Since 1973, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) has inspired people to travel by bike. From creating detailed bike-route maps to offering supported and self-guided tours, ACA has introduced thousands of people to bike-based adventures. Jason Boucher, Salsa Cycle general manager and active ACA board member, talks about the growing popularity of adventure cycling, and the many ways ACA improves the experience of bike travel for people across the country.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
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Friday, February 3, 2012
Posted by Raymond George at 10:02 PM
The Cooper CX was designed for the rider looking for a multi-use frame that can handle cyclocross racing and pull double duty as a solid commuter. Introduced as a disc specific model in 2011, this is the perfect do it all winter bike. The 3AL/2.5V titanium tubeset has a large diameter bi-axially ovalized downtube and top tube cable routing to keep mud out of the drivetrain. The rear end retains rack and fender mounts and S-bend seat and chainstays that give clearance for 700x32 tires with fenders. With six sizes to choose from, there is a Cooper CX for nearly everyone.
For the long gravel grinders, the daily commute or the weekend cross series, the Cooper CX will soon be the weapon of choice that you keep going to more times than not. Built with adventure in mind, let the Cooper CX take you some place off the beaten path and back again.
"Taking it through the uneven pavement of San Fran or through rocky terrain on various trails, the frame absorbs the vibrations so well while providing great feedback. And it's SUPER FAST! I fly by road racers with modified knobby tires! I just love it!!!" -Brian A.
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This Build Includes:
- Lynskey Custom Disc Steel Cross Fork (Upgradeable)
- FSA Orbit Equipe 1-1/8 HS (Upgradeable)
- Sram Apex Front Derailleur
- Sram Apex Rear Derailleur
- Sram Apex 48x34T Crankset W/BB
- Sram Apex 11x32 Cassette
- Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Sram Apex Double Tap Levers
- Sram PC 1051 10S Chain
- FSA Omega Compact Bar
- FSA OS-190 Stem
- FSA SL-280 SP 31.6mm x 350mm
- Selle Italia XO Flow
- Black Bar Tape
- Maxxis Raze CX 700x34 Tires
- Mich A1 Comp Tubes
- Handspun Peloton Cross Disc Wheelset (Velocity A23 Rim / Sram X9 Hub)
Posted by Raymond George at 9:28 PM
Building on the huge international success of our Ute, which was designed to shoulder big loads, new for 2012 we introduce the MinUte, a shorter wheelbase version of the Ute. The deck is two-thirds the size of the Ute, with the intent to create a more nimble utility bike, perfect for people who need to whisk groceries, kids and work wares via the engine inside.
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I kick myself for not taking the time to visit Brooks when I visited my wife in Oxford during her stay the summer of 2008. I talked to the factory and arranged a visit for a short period but realized that it would cost me $120US to take the train/taxi for a 15 minute visit. Great video about Brooks.
Posted by Raymond George at 8:10 PM
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Project travel bike: a whole new view
Luckily enough, my Ritchey Breakaway Ti/Carbon road frameset tester arrived just in time for my trip last weekend to see family in Las Vegas, Nevada. I know it's only been one trip so far, but I'm already declaring this a game changer.
I was only on the ground for two full days and two half days, yet I was still able to log 4 ½ hours of blissful — not to mention high quality — saddle time in the picturesque areas west of town. Day one took me out to Red Rock Canyon, a loop inside the park, then back. And two days later, I managed to squeeze in an early two-hour ride before flying back to Colorado in the afternoon.
If all you've ever seen of Vegas was flashing neon lights, you're certainly missing out. There are few things prettier than the desert at dawn, and let's just say that Calico Basin is especially stunning in early morning light.
Overall, the whole trip went remarkably smoothly. Despite the hectic nature surrounding the frameset's arrival, which was followed by a frantic late night session of transferring parts from another machine, and crash course in learning how to pack the Breakaway in the included case — I was able to pack the completed bike in just thirty minutes. Better yet once at my destination it, also, arrived intact and unscathed. The wheeled case is as easy to move around as any other similar piece of luggage and the airline counter agent barely gave the case a second glance when I checked in. Thanks to a Garmin GTU 10 trackertucked inside, I always knew exactly where my precious cargo was after that point, too.
Reassembly was even faster, taking just fifteen minutes. All assembled and I was ready to hit the road on a bike that I knew fit me and was properly built with components of my choosing. It turns out that I wasn't sacrificing much weight-wise in bringing along a travel bike instead of some fancy carbon machine, either.
Built with a complete SRAM Red group, all aluminum cockpit components, and SRAM S30 AL Gold clincher wheels — I originally planned on Bontragers but the SRAMs already had tires and a cassette installed and I was seriously pressed for time — the whole thing weighs just 7.1kg (15.65lb, without pedals for sake of comparison). Sub in some good carbon tubulars into the mix and the bike would barely even be UCI-legal.
Yep, it all fits in here — quite easily, in fact. We did, however, find the S&S Machine method to be much more efficient than what Ritchey prescribes
All in with heavy pedals, a stuffed saddle bag, a bulky computer, bottle cages, a mini-pump, and front and rear flashers, it's still only 7.99kg (17.61lb). Even more impressive is the fully packed weight of 15.54kg (34.26lb) including the bike, case, some tools, spare small parts, and a full-length frame pump – roughly the same as anemptyfull-sized hard case.
I'm only one trip in with more planned in the near future but this thing has already turned my perspective on travel on its ear. Instead of ruing the prospect of days off the bike, I'm now wondering what far-off location I'm going to ride this thing in next and eagerly mapping out routes — quite the reversal.
I also have a bunch of tips on traveling with a bike to share with you after this first go-around, some are Ritchey Breakaway-specific but mostly not. With this inaugural trip under my belt I imagine plenty more insight, and stress-relief, to come as I pack on the miles (both pedaled and flown) this spring — stay tuned.
Posted by Bill at 8:25 PM