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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let's stop calling the killing of cyclists by negligent drivers "accidents" | Treehugger

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Rising Canadian squash star Adrian Dudzicki was murdered yesterday by Aleksey Aleksev, while riding his bicycle to practice in Toronto. The weapon was a 1992 BMW 325; Aleksev has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

Two wheeled ginger ninja

“Get off my roads” – Sunset Hills mayor under investigation after cyclist hit by car | fox2now

SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – A cyclist claims the mayor of Sunset Hills ran his car into him knocking him off his bike on purpose. The mayor claims that’s not true and insists the cyclist started it all.  Sunset Hills Police are investigating which has the cyclist’s lawyer crying foul.
Randy Murdick has won state-wide cycling races.  Murdick told about what happened Tuesday afternoon, “Literally hit me so hard it knocked the bike out from under me.”
Murdick said his achilles tendon was torn, and he was badly bruised plus his $12,000 dollar bike was damaged.
He said he was not far from Old Gravois Road and Kennerly Mayor Mark Furrer pulled up next to him in his red Mercedes and yelled at him.  Murdick said “He kept hollering to get off his road.”
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Five cities reveal ‘Ultimate urban utility’ bikes: How does Portland’s entry compare? | Bike Portland

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The “Solid” bike drew a crowd at the big reveal party Friday night.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What happens when top design firms are paired with expert bike makers and told to create the “ultimate urban utility bike”? Thanks to the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project we now know the answer to that question.

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Oregon Manifest co-founders Shannon
Holt (L) and Jocelyn Sycip.
On Friday night, teams from five cities — New York, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland — revealed their designs at five simultaneous parties. It was the climax of an eight-month collaborative process that took city bike design and engineering into completely new territory.

The organizers behind this competition believe that urban bikes get the short end of the R & D stick in the U.S. bike industry. “We think it’s the most important — yet least evolved category,” said event co-founder Shannon Holt, referring to the low priority city bikes are given (compared to racing bikes) by major bike brands.

Holt and her partner on the Manifest event, Jocelyn Sycip, hope the designs created in this competition will influence U.S. bike makers and convince them to take city bikes more seriously. To put a finer point on their goal, they inked a deal this year with Fuji Bikes who has agreed to mass-produce the winning bike. Instead of a judging panel like years past, this year’s winner will be decided by a public vote. Voting opens today and goes through August 3rd.

At Friday’s party, we saw the Portland entry for the first time. It did not disappoint. Dubbed “Solid,” by the team of Industry and Ti Cycles, the bike drew lots of attention.

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Oved Valadez (Industry) and Dave Levy (Ti Cycles)
Oved Valadez, founder partner of Industry, and Dave Levy, owner of Ti Cycles.
To create the Solid concept bike, the designers leaned heavily on the expertise of Dave Levy, a man with nearly three decades of custom frame building under his belt. Using a 3D printer, Levy and the Industry team designed tubes and parts out of titanium. It was a process Levy had never gone through before and he was quite excited to tell me about it…
“With the printer, you can make shapes and pieces that it’s impossible to make any other way. You can vary wall thickness, vary shapes, and you can put material in areas it’s not possible to do any other way. Take the fork crown for instance. It has an interior structure that’s like a lattice. It looks similar to the structure you see inside of a bone. There are thin walls on the outside that are skins, then a lattice work that spreads loads to all the different points internally.”

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COLORADO - TOUR 14ER – JUSTIN SIMONI | Bikepackers Magazine

