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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water @salsacycles


Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

1000W LED Flashlight - Worlds Brightest (90,000 Lumens)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jamis Dragonslayer 27.5+ (2016) Bike Packing @jamisbicycles

BeeLine Kickstarter Video - bicycle navigation made simple @RideBeeLine

Motor City to Bike City: Inside Detroit's Bicycle Renaissance @nbcnews

When you think of the Motor City, bicycles may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In recent years, however, Detroit has seen a surge in cycling interest and bike-related small businesses opening. Now, "The D" is home to one of the largest weekly community bike rides in the world. 
Slow Roll Detroit, which was founded in 2010 by Detroit residents Jason Hall and Mike MacKool, meets weekly to explore different neighborhoods on their roughly 10-mile route in an effort to highlight new businesses and community projects happening around the city.

Monday, November 23, 2015

INSPIRED TO RIDE An adventure cycling documentary coming to Columbus on February 2 @inspiredtoride @yaybikes



“Inspired to Ride,” a stunning documentary about the inaugural TransAm Bike Race held in 2014 on the TransAmerica Trail, will screen at the Drexel Theatre in Columbus on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Yay Bikes!

“Inspired to Ride” is the followup film from the creators of the wildly popular and award-winning film “Ride the Divide,” as well as their second film, “Reveal the Path.”

On June 7, 2014, forty-five cyclists from around the world set out on the inaugural TransAm Bike Race, a 4,233-mile cross-country, self-supported race from Astoria, OR, to Yorktown, VA. The route roughly follows the TransAmerica Trail as created by the Adventure Cycling Association, traversing through ten states in a transcontinental adventure of epic proportions.

“Inspired to Ride” follows closely the journey of a handful of these cyclists as they prepare, compete and experience what riding 300 miles a day feels like with only a few hours of sleep each night. They will rely solely on their fitness, meticulously chosen gear and mental fortitude to get them to the finish. And to make it even more interesting, they will be entirely self-supported – no crew, no follow vehicles and no prize money waiting at the end.

These athletes will endure agonizing climbs iin the Rockies, driving winds in the Great Plains and sawtooth switchbacks in the Appalachians all for a pat on the back, potential bragging rights and a cold beer when it’s over. Some are out to make history and set records, while others are simply trying to finish.

The filmmakers used the latest technology to give the audience an incredibly immersive experience while these cyclists speed along the TransAmerica Trail, revealing its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and captivating stories which dot this path to discovery.

Advance tickets to the screening are $12 at www.imathlete.com/events/inspiredtoride. The Drexel Theatre is located at 2254 E. Main St. in Columbus.

According to Yay Bikes!, few activities suggest harmony with the world like riding a bicycle. Bicycling for transportation ameliorates the poor health, environmental degradation, oil dependency and financial strain associated with automobile travel and facilitates community between cyclists, their neighbors and their environment. Yay Bikes! offers programs and services that promote bicycling as a means to a more fulfilling life, and works to increase trips by bicycle and reduce bicycle crashes in the Central Ohio area and beyond. For more information, go to www.yaybikes.com.

To view the trailer or for more information about the film, go to www.inspiredtoride.it.

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For additional information, contact Garry Harrington at 603-209-5010 or gharrington3165@hotmail.com

SILCA HX-ONE HOME AND TRAVEL ESSENTIAL KIT @SILCAvelo


Few tools are used as frequently, and can cause as much heartache or wasted time as the seemingly simple hex key. It’s one of the first things you notice at the top levels of motorsport tools, or in the toolboxes of Pro-Tour mechanics: extremely high quality hex keys. The reasoning is simple, better tool fit leads to better feel and confidence for the mechanic as well as a significant reduction in the likelihood of damaging exotic fasteners made from Titanium or Aluminum.

[See more at Silca]

142 Miles From Monday from Alex Witkowicz


142 Miles From Monday from Alex Witkowicz on Vimeo.

This is a film about stepping away from the 9-5 lifestyle, the benefits of scaring yourself, and about connecting with nature to find meaning in everyday life.
The film follows three mountain bikers riding the legendary Kokopelli Trail in the high mountain desert; a place they’ll find is often unpredictable and unforgiving, but one that reveals lessons for those who explore its lonely landscapes. 
Check out my behind the scenes post on Medium here: medium.com/@alexwitkowicz/142-miles-from-monday-1ec031e7481d

The Steamboat Ralleye @KITSBOW @NinerBikes #letsride


The Steamboat Ralleye from Kitsbow on Vimeo.
197 dirty, epic miles and 19,302 brutal feet of climbing from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Niner Bikes and the Ralleye Riders.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

45NRTH WØLFGAR @45nrth #grippy


45NRTH WØLFGAR from 45NRTH on Vimeo.
Introducing WØLFGAR - Designed to keep your feet comfortable in the worst winter conditions down to -25ºF, Wølfgar is our warmest boot yet. The double boot system features a removable felted wool liner to wick moisture away from your feet with a durable, lightweight outer boot to keep wind, snow, and cold out. Precise placement of Aerogel under the foot and over the toe blocks cold transfer from chilling your feet. The custom Vibram® rubber outsole is 2-bolt compatible and has stud pockets for inserting 45NRTH studs for even more traction and control on slick, icy surfaces.
With Wølfgar, there are no more excuses.

