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  • Torque kills

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    Richard Masoner
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Last Friday, 24-year-old Kiran Pabla became the city of San Jose’s fourth pedestrian fatality of January, 2015 when she was struck down while jogging down Yerba Buena Road. The city of San Jose had a single pedestrian death in January 2014 in what would be a record breaking year for those killed while on foot. A pair of young men were taken into custody after police determined they were racing down the street when both of them lost control and landed on the sidewalk occupied by Ms. Pabla. The homicide took place in council district 8, represented by Rose Herrera. After I read this story…
  • The inevitable bike in snow photos

    Cyclelicious
    Richard Masoner
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    Streets are empty of traffic because of a travel ban due to heavy snow in Boston, MA, and public transportation has been shut down. New York City officials specifically called out food delivery bicycles as “non-essential” in their travel ban announcement, but I don’t know if Boston’s travel ban includes bikes or not. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com Eastern Massachusetts was hit hard, but the storm left only moderate snow in New York City contrary to forecaster expectations there. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com The…
  • Strength Training – Does It Make You Stronger?

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

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    BikeSnobNYC
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Well, that didn't happen.New York City, which was shut down overnight, was spared the worst of a snowstorm that swept across the Northeast early Tuesday and slowly returned to its normal rhythms as travel bans were lifted and transit services gradually restored.My sympathies to those of you residing in areas that did receive or are currently receiving the full cockwallop of the storm, but here in my woods of the neck it was something of a bust, and it skipped New York City like the march of time has skipped Cleveland.  (It's still 1989 in Cleveland, which has confounded physicists for…
  • Wednesday's Here And It's Equipped With An Aerodynamic Fairing!

    Bike Snob NYC
    BikeSnobNYC
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Firstly, as part of my increased commitment to bringing you top-quality blogging content in 2015, here's more gratuitous triathlon crash porn: Yep, that's the entire spectrum of human expression, right there in a single image:Amazing.Oh, and if you're wondering what else my increased commitment to bringing you top-quality blogging content in 2015 entails, it basically means I'm going to remind you even more often to buy jerseys and hats:The hats will caress your head like a "Magic Kippah," and so silky smooth is the jersey that when Mario Cipollini sampled it at Interbike he immediately…
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  • UCI to host inaugural Women’s Teams Seminar

    VeloNews.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    A day after the inaugural women's Strade Bianche race, the UCI will host its first-ever Women's Teams Seminar in Italy. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File)The UCI announced Wednesday that it will host a Women’s Teams Seminar in conjunction with the Strade Bianche race to be held March 7. UCI Women’s Commission president Tracey Gaudry said it was fitting that the UCI organize its first UCI Women’s Teams Seminar to coincide with the inaugural women’s Strade Bianche. The seminar, to which all 38 UCI women’s teams will be invited, will be held March 8 in Siena, Italy. “After…
  • Video: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge

    VeloNews.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Global Cycling Network takes a close look at Peter Sagan's new Specialized bike.Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc. The post Video: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge appeared first on VeloNews.com.
  • Find your approach: Eight ways to get in solid winter training

    VeloNews.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    As a pro 'cross racer who also works for Strava, Elle Anderson has good advice on how to fit in high-quality rides during the winter. Photo: Dan Seaton | VeloNews.comEditor’s note: This article was originally published in the February 2014 issue of Velo magazine. Weather, daylight, family, or work — each of us have different constraints on our winter riding schedule. But according to Elle Anderson, a rising cyclocross star with the Kalas-NNOF team, who also works for Strava, all of these factors shouldn’t be seen as limitations. “[They] are just a part of my life, and there…
  • Changing the Business Model: Rethinking pro cycling’s governance

    VeloNews.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Often regarded as the true power broker in the sport, Tour de France organizer ASO may have the power to build a new structure for pro racing. Photo: BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com (File).Editor’s note: VeloNews contributor Steve Maxwell and his TheOuterLine.com partner Joe Harris have published a multi-part series of articles about how to improve the sport of cycling’s business foundation. This is an excerpt from the sixth and final article. Professional road cycling has evolved slowly over the past hundred years. The current structure of major racing events and top team…
  • Valverde kicks off 2015 race season in Mallorca

    VeloNews.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) will kick off the 2015 race season at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who finished 2014 at the top of the UCI WorldTour rankings, will start his season Thursday in Mallorca, Spain at the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca. The 34-year-old will be joined by other notables, such as Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel. “It would be nice to get our first victory of the season in Mallorca,” said Lotto-Soudal sports director Bart Leysen. “The riders know the Spanish roads well because of…
 
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  • Lance Armstrong: I would dope again (Yahoo Sports)

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Lance Armstrong would dope again, which might be the most honest and sympathy-inducing thing he's ever said.
  • Armstrong would race clean now but not in 1995 (Reuters)

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong says he would not have needed to resort to doping in the sport's current era and what happened years ago should be seen in the context of the times. "If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again." A cancer survivor and once a hero to millions, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and banned for life from racing in 2012 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after it accused him in a report of engineering one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports. The 200-page document -- supported by…
  • Cycling-Out of Africa and ready to roll on Le Tour (Reuters)

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    (Refiles to additional codes) By Martyn Herman LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The cut-throat world of professional cycling has produced its fair share of villains and is still saddled with cynicism but even its harshest critics may struggle to sneer when Doug Ryder says "Bicycles Change Lives". The organisation is also the partner and inspiration behind the MTN-Qhubeka professional team that, in July, will become the first African-based outfit ever to start the Tour de France. He was speaking a day after admitting how he was left "hardly able to breathe" when news emerged that MTN-Qhubeka had…
  • Cycling-Africa will have a Tour contender - team boss Ryder (Reuters)

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    By Martyn Herman LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Africa's cyclists can have the same impact on the grand Tours as its runners had on Olympic tracks, the man behind the continent's first Tour de France team believes. South African Douglas Ryder formed the MTN-Qhubeka professional team in 2007 and has made it his mission to build a roster made up predominantly of African riders. "I believe in the potential of the endurance gene that is very prominent across this continent and we wanted to get more Africans and South Africans on to bicycles and see how far they can go. "I wouldn't be surprised in the…
  • Rohan Dennis wins Tour Down Under (The Associated Press)

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Australia's Rohan Dennis won the Tour Down Under cycle race on Sunday when his United States-based BMC team helped him defend a two-second lead on the 90-kilometer (56-mile) final stage around the streets of Adelaide. Wouter Wippert of the Netherlands won the final stage from Australia's Heinrech Haussler and Belgium's Boris Vallee.
 
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    Bike World News

  • Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson return to Sombrio family

    Ron
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Sombrio announced today that world-class mountain bike racers and former brand athletes Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson will return to the Sombrio Cartel in 2015. The post Jill Kintner and Bryn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • BMC plans fan event for Rohan Dennis’ hour attempt

    Ron
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    BMC of Switzerland has planned an afternoon of events leading up to Rohan Dennis' hour record attempt on February 8th at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. The post BMC plans fan event for Rohan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Diamondback Bicycles renews partnership with Team Optum for 2015

    Ron
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    After a successful inaugural season, Diamondback Bicycles will continue its relationship with Team Optum for 2015. The post Diamondback Bicycles renews partnership with Team Optum for 2015 appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rise Above Sportive created as Mark Cavendish’s official sportive

    Ron
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Cyclists can now sign-up to ride with 25 time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish, who launched his official Rise Above Sportive that will take place for the first time this August after the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lazer and Ridley join aerodynamic expertise forces

    Ron
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Flemish cycling companies Ridley and Lazer have joined forces with BioRacer to release a new measurement system for determining the effectiveness of aerodynamic product improvements. The post Lazer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    PezCycling News

  • Lee’s Lowdown: Cycling In The Smog

    Lee Rodgers
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Today Lee Rodgers looks at a problem close to his heart, or more so his lungs. The pollution levels in the Far East, where he lives, are at an all time high. So, Lee takes us through Chinese transport history and how a bicycle centric country has changed to the most smoggy in the World. “Ten years ago,” writes John Hilary in his 1997 article on cycling in China, Paradise Lost, “I went to live in heaven: a city of six million cyclists and barely a couple of thousand cars. A city with cycle lanes as wide as Oxford Street and attended bike parks on every other corner. A city…
  • Niki Terpstra Gets PEZ’d

    Alastair Hamilton
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Rider Interview: Niki Terpstra is a man of many facets: twice World champion in the team time trial, Dutch track and road National champion and then throw in winning the Tour of Qatar and Paris–Roubaix and you get the idea. We caught up with him the day after he won the Rotterdam 6 day. The Etixx – Quick-Step team media day was the morning after Niki Terpstra won the Rotterdam ‘6 day’ with teammate Iljo Keisse and Niki did look a little tired, but with coffee in hand and dark glasses for the bright sun light he was ready to be quizzed by a handful of journalists. PEZ: How…
  • Toolbox: Cold Weather Cycling

    Stephen Cheung
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    Late January is typically the depths of winter in the northern hemisphere, meaning many of us have been riding indoors for more than a month and with at least another month to go. That kind of cabin fever gets us to staring outside and debating whether to dare a ride outdoors or head back to the trainer. Anyway, it seems like a good time to go over some rules concerning exercising outdoors in the cold. How Cold is Too Cold? There’s a train of thought out there that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. I’m usually in agreement with that sentiment, but that kind of…
  • See Me! Sugoi’s Zap & Limar’s Velov

    Charles Manantan
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    Limar’s Velov Helmet & Sugoi’s new Zap Reflective Jacket are a couple of new things I’m wearing with the idea that being not dead is a lot more important than trying to look like a blacked out bad-ass… I mean do you really think you look “mean” or tough to the general public because the skin tight spandex you’re wearing is harder to see?   So I roll up and immediately one of my friends says “hello sunshine, where’s your basket and streamers?” It’s funny but my thought has always been that ANY cyclist, regardless of clothing choice, looks like a geek to the…
  • EuroTrash Cav Monday!

    Alastair Hamilton
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    Big catch-up time with four days of racing from the Tour Down Under and San Luis, plus the cyclo-cross World Cup from Hoogerheide with all the results, video and rider quotes. In other cycling news: Kreuziger lie test, no hour for Dowsett, Samu back at BMC and lot’s of other team and rider news. A full EuroTrash Monday. TOP STORY: Roman Kreuziger takes Lie-detector Test Czech rider Roman Kreuziger has taken a lie-detector test to prove that he has never doped or lied about doping. The case goes back to the time when he was with the Astana team (2011 to 2012), the UCI claim that there…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • London’s Big Local Bike Shop End of January Sale

    Andreas
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:33 am
    London’s bike shops have come together to offer London Cyclist readers discounts on popular items. This is part of continuing partnership with Pocket High Street aiming to bring you more from London’s independent bike shops. The items here are click and collect. You order through Pocket High Street and then ride to the store to collect. Alternatively, you can contact the retailer after the sale using the details in the email you’ll receive and ask them to post the item. If nothing here catches your eye, then keep an eye out for future discount promotions or use our sidebar…
  • 5 bikes you’ll want to ride as soon as you see them

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Winter months are tough – icy mornings, windy evenings, and lots of darkness. In fact, this Monday we even had ‘blue Monday’ – reportedly the most depressing day of the year. We’re sure London Cyclist readers won’t be feeling too down – after all, you know the joys of a bike ride – but we’ve got 5 super cool bikes to cheer you up, just in case January is getting you down… The Bubble Wrap Bike There are few things more satisfying than popping bubble wrap, and this creation by Eric Buss allows you to do it, en masse, whilst cycling,…
  • Tips to make your next ride in to the headwind bearable

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    We’ve all been there – early morning ride to work, the journey back after a long day, or perhaps your planned long weekend ride – all can become an epic slog if the wind decides to try and blow you back to where you came from. Here’s some advice on making it a tad more bearable: Draft your way there Drafting – riding close to another rider to benefit from their slipstream – really comes into it’s own on a windy day. If you’re lucky enough to have a ride buddy, working as a team will pay dividends. However – be careful – only draft…
  • 9 of the most common questions by new cyclists answered

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The turn of the year often encourages people to make resolutions to get fit, or save money – and the good news is that cycling allows you to do both. If you’ve started cycling recently, you may be coming across questions that you’d never considered before. If so, here’s a look at 10 of the most common. If you’re a seasoned cyclist, then please share this with any new riders you know, and be sure to tell them that they can find their answers at the London Cyclist! How do I work out the best route to work?   The best route for a cycle commute might not be the…
  • Cycling in icy conditions

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    We’ve had some bouts of super cold weather recently. At the London Cyclist we’re always keen to help you keep pedaling in winter, but icy conditions can be dangerous, and sometimes you need to either adapt your ride or try something a little different. Adapt your route Riding in the city center, on roads with a high traffic count, can actually be safer if there is a risk of ice. Country lanes are more likely to stay icy, as they are untreated and not passed by so many cars, whose exhaust fumes melt ice. Not only that, but in rural areas, you are less likely to receive help from a…
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    Bike Snob NYC

  • Wednesday's Here And It's Equipped With An Aerodynamic Fairing!

    BikeSnobNYC
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Firstly, as part of my increased commitment to bringing you top-quality blogging content in 2015, here's more gratuitous triathlon crash porn: Yep, that's the entire spectrum of human expression, right there in a single image:Amazing.Oh, and if you're wondering what else my increased commitment to bringing you top-quality blogging content in 2015 entails, it basically means I'm going to remind you even more often to buy jerseys and hats:The hats will caress your head like a "Magic Kippah," and so silky smooth is the jersey that when Mario Cipollini sampled it at Interbike he immediately…
  • From Blizzard To Snow Job

    BikeSnobNYC
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Well, that didn't happen.New York City, which was shut down overnight, was spared the worst of a snowstorm that swept across the Northeast early Tuesday and slowly returned to its normal rhythms as travel bans were lifted and transit services gradually restored.My sympathies to those of you residing in areas that did receive or are currently receiving the full cockwallop of the storm, but here in my woods of the neck it was something of a bust, and it skipped New York City like the march of time has skipped Cleveland.  (It's still 1989 in Cleveland, which has confounded physicists for…
  • I'm back and I'm twice as paternal now.

