andrew reimann
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The race for bragging rights among the bicycle industry held annually at Clif Bar CrossVegas opens registration soon. Online registration for the Wheelers & Dealers Race presented by Road Bike Action Magazine begins on Tuesday August 5th at 12 Noon... The post New CLIF Bar CrossVegas Category... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Mechanical Mondays: Sealing Tubular Sidewalls with Liquid Urethane

    andrew reimann
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Readers who are looking to come into the upcoming cyclocross season with a set of new tubular tires have hopefully already bought them months ago, and we have written an article explaining the reasons behind this. If you’re late to... The post Mechanical Mondays: Sealing Tubular Sidewalls... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
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  • Mountain Bike Stage Racing in Asia

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

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

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

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

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

    Adam
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Two fresh bikes from two completely separate workshops from the Czech Republic in one week… what is in the water over there? First the raw elemental energy of SingleBe’s singlespeed and now the svelte sleekness of REPETE’s Reborn — both can be described, and correct me if this is bad grammar, as the definition of tmavý. Mikolas Voverka and Robin Fišer are the two Czech builders behind REPETE, a new name on the custom scene in their country, who have just put the finishing touches on their new road frame, titled Reborn. It’s a stealthy, Columbus-tubed projectile…
  • Cinelli Porteur

    Adam
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Many consider Paris to be the most beautiful city in the world. I am one of them. Today, it is a very modern city, cloaked in glorious, age-old buildings and ancient history. During the 1930s, only 80 years ago, the great-grandfathers of Parisian messengers were delivering 15kg or so of daily newspapers on their racks and participating in sanctioned alley-cat races. Martin Zeplichal is a designer and developer of interactive media systems located in Vienna, Austria. While he is focused on harnessing technology to enliven the human sensory experience, when it comes to bicycles he prefers to…
  • Ben’s Field Cycles Commuter

    Adam
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    The 101st Tour de France rolls towards its regular rendezvous with the Champs-Élysées tomorrow, which feels like a very short three weeks since I was cheering the sprinters along the Harrogate high street. Yorkshire was a colourful county that weekend and local builders Field Cycles are intent on keeping it that way. This single speed commuter is one of their most recent frames. Ben is the owner of this new Field, who’ll use it to battle with London traffic on his commute, and again for winter training. It should prove to be a reliable steed, with a nonsense-free drivetrain,…
  • Morvélo x Aroe

    Adam
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Back in the early 90s, when I studied Graphic Design, there was somewhat of a Sydney graffiti artist alumni in the year above me. It was an honour to study amongst them, for they did things with typography that rivalled any David Carson or Neville Brody. Therefore, I love seeing aerosol art done well, even more so when it’s applied to a bicycle, like this collaboration between Morvélo Bicycle Apparel, Kinesis Bikes UK, Reynolds Wheels and one of the United Kingdom’s most famous — and infamous — graf artists: Aroe. From the press release: “Last year Morvélo Bicycle…
  • Dain’s Black Cat

    Adam
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Todd Ingermanson of California’s Black Cat Bicycles describes himself as a one-man dance party, and with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats playing in the background, it would definitely be a helluva do. Todd has been building a stack of mountain bike frames lately, but he’s well known for his equally individual road frames. Like the Deadbeats, a Black Cat frame is a little psychedelic, with each getting a one-off paint job and design with details and tubing unique to each rider. Dain Zaffke is the Director of Marketing at Giro and has long been an enthusiastic proponent of…
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  • Two Recent Finds

    Dave Moulton
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Two very different and interesting pieces of my past work recently surfaced and were brought to my attention. The first is a tandem built in England in 1975 recently showed up in Scotland when it was offered on eBay. It was bought by Ewen Docherty, who sent me pictures, it has two sets of twin lateral tubes front and rear. Probably one of the simplest and most sturdy of the various tandem frame configurations I built over the years. Ewen is in the process of stripping down and re-building the bike. He sent these pictures after he had cleaned up the original paint on the frame. Not bad for 39…
  • Chicken or the Egg?

