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Ti Cycles Truss Fork Gravel Di2 NAHBS Bike

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This mash up of genres is a gravel bike from Ti Cycles, built around carbon 26″ wheels, an electronic Shimano Di2 Ultegra group, and that titanium truss fork. Neither mountain nor cyclocross, this is a one of a kind adventure bike. Built in Portland OR, this one is destined for some all day epics exploring endless gravel and dirt roads. www.ticycles.com

Friday Follow – Franco650B

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Josh Bryant (Franco650B on IG) welds together tubes for bicycles of the 650B persuasion, takes photos of the process (or has them taken) and supplements those with frequent ride photos. Located in the PNW, you’ll catch a lot of foggy, wooded riding shots and maybe a cup of espresso or two. Instagram photos and non-IG photos (what are those?!) can be found on his blog.

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Don Walker Throwback Stayer Bike at NAHBS

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This throwback stayer bike by Don Walker was making a repeat appearance at the show and I had to give it another shot. Stayer racing is a type of racing where people ride purpose built bikes like this within the draft of a motorcycle on a banked track, reaching pretty incredible speeds in the process. The “backwards” fork and braced saddle and bars are all meant for stability at speed. Newly built to resemble bikes from the 1950′s, this bike has custom Curtis Odom hubs and chainring and genuine wooden rims for that period look. www.donwalkercycles.com

Airtight Cycles Möbius Aero Crit NAHBS

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Airtight Cycles out of Brooklyn, NY built this single speed crit racer. Dubbed the Möbius Aero Crit after the way that the staggered hellenic seat stays seemingly wrap around the top tube, the bike is an understated eye catcher. Check out those seatstay and chainstay end caps and the built up joint behind the headtube. www.airtightcycles.com

Indianapolis Bikeshare Program

bikeshareBikeshare programs may be the new hallmark of a legitimate, socially-progressive city. Indianapolis is the next city to implement a bike sharing program beginning this May. Run by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail organization, the bike share will allow users to secure 24 hour, 3 day or annual memberships and consist of 25 stations and approximately 300 bikes.

Conversations with local riders about the program have been mixed about it’s potential success, but everyone seems to be approaching it with positivity. No resistance to the program has been shown by other residents, such as the furor that arose in New York just before implementation of their program.

If your city is implementing a similar program soon, let us know and we’ll give it exposure.

No More Bike Paths Ever!

LW0727_bikerulesOk, this is an interesting case of which the ramifications are probably no need for concern. Still..

This Salon article details the case of Marvin Brandt Revocable Trust vs. United States, in which the courts ruled in favor of the family who opposed a bike path being laid through part of their land. Here’s the amusing hypocrisy. They are descendants of the owner of a sawmill that built railroad ties, and they stated,

“They want to bring a train through here, that’s fine. We never expected and we never agreed to a bicycle trail.”

To the family, it isn’t that the government is using their abandoned land through right-of-way privileges, but that it’s a bicycle path and not a TRAIN. Umm…OK.

The larger ramifications of this case are more concerning, in the decision undermines the legality of already established bike paths obtained through right of way privileges. But yeah, good luck fighting the established benefits of Rails-To-Trails programs and tearing up all that asphalt.

Read the full article on Salon.com

Friday Follow – Amanda Nauman

MG_1895-710x941Amanda Nauman is a Felt bicycles employee and a consistent podium achieving racer, so naturally her feed is filled with racing photos, podium shots and felt bikes. She takes consistently beautiful shots while out riding and has some pretty epic photos taken of herself while racing. Of course, there’s always a random dog photo or two thrown in as well.

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Instagram : Amanda_Panda_
Blog: PandasPOV

Upness Updates

screen-shot-2013-07-12-at-7-26-11-amCycling, Running and Hiking apparel brand, Upness, is still spinning the wheels, putting out new products monthly and collaborating with other small brands to produce high-quality, stylish, and USA made goods. Birthed as a brand to inspire others to get out and get moving (vertically), Upness also exists to raise MS awareness (both creators have a connection to the struggle). Upness quickly made a name for itself in the cycling and vertically inspired communities, and both creators have recently begun blogging about their riding experiences and other related ramblings.

Follow their Instagram for the latest news and inspiring shots of other Upness advocates.

And hey, don’t sleep, ’cause most of the pieces they create are limited editions…like these amazing kits they put out this winter.
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Indianapolis Radder Day Rides

Radder Day Rides ColorOrganizer, Nathaniel Tact, has begun throwing monthly, casual bike rides around downtown Indianapolis called Radder Day Rides. Simply for the love of riding and communing with other cyclists, these rides are not billed as Critical Masses, Alleycats or any other such association. They do, however, give you the chance to take home raffle prizes from local businesses…just for showing up! Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I really like the idea of a no-stress bike ride that still gives everyone something to take home.

This also seems like a decent alternative to avoiding the sort of prize debacle Brad linked to in this article.

The first ride held in February suffered from low turnout, but that was due primarily to the demotivating winter weather and the March 29th ride promises to be better attended. If you’re in the Indy area or just passing through, join in on the fun. Check out the Radder Day Rides Facebook page for all the updates and prize offerings.
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Drive With Care Indiegogo Campaign

“Drive With Care.” That’s the message to drivers coming from this Bike Pittsburgh campaign. 2012 was a particularly harsh year for riders in Pittsburgh and this campaign was born out of a desire to make humanize bike riders in the face of multiple hit and run incidents and open hostility. “The people behind the windshield and under the helmet are our nurses, carpenters, children, and sports heroes, but the overwhelming perspective seems to be that bike riders are in-the-way nuisances who have no right to the road.” A successful but relatively short billboard and bus stop run was well received in town and around the web, and this Indiegogo campaign is an effort to increase the reach of the campaign much further than before. More bus shelters, more bus cards and more billboards can help to reach thousands of members of the public that are usually out of the reach of bike safety messaging. See more at the BikePGH Drive With Care Indiegogo.

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