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  • Bike Theft Chronicles: “I just feel so defeated and vulnerable”

    BikePortland.org » Front Page
    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    “I’ve had it up to here with the stolen bike parts in Portland… This is just another notch in the belt of biker discrimination and injustice.”— Reader email, 9/24/14 As we reported back in July, bike theft in Portland is out of control. The problem shows no sign of going away and in fact, if my judgment of web chatter and other intelligence-gathering channels I monitor daily is correct, it’s getting worse. We are working to help in various ways (a major update to our Stolen Bike Listings is coming online soon and we’re sitting down with the PPB next week…
  • Sneak peek at this year’s Artcrank posters

    BikePortland.org » Front Page
    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The “bike poster party” is back!(Photo by J. Maus/BikPortland) Artcrank is one of our favorite events. For the past five years, this one-night gallery show and party has brought a refreshing mix of art and community to Portland. With the show returning this Saturday night (10/4), we thought it’d be fun to share a special sneak peek of what you’ll see. As per usual, all the posters displayed at this weekend’s show were produced by local artists in limited quantities. 29 artists will be featured this year and their creative, provocative, bike-inspired works of art…
  • 4 of the best backpacks for commuters

    London Cyclist Blog
    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Backpacks for cycling come in all shapes and sizes. When I first joined the commuter community, I had a “Jansport” backpack – purchased because that is the style of pack I had at school, I found a cheap one in TKMaxx (oh, student days…) and it seemed sensible. Fine for early commutes, I soon realized the value of a backpack designed with a bike rider in mind. Cycling backpacks will usually have adjustable straps on the shoulders, chest and waist. These are there to hold the pack in position, so getting out the saddle to ride up a hill doesn’t involve the feeling of being a tortoise…
  • Snowbike geometry.

    Big Wheel Building
    MC
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A few weeks back I shared some pics and minutia relevant to my new snowbike.For years I've been meaning to write out the pertinent numbers explaining what I like for snowbike geometry, and more importantly how and why I've arrived there.I finally took an ~hour a few nights ago and did it.Disclaimer: Below I've shared a bit about the journey I've taken with respect to riding fat tired bicycles on snow.  I do not purport that any action I've taken or design I've settled on is the only, one, true, undeniable way forward.  The world is big, conditions vary drastically from region…
  • California Governor to handicapped: “Get a car, you moron”

    Cyclelicious
    Richard Masoner
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Governor Jerry Brown issued his final legislative update for the 2014 season. Everything related to cyclist and pedestrian safety was vetoed. After Brown vetoed Eric Linder’s AB 2337 to increase license suspensions for convicted hit-and-run drivers, pedestrian and cycling safety advocates around the state urged Brown to sign the remain three hit-and-run bills on his desk. Brown vetoed all of those bills today. In his veto message for AB 47, Brown said he wanted to test an expansion of the “Yellow Alert” system for other categories before legislating it for suspected…
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    VeloNews.com

  • Commentary: After Iglinskiy EPO positive, will Astana honor its MPCC commitment?

    Neal Rogers
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Maximin Iglinsky (c), on the podium at the 2012 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, with Enrico Gasparotto (l) and Vincenzo Nibali (r). Photo: Tim de Waele.On Wednesday, news broke that Astana rider Maxim Iglinskiy had tested positive for EPO. Iglinskiy, winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance. A week earlier, he’d ridden into Paris as a member of Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France-winning team. The next day, he finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian. Iglinskiy’s 30-year-old brother,…
  • Results: 2014 Milano-Torino

    VeloNews.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    1. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, in 4:30:12 2. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :03 3. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at :09 4. Fabio ARU, Astana, at :13 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at :14 6. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :17 7. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at :19 8. Davide REBELLIN, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at :24 9. Frank SCHLECK, Trek Factory Racing, at :40 10. Mauro FINETTO, NRI, at :42 11. Diego ROSA, Androni Giocattoli, at :44 12. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :49 13. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at :55 14. Edoardo ZARDINI,…
  • Kwiatkowski to roll out the rainbow at Lombardia

    VeloNews.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Michal Kwiatkowski will show off his newly-won rainbow jersey for the first time at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.comNewly-crowned world champion Michal Kwiatkowski will line up for his first race in the rainbow jersey at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday. Kwiatkowski, 24, is expected to make a splash in the 248-kilometer classic. With numerous challenging climbs, the final cycling monument of 2014 is well suited for the Pole. “I probably will realize what I’ve truly done when I wear the rainbow jersey at the start of Il Lombardia,” said…
  • Video: How to make a breakaway work

    VeloNews.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    GCN explains how to make a breakaway move stick.Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc. The post Video: How to make a breakaway work appeared first on VeloNews.com.
  • Maxim Iglinskiy tests positive for EPO

    Spencer Powlison
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Maxim Iglinskiy is the latest Astana rider to return a positive doping sample. His brother, Valentin, tested positive for EPO in September, and now Maxim has been suspended for a test indicating EPO use. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Astana’s Maxim Iglinskiy has tested positive for EPO use, according to a document issued by the UCI that lists provisionally suspended riders. Iglinskiy, 33, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance, according to the UCI. Iglinskiy finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian the day after…
 
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  • Thailand off course on Tour hosting plans - ASO (Reuters)

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Julien Pretot BANGKOK/PARIS (Reuters) - Thailand boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday, much to the surprise of organizers of the world's greatest cycle race who said they were only discussing staging a low key one-day in the Southeast Asian nation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand said they had been buoyed by fruitful talks with Jean-Etienne Amaury, Chairman of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) who organize the Tour de France, last month in Paris and were working on how much of the great race they would stage. ...
  • Kazakh rider Iglinskiy suspended for doing (The Associated Press)

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Cycling Union says Kazakh rider Maxim Iglinskiy has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO.
  • Cycling-Thailand off course on Tour hosting plans - ASO (Reuters)

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    * Thailand said they negotiating on hosting Tour de France * Organisers say they discussing only a low key race (Recasts with ASO denial) By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Julien Pretot BANGKOK/PARIS, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Thailand boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday, much to the surprise of organisers of the world's greatest cycle race who said they were only discussing staging a low key one-day in the Southeast Asian nation. ...
  • Games-Doping takes spotlight from teenage champs at Asian Games (Reuters)

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    By Julian Linden INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 30 (Reuters) - The ugly spectre of drugs in sport took centre stage at the Asian Games on Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region's biggest multi-sports competition for doping offences. Malaysian martial arts gold medallist Tai Cheau Xuen was stripped of her medal in wushu after testing positive for sibutramine, a banned stimulant often found in weight-loss pills. ...
  • Kwiatkowski wins road race world title (The Associated Press)

    28 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    PONFERRADA, Spain (AP) -- Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland pulled away from a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships on Sunday.
 
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    SoCalCycling.com - Your Cycling Source

  • Gran Fondo Italia Brings Spirit of Italy to Beverly Hills

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The third edition of Gran Fondo cycling from Rodeo Drive is now history with the Gran Fondo Italia Beverly Hills held on the 28th of September. From Rodeo Drive through Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean over 800 cyclists took part, including City of Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse.
  • Redbull Rampage: Monday’s Main Event, Watch Live at Noon

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    After two days that saw lightning strikes, inches of rain, flash floods and piles of mud, the qualifiers were completed on Sunday with 10 riders earning their spot in the main event, which has been moved to Monday.
  • Report & Video Highlights: Men’s World Road Championship Road Race

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    24-year-old Michal Kwiatkowski, isolated for Poland after his teammates gave everything on the front to chase down breakaways earlier in the race, gained a golden reward for an enormous risk. Kwiatkowski attacked with 6.9km to go, in anticipation of a final climb (1.1km, 6.6% average gradient) and then a descent to a flat finale of the 254.8km UCI World Road Championship on Sunday.
  • U.S. CUP Announces Schedule and Expansion Plans for 2015

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    After a successful first season in its new format, the USA Cycling U.S. Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group will go into its second year with four familiar venues and one exciting, classic addition, as the Sea Otter Classic will join as the fourth of five rounds!
  • O’Melveny Cross Kicks Off Opening Round of SoCalCross PRESTIGE SERIES

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: THE OPENING ROUND OF THE NEW SOCALCROSS PRESTIGE SERIES SEASON! It all starts with a doubleheader event this weekend, 9/27-28, with the O’Melveny Cross presented by H&S Bicycles.
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    Bike World News

  • Hexoskin introduces pioneering Biometric Smart Shirt

    Ron Callahan
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hexoskin, a biometric smart shirt that provides users insights about their physical training, sleep and daily activities, is now available in the United States. The post Hexoskin introduces... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Michal Kwiatkowsi will debut rainbow jersey at Lombardy

    Ron Callahan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Giro di Lombardia will also be the first time that 2014 UCI World Road Champion Michal Kwiatkowski will wear his rainbow jersey for OPQS. The post Michal Kwiatkowsi will debut rainbow jersey at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales collaborate on Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

    Ron Callahan
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales’ collaboration Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout creates the perfect pairing of chocolate and beer. The post New Belgium Brewing and Perennial Artisan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lars van der Haar ready to kick off 2014-15 cyclocross season

    Ron Callahan
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Lars van der Haar's cyclo-cross season gets underway in earnest this October with the opening Superprestige, Bpost and World Cup races The post Lars van der Haar ready to kick off 2014-15... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sharon Laws and Doris Schweizer latest riders to join Bigla

    Ron Callahan
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Bigla Cycling team is pleased to acquire the services of Sharon Laws and Doris Schweizer for the 2015 season. The post Sharon Laws and Doris Schweizer latest riders to join Bigla appeared first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    PezCycling News

  • EuroTrash Lombardia Thursday!

    Alastair Hamilton
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Il Lombardia is on Sunday and we preview the ‘race of the falling leaves’ in today’s EuroTrash; the course and the teams. In other cycling news: Milano-Turino race report and comments, team and race news and the bad news of a new dope case. All the latest news in a packed EuroTrash. TOP STORY: Brothers in Arms! Just when you thought things were changing, it has been announced that Maxim Iglinskiy will join his brother Valentin on the suspension list as they both have submitted positive samples for EPO. Valentin admitted his use of the banned drug and was sacked by the Astana…
  • Il Lombardia: The PEZ Preview

    Edmond Hood
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Race Preview: The race of the falling leaves, or in Italian ‘la classica delle fog lie morte’. The Tour of Lombardy has a new course this year, but it will still have the top riders fighting it out on a tough profile. Ed Hood takes a look at the runners and riders for Sundays big end of season race. Back in the ‘good old days’ before the World Tour and ‘Mondialisation’ the Tour of Lombardy was run on a Saturday, the final Classic of the year. The stars would then head for Barcelona for Sunday’s Escalada a Montjuic the famous short hill climb stage race around the Mountain of the…
  • Ponferrada PEZ: Men of the Elite Worlds

    Edmond Hood
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Our PEZ man at the World road championships, Ed Hood, filled his camera’s memory on Sunday. And so on his journey home he picked out his selection of favourite photos. You can’t beat those unique, behind the scenes shots to keep the Ponferrada World’s feeling going for just a little bit longer. We took something like 400 pictures over some nine hours on Sunday at the Elite Championship; it seemed a shame not use more of them. Here’s a highly personal look back at my ‘men of the Elite Worlds’ – in alphabetical order to avoid cries of ‘favouritism!’ With a stage win and a…
  • Interbike’14: Ale Bike Wear, Elite Trainers, Easton Wheels

    Richard Pestes
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    With the World’s dust settling after days of rain in Spain, it time to crack open the tech vault once again with lots more from the floor in Vegas. Here’s a closer look at Ale Bike Wear’s top kits, Elite’s new Real Turbo Muin trainer, and Easton’s latest E100 carbon tubular wheels. When we first talked to ALE BIKE WEAR a few months back, I’ll admit I was leary that this new brand had anything different to offer in the world of cycling kit. The last few years have seen some huge advances in fabric technology, pattern development, and a lot of smart thinking…
  • Toolbox: Off-season Training Myths

    Josh Horowitz
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    If it works for the gang at Discovery Channel (the actual TV company, not the former cycling team), then it’s good enough for us here at PEZ. Since we’re on the off-season theme, Josh has decided to tackle some of his pet peeve off-season training myths and give his perspective. The truth or old-school bahooey? Read and decide for yourself. I can already tell you that I’m going to get some flak on this one, perhaps even from my fellow Tool Box writers. But I have some strong feelings about winter training techniques, the misconceptions and hard to die old school attitudes, and it’s…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • Vulpine Men’s Cotton Rain Trousers Review

    Andreas
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    I hate shopping for trousers. It’s one of those items that you’ll wear all the time and will last for years, which makes it feel like it’s a big decision. As I hate shopping for them, I end up wearing my old trousers so much that eventually they get a hole in them. That’s what happened with extensively well worn Swrve cycling jeans which I reviewed back in 2012. In my hunt for a new pair of trousers, I’ve bought from expensive brands like All Saints and more affordable brands such as Topman. All have had a habit of wearing out too quickly for my liking, as…
  • 4 of the best backpacks for commuters

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Backpacks for cycling come in all shapes and sizes. When I first joined the commuter community, I had a “Jansport” backpack – purchased because that is the style of pack I had at school, I found a cheap one in TKMaxx (oh, student days…) and it seemed sensible. Fine for early commutes, I soon realized the value of a backpack designed with a bike rider in mind. Cycling backpacks will usually have adjustable straps on the shoulders, chest and waist. These are there to hold the pack in position, so getting out the saddle to ride up a hill doesn’t involve the feeling of being a tortoise…
  • Road bikes: to Disc brake or not to disc brake?

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Mountain bikes and hybrids have been equipped with disc brakes for a long time – but it’s only over the last couple of years that they’ve made their way on to road bikes. A rare role reversal Disc brakes present a strange and rare opportunity to bike manufacturers – because they give everyday cyclists access to something the pros can’t have. Usually, road bike technology appears first in the peloton, before dribbling down to high end bikes, then to mid range bikes, and so on. In this case, however, the UCI have banned the use of disc brakes (for now) so the pattern changes. Disc…
  • New MiCycle opens in East London offering cyclists a bike wash

    Andreas
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    “The Swiss Army Knife of bike shops” is how I summarised MiCycle in 2010 after being thoroughly impressed by all the services offered. Since then, they’ve expanded from one store in Islington, to another in Stroud Green and now a new store is opening in Hackney. MiCycle is a summary of how I like my bike shops ran: Friendly, local, approachable and with little added bonuses. The original bike shop in Islington, comes with a rather zen back garden, where customers are invited to kick back and chat about their cycling needs over a cup of tea. Beyond that they also have a…
  • Going Dutch for a bike ride around London

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve already covered the best road bikes for men, for women and folding bikes. However, we’ve yet to cover Dutch style bikes. You’ll have already seen plenty of Dutch style bikes or city bikes around London, in the form of Boris Bikes.  You’ll generally find a few features in the bikes that make them ideal for short journeys around town: Relaxed and upright position Generally, the rider is in an upright position, the bike is very stable and doesn’t have the twitchy spirit of a road racing bike. Handlebars are often angled back towards the rider, meaning there is no…
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • This Just In: Off To L'Eroica!

