October 2016

Revolution Bike Fest – Nov 4-6

Revolution Bike Fest is more than just a bike festival.  Revolution is a celebration of the bike and its transformative power in people’s lives.  And it’s different for everyone.  For some it’s the fitness aspect, for others, the camaraderie.  For us, we are STOKED on bringing people from all walks of life to celebrate cycling and all of the amazing elements that surround it.  From bikes to music, gear to food, and everything in between, we have created a festival weekend that celebrates a fun and active life lived outdoors.  Whether you are a diehard cyclist who can’t get enough of riding, or are just becoming interested in cycling, Revolution is for you.

 

This event is all about FUN, family and friends.  Ok… and maybe just a little bit of bike time.  Or a lot.  It’s up to you.  Take off on awesome rides in the most iconic places throughout the Orange County area (we will be bussing you out to all of the coolest rides) or hang out and relax with some grooving live tunes, amazing for, and ice cold beer.   Meet new people and experience all the best that the world of cycling has to offer.  November 4th – 6th near Irvine in sunny Orange County, California.

 

A Festival

First and foremost, Revolution Bike Fest is a festival.  There are NO number plates at revolution and this is not a race.  That means camping, a carnival atmosphere, tons of activities, and more than ample helpings of fun filled adventure.   Some of the biggest brands in the cycling world, as well as our local bike shops are coming out to give you a ridiculously cool experience and to provide an easy entry into the world of cycling.

Celebrating the Bike Lifestyle

Cycling isn’t just all about the bike.  It’s about the lifestyle and people that surround it.  What better way to earn your food and beer than to burn a few extra calories on two wheels with some of the funnest (yes this is a word) people on the planet!  Whether you want to get aero or hit the trails in pursuit of a killer ride with others, we got you.  If you want to chill and relax with some awesome food while learning about cycling stuff, outdoor gear or finding your new favorite brew, it’s at Revolution.  If you want to spend a day hanging on the pump track or slalom course, Revolution Bike Fest is your one stop shop.

Rides and Demos

Revolution Bike Fest is set up for you to experience as many of the best rides in Orange County as you can cram into your weekend.  Whether its a road or mountain adventure that you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Some of the biggest bike manufactures in the industry are coming out to Revolution to make sure your experience is the best.  If you don’t have a bike currently, don’t worry, there will be plenty of demos for you to snag and see what all the buzz is about.  We can tell you from experience, it’s AWESOME!  If you do have a bike, but you have had your eye on a new one for a while, grab a demo bike and hit the trails or the road.

 

Camping

Want to be fully immersed in the Revolution Bike Fest happenings?  Camping is the best way to do it, so we will be offering a limited number of tent camping, bike packing, and RV spaces at Revolution t just footsteps or pedal strokes away from the action.  Spend some quality time in nature and unplug from the trappings of day to day life.  These will sell out fast so we recommend that you book them early.

 

Family Friendly Activities

We know that not all of our guests are coming to Revolution to bike.  That’s why there are so many cool activities that are geared for families.  Ladies.  Want to hit the trails and get some “me” time?  Have your significant other take the kids down to the Sponsor Village for some face painting and other cool activities.  Dudes.  Want to hit a road ride with buddies?  Have the kids go down to the Sponsor Village and hop on some of our cool education tracks to learn some key skills to improve their trail prowess.  Or have the entire family head out on a ride together.  It is all open to you at Revolution.

 

Live Music

Revolution has awesome live acts coming out so you can get your groove on in the evening.  Our main stage will have plenty of room for dancing and having a killer good time.

 

Food and Drink

We are brining out some of the tastiest local eats and the most refreshing local brews to Revolution for your apres bike activities.  Food trucks and other local cuisine providers will be onsite to keep you feed.  AND, we are featuring several local breweries so you can sample some of the best craft beers that Southern California has to offer.  Hang out in the beer gardens post ride or hang and enjoy your beautiful day outside.

 

Tons of Fun

Above all else, at Revolution Bike Fest, the name of the game is fun.  Come on out and experience everything Revolution has to offer!

