April 2013

Cyclopedia For Cycling iPadders

by editors on April 29, 2013

Need something to fiddle with on your iPad? And really, who doesn’t? Michael Embacher’s Cyclopedia (which came out in 2011) has been updated to include much, much more cycle porn and may be exactly what you’re looking for, according to a post on Core77.

This new CYCLEPEDIA offers an expanded tour round many more of Michael Embacher’s unique personal collection of two-wheeled rarities. As before every bicycle is beautifully displayed via the app’s 360º spins, but now the zoom magnifications are in even higher resolution allowing you to compare and appreciate each machine’s fine detail, innovation and design more closely than ever. The new CYCLEPEDIA also brings you Sir Paul Smith’s personal collection of rare cycling Jerseys, plus unique movie clips in which Sir Paul entertainingly explains his lifelong passion for bicycles.

The app can be purchased for $9.99 in the iTunes store.


[Link: Core 77]

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Wahoo’s RFLKT Sits In For Your iPhone

by editors on April 25, 2013

We still think this Wahoo RFLKT is still the best solution for those who feel they must use their iPhone as a cycling computer. We don’t, but you might.


Brady’s RKP Book Project: Why We Ride

by editors on April 25, 2013

If you’ve every thought about supporting a cycling Kickstarter project, Patrick Brady’s Why We Ride project might just be the one to jump in on. Brady is raising money to fund the publication of a collection of his essays from his “soul of cycling” website Red Kite Prayer. The good news is he’s already reached his goal, but as he explains in the edit, there’s even more he’ll be able to do if more money is raised including but no limited to helping to pay some medical bills for his newborn baby. Watch the edit, and you’ll see exactly why this Why We Ride project would be a good one to be a part of.


50 Years of Park Tool Goodness

by editors on April 24, 2013

After dealing with slew of terrible local bike shops (who wanted to keep our bikes for a week just to swap out a cassette) we ran screaming into the arms of the geniuses at Park Tool. Their tools, knowledge base, and support were astounding. We couldn’t be bigger fans. So it’s great d to see a little of the history behind the brand in this 50 Years of Park Tool edit. Another example of Midwest know how and doing it because it needed to be done.

[Link via Bike Magazine]


The US Government Jumps On The BLOAT

by editors on April 24, 2013

lance-armstrongAccording to legal documents filed late last night (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) the United States Government has officially jumped on against the Biggest Liar Of All Time with a false claims suit, according to a story on CNN.com.

“The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004,” the court document says. . . The government said it was intervening to recover triple the amount of the sponsorship funds under the False Claims Act, which could bring a total of more than $100 million in damages.

Well, if the BLOAT was worried that he didn’t have anything left to fight for, this should keep him on point for a while. To read the entire US Gov’s complaint click here.

[Link: CNN]


Sea Otter 2013 Downhill Finals

by editors on April 23, 2013

Thanks to Specialized for a glimpse into the 2013 Sea Otter Downhill finals. It funny watching all the downhillers struggle to come up with complimentary euphemisms for “this is the most boring, silliest downhill we ride all year.” For example, the top six guys finished in the same half second.

[Link via Pink Bike]


Testing The Sea Otter DH With Santa Cruz

by editors on April 19, 2013

Nothing like taking a pre-run on the helmet of the Santa Cruz Syndicate, huh? The 2013 Sea Otter Downhill should be good.

[Link via VitalMTB]


Giro Parent Easton-Bell Sports For Sale

by editors on April 19, 2013

Giro Logo-2Fenway Partners, the New York-based private equity fund that owns Giro Helmet parent company Easton-Bell is reportedly putting the company up for sale, according to a story on Reuters.

Based in Van Nuys, California, the company sells its products under several brands, including Easton, Bell, Riddell, Giro, Blackburn and Easton Cycling. It generated net sales of $827.2 million in fiscal year 2012.

According to the story, “people familiar with the matter” say the sale could bring as much as $900 million. Others, say it maybe difficult after a judge ruled that their football helmet arm, Riddell, may not have sufficiently warned players about the danger of concussions while wearing the helmets.

[Link: Reuters]


Pivot Drops The New Firebird 27.5er

by editors on April 18, 2013

Pivot, the makers of one of our favorite full suspension XC bikes, has dropped a new 27.5er just in time for the Sea Otter Classic. The new Firebird reportedly melds all the long-travel benefits of a 26 inch with the roller over everything 29ers and meets them right there in the middle at 27.5 (as Pivot like to call their 650b).

“The new Firebird 27.5-inch model takes everything that’s great about the Firebird and makes it better. It’s definitely a favorite around our office,” offers Pivot president and CEO Chris Cocalis, “Within a line of very versatile bikes it stands out because it really is a quiver-of-one. It rewards and inspires confidence for an aggressive rider.”

All that and 6.6 inches of travel in the back seat. If you’re at the Sea Otter, check it out at the Pivot booth. Otherwise, follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]


Spy’s Belgian Waffle Ride Brings The Pain

by editors on April 17, 2013


For those who watched Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara win the 2013 Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubiax (back to back) and thought maybe they’d like to test themselves against 200 plus kilometers of cycling hell, the Spy Belgian Waffle Ride held in Carlsbad, California, is the perfect race.

The 2013 Spy BWR, held April 7, (the same day as Paris Roubiax), pitted 360 cyclists against some of the steepest, wettest, and rockiest roads and dirt trails in Southern California. And that was after loading everyone up with a huge waffle breakfast.

Modeled after Europe’s gnarly one-day Spring Classic races, the Spy BWR offered those who dared to challenge the course an opportunity to test their strengths in a variety of different terrain, while at the same time raising money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

The 130-mile “hell of the North (County)” course began under overcast skies at Spy Optic’s headquarters in Carlsbad and wound its way through Carlsbad, Oceanside, Bonsall, Valley Center, Escondido, and San Elijo before ending, six-plus hours later, back at company headquarters.

Follow the jump for the rest of the story including complete results. [click to continue…]