Pinhead Locking Skewers

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by Mark V on Jul 02, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Pinhead locking skewers & accessories

Pinhead provides locks for headset caps, seatpost clamps, and wheels (both QR and solid axles). They can be purchased as a complete package for all items or you can have add-on pieces keyed to match existing Pinhead locks. These anti-theft device take the place of regular skewers/bolts to prevent opportunistic thieves from swiping you components.

I’ve installed these items on customers’ bikes. They do the job, but for the utmost security make sure you use their newer “POG” washers to foil especially well-prepared criminals. I also recommend that you leave the skewers long rather than cutting them to minimum necessary, because a bit of skewer sticking past the lock face will allow key/wrench to stay in place a little better. Without that, it’s really difficult to crank on the skewer to get it tight enough to hold like a regular QR; the key wants to slip off the lock face. Annoying…very. Pinhead wheel skewers wouldn’t be my choice for a bike with horizontal dropout, though the solid axle lock might hold fine in such a frame.

Pinhead locking skewers & accessories

Pinhead locking skewers & accessories

Pinhead locking skewers & accessories

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Trek’s Emonda

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by Byron on Jul 01, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Emonda

10.2 lbs with a 190 lb rider weight limit

Today Trek Bicycle announced the Emonda

The world’s lightest production road line, which includes the 10.25lb/4.65kg Émonda SLR 10, the lightest production road bike ever. Originating from the french verb émonder meaning “to prune or trim away”, the three-year Émonda project began with the most stringent frame tube optimization ever. Carbon frames are often designed as much for aesthetics as for function, but Émonda focused solely on making sure every strand of carbon served a purpose. Form followed function, beautifully, and the result is svelte, elegant, minimalist perfection. Every detail of the Émonda line, from frame design to each component choice on every model, serves the same audacious goal: to produce the lightest line of production road bikes ever offered.

bar/stem combo

Bar and Stem Combo

Interestingly and to their credit, Trek Bicycle has gotten closer to what I called for in a Medium post last year after the Hydro recall, when I asked for a company to develop a complete bike. Looks like, except for the drivetrain, that’s all their in-house spec.

The idea was; we have the resources to build a complete bike system. Let’s use that advantage to look at every aspect of the bicycle and how each component interacts with all the others,” said Trek Road Product Manager Ben Coates. “Once we covered the basic bike functions, we focused on every minute detail. Every decision was based on what was the overall lightest option for the system.”

built in magnet

Built-in power meter magnets

While superlight bikes aren’t our thing, as I wrote about this morning in another Medium post, what this bike does too is resolve Trek’s OCLV weight image and give them a superbike to market at $16K.

More photos of the Emonda are on G+.

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Ortlieb Seatpost Bag and Arkel TailRider Bag with Seatpost Rack

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by Mark V on Jul 01, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Ortileb Seatpost Bag

Arkel TailRider Trunk Bag on Arkel Seatpost Rack

It’s summer, and oh boy are you ready to do a few mini-epic rides. Maybe you wanna do the “long loop” or make that route down the coast and back in one day. But you can’t fit all the energy bars, mobile phones, cameras, multi-tools, tubes, CO2, etc in your back jersey pockets. Or maybe it’s not epic-ness you’re looking for, maybe you just wanna ride your bike to the next town over, walk about town and eat at that one restaurant, and then ride back. But you really wish you could bring some cargo shorts, regular shoes, and maybe a T-shirt so you can amble about in comfort and avoid being “that lycra douche” at the cafe. Even if your bike cannot mount racks and panneirs, there are a few ways to carry more stuff with you on a ride. You could go with a randonneur-style handlebar bag for the front of your bike, but it’s not so easy to mount the necessary rack onto most bike and not everyone likes how a bike handles with that much weight in front of the steering axis. You could get a backpack, especially the ones from Osprey or Camelback that have lots of pockets/compartments for storage. While that is simple solution that actually works great for rough, technical riding like on mountainbikes, sometimes you just don’t want that weight and bulk on your back when you’re riding in the summer heat. In that case, how about a big saddle/seatpost bag? The classicists among us will choose Carradice, but there are some very clever bags available that would compliment even the most modern bikes out there.

Ortlieb’s Seatpost Bag quickly attaches to your seatpost using a notched plastic belt and levered buckle, similar to a clip-on fender but considerably more secure. With 4-ltr of internal volume, the Seatpost Bag is made of lightweight, waterproof fabric with internal plastic stiffeners, so the bag is not prone to swaying about despite how far over the rear wheel it cantilevers. The bag seals to the elements using Ortlieb’s classic roll-up closure. There is a bungee laced into the top of the bag, which is useful for lashing items like a windbreaker or a pair of sandals. At just 443gr for the Medium size (there is also a Small size), the Ortlieb Seatpost Bag has a good ratio of weight to payload. Ortlieb says the bag will fit 25.4-34.9mm (but no carbon seatposts); however I feel it fits 27.2-31.6mm best. The angle of the clamp isn’t adjustable, so if your bike has a freaky seatpost angle (like some full-suspension mtb) then this may not work out for you. Retail $100.

Arkel’s Randonneur Seat Post Rack and TailRider Bag combination goes a little beyond Ortlieb for versatility and load capacity. The rack ($100) attaches at two points: it clamps to the saddle rails behind the seatpost cradle and then fastens to the post. By taking its stability from the saddle rails, the rack does not harshly clamp onto the seatpost. As such, Arkel’s rack works well with carbon seatposts and even works reasonably well with some non-round seatposts and ISPs. The visual bulk of the Randonneur Rack belies its lightweight construction, weighs only 568gr, and is adjustable for a range of seatpost angles. The saddle rail clamp has two positions to allow the rack to be fitted lower relative to the saddle on larger bikes that have a lot of space between the saddle and rear wheel, to keep the mass of the rack and its contents lower to the ground. On smaller bikes, the rack can be fitted close to the saddle so that it can clear the rear wheel.