    BikeSnobNYC
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Remember how I wrote this HILARIOUS guest post for Brooks about my intense preparations for the L'Eroica ride in Tuscany?Well, tomorrow I depart for that ride, which means that after today I won't be posting again until Tuesday, October 7th, at which point I will resume regular updates.Of course, as a seasoned traveler I know comfort is paramount on long journeys, and so you can be sure I'll be donning my customary flying suit:Between that and my combination neck pillow/padded toilet seat cover I expect to arrive in Italy as fresh as a bruisewort:As for the route I'll be riding, there…
  • They put their pants on one leg at a time just like you, only they pay $80 a leg for the privilege.

    BikeSnobNYC
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    You probably think that running a bike blog is a dream job, like being a tenured English professor or the captain of the "Love Boat."  And yeah, sure, this gig has its perks: the lax dress code, the constant retina-ravaging computer use, the cold calls from the New York Post...  But believe me, when I get an important email, glamor takes a back seat while I knuckle down and work dammit--and emails don't get any important than this one, which you can tell because WHOEVER WROTE IT IS SHOUTING!!!I hope you are  having a lovely day. I wanted to touch with you regarding the pitch…
  • Ready, Set, Fold!

    BikeSnobNYC
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    It's Monday, September 29th, 2014, and if you're riding on crabon you're riding on borrowed time:Amazingly, the Paul Milnes Cycles rider kept his bike under control and came to a halt by a dry-stone wall. Moses changed his bike and went on to place third overall behind winner Rob Jebb and take the under-23 victory.Now this is the part where you argue that crabon is incredibly strong, and that the only reason his steer tube failed is that his stem bolts were not fastened with a torque wrench to the manufacturer-specified thousandth of a newton meter:I'm not sure why I'm gloating about this…
  • BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

    BikeSnobNYC
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Before anything else, let's follow up on the saga of New York State Senator Diane "Find A Fucking Bike Lane and Get In It" Savino:[Redacted], who writes the blog, Bike Snob NYC, drew attention to Savino's comments on Twitter and on his site on Thursday."A state senator bragging on Facebook about engaging in acts of road rage is inappropriate, alarming and representative of a disregard for public safety," [Redacted] told DNAinfo New York."It's an insult to her constituents. It's also totally ironic because the conversational thread that inspired her comment is based on a total misreading of…
  • Could somebody please clean the fan already? It's still got you-know-what all over it.

    BikeSnobNYC
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Remember Stanley Wiggins?  No?  He's the guy who won the Tour de France that time:And now some guy with the same last name--a relative perhaps?--is your World Time Trial Champion of the World:Wiggins said this would be his final time trial world championships before he focuses on the track in the final two years of his career. The 34-year-old Londoner has now has won six world track titles, four Olympic golds medals, a world time trial title and a Tour de France.He collapsed on the floor after his ride, struggling to understand that he was the new world time trial…
 
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    Big Wheel Building

  • An idea whose time has come.

    MC
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Devin Lenz is no stranger to innovation.  He's been pushing the limits of what's doable and desirable with 29" wheels for over a decade.  Even though every one of the big players and most of the smaller ones are finally hawking their version of big wheeled bliss, Devin's bikes remain atop the heap when it comes to uncompromised on-trail performance.  It doesn't hurt his credibility that each of his designs are dreamed up, prototyped, fabricated, and ultimately produced right here in Colorado.And while he wasn't the first to experiment with the full-suspension single speed, he…
  • Ride?

    MC
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Late afternoon.  Sun is already low, day has been long, head is rummy from too much.Energy is middling, and falling, at best.Ring ring!  The voice on the other end sounds no more energetic, but still the question is posed:Ride?Awash to the armpits in new-bike-smell, Greg easily motivates out the door.  Enthusiasm infects, induces me to follow.Little daylight left but the trails are quiet, summer-fading-to-fall light is exquisite, traction is superb.Post-monsoonal trail alterations continue to catch us leaning.Short hours later darkness forces us home, permagrins plastered to…
  • You.

    MC
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    I am speaking directly to you.Stop.  Get up.  Look out the nearest window.Look.Fall is right now upon you.  Blue skies, warm days, cool nights, the deliciously overpowering stench of decaying organic matter in the woods.Hadn't noticed?  Might want to check for a pulse.Go.  Get out there, rub your own nose in it.Soon it will be gone.  Now is the time.
  • Snowbike geometry.

    MC
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A few weeks back I shared some pics and minutia relevant to my new snowbike.For years I've been meaning to write out the pertinent numbers explaining what I like for snowbike geometry, and more importantly how and why I've arrived there.I finally took an ~hour a few nights ago and did it.Disclaimer: Below I've shared a bit about the journey I've taken with respect to riding fat tired bicycles on snow.  I do not purport that any action I've taken or design I've settled on is the only, one, true, undeniable way forward.  The world is big, conditions vary drastically from region…
  • A ride, recently.

    MC
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Getting out into high lonesome country while the getting is good.  Taking the fatbikes to increase our options once out.  Making conscious decisions as a result, always opting for the path less traveled.  Surprising ourselves with new trails found, old trails connected, still older trails resurrected.Surprising ourselves even more with how frequently we see wildlife relative to our 'normal' rides.Enjoying those pleasant surprises.If they insist...Thanks for checking in.
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    Training4cyclists

  • Mountain Bike Training for Beginners

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

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

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Have you ever tried to launch an attack in a cycling race or maybe even an attempt to make a race-winning move? If you have, you have probably also experienced the most likely scenario: the other riders closes the gap without struggling, because your attempt lacks power.How can you learn the skill to make more powerful race-winning moves? If we take a look at the initial phase of your attack, all you need to focus on is neural strength. If you watch a power meter file from your most powerful attempts, you are very likely above 1000Watts or even higher.Such efforts require activation of all…
  • The #1 Way to Achieve Better Performance

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Imagine if there was a secure and legal way to improve your cycling performance within 6 to 8 weeks…Think about it. You can reach a new level if you are ready to take the necessary steps. Are you ready?There is one thing that we all know that can possible improve performance: more training. Yes, it’s obvious and well known. But it is a proven method that has been successfully used for many years.If you are able to add 20% to your current training volume, there is a good chance that you can ride much faster within 6 to 8 weeks from now.What does that mean? If you train 5 hours per week,…
  • Boost Your Anaerobic Engine With Race-Winning Intervals

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Imagine if you were able to make much stronger attacks at the most decisive moments in a cycling race. If you could push 50-100 Watts more and keep it there just a little longer.Could it make a difference? Could it possible increase your chances of winning?No doubt.The good news is that you can actually boost your anaerobic performance with very small adjustments to your current training. You can call them Race-Winning Intervals. And you don’t have to work harder, but you need to pay more attention to the specific skills you want to train.Let me explain…Most road cyclists enjoy riding…
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    Citizen Rider

  • EXTREME test riding

    cafiend
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
     Among the check-in notes on the Trek FUBAR I worked on last week was the instruction: "Test ride HARD." The owner of this bike is a teenager who may not yet be old enough to drive. His father brings the bike in. I did not see him this time, because I was off, but last time he told me the kid has been hucking 10-foot drops. Even when I was young and foolish I did not have that little regard for personal safety.This guy always brings a quandary with his kid's bike. Last year the rear shock was acting up. I'm not even sure it was the same bike. I screwed up and spec'd the wrong size…
  • More gems of design

    cafiend
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    A customer -- formerly a triathlete at a professional or near professional level -- brought in this used Trek something or other he found on line to replace his mid- 1990s Aegis. He just wanted a cassette and some quick release skewers for the spiffy carbon wheels he bought. Our leader suggested he should bring the bike so we could make sure there were no weird compatibility issues.The wheels will work. But what I would take to be an expensive bike has some pretty cheesy details.These plugs on the top tube press into threaded bosses spaced as if for a bottle cage. They don't seem likely to…
  • A visit from stupid wheels

    cafiend
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    The rider had noticed that one spoke in his front wheel was so loose it hit the computer pickup on every revolution. Fortunately he did not pull it out sideways and then twist it around an adjacent spoke. Riders who do that often make the repair significantly more complicated and expensive than it would have been if they'd found a less drastic way to secure it while they made their way home.What the rider did not notice was the similarly wobbly condition of the rear wheel. It's behind him, after all.I had to check and adjust the tension in both wheels. Simple enough.  But the spokes are…
  • Truth in labeling

    cafiend
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The wear pattern on this frame decal, combined with the overall condition of the bike -- it has been ridden savagely, maintained badly and, oh by the way, backed over by a car -- inspired me to make a few additions to it.THERE we go.Everything I did was easily reversible, unlike most of what the rider, his last mechanic and a careless family member have done.  Parts are on order. I can pass the time until they arrive cleaning off the coating of either 90 weight or chainsaw bar oil on the entire bike.
  • We were the Culture of Speed once

    cafiend
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    An item I read about a bicyclist in Kentucky being arrested for vehicular cycling reminded me of the ChipSeal case from several years ago. I'd lost track of ChipSeal in the intervening years, so I went to see what he's up to. His blog reported police encounters from August 2013.ChipSeal illustrates the difference between an advocate and an activist. He rides within the law, but he takes up every square inch the law allows. Because most people, including many of those paid to uphold it, do not know the law, the vehicular cyclist claiming a permitted share of the road looks conspicuously…
 
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    Cyclelicious

  • California Governor to handicapped: “Get a car, you moron”

    Richard Masoner
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Governor Jerry Brown issued his final legislative update for the 2014 season. Everything related to cyclist and pedestrian safety was vetoed. After Brown vetoed Eric Linder’s AB 2337 to increase license suspensions for convicted hit-and-run drivers, pedestrian and cycling safety advocates around the state urged Brown to sign the remain three hit-and-run bills on his desk. Brown vetoed all of those bills today. In his veto message for AB 47, Brown said he wanted to test an expansion of the “Yellow Alert” system for other categories before legislating it for suspected…
  • Levi’s stadium community meeting

    Richard Masoner
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Levi’s Stadium, the Santa Clara Police Department and VTA will hold a community meeting next Tuesday. To promote a comment left here earlier today: Stadium Community Meeting A community meeting hosted by the Santa Clara Police Department, 49ers Management Company and the Valley Transportation Authority is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 from 7:00-8:30pm at Don Callejon School, 4176 Lick Mill Boulevard in Santa Clara. The meeting will include an opportunity for residents and business owners to provide constructive feedback. No RSVP is necessary. Commenter “4Crawler” asks in…
  • San Jose sidewalk riding on committee agenda next Monday

    Richard Masoner
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Remember: San Jose Bike Train rolls 8 AM from San Jose Diridon Station. We ride from Diridon to the Guadalupe River Trail for destinations in the north part of San Jose and Santa Clara. San Jose DOT has updated their report and proposal for sidewalk cycling rules in downtown San Jose for presentation at the city Environment and Transportation Committee meeting next Monday, October 6, 2014. SJ DOT will report on the state of sidewalk cycling around downtown San Jose and ask the committee for their input on the interest in a potential ordinance banning sidewalk bicycling in Downtown San Jose.
  • San Jose: More people counted on city trails

    Richard Masoner
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The city of San Jose Trails Program released the numbers from last week’s eighth annual trail count. Volunteers staffed count stations along the Guadalupe River Trail, Los Gatos Creek Trail, Los Alamitos Creek Trail, and the Three Creeks Trail. People using the planned Five Wounds Trail were also counted. Guadalupe River Trail 1,082 people were counted at the Coleman Avenue station on the Guadalupe River Trail last week, of which 60% were on bicycle. This is a 50% increase over last year’s 719 people. The most active station was at River Oaks, where 1,689 people were counted at…
  • Need help in San Jose for bike photo project next week

    Richard Masoner
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Hi all, Lady Fleur, Cowgirl Bike Courier and Cyclelicious will team up next Thursday evening to shoot photos of people with bikes as they hold up signs showing why they bike, somewhat akin to this and other similar projects. We’d like to capture the diversity of people who ride bikes around downtown San Jose, including those who are typically under the radar of traditional cycling advocacy. We plan to fan out in teams of two or three beginning about 5:30 PM in downtown San Jose on Thursday, October 2. One person in each team will chat up the person on the bike, the other person is the…
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    BikeRadar.com Road

  • Throwback Thursday: 1990 Eddy Merckx Corsa

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Normally when you buy a brand new – and highly sought-after – component group, your first instinct is to install it right away and then start riding it as much as possible. That wasn't quite the case for Peter Chisholm and his 50th anniversary Campagnolo group. No, this ensemble needed a backdrop more than a chassis, and he had just the thing in mind.Up until very recently, Chisholm was the co-owner of Vecchio's Bicicletteria, a small shop he founded in downtown Boulder, Colorado, that prides itself on top-notch service, frames hand-built from metal, and Campagnolo. Naturally,…
  • Mavic Plasma SLR Maxi Helmet review

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The enlarged Mavic Plasma SLR offers great comfort for those with larger heads. There’s tons of room inside and a two-height rear cradle with the usual wheel adjuster.Highs: Good coverage and protection, easy to fit and secureLows: Bulbous looks, a little heavyIt has comfy fit but the most rounded of heads may touch the top of the helmet, and its added mass means you’ll always know it’s there.The internal pads are generous too – there’s one even on the inside of the lower cradle. The sides fit very low, leaving scant room for the arms of sunglasses.There’s…
  • Koga Solacio Di2 Compact review

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dutch bike maker Koga – formerly Koga Miyata – is looking to raise its profile via its latest offerings, including the Solacio. Pitched as a comfortable race bike, the Solacio is available in four builds, of which this slick-shifting Ultegra Di2 version is the priciest: you get the full 11-speed groupset along with competent, if slightly portly, Mavic Aksium wheels, and Koga finishing kit.Highs: Ride quality, valueLows: Alloy seatpost, basic wheelsThe Solacio’s carbon frame doesn’t have any radical tube profiles or fanciful acronyms to its name, but smoothly flowing…
  • Praxis Works expanding into cranksets with Turn

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Praxis Works may be best known for its chainrings and bottom brackets but soon you'll also start seeing its new range of cranksets called Turn. Competitively priced and impressively flexible in terms of bottom bracket compatibility, the new Turn cranks will soon be finding their way on to both shop shelves and as OEM equipment on a wide range of Specialized bikes.Turn will hit the market with two crank models to start: the road-going Zayante and the MTB-specific Girder. Both feature hollow-forged aluminium arms, oversized 30mm-diameter aluminium spindles, and interchangeable chainring spiders…
  • Breeze Challenge Warwickshire this weekend

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    British Cycling’s first Breeze Challenge Event takes place this Sunday (5 October) in Warwickshire, offering female cyclists the chance to take on a 50 or 100km fully supported sportive ride.Beginning at the University of Warwick campus, the routes take in the area’s beautiful countryside scenery including the picturesque villages of Knowle, Kenilworth and Henley-In-Arden. Entry fees start at £20 and £25 for the 50 and 100km routes respectively, and include aid stations and support.Becky James, 2013 world sprint and keirin champion, will be a VIP attendee of the…
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    Twenty Nine Inches

