July 2016

SCOTT DELIVERS MIPS BRAIN PROTECTION ON THREE NEW ROAD HELMETS

From roadbikeaction.com

 

This week Scott is launching three new road biking helmets. Scott says they are entering a new era of helmet development, beating key industry benchmarks with regards to both ventilation and aerodynamic performance.

 

Centric Plus

The Centric Plus was designed and developed for world class road and mountain bike racers. With ventilation as Scott’s priority, they leveraged their extensive aerodynamic expertise to make one of the best ventilated helmets in its class. These achievements go beyond the outside profile with optimization of airflow on the inside of the helmet as well. MIPS with Scott air technology provides the benefits of a MIPS brain protection system and features a unique construction to further enhance ventilation. From Scott’s testing, they found it is so efficient that it cools your head by 2.2% better than if you were not wearing a helmet at all.

 

Cadence Plus

The Cadence Plus was designed and developed for world-class road racers and elite triathletes. Aerodynamics is Scott’s priority on the Cadence Plus leveraging their extensive aerodynamic expertise to make one of the fastest helmets in its class. This was achieved through optimization of airflow on both the outside and the inside of the helmet. This too is equipped with MIPS and Scott air technology to provides the benefits of a MIPS brain protection system. Scott offers aero plugs and by simply clicking in the plugs the aerodynamic advantage of the Cadence Plus increases even more but sacrificing some of the ventilation.

 

Fuga Plus

The Fuga Plus is the perfect helmet for road riders who are seeking a high-performance helmet with the versatility to go beyond the road. It features the MIPS brain protection system as well as the Halo 3D fit system. The Fuga Plus also delivers exceptional ventilation with a removable visor.

Protected bike lanes are good for cyclists — and public health

From the LATimes.com

 

To the editor: About half of car trips in the U.S. are within easy bicycling distance of three miles, but only about 1% of trips are by bike. There is tremendous potential for biking to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and carbon emissions while improving health. (“The philosophy that has pitted cars against cyclists for the last 40 years is finally dying,” Opinion, July 12)

Tom Babin makes the case that fear of injury by cars is the main reason people do not cycle, and this is supported by many studies. If fear of injury is the problem, then actually protecting bicyclists from traffic is the solution. And painted lanes or “sharrows” do not protect.

Los Angeles has made important initial steps toward prioritizing cycling. The next step is to get serious about protecting cyclists with a connected network of separated bike facilities. As more cyclists feel comfortable venturing onto the streets, L.A. will reap the environmental, health and even economic benefits.

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To the editor: There’s a simple and cost-effective way to create the protected bike lanes Babin describes: Use parked cars as safety barriers.

If bike lanes were striped to the right of parked cars (next to the sidewalk) rather than to the left (next to fast-moving traffic) there would be no need to build physical barriers — it could be done for the cost of paint.

Santa Cruz already does this; L.A. should too.

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To the editor: Great news! Bicyclists are finally evolving into rational participants of the roadways. Now if someone could only educate them on the meaning of red lights and stop signs.

Cyclists love to talk about their rights (and rightfully so), but they do not discuss their responsibilities. Instead of “Share the road,” the posted signs should read, “Share the rules of the road.”

The progress has been slow, but we’re getting there.

Pedalling the pounds away: Why cycling could be the best way to lose weight

As the Tour de France gets into gear and the world’s elite cyclists compete to conquer climbs and steer clear of skin grafts, new research reveals the true impact of the cycling boom here in the UK. Studies from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in a Lancet paper on Diabetes and Endocrinology, reveal that cycling is the best activity to combat the obesity epidemic, with men in particular most likely to gain from a ‘get on your bike’ approach.

Over 150,000 British adults, aged 40 and upwards were measured, weighed and surveyed about their activity levels for the study. Researchers, led by Dr Ellen Flint, discovered that for the average man, cycling to work instead of driving was associated with a weight difference of 5kg (11lbs).

