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  • October 28, 2014SSCXWC 2014 Louisville Photo Gallery

    SSCXWC 2014 Louisville Photo Gallery

    Flaming barriers were just one part of the party that went down thanks to the Colonels at the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships..

  • October 24, 2014The Piano Pedaler

    The Piano Pedaler

    By Rachel Krause, photos by Grant Hindsley. A Salt Lake City man’s piano bike blurs the line between bikes and music. “You don’t see..

  • October 22, 2014The Holy Week of Cyclocross

    The Holy Week of Cyclocross

    Cyclocross for many of us is a religion, a devotion to mud, dust, rain and rutted corners is the reason we get out of a bed in the morning...

  • October 17, 2014PDX Trophy Cup Cyclocross Photo Gallery

    PDX Trophy Cup Cyclocross Photo Gallery

    From the genius of Clint Culpepper and Will Laubernds comes the PDX Trophy Cup, a weekly cyclocross race series that takes place at the..

  • October 10, 2014The Comedown Human Powered Rollercoaster in Glasgow

    The Comedown Human Powered Rollercoaster in Glasgow

    “Scary the first time,” reports builder Stephen Murray. The artist, sculptor and cyclist behind The Comedown figure-eight track..

    For your “Black Friday” Shopping Pleasure

    PILGRIM-01We get a number of press releases about Black Friday… Here are a few companies that are offering specials.

    Upright Cyclist – Enter PILGRIM at checkout
    DZR Shoes – Use promo code BLACK40
    Blaq – Everything is 20% off
    • Timbuk2 – Daily deals
    Fyxation – Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY

    Feel free to add to this list in the comments below.

    Goldsprint Overdose

    Goldsprint Overdose from GoldsprintManila on Vimeo.

    Manila knows how to party, throwing down a gold sprint event outside the Goldsprint Kitchen for their grand opening.

    D-Fix Rear Hub

    Remove your quick-release rear wheel without having to deal with the chain. I think Tullio would approve. Via…

    Swrve Photo Contest

    photo contestThe bike (and hike and climb, etc.) apparel makers at Swrve have announced an Instagram photo contest in which you can win a $100 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on December 22nd after all submissions have been accounted for. The rules are as follows:

    1. Wear something Swrve related.
    2. Be out in the winter doing something.
    3. Hashtag #swrve14winter and #swrve

    There are 5 categories to enter in order to increase your chance of winning. Get all the details on the Swrve site here.

    I Love Riding in the City – Mohamed Shalaby

    moNAME: Mohamed Shalaby
    LOCATION: Newark, NJ
    OCCUPATION: Writer

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    I live in Newark, New Jersey and I’m proud to call it home. A Jersey boy at heart I love riding around my city and taking in all of its sites and history. I find it cool to ride past locations that I have seen in various movies. For example Rounders staring Matt Damon and Find me Guilty staring Vin Diesel are two of my favorite movies that were filmed in areas that I ride past every day. Passing by such places often gets me thinking about all of the different possibilities that life has to offer. Anyway in terms of safety I find Newark to be quite safe because people generally respect bike riders and keep their distance when they spot a biker on the road. Besides everything else already mentioned the geography of the area offers a great variety of flat stretches of land, hills and parks that are lot of fun to ride

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    My favorite city to ride in is New York City. Whether cruising up or down one of its many bike lanes, streets, or avenues there is always something new to take in. Riding in NYC is like eating a really good piece of apple pie. You have to use all five of your senses or your surly to miss something special and fun. I especially love riding on the 12 plus mile bike lane/trail that starts on the Westside of downtown New York City and ends all the way up in the city of Inwood. Whether your young or old the buzz of the city and the good vibes of the people will motivate you to keep pedaling onwards no matter how tired you feel. Basically, I love NYC energy.

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    I love riding in the city because things are always moving and changing. Either your keeping up with things or your getting left behind. I live for the push and every time I ride I look forward to pushing myself harder than all the other elements racing against the wind.

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
    I rode last night on lighting and we rode yesterday morning on sunshine.
    We still ride every second of every day don’t we?
    Like rays of light we traveled in time and met somewhere past the finish line.
    Even though along the way somebody got a flat everything was ok.
    Strangers helped one another that day and became friends forever plus one more day.
    So this is the end, you get your bike and I’ll get mine and I’ll race you to the start of new beginnings.

    Check out http://tbs101.blogspot.com

    WOHO Ghost Bike Grips and Handlebar Tape

    WOHO Ghost GripsWOHO has updated their lineup with two new ways to keep your hands on the bars. Both feature their latest graphics, which depict skulls and lightning bolts. Very metal, indeed.