  • Eurobike ’14: 29+ News

    c_g
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Eurobike ’14: 29+ News- by c_g OK , there are few 29+ bikes and very few components,  most of which we have had impressions of-  me  with the Surly Krampus, MG with the Singular Rooster,  and by Guitar Ted with the BOREALIS Echo in 29+ mode . Plus we have had the news of Jeff Jones 29+ bike seen here. Reason enough to dedicate ourselves a bit to this topic for Eurobike.  As everyone knows , we are already very deep into the subject of B +  with our Conclusion soon. By the way, we already have the second existing B + tire , the VEETIRE CO Trax Fatty in the starting blocks for an…
  • Eurobike ’14: News From Ibis, Yeti, & Ritchey

    c_g
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Eurobike ’14: News From Ibis, Yeti, & Ritchey- c_g Celebrating its rich history at Eurobike ’14 with John Tomac’s C-26 Yeti The three US brands IBIS, YETI and RITCHEY also had something new to look at for those of us roaming the show room floors of Eurobike ’14. YETI: Not a new 29″er, but a beautiful and innovative bike- YETI showed Jared Graves’ new Enduro workhorse, the SB6C (with the new Infinity Switch linkage design) – and a true Classic Bike in the form of the early C-26 with the famous TIOGA rear disc wheel. (As seen above) The Yeti ASR-C 29 as seen at…
  • Chrome Debuts WARM Jacket & Vest

    Guitar Ted
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Chrome Debuts WARM Jacket & Vest- by Guitar Ted Chrome, the company who is well known for messenger bags and shoes, (we reviewed a pair seen here recently), is now branching out to include some “work style” outerwear that has been dubbed “WARM”, which is what you want to be this Fall if you are out and about outdoors. The Chrome WARM Workshirt. The WARM line up consists of a “work shirt” style mid-layer/outer piece and a vest. Both are tweaked for use on bicycles with longer torso sections and arm lengths. Reflective details and a high visibility…
  • DT Swiss OPM O.D.I. 29″er Fork: On Test

    c_g
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    DT Swiss OPM O.D.I. 29″er Fork: On Test- by c_g: The DT Swiss OPM O.D.L. fork Before we finish with Eurobike’14 we do not want to forget current tests and news about new products. So today is a test intro of the Swiss manufacturer DT -SWISS’s new OPM O.D.I.fork. We had a brand new OPM ( One Piece magnesium ) fork already presented at the Garda Festival.  The OPM is an XC to All Mountain fork with 32 mm stanchions for 29″er riders in three travel versions: 100mm , 120mm, and 130 mm. The OPM will only be available with tapered steerer and 15mm through axles. The all new…
  • CONTOUR Debuts Roam 3 POV Camera

    Guitar Ted
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    CONTOUR Debuts Roam 3 POV Camera- by Guitar Ted CONTOUR was one of the first alongside GoPro to put out a “POV” camera, (Point Of View camera, in case you didn’t know), and I recall a friend of mine was very impressed with the size and functionality of that early effort. The company hit a rough patch there for a bit, but they have rebounded and now have finally come out with a new version of the Roam POV dubbed the Roam 3. The CONTOUR Roam 3 POV camera (Image courtesy of CONTOUR) The specs, while not overwhelming, are decent enough, and the camera ships with a 8 gigabyte…
 
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    Fat Cyclist

  • An Open Letter to Co-Workers of All Cyclists

    fatty
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Dear Co-Workers of Every Cyclist in the World, On behalf of all of us — your cycling co-workers — I’d like to express our appreciation for you. You are, by and large, really good about looking the other way when we park our bikes in our cubicles, and when we bring food into meetings that looks like it’s designed to be consumed by astronauts. And you cheerfully put up with our goofy post-ride endorphin rushes. That’s wonderful of you. It really is. Also, I’d like to acknowledge and apologize for our weirdness and shortcomings. We know that we tend to talk about things that make no…
  • An Open Letter to the Eventual Winner of the “Race on the Fatty/Levi Team” at Boggs

    fatty
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Dear Lucky Eventual Winner, First off, I should probably remind you: you have only a few more days to enter the contest to win a trip to Northern California. The one that is benefitting the Forget Me Not Farm. The contest ends Thursday at 11:55pm PT, October 2.  But the real reason I am writing you is that I feel I owe you an apology. Not for the fact that you have just won an incredible all-expenses-paid vacation at Boggs, a suite of races — a hill climb, an eight-hour team relay, and a downhill race — in a beautiful location. A race which sells out almost as soon as it opens. No,…
  • Guest Post: Hiking with Heidi, Winner of the Gooseberry Yurt Vacation Contest

    fatty
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A Note from Fatty: A few weekends ago, The Hammer, the twins and I got to spend a couple of days hiking and camping with Heidi, the winner of the contest The Hammer ran as a fundraiser for World Bicycle Relief.  Heidi is awesome. Also, she dyes yarn for a living. If you’ve never known that yarn can be beautiful (I didn’t, for example), you should check out Heidi’s Etsy store: Grant Creek Yarns.  Heidi agreed to write up the story from the weekend, giving me a nice little day off (for about the first time ever, I have had to do exactly no editing to this guest post). Also, Heidi’s…
  • The DQ-ing of Fatty, Part 3: Big Motor, Huge Heart

    fatty
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    A Note from Fatty: This is part 3 in my race report on the Jordanelle Triathlon. Part 1 is here, and part 2 is here. It was a strange feeling, being in a race and having every intention of racing hard…but also knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to say I had finished it. I had just put in a blisteringly fast ride, but I hadn’t done the official course.  When I finished the race, I was going to DQ myself. It was…liberating. Like I Was Standing Still But that didn’t mean I intended to amble my way through the race. No. I had worked hard to get ahead of The Hammer, The Swimmer,…
  • The DQ-ing of Fatty, Part 2: Decisions and Realizations

    fatty
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    A Note from Fatty: This is part 2 of my “The DQ-ing of Fatty” series. Part 1 is here. In a triathalong, it’s truly fascinating to be one of the really slow swimmers, but one of the really fast cyclists; you get to witness almost the entirety of the cycling field as you ride through it. First, you ride through the happiest, most relaxed group of racers. They’re there just to complete the race, to show themselves that they can do this. These people are riding the road on mountain bikes and townies. They are accomplishing something new. They are getting it done. They are the people I…
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    Official Website of Jeff Kerkove

  • REPORT: Rincon de la Vieja MTB Challenge 100 (RVC100)

    Jeff Kerkove
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Back to Costa Rica! Last year I was very fortunate to meet Juan Carlos and have him extend me an invite to come down and race Latin America's first and only 100-mile mtb event, the Rincon de la Vieja Challenge MTB 100. This year he did the same and I brought with me Karen and Sonya. Last year I went into the race a mere 6 days after finishing the Breck-Epic Stage Race. My only goal in 2013 was to take the lingering fatigue and ride as fast as possible, hope for the best. I finished 8th in a time of about 7.5 hours.This year, I was fresh, knew the course, and had different goals. For the 2014…
  • 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,…
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    Bike Noob

  • I Suck At Mountain Biking

    Bike Noob
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Instead of the usual Sunday road ride, my friend Maggie and I decided to get out the mountain bikes this morning. She put an invitation to join us on our club’s message board, but we had no takers. When we showed up at the club ride start, some of the roadies greeted us with bemusement at our getup, but soon we left in different directions. Our target was Bauerle Ranch, a subdivision surrounded by nice singletrack trails. (I’ve written about it before.) We had had a little bit of rain overnight, and the dew point was high, so once we got onto the trails close to home, we could see…
  • The Lost Weekend

    Bike Noob
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    No, this post is not about a Ray Milland film from the 1940s. I’ll be traveling this weekend to Oklahoma, where I will attend a conference. That means much of my time will be spent sitting in open, airy rooms where they pack in too many seats, listening to speakers who never learned how to make an effective presentation. The downside of that (you mean, that was the upside?) is that I won’t be able to get in any biking. With any luck, I’ll be back Sunday in time to take out the mountain bike for awhile. Its gears are all working properly now, but I haven’t ridden it…
  • The Spam is Outta Control

    Bike Noob
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    WordPress, the platform I use for this blog, has a pretty good spam catcher. I know it’s pretty good, because every morning when I check my dashboard it tells me it caught x number of spam comments. But it’s having a tough time keeping up with the barrage of spam that’s been hitting me lately. Monday, it caught almost 200 spam comments. This morning, another 79. The problem is, with that many comments barraging the blog, some spam is bound to get through. So after deleting the dozens of comments WordPress managed to catch, I have to go back and delete the ones that got…
  • Isn’t It Interesting…

    Bike Noob
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Only two other B riders showed up for our club ride Sunday, and we decided to head to Creedmoor. This staple of our Sunday routes had been forgotten lately; in fact, I hadn’t ridden it since June. The others were looking forward to the ride, too. After not riding a route for awhile, some changes are bound to crop up. Most of the ones we ran into had to do with road construction. Our main way east out of our neighborhood narrows to a two-lane, unstriped, country-style road for a short stretch. Then, at a T-intersection, we turn left, and then pick up that road again at the first right.
  • Thinking Time, Not Miles

    Bike Noob
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    It occurred to me the other day that once again, my riding has settled comfortably in the 25-mile range. Oh sure, I’ve got some longer rides under my belt — but nowhere near the metric centuries I did semi-frequently a couple of years ago. It seems that lately, my rides have been stuck in a range of between 23-27 miles. A few years ago, I bemoaned the fact that I rode so many 25-milers. I felt that I was shortchanging myself — not putting in enough effort to improve as a cyclist. And I did work to get those long rides to longer distances. But now, I hardly ever think about…
 
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    Urban Velo

  • Issue #44 – Available Online

    Urban Jeff
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Contents include: Fixed Gear Freestyle—It Ain’t Over Yet, New Courier Renaissance, News and Views, Future Bike, The Cincinnati Bikeway Product Spotlight, Interbike and Eurobike Coverage, Product Reviews: Brompton, Kryptonite, Chrome, and more, City Report—Milwaukee, ISO Tire Sizes, Biking With Isa, The Piano Pedaler, and I Love Riding in the City. Download it for free, purchase it from the Apple Store or order a printed copy online.
  • Cyclist Collides with Pedestrian

    Scott Spitz
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A New York cyclist, Jason Marshall, struck a pedestrian while riding in Central Park on September 19th. The cyclist was allegedly riding in the bike lane when he swerved to miss a group of pedestrians, ultimately colliding with another pedestrian, Jill Tarlov. It is reported Tarlov later died from her injuries, and Marshall is not to be charged at this time. There is much to be said about our responsibilities as road users, both being vulnerable and dangerous at the same time, but I’ll leave that discussion alone for the time being. However, it’s hard to ignore this article by the…
  • Swobo Scofflaw

    brad
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    The $1249 Swobo Scofflaw is meant to take you off the beaten path where some mustachioed man can question your presence. The Reynolds 531 steel frame features a tapered carbon fork, Avid BB7s disc brakes, sliding dropouts and fender mounts for the commute. Clearance for up to 42 mm tires lets you put some meaty treads on, and while the complete bike ships as a single speed it comes equipped with a cassette hub, narrow-wide chainring and derailleur hanger — ready for a 1x setup. This looks like a great bike to get lost on all day, or for a quick city lap with friends come nightfall. Great…
  • Feel My Legs 2014

    Scott Spitz
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The 9th annual Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer hill climb event in Los Angeles has officially been scheduled for November 9th. Matt Ruscigno of True Love Health has been organizing this popular event since it’s inception, sending riders up the steepest of hills in the LA area, some for points and some just for the experience. Check this blog post for past write-ups and specifics for the event. More details will be supplied on the Facebook event page.
  • G-Shock Short Doc on Beijing Fixed Gear

    Scott Spitz
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The official documentary of 2014 G-SHOCK Beijing FIXED GEAR REVOLUTION from Kirk on Vimeo. A pretty rad doc on the 2014 Beijing Fixed Gear culture, sponsored by G-Shock watches.
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    Bike Hugger

  • In a West End Town

    Byron
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Pointed the Sony A7R lens away from the bike and towards the people and world around me last weekend on a trip to the West End to see a Chelsea FC match with Delta. This is a slideshow from the trip – the story is on Medium and how full-frame mobile photography has changed our workflow. Also in Issue 17 of our Magazine dropping later this month.
  • Reuleaux Triangle Wheels

    Byron
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The patent war you had NO idea was going on between a Chinese inventor AND this guy at Burning Man Now if you’d like to kickstart your own Reuleaux Wheeled Bicycle, see this Wolfram demonstration for an example.
  • Closing Time

    Byron
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Rain Bike Mounted Today is the last day of Elliott Bay Bicycles and on my wall, in my office, is the second bike Bill Davidson built for me. It’s a rain bike, with long-pull brakes and plenty of room for fenders. When the third D was built, the Modal, I rode the rain bike one last time, took off the parts we needed, and hung it up on the wall. Custom mount Later, during a remodel, had a custom wall mount made for it. That was made and mounted with the same care as the first build. Mounted with care, like a museum piece As I glance up occasionally at the frame, it reminds me of the great…
  • Huge

    Byron
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    A huge air Monday…here and there…
  • Python

    Byron
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    While Mark closes down the shop, I’m traveling and spotted this Python. More photos from this trip next week.
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    The Cleanest Line

  • The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 2

    Kasey
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    By Christian Beamish When the pintle snapped I felt a moment’s disbelief and then something like panic spark down in my belly. But I tamped that feeling with a long drink of water and a pep talk, noting to myself that I was not injured, that I had plenty of food and water, and that the conditions were calm. Johnson’s Lee, a good anchorage on the southwest corner of the island, was about five miles down and I draped a sarong over the top of my ball cap and tucked it in to my long-sleeve shirt for sun protection, then leaned into steady pulls on the oars with the thought that I might meet…
  • The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 1

    Kasey
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    By Christian Beamish If I’ve learned anything in these recent years of open boat adventuring aboard my 18-footer, Cormorant, it’s that everything is fine until it isn’t. But also, as Yvon says, “The real adventure starts when something goes wrong…” Late July, 2014—Shoving off from Gaviota for the 27-mile crossing to San Miguel Island came with a new kind of anxiety, as I no longer travel solo in life but am now married with a soon-to-be three-year-old daughter. When the State Parks Lifeguard pointed to Natasha and our little girl, Josephine, and asked me if I was planning to…
  • Gone Marching

    Patagonia
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Betsy Pantazelos Today did not start like most other days for the employees of Patagonia stores in New York City. We didn’t restock shelves, we didn’t organize products and we didn’t open the doors at normal hours for our customers. Instead, with the blessing of the company—and our CEO, Rose Marcario, at our side—we joined our neighbors for the People’s Climate March. After a gathering at the Upper West Side store with Protect Our Winters, Catskill Mountainkeeper, HeadCount, employees and supporters, we all headed for the streets to reinforce the importance of keeping the…
  • Why I’m Joining the People’s Climate March

    Patagonia
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    By Rose Marcario, CEO, Patagonia It is the work of this generation to make clear we reject the status quo—a race toward the destruction of our planet and the wild places we play in and love. We cannot sit idly by while large special interests destroy the planet for profit without regard for our children and grandchildren. We have to keep the pressure on. That means being loud and visible in the streets, in town halls and our capitals, and most important, in our elections—voting for candidates who understand we are facing a climate crisis. It means protecting local surf breaks, rivers,…
  • Red Shins

    Kasey
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    By Craig Holloway Back in February, I started volunteering for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), a nonprofit that protects open space through land acquisitions and conservation easements. They have a number of preserves scattered across the valley and the Valley View Preserve was their newest one. OVLC volunteers had already built two trails on Valley View and were now building Luci's Trail. While I was out on a hike I met Bill Brothers, a volunteer who said they could use my help building Luci's. I asked when could I start. On my first day, Rick Bisaccia, the preserve manager, had…
 
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    Bicycle Design

  • The Randonneur Chair by Two Makers

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

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

    James Thomas
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Every once and a while, a design on Pinterest catches my attention and I want to find out more about it.  Unfortunately though, learning more is often not always as easy as it should be. Many people on the web these days love to share images, but don’t feel the need to credit the designer (or photographer/artist/manufacturer/etc.) or even link back to the original website where they found an image. That widespread practice of posting images without any credit or explanation is one of the reasons I started to get disillusioned with blogging earlier this year, but I’ll save you the rant…
  • Bikes on Behance and a little show in Vegas

    James Thomas
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Time trial bike concept rendering by Lachezar Ivanov Lachezar Ivanov is a Bulgarian designer with a few interesting bike sketches and renderings in his portfolio. I just happened to run across his design for a time trial bike (alternate version here) while I was browsing product galleries on Behance. He also has an e-bike frame design that you can see on his Behance page or on his blog. Also on Behance today, I noticed Brazilian designer Raphael Crespo’s Mazda concept bike rendering (with a pretty extreme seat to bar drop). BOLA folding helmet renderings by Nicolas Figueras There is a…
  • BICYCLE : A Great British Movement

    James Thomas
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
      I had the chance to watch a very interesting documentary over the weekend called “BICYCLE” : A Great British Movement. “Bicycle” is an independent film, created and directed by Michael B Clifford and produced by Pip Piper of Blue Hippo Media, that asks the question why is the bicycle back in fashion? “It tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it’s birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today. The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories and features interviews with…
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  • Mayor Bill Peduto Wants to “Leapfrog” Your City on Bicycling and Livability

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is putting the rest of the United States on notice. His city is on the rise, and he fully intends to keep it that way. For the first time in over half a century, Pittsburgh is expecting an increase in residents as the number of people moving back to the city grows. Complete streets policies are high on Peduto's agenda for managing this growth and making the city more attractive. Earlier this month, the ProWalk ProBike ProPlace conference took place in Pittsburgh, and the energy of the city was on full display. So was Peduto, who was very active at the event.
  • PARK(ing) Day Was Streetfilms First Big Hit in 2006!!

