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Saturday, December 13, 2014

GCN's Top 10 New Tech Of 2014


I was 50 miles into a trip I've dreamt of for years; the dream trip that was the original motivator, and now end product of everything I have worked towards. All day as I climbed the 1500 feet from Deadhorse to the foothills, I stared ahead across the North Slope, watching rain slamming the north side of the Brooks Range, Alaska's northernmost mountain range. It is a landscape so flat you can see the Earth curve.
196 miles from the next indoor shelter and hot food/resupply on the Dalton Highway, Alaska's only road in the northern half of the state, I was strangely comfortable, relaxed, and starting to realize this really was going to be an epic trip. I smiled. I was right where I wanted to be; Alone, in Alaska, and heading home, riding my Fargoacross some of the wildest country in North America.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Breezer Uptown

2015 Lynskey UrBANskey with Rival 22 Hydraulic from Sram

Ohio 3 Foot Passing Law - HB145 does not pass 130th general assembly

From the Ohio Bicycle Federation:
Dec 11, 2014 — HB 145 (3' passing law) will not be passed this legislative session. We learned this last week when we stopped in to Senator Manning's office. She told us that Senate committees hold 3 hearings on bills and the Transportation committee is meeting only once more. She does not know if she will be assigned to the Transportation committee next session, but if so, she looks forward to working with us on this bill again.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities | NY Times

A bike path in Copenhagen helps bicycling commuters avoid hitting red lights.Credit
Sofie Amalie Klougart for The New York Times
OPENHAGEN — On a busy road in the center of town here, a string of green lights embedded in the bike path -- the "Green Wave" -- flashes on, helping cyclists avoid red traffic lights.
On a main artery into the city, truck drivers can see on smartphones when the next light will change. And in a nearby suburb, new LED streetlights brighten only as vehicles approach, dimming once they pass.
Aimed at saving money, cutting the use of fossil fuels and easing mobility, the installations are part of a growing wireless network of streetlamps and sensors that officials hope will help this city of roughly 1.2 million meet its ambitious goal of becoming the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.
[Keep reading at NY Times]

Trial Bike Club of Duluth

Meet a group of trial bikers who push the laws of physics, and the boundaries of logic, without seemingly breaking a sweat.

Highland Trail 550

Highland Trail 550 from Ian Barrington on Vimeo.
An insight into the 2014 Highland Trail ITT - UK's toughest bikepacking event along an uncompromising 550 mile route through the Highlands of Scotland.

My write-up of the event can be read here:

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Longest Singletrack Tour Ever - Continental Divide Trail - Pinkbike

Mountain bikers are relatively new to the long distance trail world. Bike technology has come a long way, and ultralight bikepacking gear has made camping and riding singletrack possible. Only in the last fifteen years have bikepackers started tackling difficult singletrack routes like the Colorado Trail and the Arizona Trail. But one trail remained relatively untouched by bikepackers, and it is the granddaddy of them all - the Continental Divide Trail.  

There are three major long distance trails in the US - the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. The first two are summarily closed to bikes. Only the CDT is (mostly) open. It is also considered the hardest and most wild of the three. Yet no one had attempted to thru-ride the trail... until now. It's been a dream of mine to tackle the CDT for years. It was a daunting task, full unknowns and major map work. I figured I would need 4 or 5 months to complete the 3100 miles, due to the difficult terrain and hike-a-bike. It wasn't an endeavor I wanted to pursue alone. Enter Eszter Horanyi, an accomplished bikepacker and my girlfriend. She holds nearly every bikepacking record worth holding, and somehow I was able to convince her that spending a summer pushing our bikes along the divide was a good idea. [Keep reading at Pinkbike]
The Longest Singletrack Tour Ever Images by Scott Morris
So we leaned our bikes against the start obelisk at "Crazy Cook" on the Mexican border.

Six winter cycling exercises for strength and conditioning (video)

Winter is the ideal time to concentrate on strength and conditioning work. With in-the-saddle time inevitably diminishing as the weather worsens, the off-season presents real opportunities to build your core and pedalling muscles.
Many pro riders use a routine like this one all year round, but focus on it harder during winter.
Tom Barras, a long-time domestic pro with Wheelbase- Altura-MGD, says: ”I really can’t understate how useful these exercises are.