Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ex-CART champ Alex Zanardi adds Ironman to milestone list | USA Today

As Alex Zanardi struggled to propel his wheelchair up a steep road Saturday near Kona, Hawaii, during the Ironman triathlon, he noticed fans on the roadside encouraging him.
"I was all sweaty and my gloves were sliding," Zanardi told USA TODAY Sports by telephone Sunday from Hawaii. "I was only going about 2 or 3 mph, really struggling. I could see in people's eyes what they were thinking -- somebody wants to go ahead strongly against all odds. Ladies were crying and saying, 'You are such an inspiration.' But I wasn't thinking of that. All I could think was that my gloves were sweaty and I was losing my grip."
Zanardi, whose professional auto racing career continued after a crash in 2001 took his legs, added another accomplishment to his inspirational resume Saturday in Kona, finishing the famous Ironman World Championship in 9 hours, 47 minutes, 14 seconds.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bike shop owner will convert Oregon City's Amtrak station into a center for bicycle tourism | Oregon Live

The long-vacant Oregon City Amtrak station will become a bistro for bicyclists next year as well as an indoor waiting area for train passengers. (Steve Mayes/The Oregonian)
Blane Meier sees Oregon City's Amtrak station as a destination for bicyclists from far and wide.
Meier plans to convert the unused depot into a jumping-off point for cyclists who want to explore Oregon City and Clackamas County.
Meier, owner of First City Cycles, envisions a laid-back lounge where cyclists can relax, sip a microbrew or espresso, check out maps or talk to a bike expert.
"It will be a great place for people to plan trips and grab a beer and a sandwich," Meier said.
[Keep reading at Oregon Live]

What is Bicycle Tourism?

Little Smokies Gravel Rally 2014 recap #letsride @SwallowBicycle

Little Smokies Gravel Rally 2014

Big thanks to Bill FerriotEric Tippett and Doug Armstrong for joining me on a great adventure. We rode 58 miles through Shawnee State Forest and climbed 6750 ft. Thanks to Sarah Lytle Swallow and Tom for organizing this awesome event. We saw Matt Rumora out on the route and got to ride with Liz Samuelson, Wes, Nick Tepe and Cindy for a while.

[Swallow Bicycle Works]

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Life to Bike Thieves | Bicycling

This sucks, for sure—but it shouldn't turn into a matter of life or death.
(Photo by Rex Roof )
“Death to Bike Thieves” reads the sticker that you can buy when registering your bike at a certain national website that shall not be named here.
No thanks.
I shudder every time I see one of those decals. I’m not much of a fan of either vigilante justice or the death penalty, particularly not for misdemeanor property crimes. But even among the more progressive circles of the bikeverse, this casual advocacy of violence exists.
Actually, it’s not entirely unheard of for it to be carried out. A quick Internet search turns up recent stories from around the world, including graphic photographs and videos, of people being beaten, sometimes killed, occasionally with their bodies mutilated after the killing, on the suspicion of having stolen a bicycle. A guy in Bolivia is murdered. A man in Sao Paolo’s neck is U-locked to a post. A homeless guy in Florida is beaten to a pulp, and his bloody mug shot is posted triumphantly to message boards around the bikeosphere. The meme currently making the rounds features a paintball gun.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bicycle Built For 2,000

Bicycle Built For 2,000 is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon's Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A 64-Mile Bike 'Superhighway' Will Connect Fort Worth To Dallas | KERA

Bicyclists in car country just got some good news: Transportation planners took a $7 million dollar step toward a commuter bike and pedestrian trail reaching from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas.
The money approved Thursday will help build about 10 more miles of connecting trails. 
As is stands today, studies rank North Texas at or near the bottom for bicycle commuting -- in one survey of the country’s 70 biggest cities, Fort Worth was at No. 60, Dallas No. 65 and Plano dead last.

