Centaur Bike

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by Byron on Oct 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

You were expecting Halloween bike, right? So were we and here it is from Make and Kyle Scheele

Far more elaborate then my wraith bike with granny basket.

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From the Archives: Halloween Tweets

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by Byron on Oct 31, 2014 at 5:39 AM

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Another Hour Record Attempt Tonight

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by Byron on Oct 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM


Another hour record tonight from Scott Sports and Matthias Brändle, an Austrian rider with the Swiss UCI Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling.

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James Franco Rides a Bike and is Fast on That Thing

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by Byron on Oct 30, 2014 at 7:24 AM


Normally let other blogs covers celebs on bikes, but since Franco tweeted it himself and it’s just him riding around in a circle, posted!

As the fans say, “He’s fast on that thing.”

Also, that’s the new Droid Turbo he’s holding.

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Road Disc Adoption

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by Byron on Oct 28, 2014 at 8:11 AM

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Road disc, equipped

A small sampling, but the results surprised us. Most of our readers on G+ that responded are already using disc brakes, 64% of them. What prompted the poll was our magazine contributor, Patrick Brady wrote on his blog that he’d finally accepted them. For me, the on again/off again relationship I have with hydraulic disc brakes started with a cargo bike (Avid juicys) to trying and hating crappy mechanicals, then loving SRAM’s hydro, a failure/recall, and back again with their new, improved revision. I’ve also ridden and adored Shimano’s hydro on the new Tarmac, despite their tendency to chirp under heavy load.

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Poll results

Considering the record rain in Seattle already this season, I prefer the hydro-equipped Crux for the discs, and await our next demo road bike with discs from Scott. That’s the Solace and reviewed in issue 15

The Solace disc is equipped with Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 disc group. It’s fair to say that prior to the introduction of these parts a road bike had never shifted or braked so well. And the point isn’t just about faster or more power; what a rider gains is better control. The faster shifts thanks to Di2 result in you entering the gear you need often a full pedal stroke sooner than you would have with a mechanical group. Similarly, the advantage to disc brakes isn’t that they give you more power; most riders I know weren’t complaining that they couldn’t stop. No, the disc advantage is better modulation, which goes to the heart of riding in the mountains.

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Disc Solace

Why discs took so long to get to market, then started off with recalls (both Shimano and SRAM), is a topic for another post. What we know today is that cyclists are riding them, like Patrick and me.

How about you?

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SSCXWC 14

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by Byron on Oct 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

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In case you missed the SSCXWC 14 shenanigans this weekend (and I did), find photos and posts with these hashtags #kyfncx, #sscxwc14ky. Like cowboy boots with cleats AND spikes for mud and the ink on the winner’s arm

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History of Cyclocross: 1901, 32, 43, and 74

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by Byron on Oct 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM


The course featured 9 kms of coastline, 8 kms downhill, 1408 steps 400 meters from the woods, and 50 riders competing in Montmartre. It was 1943. Also see, what the racing was like in 1932, 1974, and what is thought to be the first cyclocross race

Think about a cyclist in wartime. He can’t use the main roads; he has to ride or walk across unmade roads and worm his way through the undergrowth and clamber across ditches. Think of that and you’ll get the principle of the cross cyclo-pédèstre.

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Like Le Tour, the racing was created to sell more newspapers.

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One-Handed Umbrellas

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by Byron on Oct 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM


As the Dutch sat, “You are not made of sugar, you won’t melt in the rain!” Note the one-handed umbrella holding…

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Puddles Are Gathering

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by Byron on Oct 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Puddles Are Gathering

Yesterday updated the Medium Bicycles collection with a vignette about the rainy season and announced the theme for Issue 18 of our magazine that’ll drop next month. It’s how the rain weighs on us, here in the Pacific Northwest, and yesterday I rode in it, all the record-breaking inches….

For the balmy 55 degrees, I wore merino wool, Gore ActiveShell, knickers and a variation of the bootie-boots. The Xenon is my fav shell for Fall temperatures, until the winter when the Showers Pass, Novara Verita, or Gabba comes out.

Read more about riding in the rain in our archives while the puddles gather.


Issue 17 of our magazine is available now on iTunes, the Web, and is about the fun we have with the bike.

Next month, Issue 18 we’ll share how heavy rain weighs on our minds.

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