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

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

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

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

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:56 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’d like to ask for your help with an extremely important campaign. The campaign is to raise money for pregnant women with metabolic disorders: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low “good” cholesterol, obesity, insulin resistance, and more. These metabolic conditions make it more likely that the moms-to-be will…
  • GRIT Indoor Cycling is doing something right

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:40 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.   Saw this posted on Facebook and just had to share it. The author, Victoria, is a triathlete, runner and fashion blogger at alltheshoesfit.com – she’s also a raving fan of GRIT Cycle in Costa Mesa, California. TOP 10 SIGNS YOU’RE ADDICTED TO YOUR SPIN CLASS You plan your entire week around the spin class schedule.
  • Have you made your winter travel plans?

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:44 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 know it’s summer. I also know that this warm, beautiful weather is going to end long before I’m ready. When it does I’ll want to escape to a warm beach, even if only for a week. Past experience tells me that there are limited opportunities to travel where Amy and I can teach fitness, in exchange for an all-inclusive…
  • Ride with a road-type handlebar?

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

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

    Victor
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    How to get your chain back on with out stopping Have you ever had a chain fall off and had to stop to fix it? In todays tip Victor talks about a simple way to get your chain back on so fast it seems like a magic trick. Also mentioned in this show is the Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class  
  • Using Strava for Cycling Motivation

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

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

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

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

    Darryl
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Rob Greenfield continues his ride across the United States, and is now spreading his goodness along the Northern part of the country.  After flying from Louisiana to Minnesota, he’s now continuing his cross country bike ride called the “Goodfluence Bicycle Tour“. So what’s with the name?  Well, Rob’s not just a cyclist and all around great guy….he’s also the founder of what he’s called, Goodfluence.  He’s the basics of what Goodfluence is all about: Goodfluence is the place for you to do good and influence your friends and social…
  • On Every Ride

    Ashley Hill
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    Somethings not right. Is my seatpost slipping? I look down, see the tape marking the usual spot, and determine no, it’s not. Is my seat moving backwards? I stand out of the saddle and wiggle the seat a bit. Nope, it’s fine. Are my shoes loose? I tighten them another click, just to make sure. My stem must be too long. No, it’s a 100mm, same as my other bikes. Are my tires going flat? At the next red light I obsessively check them. Plenty of air. I bet my brakes are touching. I reach down and loosen them, still feels the same. Tighten them up again. Somethings not right. Maybe it’s just…
  • Enjoy the Competition. Enjoy Your Ride

    Darryl
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Before moving to the Caribbean, one thought that ran through my mind was the idea of possibly learning a new sport or activity that would suit me perfectly.  I was of the belief that maybe there was a sport out there that would come naturally to me.  A sport that wasn’t even offered in North America. Because of my move to St. Kitts in 2002, I did discover a sport that has become a huge part of my life.  However, it wasn’t a sport unique to the Caribbean.  This is a region where Cricket and Soccer (called Football here) are extremely popular National sports.  But it was on St.
  • Loving the BITE: Injury Recovery Super Smoothie

    Kelli
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    After witnessing injury upon injury during the Tour de France, I’ve decided to up the ante on the Ultimate Joint Health Smoothie.  We can do better.  We can make it heal. The new and improved Injury Recovery Super Smoothie. Specific foods can proactively nourish our joints, skin, tissue, and muscles.  What’s more, they can help them heal when they are injured. A couple months ago, we discussed adding Bromelein from pineapples, cherries, and ginger.  Now, we’re going to add undenatured whey, gelatin and turmeric.  This will be one packed smoothie for joints, tissues,…
  • Loving the Bike TV: Get FIT. Love LIFE

    Darryl
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You just have to see the backdrop used for this edition of Loving the Bike TV.  Grenada is not a very big place, and it’s so awesome to see all these people “shaping up for Carnival”.  There has been like 200 people out there every day for the past week.  I Love It. Watch the video, see how Grenada does Fitness, and find out why it’s a key to Loving Life on and off the Bike.
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  • The Trails Need Gals and Gals need the Trails

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

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

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

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

    Al Painter
    7 May 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Most of the people I know who ride a bike go out on the weekends and absolutely kill it on Saturday and Sunday. This means on Mondays their legs are shot and strength training can very easily slide down the priority scale. When, in reality, it should be at the top of the list, and [...]
 
