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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Monday, June 30, 2014

FOR THE LOVE OF MUD" TEASER-2

CX season is a long way but here is a great video regarding the subject.  This came from Dorothy Wong on FB.

"FOR THE LOVE OF MUD" TEASER-2 from benedict campbell on Vimeo.

Le Tour De France 101

Fitting eh?


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Klatch Coffee - Bolivian Uchumachi

First impressions - So far this one is a 9 out of 10.  Maybe a 10.  The description is perfect, Chocolate Floral...


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Your Brain on Bicycling

Your Brain on Bicycling
bicycling.com
Selene Yeager
Link: http://www.bicycling.com/training-nutrition/training-fitness/your-brain-bicycling?cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Bicycling-_-Content-Story-_-brain-bicycling

"Every morning Canadian neuroscientist Brian Christie, PhD, gives his brain an extra boost. We're not talking about tossing back multiple strong shots of espresso or playing one of those mind-training games advertised all over Facebook.

"I hop on my bike, go to the gym for 45 minutes, then ride the rest of the way to work," says Christie. "When I get to my desk, my brain is at peak activity for a few hours." After his mental focus sputters to a halt later in the day, he jump-starts it with another short spin to run errands.

Ride, work, ride, repeat. It's a scientifically proven system. In a recent study in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, scientists found that people scored higher on tests of memory, reasoning, and planning after 30 minutes of spinning on a stationary bike than they did before they rode. They also completed the tests faster after pedaling."

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Accomplishing Something Amazing: Gary F

This Sunday, Gary F will attempt his first full IRONMAN in Coeur D'Alena, Idaho. That's 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and a 26.2 miles of running.

Make sure to send "Good Vibes" his way as he attempts something truly amazing.


OPQS to Le Tour de France

I posted this a few days ago on my Bicycle Friends FB page.  Some big names to support Mark @ the Tour.


The Pinarello F8

Hey guys, Incycle in San Dimas has on!  Check it out.


Girl on a Bike


Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Crash, Milram, Conalgo


Girl on a Bike


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Mechanic


Protected Intersections For Bicyclists

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.
Protected bike lanes are the latest approach US cities are taking to help their residents get around by bike. But these protected lanes lose their buffer separation at intersections, reducing the comfort and safety for people riding.

What the protected bike lane needs is the protected intersection.

This proposal for the George Mason University 2014 Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition presents a vision for a safe, clear intersection design that improves conditions for all users. Proper design of refuge islands, crossing position and signal timing can create a safe intersection that people of all ages and abilities would feel safe in.

Learn more online at ProtectedIntersection.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OPPRIME: #NEVERFORGETGMR2014

I found this on FB the other day.  There was a lot of activity on Glendora Mountain Road this past weekend.

#NEVERFORGETGMR2014

OPPRIME: #NEVERFORGETGMR2014 from SPF on Vimeo.
I had the privilige of filming Opprime's annual ride up GMR.
Great time with awesome people, can't wait for the next one.

5 Steps to a Bike-Friendly Business

5 Steps to a Bike-Friendly Business
momentummag.com
2014-06-16
Link: http://momentummag.com/features/5-steps-to-a-bike-friendly-business/

"As acceptance of the bicycle lifestyle gains traction throughout North America, business owners and entrepreneurs of all stripes are hard at work entrenching bike-friendliness into their business models. Why? Quite simply, it’s a smart business move. In addition to reducing the need to invest in costly car parking facilities, recent studies have demonstrated that bicycle commuters take fewer sick days, are happier, and are less stressed. These riders often arrive to work faster and with fewer delays than drivers or transit riders.

How do employees benefit from a bike-friendly business? How do customers? What steps can business owner make to be more bike-friendly? For the uninitiated, here are a few basics:"

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GIANT Full Suspension E+ Mountain E-Bike

Electrified! FS goes Electric!



Monday, June 23, 2014

Women’s Cycling: doing it for the love, and one dick too many

Women’s Cycling: doing it for the love, and one dick too many
crankpunk.com
2014-06-18
Link: http://crankpunk.com/2014/06/18/womens-cycling-doing-it-for-the-love-and-one-dick-too-many/#comments

"When Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell won the 2013 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad classic she had every right to be delighted – and one reason not to be. She’d just cemented her name on the European scene with what was arguably the biggest win to date in her career, trouncing Megan Gruanier of Rabobank in the sprint to seal a brilliant victory.

The win brought her the spotlight her talent deserved and gained her a reputation for being a no nonsense rider who could mix it with the best in the sport. Surely, a win like that will have brought in a nice little pot in prize money? Well, not quite.

For her suffering on that cold morning at the tail end of February last year, Cromwell picked up an altogether underwhelming 270 euro. After splitting that amongst her teammates she might just have had enough for a glass of vino and a plate of pasta down her local trattoria.

