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Saturday, February 7, 2015

How Smart Language Helped END Seattle's Paralyzing Bikelash @peopleforbikes

Broadway, Seattle.
Instead of "cyclists," people biking. Instead of "accident," collision. Instead of "cycle track," protected bike lane.
It can come off as trivial word policing. But if you want proof that language shapes thoughts, look no further than Seattle — where one of the country's biggest bikelashes has turned decisively around in the last four years.
For a while in 2010 and 2011, the three-word phrase "war on cars," which had risen to prominence in Rob Ford's Toronto and spread to Seattle in 2009, threatened to poison every conversation about improving bicycling in the city.

26in/27.5in/29in - What's The Fastest MTB Wheel Size? - Part 2 #letsride @bikeradar

26in/27.5in/29in - What's The Fastest MTB Wheel Size? - Part 1 #letsride @bikeradar

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kali Protectives Maya Helmet Launch Video @KaliProtectives

Burglars using cycling ‘fitness and route planner’ phone apps to steal from homes | Hull Daily Mail

WARNING:  Wayne Preston, of Cliff Pratt Cycles, is warning cyclists to use privacy settings on mobile phone apps.       Picture: Jerome Ellerby
WARNING: Wayne Preston, of Cliff Pratt Cycles, is warning cyclists to use privacy settings on mobile phone apps. Picture: Jerome Ellerby

BURGLARS are using free cycling apps for directions to homes where expensive bikes are stored.
Mobile phone apps such as Strava and MapMyRide are used to record detailed route maps via satellites, as well as data such as average speed, elevation and the number of calories burnt on rides.

NightRide With The TrailRaiders in Detroit

NightRide With The TrailRaiders from Adam Richardson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A SKEPTICS’ GUIDE TO FAT BIKING @TetonGravity #letsride

Jackson Hole mountain biker and TGR member Garrick Tischler hammers down the Hagen trail in Jackson this past weekend at the annual Fat Bike Summit. Ryan Dunfee photo.
When it comes to mountain bikes, I'm a strong ally of the sport's currently most-hyped bike category: the 150mm-travel, 27.5"-wheeled, dropper post-equipped carbon fiber enduro do-anything-and-everything-well quiver-killing w√ľnderbikes. They go fast, look sexy, jump well, climb well, destroy corners and rock gardens, and drain wallets almost as fast as they blast downhills. They're goddamn fun to ride, and leave me wanting no other category of bike in the garage. Not that I could afford to add to the stable after blowing all my fun money on one, but others seem to be able to pull it off.

10 Reasons Not To Get A Cargo Bike | SpokesMama

Okay, I know I've been really excited about cycling & cargo biking in general, but I've decided that I had it all wrong. Cargo biking is just terrible & here's why you really shouldn't do it:

  1. You might not need to go to the gym anymore, so you'd no longer be supporting that local small business/community centre/nationwide chain.

Measuring Brainwaves to Make a New Kind of Bike Map for NYC @WIRED #letsride

mindrider bike map lower manhattan
The MindRider bike map uses EEG data to identify relaxing and attention-demanding routes in Manhattan. Arlene Ducao
If you want to bike around Manhattan these days, it’s easy to find an online or physical map that can lead you to the bike lanes and keep you riding safely. But it won’t tell you much more, like which route would be the most relaxing, and which the most demanding of your attention.
That’s exactly the information Arlene Ducao wants to provide with the MindRider Map, which is created by deploying cyclists wearing a helmet that measures their brainwaves.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

INSIDE: Spank Industries Wheel Building Factory

Lazer LifeBEAM Smart Helmet @lazerhelmets #letsride

The Genesis Lifebeam helmet is built on a foundation of the proven Lazer Genesis helmet. It is th√© helmet for cyclists who want to monitor and improve their their heart rate in order to better their performance.  

Instead of using a traditional chest strap the Genesis Lifebeam uses the Smart system, a sensor placed within the existing head band of the helmet which communicates with a processing unit at the back of the helmet. Via Bluetooth or Ant+ technology, the processing unit can transmit heart rate data to a compatible cycling computer, smartphone or watch.
  • Sensors: Optical heart-rate sensor & 3-axis accelerometer
  • Helmet Weight: Medium ~280g, Large ~300g
  • Computer and Sensor Weight: 40g (0.8 Ibs)
  • Max. readable heart rate: 220 BPM
  • Min. readable heart rate: 30 BPM
  • Operating temp: -5°C to 45°C (23°F to 113°F)
  • Water Resistance: All weather compatibility
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable 170mAh lithium polymer
  • Battery Life: 17 working hours
  • Communication modules: ANT+™ and Bluetooth low energy (BLE)
  • Fit: Medium or Large size options – both include Rollsys Retention System

Cannondale TANDEM 29ER

  • The Cannondale Tandem is back and better than ever with our adventure-ready road model and off-the-beaten-path 29'er model. Life is better together.
  • 1.5" Forks
    Cannondale OPI one-piece, hollow, 3D forged forks with 1.5" steerers provide stable, secure, nimble and responsive handling. Suspension corrected on 29'er.
  • Disc-Brake Equipped
    Disc Brakes provide the confidence that when you (or your co-pilot) want to stop, you will.
  • Cannondale Aluminum Expertise
    These big and beautiful tandem frames are a showcase of our 34 years of aluminum-crafting expertise. Purposeful tube shapes, strong double-pass welds, and unrelenting attention to the smallest details means that these tandems will perform like no other.
  • 29'er Tandem
    A more upright and adventurous model brings the strength, stability and smooth-rolling comfort of 29" wheels to the twoup crowd.
  • [More at Cannonade]