Showing posts from January 27, 2013

Live Streaming Video – 2013 Cyclocross World Championships from Louisville, Kentucky

Watch Live Streaming Video of the World Championship Races: 9:45 AM EST –  17-18 Junior Men World Championships 11:00 AM EST –  Elite Women World Championships 12:30 PM EST –  U23 Men World Championships 2:30 PM EST –  Elite Men World Championships (Race Schedule for Saturday February 2, 2013)

Paris Roubaix


Trek 6500 singlespeed - $100 (Short North)

Made in USA, Easton aluminum tubing with Cro-Mo fork. Surly stainless-steel chainring 36x18. Avid brakes with upgraded Kool-Stop pads. 21" actual seat tube, fits me well at 6' height with short legs. Good trail-rider if you want to get old-skool...I've ridden it at Alum Creek, Chestnut Ridge, and the Cap City short track races. Bought another bike and need to get this one out of my apt. Buy it and shred. [Find it on Craigslist]

10 Observations About Bicycling in Amsterdam [The Urban Country]

While visiting Amsterdam on my recent trip to Europe, I made some observations about cycling around the Dutch capital. Here are my top ten observations: 10. The locals have little patience for tourists walking on the cycle path Bicycles in Amsterdam – photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country The locals of Amsterdam would like their sacred cycle paths to be treated like roads, not like sidewalks. Rightfully so, they fought hard to get those cycle paths, so they aren’t about to let pedestrians take them over. Thus, if you are a wandering tourist and you don’t look before stepping on the cycle path, you will most likely get a dirty look, a bell, or a comment from a passing cyclist. [Keep reading at The Urban Country]

Tyler Whitfield Whole Track Manual


Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most [StreetsBlog]

A study by Ph.D candidate Oliver Smith at Portland State University found that, of all types of commuters, those who travel by bike rank the highest on measures of well-being. Image:  Bike Portland This news will surprise no one who has discovered the joy that is setting off to work on two wheels, but new research out of Portland State University found that people who bike to work enjoy their commutes the most. People who walk to work are close behind on the commute satisfaction scale. The finding is based on a survey of commuters from the region conducted by Ph.D candidate Oliver Smith. Jonathan Maus at Network blog  Bike Portland  heard about the study at a happy hour/transportation geek-out put on by Portland State University’s urban planning school, where students shared research they had recently presented at the Transportation Research Board in D.C.: [Keep reading at StreetsBlog]

The Other (Cooler) Super Bowl [WSJ]

Jeremy Powers during the Men's elite race at the 2012 U.S. Cyclocross National Championships. The chicken wasn't wearing any pants. Jeremy Powers couldn't help but notice. Powers is one of the elite cyclocross racers in the world, the U.S. national champion in 2012, and a couple years back, he was in the middle of a race—he thinks it was Portland, Ore.,—pedaling his bike, pushing that red needle of exhaustion, when he became aware of an exuberant, feather-costumed fan running alongside him. "A dude with a chicken outfit on and no pants," Powers said. Welcome to cyclocross. Yeah let's talk about cyclocross. I know the Super Bowl is Sunday, but I've already had enough of that overhyped barn dance, and so have you. There's another Super Bowl coming this weekend, not to New Orleans, but to Louisville, Ky., and in a strange way, it's more significant, because on Feb. 2 and 3, Louisville is hosting the UCI Cyclocross Elite World Ch

San Francisco lays out $200 million in bike projects in next 5 years [San Francisco Examiner]

ANNA LATINO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER It will cost $200 million to implement all bike-related aspects of the SFMTA’s strategic five-year plan. The City is proposing $200 million worth of changes to its cycling network in the next five years. Building 12 new miles of bike lanes, upgrading 50 miles of existing paths and installing more than 20,000 new racks are all part of the plan. By the numbers 71 percent:  Increase in bicycling usage over past six years 3.5 percent:  Percent of all transportation trips made by bicycle $200 million:  Cost to implement all bike-related aspects of the SFMTA’s strategic five-year plan $30 million:  Funding identified for plan Source: SFMTA Biking has increased by 71 percent since 2006, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages cycling policies in The City, is hoping to build out its network to meet the demand. At the board of directors’ annual workshop meeting Tuesday, the agency is expec


