February 2018

Silca supersizes its seat roll

From BikeRadar.com

New Grande Americano seat roll holds two road tubes or one mountain tube

The boutique tool specialists at Silca have added a super-sized seat roll to their line. The Grande Americano is a larger version of the company’s Seat Roll Premio. Like its smaller sibling, the Grande Americano uses a Boa closure to hold the roll snugly against the saddle rails.

The Grande Americano can hold two road tubes, a multi-tool, tire levers and CO2. If you’re more off-road inclined, you can swap the two road tubes for a single mountain bike tube up to 29×2.5in in size.

This three-pocket pouch is constructed from 1000D ballistic nylon with a water-repellent finish.

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Swiss Skier’s Dad and Stepmom Biked from Switzerland to South Korea for Olympics

From BleacherReport.com

It takes a lot of dedication to get to the Olympics as an athlete, and apparently that goes for some of the competitors’ parents as well.

Jay Busbee of Yahoo Sports broke down the journey of Guido Huwiler, the father of Swiss skier Mischa Gasser, and his wife and Gasser’s stepmother, Rita Ruttimann, who biked from Switzerland to South Korea for the Olympic Games.

The journey began in February 2017 and covered over 10,000 miles.

The two bikers traveled through 20 countries on their incredible journey and occasionally passed through altitudes as high as 15,000 feet above sea level.

For a remarkable look back at their adventure, check out at Huwiler’s Instagram account.

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It’s Official, Cycling Is The Majority Mode Of Transport On The Streets Of London In Peak Hours

From BikeBiz.com

 

“Traffic volumes of all vehicular modes have decreased over the last two decades by at least one-third,” says a new report from the City of London Corporation. “Except cycling,” adds the report, which was based on traffic counts at key points in the Square Mile. Significantly, the traffic census was undertaken in October and November 2017 and “it is likely that cycling would make up an even greater share of vehicle movements during the spring and summer months,” concludes the report.

Traffic In The City 2018 reveals that “cyclists [are the] single largest mode of transport counted on City streets” in the morning peak. The traffic census has been running since 1999, and now for the first time also counts the number of pedestrians.

The report suggests that the drop in motor vehicle use – but huge uplift in bike use – was kick-started by the introduction of the congestion charge in 2003.

Traffic analysts working for the City of London Corporation – which has been governing London for 800 years – also say that pedestrians and cyclists have comparatively little space dedicated to them, but between them they account for the most people moved, especially during the morning peak.

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CicLAvia means rediscovering your town, close up

From SGVTribune.com

The automobile acts like a blindfold, keeping us from seeing our towns, our neighbors, ourselves.

To open our eyes to what’s in front of us, we need to take off the blindfold. We need to remove the cars.

That’s what an open streets event, or CicLAvia, does. And fortunately, there’s one coming soon near you on April 22, Earth Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., along a 6.5-mile stretch connecting San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont.

If you haven’t seen our stories on “CicLAvia Heart of the Foothills,” go back and read them. You can also visit the group’s home page (www.ciclavia.org) and click on the event, even RSVP.

Then, mark your calendar. Next, go into your garage and dust off that rusted, cruiser and bring it to your nearby bike shop for a tune-up. You’ll be set to ride, free to feel the wind in your face or stop at whatever catches your eye on a day like no other.

A CicLAvia is not a race. There is no starting line. No finish line. No agenda. It is the only time you find yourself inside a road closure’s orange cones, instead of peering in from the other side in your car.

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Tomáš Slavik’s intense winning run at Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo 2018 | Urban MTB

The streets of the Chilean city of Valparaíso were lit up by another thrilling running of the Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo urban DH race. The 16th edition of Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo didn’t disappoint, with the racing on the street-based urban DH course high octane from start to finish. In a close-run battle Tomáš Slavik took the win, with New Zealand’s Matt Walker second and local Chilean rider Matías Núñez rounding off the podium in third.

 

How to increase biking in a city

From PeopleForBikes.org

 

Anyone who says no one knows how to rapidly boost the use of bicycles for transportation is wrong.

The latest bike counts from Calgary, Alberta — the site of a 2015 pilot project that cheaply installed a five-street downtown protected bike lane network in one swoop — show that the Canadian city continues to be the continent’s clearest example of an auto-oriented city that got immediate results by quickly building a simple low-stress biking network in an area where many people want to go.

Calgary, an oil-and-gas capital on Canada’s high, dry prairie, boomed during recent years of high energy prices and has seen worse economic times since 2015. But despite falling downtown traffic related to that downturn, bike trips into and around downtown Calgary soared in the year following installation and (as you can see on the 2017 bike count map released last week) have concentrated themselves along the city’s new low-stress bikeways.

When a city changes its streets, it generally gets results. When it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

There are a lot more things required to increase biking, most importantly the political organizing required to get the government behind the goal. (Calgary’s plan passed the city council by a single vote in 2014, thanks in part to the unexpected support of a suburban conservative councilor.)

But in purely technical terms, Calgary’s recent experience is a message for any city that wants to change its transportation habits: Yes, it can be done. And we already know how.

