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Best videos of the week: Six Days of racing & partying, restoring a trail in NZ and a little flow in the snow

Since it’s Super Bowl weekend, why not toss in the super bowl of bike racing… that most have not even heard of. In it’s heyday, Six Day racing was here in the US, Madison Square Garden was the main venue, and it was common to see big celebrities tossing in prime money! Six Day racing disappeared stateside between 1930 and 1950, but is (of course) still going strong in Europe. The Six Days Bremen is as much a party as it is six days of intense, sling-shotting racing. Disco ball, fire, several side shows & entertainment, with a short high-banked track thrown into the middle of it all, Six Day racing is as much an endurance event for the athletes as it is for the party’ers.

Check out this cool 360° video of Marcel Barth circling this years venue, (you can move it around, but is more fun to use your smartphone… or Oculus Rift). Plus Scott Sports’ Vincent Tupin plays in the snow, (no fat bikes this week), a pretty sweet set of trails in New Zealand getting some proper first-aid and Ground Effect’s products that bombed.

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A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Tour Down Under, bright new threads for her from Rapha & QOM, and more!

A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Tour Down Under, bright new threads for her from Rapha & QOM, and more!

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Check out some new threads for her from Rapha &  Queen of the Mountain, more of Anna’s esoteric Road to NAHBS interviews and Jayson hitches a ride in the Lampre Merida team car at the Tour Down Under. Plus new rides from Whyte, Transition and Ridley.

Though a truly rough week having lost two inspirational cyclists, Dave & Kelly both left positive marks with those they inspired and we are lucky to have had them.

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Steve Bilenky of Bilenky Cycle Works

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Photo by Steve Bilenky
Photo by Steve Bilenky

The story of how internationally renown, well-oiled jam band, Bilenky Cycle Works, came to be is labyrinthine. Steve Bilenky, who wants it emphasized that he is only a small part of an excellent team, began his industry career at ten hustling bicycle repairs for neighborhood kids out of his family’s garage. That led to job at the local Schwinn shop assembling and repairing bikes, where he pored over catalogs and absorbed every bike thing he could. Steve was modifying old cruisers and blasting around in the woods with his friends in the 70’s before mountain bikes were a glimmer in the proverbial eye.

His academic and professional direction initially would take him away from bicycles, and his deep-seeded entrepreneurship would draw him into all sorts of unusual ventures. Inevitably,  he would return to Philadelphia and bicycles where he went from repair and frame alteration to starting his first bike brand, Sterling Cycle Company – all on his way to Bilenky Cycle Works…

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PCW16: Ridley Breaks into more affordable Aero with new Noah road bike and Dean Tri/TT bike

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As we walked into the Ridley presentation, we were immediately handed a Belgian beer and offered a seat. Things were off to a good start. Ridley is very proud of their Belgian roots and it shows in the final product. Beautiful bikes that are built for punishment. Bikes that are as no-nonsense as they are purpose built. To paraphrase, Belgian culture is one of pragmatism, or no bull shit. 

So when it comes to making two new models that will cater to a lower price point, Ridley wanted to provide everything needed for a great ride that still had the Ridley DNA, but could be built to reach a more attainable price point. These aren’t exactly budget builds at $3-5k, but for what you’re getting at those prices, the new Noah and Dean look like great rides for those that are “tough enough”…

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Review: Casco SpeedAiro-TC Plus aero road helmet

Review: Casco SpeedAiro-TC Plus aero road helmet

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This past year at Eurobike we got a closer look at the new special TC Plus edition of Casco’s SPEEDairo road helmet, and wanted to try it out. That large integrated lens/shield and distinct styling had caught our attention before in some other color configurations, but the gloss-on-matte black finish of the TC and the inclusion of several accessories as part of the Plus package got us thinking about its versatility. Come past the break with us to see how we have ridden and raced the helmet over the past half a year, and how it has fared in different setups with diverse use from the road, track, cyclocross, and even just getting around town…

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • REI partners with NICA and IMBA for the Teen Trail Corps Initiative – REI, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, and IMBA set up a new program to inspire young riders to become effective trail advocates with the new #TeenTrailCorps initiative. Teaching young mountain bikers to show respect, empathy, and compassion to fellow trail users and nature, the program aims to develop the next generation of trail leaders. TeenTrailCorps.org

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Remembering BMX Legend Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra
Dave Mirra
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Making an already tragic event even harder to accept, the following video was already scheduled for this weekend’s round up before the news of Dave Mirra’s death rocked the world. Miracle Boy made an undeniable impression on the world of freestyle BMX, and on the world as a whole as he seemed able to pick up just about any sport and succeed. Lately, he turned his talents towards the grueling challenge of Ironman distance triathlons, wowing us with tri-bike-bunny-hops on rollers. It’s hard to accept the fact that he’s gone, but at 41 he left a big legacy…

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TDU 2016 Video: A Day Inside the Lampre Merida Team Car

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Lampre Merida have been a fixture in the world of professional road cycling for many years. They’re easy to recognize in the peloton with their distinctive blue, pink, and green team kits, a colorway which continues to their Merida Scultura and Reacto team bikes. The team opened their account for 2016 at the first UCI World Tour race of the season, the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia. I’ve been a fan of the Lampre team for many years, and was stoked to feature the bike of Manuele Mori, a 35 year old professional cyclist in his 14th season.

On January 22, 2016, I was given the opportunity to ride in the front passenger seat of the Lampre Merida team car for Stage 4 of the race, beginning in the Adelaide suburb of Norwood, and ending in the seaside town of Victor Harbor. Suffice to say, I was stoked! Joining me in the car for the stage was Philippe Mauduit, Director Sportiff, and Ronny Baron, professional mechanic extraordinaire. To better remember the day and document for others to see, I took along my GoPro camera and recorded the experience. Click on through for the video… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Video: A Day Inside the Lampre Merida Team Car”

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Park’s Tool Kits Get another modern makeover just in time for Valentine’s Day

Park’s Tool Kits Get another modern makeover just in time for Valentine’s Day

Park Tool Kits

When considering a bike purchase it is necessary to consider the things that you need with it. Helmet, gloves, spare tube… oh, and tools! Park Tool has painted most shop service areas blue with their expansive line of tools. They have also made it easier & more cost effective for professionals and consumers alike to purchase their tools by offering them in several smartly packaged tool kits.

If your wife or hubby would get a huge kick out of one of these new kits for V-Day, Mother’s or Father’s day, they should be here just in time…

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