Designing the MegaRack

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by Byron on Feb 26, 2015 at 12:09 PM


Yesterday via a live video broadcast, Ross Evans, Xtracycle Founder and CEO teased their new MegaRack. That’s an update to their bolt-on kit.

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Year of the Bike at Southby

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by Byron on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:02 PM

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There are 8 bike-related talks and events on the SXSW Schedule this year.

Cross is Coming: Cyclocross Meet Up
A casual, social meet-up for Cyclocross riders from across the country to get together and discuss dirt, #svenness, and cool bikes. Everyone will be able to discuss what Cyclocross is like in their specific area of the world and what they have done to grow the sport. Optional CX ride after the meet-up to Mckinney Falls State Park.
Badass Female Cyclists Meet Up
Enjoy a daily commute, joy ride with friends, #NewKitDay or year-round racing? Join fellow badass female cyclists and the men who support us. What has traditionally been known as a male-dominated sport is slowing seeing a rise in attendance and appreciation from women. It’s about time. Led by SXSW Interactive Publicist and cyclist, Kelly Krause, this Meet Up is for those with a passion for bikes and getting more women on them.
Bike Attraction: Urban Bicycling Gets a Makeover
The face of urban bicycling is in a rapid rate of change. From better apparel to constantly improving bike lanes, more and more people are taking to the streets on two wheels. Join this diverse panel featuring perspectives from all over bike culture for a discussion on how urban bicycling goes from fringe to fashion.
Bike Tech Nerd Meet Up
Come talk about the latest in cycling technology from road racing wonderbikes, to advanced suspension design, to e-bikes built for the super commuter. See the latest from some of the tech firms working on cycling accessories and talk with like-minded folks about the future of all aspects of cycling, racing to commuting, smart bikes to mountain bikes, and more.
Bricks Over Screens: Why In-Store Still Matters
In an age where consumer brands are racing to establish a digital storefront to replace their expensive physical locations, Rapha and Design Within Reach are going about it the old fashioned way. Building community and relationships with the consumer is paramount. Online content, mobile applications, and social media are best used to supplement these real world relationships and experiences.
Mentor Session: DL Byron
Having spent a career making interesting content on the independent web, since the beginning, no matter where you are in the process of pursuing your dreams in interactive, Byron trod the path before you and will help you tackle the next steps.
Mobile Social and Meet Up presented by Bike Hugger
At Create, in the space where bikes and tech meet, we’ll greet filmmakers, city planners, and advocates. After that we’ll ride to watch the world premier of the film Bikes vs. Cars at Republic Square Park.
Bikes vs Cars
Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis we must talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the surface is consumed by cars. The bike is a great tool for change, but the interests who gain from cars invest billions each year on lobby and ads to protect their business.

That’s amazing in itself AND for our 9th annual Mobile Social we’ve refocused to advocacy and the world premier of the film Bikes vs Cars.

The ride and meetup starts at 3:30 on 3/15 and then we’ll ride to the movie at Republic Square Park. RSVP now on Facebook or G+.

Have a look at last year’s gallery….

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Mobile Social SXSW 15

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by Byron on Feb 23, 2015 at 1:06 PM

At the state capitol

For our 9th annual Mobile Social SXSW we’ve refocused to advocacy and the world premier of the film Bikes vs Cars. The Swedish filmmakers and a delegation of city planners from Sweden are in town for the premier. Joining them are local advocates, us, and you!

So we’ll meet up at Create, in the space where bikes and tech meet to greet filmmakers, city planners, and advocates. After that we’ll ride to watch Bikes vs. Cars at Republic Square Park.

Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis we must talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the surface is consumed by cars. The bike is a great tool for change, but the interests who gain from cars invest billions each year on lobby and ads to protect their business.


See you there and please RSVP on Facebook or G+.

Directions

Meet on the lawn outside the Create ATX Tent in The Long Center for the Performing Arts at 3:30. Then go upstairs to the West Pincer Terrace for the meetup. This event is free and open to the public with no badge required.

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Ed Begley Rides a Bike to the Red Carpet

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by Byron on Feb 23, 2015 at 7:57 AM

Just as I was thinking, “hey did any Hollywood celebs ride their bikes to the Oscars?” Yup, Ed Begley Jr. did and didn’t care one bit about his helmet hair.

Then handed his bike to the red carpet attendees.

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DKCB Making Bikes in Seattle

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by Byron on Feb 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

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Bike-making Ballahs at DKCB

From the center of the universe, at least the bike one in the Pacific Northwest, Bill and Max are making bikes.

