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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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Does endurance cycling help you live longer?

Does endurance cycling help you live longer?
Fergus Walsh
Link: http://m.bbc.com/news/health-27146342

"Does endurance cycling help you live longer? Take one look at cycling legend Brian Robinson, and you may have your answer.

Brian, aged 83, is a bone fide British cycling legend: the first Briton to finish the Tour de France in 1956 and the first to win a Tour stage in 1958.

He still lives in the village of Mirfield in West Yorkshire, where he was brought up, and still cycles twice a week.

"I do have a healthy lifestyle," he says. "I can recommend cycling. They say it gives you an extra 10 years of life - another decade would do me fine!"

You can get a sense of just how good Robinson was from his victory in the 20th stage of the 1959 Tour de France, from Annecy to Chalon-sur-Saone."

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Bike Forever

For entrepreneurs, cycling is the new golf

Michael Y posted this on FB a few week ago.  Its a good read.

For entrepreneurs, cycling is the new golf
CNN Money
Parija Kavilanz
Link: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/29/smallbusiness/cycling-golf-entrepreneurs/

"Across America, entrepreneurs and seasoned executives are sidelining a popular networking activity -- golf -- in favor of a different group sport.

"Unlike golf, cycling is also a great equalizer," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "You're the same as the person riding next to you. So it makes people more approachable. "

Entrepreneurs also gravitate toward cycling because it's a better way to stay in shape, said Clarke. It's also less time consuming and relatively less expensive.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Take a look at Team Sky's new Pinarello Dogma F8 bike!

Open Streets Slated for SFV, SGV, Pasadena, LB, Santa Monica, and More

Sent in from Richard M.

Open Streets Slated for SFV, SGV, Pasadena, LB, Santa Monica, and More
Joe Linton
Link: http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/05/28/open-streets-slated-for-sfv-sgv-pasadena-long-beach-santa-monica-and-more/

"It is not fully approved or completely finalized, but a document has circulated that shows Metro’s staff recommendations for open streets events for FY2015-16. Open streets events, or ciclovías, are car-free festivals primarily for bicycling and walking, more or less the same as Los Angeles’ popular CicLAvia.

So far in L.A. County, cities, primarily the city of Los Angeles, have partnered with the CicLAvia nonprofit organization to host these events. The new Metro list shows the popular event spreading out to new cities and new neighborhoods, and new cities working with new organizational partners.

Metro has become a major sponsor for open streets events, allocating $2 million in event funding for each of the next two fiscal years, July 1st through June 30th. The agency is allocating the funding to cities that apply. Metro received about two dozen applications, ranked them, and recommended funding twelve upcoming events.

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Trust Issues

Never trust a squirrel.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Is this Drew Barrymore?

Cycling is the Answer

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Man's Best Friends

Santiago Canyon with Mike and Gary

Last Saturday Mike, Gary and I rode thru Santiago Canyon.  Gary's got a full Ironman coming up in June so he needs to pack on the miles. 

Although raining in some areas, the ride was awesome and we managed to pack in 70 miles.

I managed to crash 10 miles before the end.  Good times.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Glendora Mountain Road - Closed until 06/11/2014

Better take advantage of a good thing, get out and R I D E ! ! !

Norwegian Road Safety

Strongest Hearts 11; Vegan Track Cyclists

Strongest Hearts 11; Vegan Track Cyclists from Strongest Hearts on Vimeo.
Meet 3 vegan track cyclists: Kevin Selker, Jack Lindquist and Zak Kovalcik. See full post here, including Kevin's amazing lasagna recipe: http://truelovehealth.com/2013/09/17/day-in-the-life-11-vegan-track-cyclists/

Friday, May 23, 2014

Renegades of Bike Culture | Fig. 1

From the Radavist.com

L.L.Bean Trailblazer Ted King

Link: http://www.llbean.com/customerService/aboutLLBean/trail_blazers.html?qs=3017607&stop_mobi=yes

