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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Specialized FATBOY PRO #letsride @iamspecialized

All the fun of a fat bike with the performance of a Specialized. The Fatboy Pro combines a lightweight frame, RockShox Bluto fork, and 4.6" Ground Control tires to create a geometry similar to Specialized 29er geometry for nimble handling in the most extreme conditions.
  • Fully butted M4 Premium Aluminum frame w/ up to 5-inch tire clearance is lightweight and stiff
  • RockShox Bluto RL Solo Air spring shock w/ TurnKey damping for traction in all conditions
  • Fat 26" disc, alloy single wall rims are designed to handle even the worst terrain
  • Specialized Ground Control Fat 26x4.6" tires roll over anything
  • Race Face Next SL crankset w/ 100mm spindle is built for power no matter the terrain
  • Shimano XT, hydraulic disc brakes w/ Ice Tech pads and rotors for max stopping power
  • SRAM X0, 11-speed derailleur w/ carbon cage for reliable and precise shifting

Changing Gears

Changing Gears from Bruna Martini on Vimeo.
Changing Gears is a 20 minute short film, showing the journey of 5 young Londoners as they cycle from London to Brighton. Having never met before, and each from different backgrounds and life stories, the film is a look at the transformative potential of the bicycle in bringing people together and breaking down barriers. On show is an insight into the sense of freedom and independence young people gain from a bicycle in a city, the worries and problems they face growing up there, and how they react to new geographies outside London.

Screened at Look Mum no Hands in London in September 2014

Friday, January 30, 2015

Against The Elements - Bikepacking Through Wales

Against the Elements from Ian Barrington on Vimeo.
A three day bikepacking trip through Wales, starting at the Great Orme and finishing in Llanwrtyd Wells. After enduring two days of near constant wind and rain, there was one last challenge before we made it to Llanwrtyd.

Riders: Neil, Gian, Andy & Me.
Cameras: Contour +2 & Olympus SH-21
Music: Alt-J - Estocada

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Showers Pass Refuge Jacket and Pant–the Perfect Fat Bike Shell

After two solid years of year-round fat biking in Colorado, with seasons that seem to change quickly to bitter cold, I have been enthusiastically searching for the Goldilocks of shells to wear while riding my fat bike. My criteria: a lightweight shell that can handle the brutal minus-something cold of the Rockies, but versatile enough to be my go-to jacket for cool fall days. Last season I went to several stores and tried on countless jackets and pants, after making do with my snowboard apparel the previous season. I left all of those establishments disappointed.
Enter the Showers Pass Refuge series. While not specifically designed for fat biking, this jacket and pant are a product of forward-thinking garment engineers who obviously spend a lot of time in the outdoors. The shells are versatile enough to use for skiing or mountaineering, but with obvious cues to cyclists such as the drop down tail and reinforced seat and shoulders.
Breathable and flexible, the jacket is the perfect all around fatbike shell for use even on cool fall days
Breathable and flexible, the jacket is the perfect all around fatbike shell for use even on cool fall days
The Deets, From Showers Pass:
  • Featuring fully seam taped, 3 layer EliteTM waterproof-breathable hardshell fabric for exceptional breathablility
  • Reinforced shoulders protect the fabric from back pack straps
  • Extra long core vents prevent overheating
  • YKK Aquaguard Vislon water-resistant zippers
  • Ergonomic easy-grip zipper pulls
  • 360 degrees of 3MTM ScotchliteTM Reflective Material trim for maximum visibility
  • Removable, adjustable hood fits over a helmet and stows in inside pocket
  • Double toggle hem cinch for adjustability
  • Drop-down tail protects from road spray and wet stadium seats
  • Soft, moisture wicking lining at collar
  • Locker loop at collar
  • Front handwarmer pockets, back pocket and chest pocket with audio port
  • Two light loops
  • MSRP: $279
A closer shot of the vents in the Refuge Jacket, along with the side hand warmer pockets. The chest pocket zipper can be seen in the background. There is ample storage in this shell.
A closer shot of the vents in the Refuge Jacket, along with the side hand warmer pockets. The chest pocket zipper can be seen in the background. There is ample storage in this shell.
  • Fully seam taped, 3-Layer Elite™ waterproof-breathable hardshell fabric for exceptional breathability and total weather protection
  • Durable reinforced seat is perforated for breathability
  • Thigh vents prevent overheating
  • Articulated knees with reflective accents
  • YKK Aquaguard Vislon water-resistant zippers
  • Reflective trims for low light visibility
  • Hook and loop cinch straps keep pant legs away from chain and crank
  • Ankle zips for easy on-off over shoes
  • Thigh pocket is accessible while on the bike
  • Suspender compatible
  • Women’s specific pant available
  • MSRP: $225
    Drop down flap is perfect for commuting, or for the chairlift if you are skiing. The side pocket easily holds a few goodies. This flap snaps back up into the jacket
The Refuge Jacket and Pant were designed with what Showers Pass calls an Elite 3-layer performance fabric, which is fully seam-taped, stopping rain and snow from creeping into the zippers. This fabric, like other popular brands, is fully waterproof and breathable (not a spray on barrier), with  extra-long core vents. These vents are, in my opinion, the crown jewel of the shells, allowing a lot of good airflow in for cooling, with a thoughtful mesh fabric beneath the zippers to keep the zippers from coming open too wide. This mesh also prevents larger chunks of snow from sneaking into open vents. They are well-placed, but the one downside to them is that because of their length and reinforced seam sealing, they can be tough to zip up or down, especially while riding. It is a small tradeoff given the bombproof seams, and I see no way they could have been designed otherwise. These vents are equipped with what they call Aquaguard Vision zippers, and 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflective trim–perfect for commuters or a ride home in the dark after coming off of the trail...

