October 2012

XX1: Everything You Need To Know

by editors on October 31, 2012

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Bike Radar’s Josh Patterson goes deep, deep, deep in the R&D of the SRAM XX1 and pretty much answer any questions we’ve ever had about our next MTB drivetrain.

First and foremost SRAM wanted to ensure that this new design would have a minimal impact on existing rear hub technologies, with no requirement to change the design of the hub body, bearing placement, axle spacing or frame design. In fact, all that is required for most hub manufacturers is a few additional machining steps to remove material from existing splined freehub designs.

Just click the link and read the whole thing if you care.

[Link: BikeRadar]

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Kent England Sets Up A BLOAT Effigy

by editors on October 31, 2012

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Yes, it’s 30 feet tall, and it does look like the BLOAT and he’s going to burn tonight in Kent, England thanks to the Edenbridge Bonfire Society because they burn someone every year and this year it’s the BLOAT.

A 30ft (9m) model of the American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offences, will go up in flames in Edenbridge. . . The Jim’ll Fix It badge is in reference to TV presenter Jimmy Savile who is suspected of widespread sexual abuse. . . Radical cleric Abu Hamza and Chancellor George Osborne were also considered.

We think they chose the right guy for this one. . .

[Link: BBC via Reddit]

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Slum Shredding: Descenso Del Condor

by editors on October 30, 2012

Once again a major energy drink company has exploited a “low-income” neighborhood so their athletes (in this case Slovakian Filip Polc) could wreck the place on their high-priced mountain bikes. This run is from the annual Descenso Del Condor in La Paz, Bolivia on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Energy drink companies must just love working in countries where they can do whatever they want and can stomp all over the local population as long as they pay the right people.

[Editors’ Note: These kinds of events remind us of a Hunter S. Thompson essay from August 19, 1963 titled Why Anti-Gringo Winds Often Blow South of the Border Follow the jump to read it if you’re in the mood.] [click to continue…]

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Liquid Private Bikes For Hire

by editors on October 29, 2012

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After deciding that traveling by car pretty much beats flying with bikes each and every time, we discovered Spinlister.com DoLiquid.com and started to rethink our travel plans.

Liquid, based in San Francisco, California, is an online “marketplace that lets you find the best bikes to rent online, whether from individuals or existing bike rental shops.” It also lets anyone with a bike rent it out. Not a bad idea really.

Now, rather than spending $400 on a bike bag and paying $150 each way to fly bikes around, we may just check in with Liquid and rent one when we get there. However, we doubt we’ll be renting David Tsee’s Scattante r570 Road Bike for $110 a day, although $170 for the week doesn’t sound too bad.

Check it out. The more people who sign up, the better it will be for everyone who travels and rides.

[Editors’ Note: Two days after we posted this Spinlister changed their name to Liquid. We’ve made corrections to update this post.]

[Link: DoLiquid]

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Empty America Perfect For Cycling

by editors on October 29, 2012

These Empty America videos by Ross Ching just make us want to ride our bikes all over San Francisco without a thought for pedestrians or cars. Think about it. No cars would be heaven on earth and for 2 minutes 42 seconds we can all live it. Click here if you’d prefer to dream about Seattle, or here to see how it was all done.

[Link: Ross Ching]

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Martyn Ashton’s Road Bike Reality

by editors on October 26, 2012

Just a few of the outtakes from Martyn Ashton’s Road Bike Party. Just to let us know the guy is human after all.

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UCI Backs Off On Kimmage Suit

by editors on October 26, 2012

Kimmage Paul Sundaytimes-1In what be a bit of a relief for Irish journalist Paul Kimmage the UCI announced today that it is “suspending its legal action,” according to a story on Velonation.

While the UCI has stopped short of ending its legal action, it has said that it will put it on hold for now. “While continuing strongly to maintain the merits of UCI’s case, the Committee decided to seek to suspend the UCI legal action against journalist Paul Kimmage, pending the findings of the independent Commission,” it stated in a release issued several minutes ago. . . “UCI President Pat McQuaid and Honorary President Hein Verbruggen who are individual parties to the case will similarly seek to put their cases on hold.”

If they had a shred of decency left in them McQuaid and Verbruggen would drop the whole thing.

[Link: VeloNation]

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2013 World Champ Mascot Is Pinocchio?

by editors on October 26, 2012

PinnocioOrganizers of the 2013 World Cycling Championships say their choice of Pinocchio has nothing to do with the recent USADA indictment of the BLOAT (a.k.a. Biggest Liar of All Time) and that it is simply a historical figure, according to a story on Velonews.

“Ours is a Pinocchio connected to his origins, happy, athletic and attentive,” according to the official website of the 2013 world championships. “He is looking at the horizon, expressing an optimistic attitude versus the future. The expression of his face is smiling, happy, positive and at the same time astonished.”

Apparently, the Italian have no sense of irony. Wouldn’t it be better just to embrace it?

[Link: VeloNews]

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Behind The Barriers S3 E4

by editors on October 26, 2012

When we last left cyclocross stud Jeremy Powers he was just kicking off the season with a quick trip through Las Vegas. Well, a lot has gone down in three episodes and here we are again to catch back up.

Jeremy’s first task is to find Brown University’s 95.5 WBRU to spread the word about the race with promoter, and all-around good guy, Richard Fries. After hitting the airwaves, it’s off to Providence’s famed Biltmore Hotel, where the entire New England cyclocross community is on display. After all the rubbing elbows is done off the course, it’s time to rub elbows inside the tape.

The rest is 20 minutes of. . . well, you know the rest.

[Link: Behind The Barriers]

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ERW Airless MTB Tires?

by editors on October 26, 2012

While the idea of riding without worrying about a flat or carrying air is intriguing, these ERW Airless Tires looks like they’ll collect all kinds of dirt, rocks, mud etc. . . on the inside. We haven’t ridden them, but until their sides are closed off it seems all manner of debris would rattle around in there. Then again, Britek is still working on it.

[Link via VitalMTB]

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