Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AngryAsian: Things you should never say to your bike shop mechanic @bikeradar

Don't forget: mechanics are people, too
Good bike shop mechanics are the unsung heroes of every rider. The best ones are bona fide wizards, magically transforming our rickety heaps into well-oiled machines, deftly silencing the most elusive creaks, miraculously extracting the most woefully seized bottom bracket, fixing the hopelessly unfixable.
The wizard's life isn't necessarily an easy one, however, and there are a lot of reasons why they're often so grumpy. As a former shop mechanic with 14 years under his belt – not one of which I regret, mind you – let's just say that I didn't earn my nickname by happenstance. Your hands perpetually smell like oil, your feet ache from standing all day, you're forever fighting for respect, the hours suck, and worst of all, you're constantly surrounded by bikes but rarely have time to ride one.
There are good reasons why bike shop mechanics are often pretty surly

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


This bike, which I’ve affectionately dubbed “Project: World’s Funnest Bike” has been a long, long time in the making. Last summer, Van Dessel revised the finish on the WTF (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), their double butted steel do-it-all bike frameset that can be built into anything from a flat bar commuter to a cyclocross racer to an adventure/gravel/ultra-cross cruiser with 29er tires.

Shortly after posting about the latest version and just before Interbike, Van Dessel sent us the $699 frameset (frame, fork, headset and seat collar) to review. I had some loose plans for it, but one thing led to another, some parts didn’t work out as planned and, well, tradeshow and other travel conspired to keep the frame hanging on the workstand for far, far too long.

The upside? When things finally did come together, it was glorious. Some parts were things that had been lightly used on other bikes and fit the bill. Others were new and sent in specifically to make this project even better. Others were actually earmarked for a different project road bike but ended up being so perfectly matched to this frame that I just couldn’t resist.

The result is nothing short of a phenomenal bike, but it all starts with the frame…

The current WTF has a tinted clear coat that shows the bare metal through, yet protects the frame inside and out from corrosion. Some of the discoloration from welding the mounting points on shows through, providing depth and character.

When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets @CityLab

[Source: CityLab]

Alleycats @alleycatsfilm @kickstarter #letsride


Alleycats is an independent action/thriller feature film; exploring the underground world of illegal bike racing in London. These races take place throughout the world and are called Alleycats.
For a full synopsis visit: www.alleycatsfilm.com/
My name is Ian Bonhote and I am the Director. I was introduced to real life Alleycats by a courier friend of mine and instantly became completely hooked on this underground world of bike racing. I even took part in some of the races. I have been developing the film for five years now and I want to bring the unique shooting style I have developed from making many commercials and short films to the forefront of this film.

Alleycats will be an action-packed, stylish film with a pumping soundtrack that will show a side to London that you have never seen before.

MEASURING HOW AMERICA RIDES @peopleforbikes @yaybikes #letsride

Our new report on bicycling participation
When PeopleForBikes launched 16 years ago as Bikes Belong, we established the mission of "getting more people riding bikes, more often." This goal remains central in all of our work today.
As we've grown, and as we've evaluated the progress of our key projects, we've often been frustrated by not being able to confidently answer two of the most basic bicycling questions: How many Americans ride bikes today? What are the key trends in participation?
We've struggled with these answers because of the limitations of available participation research. Some surveys have focused exclusively on recreational bike riding. Others have honed in on bike commuting. What's been missing is a broad-based survey that addresses participation in all types of bicycling in the context of an overall questionnaire that asks a reasonable number of questions.
Today, we are pleased to announce that we have that. PeopleForBikes commissioned Breakaway Research, led by respected bicycle researcher Dr. Jennifer Boldry, to conduct the U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report during the fall of 2014. The methodology, full report and FAQs are published here. Key findings include:
  • Thirty-four percent of Americans ages 3+ rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.
  • Of those who rode a bicycle, 30% rode five days or fewer.
  • Those who rode for transportation are much more likely to have done so to get to and from social, recreation, or leisure activities (70%) than to have commuted to and from work or school (46%).
  • Forty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have access to an operational bicycle at home.
  • Fifty-four percent of adults in the U.S. perceive bicycling as a convenient way to get from one place to another and 53% would like to ride more often. However, 52% worry about being hit by a car and 46% say they would be more likely to ride a bicycle if motor vehicles and bicycles were physically separated.

Monday, March 2, 2015

DIY Wayfinding Signs Are About to Go Mainstream @CityLab

Image Walk [Your City]
Walk [Your City]
It started as a technically illegal exercise in improving how people experience the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina. Just some simple signs, lashed to light poles, at a few of the city’s key intersections, letting residents and visitors know what attractions and amenities could be found within walking distance and how many minutes it would take to reach them on foot. “Guerrilla wayfinding” is what people called it.
The signs, the brainchild of then-graduate student Matt Tomasulo, were meant to help people think differently about distances in the city, and to encourage them to get out of their cars and explore the place under their own power.