Will cycling see the return of the solid tyre?

Korean company Tannus Tires claim to have built a solid tyre that 'will compete with' regular pneumatic ones.
A Korean tyre company has come up with a solid bike tyre that it claims will compete with the regular pneumatic variety. After being launched three years ago in Asia, Tannus Tires are hitting the UK market.
Using a newly developed compound polymer called Aither, they offer the prospect of punctureless riding with a rider-friendly level of comfort and rolling resistance.
Solid tyres are nothing new. They’ve been around as long as the bicycle itself but were quickly superseded when Dunlop made the first practical pneumatic bike tyre in 1887. Typically heavy and giving an uncompromising ride, solid tyres have trailed in their wake ever since.
Tannus Tires have developed a solid tyre that 'will compete' with regular tires
But Tannus’s European sales manager Jazz Walia says: “We won’t convert everyone but people need to forget what they know of solid tyres and try them with an open mind.”
Some of the advantages of a solid tyre are obvious. Retailing at £99 a pair and boasting the ability to do 9,000 miles before needing replacing, Tannus Tires could be useful for winter training or commuting, as they eliminate the worry of stopping and getting cold while changing a tube. The 700x23c Musai model also weighs in at just 380g, not far off the combined weight of Continental Gator Skin, inner tube and rim tape — and they come in two grades to imitate different tyre pressures. Although still heavier than a pair of tubs and with a rolling resistance eight per cent higher than a regular tyre, they felt fine for daily commutes — although a bit harsh for longer training rides — when CW gave them a run.

“We’re still developing and improving the tyres,” says Walia. “We’re looking at doing a budget, mid and performance version and have a five to 10-year plan, possibly getting riders in the Tour de France on our tyres.”


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Brooks Land’s End to John O’ Groats Panniers

Our new travel panniers are named after the famous “Land’s End to John O’ Groats” cycle route which traverses the length of the island of Great Britain between its two furthermost extremities. Hundreds of cyclists attempt this 874-mile route yearly, facing the challenges of Britain’s inclement weather.
The panniers are waterproof, light and durable to meet the demands of long distance cyclists, without sacrificing style. The closing system of the bag featuring a stylish leather insert enables cyclists to adjust the volume of each bag from a minimum to a maximum, as follows:
-JOHN O' GROATS Front Panniers min/max 12/15 l
-LAND'S END Rear Panniers min/max 19/23 l
(Our Land's End pannier no longer features the outside pocket, there is however a small zip pocket and a larger map style pocket on the inside).

