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Monday, December 31, 2012

Mountain Bike Big Bend

Team SixOneFour 2012 Recap

Why Bike Theft Is So Hard to Stop [Atlantic Cities]

Many readers don't need statistics to know that bike theft is a big problem in cities, but the numbers do testify to the anecdotes. Streetsblog recently reported that bike theft is up 25 percent in New York. Transportation Alternatives has estimated that upwards of a million bikes get lifted annually (most aren't reported). The F.B.I. values stolen bicycles and their parts at $350 million a year. That's a lot of handlebar bells.
A couple weeks ago Rohin Dhar of the Priceonomics blog wondered just what happens to all these stolen bikes. After consulting news reports and talking with bike shop owners, Dhar concluded that, broadly speaking, there are two types of bike thieves. Many are amateurs who turn them quickly on the street for dimes and nickels on the dollar. Some are professionals who target better bikes, wield effective lock-breaking tools, and resell the goods near market price — often online in other cities.
The big problem, writes Dhar, is that bike thieves essentially get a free pass. (Unless you stolethis guy's bike.) Whether you're just trying to make a few bucks on the street, or piling dozens of bikes into a van to drive hundreds of miles to sell them, there's little chance you'll get caught in the act. You can even try to get caught stealing your own bike in front of a police station and not get caught. "For all practical purposes, stealing a bike is risk-free crime," he writes.


MTB VS FOOTBALL from Tiago Paulino on Vimeo.

Bicycle Pint Glasses - Vital Industries

The Vital bicycle screen printed on these 16oz pint glasses.
(bikes + beer = a fantastic gift!)
Hand printed in our Denver studio. Shipped with care.

If you're sending these pints as a gift and you need a note included, please let us know in the notes when you check out.

Glasses made in the USA, printed in Denver, CO.
Glasses are (top rack) dishwasher safe, and nice and durable.
[Vital Industries]


Our vision for the Wölvhammer transcended traditional cycling footwear and originated from the conceptual standpoint of a mountaineering boot. On the inside we max out the insulation package with 200g Thinsulate on the forefoot and NASA-approved aerogel in the insole to block cold cleats. On the outside, 1000D CORDURA® and waterproof-breathable Sympatex block moisture and manage perspiration. For deep snow, easily add knee-high gaiters using the dedicated hook on the toe box. And of course, the Vibram sole is ready for any SPD-compatible cleat of your choice. These are the finest winter cycling shoes ever made.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bicyclist Dies After Collision With Pickup [NBC4i]

A 42-year-old bicyclist died from injuries he received early Sunday morning after being struck by a pickup truck.
Officers from the Franklin County accident investigation unit say Robert L. Grimm was riding southbound on Obetz-Reese Road north of Daugherty Road when he was struck by a truck going in the same direction.
Impact occurred at 2:40 a.m.  Grimm was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the pickup was not injured.
An initial investigation indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
The investigation is continuing.

2012: The Year in Photos

Columbus Rides Bikes! Top TEN posts for 2012

  1. Biomega Copenhagen Shaft driven bicycle
  2. The Copenhagen Wheel is coming Summer 2012
  3. Rhoades Car - 4 wheel bike that drives like a car
  4. DMR STS Chain Tensioner Product Review
  5. Road Drop Bar Geometry
  6. Tate Labs Barfly
  7. Chuck Harris, Mirror Man of Gambier
  8. Failed Hipster - Fixie must go
  9. Salsa Unveils 2013 Line-up
  10. Sara Underwood's Naked Bike Ride

Saturday, December 29, 2012

DIY Tire Chains []

Making your own bicycle tire chains was not as hard as I thought it would be. I went to a local hardware store and picked up a few things I needed for this project. It turned out to be fairly inexpensive.
Things I picked up were:
15″ of braided chain $7.20
15″ of 1/16 uncoated cable (picture frame wire) $3.15
3 packs of 1/16 cable ferrule (used to bind wire together) $.78 a pack
A whopping grand total of $13.66 tax included.
Tools needed: needle nose pliers, wire stripper, wire cutter, and zip ties.
First let some air out of your tires.
Then split the chain links into 6 links a strand.tire chain
Lastly, inflate tires for normal use. [See the rest of the build at]

