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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dubstep Santa on Tron Bike | Merry Christmas

The Koppenberg | GCN's Epic Climbs @gcntweet

Sulphur Mountain Loop by Bicycle in Ojai, CA @pathlesspedaled

Santa's riding bicycles - Merry Christmas!

The Heartbreaking Creation of a Ghost Bike @outsidemagazine

The bicycle was black before it was white.
It lay on the pavement behind Alan Nakagawa’s house in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. An English-style cruiser, it had fenders, a swept-back handlebar, and a wide leather seat. Nakagawa and two friends, Isaiah and Julio, got busy, pulling off the tubes and tires, disassembling the brakes, sanding the frame. Nakagawa is an artist who primarily works with sound, but on this evening his medium was paint—two cans of white Krylon ColorMaster. He painted the chain guard and then the frame. He waved the can to coat the fork, the handlebar, the saddle, the fenders, and the chain. Finally, Nakagawa painted the rims and the spokes and the pedals.
It was after dark now, and the bike was done, leaning against a couple of sawhorses, gleaming and wet.

Montreal Cyclists Say a Bike Commute Is the Best Way to Go @nextcityorg

Even on cold days, cyclists reported a better commute in a recent study at McGill University. (Photo by Francis Bourgouin via Flickr)
Add this to the list of reasons cities might consider designing for and promoting bicycle commuting: Compared to other travel modes, cyclists have the greatest odds of showing up to work or school energized and punctual. That’s according to data from a 2013 survey at McGill University, which researchers used to compare the punctuality and energy level at work of students, staff and faculty who commute by bus, car or bike.

Felt Electric Tote'm @feltbicycles

Felt Electric Tote'm from Felt Bicycles TV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Jamis® Renegade® : Starring Thomas Turner @jamisbicycles

The World's Fastest Mountain Biker on 4 Wheels: Stacy Kohut @redbull

Your (Just a Bit Illegal) Cheat Sheet for Hacking Safer Streets @WIRED

A month-long protected bikeway project in Rogers, Arkansas. The urban planning design firm Street Plans Collaborative worked with local governments and groups to protect cyclists using hard, plastic barriers called "armadillos," durable chalk, and traffic tape. STREET PLANS

AS FAR AS monikers go, “guerrilla urbanist” invokes an exotic, even frightening image. But the members of the San Francisco Municipal Transformation Agency have nice families. They met on Twitter. And they often get to work in the middle of the day.
Yes, they stray into illegal territory from time to time. But for these folks, “crime” involves using traffic cones or plastic bollards to protect bike lanes from cars without proper permitting. These men and women, who came together after vehicles killed two cyclists in San Francisco on the same day last June, are no masked vigilantes. They just want pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly infrastructure, and they’re willing to make it themselves.

[Keep reading at Wired]

Madrid's Christmas Present to Itself: A Car Ban @CityLab

Cyclists look at Alcala Street, which was free of cars as part of European Mobility Week in central Madrid. (Andrea Comas/Reuters)

Madrid just gave its citizens a present for the holidays. The city closed the entire city center to most cars, turning the urban core into a de facto pedestrian zone.
Starting last Friday at 5 p.m. and continuing for nine days, vehicles belonging to non-residents are banned from entering a zone covering Madrid’s historic core as well as Gran Via, the blaring, multi-lane avenue that serves as the Spanish capital’s main drag and as a major through-route for crosstown traffic.
Buses, cabs and residents’ cars will still be crawling the streets, although restricted to a specially lowered 30 kmh (18 mph) speed limit. The otherwise blanket ban in the throbbing, vehicle-packed heart of a major metropolis is one of the boldest anti-car plans seen in Europe so far. To get a loose idea of the scale in American terms, imagine banning all cars in Manhattan from driving south of 14th Street.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Should bicyclists always halt at stop signs and wait at lights? Study says no @chicagotribune