    BikeSnobNYC
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    ("No, I said bundle of joy, you idiot!")Firstly, thank you for indulging my absence as I took a week to get my baby-rearing legs back.  Thanks also for your well-wishings, for those of you who extended them.  Here are answers to some of your questions:--Regarding genderway, to quote Luca Brasi, the child is a "masculine child;"--Regarding nameway, after much deliberation we went with Masterlink Derailleur Hanger Pump Peg Rock Machine;--Regarding the delivery, it was an artisanal birth, complete with kiddie pool in the living room, iTunes playlist consisting of Indian ragas, a Wiccan…
  • This Just In: I'm Going On Maternity Leave!

    BikeSnobNYC
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    (The stork preparing to deliver a bundle of both joy and racism in Disney's dated and off-putting 1941 classic, "Dumbo.")I am very pleased to report that over the holiday weekend our family welcomed a brand-new human child.  This means we now have eighteen (18) children, or two (2), depending on how you count.  This also means that I'll be exercising my contractually guaranteed right to maternity leave (the Blogger's Union fought long and hard for this), and will hereby be extending my absence to Monday, January 26th, at which point I'll resume regular updates.That should be enough…
  • BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

    BikeSnobNYC
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    ***Apologies!  I totally forgot to mention this blog will be closed on Monday, January 19th, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Well, I shouldn't say the blog is closed, because you're still free to come here and read it.  What I mean is that I won't be updating it.  I will, however, return on Tuesday, January 20th with regular updates.  Thank you very much for understanding, and if you don't like it may Dr. King come back and smite you.  Amen.***You know how the second it starts snowing anyplace in America all the drivers lose what…
 
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  • Plan D.

    MC
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Jeny, Doom, Greg and I were feeling froggy after a few days off of work and full of food.Time to get out and see some country.Fatbikes?  Check.  Studs?  Check.  Puffy jackets, pants, and bags?  Check, check, check.Trouble was, our initial objective assumed normal December temps would have frozen a certain creek up tight.  Not so much--or so we learned as departure drew closer.Our second idea ended up falling through as well--too much water, not enough ice.Plan C could have worked out on some level, had I remembered to bring the maps...Thus did we end up setting…
  • Just cause.

    MC
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    These days are short, and cold.Nights are long, and colder.Colors are muted, subtle.Adding layer after layer of insulation slows movements, renders us ponderous, lethargic.The collective result: We feel less athletic than at any other time of year.Despite all of that, there is just cause for simple celebration.We are alive.The sun rose this morning.The universe dumped a few more inches of heaven upon us.We had another opportunity to say yes, we choose to embrace our current reality.It isn't idyllic.It's what we make of it.
  • PNW: Packrafting iN Winter.

    MC
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Last winter's paddling trip set a high bar in every way.  Hoping to experience and learn at least as much as I did then, I tried to recruit a handful of friends to head south again.Alas life had other plans, and of the few that were able to get away no one could make it that far south.Instead I joined Gerard Ganey, Russell Nyberg, Thor Tingey and Matt Boyer for some continuing ed in the art of creeking, all set within the general Portland-to-Hood River corridor.West Fork Hood:We paddled 7 rivers in 7 days:Sandy Gorge at ~1600cfsEast Fork Lewis at ~1150cfsWhite Salmon at ~1200cfsWest Fork…
  • Sneaking.

    MC
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Sometimes, dare I say often, we hesitate in getting outside when the time to do so arrives.Could be that the temperature is something other than ideal.Might be that there is precip not just in the forecast, but right there twixt us and the obscured horizon.Sometimes it's dark, and the visual component is important enough not to be missed.Rarely, but still more than never, there'll be no good reason whatsoever to stay inside.  But we will.None of the above prevented us from sneaking out between the rain, snow, sleet, fog, and bookends of darkness yesterday.
  • The pleasure was ours.

    MC
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:23 pm
    A few weeks back Jeny and I invited Doom to ride with us on a favorite set of trails.  Not really a loop per se, more of an inspired connection of dots.  This was a momentous occasion, an opportunity, for the shoe is typically on the other foot: He's usually playing tour guide for us.What we love about this ride is the amalgamated blend of exquisite textured rock, the almost-always-sumptuous light, a distinct lack of hordes of humanity, the constant opportunities for discovery.  The riding itself is rather exceptional in it's own unique way, too.And while Doom is a long ways…
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  • Strength Training – Does It Make You Stronger?

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

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    A few weeks ago I made a review of Matt Fitzgerald’s popular book Racing Weight – How to Get Lean for Peak Performance. I thought it was a great read with many practical examples and illustrations of how athletes can manage their diet to perform better. However, many readers are not going to read the whole book, but want practical tips that are easy to implement now. So I decided to contact Matt Fitzgerald to ask for some easy digestible tips that you can implement today.Interview with Matt FitzgeraldJesper: Many riders bulk 5 to 10 kg during the off-season. People train less and eat…
  • Top-15 Most Popular Cycling Training Tips

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    ‘Likes’ on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus etc. is the new social currency. In most cases there is something interesting about the most liked content. Therefore, I decided to pick the 15 most popular pages and share them with you.If you want to make sure you don’t miss any action on social media please make sure to join me on Facebook, Youtube and Google Plus.Comprehensive Guides to Cycling TrainingBasic Cycling Training Principles for BeginnersMountain Bike Training for BeginnersThe Ultimate Guide to Time Trial TrainingHow to Increase Your Threshold PowerCycling Training…
  • When Should You Start The Winter Season?

    Jesper Bondo Medhus
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    For some riders, serious cycling training starts on January 1st. For others, it starts on December 1st or earlier. I personally believe riders with ambitions of riding at top level (not necessarily pro level) should begin their winter training in November, but I also know that some riders prefer to not put too much pressure on their shoulders too early.What is the right time to begin structured winter training?There are moments when you feel extraordinary comfortable and confident. In these moments you are capable of doing everything. And entering a new training program seems like a piece of…
  • Review: Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald

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

  • Exercise is a drug

    cafiend
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This is not news to a lot of you: exercise acts like an antidepressant and stress reliever. Those of us who have experimented with a variety of forms of self medication will have figured out that exercise needs to be managed like a drug.Setting aside the addictive substances famous for monopolizing users' lives, your lifestyle enhancers, legal and illegal, all create a cushion effect in which the user requires more of whatever it is to reach the desired level of whatever you're going for, whether it's mellow relaxation or euphoric energy.Coincidentally, exercise can provide both of those,…
  • More from the menu of fat.

    cafiend
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    The fat bikes we ordered from SE last spring finally arrived. At  $899 they stretch the definition of affordable a bit, but they offer a lot for the money. These are 2014 models. The 2015s list for  $1089. Once they pass the  $1,000 mark they need to stand up to other strong, established models in the fat genre. But at $899 they can still play on price.First of all, congrats on concise naming. F@. Get it?Componentry is impressive out of the box: triple crank, hydraulic disc brakes, two water bottle mounts, burly rack bosses, double wall rims, outboard BB bearings and real…
  • Training to be "not a cyclist"

    cafiend
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Those of us who can't just light up a cigarette, push up the kickstand with our fashionably booted foot and zip off on our latest short-hop errand in all seasons have to keep our engines in shape even if we don't nurture competitive urges. We have to train.Even an inanimate engine holds up better when it gets run occasionally. And when the engine is muscle it really deteriorates if it sits idle. When the riding season is limited and the distances are long, you have to tune the engine somehow.The cellist has been home for the holidays. As soon as she got over highway fatigue she dug out her…
  • The strangest debris

    cafiend
    26 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    The weirdest stuff to tumble out of the insulation in the workshop ceiling during the recent deluge has been these pasta wheels.I keep finding them, one or two at a time. Right after I picked these off the floor I found another one.We're guessing mice had concealed them in nests up there. I don't think any of the holes in the floor would have allowed them to pass from the many digestive disturbances we had to hear over the years. Or, for that matter, the ones we would not have heard because they occurred outside business hours.Best not to think about it.
  • Shimano temporarily made a good touring shoe (maybe)

    cafiend
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Someone sent me a link to what seemed to him like a good touring shoe by Giro. It looked okay, but on the same page I saw something that was as close to a real old-style touring shoe as you're going to find these days.Meet the Shimano SH-UT70. Closeouts are all over the world of e-commerce.  You're not going to find a walkable shoe without a place for SPD cleats. The cover for this one at least looks firmly secured.I'm always afraid to point out when Shimano makes a good product because then they'll notice and kill it. It's like in King Lear (Act III Scene VII) where Gloucester's loyal…
 
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    Cyclelicious

  • When is a bike jersey a stick of anti-perspirant?

    Richard Masoner
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I’ve been experimenting with Amazon.com’s sales information, which lists the top sellers for various categories such as women’s cycling apparel. Because this data mining is automated, I sometimes see weird things. Check out, for example, the top seller under the category “Women’s Cycling Jersey.” That stick of $30 deoderant seems to be an outlier, but I see a number of miscategorized items in Amazon’s reports of top selling cycling apparel for women in various categories. Admittedly, a lot of cycling apparel, such as this top selling winter glove for…
  • The Platonic ideal of a bicycle

    Richard Masoner
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    I recently was reminded of this drawing of a mamachari bicycle from a now defunct Japanese guide to bicycles. The text says “Mamachari bikes are usually what you think of when you think ‘bicycle’.” The mamachari style of bikes are the wonderfully utilitarian and ubiquitious form of transportation for Japanese housewives. I wondered what type of bicycles come to mind for people around the world when people talk about bikes. What do you think when somebody says “bicycle”? The northern Europeans, perhaps they think of the classic omafiets or “granny…
  • Torque kills

    Richard Masoner
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Last Friday, 24-year-old Kiran Pabla became the city of San Jose’s fourth pedestrian fatality of January, 2015 when she was struck down while jogging down Yerba Buena Road. The city of San Jose had a single pedestrian death in January 2014 in what would be a record breaking year for those killed while on foot. A pair of young men were taken into custody after police determined they were racing down the street when both of them lost control and landed on the sidewalk occupied by Ms. Pabla. The homicide took place in council district 8, represented by Rose Herrera. After I read this story…
  • The inevitable bike in snow photos

    Richard Masoner
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    Streets are empty of traffic because of a travel ban due to heavy snow in Boston, MA, and public transportation has been shut down. New York City officials specifically called out food delivery bicycles as “non-essential” in their travel ban announcement, but I don’t know if Boston’s travel ban includes bikes or not. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com Eastern Massachusetts was hit hard, but the storm left only moderate snow in New York City contrary to forecaster expectations there. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com The…
  • Silicon Valley BPAC update, and I-40 bicycle access

    Richard Masoner
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Happy Monday after my four day blogging hiatus. This 50 year old bridge over Calabasas Creek for Old Mountain View Alviso Road forms the boundary between the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, California. More about this bridge below the photo. What is a BPAC? Many city, county and regional transportation departments around the county have citizen Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commitees (BPAC) and Bicycle Advisory Committees (BAC) to receive input on decisions that may affect bicycling when roads are built or “improved.” In the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area,…
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    BikeRadar.com Road

  • Pro bike: Heinrich Haussler’s Scott Foil

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Born in Australia before moving to Germany to follow his cycling dreams, Heinrich Haussler is once again very much Australian. Having just won the 2015 Australian National Championship, he will now wear the green and gold colours on his shoulders as he takes on the WorldTour with the IAM Cycling team. Haussler proudly wearing his National Champion jersey in the first stage of the 2015 Tour Down Under. Scott Bikes must be happy holding onto this jersey for yet another year (Orica-GreenEdge has a strong recent history with Simon Gerrans in the jersey)At 30 years old, Haussler has already had a…
  • Zipp 404 Firestrike Clincher Limited review

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Zipp’s 404 Firecrest heralded a revolution in wheel design – it was the first to adopt the wider rim and a blunted aero shape. Since then its rivals have been playing catch-up, with recent products from Enve, HED and Reynolds having comparable designs. But Zipp hasn’t stood still, launching the Firestrike in the hope of raising the bar even higher.Highs: Braking, build quality, speedLows: Dearer than the FirecrestsZipp claims that the Firestrike offers a reduction of 34 percent in side forces compared with the Firecrest, without reducing its aerodynamic performance. Its new…
  • Giant, Bontrager and Suomy reveal new helmets

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    As the first WorldTour race of the season, the Tour Down Under usually presents plenty of new gear, and this year’s race is no different. We take a look at new helmets from Bontrager and Giant, along with an entry into the cycling market from motorsport helmet specialist Suomy. GiantThe Tour Down Under week kicked off with the People’s Choice Classic criterium, which saw Marcel Kittel take the win for a second consecutive year. We've already looked at the Giant bike he rocked to the win, but Kittel also wore an interesting Giant aero road lid. The rest of the Giant-Alpecin team is…
  • Dedacciai Atleta review

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Dedacciai makes bikes and carbon fibre, which means framesets like the Atleta are packed with technology, in both their design and their construction. The Atleta is made using a special resin with nano-sized particles that fill any voids in construction, and Deda’s AWP – Anti-Wrinkle Process – eliminates any wrinkles, creating a lighter and stronger frame.Highs: Aero styling, with fast handling and an aggressive riding position. Great kit tooLows: Seat slipping woes are a serious flaw; sort that and this is a sorted bikeBuy if: You’re after an aggressive aero-biased…
  • Jaguar Land Rover unveils Bike Sense detection technology