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  • FS Used: GT Force 1.0

    jumper
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    Gt force 1.0 size 15 small SLX groupset Fox Van R 160mm Fork 20 mm ta Fox Van R shocks Dabomb hubs Dabomb rim With chain guide and bashguard 58K neg. Please txt me for inquiries 0925 888 6103 Laguna area Thanks PMTB I don't know how to upload the pictures. I can send it thru email for interested buyer. Ginawa ko na lang po profile pic yung picture nung bike. I still don't know how to upload pictures. Just click my profile pic to view the bike. Thanks a lot po.
  • FSale: Two Days Sale - Brandnew & Used Quality Parts

    simon andre
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Two Days Sale Only from July 30 – 31, 2014!! Selling the following items: 1) Brandnew Circus Monkey Hubs, 32Holes, QR front and Rear, Orange color, without skewers – Php 5,500.00 only (purchased price – Php 6,500) 2) Brandnew Salsa QR Front and Rear Skewers, Orange color – Php 2,000.00 only (purchased price – Php 2,700.00) 3) Brandnew Salsa Flip Flop, QR Seatclamp, 34.9mm Orange Color - Php 1,200.00 only (purchased price – Php 1,665.00) 4) Brandnew Panaracer RiBMo PT Folding Bead tire, 26x2.0, 1 pair (2 pcs) for front and rear – Php 1,800 only (purchased price – P2,400.00) 5)…
  • FS Used: specialized stumpjumper for sale

    kenshiro
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    2010 specialized stumpjumper for sale m5 aluminum frame medium size 17.5 inches fox vanilla rl fork 140mm, fox rear shock 5.5 inches all shimano xt groupset including xt wheelset very good condition weekend rider P75k only for whole bike P65K without groupset P50K only if frame and fork call or text 09209056144 bike can be viewed near commonwealth ave, qc
  • FS Used: Merida 120 MTB Full Suspension

    Machotel
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Merida 120 2000D Full Suspension Frame (2012) SRAM XO Drive Train 2x10 with XX Grip Shifters (2013) Formula R1 Brake Set (2013) DT Swiss XRC Hallow Carbon Front Fork w/remote lockout (2013) Chris King Hubs on ZTR Alpine Rims and DT Swiss Spokes (2013) FSA K-Light Cockpit (Handlebar, Seat post, Stem) (2012) Selling for P 145000 Inquiries @ 0928 8101875 [https://www.flickr.com/photos/7758717@N06/14589401550/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/7758717@N06/14589448119/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/7758717@N06/14775761862/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/7758717@N06/14776121205/]…
  • FSale: Parts For Sale

    benchbrat
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Selling The FF: Shimano Fd m780 P1.2k -3x10 -dual pull -used good condition Shimano Pd m545 P1k -made in japan -used good condition Avid G2 Rotor P1k -203mm(8 inches) -1 piece only -adaptor not included -used, good condition Shimano Single Release Cleats P250 -brand new Nirve Chainring P500 - for bmx, brand new You can see the pictures at my facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3997312&type=1 No Last Price Inquiries Please, Fixed Price Na Po Lahat Thank You contact no.0927-5529-301 San Pedro, Sm Muntinlupa, Festival Mall Meet-ups only
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  • GPS bike locks

    Andreas
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    A week doesn’t go by without someone contacting me to promote their bike related Kickstarter. Where I can, I oblige. An area that really excites me, is bike locks. I’d like to be able to: Unlock my bike with my phone Receive an alert if someone tampers with my lock Share my bike with my friends, without having to hand them a key Rent my bike to strangers to make a little extra pocket money The best of the current generation of bike locks simply doesn’t do these things. However, I’d like to introduce you to three locks that do. Lock8 Available Q1 2015 –…
  • Knog Party Combo bike lock review

    Andreas
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    How would you feel if you never had to use a key again when you unlocked your bike? That’s the dream behind the light, sexy, flexible, soft to the touch; Knog Party Combo bike lock. Knog were kind enough to send one to London Cyclist HQ for a review, so we’ve put it through its paces. Background Frustratingly not yet available in the UK – have asked Knog for an estimate on when that might be the case. You can still buy it directly from Knog. Costs $29.95 USD (£17) Rated 3/10 on the Knog Security scale Let’s get the biggest issue out the way first… Yes, it is…
  • Shipping your bike