Even if you’re not from Colorado, you are likely familiar with the amount of large mountains that engulf the state. Specifically mountains that reach 14,000 feet in elevation and above.  There are 89 mountains that are 14,000 feet or higher in the United States, over half of those (53) peaks are in the state of Colorado. Even more outstanding is that there are at least 600 additional mountains that range anywhere from 13,000 feet to 13,999 feet in the state of Colorado. People have long enjoyed climbing these peaks, and many people set goals to climb all 14ers in their lifetime.
Some people, however, are just not satisfied with simple goals. In the case of adventurer Justin Simoni, he is taking it to an extremely different level. On Friday, July 25th Justin set out on a challenge that will consist of not only climbing each 14er in colorado, but doing so self-powered, and self-supported. In laymen’s terms, he is doing it all himself, non-stop until each peak is reached.
Tour 14er
So how is he getting around? It isn’t like each 14er is within close proximity to the next. In addition to hiking, Justin will be cycling from trailhead to trailhead, via pavement and dirt, with everything loaded on his bike.  Justin’s goal is to beat the fastest known time (FKT) of the fully self-supported “tour 14er”. The FKT was set in 1995 by Roy Benton at 37 days and 12 hours, and is believed to be the only other person to attempt and record this adventure.
Justin has been living in the Denver area since he was 18, an artist and a cyclist. He has been trying to make ends meet while still having the freedom to do what he loves. In 2011 Justin attempted the Tour Divide, but did not finish. In 2012 he came back and was the first single speeder to cross the line with a time of 23 days, 5 hours. Between his cycling hobby and active colorado lifestyle, he seems to be the perfect fit to take on this challenge.
Justin started in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center at 4:00am on Friday, July 25th. He has planned out a route where he will head in a clockwise direction with Pikes Peak being the first 14er. From there he will head south to summit the Crestone Peak and needle, by far one of the most difficult portions of his journey.
Tour 14er
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Cyclist hatred is 'almost like racial discrimination,' says AA prez

Why do some people hate cyclists? Can we collectively ride and drive away from the 'them and us' mentality?
Many motorists run red lights and habitually park with wheels on the pavement. Motor vehicles killed 359 pedestrians in 2011. In cities, cars that can accomodate three or more passengers tend to carry just the driver, leading to congestion and contributing to high levels of air pollution. Yet, for some people, cyclists are the real villains of the piece and the wrong-doings of the minority are projected on to the majority: "all cyclists run red lights" and "all cyclists ride on the pavement".
The sins of a few projected on to the many is one of factors that leads to an irrational hatred of cyclists. You really don’t have to go very far on the internet before finding this sort of stuff. Using search terms ‘cyclist’ and ‘road tax’ on Twitter, for instance, will bring up lots of unbidden hate, or follow @cyclehatred which is a collection of comments from Twitter users who feel it's socially acceptable to write "get off my road" threats against cyclists and joke about knocking into, and even killing, cyclists.
Sometimes the hatred is spouted by incoherent dunderheads but there’s also plenty spouted by what appear to be, from reading their Twitter timelines, otherwise decent people.
The highly ingrained beliefs that “all cyclists run red lights” and “all cyclists ride on the pavement” - even though motorists do the same - are part of the problem but the hatred goes deeper than that. It's irrational prejudice, and that's why in The Times yesterday, Edmund King, president of the AA, said invective aimed at cyclists was a "road safety issue."
King has long argued that motorists and cyclists are often the same people and that the 'them and us' mentality must be eradicated. Animosity shown by cyclists to motorists, and by motorists to cyclists, needs to end. He said: "When we release our grip on the steering wheel or handlebars, the differences disappear."

The Bike Fits In A Backpack, So It's Super Easy To Bring On Trips (Some Assembly Required)

This design envisions a bicycle that can be simply assembled or taken apart in 10 minutes. Hope you're good with a socket wrench.

If you've ever brought a bike along on a flight or packed up the parts to ship across the country, you know that trying to move a bike around is expensive. It also tends to slightly offset some of the environmental benefits of riding, since a box holding a bulky frame takes up a lot of space on a delivery truck. That's why this new design concept shrinks down a bike so it fits in a backpack.
"Conventional bikes are awkward in every way except when you ride them," says Amit Mirchandani, managing and creative director for Lucid Design, the India firm that designed the new bicycle. "The Kit Bike is so small when disassembled it fits in a bag you could carry as a backpack. When you assemble the bike, you get a full-size bike that is comfortable to ride."
Read on at FastCompany

The bike frame is made from hollow aluminum tubes that twist together and can be secured with a key. Since the frame attaches only on one side of the wheels, the bike can be assembled and disassembled while it leans against a wall. When it's not in use, the parts and wheels can each be stowed in sections in a custom-designed bag.
"We tried to make assembly as simple as possible," says Mirchandani. "We could make it even simpler, if we were to take this idea further, by clearly marking connectors with graphics. I would imagine that you would need very little mechanical skills to put this together. We believe it would be easier than most flat-pack furniture."