Gevenalle CX and Shimano STI comparison @Gevenalle

Gevenalle CX and Shimano STI comparison. from Gevenalle on Vimeo.

Introducing: The NFD

National Forest Development roads are used to access our wilderness spaces and are often found in very wild and unkempt conditions that require a sturdy and reliable vehicle.  My NFD was developed with these roads as inspiration for discovery and adventure well off the beaten path.  Built for the B+ format tires for sure-footed and comfy travel.

I don’t know about you, but the size of these tires looks spot on.  Then there’s the luggage, expertly crafted by Porcelain Rocket.  The Alfine 501 8 speed rear hub and the Son generator hub wired to the B&M Luxos U for charging capabilities.  Me? I may just go out on this beast and never return.  Somebody feed my animals for me?
The frame is designed for backpacking, unapologetically.  The suspension exists in the 27.5 x 3.25″ tires and will not fit a suspension fork.  It is also designed around a PF30 BB to give options to run that BB, an eccentric for single or internal geared drivetrain, or Shimano 24mm with the right adapter...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bicycle Traveler Magazine January 2015

Bicycle Traveler Magazine January 2015

In this edition:
An unexpected adventure
Maya Goldstein discovers that Central American hotels aren't just for sleeping in.
Interview Amaya Williams
Amaya talks about the process of putting together a trip photo book.
A life in a day
A day's thoughts while cycling in Patagonia.
Equipment information and more…

10 Common Misconceptions about Randonneuring | Off The Beaten Path

With Paris-Brest-Paris coming up this year, a lot of people seem to be interested in randonneuring. They like the idea of a challenging, but not competitive, sport. Many brevets feature great scenery, a sense of adventure, and wonderful people to ride with. Unfortunately, all to often, I hear people say: “It sounds wonderful, but I couldn’t do it.” In many cases, that isn’t true. Most randonneurs, myself included, are pretty average people. Here are ten common misconceptions about randonneuring:

Tips for Treating Cyclists Saddle Sores | CyclingInform

Saddle sores can become a serious problem that can create havoc for any cyclists working to a weekly training schedule. Once the cyclist’s saddle sore becomes serious enough it can ruin weekly goals and force you to stop training. It is very important to prevent saddle sores from even developing. Here are some tips…

Dutch Suburbs Are Like America’s, and Protected Bike Lanes Work Fine There | StreetsBlog

People the in U.S. street design world — sometimes even people who write for this very website — regularly say that U.S. development patterns mean that Dutch street designs can’t be immediately adopted in the States.
That’s a lot less true than you might think.
Of course some ideas can’t/won’t port over wholesale. But especially by European standards, the Netherlands is actually probably one of the most spatially similar places to much of the U.S. Guess where this is:
Count the fast food signs, the car lanes all leading up to a big freeway underpass. If not for the protected bike lane this could be Anywhere, North America. But this is actually in Amsterdam proper.
The reality is that only a minority of Dutch people live in the medieval centers of Amsterdam, Gouda, and Utrecht. Though many tourists visiting Amsterdam for a couple of days don’t typically see this, many Dutch people’s daily reality includes stuff much more like this:

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Leatherman Tread: 25 tools you wear on your wrist

Katy Trail Missouri

The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri.  (Use this link if you're looking for the Dallas Katy Trail).  Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead.  After leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana. 

America's longest "rails-to-trail" project, formerly the MKT rail line, is flat and scenic.  It's ideal for hiking, running, or cycling on just about any kind of bike. Horseback riding is also allowed on a 35 mile section of the trail, from Sedalia to Clinton.  Also, the Katy Trail's Tebbetts-Portland section now allows equestrian use. 