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Gasp, was it really eight years ago PARK(ing) Day San Francisco 2006 happened? It only feels like a few years have passed. I'll never forget being in Oakland visiting a friend and learning that PARKing Day was happening the following day. I got up early, jumped on BART with my camera and went looking for all the spots inspired by Rebar, a unique & awesome art and design studio in San Francisco. What a day. I never had so much fun as an in-the-moment filmmaker. I shot for almost 8 hours straight and by the end was exhausted and nearly dehydrated. But as I saw the energy and the…
  • Talking About Bikelash in Your City

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Six months ago, Dr. Doug Gordon and Dr. Aaron Naparstek charmed audiences at the 2014 National Bike Summit with a great routine called "Moving Beyond the Bikelash," sharing what they've learned from the pushback to New York City's bike network expansion. So last week, while at the Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Pro-Place conference, I thought it would be interesting to ask advocates from across the country about the state of bikelash in their cities and how they combat it. Here's what they told me. Related posts: Velo-City 2010: Copenhagen Bike Parade National Bike Summit 2014: United Spokes Voices…
  • Need to Add a Bike Lane to a Bridge? Experiment Like Pittsburgh Did

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014 conference took place this week in Pittsburgh. Even though the Andy Warhol Bridge already has a nice shared bike-ped path on it, for one week the city decided to put bike lanes on its roadway. It's the simplest design you can imagine, just two rows of small traffic barriers and a little bit of signage. I compiled a few moments of footage while walking to an event one night. In New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is just packed with pedestrians and cyclists. For about the last ten years or so, the crowding gets so intense at peak hours that it can…
  • Sometimes #Sneckdown Dreams Come True!

    Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ah yes, that's the now-famous "Snowy Neckdown Redux: Winter Traffic Calming" Streetfilm above. As you may recall, I shot the video in my Queens neighborhood of Jackson Heights a few years ago to demonstrate how we could extend our curbs further into the streets to slow drivers and shorten pedestrian crossing distances. Then the idea completely blew up this winter with the #sneckdown hashtag causing a media sensation. Now, as you can see in this series of photos, I can report some unexpected progress. In the last week, curb extensions have sprung up at many of the intersections I…
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    Bikes For The Rest Of Us

  • Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX

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

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

    Freewheel
    19 May 2014 | 7:35 am
    When we last talked about Legacy Frameworks (it was last year), the Chicago framebuilder had put out two thoughtfully designed complete bike models - a diamond frame and a step-through. Now Legacy has refined those models with the Rambler series, which includes a step-through, a diamond frame, and a disc brake model. They go for around $1,750, but you should contact Legacy for details.Rambler Step-Through.Rambler DiamondRambler diamond with disc brakes. All photos courtesy of Legacy Frameworks.There are some nice touches here. The following come standard: belt drive, full fenders, drum or…
  • #1: Fenders

    Joseph E
    12 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fenders keep you clean and dry when the road is muddy or wet.There are 4 main kinds:Painted steel, Stainless steel, Aluminum alloy (painted or polished), and thermoplastic.Steel is least likely to crack, and less likely to dent than aluminum, but risks rusting. Painted steel fenders come with many cheaper bikes, such as beach cruisers, as well as on high-quality European city bikes, where the underlying metal may be stainless steel or galvanized to resist rust.Stainless steel, polished fenders are beautiful and very durable, but expensive and slightly heavier than alloy or plastic…
  • BULLITT Cargo Bike

    Joseph E
    9 May 2014 | 3:07 pm
    BULLITT RedWhile a number of North American designers have developed "longtail" cargo bikes, where the kids or freight are carried in back, the Dutch and Danish prefer keeping things up front. LARRY VS HARRY, a shop in Copenhagen, designed the BULLITT to be a relatively light-weight and speedy way to transport cargo and children.Most of the models come standard with a 7 or 8-speed internal gear hub in the rear, disc brake in the front, a custom kick-stand and fenders. Derailleur gearing and e-assist are also available. The riding position is somewhat leaned-forward, especially for taller…
 
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    BikePortland.org » Front Page

  • Bike Theft Chronicles: “I just feel so defeated and vulnerable”

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    “I’ve had it up to here with the stolen bike parts in Portland… This is just another notch in the belt of biker discrimination and injustice.”— Reader email, 9/24/14 As we reported back in July, bike theft in Portland is out of control. The problem shows no sign of going away and in fact, if my judgment of web chatter and other intelligence-gathering channels I monitor daily is correct, it’s getting worse. We are working to help in various ways (a major update to our Stolen Bike Listings is coming online soon and we’re sitting down with the PPB next week…
  • Sneak peek at this year’s Artcrank posters

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The “bike poster party” is back!(Photo by J. Maus/BikPortland) Artcrank is one of our favorite events. For the past five years, this one-night gallery show and party has brought a refreshing mix of art and community to Portland. With the show returning this Saturday night (10/4), we thought it’d be fun to share a special sneak peek of what you’ll see. As per usual, all the posters displayed at this weekend’s show were produced by local artists in limited quantities. 29 artists will be featured this year and their creative, provocative, bike-inspired works of art…
  • Volunteers prep for Friday’s three-day ‘Better Block’ demonstration on 3rd Ave

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Boris Kaganovich of Better Block PDX with a half-built planter in the rooms where he and other volunteers have been preparing for a “pop-up” plaza and protected bike lanes on 3rd Avenue.(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland) Working every evening for two weeks in a warren of unfinished rooms three stories above Old Town, more than a dozen enthusiastic volunteers have almost finished building the street features that will remake 3rd Avenue for one weekend, starting Friday morning. “We managed to clear every store in town out of kreg screws,” organizer Boris Kaganovich of…
  • A newbs-eye view of ‘cross: How to win over the crowd

    Rebecca Hamilton (Contributor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Currying favor with ‘cross crowds is easy once you know the secrets.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Spectating at the cyclocross races is entertaining, educational, and usually results in fewer stitches than racing yourself. I recommend it for anyone who’s feeling cross-curious. For starters, you can learn a lot about proper technique from watching the more experienced riders. For example: if a racer can’t ride up a hill, they must run up it while carrying their bike. My bike and I have not yet figured out how to do this together; it’s awkward and I imagine we look like siblings…
  • Milwaukie council candidate Scott Barbur faces questions over Facebook post – UPDATED

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    “This picture is just way too awesome!” according to a Milwaukie city council candidate. 1:14 pm: Barbur has released a statement. Read it at the end of this post. Scott Barbur, a lawyer running for Milwaukie (Oregon) city council, is facing serious questions from voters about a Facebook post and comments that surfaced last week. The post makes light of a horrific collision in Mexico in 2008 that killed one person and injured 10 others. On July 20th, 2010, Barbur posted a photograph of the collision on his personal Facebook page. That post was discovered a few months ago by Mandy…
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    Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

  • POV Video: Paul Basagoitia’s Canyon Gap Crash

    Greg Heil
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Canyon Gap Crash from Paul Basagoitia on Vimeo. Paul Basagoitia posted this helmet cam footage from his crash on the Canyon Gap. I cringe every time I watch it! Thankfully, he came away from it relatively unharmed. Related posts:Video: Kelly … Continue reading → Related posts:Video: Kelly McGarry Destroys Bike Overshooting Canyon Gap Video: “Ride Hard, Crash Harder – Gnarliest MTB Bails from Nine Knights” MTB crash video
  • Schwalbe Procore Dual-Chambered MTB Tire and Updated Nobby Nics

    jhodgson
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Schwalbe’s Procore system is a dual-chambered tire intended for maximum effort downhill and enduro applications. The dual chambers mean you can run 20psi in the outer chamber for maximum performance, without fear of the tire burping or getting snake bites. … Continue reading → Related posts:Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29er Tire Review Schwalbe Wicked Will MTB Tire Review Schwalbe Fat Albert MTB Tire Review
  • Final Review: Sarma Naran 80 Carbon Fat Bike Rims

    maddslacker
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    After selling my full suspension 29er, I have been riding my Sarma-equipped fat bike as my main ride for quite a few months now. The On Review article is pretty thorough, so have a look at that for details, and … Continue reading → Related posts:On Review: Sarma Naran 80 Carbon Fat Bike Rims Final Review: NOX Composites XCR-29 Carbon Rims Stan’s the Man: Tubeless Carbon Rims and Fat Bike Wheel Prototype
  • Video: Andreu Lacondeguy’s Winning Run, 3rd Person View

    Red Bull
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Andreu Lacondeguy has waited a long time to stand where’s he standing today. The diminutive Spaniard with the big personality stood tall on the podium after winning Red Bull Rampage 2014 with a run that will go down as one … Continue reading → Related posts:Video: Andreu Lacondeguy’s Massive Winning Run, Caught on GoPro Video: POV: Downhill Ripping with Andreu Lacondeguy Video: “Red Bull Rampage 2013: Kyle Strait’s Winning Run”
  • Video: Brandon Semenuk’s 3rd Place Run at Rampage 2014

    Red Bull
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Disappointing crashes have skunked the past two Red Bull Rampage events for Brandon Semenuk. While the three-time Red Bull Joyride winner and Rad Company star has virtually become the most celebrated rider in freeride over the past five years, a … Continue reading → Related posts:Video: Brandon Semenuk’s Winning Run at Red Bull Joyride 2014 Video: Rheeder’s 5th Place Run at Red Bull Rampage 2014 Video: Rampage 2014: Tom van Steenbergen Qualifying Run 1
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    MtnBikeRiders.com

  • INTERBIKE 2014 – LAUF SUSPENSION FORK FOR 29 or 27.5

    Art Aguilar
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    THE LAUF FORK – A DIFFERENT TAKE ON SUSPENSION So are all you Hardtail riders with 29 or 27.5 bikes looking for something different than the standard 80-100 mm fork for your ride, a fork that’s lighter than your standard suspension fork, made of full composite, and still gives you some suspension, a fork that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to dial in for every ride or race course, with zero maintenance. Well look no further than a company called LAUF and their fork called the LAUF TRAIL RACER. They will give you what you need, short of assuring you a World Cup title. This…
  • INTERBIKE 2014- KTM

    Art Aguilar
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    KTM IN THE U.S. If your an avid dirt biker or just know motorcycles in general, you should know the KTM name, but what you may not know is that this Austrian company has been making bicycles for quite a long time, as a matter of fact they have been making bicycles since 1964. Now that you can purchase the KTM brand in the US they have a full line of bikes ranging from Road, Commuter, E-Bikes, and Mountain bikes to choose from and if you want KTM accessories, you got it. All there bikes look top notch for whatever your needs may be. So if your into something different check out KTM soon. KTM…
  • INTERBIKE 2014 – DAINESE 2015

    Art Aguilar
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    THE DAINESE 2015 MOUNTAIN BIKE LINE The Dainese booth was hopping with interest all week at Interbike. Always the innovator in the world of protection Dainese did not disappoint for the up coming 2015. You may have seen photos of the new PRO PACK and the new HYBRID KNEE and ELBOW pads early on from EUROBIKE just a month or so ago, but we at MtnBikeRiders.com were able to see them first hand not to long ago prior to the show in a special secret location along with the rest of the 2015 line. Though we were sworn to secrecy, we kept our oath to Dainese not to tell a sole, besides they made us an…
  • ENDURO / ALL MOUNTAIN BIKE BEAUTIES

    Art Aguilar
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    ENDURO ALL MOUNTAIN BIKE RAGE With Enduro racing in Europe becoming all the rage and Enduro racing becoming popular here in the states it almost seems that it could replace Downhill racing. “Naaaahhh, never happen.” With this kind of new racing discipline, bike manufactures have did the research to make All Mountain bikes ten times better than they were in the past. It starts with the geometry, travel, and the best wheel sizing to meet the needs of the terrain. The bikes are pushing close to DH head angles, 27.5/ 650b or 29er wheel sizing, add dropper seatpost to make one kick…
  • G-FORM MAKING IT RIGHT

    Art Aguilar
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    G-FORM PULLING OUT THE STOPS ON NEW PROTECTION New shirt and shorts offer protection in all the right places. Check out G-FORM pads and look out for an up coming product review on the G-FORM Knee/Shin pads soon. Bookmark It Hide Sites
 
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    Sick Lines - mountain bike reviews, news, videos | Your comprehensive downhill and freeride mountain bike resource

  • This Peaty EP6 – Meribel – UCI WC DH Finals and Hafjell World Championships

    sicklines
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    This is Peaty has a new episode out today that captures all of the excitement from Meribel and leads into the World Championship in Hafejll, Norway. Photos: Duncan Philpott Video: “After a long season for Steve Peat and co, It all came down to the final round out in Meribel, France. Could Rat take the overall or would the pressure get to him? Could Peaty regain some end of season form and hit the podium? After all was said and done out in France, there was no rest for the wicked as it was time to head to Hafjell, Norway for World Champs. Ratboy was fully peaking, on the form of his…
  • Steve Peat Syndicate: 2015 Enduro Support Program

    sicklines
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    The Steve Peat Syndicate has been helping young gravity racers out in the past and for 2015 they’re expanding to Enduro as well. They’ve shared some details of their program and you can learn more about it inside. The Steve Peat Syndicate offers a unique opportunity to get the best support, training and equipment package direct from one of the most experienced racers in the business, and it is branching out into enduro racing for 2015. As part of the Syndicate family, World and National Champions like Peaty and Neil Donoghue have got your back, helping enduro riders who join the…
  • 2014 Red Bull Rampage – Final Results – Lacondeguy Wins!