    Andreas
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    You are living in London, but you want to go on a cycling holiday in Spain? What do you do? Find a bike shop and hire a cheaper bike when you get there for around £15 per day (£25 per day for an expensive bike) Take your bike on your flight Take your bike with you on a ferry Use a shipping company Fly over a folding bike Go on a guided tour that includes a bike I’ve tried a few options. In Bolivia, when I cycled down the World’s most dangerous road, I rented a bike with a company there. When I flew with British Airways to Germany to cycle along the Rhine, I made a few…
  • 3 things I prefer about cycling in Austin, Texas

    Andreas
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    For a gallon of petrol (3.785411784 litres – give or take) in Austin, Texas you pay £1.96. In the UK, we would pay £4.96. With such bargain fuel prices, why ride a bike or walk? For me the answer was two-fold: Necessity and a love of cycling. I was in Austin, Texas for a couple of months at the start of this year for work, and I needed to get around. I didn’t particularly want to rent a car for two months and I certainly couldn’t buy one. Therefore, the bike was the best option. Also, I don’t know if you can tell this, but I love cycling. I thought it would be the…
  • dhb Blok Fluoro bib shorts review

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

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

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

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

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

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

    cyclingtips
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Good morning and welcome to your Rocacorba Daily. In today’s headlines: van Asbroek wins stage 4 of Tour de Walloniel; Jones wins Murray River Tour opener; Emma Pooley retires from cycling; Laurens Ten Dam: ‘I believe the race was really clean’; 2015 Giro d’Italia to start with a team time trial in Sanremo; Team NetApp-Endura will be known as Bora – Argon18; Ten days in lycra; Cyclist Crashes at 60km/hr; Slaying the badger van Asbroek wins stage 4 of Tour de Wallonie, Meersman still leading GC Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won the fourth and…
  • Laurens Ten Dam interview: Dutchman ‘really happy’ with ninth in Tour

    Shane Stokes
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    His result was based on a steady consistency rather than one or two headline-grabbing stage performances, but Laurens Ten Dam’s solid riding in the Tour de France let to the best Grand Tour result of his career on Sunday. The 33 year old followed up on his 28th overall in 2012 and 13th place in 2013, finishing ninth overall in this year’s race. Ten Dam was best-placed of the Belkin team, finishing one place ahead of the rider who was sixth last year, his team-mate Bauke Mollema. He was very close to taking eighth overall, being just 14 seconds off Haimar Zubeldia (Trek Factory Racing).
  • Slaying the badger

    cyclingtips
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    A detailed and highly revealing tale of one of cycling’s most extraordinary rivalries and one of the greatest Tours de France ever.
  • The Ultimate Job: the seven best reasons to visit the Tour de France

    Matt de Neef
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    In their penultimate piece about their two-week trip to France to follow the Tour de France and ride some of the country’s iconic climbs, our Ultimate Job winners Matt & Stefano provide seven reasons why you should head over and do the same. Exhausted after two weeks of riding up mountains and hunting like water diviners through the night for WiFi signals on the streets of French towns, we’re attending to the proud interwebs tradition of “the X best reasons to Y”. In this case we’re providing the best reasons to visit the Tour, in no particular order. On…
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    Matt de Neef
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Juan Jose Lobato wins stage 3 of the Tour de Wallonie; Cookson – Riis and Vinokourov should talk to the CIRC; Ji Cheng becomes the first Chinese rider to finish the Tour de France; Geraint Thomas re-signs with Sky for two years; Sky keen to develop a women’s team?; Kazhakstan keen for a Tour de France Grand Depart; Taylor Phinney’s leg scars from USA National Championships crash; On-board footage of Marianne Vos winning La Course. Juan Jose Lobato wins stage 3 of the Tour de Wallonie Spanish sprinter Juan…
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  • Going Dutch – the 2015 TDF grand depart

    Sally Thomas
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This year’s Tour may still be underway, but why not get planning for next year’s grand depart in the Netherlands? The 102nd Tour de France will kick off from Utrecht, a thriving city in the Netherlands steeped in cycling tradition, which first made a bid for the opening stage honours back in 2002.The Netherlands is renown for its cycling culture, so hosting the grand depart was an obvious choice. Utrecht is the fourth largest city in Holland and has the largest university in the country. To celebrate the Tour, a garage with a capacity for more than 20,000 bikes is being built near the…
  • Tour de France – climb categories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tim Jackson
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    This weekend brought to an end what has been one of the most dramatic and exciting Tours in recent years. Due to all of the crashes, crazy weather, and insanity within the peloton, each day proved to be an adventure. With the departures of both Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali’s dominance of the race was that much more obvious. Saturday’s one and only time trial proved to be one of the most pivotal stages of this Tour. It didn’t have any impact on who was crowned the champion of the Tour, as Nibali had it solidly buttoned up (and outshone all of the other GC…
  • The Bell Stoker