Woman Insists She's a Bike, Sits on CTA Bus Rack

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

How Low-Income Cyclists Go Unnoticed @bicyclingmag

Jorge Diaz turned his BMX bike (shown without cart) into a convenience store.
PHOTO BY DAVID BUTOW
Jorge Diaz turned his BMX bike (shown without cart) into a convenience store.
This article first appeared in the July 2006 issue of Bicycling magazine.
Francisco Orellano wakes before sunrise. His mornings, sometimes for weeks on end, are nearly always the same. He carries his bike from his apartment to the street. Then he pedals into the dawn. He passes among other riders, who sit upright and silent, moving almost nothing but their legs, which revolve not in spinning cadences but in slow-motion circles. The riders roll forward, determined, toward some unseen destination.
Francisco looks elegant on his bike. His grey hair and moustache are neat; his striped, button-down shirt is pressed. He is proud of his appearance.
He travels the wide boulevards that lead to the shipping terminals at Long Beach, California. He passes unopened supermarkets, unilluminated car lots. Occasionally he pedals through the glow from an all-night filling station. Sometimes, as he rides, he thinks about El Salvador, where he walked to his jobs. But mostly, as he rides, he wonders whether he’ll work today.

‘Beyoncé On A Bike’ Opens Sexualized Can Of Worms @TheGearJunkie

Evidently the Internet is not ready for this jelly. This Instagram post by Beyoncé, appearing in all her Foxxy Cleopatra glory astride a bicycle, made some tremors in the cycling community after Momentum Mag reposted the image with the simple comment “Guess who’s riding a city bike?”

After a maelstrom of backlash, the magazine defended its post with the following statement.
“Our main goal at Momentum is to get more people riding bikes, and a large part of that work is making bicycling seem practical, stylish, fun, and yes, sexy… There is nothing inherently objectifying about sexuality. Sexism tends to come into play when women are automatically perceived as victims or morally dubious just because they did something explicitly sexual. Beyoncé is a feminist, and as part of that has chosen to embrace her own sexuality. What she chooses to do with her body, her brand, her clothes or lack thereof are all her choices, and it isn’t up to us to decide how she should feel about that.”

[Keep reading at Gear Junkie] 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Interview: Swallow Bicycle Works x TAT - PathLessPedaled.com @pathlesspedaled

The Web Monkey Speaks: Dear Bike Industry @bikemag

Before you change everything all over again, consider this...

I’m a hater. At the risk of sounding egotistical, I am quite good at hating. I see something new–something I haven’t tried, something that strikes me as useless or, simply, something I can’t possibly afford–and I hate it with a passion. True, I don’t go online and chat about it on forums with other haters, but it’s probably only because I have alternative opportunities, like this one, to showcase my loathing for that which is new.
By now, you might be asking yourself what exactly it is that I hate. Bleepy-bloopy music completely lacking in electric guitars, a beginning and an end? Hate that shit. Skinny pants, neck beards, people typing or (worse yet) saying “lol”? My vision narrows and goes a shade of red every time I encounter these things.  [Keep reading at Bike Mag]

Friday, November 6, 2015

ON MODERN TRANSPORTATION, SEATTLE JUST VOTED TO SOAR @peopleforbikes


Dexter Avenue.
For those of us watching, the last two years have revealed a very clear new superstar in the country's progress toward protected bike lane networks.
It's the Emerald City: Seattle.
In the last two years, Seattle has completed seven protected bike lane projects, more than any other city in the country in that period except New York.
As we've written, Seattle heaved through a significant "bikelash" a few years ago. And (much like NYC before it) it's discovered an ocean of political support on the other side.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA)



On Wednesday and Thursday the House of Representatives are going to voting on the transportation bill- including up to three  votes to cut eligibility for biking  projects.

We need your help!

Please ask your Representative to vote NO on the Carter amendments 68 and 69 and Yoho amendments 158 that would end eligibility for biking and projects.

Last week the Transportation Committee, led by Chairman Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR), passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA). This bill includes a carefully constructed agreement on bicycling and walking funding that we support - and need to defend.  It maintains funding streams for biking infrastructure projects, and it maintains the local control aspects and competitive processes that have made the transportation alternatives program effective. 