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Watch Two Mini-Shredders Tackle a Logover Together

From Bicycling.com

 

 

There are few things more satisfying than a ride in the woods with your best friend, but finally tackling that tricky, waist-high log-over might be one of them. Let these two mini-shredders give you a textbook lesson in teamwork, as they help each other over the big obstacle interrupting their trail sesh. That’s what brothers are for, right? These two give us hope that the future of mountain biking is in good hands.

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9 top tips for setting up your new road bike

From Road.cc

Adjusting the handlebar height, correct tyre pressure, saddle height and more in this helpful guide

 

1. Get the saddle height correct

Having the correct saddle height can make a huge difference to your pedalling efficiency. It’s pretty easy to get a good saddle height with a little time and patience, and the best place to start is to follow our how to guide to learn how to easily adjust your saddle height. If you’re unsure how to do it yourself, there are many professional bike fitting services that will ensure you have the best possible position, which will allow you to cycle in more comfort.

 

2. Adjusting the handlebar height

Most new bikes will come with a healthy stack of steerer tube spacers above or below the stem. While you might be happy with the position of the handlebars as the bike arrives, if you find the handlebar position too high or low, you can easily adjust the height. With an Allen tool simply remove the stem top cap, loosen the stem bolts, and move the spacers around to alter the position of the stem. To refit the stem, first preload the headset bearings by tightening the stem top cap until all play has been eliminated, then tighten the stem steerer bolts.

 

3. The right stem length

As with adjusting handlebar height, you can also adjust the bike fit with a different length stem. You might be just fine with the stem length that came on your new bike. However, if it’s too short, you’ll be bunched up and cramped, and if it’s too long, you’ll be over stretched. Both can result in discomfort and impact your riding enjoyment by limiting the control you have over the bike. Some manufacturers specify different length stems in relation to the frame size, to try and offer the best fit. Sometimes you might need to customise the stem length yourself though. Good bike shops will be very helpful in helping you get the right stem length on your new bike, or buying a new stem doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

 

4. A straight stem is a happy cyclist

There are few things more annoying that noticing your stem isn’t quite straight someway into a ride. Getting the stem straight in relation to the front wheel can take some squinting and patience, and some people can be really fussy about ensuring the stem is absolutely straight. A very expensive way of ensuring your stem is straight is this nifty tool from German company Tune, which uses a laser to straighten the stem against the front wheel.

 

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Beverly Hills prepares for bike lanes on Santa Monica Blvd.

From BeverlyPress.com

Bike lanes will soon appear on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills as construction along the street continues.

During a study session on Feb. 6, City Council members listened to a staff presentation detailing plans to stripe the road with bike lanes. Once completed, the stretch of North Santa Monica Boulevard between Wilshire Boulevard and Doheny Drive will have two eastbound lanes, two westbound lanes, a center turn lane and bike lanes on each side.

The plan showed that the bike lanes would be separated from traffic lanes with a white line, with green markings at intersections for added safety, for an estimated cost of $35,000.

But Mayor Lili Bosse, along with council members Robert Wunderlich and John Mirisch, directed staff to paint the lanes green, which will triple the cost, according to staff, adding approximately $70,000 to the project. It will also require more maintenance.

“It makes no sense to me not to make the entire lane green,” Bosse said.

The degree to which bike lanes improve safety has been in dispute. Bike lanes are favored by cyclists but sometimes criticized by motorists who say they’re easy to overlook, and that they give cyclists a false sense of security.

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Runners, walkers, cyclists and cars in the Arroyo Seco

From SGVTribune.com

 

I don’t have a tire-biting dog in the years-long fight of the professional-level racing cyclists vs. the bureaucratic powers that be on the Rose Bowl loop.

I do know that the 3.1-mile course, clockwise if you’re looking from the south, is the best place to ride a bike for exercise in Southern California. It’s also one of the best places to run, and to walk, for two reasons: It’s hard to find a place in our hilly region that is so relatively flat (it does go quite a bit uphill, from south to north, but it’s gradual) and those 3.1 miles are exactly five kilometers — a 5k race — so it’s great for timing yourself.

Sometimes, under the current striping regime, those uses come into conflict. Still, life is conflict. What with the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center right there, a triathlete could swim, run and cycle in one place for training, and that’s a cultural place.

I’m not triathlete. My old mountain bike sits in the back yard with a flat tire, and I don’t get it out but a couple of times a year. My swimming consists of a few strokes back to my surfboard when I wipe out at San Onofre.

My own Arroyo exercise regime consists of running, and weekly golf on the Brookside course, so if anything, by the merely personal, you could say that I am inconvenienced from time to time Tuesdays and Thursdays when some 100 Olympic-caliber cyclists whoosh around the loop in a tightly grouped pack cyclists call a peloton. A walking golfer has to look out for its massive collective force when crossing Washington Boulevard or from parking on the street to the clubhouse.

But so what? I’ve got eyes, and ears. And while it’s not my sport, I honestly enjoy witnessing the peloton spectacle twice a week.

 

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