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How The Mountain Bike Evolved

Bike Hugger - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 03:56

From our friends at Wired, The Roots of Dirt | How The Mountain Bike Evolved

In the 1970’s a group of California hippies built a new technology that changed the world. Computers? Nope. They were building the earliest commercial mountain bikes. Off-road bike pioneers Joe Breeze and Charlie Kelly explain how their “goofy hobby” turned into a global phenomenon and Olympic sport.

Also see, *pure fun in denim and plaid,”

That deserves a GIF and the saying then applies even more now, “riding away from the cops, the cars, and the concrete.”

Sodaeskimo's full-custom KHS FLITE 100

Velospace - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 22:40
Frame / Size / Year:
KHS FLITE100 / 53cm / UNKOWN

The Greatest Threat to Cycling

Bike Hugger - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 08:58

Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette

Besides reporting and sharing the news about a driver murdering 5 cyclists and injuring 4 others, what can we do? Feel the grief, overwhelming sadness, and look over a shoulder a few more times in traffic than usual? I’ve been trying to come up with the words ever since the story broke from Kalamazoo.Then, read this post from Phil Miller. He agreed to let me share it with you and it captures the larger issue we face. Cycling as transportation is key to the leisure and hobby activities we usually associate with it. Our races and rides depend on safe roads.

The Greatest Threat to Cycling

It isn’t a gravel grinder, and it isn’t a Grand Fondo. It isn’t doping, or masters, or doping masters. It’s not UCI, nor USAC, nor NACS nor OBRA or even Oprah. It’s most definitely not equal payouts for women pros, or big payoffs to sports administrators. It’s not high entries, or the rising cost of insurance.

It’s not even Lance.

Our sport ceases to exist when we can no longer ride our bikes. When we risk our health, our lives and that of our loved ones for simply exercising our right to ride a bicycle on a public road - when the fear of yet another unaccountable drunken or angry moron prevents us from even pumping up a tire - then we are finished.

I’ve been trying to process the horror of what happened to a group ride in Kalamazoo, Michigan last night. Five lives lost, more irreversibly altered and damaged, not to mention the damage to those left behind. One is a cousin of an officiating colleague, and while I can say that I could never comprehend the devastation he feels, well, that simply isn’t true. I’ve had way too much practice over the years.

Get used to this, friends. If we don’t stand together in our balkanized little community, this will happen again. And again. And again. It doesn’t matter less that this occurs on a country road in the Midwest, or in downtown Seattle or in Redlands or Redmond or Riverside or any of the other places I’ve ridden over the past 50 years.

USAC CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall recently announced that USAC was going to get involved in bicycle advocacy. There is nothing I can think of that matters more in my life as a cyclist, and as a transportation professional working on bicycle and pedestrian mobility and safety. We - and I mean ALL of us - need to stand together without consideration of our other disagreements and make our voice heard in every state, county and municipality. If USAC is serious about this (and I believe Derek completely that this is a priority), then we must stand shoulder to shoulder to be heard.

Otherwise, our sport will not just be irrelevant - it won’t exist.

While Phil and I discussed the topic in chat, we agreed the sport needs to come together on SOMETHING — survival seems a reasonable place to start. I was going to post this week that we’d reached peak roadie toxicity, when Velonews is encouraging us to rat each other out as dopers. Well, talking about doping is a luxury that’ll go away, if the sport goes away. A sidebar to “gravel” and the enthusiasm for “adventure” is that roadies, like me, are exhausted by the stress of riding in traffic. Worrying about a drunk or distracted driver takes a toll on our psyche; especially, when we learn the police had been getting reports on this truck for about 30 minutes prior to the crash — they were actively looking when it drove into a group on their daily ride.

For now we grieve with friends and families, and then hopefully look to USAC for leadership against this too common threat we face.

Historic Tokul Creek Trestle reopens on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Biking Bis - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 13:39

The 400-foot-long Tokul Creek Trestle on the Snoqualmie Valley  Regional Trail has reopened for business.

The timber trestle, spanning a 120-foot-deep canyon since 1911, had been closed since last September when King County decided it was time to close the old railroad trestle for repairs.

Visiting bicyclists will notice that contractors replaced the cement deck panels. …

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1992 Trek 930 Singletrack/Singlespeed

Velospace - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:45
Frame / Size / Year:
930 Singletrack/18"/1992

Olympus PEN-F

Bike Hugger - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 04:07

Arrived back in Seattle from a trip abroad to a demo Olympus PEN-F. First impressions: beautiful hardware. This kit is the PEN-F in black with the M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens and $2,098.00 from B&H.