PRODUCT OVERVIEW The World’s First Theft-Resistant Bike Light. Made of lightweight aluminum with using ultra-bright LEDs and 100 hours battery life.  Comes with custom Gotham security screw drivers, and 3 x AA batteries, and adjustable spacers to fit your handlebars.  Matte Black Finish. SPECIFICATIONS   WEIGHT (G):  232 DIMENSIONS (MM):  10 x 42 x 80 HANDLEBAR SIZES (MM): 2 2 to 32 BATTERIES:  3 AA BATTERY LIFE (HR): 50 steady, 100 flashing BEAM:  30° spread, 80° periphery hotspot BRIGHTNESS:  50 Lumen POWER:  1 Watt [Bike Gotham]

Man moves across town using bikes

Gravel Bikes: Canti or Disc?

Ahh...they seem to work just fine, but... Gravel Bikes- ( well, assuming you even agree that there is such a thing), usually have cantilever brakes these days. However; that is maybe more out of convenience/necessity than choice. Cyclo cross bikes, for the most part, are cantilever braked bikes, and those bikes tend to dominate the gravel bike riding scene. But there is a big push for disc brakes in cyclo cross circles these days. (Notice- I didn't say just who was pushing for this. ) So bikes like my Orange Crush BMC are sort of getting looked down upon. (See  this post  by BMC owner, Mike Varley on this subject.) However; for gravel races and riding, the disc brake is not a "slam dunk" idea. I want to give my thoughts on the matter here and maybe gauge your reactions in the comments to see just where everyone's minds are with regard to this.  The argument for disc brakes is that  they work better ...... There are different ways folks will end that statement, but

How not to handle barriers in cycle-cross [video]


Traffic sensors give bicyclists green lights [The Dispatch]

View Slideshow EAMON QUEENEY | DISPATCH A cyclist at Milton Avenue and W. North Broadway in Clintonville rides past a bike detector that prompts an eventual change of the traffic light to green. It’s hard to miss the growing number of bicyclists in central Ohio. But to some city traffic signals, they are all but invisible. Columbus officials say they are changing that. Nearly all the city’s 1,000 traffic lights are connected to road sensors that detect the presence of autos at the intersections and adjust the lights accordingly. Bicycles are another story. These sensors are basically metal detectors, and bicycles don’t have enough metal to trigger a light change. That has caused some cyclists to go through a bizarre system of steps to get noticed. Some ask drivers to replace them at the front of the line at a red light to trip the sensor. Others lay their bicycles flat on the road to increase the odds. Desperate cyclists might even get off their bikes and push the pede

Skylar Grey - C'mon Let Me Ride ft. Eminem


Take a Quick Survey to Shape Biking and Walking Advocacy [League of American Bicyclists]

All across the country, there's momentum for better biking and walking. As our voices reach mayors, governors, and members of Congress, more and more communities gear up to make neighborhoods safer and better for biking and walking. 2013 is going to be a huge year for biking and walking advocacy. Another federal transportation bill is just around the corner, and we are gearing up to plan our campaign for 2013 and beyond. Will you take a 5 minute survey to help set the course for biking and walking advocacy in 2013 and beyond?  Your feedback will be critical in shaping the  2013 National Bike Summit , and will guide how biking and walking advocates approach Congress throughout the year. Thank you! Sincerely, Caron Whitaker Vice President, Government Relations

BikeShare is coming to Columbus! 300 Bikes at 30 Stations

  Bike Sharing is an innovative transportation program providing ideal short distance, point-to-point, simple-to-use bikes for moving around the city. It allows users to pick up a bicycle at any self-serve bike station and return it to any bike station in the system’s service area. In Columbus, these stations will be located throughout downtown in relative close proximity to each other (about 1/3 mile apart), allowing for easy access and maximum use. The Columbus Bike Share program starts with 30 stations, each with an average of 10 bikes, a total start-up of 300 bikes. “This will be a fun, healthy, affordable and green way for our residents to get around Columbus. We've already made Columbus one of the best biking cities in the nation, and this is another big step toward making us even better." -- Mayor Michael B. Coleman Using a swipe card, the automated system will feature yearly memberships, single-day uses, and 3-day passes, all of which can be easily purchased at

SSUK’G2013 is 3rd May to 6th May 2013 [from Charlie the BikeMonger]