    sicklines
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Andreau Lacondeguy has been stuck in 4th place for the past three years. This year he set out and was determined not to get another fourth place. It would be feast or famine at this year’s Red Bull Rampage for the young Spaniard and what a feast it was. Video, details, and results inside. Photos: Red Bull Content Pool FOUR NO MORE: SPANIARD ANDREU LACONDEGUY BREAKS CURSE TO TOP RED BULL RAMPAGE World’s Top Freeride Mountain Bikers Put on a Spectacle in Utah Virgin, UT – September 29, 2014 – After three straight years of coming in 4th place, Spanish athlete Andreu Lacondeguy broke…
  • GoPro Hero 4! Hero 4 Black and Hero 4 Silver October 5th Release Date

    sicklines
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    GoPro continues to focus on improving their popular helmet cameras and today announced the new Hero 4. Available in a black or silver option this new camera is looking good for consumers. The GoPro Hero4 Black is able to shoot 4K @30FPS! Available Oct 5th, 2014. GoPro Hero 4 Black 2x the performance, yet again. Simply the best. Features 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, and Protune™ for photos and video. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) $499.99 Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image…
  • Graham Agassiz – Red Bull Rampage Qualifying Video and Highlights Video

    sicklines
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Graham Agassiz had some bad luck during his first run in qualifying and certainly spent the next two days in a mental cage before he was able to try and complete his run. He rose to the occasion though and stomped his line in Round 2. Watch his run inside as he navigates a steep fall-line route to the top qualifying position. Photos: Red Bull Content Pool Qualifying Round 2 Highlights Be sure to check out additional content from the 2014 Red Bull Rampage. Tune in at 1PM MST today to watch the event live at redbullrampage.com Last Practice Session Agassiz Sleeping Quarters
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    Commute by Bike

  • Ebola and its Rival Killer: Cars

    Ted Johnson
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Note: This was written on September 21, 2014 Not too long ago I announced that I would be working in Madagascar for a number of months. Well here I am, in Madagascar. I arrived today. Ever since that announcement the one topic that has come up repeatedly has been… Can you guess it? Ebola!   […]
  • What Took Me So Long?!? Burley Nomad Trailer Review

    Joshua Richard
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
      For the last 4 years I have been dedicated to living a car free life. Four years ago I sold my last car, bought a bike and said goodbye to gas forever. Over the years I’ve added pannier racks, Panniers, commuter bags, trunk bags and rack top cargo boxes in an effort to be […]
  • Bike Commuting and Social Justice in Kentucky

    Melanie Colavito
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The name Cherokee Schill is going viral this week. If you haven’t heard of Cherokee yet, here’s her story (as I have pieced together from the Interwebs). Earlier this year, Cherokee first made the news after she was ticketed three times for “reckless driving”. Cherokee is a single mother of two who bike commutes 18 […]
  • Car-less: Frustrated By Distracted Drivers

    Kohl Martin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Recently, I was riding to a friend’s house to do some bike part swapping. I was a riding the route I typically use to his house. I was nearly injured or killed by a driver on a cell phone because they some how thought the bike lane was also a right turn lane. I came […]
  • Pigs Can Fly & GM Is Encouraging Employees To Ride Bikes

    Melanie Colavito
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Excuse me while I go scrape my jaw off the floor. General Motors, yes the enormous, global maker of the 4-wheeled, gas-powered vehicles we call cars, announced this week that it will begin offering a bike sharing program for its 19,000 or so employees at the 330-acre Warren Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan. The […]
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    Bike Shop Girl

  • First 30 Days Back in the Bike Shop Saddle

    Bike Shop Girl
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Hit the arrows above to enjoy photos from the past 30 days. It’s been officially one month since I said goodbye to the ad agency. I am finding my groove back in the bike shop life and I have already have seen a couple successful milestones. 190 miles by bike. This could have been significantly more as I skipped most of last week, and there were a couple days early on that I didn’t track my rides. Salvagetti has a new website. We launched a revamp of Salvagetti.com as the kick off of new marketing plans. Successful Labor Day sale. We blew last year’s numbers out of the…
  • Conversations With My Type A Self

    Bike Shop Girl
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    One reason I backed away from the ad agency life was to slow down, be less competitive and rely less on those “Type A” personality traits. I really want to remember to enjoy the scenery around me! With that in mind, I had a very difficult debate with myself yesterday about over-doing things. It is in my competitive nature to strive for big goals, be motivated to push myself a bit harder ever day and continue to tack on more to my to do list. There are a few things I am trying to make healthy habits in my life right now. In no particular order: commuting by bike, CrossFit,…
  • Interbike: What Did I Miss?

    Bike Shop Girl
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Somehow I snuck out of going to Interbike this year. While I really missed seeing so many of my bike industry friends, it was a relief to not have to visit Vegas and a trade show! Need your fix of new bike goodness? Here are some of my favorite sources: BikeRumor The Radavist Bike Magazine Urban Velo Bicycle Times Singletracks  
  • The Great Commuting Debate: Backpack vs Pannier

    Bike Shop Girl
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    How do you carry things when you are commuting? Backpack. Panniers. Frame bag. Handlebar basket. Trailers. Sherpa? For this first week of my new 20 mile round trip bike commute I used a pannier 100% of the time. One day I used my Chrome Niko camera bag in addition to the pannier, but a pannier was always used for the past week. Yesterday, I switched it up to my trusty Mission Workshop Vandal backpack as I was carrying a laptop and more expensive camera gear. Granted, I was carrying some heavier gear (an extra 4 lbs for my laptop with charger) with my backpack but it changed many things…
  • Review: Buffalo Creek Mountain Biking

    Bike Shop Girl
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Back in mid-July, Emily and I finally made the quick trip to Buffalo Creek for some mountain biking. This trail system has a lot of hype around it and within a few miles of our route I realized why. Where is Buffalo Creek? Buffalo Creek, Colorado, is about an hour southwest of Denver proper according to Google. With very minimal turns, it is a quick trip from the city and if you get up early enough I bet you could make it in 45 minutes. There are a couple parking lots, we parked at the one just past the park entrance on 126 on the left at the Park Work Center. It wasn’t nearly as…
 
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    Bike Diva

  • Top 5 Cycling Safety Tips

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

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

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

    Lynn Smythe
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Above: Shandali travel towel comes in small or medium in gray, navy or light blue. I recently got to test out a microfiber towel from Shandali. I do a bit of running and cycling and always carry a small towel in my gym bag. I don't like beach towels, they take up a lot of room, and once you use them you're left with a stinky, wet mess. Shandali was kind enough to send me one of their small, ultra sport travel towels, which measures 20" by 40".  I use one of those chamois cloth towels on the rare occasions when I…
  • Infographic - 8 Best USA Cities for Cyclists

    Lynn Smythe
    29 May 2014 | 4:14 am
    Check out this great infographic on the Great 8 Top US Cities for Cycling. Hmmm, I live in south Florida, no surprise we didn't make the list. Tucson, AZ is a great place to ride. I had a chance to do the 100+ mile century ride, El Tour de Tucson, back in 2007. I would love to travel to Seattle, WA and spend some time cycling - road trip anyone? What's your favorite US city/state for riding your bike? And what kind of cycling are you doing there - roadie, mountain, triathlon or something else? Brought to you by:SpareFoot.com - See more at:…
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    Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos

  • Justin Lindine and Maghalie Rochette Escape Night Weasels with Wins – Full Results

    cyclocross magazine
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Justin Lindine (Redline Factory / NBX) and Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) escaped chasing packs of night weasels to take commanding wins at the 2014 ... The post Justin Lindine and Maghalie Rochette Escape Night Weasels with Wins – Full Results appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine -... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • The Chicago Cross Cup (CCC) Kicked Off Last Weekend With Big Numbers

    andrew reimann
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Written by Kelly Clarke The Chicago Cross Cup (CCC) season opener, put on by the xXx Racing-Athletico team, featured a brand new venue of the ... The post The Chicago Cross Cup (CCC) Kicked Off Last Weekend With Big Numbers appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Zdeněk Štybar Turns His Attention to Cyclocross for the 2014 Season

    andrew reimann
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    According to our European contributor, Christine Vardaros, Zdeněk Štybar is looking towards the cyclocross season now that he is recovered from his accident in the Enoco ... The post Zdeněk Štybar Turns His Attention to Cyclocross for the 2014 Season appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine -... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • MFG Race Continues with the South Sound Super Prestige: Race Report

    andrew reimann
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    written by Robert Grunau Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood Washington was host to the South Sound Super Prestige, the second stop in the 2014 MFG ... The post MFG Race Continues with the South Sound Super Prestige: Race Report appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • With Adventure on the Horizon, Jamis Goes Renegade in 2015: First Look at Interbike 2014

    andrew reimann
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    During Interbike 2014, we revealed a First Look at the 2015 Jamis Supernova Team cyclocross bike. We were also were able to get a sneak ... The post With Adventure on the Horizon, Jamis Goes Renegade in 2015: First Look at Interbike 2014 appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
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    Bikedan in Asia

  • China: Chengdu Laochemi 100km Road Race

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

    Bikedan
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    China is a massive country with many off-the-beaten track gems just waiting to be discovered by bicycle, so many that you can spend a lifetime here and still not complete them all; I’ve been living in China for over four years and have barely scratched the surface. For familiarity sake and time constraints, I tend to do many of the same routes around the city of Hangzhou where I live, and travel out frequently for bicycle races around China. Unfortunately, many of the bike races around China are not held in locations that ideally show-case the region where the race is being hosted;…
  • 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…
 
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    All up to date 2014 Texas bicycle rides in one location

  • Weekend Ride Round Up – 10/3 – 10/5

    Taylor Ford
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
     Welcome to October! Or should we call it ‘Cycletober’! No… October sounds better…. but there are a ton of awesome races coming up, starting this weekend! Friday, October 3rd: No rides, that we know of… Saturday, October 4th: Pineywoods Purgatory Tour - Lufkin, TX 3rd Annual Bike For Kids’ Sake - Abilene, TX Wish 100 Bicycle Rally - McKinney BTX Roundup […]
  • Weekend Ride Round Up – 9/26 – 9/28

    Taylor Ford
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
     Well, its the last weekend in September. Are you going to make it count? Check out these rides, and accomplish something! Friday, September 26th: Bikes, BIBLES, and BBQ   - Eureka Springs Saturday, September 27th: Bikes, BIBLES, and BBQ   - Eureka Springs 2014 Texas Tumbleweed 100 Endurance Ride    –  Dumas Texas Mamma Jamma Ride   – […]
  • From the Back of the Pace Line – Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Part 2 – Amanda Schul

    WB admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all know the expression— “You’ve got to get back on the horse!” Well, sometimes it’s a horse, but it my case it was a bike. It always starts the same way: a tickle in your throat, a nagging runny nose, an annoying case of the sneezes and before you know it, you are the bearer of a miserable cold. Almost without fail this happens at quite possibly the most inconvenient time: when you are gearing up for a big ride or your next goal is right upon you. This year, I have become all too familiar with getting back on that bike.
  • Weekend Ride Round Up – 9/19- 9/21

    Taylor Ford
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
     Another busy weekend here in the Texas cycling world! So many races, so little time…   Friday, September 19th: Texas Time Trials Glen Rose, TX Saturday, September 20th: Hale on Wheels 2014 Plainview 2014 Fort Davis Cyclefest Tour Fort Davis Houston Tour de Cure Houston Wheel A’ Mena Ride Mena, Arkansas Conquer the Coast Ride 2014 Corpus Christi, TX Tour for […]
  • The Greatest Thing

    Nedim Topic
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
       
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    Cycle EXIF Update

  • Matter Cycles GhostCat

    Adam
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    One of the most exciting thing about mountain bikes is that, compared to the rigid and predictable nature of road riding, their terrain and, therefore, their nature, is chaotic, unpredictable and loose. This results in a realm where bike design needs to be completely fluid. Like a surfboard shaper that creates a board to surf a particular break, one-person framebuilders are best poised to create completely individual machines that would never see light of day in any big name bike shop. Enter the GhostCat from Colorado’s Matter Cycles. The GhostCat is a strange beast, a concoction of…
  • Caletti Cycles Ti Road

    Adam
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Artists are brave people. Not all of us has the guts to display on white walls what goes on inside our imaginations. It’s an interesting exercise to visualise their images coming to life and moving — that’s what’s happening inside their heads. It’s even more interesting when their creativity extends from the canvas and onto their bicycles, which helps to put into context the work of artist Jeremiah Kille with his good mate, Santa Cruz framebuilder John Caletti. Jeremiah’s work is big, bright, full of contrast and always moving. He works in mixed media on large…
  • Frera Bella

    Adam
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    All the Cordura® and Velcro® in the world can’t replace the sumptuous tactility of leather. Of course, those man-made materials have a place in situations when it is impractical and, occasionally, dangerous to rely on leather, which needs fastidious care to sustain an equal infallibility. Poland’s Bartosz Grabowicz crafts cycling accessories that exude a quality that Cordura® can only dream of. There are numerous craftspeople around the world who have rediscovered the beauty of leatherwork and the authenticity they endow upon our beautiful bicycles. Australia’s Busyman…
  • Insight: Ride Media HQ

    Adam
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    RIDE Cycling Review is Australia’s premier magazine about the world’s most beautiful sport. The publisher also produces the official Aussie Tour de France guide, which always astounds me with its quality of presentation and is my constant companion for those three weeks in July. Rob Arnold, the Publishing Editor, recently invited me to the RIDE Media HQ to see where the magic takes place. RIDE is a quarterly magazine which averages around 280 pages every issue — jam packed with reportage from the Grand Tours, bike and product reviews, and cultural insights into the Australian…
  • Gear: Chrome Warm™

    Adam
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Urban cyclists are spoilt for apparel choice these days, with more and more gear on the scene that is both functional and fashionable. We’ve even managed to make fluorescent colours fashionable, something I’d never thought I’d see in my lifetime. Visibility is important, so is comfort, and the new Warm™ range from Chrome Industries has both in spades. San Francisco’s Chrome Industries are intent on manufacturing rock-solid gear for the daily rider, from their famous bags and Rolltop Panniers to their Forged Rubber sneakers. The new Warm™ range consists of two…
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    Dave Moulton's Bike Blog

  • Working Bike

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

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

    Dave Moulton
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Bicycle lights have improved tremendously since the introduction of LED light bulbs, emitting more light with longer battery life. There is really no excuse for anyone to ride at night without lights, and it amazes me that people still do. Most of the cycling fatalities happen during the hours of darkness. Over the years I have always considered that the main purpose of bike lights was so that drivers of other vehicles could see me, I never really thought of it as a means to actually see where I was going in the dark. That was until a year or more ago when I bought a NiteRider MiNewt 350…
  • Stan Higginson 1931 – 2014

    Dave Moulton
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Former British National 25 Mile TT Champion and Competition Record Holder, Stan Higginson, died on August 31st. He would have been 83 on the 20th of September. On May 1st, 2009 I wrote an article here titled “The Higginson Twins: A Pedaling Phenomenon.” Back in 1952 the year I started racing at the age of 16, the two fastest time-trialists for the 25 mile distance were Stan Higginson and his twin brother Bernard Higginson. The picture above is a recent one of the twins, Stan is on the right. Picture left: From 1952. Stan on the left, Bernard right. In the 1950s and before that…
  • Statistics

    Dave Moulton
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    37.8 % of all statistics are made up on the spot by the 26.9% of statisticians who are in the ball park when they should be back at the office gathering facts to back up their statistics. I can vouch for the validity of those figures because I just made them up. Whether or not you find that funny will depend on your falling into the 49.3% of people who are skeptical over statistics. The thing that makes something funny is when a statement contains a modicum of truth, and the point here is that some of us are skeptical of certain statistics. Whether we buy into them depends on our opinions to…
 
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    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education

  • ICI Podcast 329 – Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    1 Oct 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. Minnesota author and cycling historian Terry Kerber joins me on this episode of the Podcast to discuss his book; Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame. About Major Taylor In 1907, amid a time of unspeakable racial cruelty, the world’s most popular athlete was not…
  • How do I add a Soundcloud track into Spotify or Deezer?