Many cross-country cyclists include the Katy Trail in their tours.  It is part of Adventure Cycling's Lewis & Clark route, as well as the American Discovery Trail.  

Runners love to use the Katy Trail for Long Slow Distance runs, because it's flat, scenic, and the crushed limestone trail surface is easy on your legs.  The only drawback is that there are long distances without access to water, so runners and hikers might need to carry your their water.  Or simply plan your excursion along parts of the trail where the towns offering water, groceries, or vending machines are not too far apart.  For example, Defiance and Matson are only 1.5 miles apart, and Peers and Marthasville are 2 miles apart.  Lots of towns are about 5 miles from the next town.  

Visit the FAQ Page for more general trail information.  Or, dive right in and start planning your ride -- check out the towns and services along the trail, or build your own customized list of just the towns and services that interest you.

[Bike Katy Trail]

Physically Separated Bike Lanes from STREETFILMS

Physically Separated Bike Lanes from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Provide feedback for Pedal Instead @pedalinstead @yaybikes #letsride

This year Pedal Instead will get a major upgrade. With support anticipated from the Ohio EPA, Yay Bikes! plans to maximize Pedal Instead’s vast (vast!) capacity to educate the general public about bicycling for transportation. To help us better understand how Pedal Instead is currently utilized as a source of bicycle-related information, we have created a short survey. Regardless of how much or little you encountered Pedal Instead during 2014 (heck, regardless of whether you know what Pedal Instead even is), please take a quick minute to fill it out and forward it to the people in your local networks. Thanks a thousand times!

[Take the survey]

OUT THERE | Chas on the Pacific Coast

Cycling The Icefields Parkway #letsride

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kona Rove 2015 #letsride @konaworld

The Rove is a relative anomaly in the drop-bar world. We tap into our cyclocross heritage and touring background to come up with a frame design that lives somewhere in the middle. Not quite a CX race bike and not quite a full-on touring rig, the Rove is a bike designed for riding just about everywhere. We use slightly longer chainstays than our CX race geometry to provide more tire clearance and a little more stability. The rear dropout is drawn with racks and fenders in mind. We chose a SRAM X9 Type 2 rear derailleur to provide an even more rugged drivetrain and while eliminating drivetrain snafus. The 160mm front and rear rotors provide ample stopping power for long descents. Make sure you bring plenty of edibles because the Long Sweet Road just got way sweeter.


Ferriots of Fire West Side Adventure Ride 01192015 #letsride #gravel #coffeeoutside

11 cyclists. 31 miles. Temps in the 30's and 40's. Sunny for most of the ride. Seen today - Battelle Darby Metro Park, horse track and training facility, bison, Civil War cemetery, Sasquatch sighting. Coffee outside. Great ride!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Somerset Chupacrabra Gravel Grind 011715 #letsride #gravelgrind #coffeeoutside

27 miles. 3400 ft climbing. 17+ cyclists. A couple of icy roads. One ice rink road. Most everyone fell down at least once. Lunch and coffee outside at the lake. Brian blew up his rear derailleur at the end of the ride. Thanks to Mike for organizing.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Velosolutions Pump Track

Velosolutions Pump Track Aranyaprathet, Thailand from Claudio Caluori on Vimeo.
Visit Aranyaprathet in Thailand and it's beautiful people together with Adrien Loron and Claudio Caluori from Velosolutions and see how the asphalt pump track was created.

GRAVEL #letsride

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gear Ratios: How to Select Touring Bike Gearing

You might have heard of the term 'granny gear' before. If you haven't, a granny gear is the smallest cog on the front crankset of your bike. If you haven't already become best friends with it, you may need to start!
Your selected gear ratios for a touring bike depend on a number of factors: where you plan to travel, the terrain, your experience, how strong you are as a rider and, of course, how much gear you're lugging around.
We recommend picking gears for all occasions, that is, having gears low enough to go up the steepest climbs, and also having gears high enough so you don't 'spin out' when the wind is on your side.
The smallest chainring, the granny gear, is often the one you should worry about most. A good guide for touring bikes is to have a granny gear so small that riding in it works out to be the same speed as you walk. You can never have a gear low enough on a touring bike!

