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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

Trek & People For Bikes Partnership


Bicycle advocacy organization, People For Bikes, has partnered with Trek Factory Racing to enhance and spread their efforts to accommodate cycling in cities around the country. Join in the effort on the PFB site and be entered to win a Domane 4.0.

Penny In Yo’ Pants!

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Not that I’ve ever tried to wear a skirt while cycling (if only I had the courage), but this ingenious little solution somewhat solves the problem of showing off a little more skin than is desired…and all it requires is a penny and a rubber band! And can you believe it, they didn’t even try to Kickstart it!

Road Bike Party 2 – Behind The Scenes

You’ve surely seen Road Bike Party and RBP2, but a behind the scenes documentary was released just a couple months ago. Here’s a little back story on these amazing videos and the riders involved.

Human App Data Visuals

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This is how we move from Human on Vimeo.

Human is an app designed to improve your health by motivating you to move for at least 30 minutes a day (is this what we’ve come to?) and helping you track your progress. The video above is a beautiful visual of the information they pulled from the app to determine when and how we move through our respective cities. There are so many considerations to draw from the visuals, but let’s just look at all the pretty for a bit.

Designer Paul Smith & Mercian Cycles Collaboration

PAUL SMITH x MERCIAN CYCLES — MR PORTER — THE EXCLUSIVE from MR PORTER on Vimeo.

What a great little short about a collaboration between fashion designer, Paul Smith, and the frame builders of Mercian Cycles. Go into 3:20 for some rad shots of Smith dressed to the 9′s pulling track stands on his murdered out custom frame. This guy is legit!

Alligators and Cornflakes

There are too many amazing one-liners in this 3:40 video to pick a favorite. I just…just…there are no words. This guy has taken them all.

“Dead Red” Law Passed in Indiana

idaho_s04_0830Going into effect on July 1st, the “Dead Red” law will allow cyclists and motorcyclists to roll through a red light after…wait for it….2 minutes of waiting. As this article mentions, cops aren’t going to put a stopwatch on you, but we do have the option of ignoring the red light for our own convenience and at our own peril. Similar to the “Idaho Stop”, we’ll now be able to run the red…legally, but only because the light tripping sensors embedded into the pavement aren’t activated by our svelte figures and lack of body mass due to all that riding we’ve been doing. Ultimately, this means very little for us by way of convenience, but it does afford us a couple of exploited privileges. 1. We can cite the law should we get stopped for running a red, if we are sure that hypothetical stopwatch wasn’t being used on us, and 2. It’s a step in the right direction for establishing the “Idaho Law”, which, let’s face it, most of us follow already.

First the gay marriage ban was struck down and now Dead Red laws. Mark my words, Indiana is the new Oregon…or maybe Idaho.

Breadwinner Cycles B-Road

Breadwinner Cycles B-Road from Breadwinner Cycles on Vimeo.

It’s Friday. If you needed a little motivation for a long weekend ride…here it is. Ira Ryan taking on the Oregon Outback atop the Breadwinner B-Road, a bike designed specifically for this type of riding.

Progress Packaging LeTDF Musettes


Progress Packaging has teamed up with a number of companies to create TDF inspired musettes for the stage beginning in Yorkshire. They can be purchased at the address in the video and Creative Review has a full listing of designs available.mus1

Forever Forward

The riders at Forward Set through together this short doc on creator, Kirk Tsonos, and his daily happenings.

FWDSET: Forever Forward from Forward Set on Vimeo.

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