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Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, according to the first comprehensive study of the jobs created by the sector.
Some 655,000 people work in the cycling economy – which includes bicycle production, tourism, retail, infrastructure and services – compared to 615,000 people in mining and quarrying, and just 350,000 workers directly employed in the steel sector.
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Posted by Raymond George at 4:00 PM
Erick Cedeño, founder of the company Bicycle Nomad, has been car-free for five years. So when in September 2013 his bicycle was stolen in Buffalo, N.Y., less than 20 miles from the finish of Adventure Cycling Association's 2,000-mile Underground Railroad route, he was crushed.
"At first I was like, 'How am I going to get around? How am I going to finish this route?' " Cedeño says.
But he wasn't going to let his hardship prevent him from reaching his destination at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Cliff Madell, owner of Teen Treks, a Buffalo organization that promotes adventure cycling to teenagers, loaned him a bike to finish - something Madell says was "the right thing to do."
"I kept remembering the people that walked the same path I was going," Cedeño says. "Every time I had challenges, I remembered those people. Just to have freedom, they had to face those challenges."
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/living/20141107_At_Philadelphia_Bike_Expo__cyclist_tells_of_his_Underground_Railroad_freedom_ride.html#tMxE12uC7SuQuvur.99
Pininfarina took inspiration from the iconic tailor – made cars of the Thirties, to create an elegant and pure shape enriched by the combination of modern and classical materials. The frame is in fact made of tubes in chromed steel hand- made weld by skilled artisans and adorned by a walnut briar-root coating. References to the heritage are also detectable in the handlebars and in the seat, dressed with a The Bridge leather whose inspiration comes from the interlaced leather used in the interiors of the Lancia Astura Bocca, an iconic model designed by Pininfarina in 1936. Several are the innovations acting as counterpart to the tradition.
Frame made of steel tubes Deda ZERO DR with hand-made microcast welds . Integral chrome plating
- Family of weldless tubes made of steel 25CrMo4 hardened in oil at 880° C and recovered in a controlled atmosphere. The accurate process of temper (TR state ) achieves tensile strengths up to 1350 N/mm2, with a strong homogeneity of crystalline grain. All transactions are followed by treatment of strain relaxation, to minimize residual stresses.
- Lining( Chainset ) BLB Track Vera
- Brake System: Brake Caliper Campagnolo Veloce
- Lighting system Made in Germany by Supernova based on the new high-performance lamp E3 Pure 205 lumens entirely in aluminum and the hub dynamo to Infinity S
- Wheels: H+Son Sl 42 (rear) and TB14 (front ) in the new G609 aluminum alloy. Wheight: 415 grams
- Tires: Panaracer Ribmo 28 " reinforced with Kevlar anti-puncture
- Saddle covered with interlaced leather model The Bridge BLB Mosquito
- Handlebars Porteur interlaced leather The Bridge
- Booster Propulsion system based on miniaturized electric motor with proprietary technology Zehus spin-off of Politecnico di Milano
- Walnut briar-root coating
- Brake knobs engraved with a chisel and hammer Engraving technique
- Brake Cables Nokon Carl Stahl
[Keep reading at Pininfarina]