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new Bike Sense technologies designed to prevent cycling accidents by using lights, sounds and vibrations to alert drivers before they see cyclists.Similar to the Volvo, POC and Ericsson real-time accident prevention system, Bike Sense uses clever detection technologies to make drivers aware of cyclists sharing the road. Sensors on the car will identify other road users and mark them as cyclists or motorbike riders, letting drivers know of the potential hazard.Land Rover researchers are identifying the best warning colours and sounds that will trigger…
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    Twenty Nine Inches

  • On Test: Salsa Mukluk 3

    Grannygear
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Images courtesy of Salsa Cycles. Well sort of on test.  Let me explain.  I feel very comfortable testing/reviewing the typical 29″er hard tail, XC, or trail bike.  I shy away from AM or DH stuff as that is nothing I have any real experience or interest in, or skill sets for. Fat Bikes?  Even more so.  What I know about Fat Bikes in any practical, experiential way would fit into a fat tea cup and in no way qualifies me to review one in the same way I would review a ‘normal’ bike.  I have ridden two Fat Bikes in total…ever, and briefly at that.  So why am I in the…
  • GEAX Goma 2.3 TNT 29”er tires – final review

    c_g
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    GEAX Goma 2.3 TNT 29”er tires – final review: by c_g Unbelievable how time flies when you’re having fun! With so many things going on I have completely missed giving you my mid term of the GEAX Goma 2.3 TNT which we introduced to you here some 2 months ago. So how did this tire claiming to be “super versatile” andthe “ultimate enduro tire” fare in the time of testing? The GEAX Goma is a very fast and capable All-Mountain tire. There are a few things this tire is exceptionally good at: Running the GEAX Goma on the AC Wide Lightning wheels. Like all the GEAX…
  • On Test: Scott Scale 900 RC HMX

    Grannygear
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:51 pm
      When I was in Park City, Utah, for the Scott Bikes week showing the 2015 line, I was able to ride a 2015 Scott Scale 29er carbon hard tail in the 910 version.  The HMF carbon frame was quite a smoothie, the geometry was unique for a racing hard tail, and even with a very good but not fancy build of mostly Shimano XT, it still flew up the trail.  I was intrigued.  I am not really a fan of geared hard tails.  Singlespeeds?  Oh yes.  But ‘sit down and pedal all day’ hard tails?  Not so much.  There is no doubt that if the trail is smooth enough there is nothing that…
  • Where do we go from here?

    Grannygear
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    For the last couple of years now, Guitar Ted and I would occasionally have this conversation regarding the future of twentynineinches.com and, in a bigger scope, 29″ers et al.  When 29er”s, once unique and new and exciting to a lot of people who found bigger wheels right up their alleys (and streets and trails and race courses all over the place), had become ‘just a mountain bike’, what then?  Would we as a website have a raison d’être?  Who would care anymore? Should we then become twentynineinchesandtwentysevenfiveinchesandanyotherinches.com? Or should we…
  • Niner Bikes Introduces Three New Models

    Grannygear
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The New RIP9 Carbon Slotted in between the top-o-da-heap, full carbon RDO models of the popular RIP9 and JET9, are the new Niner Bikes RIP9 Carbon and JET9 Carbon.  Taking a ‘half-caff’ approach, the fronts are carbon, though there is no mention of the level of construction…less than RDO Carbon Compaction, one would assume, and the rear triangles are aluminum.  It is a good approach that allows for a more budget friendly build while still keeping the carbon where it can do the most good. As well there is a new EMD9, a 7005 alloy aluminum hard tail slotted below the hydroformed…
 
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    Fat Cyclist

  • The Beginnings of a Story

    fatty
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    A Note from Fatty: Last week I was interviewed by The Outspoken Cyclist about The Great Fatsby and anything else that came into my head. It was a fun conversation. Listen to it here. And be sure to subscribe to The Outspoken Cyclist’s podcast, while you’re at it. It’s awesome. I’m a big fan of the short fiction compilations Ride and Ride 2. They’re interesting, diverse, sometimes exciting, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, and always about bicycles. I’ve been asked to contribute a story for Ride 3. It’s a huge honor, and I’m really excited to be…
  • Get Motivated: Pay Yourself (A Message from My Mentor)

    fatty
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    A Note from Fatty: I’ve known David Lazar for more than a decade, starting with when I worked at programming magazines, and later with when I worked at Microsoft. He has an incredibly sharp and insightful mind and is one of those people who gets things done. So when I started at Microsoft several years ago, I asked if he’d be my mentor there. Most of that mentoring happened during road rides—the best possible way to have a business meeting, if you ask me. And even after I left Microsoft, David and I have stayed in touch. He contributes to my fundraisers; I contribute to his.  And a…
  • I’ll Be Back Next Week

    fatty
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Hi there. While I’d love for this blog to be the thing that pays the bills, it’s not. Which means that when the thing that does pay the bills—my day job—gets hectic, I need to deprioritize this blog for a bit. Usually, I know when that’s going to happen, but not always. Like right now. I want to post and even have some fun things to post about, but right now I need to take care of my day job. See you next week,
  • Please Help Me Write This Speech I Am Giving In 24 Hours

    fatty
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Someday, I’m going to learn to not procrastinate so much. Like, maybe I’ll put it on my calendar for 2016. Or possibly 2017. But right now, I don’t have time to think about any of that, because in 24ish hours, I am going to be giving a speech at the Annual Seminar for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Utah Chapter. No, I am not making this up. Nor am I kidding. However, I do have twenty minutes to fill. Right now, here’s what I’ve got figured out on how I’ll use that time: Introduce myself: 00:30 Acknowledge applause: 01:30 Speech (???): 04:00 Watch YouTube videos: 07:00…
  • Leadville Stories Galore

    fatty
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    Yesterday afternoon I got a highly-coveted email. It looks like this: Yep, I’m in for my eighteenth Leadville. Nineteenth, if you count 2009, the year I crashed out of the race. By the way, you should not count that one. Nor should you count 2015, until late in the afternoon this August 15th, when—provided everything goes well that day—I’ll have actually finished my eighteenth Leadville 100.  In other words, while it’s really tempting for me to talk about this as my nineteenth Leadville Trail 100, the reality is I’ve finished it only seventeen times.  Still, that’s more…
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    Bike Noob

  • Running Interference

    Bike Noob
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    We’ve been enjoying the newly-striped roads in our immediate area. As I’ve mentioned before, in some places there are parking lanes for cars, with bike lanes next to them. The bike lanes are fairly wide, which squeezes moving cars a bit, but has the effect of slowing them down — theoretically. But I still see cars that follow bikes to an intersection, pass them, and then cut them off to make a right turn. My friend Maggie said she nearly followed a woman into a parking lot to yell at her about it. Maggie is better at controlling her temper than some, and thought better of…
  • Year in Review — Looking Back, Looking Ahead (Guest Post)

    Bike Noob
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Our friend Don Blount is reflecting on a banner cycling year. 2014 was a big cycling year for me. Here are my totals: 6,512.46 miles (10,481 kilometers), 191,828 feet (58,469 meters) of climbing, 401 hours, 51 minutes of riding time. That was 1,045 mi (1,682.8 km) and 80,000 ft (24,384 m) and 70 hrs of riding time more than in 2013. I completed one organized century, and five centuries in training; three double metric centuries, including the Tour of the California Alps Death Ride, and a double century. Yet when I was asked my most memorable ride of the year, I struggle to answer as I had a…
  • The Weather Wuss

    Bike Noob
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    That’s me. I haven’t been posting much lately because I haven’t been riding much lately. And I haven’t been riding much because the weather has been lousy around here. Not only has it been cold — okay, cold in Austin is anything below 40 degrees (4C) — but it’s been wet, too. We’ve had lots of rain over the last week, and even if it was midsummer, I probably wouldn’t do any riding. But with daytime temps not getting out of the 30s, the bike was not on my mind. Icicles in Austin. Not a common sight. Now, I know lots of you ride in much…
  • Starting the New Year with a Pfsst!

    Bike Noob
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Finally got a break from the cold, rainy weather that started 2015, and I was anxious to get out on the bike Saturday. My wife had already done her ride for the day, and I was moving too slow to go with her. Once I finally did get saddled up, she was back, showered, and already hard at work in our home office. I figured I’d start the new year with one of my most frequent rides, about an hour and a half through the neighborhood. The bike was performing well. It shifted silently and rolled smoothly. On this sunny, 55-degree (12C) afternoon, I saw a number of other bikers, but no one I…
  • 2014 In Review

    Bike Noob
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Got in a nice 15-mile ride Monday afternoon with my biking friend Maggie. We figured the weather forecast for the next few days doesn’t look good, and we needed to ride while we had the chance. The ride was nothing special, but it was very special at the same time. That’s because it was a ride. It doesn’t matter whether the ride is short or long, covers new ground or cruises familiar streets. Just being out on the bike is what matters. And that’s where I find myself regarding cycling as 2014 ends. I’m not going to set any speed records, or even distance records…
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    Bike Hugger

  • Turbo Kid at Sundance: BMX and 80s Nostalgia

    Byron
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    A post-apocalypse, BMX movie. Yes! And it’s an official Sundance Selection. It’s 1997. In a ruined post-apocalyptic world, the orphaned Kid survives on his own through drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX, scavenging for scraps to trade for a scant supply of water. When his perpetually chipper, pink-haired new best friend Apple is kidnapped by a minion of evil overlord Zeus, the Kid summons the courage of his comic book hero and prepares to deliver turbocharged justice to Zeus, his buzzsaw-handed sidekick Skeletron, and their vicious masked army.
  • Duwamish at Work

    Byron
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    The Duwamish is an industrialized estuary, and Seattle’s only river. It’s estimated that less than 1/2 of Seattleites know the river exists or that it’s on the Superfund list. We cross it at least once every ride and it’s finally being cleaned up after 100 years of pollution, from Boeing, WWII, sewage, and runoff. I took this photo at S. Riverside Drive Park where a new trail is being built for pedestrians and cyclists, and connects to the South Park Bridge. One of Seattle’s more famous citizens, Macklemore has even spoken up about our river, and joined the cause…
  • Climate Change for Cyclists

    Byron
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Cross the Duwamish at least once every ride in Seattle and this view is from the new Southpark Bridge. Those clouds said rain, we were dressed for it, and they never came. We were too warm for most of the ride, in unusually balmy temperatures. The week before, it was like I was riding in a city with no children in it. It was so warm in the rest of the Pacific Northwest, that Matt rode his fatbike on the beach (again). Matt shared the fun he’s having on a fatbike in Issue 17. The bike was a machine that output pure joy to everyone that saw it or rode it. We’re editing and…
  • Committed to Commuting

    Byron
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Committed to Commuting A vignette from last night on the bike path.
  • About the Bike and Love

    Byron
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed. A beautiful short story about the bike and love with an illustrated video from NYT. One mechanic zipped the suitcase shut and put the wheel bolts into my palm. “It’s done now,” he said, smiling. So much we could write too about the bike and love, in February of last year, I collected a handful of stories for our Valentine’s Special. Those included But fear not, Shakespeare: there is love here, in bicycles I don’t love my bikes. They’re great…
 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • President Obama Calls for Wilderness Protection of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Kasey
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    By Ron Hunter, Patagonia Environmental Activism Manager The Obama administration has finalized a sweeping new management plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska that proposes designating millions of acres as Wilderness and off-limits to most oil and gas development. President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled the Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP), recommending a Wilderness designation for the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain.  This is big news. This CCP recommendation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognizes the value of the…
  • Dave Rosenbarger 1976-2015

    Patagonia
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    We are saddened today to give you the tragic news that Patagonia ski ambassador Dave Rosenbarger—“American Dave” as we knew him—died on Friday, January 23 when he was caught in an avalanche while skiing on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Dave has been a part of the Patagonia family since 2010. Our hearts go out to Dave’s family and friends. He was an inspiration to many and his loss will be felt around the world. Josh Nielsen, Patagonia Global Marketing Director, Outdoor, shares this remembrance:    “He was the epitome of a pure passion skier—someone who didn’t…
  • Freediving the Wreckage of Lelu Harbor

    Kasey
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    By Matt Rott, photos by Matt Shepherd It’s funny how easily we miss out on opportunities lying just under our noses—especially when we’re trapped in the narrow-minded, one-dimensional pursuit of something as fleeting as a wave. I’d been chasing the left-hander breaking into Lelu Harbor for nearly fifteen years, enduring lengthy flat spells and months of inclement weather conditions in hopes of scoring extra large northeast swells and rare west winds. Yet, after a decade-and-a-half’s worth of trips, waiting impatiently for waves that never seemed to arrive on time, I remained…
  • Watch Tommy Caldwell Climb Pitch 15 (5.14c) on The Dawn Wall

    Patagonia
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of The Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan. Today we’re happy to share this exclusive video of Tommy climbing pitch 15, rated 5.14c—the first footage released by the film crew on the wall.  “The crux holds of pitch 15 are some of the smallest and sharpest holds I have ever attempted to hold onto,” Tommy wrote on his Facebook page. Four unique camera angles reveal those minuscule holds and the 1,300 feet of exposure under Tommy’s precarious foot placements. While multiple pitches of extremely…
  • Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson Make First Free Ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall!