 

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Long Beach – Beach Streets

Beach Streets Midtown

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

Beach Streets is an Open Streets event designed to showcase businesses & neighborhoods. For a single day, we close a major traffic corridor to cars & open the street to people walking & bicycling. The event attracts local residents & visitors from across the region to explore & discover the area at a slower “foot-traffic” pace. Previous Beach Streets events have attracted more than 40,000 people!!

  • Participants of all ages will enjoy family-friendly entertainment at festival hubs along the route, including MacArthur Park & Recreation Festival
  • Opportunity for participants to discover local businesses & services. Try a new restaurant. Explore a new retail store. Find a business service that suits your needs.
  • Suggested modes of transportation along the route include: Walking, bicycles, wheelchairs, skates, rollerblades, skateboards, etc… Basically anything without a motor (officially marked means of transportation for those with disabilities excepted).
  • The event route is free of vehicle traffic & parked cars, no cars on the street!

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Best of Interbike 2016

From Roadbikereview.com

 

Interlake 2016.  Thousands? Tens of thousands? Who knows exactly how many products we see during the three-day Interbike trade show. But some just stand out more than others. Here are 20 of our absolute favorites courtesy of RoadBikeReview editors Saris Mercanti and Jason Sumner. Let us know which ones you love (or loathe) in the comments section.

 

Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage

Integration is the name of the game with the Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage, which combines a bottle cage, bottle, hand pump, 8 bit multi-tool, and chain tool into one neat package. Cost is $50-$80 depending on model. Learn more here. http://reviews.mtbr.com/syncros-interbike-2016

 

ProShift

The ProShift module is an aftermarket unit that uses your speed, cadence, and preferences to automatically shift gears. It’s currently available for Shimano, SRAM, and Campy electronic drivetrains. An FSA unit is also in development. More info at proshiftracing.com.

 

Giro Factor Techlace Shoes

Giro’s new Factor Techlace high end road shoe utilizes a single Boa dial at the top of the instep along with a pair of Techlaces over the forefoot. This new patent-pending closure system combines replaceable laces that are attached to Velcro straps. The idea is to retain the seven points of contact afforded by laces, while also giving users the ability to quickly adjust tension on the fly via straps and a Boa IP1 dial, which tightens or loosens in 1mm increments. This is the first time Giro has employed a Boa dial on any of its shoes road or mountain, which currently includes 48 total models. Price is $350. Learn more here.

 

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Work set to begin on major bike-friendly my Figueroa makeover

A long awaited project that will transform a four-mile stretch of Figueroa Street is finally ready to begin today, with a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off this afternoon.

 

The Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project, also known as My Figueroa (or if you really want to get cute, My Fig), will bring a plethora of changes to the thoroughfare with the aim of making it more accessible to walkers, bicyclists, and public transit users.

 

Part of the city’s Complete Streets initiative, the project will extend along Figueroa from 7th Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard, with feeder routes along 11th Street and MLK Boulevard. Bike lanes will be added along this route, with 2.6 miles of protected lanes running through 27 intersections—separating bicyclists from vehicle traffic and offering connections to rail and bus routes.

 

Bus platforms will also be added, with a diamond lane to accommodate the Silver Line rapid bus during peak hours. Platforms will eventually also be added for the still supposedly happeningDowntown Streetcar.

New bike-only traffic signals and bike boxes at intersections will give bicyclists a head start on vehicle traffic and help to protect cyclists from right-turning drivers.

 

Other improvements along the thoroughfare will include new street lights, repaired sidewalks, continental (zebra-striped) crosswalks for greater pedestrian visibility, and new signage geared toward pedestrians and bicyclists. The street is also set to receive a visual makeover, with new tree plantings and public art at transit stops.

 

The project is funded by a 2010 grant from Proposition 1C, a voter-approved bond measure providing money for affordable housing development and transit-oriented improvements. Originally, the project was supposed to be complete by 2015, but numerous delays, including a lawsuit filed by a car dealer, stalled the project. Now, officials expect work to be completed in 2017.

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Pasadena’s Bike Share Program Moves Closer to Reality

Public transportation is about to get a whole lot more affordable with news that Pasadena’s Bike Share program is expected to launch in July, 2017.