    Padraig
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s fair to observe that we are entering a new era of regard for brain injuries. Our understanding of how they happen, the impact they have long term and what we can do to prevent them has improved significantly in the last few years. Practically speaking, we’ve seen a number of new designs, some of them more expensive than others. Not everyone is going to spend upwards of $200 on a helmet, though. Does that mean you have to kiss your brain goodbye in the event of a crash? Fortunately, no. I’ve wanted to find a versatile helmet, one good for mountain biking but also…
  • Sir Bradley the Weird

    Padraig
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Permit me an unfair, inaccurate and sweeping generalization. The United Kingdom is full of freaks. Okay, so I know the entire population of the U.K. isn’t as eccentric (or funny) as John Cleese, but I can’t think of any place that produces people so colossally at odd with their talent as the population in those islands. The Who’s Pete Townshend once confessed that hit singles embarrassed him. Peter Gabriel complained he was becoming too much a focal point within Genesis and he didn’t like how it marginalized the rest of the band. So he quit and went solo. James Hunt,…
  • Tom Teesdale: A Remembrance

    Irene Bond
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Tom Teesdale. It’s a name unfamiliar to most cyclists. It’s a name that arguably did as much for the industry as Gary Fisher, Mike Sinyard, or Tom Ritchey.  It’s also a name that deserves correction for the first statement, and recognition for the latter, because tragically, Tom Teesdale is no longer with us. Here are the details surrounding his passing: On Monday, July 21st, Teesdale suffered a heart attack while attending the 2014 RAGBRAI, and according to the event’s website, was quickly transported via ambulance to the nearest hospital. He was 62 years of age, and is survived by…
  • Live Coverage – Tour de France 2014: Stage 21, Evry to Champs-Elysées, 136km

    Charles Pelkey
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    The 2014 Tour de France heads to Paris on the 21st and final stage of this three-week grand tour, with a short, flat and largely celebratory ride from the Paris suburb of Evry to the Tour’s traditional finish on the avenues of the Champs-Elysées. CLICK HERE to join us for Live wire-to-wire coverage of today’s 136-kilometer race and stay with us to see who wins one of the most sought-after stage wins in the shadow of the Arc de Triumphe.
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  • SPC104 - Back to Training Basics with Max Testa

    Damian Ruse
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We take it back to basics in this episode with Dr. Max Testa. Dr. Max Testa has been around PRO cycling for over 20 years - listen in to hear some of his training "rules" and the science behind them. Also find out V02Max benchmarks for PRO and Cat 3 cyclists.
  • SPC103 - How to Start with Mobility and Stability

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

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

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

    Damian Ruse
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    Find out how a rider goes from C grade, then B, then winning his club champs in A grade and State ITT Champs in one year. And now leaves his homeland to race in the US and Canadian domestic scene. For a guy that only started dabbling in cycling in 2009 at the age of 22 whilst doing rehab for some broken bones in his feet, and only infrequently once he got back to playing rugby, he has come along way. His real cycling career began when he started riding more after he finished playing rugby at the end of the 2010 season, and has lead him to a contract to ride the US and canadian national road…
 
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  • 2015 Specialized Demo

    CJ Holt
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    At the UCI World Cup Series – downhill mountain bike racing’s most elite level – speed is the name of the game. New equipment is tested regularly, in hopes that mechanical advantage will gain time on the racetrack. The terrain of the seven race championship is diverse – from the season-opening lung-buster sprint through the South African jungle forest to the most recent round held on the treacherously steep Austrian Alps of Leogang. Next up, the series heads to Canada for the legendary Mont Sainte Anne racecourse. This weekend at MSA, two-time UCI World Cup Series champion Aaron…
  • Look 795 Aero

