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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Soto WindMaster OD-1RX - Great bikecamping stove

The WindMaster is superior under windy conditions. Choose the pot support that best meets your need. Simply replace the pot support depending on the need. No tools required. 
WindMaster includes stove body, TriFlex (3-prong pot support), carry bag.
4Flex (4-prong pot support) sold separately.

2800 kcal/h 3260w 11000 BTU
Burns approx.1.5 hours with 8 oz.(250g) canister.
2.3 oz.(67g) with the TriFlex pot support
2.0 oz. (60g) without the TriFlex pot support
Dimensions when in use:
Stove body + TriFlex Pot support /
3.6 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch (9.0 x 11.7 x 9.7 cm)
Dimensions when stowed:
Stove body /
1.9 x 3.6 x 3.5 inch (4.7 x 9.0 x 8.8 cm)
TriFlex Pot support /
3.7 x 0.4 x 1.0 inch (9.4 x 1.0 x 3.3 cm)


Fear and Blogging in America’s Most Bike-Friendly City | Hush Magazine

San Francisco
Photography by | Chris Bruntlett
From the beatnik poets of North Beach, to the flower children of Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco is a city with a long and storied history of dissent and counterculture. The world of bicycle advocacy is no exception. It is, after all, home of the very first Critical Mass protest ride, which began as a modest gathering, envisioned to temporarily reclaim the streets for pedal-powered transportation. Over the past two decades, it has spread to cities around the world, snowballing into a global movement with a reputation for defiantly provoking police, politicians, and anyone inadvertently caught in its path.
However, during a short stay over Christmas – where I rode its streets and chatted with its citizens – it became clear San Francisco is very much a bike culture in transition. It is gradually dropping the militant image it (rightfully) garnered over the years, and becoming something a little less divisive and little more mainstream. The bicycle is no longer a symbol of radical activism, but rather, is evolving into a fixture of modern urban life.
There are mounting signs that the Critical Massers have outstayed their welcome. Even founderChris Carlsson recently questioned their current relevance and necessity. More diverse, celebratory, and less confrontational gatherings – such as the S.F. Bike PartySunday Streets, and Tour de Fat – have started regularly outdrawing Critical Mass. One cannot deny it once played a role in mobilizing and garnering political support, but even more powerful new engines have emerged, successful in building infrastructure, changing policy, and most importantly, getting butts on saddles.

Street Traffic in Amsterdam: Bikes, Scooters, Cars, Trams and Walkers

Biker Identification Chart | Frunk Industries

Friday, January 17, 2014

Jeff Jones Bicycles

Titanium Spaceframe and Truss fork
This is, currently, as good as it gets. The titanium Spaceframe and Truss fork deliver the rigid bicycle that is anything but. Laterally stiff to deliver the power with a vertical compliance that softens the ride? Yes, but this is only the icing on the cake. The Jones geometry ensures the best handling bike there is. It really does need to be ridden to appreciate it. Titanium, used here, provides strength, stiffness and compliance in a light, durable bike. The Jones geometry makes it all worthwhile. Note: headset shown is available, but not included in the frameset price.

Why this bike?
It's a high performance non-suspension bicycle... instead of designing the bike for XC-racing like so many unsuspended bikes I wanted this bike to be better for technical and distance riding... Since this bike is not designed around a suspension fork I'm able to do much more to improve the handling. By designing the frame and fork together and considering the larger wheels I'm able to make a bike that rides very differently to a 'normal' rigid bike (be it 26 or 29er) with a short rake fork. 

My bike has a slacker seat-tube and a shorter top-tube than 'normal' bikes... the head angle and rake with this wheel size (more rake, slacker head-tube-angle and bigger wheel) determines the trail which helps determine the handling. Slacker angles keep the rider's weight off the hands and makes the front end easy to lift; the center of gravity is moved back and down for more control, with less shock to the upper body, more traction under braking, and a bike that is much harder to endo. This bike feels quick but also has a laid back feel. It's the best handling bike I've designed.