    Patagonia
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    We’ve been watching the updates with bated breath and now all of us at Patagonia are thrilled to congratulate Tommy Caldwell and his partner Kevin Jorgeson on the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley. Tommy first conceived the idea of the climb in 2007 and, seven years later, summited the route on the afternoon of January 14, 2015 after spending 19 days on the wall—and with much of the climbing world viewing the last pitches via live video stream. Longtime readers will be familiar with our coverage of the Dawn Wall dating back to 2010. It’s been a long haul and we…
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    Bicycle Design

  • Cargo bikes, a café racer, a wired commuter, and more

    James Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    If you don’t already follow Bicycle Design on Facebook and Twitter, you are occasionally missing out on interesting designs that never seem to find their way to the blog.  As much as I would like to share every interesting concept I see here, sometimes I just get busy with other projects and never get around to working them into a post. Today, though, I want to quickly mention five of the links that I shared on social media recently. “Stoke” is an interesting retro motorcycle inspired bike by Martin Aveyard. Check out his website to see pictures from the build of that bike, as well as…
  • A list of lists related to bike design

    James Thomas
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    In my year-end recap post a few weeks ago, I listed the 15 most visited posts at BicycleDesign in 2014. Since then, I have noticed a few bike related year-end lists from other sites, so I might as well share them for comparison.     Dezeen’s “top 10 cycling designs of 2014” post included bicycles, as well as apparel, accessories, and even infrastructure. Most interesting on their list is the illuminated Van Gogh cycle path by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde. The kilometer long section of path in the Dutch province of Noord Brabant is coated with a luminescent paint that…
  • Smart pedals from Connected Cycle

    James Thomas
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Paris based Connected Cycle is a French start-up that aims to “develop high-tech products in order to improve regular bike riders’ experience, and democratize the use of bikes as an alternative transport mode.” Their new product, unveiled this week at CES 2015, is a “smart pedal”, which is equipped with GPS and GPRS sensors. Through the use of a built-in dynamo, those sensors are actually powered by energy generated from the motion of cycling, so you never have to worry about charging or replacing batteries. Also, the rider doesn’t need to carry a smart phone on every ride, as…
  • 2014- The Year in Review at BicycleDesign.net

    James Thomas
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
      It is the end of another year, and you know what that means… it is time for the annual recap of activity here at Bicycle Design.  Since the blog was inactive for about half of 2014, it is no surprise that traffic was way down.  There were 643,288 pageviews in 2014 according to Google Analytics, and the majority of those occured after the blog resumed on August 20th. As expected, the majority of traffic originated from search engines and social media sites.  Looking at the top referrers, Reddit was the big mover in 2014, second only to Google in the amount of traffic sent to…
  • CGI Concepts Rev2 Time Trial Tandem

    James Thomas
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
      Eric Streeter, of CGI Concepts, created this virtual model of a tandem for time trial racing. One prominent feature is the “split-drive” (seen in the rendering below) which “allows for power to be applied from each rider to the left and right sides of the rear hub independently.” Interesting idea, but the left side derailleur and freehub/cassette would need to be custom too…not impossible, but a bit of a challenge.        
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    CoachLevi.com

  • Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load, and Insulin Index – Explained!

    Levi
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Once low carb diets got popular, and everyone waged war on sugar, they needed more ways to state that certain foods were to be avoided. Looking at the amount of carbs and sugar in a certain food was too easy. That’s when we started seeing frequent references to the Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load, and Insulin Index. The numbers are all related, but some are more important than others. Let’s look at each one in detail and see what, if any, role they should play in your life. Glycemic Index The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of how quickly a carbohydrate hits our bloodstream. The…
  • How to Ride Through Any Rock Garden Like a Pro

    Levi
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    If you plan to ride on the East Coast, you have to know how to ride through a rock garden. I’ve only been to one location on the entire East Coast that’s devoid of rock gardens. Some places feel like they’re nothing but rock gardens! That’s not to say you won’t encounter rock gardens in other areas, too. Because you will. They’re all over the place. Which means, all mountain bikers should be able to ride through the rocks. Follow my advice and you’ll be rocking the rock gardens like a pro! Basic Rock Garden Strategy Conquering a rock garden is a mix…
  • How to Navigate a Stream or Water Crossing

    Levi
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    Whether you’ll be mixing it up in XC races, or just exploring the vast backcountry trails, you have to know how to ride a stream crossing. If you’re racing, you need to be able to stay on your bike and ride through smoothly, or you’ll waste precious time. If you’re out for an epic ride, you need to be able to navigate the stream crossing without falling in. (Getting drenched isn’t much fun.) There are two types of stream crossings. Streams on level ground, and streams in valleys. Here’s how to conquer both: How to Ride Streams on Level Ground If the stream…
  • The Attack Position

    Levi
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    The “attack position.” This is the most important concept in mountain biking. It forms the basis of all the complex maneuvers and techniques that you’ll use to conquer technical trails. Navigating tricky rock gardens, crossing streams and mud puddles, negotiating steep downhills, and hopping logs all begin the same way – in the attack position. It’s the stance you’ll assume when you come upon any obstacle, and you’ll employ the body position for virtually any rough trail. Here’s a mountain biker using the attack position: Fundamentals of The…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Activity Trackers (Like Which One Is Best For You)

    Levi
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Is it just me or does everyone have some sort of gadget on their wrist or waist nowadays? Back in my day, it was only the elite racers who had serious computing power on their wrists (or handlebars) and straps around their chest. Now, it seems that pretty much everyone out for a jog is tracking everything from their mileage and heart rate to sleep patterns and weather conditions, electronically, automatically, and even broadcasting it via Bluetooth and 4G! This is made possible by the proliferation of smartphones and the abundance of affordable devices collectively known as activity trackers.
 
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    BikePortland.org » Front Page

  • Meetup Thursday kicks off new push for land bridge over I-405

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    (Image via ProspectPDX) A downtown consulting firm is hosting a conversation tomorrow morning about one of Portland’s most persistent ideas: a cap over the Interstate 405 freeway. The concept is intended to restitch the urban fabric that was destroyed by the freeway’s construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The host of Thursday’s 8-9 a.m. event is ProspectPDX, a local business consulting firm that presents a series of “future focused” ideas about civic life in Portland. Local writers Brian Libby and Dan Friedman, who have written about the concept twice…
  • Spinlister sees Portland as key city for its peer-to-peer bike rental service

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Spinlister CEO Marcelo Loureiro (L) and CMO Andrew Batey in Portland earlier this month.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Portland is the market Spinlister could no longer ignore. Even though the peer-to-peer bike rental service (think Airbnb for bikes) hasn’t officially launched here, the leaders of the company say they’re “baffled” by how popular it already is. Spinlister CEO Marcelo Loureiro and CMO Andrew Batey have been laying groundwork here for months now with an eye toward 2015 being the year Portland becomes one of their focus cities alongside New York City,…
  • Entering 10th year, PBOT ‘crosswalk enforcement actions’ still going strong

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    The warnings don’t seem to stop folks from breaking the law.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) While everyone likes to argue about which type of roads users break more laws — and we are currently being forced to have the tired debate all over again thanks to a well-intentioned but misguided legislative concept — the Portland Bureau of Transportation is doing their part to address the issue. PBOT’s Crosswalk Enforcement Action program has been going strong since 2005. We checked in on one back in September and have reported on them many times over the years. The idea is simple:…
  • Safety advocate to Novick: Where’s the Barbur study you requested?

    Michael Andersen (News Editor)
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick in 2014.(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland) When is a traffic study not a traffic study? “Let’s work together to make Barbur safer,” Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick wrote in October 2013, promising that “the Portland Bureau of Transportation will commit the time and resources to work with ODOT and engage the surrounding communities to see the impacts of a possible road diet and find the right solution.” Now, some of the advocates who helped persuade Novick to make that commitment are saying it’s still…
  • Company places 14 orange bikes in Beaverton as part of marketing ploy

    Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Orange bikes seem a strange way to promote a gym.(Photo: Orangetheory Fitness/FB) A marketing campaign that has generated backlash in several other cities for its similarity to ghost bikes has been launched in Beaverton and Tigard. In the past two days we’ve received several reader tips about mysterious, spray-painted orange bikes locked up around Beaverton. One person thought they were a public art project. Today we asked our friends on Twitter if they’d heard anything and we heard back from Tom at Seattle Bike Blog. He said the bikes were the work of a marketing campaign by a…
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  • Review: Showers Pass Refuge Jacket and Pant–the Perfect Fat Bike Shell

    Michael Paul
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    After two solid years of year-round fat biking in Colorado, with seasons that seem to change quickly to bitter cold, I have been enthusiastically searching for the Goldilocks of shells to wear while riding my fat bike. My criteria: a … Continue reading → No related articles.
  • Downmall 2015 – Berlin Is in the Books!

    Greg Heil
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Downmall 2015 – Berlin from T//Motion on Vimeo. Normally I have a serious distaste for malls, but racing mountain bikes in a mall is way better than shopping! When can we bring Downmall to the US? Related articles: Cinema Sunday: Downmall Finding new bike trails: Books vs. websites Video: A Super Aggressive Line Through The 2015 Manizales Urban Downhill Course
  • News: 7-Day Himalayan Stage Race to Be Held September 26th – October 4th, 2015

    Greg Heil
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    The Hero MTB Himalaya, a 7-day stage race, will see its 2015 rendition taking place from September 26th to October 4th. Marketed as the 3rd toughest mountain bike race in the world, this stage race boasts over 46,000 feet of … Continue reading → Related articles: MTB News: Eatough Retiring, Trek Rallying For Olympics, and Himalayan Stage Race News: Grueling Fat Bike Race: Arrowhead 135 Set for January 26th, 2015 Pisgah MTB Stage Race Set for October 15-18
  • News: Montana Enduro Series Announces 2015 Tour Stops

    Greg Heil
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Enduro racing continues to spread like wildfire across the Western USA–and the world, for that matter. The combination of beautiful locations, rowdy race stages, and a jam-packed weekend of riding and partying has proven to be a winning formula in … Continue reading → Related articles: News: Big Mountain Enduro Announces 2015 Series Stops, and Equal Payout for Men and Women News: New Mexico Enduro Series Kicks Off June 7 News: GT Announces New Sanction Enduro Rig
  • Review: Fox 36 Float 27.5 160 FIT RC2 Fork

    Syd Patricio
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    While buzz words and new tech can be good, sometimes it’s nice to simplify and just focus on producing a great product. The all new Fox 36 Float FiT does just that. Fox took existing, proven technology, placed it in … Continue reading → Related articles: Review: Fox 40 Float RC2 Downhill Fork Fox 32 Float (100mm FIT Terralogic) Fork Review 2010 Fox 32 Float 150 FIT RLC Review
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  • My turn to ride the Nashbar Bee’s Knees 650b Single Speed!

    Dial Tone
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    This past rainy weekend was my turn to ride the Nashbar Bee’s Knees I have dubbed “Tweena”.  If you don’t get it, its because its “between a 26 and a 29″.  The frame is a and small at 5’9” and the Bee’s Knees felt like a BMX bike underneath me.  And as expected, the cockpit felt a bit cramped as well so I had to adjust the bike fit me better.  I raised the seatpost to almost at minimum insertion but without going past the seattube-toptube junction.  I also replaced the stock saddle to a spare WTB Pure V for comfort, changed the stem…
  • Pryme Trailhands Thrash Test

    Corey
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:19 pm
    It’s safe to say there aren’t too many awful products for sale in the MTB industry. Quality varies from good to bad but different items cater to different needs and sometimes we just need the next cheap product to get us back on the trail. Everyone is constantly searching for that bargain product that stands out from the crowd and really shines in quality. Enter the Pryme Trailhands. While these gloves look basic, I assure you that they were built this way specifically for function. The tops are a very plain gray, aerated, polyester with minimal branding or pannels. So they…
  • Why I had to cut my ride short

    RL Policar
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Last night Priscilla and I went out to the world famous Fullerton Loop for our weekly night ride. But the events leading up to our ride caused me to cut it short. Well for one, I’ve been eating diet food that has tons of fiber in it. Which in turn makes me get the runs. In fact, I had it was so bad that it was reminiscent to the scene from Dumb and Dumber… By the time our ride started, I figured I had kicked the runs.However, as we’re riding along, I noticed that my stomach was making some nasty sounds, kinda like how Harry’s sounded like right before he went to the…
  • If you look close enough, you can see his nipples on the road.