    CJ Holt
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    LIGHTER WEIGHT, AEROSTEM & INTEGRATED FORK BRAKE, THE NEW LOOK 795 AERO. The 795 Aero is a new edition to Look’s 2015 range, which incorporates the brand’s “Aerolight” technology. And, all though similar to the 695 model, it’s actually a new design that incorporates Look’s integrated front fork brake, along with the rear brake (Shimano) which has been positioned under the chainstays. Other cool features worth noting are the Aerostem, which uses an integrated carbon stem that is adjustable from +17° to -13° increasing aerodynamics even…
  • Datatag Cycle Pro System

    CJ Holt
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    DATATAG, ELECTRONIC SECURITY IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR YOUR BIKE. Introducing the Datatag UV “Stealth” Cycle Pro System, including Datadots. Even the strongest of cycle locks will not stop thieves getting what they want. The Datatag Cycle Pro Stealth system offers a multi layered approach to marking your bike with a personal identification that even for the professional thief will be hard to spot and remove. Its is simple enough to fit and both include visible and hidden identifiers including Datatag most recent innovative idea, the state of the art “Stealth” UV etching. this…
  • That’d Be Rad

    CJ Holt
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    THAT’D BE RAD, A GREAT FAMILY BIKE FILM FROM THE ZENGA BROS. The funny, whimsical narration imagines a journey with all 17 members of the Zenga family, from age 6 to 60, with bikes/art bikes as a predominant theme and connecting thread. The journey, as it turns out, has already occurred, with the visuals of the real-world trip illustrating their “what if” suppositions. It’s clever(ish), but more to the point: It’s a hell of a lot of fun on wheels. View the Zenga Bros other films on Vimeo. The post That’d Be Rad appeared first on .
  • Marin Stelvio T3

    CJ Holt
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Stelvio T3 Pro (SRAM REDD 22 model shown above) is a no-compromise road bike built for racing and elite riding. Built upon our ultra-light Tube-to-Tube UD carbon frameset with full carbon fork, the Stelvio T3 Pro has a host of go-fast features including a tapered headtube and Press Fit 30 bottom bracket for direct response to all-out pedaling efforts. Marin’s unique Power Taper seat tube and RVS seat stays added compliance to enhance rider comfort, while their new 4-in-1 cable guide system allows for aero cable routing with easy access ports for both electric and mechanical…
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Durango, Colorado Pub Crawl on Two Wheels, not all fours, by Rideon

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Quick stop on our bike tour north of Durango, Colorado. Durango Brewing Company has five crafted beers When discussing bikes and beer Durango, Colorado needs no introduction but if you are not familiar with how to get around Durango on a bike to visit these pubs and not sure what each has to offer this blog highlights our favorites. We wanted to visit the locally brewed fine quality beers that Durango is known for.  So here is the lineup of the best known local brew pubs with links to each pub's site, respectively.  Carver's Brewing Company Durango Brewing Company Ska Brewing…
  • Traditional Touring Bike Voted Best Bike for Commuting, by Rideon

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Touring Bike voted best bike for commuting Mountain Bike for touring and commuting top of votes After a month of back and forth votes one for traditional touring bike, one for mountain bike the past few weeks votes came in from our survey making a traditional touring bike the favorite among our readers.  This is a fun topic for determining what type of bike is right for your daily needs concerning your bike commute, errands, grocery toting, etc.   Bike Commuter with Happy Bike Fit Most bike folks know to evaluate comfort and performance for touring and commuting and the first way to…
  • Long Term Review of Topeak Joe Blow Pro Floor Pump, by Rideon

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

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

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Park Tool PMP-5 Dial Adjust Frame Pump Review Park Tool PMP-5 Dial Adjust Frame Pump on my Old Razesa Road Bike Park Tool PMP-5 Dial Adjust Frame Pump "They don't make a good mini pump" to quote our instructor at United Bike Institute.  After about a year of not listening to him, preferring to pack a pump I could fit in a jersey pocket or pack I realized he was correct.  Immediately following my attendance at bike school I found myself commuting on steep dirt, rocky and muddy roads of Colorado to get to the paved highway eight miles from town.  Being able to change tire…
 
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  • Tour de Wallonie 2014 General classification after Stage 4