How Bicycles Can Save Small Town America -

How Bicycles Can Save Small Town America - from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

The Chainbreaker Bike Book: Second Edition

A Rough Guide To Bicycle Maintenance
Here’s a hand-illustrated and accesible introduction to the world of bike repair!
Through working at both Plan B Bike Project and French Quarter Bicycles in New Orleans, the co-authors have gathered a wealth of experience to share with would-be mechanics.
The first half of this book is a complete repair manual to get you started on choosing, fixing, and riding your bike.
The second half reprints all four issues of Chainbreaker zine, whose originals were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Montpelier Snowday Ride 12272012

Rode into town to get some windshield wiper fluid for the car. The bottle fit perfectly into the Revelate Viscacha rear bag.

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks Ride 12262012

Solo ride
15 miles
2100ft climbing
Gravel roads scraped of snow with sand for traction
20 degree temps - Wore wool underlayer, jersey and Showers Pass heavier jacket. I needed hand warmers after a really long downhill because my hands got cold.

Montpelier VT Christmas Ride 12252012

Rode around Montpelier VT with my brother and Josh from Burlington checking out the sights.

Early 1890's Tangent Geared Bicycle at The Old Spokes Home

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Economic Benefits of Bicycling [FastCompany]

Juliana Buhring becomes first woman to cycle round the world as she pedals into Naples after 152 days on the road [The Telegraph]

It has taken Juliana Buhring just 152 days to cycle round the world, becoming the first woman ever to do so. She tells Cole Moreton about the highs and lows of her 18,000 mile solo road trip.

Juliana Buhring becomes first woman to cycle round the world as she pedals into Naples after 152 days on the road
Juliana Buhring arrives in Naples at the end of her journey Photo: NICK CORNISH

When Juliana Buhring rode out of Naples in the summer, saying she was off to cycle around the world, hardly anyone believed her. But yesterday the 32-year-old English language teacher returned to a hero's welcome in the Piazza del Plebiscito, having pedalled more than 18,000 miles alone.
She had been on the road for 152 days, travelling through 18 countries on four continents and fighting off sickness in India, dogs in Turkey and even birds in Australia.
"It feels surreal to stop," she said afterwards, looking forward to a bath and a drink. "I haven't quite registered that I don't have to get up at five tomorrow morning and get back on the bike again. I am in surprisingly good shape, considering."
The last leg of the journey had been among the hardest: heavy snows were falling and the temperature was nine below zero as she cycled back through Italy. "But I was trailed by about 100 cyclists who rode with me along the coast into Naples, which made that fun," she said.
Miss Buhring, who has a British father, was attempting to set a new record as the first woman to circumnavigate the globe alone on a bicycle. She must now wait for the claim to be accepted by Guinness World Records, who act as adjudicators on such matters.

Monday, December 24, 2012

pedal - bike messengers documentary

MOTO Urban Pedal

ReCycle [Kickstarter]

The ReCycle Origin Story
It all started with inspiration sparked by a recycled-materials, reusable grocery bag with “ingredients” printed on it attached to a messenger bag. Aluminum. Rubber. Plastic. “Hey. Those are bike parts.” Flash! A few years later, and our prototypes are alive, well and rolling down a street near you. (If you live in Los Angeles.) Against so many odds, we’ve managed to create a head-turning bicycle made from 100%-recycled aluminum, making it the greenest transportation option available anywhere.

Now, it’s time to roll The ReCycle forward and start reducing carbon output and waste by reusing aluminum through a closed-loop, recycling mission to create new and awesome bikes from old and worn out materials.
Our Bikes
L to R: Moshi Moshi, Mudmaste, mBula.
L to R: Moshi Moshi, Mudmaste, mBula.

