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Apple and Slow Roll

slow roll dYet another mention, on this site and elsewhere, of the growing fun ride that is Slow Roll Detroit. By now you’ve probably seen the commercial Apple has created using Slow Roll, but they also gave a more extensive feature on their site, as seen here, explaining how the iPad was used in the organization and implementation of the ride, along with various apps. Call it grassroots appropriation, or just mutual aid, but Slow Roll Detroit is going full speed ahead with this push by Apple, well…full roll ahead anyways.

Wolfpack HP Grand Prix – Registration Open

The Huntington Park Gran Prix was a great success last year, and HP is becoming the new place to race. The Gran Prix will finish off the 2014 Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Series in an all-out sprint for the finish. With the Marathon Crash Race neutralized in March, the Gran Prix will end off the series with a second sprint on September 27.

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Registration is live now. Schedule and standings here.

 

Trek Lync Unveiled

TK14_Lync_ABC_Detail_2Trek has upgraded their commuter line with the Lync, a commuter ride decked out with integrated lighting and bluetooth compatible monitoring. Instead of buying a commuter and having to select various lighting, phone mounts, and software additions, new purchasers can have a ride that is ready to go without aesthetic adjustments.
_J6A1845The Lync retails around $900 to start and fully loaded models run for $1200. Trek utilized some clever solutions to keep the bike functional, but aesthetically clean, such as lighting adjustments burrowed beneath the top tube and subtle rear lights embedded into the seat stays. The decals are also reflective and the wiring internal. For those just entering the commuter lifestyle and looking to buy from a name brand, there is a lot of value and safety to be found in the Lync.

The Dawn of Cycling Culture in Belarus

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July, 26th marked an important milestone in the history of Brest, a city on the southwest of Belarus, right at the EU border as there happened to be the first-ever cycling festival. The date was carefully chosen as the festival happened simultaneously with the City’s Day, when Brest celebrated its 995th birthday. The event didn’t come out of the blue as cycling community of Brest started promoting it late winter, but it was a brand-new experience for Belarus. If bike riders want to make a step beyond urban commuting or weekend countryside tours (which are extremely popular with the youth) – why don’t we grant them such opportunity? That is probably what the city’s executive committee and the regional sports club thought when organizing the festival.

As the hosts claimed, the festival was truly international: apart from the local riders, cycling lovers came from countries nearby – Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Want to feel global to a bigger extent? The hosts later said there were a couple of participants from Switzerland and even Australia (though I failed to meet them).

I wonder if the central railway terminal has ever seen so many bikes at the same time – more than a hundred people came from Minsk, the capital city, which is around 215 miles away. The first riders began to arrive early morning, so that they could get some feel of the old Brest and warm up before the event. However, it was neither a marathon, nor a serious race – pure joy filled every inch of the 6.5-mile main route and every moment of the opening, which took place in the 19th-century Brest Fortress. Teenagers on a fleet of MTBs, middle-aged men on road bikes (almost no hipsters on polished fixies, though) – the fortress and its surroundings looked much more vibrant than on a typical weekend.

The hosts were aimed to get at least 995 participants in honor of the city’s birthday, and they did: the number of cyclists who officially registered exceeded 1300 people. Which is all right as the first experience for a city with about 330,000 inhabitants in a country that is less bicycle-friendly than most of Europe, let alone Denmark or Germany.

Some people claimed to be disappointed due to the absence of workshops, entertaining competitions or performances of professional riders. I hope these points will be included into the next big event in Brest, which is due to kick off in September, on the World Car Free Day.

Words and images contributed by Pavel Mylinkov, currently based in Smolensk, Russia, a day’s travel from Brest, Belarus.

Put Some Antlers On It

eurobike_antlers-4 When I think of bikes, I think of antlers. Bar ends on bar ends flying down the path, skipping through the trees with the grace of a moose.

Along with skittle thug, the latest in Eurobike style is antlers or horns, the perfect branding accessory to set yourself apart from the rest of the same. Show your organic roots and love of nature’s design with a single accessory. Throw the horns, sell some stuff. Put some antlers on it.

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Havana Bikes

All-City Nature Boy 853

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Taking cues from the Macho King, All-City is releasing a top-end build of their Nature Boy with 853 tubes and a Whiskey carbon fork. Single speed with classic track ends and a sliding caliper mount and a tapered headtube, the Nature Boy 853 appears to be a race-ready cross rocket. Looking good! Expected availability is in early November with a $1200 pricetag on the frameset only and a $2200 complete build.

Paul Comp Klamper Mechanical Road / Cyclocross Disc Brake Calipers

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Coming soon, the Paul Component Engineering Klamper, a mechanical road or cyclocross disc brake full of CNC’d goodness. Even without seeing it in person I’d say that this is the must-have part of the season. No word on availability, we’ll know more next week at Interbike.

No Charges Against Killer Cop

ghostAccording to this article by the LAist, no charges will be filed against the officer in the higher-profile case wherein he veered into a bicycle lane WHILE TYPING ON HIS COMPUTER then struck and killed a cyclist, who happened to be an executive at Napster. A released statement even clarified that what the officer did was COMPLETELY LEGAL.

“Wood entered the bicycle lane as a result of inattention caused by typing into his (Mobile Digital Computer),” according to the declination letter prepared by the Justice System Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office and released Wednesday. “He was responding to a deputy who was inquiring whether the fire investigation had been completed. Since Wood was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response, under Vehicle Code section 23123.5, he acted lawfully.”

What is it going to take to protect ourselves as cyclists in this country?

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