Rep. Carter and Yoho have introduced amendments that undermine that agreement. Rep Carter has two amendments. One amendment makes biking and walking projects ineligible for certain types of transportation funding. The second opens up the transportation alternatives funding to road and bridge projects.

Representative Yoho's amendment would make the Recreational Trails Program ineligible for any transportation funding.
 
Please ask your Representative to Vote NO on the Carter and Yoho Amendments


Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/oX2rNn0Cf79IF8FvOrmQhQ 

Video: McLaren 675LT vs. a Bicycle




TRANS AMERICA TRAIL: THE END OF AN ODYSSEY @SwallowBicycle @bikepackingcom





An inspiring epilogue to the Swallow’s 87 day, 4,970 mile, off-road ride on the Trans America Trail. Plus, tips for riding the TAT, a final QA, and their favorite gear…
From Morehead City, North Carolina into the Great Smoky Mountains, across Southern Tennessee, we dropped into Northwest Mississippi, pedaled across Arkansas, over the Ozarks, and dead straight across Northern Oklahoma and the Panhandle. We rode into the gulches of Northeast New Mexico, climbed up into Colorado, up and over the Rocky Mountains, before we dropped down to ride across Utah, and from basin to range northwest across Nevada and the high desert. We tapped California before riding northwest again, across Oregon, where we came to the end of our western route in Port Orford, Oregon on Sunday, October 26, 2015. The final tally of miles came in right around 4,970, which we completed in 87 days (81 days pedaling with 6 days off).

[Keep reading at BikePacking.com]

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Bike to Work @momentummag

Photo by Todd Mecklem
Photo by Todd Mecklem

Despite vast improvements in cycling infrastructure in many cities across the continent, the majority of North Americans still don’t bike to work. While the benefits of cycling to work are nearly innumerable, we managed to round them down to just ten so we wouldn’t run out of space on the Internet. From the Momentum Mag staff, here are our top 10 reasons to bike to work:
1. Fun!
Biking to work is fun, plain and simple. Many people look back wistfully on fond childhood memories of riding their bike around their neighborhood, wishing they could still be so carefree amid the rigors of working life. Biking to work allows you integrate that simple feeling of exhilaration into your daily grind. Observe your surroundings, listen to the birds and wave at passing cyclists as you ride. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself wishing your commute were longer.
2. Fitness
Biking to work is good for you. While the exact calories burned on a ride varies between each person, their speed, and the topography, cycling on average burns as many calories as jogging, with considerably fewer negative impacts on the joints. Cycling improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination. Sneaking the health benefits of biking into your daily commute is so easy it almost feels like cheating!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water @salsacycles


Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

The Velocipede Races @ellyblue @kickstarter



[Support the project at Kickstarter]

BikeBuddy - BICYCLE BOTTLE CARRIERS WHICH ADJUST TO HOLD LARGE BOTTLES AND VACUUM FLASKS.


The traditional bottle cage is the stuff of legend. It works well but does not cover the needs of all cyclists.

Perhaps you would like to carry a vacuum flask safely and conveniently for those HOT or really COLD drinks? Or maybe you feel the need to carry a large container up to 2 LITRES capacity? Cycle campers are often at a loss as to where to keep their stove fuel bottle when traveling from site to site.

Back in 1986 we thought about these requirements. The result was BIKEBUDDY the unique ADJUSTABLE bottle cage system.

BIKEBUDDY comes in three versions: MK1 for cycles without bottle cage fittings, and the MK2 and MK3 for cycles, which do. They are all manufactured entirely from stainless steel, so there is no fear of corrosion.

The MK1 is designed to fit the most popular tube size i.e. one and one eight inches (28.5mm) diameter.

The MK2 screws directly to the frames bottle cage fittings. Its central chassis contains eleven slots for positioning up or down the tube.

The MK3 has the advantage of QUICK RELEASE (see illustration). This model is withdrawn from the frame whilst still attached to the flask or bottle, leaving behind an unobtrusive pair of location pegs, which are screwed, into the bottle cage fittings, so you need only carry the MK3 when you want to. The LOCATION PEGS weigh approx 25 grammes and are available separately for fitting to your other bikes, enabling the transfer of the flask/bottle from one bike to another at a modest cost. MK3 requires only 20mm of lateral and 10mm of vertical movement to secure or remove it. This is VERY useful for carrying a large container in a small frame.

All three models adjust from 2.8 to 4.4 inches diameter (70 to 112mm). Where leg room is not a problem, BIKEBUDDY can be adjusted up to 6 inches (152mm) diameter by substituting the standard springs for '200' series which are available as an extra - very handy for carrying a small tent or rainwear.

For the better part of a quarter of a century, cyclists worlwide have made BIKEBUDDY their preffered choice, be it for cycle touring, cycle camping, commuting or off road.

BIKEBUDDY probably the most versatile system on the planet!

[Bikebuddy]