For men in their thirties onwards, the need to manage weight gain and combat the associated health risks that come with it is essential. Research shows that muscle mass, aerobic capacity and flexibility in men naturally goes into decline at this age. But by maintaining exercise levels through sports such as cycling, those most at risk of ‘middle age spread’ or its deadlier form – metabolic syndrome – can put up a strong fight for a longer, healthier life.

“Two thirds of the UK population don’t achieve weekly recommended levels of physical activity,” says Dr Flint. “But our study found that those who do manage to build physical exertion into their commute tend to be less heavy and have less body fat than people who drive all the way to work.”

One such cyclist is Darren Cole, 34, from Beeston in Nottinghamshire.

“I was 20st (127kg) in 2011 when I started riding along the canal paths from home to work a couple of times a week.”

Darren concedes that at first it was breath-taking – in all the wrong ways. “I was wheezing along and it took me around 50 minutes to do six miles.”

But as he began to feel the benefit of a new meal plan too, he invested in a road bike and began riding at weekends. “Today I’m 11st 6oz (74kg) and I commute 22 miles a day as well as racing for Beeston CC. I’ve rode on 100-mile sportives, appeared in Cycling Plus magazine and this September I’m aiming to cover around 200 miles in two days in aid of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust(supported by Vision Express).”

 

Read more here

Gravel Grinder Sunday out of Golden Road Brewery

The gravel bike/cyclocross/I love doing awesome rides movement has been exploding and there’s no better way to introduce yourself than this Sunday’s SoCal GRAVEL Trofee #3: L. A. ROUBAIX v2, which is also hailing itself as the “Hell of the North”.

If you’re going to do the full 45 mile route, you’ll roll out of Golden Road and head straight for the Verdugos covering a section I covered just yesterday.

You’ll descend into La Tuna before shuffling your way up the Angeles Crest Highway before coming down the Gabrieleno Trail leading you up the Fern Truck Trail.

 

Learn more here.

GoPro: Tour de France 2016 – Stage 9 Highlight

 

After winning at the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin claims his first Tour de France victory in Stage 9 of the cycling race.

The cyclists faced in horrendous conditions as a summer storm made the race hard and memorable in the last climb of the day after racing in hot conditions.

Specialized Sequoia – steel adventure bike with disc brakes launched

From road.cc

Steel frame, disc brakes and 42mm tyres the key features of Specialized’s latest bike

 

Specialized has already taken aim at the gravel/adventure/all-road market with its AWOL and Diverge models but it has also resurrected the Sequoia from the back catalogue and designed a modern steel-framed, disc-equipped bike with big tyre clearance and all the features needed to make it a versatile choice for everything from touring to bikepacking.

The Sequoia comes in three builds priced from £950 to £2,500. Each features a steel frame with thru-axles, disc brakes, mounts for mudguards and racks, a new tubeless wheelset and 42mm tyre, and a carbon fork and vibration damping seatpost on the top-end model.

Aero might be the buzzword for race bikes, but away from racing it’s all about adventure, a word that is inspiring a whole new category of road bikes and accessories, with bikepacking all the rage and events like the popular TransContinental Race promoting a new sense discovery and a whole new approach to riding that is new for the younger generation of cyclists that haven’t been weaned on old school touring and Audax.

Most of the regular Specialized bike range features frames made from carbon fibre and aluminium, so it might seem a surprise to see the company introduce a steel frame back into its 2017 range, but it’s a nice reminder of the company’s roots, which all started with steel bicycle frames – the Sequoia was first introduced in 1981.

The Sequoia has a frame made from custom and size-specific Premium chromoly steel tubing with a FACT carbon fibre fork on the top-end models, and a chromoly fork on the entry-level bike. The frame bristles with eyelets for racks, mudguards, cargo and extra water bottles, making it ideal for everything from commuting, touring, Audax to bikepacking. There’s also internal routeing for a light cable, so you could add a front dynamo and power both lights from it.