It’s the cruiser that speaks Fijian. The mBula is named after toasts during kava ceremonies on the beaches of Fiji. Coconuts falling from the trees. Stars that actually look like they go on for infinity. Camaraderie and convivial lounging. These are times that joyously scorch themselves into your psyche.
Just like a ride on the mBula. It looks good. It feels good. It rolls with an ease found usually with your back against a coconut tree and your traveling companions at your side. (Also, it’s pronounced mmm-boo-la.)

Moshi Moshi
In Japan, they answer the phone, “Moshi Moshi.” Heed the call and say, “Howdy!” to your own head-turner.
Golden temples. Misty mountains dotted with the graves of samurai warriors and ancient sages. Traditions followed with precision and meditative concentration. A land focused on the betterment of the group while perfecting the self.
The Moshi Moshi blends tradition with the new new. A fixed gear with a flip-flop hub and styling to blow the kimono off the other riders. Certainly one way to perfect the self and lead the group to betterment.
Japanese-language skills not required.
Namaste,” say all along Nepal’s Annapurna circuit–”I worship the god within you.” Towering peaks and limited oxygen swirl in a heady mix of beauty and wonder unmatched on this planet. When you’re this high you see far and dream big, and wonder at least a bit about your place.
Though, after 28 days without a shower, we decide it’s more like Mudmaste, “I worship the mud upon you.” Mud you can collect anywhere you dream to be with our all-terrain bicycle.
From road to trail, the Mudmaste can get you there while the others bow down to your ride.

Sunday, December 23, 2012


The Cycle South Expedition is sponsored by DeLorme and Ergodyne with major support from MSR, Goal Zero, Yaktrax, Wenger, Stanley and Clif Bar. I am using a bicycle to get to the South Pole. You can use a bicycle to change the world.Find out how you can help! 

For media inquires please contact 
Remember, it's cool to be cold!
The Team


Receptor BUG Communication

One of POC’s most popular helmet models, now exclusively offered withBeats by Dr. Dre headphones built into the neck roll. With the remote control, compatible with most smart phones, you can take calls and switch songs and adjust volume right from the cord. No more fumbling with gloves to find your cell phone or music player.
Available in January - 2013
  • Superior sound & safety
  • Ventilated double-shell system
  • EPS liner
  • Neck roll with Headphones with Remote & Mic from Beats by Dr. Dre®
  • Smartphone compatible cord control for most smart phones
  • Length of Cable (m): 1,3 m
Sizes: XS-XXL
Certified EN 1077-B, ASTM 2040
Weight: 550g
Helmet Case. Protect your helmet with the custom-designed helmet case. (Not included)

Available in January - 2013 

Friday, December 21, 2012

FOR SALE: Custom 2011 Surly Cross Check - Robin's Egg Blue 58cm

Custom 2011 Surly Cross Check – Robin’s Egg Blue 58cm
Frame: Surly Cross Check (stickers/logos removed)
Fork: Surly Cross Check (steerer tube IS CUT)
Headset: Origin8 Pro Pulsion, 1-1/8, silver
Stem: Dimension 110mm, 7 degree, 1-1/8, 26.0, silver
Handlebars: Nitto Noodle
Handlebar Wrap: Brooks leather, honey
Brake Levers: Tectro
Brakes: Tectro Oryx Canti, silver
Shift Levers: Shimano Bar-end type, 9 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra triple 31.8/28.6mm
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow
Chainrings: Salsa 48/36/24
Pedals: Power Grips (not pictured)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN55 68x118mm
Seatpost: Kalloy Radiussed Top 27.2x350, silver
Saddle: Brooks B17, honey
Cassette: Shimano HG61 12-36, 9 speed for 29er
Hubs: Shimano Deore LX
Rims: Mavic A119, 32 hole
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus 32mm (not pictured)
Water bottle cages: NOT INCLUDED
Planet Bike Cascadia Fenders
Kenda Comfort Tires – 40mm (great for gravel roads)

Contact: bferriot [at] yahoo [dot] com