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:26 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’m still getting asked (and see questions on Facebook) about integrating music MP3′s from multiple sources (Soundcloud’s the most popular) into a Spotify or Deezer playlist. We’ll use Spotify for this tutorial as Deezer is nearly identical and Spotify is more popular right now. I’m using a PC, but the…
  • Sleep, Health and Weight: How Are They Connected?

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:24 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. Early cycling classes. Late nights. Approaching holidays. Fall quarter can be a busy time, and it might be difficult to get enough sleep each night. But it’s important to do so because sleep deprivation affects several factors related to health and weight management. For one thing, sleep deprivation, even short-term, can lower…
  • Whataya Want From Me?

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:21 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. Have ever asked your class; what do you want from me? It’s a very different question than; do you like my class? or; do you like my music? or; what could I do better/different? Challenge #6, of the ICI/PRO 28 Day Instructor Challenge, was pretty simple: #6 Ask some of your participants to fill out the feedback form after your…
  • Scosche Armband Heart Rate Strap vs. The New Apple iWatch

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. The Scosche armband heart rate strap uses optical sensors to “see” the pulses of blood flow in the blood vessels in your arm. Groundbreaking technology and pretty cool stuff if you ask me. Anything to get rid of those monitor chest straps will be an improvement. I feel this will result in a greater number of people training…
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    Cycling 360 media

  • The Reprieve Saddle

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

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

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

    Victor
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Why you get tight hamstrings and what to do about it. (just stretching is not enough) Many cyclists struggle with chronic tight hamstrings.  Many blame themselves for not stretching enough and usually end up ignoring the tightness. At least until they get and injury. The cause is usually caused by either your position on the bike and or you bodies “cycling core”. It can also be caused by your riding and pedaling technique. Here are some things you can do about tight hamstrings 1. Check your position first. Have a professional bicycle position expert check your position. 2. Start…
  • Your Personal Route to Weight Loss Success

    Darryl
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We have a bunch of listeners who use cycling as an aide in loosing weight, and it’s definitely a good move in getting there.  But diet is an equally important part of the weight loss puzzle.  In this Cycling 360 Quick Tip, Darryl goes over a simple strategy in how to use nutrition for your personal weight loss success.  Everyone is totally unique, so your diet should be unique to you as well.  
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    lovingthebike.com

  • Cycling Injury Infographic

    Darryl
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Nobody likes to think about getting hurt….especially on a bike.  But it’s always nice to have some knowledge on what to do should it happen to you or if you come across someone needing help. The folks at St. John’s Ambulance put this infographic together to show you how: The post Cycling Injury Infographic appeared first on lovingthebike.com.
  • The Descent

    Ashley Hill
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Descending Cameron Highlands On this morning’s hammerfest, between feeling like I was going to be sick or pass out, I thought about how well, or not, I’m doing on the bike. When I first started riding with these guys, I could barely stay with them for a kilometer before I was spat out the back. Now I can stay with the pack until the next town before it’s solo ride time. One thing that hasn’t changed, which can be good or bad, is my ability to go downhill on a road bike. I’ve never been a great climber. Sure I can power up short, steep little things, or if I find the right groove…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy While Travelling

    Darryl
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    One of the cool things about living in a place like Grenada, is you get to meet people from all over the world.  A couple hardcore travel bloggers have been here for the past few months and I’ve had a great time getting to know them.  They’ve been on the road for the past 5 years and never plan on stopping.  It’s very inspiring and exciting. Today, Nick from Goats on the Road is here to tell you about: 5 easy ways to stay healthy while travelling Whether you’re going on a vacation, or on a round-the-world trip there’s always the risk of becoming unhealthy.
  • @garyvee and @jannarden Help You #MakeitHappen

    Darryl
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    In July of 2012 I wrote a post about confidence, self-esteem….and the difference between them.  It’s an important realization that helped me bring far more awareness to the importance of self-worth and self-respect.  Oh and in it, I also talked about how Canadian musician, @jannarden and the world of social media fits into the self-esteem equation as well. To be honest, I haven’t thought much about self-esteem since that post but was reminded about it again last week….this time through my personal mentor, @garyvee (Gary Vaynerchuk).  I love this guy, and totally…
  • Hidden Strava Factors

    Darryl
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    With the introduction of Strava, an ongoing virtual race is always right there waiting for you.  Yeah, Stravaholics from around the world can battle it out with other cyclists in their area any day and time they want.  But remember, there are plenty of hidden Strava factors when comparing yourself to others. Just in case you don’t know anything about Strava, let me quickly tell you that it’s a site that allows you to upload and track your rides and miles.  But on top of that, it allows you to see how you’ve done on certain segments of your ride and ranks you according…
 
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    Motocross Hideout

  • How To Swap TTR125 Carb to VM24 – Video Tip

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Having starting or running problems with your TTR125? There’s a good chance that the stock carburetor is your problem. Instead of spending hours trying to fiddle with it, a carb swap can save you a lot of headaches and make your bike start easier and run much cleaner. Here’s a step-by-step video tutorial on how to convert to the Mikuni VM24 carburetor. If you’re unsure about this conversion or have questions on why you should do it, read all the details on swapping out the stock carb HERE.
  • Honda XR200R Mods Part 1 – Performance

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    8 May 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Is the Honda XR200 a race bike? No, but it is a reliable, torquey, lightweight, easy to ride, and simple trail bike that is great for tight and technical riding. It may not be the best at anything in stock form, but it does a lot of things very well in the off-road scene, and let me tell you, it is a BLAST to ride! The XR200R started out with decent suspension back in the 80s that was adjustable and fully rebuildable, but went downhill in the 90s until Honda stopped importing the bike to the U.S. in 2002. The XR200R was featured as the Used Dirt Bike of the Month in July of 2013 here on…
  • 25 Things You Must Look For When Buying A Used Dirt Bike

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:38 pm
    When buying a used dirt bike, or any vehicle for that matter, you never truly know what you are getting. Just because the seller says it was rebuilt, doesn’t mean it won’t grenade on you an hour after you get home. You don’t know what exactly has been done to it, and they may not have rebuilt it correctly. Not everyone lies about what they have or what’s been worked on, but some people just don’t know. That’s why it’s YOUR job as a buyer to do as much research and scrutinizing of the bike as possible. The more you know about the model of bike…
  • How To Replace Fork Seals On A Dirt Bike TTR125

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    23 Feb 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Step by step tutorial on how to replace fork seals on a conventional damper rod dirt bike fork, specifically the TTR125L. Special tips including a homemade damper rod holding tool.
  • 5 Signs That Your Dirt Bike Needs A New Top-end – 2 Stroke

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:30 pm
    If you buy or put a lot of hours on a 2-stroke motocross bike, chances are it will need the top-end replaced. A top-end rebuild is pretty easy to do on a two stroke engine, and the only special tool you’ll need is a torque wrench for most dirt bikes. However, before tearing your engine apart, there’s several signs that can tell you it has a worn top-end. If you have most or all of the symptoms listed below, you can count on replacing at least the piston and ring, and possibly a cylinder and head. Although, if none of the symptoms relate to your bike, there’s a good chance it…
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    PinoyMTBiker Community - Philippine Mountain Bike Community

  • FS Used: 26er Marin trail palisades - Medium

    sleepwalker
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    For sale used but not abused Purchased last January 2013 Marin trail palisades Size : 17" Medium Color : white Freebies : head set ( da bomb depth charge color blue ) Prize : 7.5k add 500 and I'll throw in truvativ hussefelt seatpost color black size 30.9 If interested you can reach me thru my personal number 0932 6772509 Please text first before calling and include your handle name The item is in San Pedro Laguna pictures can be send upon request Willing to meet up by nearby areas Note : with some trail scratches and on rear rotor side Thank you PMTB
  • Iron Bike: Giant ATX 27.5 2 (2015)

    chiang1980
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Giant ATX 27.5 2 (2015) SRP: P17,500.00 Frame Sizes: S Colors: Black Frame: ALUXX-Grade Aluminum Fork: SR Suntour XCT 27.5", 100mm Travel, Components Handlebar: Low Rise, 25.4mm Stem: Giant Sport Alloy, 15-degree rise Seatpost: SP-214 Alloy, 30.9x350mm Saddle: Giant Connect (Upright) Pedals: One-piece black PP, 9/16" Drivetrain Shifters: Shimano EF40, 3x7 speed Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney, 7-speed Brakes: Tektro M300 [F]160mm [R]160mm Brake Levers: Shimano EF41 Cassette: Shimano CS-HG20 12-32, 7s Chain: KMC Z51 Crankset: SR Suntour NEX,…
  • Iron Bike: SRAM RED 22 Group Set

    chiang1980
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    SRAM RED 22 Group Set SRP: P103,500.00 SRAM RED 22. When we re-introduced SRAM RED in 2012 there was simply nothing more we could add to make it better. SRAM RED was all new, redesigned throughout, with innovations we’ve spent the past year touting and our athletes proving. It was loaded with features and benefits that matched the needs of professionals: fast, light, aerodynamic, ergonomic, near-silent, and, of course, trim-less, with ground breaking Yaw™ technology. Adding two more gears to that combination was arguably the only improvement required. The added benefit is that now,…
  • Iron Bike: SRAM FORCE 22 Group Set

    chiang1980
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    SRAM FORCE 22 Group Set SRP: P56,500.00 (with SRAM Force 22 Crankset (GXP BB) SRP: P58,500.00 (with SRAM Force 22 Crankset (BB30) SRAM Force 22 is ready to help you achieve your personal best, offering no compromise of quality, function and features. We have completely redesigned SRAM Force and loaded it with all of the key innovations of SRAM RED, with no apologies for its fleet looks, ergonomics, efficiency, and lightweight design. Apart from the complete overhaul, SRAM Force also provides you twenty-two usable gears, YAW™ shifting speed and precision that can only be matched by SRAM RED,…
  • FS Used: Fizik White Bros DDK Ritchey

    endo
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    Pre loved items for sale: Have been very busy, but now the return of the comeback into biking so… Email me @ fishball33@yahoo.com for pics. Or refer to this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/115385...h/15395299366/ Fizik Gobi XM Kium Rails, bought from Bikezilla 2013 @ 5,500, selling now for 3,000. 9/10 condition with box. DDK Saddle bought from BikePlus in SM last week. Changed mind and bought Fizik Tundra instead. Bought for 620. Selling for 500. Not even mounted on seatpost. 10/10 condition. Ritchey WCS Stem 90mm / 6deg / 84deg Wet Black bought from Velocipede 2013. RFS Changed to…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • Vulpine Men’s Cotton Rain Trousers Review

    Andreas
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    I hate shopping for trousers. It’s one of those items that you’ll wear all the time and will last for years, which makes it feel like it’s a big decision. As I hate shopping for them, I end up wearing my old trousers so much that eventually they get a hole in them. That’s what happened with extensively well worn Swrve cycling jeans which I reviewed back in 2012. In my hunt for a new pair of trousers, I’ve bought from expensive brands like All Saints and more affordable brands such as Topman. All have had a habit of wearing out too quickly for my liking, as…
  • 4 of the best backpacks for commuters

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Backpacks for cycling come in all shapes and sizes. When I first joined the commuter community, I had a “Jansport” backpack – purchased because that is the style of pack I had at school, I found a cheap one in TKMaxx (oh, student days…) and it seemed sensible. Fine for early commutes, I soon realized the value of a backpack designed with a bike rider in mind. Cycling backpacks will usually have adjustable straps on the shoulders, chest and waist. These are there to hold the pack in position, so getting out the saddle to ride up a hill doesn’t involve the feeling of being a tortoise…
  • Road bikes: to Disc brake or not to disc brake?

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Mountain bikes and hybrids have been equipped with disc brakes for a long time – but it’s only over the last couple of years that they’ve made their way on to road bikes. A rare role reversal Disc brakes present a strange and rare opportunity to bike manufacturers – because they give everyday cyclists access to something the pros can’t have. Usually, road bike technology appears first in the peloton, before dribbling down to high end bikes, then to mid range bikes, and so on. In this case, however, the UCI have banned the use of disc brakes (for now) so the pattern changes. Disc…
  • New MiCycle opens in East London offering cyclists a bike wash

    Andreas
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    “The Swiss Army Knife of bike shops” is how I summarised MiCycle in 2010 after being thoroughly impressed by all the services offered. Since then, they’ve expanded from one store in Islington, to another in Stroud Green and now a new store is opening in Hackney. MiCycle is a summary of how I like my bike shops ran: Friendly, local, approachable and with little added bonuses. The original bike shop in Islington, comes with a rather zen back garden, where customers are invited to kick back and chat about their cycling needs over a cup of tea. Beyond that they also have a…
  • Going Dutch for a bike ride around London

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    We’ve already covered the best road bikes for men, for women and folding bikes. However, we’ve yet to cover Dutch style bikes. You’ll have already seen plenty of Dutch style bikes or city bikes around London, in the form of Boris Bikes.  You’ll generally find a few features in the bikes that make them ideal for short journeys around town: Relaxed and upright position Generally, the rider is in an upright position, the bike is very stable and doesn’t have the twitchy spirit of a road racing bike. Handlebars are often angled back towards the rider, meaning there is no…
 
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • Kona Zing Deluxe 2008

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    2008 frame and fork from Zing Deluxe was unused in box until mid-2011 when I built it up with custom components. Bontrager wheelset, SRAM Force carbon cranks, Microshift shifters and derailleurs, carbon seat post, and an Origin8 saddle.
  • Rocky Mountain Altitude 730

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Selling a large 2013 Rocky Mountain altitude 730. It's a 650b/27.5 wheel, 150 travel front and back, and also has the ride 9 technology. Ride 9 allows you to change the angle of them bike to 9 positions. You can adjust for a xc orientation to an all mountain and also for rider weight. I paid little over 3k brand new less than a year ago. Asking 2500 and also comes with farely new egg beater clips.
  • Trek Y-22

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    rides great full suspension, great bike
  • MEET THE TRUCK CYCLE!!