While the choice of frame material might be traditional, in every other way it’s a thoroughly modern bike. It has a carbon fibre fork, thru-axles, flat mount disc fittings, tapered head tube, super skinny seatstays and the company’s Cobble Gobble carbon fibre seatpost, designed to provided seated comfort, on the top-end model.

Specialized is using 12mm thru-axles at both ends, with a 142mm rear axle so there should be no issues with wheel compatibility that have plagued its Tarmac Disc and CruX Disc.CruX Disc.

Tubeless tyres make a lot of sense for adventure bikes, minimising punctures through the use of liquid sealant in place of inner tubes. The Sequoia rolls on new Specialized Cruzero tubeless rims, with a wide profile that makes the ideal platform for the new Sawtooth 2Bliss Ready 42mm tyres. The bike will accommodate up to 45mm tyres if you want to go wider.

The Sawtooth tyre has been developed to handle any road surface from smooth tarmac to loose gravel, with a tread pattern comprising sharp angles and edges designed to provide grip in the loose, but tightly packed enough to be fast rolling on the black stuff. Specialized uses the same Gripton compound it uses for its road tyres with a reinforced centre tread section, and the casing is reinforced with an Endurant material to provide protection and cope with the extra weight of a fully loaded bike. They’re also tubeless compatible.

The top-end model gets the same CG-R seatpost as found on the Roubaix, which is designed to provide a bit of added deflection to take the sting out of the ride. There’s also a new handlebar with a 20mm rise and flared shallow drops, providing more control when riding in the drops on fast and loose terrain.

Geometry is key to any bike, and for the Sequoia the company says the numbers and angles thread a line between a traditional road bike and a touring bike. The bottom bracket is lower (66.5mm drop) and the wheelbase longer (1,053mm) with a slack 71.5-degree head angle and 50mm fork rake producing a 68mm trail, so it should provide very stable handling whether loaded with luggage or unladen. All numbers quoted are for a size 56cm, and there are six sizes to choose from.

Inside the First “Bicycle-Friendly” High School

From Bicycling.com

There are plenty of bicycle-friendly college campuses. But here’s what other schools can learn from the only high school to secure the League of American Bicyclist’s seal of approval.

 

College campuses are prime for cycling thanks to bike share systems, high population densities, streets closed to personal vehicles, and flexible commuting schedules, among other factors. But high school campuses? They’re not exactly known for their acres of bike parking and elite cliques of spandex-clad “cool kids.”

 

In ultra bike-friendly Fort Collins, Colorado, one high school is working to override the mindset that cars are the only ticket to teenage freedom. This year, Fort Collins High School became the first and only high school in the US to achieve the League of American Bicyclist’s coveted Bike-Friendly Business status—which is like a junior version of the League’s Bicycle Friendly University designation awarded to institutions of higher education.

 

The high school’s path to bike friendliness began in 2015 when teacher and cyclist Cathy Hettleman launched a bike club to encourage more students to ride to class. Hettleman says that of the 1600 students at her school, about 80 commute by bike. Even in a platinum-ranked bike-friendly city like Fort Colllins, she says cars remain a status symbol, and car culture is something of a given. But the club has been working to disrupt the equation that 16 equals driver’s license equals car.

 

First Hettleman organized a Winter Bike to School day and got businesses to donate food for students commuting by bike. Then she and the club sponsored Bike to School day in the spring. One year in, the club remains in its infancy with just six student members—but they’ve already expanded the school’s bike-friendly amenities, like showers and bike parking, to include bike tools, free bike maintenance, and helmet and bike light giveaways. The club has also developed a new ambassador program with youth ambassadors beginning to work with city officials, help out at local events, and potentially teach classes to younger students.

 

“This is our way of starting bike culture early on with kids. If they start early, they’ll carry it through,” Hettleman says. “The club has been perceived as something new but as young kids come up through our district learning how to bicycle, I’m sure it will become more popular.”

