Year to Date
by andrew_f_martin on Feb 09, 2007 at 10:19 PM
So it’s 40 days into the “Challenge”. I’m good so far. Minimum ride for me is 30 minutes with most days around 2 hours. My wife thinks I’m nuts, but you are all keeping me honest. “I can’t bail on the challenge!”.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Feb 06, 2007 at 9:37 PM
sturmey shifter, by twowheelflight.
Critical Mass, by Thomas Hawk
untitled, by gina pina
discovery team15, by ebbe
wheelie, by thehutch
Atlanta suburb pursuing single-file bike restrictions
by Frank Steele on Feb 06, 2007 at 9:37 PM
ajc.com | Cycling in single file may end road debate
A suburban Atlanta county commissioner plans to give up his attempt to ban cyclists on a popular local training route, instead seeking a rule requiring riders to travel single-file.
Local cyclists got involved after the story hit the media, and a committee suggested the single-file rule as a possible compromise after meeting Monday night. Cobb County’s Board of Commissioners will likely take up the as-yet-unfinished ordinance February 27th.
Cyclist Mark Gernazian, who served on the committee, said the cyclists have softened their insistence on their rights.
“Trying to drive home our rights to the road was not going to create any harmony on Columns Drive,” he said.
A Team Bike
by Byron on Feb 06, 2007 at 8:07 AM
Sent to us in a couple different emails, is the drinking bike. Fill that keg with Bike Hugger Brown, pedal around, singing drinking songs, and you’re having big bike fun!
Alternatively, you could put a keg in the middle of the conference bike, work out your team’s goals for the year while building a strong team dynamic – just don’t bogart that keg tap hommie.
(Does anyone know the origin of the photo?)
Thanks to Nathan for commenting that the bike is a Pedal Pub – a party on wheels that’s pedal-powered, seats 16, and tops out at 5 miles per hour.
by andrew_f_martin on Feb 05, 2007 at 10:28 PM
Flats are the bane of commuters. I hate them - they can totally ruin a day. More than one on a ride is usually grounds for a good spell of screaming. After far too many of late (3), I stepped up to some new rubber: Ritchey Tom Slick w/Fortress Casing. They are SO thick. I could barely bend them into shape to get them to stay seated on the rim. I’m not so worried about weight or even “road feel”, but if they keep me flat free for a while - I’ll be a happy man.
Graham Watson visiting Boulder
by Frank Steele on Feb 05, 2007 at 2:16 PM
VeloNews | Graham Watson to Visit Boulder for Exhibit Opening
Pro racing’s top photographer, Graham Watson, will kick off a 3-week exhibit of his photos in Boulder next week.
Watson, who has been photographing the Euro pros since 1977, will autograph posters and books at Boulder Cycle Sport from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, February 15th, leading up to the exhibit opening at 7:30 next door at Amante Coffee.
It’s both free and open to the public, and Amante and Twisted Pine Brewery will be providing refreshments.
Atlanta co-op raises money by building parking
by Frank Steele on Feb 05, 2007 at 12:25 PM
Sopo Bicycle Co-op in East Atlanta is building sweat equity alongside better bike parking.
They’re distributing a flier volunteering to install bike racks at local restaurants, coffee shops and other destinations for the cost of the hardware plus a $25 donation to the co-op, or $140 per location.
Three new locations, including legendary Atlanta watering hole Manuel’s Tavern, went up over the weekend, with more to follow.
They’re tracking responses from the merchants and location requests from riders. It looks like a great way to simultaneously improve the cycling climate and raise some money for the organization, which provides free and inexpensive maintenance and repair training.
Sopo is a registered 501(c)3, so if you’re looking for a tax deduction and want to promote better bike parking in Atlanta, consider donating cash or old parts and tools from their wish list. They’re also looking for volunteers.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Feb 04, 2007 at 3:02 PM
Rode ‘till it froze
by Byron on Feb 04, 2007 at 7:42 AM
I rode till it froze yesterday – starting in the cold rain and finishing in freezing rain, I kept going until I couldn’t shift, or brake, and my tires made disconcerting snap crackle pop sounds as I rolled over the icy roads. Besides mountain bikers, I guess I was the only one out riding the roads yesterday in the Tri-Cities.