    RL Policar
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:50 pm
    If you haven’t seen it already, we posted a video on our Fanpage that shows a guy trying to jump over his friends, but it ends up with a nasty faceplant-slide. To watch it, click HERE Bookmark It Hide Sites
  • Make your levers grippier

    RL Policar
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Not sure if grippier is actually a word, but judging from my spell check it’s not. Anyhow so I had this idea come to me because it was something I recently did for my motorcycle brake/clutch levers. I basically wanted more grip on my levers. So you ready? First thing you do is grab one of those heat shrink sleeves that best matches the size of your brake lever. I actually had to cut this one to size. I bought my shrinks at Harbor Freight for a few bucks. Then I took my heat gun and start shrinking the shrink. So here’s the final product. I’m typically a 1 finger braker, but…
 
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    Sick Lines - mountain bike reviews, news, videos | Your comprehensive downhill and freeride mountain bike resource

  • Nico Vink and Kyle Jameson Shred Whistler Bike Park

    sicklines
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    If you’ve rode the Whistler Bike Park, we don’t need to tell you how much fun it is. Red Bull sent over some information on their final installment of the Into the Dirt Series. Watch Nico Vink, Kyle Jameson and Dennis Langenstam enjoy this wonderful park. You may find a few new lines to try at Whistler next year after watching this video! In Focus Video The Whistler Bike Park holds the Crankworx festival every year and it never disappoints. Check out some of our previous content to see more of what Whistler has to offer.
  • Video: Hope Cranks – Factory Tour

    sicklines
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    The Hope factory is a great place that we love seeing more of. If you’re into machning and manufacturing this is a great little video inside. Learn about the Hope cranks inside in a video and pictures. Video: Hope Cranks (Steel City Media) After five years of designing and testing, we’re now ready to manufacture our cranks. This edit opens all doors to the Hope Cranks and allows you to understand your product a little better. Photos: Duncan Philpott http://www.hopetech.com/product/crankset/
  • Join Neko Mulally and Brendan Fairclough in North Carolina : Free Beer

    sicklines
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    If you happen to be in or near Asheville, NC this weekend, don’t miss a chance to catch up with Neko Mulally and Brendan Fairclough from the Gstaad-Scott world cup downhill team. They’ll be at Billy Goat Bikes this Friday evening the 30th, with free beer, bike demos, and good times.
  • Red Bull: 3D Print a Carbon Mountain Bike

    sicklines
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    Want a full carbon MTB? All you need is a 3D printer, says bike builder Adrian Smith. Is it really that simple? Check out the Red Bull video inside. We’re now live with the second instalment in our new series “Fettlers”, where we document the men that go it alone in pursuit of the ultimate DIY bike. In this episode we catch up with Adrian Smith, who’s been building carbon bikes in his shed with the help of a 3D printer. If you missed episode one check it out here.
  • Kali Protectives Launches New Deep Coverage Maya Enduro Helmet

    sicklines
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Kali sent over some details of a new helmet they’ve created called the Maya. Would you rather be hit by a 2×4 or a pillow? It’s a stupid question, but one that our current helmet standards don’t do enough to address. So we’ve built our Maya using a combination of cone shaped multi-density EPS, paired with a softer density foam around the head. This combination of materials allows us to use our lowest foam density ever. While helmets typically utilize a foam density between 100-120 g per cubit liter, the density in our Maya is around 70 g. The benefit to using this softer foam…
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  • Pro Tip: Hauling and Treating Questionable Water

    Ted Johnson
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    There are lot of photos of my left hand and arm in this post. But if you look closely, you’ll see a couple of bikes. Some bicyclists do need to carry water — a few yards, or even miles from where the water will be consumed. It’s the way of the world, but maybe not […]
  • Monkey Lights Lighting up a Chilly Commute – A Review

    Troy Marino
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I spent one week bicycle commuting and mountain biking with a front-wheel mounted Monkey Light M204 a wheel light that offers (mostly) 360 visibility. The M204 is the less expensive model of Monkey Lights from MonkeyLectric. After watching the installation video, installation went fairly smooth. A quick peak of the user guide then I was […]
  • Selling E-Bikes Online, an Eye-Opening Experience Concluding in a BionX Clearance

    Josh Lipton
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    In 2011 we decided to explore the opportunity of selling electric bicycles and e-bike kits online. It didn’t go well, but we learned quite a bit along the way. I’m here to tell the tale and while I’m at it announce our 25% off BionX Clearance. As you may already know the business behind this […]
  • High Visibilty and High Fashion? Yes Please! – Vespertine Vespert Review

    Karen Voyer-Caravona
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    Let me just cut to the chase; I dont normally wear clothes made for bike riding. However, Vespertines reflective Vespert vest intrigued me as a fashionable solution to my recent concerns about being visible on Phoenixs often inhospitable streets.   When I started blogging about my experiences commuting by bike, one of the points that […]
  • Riser Bars become Drop Bars South of the Equator(and more Science from Madagascar)

    Ted Johnson
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:08 pm
    We all know for a fact that toilets and drains swirl counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. (And by “fact” I mean “falsehood.”) But did you know that south of the equator riser bars become drop bars? That’s right. I have the scientific proof from Madagascar. Check it out: […]
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  • Join Me for the 2015 Colorado Bicycle Summit

    Bike Shop Girl
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Are you a Coloradoan that is an avid cyclist, a bike advocate or involved with the cycling industry? I hope you will join me at the annual Colorado Bicycle Summit in downtown Denver on February 9th and 10th. More from the host organization, Bicycle Colorado: This two-day program is geared to educate and empower attendees, identify common bicycling issues and solutions in our communities, demonstrate the power of a unified voice to the state legislature and set priorities for improving the future of bicycling in Colorado. Summit Overview Learn best practices for making change happen at the…
  • The Power of People

    Megan Archer
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Megan Archer is a mid-30’s amateur cyclocross racer. Giving everything to the passion of sport, and for the power of the people. When I sat down to write this blog post, I had originally planned to recap both of my races at ‘cross nationals. Due to the overwhelming love and support from the cycling community in the last few days, that original plan has been sidelined. Now, I am writing to celebrate the power of people. A Little Background About Me I started riding bikes consistently in 2012. My brother built up a Surly Crosscheck out of extra parts he had lying around the garage, and…
  • For Sale: Surly Pugsley Small

    Bike Shop Girl
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    I’m selling my wife’s nearly new Surly Pugsley. If you are in the market, this is a killer deal. $1,000 (Retails for $1,800) Size: 16″ http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pugsley/geometry Close to new <200 miles There are a couple places where the decals are scuffed due to other bikes leaning on it Notes: Handlebars are XLC swept back Grips are lock on Rim strips were swapped for white, because why not? Everything else is stock It does not include pedals This has been professionally maintained (I run a bike shop) and very well loved  
  • Motivational Monday: Christmas Came Early

    Bike Shop Girl
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    I’ve watched the seasons change from fall to winter here in Denver and feel fortunate that I enjoyed quite a bit of time outside even with a broken arm. Last week I had my 6 week follow up with my surgeon. Initially, he had said it takes 6-8 weeks for the bones to heal. Until that time, my bones were mostly held together with the new plates and screws. This last set of x-rays showed that while the bones are healing nicely, they aren’t 100% ready to take weighted load. He feels more comfortable with another two weeks. Easy enough! Testing some dirt near Dakota Ridge. Luckily since…
  • 2014 Festive 500: Day 1

    Bike Shop Girl
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    For the first day of Festive 500 I did an extra long commute on my Surly Ogre to knock out some miles while spending most of the day playing Santa Clause at the bike shop. The morning started at 16º, which is why I chose the Ogre with platform pedals. I suited up with my flannel lined Carhartt’s, snow boots and ski googles. The ride was gorgeous, rather quiet and I was the perfect temperature the whole morning. By the time I was done at the shop, Denver had heated up to 45º so I packed my winter gear into my panniers and enjoyed a sunny ride home. Close to the house I ran into a fella…
 
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  • An American Junior Goes to Tabor Ranked Second in the World: Gage Hecht Pre-Worlds Interview

    Andrew Reimann
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    American cyclocross viewers who have only kept up with the Elite races this season might think that the big focus of the year is the ... The post An American Junior Goes to Tabor Ranked Second in the World: Gage Hecht Pre-Worlds Interview appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Vote: Your Favorite for a U.S.A. Medal at the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships

    cyclocross magazine
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Who do you think represents America’s best chance to medal at the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships? Most years the overwhelming favorite American cyclocrosser to medal ... The post Vote: Your Favorite for a U.S.A. Medal at the 2015 Cyclocross World Championships appeared first on... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Nats (and World Cup) Bike: Gage Hecht’s Junior Title-Winning Moots Psychlo X RSL

    Andrew Reimann
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    Hecht’s Moots PSYCHLO X RSL is built with custom butted titanium tubing and comes with short 42.3cm chainstays to swing around the tightest corners. While ... The post Nats (and World Cup) Bike: Gage Hecht’s Junior Title-Winning Moots Psychlo X RSL appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • Tracking Tabor’s Weather

    cyclocross magazine
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    Mother Nature and her weather play such an important part in how cyclocross racing unfolds, whether at your local race or at the highest level ... The post Tracking Tabor’s Weather appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races, Bikes, Photos, Videos. ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
  • The 2015 Cyclocross World Championship Preview: The Elite Women in Tabor

    Andrew Reimann
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    The Favorites: Marianne Vos The resume of the Dutch National Champion hardly needs to be expanded upon, but there is no connection greater to ’cross ... The post The 2015 Cyclocross World Championship Preview: The Elite Women in Tabor appeared first on Cyclocross Magazine - Cyclocross News, Races,... ...view the full story & post your comments at our site: http://cxmagazine.com
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  • The Smartest Bike Lock Ever

    Caitlin Giddings
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We’re seeing more and more new gadgets introduced to thwart bike theft—but few advances in the locking technology we already depend on to protect our bikes. Smart pedals and other GPS trackers are helpful innovations, but why not add a few updates to a tool we already know and trust? Coming this summer, the Skylock is a solar-powered U-lock that opens automatically via a Bluetooth link with your phone when you approach your bike. You can also control the lock from afar with your phone, making it easy to let a friend borrow your bike at any time. But if anyone fiddles with your locked…
  • Apartment Living with Bicycles

    Caitlin Giddings
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Naturally at Bicycling we believe bikes are the best way to get around a city, but our advice on caring for them often excludes city-dwellers for one reason—they live in apartments. After all, without a hose, our step-by-step guide to cleaning your ride gets a little...sticky. And without a garage, setting up a home shop for repairs requires next-level feats of space management—and a small amount of gambling with your security deposit. But at some point most of us have faced the challenges of apartment-living with bikes—taking showers with our cyclocross wheels, wiping grease stains off…
  • 6 Ways to Upcycle Old Jerseys

    Molly Hurford
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
  • Fueling Secrets of the Pros

    selene yeager
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    I recently spent five days riding (and eating) with Team Colavita/Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking as a guest at their team training camp in Clermont, Florida. As one might imagine, a team sponsored by food and recipe companies would eat pretty well, but what impressed me most was the attention to detail that goes into every bite that fuels this elite champion team. Under the care of soigneur and team chef Amanda Rose Shission (aka “the Shish”), every meal, smoothie, and snack is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, as well as healthy carbs, fats, and protein. That means no…
  • Evelyn Stevens Embarks on the Road to Richmond

    Elspeth Huyett
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    With a gold medal in the team time trial and a bronze in the individual time trial at World Championships last year, Evelyn Stevens looks poised to snag some hardware, if not a rainbow jersey, on home turf in 2015. After spending five years with Velocio Sports, as the team transitioned from HTC-Highroad to Specialized-lululemon, Stevens has made the jump to the Netherlands-based Boels-Dolmans team. We sat down with Stevens at her team presentation in Efteling, the Netherlands, about her season, her new team, and her tricks of the trade. Bicycling: Looking back on 2014, would you say it…
 
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  • Masi Special Pista Oro

    Adam
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    The latest frame to carry Faliero Masi’s legendary name and coat of arms looks as though it’s targeted directly at the MASH crowd rather than devoted Italophiles. And so it should. Both brand assets are owned by Haro Bikes, and the 2015 Evoluzione is bred for a new generation of road riders. Here’s something that Faliero prepared earlier: a true Milanese track frame enriched with 24 karat gold, which will appeal to both new and old fans of the marque. It may be more of a gridiron venue these days but the Vigorelli Velodrome has played host to the Beatles and Led Zeppelin…
  • Nua Bikes SC-01

    Adam
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    One of the most likeable innovations to cross over to the world of the bicycle from that of the motorcycle has to be the belt drive. It all looks good on paper: cleaner and quieter than a chain, longer lasting and lighter. They are perfect for the urban bicycle, as proved by the SC-01 from Nua Bikes. Roberto Aznar is the founder of Nua Bikes. He’s based in Barcelona and is an incredible engineer, with degrees in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He also built his own house, including the installation of the plumbing, electrics, welding, bricklaying and carpentry. Then he decided to…
  • Sven Cycles Super Light

    Adam
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    13.9lb, or 6.3kg, isn’t a bad old weight for a steel road bike now, is it? With his latest build, Weymouth’s Darron Coppin has silenced the naysayers who claim steel is generally a heavier frame material than aluminium or carbon fibre. It’s as thin as a rapier but built with the age-old dependability offered by Reynolds tubes. Darron has an extensive portfolio of quintessentially British bikes: his 3-speed Roadsters are based on “the type of bike everyone rode to work on back when everyone rode to work.” One of his tourers, equipped with waterproof Carradice bags…
  • Zanconato Road32

    Adam
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Steel, aluminium or carbon? What’s your favourite material for a frame? These days, a custom frame in any is very accessible — you needn’t feel like you have to resort to a mass produced frame by choosing the latter two. Mike Zanconato has been fabricating aluminium frames that are just as desirable as his steel frames. This is his Road32 model, which is available as a platform in both steel and aluminium. The common denominator is that both have clearance for up to 32C tyres, perfect for general road riding and exploring your local trails. Mike built this disc version for…
  • Legor Cicli Road

    Adam
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    We have different reasons for riding the bikes we ride. They fulfil certain requirements for stages of our cycling, and each delivers an individual experience. The story about how each came to be to in our possession is revealing, but the background to the acquisition of a tailored frame is always infinitely more interesting than that of an off-the-peg bike. Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli is still a passionate Italian, but he now calls Barcelona home, where he’s found a market that is equally fond of colourful, well-made, handcrafted frames. He just completed this road frame for Luis…
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  • Giro Republic Cycling Shoes

    Dave Moulton
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    I love the simplicity of Shimano SPD Double Sided Pedals. (Left.) I never have to look down to see which side is up, and they are easy to click in and out of. They are ideal for the tourist or commuter, or the non-racing leisure rider like myself. The main drawback I have found is finding a decent pair of road cycling shoes that are compatible with the two bolt cleats. Strictly speaking these SPD pedals are mountain bike pedals and there is an abundance of mountain bike shoes available, but these all have the thick knobbley, rubber soles that look more like hiking boots than cycling shoes. I…
  • Opting out of the system