 

Now that the high school has been recognized by the League for its efforts, Hettleman would like to see a bike repair shop, extra bikes, and potentially even a competitive cycling team at the school. Her next goal is to secure some local grants for the club’s upcoming projects.

As for other schools joining Fort Collins High School in its one-off Bicycle Friendly Business distinction, Hettleman says finding role models—staff and students to step up and say ‘I ride my bike and I love it’—is the key. Giving away free stuff like helmets and bike lights never hurts, either.

“You just have to have one or two people who are enthusiastic—and then get support from the city and within the community,” she says. “We want students to feel like bikes are just part of our school’s culture.”

Tour de Fever Ride – July 10th 2016

Fun ride with SAG stop from Sierra Madre to East Fork and Back. SAG provided at the turn around. Show up early for coffee, croisants and waiver/instructions. There will be a longer option going up the back side of GMR for anyone who wants to continue in self-support style.

The route is the same as the last 2 years editions… it’s an out and back route that starts with easy, neutral roll out at a conversational NO_DROP pace. Once we get to the bridge and begin to climb Hwy 39 it’s game on and we ride for glory to the SAG stop and turn around. Click on the link to view the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14900278

 

Learn more here.

Tour de Laemmle

Start your cranks – Tour de Laemmle returns Sunday, July 24, 2016!

Our epic 125+ mile ride across L.A. County will take place Sunday, July 24, 2016.

UPDATE: The Tour is now open for registration!

This year, we’ll begin and end at Laemmle’s completely revamped Monica Film Center on 2nd Street in Santa Monica, including a post-ride bash upstairs in the theater’s swanky new mezzanine lounge.  Plus, those who complete all 125+ miles will receive a free pair of official Tour de Laemmle cycling socks!

If you joined us last year, the route will be familiar. However, we’ve made several enhancements including more time on bike paths and lanes. Stay tuned for the official route sheet, but in the meantime, check out the highlights and points of interest.  There’s loads to see along the way, including a cornucopia of good eats!

Lear more here.

Monrovia City Council Unanimously Approves New Bicycle Master Plan

On a unanimous 5-0 vote last night, the Monrovia City Council approved the city’s new bicycle master plan.

Monrovia’s bicycle planwas developed in consultation with Alta Planning + Design. The plan calls for 3.7 miles of bike paths (along the Sawpit and Santa Anita Washes), 5.1 miles of bike lanes, 17.9 miles of sharrowed bike routes, and 7.1 miles for further study for protected bike lanes. The plan also calls for bike parking, bicycle wayfinding, open streets events, bike-share, and education and encouragement programs.

Public testimony was strongly in favor of the plan, with three San Gabriel Valley residents testifying in support of safety, health, environmental, and economic benefits of making Monrovia safer for cycling. Speakers acknowledged the efforts of city staff and Move Monrovia in taking the plan from idea to approval.

Among the elected officials, there was a great deal of support for, in the words of Mayor Tom Adams, taking “the first of many steps in the right direction” to make Monrovia more bicycle-friendly. Councilmember Gloria Crudgington emphasized that, by approving the plan, Monrovia sets a leadership example for the region. The only minor concerns raised regarding the plan were from Mayor Pro Tem Alexander Blackburn who wanted to make certain that the plan would conform with state requirements, thus making Monrovia eligible for state bicycle funding, including California’s statewide Active Transportation Program. Multiple councilmembers expressed interest in working to implement Metro Bike Share to connect downtown Monrovia with the city’s newly opened Metro Gold Line Station. 

As emphasized in all capital letters in Public Works Manager Sean Sullivan’s presentation, the bulk of the approved bicycle facilities, including all of the protected bike lanes, will “require further review and study” before implementation.

Monrovia is looking to get a jump on bike facility implementation as the city embarks on Monrovia Renewal, a public works initiative to refurbish and repair existing city streets, sidewalks, and water infrastructure. To the extent that bike lanes and sharrows can be a part of the larger street resurfacing efforts, the new bike facilities are essentially free.

 

From la.streetsblog.com