Cyclists: Motorists See You as Moving Targets @outsideonline

Late last week, a young woman from Danvers, Massachusetts, tweeted something that had cyclists and non-homicidal people up in arms:
Thanks for the emoji visual, @Erikamarquis143. Unfortunately, this tweet is just the latest edition of cycling hatred spewed through social media. Take Emma Way, for example. Last year, the 21-year-old pixie-faced blonde from the UK tweeted this gem:
Way had swiped a 29-year-old with her side mirror, “sending him off the bike and into the trees where he was banged up, but wasn't seriously injured,”Jalopnik reports. Way didn’t stop, and the cyclist only came forward to cops after Way’s tweet went viral. (He didn’t want his girlfriend to worry and start putting his bikes on eBay.) Way repented—after local police found her tweet and she was suspended from her job.

Mountain bike racing team for underprivileged teenagers @kickstarter

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pedal-with-Pete Columbus is August 2 @pedalwithpete

The Pedal-with-Pete Foundation is a community of volunteers who work to raise funds for cerebral palsy (CP) research through bike rides and walks. Established by Pete Zeidner, who has CP, in Kent, Ohio, these events have spread to Columbus, Ohio and Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Through these events, grants of approximately $50,000 per year are awarded to researchers to further their work developing treatment for CP, research that is truly making a difference for people with cerebral palsy – 800,000 in the US alone. Since the Foundation is completely run by volunteers and works hard to keep costs down through generous donations of supplies from the community, 85% of every dollar raised goes directly to cerebral palsy research.
CP is a neurological condition usually developed during the birth process, when the brain is damaged by a lack of oxygen. Its affects can range from a small hand tremor to someone who is completely bed-bound. In spite of an advanced case of CP, Pete has ridden a recumbent bicycle great distances, raising money for CP research. His perseverance, like that of many others with CP, inspires us.
Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more or would like to volunteer your time or supplies for these events, or to make a monetary donation.

Speak Up Columbus about the Green Memo III @ColumbusGov @MichaelBColeman

This survey is designed for the public to give their vital input on the upcoming Green Memo III. This Memo serves as a comprehensive and active outline of the journey the city of Columbus has taken and continues to take on our way to becoming more sustainable, since the introduction of Mayor Michael B. Coleman's Get Green Initiative in 2005.  It strives to facilitate a deeper understanding of our community’s needs and goals for the present and future preservation of our environment. 
We're putting this memo together; below are links to 9 sections of the proposed memo; please look at each section (which contains more details on what the section is about, goals, etc.) and complete the associated survey. Your completion of one, two or all of the 9 surveys, each detailing separate potential relevant approaches to different environmental issues, is deeply appreciated.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Europe Wants To Turn The Iron Curtain Into A Bike Path | FastCompany

The Iron Curtain, once the ominous line dividing Cold War-era rivals, is being transformed into a 4,225-mile cycling trail for recreational travelers.
European Union officials interested in boosting bike tourism have set aside $2.4 million to connect and brand existing trails that extend from the Barents Sea, north of the border between Finland and Russia, to the edge of the Black Sea, at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. Sections of trail already pass by popular historic sites like the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Berlin via Flickr / Julien
European Parliament Member Michael Cramer, chair of the committee on transport and tourism, has proposed marking the trail with small blue squares similar to ones already in place in parts of Germany. He envisions the trail as a sustainable way to promote greater unity within Europe. “The Eastern and Western Europeans have very different memories of the border,” he writes in the brochure describing plans for the trail. He hopes that with the trail, the Iron Curtain will become “no longer a dividing line but a symbol of shared, pan-European experience in a reunified Europe.” 
According to the Guardian, biking across Europe, from Spain to Norway, has become a cult challenge in recent years. Casual cyclists interested in giving the Iron Curtain Trail a spin should budget about a month for the full journey.

Megavalanche Front row action

Megavalanche Front row action from Pump Battle Events on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WOMO Bike Mounts - Garmin, GoPro, NiteRider and More!


WOMO is available for a number of tech toys and we're adding more all the time. Take a look at our photo library to see if your gear is supported here. Additionally, each product option has mounting instructions that you can download right now. Instant gratification and education to boot. You're welcome.

Ordering a mount

WOMO is distributed through an exclusive North American partner, Ortlieb USA. And we wouldn't partner with just anyone. These guys will get you set up and take care of any questions you may have. You can click on the link below to find out how to become a registered dealer of WOMO products. If you have any questions about ordering a mount, you can always contact Ortlieb USA at (800) 649-1763 or

We're tinkerers

WOMO was created by crafty engineers that love to ride. High strength aluminum gets cut and shaped in our Pacific Northwest factory to ensure that you're getting the best mounting accessory that money can buy. We build the indestructible WOMO with one thing in mind: quality. And awesomeness. Ok, that's two things. But if you're going to get carried away with something, it might as well be quality. So go ahead, click around and then let us know if you have any questions.