Compare that to the 65,135 euro prize money taken home by Luca Paolini of Katusha, the winner of the men’s edition, and you can see that there is something of a disparity between the money on offer between the men and the women in professional cycling."

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Coffee Klatch - Ethiopian Kochere Grade 1, Washed


Ethiopian Kochere Grade 1 - This one is too floral and too light for me.  After a few days of experimenting, I can't seem to get it strong or bold enough.  This is more of a tea to me. A strong tea be it but not as strong and bold and dark as I'd like it to be.

Updated 2014-06-29: I just finished the package and yes, this is a much more floral coffee.  There is a subtle sweetness that I found distracting at first.  It reminded me of a strong tea and the Ethiopian Kochere should be enjoyed black, no cream, no sugar, to fully appreciate it. However, after approximately cup 5 I got used to the flavor. And especially after a cup of crappy Maxwell House, I can't wait to go back to Coffee Klatch and get me some real coffee.  Overall the Ethiopian Kochere isn't my favorite, I think I prefer more medium/dark roast coffees.  I'd give this one a 8 out of 10.

How often do you pump up your tires?

Every time I ride, I fill my tires.  It must be some OCD but I like my tires at 105 PSI.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Downhill MTB GoPro footage through Scottish Highlands

Sent in from Richard M.


Old School


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Down Low - Euskaltel-Euskadi


1986 Tour de France Climb to Alpe de Huez

From Erik P.," For those of you youngsters - the 86 tour was one of the best tours ever. Lemond takes yellow - then on alpe de huez stage Hinault attacks his teammate in yellow."


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Yummy Goodness - Always Hungry


1986 Tour de France Climb to Luchon

From Erik P., "The arrogance of Hinault cost him the 1986 Tour."


Friday, June 13, 2014

This Dad Built A $10 Million Business By Reinventing The Bicycle

This Dad Built A $10 Million Business By Reinventing The Bicycle
Businessinsider.com
Drake Baer
2014-05-20
Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-dad-built-a-10-million-business-by-reinventing-the-bicycle-2014-5

"When his son turned 2, South Dakota dad Ryan McFarland bought him a tricycle and a bike with training wheels — each done up in racing stripes.

"My enthusiasm quickly turned to frustration as I watched my eager son of just 20 pounds struggle with the weight and complexity of these so-called 'children's bikes,'" McFarland says.

So McFarland, a dirt bike racer himself, started to rethink the traditional bicycle, looking for ways to turn it into a ride more suitable to his son. He thought about drilling holes or cutting away parts, but then he had an aha moment: He could get rid of the pedal system altogether.

What would provide propulsion instead? Feet."

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Greg and Bernard


Crazy Legs



Thursday, June 12, 2014

How To Race In A Bunch | Racesmart


Bruce Lee


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rap Battle: Mountain Biker vs. Road Biker

Late breaking rap battle between a Roadie and MTBer.


Fabian Cancellara


Land Rover Camper


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Roadies versus Mountain Bikers


Pomona - Chantry Flats - Rose Bowl and Back

69.1 miles and all I got as a memento was epic bird shit on my shoulder and knee.



Yeah it was gross.  I thought a tree nut or something hit me from above.  Then I looked at my leg and saw the splatter damage on the knee.  It was gross.  Then I felt the warm, wet nastiness on the left shoulder.  It was gross. 

Mike and Gary were laughing, and kept saying, "AWESOME!"  It wasn't awesome, it wasn't funny.  I squirted off my knee and took off my jersey to clean it.  If was ALL gross.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to Catch a Bike Thief | The New York Times

Great idea. Is this a bait bike?



Police Use High-Tech Lures to Reel in Bike Thieves
www.nytimes.com
Matt Richtel
2014-05-27
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/us/police-use-high-tech-lures-to-reel-in-bike-thieves.html?_r=1

"SAN FRANCISCO — Officer Matt Friedman fights crime with modern tools: Twitter, which he uses to publicize pictures of suspects and convicted criminals, and a GPS device, which he uses to track down stolen property."

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Stems


Sneaker Bike


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cyclocross Racer


Monday, June 2, 2014

Save a Father's Life


Monday Night Crazy Legs - Presented by the Psycho List

Tonight is CRAZY LEGS! Updated Hours

When: Monday and Thursday Nights
Where: Euro Cafe in Claremont 6:30 pm

Group B departs at 6:45 pm.  Average speeds 16 to 19 mph; Distance 23 miles, three regroups
Group A departs at 7:00 pm. Average Speeds 19 to 22 mph ; Distance 25 miles, limited to no regroups





Sunday, June 1, 2014

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