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Is your saddle level?

July 8th, 2011 [print] 1 comment

Mine sure as hell isn’t, and now the UCI says I’m not allowed to ride in their silly little races because of it:

http://velonews.competitor.com/…/uci-teams-association-continue-squabble-over-saddle-tilt

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Race Face Goes Out of Business

March 14th, 2011 [print] No comments

It was just a few months back I was reporting on some sweet up-and-coming RF products.  Well, forget everything I said, because they’ve officially announced they’re going out of business.  More info at the following sites:

Pinkbike

Bikebiz

NSMB

R.I.P.  You will be missed.

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NYC bike share program to launch in 2012

February 26th, 2011 [print] No comments

Due to it’s layout, teensy apartments and ridiculous population, New York City seems to be one of the better places to set up a bike share program.  Alas, it has been green-lit, and should become available sometime in 2012.

Head over to Dowser.org for the full story:  http://dowser.org/new-york-citys-bike-share-program-to-launch-in-2012/

Personally, I think it’s a great idea, even with the obvious drawbacks (lost, stolen, and damaged bikes, plus occasional inaccessibility due to all the bikes near you already being used).  For one, apartments are sometimes so incredibly small, it’s difficult to find space to keep a bike, much less two, should you have a roommate or spouse.  Parking is close to impossible, resulting in most people opting not to own a car, meaning they have to walk, get a cab, or take the subway or bus.  The latter three mean you have to rely on–and be near–others, as well as continue to waste fuel.  Walking allows you to be alone, burning only calories.  The downside is, it’s slow.

Due to space constraints, many don’t have bicycles at home.  And because there are few safe places to keep a bike on the streets of the city, I can imagine many people opt for alternative transportation so their bikes aren’t stolen while they’re at work or shopping.  But, if you had instantly available bikes that you didn’t have to lug up stairs, maintain, or worry about throughout the day, it may get more people to ride to work, the store, or just for exercise.

I’m hoping the program is successful for NYC, and other large cities begin to open similar systems of their own.

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Bicycling in NYC

October 9th, 2010 [print] No comments

After biking in NYC, pretty much everything else seems boring to me.  The city has an overall feel of bike friendliness, with the majority of drivers and pedestrians yielding the right-of-way to cyclists, even at times they shouldn’t have to.  Even with all the traffic and red lights every few blocks, the speeds you can hit on the flat roads, and the distance you can cover in very little time, make you almost feel like you’re flying.  Unfortunately, not everyone gets along with the bikers.

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Last year, NYC passed a "bikes in buildings" law, where companies work with building owners to provide indoor areas for works to safely store their bikes during the day.  Obviously, some people have a problem with this:
http://www.amny.com/…/bikes-in-buildings-law-takes-some-on-frustrating-ride

Near Times Square, a cyclist is able to get out of heavy vehicular traffic, and "safely" travel in designated bike lanes, typically painted in green.  I noticed plenty of buses, delivery vans, police cars, and people blocking these lanes more often than not.  Apparently, it’s not a problem I, alone, noticed:
http://www.ny1.com/…/city-bike-lanes-have-numerous-safety-violations

But, cycling in NYC isn’t all bad.  I toured the city with my brother-in-law who lives there and knows it well, as well as on my own a few times.  But, if you’re too timid to get lost, then figure out where you are over and over, you can hook up with Bike and Roll NYC, and go on a legitimate tour of the city.  They also offer bikes for rent, for those who don’t need a guided tour.  Just remember to bring your camera.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/….

Links via Cyclelicious

I’ve also gotten a lot more photos of my trip posted to Flickr recently, most of which were taken during bike rides.  You can check them out here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/one9us/sets/72157623830908410/

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Cardboard Bike Helmet

October 8th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

London’s Royal College of Art graduate, Anirudha Surabhi, has created a recyclable helmet, made mostly of corrugated cardboard, which just might hit the shelves in a few months.

It’s called the Kranium–which isn’t particularly creative, so thankfully the design makes up for it–and is reported to weigh less than a standard foam helmet, as well as have 4 times the strength.  Unfortunately, it also has at least 1.5 times the awkward mushroom-head looks of normal helmets, so hopefully he’s still working on that.

(see what I mean…?)
Kranium Helmet

Read more…

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Random Links

October 3rd, 2010 [print] 3 comments

Autumn is here, it’s getting cool outside, and I’m suddenly too lazy to devote a lot of effort to some posts I’ve been wanting to get up.  So…  get something warm to drink and check the following links on your own time.