PechaKucha – Volume 31, Mia Kahout

PechaKucha – Volume 31, Mia Kahout from Cause+Affect on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bicycle Opera Project gears up with expanded tour | CBC News

The Bicycle Opera Project invades Hamilton, Ont. The young company is debunking the myth of the opera diva, and making an environmental statement along the way.
The Bicycle Opera Project invades Hamilton, Ont. The young company is debunking the myth of the opera diva, and making an environmental statement along the way. (Deana Sumanac/CBC)

It's tough to imagine an opera singer wiping off sweat and bicycle grease before walking on stage, but a new company is all about defying the opera clich├ęs.
Members of the Bicycle Opera Project are bringing the classical art form to cities across Ontario, by bicycle.
The freewheeling gang has only one rule: no divas allowed.

Three years ago, Toronto-based Koniuk, a soprano, was about to start her professional career as an opera singer. But she wanted to do something different than what the conventional wisdom prescribes for young singers: small roles in big productions. "You have to be OK with cycling through the rain, for example," says the company's co-founder Larissa Koniuk during the company's stop in Hamilton last week. "You have to be OK with changing a flat tire."
The environmentalist in her was also unimpressed.

A touring opera without the footprint

Big touring operas, like many other elaborate entertainment productions, require trucks loaded with props and costumes that log many miles on the road. So Koniuk, a cyclist, realized her favourite hobby could also become a new way opera singers could travel between gigs without harming the environment.
Larissa Koniuk
'You have to be OK with cycling through the rain' says the company's co-founder Larissa Koniuk (CBC)
With a few like-minded singers and musicians joining, the Bicycle Opera Project hit the road.
"I'll admit that the project is quite ambitious," saysKoniuk. "We require that our singers and instrumentalists not only cycle up to 80 km in a day, but also that we perform a fantastic show."
It wasn't easy.  

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Monday, July 21, 2014

James May and Jeremy Clarkson on cycle safety @BBC_TopGear

Turning An Old Railway Station Into A "Bike Hotel"

A need for bike parking prompted a Norwegian town to get creative.

Like a lot of cities that want to encourage more people to bike, the town of Drammer, Norway, had a parking problem: There just weren't enough bike racks to go around. At the main train station, people locked up their bikes wherever they could find a spot and then worried about theft.
So the city built a "bike hotel," transforming an old railway building into secure parking for 134 bicycles, including two spots for cargo bikes and four charging spots for electric bikes. If anyone gets a flat, there's an air pump on hand. Members can unlock the hotel with a mobile app.
The building was originally built in 1868 as the main station building for the train stop, and the designers wanted to carefully preserve the architecture--a complicated all-wood mix of French, Swiss, German, and medieval Norwegian styles that celebrated the country's independence from Sweden.
"We wanted to take care of and keep this extraordinary wood construction, to let people see in their everyday life what beautiful building traditions our nation was built on," says Magne Magler Wiggen, partner at MMW Architects. "We really wanted people to get a glimpse into a historic space. We even wanted the building to smell like in the old days, so we used old tar-smelling oil products."

The design restored all of the oldest parts of the building, which had been used only for storage for around 200 years. The only change, apart from the new bike racks, was a new wall for one side of the building with perforated metal panels that were inspired by tree branches in a local forest--appropriate for a train station that's named Gullskogen, or the Golden Forest.
More photos at FastCompany

