We're so into Cyclocross that we made this special page for it. Also publish a Tumblr about Suffer Faces.

Suffer Faces Tee

Chris Mahan will handprint shirts for our Holiday Party attendees next week with this new Suffer Faces artwork.

Handprinted at our Holiday Party and the cost is $15.00. This tee is a one-time, exclusive run. Click through for the full size.

Get Your Suffer Faces Tee

Show up at our party, throw your cash down, and Mahan will use his t-making machine to make you a shirt.

2nd Annual Holiday Party: For the Love of the Bike

Last year it was for the Love of Bikes tee, and this time Suffer Faces

While admiring yourself in a warm, freshly-printed shirt, drink some free beer, eat apps, and check the Biologic gear we’re bringing in for the trunk sale.

Party Details

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Tall Bike Cross!

The most interesting man alive? We’d vote for he who races a tall cross bike, while women blow horns for him

tall bike cross

No need to shoulder that thing

and grandmas keep watch.

tall bike cross

Remount by stepping into the frame

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Cyber Monday for Cyclists

From an old Panasonic bike ad that predicted the future

Cyber Monday sounds like the day when Skynet becomes self-aware, when the Sarah Connors of the world get real nervous, or robots commute to work on bikes with their babelicious coworkers. But it’s another retail holiday and we’ve got a retail business to run too – you’ll never find us at the mall. So here are some Cyber Monday deals for cyclists, including our own Kickstand that sold very well over the weekend.

A box of Kickstands

an iPhone holder on sale for $3.00

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Into the Barriers with Nys and Pauwels

For those of you not as familiar with the rules of bike racing, putting someone “into the barriers” in a sprint is like a face mask in American football or kicking a player in soccer. As with other European sports, much tradition applies in bike racing. Even though it’s a working man’s, blue-collar, dirty, and hard sport, fans get very upset when they think the racing isn’t fair.

Champions like Sven Nys are expected to behave well and not put their rivals into the barriers and thus impede their sprint. If you follow the Tour de France, the current sprinter star Cavendish, has been relegated (scored at the back of the pack, instead of the win) for similar, dangerous behavior.

Across the road and into the barriers

In this screen capture from Koksijde yesterday, Nys is seen ahead of his rival Pauwels, inches from the barrier. Pauwels later protested and lost. The high-rez photo from CyclePhotos UK shows the start of the sprint on the other side of the road, with the two likely touching each other along the way to the line.

This type of bike racing is called Cross and it’s for specially-equipped road bikes ridden on courses that combine road and off-road sections with obstacles and steeplechase-like barriers, including sand pits. If you’ve ridden your bike onto a beach, you know how fast you come to a stop. At this level, the Pros race, run, and descend through sand pits. At Koksijde, Belgium, it’s dunes. Sand pits are hard. Dunes even harder. On TV, the Pros usually make it look easy. Not in this race. Their faces look like climbers in a Tour mountain finish. Suffering.

Not just sand pits, but dunes Photo: CyclePhotos UK

In all the Cross races I’ve raced and watched, this was the most brutal I’ve seen and Nys arrived at the finale spent. His tactical move here is still being discussed and debated by fans. I’d expect all night long too in Belgium’s Pubs.

The sprint started in the barriers Photo: CyclePhotos UK

Opinions range from Nys road dirty to

Nys used his experience and Pauwels made the wrong choice. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a long finish straight and Pauwels did not get alongside Nys. It shows that although Pauwels may be the strongest rider at this moment in the season he is still on the learning curve.

The second riders position is the source of the problem rather than the action of the leader. It was a bad tactical decision by the “fouled” rider.

Watching the video again, I agree with the opinion that Nys, the seasoned veteran used his instinct and experience to ride it into the win. If Pauwels had the strength to come around him, on the other side, he’d have probably won. They were both spent and Pauwels followed him from one side of the road to another. The sprint starts at 2:41.

Pauwels is replaying that loss his head over and over again, just like CX fans are watching it on YouTube. He picked the wrong line.

Also see Cyclocosm’s analysis of the sprint.

Sadly, without the all-determining helicopter camera shot, there’s no way to determine exactly how the barrier-to-barrier dance between Nys and Pauwels went down. Pauwels’ body English certainly suggests contact, but there isn’t anything definitive in the photos and videos I’ve seen. If nothing else, the last few seconds of the race are a great example of how, in cyclocross, leading out a sprint early can actually play to your advantage.

Also, “closing the door” is much different than “into the barriers.”

CX Trick Riding from Morvelo

Inevitable we’d see CX Trick Riding after the CrossCat at SSCXWC last year and the SSCX eliminator at StarCrossed and cool. Take an AlleyCat into the grass and city parks and on the track too, but Morvelo’s Neon kit though? Leave the pink kit to Rapha.

Via Go Means Go.

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