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Funbikes Scrap Race 2014

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Funbikes Scrap race in Prague.

Fixed Gear Ghent

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9th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep

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SMSWposter Supermarket Street Sweep 9 is scheduled for December 6th in San Francisco. Meet at Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero at noon and ride and race to benefit the San Francisco and Marin food banks. This long running event has provided 118,000+ meals to people in need over the first eight years, with the ninth promising to shape up as another fun and productive time for all involved.

Fixed on Fixed – Women of Melbourne

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Fixed On Fixed is a short film clip profiling five female bicycle riders and their love of riding fixed gear.

Riding fixed gear is not only about the bike but also the community that comes with it and this particular fixed gear community is a small, passionate collection of riders who all share a love of riding slightly differently from one another.

Fixed On Fixed profiles each rider, along with the group as a whole, to share their individual story and collective experience in what riding means to them.

Ritte Crossberg Disc Frameset

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Ritte has announced the Crossberg Disc, a $1250 cyclocross frameset meant for epic rides and ripping it during ‘cross season. Like any cycling niche, there a thousand different philosophies on how to make the best bike and Ritte sought out to make a balanced ride, not too extreme in any given direction while still having a race heritage and making use of the latest headtube and bottom bracket standards. The frame is available in five sizes and is made from 7005 series aluminum with a matching full carbon disc fork. The routing is external and meant for mechanical (rather than electronic) shift systems, though you could easily use a PF30 eccentric adapter to drop the gears altogether come race season. Definitely more performance than commuter — you’ll have to use clip on fenders if you’re looking to avoid the skunk stripe.

Ritte Goes To Malibu with The Rider Diaries: A Chance Encounter

“You got this.” Amazing short film from Ritte.

Stoopidtaller – The Making of the World’s Tallest Bicycle

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We covered Stoopidtall, Richie Trimble’s 14.5 ft tall bike that reigned supreme at CicLAvia in Urban Velo #37, and he has since followed it up with the 20 ft tall Stoopidtaller. This video gives us all a look at the building and riding of Stoopidtaller, now officially a Guinness World Record holder as the tallest rideable bicycle.

Bike Kill 2014 with Arthur

Bike video of the year. Freak bikes unite, with a debut the presumed world’s first bikeshare tallbike. It’s only a few bucks an hour, and this is the one and only Black Label Bike Kill.

SSCXWC 2014 Louisville Photo Gallery

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Flaming barriers were just one part of the party that went down thanks to the Colonels at the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships 2014 in Louisville KY. Qualify for the main event via the Feats of Strength, through the last chance qualifies, from a 1st place finish in a number of national level races with a Golden Ticket, or otherwise just be a badass with a pass to the next round. Qualifiers were split into men and women, with an “other” category filling in for the people put there just for fun or that didn’t make the cut for the big show. Start with a shoeless run down a slip-n-slide, over the propane fueled barrier and onto the meat of the course built on the same permanent ‘cross grounds of Evan Bandman Park that held the UCI World Championships just a few years back. It’s less of a race and more of an event, with few actually keeping track of much more than where the good heckle sections on course are for some refreshments. The sand-pit featured a 4 ft tall wall to hop over, the run-up started with the ball-pit of your pizza quaffing youth. Next year it’s off to Victoria BC.

Check out the gallery from this year, and fill in your fading memories of 2013 with photo galleries from the Philadelphia SSCXWC and qualifying Bilenky Junkyard Cross events.

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The Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships 2014 are a wrap. Bikes were pedaled, serious was thrown out the window, fun was had. Look for a full image gallery later this week — until then ready yourself for the 2015 edition in Victoria BC with some smooth jams courtesy Topher.

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