Part 1: Gear Range and Ratios

1.1 Gear Inches: Understand Your Gear Ratios

The best way to compare chainring and cassette combinations between bikes is to check using gear inches. They are very easy to calculate: the diameter of the wheel, times the size of the front chainring, divided by the size of the rear cog. Using gear inches, you can compare bikes with different wheel sizes and drivetrain setups. On a touring-specific bike, you're looking at 15″ in the lowest gear up to 110″ in the highest.
We do our calculations with Sheldon Brown's Gear Calculator.

1.2 Gear Inch Comparisons Across Drivetrains

Given that touring triple cranksets (48-36-24) have a range of 15-110″, how does that compare to drivetrains on different bikes capable of bicycle touring?
Typical road bike gearing
  • Traditional Road – 53x39t with 11-23t = 44 to 126″
  • Semi-Compact – 52x36t with 12-25t = 38 to 114″
  • Compact – 50x34t with 12-25t = 33 to 110″
  • Road Triple – 50x39x30t with 12-27t = 29 to 110″
  • Compact w/ Long Cage – 50x34t with 11-32t = 28 to 119″
Traditional road, compact road and a road triple cranksets
Typical cyclocross gearing
  • Traditional CX – 46x36t with 12-30t = 32 to 104″
  • CX1 – 38t with 11-36t = 28 to 93″
Traditional CX and CX1 cranksets
Typical MTB gearing
  • Single – 32t with 11-40t = 22 to 79″
  • Single XX1 – 32t with 10-42t = 21 to 89″
  • Double – 38x24t with 11-36t = 19 to 96″
  • Triple – 42x32x24t with 11x36t = 19 to 106″
MTB single, double and triple cranksets
Internally geared hubs
  • Alfine 8s – 38t with a 20t = 27 to 84″
  • Alfine 11s – 38t with a 20t = 27 to 111″
  • Rohloff 14s – 40t with a 16t = 19 to 100″
Alfine 8, Alfine 11 and Rohloff hubs

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Gevenalle GX drop bar shifter levers for Shimano mountain bike rear derailleurs
Ever dreamt of putting a mountain bike drivetrain on your drop bar bike. You know, to create the ultimate adventure bike with wide range gearing and a fast front end?

Gevenalle has expanded their line of index-or-friction shifter equipped brake lever with the new GX model, which pulls just the right amount of cable to keep an XT rear derailleur in line with your MTB cassette. It’s compatible with Shimano’s modern clutch-equipped DynaSys and Shadow Plus 10-speed rear derailleurs with a cassette capability up to 36T. That’s a big jump from the 28T max of their BURD rear derailleur, putting you in the gearing range of the CX1 group.

Like the CX shifters, which work with Gevenalle’s own rear derailleur and other 10-speed roadderailleurs, the GX gets a modified Microshift lever set attached to a Tektro lever bodies…but even those have been heavily customized and improved…

Gevenalle GX drop bar shifter levers for Shimano mountain bike rear derailleurs
Ever since Shimano changed the cable pull between their road and mountain offerings, there hasn’t been an elegant way to run a modern road shifter and MTB derailleur. The GX changes all that.

The shifter lever sits out front of the brake lever and runs from one side to the other to effect a full shift from the smallest cog to the largest...

Chillicothe mountain biking club stays active in winter | Chillicothe Gazette

The cold weather isn't stopping members of a local mountain biking club from getting out and being active this winter.
The Chillicothe Mountain Bike club gathered Saturday afternoon at Great Seal State Park for a ride, and group member Brian Jones said many of those who are involved go to races throughout Ohio. The club rides all year and normally has about 15 members who show up for group rides, Jones said.
A Facebook page is the central point of contact for members, while the River's Bend bike shop on West Water Street also has details on upcoming group outings and events, Jones said.