    Dave Moulton
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    For the first half of the last century the Tobacco Industry pretty much had a clear run of things, and what a fantastic business model it was. Tobacco is relatively cheap to produce, it grows in the ground. It requires very little processing to turn it into a product that is highly addictive, ensuring once a person is hooked they will buy the product for the rest of their somewhat shortened life. There was a time when doctors would even recommend their patients smoke. They would tell their patients, it calms the nerves. Menthol cigarettes help congestion, etc., etc. Through the Great…
  • Please, just go around me

    Dave Moulton
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
      More and more states are bringing in “Safe Passing” laws to protect cyclists. As they do, more and more motorists complain that they cannot safely pass cyclists on winding country roads without crossing the double yellow line and putting themselves and others in danger. I contend that drivers are making more out of this issue than there really is. First of all, yes you have to cross the double yellow that is obvious. However, realize that it is a painted line, not a concrete barrier, you can easily drive over it and back again. Second, get the issue in perspective; it is…
  • Designing Bikes for Women

    Dave Moulton
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    I have this theory regarding functional art, that if an object or piece of equipment is designed to perform its function correctly, it will appear pleasing to the eye from an aesthetic point of view. A piece of furniture like a chair, a bridge, a boat, or indeed a bicycle, all fall into this category of functional art. Not only does the bicycle need to look right standing alone, but rider and bicycle need to look right together. The bicycle becomes an extension of the rider, a platform if you will for the athlete to launch a physical effort. As a result of my last article, a story of the…
  • Rescue Bike

    Dave Moulton
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Maintaining this blog is not always easy, but I will say there are times when it is highly rewarding. On the last piece I wrote, Andy commented “You might find this interesting.” There was a link to Retro Bike Forum, in the UK. Over there a poster calling himself Marty P, wrote about a 1975 ‘dave moulton’ track bike, he found at his local dump. The bike missing its tubular tires is otherwise complete, and in reasonable condition for its age. I posted my own comments on the forum and asked for the frame serial number. Marty then emailed me with the following story: I…
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  • Great Comment on Stop the Talkers – Step Three… Let’s Fix This Today!

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 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. Instructor Tom Lahoud left such a thoughtful comment on Stop the Talkers – Step Three… Let’s Fix This Today! I felt it deserved it’s own post Take it away Tom >>>> Great post and well detailed. I appreciate all the great articles you post. The challenges you described are all too familiar to me. I’ve…
  • Performance Cycle – FTP Assessment or 2 + 1 = a straight line

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 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. Better late than never they say. It certainly applies to this season’s Performance Cycle classes – now we’re in full swing after some initial confusion that came from a sudden change on GFDH’s. We kicked off this past Sunday with an assessment to find the wattage numbers we will be using going forward. I like to…
  • Stop the Talkers – Step Three… Let’s Fix This Today!

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:13 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. In part two we identified how the talkers act the way they do because of; cluelessness, a lack of respect for you and your class or they’re challenging your position as the leader. Much of this could also apply to the texters/bring their own music/do their own thing people. I defined the three possible reasons WHY people act…
  • Help Wanted – Brand Ambassadors and Retailers for Klara Kelly Head Bands

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast | ICI/PRO Premium Education - ICI/PRO is the Indoor Cycling Instructor Community's resource for free music, Instructor teaching tips, motivational cues, education, entertainment, class profiles, routines and music playlists. I love helping startup companies like Kalara Kelly by promoting their products! Amy loves these non-slip headbands and wears the samples she was sent in every class she teaches.   Owner/entrepreneur Melissa Sherwood emailed me about a new Brand Clan Ambassador program. They are hoping to outfit some influential Instructors to…
  • ICI Podcast 338 – Pre-startup planning for a new Indoor Cycling Studio

    john@indoorcycleinstructor.com (John@indoorcycleinstructor.com)
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:09 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. How much planning did you do (or should you do), before launching your new cycling studio? What research did you complete to understand the difference between successful studios and those that are struggling? Fitness entrepreneur Callie Bowling has completed an exhaustive planning process in anticipation of opening a new Indoor Cycling…
 
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  • Check Over Your Accessories

    Victor
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    In this Cycling 360 Quick Tip, Darryl talks about something that personally happened to him last week.  It’s important to look over your cycling accessories from time to time and in this quickcast Darryl gives his personal story and suggestions.
  • Stepping Back From the Bike

    Darryl
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    It’s our first podcast of 2015, and we humbly must say it’s our best work yet.  Not only are you going to hear a massive improvement in sound quality, you’ll find the content in this episode incredibly life changing. Darryl and Victor discuss the idea of stepping back and how it can improve your cycling….and your life.  Within minutes of tuning in, you’ll understand just how passionate these guys are about this topic and the wisdom really begins to flow. We invite you to hear our new sound quality, amazing new theme song composed by Martin Blomberg, and…
  • What about broken spokes?

    Victor
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Do spokes wear out?   In this quick tip Victor talks about how long wheels should last and when to have a pro check the wheels for trueness and tension .
  • Fix Your Cycling Jersey Zipper

    Darryl
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Generally our Cycling 360 quicktips are about on the bike training or sometimes about living a positive life on and off the bike.  Well this time, it’s all about your cycling jersey and how to fix a stuck zipper. Darryl loves life hacks so when he recently had an issue with his jersey, he researched a way to fix it and is now here to give you the details. One easy cycling jersey fix in this week’s Cycling 360 quick tip.
  • Simplify Your Cycling: On the Bike Workouts

    Darryl
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    In the final edition of our Cycling 360 Simplify Your Cycling series, Darryl and Victor discuss how to take the complexity out of cycling training and workouts. As we’re sure you’re aware, there are countless articles and information about how to get the most out of your training on the bike.  Most of our listeners are cyclists out for exercise, weight loss, and enjoyment….but still want to push it and get the best performance possible.  So this podcast give you a stripped down and simplified way to do it. Tune in for and find out more: The one simple key to make cycling…
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    lovingthebike.com

  • Loving the Bike TV: Wanting Nothing

    Darryl
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    Last night I realized that at this moment in my life, I don’t want anything more than I have right now.  Seeing that I live a pretty simple life, I thought it’s a great feeling to be this way. How about you?  Are you content with where you’re at?  I feel it’s another ingredient in totally Loving Life on and off the Bike. Here’s more: The post Loving the Bike TV: Wanting Nothing appeared first on lovingthebike.com.
  • Let’s Talk About Riding the Trainer

    Darryl
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    It’s been a while since we’ve done a post in our Let’s Talk series which is the opportunity for all of you to build up the content and give your thoughts, opinions, and tips. This time around we’re discussing the bike trainer and rollers.  Let us know about how you make the most of your time while on them, what you do to make it most effective, how do you like riding on them?  Give us all the good stuff in the comments below. Here’s a quick video with my trainer talk….listen in for a little voice cameo from our new donkey, Moonlight Poet. The post…
  • Appreciate Your Ride

    Darryl
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Our Loving the Bike tagline might be “Enjoy Your Ride”, but when it comes to Making it Happen I feel that “Appreciate Your Ride” is more applicable. If this fast paced world of ours, taking time to smell the roses is happening less and less.  I know this has potential for sounding redundant and cheesy, but if we focus our attention on the beauty and magic around us….life is so much better. In the end, it will be those moments of appreciation you remember the most.  What happens if you never take the time to focus on them? Yes, I’m a guy who lives on a…
  • Belize Road Cycling and Mountain Bike – Land For Sale

    Darryl
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    You’ve heard me talk about how Belize and its incredible cycling culture, but I wanted to touch on it again and provide an opportunity for you to make it home. Whether you like cycling or not, Belize is a fabulous place to consider as a full-time or part-time home.  Two huge advantages it has is: The only country in Central America with English as its official language – This mean all documents, contracts, or any other official paperwork is done in a language you can read and understand. 2 Hour Flight – Yes, believe it or not….it’s only a two-hour flight from…
  • Want To Perform Better? Understand the Performance Mind

    Darryl
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    The last article we posted by Scott Price stirred up a lot of comments and controversy.  He’s back again with another “mind-provoking” article. The Performance Mind by Scott Price Set your intentions high. Time is ticking… Your greatest intentions are the organizing power for your entire life. If you are looking for how to achieve; your ideal body weight increased endurance better climbing more speed greater health and balance in your life, then read on.  It all begins in the mind, and you’ll get a 7 step process you can use to power up your cycling. Ever wonder why…
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    Motocross Hideout

  • Pre-Ride Checklist – 11 Things To Inspect On Your Dirt Bike

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    A broken dirt bike sitting in my garage is not a happy sight. What’s even worse is when I haul my dirt bike out to the track or trails and it breaks down shortly after my riding session begins. There will always be those kind of days sooner or later, but I have learned how to prevent most mechanical gremlins from occurring just from experience over the years.’ I started taking maintenance seriously when I had an incident that fried a top-end when it probably could have been prevented if I had only checked the coolant level prior to riding. I have now taken the time to figure out…
  • Honda XR200R Mods Part 2 – Weight Reduction

    tom.stark@motocrosshideout.com (Tom Stark)
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Honda XR’s aren’t known for being high-performance dirt bikes. That’s a given… In stock trim. If you read Part 1 on XR200 Mods, you will know that there are a lot of parts that you can replace for better performance, such as: suspension, intake, and exhaust. Part two we’ll look at the parts that can be removed or replaced for the purpose of reducing the bike’s overall weight. One of the reasons why the Honda XR200R is so popular for trail riding is its simplicity and low weight compared to other bigger four-stroke trail bikes. Wait, hold on! Why in the…
  • 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…
 
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    PinoyMTBiker Community - Philippine Mountain Bike Community

  • FS Used: Santa Cruz Butcher Large

    bendik
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    2012 Santa Cruz Butcher Frame Only. Included with the frame is the Fox Float RL rear shock and the seatclamp. Size of frame is Large but fits like a medium because of shorter top tube. 6 inch travel frame with a low standover height of 28.9 inches. Road use and timberland trails about 4 times only. No dent. No crack. Very light scratches only as you can see from the photos. Specifications here http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Santa-C...er-Tested.html Item in New Manila Quezon City. Will ship within the Philippines. sun 09322995423 globe 09178472344…
  • General Bike Inquiry (frame and size)

    kev
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Hi guys, question lang. Yung brother in law ko kasi pinamana na sakin yung Mongoose Comp Tyax (2012) niya, all stocK, bought from SM North. Ang problema kasi ang height niya is 5'7-5'8 ang height ko naman is 5'3 3/4 or 5'4. yung frame ng bike is Small, medyo parang mataas kasi skin yung bike, kapag naka tigil ako nakatingkayad yung paa ko para maabot yung floor. Kapag naka tayo ako sa bike, sayad yung top tube ng bike sa balls ko, may chance paba na maging fit yung bike sakin? Last option ko po ay bumili ng frame, sa ngayon kasi wala pang budget. Plano ko pala gamitin ang bike going to work.
  • bang for the buck hardtail frame

    Sileo
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:18 am
    after slowly upgrading parts from the current bike, will be soon be assembling a 2nd one. would like to hear your opinions on the best 'bang for the buck' hardtail frame available for a 27.5 or 29'er. around 16k-ish budget, can go slightly higher. thanks!
  • Swim: Olympic pool around cavite (imus/bacoor)

    dreadbox
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Anyone knows any olympic pool around cavite?specifically around imus/molino or bacoor. Thanks!
  • FSale: Merida Full-sus MTB

    chefalbert69
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    -selling my seldom USED full-sus bike. Only used for about 30 rides (Timberland and casual rides outside our neighborhood) -FYI: rear shocks (Fox RP2) just got serviced by Dan's shop (replaced gaskets and change/re-charge oil) -RFS: no time to go biking....might try running instead. -Selling for P65,000 (with LOTS OF Freebies) -item can be viewed at my residence in QC (near Tomas Morato-Timog area) -contact me thru 0915.340.6677 here are actual pics: -bike frame is a hydro-formed Merida One-Twenty (medium size) with a Fox RP2 rear shock. Paint is in excellent condition (with bathroom tape on…
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    DARREN COPE » Cycling

  • Recording Power from CycleOps 300 Pro Indoor Bikes

    darrencope
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    I recently started an indoor cycling program at a studio that uses the CycleOps 300 Pro Indoor Cycles. CycleOps 300 Pro Indoor Cycle These bikes have a built in power meter, which is fantastic for training. However, they don’t use a ‘standard’ ANT+ protocol to transmit the data. They in fact use a ‘subset’ of the ANT+ frequency, that only CycleOps products can detect. This limits you to using the Joule line of head units. Unfortunately, this means that the bikes will not transmit a power and cadence value that you can pick up on a Garmin or other much more common…
  • Video Player Blank in Golden Cheetah?