A new DePaul study recommends the city adopt the "Idaho Stop" rule for cyclists, allowing them to treat stop lights as stop signs at certain times of the day.
This won't surprise anybody who has driven through a Chicago intersection, but not all cyclists obey stop signs and lights.
Maybe they shouldn't always have to, suggests a new study from DePaul University.
State law requires bicyclists to follow the same rules as motor vehicles, but the laws are not strictly followed or enforced. A study released Monday by DePaul's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development found that just 1 cyclist in 25 comes to a complete stop at stop signs, and 2 out of 3 go through red lights when there's no cross traffic.
The study proposes that Illinois cities consider changing their laws and allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, and some red lights as stop signs, thus permitting cyclists to maintain their momentum. It's known as the "Idaho stop" for a 1982 law in that state.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Believe in Bikes @trekbikes

The world is a vast place. But even across great expanses, the bicycle shortens the distance between us. Every day, millions of people ride bikes around the world. Geography may divide us but we are united by the power of the bicycle. A simple, elegant, solution to many of the world’s most complex problems. Wherever you are, when you ride, you’re part of something bigger. Something shared. That’s why we believe in bikes.

To see how bikes are changing the world, visit:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mini Monster collab - BOURNE workshop & @mengesdesign

Bicycle Touring: Oasis on the Colorado River

Vancouver's Multi-Modal Success Story @Streetfilms

Vancouver's Multi-Modal Success Story from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

How Vancouver got half of its citizens out of their cars @Curbed

Vancouver’s low-impact, high-return bike lanes
 Jeff Arsenault
The news that Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars on its streets seems like a distant fantasy—if not downright impossible—for vehicle-bound American cities. But when it comes to weaning cities off the automobile, the U.S. has a fantastic example to learn from right here in our backyard. Vancouver residents now take an incredible 50 percent of their trips by walking, biking, and riding transit.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Acadia by More Than Just Parks - @MTJParks

MTJP | Acadia from More Than Just Parks on Vimeo.

Citi Bike May Need Public Funding to Reach More New Yorkers @nytimes

A community bike ride in Upper Manhattan on Saturday as part of Citi Bike’s efforts to reach new neighborhoods and more low-income and minority customers. CreditAlex Wroblewski for The New York Times 
Citi Bike stations have cropped up this year in brownstone Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Next year, the blue bicycles will inch farther afield into Harlem and Astoria in Queens.
Back from the verge of bankruptcy, Citi Bike is widely viewed as a success. With tens of thousands of people using the bikes each day, it has become an increasingly popular way to navigate New York City.
[Keep reading at NY Times]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Moose charges mountain bikers

Dirty Reiver Gravel Grinder UK

Dirty Reiver trailer from Orange Trike Media on Vimeo.

The Dirty Reiver 200 (200km) and Dirty One Thirty (130km) are off road cycling challenges based on the Gravel Grinder format found predominantly in the mid west of America.
Riders will traverse gravel forest access roads that service the vast areas of forest covering the border region of England and Scotland. The events will take riders through remote areas providing outstanding viewpoints across this spectacular part of the UK.
For more information about the event, please click here:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

4th Annual Cbus Tweed Ride - Join us 11/19 with start @northmarket #letsride

The 4th Annual Columbus Tweed Ride is Saturday, November 19th. Are you going? Did you remember to invite your best blokes and birds? It's going to be a real corker!

We are meeting at North Market at 9:00 AM for coffee and breakfast. We will depart around 10:30 AM. It will be a "slow ride" with stops for photo ops, food, and drinks. We will be holding a few contests, just for fun.

Details can be found on our Facebook page:

Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Video: Sights and Sounds from the 2016 Hocking River Rumble

Video shot and produced by of Evan Shaw of WOUB PBS

New drive-through proposals come with east Portland ban and bicycle access requirement @bikeportland

Aloha Todd and Low Bar Tour - Pedalpalooza-30
A zoning code change proposal that will be subject to a City Council hearing next month would require all businesses to serve bicycle riders when other entrances are closed.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)
The City of Portland is not a fan of drive-through windows. For decades Portland has adopted regulations that limit how and where drive-throughs can be built. 
City planners believe drive-throughs don’t serve the community’s best interests and that they lead to auto-oriented development that’s directly counter to adopted policy goals and dangerous for people on foot, on bike, and on mobility devices.

Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now @CityLab

When state DOTs bring streets through cities, they apply highway standards (above, Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida). (Screenshot via Google Maps)
A friend of mine heads an office in the White House. I never see him anymore, except at the occasional black tie design dinner, where he is always good for a couple of gin and tonics as the crowd disperses. At the last such event, he asked me a question. Or maybe he didn't. But I answered it.
"What's the number one most important thing that we have to fight for?" I said. "You mean, besides corporations being people and money being speech?"
"Besides that."
"Well that's easy: 10-foot lanes instead of 12-foot lanes."

[Keep reading at CityLab]

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bike the Cbus 2016 registration deadline is here. Register online & Save. @yaybikes @bikethecbus #letsride

Columbus' original city-wide ride since 2008, Yay Bikes! Bike the Cbus is a self-guided group tour highlighting our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. The ride features four Neighborhood Routes of varying lengths that total approximately 30 miles, of which participants can ride as many or few as they choose. Along each route there are stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment.

Bike the Cbus+
More seasoned cyclists can ride Bike the Cbus+, a unique SAG-supported urban Metric Century Route (62 miles) through Franklin County. 

[More information at Yay Bikes! Bike the Cbus 2016]

Friday, August 12, 2016

Showers Pass Crosspoint Waterproof Socks @showerspass

Not recommended at home - Bike Draft at 124 km/h

For english viewers: Portela (his name) is a friend of mine and a well seasoned cyclist with many years and titles on professional cycling. He knows exactly what he's doing.
The video was recorded during a road training session near Curitiba, Paraná - Brazil.
This is a raw file from a GoPro camera where we only added the music.
There is no special support for the camera, he placed it on the back of the truck on a very primitive way.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Boulder to Nederland & Beyond Gravel Grinder 57 miles, 8700+ ft climbing #letsride

57 miles. 8700+ ft climbing. Boulder, CO start with Flagstaff Rd climb off the bat. Hot air balloons and rude locals. 2500 ft climbing in first 7 miles. Lakeshore Dr turns into rock garden/high maintenance vehicle road. Lunch in Nederland. 505 out of Eldora is jeep road. Alternated between pedaling and hike a bike for 5 miles topping out at 10,000 ft. A lot of cursing on that section. On Caribou Rd I was stopped by search parties looking for a missing mountain biker. : ( I didn’t see anything on the mountain except one elk and an abandoned pickup truck. Saw a moose and mooselet hanging out in a pond. Peak to Peak Rd is a slog up to Switzerland Rd, the third rock garden on the ride. All downhill from there. Hit 40mph coming down into Boulder. Went through a tunnel too! 12 bottles of water consumed.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trans BC 2016 - Presented by Stages Cycling - Day 5 - Tour de Nelson

Trans BC 2016 - Presented by Stages Cycling - Day 5 - Tour de Nelson from Trans BC & Trans NZ on Vimeo.

Rocky Mountain NP No Oxygen Grinder Pics 29.5 miles, 4500+ ft climbing, amazing views @rockymountainnp

29.5 miles. 4500+ ft climbing. Elevation at start - 8,500. Elevation at top - 12,200. Up Old Fall River Rd to Alpine Center. Down Trail Ridge Rd. Hit 40mph. Chris said he hit over 50mph. We saw marmot, elk and other small animals. Windy for most of the ride, worse at the top. Thanks to Alan Schenkel and Chris Covey for making sure I didn't pass out from lack of oxygen on the ride.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Coffee and cycling: what you need to know @BikeRadar

Caffeine is a recognised trade tool of the cyclist. “It’s a mild central nervous system stimulant that prompts the release of adrenaline for energy,” said the British Coffee Association. This makes it perfect for endurance sports.
Sports nutritionist Tim Lawson (Secret Training Ltd, previously of Science in Sport), says that “caffeine by itself can promote fat metabolism and retain muscle glycogen”, so a black coffee before a fasted ride in the morning may increase the amount of fat you burn. 
However, an over-reliance on caffeine can compromise your sleep quality, “which will alter hormone levels and reduce your ability to process carbohydrates, possibly sending you on a downward spiral. Instead, go carefully with caffeine to really get the benefit when you need it,” he advises.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The LIFT Turns Your Bike into a Cargo Bike @LIFTcargoBIKES

Ride. Camp. Repeat.

