Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

GMO a Go Go ...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Build a Bike in 60 Seconds

60 seconds from Nico G.Thiriet on Vimeo.
Building and riding a bicycle.
Directed by Roman Blomme

Damn Tree Huggers

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Motorcycle Crashes into Bicyclist

"Rider hits cyclists coming out of a turn on Mulholland Hwy. Cyclists didn't appear to have serious injuries. Note about cyclists and riders coexisting on this famous 2 mile stretch of road. Even though bicycles are up here in increasing numbers, this is the first time a bycycle has been hit by a motorcycle In the fours years I've been up here. Motorcycle riders of all skill levels come up here to practice. This location it is pretty common for riders to sometimes go wide exiting the turn. It is very unfortunate, and a rare case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We wish the cyclists a speedy recovery."

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rough Rider Promo

Rough Rider Promo from Wildfire Films on Vimeo.
The most spectacular sporting event in the world in 2013 will take place next July, when for twenty‐one days, the 100th Tour de France sees 180 cyclists pedal over 3,000km around the French countryside. This grueling event will be cheered on by huge roadside crowds and accompanied by the mighty caravan of global media, sponsors, medics and support staff that keep the wheels turning.

Within that media scrum sits one of the worlds most cantankerous sports journalists. Paul Kimmage has spent the last 22 years fighting to rid his most beautiful sport of doping. The former professional cyclist is detested by many in the sport, led by Lance Armstrong, fellow journalists and heads of the world cycling governing body.

Throughout the twenty‐one days of the most grueling road race, we travel with journalist Paul Kimmage in his caravan, giving us an extraordinary insight into the fascinating, beautiful and often shocking world of professional cycling. At its heart this is a story of one man’s unrequited love for his sport.

Right now, there is no sport with a bigger credibility fight on its hands than cycling, and no event where genuine romance coexists so uncomfortably with hideous reality than the Tour de France. Told against the backdrop of the centenary Tour, and through the eyes of one of the most aggravated whistleblowers in sports journalism, we are going on a journey that could prove to be one of the most contentious sports films of our time.

Due for completion: November 2013

Made with development funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board

Friday, April 26, 2013

How to Pee While Riding a Bike


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The "Don'ts" of Bicycling

Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Rights

I understand the message this picture is trying to convey.  It's simple, cyclist have the same rights as our motor vehicle friends... but how many of us cyclists practice what we preach?

How many of us have blown through a red light, or rolled through a stop sign, or better yet blocked in a poor motorist while in a large group ride?

The words in this picture should be swapped and messaging to cyclists should read, "Same Roads, Same Rights, SAME RULES" 

Power is in numbers and I've been on plenty of group rides where "we cyclists" believe the rules not apply to us as we make our way down the road. 

So I guess my point is, I understand the message, but as cyclists, it's also important to practice what we preach.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2013 OPQS: Telefacts Documentary

Stooopid Tall Indeed!

The Bieke Theft / Velofenders

the bieke theft / velofenders from Oskars Cirsis on Vimeo.
Every spring in Latvia comes with a huge increase in bicycle thefts. Everyone knows it, but because of the state laws, police can’t do much about it. We had to change the situation, so we made an experiment called “Velofenders” (Bike theft).It involved 5 bikes equipped with GPS trackers, multiple online cameras, 16000 crime witnesses, every bike thief in Latvia and the local police.
After the project IR magazine raised the topic and because of our experiment state police admitted that there is something wrong with the laws, so now they are working on a new and hopefully better law.

Grégory Baugé

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Glendora Mountain Road to Mt Baldy - Geared

GMR to Mt Baldy, GEARED!  Yeah geared, although riding fixed gear up Glendora Mountain Road is fun, it also hurts, a lot. 

With that said, Michael and I decided to take the Colnago and Cervelo instead.  We left at 6:30 am and it was a pretty leisurely ride the whole way.  We cruised to the base of GMR and kept a comfortable pace up to the maintenance shed.

As we made our way up to the shed, I pointed out some of my favorite mile markers.  MM 10.49, or Marilyn Monroe, is my first favorite. MM 10.49 has since been replaced but it used to have a painting of Marilyn on it.  MM 10.49 also means the first saddle is close.

Another favorite on the way to the maintenance shed is MM 8.44.  Between the first saddle and Newmans is MM 8.44.  After the first saddle, I try to keep my head down and hammer until I get the the short downhill before the shed.  For some reason, I always look up at MM 8.44, intentional or not, my head comes up. MM 8.44 gives you a false sense of getting close to the shed, only to be mightily discouraged as you turn the bend and see more road twisting along the mountain side.

 Michael and I took a very short break at the shed.  The ride from the shed to Mt Baldy Village wasn't bad.  Somewhere after Fork plus MM 6 point something, Michael decided to chase down some other roadies and left me behind.  I continued on my same pace until we regrouped at the village before heading home.

Once down the mountain we toyed with the idea of a quick ride around Bonelli but I decided to conclude my ride. Adam had a soccer game at 11 am and I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to eat and shower before hand.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Trek World Racing DH || Sea Otter and Port Angeles

Trek World Racing DH || Sea Otter and Port Angeles from Trek World Racing on Vimeo.
Truly Dark - Hot Fiction
What You Want Is Lost - Orphan Songs
Dark Clouds - RIM

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Indoor Training Tips from Bicycling Magazine

A lot of stuff I post is for me, so I don't forget it.  This is definitely one of them.


