Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Chamberlain Trail, Colorado Springs

bikerumor pic of the day Chamberlain trail in Colorado Springs

Photos submitted by Doug Bursnall, “Here’s a few pictures of the new 1.2 mile extension to the Chamberlain trail in Colorado Springs, right after our final beautiful fall work day, buffed and ready to ride. Working with the local Parks department, park friends groups, our volunteers and contracting with Tony Boone Trails, we constructed a new mile of trail in 6 weeks.” Photo credit Jesse Parker.

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Christini Announces Return of 2 Wheel Drive Bikes, Fat Bike to See Production

Known for their 2 wheel drive systems on vehicles with only two wheels, Christini has been developing 2 wheel drive bicycles since 1995. The company got around to selling complete all wheel drive full suspension bicycles in 2001 which struggled to gain traction (in sales) and eventually turned their attention towards the motocross world. Christini is still building some of the raddest AWD motos around, but after a special project for Kate Leeming in 2013 it looks like 2WD mountain bikes are making a comeback.

Their first production bike? A fat bike, naturally. Honestly it makes a lot of sense as the fat bike probably has the most to gain in the traction department and Christini has already completed most of the R&D with Kate to prepare for her upcoming attempt to cycle across the entire continent of Antartica via the south pole!

Christini says they plan on launching a Kickstarter program in the near future to gauge interest in the 2WD fat bike, then move on to produce a separate hard tail in the future. Who want’s an all wheel drive fat bike?

Curious about Kate’s upcoming Breaking the Cycle: South Pole expedition? Check it out next…

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Physiology and Nutrition: Your Gut is an Alien.

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In our high stressed, fast moving lives, we are often overtired, overstressed, undernourished (although overfed), and immunocompromised. This combination has far reaches (beyond the-wanting-to-sleep-at-work feeling) that extend to the interruption of our symbiosis with our gut bacteria.

Um.. What? The human intestines contain ~100 trillion microbes (ten times more than any other cells in the body) comprised within four major phyla of bacteria: the Firmicutes, Bacteriodetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria. These microbes are under selective pressure to manipulate our eating behaviors and moods to increase their well-being; often at the expense of our overall health.

How does this come across in everyday habits? The struggle to resist certain cravings for foods that are high in sugar and fat (late night chocolate or almond butter anyone…) and increased inexplicable anxiety may be your gut flora sending messages, not a lack of “self control” or “freaking out”. The individual members of the microbiota have been shown to be highly dependent on the nutrient makeup of the diet. For example, Bifidobacteria grows well with a diet high in fiber, whereas Bacteriodetes does well with fat. In a comparison of the gut microbiota of obese to lean individuals there is a higher percentage of Firmicutes with a significantly lower percentage of Bacteriodetes, after a year-long dietary intervention, there was a significant increase in the Bacteriodetes (with a corresponding decrease in Firmicutes) and a signficant correlation to the percentage of fat mass lost with the rise in the percentage of the Baceriodetes.1

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The Hoverboard Gets Real!

We’re not even trying to make up some reason why this is related to bikes, but it’s just too damn cool not to post. Yes, it’s a real, live, working hover board, and it’s already blown past its funding goal on Kickstarter by about 50%, and it’s just getting started.

Check the video, then float past the break for a bit of the science…

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Hands On: Road or Tri, You Pick Two with the Ceepo Mamba

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Unless you’re deep in the world of triathlon, Ceepo might not be a brand on your radar. Originating from Aichi, Japan in 2003, Ceepo was started by Nobuyuki Joe Tanaka who lists the brand as being named after Ceepho who was an ancient Samurai warrior. The Samurai angle seems apropos given the number of sharp angles and blade like tube shapes found on a number of Ceepo’s bikes.

Ceepo’s genesis was similar to many current bike brands with Joe being unsatisfied with the triathlon bikes available to him in the 1990′s. After creating his first aluminum model in ’93, Joe went on to race it in a long course tri and noticed a whopping 90 minute improvement over his other bikes. Eventually aluminum gave way to carbon and Joe introduced Ceepo international in 2007. While the brand focuses mainly on triathlon, bikes like the Mamba, Stinger, and Mamushi mountain bike are expanding their boundaries.

The Ceepo Mamba may be labeled as triathlon specific geometry, but the frame also works great as a road bike which could make it the perfect bike to get into tris….

