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Brompton US Championships 2014 DC

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The 2014 Brompton US Championships are coming to Washington DC July 11-13. Suit jacket, shirt and tie required. Winner gets a trip to the World Championships in London. www.bromptonuschampionship.com

Check out our Brompton factory visits from back in 2009. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Marin Lombard 2015

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Murdered out bikes don’t always work, but the new 2015 Marin Lombard is an example of it working and working well. This $1500 complete bike features an aluminum frame and carbon fork with geometry brought over from their cyclocross race bike and massaged just a bit for better all day performance. Avid BB7r disc brakes do the stopping with SRAM Apex 10 speed shifters mated to an X7 mountain clutch rear derailleur changing gears and preventing thrown chains. The 50/34 front rings and 11-36 cassette have plenty of range for the commute or all-day mixed surface ride. The tubeless ready rims are a great touch at the price point, and the front fender mounts and double eyelets in the back make it a capable commuter or light tourer. The color scheme will look good no matter the current day’s style, with reflective highlights adding a touch of shine to the black on black frame. I had the chance to ride the new Lombard around San Francisco for along day of exploring, and it proved to be a fun and capable ride. It had the gear range to handle the steep climbs, and felt stable bombing and weaving the other side. Predictable and aggressive, the Lombard proved the versatile kind of bike I tend to prefer. Road, light trails, anything in between. I can see fast weekend rides, in-town commutes, and the occasional two or three night tour on this platform. Look for full specs on this and the lower tiered $1000 model soon at www.marinbikes.com

Atlanta Streets Alive

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The 2014 car-free season is kicking off this weekend on April 20th with the first Atlanta Streets Alive of the year. Nearly three miles of roads will be closed to car traffic, and instead filled with free activities and local business. This isn’t your typical street festival — no carny food stands or games, only the businesses local to the route opening their doors and spilling into the street. “By opening up our streets to human-powered activity, this event makes it possible for people of all ages and fitness levels to experience the cultural and architectural delights of the West End with their kids, their dogs, their bicycles, or just their own two feet,” said Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Some 15,000 people are expected to participate in one way or another, see more details about the route and activities at www.atlantastreetsalive.com

Sea Otter Cyclocross Gallery

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The Sea Otter Classic is the race season kick-off event, with three days of mountain and road racing centered around the midfield of the Laguna Seca Raceway. The expo area is always home to new product announcements, the race courses new faces and teams. Not a bad place to find oneself in mid-April, and I managed to turn my lens towards the Women’s and Men’s Cyclocross Pro/1/2 races between other engagements. ‘Cross in the sand and sun may seem out of place, but it makes for some great racing ripping through the expo. The packed men’s run at the very end of the day proved to be a rowdy time, as expected after a couple of days of sun where beers at 9 am was hardly a rare sight. Good times. Results available for download at www.seaotterclassic.com

Giro Terraduro

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Even with the wider availability of SPD compatible casual shoes, some commuters and all around riders prefer to use mountain shoes for the generally higher performance fit and sole, and to cross over into their weekend or after hours rides with the same shoe. Most mountain shoes are based on XC racing platforms, with large lugs better suited to deep mud than walking on pavement. The Giro Terraduro combines a race-rigid sole and top end uppers with a Vibram outsole for low profile, off-the-bike performance. The $180 shoes aren’t going to pass walking around the office, these are definitely high end cycling specific kicks, but you’ll be able to walk into the grocery store without tap dancing across the floor. The rubber toe cover extends around the entire upper, providing protection from abrasion and wear. The Vibram sole and armoring does have a slight weight penalty of about 70 g for the pair as compared to similar race shoes, but the shoes remains far lighter than most of the more casual offerings out there. I can see this one appealing to the super commuters and cross over mountain riders out there, especially the available all black version. The men’s Terraduro and women’s Terradura version available direct at www.giro.com

Jason Clary Rips SF

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Riding the streets of San Francisco never gets old, and watching videos of gifted riders rip it just makes me long for another visit.

9-Year-Old Rides to School Every Day for World Bicycle Relief

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World Bicycle Relief provides locally produced, durable bikes to caregivers, entrepreneurs and students, with 80% of the bikes funded by individuals. This video highlights some of the stories of the people raising money for the World Bicycle Relief, namely that of 9-year old Griffin who rode his bike to school every day for a year, raising money along the way.

NACCC Promo Video

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It’s just starting to thaw out in Minneapolis, and the NACCC crew promises that it will be warmer when everyone goes tubing post-race in August.

Cogma Bikewear Brigitte Riding Dress

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Cogma is a small clothing manufacturer out of Steamboat Springs CO, founded out of the frustration of a long time racer’s feelings that the technical female clothing choices were particularly lacking. The Brigitte riding dress is made in San Francisco from 4-way stretch Italian fabric, and sports a large rear pocket and on-the-bike features that don’t leave it looking out of place the second you step into the coffee shop. The $105 dress features a large back pocket with reflective accents, a long front zipper for ventilation, and a pleated back opening to prevent snagging on the bike seat. What the dress doesn’t have is a liner or shelf bra — the Brigitte is meant to be pulled over your favorite sports bra and riding shorts. I’m admittedly not the best at picking out women’s clothing, but I could see this one from Cogma reaching a number of riders that otherwise haven’t been able to find riding clothes that fit their style. Available in grey or mint, see more at www.cogmabikewear.com

Cleveland Cycling Update

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Something About Cleveland in Urban Velo #40 helped shine a light on what’s up in the cycling world in the home of the Browns. Refresh your memory, and then check out this update from contributor Joe Bauer.

Following a slew of critical examinations of Cleveland cycling infrastructure—rather the lack thereof—the City of Cleveland is finally taking action with the approval of Bike Cleveland, the city’s premiere bike advocacy organization.

This past January, the City of Cleveland announced a plan that prioritizes the implementation of bicycle facilities by aligning priority bikeway routes with their Capital Improvement Plan. In total, the City of Cleveland plans to install 70 miles of bikeways over the next four years, adding much needed infrastructure to the city’s paltry 47.5 unconnected miles that currently exist.

Adding to the excitement of cycling in Cleveland is the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s recent announcement of their inaugural NEOCycle event taking place September 27 and 28. The event is billed as “an urban cycling festival consisting of competitive races and unique rides connected by live entertainment and an interactive, action-filled festival at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie.”

Races and rides include a criterium, a night ride, fundo, cyclocross, and laps at the velodrome. City partners believe this could become Cleveland’s signature event, like SXSW in Austin or Bonnaroo in Tennessee.

Back to the City’s cycling plans; the goal is ultimately to connect every neighborhood in the City of Cleveland with safe and accessible bikeways. The important missing piece, however, is what type of bikeways will be developed—painted lanes, cycle tracks or the much-maligned “sharrows” that advocates, backed by research, say does little to increase cycling traffic.

“As the number of people riding bikes, either by choice or necessity, continues to grow across Cleveland, it is important to balance the needs of all users,” says Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob VanSickle. “We look forward to working with the City on identifying the bikeway types that will create a truly world-class bikeway network in Cleveland.”

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