Vans x Brooks England: Boot, Saddle, Bag

by editors on December 5, 2016

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Brooks England is celebrating their 150th anniversary while Vans is celebrating their 50th anniversary, so why not get together on a four-piece collaboration featuring artwork by Taka Hayashi.

The Brooks x Vault by Vans partnership presents laser-etched artwork from designer Taka Hayashi across the TH OG Sk8-Hi LX and TH OG Classic Slip-On LX. Hayashi’s imagery and intricate detailing extends from footwear into a deluxe set of Brooks Accessories consisting of the Barbican Shoulder Bag and Swift Brooks Saddle.

Looks pretty smooth, right? The collection is available for purchase now at select stockists across the globe. For more information about visit  www.brooksengland.com or www.vans.com/vault. Follow the jump for more detailed photos.

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2017 BWR Registration Now Open

by editors on November 30, 2016

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Big, fancy, famous, gravel grinding, dirt churning, road racing suffer fests like North County San Diego California’s 2017 Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride tend to sell out early for some reason and that’s why we’re reminding you that registration for the 2017 event (scheduled for Sunday May 21, 2017) is now open. Click here to register before you read the rest, if you must.

What’s up for the 2017 event? Here are a few details from the organizers:

The course will change a bit this year and not be quite as long. Yes, you read that correctly. As with all spring classics, sometimes the courses change for the better. We know ours is.

There is a new team category being added to the event for both the Waffle and Wafer. You will be able to race with your teammates against other teams in Male, Female and Co-Ed classifications.  The cumulative time of the top four finishers from each team  will determine the placings.

This will be the most festive and interesting event to date. We have many new fun and exciting features to roll out for everyone this year, on a more manageable course, with a stacked field of riders from all over the world.

We are very pleased to share all of this with you in May.

Danke, 

Nor sure what the Belgian Waffle Ride is all about? Click here for Bikeistan’s total coverage from the beginning including results, photos galleries, and horror stories from the road. We’ll keep you posted as more info becomes available and remember, it’s never too early to start training for the BWR.

[Link: Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride]

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Strava Pushes News/Ads To The Feed

by editors on November 30, 2016

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We always hoped the next major advance at Strava would be better, easier ways to message and communicate with people we follow (Strava Messenger?), instead Strava is rolling out what they are calling Beta Clubs. On the surface these “clubs” appears to be nothing more than a news providers. Here’s how Strava is over pitching it:

The Beta Clubs mark the first time that content other than an activity could show up in your feed, which is a big step toward serving every need of the athlete. That’s an ambitious goal, and no doubt we’ll be learning and iterating along the way. But we’re up for the challenge, and these Beta Clubs will help lead the way. Only these clubs can post for now because we trust them to be awesome — they are going to show us and the rest of the Strava community what it means to run a great club. They’ll set the standard, and it won’t be long before we open the ability to post content to all clubs and athletes.

The Beta Clubs include popular media, retailers, and product brands Like Bicycling Magazine, Bike Radar, Canyon Bicycles, USA Cycling, Rapha, Clif, and Competitive Cyclist (that’s just seven of the twenty-seven brands listed). Users can “join” the clubs they want to get news from. Then each time the companies blast out “news” it will show up in the feed between rides.

While getting news from brands we care about might be interesting, this really looks more like a revenue generation play by Strava that will eventually lead to feeds clogged with irrelevant advertising.  We sincerely hope this doesn’t happen, because we really like Strava. It is our Facebook. And if it becomes as annoying as Facebook we’ll be forced to purge it from our lives and that would be a serious bummer.

How do you feel about the new Beta Clubs? Let us know in the comments.

[Link: Strava Beta Clubs

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686 + Cadence = Warm & Dry Winters

by editors on November 1, 2016

LA based 686 snowboarding clothing company got together with LA based cycling clothing company Cadence for a match made in winter.

Life on the bike. From the realities of commuting to and from work to the euphoria of a bike packing escape. Each step empowered by ones own physical ability. We are only limited by what we push ourselves to try. Fail or succeed it is the journey that is the ultimate destination. . . Propelled further forward with the Cadence x 686 Insulator and 3L rain jacket. Built for lifestyle cycling.

[Link: 686 X Cadence]

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Charity Rider Rammed By Angry Driver

by editors on October 27, 2016

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People in cars are crazy. We know this. No where on earth do people feel more emboldened than when they slink behind the wheel of their shiny metal boxes and roam the earth seeking to inflict their will on anyone and everything that gets in their way.

