March 2016

Thorfinn-Sassquatch Unmasked

by editors on March 30, 2016

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Former Bicycling Magazine Editor-In-Chief Peter Flax delivers one of the most intriguing cycling stories we’ve read in a while. Yes, the post includes that boring doping topic, but it also blends in mystery, art, crime, fashion, masters racing, and Strava KOMs. What more can you ask for in a cycling story, really? Here’s the kicker from Cyclingtips.com:

What do a plea deal in federal court, a SoCal Strava legend, urban street crits, and $400 bib shorts have in common? All of them swirl around a rider who likes to call himself Thorfinn-Sassquatch. Here are 13 ways of looking at his strange story.

For all 13 angles, please click the link.

[Link: CyclingTips]

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SRAM’s New Eagle 1×12 MTB Drivetrain

by editors on March 24, 2016

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VitalMTB takes a look at SRAM’s new MTB front derailleur killer the Eagle 1×12 drivetrain. And yeah, if you’re into that whole 1X thing, then this may just be the set-up you’re looking for. Here’s their takeaway:

Taken at the most basic level, Eagle can be viewed as the simple addition of a 50-tooth cog to an already-large cassette in an effort to meet wide gear range demands of 2X holdouts. It’s much more than that in actuality, however, because SRAM has taken the opportunity to update nearly every component in the group. In the process they’ve created a better 1X drivetrain with undeniable advantages over their existing systems. Even if you don’t personally need the massive cog, there’s more speed to be had at the other end of the cassette. With gear range out of the picture, there are now very few arguments left for not switching to a simpler, quieter, and easier-to-use 1X drivetrain.

[Link: VitalMTB]

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USA Cycling Website Gets Hacked

by editors on March 18, 2016

USACycling_LogoIn an email sent out to all members today (Friday, March 18, 2016) USA Cycling outlined a hack that had reportedly breached the organization’s website two days ago compromising the security of critical member information.

USA Cycling learned two days ago of a data security incident within USA Cycling’s IT systems that could include some personal information associated with online accounts, including names, mailing addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, emergency contacts, and USA Cycling passwords. It does NOT include any drivers’ license or state ID numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, or medical or health insurance information, as we do not store such information.

In other words, every bit of info they had on us is likely out there. Had they stored info like credit cards numbers, it would be gone as well. In the email USA Cycling provided a link requiring that memberschange their passwords before getting access to the site again. Then, those links got so overloaded that the system no longer function. Finally, by 7:45 PM EDT they were able to get the password changing system back in working order. They also encouraged users who may have used the same passwords on other sites or services to change those passwords as well. Thanks, USAC!

For the official word from USA Cycling, please follow the jump.

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Reports of The Front Derailleur’s Death

by editors on March 17, 2016

. . . have been greatly exaggerated. . . by SRAM. We will continue working out our left thumbs for just a little while longer. But we’re crusty that way. We’re still not fans of rear suspension.

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John Cardiel Park Raging To Yosemite

by editors on March 15, 2016

NorCal skate (and fixie) legend John Cardiel decided he’d ride from his home in SacTown, California and bring along the Official crew for the ride. Watching those beer’d up smokers hit the Old Priest Grade climb on touring bikes had us chuckling for minutes. For more on Cardiel’s Park Rager (which is currently sold out) click the link.

[Link: Official]

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The Abus Brooklyn Chain Is On Lock

by editors on March 15, 2016

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We don’t ever leave our bikes out where they can be molested, but if we did this Abus Brooklyn Chain would probably do the job (even if it is heavier than our road bike). The set-up features the following:

  • Open 10mm/120 cm hardened steel loop chain
  • Fabric sleeve prevents damage to frame and paint job
  • 80/TI50 TITALIUM™ Padlock features a solid lock body made from TITALIUM&trade aluminum alloy offering higher security at a super light weight
  • Hardened steel shackle with NANO PROTECT™ coating
  • High precision 6 pin key cylinder
  • Two keys supplied with lock

For more info, click the link.

[Link: Abus]

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Brooks + Lezyne = Cool Copper Lighting

by editors on March 10, 2016

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Leave it to the hipsters at Brooks England to take a perfectly good, hardworking Lezyne Femto headlight and kit it out (with copper coloring and a Brooks logo) so the cool kids will want one, too. We use the Leyzne Zekto Drive light (and taillight) as our daily get-training-in-the-dark lights and they work great.

The best part of both these lights is that they can be clipped on or strapped with a replaceable rubber bungee. That way on the outside chance that the strap breaks it can be replaced. For a look at the taillight version, follow the jump.

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Pear Sports Coaching Now On Galaxy

by editors on March 7, 2016

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Pear Sports, makers of the popular in-ear coaching app for iOS devices, is jumping outside the Apple family with a new app designed exclusively for owners of Samsung devices like the the Gear 2 smartwatch as well as the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5.

Pear’s fitness app mixes in-ear audio coaching programs from leading fitness trainers with a user’s real-time performance metrics to create customized training programs for athletes of all types. Galaxy owners will now have access to their cycling training programs (and other sports that none of us have time for).

“Our goal is always to create a unique fitness option for users through world-class training,” says Simon Sollberger, senior vice president of design at Pear. “Teaming up with a leading electronics company like Samsung is going to elevate that idea exponentially by exposing PEAR to millions of Americans hungry for better workout routines.”

The Pear app is free but customized coaching for their specific interest is extra. Programs range in price from $1 to $30 or can be subscribed to for $4 a month. For a limited time, Galaxy users will receive a three month subscription free, including unlimited access to all of Pear’s custom workouts.

[Link: Pear Sports]

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