    The grips will be pretty familiar to anyone who’s used lock-on grips in the past. They’ve got aluminum clamps, 3 mm hex screws and a hard plastic core. The grip portion is thick and soft, with deep indentations around the graphics, making them very grippy. They’re comfortable, though some people with smaller hands may find that they prefer a thinner grip. I’m surprised WOHO missed the opportunity to brand the bar plugs with a logo, though. Measurements are 5.18″ x 1.3″ x 1.3″, they come in red, blue, black or white, and they retail for $16.49.

    DSC_2479DSC_2478The EVA foam bar tape is also pretty standard, but it’s nice, thick and of course features an adhesive backing. In addition to pink monogrammed bar plugs and vinyl tape to finish the wrap, they include two extra strips for behind the brake lever clamps. The graphics are printed, so expect them to wear away with use. The tape measures 190 X 3 cm and retails for $15.49.

    Check out www.wohobike.com

    ICNY x SPEEDVAGEN Reflective T

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    Those bright kids over at ICNY have teamed up with Speedvagen to offer this limited edition reflective shirt emblazoned with the Speedvagen race vehicle, in expected 3M reflectivity.

    Purchase it here for $50. Remember, it’s limited edition, as in only 50 to be made, so get it before it’s gone.

    Rap Battle – NSFW


    This has been around the block…but it’s good for a few more spins. Surely the creators are working on an urban version?

    Pedicab Drivers Dwindling in NYC

    pedicabAaah New York…always trying to find a way to get over on the tourists.

    According to this summary by AnimalNYC, a number of pedicabs drivers were price gouging riders, culminating in one ride costing $500. In response, NYC stepped up regulations on pedicab drivers, creating something of a disincentive to get in the business or stay in the business. Let’s hope this is just a weeding out process and ownership / ridership rebounds.

    As AnimalNYC detailed:

    Since the city has tightened regulations and cracked down on pedicab drivers, the number of pedaling transit providers has taken a steep dive. Only 903 drivers decided to renew their license this year. That’s down from 1217 at the beginning of 2014.

    After an incident in which some tourists were charged $500 for a short pedicab ride, there has been increased scrutiny on the service: Regulations were put in place requiring drivers to charge by the minute, post visible prices, and use timers approved by the city.

    Road Rage Psychology

    rageI’ve always felt the argument that one rule-breaking cyclist (“You ran a red light?! Now we’re all gonna die!!”) is what compels drivers to hate all our collective guts, is very weak. Human nature is far more complex and subconscious than this, as is argued by BBC writer, Tom Stafford, as he pulls from evolutionary theory and social psychology to give a more thorough explanation of this road rage phenomenon. He explains,

    …It’s not because cyclists are annoying. It isn’t even because we have a selective memory for that one stand-out annoying cyclist over the hundreds of boring, non-annoying ones (although that probably is a factor). No, my theory is that motorists hate cyclists because they think they offend the moral order…

    … Humans seem to have evolved one way of enforcing order onto potentially chaotic social arrangements. This is known as “altruistic punishment”, a term used by Ernst Fehr and Simon Gachter in a landmark paper published in 2002. An altruistic punishment is a punishment that costs you as an individual, but doesn’t bring any direct benefit. As an example, imagine I’m at a football match and I see someone climb in without buying a ticket. I could sit and enjoy the game (at no cost to myself), or I could try to find security to have the guy thrown out (at the cost of missing some of the game). That would be altruistic punishment.

    I don’t think there is much of a cooperative answer to this problem of cyclists avoiding generally accepted traffic laws, in part as a way of protecting ourselves, but maybe this theory can help you shrug off the haters as you circumvent the moral social order next time the light turns red on you.

    Via BBC Future

    Newton Bike Shop Hostel

    Newton Bike Shop “Trans Am Bicycle Trail Hostel” from Newton Bike Shop on Vimeo.

    The Newton Bike Shop & Hostel is located along the Trans Am Bicycle Trail, so it was a logical move to add a hostel to their services, but this would be a great idea for any shop with extra space to utilize. Cyclists could stay in a casual bike-centric environment even just during short weekend trips or vacations. Skip to 1:30 for the information on the hostel aspect of Newton’s Bike Shop.

    Funbikes Scrap Race 2014

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    Funbikes Scrap race in Prague.

    Bike Mechanic

    Bike Mechanic by Rohan Dubash and Guy AndrewsVelopress recently released a new book giving you a behind the scenes look from those who keep the peleton’s bikes rolling smoothly…the mechanics. With photos and interviews, Bike Mechanic gives us detailed stories from the UCI World Tour along with practical tips and tricks to use on our own rides.

