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Tom Teesdale Suffers Heart Attack on RAGBRAI

dmrdc5-5q427cih4ew1kmbdl30j_original In sad news RAGBRAI is reporting that long time framebuilder Tom Teesdale suffered a heart attack and passed away while participating in the annual ride across Iowa on Monday the 21st. Tom was an influential craftsman having been involved in the 1980′s era Fisher bikes, and known throughout the world of small-time builders.

Son John Teesdale said his father loved his family and had a passion for bicycles.

“It’s nice — well, it’s not nice — but if you’ve got to go out, you might as well go out riding your bike,” he said.

Read more at www.ragbrai.com

Swobo Minneapolis Folsom Fist Fight

Minneapolis rules, and this is more evidence. Swobo gets it.

In It Together Fest and Alleycat

In It Together Fest Alleycat flyerIn It Together Fest (InFest) is a celebration of underground art, music, and activism throughout DC, running from July 31–August 3. It’s four days of shows, workshops, and activism; occurring in DC’s homes, basements, and other non-commercial creative spaces. And on Day Three of InFest, there’s also a kickass alleycat!

The InFest Alleycat is like a tour de DIY. The race will guide riders to the city’s myriad creative spaces—checkpoints at community-built skateparks, house venues, graffiti havens, art trails, etc. Along the way, checkpoint tasks will encourage riders to participate in creative expressions.

Check out www.infestdc.org

Dragon Shirt Sale – $5!

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Roll with the red dragon and a winning hand of cards for just $5 plus shipping. The art was originally made for our annual Spring Roll alleycat but we decided it would work well on a shirt as a standalone piece. Time to make space for a new design, pick one up while supplies last. White Gildan Dryblend 50/50 shirt, available in sizes S-XXL.
 

Price: $5.00

 

Etnnic Bikes


Etnnic Bikes is a new frame maker from overseas, specializing in unique urban frames that are both utilitarian and compact. They will be releasing electric models, 20″ fixies and more in the near future.

Etnnic on Facebook

Deux North Hunt 4

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We’ve posted the previous Deux North videos, with this one being the most recent in the inspiration and scenic series. Hunt 4 follows the Deux North team for a couple of hundred miles out of Santa Cruz, riding and testing the new Specialized Diverge “adventure road” bike en route to the 100 mile Grasshopper Adventure Series Race.

Superb Bicycle Overland Prototype

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This is my kind of bicycle. The widespread epiphany that big tires are comfortable and can take you to awesome places on a “road” bicycle has led to a number of choices in the realm of versatile frames built for real world riding rather than pure racing. Superb Bicycle just posted a few pictures of their latest efforts, the Overland. Build it with flat bars and racks for commuting and city riding, or drop bars for gravel and cyclocross endeavors. Clearance for up to 40 mm tires gives you more cushion for the pushin’, steel tubes keep it real. The prototype is 4130 steel, but Superb is threatening to make it out of Columbus Zona for that much better, and lighter, of a ride. Check out that flat crown and hooded dropouts (with replaceable hanger!). Good stuff. See more at www.superbbicycle.com

Meet the Blackburn Rangers

Meet the Blackburn Rangers, headed on the road for 2014 to use and abuse the latest equipment for months long real-life testing that the lab can’t emulate. Most of us live in cities, and most of us want to get out for an extended road trip now and again. Even if your trip is only a few hours, you might be happy that one of these people made sure that pump or pannier is good for the journey. Watch and catch some views from the Great Divide and Pacific Coast Highway routes. “Get out there.”

Surly Straggler 650b

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Last year Surly released the Straggler upon the world, basically a disc brake equipped version of the venerable Crosscheck, but different. It’s a great bike, we’ve been riding a pair of them since their introduction with a review of the 700c version slated for Urban Velo #43.

Surly has just announced the Straggler 650b, another different take on more of the same. This isn’t just a spec change, the frame and fork feature different geometry to fit the 650b wheels, a boon for people of shorter stature that have experience toe overlap problems on the 700c Straggler, and for everyone else that is finding the benefits of the ‘tweener wheel size. As the big brains at Surly say, “650b wheels strike a nice balance between the benefits of both 26” and 700c sizes. The smaller wheel allows smaller riders to fit well on smaller frames, produces a stronger wheel, makes fitting big ass tires easier and are more agile than their larger counterparts.”

Halo Vapour Wheels

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Halo is a UK-based brand founded in 1995. Their initial focus was on bikes that were designed to take flight, but they’ve expanded their line to include cross country mountain bike and road bike wheels. And with stateside distribution they’re set to make their mark on the US market.

DSC_1698When I set out to build my latest city bike, I knew that I didn’t want wimpy wheels, and I didn’t want anything proprietary—not even straight pull or bladed spokes. Even though I’m not known as a wheel crusher, I do like to go off road whenever possible, and my shortcuts often include some of the roughest alleys and parking lots in town. Plus, the bike in question, a Surly Straggler, is spaced for a 135 mm mountain bike rear hub. Enter the Halo Vapour wheelset.

Designed for serious mountain biking, but not necessarily racing, the Vapour wheelset features 32-hole, deep section, 26 mm wide rims. Made from heat treated T10 aluminum, they’re double walled with eyelets for durability. For the duration of this test the rims held 700 x 35c steel beaded tires. I would think the wide profile wouldn’t work well with anything smaller than a 700 x 32c.

DSC_1699The rims come laced to forged alloy hubs. Both front and rear feature international standard six-bolt disc rotor mounts. The rear hub uses six double-point pawls which equates to 12 points of engagement. I really can’t ask for more when it comes to responsiveness, and whir of the freehub sounds like that of a very expensive hub.

Aesthetically, these may be a bit flashy for a city bike, but I like them. The red anodized nipples offer a splash of color without looking gaudy, and the rim graphics warrent a double take. That’s neither silver ink nor faux-brushed aluminum decals—the graphics are laser etched into the rims.

DSC_1712The rims are tubless compatible though the rim strips and valves not included. The hubs do include an assortment of hardware and adapters for 15 & 20mm axles.

As tested the wheels weighed 872 g front and 961 g rear. Retail price is $199 front and $295 rear. Check out www.halo-usa.com

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