    darrencope
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Golden CheetahAre you trying to get the “Train” view of Golden Cheetah set up so you can suffer all winter, but the Video Player is not working? Well yesterday I decided to set up Train View, and experienced exactly this problem. I opened up Golden Cheetah on a new Windows 8 laptop (that I have yet to run Train view on), and noticed that the default Train View setup doesn’t include the Video Player ’tile.’ I easily added the Video Player to the layout by going to the View Menu > Add Chart > Video Player. Add Video…
  • Review: Kali Phenom Helmet – aka Why to never buy a Kali Protectives Product

    darrencope
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    About this time last year, I was looking for a new road helmet. I did some research, and decided I wanted to get something that had some more ‘advanced’ protection than the usual helmets. However, I also wanted it to look like a normal road helmet. At that time, MIPS was really not available in a road helmet. However, my research lead me to discover Conehead Technology, which uses an advanced foam construction, shaped with cones and using dual-density foam to provide greater protection. I really liked the idea and the research seemed sound, so I began looking for helmets using the…
  • Search and Filter in Golden Cheetah v3

    darrencope
    26 Nov 2013 | 4:21 pm
    This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Golden CheetahI put together a quick screencast showing the Search and Filter capabilities of Golden Cheetah v3. Check it out! Golden Cheetah has a multi-function Search and Filter box in the top right-hand corner. By default, Golden Cheetah starts with the Search function enabled. This is indicated by the word Search… in the query box, and the presence of a magnifying glass icon. To switch to Filter mode, simply click the icon, and it will change to a funnel icon, and the query box will change to read Filter…. Naturally, clicking the…
  • The 40km Project Part XVI

    darrencope
    12 Jun 2013 | 1:31 pm
    This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series The 40km Project Well, I am back to report on the somewhat dormant 40km Project. While planning out my 2013 ride schedule, I checked out the Almonte Bicycle Club calendar to see when the monthly 40km Calabogie TTs were. I noticed, to my dismay, that there was only one TT in Calabogie, and the rest were on a new course in Franktown. Uh-oh! Only one more chance to meet my goal of going sub-hour on the Calabogie course? Damn! My final shot at the hour mark was Sunday, June 2. For race prep, I did an easy (very easy!) spin on Friday night due to the…
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    London Cyclist Blog

  • London’s Big Local Bike Shop End of January Sale

    Andreas
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:33 am
    London’s bike shops have come together to offer London Cyclist readers discounts on popular items. This is part of continuing partnership with Pocket High Street aiming to bring you more from London’s independent bike shops. The items here are click and collect. You order through Pocket High Street and then ride to the store to collect. Alternatively, you can contact the retailer after the sale using the details in the email you’ll receive and ask them to post the item. If nothing here catches your eye, then keep an eye out for future discount promotions or use our sidebar…
  • 5 bikes you’ll want to ride as soon as you see them

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Winter months are tough – icy mornings, windy evenings, and lots of darkness. In fact, this Monday we even had ‘blue Monday’ – reportedly the most depressing day of the year. We’re sure London Cyclist readers won’t be feeling too down – after all, you know the joys of a bike ride – but we’ve got 5 super cool bikes to cheer you up, just in case January is getting you down… The Bubble Wrap Bike There are few things more satisfying than popping bubble wrap, and this creation by Eric Buss allows you to do it, en masse, whilst cycling,…
  • Tips to make your next ride in to the headwind bearable

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    We’ve all been there – early morning ride to work, the journey back after a long day, or perhaps your planned long weekend ride – all can become an epic slog if the wind decides to try and blow you back to where you came from. Here’s some advice on making it a tad more bearable: Draft your way there Drafting – riding close to another rider to benefit from their slipstream – really comes into it’s own on a windy day. If you’re lucky enough to have a ride buddy, working as a team will pay dividends. However – be careful – only draft…
  • 9 of the most common questions by new cyclists answered

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The turn of the year often encourages people to make resolutions to get fit, or save money – and the good news is that cycling allows you to do both. If you’ve started cycling recently, you may be coming across questions that you’d never considered before. If so, here’s a look at 10 of the most common. If you’re a seasoned cyclist, then please share this with any new riders you know, and be sure to tell them that they can find their answers at the London Cyclist! How do I work out the best route to work?   The best route for a cycle commute might not be the…
  • Cycling in icy conditions

    Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    We’ve had some bouts of super cold weather recently. At the London Cyclist we’re always keen to help you keep pedaling in winter, but icy conditions can be dangerous, and sometimes you need to either adapt your ride or try something a little different. Adapt your route Riding in the city center, on roads with a high traffic count, can actually be safer if there is a risk of ice. Country lanes are more likely to stay icy, as they are untreated and not passed by so many cars, whose exhaust fumes melt ice. Not only that, but in rural areas, you are less likely to receive help from a…
 
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    Local Bicycle Trader - Used Bicycles for Sale

  • Diamondback Viper Jr BMX bike

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Diamondback Jr Viper BMX bike in excellent condition. 20 wheel set. Saddle height adjustable up to about 29. Top tube 19. Ready to ride.
  • Specialized A1 Comp Road Bike

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    reconditioned with upgrades excellent condition 48 cm small aluminum frame and carbon fork
  • Tunturi 600 crmo bike with Shimano GS200 components

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tunturi 600 bike with 21 speed Shimano GS200 components (click shifters). 19 frame with 26 wheels, frame standover height is 30. Quick release lever on front wheel and seatpost height adjustment. Dual accessory posts with bottle cage. One bolt style seatpost with vented Selle saddle in excellent condition. Tires in great shape as well. Nice ride for Silver Comet or Beltway
  • Cannondale Flash F3 HardTail MTB wit HeadShok, hydraulic brakes, Fatty fork

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    2013 Cannondale Flash F3 - condition 9,5 of 10 like new ( please see all pictures ) ...... Shimano 27 speed drive traine components - all original parts ..HeadShok Fatty fork w/ lockout , hydraulic disc brakes by Hayes , Frame size - M .... ....... for more info please call or text 201-913-5543 . i'm not answer to private / hidden , google voice and others app. . Pickup from my home Philadelphia PA 19115. . P.S. i'm not rush to sale .... spring around the corner . waiting a buyer with money. P.S.#2 Bike stand not included . If you want to see all 20 pictures - please , hit button Website…
  • SCOTT Womens bike

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Custom bike made for me at Sammy's Bike Shop in St. Charles, IL. Never been used. Pristine condition. Can send more pictures by email.
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    nicomachus

  • Water, the problem of representation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Introducing Ella CyclingTips

    cyclingtips
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Well we’re finally here. Our Sister Site “Ella” has launched today and myself and the rest of the team couldn’t be more excited at the prospects ahead. It’s been been a lot of work in the background over the past few months and today the real work begins. Simply put, “Ella” is Spanish for “Her”. Her CyclingTips. I often get asked, “why are a bunch of guys interested in women’s cycling anyway? What’s the motive? What’s the catch?” I owe thanks to our Editor Matt de Neef for driving the idea into my head for nearly two years. He has been an adamant supporter…
  • Daily News Digest

    Matt de Neef
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joe Cooper claims stage 1 victory at the New Zealand Cycle Classic; Astana report expected in early February; Lawson Craddock heads home after TDU crash; Teams announced for the Tour de Langkawi; Doping in sport is a public health issue – WADA chief; What is Lance Armstrong doing?; Bike Hawk GPS tracker; Team Sky – the first five years; The funniest cyclocross crash ever? Joe Cooper claims stage 1 victory at the New Zealand Cycle Classic New Zealand national road race champion Joe Cooper (Avanti) has won the…
  • Letter from the Editor: Welcome to Ella

    Jessi Braverman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    I’m incredibly grateful to share the labour of love that is Ella with all you today. It’s both a beginning and an end – as the behind-the-scenes work that we’ve been tirelessly plugging away at to prepare for launch begins to die down and the demands of running a live website with a real audience become a reality. When I published my first Letter from the Editor two months ago, many of you piped up with questions in the comments section. I want to use this letter as an opportunity to answer some of the queries raised. Many of you expressed concerns about the need for a women’s…
  • Meet Simone Giuliani: Ella CyclingTips consulting editor unites passion and profession

    Jessi Braverman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    I consider myself lucky to have landed Simone Giuliani as a consulting editor for Ella. While we are both journalists, our professional backgrounds couldn’t be any more different. Simone has worked for Reuters and Bloomberg and brings with her tricks, techniques and expertise from her years in business journalism. Her input has already been of huge benefit to CyclingTips as a whole, and I’m confident she will continue to help us raise the bar in terms of coverage, best practices and behind-the-scenes systems and processes. Until now, Simone’s connection to cycling has been limited to…
  • Ella Explained

    Jessi Braverman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The website was nameless. We had been referring to it for well over a month as the ‘sister site’ and despite tossing around lots of ideas as to what we would call our women’s cycling website, we had yet to land on a winner. We crowd-sourced the site name in the comments section of my first letter from the editor. Some of the responses were fantastic. While we loved the intention behind the suggestions, they still didn’t meet all our needs. It needed to be distinctive and appropriate but also short, catchy, and easy to pronounce and remember. It should sound feminine and have some sort…
 
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    Car Free Days

  • Teen Bike Rejection Syndrome

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

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

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

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

  • Cycling the Coast of Turkey

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

    Mark Taylor
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Original article published on www.bikes.org.uk. Earlier today, the Bicycle Industry website, BikeBiz.com published an article following a series of tweets by Transport for London part-time board member, Brian Cooke. They report on a number of tweets in which Mr Cooke demonstrates his hatred of cyclists, naivety and downright rudeness. Here’s an example of one of his tweets: Cyclists as cyclists […] More Info on Google+ Bikes.org.uk for Mark Taylor
  • £5m Paid to Claimants due to Potholes

    Mark Taylor
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Original article published on www.bikes.org.uk. £5.4m paid to claimants due to pothole damage by North-West of England Councils over the past 3 years Earlier this year, the Department of Transport announcement an additional £168m to help the scourge of cyclists, potholes. There are approximately 3 million potholes across UK roads and this fund has been provided to 148 councils to […] More Info on Google+ Bikes.org.uk for Mark Taylor
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    RKP

  • Kitsbow Clothing

    Padraig
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    The first time I saw dedicated mountain bike clothing, it looked like the bastard child of motocross gear and a ren faire costume. The cargo shorts lacked a pad, and the pockets, when loaded, swung around like fabric nun chucks. The “jerseys” looked like they were missing a set of shoulder pads. I thought they were a fail in both form and function. On the flip side, when Giro announced their New Road line of clothing, I knew they were taking us in an interesting new direction. They were riffing on a trend that had already begun to improve mountain bike clothing—the…
  • In Isolation

    Robot
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    It’s easy to think, when someone almost hits you with their automobile, that you’d be better off in the car than on the bike, and in absolute terms, that’s probably true. Force = Mass x Acceleration, and there is really no acceleration I can achieve with my 17-lb. bicycle and 155-lb. body that will overcome the mass of a modern sport utility vehicle. That’s why, as the nice lady in the late model Chevy drifted across the white line into the shoulder, I pounded her rear quarter pannel like a seven-year-old at a Whack-a-Mole convention. She swerved back out of my…
  • Why Bother?

    Padraig
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    The Amgen Tour of California has announced the teams for the 2015 edition of the race. As expected, a number of UCI ProTeams will contest the race, including BMC, Etixx-Quick-Step, Cannondale Garmin, Trek Factory, Tinkoff-Saxo, Team Giant-Alpecin and Team Sky. Two domestic Pro Continental Teams, UnitedHealthcare and Team Novo Nordisk, will be there and a number of domestic Continental teams, including Axeon, Hincapie, Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home, and Team SmartStop. Not on the list of invitations was Chris Horner’s…
  • Friday Group Ride #247

    Robot
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I didn’t really recognize the words coming out of my mouth. I was saying, “I don’t really want to own a lot of bikes anymore. I just want to have a few really good ones.” As soon as I said it, a brief ontological crisis bloomed in my reptile brain. My legs went wobbly. I was telling the truth but also contradicting the basic truth of ‘n+1′ where n is the number of bikes you own, and the question is how many you want to own in total. Maybe it’s growing maturity? No. Probably not. Maybe it’s the physical reality of the limited space in the two…
  • Lake MXZ303 Winter Boots

    Robot
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    I had resolved to ride straight through the winter, mostly because I had spent so much time off the bike, injured, at the end of the summer and into the fall. A mild weather start helped stoke my motivation, and so, by the time the Polar Vortex returned to my New England home, I was feeling fit and ready, just a few small issues to address, one of which was footwear. I like cold weather riding, and because I run hot, I seldom feel any core coldness at all, even in sub-freezing temps. Hands and feet are another matter, and I find that most of the products that pretend to keep your extremities…
 
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    Semi-Pro Cycling Performance Podcast

  • SPC127 - Periodization: Are You Doing it Right?

    Damian Ruse
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Traditional periodization follows an optimal sequence based on the time course of training adaptations. Understanding this will help you set your training load, and time physiological adaptions better. Use the ideas from Alan Couzens to help you plan your training for optimal performance gains within the linear periodization model.
  • SPC126 - How to Apply Science to your Cycling with Jason Boynton M.S.

    Damian Ruse
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Learn how to read scientific papers if you should implement the techniques or products mentioned while avoiding the main pitfalls of using this approach to performance.
  • SPC125 - The Best Innovation Tech from 2014

    Damian Ruse
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    To get things going in 2015 I thought it would be cool to look a little deeper into a 2014 Cyclingnews Reader Poll By: James Huang. It produced a top 10 of innovations from the year, and we dig into each one a little deeper.
  • SPC124 - How to Crush Crits and Be a Better Racer

    Damian Ruse
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Since the Summer crits have started in Australia, and this is one of the most underrated episodes of SPC I've decided a replay Criterium Racing: Tips, Tactics and Strategy.
  • SPC123 - Peaking and Tapering Revisited

    Damian Ruse
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    What is the right tapering strategy for you? While this is not top of mind all year round, it’s important even when it’s not happening. Meaning you should be thinking about it when you’re planning your season.
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    The Average Road Cyclist

  • What the Day of My Total Knee Replacement Was Like

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    This picture was taken about 4:30 AM on the day of my surgery. You can see how the rightknee has collapsed to the inside.  I was in painand ready to get it replaced.The day of my total knee replacement surgery was an early start.  I had to be at the hospital at 5:00 AM for check in.  It didn't take long to go through that process and they ushered me upstairs to the waiting area.  A nurse met me and told me I would be my doctor's first surgery of four.  I was glad I wouldn't have to wait until the fourth one.  As with most surgeries, the standard questions and…
  • How Long After Total Knee Replacement Surgery Can You Ride a Bicycle?

