Yes, the entire bicycle industry is celebrating itself this week in the wonderful town of Las Vegas, Nevada. (If you don’t like this ridiculous city, you’re taking yourself far too seriously.) We thought it might be a good exercise to take a quick peek back at some of the things to be seen at the Eurobike —which is like the Interbike, but with far more civilians, beer and terrible music.
Make sure you check back to see our reports on new products, trends and Vegas-inspired displays of poor judgement.
Bike, helmet, flat repair, food, lights, extra layers—those were about all I thought I could possibly require (save for a bit of hooch in case the mercury looked like it was going take a plunge) before heading out on a two-wheeled adventure.
But then I moved to the City by the Bay. Starting each ride with a trip across the Golden Gate isn’t a bad way to start the day, but unfortunately, at most hours it requires the careful threading through throngs of tourists. Between the picture-takers and folks on rented bikes who seemingly haven’t ridden a bike in decades—or at all, you have plenty of time to think of how nice it would be to have that bell from your childhood cruiser. Continue reading
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Interested in a chance at Mark Cavendish’s World Championship jersey? No? Well, then how about Ryder Hesjedal’s 2012 Maglia Rosa—or Andy Hampsten’s white jersey from the 1986 Tour de France (complete with the foie gras stain sustained during a food fight between Hampsten’s La Vie Claire teammates). Continue reading
Some may call it a shortcut, but we prefer to think of the Canadian line as a more creative approach to line selection through turns and other key racecourse sections. Either way, this video is funny.
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Join Argonaut Cycles (the guys who built Paved’s inaugural Dream Bike) at Shelter Half in LA and learn more about their custom carbon-fiber space bikes made here in the USA. Also, there will be fine beverages and delicious snacks.
The kind folks over at Portland Design Works have to put together a fine little video reminding us that there is indeed a rack for every occasion.
Racks For All Occasions
Yesterday’s Theater Thursday featured Michael Cotty’s atttack on the major climbs of the Alpes—in a single 600-plus kilometer ride. Well, as luck would have it, here’s Part II.
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Whoever said boredom never led to anything worthwhile was surely content to while it away in front of a wall of drying paint.
However, Shawn White, founder fo Ruckus Composites, a Portland, Oregon-based carbon repair and manufacturing outfit, isn’t that easily contented. And, as the saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s tools.
Enter the C.A.T., or Carbon Access Tool. Born from a stint of boredom, this handy little device offers a svelte and sexy alternative to the trusty, and often cumbersome keychain. Continue reading
Theater Thursday | Challenge Les Alpes
Michael Cotty is an ambitious individual. Well, ambitious may be a bit of an understatement.
The goal? Cycle from Evian les Bains to Nice—nonstop—across the heart of the Alps. The metrics? A devilish 666-kilometer ride boasting no less than 17 mountain passes—including the Col de la Colombière, Madeleine, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier, Izoard, Vars, Bonette and Madone. All said and done, they would amount to over 16,000 meters of elevation, with five of them featuring 2,000+ uninterrupted meters of climbing apiece.
“It’s not supposed to be easy,” says Cotty.
Yeah, we’d say that route definitely doesn’t qualify as ‘easy’.
Words || Gary J Boulanger
During a career that spanned five decades, the fiercely competitive British cyclist Beryl Burton won seven world titles (two road race championships and five track pursuit titles) and 96 national titles (12 road race championships, 13 pursuit titles, and 71 time trial titles against the clock). Dutch phenom Marianne Vos may be on her way to laying claim as the most celebrated female cyclist of all time, but Burton’s results were most impressive for several reasons.
She was also a housewife, mother and keen gardener, and remained an amateur bike racer until she breathed her last during a social ride on May 8, 1996, when she was delivering invitations to her 59th birthday, which was May 12. Continue reading