Arkel’s TailRider Bag (11-ltr capacity, 540gr weight, $105 retail) is essentially a trunk bag that can fit on a variety of rear racks, but it does superbly compliment their Seat Post Rack. It fits to the deck of any rack via hook&loop straps. The TailRider has an assortment of external pockets and an internal divider. Zippered pleats allow the bag to expand slightly for more internal volume. The TailRider is resistant to water to a certain extent, but in the event of a steady or intense rain, one would use the yellow rain cover, which fits in a convenient yet hidden pocket at the front of the bag.
Ortlieb Seatpost Bag on Bianchi

more photos after the jump

Ortlieb saddle clamp Ortlieb top straps

Arkel Seatpost Rack

Arkel TailRider bag

Arkel TailRider bag

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Kimmage Interviews Froome about a Book Walsh Wrote

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by Byron on Jul 01, 2014 at 8:58 AM

It is a shitty business…Kimmage interviews Froome about a book Walsh wrote and Michelle gets teary during it. He’s upset we think he’s a doper, but understands it. He’s really upset about the TUE thing, even though he never shared his asthma with us.

I wrote about Froome and his clothing sponsor Rapha in a post on Medium last week. One of our contributors, Tim Jackson, addresses his stem looking on Red Kite Prayer

It’s Tour time, which means three weeks of Chris Froome staring at stems… but what else were you going to do with the month?

The Climb is available from Amazon now for as an $14.97 eBook and $23.38 hardcover. My take is that if the most unlikeable Maillot Jaune wearer were a villain, it may work, but instead he’ll just look down at his stem. As we learn in the book and interview, with his mind 10 years ahead.

Though if his exit plan in the next decade includes hotels and condos, like George the Loyalist, he’ll do just fine.

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Tour de France: A Few Things You Need to Know

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by Byron on Jun 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM


Best Tour de France Promo we’ve seen….

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Barfly Mount for Cateye….um, cool for a moment

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by Mark V on Jun 29, 2014 at 9:45 PM

This is a tale of plastic:

I have a sordid little secret. I’m not really techie when it comes to electronics. I don’t have a Garmin or other form of GPS, and I’ve never remotely been interested in Strava. I just want the basics: speed, distance, time, and I don’t want to bolt on a flatscreen telly to the stem to get those. A simple, cheap Cateye is all that’s necessary, but how to mount it in an elegantly clean manner? Enter the Barfly handlebar mount for Cateye cyclo-computers. Nice and discreet piece of plastic cleverness.

Then came a crash. Pop goes the plastic. And there exits the Barfly handlebar mount for Cateye. It was nice while it lasted.

Now the computer is mounted to the stem.

Fin

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Saw Mark V on the Climb

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by Byron on Jun 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM

My favorite part of this story, is when Gluckman texted me during the Leavenworth Grand Fondo and said, “just saw Mark V on the climb.”

And that was it.

Nothing else like which climb, he looked good, or was dying, or whatever. Then I didn’t hear from either of them for like another week, so I conclude, “oh that’s not good.”

Mark’s rode-a-dirt-fondo story originally appeared in Issue 13, available now on iTunes and the Web for $4 an issue or $16 annually. I’m sharing it for free this weekend in the Medium Bicycles Collection. I hope you follow us on Medium too and considering subscribing.

Gran Fondo Leavenworth

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My gravel ride of the year will happen in August in an Idaho you don’t know.

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PressCamp 14: Cannondale Synapse

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by Byron on Jun 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Cannodale’s Synapse

It’s not like we have anything against Cdale. It’s just however the demos align in a season, we haven’t spent much time on their bikes. So when I was meeting with them during PressCamp, I asked Bill their PR guy, what bike he thought I should ride. He said this one, the Synapse. Then rolled it outside for some photos.

Fork asymetrical, perhaps?

Do the front brakes pull that fork to the left?

I rode their Evo during the SRAM Hydro launch and as soon as the Synapse arrives, I’m on it. Jim told me it is one of his favs and I’ll want to know if the front brake pulls the fork to the left, how it does on the big hits, and what the all-day comfort is like.

High moduls

High modulus and comfortable? A’ight

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Apple Kills Aperture and Our Workflow

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:20 PM

aperture

Buh-bye Aperture it was for the most part nice working with you

Just as I slid the SD card into the slot to ingest another gig or so of photos, I heard from David Schloss that Apple killed Aperture. This is what he said after a call with Apple PR…

Today Apple killed Aperture, breaking a promise the company had made to professional photographers but also to the professional community at large. As someone that believed deeply when Apple said they would stand by their pro users, I’m disappointed but not surprised.

The poor Aperture team, who must have lobbied for the company to keep working on a tool that set the standard and remained head and shoulders above the competition. They’ve been working tirelessly to promote the Aperture workflow. Seeing their program die must have been especially hard.

Beware now, video folks. When Apple tells you that Pro video users are a core market and part of Apple’s mission, realize they said the same thing about photographers and photography

The dumbing down of Apple’s core professional tools will continue because the consumer market drives the company. Apple needs just to produce the core OS and hardware for the pros and let Adobe and others act as their software development team.

Now it’s time to figure out the logistics of moving massive piles of data to a lesser program and marching up a learning curve we are about seven years behind.

Impact being, we’ve got RAIDs full of photos running on Aperture workflows, including event photo booths and the photomapping we used to do before G+ did it automagically.

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