The latest example comes from Carlsbad, California, where just last week (October 21, 2016) a cyclist, who was riding the final miles of the 620 mile Challenged Athletes Foundation Million Dollar Ride with a paraplegic friend, was purposely mowed down by an angry driver who didn’t want to wait 90 seconds for the group to get through a narrow section of road, according to a story on 10 News San Diego.

It all started when a driver behind them (in the maroon truck shown above) began honking repeatedly. One of the cyclists, Bob “Sully” Sullivan, went back to ask the driver to give them a little time to get out of the way.

“‘We’ve gone 590 miles, give me 90 seconds, I’ll have him up and over this grade, you can be on your way,'” Sullivan said he told the man. “Completely agitated, he says to me, ‘I don’t care if it’s f-ing God up there. Get out of the f-ing road.'”

Sullivan reportedly ended the discussion at that point and returned to riding with his friends. Moments later he was hit from behind, knocked to the ground, and nearly run over by the angry man. The Carlsbad Police department was called, and as is becoming standard procedure in car vs. bike interactions, the officers did not arrest the driver. Of course, had driver had done something similar to a Police officer the driver would have been immediately shot and killed, but as it was only a cyclist, the officers let the driver continue on his way.

How can this happen? So far the Carlsbad Police department has no official response. Hopefully, Sullivan will follow up with a civil suit if nothing else. Click the link for the rest of the story.

[Update October 27, 2016, 3:11 PM]: The Carlsbad Police Department has posted a message on their facebook page explaining that they have initiated a “criminal investigation” and that the reason it has taken them so long is that on the original call “there was no mention to the officer that the collision was intentional.” What this means is that the responding officer did not include any mention that the collision was intentional in his original report. Because, you know, an angry guy dropping F-bombs and honking his horn behind a group of cyclists could be so angry that he unintentionally rammed the same cyclist that he was yelling at only moments before. Yeah, that makes sense.

[Link: San Diego 10 News]

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Carson Storch’s 3rd Place Rampage Run

by editors on October 17, 2016

Watching the colored cow’s Rampage event is hard on the nerves. Seeing the stars of freeriding blowing down the mountain can be amazing, while watching the guys who are trying to become stars ride beyond their abilities can be horrifying. Luckily, Carson Storch is a member of the former and not the later. We agree with Carson when he says, at the end of this video, “Yes. Yes.”

[Link via VitalMTB]

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Project Bike Love Changes Lives

by editors on October 13, 2016

Project Bike Love co-founders Belen Ramirez and Erin Machan met on a bike ride and realized that by providing bikes to those who could not afford them they could help women around the world improve their lives. Erin explains:

“I started to see that there are so many women and young girls around the world that are unable to get to school, work, or medical care due to the dangers of traveling on foot,” Machan says. “Some of these dangers include, rape, murder, mugging, human trafficking and the list goes on and on. By giving these girls a bike we can change the world. I couldn’t believe how just a bike could change a girls life. A bike that I use for fun can actually be life changing for young women around the world and for a price that most of us spend on bike stuff weekly.”

For more info on Project Bike Love and how you can get involved, please click the link.

[Link: Project Bike Love]

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SLO Cops Picking On Cyclists

by editors on October 12, 2016

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Even though vehicles are more often the responsible party in cycling fatalities, the police department in the college town of San Luis Obispo, California is out to teach cyclists a lesson by ticketing them for minor infractions in a special education operation, according to a story on KEYT.

“A lot of [cyclists] don’t realize the potential of injury from each of these collisions; if they were to run a stop sign and be struck by a moving car, the chances of being injured are greatly increased because obviously the vehicle’s moving at a certain speed, and the pedestrian has no safety other than hopefully a helmet,” explains Officer Kevin Phillips from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Wonder how many three-foot rule violation tickets officer Phillips has written? Has the SLO police department ever focused a stakeout on reminding drivers that it is their job not to hit people on bikes? We would guess the answers to these questions are: none, and never.

[Link: KEYT]

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Danny MacAskill Goes Wee Wee Wee

by editors on October 12, 2016

. . . all the way home.

We’re just putting this Danny MacAskill edit up to remember when it blasted out into the world. We know you’ve already seen it and that we have no real information to add. It’s perfectly produced, lit, and edited. And looks sweeter than ice cream with sugar on top. If you’re interested in a behind the scenes look at how many people were involved in this colored cow production, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

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The All New Spooky From Sockguy

by editors on October 4, 2016

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It’s October so that means Sockguy has their latest version of their annual spooky socks up on the website for a limited time. What better way to sock out Spookycross? To grab a couple pairs, click the link.

[Link: Sockguy]

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