Details of the proposed program will be discussed at a Bike Share community outreach meeting Thursday night, according to Conrad L. Viana, P.E. Engineer, City of Pasadena, Department of Transportation.

“The D.O.T will discuss the proposed information with the public and solicit feedback on suggested locations for stations,” Viana said. Pasadena’s program structure will mirror the existing Metro Bike Share in Los Angeles.

According to an information sheet provided by Viana, the program could place around 400 bicycles in 34 bike share docking stations around the city. Service would be provided in general areas of the Central District, the Playhouse District, as well as colleges, Metro Gold Stations, hospitals, office and residential locations.

Bicycles would be supplied and serviced by Bicycle and Transportation Systems, who would also handle the rebalancing of bicycles at the docking stations. Bicycle and Transportation Systems is the vendor used in L.A Metro’s Bike Share program.

“We have identified potential stations that will be discussed at Thursday’s meeting,” Viana said.

Each station would have a kiosk to accommodate any of the three available rental options by credit or debit card. A monthly pass is projected to cost riders $20 a month. An unlimited number of trips of 30 minutes or less would be covered by the monthly pass, and additional 30 minute increments would cost $1.75 each, under the current proposal.

Flex passes would run $40 per year and all trips would cost $1.75 for every 30 minute increment. Walk-ups would have no monthly charge or yearly fee. Riders would pay a flat $3.50 for 30 minute increments.

The program would be funded by Metro.

Viana said bike share programs foster environmental awareness by providing a non-motorized, convenient mode of transportation, and may even encourage healthy lifestyles.

 

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Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

Want to see what Danny MacAskill does on his day off? “Wee Day Out” explores the rural landscape around Edinburgh in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country with moments of incredible riding and a touch of humor. Danny pulls off never-seen-before tricks, most of which would normally be assumed impossible on a mountain bike, like leaping onto a single train track, turning a hay bale into a giant unicycle, riding over a cottage, and disappearing into a 6ft puddle. Oh, and keep an eye out for a cameo from Danny’s dad, Peter!

 

The Collector: Robin Williams

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams was an ardent cyclist and fierce advocate for people with disabilities. This auction honors his passions. Bid on a selection of favorites from Williams’s personal bicycle collection, donated by his children, in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

 

The name “Robin Williams” still makes us smile. This is befitting for a man who loved to make people laugh. But it wasn’t just his singular comedic genius that brought joy to the world, but also his fierce advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The lesser-known sides of Robin Williams—the athlete, the bike nerd, the activist—were all tied to his love of cycling. Williams collected bikes, lots of them. Some bikes were custom-made and some were bought spontaneously off the rack.

 

He admired his bicycles as design objects and marvels of engineering, liked to discuss gear minutiae with fellow nerds, but most of all he loved to get into his famously colorful spandex outfits and take off for hours at a time. His family and friends fondly remember his apparent joy every time he got on a bike. Robin cherished the meditative aspect of the rides, the alone time, and the opportunity to move around anonymously without having to interact.

 

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Skunk Lock, The bike lock that makes thieves vomit

From BikeRadar.com

Time for a little payback with the Skunklock

Many people believe that there is a special circle of hell reserved for bike thieves. One inventor has decided to recreate a little bit of hell on Earth for any would-be thieves with a bike lock design that sprays a noxious foul-smelling chemical at anyone that tries to tamper with it, triggering vomiting. It’s named, appropriately, the Skunklock.

Inventor Daniel Idzkowski, from San Francisco, is the man behind this novel approach to bike security and describes it as “the bike lock that will make thieves vomit when they try to steal your bike.”

It consists of a secure steel U-lock with a hollow pressurised chamber containing the chemical deterrent. The idea is that should someone attempt to cut through the lock they will puncture the seal on the chamber, which will cause the liquid inside to spray out and over the thief.

Although the detailed formula for the liquid is not disclosed, it does contain capsaicin, an irritant that’s used in some other personal defence products such as pepper sprays. The substance is designed to be extremely hard to clean off and will ruin clothing that comes into contact with it.

The liquid doesn’t have lasting harmful effects and the inventor is at pains to mention that the product is legal in the US, and in many countries worldwide, though he does recommend checking the legal situation in your nation or state yourself to make doubly sure.