MILLENNIALS IN MOTION - Changing Travel Habits of Young Americans and the Implications for Public Policy

Over the last decade – after 60-plus years of steady increases – the number of miles driven by the average American has been falling. Young Americans have experienced the greatest changes: driving less; taking transit, biking and walking more; and seeking out places to live in cities and walkable communities where driving is an option, not a necessity.
Academic research, survey results and government data point to a multitude of factors at play in the recent decline in driving among young people: socioeconomic shifts, changes in consumer preferences, technological changes, efforts by state governments and colleges to limit youth driving, and more.
Millennials (those born between 1983 and 2000) are the nation’s largest generation, making their transportation needs particularly important. They have the most to gain or lose from the transportation investment decisions we make today, as they will be affected by those investments for decades to come. If Millennials drive fewer miles than previous generations as they age – and if future generations of young people follow suit – America will have an opportunity to reap the benefits of slower growth in driving. These include reduced traffic congestion, fewer deaths and injuries on the roads, reduced expenditures for highway construction and repair, and less pollution of our air and climate.

[Keep reading at PIRG]


Rich textiles are added to the J.B. Classic to complete the unique look of the J.B. Special, which like the Classic model, combines modern technology with leather details for traditional elegance. Unparalleled comfort and a secure and stable fit are possible thanks to the hidden flexible frame and elastic fitment system developed by Carrera. When not in use, the helmet collapses down, to be secured by the Brooks Leather carrying strap, which doubles as a trouser strap whilst riding.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Is This The World's Best Bike-Share Bike?

These electric bikes eliminate almost every excuse you have not to ride.
Twenty years ago, Copenhagen was the first large city to start a bike-share program. Now that there are well over 500 cities with bike sharing, the Danish capital--which brands itself as the "world's cycling capital"--has reinvented bike sharing again. Its new fleet of electric, Wi-Fi-connected bikes are designed to get more non-cyclists to ride.
"When [the city and partners] began a process of upgrading the existing bike-share system, they took a look at systems in cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Barcelona," says Torben Aagaard, CEO and co-founder of Gobike, the company supplying the new bike. "They wanted to have a system that was even better than all the existing examples they could see."
The new bikes, which began rolling out earlier this year, aren't cheap to make, but each detail is designed to lower the barrier to ride. A theft-proof tablet attached to the handlebars offers navigation (far easier than trying to read a tiny smartphone screen), and has built-in links to the rest of the city's transportation system. If you want to check train times and get directions to a particular station, you push a button.

The bikes are always online, so the city can track usage patterns and user routes, and can track where each particular bike is located. The wireless system allows for another small feature that makes the bikes much more convenient: Instead of searching for a station to dock the bike in at the end of the ride, cyclists have the option to leave them anywhere. If you aren't going somewhere that happens to be near a bike-share station, or if you want to make a stop along the way, you can use a digital lock to secure the bike.
"Users can start a trip from a station, meet a friend for a coffee and lock the bike outside the coffee shop, and then come back to the bike and continue the trip," explains Joel Thomas Mulligan, senior project manager at Gobike. "A businessman can start a trip at a docking station and take the bicycle to a meeting." If a particular docking station happens to be running low on bikes, the system pings the cyclist and offers a discount to return it there, helping save the city money on moving bikes around.
The bikes are also electric. Even though Copenhagen doesn't have the hills of, say, San Francisco, the extra assistance from the motor has already made a difference in getting people to ride. The system isn't designed for the many Copenhageners who already have bikes, but for those who happen to be visiting or commuters from the suburbs...
Read on and see more pics at FastCompany

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This Is What Happens to Your Bike After It’s Stolen | SeattleMet

TO THE PREPARED THIEF, every bike rack is a buffet. You think a cable lock will keep your beloved wheels in your life. The thief knows a simple pair of aviation snips cuts through that cable like butter. You’re convinced a locker-style combination lock will outsmart a crook. He pops it in seconds with a shim—just slides it in between the body of the lock and its fishhook tip, and your bike is his. (A good bandit can make a shim in about five minutes with nothing more than a beer can and a pair of scissors.) U-locks? Routinely opened with a Bic pen jammed into the keyhole. Even with that rare unbreakable lock, a bike is no safer than its anchor; outside Guthrie Hall at the University of Washington sits a metal rack that bike thieves have sawed straight through.
The components, meanwhile—the lights, seats, handlebars, derailleurs, and brakes that turn a frame into a ridable bike—can go for hundreds of dollars each on the black market. With no serial numbers, these parts, unlike frames, are untraceable. “As long as you’ve got the proper tools,” Justin, a University Avenue fixture who has swapped stories with more than one bike thief and asked that his last name be withheld, explained, “you can just walk up to a bike and be like, ‘I want those rims, I want those handlebars, I want that seat.’ ” A buffet.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lucas Brunelle goes to Africa

