Hurl is right and I saw this photo on Instagram, just as I was writing a post about Issue 35 Into the Woods, that dropped on Friday. Of all the words I’ve been writing about adventure, gravel, and roadies riding offroad on dirt
It’s really fun
are the most concise. We try to limit car sightings to one a hour, at max and sometimes don’t see them for hours. That’s what riding in the woods is about: no cars+fun. In the issue, I share stories about the Boone and Diverge, 1x11 road is reviewed too. The issue costs $3.99 or $14.00 annually. It’s available on iTunes and the Web.
“One Day in April” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the triumphs and failures of four collegiate cyclist teams competing to win the Little 500. The film is a bittersweet portrait of life in the midwest and the drama from training through race day.
And I don’t think we’ve seen any full-length media about the Little 500 since Breaking Away in 1979.
At a time when collegiate athletics is navigating an increasingly uncomfortable intersection of profit and competition, the Little 500 remains an example of pure sport in America’s heartland. Through the stories of the individuals who make up the Little 500 community, “One Day in April” is a testament to the virtue that sports build community and forge kinships rarely savored otherwise.
The expansive narrative of friendship, failure, and redemption plays out across a cast of characters that includes experienced veterans, accident-prone rookies, and alumni coaches who treat the Little 500 like it’s the Indianapolis 500. In a once-a-year event like this, there is no tomorrow.
For the first time ever, New Belgium Brewing is producing its coveted special edition cruiser bikes in the U.S., using Detroit Bikes, a Detroit-based bicycling manufacturer and North America’s largest bicycle producer. Just in time for warmer weather the bikes are now hitting the streets through New Belgium fundraisers, giveaways and as one-year anniversary gifts to New Belgium co-workers. The partnership has created new manufacturing jobs in Detroit with the company doubling its workforce from 20 to 40 employees.
An adorable thing about the Aussies, is all their crazy sayings—now imagine one of those outback colloquialisms being said with a thick Swiss accent. That’s why I laughed so hard this morning when I read, “We are not here to fuck spiders.” In American parlance, that means, “Not here to fuck around, or “Here to get shit done.” And that’s exactly what Nino Schurter did in Cairns last weekend with his 18th World Cup Win. See the replay on Redbull and a quote from the best bike-biz PR I’ve read this year, maybe ever.
It’s quite a ways to travel for a 90 minute mountain bike race. With the change in time zones and climate, plus shipping all the equipment, this is a logistically difficult and expensive journey. This is why you better get something out of it. And this is exactly what SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing did. Or how the Aussies would say: we are not here to fuck spiders!
I’m so sad that Prince is gone. I think everybody who knows me knows he was my favorite artist, but it might not have been obvious that I didn’t just appreciate his music and his artistic work, but also what a pioneer and innovator he was creatively and in business and in culture.
I just wanted to share this song from 2 months ago, when Prince played “Purple Rain” in a new way, just on piano, like he was writing it for the first time. He never really sings a full verse, he never plays the guitar solo, he never fully gives the audience the cue to sing along with him. He was still just mourning the passing of Denise Matthews (Vanity), and this was a song he’d played for 33 years but it still sounded new. Prince dedicated this tour to his father, but I felt this performance of Purple Rain may have been just as dedicated to the son he lost 20 years ago. It haunts me.
Goodbye Prince, and thanks for so many wonderful memories.
Back in the blogging days I’d meet Anil at various conferences. It was his Prince stories I looked forward to the most. One time he shared with me a bootleg of Prince playing a face-melting version of a Whole Lotta Love. It’s on rotation now with this most haunting version of Purple Rain.
Considering how the history of the bike industry in America is infused with cannabis, I’ve wondered why a progressive company didn’t embrace it; especially, in cities where it’s legal or tolerated. Well, today, Paul Components did and happy 420 day to them. As they shared
In light of April 20th, Paul components shows their festive colors with the Rasta Quick Release Skewer. The internal cam design always holds tight, has perfect foolproof alignment, and is fully protected. Skewers are available in your choice of lengths: 100mm; 130/135mm; 170mm; 190mm. The internal cam design always holds tight, has perfect foolproof alignment, and is fully protected. Skewers are available in your choice of lengths: 100mm; 130/135mm; 170mm; 190mm.
Each skewer is made to order, with the quality and precision that Paul Components has blessed the biking community with for almost 30 years. To order, just pick the length and select ‘Rasta’ in the ‘Finish’ dropdown. Show a little Rasta love wherever you ride.
While not imported in the States, you’ve probably ridden a bike made by Merida, under a different brand name. They’ve been in business for 25 years and following the Paris-Roubaix disc injury, released this statement.
Following the injury at the recent Paris-Roubaix race and the following preliminary suspension of disc-brakes by the UCI we would like to take the opportunity to give a statement as one of the two bike-manufacturers who used disc brake equipped bikes in the event.
For years and strengthened by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from TEAM LAMPRE-MERIDA (who concluded two weeks of world-tour racing to test the equipment under serious race conditions), MERIDA continues to believe in the future of disc brakes on road bikes. We are convinced that the added safety aspects such as better modulation and braking performance especially in the wet and when cornering, avoidance of rim heat up on long descents etc. will help the prevention of crashes and outweigh the potential risks as passive member of mass crashes.
However the happenings of the recent event has shown that further disc technology improvements should be made to reduce potential risks (for example rotors with rounded edges). For this purpose, MERIDA and other leading bike brands are in communication with disc brake manufacturers to push this development forward.
MERIDA will do its utmost to support the safety improvements of disc brakes during racing so that not just the amateur rider but also the pro-peloton can benefit from the long lists of disc brake benefits.
In my commentary about disc brakes on Medium Bicycles, I shared that no new molds are being opened for caliper brakes. There is also an unprecedented flurry of engineering activity in Taiwan right now, coming up with a fix, that should’ve been in place before the start of the season. Why the UCI is locked into a 1990s mindset is another matter. The impact to us is what the pros ride has never been more irrelevant to what we’re riding. I’ll say it again, when it comes to road bikes, get the disc, like this one.
If you don’t understand why road disc is better, the marketers have failed at their job. Well, you can ignore them too because they sold aero and marginal gains instead of massive gains in braking and bike-handling technology. The Merida Scultura Disc is an example of the advances, and so is the Trek Boone or Domane SLR.
Video from a French TV investigation of motor doping finds it’s more prevalent than previously suspected. No surprise to us, as we shared earlier this year when motor doping at CX Worlds was discovered. In a sport with zero credibility, up to them to prove it’s not true.