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

Disc

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

boots

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

Ink

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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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Le Tour 2015 in 3D

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by Byron on Oct 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM


Le Tour de France announced their route earlier today and uploaded this 3D edit of it and Froome immediately said, he may not race it.

There’s no two ways about it, next year’s Tour is going to be about the mountains.

The route will feature high winds, cobbles, and l’Alpe d’Huez. It starte in the Netherlands city of Utrecht and features five mountain-top finishes, but only 14km of individual time trial.

While not saying anything like Froome, expect Italy’s Nibali, Colombia’s Nairo Quintana and France’s Thibaut Pinot to relish this course.

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SXSW 2015: Damn Good

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by Byron on Oct 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Damn Good

Yup, damn good

Yesterday SXSW announced their 2015 programming, including a mentor session with yours truly… you can ask me anything during that time in Austin, like the tire pressure I run with tubulars or how to publish independent content, for more than a decade.

lots of bikes

Bikes lots of them

Of course we’re ride another Mobile Social, and assemble a panel of mobile photographers in the Create space. We’re working that all out and for now, booking our trip back to Austin and it’s gonna be damn good.

Have a look at our photos from earlier this year, on G+. We ate a lot of great food.

Good food

Great food

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Bullitts on The Amazing Race

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by Byron on Oct 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM


Seeing Bullitts on The Amazing Race this weekend, reminded me of Mark’s take on cargo bikes from our archives – he had so much to say, it was written in 4 parts. If we had out magazine back then, that could’ve been a whole issue…

and he noticed the Bullitts too in 09.

What sets this bike apart from many other long-wheelbase cargo bikes is the use of aluminium in large diameter tubes as opposed to steel. Much as I like the ride of a good steel bike, a cargo bike is a great opportunity to allow aluminium to shine, especially when a manufacturer can really engineer the shapes and diameters of tubing. A lot of cargo bikes are begging for some extra rigidity. The Bullitt comes in 13 versions, with disc brakes and choice of internally geared rear hubs or derailleurs. The lightest version weighs 48lbs.

Kym & Alli rode well to win Episode 4, comparing the ride to a fixed-gear, and did their share of annoying the locals on the path.

We did our share of that too, this one time in Amsterdam… Great to see cyclists doing well – it seems every season Phil adds more bikes into the mix, and now cyclists are winning.

Get to know Kym more in this interview from Well+Good. I was confused at first as to what competitive street cycling is from the intro to the season. That’s racing fixed gears, Phil replied and Kym is a SoulCycle instructor while Alli is a personal trainer.

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