[Keep reading at Chillicothe Gazette]

The Ride: Unpaved fun on Banks backroads (photo gallery) @BikePortland

Banks backroads loop-40
Great roads await in the hills surrounding the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Once you open yourself up to the possibility of riding unpaved roads, a whole new world awaits. That, to me, is one of the most exciting things about the “gravel riding” revolution. It’s like we just scored a bunch of new places to ride and it came without loss of blood or treasure.

On Saturday I joined a group of backroads connoisseurs on a 26-mile loop north and west of the small town of Banks. Many of you likely know Banks as the southern end of the very popular Banks-Vernonia State Trail. I have ventured off that path before, but Saturday’s ride took me in intriguing new directions.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Bremen Upper Loop Gravel Grind 011115 #gravelgrinder

25+ cyclists. Temps in mid 20's to start, lower 30's at end. 29 miles. 3200+ ft climbing. Four goats ran with us for a bit. Lots of dogs on the route. Thanks to Liz Samuelson for leading.


Mr Jones Watches - The Hour @GraemeObree #letsride

“I wanted to use words that would instill a sense of value that an hour is a unit of time to be or do or think or act in some way that makes us realise its passing. In a subtle way to instill a sense of mortality that is tempered by an idea of how to occupy this hour that will pass but once.” Graeme Obree 2010
The Hour was designed with cyclist Graeme Obree, an hour has a special resonance for him as he twice claimed cycling’s prestigious hour record. With the design of this watch Obree reveals a reflective, poetic sensibility: each hour is marked with a different word that holds a special meaning in relation to the passing time - a reminder to us to make the most of each hour that passes.
The design of the watch makes discrete visual reference to the bicycle - the aperture through which the words are read is based on the drivetrain of a fixed wheel track bicycle.

Each watch comes in a MJW presentation box with a specially commissioned artwork by Hannah Davies. Inside the box you'll find the guarantee card - every watch is guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase against any original manufacturing defect.

Case: Stainless steel with black PVD coating
Strap: Black leather with red stitching
Width (3 o'clock to 9 o'clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Mechanism: Single jewel quartz mechanism
Waterproof: 5ATM
Guarantee: 12 months

Graeme Obree loved bikes from a young age and joined a cycling club at 15. He got involved in the racing scene and found he was good at it. By the mid-eighties he had invented his own riding style much like a downhill skier. He was always fascinated by the purity of the individual time-trial against the watch and the One Hour Record on the track, which is the ultimate test of speed and endurance.
In 1993 he built his own unique bike incorporating parts of an old washing machine which he named 'Old Faithful'. He used this to break Francesco Moser's World Hour Record which had been set at altitude and stood for nine years. He went on to become World Champion that year in Individual Pursuit. His innovative riding position was banned one hour prior to the 1994 World Championships but at least he had used it to regain the hour record from his biggest rival, Chris Boardman, a few months earlier. 
He re-invented himself in 1995 with a position popularly called ‘Superman’, with arms stretched out in front. He was again World Champion in 1995 and the superman position was used by several gold medal winners at the Atlanta Olympic Games of 1996. The ‘Superman’ position was banned soon afterwards along with Obree’s innovative bike.
Graeme had suffered severe bi-polar disorder and this worsened in the following years which was headlined by two suicide attempts. He now lives a more stable life in Scotland and in 2006 a feature film of his life was made called ' The Flying Scotsman', which followed his searingly honest autobiography of the same name.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Metro Parks officials seek input on Olentangy trail route | Columbus Dispatch

A plan to extend the Olentangy Greenway Trail through the tiny community of Mount Air is one of three options Metro Parks officials will present at an open house planned for next week.

“Each of them has their unique challenges,” said Steve Studenmund, Metro Parks strategic-planning and land-acquisition manager.

The open house is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Highbanks Metro Park nature center, 9466 Columbus Pike.
Officials are expecting some resistance, especially among Mount Air residents. The route through that community would run along Rt. 315 where there is limited right-of-way to install a trail.

