The always lovable Stevil Kinevil entertains on the regular with the blog, All Hail The Black Market. Many of you are familiar with it already, but if you aren’t, it’s a fun read. The past few days, the All Hail The Black Market Instagram page has been populated by many hilarious images of people riding bikes, minus the bikes. Take a look and have a laugh. We sure did.
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Probably best known for their Split-Second stems, Point One racing has been cranking out some clever stems, pedals, and other machined bits for more than a few years now. It was announced today that Point One Racing has been acquired by Gamut USA who is also known for their beautifully machined parts.
As part of the deal, the lead designer and co-founder of Point One Jimmy Amaral will transition to his new role as product designer and engineer at Gamut. That means that there will be only Gamut product moving forward and we’re told that the company plans to improve on products like the Podium 2 pedal and re-release them in the future with the Gamut brand.
- JensonUSA is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this fall with a big 20% Off Sale! Click here to check out the deals, then flick around the site for more blowouts that are considerably more than just 20% off! Congrats, guys!
- Early bird special offer for the 2015 Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary ride on May 18, 2015.
- Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, October 22nd – 26th at Beech Mountain resort in North Carolina. Contact Tracy Simms by phone (828)387-2011 Ext. 205 or e-mail at email@example.com. Free ski season lift tickets for volunteers!
- Volunteers are also needed for the Bookwalter Binge near Asheville, NC. The event is Saturday, November 1st. Sign up Here.
- On October 3rd 2014 the 2nd Wheels 4 Life Indian Summer Gala fundraiser was held at the Ranch in Laguna Beach, California. The event raised $54,000 which is enough to buy almost 500 bicycles. Wheels 4 Life’s cause is to supply bicycles to people in developing countries in need of transportation. “Give A Bike – Change A Life”
- Stock up on great tasting Kate’s Bars by taking advantage of their surplus! Until October 31st Kate’s Real SALE takes 30% off of online purchases. Use the code FALL30 at checkout. They also have an Instagram contest going on as well.
- Swiftwick has a NEW and IMPROVED Sock Club where they offer exclusive and unique limited edition designs. Membership is now FREE and they’ve lowered the per pair price by two bucks! Also check out their PINK socks recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
- Get your ‘cross on in Southern Cali! Come ride with Peloton Magazine and The MOB Shop at the Peloton Cross and Gravel MOB Grinder November, 1st & 2nd.
- Spot a few pros in the 2014 Levi’s GranFondo photo gallery HERE. The event was October 4th in Santa Rosa, California.
- If you’re going to be in Philly for the Philly Bike Expo then be sure to take in “Bicycle Nomad” Eric Cedeno’s recount of his 2,200 mile journey along the route of The Underground Railroad. The presentation is at 3pm on November 8th and just one of many offerings on the event schedule at the 2014 Philly Bike expo.
- It seems like everyone is having a sale these days. Timbuk2 is clearing out their warehouse by offer up to 60% off select styles. Hurry though. Quantities are limited and time is running out!
- Your chance to be Dutch…Sort of. Road Holland Cycling Apparel is looking for brand ambassadors across the USA. So, if you’re active in your cycling community, are social media savvy and believe in the mission and look of the Road Holland brand then contact them HERE.
You’ll probably be seeing more Vee Tires equipped on bikes in the future. That’s because the company is making a big push into the OEM market with their new guidebook designed to make the customization process as easy as possible. Offering companies the chance to pick their own tread patterns, color options, hot patches, sidewalls, and even special treatments on the shoulders, the move means we’ll not only see more Vee tires, but tires that will probably match the bike.
Obviously this is bigger news if you are a manufacturer, but it does mean the possibility for stock bikes to ship with better tires thanks to low prices and low minimums.
Free stroke is the term used to describe how much lever pull you have on a hydraulic braking system before the pads actually start moving toward the rotor. Higher end brakes from most brands have a pad contact adjustment to let you dial in the free stroke, and the good ones actually provide a discernible effect. Avid has it, as do Shimano, Magura, Hayes, FSA, Formula, etc.
And all of them use a design that places the adjustment components inline with the fluid’s flow from the master cylinder into the hose. It’s worked so far, so what could possibly be wrong with that design?
Tire specialists Vittoria are venturing into a complete line of wheels. Introduced at Interbike, the 2015 line of wheels encompasses price points from $299 to $2399, and everywhere in between with some very unique ideas. They have implemented a host of new tech and materials such as using Graphene nanotechnology. Last fall they hinted at using this ultralight material, but it looks like they had bigger ideas. Just as Mavic went from wheels to wheel-tire systems to provide an integrated package, Vittoria went the other way and now promises improved fitment between tire and rim.
Known primarily as a tire maker of a full range of tires from commuter tires to high-end cotton tubulars, we spoke to them to find out what the line was all about…
High above the maelstrom of Interbike’s tradeshow floor, Alchemy Bicycles invited us to their suite to announce their new Ride DNA semi-custom frame program.
The program is one of the fruits of their growth efforts, which includes streamlined processes and expanded production capacity. It will include their Eros and Ben Serrotta inspired Aiolos titanium road bikes, and the carbon fiber Aithon, Balius, Helios and Xanthus. Geometry will be fixed, with frames offered in 52/54/56/58 for now, probably adding a 60 in the future.
The semi-custom aspect comes in the layup and options. Drop down menus on the Ride DNA shopping pages let you choose your desired drivetrain stiffness, steering precision and ride comfort on a scale from 1 to 5, with higher numbers being stiffer or sharper. The steering feel is accommodated through layup at the headtube junctions, not with changes to head angle. It sounds odd, but from our own experience we’ll confirm headtube area stiffness has a dramatic effect on steering speed and accuracy. The tradeoff is overall comfort and a twitchier ride for those not used to ultrastiff crit bikes.
You’ll also get to pick colors…
Finding a shop that has coffee brewing isn’t so unusual. It’s even quite common for a shop to have a few beers in the back for employees after a hard day’s work, or for some of the favorite regulars post ride. Though there are many shops out there that will cause a person’s jaw to drop the first time they walk in, upon stepping into the Denver Bicycle Café, my jaw was dragging the ground. Two close friends, Peter Roper and Jessica Caouette, who have known each other for years, decided it might be a good idea to open a bike shop with a full blown coffee bar, and well….. a bar!
C’mon in and check it out!
PRESS RELEASE: Jens Voigt has put the Hour Record back into the headlines Thursday evening in Grenchen, Switzerland in front of over 1600 fans at the Velodrome Suisse, setting a new record distance of 51.110 kms to break the 2005 benchmark of 49.700 kms set in 2005 set by Ondrej Sosenka.
Jens Voigt was ahead of his set timetable from the first lap, and he slowly built on his lead as the seconds ticked off the clock. He never appeared in trouble and was able to increase his pace in the final 10 minutes to bring his speed over the 51km/h mark for the first time.
“I started as usual too fast, but that is just me I can’t control myself, and I realized that I was a second faster on the first lap than on the timetable so I tried to pace myself a little. But I was in good shape, just right. I am perfectly fit for this moment, I am in very good shape, and after 20 minutes I had gained one lap but I was still feeling in control. Then from 20-40 minutes I had a comfortable lead and I paced myself and was still gaining a little time. Then in the last 20 I sped up a little and gained another lap. The last 10 minutes were flat out – all-in.