February 2016

IMBA To Remain Wilderness Act Wimps

by editors on February 24, 2016

IMBA_logoWe all know that dealing with the US Federal Government can be a royal pain in the ass, and we ‘re hardly experts in the fight for mountain bike access to the Wilderness. To us it seems the best thing to do is to get mountain bikes reclassified as “horses” and call it a day. We’d be happy with access to everything that horses have access to. In fact, don’t tell anyone, but we’ve already reclassified our bikes as horses. Apparently, there are those who disagree with us.

In their official 2016 Advocacy Position, the International Mountain Bicycling Association has announced that it will “not seek to amend the Wilderness Act of 1964.”

In regards to existing Wilderness, IMBA will pursue legislation to redraw Wilderness boundaries that would open access to select trails and trail connections for mountain biking. This includes trails that government agencies have closed to bicycles without sufficient analysis and empirical evidence of adverse impacts. This legislative effort will be pursued where IMBA has strong grassroots chapters that represent local constituents.

Nice to see they continue to be upfront about choosing their battles, but we continue to be disappointed.

For the official release from the IMBA, please follow the jump. Yes haw!

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Enve Sells Out For $50 Million

by editors on February 23, 2016

enveThe Utah-based cult carbon bicycle accessories manufacture Enve has been snapped up by global sporting goods giant Amer Sport for $50 million, according to story on Bicycle Retailer.

“The acquisition accelerates Amer Sports’ cycling business especially in the United States and provides further expansion opportunities internationally. Enve brings capabilities in carbon technology, and it offers operational scale and synergy benefits complementing Amer Sports’ cycling category,” the company said.

Nice exit, Evne. The brand will be lumped in with Amer Sport’s portfolio that already includes: MavicWilson, Salomon, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Suunto, Precor, DeMarini, and Louisville Slugger. More evidence suggesting that sales and technology are much easier to buy than to build.

[Link: Bicycle Retailer]

 

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Bikes And Illicit Business On The Border

by editors on February 23, 2016

coyotesbikeSurf journalist and writer Kimball Taylor’s new book The Coyote’s Bicycle, follows the flow of bicycles across the border between Mexico and the United States and makes the interesting case that bicycles are becoming one of the least tracked forms of illegal currency used to build illicit border businesses.

In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Taylor explains:

. . . bicycles are fungible, like a dollar. Once a bicycle leaves your hand, it joins the idea of a bike just the way a dollar would. That was shocking to me. Another journalist, Patrick Symmes, described it this way: “In America’s rough streets, there are four forms of currency — cash, sex, drugs, and bicycles. Of those, only one is routinely left outside unattended . . . I guess the most dramatic thing I learned on the trail of these bicycles was the story of El Indio, how this kid from an impoverished area who was abandoned with an elderly grandfather in his Oaxacan village was able to come to the border and see the value not in crossing but in becoming part of that underground economy, becoming a millionaire and losing everything dear to him in the process.”

We’re looking forward to reading this one. To purchase your own copy, please click here.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Cervello Joins Belgian Waffle Ride

by editors on February 22, 2016

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Cervélo Cycles is joining the world famous Belgian Waffle Ride as the event’s title sponsor for the next two years. The event which kicks on in Escondido, California the weekend of April 23-24, 2016.

“Cervélo shares our vision of innovating and creating something special and unique from what’s out there, making it a natural partnership in the evolution of the Belgian Waffle Ride,” says Michael Marckx, CEO of Monuments of Cycling and BWR creator. “The BWR is an homage to the hardest one-day races in the world, with a few unexpected surprises that make our riders return for more. With Cervélo by our side and the C Series under us, we are excited to create a bigger, better, and more Belgian-er experience for everyone involved.”

For the official word from event founders Monuments of Cycling, please follow the jump, or click here to register for one of the most arduous, unique cycling events in North America.

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Garmin Adds Heart Rate to Vivoactive

by editors on February 19, 2016

One of our favorite smart watches, the Garmin Vivoactive, just got a huge upgrade with heart-rate and a completely redesigned case with the new Garmin Vivoactive HR.

The vívoactive HR helps keep track of active moments throughout the day, counting steps and floors climbed, intensity minutes, monitoring sleep and featuring built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding. The vívoactive HR uses 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data to calculate calories burned information as well as the intensity of fitness activities, providing proper credit for users’ array of workouts.

For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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Airsupply Makes Your Seatpost A Pump

by editors on February 9, 2016

Sometimes, the solution is more complex than the problem. While having a bike pump inside your seatpost is an interesting option if your main intention is riding around and pumping up other people flats, we’re wondering if the engineer behind Airsupply by remobic has ever seen how compact, affordable, and efficient a CO2 cartridge is?

He knows Michael Lang, the founder of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, so he’s got that going for him. If you’d like to help, please click the link.

[Link: Kickstarter]

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Of Course We All Want One Of These

by editors on February 1, 2016

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It looks so clean, smooth, and powerful. It’s like a Ferrari for your seat-tube. But what in heaven’s name is it doing on a 3x. With a motor like that we’d just ride a 55×11 and call it a day.

[Link: Gizmodo]

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The Sufferfest Adds Two New Videos

by editors on February 1, 2016

Just when you thought the suffering might ebb, the minds behind The Sufferfest training videos have added two more edits their collection of over 20 different flavors of pain. The new videos are Power Station and The Way Out.

The Sufferfest’s newest workouts feature officially licensed footage from the Milan-San Remo, Tirenno-Adriatico, on-bike camera footage from the Giro d’Italia, and scenic routes from The Col Collective across the French and Italian Alps. . . .The workouts were designed by elite Coach Neal Henderson of Apex Coaching and BMC racing, and are available via download from TheSufferfest.com or streaming app. Both videos are currently showing at more than 90 officially licensed Sufferlandrian Embassies around the world. The 50-minute Power Station video is focused on developing muscular endurance through a series of low-cadence, high-intensity intervals, and is also included in this year’s Tour of Sufferlandria.

For the official word from Sufferfest, please follow the jump.

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