The second route would be difficult to build in terms of access because of the 100-foot bluffs east of the Olentangy River; bridges might need to be designed to support construction equipment.

And the third would require one large bridge over the Olentangy and nine more spans across ravines...

Read more about the costs at:

More detailed maps: 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Adventure Cycling Montana - Northern Tier

Carver Titanium Gnarvester @carver_bikes

[nahr-vuh-ster] noun
1. any of various farm machines for harvesting gnar.
Another platform designed by the Surly folks, 29+ combines the superior rollover of 29″ wheels with the flotation and extra suspension of a fatbike. Surly’s Krampus was the test mule that proved 29+’s impressive rollover capability, and now it’s time for the next evolution.
The Gnarvester is Carver’s take on the platform, a impressively light and nimble frame that can make full use of ~50mm rims and 29+ tires. Featuring a tapered head tube and sliding dropouts, any steerer tube or rear axle is fair game for the Gnarvester. Wrap it up with a beautiful brushed finish and a frame weight under 4 pounds, and you’re ready to get out there and harvest some gnar!
Given the lack of a front derailleur, we opted to spec a SRAM X1 drivetrain in order to provide a decent gear range. Don’t worry…front chainring sizes vary from 26t to 36t so you can pick the gearing to work for yourself and your terrain.

  • Clearance for 29″ and 29+ wheel/tire setups
  • 3.8 pounds in medium size
  • ZS44/ZS56 tapered head tube
  • Brushed Finish with Bead Blasted Logo
  • Standard mtb hub spacing
  • 73mm BB shell
  • Sliding dropouts – any axle type can be accommodated
  • 31.6mm seatpost
  • No front derailleur capability

Yahoo Develops 'Happy Routes' Algorithm for Online Maps | International Business Times

road gps mapping
Researchers used crowd-sourcing to create an algorithm that maps "beautiful, quiet, and happy" routes in London and Boston.
Researchers at Yahoo have developed a GPS algorithm that allows users to choose a route 
between two points based on beauty rather than the time or distance it takes.
The Shortest Path to Happiness study carried out by Yahoo Labs in collaboration with 
the University of Torino in Italy sought to offer "emotionally pleasant" routes using data 
from a crowd-sourcing platform.

Missouri Rep introduces bill to require bicyclists to hold insurance @mobikefed

Rep. Craig Redmon of Canton has introduced a bill requiring all bicyclists and non-motor vehicles such as horse-drawn buggies using Missouri state highways to carry liability insurance. 
The 2015 Missouri State legislative session is just getting warmed up
The 2015 Missouri State legislative session is just getting warmed up
With bills introduced in each of the past several years to ban bicycling on state highways, and more recently to remove bicycling from a state transportation funding proposal, the idea of an insurance requirement for bicyclists is not sitting well with Missouri bicyclists.  Whether intended or not, if this bill passes it will have the effect of restricting Missouri bicyclists' access to the roads and routes they need. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Support Yay Bikes! at Grass Skirt Tiki Room on January 7th @yaybikes @GrassSkirtTiki #letsride

Columbus Food League, a restaurant management group dedicated to serving food and drinks that people love, is giving back to the community. Their restaurants include The Chintz Room, Surly Girl Saloon, Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace, Dirty Frank's Westgate, and Grass Skirt Tiki Room. Over the past two and half years, Columbus Food League has developed a great way to give back through its Charitable Giving Program. Their program has helped raise thousands of dollars each year for many organizations in the Columbus community.

The staff of Grass Skirt has chosen Yay Bikes! as their Community Partner for January! Our Community Partner Day will be January 7th . On this day, Grass Skirt will donate $1 from every drink special sold and 10% of the days food sales to Yay Bikes!. Grass Skirt will also display a donation tin at the bar to highlight them and collect money throughout the month.

Stop over to Grass Skirt Tiki Room all day tomorrow and talk with Catherine from Yay Bikes! Food purchases and drink special support Yay Bikes! mission. #letsride 

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