2010 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup Kagoshima

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa - July 20-26, 2014

RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 42nd year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
In the beginning, no one imagined that RAGBRAI would become the Iowa tradition it is now.  We at The Des Moines Register thank all the riders who have joined us over the years.  We especially wish to thank the thousands and thousands of volunteers in the towns we’ve visited along the way for their tireless work to show RAGBRAI riders the hospitality that has made our ride world famous.
We encourage you to follow the application procedures and come along only if you are accepted as a registered rider.  It is crucial that we keep our number of riders at the level suggested by the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Transportation for the safety of all riders.  We thank you for your cooperation.
For those of you who have never ridden, this rolling celebration of Iowa attracts participants from all 50 states and many foreign countries.  It has covered thousands of miles through the years, and hundreds of thousands of riders have hopped in the saddle to pedal part of those miles.
RAGBRAI is a bicycle ride, not a race.  It started in 1973 as a six-day ride across the state of Iowa by two Des Moines Register columnists who invited a few friends along.  It is held the last full week in July.  RAGBRAI is planned and coordinated by The Des Moines Register, and riders who participate in RAGBRAI understand that they do so at their own risk.
The RAGBRAI route averages 468 miles and is not necessarily flat.  It begins somewhere along Iowa’s western border on the Missouri River and ends along the eastern border on the Mississippi River.  We change the route each year and announce the overnight towns in late January at the RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party, in The Des Moines Register and on our website.
Eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as “host” communities for overnight stays. RAGBRAI is a guest in these communities and we ask our riders to behave as such.
The people of Iowa truly make RAGBRAI the special event that it is by opening up their towns and communities to participants. We hope you can enjoy this Iowa hospitality and join us for a memorable trip across the state.
In the beginning, when a few friends got together for a casual bike ride across Iowa in 1973, no one imagined that a tradition would be born, let alone that it would become the longest, largest and oldest bicycle touring event in the world.

John Karras
John Karras
RAGBRAI’s Beginnings & The First Year
August 26-31, 1973
The Register’s bicycling tradition began with an idea (a kind of a challenge) between Des Moines Register feature writer/copy editor John Karras, an avid bicyclist, and Don Kaul, author of The Des Moines Register’s “Over The Coffee” column. Karras suggested to Kaul that he ride his bicycle across Iowa and write columns about what he saw from that perspective. Kaul, also an accomplished rider, lived in Washington, D.C., and wrote his column from The Register’s Washington Bureau.
Kaul liked the idea but issued the challenge that he would ride across Iowa if Karras rode with him. Karras agreed and the plan was approved by the managing editor. Coordination of the ride was assigned to Don Benson, public relations director, and the RAGBRAI trio was formed. Benson served as coordinator of the ride until his retirement in 1991, when Jim Green took over the duties.
Don Kaul
Don Kaul
Kaul and Karras then invited ‘a few friends’ (the public) to ride along. The route was laid out on maps and readers were told that the ride would start in Sioux City on August 26 and end on August 31 in Davenport. Overnight stops were scheduled in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Ames, Des Moines and Williamsburg. (Year One’s overnight towns had the largest average population of any RAGBRAI through RAGBRAI XXIV.) The ride was informally referred to as ‘ The Great Six-Day Bicycle Ride’ and was scheduled to tie in with a Register and Tribune circulation sales meeting in Des Moines.
Because the readers were only given six weeks notice before the late-August ride, response was light, which may have been fortunate since the route had not been driven prior to the ride and no camping arrangements had been made. Don Benson had made motel reservations for himself, Kaul and Karras, because, after all, it was their ride. Motel operators along the way and the Naval Reserve Center in Des Moines came to the rescue of the riders by letting them pitch tents on their lawns.
An estimated 300 people showed up for the start of the ride in Sioux City. By actual count, 114 riders made the entire distance that first year. The number swelled to 500 riders on the stretch of the route between Ames and Des Moines.
Among the many interesting people the ride attracted was Clarence Pickard of Indianola. This 83-year-old gentleman, who hadn’t ridden a bicycle much in recent years, showed up for that first ride with a used ladies Schwinn and rode all the way to Davenport, including the 100 degree plus day from Des Moines to Williamsburg, a 110-mile trek. Pickard’s attire for the ride was a long-sleeved shirt, trousers, woolen long underwear and a silver pith helmet.
Kaul’s and Karras’ articles and columns about Pickard, and points of interest along the way were, perhaps, responsible for the growth of the ride. After the ride, letters and calls poured in from people excited about the ride but upset because it was held the first week of school so students and teachers couldn’t go. Others were upset because the ride started on the final weekend of the Iowa State Fair. And still others wished more notice had been given so vacation arrangements could have been made.
Basically, the theme was the same “please offer another opportunity to participate in the ride! So the seven-day, Second Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa “SAGBRAI” was scheduled for August 4-10, 1974.