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Buckshot - Rugged Bluetooth Speaker

This is the Buckshot, the super-portable, multifunctional, rugged and water-resistant wireless speaker by Outdoor Tech®. It's the sneakiest little speaker on the block, so all you super-sneaky types look no further.

The Buckshot features the same angular, triangle-themed design that is signature to many of the other products in the Outdoor Tech lineup. The rugged, rubberized exterior means that it's no big deal if you drop it from time to time, and the built-in speakerphone and microphone means that you can have little hands-free calls with your therapist basically wherever you want. The included bicycle mount allows you to mount the Buckshot to your bicycle handlebars or anything else with a similar profile. Compact, portable music has never been a more viable option.

#CoffeeOutside -

#CoffeeOutside - from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

Hamburg's ambitious green network addresses nature, climate resilience, sustainable transportation | Switchboard

Hamburg's green network (courtesy of Inhabitat)
The German city of Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, has announced an ambitious plan to create and link an amazing 27 square miles of new and existing green space all over the city.  The result will be a city that puts nature within easier reach of every resident; becomes more resilient to flooding caused by global warming; and provides enough connectivity for walking and bicycling to become car-optional citywide in twenty years.
Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for the city's department of urban planning and the environment, spoke to reporter Elisabeth Braw of the Guardian:
"[The plan] will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens and cemeteries through green paths.  Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre.  In 15 to 20 years you'll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot."
In all, the green network will cover an impressive 40 percent of the city’s land area.

DIY Draisienne | Instructables

DIY Draisienne - A hack of IKEA's Frosta Stool by Andreas Bhend and Samuel N. Bernier

Make your own balance bicycle from two Ikea Frosta stools, and a 3-D printer.

[See how on Instructables ]

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Johnnyrandom | Bespoken

Johnnyrandom | Bespoken from Johnnyrandom on Vimeo.

Budnitz Bicycles | FTB LIMITED EDITION

Introducing the limited edition Budnitz FTB fat bike.
Featuring giant 3.8-inch tires, carbon belt drive, 14-speed Rohloff Speedhub, and our trademark titanium cantilever frame, this is a bicycle that makes us want to go out and explore.
Curbs are fun — and don’t present a problem. Neither do flights of stairs, deep potholes, gravel alleyways, dirt trails, mud, sand, snow, or ice. A blast to ride in the city, brilliant on singletrack, stable on snow, and fun at the beach. John, our head of design, recently rode this bicycle over an (abandoned) VW Jetta.
Our handmade FTB twin-tube cantilever titanium frame weighs under 4 pounds. USA-made carbon fork from White Brothers. Clean and quiet belt drive paired with a German-engineered internal transmission provides an enormous 525% gear range, and unparalleled reliability.
Your choice of anodized red Paul Components Love Levers and mechanical brakes, or the world’s lightest hydraulic brakes from Formula in Italy. Custom Budnitz titanium riser bar, stem, and badges.
If you’ve been searching for the ultimate fat bike, look no further.
The Budnitz FTB is built to order, in limited quantities.


More Info
  • Fork

    White Brothers Carbon Snowpack.
  • Frame

    Budnitz Model FTB Titanium.


More Info
  • Cable Housing

    Yokozuna Race Housing, Japan.
  • Pedals

    VP Platform.
  • Stem

    Budnitz Titanium Stem.
  • Saddle

    Budnitz T2 Titanium Saddle in Black.
    Saddle options from Brooks UK and F'iz:ik.
  • Seatpost

    Thomson, USA.
  • Brake Levers

    Paul Components Love Levers (Red)
    Optional Formula R1 Carbon.
  • Brakes

    Avid BB7 Mechanical or Formula R1 Hydraulic.
  • Handlebar

    Budnitz Titanium Riser Bar.
  • Headset

    Budnitz HX1 High Polish Silver.


