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Saturday, November 8, 2014


There are so many roads in life with signs that tell us where to turn, when to stop and how to go. For the roads that don’t tell you what to do, for the roads with no names, for every road, the new GT Grade.
GT Adventure carbon frame and fork, disc specific, triple triangle with tapered head tube, PF BB30 bottom bracket, removable fender bridge, all-day geometry, Dual Fiber Dynamic technology
GT Carbon tapered fork 1” 1/8-1” 1/4, disc specific, 15mm thru-axle, threadless carbon steerer
Shimano 105 crankset 52/36 with Praxis Works PF30
Shimano 105 STI 11spd derailleur
Shimano R685 hydraulic disc brakes (F&R), 160mm Ice Tech center lock rotors
Stans No Tubes Grail Disc Specific Road 28h Rims w/ Formula 4 bearing sealed, center lock. (F: 15mm thru-axle; R: 135mm x 9mm)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tuscany Trail || unsupported bicycle adventure ||

Tuscany Trail || unsupported bicycle adventure || from Martino Vincenzi on Vimeo.

Machines for Freedom Cycling Cap

Smith Optic Forefront Helmet

Tip of spear. Ahead of the curve. Leader. All are accurate descriptions for the new Forefront. A full-coverage helmet ideal for all-mountain riding or racing, the Forefront's AEROCORE construction featuring Koroyd creates a low volume helmet with ventilated protection that fully integrates with your sunglasses, goggles, light, or POV camera.

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These Powerful LED Bike Lights Make Cyclists As Bright As Cars | FastCompany

Cars have no excuse to not see a cyclist with these lights, which are as bright as a car's and shine out in every direction.

After a couple of years of riding his bike home after work in Seattle's dark, rainy weather, engineer Pete Clyde started to drive more often. As a cyclist, he realized he just wasn't visible enough at night, even with the brightest bike lights. So Clyde designed a light of his own.
The new LED lights, called Orfos Flares, make a bicycle as bright as the cars around it. "As I rode at night, I realized that cars normally scan for other cars," Clyde says. "If you think about what a car looks like from the side, you can see it from many angles. Bikes don't have that. By designing bike lights with 360 degree visibility, you get that same aspect of the wraparound objects."
The lights use ultra-efficient LEDs glowing at 500 lumens, the same brightness as taillights on a modern car. A clear silicone shell lets the beam shine out in every direction, surrounding the cyclist with a circle of light. The lights are bright enough to be used even in the daytime. Unlike car lights, they can also flash, to make it clear to drivers that you're on a bike.

In the past, the lights wouldn't have been possible to make. "When LEDs first came out, they weren't efficient enough to provide a wide beam with a portable battery source," Clyde explains. "With the newest LED technology, you can get a lot more light out, and it will be bright from any angle."
Extra-bright bike lights aren't new, but others haven't worked well. "A lot of the cheaper products don't have as much power, and they're not as efficient," says Clyde. "They focus all the way straight back or straight forward, and what ends up happening is you blind the driver if they get stuck in that beam—and no one else sees it outside of that beam. Modern LED technology is now going to allow for better visibility."
The lights, which can be attached to a bike frame, helmet, or backpack, aren't cheap. On Kickstarter, where they're currently crowdfunding, a single light is...
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Britain by Bike

Despite expense, popularity of fatbikes continues to soar in Alaska @adndotcom

A racer in the snowy woods during Talkeetna's Trio Fat Bike Race on Feb 9, 2013Edward Kessler photo
Exactly when and where fat-tire bikes went from being a northern fad to a mainstream form of winter recreation is unclear, but the phenomenon is here to stay. Look around the state's largest city these days and it sometimes looks like fatbikes, as these bicycles are commonly called, are everywhere.

"During winters 20 years ago, there would be 10 skiers for every biker on the (Tony Knowles) Coastal Trail,'' observed diehard Anchorage Nordic skier Tim Kelley. "Now there are 10 fatbikers for every skier. The days of Anchorage being a ski town are over. Now Anchorage is a fatbike town."

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How I stole my bike back @BikePortland

Stole my bike back!-1
Found it! (Can you tell I was a bit nervous at that moment?)
It’s back! I found my bike and am happy to report it’s right here next to me in my office. 
Let’s rewind…
This morning I did something really dumb. I left my bike unlocked and unattended on SW 4th Avenue for several hours. And, not surprisingly, it was stolen. OK, now that I shared that very embarrassing fact, here’s what’s happened since…
After trying to catch my breath and calling Juli sobbing like a little baby at my luck and stupidity, here’s what I did:
I spread the word as far and wide as I could. Facebook, Twitter, and here on the Front Page. I also made a listing on the Bike Index. Thanks to many kind people, the word got out quickly and I felt pretty hopeful that it would turn up. I’ve written about many recoveries over the years and I know that hustling and spreading the word is the best way to get bikes back. I also had a lot going for me in that the bike is very distinctive (one-of-a-kind), I know a lot of people in this town, and I have a fair bit of good stolen bike karma working in my favor.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Columbus approves $4.2 million to link Camp Chase trail on West Side | Columbus Dispatch

Columbus will spend $4.2 million to complete the final link of the Camp Chase Trail that will connect the West Side for bikers, runners and walkers to Downtown via Sullivant Avenue.
The City Council unanimously approved the contract with the Righter Company last night.
Righter, of Columbus, will build the final 2.9 miles of trail, which will stretch from Eureka Avenue to Sullivant Avenue. “This is an important piece of the trail,” said Jody Dzuranin, an avid bicyclist and advocate for new trails. “By this time next year, a portion of the trail might still be gravel but will be navigable.”
The path is part of a 15-mile trail that’s expected to be completed by late next year and will include two new bridges over Dry Run and South Fork Dry Run creeks.
Metro Parks have funded the other 12 miles of the path that stretches into Madison County. The park system approved $2.9 million this year to build a 1-mile section of trail from Hall Road to Sullivant Avenue.
Pieces of the trail are still being constructed and should be finished some time in September 2015 by Righter, which has handled nearly all of the trail construction. Cost is about $11 million. Dzuranin said Metro Parks are trying to ensure that section of the trail is completed by the time the city’s portion is done, but weather and schedules might make that difficult.
The path runs along the Camp Chase Railroad — a key section in the 330-mile, Ohio-to-Erie Trail that will one day link Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
“The Camp Chase Rail Trail is an important link in the system and will bring cyclists through Columbus from across the state,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said.