Finally Carbon Clinchers!

Carbon Cyclingnews reviews Fulcrum’s new carbon clinchers, Reynolds has launched an impressive new line, Bontrager’s got a really expensive set, and 07 is going to be the year of the all-carbon clincher (after the jump, a link to how all-carbon wheels are made by MQC for Reynolds).

I’d never ridden tubulars until this year and now I know why; I was terribly frightened of Tufo’s tape, lost the valve inside the rim for a while, and was always messing with the air pressure. Tubulars are like dating someone that’s high-maintenance. After a while, no matter how sexy hot they are, it’s not worth the trouble.

Sure, I get the weight penalty, old school ride, and the tubular v. clincher debate is as old as Bob Roll. But with about 40 grams difference between a typical set and clincher tire innovations, I think the debate is soon over.

For an exhaustive review of bicycle tires and tubes and most everything else, see Sheldon Brown. Also check Tubes, Tubeless, or……..Tubular? and 808 v. Hed3.

Finally, enjoy Composites World’s review of all-carbon wheels and how they’re made.



Work less and Bicycle More

One of my vacation mantras is, “Work less and Bicycle More,” and in Maui next week, it’ll be all eat, sleep, ride. Like most of us, I work way too much, and just found the Work Less Party from a comment Jean left on my Well-Traveled Cyclist post from earlier in the year.

That’s my new year’s wish for a da ugga readers (including Snow), work less and bicycle more. On that topic, what do you do to ride more?



Photo of the Day

Commuter

A bicycle commuter in Seattle versus cars, by Mike Kane/P-I.

More on cycling in Seattle, Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan, and the “more than 900 riders have been injured and 5 killed in accidents since 2001.”



Car Free in Seattle

While googling for reaction to Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan, I found the Sightline Institute’s blog and posts from their director on living car-free. Highlights include CNN hanging with them for a day and a car free vacation.



A shift in power: Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan

Most appealing in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan is the intention to mainly focus on existing roadways and making them more bike friendly and improving the City’s quality of life. I posted on this topic earlier, after being convinced by the Contested Streets documentary that shows how cities have “focused on the bicycle as a primary transporter and changed their streets and traffic flow to allow for more bikes.”

Also very important is wayfinding for cyclists and I think the goal of increasing “cycling from 2 percent of all trips now, to 12 percent of all trips within 20 years” is achievable.

For more reaction to Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan see

And a follow up piece from the Seattle PI’s Mike Lewis on bicycle-car collisions.



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