What...  SSUK’G2013 is the Single Speeds UK Gathering. Why. ..   well you see it didn’t happen in 2012 which was a shame, so for 2013 I am looking after you all down here on the Dorset Coast, with a slight twist to the riding aspect of the event. When ... 3 rd  May to 6 th  May 2013 Where. ..  Swanage, Dorset, UK What(s). .. Pre Event Thing ... some sort of social ride, beach party, pub stop, gig thing on Saturday. The “E vent ” t hing . .. On Sunday. Rather than a flat out XC race where most folk only do a lap (you slackers) it’s in a “Sportive” format, which sounds a bit roady, but allows us access to all the good trails.  A group ride starting at the beach in Swanage will take us to the Bankes Arms in Studland. From here there is a course that takes in some great scenery, singletrack, castles, pubs and cake shops. It concludes at the Square & Compass in Worth Matravers. The route might be lightly marked, but  there will be maps, or just follow a local. The event is timed (bring

Cyclist harnesses her grief, wins U.S. race [Portland Press Herald]

Ellen Noble couldn't feel her hands gripping the handlebar of her racing bike. She could barely feel her feet pumping its pedals. So much of her body was numb from the cold. click image to enlarge Ellen Noble, 17, of Kennebunkport recently won a national championship in cyclo-cross, a sport that sends cyclists racing through muddy terrain and requires them to carry their bikes over obstacles. John Ewing/Staff Photographer But not her emotions. She crossed the finish line and reached up to touch the mud-splattered locket hanging around her neck. The simple piece of jewelry, a gift from her grandmother, contained two miniature photos of her father and a one-word inscription: Always. On Jan. 11 at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals in Wisconsin, the 17-year-old racer from Kennebunkport won the race that made her a champion. Noble laughed as she cried, pulled in opposite directions by her joy and her sadness. That she won this race for 17- and 18-year-old cycl

Jay Petervary Tour Divide Record Ride

Jay Petervary Tour Divide Record Ride from Fisher Creative on Vimeo .

Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard [PRNewswire-USNewswire]

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers should stop using this product,  which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a  recalled consumer product. (Logo: ) Recall Summary Name of product: Bicycles and frame sets Hazard:  The steerer tube in the front fork can break, posing a fall hazard. Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the bicycles and take them to an authorized dealer  for free inspection and, if needed, a free repair. Consumer Contact:  Specialized Bicycle Components toll-free at (877) 808-8154 from 8 a.m. to  5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or website at  for more information and click  on Support and then Safety Notices. Photos are available at Recall Details Units:  About 12,200 Description:  The 2012 and 2013 mo

Velosurance - Insurance for bicyclists

Why bicycle insurance? Until Velosurance cyclist losses went largely unpaid by any insurance. Whether at your home, on your auto, riding the trail or the road, bicycles are rarely covered for theft or damage. Velosurance offers the availability of a multi-risk, stand alone insurance policy allowing cyclists to insure their bikes for physical loss, damage, and liability. Who is Velosurance? Velosurance is a national insurance agency founded by two cyclists in response to the insurance needs of bicycle riders nationwide. After more than 3 years of development we partnered with an A rated, US insurance company to introduce a multi risk policy offering protection to all types of cyclists. What is covered? The policy issued through Velosurance is available as a multi-risk policy with the option to add additional coverages to protect the policy owner against many types of losses. You choose the coverages and the premium. Crash Damage to Frame & Wheel Set Failure Damage to

40 Miles to Work, on a Bike [NY TImes]

Lars Klove for The New York Times Christian Edstrom making his way from Chappaqua, N.Y., into Manhattan on a cold day. By  ABIGAIL MEISEL Published: January 25, 2013 At 4:40 on a 28-degree January morning, Christian Edstrom readied for his commute from Chappaqua, N.Y., to downtown Manhattan. Having sheathed his legs in NASA-worthy Capo bib shorts — woven from high-tech fibers that compress leg muscles to minimize fatigue — he pulled on a pair of winter cycling tights lined with fleece from the waist to the thighs. Next came over-the-calf Smartwool ski socks under Sidi Genius 5.5 shoes strategically packed with chemical toe warmers. To shield his torso, he wore a wool base layer under an Italian long-sleeve racing jersey, and a windproof vest reinforced in front to block freezing gusts and meshed in the back to vent excess heat. On his head, an Assos Fuguhelm racing cap with vents on top to minimize sweating, and a pair of Oakley Jawbones sunglasses. The final touch: a p