[Keep reading at CityLab]

CAN-BIKE // Traffic Skills 101

CAN-BIKE // Traffic Skills 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cyclists report a disproportionate number of errors to Google Maps @voxdotcom

Google relies on user-submitted complaints to continually improve its maps. If the turn-by-turn directions tell you to turn left at an intersection where lefts are forbidden, for instance, you can report the problem, and engineers at Google's Project Ground Truth will adjust their data accordingly.
In this new video (above), the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims dug up an interesting fact about this system: cyclists contribute disproportionately more complaints than anyone else. Google hasn't released hard data, but told Mims that cyclists are "fanatical" contributors to the system.

Birth of an American Cargo Bike: an excerpt from the upcoming documentary, LESS CAR MORE GO

XtraCycle EdgeRunner Electric 27D @xtracycle

Our ultimate family cargo bike designed for high performance and long-term durability.


Features a 350 watt BionX assist system, Shimano Deore drivetrain and hydraulic brakes, and the full suite of Xtracycle Family accessories.  



The PL-350 System by BionX, paired with their largest battery, will propel you up hills at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.  Regenerative braking can increase battery range up to 10%.
EdgeRunner's 20-inch back wheel increases the thrust and efficiency of the BionX system, yielding more miles per charge. 


The BionX system senses the amount of power you are generating when pedaling, and then multiplies it (you set the amount).  The effect is seamless - acceleration is quick & smooth.  Handlebar mounted throttle can bring you to top speed in seconds.
EdgeRunner places the battery weight low on the frame to preserve optimal handling.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Silo Panniers | Rogue Panda Designs

The Silo – a pannier that’s as comfortable on singletrack as it is on a road. Lightweight, water resistant, durable, and most importantly, built in the bikepacking style.
Sometimes a rackless bikepacking setup just doesn’t have enough capacity, and you need a little more. Long water carries or long distances between resupply points, for example. Unfortunately regular panniers aren’t always up to the task.  Rigid rack attachments are prone to metal fatigue, and shifting weight can throw off your balance.
The silo remedies these problems by using velcro and an innovative system of compression straps. Everything is flexible, so there’s nothing to snap when you hit the 500th rock of the day. And the compression straps mean that your gear is stable and won’t shift on you and throw off your riding, even on the roughest singletrack.
the whole kit
They are made with Xpac VX-42 fabric, which is very durable and waterproof.  The seams are tape-sealed, and the closure is a roll-top, so the bags should keep your stuff dry in just about any conditions shy of submersion.  The bags are reinforced with ballistic nylon where they contact your rack and on the bottom.
A set of two panniers is $100.  Order a set on my Etsy site or email me at info@roguepanda.com with any questions.
-I recommend at least two compression straps on each pannier – I ship a set of two panniers with six straps, so you have extras.
-The compression straps work by pushing your panniers into your rack, so not every rack will work.  Any rack with three struts should work, and ones with two struts that are close together work as well.  If in doubt, send me a photo of your rack and I can tell you if I think it will work.  I can also modify my design to work with a different rack.

Oru Kayak - Folding Adventure @orukayak

Oru Kayak 2014 Assembly Video from Oru Kayak on Vimeo.

The original Oru Kayak, launched on Kickstarter and now in retailers around the world; it’s even the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. On the water the Bay glides like a dream. It's stable enough for beginners, while the length and contouring make it fast and sporty for expert kayakers. There's plenty of room to stash gear (or a picnic) for day trips and short camping excursions. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes. 


  • -Comfortable foam seat and fully-adjustable backrest
  • -Easy-to-close watertight seams
  • -2 rubber deck straps for extra gear
  • -Easy-to-adjust footrest
  • -Reinforced cockpit for easy entry
  • -Pair of bulkheads for extra rigidity
  • -Simple and intuitive strap and buckle closure system
  • -Fits standard spray skirts (size medium)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Connecting a Town with Singletrack Sidewalks @

Some towns aim to become more “walkable.” One Colorado town has gone the two-wheeled route by becoming more “mountain bike-able.”
Eagle, Colorado, a 7,000-person town between Vail and Aspen, already has its share of walking paths and bike lanes, but its newest project will allow mountain bikers to ride from their driveways to the trails, and for kids to ride from their homes to school—all on singletrack. The town unanimously approved the project, called Singletrack Sidewalks, in November, and organizers have started preliminary work for the first part of the network, which will lead from a neighborhood to an elementary school. The new trail addition is only half a mile, but connects an existing network of organic trails that have popped up in a neighboring 1,900-acre plot adjacent to the school.


