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Lemond Fixing a Flat *For Real

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Greg Lemond doesn’t need as asterisk next to his Tour wins, and didn’t just learn to fix a flat.

1930s Paris Alleycat Film

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The first bike race probably happened just after the second bike was made — it just makes sense that people have been racing on open streets since cars first entered the picture. The text says that 150 riders race d a primarily uphill route 4 miles through traffic, changing clothes en route. It sure looks like an alleycat to me, some things never change. From www.britishpathe.com

Turn Down for What? Bike Polo’s Greatest Hits 2013

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Bike polo at its most brutal. Warning: this is the best of the worst, or the worst of the best. You decide.

I Love Riding in the City – Valdemaras

avatarNAME: Valdemaras
LOCATION: Vilnius, Lithuania
OCCUPATION: Airline agent

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Vilnius, Lithuania. Riding in my city is pretty much the same as in any other small capital of a small country. Cycling isn’t really popular and riders are frowned upon, but to be honest that just makes me smile and ride more. It was freezing last few weeks (below °20C) and people did give me strange looks. I don’t mind that. Makes me feel special.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Apart from Vilnius and my hometown I didn’t ride in any other city, but I plan to visit Amsterdam or Copenhagen this spring – it should be amazing. They are _the_ best cities to ride in.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Not only it takes me places and keeps me healthy and strong, it gives me energy and a great feeling of accomplishment, especially when I bike to work in freezing cold, snow or rain. Even if I have to dry my clothes and backpack afterwards, it’s still worth it. I wouldn’t give it up for a car or go back to public transportation. You feel connected to the street and even more aware of the surroundings. I’ve noticed so many things I didn’t see before in just a couple months, and I’ve been going the same route for more than 3 years by bus!

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
I am currently trying to persuade my girlfriend to cycling, bought an old bike and I’m now restoring it to it’s original state without her knowing it, and when it’s done I will give it to her as a gift. Wish me luck!

Monster Track XV Teaser Video

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Monster Track. Love it or hate it, it happens. I’ve always wanted to go but missed it again this year, this video will have to suffice for another round. Full edit coming soon, as seen at www.urbancyclistworldwide.com

Fyxation Quiver Complete 1×10

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Last year we reviewed the Fyxation Quiver frameset, and now a complete 1×10 build is available. The bike has a SRAM Apex build with a 46 tooth chainring and an 11 – 32 cassette. It doesn’t quite have the gear range of a double road or ‘cross bike, but it’s wide enough for most riding. The bike fits up to 47 mm tires, or 35s with fenders, for whatever sort of roadway you’re looking to throw at it. Track ends allow you to convert to singlespeed later, be it for bad weather or just a change of pace. Retail price for the complete bike is $1100, you’ll have to budget another $40 for the made in the USA leather wine bottle caddy from the Fyxation leather line.

Double O Bike Light

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Rechargeable bike lights are big business, with theft resistance being the next nut to crack. Most lights are easily removable to make taking them with you a reality, and the Double O takes it an extra step with a magnetic fastening system. The Double O light bodies snap together when off the bike into a single unit, and the hole is large enough to pass a u-lock through if you’re looking to fairly inconspicuously and securely leave them behind. Pretty cool idea. The lights are USB rechargeable, with a 2 hour steady and 4 hour flashing runtime, with 80 lumens of front and 45 lumens of rear output. You’re definitely paying for the unique industrial design — the pair is available for Kickstarter preorder for $130.

Niner RLT 9

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Gravel and mixed surface road racing is great fun, and the quick rise in popularity of this sort of riding has brought forth a number of versatile, performance bikes. No longer are road designs completely dominated by the needs of racers, there is a proliferation of bikes for the way the rest of us ride. The Niner RLT 9 is the mountain bike brand’s first foray into not-mountain-twentyniners, and an impressive looking bike for the serious all-around rider. The hydroformed aluminum frame and full carbon fork features “fire road” geometry — slightly longer chainstays, a slacker headtube angle, and a lower bottom bracket than road road bikes. The bike has clearance for up to 1.9″ wide 29″ tires without fenders, or meaty 700c tires with fenders. While the frame and fork do have fender mounts, they also feature the latest in tech with a tapered headtube, PF30 bottom bracket shell and internal routing compatible with traditional cables and Di2 electronic systems. A great real world bike that can get you to work one day, get dirty on some light singletrack the next and tackle a dirt road century on the weekend. The frameset retails for $1049, with complete bikes starting at $1999. Check the full geometry and spec at www.ninerbikes.com

Brompton US Championships 2014 DC

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The 2014 Brompton US Championships are coming to Washington DC July 11-13. Suit jacket, shirt and tie required. Winner gets a trip to the World Championships in London. www.bromptonuschampionship.com

Check out our Brompton factory visits from back in 2009. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Marin Lombard 2015

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Murdered out bikes don’t always work, but the new 2015 Marin Lombard is an example of it working and working well. This $1500 complete bike features an aluminum frame and carbon fork with geometry brought over from their cyclocross race bike and massaged just a bit for better all day performance. Avid BB7r disc brakes do the stopping with SRAM Apex 10 speed shifters mated to an X7 mountain clutch rear derailleur changing gears and preventing thrown chains. The 50/34 front rings and 11-36 cassette have plenty of range for the commute or all-day mixed surface ride. The tubeless ready rims are a great touch at the price point, and the front fender mounts and double eyelets in the back make it a capable commuter or light tourer. The color scheme will look good no matter the current day’s style, with reflective highlights adding a touch of shine to the black on black frame. I had the chance to ride the new Lombard around San Francisco for along day of exploring, and it proved to be a fun and capable ride. It had the gear range to handle the steep climbs, and felt stable bombing and weaving the other side. Predictable and aggressive, the Lombard proved the versatile kind of bike I tend to prefer. Road, light trails, anything in between. I can see fast weekend rides, in-town commutes, and the occasional two or three night tour on this platform. Look for full specs on this and the lower tiered $1000 model soon at www.marinbikes.com

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