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is not your kid's pedal car! Hand made, pedal powered, three speed Truck Cycle! Constructed entirely of scrap metal, each part is hand welded from scratch, and combined with your legs to power it, makes it the greenest truck around!! Because it's pedal powered, it's falls under the same rules as bicycles making it legal on most streets. Bring a friend to help you pedal, or take it on a solo spin. Carry your dogs, friends, beer, groceries, etc..to the beach and park it on the sidewalk. Be the greenest and coolest on the boardwalk with this unique, carbon free emission vehicle!
  • Brand New big Shot Havana Fixed Gear Bike 260 obo

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is an awesome bike! It's a Big Shot Havana fixed gear fixie BRAND NEW, still in the sealed box. Bought it new, and just don't need it. It retails at about 430, and the best sale price I've seen online is 300. So 260 is a great deal, plus you don't have to pay shipping! Shoot me a text or voicemail with an offer and i'll get back to you ASAP, I'll even assemble it for you free of charge if you want! Here's the specs... -It's an orange 60cm frame (as shown in the pics ) -Front and Rear dual-caliper brakes -43mm Deep V Rims -Flip-Flop Hub (really cool feature that allows you to ride it as a…
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    Cycling Tips

  • How the race was won – Women’s World Championships Road Race

    cyclingtips
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    I this edition of Cyclocosm’s “How the race was won” we take a look at the Women’s Road Race from Ponferrada, Spain that was held over the weekend and won by France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. In Cyclocosm’s “How the race was won” series, you’ll see much more than simple race highlights. Cosmo Catalano picks up the details that nobody else sees, analyses the race situation and its progression, and wraps it in his own brand of humour and razor sharp wit. We hope you enjoy it. Mobile users: we’re working on getting this functioning properly…
  • The new old-school: the story behind Silca’s $450 floor pump

    Matt de Neef
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    On a recent trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett spent some time with the team at Silca, a famous Italian floor pump manufacturer that has been revitalised by a recent move to the US. Dave sent back the following story and the photos you see below. Fine craftsmanship is hard to find these days. Mass production and the stack-it-high-sell-it-cheap mentality is prolific everywhere in manufacturing from electronics to clothing. So when you come across a company that has gone back to basics to create products that are built to last, it’s refreshing.
  • CTech October Product Picks

    Matt de Neef
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    In the latest edition of CTech Product Picks we pull together a whole bunch of goodies that have arrived at CyclingTips HQ in the past month or so, giving you our initial impressions. As ever, if you’ve used any of the products featured here, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Next to Skin Undershirts Next markets a variety of products ranging from cycling garments to sports video cameras and a variety of gel and foam products. Amongst the company’s range of cycling garments are Next to Skin undershirts, which are designed and manufactured in Italy. The Mesh…
  • Rocacorba Daily

    Matt de Neef
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Giampaolo Caruso wins Milano-Torino; Wes Sulzberger wins stage 2 of the Tour of Tasmania, Dyball retains overall lead; Second Iglinskiy brother tests positive – could Astana miss Lombardia, Almaty and Beijing?; Michal Kwiatkowski to debut rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia; Alberto Contador to make Tour of Beijing debut; Steve Cummings joins influx of strong riders to Team MTN-Qhubeka; Dario Cataldo joins Astana for 2015; How to set up a breakaway; 2015 Giro d’Italia promo video. Giampaolo Caruso wins Milano-Torino…
  • Second Iglinskiy brother tests positive; could Astana miss Lombardia, Almaty and Beijing?

    Shane Stokes
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Former Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Strade Bianche winner Maxim Iglinskiy has become the second Astana rider in less than a month to be handed a provisional suspension after a positive A-sample test for EPO. The 33 year old Kazakhstani rider joins his brother Valentin on the sidelines, with the latter also failing a test for the same substance. The news was made public by the UCI via a recently-updated list of suspended riders. At the time of writing it has not issued an official statement, but the document shows that the sample concerned was collected from the older Iglinskiy brother on August…
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    Car Free Days

  • REI dishonors the dead with new “Ghost Bike” brand

    Tim K
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Ghost Bike: A ghost bike ghostcycle or WhiteCycle is a bicycle set up as a roadside memorial in a place where a cyclist has been killed or severely injured (usually by a motor vehicle).[1][2] Apart from being a memorial, it is usually intended as a reminder to passing motorists to share the road. Ghost bikes are usually junk bicycles painted white, sometimes with a placard attached, and locked to a suitable object close to the scene of the accident. For the past few years REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc) has been on a mad tear to show they are a legit player in the urban biking business.
  • Book Review: Washington Cycling Sojourner

    Tim K
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    An early-years, Carfreedays family tour, camped at San Juan County Park. edit: Book Party!Book-Release event for Washington Cycling Sojourner at Washington Bikes in Pioneer Square. 5:30pm May 1. Details & RSVP at WA Bikes. The  family just returned from a spring-break, car-camping trip to Yosemite National Park. While the park was beyond beautiful, the amount of time spent in the car (and in close proximity to other car campers and RVers who don’t exactly share our “don’t bring everything you own” ethos), had us longing for a another bike tour. As you may…
  • reBertha: What To Do With Our Very Large Hole

    Tim K
    24 Jan 2014 | 7:31 am
    As you’ve probably heard, our tortured tunneling titan, Bertha “the world’s largest and most expensive tunneling machine,” hasn’t moved in more than a month. Armchair speculation says she’s likely over budget and certainly behind schedule. I think it’s safe to say things are a mess.  Many of us alternative transportation nerds advocates have been against this mega project debacle since the beginning.  A mere $2.8B to move some cars at roughly the same speed and efficiency as if we tore down the doomed Alaska Way Viaduct and did nothing?
  • Tree Hauling, Year 7: Kids Hauling Trees

    Anne & Tim
    17 Dec 2013 | 12:24 pm
    Happy Holidays! It’s time for our seventh-annual Christmas-tree hauling post. You’re probably bored of our tree-hauling exploits at this point. But it’s a tradition so we’re sharing anyway! Last year our friend, Charlotte, suggested that the kids need to start hauling the tree. And since our daughter now fits Anne’s bikes, Tim floated the idea by her a couple of weeks ago. As a new 13 year old, she’s lukewarm about even riding bikes, let alone hauling trees on bikes in public, where, you know, like, her friends and, like, the whole world might see her! So…
  • Bike Lights that Last Forever, a Kickstarter Campaign

    Anne
    4 Oct 2013 | 1:03 pm
    Can you believe it’s already fall? Seattle has been hit by some nasty weather this fall: rain, clouds and wind storms. And most disturbing of all, darkness! Time to start pulling out our bike lights. What type of lights do you use? Even though we talk about upgrading to generator lights, we haven’t made the leap yet. We’re still using battery-powered lights. And not even bike-specific battery-powered lights, we use a variety of AA flashlights that we connect to our handlebars with DIY guy’s signature re-used/re-purposed inner tube mounts. Bike Light Kickstarter…
 
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    RKP

  • The Straw, the Camel

    Padraig
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The amount of time I’ve devoted to Rumorgate—the Bikerumor plagiarism flap—in the last two weeks is a travesty. Had Bikerumor’s Tyler Benedict simply done what everyone else does in this circumstance—say, “Wow, I’m really sorry. I really screwed up. That shouldn’t have happened. What can I do to make you whole? How about I send you a check?”—this would have been over the day it started. And you, dear reader, would have been none the wiser. Instead, Tyler plead that he was only human, that it was just a mistake, that Bike Rumor gets ripped off all…
  • InterBike ’14: Kale Is so Over

    JP Partland
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Brussels Sprouts are where it’s at. The former statement I overheard at InterBike last year. I think the latter was uttered by the same person. I didn’t see it as an indictment of kale, which has great blue-collar cred’ and even greater nutritional value, but how it’s been totally over exposed. There are plenty of vegetables out there that could knock kale off its perch. Some might even be better for you. For all the important reasons not to pay attention to the large United States bicycle industry trade show, there are some good reasons. One of those is to grasp fads…
  • Next Reading: NorCal Bike Sport

    Padraig
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I’m excited to announce I’m going to be reading from “Why We Ride” again. This Friday, October 3, I’ll be appearing at NorCal Bikesport in Santa Rosa, ahead of Levi’s GranFondo. I’ll sell and sign books from 3:00 to 5:00 and then do a short reading at 8:00. If you’re in the area, consider yourself invited. A massive thanks to this guy on the right, Glenn Fant, the proprietor of NorCal Bike Sport, and his staff, for making this happen. NorCal Bike Sport can be found at: 425 College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Phone: (707) 573-0112 And in other…
  • The Ice Bath Challenge

    Michael Hotten
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    By now you have seen an Ice Bucket Challenge or two. It has become a social media craze one hopes will keep going until we have some answers to ALS. It has become a reason to feel good about things that go viral. But as we watch celebrities, athletes, politicians and just regular folks dump buckets of ice over their heads, it got us thinking about long rides, short turn arounds, throbbing quads and cold therapy. I like hotels for one reason: Ice Machines. Every hotel has one. I used to wonder why hotels found it necessary to place on every floor, a machine dispensing endless amounts of frozen…
  • Friday Group Ride #234

    Robot
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    All the time, I get calls from people who have had their bike stolen. They are invariably in some phase of the grieving process, usually either sadness or anger. I always say, “I’m so sorry,” as if they’re bereaved. The first bike I had stolen was a Trek Antelope 800 with white crackle paint. It was a hideous eyesore of a bike, and I loved it. One day a college roommate asked to borrow it. He was late for class. He locked it to a chain fence outside the liberal arts building and someone came along with wire cutters and a van and removed, probably still locked to…
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    Semi-Pro Cycling Performance Podcast

  • SPC114 - Pacing and Performance Measurement Using VAM

    Damian Ruse
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s cycling and climbing today with the concept of VAM helps us understand and quantify cycling performance and can be a useful tool to help improve your own cycling performance.
  • SPC113 - Inspiratory Muscle Training for Cycling Endurance

    Damian Ruse
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today we are learning about training the respiratory system - that’s right the breathing muscles - not the lungs. Breathing muscles fatigue just like any other muscles. So why not train them? Performance gains of 2.7% or more...
  • SPC112 - How to Add Split Sessions to Your Training

    Damian Ruse
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learn how to survive days when you are doing 2 training sessions. This episode gives a basic framework, guidelines and benefits of having two training sessions in one day.
  • SPC111 - Building Systems for Performance with Keith Flory of Drapac PRO Cycling

    Damian Ruse
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    We take a look at his approach to building the Performance Systems at Drapac Pro Cycling in it’s first year as a PRO Continental Squad. On an individual level habits are your implicit systems that drive your life.
  • SPC110 - How to Prepare for a Stage Race

    Damian Ruse
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The challenge of a longer stage race is that it requires more fitness, more endurance and the ability to recover day-after-day. This episode answers the question - Am I training hard enough for a demanding stage race? To help answer this question I asked Scott Bradburn onto the show...Scott rides for the Australian NRS team - Cellarbrations Racing supported by VW and Bikebug - as he prepares for the Tour of Tasmania.
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    ibikedaily.com

  • Goggles & Dust

    CJ Holt
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    IMAGES FROM CYCLING’S GLORY DAYS, GOGGLES & DUST. Drawn from the one of the world’s finest collections of cycling artifacts, the Horton Collection collects over 100 stunning photographs from competitive cycling’s heyday. Spanning the 1920s and ’30s, Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days celebrates the grit and determination of the bicycle racing pioneers who established the records, traditions, and distinct flavors of Europe’s most hallowed races. The spirit of these hardy competitors was perhaps matched only by the resolve of the remarkable photographers…
  • Quick Caps Wheel Lock

    CJ Holt
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    QUICK CAPS, A CLEVER QUICK RELEASE LOCK FOR YOUR WHEEL SKEWER. Urban cyclists know what a pisser it is to come out your favorite restaurant or pub to find some low life scum has stolen your wheel(s) right off your bike. Curtis Dorrington, inventor of Quick Caps, aims to change that. His clever design uses a tiny padlock of sorts that locks to the quick-release skewers in hopes that scum will think twice before snagging your wheels. The lock consists of a double locking mechanism and a hardened shackle that’s inclosed with a marine grade solid aluminum housing that’s both…
  • Rapha City Collection

    CJ Holt
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    THE RAPHA CITY COLLECTION, A TECHNICAL RANGE THAT’S WEARABLE ON- AND OFF-ROAD. While catering to the discerning rider, the Rapha City Collection departs from typical logo-heavy pieces and spandexed attire, rather presenting a technical range that’s both wearable on- and off-road. Quick-drying synthetic cotton take on shorts and button-up shirts, while lightweight windbreakers are paired with durable cotton tees. Standout pieces include the Lapelled Jacket and Rapha & Raeburn Quilted Jacket alongside a functional accessories collection. Simple yet refined, enjoy some of our…
  • Bombtrack Hook

    CJ Holt
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    THE HOOK, A STEEL CX BICYCLE FROM THE FAMED SINGLE SPEED BUILDER BOMBTRACK. Developed with Olaf Wit and proven in the extreme transalp race by Stefan “Fish” Vis, the Hook is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing, the subtle understated looks masking the true abilities of the bike. The Columbus tubing and carbon fork keep things stiff but light, and the SRAM Rival group set ensure flawless shifting. The wheel set is the latest offering from Mavic, so the bike is well equipped to take on whatever adventure you have in store for it, gravel, cx, or even a trip across the Alps. FSA…
  • Moto Cruiser by Electra Bicycle

    CJ Holt
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A CRUISER, A MOUNTAIN BIKE, A BMX RACER, INTRODUCING MOTO FROM ELECTRA. Moto is the creation of leading lifestyle and leisure bicycle brand, Electra Bicycle Company. Moto, a blend between a cruiser, mountain bike and BMX racer has been modernized with 29” wheels, dual disc brakes and an aluminum frame, creating the ultimate play bike for the more aggressive rider. The Moto has a 6061-T6 aluminum frame that is modified with a touch of old school BMX and new school off-road. The 29-inch wheels come complete with custom tires reminiscent of enduro motorcycle tires for a smoother ride and…
 
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    Total Women's Cycling

  • Women’s Cycling Evening at The Bike Yard, Leamington Spa

    Aoife Glass
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Pop along to The Bike Yard in Royal Leamington Spa for advice, talks, bikes, gear and loads more at their Women's Cycling Evening in November. The post Women’s Cycling Evening at The Bike Yard, Leamington Spa appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Review: Dynamic Bicycles Runabout 8 Chainless Bike

    Hannah Ustel
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever considered riding a chainless bike? Andrea Marsh tests the Runabout 8 from Dynamic Bicycles... The post Review: Dynamic Bicycles Runabout 8 Chainless Bike appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Cycling Vs the Gym – Which is Better?

