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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

Fort Collins innovator converts backpacks for bikes

Richard Jones, owner of Convertable Backpacks/Panniers, poses with his backpack on Nov. 19 in Fort Collins. The backpack can be taken apart into two pieces and used as a pannier for bike touring. / V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan

Question: What is Convertible Backpacks?
Answer: The Convertible Backpack is a front and rear set of bicycle touring panniers that convert to an awesome internal-frame backpack.
Other dual-mode bags are panniers first, and are cobbled into a structure that could be carried on the back. With the Convertible, it’s hard to tell which mode dominates.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the business?
A: On a tour from Bethesda, Md., to Yellow Springs, Ohio, I intersected the Appalachian Trail and couldn't resist dragging my loaded bike 2 miles up to a trail shelter, all the while wishing I had a backpack instead of panniers. I sewed the first pack by hand with needle and thread.
Friendly encouragement led me to buy an old sewing machine and make a more realistic prototype. Further encouragement in 1981 led me to patent the design and start the business.
Q: Where do you make the backpacks?
A: The packs are made by Cindy Colorado — the business name of a very talented local designer/seamstress — and metal work is done by Chuck’s Prototype Machine shop.
Q: Where are most of your sales?
A: I’ve sold packs to folks in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and, of course, the states. I recently sent one to a serviceman in Afghanistan. Some customers ride their bikes around the world, some commute with groceries — none of the packs stay in the closet.
Q: How does the conversion from bike to backpacking work?
A: The front panniers split in half, and attach to either side of the rear pannier, which is the core of the backpack. Add shoulder harness, waist belt and internal frame and you’re ready to hike.
Q: How many different styles, or options do you have.
A: We have two models: The “Elite” includes the complete front and rear pannier system. We also offer the “Classic” which is just the rear pannier/rack-trunk set. We can make them in a surprising variety of colors and camouflage patterns but, regrettably, not plaid — yet.
Q: What is the demand for these packs?
A: Our primary market is touring cyclists and mountain bikers who demand the option to leave their bikes when appropriate and arrive by foot to places that are inaccessible or inconvenient for bicycles.
Bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas, and airports and trains are also best negotiated with a backpack. Our other market is folks who recognize the economy of purchasing one piece of equipment that will perform wherever it is needed; for example, the Classic is a perfect size for cross-country skiing, though you wouldn’t necessarily bike to the ski trail.
Q: How much do the packs cost?
A: The Elite is $382, the Classic is $238.
Q: What are your plans for the future of the company?
A: We are currently “B2C,” direct to consumer, but we are also pursuing affiliates in retail who cater to a customer base that crosses over between hiking and cycling.

Build your own bicycle frame this winter with The Jiggernaut LITE [Kickstarter]

Thanks for checking out our project! We are excited to bring you more great DIY frame building products.

Products for handbuilt bicycle frame builders
Products for handbuilt bicycle frame builders
We are trying to eliminate as many barriers to would-be frame builders as possible.  Jiggernaut LITE enables anyone to take up this wonderful craft and produce a high quality custom bicycle.  We have designed a number of flat-pack jigs and kits that make it easy to get started in frame building. 
We will send these out very soon after the kickstarter closes!

[The Jiggernaut LITE @ Kickstarter]

Why Aren't More Women Into Bicycling? [innovationforendurance]

In 2009, just 24 percent of all bicycle trips in the U.S. were taken by women, and that number has grown only incrementally since.So why don't more women ride? The answers are actually fairly straightforward. According to  variety of studies, such as one done by the Journal of Public Health Policyand another by researchers at Rutgers University (PDF), women are typically  more concerned for their personal safety on a bike than men are. "Women are especially worried about having a safe place to ride," agrees Kate Powlison, research analyst and communications coordinator for the advocacy organization Bikes Belong. "For instance, the 1 percent of the population who [say they] will ride a bike anywhere, no matter the conditions, is overwhelmingly male — about 80 percent."

Other factors have more to do with women's often usual role and responsibilities in American society, says Carolyn Szczepanski, director of communications for the League of American Bicyclists. "Generally speaking, women are more responsible for child care in the U.S. And they are more responsible for getting their kids from place to place," explains Szczepanski, specifically addressing the smaller number of women bike commuters. "That means they have to deal with more 'trip chaining,' where they go from one place to another to another, running errands. In turn they have to consider how they are going to carry whatever shopping items they may have picked up, or transport their children." That's often not possible on a bike.

