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Stoopidtaller – The Making of the World’s Tallest Bicycle

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We covered Stoopidtall, Richie Trimble’s 14.5 ft tall bike that reigned supreme at CicLAvia in Urban Velo #37, and he has since followed it up with the 20 ft tall Stoopidtaller. This video gives us all a look at the building and riding of Stoopidtaller, now officially a Guinness World Record holder as the tallest rideable bicycle.

Church Burners Kits

churchburner2churchburner1Those fancy gents over at Dodici Cicli have their Italian made, arguably famous Church Burner kits back in stock. Get em at the Cicli online store. Matching T-shirts also available.

Cranksgiving NYC

cranksgivingTis the season (almost) for holiday rides and Cranksgiving NYC is still going strong after 16 years of rides benefiting a number of non-profits. The specifics for the ride and event are as follows:

REGISTRATION – Saturday, November 22nd 12:30pm – 2pm

2:00PM – START – SOLAR ONE · 23rd St & the East River

3:30PM – 5:00PM – FINISH at “THE PIT” at CHRYSTIE ST. & BROOME ST

If you finish after 5:00 and no bikes are around, you can bring your donations to the Bowery Mission: 227 Bowery. Don’t miss the after party & awards! Even if you come in last, there’s a good chance there will be a prize for you.

5:00pm – AFTER PARTY & AWARDS · THE CHROME STORE · 238 Mulberry St.

Find more info at the website.

Bike Kill 2014 with Arthur

Bike video of the year. Freak bikes unite, with a debut the presumed world’s first bikeshare tallbike. It’s only a few bucks an hour, and this is the one and only Black Label Bike Kill.

SSCXWC 2014 Louisville Photo Gallery

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Flaming barriers were just one part of the party that went down thanks to the Colonels at the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships 2014 in Louisville KY. Qualify for the main event via the Feats of Strength, through the last chance qualifies, from a 1st place finish in a number of national level races with a Golden Ticket, or otherwise just be a badass with a pass to the next round. Qualifiers were split into men and women, with an “other” category filling in for the people put there just for fun or that didn’t make the cut for the big show. Start with a shoeless run down a slip-n-slide, over the propane fueled barrier and onto the meat of the course built on the same permanent ‘cross grounds of Evan Bandman Park that held the UCI World Championships just a few years back. It’s less of a race and more of an event, with few actually keeping track of much more than where the good heckle sections on course are for some refreshments. The sand-pit featured a 4 ft tall wall to hop over, the run-up started with the ball-pit of your pizza quaffing youth. Next year it’s off to Victoria BC.

Check out the gallery from this year, and fill in your fading memories of 2013 with photo galleries from the Philadelphia SSCXWC and qualifying Bilenky Junkyard Cross events.

Bike Gob Mocks MacAskill

Bike Gob at the Playgirl Palace from Bike Gob Glasgow on Vimeo.

Bike Gob was not too stoked on Danny MacAskill’s video filmed with the Playboy bunnies, so they made this satirical response.

The New Lakeshore Jacket from Upright Cyclist

Photo by Jeremy J MatthewsFrom Upright Cyclist:

This is our play on the perfect cotton jacket cut for the city. It’s the right weight for short commute hops on windy cold days. It’s built in a Cordura ™ Cotton shell by Artistic Milliners. It’s a super durable, but breathable textile with long lasting use in mind. It’s cut for the street, but functional on the bike. A little moto, a little workwear, it’s styled with a coaches collar, has doubled nylon ribbing on the side panels and shoulder for stretch over the drops. Retail is $249.

Watch for a review soon. In the meantime check out www.uprightcyclist.com

Photo by Jeremy J Matthews, jeremyjmatthews.virb.com

Funnell – Kickstarter

Well, this is intriguing. After an initial failed Kickstarter, Make It Happen went back to the drawing board and refined their all-in-one backpack jacket combination. Funnell is a backpack with quick pull strings that unveil a hooded rain jacket that covers both the wearer and the backpack. The advantages are obvious, but I couldn’t ignore one snag…how is the jacket washed? I couldn’t tell if the jacket is actually removable from the bag for cleaning, which would be crucial if wearing this on a bike and accumulating sweat.

Regardless, the Kickstarter is off to a powerful start and base level contributions of $139 secure you a pre-order immediately.

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The Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships 2014 are a wrap. Bikes were pedaled, serious was thrown out the window, fun was had. Look for a full image gallery later this week — until then ready yourself for the 2015 edition in Victoria BC with some smooth jams courtesy Topher.

The Wolf Pack Hustle 2014 HP Gran Prix

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A more official take on the under-the-bridge sprints event from Wolfpack Hustle, the 2014 HP Gran Prix

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