    Crisp photography makes Bike Mechanic a tool-lover’s dream, with drool-worthy images of the machinery and equipment that keep bicycles running smoothly. Mechanics reveal their favorite workflow during races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour de France, open up their toolboxes and workshops, and show off the techniques for bike tuning that they’ve honed during years of practicing the craft.

    Bike Mechanic is available for $24.95 through Velopress.

    Travel With Care PSA

    PFP PSAThose good friends at People For Bikes have just released a nationwide PSA campaign called, Travel With Care, showing cyclists as everyday people, wearing occupational gear instead of lycra and helmets. As they explain,

    Travel With Care inspires the general public to see every bike rider as a neighbor, friend or family member—just a normal person who chooses to bike. In addition to humanizing bicyclists, the campaign’s message is built around bettering behavior by both people in cars and on bikes by asking them to travel with care and to “melt icy relations on the road.”

    The campaign consists of billboards, print materials and placements on buses and street furniture. The campaign spawned from a similar PSA initiated in our Urban Velo hometown of Pittsburgh PA.

    Solar Bike Paths Are Here (or there)


    Pardon the annoying video, but the description of what a solar roadway is, how it works, and it’s larger social potential is well described. Fittingly, one of the first solar roadways just went down in the Netherlands, as a 70 meter bike path. Yes, bikes leading the way, of course. It’s an expensive technology, but if the funding can be found, the returns down the line will continue to expand practical usage on a larger scale. This article at Collective Evolution gives a good summary of the first solar roadway now in use.

    Fixed Gear Ghent

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    Australian Cyclists Party

    Richard – Australian Cyclists Party from Australian Cyclists Party on Vimeo.

    Voting on the basis of cyclist’s needs sounds relatively absurd, but with what party policies get passed today…why not?!

    I Love Riding in the City – Thomas Connolley

    connolley-t-cycle-shadowName: Thomas Connolley
    Location: Wantage, England
    Occupation: Scientist

    Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
    I live in Wantage, a small town about 13 miles south of Oxford, England.
    Wantage is compact and most places I need to go, apart from work, are within a 10 minute walk or bike ride. There is one bicycle shop, several reasonable cafés and there are good mountain biking and road biking routes. Wantage is close to the Ridgeway National Trail, which is open to cyclists and follows a route that has been used by humans for thousands of years. The town also has a branch of the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) who organise various rides and tours.
    I mainly use my bike to commute to work, 8 miles away. I have a choice of routes, either a busy main road, or a beautiful cross-country route using back roads and tracks. I’ll take the main road if it is icy or in really wet weather. The back country route can get very muddy. It’s not a route for a road bike, and I think it’s important for cyclists to assert their right to be on the main roads as well. There’s an active bicycle users group on the site where I work who campaign for cyclists’ rights and better infrastructure. There are several towns and large employment sites in the area which are within a half hour ride of each other, if only the infrastructure was better. Most people commute by car.

    What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
    Probably Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is well planned, with good cycling routes to get around town and good places to ride at the weekend, for both roadies and mountain bikers.

    The one drawback are the swooping magpies! Some male birds get very territorial and aggressive in the spring, and will swoop on pedestrians and cyclists. Aussie readers will know what I mean!

    Why do you love riding in the city?
    Bicycles are like the fairytale “seven league boots”. You can get so much further for no more effort than walking. I’ve always used a bike as a means of transport, for getting to work, running errands or just going for a ride. I love moving through places and landscapes at bike pace. Unlike a car or bus, there are no barriers between you and the world. Even the fickle English weather feels good! I’ve got a fairly demanding job and the half hour rides morning and evening are such a good way to relax and balance the mind and body. If I’ve been working on a technical problem during the day, the answer will often come to me on the ride home.

    Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

    Ride clean. The only thing you need to be “on” is your bike.

    Bikes for Special Needs Kids

    Most Innovative Organizations | Edmonton Bike Commuters’ Society from Brent Felzien on Vimeo.

    Hell yeah, this is awesome. Bikes modified to enable special needs kids to ride and gain the benefits of physical therapy through cycling.

    Upright Cyclist Workshirt

    IMG_2173From Upright Cyclist:

    We just dropped the Workshirt, it’s a great piece. It’s styled in an institutional gray, and has some attitude. It’s built in a breathable polyester, is double stitched and bar tacked and is DWR finished to shed light precipitation. Color matched reflective paneling has been added to the rear shoulders and also to the underside of the pocket flap and bottom of the street side seam for visibility in low light. Powder-coated UPRT metal buttons cap everything off.

    Available in sizes S-XL, MSRP is $119. Check out www.uprightcyclist.com

    Photo by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.com

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