As shared in Issue 36 of our magazine, we’ve got a thing for premium compact cameras to take with us on our bikes. The Olympus PEN-F didn’t make it into the issue, but will share the photos and reviews as we take and write them.

David has PEN-F too, and has been posting photos like this.

My love with the most awesome helmet. Shot with #Olympus #pen-f

— davidjschloss (@davidjschloss) June 7, 2016

Rear derailleur rolling chain off

Bicycle Tutor - Sun, 06/05/2016 - 08:36
Hello I recently got my hands on a 99 trek 6000 and I have been working on it in my free time. When I try to ride it the back chain keeps going down in the gears until it pops off the gear on my...


Issue 36: Suncadia

Bike Hugger - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:13

A photo posted by Byron (@bikehugger) on Jun 4, 2016 at 5:47pm PDT

Couples ride in the heart of the Cascades and from a story in the latest issue of our magazine about Suncadia.

Trail closures on Green River Trail in Kent, East Lake Sammamish Trail

Biking Bis - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 09:18

A short piece of the Green River Trail in Kent will be closed for 4 to 5 weeks beginning Monday. Same reason as last year — continued work on the river levee.

Meanwhile, a short portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail will be closed for 1 or 2 days to allow crews to get …

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Pivot Edit: Emilie Siegenthaler

Bike Hugger - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:06

Pivot’s favorite Swiss National Downhill Champion, Emilie Siegenthaler, knows that good days on the pump track, fun trail rides and riding her Phoenix on runs she knows like the back of her hand are all parts of finding the flow when World Cup time comes around again. She’s currently ranked 6th on the World Cup and we can’t wait to cheer for her at Fort William!

Cycling in Central Ukraine 2. Taras Schevchenko Places

Bicycle Tutor - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 15:12
Date: 16-17, April 2016. (2 days) Distance: 170 Km (around 106 miles) Longest distance per day: 95km (59 miles) Participants: 2 persons We have met this...


Issue 36: Photographing Bike Races

Bike Hugger - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 03:18

Photographing Bike Races with a Compact Camera

Special to Bike Hugger for Issue 36 by Dennis Crane Photo, the free, featured article is about shooting bike races with a compact camera.

setting up disc brakes on a frame not made for disc breaks

Bicycle Tutor - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 00:53
My bike was stolen and i recently got it back... but some of the parts where switched out. They replaced my 27.5 inch forks with 26 inch shocks(pretty nice ones though) and my 27.5 single gear wheel...


Issue 36 Portrait

Bike Hugger - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:02

Issue 36 Portrait just dropped on iTunes and the Web. The theme:

Being in the moment, present with expressive technology, taking portraits of bicycles, and cyclists.

That’s 3 years….and we’re still going strong. Each issues costs $4.00 or $16.00 per year.

GWR Longest Manual

Bike Hugger - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 01:58

After that balance bike act, how about a Guiness World Record for Longest Bicycle Manual? Yep, the longest manual on a bicycle is 338.9 m (1,111.87 ft) and was achieved by Harry Denton (New Zealand), at Nelson Airport, Nelson, New Zealand, on 9 December 2015. GWR Shared it today.

Colnago Master Bititan

Velospace - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 19:18
Frame / Size / Year:
colnago master bititan

Hello Again! 80 Peugeot, 79 Gitane Mixte

Bicycle Tutor - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:53
Hello from NC!   Have been away a while.... Update of the 2 bikes I overhauled 1.5 years ago... Peugeot got damaged during move, and Mayflower didn't cover it, even with my appeal...  So I...


Rear Derailleurs

Bicycle Tutor - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:02
Hi My rear derailleur is horizontal to the bike frame as opposed to vertical. I can see no obvious reason for this and am unsure of how to fix it. The bike was shifting just fine until I...


N1NO Knows How to Suffer

Bike Hugger - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 05:07

At this point in my cycling, I’m good never doing another interval or “suffering,” but that’s still what butters the bun of the marketers selling racing. In this video, Nino teaches goal setting, diversity and frame of mind. He doesn’t race a ton of days so he can be 110% for his top 10. In season he cross trains (runs, lifts, skis) and spends 25% of his time in intensive training, adapting to suffering. It’s not as complicated as a coaching plan would have you believe: put the time in, focus it, and extend the length you can go before the elastic snaps. For roadies, besides weight cutting in the pro ranks, it’s done with 2 x 20 intervals.

While my mood has shifted from turning myself inside out during a race to finding zen, and questing for the perfect weekend ride, fully understand those that push the limits, and what it takes to perform at your best.

Leavenworth Pump Track

Bike Hugger - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 06:21

Well that looks like fun, huh? Make a weekend out of it, pump track, road and gravel riding—beer and sausage too.

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