"Ted King believes that the simplicity of competitive cycling makes it entirely comprehensible worldwide. "Pedal hard and first guy across the line wins," is his boiled-down description of the sport. Ted "got it" when he was a freshman at Middlebury college in Vermont. After watching his older brother Robbie win the 2002 National Collegiate Road Championship he decided to devote himself to competing on two wheels.
Pedaling hard, Ted has gone on to perform at the highest levels of road racing. He competed in the 2013 Tour de France and is set to ride again with Team Cannondale in 2014. Often, riders like Ted get overlooked. His role on the team is a domestique – a rider who’s job it is to support the team leader, from riding in front and creating a draft, to giving up his bicycle if necessary. He has helped his team leader to close the 2013 season with more victories than any other World Tour rider. But unlike many support riders, Ted has also made a name for himself and is very popular with American fans"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tom and Alberto - Specialized

Super Natural

Heart Ailment Forces Niels Albert to Retire

Heart Ailment Forces Niels Albert to Retire
Chris Fontecchio
Link: http://www.podiumcafe.com/2014/5/19/5731156/heart-ailment-forces-niels-albert-to-retire

"In a stunning development, two-time Cyclocross World Champion Niels Albert of Belgium announced his retirement today due to a potentially life-threatening heart arrhythmia. The problem was discovered recently during a medical check-up in preparation for the 2014 cyclocross season, and confirmed during a second check. While there is no mention of which type of arrhythmia Albert has (there are several types), it is one which should allow him to lead a normal life but which places that life at risk of cardiac arrest during high intensity activities, cyclocross being exhibit A in that category.

Albert was devastated. At a news conference in Leuven, he announced his decision to the world.

"This sudden farewell for myself and my surroundings a very heavy sledgehammer. Last season was one with many ups and downs. I was eager to be there next season, with a reborn Niels Albert. A great year."

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Walz Caps with Great Rock

Walz Caps with Great Rock from Whitenosugar Productions on Vimeo.
After the success of Edventure (https://vimeo.com/31712624) we were asked to produce another edit for Walz Caps (www.walzcaps.com). So Ed Oxley (www.great-rock.co.uk) grabbed a few hats and we made a shorter adventure in a mile radius of Hebden Bridge.

"Obnox Stomp"
by John Fairhurst

Filmed on a Sony EX1R and a Canon 5d mark ii.

How To Pronounce Italian Cycling Brand Names


How To Pronounce Italian Cycling Brand Names from Jai Dapito on Vimeo.

Coffee Klatch

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


So looks like some changes in The Hour rules.

Strava Cycling - How To Improve Your Times

Monday, May 19, 2014

Glass Half Phil - Driving the Team Bus

Glass Half Phil - Driving the Team Bus from Cervélo on Vimeo.
Team Garmin Sharp rider Phil Gaimon takes us behind the scenes at the Amgen Tour of California and shows off his new role with the team.

Slayer - War Ensemble (Ukulele cover w/ solos)

From David S.

Just soooooo rad!  Slayer's War Ensemble on a Ukulele. Growing up I was all about Slayer.  I used to drive my mom crazy with this music. 

This is the Ukulele Version

Below is the original in case you were wondering.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

John P is Killing it on Glendora Mountain Road

Last Saturday I rode up GMR with John P.  It was my first time up there on the fixie in a few months.  John P has been posting some killer times on Strava so I was a little nervous for this ride.

First, John's been doing this ride consistently with a 45 x 15 (or 14) ratio and in the 10's (mph).  Second, it was my first time up on a fixed gear bike in a while and I have been struggling to post an average speed of above 10 mph.

I arrived at SM/GMR & Sierra Madre at 5:45 am.  The plan was to cast off right at 6 am and I was a bit early. I could sleep.  I was too eager for this ride.  When John got there we quickly geared up and headed up the mountain.  I hung on John's rear wheel until the first saddle. He sped off. 

At the shack I new my time was going to be good.  I felt strong.  John uploaded his Strava data and BAM! He clocked 10.9 mph from the gate to shack!  Great job!


From Brian S. 

ENVE Company, U.S. MADE BY CHOICE from ENVE Composites on Vimeo.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles Treatment

From Stan L.

Photographer Preposterously in the Way of Bike Race Gets Full Photoshop Battles Treatment
Austin Rogers
Link: http://fstoppers.com/photographer-preposterously-in-the-way-of-bike-race-gets-full-photoshop-battles-treatment

In other this-is-why-I-love-the-internet news, at a cycling race last month, a photographer was seen laying in the way of the racers (check out their expressions). Naturally, the incredibly imaginative fine folks at Reddit photoshop battles were kind enough to make several beautiful creations featuring our out-of-place ‘tog.
In a later interview the photographer said that he was never in the way of the passing cyclists, but judging by their faces he was definitely a little too close for comfort. Fortunately nobody was injured, this could have easily gone terribly wrong!"

