In the Santa Cruz Mountains

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by Byron on Jan 31, 2015 at 9:17 PM

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Everything Roubaix fans love about this bike with disc

Rode this Roubaix Disc in the Santa Cruz Mountains today. From the beach to Summit Road, and back down. Story to follow with what Spesh is showing the media this week, and an update to the S-Works McLaren Tarmac project.

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The group on Summit Road

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Ride these roads with Spesh and understand why they design bikes like they do.

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CX-1 at Worlds

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by Byron on Jan 30, 2015 at 9:18 AM

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An impressive list of 38 athletes from seven nations are racing on CX-1. To name a few: Ellen Van Loy, Sophie de Boer, Elle Anderson, Kaitlin Antonneau; Toon Aerts, Yannick Peeters, and Logan Owen. For the Elite Men, there’s Wout van Aert, Jeremy Power, and Tom Meesuen. I reviewed CX-1 last year and Mark V wrote about 1 x drivetrains too. It’s a great group for racing, sure…riding around takes some getting used to because of the gear ratios.

More on CX-1

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Turbo Kid at Sundance: BMX and 80s Nostalgia

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by Byron on Jan 28, 2015 at 8:56 AM


A post-apocalypse, BMX movie. Yes! And it’s an official Sundance Selection.

It’s 1997. In a ruined post-apocalyptic world, the orphaned Kid survives on his own through drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX, scavenging for scraps to trade for a scant supply of water. When his perpetually chipper, pink-haired new best friend Apple is kidnapped by a minion of evil overlord Zeus, the Kid summons the courage of his comic book hero and prepares to deliver turbocharged justice to Zeus, his buzzsaw-handed sidekick Skeletron, and their vicious masked army.

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Here’s a making of video from Sundance and it was adapted from this short made by the Roadkill Superstars from Montreal.

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Duwamish at Work

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by Byron on Jan 26, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Dumamish

The Duwamish is an industrialized estuary, and Seattle’s only river. It’s estimated that less than 1/2 of Seattleites know the river exists or that it’s on the Superfund list. We cross it at least once every ride and it’s finally being cleaned up after 100 years of pollution, from Boeing, WWII, sewage, and runoff. I took this photo at S. Riverside Drive Park where a new trail is being built for pedestrians and cyclists, and connects to the South Park Bridge. One of Seattle’s more famous citizens, Macklemore has even spoken up about our river, and joined the cause at River for All.

The Duwamish is part of the Seattle I see.

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Climate Change for Cyclists

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by Byron on Jan 25, 2015 at 8:46 AM

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Cross the Duwamish at least once every ride in Seattle and this view is from the new Southpark Bridge. Those clouds said rain, we were dressed for it, and they never came. We were too warm for most of the ride, in unusually balmy temperatures. The week before, it was like I was riding in a city with no children in it.

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It was so warm in the rest of the Pacific Northwest, that Matt rode his fatbike on the beach (again). Matt shared the fun he’s having on a fatbike in Issue 17.

The bike was a machine that output pure joy to everyone that saw it or rode it.

We’re editing and assembling Issue 21 now and it’s yup, it’s about the weird weather….

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Committed to Commuting

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by Byron on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Committed to Commuting

A vignette from last night on the bike path.

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About the Bike and Love

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by Byron on Jan 23, 2015 at 10:13 AM

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When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed. A beautiful short story about the bike and love with an illustrated video from NYT.

One mechanic zipped the suitcase shut and put the wheel bolts into my palm. “It’s done now,” he said, smiling.

So much we could write too about the bike and love, in February of last year, I collected a handful of stories for our Valentine’s Special. Those included But fear not, Shakespeare: there is love here, in bicycles

I don’t love my bikes. They’re great bikes, but they’re replaceable, tangible, material. Losing any of them would be crushing, sure, but that wasn’t the question, was it? If you lost hot water in the shower tomorrow morning you’d be unhappy, but I doubt you typically run around saying you love hot water. There’s a big difference between ‘loving’ and ‘love having.’

and Annie’s Wheel

I like to think that I’m immune to romantic love. Oh, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited by the joys of a long, wet kiss and God knows I crave the feeling of skin on skin beneath the sheets as much as I love the hum of thin tires on fast pavement.

We have different plans for our next issue, but not the bike and love isn’t on my mind; especially after reading Laurel’s piece.

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Bennett’s Bike Ride, Oz Remix

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by Byron on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:34 AM


Bennett’s bike ride, Oz remix…

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Our Magazine: 7 of 21

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by Byron on Jan 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM

7 of 21

In good company: we’re 7th of 29th Street’s 21 titles and working on our 21st issue now. It’ll drop the second week in February. 29th Street delivers it for us to iTunes and the web.

Annual subscriptions to our independently-produced, ad-free magazine are $16; individual issues are $4. Subscription revenue directly supports the authors, photographers, and editors. Issue 20 is on the newsstand now and is about endings and from that new beginnings. Here’s a short video about 20, including a look at the free, cover story comic, the Evolution of Competition.

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Cycling Sins (1936)

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by Byron on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM


And you thought those fixie kids behaved badly in traffic now, these cyclists were doing it in 1936! Fav newsreel line:

Riding without holding the handlebars is about as clever as handing a balloon to a hedgehog. So don’t!

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