December 2015

Taylor Phinney is holding out hope of returning to Paris-Roubaix this season.

Before his horrific crash at the U.S. championships in 2014, Phinney once dreamed of winning the cobblestoned classic. Now, as he plots his UCI WorldTour comeback for 2016, simply racing Roubaix would be victory enough.

“I still want to do those races,” Phinney said at BMC Racing’s December training camp. “I cannot say I will do this or that at Roubaix. I have a different mentality toward racing, toward what I am capable of doing.”

Those comments reflect Phinney’s continuing evolution as a rider who is still grappling with serious injuries that nearly ended his career at the U.S. national championships in May 2014. The devastating crash left him with broken bones and a wrecked knee, and he admits he is still not at 100 percent strength in his left leg. At the start of the 2016 season, he simply doesn’t know how far he can go in his return. Paris-Roubaix, set for April 10, is circled on his calendar.

“[Roubaix] is the only real race on my schedule right now,” Phinney told journalists during a group chat at the team camp. “The only race I had on my schedule last year was worlds, and that went pretty well … That was in September, and I’ve had a fair amount of time for rehab and strengthening on my left side.”

Phinney is referring to his inspirational ride at the UCI Road World Championships, held in September in Richmond, Virginia. His 12th place in the time trial assured the U.S. national team of at least one place against the clock at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, and his strong performance in the elite men’s road race, including a breakaway effort in the closing laps, was a milestone.

At 261.4km, the elite men’s road race was the longest race Phinney had ridden since he was 30th at the 2014 Paris-Roubaix.


In 2015, cyclists logged millions of rides on Strava’s ride-tracking service.

Strava released its End of Year Insights data report Monday, and the numbers are impressive. Worldwide, the ride-tracking service’s users logged 115,788,472 rides in 2015, accruing a total of 2,591,134,087 miles. And those weren’t all easy miles either — riders climbed 133 billion vertical feet last year, according to Strava.

More data highlights from 2015:

– Globally, Strava athletes uploaded 5.3 activities every second
– Over 26 million rides uploaded in the U.S.
– Average speed for U.S. male cyclist is 14.6 mph, female U.S. cyclist is 12.7 mph ­
– Average cycling commuter distance in U.S. is 10.5 miles
– California was the most active state in the U.S., with 7,172,721 rides logged
– Most popular segment in the U.S. in 2015: Sausalito’s “7-11 Bump,” 15,327 attempts

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Topeak launch new 2016 tools and accessories

Ninja series

Topeak are also launching a range of Ninja tools for 2016. The idea is that you can carry the essentials around on your bike without spoiling its graceful lines. Hidden stuff, basically.

The Ninja C chain tool (£24.99) fits in the ends of your handlebars. One side houses the tool body and the other the allen key you need to do the splitting. It’s designed to work with 11-speed chains. You rarely need a chain tool but on the other hand having one can save you when you’re many miles from home. So one that’s permanently with your bike but hidden from sight makes some sense.

The Ninja TC cage and tool box (£24.99) adds an unobtrusive pocket to the bottom of your bottle cage, in which is stored an 8-function mini-tool. You get 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm Allen keys, a T25 driver and a Phillips screwdriver which is enough for most things short of your cranks falling off.

Lastly there’s a Ninja P pump (£16.99) that fits inside your seatpost. It’s rated to 160psi, which probably means it’ll be okay to get your road tyres back up to a meaningful pressure, and it’s available in 27.2mm, 30.9mm and 31.6mm widths to fit most bikes. It comes with a rubber seatpost position indicator so you can get your ‘post back to exactly where it was before you removed it.

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2015 Velo Awards: Velocio’s bathroom break bibs


The Superfly isn’t just a ‘bathroom’ bib. It was designed to be compressive for the highest levels of muscular support, to stay in place comfortably on long rides and to improve the experience of a ride. Cut in a cycling position, the placement and shape of every seam are carefully considered. The unique bib upper adds wide straps to its stabilizing mesh panel, a construction designed to rid the ride of chaffing. Supportive and light-feeling, these are bibs designed from the ground up to meet the highest standards of fit and performance, a first for bathroom-friendly bibs.