As I’ve posted before, icy or not, that area has the best roads in the state and I’ll ride them again next weekend.
Shimano widgits, breakfast muffins, and the Olympics
by Mark V on Feb 03, 2007 at 9:53 PM
Yesterday I attended the Shimano tech seminar. It was a super secret affair open only to bike shop employees and hobos who wanted the free breakfast muffins. I suppose I got there too late for the segment about road bike groups (9AM start? I don’t do 9AM), so I sat down as the speaker discussed the new XTR and Saint groups. Even though I am mainly a road and track fanatic, I leaned back into my chair and eagerly listened to all the fascinating new developments in disc rotors and bearing (yawn). modifications that lengthy field testing .(zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz). (snort) um, what? It’s over?…do I have any questions?……um, do you have any muffins without cream cheese in them? After that the minions of the Imperial S company fanned out to the various tables of product to field questions from the riff-raff.
Really, this seminar was mainly to familiarize shop monkeys with the stuff they’d be selling this season, so I’d seen all this stuff and more at Interbike. I kinda wanted to poke at some of the new Alfine, but none was present. I can say that the new Tiagra STI levers look pretty nice. I’ve always liked the idea of an optical gear indicator, and those new STI have them integrated into the lever top. I’ll get back to you when I know how well they work after you crash on them.
If you must know, the new XTR is really cool. Though I have no desire to ride it, I find the attention to detail is just mesmerizing. And Shimano offers just about every type of lever ever conceived: hydraulic or cable brake lever, STI or Rapid Fire-style shifter, every combination thereof. To top it off, you can now have your XTR rear derailleur as Rapid-Rise (low-normal) or traditional (top-normal).
There were a couple cool widgets there. I liked the dynamo hub front road wheel. Next winter I’m going to have a winter fixie with one of these wheel powering my headlight. One of the tables had an adapter for 6-bolt disc brake rotors to fit on the Shimano œCenterlock hubs. It was just brilliant. I especially liked how there was a c-clip retainer to hold the rotor to the adapter during disassembly.
Personally, I’m most likely going to buy some shoes from Shimano before anything else. The new R300 road shoe is the bomb when it comes to stiffness. Then Shimano went buck-wild with the features such as heat moldable uppers, real vents in the sole, super strong straps there’s even some sort of minty-fresh antibacterial treatment. I wish I could say that they were beautiful to look at, but sadly no. At least they aren’t as HIDEOUS as early ˜90s Look shoes. Actually I thought the œindoor riding shoes were quite sharp.
I suppose these tech guys must find it tedious to field questions from bicycle retail’s worst techno-weenies, but that didn’t stop me from interrogating him with my own petty questions. œHey, when are they gonna make a track crank like the 10-speed road crank? That’d be Suh-WEET! Well, they ain’t because the equipment rules for keirin restrict design to 3-piece cranks (unlike the 2-piece œHollowtech 10sp cranks), and domestic keirin racing is Shimano’s foremost market for track equipment.
Oh, sure, Shimano makes a BMX crank using all the latest technology, but not a new track crank. Why? Because BMX is now an Olympic sport. Freakin’ great! The BMX dudes get all the X-Game coverage, Mountain Dew sponsorship, not to mention the hot chicks now they get an Olympic medal in Bejing and super-duper cranks. Oh, and where did that extra medal come from, you ask? That’s right, kilometer time trial got nixed from track racing. Yeah, yeah I know time trials are BORING to watch, but still why does the International Olympic Committee need to take away one cycling event to add another? What about all those ridiculous events the IOC has already arbitrarily added? Trampoline? PUH-LEASE! The only trampoline performance people actually watched was on The Man Show. When the IOC made trampoline a medal event back in 2000, I took it as yet another sign of an impending Apocalypse, started a cult, and made a batch of poison Kool-Aid. But this insanity doesn’t END.
How relevant is trampoline to the world around us? Also I have a hard time justifying whitewater canoeing I mean, the Olympic host usually has to BUILD an artificial white water rapids just for the event. Of course, the relevancy of the shooting competitions, in this world gone crazy, is painfully (and pitifully) obvious. The world would just be a better place if more people rode their bikes even you BMX guys with your cool cranks and hot girlfriends bastards.
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