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    YI have more articles to write about regarding my total knee replacement.  I want to write about the few days after the surgery, the therapy involved in getting back to normal, and finally, getting back to normal.  I could not wait to show this video though.  This video was taken just 5 weeks and 3 days since my total knee replacement surgery.  That's right.  That is me riding my outdoor bicycle for the first time since my surgery. I didn't even have to raise my seat.  My knee felt good and it did not hurt for the first time in months. I actually rode 10.3 miles…
  • Preparing for My Total Knee Replacement

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    This photo of a knee replacement is from www.howardluksmd.comIf you read my last post, you saw that my road to a total knee replacement was many years in the making.  When my knee decided that is was really time, it let me know with a great deal of pain.  I last rode my bicycle in October 2014.  My final few rides were very uncomfortable, but the real pain was at night during sleep.  In fact, I didn't sleep much because of the pain.  Ibuprofen didn't touch the pain either.It was early November when I decided that it was time to return to my doctor.  He said…
  • I Had to Stop Riding Because of my Knee but A Total Knee Replacement Saved It

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    My knee the morning after my surgery. It is massively swollen and there are 33 staples. I felt good becauseof the pain medication and I went for my first walkjust minutes after this picture.I have been a cyclist for over 35 years.  I have been a mountain bike cyclist, a road cyclist, and, for the past many years, a touring cyclist.  I love riding for many reasons but the best reason for cycling is the feeling of adventure and freedom is gives me.  Even at 59 years of age, I often feel like a kid again when I ride. About 15 years ago, I started having some mild pain in my…
  • Day 7 of The Southern New Mexico Bicycle Tour - Alamogordo to Cloudcroft - The Long Way

    18 Aug 2013 | 11:59 am
    Day 6 of my tour was interesting. I encountered rain, fog, sun, coolness, and just a bit of heat.  I arrived in Alamogordo fairly early and had plenty of time to rest and prepare for what would be the most difficult ride of the entire tour.  Cloudcroft is only 20 miles from Alamogordo and the climb is over 4,500 feet.  I decided to not attempt that ride because there are no shoulders on the road and a long tunnel to go through too.  I figured that I might be risking my life trying to ride the busy highway up to Cloudcroft while hauling a heavy trailer on a road that…
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    Cyclosynthesis

  • Here I am, now on the caveman road.

    vividphotographylife
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    It has been a while since I had something valuable to post on or about.I had a good weight loss last summer, I was hovering around 245 lbs but then I hit a wall. No matter what I did, my weight did not decrease. I tried more exercise, I reduced my daily intake of calories, I was using the national health chart and using grain and low fat stuff religiously but my weight got back up. I started to get depressed and also some bouts of anxiety attacks that mimicked heart problem symptoms. So I decided after the turn of the New Year to get into the Primal blueprint/Paleo food protocol and say…
  • Tour la nuit at Capital velofest 2014

    vividphotographylife
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:27 am
    A nice medley of the tour la nuit 2014
  • Cyclist Denied Right Of Way By Taxi

    vividphotographylife
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Nice display of rules of the road when a taxi speeds up and cut a cyclist off, on his right of way turn.
  • Tamarack race weekend 2014

    vividphotographylife
    25 May 2014 | 5:33 pm
    A fun time on the 5K at the races.
  • Starting line at the CN ride for CHEO

    vividphotographylife
    14 May 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Here we are at the start of the 35 km ride ,I am wearing red and my wife Sylvie is wearing purple we are at the centre of the photo.
 
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    Total Women's Cycling

  • Review: OneLife Squadra iD Wristband

    Total Women's Cycling
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:06 am
        Chances are if you are a member of a cycling club or have studied pictures of some of the pro riders in the peleton, you may have seen various identification wristbands displaying a person’s name and ‘In Care of Emergency’ contact information (ICE). I am a care-free, happy cyclist but also a mother […] The post Review: OneLife Squadra iD Wristband appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Vulpine’s First Sample Sale Hits Brick Lane this Friday!

    Hannah Ustel
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Yep you read it right, the Vulpine sample sale starts this Friday! The post Vulpine’s First Sample Sale Hits Brick Lane this Friday! appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Introducing Japan’s Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster…

    Hannah Ustel
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    The pedal-powered roller coaster with the most spectacular view... The post Introducing Japan’s Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster… appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Ladies Tour of Qatar Announces 2015 Teams

    Suzie McCracken
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    The 15 teams that will partake in the Ladies Tour of Qatar have been announced. As one of our 8 Most Exciting Races of 2015, we are super excited to keep track of the action from February 3-6. Of course, we’ll be cheering on the UK’s own Lizzie Armitstead as part of the Boels Dolmans team. Here’s the […] The post Ladies Tour of Qatar Announces 2015 Teams appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
  • Review: Endura Xtract Jacket

    The Reluctant Cyclist
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
    Has Rachel Verity found her perfect commuter high vis jacket? The post Review: Endura Xtract Jacket appeared first on Total Women's Cycling.
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    Bike Tourings - Blog

  • Wald Splash guard Fenders, When Minimalism is good

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

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

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

    30 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    Feeling safe, confident and comfortable on a touring or commuter bike without compromising performance begins with establishing effective bike posture.  Riding a bike consists of three points of contact resulting in direct pressure on hands, feet and buttocks.  Effective bike posture results in relieving undue pressure at all three points of contact and lends to a lighter, more agile and responsive feel while riding.  An old diagram depicting a good average touring posture reveals that this method has been around a very long time.  It's easy to incorporate on most all…
  • Free ebook for Bike Photography, Happy Holidays from Bike Tourings

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Bike Touring in beautiful Colorado Century Old Oak Tree with Bridgestone An old business axiom is "location, location, location" and much the same is with photography. Not just the geographical location but the location of placing subject matter within the frame of the image.In this era of point and shoot cell phone technology and social sharing sites such as Instagram and Flickr it seems that everyone is a photographer these days.  However there is still a place for a more advanced understanding of simple photo techniques particularly with cameras offering more creative control allowing…
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    Cycling Perspective®

  • Art Therapy: “My Self Propelled Dream Machine”

    Kim Hull
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    by Karl “Kajomo” Mortiz My life changed just before 5:00pm on June 29, 2010 on my evening bike commute in Portland, Oregon. I was riding on the same daily forty mile commute that I had done for the past ten years. That evening my path crossed with the 24-year-old driver of a car that later reported that he saw my handlebars begin to shake and then, describing the accident, “He just fell off his bike into the north bound lane.” The driver didn’t have time to avoid hitting me and I was dragged underneath the car for thirty feet. At the initial impact, my backpack, helmet and…
  • Amgen Tour of California 2015 Stage 1

    Kim Hull
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Amgen Tour of California 2015 Stage 1: Sacramento Sunday, May 10 Start: Sacramento Finish: Sacramento Start time: 10:00 AM Stage 1 route maps, profiles and stage 1 race information will be posted when available  
  • Amgen Tour of California 2015 Stage 2

    Kim Hull
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Amgen Tour of Califorinia 2015 Stage 2: Nevada City© Sydney Moon Monday, May 11 Start: Nevada City Finish: Lodi Start time: 10:00 AM Stage 1 route maps, profiles and stage 1 race information will be posted when available  
  • Amgen Tour of California 2015 Stage 3

    Kim Hull
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Tuesday, May 12 Start: San Jose Finish: San Jose Start time: 10:00 AM Stage 1 route maps, profiles and stage 1 race information will be posted when available  
  • Amgen Tour of California 2015 Stage 4

    Kim Hull
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Amgen Tour of California 2015 Stage 4: Pismo Beach to Avila BeachPhoto: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media Wednesday, May 13 Start: Pismo Beach Finish: Avila Beach Start time: 10:00 AM Stage 4 route maps, profiles and stage 4 race information will be posted when available  
 
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    wayofthebicycle

  • Erin

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

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

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

    TB
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Just a photo to keep it going. Okinawa. Mamachari. Just let it happen.Filed under: Cruisers, Hybrid Bikes Tagged: bicycle, bike, Cruiser, Cycling, featured, japan, okinawa, photograph, road bike, steel
  • Quick Review: 2015 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Comp Disc

    TB
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Gallery below! I am slowly getting to like Specialized. I mean, if you’re going to purchase a crabon bike to shed grams and pretend like you’re on a team, then Specialized, I think, is one of the better big-company bike companies out there.  I am not doing this review here to claim that Specialized is…
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    Cyclist Ville

  • Cyclist Ville is being re-organized!

    Shawn Gossman
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
      Don’t worry, folks! Cyclist Ville isn’t being closed down, sold off or anything crazy like that. I have just decided to re-organize the blog a little bit and help make navigation, pages, posts, searching, and services and so on a little bit easier to use for me, you and everyone else who visits.   What will be new?   * Cut down the categories to what you see now, five of them are easier to negative through than tons with tons of sub-categories. The categories I am covering are really the only type of topics I plan to write about anyways. *Theme changes are going to happen…
  • Coaching Cycling as a Way to Make Money with Cycling

    Shawn Gossman
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Could you imagine coaching cycling to others? Could you imagine coaching cycling to others while getting paid for it? Coaching cycling is an actual career choice that many cyclists tends to go for and you can too if you any good at cycling at all. Basically with coaching cycling, you are going to be showing people how to become better at cycling or showing them how to get into better health with cycling – there are endless routes you can take and also base these routes on your own cycling skill level as well.     So why not start a coaching cycling business and get for doing…
  • Mobile Bicycle Repair as a Way to Make Money Cycling

    Shawn Gossman
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Ever thought about making money through bicycling by offering a mobile bicycle repair service? A mobile bicycle repair service is a good idea if you really think about it. Someone is riding their bike and the chain snaps, they don’t have the tools to fix it, what do they do? They call a mobile bicycle repair service that you just so happen to own.     You can make some money with a mobile bicycle repair service if you do it right. You can charge a fee for the mobile bicycle repair of course, a travel fee and a fee to take the rider somewhere if the bike cannot be repaired on the…
  • Bicycle Repair Business as a Way to Make Money Cycling

    Shawn Gossman
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Have you ever thought about opening up your own bicycle repair business before? A bicycle repair business would be a great way to make money with cycling and also very informative to your bicycle lifestyle because you will learn a lot – trust me on that. Starting your own bicycle repair business is fairly simple too especially when you are just getting the bicycle repair business going and don’t have a whole lot of capital to invest in it at the moment.     I started my own bicycle repair business about a year ago. When I market it, I tend to get quite a bit of business and I am…
  • Bicycle Delivery as a Way to Make Money Cycling

    Shawn Gossman
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Do you like to ride your bicycle? Have you ever considered providing a bicycle delivery service? A bicycle delivery service might be what you need in order to start profiting from the bicycling niche. The idea is that you will go pickup items and use your bike to transport the items to those who are expecting them. You save fuel and insurance costs by using a bicycle and in high traffic areas; you can often get packages to those who need them a lot quicker than parcel vehicles.     Go into Independent Bicycle Delivery Cut out the middleman and just start your own bicycle delivery…
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    ScarletFire Cycling

  • Has Strava saved itself with Annual KOM’s?

    Al Thompson
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Strava just released a new update that might just save them. “Might just save them?” That’s a strange term to use in relation to one of the most popular fitness apps on planet Earth. One that has seen its userbase skyrocket over the past three years. But I could see the signs. I could even feel it happening. The life expectancy of a Strava customer. No, we’re not talking about how much more likely you are to crash whilst chasing some silly downhill KOM. I mean your lifespan as a Strava…
  • RiderState to close down. A sad day for bike GPS games.

    Al Thompson
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Riderstate will close down on December 19th, 2014. I first brought RiderState to the attention of ScarletFire readers back in April 2014. As someone who blogs about how digital technologies, particularly those based around gamification, can influence and motivate our activity levels, RiderState was an exciting new game to play on your bike. Here’s my original in depth post. Sadly, RiderState will close down on 19th December 2014. Where did RiderState go wrong? The bottom line is that the developers have to…
  • Buying bike stuff online? Want Cashback? Here’s TWO ways you can get it.

    Al Thompson
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Complete guide to getting cashback on all your online purchases. Discover TWO methods for getting guaranteed cashback on your bike bits (and other stuff!) Here at ScarletFire, my aim is to always bring value to you, so you get something useful out of every post. If you buy your bike bits online, you’ll love this post! You know that old saying? The one that goes “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is”? I love that expression, but if I applied it to everything I find out about, I…
  • Safety Cameras for Cyclists. The best cycling head cams.

    Al Thompson
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness Free guide to help you decide which helmet camera is right for you. We’ve all seen those scary YouTube videos, right? Incredible footage captured by cyclists. I don’t mean those beautiful picturesque mountain descents though. I’m talking about recording incidents of road rage, near misses, acts of aggressive, dangerous or inconsiderate driving. You know the sort. They make you wince and feel sorry for the poor rider who went through it. But there’s more to capturing footage like that than…
  • The obligatory Black Friday post. ScarletFire’s roundup of the best bike gadget deals. Get a Black Friday Garmin GPS bargain.

    Al Thompson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    ScarletFire Cycling ScarletFire Cycling - Technology>Motivation>Fitness OK, pause the world, it’s Black Friday peeps. Here’s a great chance to get that new Garmin bike GPS you’ve been thinking about for months. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t post some deals to the most amazing bike GPS units on the planet, would it? Garmin Edge GPS black friday deals I’ve pulled together a list of the top 5 retailers with the best price on each of the following Garmin GPS units. First off, the newest addition to the Garmin GPS range for cyclists, the Edge 1000.
 
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