Lucas Brunelle goes to Africa from Cinelli Official on Vimeo.
"Lucas Brunelle Goes to Africa" movie has been produced by CINELLI and edited by Benny Zenga.
Filmed by Lucas Brunelle while riding the new #BootlegHobo cinelli bikes through the 1700km of the legendary Diamond Coast route, final stage of the Tour d'Afrique!

Hobo is a totally new steel bicycle, engineered and equipped for off-road rides on long distances,
Tour d'Afrique has been an incredible test for our new bike as well as an outstanding way to announce Hobo to the world!

With such a cast a short introduction about our friends spotted in the video is a must!
Chas Christiansen, 100% pure San Francisco, is one of the top riders of the Cinelli Mash Team, iconic figure of the fixed-gear culture, always on the highest steps of Criteriums, Alleycats and Cyclo-Cross Single-Speed races podiums.
Lucas Brunelle is the famous video-maker who introduced the first-person point-of-view shooting technique in cycling races thanks to his great riding skills and the innovative helmet-integrated cameras-system with which is filming and reporting the most extreme race contests all over the globe since more than ten years.
Last but not least, Dario Toso couldn’t miss, explorer of the contemporary, historical ambassador of the “Bootleg State of Mind”.

For more info about Hobo concept and bicyle visit

Kentucky bicycle case brings unwanted attention to State. | Examiner

Mark Twain was reputed to have stated "I want to be in Kentucky when the end of the world comes, because it’s always 20 years behind." A recent Kentucky court case may affirm his statement.
Cherokee Schill was convicted of "driving carelessly" for riding her bicycle in the right lane of Nicholasville Rd. In the State of Kentucky this is legal, however, she was convicted anyway and then arrested again. This time the charge was increased to "wanton endangerment".
Ms. Schill posted a video on her Youtube page that clearly shows drivers braking, driving erratically and passing her in the shoulder to avoid waiting a few seconds to pass in the left lane. Channel 27 News also showed video of Schill's encounter. Nicholasville Police Officer Grimes admits that the motorists were reacting and behaving in a dangerous manner but only Ms. Schill, the bicyclist was cited. "It could cause harm to others and she had knowledge of that, that's why the wanton endangerment charge came out," Officer Grimes said.

Tackling climate change presents a “golden opportunity” for public health | Grist

For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn’t have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym, and she saves money on gas.
And, of course, she acknowledges that her swap of a tailpipe for pedals contributes — at least in a small way — to tackling climate change.
“I don’t necessarily connect it to climate, but it’s a bonus,” said Kelly, 47, a fine arts professor at Seattle University, as she waited on her bike at a stop sign Friday evening in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. “The planet is going to burn up. If everyone were on bikes, it wouldn’t be as much of a problem.”
Biking, walking, and other active forms of transportation are just a few ways that reducing our use of fossil fuels may benefit not only the planet but also our health and the economy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday — to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.
[Keep reading at Grist]

Tough at the Top - 24" Fat Bike Commuting

Tough at the Top from Planet X Bikes on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Georgesville becoming popular stop for bicyclists | Columbus Dispatch

A family bicycling along the Camp Chase Trail in western Franklin County last month stopped at Janet and Jimmie Moore’s house and asked if they could set up camp in their backyard.
“They were coming from Canada and pitched a tent behind the carport,” Mr. Moore said.
For at least one night, Georgesville once again served as a whistle stop for inter-city travelers.
The town used to have a railroad depot — on Railroad Street, of course — along the east-west rail heading into Columbus.
For decades, passenger trains whizzed by the houses there.
Mrs. Moore said she remembers watching people in the dining car, wondering where they were going.