More Info
  • Transmission

    Rohloff Speedhub 500/14.
  • Bottom Bracket

    Race Face Turbine External Cup.
  • Crankset

    Race Face Turbine.


More Info
  • Rims

    Surly Rolling Darryl.
  • Tires

    Surly 3.8-inch Knard or Black Floyd.



  • Frame Sizing

    Four sizes: S, M, L, and XL

‘Vision Zero’ seeks to end pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in SF | SF Examiner

About two weeks after 6-year-old Sophia Liu was struck and killed by a car while she crossed the street with her mother and brother on New Year’s Eve, a memorial remains at the corner of Polk and Ellis streets where the collision occurred. A sign with her photo appeals to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to “please slow down.” Wilting flowers, stuffed teddy bears and burned-out candles sit on the sidewalk.
It’s a painful reminder that last year was a very deadly year for pedestrians. With 21 pedestrian deaths and four bicyclist fatalities, it was the deadliest year since 2001, according to Supervisor Jane Kim.
Kim, with the support of Supervisors John Avalos and Norman Yee, introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for a Vision Zero plan that would eliminate pedestrian fatalities within 10 years. On average, two to three pedestrians are hit by vehicles every day in San Francisco.

[Keep reading at SF Examiner]

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

[Hollywood] Rides a Bike

Virginia Mountain Bike Trail

Virginia Mountain Bike Trail from Adventure Seen on Vimeo.

Downtown cycling spikes since track installed | CBCNews

Calgary’s new bicycle report boasts a spike in the number of bike trips into downtown since its cycle track opened.
Tom Thivener, the city's cycling co-ordinator, says before the track opened, about 250 people per day used that route to get into the core.
Since installing a separated bike lane on Seventh Street S.W., a new city report says ridership along the route has increased by 430 per cent. (City of Calgary )
“Since putting in cycle track — which is a barrier separated bike lane — ridership has gone up to over 1,100 cyclists a day. So it’s about a 430 per cent increase on this one facility alone.”
He says that stat — and another form the report showing the overall number of bike trips went up 26 per cent between 2007 and 2013 — helps support plans to expand the number of cycle tracks around the city.
“We are at that stage where we have a robust planning stage under way, we expect to come back to the committee, before council in April,” said Thivener.
“Hopefully we'll get a direction that we can continue to do a network of these to make cycling a legitimate mode of transportation into downtown Calgary.”
Thivener says there are plans to install a network of tracks so cyclists can get around Calgary easier.

Sandwichbikes Launch Event

Sandwichbikes Launch Event from Sandwichbikes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bryan and Kaia

Bryan and Kaia from Foxwood Films on Vimeo.

Cycling Six Continents - The Final Frontiers

Cycling Six Continents - The Final Frontiers from Stephen Fabes on Vimeo.
It's all about an epic bike ride around the world I started in 2010 - I'm still pedaling. So far I've cycled 54,339kkm through 42 countries. To find out more about my crowd-funding campaign to help me pedal back to the UK visit And there's more info on my website

Every Presta Tube has a Presta Valve Adapter

In 2013, bikes were popular with public library patrons

Bikes at the library

By ARIAN SMEDLEY Messenger staff journalist

If you had to guess, what do you think was the most popular item borrowed from Athens County’s public libraries in 2013? Perhaps a blockbuster movie, like “Hunger Games”? Or maybe a popular read, like “Fifty Shades of Gray” by E.L. James?
Not even close.

In perhaps a sign of the changing role of the public library, the most popular item borrowed was a bicycle.
“I was a little surprised,” said James Hill, assistant director of the Athens County Public Libraries. “I expected maybe something by Janet Evanovich. You just never know what to expect.”

Monday, January 13, 2014

220 Tons Of Old Bicycle Tires Found In Cuyahoga River |

"Cuyahoga River is still evolving after two dams came down in Cuyahoga Falls.
There were a few surprises, such as 220 tons of old bicycle tires found after the pools shrank behind the two now-downed dams. The tires, numbering in the thousands, were traced to an old bike shop dating to the 1940s."