Bib shorts have been passed over by women for years because of issues around riding comfort. No more. The Superfly adds a crucial bit of technology to our Signature Bib Short to create a high performance bib with an easy-on / easy-off, mid-ride bathroom break option. No halters. No oddly-placed seams. No jersey, helmet and sunglasses removal.

The Superfly is pee-break friendly, looks like any other bib and, more importantly, feels better than any other bib thanks to premium fabrics, fit and chamois. The Superfly enclosure, however, offers more than other bibs: More hours riding. More options for places to go. More chances at a better riding experience. More comfort. The zipper from which it takes its name can’t be felt while pedaling and isn’t used while regularly dressing or undressing.

The Superfly includes the Velocio Leg Band for an ultra-smooth and comfortable finish that won’t pinch your leg, ride up or be noticed. It also uses our top-of-the-line Cytech chamois for all day riding comfort and support.

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Have your tunes—and still be polite—with these tips

5 Rules for Listening to Music on a Ride (Without Being a Jerk)

If you enjoy listening to music while riding, get this: Research shows that tuning in to your favorite jams can make you ride happier, harder, and faster. Music is scientifically proven to reduce perceived exertion, boost your energy levels, and increase your endurance by as much as 15 percent.

The world’s most prolific researcher on music and exercise, Costas Karageorghis, PhD, from London’s Brunel University School of Sport and Education, boils it down to this: “Music is like a legal performance-enhancing drug for athletes.”

If, however, you have “Don’t Stop Believing” blaring so high that you can’t hear cars approaching behind you, another rider trying to pass you, or a barking dog coming straight for you, it can wreck your ride—and someone else’s—in a second.

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Opinion: How we can use data to prevent cycling deaths in Los Angeles

To say Los Angeles’s Vermont Avenue is bad news for bicyclists would be putting it mildly. Over the past five years, cyclists have been involved in 230 collisions with cars along this roadway — more than on any other street in the city.

More than 30 of these accidents occurred in just three intersections: West 4th Street, Olympic Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard. A heatmap of bike accidents last year shows Vermont covered with collisions between Beverly and Exposition boulevards. So, what exactly is going on here?


2015 Velo Awards: Cannondale wins Road Bike of the Year Read

Road Bike of the Year: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod
Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo has been overwhelmingly praised in previous iterations as an ideal example of what an all-around race bike should be. So this might sound a bit repetitive, but the all-new SuperSix Evo is an ideal example of what an all-around race bike should be. It’s a featherweight that, thanks to beefy, round tube shapes, remains notably stiff. Refinements for 2015 include an even stiffer bottom bracket and a bit more compliance. (One knock against previous versions is that they delivered a bit too much road feel.)

But what really sets the SuperSix apart from its all-rounder brethren is its near-telepathic handling: It would be an exaggeration to say you can steer with your eyes, but sometimes it feels like it. Think about where you want to go, and the SuperSix takes you there.


Bicycles Can Be a “Huge Part” of Combating Climate Change

In the wake of the landmark Climate Change Summit in Paris this month, transportation researcher Lewis Fulton reminds us how bikes can fight global warming.

The Climate Change Summit recently wrapped in Paris, with most of the world’s major economies agreeing to a historic accord formalizing 195 countries’ commitments to cutting emissions and assisting each other in fighting global warming—the first-ever attempt to synchronize efforts worldwide. The US committed to reducing its carbon emissions by nearly 30 percent over the coming decade—an ambitious, but many believe achievable, goal. During the talks, Lewis Fulton, a transportation researcher at University of California, Davis, and the Director of STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways), gave speeches and met with representatives from several countries and the United Nations. His message: Bikes can help save the world.

“We need to hold our politicians accountable,” says Fulton, who believes we might be able to limit climate change to a manageable 2-degree rise in Earth’s temperature. “But we also need to make changes [in our personal lives]. Cycling plays a huge part in that.”


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