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Where Bill machines stuff

We attended their grand opening last night and it seemed like so did everyone else. Enjoy the photos and please do stop by for a tour of the showroom and shop. Also see Mark’s post on how the three of them ended up in Fremont.

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Mark hangs his bag here

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Issue 21: Drop Bar Playground

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by Byron on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:41 PM

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Ridden with Patrick Brady from Red Kite Prayer enough now to know when he’s really into something, like more than the usual “Fast, new bike from whoever or whatever,” but something that put him at the “intersection of road bikes, unpaved roads and wildly varied terrain.”

Like the Diverge.

He loved it and told me so wild-eyed, sweaty, and almost spitting his words. Seeing him so lucid with expressions about the gravel bike, I insisted he write the experience down and he did.

Drop Bar Playground is included in Issue 21 of our magazine.

Read it with an annual subscription of $16 or $4 for the issue.

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Santa Cruz Stigmata: Skinny Bikes are Cool Again

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by Byron on Feb 19, 2015 at 10:20 AM


An addition to a brand’s product line hasn’t driven this much traffic and conversation since tubes were shaped to cheat the wind, and aero road bikes became a category. Comments I’ve read about the Santa Cruz Stigmata include

What has Santa Cruz become like Spesh and are making Coastal bikes?

Gravel bikes are to bicycles what the El Camino is to cars: a vehicular hermaphrodite.

and “Skinny bikes are the new fat bikes.” For the record, I was dissing fat bikes, as being over-marketed beyond a few select purposes, before it suddenly became cool.

In Issue 21, we have two stories – both for and against – about fat bikes.

From Matt Haughey

Fat bikes are machines that emit joy, both for the rider and everyone that encounters them.

and Nathan Wright

It is not that fat bikes are bad, the truth is they are great for their intended purpose (as Matt shared with us in Issue 17 and 21), but the way they are being marketed will be their undoing and illustrates the biggest issue facing the bicycle industry, an issue that can be summed up with a joke. How do you make a small fortune in the bike industry? You start with a large one. Welcome to the reality of the bike industry.

And with much of the country snowed in, it’s expected fat bikes are having a great season.

A fatbike isn’t gonna ride through a snowbank either, but it will handle the thaw better than most; except perhaps a good cross bike, like you can expect the Stigmata is.

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Youth Bike Summit

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by Byron on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

An event I regret missing happened last Valentines Day and it was the Youth Bike Summit


This annual summit aims to transform local communities and strengthen the national movement by empowering youth bicycle leaders. Youth from across the country will meet at Bike Works and nearby neighborhood locations for 3 days to share ideas and learn together.

In the last five years the Youth Bike Summit has grown to be a national event drawing people from 26 states and 4 countries last year! 484 youth, adults, educators, bikers, crafters, makers and enthusiasts attended last year with 125 additional participants watching online.

Good stuff and I hope to attend next year. The organizers uploaded the keynotes to YouTube and they’re shared above.

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It’s Bike Hugger 2.0!

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by Byron on Feb 17, 2015 at 7:08 AM

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Well that was fast! The update to our mag app is available now. And so what’s new in 2.0?

  • Font resizing.
  • Paginated back issues for faster browsing.
  • Delete issues once you’re done reading them to save space (left swipe to delete).
  • Bug fixes, stability improvements, and more.

It swipes a lot smoother too, comes bundled with a new sampler, and Issue 21 just dropped last week with that fabulous cover.

If you don’t have apps set to automatically update, 2.0 is waiting for you in the app store.

On the Web

To read us on the web, sync your iTunes account email via the app or login there. Windows, Droid, and desktop users the web view was made just for you, it’s OS independent, and the same ad-free bike content we’ve published since June, 2013.

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Eroica CA

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by Byron on Feb 16, 2015 at 11:40 AM


Was just talking this weekend about a new ride to do, something unique and different…then today, got the PR that Eroica CA registration is open.

Eroica CA will be held from April 10-12, 2015 in Paso Robles, California. Registration is limited to 1000 riders and a cost of $150 per-entrant. There are three course distances: 123, 65 and 41-miles.

Owned and organized by the founders of Italy’s famous L’Eroica vintage bike ride, participants may only use a bicycle that was built before 1987, with many riders using two-wheelers built prior to World War II.

Part of the proceeds benefiting local non-profit, Hospice of SLO County.

The ride will take place on Sunday, April 12 and the weekend will include a Classic Bicycle Concours in central Paso Robles and will also feature a vintage market, including classic bicycles, parts and other merchandise.

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