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486,000 Pedal Strokes?! Check Out These Amazing Stats on The Tour De France

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As the worlds largest spectator sporting event, the Tour De France is ‘kinda a big deal’ with roughly 12 million people lining the roadsides to catch the action first hand. If competing in an event of such magnitude seems daunting, just imagine organizing something of this scale. Parcelhero’s Mark Bunce provided us with a nifty informative image detailing all the staggering statistics of the Tour, from the 140 wheels each team brings along to the 252 McDonald’s cheeseburgers that equate to the calories each racer burns during the event.

This year’s Tour De France runs from July 4th to July 25th, featuring 21 stages that cover a total distance of 3360 kms (2088 miles). The route is comprised of nine flat stages, three hill stages, seven mountain stages with five altitude finishes, one individual time-trial stage, one team time-trial stage, and two rest days. Also, six new stage cities have signed on for 2015 including Utrecht, Zélande, Livarot, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Muret, and Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest.

Click below the break to see the infographic showing the Tour De France’s amazing stats and figures…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Video Series

  • The Seasons Collection – A multi-media photography collection of adventure sports-driven stories about people who push the limits in pursuit of their passion aka LIFERS. The video highlights all that happened this past week at Windell’s Sports Camp as the team followed Cadence Founder Dustin Klein, Windell’s Sports Camp Director Jamie Weller and legendary action sports photographer Bryce Kanights. You can also watch all of the other video recaps here.

Father’s Day Deals and more after the break… 


Bliss Protection starts padding its presence in North America – Interview and tech details


Bliss Protection isn’t a new company, but they’re just starting to make inroads in North America, so they reached out with info and samples…which we’ll be testing in the Alps over the next couple weeks. For now, we wanted to know what made them unique? After all, there are quite a few companies making elbow, knee and body pads.

The secret is in the material they use to keep the pads both lightweight and extremely flexible. It’s called Armorgel, and it brings several things to the table. First, it’s incredibly thin, just 6mm on some of the lighter pieces, yet it’ll dissipate about 80% of an impact’s energy. It does this by firming up under impact and spreading the force across a broader area. After the impact, it returns to its original shape and softness, regaining full functionality, flexibility and protection hit after hit.

It’s also breathable, using a porous, open design to keep air circulating to the skin underneath. Compared to fully enclosed pads, that could be reason enough to switch over during the summer. And it can be thrown in the wash up to 50 times without performance loss, so even if you are sweating like mad, it can stay fresh.

We spoke with Bliss founder and designer Matthias Ascherl to learn more…


North St. Bags Opens Retail Location in Portland, OR

North St. Bags Shop Window

North St. Bags was founded in 2009 by Curtis Williams, in Portland, OR.  The history of North St. Bags goes back further, however.  Curtis, a Vermont native, took his first bike tour home to Montpelier along Route 7 from New York City using panniers.  Sure, they got the job done, but Curtis wanted more.  He wanted a bag that had better design and more functionality.  

Head past the break for the full story.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Bicycle as Art

  • Keirin: A Show of Photographs by Sam Polcer – Bike Cult Show produces events and exhibitions that intend to present every facet of cycling. This one-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in Japan. The show is Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM at Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea – 226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011.


Red Bull Rampage returns to Virgin, Utah, to celebrate 10th Anniversary


The 2015 Red Bull Rampage presented by GoPro will move dirt and blow minds again on October 17th, and you’ll be able to watch it live via Red Bull TV.

Compilation video showcasing the first nine years after the break…


ANT+ FE-C update brings two-way communication, lets your display control your device


With products like the Wahoo KICKR taking advantage of Bluetooth’s ability to send and receive data, it’s had a bit of a headstart in terms of integrating cycling (or desktop) computers and smartphones into an overall system. For example, when we reviewed the KICKR and TrainerRoad, the training software or iPhone app could control the trainer to make for some automatic and furiously effective workouts.

Now, ANT+ is in on the game, letting multiple devices have real, two way conversations with each other. It’s geared toward indoor cycles and trainers, and TacX, Kinomap and TrainerRoad have already integrated it into their products alongside other major updates…


Beeline Bikes Mobile Bike Shop Now Offering Franchise Opportunities in Portland and Across the USA

Beeline Bikes repair truck

After being turned away from several bike shops while looking for service, avid rider Pete Buhl decided to create a more convenient system for cyclists in need of repairs. Joining with cycling industry veterans Andy Jeffrey and Neil Macc, the three created Beeline Bikes, a mobile bike shop service that comes to your home or workplace when it’s most convenient for you.

Beeline bikes has seen strong growth over the last two years and now has six mobile shops operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. Building upon this success Beeline is now offering franchise opportunities in the U.S., and they’re initially focusing on the bicycle-loving city of Portland, Oregon. Their company objective is to “make it easy for more folks to get out and ride more often on a safe, well tuned and well equipped bike.”

Click below the break to get the buzz on Beeline’s operation…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycles Bits & Pieces


  • 2015 UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano // Fort William (UK) – Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Round Two of the DH world cup makes its stop in the Scottish Highlands for what is always a great event for racers and spectators alike. Will American Aaron Gwin and Frenchwoman Emmeline Rago continue their winning ways and hold off the strong Brits? Log on to or to watch LIVE!
  • Philadelphia International Cycling Classic – The mens’ America Tour Race begins at 8:00 AM and the womens’ World Cup Race begins at 12:30 PM. If you’re in the Philly area and want to check out the race, The Philadelphia International Cycling Classic course is packed with great locations to watch the action and enjoy the day. For more information visit


  • Win a Pair of Shimano Road Shoes – Art’s Cyclery is giving away a pair of Shimano R321 road shoes to one lucky winner. Take the survey for a chance to win.
  • Guess the Distance and Win! – If you can accurately guess Bradley Wiggins’ distance on his Hour Record attempt this Sunday then you may win a free custom Velo Zephyr bar/stem. Submit your guess at