Szczepanski adds that there is also often a potentially off-putting stereotype of who a cyclist is — typically someone who races around in spandex. "Fortunately, that is starting to change, so now we see more people getting interested in cycling across the board." To keep this momentum rolling — and encourage more women to ride bikes — organizations such as Bikes Belong and the League of American Bicyclists are taking a proactive approach, launching programs such as the Green Lane Project, which helps build protected bike lanes in U.S. communities. "These types of facilities are proven to attract more women to bicycling," explains Powlison, herself a passionate cyclist who was part of a group of women that rode all 21 stages of last year's Tour de France. "The Green Lane Project launched this past May in Austin, Chicago, Memphis, San Francisco, Portland, and Washington, D.C. We were inspired by bike-friendly countries like the Netherlands, and are bringing their lessons and designs over to the U.S."

Ménage à trois [Bike is the New Black]

After enduring 2 years ridicule by the "purist" backcountry skiers, my efforts to utilize fatbikes as a method of backcountry transportation have proven successful given the right conditions. 

This is the holy grail of combining the only two winter sports worth leaving the house for.

Transporting a snowboard on a fatbike can be achieved one of three ways in my experience, two of which involve a splitboard.   
As splitboarding is clearly the answer to most of life's woes, the latter two methods offer potential epic trips... biking out a valley or basin, then exploring the surrounding peaks, trees, and couloirs via the splitboard.  Traveling by bike in many instances is faster and more efficient than skinning or hiking depending on the terrain. 

Option one: A snowboard can easily be secured to any standard rear bicycle rack via two attachment points using bungies, webbing straps, or ski straps which work best (like those from Black Diamond or Volie) 

Having a second person hold the board in place, as you secure the straps makes life easier.  

Great downhill through the streets

Thursday, December 20, 2012

John Kemp Starley, creator of the bicycle that “set the fashion to the world” []

JK Starley is generally considered the creator of the modern bicycle. According to the editor of The Cyclist, a contemporary magazine, Starley’s Rover Safety bicycle “set the fashion to the world,” leading to a global boom in bicycle ownership.
Commenting in 1931, bicycle collector H. W. Bartleet wrote: “J.K. Starley…lived to see his Rover bicycle copied by the whole cycle trade, and a great industry was thus created.”
Starley’s Rover bikes were so called because their riders were free to rove. The name for bicycle in Poland is rower, based on the word Rover. 14th December is JK Starley’s birthday and the Bicycle Association led the global celebrations by leaving flowers and a card on Starley’s grave in the London Road cemetery in Coventry. 

LeBron James has been biking to and from home games this season (Picture) [Larry Brown Sports]

On any given night, LeBron James can easily play more than 40 minutes for the Miami Heat. When the Heat are up big, they take the opportunity to rest their biggest star for a bit. But if the game remains close, LeBron has no problem running up and down the court for 44 minutes.
So what’s the secret? For starters, King James has been riding his bike to and from home games this season. He played 42 minutes in a 103-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night and said he still felt fresh afterword.
“I felt great,” James said according to the Sun Sentinel. “I didn’t get tired. I don’t think I got tired (Tuesday) night. I felt great. I could have played again if we had to. Yeah, I’ve been biking a little more than usual. It’s fun. It’s also conditioning, it’s cardio.”

[keep reading at Larry Brown Sports]

Story: The Invisible Cyclists: Immigrants and the Bike Community []

Alternate versions of this story were first published by Good MagazineStreetsblog LA and Epoch times thanks to the support and funding from the Spot.Us community and a grant from the California Endowment. Link back: Urban Valo
They ride on the sidewalks around the city, many of them without helmets or lights. For thousands of immigrants in Los Angeles, the bicycle is their primary means of transportation. But while “everybody’s sort of aware of these bikers,” says Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition organizer Allison Mannos, "there’s not really any outreach. My interest is to address the people who never get taken into account."
Mannos has co-founded a program, called City of Lights, to do just that. The program is bringing material benefits to immigrant bike riders, but, more broadly, is trying to strengthen the sometimes tenuous-seeming links between transportation and social justice.
Helwin Aguilar, an immigrant from Mexico, had heard that he wasn’t required to wear a helmet over the age of 18. At a recent workshop operated by City of Lights, Aguilar raised his hand, and had his question answered: Adults over 18 do not legally need to wear helmets, and should not be ticketed for failing to do so. (Aguilar says he wears one, just to be safe.) The bicycle is his primary vehicle for work, education, and health care, yet he is fundamentally unaware of the laws surrounding its use. (