About Krista Carlson
A regular contributor to the print edition of Urban Velo, Krista Carlson is a cyclist obsessed with bike polo, baking, pickles, and all things bike-y. She is a native Angeleno and is madly in love with the city and everything that makes it the beautiful, crazy place that it is.
We’re down to those last few wintry weeks of the year, and if the chill in the air has kept you inside, don’t fret—Urban Velo issue #40 is now available online. What’s inside our last issue of 2013?
- First, we took a look at how people are using helmet cameras to catch bad drivers in the act.
- Matt Kabik gives us the full rundown from WHBPC 2013.
- And if you’ve ever had contentions about pedal threading, Brad’s latest tech article should lay those all to rest.
And in case you’ve been caught up in things like family, finals, or Strava challenges, here’s a few things you won’t want to miss:
- Johnny Coast is crafting beautiful single speed road bikes for Coast Cycles out in Brooklyn.
- FBM unleashes the Ballista polo frameset; River City Bicycles wants to give your bike a reacharound (fender bracket, that is); and Boombotix wants you to mount this hardware onto your handlebars so the music is front and center on your next ride.
- State Bicycle Co. is celebrating the holidays with this Home Alone Christmas Catalog, Wolfpack takes the heat to the track in a brand new race format lovingly dubbed “All Out War,” and watch as one crazy dude rides his bike downhill backwards.
If you’re Philly-bound for SSCXW and Bandit ‘Cross this weekend, we’ll see you out there! If you won’t be joining us this weekend, bundle up and keep the rubber side down.
Wolfpack Hustle takes it to the track for a 24-lap elimination race at the Carson Olympic Velodrome. The streets are always exciting, but there’s something surreal about going all out in the velodrome. Hot.
The FBM has been talking about and tooling around with a polo-specific frame for just about ever, it seems. Well now it’s finally available, and, as predicted, it’s just a hair above the Sword in price, at $750 for the frame and fork. FBM took their time with this one and put it in the hands of some of the beastliest polo players around, including Koyo Maeda and Evan George of the Assassins, who placed 3rd at the World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships this year.
The outcome is a tig-welded 4130 chromoly frameset with an increased head tube height and decreased seat tube height for a more upright riding position, and a bulge-butted seat tube designed to increased strength in the joint between the top tube and rear triangle of the frame. Disc and cantilever brake mounts are both available on this steed.
FBM is taking pre-orders now; with frames set to ship in February. Specs and more information at fbmbike.co.
Fixie ‘Cross yes please! Uphill Sprints?! Clear your calendar, you’re going to be too busy riding bikes to do anything else, ever. Los Angeles is lucky number 13 on Chrome’s Wrenched Nation Tour and they’ll be sticking around a little while. Orange 20 is opening its gallery space next door for Chrome’s pop-up shop through the next month.
The fun starts November 22nd with a #FooRace hosted by Alvin of CBNC – any bike, any rider. Saturday the bikes hit the track in Carson for the Wolfpack Track Invitational. Follow @Orange20Bikes for updates.
San Francisco can be heaven or hell to ride in, depending on if you know where to turn, what streets to avoid, and how to find “the wiggle.” SF cyclist Mat Kladney recently submitted his simplified bicycle map of San Francisco to the See-Through Maps exhibition as a part of the MAPPING AND ITS DISCONTENTS symposium at U.C. Berkeley earlier this month.
“As a longtime cyclist, I recently realized that the mental map that exists in my mind of San Francisco is different from most (and importantly does not exist in print form),” Kladney writes in explaining the map’s design.
The map illustrates popular routes through the city as uniquely colored paths, similar to many public transit maps – a way of suggesting that getting around town on a bike can be as simple as using public transit options. Atlantic Cities compares Kladney’s simplified map to the SF Bike Coalition’s bike-and-walking map here.