Other than the chemical deterrent, the lock is used as any other U-lock and comes with multiple keys — handy, in case one gets misplaced. Of course, as with any lock, it’s not impossible to cut through it given time and tools, but it certainly would make it a horrible experience and Idskowski’s ambition here is to make it the “least attractive lock to compromise on your block.”

Idzkowski isn’t the first inventor to develop a lock with an aggressive theft deterrent element built in. The Bike Mine, developed by Yannick Read, is exactly what it sounds like: an explosive device that’s designed to let of a loud bang and flash if the lock is tampered with.

 

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Livall’s new smart cycling helmets

Packed with features any cyclist would approve of

 

Livell is back with some new smart cycling helmets, following the success of the Bling helmet series.

Like Bling, the new Livell helmets pack in several smart features, but this time in a slicker package that’s lighter and more subtle.

There are three different models this time, the BH81H, MT1 and the KS2, the latter being for kids.

The first two are very similar bar the built-in heart rate monitor – not featured in the MT1 – and the more rounded design of the BH81H.

Other than that, both come with smart warning lights built into back of the helmet, with turning signals so you can indicate to drivers and cyclists behind you.

There’s a built-in 3D gravity sensor, which can detect if you’ve fallen off the bike and, if so, automatically send an SOS message to a selected contact in your paired smartphone.

As for communication, there’s a built-in walkie talkie that lets you speak to other cyclists if you’re all out biking together (assuming they also have a Livell helmet, of course), while the wind-protected mic lets you take calls on the go without distortion.

There’s a paired remote that sits on the handbars and lets you perform all these functions, including controlling your music. The integrated bluetooth speakers in the helmet mean you’ll be able to listen to your tunes without blocking out all outside noise.

As mentioned, only the BH81H comes with the heart rate monitor, which will also sound an alarm if it detects you’re exceeding the safety range.

The helmets are currently on Indiegogo, where they’ve already shot well past their target, and will be shipped to backers in November.

Pasadena’s Gooden Center Announces 4th Annual Richard Selje Ride for Recovery

From PasadenaNow.com

The Gooden Center in Pasadena will host its fourth annual cycling fundraiser, the Richard Selje Ride for Recovery on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 a.m. The event features three rides of varying lengths: the Century (100 mile), Metric Century (62 mile) and Quarter century (25 mile), and takes you through the beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, from La Crescenta to Monrovia. Supported by the Pasadena Fire Department and Police Department, the ride departs from City Hall and ends at the Gooden in-patient home, an old Pasadena craftsman, on El Molino Avenue. The ride is a unique opportunity to support Pasadena’s oldest non-profit recovery center dedicated to health and wellness for men, their families and the community. Proceeds help provide scholarships toward treatment and counseling to men and their families based on financial need.

For the past fifty-four years, The Gooden Center has provided an affordable, clinically based, fully accredited outpatient and in-patient substance use disorder program of the highest quality to over eight thousand men and their families. The Bishop Gooden home is located in the heart of Pasadena, in a turn-of-the-century Pasadena craftsmen bungalow, and offers a warm, caring environment and solid foundation for recovery for men and their families. The center’s namesake is founder Episcopal Bishop Robert Gooden, Bishop Suffragan of the Los Angeles Diocese from 1930-1947, who was committed to the idea that the unique nature of every individual should be known and developed. The center’s family treatment program offers counseling to the patient and his family, including children ages seven and older and free clinical aftercare for men and their families for life.

The Ride for Recovery is named in honor of Richard Selje, retired Pasadena architect and former Gooden Center Board member, beloved advocate of recovery, and former cyclist. Though no longer a cyclist, Mr. Selje attends the event each year and delivers a warm send-off to the riders. “Over the years I’ve witnessed first hand the transformative work that the Gooden has done and the difference made in so many lives. It is a true honor to be a part of this community.”

Tom McNulty, CEO of The Gooden Center, “I want to thank all the members of the Pasadena community, and our donors, and especially the Gooden Center’s Board of Directors for their ongoing support and dedication to helping those in recovery in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. It is because of you we are able to continue to provide affordable care for all patients.”

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