The last time we tried to put a tubeless tire (Specialized Renegade) on our Santa Cruz Highball. It didn’t go so well. There are many reasons. The tire was old, worn, and not ready for primetime, but we did some one really dumb stuff as well. In the end, we burned through seven CO2 cartridges, were covered in Stan’s No-Tube juice, and thought we needed to buy an air compressor. It was not pretty.
Today, before putting new Maxxis Crossmarks on our rig we watched this little video from Art’s Cyclery and it shed needed light on the entire DIY process. Following these directions we got things right the first time.
Some of the things we learned: remove the valve core before pumping, pump like a fiend until right about 30 lbs (you’ll know things are going well when you hear the beads popping into place), and only release the pump and squirt in some Stan’s after the beads are set. This is likely common knowledge, but we just wish we’d have seen this video months ago. Enjoy.
Still trying to figure out something that will explain why Ryder Hesjedal’s wheel keeps turning fast enough to spin his stopped bike around in the middle of the road after his Vuelta crash. . . any theories?
Lazer’s Cappuccinolock will keep someone from running off with you bike, but if the thief has a boxcutter they can take your bike and your helmet. None of this is pointed out in this oddly compelling new video promo. . . You’ll see.
Meanwhile, back at the 2014 Vuelta a España, GC leader Nairo Quintana went down pretty hard in the Stage 10 individual time trial and turned the lead over to two-time Vuelta winner Alberto Contador.
He hit the side of the road off the pavement alongside a guard rail on a downhill which caused him to flip over his bicycle. (:24) After being tended to, Quintana got back on his bike to finish the stage. . . Prior to today’s crash, Quintana led the overall General Classification standings by 3 seconds. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) now leads the overall GC by 27 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Quintana dropped out of the GC top ten and now trails Contador by 3:25. Germany’s Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the TT — a 36.7 kilometer time trial from Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela to Borja.
Industry Nine’s new PillarCarbon mountain bike wheels will feature rims manufactured by Reynolds Cycling.
“We evaluated everything we have learned about rim performance, made improvements wherever possible and then put the wheels to test in the Pisgah National Forest, the ultimate proving ground for mountain bike equipment,” said Jacob McGahey, Industry Nine director of operations. “And with over 25 years of composites experience, Reynolds possesses the resources, experience, technology and manufacturing ability to build rims that complement Industry Nine’s quality hubs and spokes.”
The PillarCarbon series features four new wheel models — “the Ultralite Carbon 24H 29, Trail Carbon 29, Trail Carbon 24H 27.5 and Enduro Carbon 27.5—for which Reynolds produced rims with hookless rim channel design, optimized inner rim widths and directional rim stiffness around Industry Nine Torch series hubs and spokes.”
Those who’ve actually used the GoPro camera that their mom’s got them last Christmas know what a nightmare it can be keeping all the pieces together. There’s the cords, the cases, the mounts. Never having the right piece was enough to make us mothball our camera for weeks at a time. But incase has a solution with their new Mono Kit.
The Mono Kit, an innovative silicone travel case that serves as a protective container for one GoPro® camera as well as batteries and accessories; the Dual Kit, which holds two GoPro® cameras and the Accessory Cartridge, the ideal travel bag for camera cords, batteries, mounts, housings and back doors.
Hear that mom? If you bought the camera, looks like you’re going to need to buy the case as well. They go on sale at Best Buy and Goincase.com on August 31, 2014. For the official word from incase, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
People For Bikes, the organization dedicated to improving bicycling in the United States, has a new partner in the form of our favorite on-bike food, Clif Bar.
The mission of PeopleForBikes is to improve bicycling in the U.S. by collaborating with individuals, businesses and communities. CLIF Bar recognizes that safety on American roadways needs to be improved in order to further encourage bicycling as a more popular mode of transportation. One key solution is developing protected bike lanes that provide physical separation between cars and bikes on the roadway. According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, cities around the U.S. have found that protected bike lanes increase bicycle ridership, reduce motor vehicle speeding, reduce crashes and improve people’s feelings of safety on those streets. CLIF Bar and PeopleForBikes have a long-term interest in working to bring new opportunities for safer, accessible biking in communities across the nation.
What’s it like to make 700 rice cakes a day, chase down the 2014 Amgen Tour of California riders and hand them out as “neutral human support”? Skratch Labs knows and they’re join to show you a little of it right here.