Ride. Camp. Repeat. from Dan Mattison on Vimeo.

A weekend bikepacking on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. By Dan Mattison, Knut Kitching, and Skyler Des Roches. Music: Dirty Harry by The Fretless.
Supported by

Friday, July 8, 2016

Building Bike Lanes Could Slow Climate Change, New Research Finds @momentummag

biking in montreal
Parking-protected bike lanes in Montreal’s Plateau neighborhood, which has one of the highest cycling mode shares in North America. Photo by Karen
Most people understand that a reduction in driving could have a measurable impact on slowing the process of climate change by reducing harmful tailpipe emissions, but how do you convince enough people to refrain from driving?
New research presented by scientists at McGill University suggests that the construction of safe bike infrastructure could significantly reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions by offering potential motorists an attractive alternative to getting in their cars. Basically, it’s the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy many advocates lean on to champion bike infrastructure, backed up by scientists.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Riding the White Line

Matt Macduff - Loop Of Doom | The Rise MTB

Read the Full Story Here:

On saturday march 19th, Matt Macduff sustained a terrible fall attempting to make his way around the Loop Of Doom. After over 3 year of research, determination and hard work, Matt managed to find everything he needed to make his project happen.

Built in a month at the Garden Route Trail Park in South Africa, the gigantic structure rises up to 40 ft. in the sky. The crash left him with 10 fractures in his right wrist and 3 fractures in his right ankle. The story behind his stunt is as impactful as the structure itself. A real story of determination. After spending a week in a South African hospital, Matt is now home in Ontario, working on his rehabilitation. Just as he started to walk again, we catched up with him to get his version of this incredible story.

In previous posts about the Loop of Doom, there was a lot of interrogations from the readers so we did our best to cover all the aspects of the project. Keep on reading to take a journey through the mind of a young man determined to leave an impact on the sport he loves.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Epic POV Descent - GCN Tackles Sa Calobra

Matt and Simon strap on the GoPros and take you down this super technical descent in Mallorca.

Monday, May 30, 2016

WV Bikecamping Adventure 2016 RECAP #gravelgrinder #bikecamping #coffeeoutside

Leaving Shifflett's Grocery/Bar in Bemis

Doug F, Doug M, Bill F, Peter D, Nathan F and I decided to go on an adventure in WV. After months of planning the group expanded and then shrank as reality sunk in and life got in the way. During the trip we would question how many ounces were in a cup, reference Bob's Burger multiple times and thank the fact that cell phone service was non-existent. We also had serendipitous situations and met some of the most friendly and accommodating people along the way. You learn a lot about people when you spend time with them in close quarters and I had a great time with great people I am honored to call my friends. ~ Ray

Day ONE [Elkins, WV to Laurel Fork Campground]
It rained off and on during the ride and the uphills and downhills were slippery and rocky. The rough roads tested our packing methods and equipment. My saddle was knocked out of adjustment throughout the ride because the saddle bolt kept backing out. The descent into Bemis was especially rocky and featured a stream in the road bed for several sections.
Heading into Bemis, WV

The Shifflett’s bar/grocery store in Bemis was packed with people celebrating something and we took up their offer of fresh fried trout and sides plus a cold beer to wash it down. The bar was also way warmer than outside and we realized it as soon as we headed out. At the bottom of the next hill we passed through Glady, WV. After a final gravel climb and descent we made it to the Laurel Fork Campground. After dinner and discussion we fell asleep to the rush of Laurel Fork. It rained throughout the evening. Day one ended with 25 miles and 3500+ ft climbing.

Day ONE photo slideshow

Day TWO [Laurel Fork Campground to Gatewood Group Campsite at Spruce Knob]
After we left camp we slowly climbed through an amazing valley full of streams and farmland. Over the ridge we encountered a lamb that had escaped from the field and the sheep dog decided we were a threat to the flock. At the next turn we trekked down to see the Sinks of Gandy, where Gandy Creek drops into a cave through the mountain. At the Spruce Knob campground we found our water source to be dry. After investigation by Peter we discovered that work was being performed on the water pump on the ridge. The super nice campground manager brought up water and firewood to our campsite later on in the day. The afternoon brought more rain and we huddled under the tarp with hot coffee in between naps.