Prestaratchet by PrestaCycle

Better than keys - in every way! Prestaratchet advances the art of wrenching bicycles. Consider the irony of using an Allen or Torx® key on your expensive and delicate bike parts. Tools like that come free with un-assembled furniture. Isn't your bike worthy of better? Prestaratchet is faster, safer, less expensive, longer lasting and more comfortable than any key. Faster Prestaratchet is always in position to get the whole job done. Spin a loose bolt snug with the thumb-wheel, then tighten with the handle. Flick the reverse lever with the same thumb to loosen. You can operate Prestaratchet with one hand and hold a brake cable with the other. Tighten and loosen as many times as you want to get the perfect cable position - and never move your hand or remove the tool in the process. Safer With an Allen or Torx® key, each time you tighten or loosen a bolt – you remove and re-insert the tool multiple times. Twisting, turning and inserting – each time is a chance to get the

Tour de France Champion with Horatio Sanz

Tour de France Champion with Horatio Sanz from Horatio Sanz

Cincinnati’s Velodrome [The Brighton Bicycle Club]

Aerial view of Chester Park In 1895 the cycling community of Cincinnati was excited to hear of plans to build a cement bicycle track in Chester Park; a popular entertainment destination located off of Spring Grove Avenue. The track was to have dressing rooms and training quarters for the cyclists. A popular route for cyclists out of downtown, Spring Grove Avenue follows the Mill Creek, passes through Carthage and Elmwood Place, and continues on to Hamilton. J.E. Poorman’s annual road race from Hamilton Ohio to the Winton Place area would now be able to arrive and take a turn around the velodrome. [Keep reading at The Brighton Bicycle Club]

Bon Ton Roulet is July 21-27, 2013 - Tour the Finger Lakes Region

July 21-27, 2013 Registration is now open! Click here for the 2013 Registration Form The Bon Ton Roulet is a seven-day bicycle tour through the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State.  Our fully supported tour takes cyclists from wide open farm fields, past stunning overlooks of our lakes, to cavernous water-carved gorges.  You’ll also enjoy an area of the country that’s as rich with National Historic Sites as it is award winning wineries. Our tour has been called a “luxury” ride in the cycling industry because of the conveniences we provide our riders!  Breakfast, dinner, rest stops, fully supported, entertainment… and the list goes on!  Best of all, these great luxuries are offered at a cost that 95% of past riders have ranked as a good value! The Long Route appeals to those riders who love the challenge of a 65-75 mile ride per day at a pace that’s typically quicker then most.  The Regular Route, typically 45-50 miles per day, tends to attract newer riders and t

[LA] Bicycle Parking Ordinance Has Passed! [LADOT Bike Blog]

Expect to see more of this! The LADOT Bike Program is happy to report that the Los Angeles City Council has passed the long awaited  Bicycle Parking Ordinance . This will mean better bicycle parking standards citywide at commercial, industrial and residential-type locations. The ordinance includes a number of forward-thinking changes  including: Formal definitions for different types of bike parking  Better standards for the different types of bike racks including long-term and short-term bicycle parking Improved standards for where bike racks are located on a property Clearer  requirements for short-term and long-term bike parking. Provisions allowing car parking to be swapped for bike parking for up to 20 percent of total automobile parking for non-residential uses or up to 30% near Transit Oriented Developments (TODs). Residential buildings would be able to swap up to 10% of their car parking, and even higher if located within 1,500 feet of a transit facility, up to 15%

Velo—2nd Gear Book

Choosing to ride a particular bike conveys an attitude and a way of life.  Velo—2nd Gear illuminates and celebrates contemporary bicycle culture’s diverse scenes. From classic racing bikes to high-tech speed machines, from rough fixies to fashionable city cruisers and hardworking cargo bikes, this book showcases today’s most outstanding and unusual bicycles and their riders. Velo—2nd Gear  not only introduces coveted manufacturers, specialized boutiques, and historical tours. It also explains how each bike-related scene cultivates its own distinct codes through the choice of certain frames, jerseys, caps, or bags or by visiting specific events or key establishments. In doing so, the book shows why, for more and more people, bicycles have now replaced cars as the vehicles that best express their identity. [Buy it here]

Santa Monica ROAD RAGE video