Crank length vs maximum power output:  a nerdy look at what effect your crank length has on your total power output and fatigue:
http://myworldfromabicycle.blogspot.com/2010/08/dude-your-crank-lengths-fine-you-just.html

Cyclist’s helmet cam footage helps convict driver:
http://road.cc/node/23959

Here’s the video that led to the conviction:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94vzorR8fFM

19th Century Bicycling: Rubber was the Dark Secret
http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/09/22/19th-century-bicycling-rubber-was-the-dark-secret/

Traveling, not being traveled: 4 quotes on bicycling from the late 1800s
http://twentytwowords.com/2010/09/23/traveling-not-being-traveled-4-quotes-on-bicycling-from-the-late-1800s/

World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just 6 Pounds
http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/27/carbon-fiber-bike-weighs-just-six-pounds/

World's Lightest Bike - http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/27/carbon-fiber-bike-weighs-just-six-pounds/

The Secret to a Long Life – An Old Man and His Bike
http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_16197396

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Cyclist Pepper Sprays Loose Dogs, Owner

September 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

Oh, man, how I’ve wanted to do this very thing so many times.  In Columbia, MO, dog owners seem to think leash laws are optional, so they either let them run free on public-use trails, or put them on those damn retractable leashes, pop in some headphones, and look the other way while their dog runs 20′ ahead–or across the trail or street–to cause near-misses for cyclists.  I’ve also been chased by unattended loose dogs in peoples’ yards, and it’s pretty difficult to defend yourself against a biting animal while you’re trying to both stop, and keep from running into things.

The guy in this story was chased down by a couple loose dogs, and not only defended himself against them–and the owner–but the owner wound up getting a ticket for their bad behavior.

Link:  http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_16123437

Well done, Boulder County, CO!

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Return of the Race Face Turbine

September 11th, 2010 [print] No comments

I’ve been riding a set of Race Face Turbine cranks since 1999, and they still perform like the day I got them, along with the RF taperlock titanium bottom bracket I bought at the time.  These originals were machined in Canada, before RF decided to start out-sourcing a lot of their products to China.

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Well, after a few years absence from the market, the Turbine model is returning!  And although they still have a look similar to the older ones, they’re totally different.

The original Turbines used a classic square-taper bottom bracket, back before integrated spindles had ever been thought up.  The 2011 models, of course, are going with the integrated spindle, only you can have it made of North American-sourced titanium, or cheaper (heavier) steel.

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(image copyright Jacob Gibbons Photography)

The other obviously change is the 4-bolt chainring pattern, one less than the classic version.  They come in double-, triple-, or double+bashguard chainring combos.

I haven’t yet found where they’re made; hopefully they machine them in Canada, just like the good old days, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were out-sourced to China like everything else.  If you look around MTB forums, you find a lot of issues with RF cranks these days, with many older riders lamenting about the high quality of the older Turbines, back when quality control was better, and everything was made in-house.  If Race Face knows what’s good for them (and their customers) they’ll get back to making their own products, and stop with the low-rent Chinese vendors.

For now, though, I’m happy to see the return of the iconic Turbine brand.  Unfortunately, my classic cranks and BB are in such great shape, I have no reason to drop a few hundred dollars on the new ones.

For more on all of Race Face’s new products, check out Pinkbike.com

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Rubens Barrichello’s Storck Electric Bike

August 28th, 2010 [print] 2 comments

Click for larger imageIt’s not often I get to combine two of my favorite things–Formula 1 and bicycles.  German builder Storck Bicycle GmbH, has partnered with F1 team Cosworth, to create a one-off electric bike to commemorate F1 driver Rubens Barrichello’s 300th Grand Prix.

Company founder Markus Storck presented the Raddar Multiroad Carbon bike to the AT&T Williams driver at the Spa racing circuit ahead of his landmark race, which he will compete in this Sunday, August 29… that’s tomorrow, folks!

As well as the custom Cosworth branding that mirrors the graphics on the Williams-Cosworth FW32 F1 car, it has a special logo created by the team to honor Barrichello’s landmark of 300 F1 races.  It’s built around a carbon fiber frame, a 250W Swiss-made electric motor, hydraulic disc brakes and ‘advanced gear shift electronics’ but, unfortunately, no flappy-paddle gearbox.

Storck founder, Markus Storck, said:  "Formula One racing is all about achieving technical precision and perfection, key elements in the DNA of Storck Bicycle GmbH.  I am honored to have been asked by Cosworth to present one of our highest performing products to one of the highest performing men in motor racing, Rubens Barrichello, as he celebrates 300 Grands Prix this weekend."

Mark Gallagher, General Manager of Cosworth’s F1 Business Unit:  "It is an absolute pleasure for Cosworth to be a part of Rubens’ 300th Grand Prix celebrations and to present him with this unique Storck bicycle.  Cosworth and Storck Bicycles have a close relationship and this bike embodies the pursuit of technical excellence that Formula One is all about.  It is this pursuit of excellence that has also taken Rubens to an incredible 300 Grand Prix events, so we thought it a fitting gift to celebrate his impressive F1 career to date."

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Man Jailed After Arguing w/ Bike

August 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

 Richard BialonA soused Stuart man was jailed after deputies say he was engaged in an "obscene argument" with his bicycle, a recently released arrest affidavit states.

County Sheriff’s deputies spied Richard Bialon, 68, around 4 a.m. Tuesday "yelling at his bicycle" in the parking lot of a Mobil gas station in the 3900 block of South Kanner Highway.

"Customers were coming to the Mobil and were very disturbed as to the yelling and obscene argument the defendant was having with his bicycle," the affidavit states.

The affidavit didn’t specify what the argument was about [probably a pesky derailer; God knows I’ve yelled at mine a time or two] or whether Bialon had accused the pedal-powered vehicle of wrongdoing.

Bialon, of the 5500 block of South Kanner Highway, had been imbibing all day and was described as "very intoxicated."

He was arrested on a misdemeanor disorderly intoxication charge and taken to jail.

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