Interbike 11 +1’d

We’ll feature content from Interbike on Google+ first. Follow me there for exclusive photo albums and posts. Need an invite to G+? Here ya go.

Google Plus, What?

g+ Google Plus is a new social network with a unique feature set. You can take the tour yourself, but it offers no character limits, threaded comments, and the ability to send content to specific groups of followers.

circle So for our Interbike coverage, I’ll create an Interbike 11 Circle and send related posts to it. To create targettable content in G+, you put it in a “circle.” You can also direct message your followers, like “hey +David Schloss beers are best at booth X.” For me, that means less email and also search results … We’red doing the same thing with circles for Cross and our Suffer Faces blog.

Elsewhere

Once we get back from Vegas, I’ll post here and you can follow along on Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook. If you’re in Vegas, join us at the Mobile Social. This year it’s a ride to a block party.

Mobile Social Interbike 11 Details

The 6th annual Tern Bicycles Mobile Social Interbike will end with a New Belgium Block Party at the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Blvd in the Fremont East District.

After departing from the Sands, we’ll turn right on the Strip, ride to Downtown Vegas, and meet at the Beat Coffeehouse & Downtown Cocktail Room.

  • Registration at 6:00 PM outside the Sands Convention Center main entrance
  • Ride departs at 6:30 PM
  • Ride ends at The Beat Coffeehouse & Downtown Cocktail Room Map
  • New Belgium Drink Specials from 7-10 PM.
  • Free drink coins for the first 250 registered riders.

Note: signed waivers, and wristbands are required for the ride. You don’t have to ride to meet us at the Block Party. You do need to ride, blog, and talk about bikes with us.

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The Route

  1. Head west on Sands Ave toward Holmes St
  2. Take the 2nd right onto S Las Vegas Blvd
  3. Turn right onto Fremont St
  4. Destination will be on the left


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Suffer Faces at CrossVegas

Suffer Faces - There is no rational explanation for sports except that for millennia humans have worked hard to be able to work less and there’s something about the primal spirit of man (and woman) that has been lessened when we replaced a bison hunt with a trip to Target’s “food” section.

Racing is hard. It hurts. It reminds us though not that life is suffering, but that if you suffer enough there will be victory, glory and survival of your species. Racing is being alive.

Suffer Faces is our celebration of the human spirit. It’s our collection of images of people pushing themselves for a collection of points in a local race series because it feels so good to hurt. It’s our celebration of the triumph of the spirit over the deep desire to hurl one’s breakfast on the top tube.

These are our Suffer Faces and you’ll see them at CrossVegas next.

Until then, may we suggest your browse our hundreds of blogs posts about Cross dating back to 2006. Also get tips in the Vault of Cross Knowledge.

We Discover The Hatcho!

While Byron was discovering he has a foot fetish in Paris we were at a wedding, where they serve nachos in a sombrero. We dubbed it the Hatcho.

Uploaded by davidjschloss | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

An eBike Rant

“NOT everything good has to be an iPod or iPad,” is the QOTD from Charles Morgan who makes retro-inspired 3 wheelers. The bike industry could learn much from this man, like about bespoke bikes that aren’t the same bike with a paint job, even an artsy paint job. I say this after Eurobike and going into Interbike where the media is supposed to be wow’d by some new e-bike that’s the same bike Lee Iacocca sold in the 90s.

When the industry produces e-bikes that aren’t Iaccoca bikes, they’ll finally succeed and we’re just starting to see that now. The industry needs to innovate beyond a comfort bike with a small motor. We’ve covered e-bikes here and have seen concepts that are actually built around a notion of powered riding and not just a flat-bar bike with a motor bolted onto it. The WSJ just reviewed the type of e-bike we don’t want to see anymore and didn’t like it anymore than we would.

Commuters will find it cumbersome and off-road riders will decide the clumsy weight is not compensated for by the occasional uphill boost.

New bikes from M55 and Blacktrail push traditional e-bike, boring, heavy boundaries into fashion, performance, and towards the high end. Imagine an Aero Road Bike with a motor or well-designed, modern-looking e-bike in a bike share for a downtown hotel. That’s what we need to see to really move the needle on this segment in the States, where bikes are still seen as expensive toys.

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M55 Terminus drivetrain

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