Kingston's rail station would become a "major cycle hub" under London's plan to pour tens of millions of dollars into biking improvements in three of its suburbs.
You may have heard that London has just approved a spectacular crosstown protected bike lane. But another part of its plan has, ironically, gotten little press in the United States.
As London's regional government begins what may be the biggest municipal bicycling investment in the history of Europe, it's setting aside $140 million for part of the city that many Americans would feel right at home in: the suburbs.
"Cycling is, I think, the secret weapon of suburban sustainable transport," says Transport for London Director of Surface Strategy and Planning Ben Plowden. "It is much more like car travel than transit is."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 of the world's most expensive bikes @bikeradar

Like Bike expo in Monte Carlo to feature some of the world's priciest bikes
Like Bike is a little different from most bike shows, in that it celebrates the most luxurious and expensive bikes on the market – and that it takes place in Monte Carlo.
With prices ranging from costly to mind-bendingly expensive, the show offers plenty of drool-inducing bike porn to lust over. Here, in ascending order are 10 of the most expensive bikes that will be on show from 3 to 5 April at Like Bike.

Besv Lion LX1 

The first e-bike on our list has a beam-style design with an aluminium frame that’s produced using the same manufacturing process as Moto GP bikes. 
The Lion LX1’s electric motor sits on the rear wheel for maximum efficiency. This is further enhanced by SmartMode, which takes into account current riding conditions to provide power intelligently as you ride. A high-power headlight is incorporated into the stem, and there’s also a large display on the top giving ride and bike data. It’s also got a key-turn start, which is just cool. 
£2,991 / US$4,528 / AU$5,769 / €4,000

Monday, February 23, 2015

Riding on Thin Air: Kelly McGarry + Jeremy Lyttle Take on Khardung La

Riding on Thin Air: Kelly McGarry + Jeremy Lyttle Take on Khardung La from Mercedes-Benz Films on Vimeo.

Honaker Hydro Pack


Honaker Hydro Pack

The Honaker Hydro Pack is designed to hold a full sized Nalgene water bottle on the down tube of your frame. Velcro is sewn in to the bag and an adhesive strip is included for the down tube of your bike. Rubberized material is sewn into the straps where they make contact providing a secure anchor point. A spindrift collar keeps the bottle clean regardless of what you may ride through. Another Bedrock original design. Trail tested in this year's Colorado Trail Race by multiple rider with zero problems.
Weight 3 ounces

Note! This product does not work with 26ers with suspension forks. It works well with 29ers and 650b with a non curved (radically) down tube.


Boston cyclists built a 40-foot-long snow tunnel for commuting | Mashable

Ari Goldberger temporarily solved a commuting nightmare by living out a child's snow-day dream.

Goldberger, a 29-year-old guitar technician in the Boston area, was bicycling from work on the night of Feb. 11 when he noticed that the bike path ahead was blocked by what he later described as a "15-foot mountain of snow," presumably the result of ploughs piling up the city's ceaseless snowfall. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


45NRTH - RIDE GROOMED from 45NRTH on Vimeo.
Nestled in the Teton Range, amongst the ski slopes and Nordic trail of Grand Targhee Resort, lies some of the most pristine groomed singletrack in the country. Sponsored rider Evan Simula and the 45NRTH crew found themselves exploring the world-class trails and immersing themselves in all that they had to offer.

Filmed at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY

Rider: Evan Simula
Groomer: Andy Williams

Song: "Last War" by Haley Bonar
Buy Haley's music here: http://www.graveface.com/graveface-haley.html

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Inspired to Ride by Mike Dion | Kickstarter @goodlifecyclist

The World Premiere for ‘Inspired to Ride’ is set for April 11th, 2015 in Denver Colorado and we want you there no matter where you are in the world.
We've created a fun-filled day with lots of cycling goodness and by taking part in this campaign on Kickstarter you're helping make this World Premiere Event possible. 
There are two ways you can be a part of this:
  • Get to Denver Colorado and sit yourself down in one of only 350 seats.
  • Turn on your computer and watch the event via live-streaming.
This gathering of bike-minded people is going to be one hell of a good-time and we want you to be here with us whether you live in South Dakota, South Africa or the South Bronx.