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Team Sky, Giro Team Time Trial

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The First Flying Bicycle

Sent in from Ed C.

This is the world’s first bicycle that doubles as a flying ultralight para-trike aircraft. When the para-wing is deployed from an integrated backpack to provide lift, a powerful two-stroke gasoline engine powers the craft’s three-bladed carbon fiber propeller for an airspeed of 25 mph. Designed to cruise at low altitudes (below 4,000') with a range of approximately 75 miles from a full tank, it can operate from any suitable area of open space.

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Statue of Girl on a Bike

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2015 Tarmac Rider-First Engineered™

Rider First Engineering... shouldn't every bike manufacturer be doing this in the first place.  Stupid marketing.  This just makes the case to buy from a smaller custom builder.

Hulk versus Spiderman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Federal judge limits use of Adventure Pass in Southern California forests

Federal judge limits use of Adventure Pass in Southern California forests
San Gabreiel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Link: http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20140507/federal-judge-limits-use-of-adventure-pass-in-southern-california-forests

"A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service can no longer charge fees to visitors who hike, walk and bike in the undeveloped regions of the Cleveland, Los Padres, Angeles and San Bernardino national forests.

U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter Jr. ruled in favor of four hikers who were tired of paying fees to hike in these popular Southern California forests, often called the backyard of Los Angeles."

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This is the last big U.S. bike maker

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Huge bomb found as Giro d'Italia party hits town

Huge bomb found as Giro d'Italia party hits town
By: Paul Willian
Link: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/huge-bomb-found-as-giro-ditalia-party-hits-town-30265425.html

ANTI-terrorist detectives seized a massive car bomb in Dublin which was primed and ready to be detonated.

The car containing the milk churn bomb was discovered by gardai in the car park of the Finnstown Country House hotel in Lucan, Co Dublin.

Sources revealed that it contained 50lb of explosives made from fertiliser, and was armed and ready for use with a timer attached.

While the intended target remained unclear, the bomb was seized just hours before the culmination of the high profile Giro d'Italia.

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The Rules

The Rules
By The Keepers
Link: http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

This is a great read regaring the rules of cycling. 

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them all into your life as a Velominatus is a never-ending struggle waged between form and function as we continue along The Path towards transcension.

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The History of Mountain Biking Promo

Friday, May 9, 2014

Star Wars Handlebars

Rollers Versus Trainers - Revisted

I have rollers but am thinking about getting a trainer (AGAIN).  I need to step up my game.  Either I'm slowing down in my "Golden Years" or the guys I ride with are just getting faster and faster. 

I am not sure if a trainer will benefit me any more than my rollers.  I spoke with a guy at Incycle and he said stick to the rollers and download some training videos from www.TheSufferfest.com.  I think I'll give this a try before giving up on the rollers.

*** I really enjoy the rollers and they have helped a lot.  The guy at Incycle told me to save my money because, in his opinion, rollers are the way to go.  My biggest concern is how to simulate climbing exercise on them.

Couple Builds Own Tiny House on Wheels

I want one.  Give me a plot of land and one of these tiny homes and I am good.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Where's Northy?

Where's Northy? from WellPlastic Films on Vimeo.
Nottingham-based Richard North, AKA Northy, has set himself a massive challenge: to cycle around the world. He aims to cover 30,000 miles in two years.


Filmed on Sony FS700 in Nottinghamshire
by www.itswellplastic.com

Crazy Legs - Vanderkitten

Pomona (Diamond Bar/Rancho Cucamonga/Claremont) to GMR to Mt Baldy

Yeah, that's right.  Gary from Rancho, Richard from Claremont, Michael from Diamond Bar and me representing Pomona all converged upon Glendora Mountain Road to My Baldy. 

It was a great ride.  Gary's training for his Ironman in June.  Richard and Michael kicked butt up GMR to the shack.  I was sure Richard was going to smoke Mike up but not so much.  Mike is still KOM. 

I am slowly fighting my way to a PR on SM/GMR to the Maintenance Shed.

Good times with great friends.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


With the Giro coming, East Belfast came out with this parody of a very famous Queen song.