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Suspension Setup Series #6: How Often Should I Bottom Out?

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This is the final installment in our Suspension Setup Series, and it’s a fairly simple recap to the in depth process of properly setting up your mountain bike’s fork and shock. Assuming you’ve followed the series, your suspension should be pretty well dialed, leaving one big question: How often should you be bottoming out?

“Every ride. If your bike is set up properly for the course you’re riding, you should use full travel on the biggest hit/drop/jump of your ride. Otherwise, you’re not fully utilizing your shock and the fun-o-meter isn’t maxing out.”

That’s from Duncan Riffle, 2x U.S. National Downhill Champ, former World Cup DH competitor and SRAM MTB marketing manager. We also spoke with Manitou’s Eric Porter, who’s raced professionally in XC/DH/DS/DJ over the past 11 years; Mark Fitzsimmons, Fox Racing Shox’s race program manager and pro athlete suspension tuner; and Josh Coaplen, Cane Creek’s VP of Engineering.

Here’s what they had to say…

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Interview: Talking Fatbike Future with 9:ZERO:7′s Founders Bill & Jamie

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Anchorage, Alaska is the place to be if you are in the fat bike business. They are literally everywhere, and even before the snow has fallen, the local trail head had more riders on fat bikes than normal mountain bikes.

We caught up with 9:ZERO:7 at Interbike to see a lot of their new product. Being a relatively new and small company, they are putting out an impressive amount of new designs. Bill Fleming and Jamie Stull are the owners of Chain Reaction Cycles in Anchorage [no relation to Chain Reaction UK], and started 9:ZERO:7 right out of their store. On a brisk fall morning where you could feel that fat bike season was near, we sat down for a coffee with them to hear their thoughts on the future of fat bikes, and the future of their small company within this market. Would this rising tide raise all ships or sink the small ones?

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Bandha Bikes Project: Across Uganda, achieving basic needs for individuals and families is dependent on their ability to access available resources. Bicycles become the catalyst to link families with essential resources but many Ugandans cannot afford them. Bandha Bikes will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on Oct 27th to seek donations in support of our Ugandan based pilot program.
  • Calling all ripping goblins, ghosts and ghouls! Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex is hosting a Halloween Jam on November 1st at their facility in Holly Springs, NC. Besides having awards for best trick, fastest lap, etc. they’re also awarding the best costume so be sure to dress up.
  • Do you want to win an exclusive Orbea Carpe that’s been hand painted by Roberto Tirso in Mallabia? Enter Here.
  • Womens Bike Mechanic Scholarship opens doors for women in the cycling industry. SRAM, Liv, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Quality Bicycle Products, Pedro’s, and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women to attend United Bicycle Institute. The scholarship was created for women who are aspiring or experienced bike mechanics wishing to increase their technical knowledge and actively pursue a career in the cycling industry. Find the details HERE.
  • Kinetic Trainers announced the launch of its new website, www.kurtkinetic.com. The new site features enhanced product information including product videos, technical information, reviews, new page layouts and customer service portal. The website is now live.
  • Do you have a favorite bike park? MTBParks.com wants to hear from you! If you love lift-accessed mountain biking, take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your opinions HERE.
  • Here’s a better way to let everyone know that you’re a proud cyclist without wearing your jersey to the local coffee house. Après Vélo is having a 48 hour Mega Sale on their stylish cycling t-shirts but it ends at 8 AM on October 26th so act fast. Enter Coupon Code BDAY20P at check out.

Exclusive: Sneak Peek at the Pan American Continental CX Championship Course + Interview with Race Director Mitch Graham

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If you need proof of the growing popularity of cyclocross on this side of the Atlantic, look no further than the upcoming Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championships. For the first time ever, cyclocross will will be included in the Pan Am Continental races and it’s all going down just two hours north of the 2013 Cyclocross World Championship venue.

Already established for road, track, and cross country racing, the Pan Am series is a competition between the 43 nations in the Pan American Cycling Confederation or COPACI. The confederation includes any country with a recognized cycling program from North or South America as well as any island nations.

The stage is set and the first ever Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championship looks like it will take place on one of the most challenging ‘cross courses we’ve seen. We got a sneak preview of the course and interviewed Race Director Mitch Graham next…

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