    Aoife Glass
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Total Women's Cycling investigate which is better for you: cycling vs the gym - which will win? The post Cycling Vs the Gym – Which is Better? appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Natural Energy Gel: Coffee Kick

    Hannah Ustel
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Natural energy gel recipes, the healthier and tastier alternative to shop bought energy gels. The post Natural Energy Gel: Coffee Kick appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Review: Giro New Road Outfit

    Total Women's Cycling
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Adele Mitchell goes for a ride head to toe in the Giro New Road range. The post Review: Giro New Road Outfit appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • "All About the Look", Month of Bike Commuting Photos, by Rideon

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I look forward to putting a blog post together of our favorite bike commuting photos of the month.  This month with all the heavy rain, flooding, downed trees which threatened my little dome workshop and other little challenges life had for us, we didn't just "get through it", we had fun with it.  Most of these photos are from the beautifully talented Lisa Piper. '93 Bridgestone MB 1 with Minoura FRP 3000 front rack. We began the month with finally finding a suitable front touring rack for the Bridgestone. Sunday afternoon bike ride with Lisa. Kickin' it with some vintage steel…
  • Two Must Have Products for Water Proof Cycling Apparel, by Rideon

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Quality Waterproof Fabric Maintenance Bike Commuting in rain with water proof rain gear is nice. It's getting to be that time of year of rain and depending on what part of the world you live in that might mean rain, rain and more rain.  For most bike commuting purposes it's a necessity to have at least some waterproofing methods for fabrics and a way in which to maintain the waterproofness of those fabrics. Some things can't handle getting wet, though I'm not one of them it's important to protect some of your belongings while on bike touring or commuting.  Our two favorite products…
  • Bike Commuting in Wet Weather from Portland, Oregon, by Rideon

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Columbia Outer Wear for Bike Commuting Rain ponchos, preferred wet weather cycling apparel with some bike commuters Craft cycling apparel for wet weather riding Rain and wet weather don't have to keep a person from riding like the gal in the photo above with her Rain Cape or Poncho.  Folks who bike commute in Portland, Oregon would hardly ride at all if they refused to ride in the rain.  Ironically, Portland has become known for its bike friendly atmosphere where bikes frequent the everyday commuting scene. Having lived in Portland, Oregon I have some experience riding in wet…
  • What Pedal is the Right Pedal to Pedal? by Rideon

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    Clipless, Platform Pedals for Touring Bikes and Bike Commuting Shimano PD-M324 SPD Dual Platform Pedal There are different pedals for a variety of riding styles and conditions and there are plenty of opinions on the matter.   This discussion is more about evaluating your own riding style, considering what type of riding you want to do and what sorts of situations or conditions you might find yourself pedaling through.First and foremost is the ever popular "to go clipless or not to go clipless" question.  Let's get one thing made clear clipless pedals are for riders who "spin" their…
  • Best Bike Commuter Helmet Ever Made, by Rideon

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Bell Metro Helmet Available for Purchase! Bell Metro Helmet available for purchase There isn't a whole lot to say about this helmet as it has been discontinued by Bell and replaced with the Muni.  Not exactly sure why that is as this helmet is considered the best bike commuter helmet ever made considering the optional bike commuting accessories.  My article regarding the Muni attempting to replace the Metro discusses many of the finer points of the Bell Metro for commuting and touring.  Photo below is of my '05 Bell Metro with optional winter accessory kit and visor mirror.
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    Road Bike Pros

  • Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Trace Dual Sport Bike Review

    Doug J.
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Diamondback has introduced its Trace Dual Sport Bike with the emphasis on being able to help you cover the distance on any road surfaces. Built like a mountain bike and equipped with 700c wheels makes a combination that is set to tackle any terrain. Take to the bike trails, trek through city streets, race out [...] The post Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Trace Dual Sport Bike Review appeared first on Road Bike Pros.
  • Kestrel Legend Shimano 105 Bicycle Review

    Doug J.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Kestrel has been known to come out with bikes that do more than perform, but to also do so in style. The Legend Shimano 105 doesn’t disappoint. Featuring the sleek new color pallet of matte carbon imbued with a vibrant red logo and detail work instantly makes this bike pop. At a measly 780 grams, [...] The post Kestrel Legend Shimano 105 Bicycle Review appeared first on Road Bike Pros.
  • Schwinn Men’s Phocus 1600 Drop Bar Road Bicycle Review

    Doug J.
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    If you’re looking to invest in a bike that will help you in your new workout regimen, then you may not need to look any further than Schwinn’s Phocus 1600. This Drop Bar Road bicycle comes with 700c wheels ready to take to the trails and help you burn the calories and meet your goals. [...] The post Schwinn Men’s Phocus 1600 Drop Bar Road Bicycle Review appeared first on Road Bike Pros.
  • GMC Denali Road Bike Review – Does It live up to the hype?

    Doug J.
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:29 pm
    The GMC Denali Road Bike combines great features and good looks to deliver a bike that is affordable. The challenge for GMC when it came designing the Denali road bike was come up with a bike that people at all different skill levels would be drawn to and it be affordable at the same time. [...] The post GMC Denali Road Bike Review – Does It live up to the hype? appeared first on Road Bike Pros.
  • Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike Review – Steel Frame Fixie

    Doug J.
    6 Feb 2014 | 8:14 pm
    The Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike is a diamond in the rough, especially for a first road bike. Whether you are looking for nothing but speed or looking for bike that will hold to the riggers of a daily commute, this bike will offer the best of both worlds. Fixed gear (single speed) bikes [...] The post Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike Review – Steel Frame Fixie appeared first on Road Bike Pros.
 
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    Cycling Perspective®

  • Michal Kwiatkowski wins gold at UCI World Championships 2014

    Kim Hull
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Michal Kwiatkowski wins World Championships 2014Photo: © OPQS / Tim de Waele Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland/Omega Pharma Quickstep) won the UCI Men’s Road World Championships 2014 in Ponferrada, Spain, crossing the line one second ahead of Simon Gerrans (Australia/Orica GreenEDGE), who claimed the silver, and Alejandro Valverde (Spain/Movistar) who picked up the bronze. “Our team did incredible work today. We just tried to control the bunch the whole day. I was in the front and I didn’t plan to attack on the second-to-last descent. But I saw the opportunity to be in the group…
  • Tour of Utah awarded UCI 2.HC status

    Kim Hull
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Tom Danielson wins Tour of Utah 2014Photo: Greg K Hull © Chasing Light Media The Tour of Utah has been awarded 2.HC status by the UCI, placing the race at the same level as the Tour of Qatar, Critérium International, Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge. The higher level ranking enables the event to offer greater prize money and more UCI points for competitors, which allows organizers to invite and attract the best teams in the world. Tour of Utah 2014, Steve MillerPhoto: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media “This upgraded designation by the international governing body of…
  • Cadel Evans to retire in 2015

    Kim Hull
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Cadel Evans wins Tour of Utah 2014 Stage 6Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) announced today he will retire in 2015 and assume a role of brand ambassador for BMC Switzerland. Evans, who won the 2011 Tour de France and the 2009 World Road championship, will ride the last race of his career at the the inaugural edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on February 1, 2015 in Australia. “I feel it is the right time to end my journey in competitive professional cycling. It has been the journey of more than a lifetime, something I could never have…
  • Bradley Wiggins wins Individual Time Trial at World Championships 2014

    Kim Hull
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Bradley Wiggins won the Men’s Individual Time Trial in Ponferrada, Spain with a time 26 seconds better than Tony Martin and 40 seconds quicker than Tom Dumoulin. “I don’t know what to say. I knew coming into it I had the legs and when I saw the course I realised that if I was ever going to beat Tony again it would be on a course like this. It’s been an up-and-down year and I want to dedicate this to my family. My wife and children back home have always been there for me and had to put up with me. This was my last world time trial championships, so to finish it with a…
  • Lisa Brennauer wins Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial at the UCI World Championships 2014

    Kim Hull
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Germany’s Lisa Brennauer won the Elite Women’s Individual Time Trial at the UCI World Championships 2014 in Ponferrada finishing 18 seconds faster than the Ukraine’s Anna Solovey. Evelyn Stevens of the United States was third 21 seconds back. UCI World Championships 2014 Women Elite Individual Time Trial results Name Team Time / Gap 1 BRENNAUER Lisa GERMANY 38:48.2 2 SOLOVEY Anna UKRAINE 18.68 3 STEVENS Evelyn UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 21.25 4 KROEGER Mieke GERMANY 38.29 5 DUYCK Ann-Sofie BELGIUM 45.31 6 CANUEL Karol-Ann CANADA 51.26 7 VAN DIJK Ellen NETHERLANDS +1:11.64 8…
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  • Wahoo TICKR Run Review

    Jarred Gitz
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    The TICKR Run is the latest evolution of the heart rate monitor offered by Wahoo Fitness.  Wahoo is famous for having the first Bluetooth 4.0 heart rate monitor in the sports marketplace and the TICKR Run carries that tradition and builds upon it.  A one line description of the TICKR Run is a heart rate monitor that can dual broadcast in both ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 and packs accelerometers for advanced features.The TICKR Run is one of three heart rate monitors that are all a part of the TICKR family.  There is the standard TICKR, the TICKR Run, and the not yet released TICKR…
  • Week in Runs & Rides

    Jarred Gitz
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Back on the Bike (Monday)Being my first bike ride since the CATS Sprint Triathlon and my trip to DC I took it pretty easy and just road the River Trail.  I did throw one sprint for good measure which the iBike Newton+ said peaked at 1,100 watts!  I can only hope that is true.  Also, given that I am doing the Heber Springs Sprint Triathlon next Sunday there really isn't a lot of time for training.  More like just trying to maintain.Tuesday Night Run (Tuesday)In the same vein as my ride on Monday my Tuesday night run was more about just getting out and getting some miles in…
  • My Trip to DC

    Jarred Gitz
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week, right after doing a triathlon (read about that here) I flew out to Washington D.C. for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network National Summit & Lobby Day.  Man that title is WAY too long!  But it was great a trip even though my scheduling was maybe not the best.  Getting up before 5am, then doing a triathlon, then arriving into DC around 10 something pm probably isn't the smartest way to go about it.My flight left from the Bill & Hillary National Airport in Little Rock, if she runs for President they will probably rename the city of Little Rock…
  • EasyAcc PowerBank PB5000C Review

    Jarred Gitz
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I don't usually review items that aren't related to sports technology on this site but I did want to briefly cover the EasyAcc PowerBank that I have been using to charge my iPhone and other devices recently whenever away from home.  The PowerBank PB5000C is a 5,000 mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery for giving your electrical devices a little more power whenever you are on the go.  I have recently used it while traveling to DC and Wisconsin but I also usually carry it around in my briefcase just in case I run through a little more juice on my iPhone or iPad than normal.
  • CATS Sprint Triathlon Race Recap

    Jarred Gitz
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The CATS Sprint Triathlon in Conway, AR on September 14th was my first triathlon of the season.  Yeah, it's pretty safe to say the season hasn't exactly gone as planned with multiple surgeries (read about them here) but at least this particular race went well.  Aside from getting up so damn early!  Why do these events have to be at the crack of dawn?  Couldn't we all go have a nice brunch and then maybe get around to doing the triathlon thing around like 3pm?  That just sounds so much more enjoyable to me than getting up at 5am!The big issue I had been having…
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  • Winter Bicycling – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

    Shawn Gossman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Winter bicycling season is just around the corner for me and my fellow American bike riders. To me winter is horrid and cold and painful – I honestly have no likes about the winter months and it makes me want to move as south as I can possibly get during the coldness my region seems to attract every winter. Winter bicycling is extremely important though because it will help shape you into a better cycling during the warmer riding months. In this article, I will give you suggestions and tips to make your winter bicycling as comfortable and bearable as is can possibly be.    …
  • Summer Bicycling – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

    Shawn Gossman
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Summer bicycling is probably the most favored riding season for your cyclist lifestyle. During the summer bicycling months, you can usually bike the most because the weather is nicer and it’s easier to stay cool than it is to stay warm at least as far as being outside on a bicycle goes. Unless you absolutely love to be cold, summer bicycling is going to be your best time to bike. In this article, I will give you some basic tips and suggestions on making your summer bicycling experience a great experience which should be of importance to you.     Summer Bicycling Comfort Tips…
  • Bicycle Components – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

    Shawn Gossman
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Bicycle components are good to know when you want to establish your cyclist lifestyle. The bicycle components of your ride makes riding possible and you should know what each of them do for a variety of different reasons. You should know what bicycle components are for those times when you need to get your bicycle repaired so that you can easily identify what it wrong with your bike. You should know what bicycle components are so that when you want to upgrade the bicycle components; you know what you are doing so that no money is wasted on bicycle components that don’t need to be upgraded.
  • Cycling Injury Prevention – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

    Shawn Gossman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Cycling injury prevention is a big deal to consider when starting your place in the cyclist lifestyle. You can get hurt while riding a bicycle and it doesn’t always mean you can get hurt from wrecking, either. Cycling injury prevention tactics are important to know and consider so that you can make riding your bike the most enjoyable practice you do. In this article, I will point out various cycling injury prevention methods, common injuries from cycling and what you need to have a better ride without pain.     Common Pains with Cycling Injury Prevention Point of contact pains is…
  • Car Free Lifestyle – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

    Shawn Gossman
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    Choosing a car fee lifestyle is a big step in establishing your cyclist lifestyle. When you choose a car free lifestyle, you are looking to your bicycle as your main form of transportation and that is where you really start to rely on your bike to get you from place to place. A car free lifestyle has its benefits too! It is healthier for you and your body. It is cheaper on you and your wallet and it is really friendly for you and the environment. In this article, I will give you the basics of establishing your own care free lifestyle.     Reasons to Start Your Car Free Lifestyle…
 
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  • A Guide to Cycling in the Fall

    Bicycles Buddy
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    September and October are marked by changing seasons and weather. The heat and humidity of the summer are replaced by cooler days and chilly nights. Lemonade and iced tea are replaced with pumpkin lattes and hot chocolate. Salads and barbecue are replaced by soups and stews. Swimming and cookouts turn into apple picking, leaf gazing, and pumpkin carving.“Autumn Cycling” – CardioTrek.caFor cyclists, the changing weather and activities do not have to signal an end to the biking season. In fact, fall is an ideal time to begin or continue a cycling routine. The cooler…
  • About Giant Bicycles

    Bicycles Buddy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Bike manufacturer, Giant, is well-named, earning its reputation as the largest bike manufacturer in the world. Giant, which is headquartered in Taiwan, boasts more than 12,000 retail partners that offer the company’s bikes in more than 50 countries!Giant was founded in 1972 by King Liu, who began the company as a manufacturer of bikes for Schwinn. Giant broke away from Schwinn to begin producing its own brand of bicycles in the 1980s, and from there has established a reputation for excellent craftsmanship and exciting innovation.The company has led the way in many technological and design…
  • About Trek Bicycles

    Bicycles Buddy
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Trek started small, opening in an old barn and abandoned carpet warehouse in Waterloo, Wisconsin, in 1976. In the 1980s, the company began aggressively incorporating the very best technology into its bicycles, and in 1999 provided the bicycle Lance Armstrong used to win the Tour de France. While the company still calls Waterloo home base, it is now located in more than two dozen countries and is one of the globe’s largest bicycle manufacturers.Trek’s global growth has come about as the result of its commitment not only to making high quality bikes of all kinds but also because of its…
  • Review of 7 Brightest Bicycle Tail Light

    Bicycles Buddy
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    Looking for reasons to buy the absolute brightest bicycle tail light available? Many people don’t give enough attention to proper bike safety, especially when it comes to tail lights. Experience bikers know it is very important. Rather than just choosing a simple reflector, we always highly recommend that you buy one of the best tail lights for your bike for those who often ride during night. As the law requires, you should ride your bike in the same direction as the traffic. This being the case, it is very important that car drivers notice cyclists from behind to avoid a…
  • Top 10 Cool Mens Bike Helmets

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