Top of the world at Spruce Knob

The skies cleared up by late afternoon giving us the chance to climb to the top of Spruce Knob for some amazing views. We headed back to camp for dinner and a nice bonfire. Day two ended with 28 miles and 2900 ft climbing.

Day TWO photo slideshow

Day THREE [Gatewood Group Campsite to Seneca Rocks]
We left the top of the world (Spruce Knob) and headed down, down, down 31 miles with 4000 ft total drop and only 1400 ft climbing. The route took us along the Gandy Creek where a lot of dispersed campsites are located. From Whitmer we climbed over the ridge and down another wonderful valley with rhododendron’s and waterfalls. At the bottom of 33 we ate lunch at the Front Porch Restaurant in Seneca Rocks.  Doug headed over to the campsite early and when we arrived we found out our campsite was too small for the group. The manager at Seneca Shadows Campground allowed us to move closer to the entrance which made it more convenient for our group. After setting up camp we headed back to the rock. 

The view from Seneca Rocks

The weather was great so we climbed up to the top of Seneca Rocks which is a 1000 ft climb in 1.5 miles and then kept climbing. I swear the rocks sway up there. Back to the Front Porch to eat. We couldn't finish the three large pizzas and we forced Peter  to ferry them back where it became breakfast for some. A nice bonfire and some bourbon ended the day.  [Route]

Day THREE photo slideshow

Day FOUR [Seneca Rocks to Dolly Sods]
From Seneca Rocks we followed the Potomac River valley north to the climb to Dolly Sods. Temps were in the 80's and 90's. We stopped at a local general store for snacks and drinks and rest before the 4 mile 2,000 foot climb to Bear Rocks end of Dolly Sods. I pushed sections of the climb and rode the last 1/3. After setting up camp at Red Creek Campground we checked out the view as the sun set over the mountains. The other campers at Red Creek looked like historical figures. We saw Jane Goodall, Ernest Hemingway and met a woman that looked like the female version of Stephen King.
Sunset at Dolly Sods

Yes, we setup photos to look like Doug Fisher fell off the edge and Michelle was not happy. After some hiking around some more we gathered some wood to start a nice fire to end the day. Day four ended with 28 miles and almost 4000 ft climbing. [Route]

Day FOUR photo slideshow

Day FIVE [Dolly Sods to Blackwater Falls]
We woke up early to have breakfast and coffee at sunrise over the ridges. From the Dolly Sods plateau we dropped down into the Red Creek area and headed up over the ridge to Canaan Valley. We had two flats in that area. We fueled up at Big John's with a lot of meat and cheese. Climbed out of the other end of the valley to Canaan Valley Loop Road. Canaan Valley Loop road follows the ridge and drops down through amazing scenery and climbs back up to a high clearance vehicle section with mud holes, rock gardens and stream crossings. 

We stopped at Lindy Point Overlook before checking into our cabin. After cleaning ourselves up we headed down to Davis for dinner at Sirianni's Pizza Cafe. During dinner the owner of Blackwater Bikes stopped in to see if we needed anything. We talked with him again after dinner as we walked to the store for supplies. There was a beautiful sunset as we headed back to the cabin, Day ended with 32 miles and 3300 ft climbing plus the trip into Davis which I didn’t record.  [Route]

Day FIVE photo slideshow

Day SIX [Blackwater Falls to Elkins, WV]
We left the comfort of the Blackwater Falls State Park cabin and headed into town. Along the way we trekked down to see the falls which were running fast with all the recent rainfall. We fueled up at Bright Morning Inn before hitting the trail in Thomas, WV. The trail is single track with a few tree falls to navigate around.

The trail opens up to double track and is paved near Parsons. Snacks and lunch in Parsons at the Sheets. The trail is paved out of town and then turns to gravel up and over the ridge before leveling out into Elkins. We dropped 2900 feet over 40 miles and had 1600+ ft climbing. [Route]

Day SIX photo slideshow