Chris Anker Sorensen - Cut to the bone

Chris Anker Sorensen cuts his fingers to the bone on St 17 of the 2012 Tour trying to remove newspaper from his spokes.  After the stage he was rushed to the hospital and it was determined there was no major damage except for the deep cuts.  Sorensen went on to finish the Tour in 14th place, fucking BEAST!

Link: http://houseofdynamite.tumblr.com/post/48107407525/chris-anker-sorensen-cuts-his-fingers-to-the-bone

Sci-Fi Space Ships

Link: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/but-not-simpler/2013/10/08/what-the-nerdiest-chart-of-sci-fi-ships-says-about-our-dreams-of-space/#.U2Fr2q1dWDo

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wolfpack Hustle Shortline Crit

How to Change a flat tire with Evelyn Stevens

Personally Greg Lemond's video was the best.  Nice try Evelyn.

In 1890s Chicago, bicycles were all the rage

Brian S posted this a few days ago on FB. 

In 1890s Chicago, bicycles were all the rage
Chicago Tribune
Robert Loerzel
Link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-03/news/ct-bicycle-craze-flashback-0427-20140503_1_bicycles-bikes-cyclists

"Chicago's fastest, rudest bicyclists were called "scorchers." They hunched over their handlebars as they raced in the streets.

They were "selfish, reckless, impudent transgressors of the law and trespassers upon the rights of others," the Tribune harrumphed. The newspaper described scorchers as cyclists "who delight to whirl around corners without warning and sweep down upon the unwary on a crossing, with a laugh at the alarm they cause and only a very slight fear of the police."

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How To Be A Gentleman Cyclist

Monday, May 5, 2014

Beer Mile World Record: 4:57 by James Nielsen

Man Runs Sub-5 Beer Mile
Martin Fritz Huber
Link: http://www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-field/Man-Breaks-the-Five-Minute-Beer-Mile-Barrier.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebookpost

"We are one week away from the 60-year anniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub-four-minute mile. What he accomplished on that blustery day in 1954 on Oxford University's track is perhaps still the most significant moment in athletics: a testament to humankind's eternal striving to break barriers once thought impenetrable.

Now humanity can celebrate another such milestone: The sub-five-minute beer mile has been achieved."

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As The Crow Flies

As The Crow Flies from howies on Vimeo.
Ade from howies and Dom from Wold met up in mid-Wales for a ride to the coast by howies HQ.

They rode two hand built howies x Wold cyclocross bikes over the mountain terrain, boggy tracks and winding roads and rocky paths in as straight a line as possible.

53 miles,
2 hand built bikes,
Mountains to sea,
As the crow flies.


Filmed & Edited by Ricky Adam
Music: Up Through The Night by Juno

Crazy Legs

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dropkick Murphys - Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced

Sent to me from Jason W.  We were talking about guilty pleasure songs.  While I chose Justin Bieber, "Baby, Baby" and Jessica Black's, "Friday", Jason W chose ... well here you go.

I don't really think it counts but its still a good song.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Santa Monica Bicycle Expo May 3 - 4

Need something to do this weekend? Visit the Santa Monica Bicycle Expo May 3 - 4.

Link: http://www.bicycle-expo.com/

The Forever Lock

Sent in from Peter R.

Extreme Unicycling

Sent in from Richard M

Falcon in a tree, no really!

Sent in from Carl B.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fix the Iceland

Fix the Iceland from krystof melka on Vimeo.
"First attempt to cross the Iceland on fixed gear bikes"

Expedition members | Kryštof Hlůže, Kryštof Melka, Jakub Voverka
Cinematography and Editing | Kryštof Melka
Editing and Drift camera operator | Kryštof Hlůže
Expedition production | Kateřina Pisáčková, Natálie Krausová
Music | Jonáš Rosůlek - Needles
Sound | Martin Tauber, André Alin - Needles
Graphic Design | Petra Roubalová - DIP
Translation | Max Dvořák, Ráchel Smékalová


Prague 2014

Argonaut Deep South Odyssey

Argonaut Deep South Odyssey from Argonaut Cycles on Vimeo.
Introducing our new Gravel Racer, in it's natural habitat. We built this bike specifically to go fast on gravel roads and the Rouge Roubaix was the perfect proving ground for the bike.
Learn more about Space Bikes and custom carbon fiber at http://www.argonautcycles.com.

Marianne Vos on a bike

Girl on a bike

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