[ Read more on ]

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DIY Bike Rack / Bike Storage | Instructables

Have too many bikes and not enough space? Need to make room for a new bike (or two)?

Follow this simple "Instructable" written by Dan Goldwater, a co-founder of Instructables.

Who knows, you might even gain back enough room in the garage to get your car back in there again!

[ Read how on Instructables ]

Riding with kids: Which bike set-ups work best? | BikePortland

There are many different bike set-ups that will get you around town with kids. In fact, there are so many it can be downright confusing and overwhelming just to wade through all the choices.

It’s easy when your kids are young. But as they grow, they want more independence and it gets a bit trickier to find just the right family biking solution.

[ Read more at bikeportland ]

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stray Dog Ran 1,100 Miles Across China Wtih Cyclists | DailyMail

A stray dog who ran an incredible 1,100 miles across China with a group of cyclists has finally found a basket to call her own.

Internet sensation Xiao Sa had the good fortune of being adopted by one of her new friends from the race and flown to their home in Wuhan, Hubei province.

[Read more on DailyMail ]

The unstoppable rise of bikes @salon @ellyblue #letsride

It’s hard to deny that bicycles are having a moment. Last year saw New York City, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Columbus all get bike-share systems of their very own — joining Boston, London, Paris, Dublin, Moscow, Hangzhou, Montreal and many, many other cities throughout the world. Increasingly, people are talking about bikes as a replacement for cars (and even trucks), debating the best ways to design bike lanes and bike-friendly intersections, dreaming up futuristic bike paths and, above all else, taking to the streets on two wheels.
But bicycling’s recent rise to the spotlight isn’t just a passing fad, argues writer and bike activist Elly Blue. Instead, she says, growing numbers of people are beginning to recognize the tangible benefits — to themselves and to their cities — of trading in cars for self-powered transportation. And the research is backing up their experiences. Blue’s new book, “Bikenomics,” draws on a growing body of academic work, along with her own involvement with the country’s bicycle movement, to make the economic case for bicycles. As for the people who insist, in the face of such evidence, that bike commuters are a scourge on humanity? Blue maintains they’re just bitter from spending so much time stuck in traffic.
Blue spoke with Salon about the bike movement’s recent rise to prominence and the way in which old stereotypes no longer pass muster. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Your book takes on a lot of misconceptions held by people who don’t bike. You talk about things like safety, the convenience of having a car, and biking in inclement weather. And you make the case that a lot of those excuses aren’t so legitimate when you look at them more closely. What do you think is driving those misconceptions?

COLD ROLLED-Full Length Film

COLD ROLLED-Full Length Film from Clear & Cold Cinema on Vimeo.

Does shaving your legs make you cycle faster?


On a longer bike tour it’s nice to have a handlebar bag that enables quick access to the camera. But there just aren’t that many options. Ortlieb is the go to company with three different size variations in their ‘Ultimate’ series. They also offer camera inserts for the larger versions, but they are boxy, bulky and just don’t seem comfortable to carry off the bike.
I brought the small Ortlieb Ultimate bar bag on our last trip, but I also limited myself to the somewhat dainty, fixed 35mm, Fuji X100. It and a pair of sunglasses were about all the Ortlieb could carry. No complaints about the camera or the bag, but for a trip to Africa I wanted a bigger kit with a couple of lens options. To accommodate a DSLR and 2-3 lenses, still a fairly minimal kit, a larger bag is necessary. I ran across the Crumpler Kashgar (large) and thought it was the perfect bag for the job.
The Kashgar Outpost, although very lightweight, is fairly rigid with a bottom plastic sheet, a semi-rigid foam body and plenty of padding. However, I felt that to make it perfectly rugged it needed a coroplast backing sheet. Here is the step-by-step process used to convert the Kashgar to a very solid bar bag using the Rixen and Kaul KLICKfix system.
Get the instructions at Pedaling Nowhere