This special day will be an occasion to celebrate ultra-endurance racing, bikepacking and the people who say yes to adventures by bicycle. In addition to premiering a movie, we’ve also invited some of the top names in endurance cycling to present personalized workshops on topics surrounding gear, strategies and tips & tricks hard-earned during wins at races like the Tour Divide, Trans Am, Colorado Trail, 'Iditabike' and more…

We're bringing in Mike Hall from the UK, Juliana Buhring from Italy, the film crew and other athletes who raced the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race and appear in this film.
Mike Hall's accomplishments are incredible: Trans Am 2014 win (spoiler alert), Tour Divide 2013 win, World Cycle 2012 record breaker.
Juliana Buhring's short cycling career is equally inspiring: Trans Am 2014 women's winner and 5th overall, Transcontinental 2013 only woman to attempt and 9th overall, World Cycle 2012 women's world record holder - 18,000 miles in 152 days.
Also invited to present at this World Premiere Event will be Tracey Petervary (Iditabike, Tour Divide), Jefe Branham (Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race) Neil Beltchenko (Colorado Trail Race), Billy Rice (Tour Divide, Trans Am)

Bikepacking X Europe part 8: Home

Bikepacking X Europe part 8: Home from Marc Altena on Vimeo.
Last leg of my solo, unsupported and off-road bikepacking trip from the Mediterranean to the North Sea. Autumn is closing in while I make my way through the wet forest of the Ardennes, along the Ourthe, to finally see the dutch lowlands stretch out before me. Under grey skies I cycle north, to the island of Ameland, where to sun pops through the clouds and bathes the sea in a silvery light.

Tripod and handheld shots: Panasonis Lumix DMC-G6, 1080p, 50fps
Helmet shots: Gopro Hero3+ black 1080p Protune 50fps
Editing: Gopro Studio and Corel Video Studio Pro
Music: Jack White - Wayfaring stranger

Friday, February 20, 2015

BELL SUPER 2R @BellBikeHelmets

Bikepacking X Europe part 7: On my way

Bikepacking X Europe part 7: On my way from Marc Altena on Vimeo.
7th leg of my solo, unsupported and off-road bikepacking trip from the Mediterranean to the North Sea.

Tripod and handheld shots: Panasonis Lumix DMC-G6, 1080p, 50fps
Helmet shots: Gopro Hero3+ black 1080p Protune 50fps
Editing: Gopro Studio and Corel Video Studio Pro

An Urban Cycling Guide for Even the Most Skittish Riders @CityLab

Image AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
We all know the old saying that you never forget how to ride a bicycle—and there’s even science to prove that it’s true. That doesn’t mean, however, that we're all going to feel comfortable riding a bike in traffic in any given urban setting.
“I think getting started on the bike in an urban environment is very daunting,” says Yvonne Bambrick, author of the new book The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking the Cityout March 1 from ECW Press, and available for pre-order now.

[Keep reading at City Lab]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bikepacking X Europe part 5: Altitude

Bikepacking X Europe part 5: Altitude from Marc Altena on Vimeo.
5th leg of my solo, unsupported and off-road bikepacking trip from the Mediterranean to the North Sea.

A farewell salute to the Mont Blanc, before crossing the cristal blue Lake Geneva to the next mountain range, the Jura, and riding the steep slopes along the French-Swiss border river.

Tripod and handheld shots: Panasonis Lumix DMC-G6, 1080p, 50fps
Helmet shots: Gopro Hero3+ black 1080p Protune 50fps
Editing: Gopro Studio and Corel Video Studio Pro
Music: Autumn- Altitude


Integrated Saddle Lock Concept Bike view
Featured on Korean design blog Designers Party, this concept by Lee Sang Hwa, Kim Jin Ho, and Yeo Min Gu utilizes a button-actuated joint at the seat cluster and an integrated saddle lock (combination digits right there on the saddle!) for quick rear wheel locking without supplemental locking mechanisms. 


Welcome to Cyclocross | The Red Bulletin

As the winter sun dipped low in the afternoon sky and a sustained, icy 20-plus mph wind ripped off the blue-gray water of nearby Greenwich Bay at Warwick, Rhode Island’s Goddard Memorial State Park, Curtis Whitequickly, deliberately and just a tad desperately made his way to the former carousel building doubling on this Sunday afternoon as race central. It housed the podium where in 20 minutes the 19-year-old would receive his medal for winning a bike race and, more importantly, two propane heaters on full blast, taking the chill off the 35-degree day.
White’s victory came by three seconds over Kerry Werner, whom he dramatically outsprinted after an hour and three minutes of intense riding. And running uphill through sand. And sprinting up a flight of steps. And hopping off his bike, over two logs, then remounting to continue on the 2.14-mile loop course with more than 60 turns.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bikepacking X Europe part 4: Gimme Shelter

Bikepacking X Europe part 4: Gimme Shelter from Marc Altena on Vimeo.
Leg 4 of my solo, unsupported and off-road bikepacking trip from the Mediterranean to the North Sea.

The journey continues north, towards Mont Blanc. Snowcaped peaks all around, dazzling descents through dark forests and a spectaculair early morning ride on the Crete du Mont Jovet.

Tripod and handheld shots: Panasonis Lumix DMC-G6, 1080p, 50fps
Helmet shots: Gopro Hero3+ black 1080p Protune 50fps
Editing: Gopro Studio and Corel Video Studio Pro
Music:Gimme Shelter