The Bicycle Academy

The Bicycle Academy from Facade Media on Vimeo.

Track Racing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Noble Cycles (Custom Bicycle Frames)

Noble Cycles (Custom Bicycle Frames) from Gilles Labarbe on Vimeo.
Nicolas Noblet, artisan cadreur
Arlon, Belgique
Tel : +32 63 22 95 92
Mobile : +32 (0)471 71 04 75
facebook: http://goo.gl/O4h03

Girls, Girls, Girls ... on one Bike

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Beach Ride - Fixed

Michael and I rode to the beach from Diamond Bar.  It was a great ride.  Its been a while since Michael and I have ridden together, so the beach ride was perfect.  Perfect because we were looking for a long ride where we could just "spin" and catch up on family lives, etc.

As usual I (we) was pressed for time so we were on the road by 6 am.  We held a moderate pace, nothing to hard. There was a lot of moisture in the air, and it only got wetter as we dropped into Newport Beach.

We stopped in Newport for about 10 minutes to eat our snacks and use the restrooms.  Is it me or is there some unspoken rule that all beach bathrooms must be disgustingly dirty and gross?

The ride back wasn't too bad.  We had a mild tailwind to gently push up SART and early on we drafted behind two others until Kraemer Blvd.

Once off SART, and on the roads, fatigue started setting in.  The beach ride will do this to you and there is no time off while riding fixed.

We continued on and I held my impending leg cramps at bay as we entered Brea Canyon.  Michael, whether it was intentional or not, started to pick up the pace and we were slowly creeping from 16 mph to 19 mph and beyond before I dropped off the back.

He slowed down and I caught up just before Diamond Bar Blvd.  From there we finished up our ride and made our way back to the cars. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Trek Domane 4.3

Domane, Domane, Domane, since Spartacus won E3, Flanders and Roubaix, I can't get the Trek Domane out of my mind.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dura-Ace Di2 9070 11-speed on Cancellara's Trek Domane

Well it Happened...

I got a little bit older.  This is my sister and me riding a bike.  Nothing has changed, I still enjoy riding a bike.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trek Domane Technology

Is it the bike or the motor?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Camping in Carpintaria

Spent Friday through Monday camping with the family in Carpintaria.  Great times.

Natalie cruising up the Blvd to the playground

Family Photo with Hardy White Soap and Stuffy

The Kids

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Paris Roubaix - A Throw of the Dice

A Throw of the Dice from RAPHA on Vimeo.
A film by Nick Livesey with Ridley Scott Associates for Rapha.

"Historically, 'The Hell of the North' was not referring to the sheer pain and torment the cyclists of the Paris-Roubaix must endure to complete the 275km race. It was a newspaper caption describing the landscape when the race was resumed after WW1 - charred forests, open sewers - a completely decimated and blackened horizon.

Run your fingers through the topsoil in that region of Northern France and you are likely to find shrapnel and splintered bones. The race has been shaped by history, and as I discovered so too was Johan Museeuw's brush with fate in the Forest of Arenberg.

The only way to define Museeuw's true 'North' was to meet him in the ancient forest. From there the trajectory of the back story was formed, and thus began the filming process."
—Nick Livesey


Rapha and RSA Films present three short films inspired by the people, places and stories of road racing. Johan Museeuw, Sean Kelly and Dario Pegoretti are celebrated in three cinematic portraits exploring the passion, history and drama of the sport.

Based on a trio of story-labels originally found inside the Rapha Club Jerseys, each film brings a new translation: The intense dreamscape of Nick Livesey's ode to Johan Museeuw, Adrian Moat's tale of discovery inspired by Sean Kelly and Ben Ingham's intimate view of Dario Pegoretti in his workshop, all powerful representations of three distinct icons of road racing.

It has been a privilege to work with Ridley Scott Associates and such talented friends on these films.

The Hell of the North 1976

Hell of the North

2001 Paris Roubaix Finish - USPS Cycling George Hincapie

Friday, April 5, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

George Hincapie - First Paris Roubaix

Indiana University's Little 500

Indiana University's Little 500 - April 16, 2011 from Charlie Scudder on Vimeo.
The 61st annual running of the men's Little 500 bicycle race in Bloomington, Indiana. Featuring Indiana University's Straight No Chaser performing the traditional pre-race rendition of "Back Home Again in Indiana".

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Leader of the Pack

Leader of the Pack from Ryan McDonald on Vimeo.
Leader of the Pack follows Chuck Taylor, a veteran cyclist and Little 500 aficionado in Bloomington, Indiana. See his dedication to cycling, and the impact he has on the local cycling community.

MultiVisions Finalist - Advanced Non-Fiction 2010

Created By:
Ryan McDonald
Ellen Knecht
Ben McGill
Erin Gupte
Shane Spitler

To learn more about the Little 500:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Paris Roubaix 1988

Seven Days till Paris Roubaix.

The Little 500

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