More RAGBRAI history
The 1970s | The 1980s | The 1990s | The 2000s | The 2010s | Facts and figures
History map: See which towns have hosted RAGBRAI the most and when

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This rogue bicycle pony express delivered mail in 1894 | Grist

If any of the cyclists who participated in the great bicycle messenger mail route were still alive to tell the tale, it would make the ultimate “when I was your age story.”
Picture this: San Francisco, 1894. The Pullman rail strike in Illinois cuts off all rail service west of Detroit, leaving California train-less and thus, mail-less. One “enterprising citizen” and bicycle salesman Arthur C. Banta decides to create a fixie chain gang relay along a 210-mile stretch from San Francisco to California’s Central Valley with eight primary riders. He charges $0.25 for stamps, 10 times the price of standard mail at the time.
I can just hear the conversation now:
Old-Timer Cyclist: When I was your age, we didn’t have no Amazon delivery service or fancy-schmancy computers. We wrote letters with pens and paper and put stamps on them. And when the mail system broke down because of a rail strike, we printed up our own stamps and rode our own fixed gear bicycles on unmarked dirt roads in the dark. And if we broke our ankles, we kept going because the darn mail had to be delivered.
Disinterested Youth: What is paper? [looks at phone] Have you seen the new Iggy Azalea video? It’s awesome.
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Colorado Brewers to Take On Sixth Annual Tour De BoulDurango | Brewbound

DURANGO, Colo. — On Monday, July 21st owners and representatives from six of Colorado’s leading craft breweries will depart on the ride of a lifetime…for the sixth year in a row. Commencing at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, CO and culminating at Ska Brewing Co. in Durango, the annual Tour De BoulDurango is a five day, 426 mile road bike ride through some of Colorado’s steepest and most grueling road terrain. This year’s venture features riders from Avery, Ska, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, and Great Divide breweries.

Out of the gate the tour will call for a 109 mile ride through Golden and over Loveland Pass before descending onto Breckenridge Brewery. As day one concludes it is likely the riders will reflect on all of the pedaling still to come. “As busy as we all are, I think it’s good to get out in the Colorado hills with some of the state’s brewing pioneers and share a few ideas, as well as a few beers,” says Adam Avery of Avery Brewing Co. “Collectively, we have hundreds of years of brewing experience amongst us—good ideas are bound to take root at some point before delirium takes over toward the end of the week” Friday will mark the final stage of the ride from Ouray, over three mountain passes, and into Durango.

The cycling brewers are scheduled to arrive at Ska Brewing Co. at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25th. The ride culminates with Finish Fest, a finish line celebration featuring beers from all of the participating brewers as well as the collaboration brew, Wheelsucker Wheat. “This year we are really trying to encourage interaction and community involvement statewide” says Dave Thibodeau, President and Co-Founder of Ska Brewing Company, “Whether that means joining the riders for a beer at the end-of-day watering holes or helping us rustle up some coin for Bicycle Colorado. We have some new toys this year that will make it easy for all the pedal heads and beer drinkers to join in.” The brewers will be using Insta-Mapper GPS tracking software making it possible for anyone, anywhere along the route to join the riders, cheer them on, or see when it’s time to head to the pub. Bicycle Colorado, an organization dedicated to building a bicycle friendly Colorado is the beneficiary of Tour De BoulDurango and is cited by the League of American Bicyclists as the model organization for the country’s forty nine other states.
The High Mountain Passes of the Route:
Loveland Pass – 11,992′ ~ Hoosier Pass – 11,542′ ~ Cottonwood Pass – 12,126’ ~ Cerro Pass 7,958
Red Mountain Pass – 11,008′ ~ Molas Pass – 10,910′ ~ Coal Bank Pass – 10,640′

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to pack for off road Bike Packing

A Radar For Your Bike, So You Don't Have To Have Eyes In The Back Of Your Head | FastCompany

With the Backtracker, tailgating cars take notice.

How do you improve the bike light? We've seen a few new ideas recently: lights embedded in wheels or installed in helmets, lights that project an image on the road or even lights that let you see what the road surface is like.

Franz Struwig's Backtracker is another new take. His light idea is based around a radar. The back light alerts motorists to the cyclist's presence, flashing more frequently as cars get closer. Then a handlebar-mounted display gives a read-out to riders. Its red bars illuminate as cars come nearby.

Struwig, who is from Stellenbosch, South Africa, is raising money to fund the lights onDragon Innovation, a Kickstarter-like site specializing in hardware. See the campaign video here:

Struwig says the handlebar display isn't really a danger signal. It's more about giving riders extra intelligence. The back scanner, which detects cars that are 400 feet away, forces drivers to appreciate their proximity to the back wheel...
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