    Kim Hull
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 4 » Name Nat Team Time / Gap 1 Gianni MEERSMAN Belgium OPQ 17:44:21 2 Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE Spain MOV 20 3 Silvan DILLIER Switzerland BMC 23 4 Tom VAN ASBROECK Belgium TSV 23 5 Zico WAEYTENS Belgium TSV 24 6 Christopher JUUL JENSEN Denmark TCS 28 7 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV Russia KAT 30 8 Pieter JACOBS Belgium TSV 30 9 Lloyd MONDORY France ALM 31 10 Pim LIGTHART Netherlands LTB 31 11 Matti BRESCHEL Denmark TCS 32 12 Sébastien TURGOT France ALM 32 13 Pavel KOCHETKOV Russia KAT 32 14 Pablo LASTRAS GARCIA Spain MOV 32 15 Christophe LAPORTE France COF 33 16 Nick…
  • Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 4 results

    Kim Hull
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 4 » Name Nat Team Time / Gap 1 Tom VAN ASBROECK BEL TSV 4:38:41 2 Gianni MEERSMAN BEL OPQ 0 3 Viacheslav KUZNETSOV RUS KAT 0 4 Silvan DILLIER SUI BMC 0 5 Nick VAN DER LIJKE NED BEL 0 6 Matti BRESCHEL DEN TCS 0 7 Anthony ROUX FRA FDJ 0 8 Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI ESP MOV 0 9 Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE ESP MOV 0 10 Lloyd MONDORY FRA ALM 0 11 Eugenio ALAFACI ITA TFR 0 12 Christophe LAPORTE FRA COF 0 13 Gregory HABEAUX BEL WGG 0 14 Zico WAEYTENS BEL TSV 0 15 Florian SENECHAL FRA COF 0 16 Pavel KOCHETKOV RUS KAT 0 17 Sébastien TURGOT FRA ALM 0 18 Björn…
  • Tour de Wallonie 2014

    Kim Hull
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Jens Debusschere wins Tour de Wallonie 2014 stage 1Photo: © Tour de Wallonie Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 1 Saturday, July 26 Frasnes-Lez-Anvaing to Tournai Stage 1 Top 3 1 - Jens Debusschere 2 - Gianni Meersman 3 - Juan Jose Lobato Overall leader: Jens Debusschere Stage 1 results » Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 2 Sunday, July 27 Péronnes-lez-Antoing to Perwez Stage 2 Top 3 1 - Giacomo Nizzolo 2 - Gianni Meersman 3 – Silvan Dillier Overall leader: Gianni Meersman Stage 2 results » Juanjo Lobato wins Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 3 Photo: © Movistar Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage…
  • Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 5

    Kim Hull
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Date  Start  Finish  Distance  Stage 5 30 July 2014 Malmedy Ans 180.6 km Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 5 route 9 Climbs Côte d’Ovifat (cat. 3, km 14,1) Côte de Bilstain (cat.2, km 44,9) Côte de Trasenster (cat. 1, km78,4) Côtes du Thier des Forges (cat. 2, km 87,3) Fort de Trancremont (cat. 2, km 108,3) Côte du Hornay (cat. 2, km 146,7) Côte de la Roche aux Faucons (cat. 1, km 160,2) Côte de Saint-Nicolas (cat. 1; km 174,5) Côte d’Ans (cat. 2, km 179,6). 3 intermediate sprints Sourbrodt (km18,7) Fraipont-Nessonvaux (km 98,3) Chanxhe (km 141,1) Tour de Wallonie 2014…
  • Tour de Wallonie 2014 Stage 4

    Kim Hull
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Date  Start  Finish  Distance  Stage 4 29 July 2014 Herve Waremme 174.9 km Tom Van Asbroek wins Tour de Wallonie stage 4Photo: © Tour de Wallonie Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won stage 4 of the Tour de Wallonie 2014 with Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma QuickStep) coming in second and Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Team Katusha) placing third. Meersman remains in the overall lead 20 seconds ahead of Juanjo Lobato (Movistar) and 23 seconds in front of  Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team). Stage 4 Top 10 Name Nat Team Time / Gap 1 Tom VAN ASBROECK BEL TSV 4:38:41 2 Gianni MEERSMAN BEL…
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  • Why I Ride

    Tyson Blades
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    What motivates humans to do certain things will never be medically or psychologically quantified…at least in an exact sense that covers everyone. Everyone is different. That’s why we hate stereotypes so much. I am a cyclist. I love bicycles. I have no idea why. Maybe I was born that way. With some sort of a … Continue reading →
  • Colnago the Phoenix

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

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

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

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