Video | Endure: Ballet in the Mud

Ballet in the Mud, features selected photos from a new book to be published in November 2013 by the Wisconsin Bike Fed. The book features more than 300 photographs taken by four Wisconsin-based photographers—Peter DiAntoni, Darren Hauck, Jeffrey Phelps and Dave Schlabowske—at the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in January in Verona, Wis. Writer, Green Bay native and regular Paved contributor Gary Boulanger, served as the book’s author.

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Happy 25th, Timbuk2

The San Francisco bag company Timbuk2 is celebrating 25 years. And that means some new stuff. The company recently partnered with Mission Cycling, a cycling club in San Francisco, to design a pair of new products for happy on-the-bike adventuring. Because we all love happy bike adventures.

Mission Cycling has a standing early morning ride up the Marin Headlands. This is postcard territory, and on a clear day, the top of the Headlands offer a vertiginous perspective on the Golden Gate bridge and the city behind it. The riders meet in the early morning, ride the Headlands, then ride off to work.

As anyone who has ever mixed riding bikes and working a real job has discovered, the early morning ride poses a wardrobe dilemma. Not that we would know, but we hear things. Most offices frown on the wearing of sweaty cycling kit at work. At least, so we hear. Also, sweaty kits are gross.

Enter the Especial Raider Backpack, a new shenanigan from Timbuk2. The ripstop nylon bag is designed to be worn on a road bike. Timbuk2 put a priority on making the bag light and close-fitting. It offers just enough space to carry your normal people clothing to the office. Continue reading

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Proof | 2013 Boulder Cup

Marked by a fine fall day, the 2013 Boulder Cup made for a solid day of racing as riders took to the particularly challenging course at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park. While perhaps not the most ideal conditions for ‘cross—clear skies and plenty of sun—folks weren’t exactly disappointed as Boulder was more than owed a bit of fair weather. The women’s race would see a triumphant Katie Compton, who rode in alone a minute up on the rest of the field, while Jeremy Powers won a hard-fought battle in the mens race.

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Book Report | Skills, Drills and Bellyaches

By Jen See

All your friends are talking about it. They go on and on about the mud and the barricades and the beer. Mostly, the beer. You’ve begun to think that cyclocross sounds pretty cool, but you are also forced to admit that you don’t have the first clue how to go about it. What if you do it wrong? You are pretty good at beer, but the rest of it sounds like a total mystery.

Bill Schieken and Dan Tille are here to help with their new book, Skills, Drills and Bellyaches. Together they’ve put together a thorough primer about how to do cyclocross, and they make it sound really, really fun. The book has tips. And pictures. Continue reading

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Theater Thursday

Theater Thursday | Inside the Team Sky Service Course

Sure, you’re accustomed to the plethora of drool-worthy bike bits inside the service course of a ProTour-level team, but how many have a four-bedroom luxury apartment?

Welcome to the Team Sky Service Course:

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Meet the Fall Issue of Paved

Just in case you’re not already in the know, the Fall 2013 issue of Paved is now in bike shops, on traditional newsstands and available for download on iTunes and Zinio.

Chock full of cycling, the Fall issue contains some of the best writing and photography to grace the pages of Paved yet. Continue reading

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Throwing Boulder a Bone

Castelli and Slipstream Sports Team Up to Offer Flood Victims Support

Source: Castelli
2 October 2013 (Portland, OR)—Italian cycling clothing manufacturer Castelli has teamed up with Slipstream Sports, the parent company behind the Garmin-Sharp professional cycling team, based in Boulder, Colorado, and OpenHeartCO to create a special cycling jersey to benefit the communities affected by the recent floods. Continue reading

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Theater Thursday | Spokes

Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned movie to set your Thursday straight. On tap this week is a gem from 1984, written and directed by John Behnke and shot on 16mm film. Just remember, watch out whose bike you tip over…or garbage cans for that matter.

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Spotlight | Paul Components Gino Light Mount

PAUL Components Gino Light Mount
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Chico, California-based PAUL components has quite the knack for dreaming up simple products that just plain work. Simple solutions for complex problems is the name of the game, and the Gino light mount is mighty illustrative of that.

Fitting just about any braze-on or fender mount that accepts an M5 bolt, the Gino allows you to mount your light closer to the road, greatly reducing the angle of the beam. This better distributes the light and illuminates road features such as bumps and fissures much more effectively. Continue reading

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Video | Bespoke Balance Bike

In this little movie for your Monday, watch as Portus Cycles transforms a bit of Reynolds 725 steel tubing and some super swanky carbon bits into the most bling-tastic balance bike we’ve seen. For the toddler that is simply above aluminum, we give you: The Greenhorn

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