Bontrager's TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump - Review | Pinkbike

Bontrager's TLR Flash Charger floor pump is actually two different tools in one. It's a floor pump, obviously, but it also has a secondary, larger cylinder that stores a charge of air pressure until you're ready to release it all at once, very much like a compressor does. The idea is that this flood of air will seat a tubeless tire much easier than you pumping like a madman in order to get the tire's bead to seal against the rim walls, even if you've employed helpful tricks like soaping up the tire and rim or removing the valve core so allow air to enter faster. The TLR Flash Charger sports an aluminum barrel combined with a plastic base and secondary tube, and the high-pressure gauge is mounted at the top of the body so it's easy to read. An 'Auto-Select' head does both presta and schrader valves without asking you to switch any tiny bits around, and the hose is long enough to reach a bike that's still up in a work stand. MSRP $119.99 USD. www.bontrager.com

[See the review at Pinkbike]

SILCA SuperPista Ultimate Floor Pump is $450 @silcavelo

Functional Work of Art
The SILCA SuperPista has long set the standard of what a bicycle floor pump could and should be.  As an object used before almost every ride, a floor pump has the ability to optimize the comfort and handling of your bicycle, to allow you to adjust the way a bicycle feels before a particular ride.  They can bring great pleasure of use, or pain, suffering and frustration.  A great floor pump must feel good in your hands, operate smoothly and consistently, and be stable under foot, regardless of what shoes you are wearing.  
For 2014, SILCA has moved SuperPista production to Indianapolis and taken the historic SILCA ideals and reimagined them with new technologies, manufacturing methods and processes.  High tech manufacturing methods and materials have been combined with old world materials and ideals to create an heirloom quality product which you will be proud to hand down to the next generation. 
At 7 pounds (3.2kg) the Ultimate is easily the heaviest and most stable floor pump ever made.  Though only 5mm thick, and optimized for standing on in every type of cycling shoe imaginable, the SuperPista Ultimate base weighs more than most entire floor pumps and provides the largest, most stable platform available.  Seeking precision and accuracy, SILCA has eschewed the traditional +/-5% industrial gauge for a +/-1% laboratory grade gauge, reading 0-160 psi.
Magnetic chuck docking allows the 17-4 Stainless Steel presta chuck to be docked and removed using only the hose with no bending or reaching.  A very high strength neodymium magnet holds the chuck in the dock with enough force that the pump can be picked up by the handle for transport without undocking, yet a quick pull of the hose quickly frees the chuck.
Both Presta and Schrader chucks are connected to the SILCA exclusive 12,000 psi hose.  Originally designed for use in race car and aircraft brake line, the Ultimate hose is just that, the Ultimate. Smooth bore PTFE liner, over-braided in stainless steel, then over-extruded in protective and beautiful red urethane.  Unlimited rotational fittings are used on both ends of the hose, allowing it to flex and rotate from both ends even when pressurized.
The classic SILCA 741 Leather Washer moves the air inside the 2.5mm wall thickness main barrel.  Borrowing from top level mountain bike suspension, the PTFE impregnated, hard anodized piston rod runs in a high precision IGUS busing in the top cap for minimal play with maximum smoothness.  
Finally, hand turned rosewood handle has been optimized for ergonomics as well as beauty.  Mated to 3 investment cast stainless steel lugs, the Ultimate's handle was the result of studying both the ergonomics and manufacturing techniques of the finest Japanese culinary knife makers.  
Every detail has been scrutinized and refined in the design and manufacture of the SuperPista Ultimate.  We are so proud of it that we are providing a 25 year hard parts warranty.  

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Elements: Smith Overtake Road Cycling Helmet

You wouldn’t think that you could shake up the bike helmet market all that much, but Smith did it this spring with its amazing Forefront mountain biking helmet and now it’s looking to do the same thing in road cycling with the Overtake. Weighing a scant 250 grams, the Overtake is constructed of a polymer called Koroyd, which Smith says absorbs 30 percent more energy than traditional EPS foam. That allows for less structural material, which allows for larger vents and a cooler ride.
The Overtake comes in two versions, standard and MIPS, the latter of which you might have heard about (and which you certainly will in the future). MIPS standards for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and consists of an inner lining that breaks away from the outer shell upon rotational impact, absorbing more energy with the helmet thus less with your noggin.
There are five colors available with MIPS, 12 without.