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Crocodile Bicycle

Prepare to witness the greatest bicycle commercial ever made…

The commercial parodies the 2001 Thai film Krai Thong, which tells the the legend of the crocodile fighting hero, Krai Thong, and Chalawan, the evil crocodile king.

Not Only by Pedaling

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Issue #41 – Available Online

issue41It’s been a long cold winter, but we’re back with a spring issue!

Contents Include: I Love Riding in the City, News and Views, Marathon Crash report, Shopbike Shootout, Product Spotlight, City Report: Pittsburgh, Bandit Cross, NAHBS 2014, Product Reviews, Bicycling Art in a Melting Pot, Bicycle Insurance, Cetma, Multi-Speed Chain Length, and Bilenky Junkyard Cross.

Download it for free, purchase it from the Apple Store or order a printed copy online.

Team Cinelli Chrome

The Cinelli Chrome Fixed Crit Racing TeamCinelli and Chrome have partnered to sponsor the new Cinelli Chrome Fixed Crit Racing Team.

The new team will be comprised of 4 Italian riders and 3 Americans led by 2013 Red Hook Criterium Series winner Neil Bezdek. Along with Bezdek will be 4 time Monster Track winner Alfred Bobe’ Jr. who brings his elite alleycat skills and substantial urban cycling background. Representing the women for Cinelli Chrome is Kelli Samuelson, native of Los Angeles with a strong track and road racing background to complement her fixed gear crit experience. The Italians rounding out the squad are veteran rider and team director Giorgio Vianini, as well as Alessandro Bruzza, Paolo Bravini, and Giovanni Bocchi.

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Bicycling Art in a Melting Pot

An anonymous door below a green marquee with the number “35” in modest letters marks our destination. It’s a cold winters morning in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and we’re happy to get inside. Up old industrial stairs to the third floor, and we knock on the door. The clock has just chimed eleven.

Until the 1960s, this was an old toy factory. Today, the third floor houses a huge studio and apartment. With dented doors, dusty windows and old wooden beams lining the ceiling, this is where Tahlia Lempert lived together with her boyfriend. Both bicycle enthusiasts, she’s an artist and he owns a bike shop over in Manhattan.

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Fresh Off The Boat – Shanghai

NYC restaurant owner Eddie Huang has been gaining an enormous amount of publicity thanks to his popular internet television show, Fresh Off The Boat, and his memoir. Though bikes are rarely more than part of the backdrop on his show, the Shanghai episode features a couple who make extensive use of a cargo bike, earning their living by selling xiaochi, which translates to small eats.

It’s just really cool to see this family literally work out of their bedroom. They stack the chairs, the tables, all their equipment on one flatbed bicycle. This is their life, man. The thing that really hit home was that she said, “I’m just happy that everything I need is in these two hands. And I feel rewarded.”

Click here to watch the episode on Vice.com.

Publisher’s Statement #41

Maybe I’m just getting old, but this winter seems like it was the hardest I’ve ever experienced. Along with a near constant barrage of ominously named winter storms, the Weather Channel kept reminding me that it was something called the Polar Vortex that was keeping the air temperature far below zero, not to mention the wind chill factor.

And so here I am writing this a few days before the vernal equinox, lamenting the added pounds around my waist and the lack of snap in my legs. Taking the long way home has been a wretched thought the past few months, whereas the lure of takeaway curry and kung fu movies on Netflix has become increasingly hard to resist.

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Bandit Cross

Domestically, outlaw bike races have enjoyed an off-road, off-stage spotlight since the days of the Repack events on Mount Tamalpais back when Saber Tooth Tigers and Woolie Mammoths roamed the earth. Alleycats have been an urban cycling mainstay for almost two decades. In that time, roving bands of cyclists have eschewed traditionally organized events with insurance coverage and astronomical entry fees. The Bay Area has long been the home for off the grid events in every discipline of bike racing, and having a long and sordid history with these races, I was intrigued when Minneapolis resident and All-City Brand Manager Jeff Frane began organizing his own cyclocross series through the network of roads and trails along little traveled banks of the Mississippi River. Having watched the development of his races from afar, I was thrilled that one was to coincide with a previously scheduled trip to the Twin Cities.

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Blue Lug Now Offers International Shipping

etbackIf you’ve been to Japan, you know how good their bicycle shops are. And Blue Lug is one of the very best. They not only sell and service many of the top brands, they have lots of exclusive and original products.

Check out bluelug.com for more info.

Giant To Promote Sub $500 Bikes

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 10.00.29 PMFrom Bicycle Retailer:

Giant USA is targeting new, entry level bike consumers with a new campaign that includes lower retail prices on 30 models of bikes starting March 31.

The company is calling the campaign “Gateway to Adventure,” and said it will be more than just a short-term promotion.

“This is a long-range strategic change,” said John “JT” Thompson, Giant USA’s executive sales director in a statement Wednesday. “We’re making every effort possible to broaden the market and get more new consumers into our retailers’ stores.”

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