The Best 10 Speed Bikes from Sears

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Our biking bros at Wired found a 30-year-old Sears catalog that offered Suteki Bikes

Suteki Bikes are built to meet the demands of serious bikers and have these features for lightness and high performance.

Remember my Sears bike was branded as a Sears and it was a 3 speed. That was the bike I Evel-Knievel’d the neighborhood kids and after a parent meeting, it was agreed that I’d not jump them anymore. I just barely hit the 5th one that wiggled too much away from the 4th. They were stacked lined up away from a ramp I made from plywood and a garbage can.

Those Sears bikes are still around (think mine was garage saled), like old Raleighs. I spotted one in a waterfront park in 07 and another in 09.

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The Audax

We’re writing Issue 04 of our magazine now and wanted to pause and thank subscribers for the downloads and subscriptions to the first 3 issues. As a decade-old blog and brand, we were confidant, but not entirely sure if our readers would pay for ad-free content. You did! It was a successful launch and we’re grateful with much more content planned, including a focus on adventure cycling. I’m riding for adventure with Rebecca Rusch this weekend in Sun Valley on a hundred miles of scenic gravel. You may remember, Rebecca and I rode snow bikes this past winter.

We’ll also feature the Audax, that’s Pfaltzgraff’s bike he welded himself that’ll handle gravel and whatever else he rides. PG designs our covers for us, refreshed our brand a bit, and our new kits being made now.

So we’re off for another ride and writing about it. Thanks again for being part of what we do and if you’re interested in the magazine too, it’s an iOS Newsstand app. The download is free and monthly subscriptions costs $1.99 or $3.99 per issue with subscription revenues directly support the writing, editing, and production.

Eurobike and Interbike: Beer Quality


Eurobike Beer

The Eurobike story we’re tracking is beer quality, as spotted for us by our friends at Tern Bicycles. Can Interbike in Vegas compete? We doubt it on the show floor or Mandalay Bay parking lot, but for sure at the Mobile Social that ends with a New Belgium Block Party. Of course you’re invited to ride with us and judge the beer for yourself.

Nice head

Nice head



See more beers here and we’ll update that gallery as they come in. Can’t wait for the shiny new bike things? See what Peloton Magazine is shooting on Instagram and we’ll post ours next month in Vegas.

The Making of Backcountry

While I was in Park City earlier this summer riding mountain bikes, I overheard a great story about how Backcountry bridged the gap to the dotcoms and the outdoor industry. That included pretending they were a brick and mortar until factory reps made visits to their house and discovered they weren’t. The sales were so strong, those companies had no choice but to continue restocking them and the rest is history.

In July, Backcountry uploaded a popular video about their namesake and above is how they made it.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes: Runkels No More

With a hydraulic disc-brake bike in the stable this year, I realized a setup I’ve ran forever would change. No more auxiliary brakes because you can’t interrupt the hydraulic lines. The brake levers on CX bars, in addition to the ones on the hoods, have many names. They include cheater, interrupter, top mount, auxiliary, and Runkel.

Redline with Runkels

Redline with Runkels at CX Worlds earlier this year

They were invented by Dieter Runkel who rode them on courses with big drops, descents like we don’t ride anymore in the US. Soon after Dieter rode them at Worlds, manufactures like Redline made them by hand for their athletes.


Runkel photo: Werner Getzmann

The first commercially available version came from SRP. Empella made the biggest splash when they sponsored the Spar Select Cross team that is now Fidea with Wellens & Vervecken, and had most of their bikes equipped with the levers.

Redline with Runkels

Redline with Runkels back in the day

I’ve always just had them, including on the bike I raced in the Looville mud at CX Worlds. Checking with a couple go-to-guys on the history of Cross, Tim Rutledge from Redline said

After Runkel rode those, we went to Tektro and other brake makers & begged for levers, but couldn’t get them, so we handmade them for our racers.

And Matt Hill from Crosssports added

Bike positions have changed over time and people ride cross bikes with much less reach than they used to. The drops they do over in Europe at the Elite level are still every bit as hairy as they were “back in the day.”

Including the drop we used to ride at the South Park course that landed in a sand pit. I asked Matt why Runkels aren’t used much anymore

Biggest reason they went away, though? As soon as they became something you could buy, rather than something you had to make yourself, they lost cred with the folks who are more concerned with what is cool than with what works.

They still work for me. Guess if I miss them that badly when riding a hydro-equipped CX bike, I can set them up with the TRP HY/RD. That’s a brake I was very skeptical of and it works great. It’s a hydraulic brake actuated by cables, so you could run the Runkels inline with it.

Redline with TRPs

14 Redline with TRP HY/RD

See more photos of the 2014 Redline Conquest Pro with TRP HY/RD on our G+ page.

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