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The Comedown Figure-Eight Track Test Ride

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Test riding The Comedown figure-eight track in Glasgow. Read more about the construction and inspiration behind the track in our article from last week talking with artist and sculptor Steven Murray.

Miss Platinum

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this Warriors type of scenario, but the repeated cameo’s by some fixed gang rocking Monkey Lights on their spokes is pretty cool.

I Love Riding in the City – Joe Pierce

RIP

NAME: Joe Pierce
LOCATION: St Louis
OCCUPATION: Public Servant

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in St Louis near the Chain of Rocks Bridge, old Route 66. The bridge has been closed to cars and trucks since the 60′s. Bikes and foot traffic only.

I moved here from Chicago and was intimated at first but got over it. The city is working very had at their Bicycle Friendly status and I’ve ridden on the streets and commuted here since 98 and feel it’s come a long way. The region has issues with cyclists that will be resolved someday.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’ve ridden in Chicago, Cleveland, San Diego, Sturgeon Bay, St Louis, and Pittsburgh and I have to say Chicago is probably my favorite.

Why do you love riding in the city?
There is a lot less stress riding a bike. I love how you are part of your surroundings not separated by glass and metal to everything. I’ve seen much more of nature while ridding and I’ve found money on the road. That would not happen while driving a car.

Paul Component Engineering Thumbie Shifter Mounts Review

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Top-mount thumbshifters are a classic design that the big players have left behind in the race to make a “better” shifter. Other designs are undeniably more ergonomic and capable of faster shifts, all without changing your grip on the bars. But some of us are hooked on thumbshifters, if for nothing else than their proven durability through simplicity. No matter the conditions, no matter the muck and cold, thick gloves and rust, thumbshifters continue to shift. In fact, I still have two pairs of 20+ year old Suntour thumbshifters in service on bikes, along with this set of Paul Thumbies that I’ve been running for over 5 years.

Paul Thumbies are the answer to those of us that want indexing beyond 8-speeds or SRAM or Campagnolo compatibility but want to run top-mounts too. These mounts transform bar end and time-trial shifters into old school thumbshifters. My poison? 9-speed Shimano bar end shifters mated to Paul Thumbies, run in friction mode on my 10-speed dirt road touring rig. Adjustable front derailleur trim and you can shift the entire cassette in one movement with the right touch. I’d go so far as to say, “It works every time!” but I’m to understand the phrase has already been taken. This is a shifter for the tinkerers and the explorers, best suited to people with a secret stash of parts and more ideas about bike setup than available rides to test it.

Paul Thumbies are available for $74 per pair in either silver or black, in either 22.2, 26.0 or 31.8 clamp sizes (mountain bars and road stem clamp sizes) and with Shimano, SRAM, Microshift or Campagnolo mounts. Current Thumbies have hinged clamps for easier installation and removal.

Gallant Bicycles

Gallant Bicycles (who happen to be directly below the YNOT space) have launched this kickstarter to bring their advanced customization bike frames to market. Unique from most entry level customized bikes, Gallant is offering higher quality products and more options to customize at similar price points, instead of just letting the buyer choose color schemes and bar options. Gallant is looking to get initial backer rewards out by the beginning of 2015 or Spring at the latest, some of which can entail full builds.

MOBB Weekend

PrintThe Atlanta cycling club is throwing this MOBB weekend shindig on Oct 24 – 26 consisting of various rides, parties, a checkpoint race and more. Checkpoint race participants are shooting for a Leader frame, cash and a Chrome jersey.

More specifics can be found on the MOBB Facebook page.

Lezyne Gauge Drive HP Pump Review

lezyne_hp-8 Compact hand pumps are a must-have item on the road; ride more than a few miles from home and you’re bound to get a flat. The $50 Lezyne Gauge Drive HP is an aluminum bodied pump meant for high pressure, low volume tires and equipped with an in-line pressure gauge meant as a step up from cheap feeling plastic bodied mini pumps. If nothing else the shiny aluminum feels good in your hand, even if I’ve never been one to tear through plastic pumps. At 230 mm long the Gauge Drive HP fits in a jersey pocket and larger seatbags, or use the provided bottle cage mount. The handle side hides a the hose and in-line gauge inflator which has a reversible Presta or Schrader chuck with a bleed valve. Screw the hose into the end of the pump body, careful to not cross-thread the plastic fitting, and go. Over the past season the Lezyne Gauge Drive HP has bailed out a few flat tires and aired up the travel bike outside the airport. The ABS Pen Gauge gives a reasonable ballpark pressure reading on the side of the road, but you’ll be hard pressed to tell a 10 psi difference with it. Be mindful of not unscrewing the gauge itself as I once did and avoid a momentary heartrate spike (I was able to put the gauge back together on the spot). The screw-on Presta chuck and small section of hose go a long way to help prevent broken valve stems out on the road, which happens to be the most common and least convenient place to break them. Like any small pump it’s going to take some effort to get to riding pressure with a road tire, but it will keep you rolling and is able to get to 100+ psi without spending all day.

Arnette Anything But Video Series

Arnette interviews their athletes about the passions that are separate from their primary interests, in this case, pro skater Mark Appleyard discusses what appeals to him about cycling. I love his unpretentious approach to riding, sans brand name dropping, or over-romanticized notions of what it is to ride. He’s just a dude enjoying the bike.

Via Monster Children

Cycling Central Switzerland

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Contributor Joe Baur documented a three day ride through his ancestral home in Switzerland, a great look at somewhere many of us haven’t had the chance to ride.

There is simply no better way to explore a new country than by bike, especially when that country is Switzerland. Luckily with some help from MySwitzerland and SwissTrails, we were able to spend three-days cycling along the Lakes Route that stretches from French Montreux on Lake Geneva to Bad Horn in the northeastern border of the country.
The alpine nation has always held a special place in my heart. It’s where the Baur family name comes from, so you all have Switzerland to thank for my existence. Please, hold your admiration until the end, folks.
In reality I’m mostly an ancestral mutt at this point, but I’ve always most identified with my Swiss roots. After cycling the country, I can see why. The smooth countryside roads, the historic and walkable cities, the trains, the mountainous outdoors — this feels like home. The Swiss live the way I try to live in the States.

Urban Birds

Urban birds from gemma Burditt on Vimeo.

Urban Birds is a documentary about female cycle couriers working in London.

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