In honor of Jack Bauer’s performance at #GentWevelgem, here’s an updated version of The Bike Toss (A Short History). Di2 failed on me once and hard, jolting the whole bike. I didn’t have a camera crew nearby on a moto or overhead in a chopper, but I sure threw that bike….
A couple weekends ago, three of us roadies stopped on the ship canal trail to fix a loose bottle cage and none of us had a tool or a pump…plenty of C02 cartridges though, enough to fill the tires on a semi.
The things we’ve learned over the years got discussed during the pause in the ride, and we talked about the early season crashes.
Our own injuries came up, how life sidetracked us from a sport we love for a season, and how the fastest cyclists we know don’t race anymore.
As Snake Hawk bullet points here, “Racing is optional,” like when the mood is right, or when it suits our fancy again.
After hand tightening the bolt, the rattling cage didn’t fall off before I got back to the garage, and I thought about the sounds on that ride.
The noise didn’t bother me as much as it once did. Also made sure there’s a multi-tool in my roll before the next ride.
Sounds we hear when riding, like a rattling cage, is the topic of our current issue. Available now on iTunes and the Web, Issue 22 Sounds cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription. 23 Momentum drops next month.
Shawn O’Keefe was explaining to me how he bought a cargo bike to take his kids to school, but the convo was really about getting old, being responsible, and two friends that don’t ride together as much anymore.
“It’s like your minivan,” I said.
I think he secretly hated that bike, like you hate a minivan for being so practical, and the right thing to do for the wife and kids.
“When you kids get older, they’ll weight too much for it, so you can retire it then.”
Getting your groove back on the bike, experiencing that momentum once again, and immersing yourself in the ride is the theme for the next issue of our magazine, number 23. Our back catalog is on iTunes and the Web and cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription. The current issue, number 22, in is about Sounds, like the one the chains and huge lock made when Shawn unlocked his cargo bike from that tree.
Had a lot of fun riding Scott bikes in Austin a couple weeks ago, like these two Sparks. During Scott Week last year, rode a Tuned Genius LT too, and their downhill bike. Scott PR shared these photos of the Genius LT 700 Remy Team Edition, as seen at the Enduro World Series stop in New Zealand.
A “DH” configuration with big pedals, tires and wheels: Without the carbon rims, it weighs in at only 13.4kg (size large). Syncros 760mm bars and 50mm stem are colour matched to the frame. Shimano Di2 lets Remy customize his shifting to his own preferences and the demands of the course. Smart integration of the Di2 cables: the hoses and wires are neatly integrated into the frame.
Of all the bikes seen in Austin, including the ones we rode during SXSW, this Huffy Timberline wins Best in Show. It even matches your cords! The vintage bike from the 70s maybe worth a hundred dollars or so, but much more in style points.
These dogs photobombed our shoot with their own ideas about disruption and getting our attention during SXSW.
And this dog photobombs us.
With his buddy.
The sounds they made – sniffing, snorting, and cavorting – is what the latest issue of our Magazine is about. What we hear when riding our bikes. Available now on iTunes and the Web, Issue 22 Sounds cost $4 or $16 for an annual subscription.
The complaints you may hear about SXSW are mostly valid: Too corporate and too crowded, but if you seek out venues like the Sweden showcase, there you’ll find music like this…
I hope that’s who, or what, she was in line for. After hosting the Swedes and riding with them to the world premier of Bikes v. Cars, I know they’re in Austin for the art and culture. They brought their bikes, meatballs, and music.
Another Mobile Social Moment
Sure SXSW is a hectic, crowded, oversold and a hyped cultural happening where Miley makes a surprise appearance; there’s a secret P-Diddy party with Lil’ Wayne, and long lines to get wristbands for parties. But Tim Johnson hosted a CX meetup, with a dozen more bike-related panels, and events like ours too.