The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

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Bamboo Bicycle Club produces a wide variety of DIY bamboo frame building kits for people that want to build their frame themselves. Although they are not usually the ones building the frames, they decided they wanted to show off a little by illustrating what was possible with the renewable resource. The bike they made out of bamboo is unlike anything that had ever been done before.

Shoot past the break to see the sweet bamboo aero road bike they built to display in the Cycle Revolution exhibition in London’s Design Museum as well as the many frame kits available to do-it-yourself’ers…

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get ready for race season with a Today’s Plan training scheme – So this week’s roundup is pretty much exclusively a look forward to events on the horizon. For almost all of our readers not watching the Tour Down Under live these days, it is a cold time where we are bracing for even more cold. What better way to get through the winter than with an easy-to-follow custom training plans and a look toward a warmer event. The Aussies at Today’s Plan are partnering with the organizers of a bunch of events across North America to help get more riders to meet their goals with custom-tailored training plans for these events. Create a free trial account and see if your event is already on their list, if not let Today’s Plan and the promoter know, and they’ll get on it. TodaysPlan.com.au

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Alchemy goes further down stock sizes road with new Atlas road bike

Alchemy Atlas stock carbon fiber road bikes made in USA

Alchemy Atlas stock carbon fiber road bikes made in USA

At Interbike 2014, Denver, CO, based custom carbon fiber bike builder Alchemy introduced their “Ride DNA” semi-custom program, which offered limited tweaks to the layup of stock sized road bikes.

Now, they have a full stock offering called the Atlas, which borrows heavily from their premium Helios road bike. The Atlas is an all ’round performance road frame that comes in under 900g (claimed) and uses a new BB shell mated to a thinner seat tube for 27.2 posts. That, along with the proven Helios rear triangle, lends it the right mix of stiffness and comfort.

Tube shapes are familiar, with size specific layups coming across a range of five sizes from 52 to 60 centimeters. The tradeoff between it and the Helios is primarily the lack of customization, but you’ll save $1,500 on the frameset…

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CeramicSpeed Drops in Ceramic upgrade for Cervelo

CeramicSpeed Drops in Ceramic upgrade for Cervelo
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Do you own a Cervelo? Have you been suffering headset envy after your friends upgraded their Specialized bikes to the new CeramicSpeed? Well, suffer no more. The Cervelo compatible CeramicSpeed model is finally available. Aside from offering a more corrosion resistant headset with ceramic balls and steel races, CeramicSpeed makes big claims to the headset’s impact on front end stiffness and handling. While we’re not sure if you’ll actually be able to detect the difference in stiffness (even though they claim a whopping 128% improvement), you will probably notice headset perfection. At least, you should, given the price…

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TDU 2016 Tech: Peter Kennaugh’s Sky Pinarello Dogma F8

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Team Sky is a British professional cycling team founded in 2009, whose lofty goals included putting a British rider on the top step of the Tour de France podium within five years. They did it in three, courtesy of Bradley Wiggins in 2012, and pulled the double the following year with Chris Froome. Team Sky has been a fixture at the Tour Down Under ever since the race gained World Tour status, with many of its riders enjoying a break from the colder weather of the northern hemisphere.

The team has been synonymous with Pinarello bikes since its inception. Cicli Pinarello S.p.A. was founded in 1952 in Treviso, Italy. The original Pinarello Dogma was constructed from magnesium tubing, but it didn’t take long before the company discovered the virtues of carbon, and switched production to carbon fiber. The F8 marks the 8th generation of Dogma produced, a bike developed in conjunction with Team Sky and vehicle manufacturer Jaguar. This particular Team Sky Pinarello F8 is piloted by Peter Kennaugh, a Manx (Isle of Man) born professional cyclist with serious pedigree. His major victories include gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics for Great Britain in the team pursuit, and more recently, victory at the British National Road Race Championship. Here’s his championship bike… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Tech: Peter Kennaugh’s Sky Pinarello Dogma F8”

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Lapierre introduces all-new Aerostorm DRS time trial bike for FDJ

Lapierre introduces all-new Aerostorm DRS time trial bike for FDJ

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Working together with long-term sponsored French pro team FDJ, Lapierre bikes has developed an all-new version of their Aerostorm DRS. Named for the Drag Reduction System,  the bike has the singular goal of getting as fast as possible within the UCI regulations. We got a close-up look at the previous generation of the bike at last year’s Tour de France, and the new bike looks to take a big step forward in the integration game. Slip past the fold to get a closer look at how the bike gets faster, while also improving handling and braking…

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Spanish art prints from Volata illustrate modern cycling

Spanish art prints from Volata illustrate modern cycling

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Volata, a quarterly magazine and Spanish-language web portal based in Barcelona, has only been putting out a print edition for just over a year and a half. But since their second issue, they have been working with local Spanish artists to create unique illustrations to highlight key stories from the magazine. It started with an homage to cycling legend Francesco Moser and an interview with the Italian, and is continuing to grow. Both to recognize the individual artists, and to make their work more accessible, Volata has started to produce limited edition posters of the original covers.  For now it is just the art that covered issues 2-5, but with a more issues on the way there should be a fairly regular supply of interesting new art as well…

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Train on Zwift, Go Pro with the women’s Canyon//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy Project

Train on Zwift, Go Pro with the women’s Canyon//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy Project

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Were your parents always telling you that playing video games was a waste of time? Well, here is proof that it actually can amount to something. Well, if you’re talking about Zwift. And if you’re really, really fast.

Zwift of course is the online training game which turns your efforts onto the trainer into a digital competition between you and other Zwift riders all over the world. In addition to keeping you fit and sane as you pedal your way through the winter, it also appears that Zwift could be your ticket to go pro…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Origin Stories With Don Walker of Don Walker Cycles

Photo by Nathan Roberson
Photo by Nathan Roberson
Photo by Nathan Roberson

We are mere weeks away from the twelfth installment of the North American Handmade Bike Show and the Bikerumor.com “Road to NAHBS 2016” Pre-Show Coverage Crew is furiously gathering interviews from show attendees for your reading pleasure. This year’s pre-show coverage will focus on the origin stories of the those bringing bikes to the show. What better way to kick off that coverage than by talking to the kingpin of the whole NAHBS operation, Don “The Don” Walker? 

It takes a very special individual to assemble, year after year, the exciting personalities that comprise the domestic frame builder community. In a lot of ways, we take the show for granted. The show has endured over a decade, meaning that there is now a generation for whom both NAHBS and the now robust frame builder community it has championed have always existed in their adult enthusiast life. And where it was predicted decades ago within the industry that traditional fabrication methods and materials for frame building would go the way of the dodo, we now find these traditions not just surviving but thriving and innovating, due in large part to the platform that this show has given the trade.

It is impossible to deny the innovation that has been fostered by these builders or the rise of now popular segments that were nurtured and developed first and exclusively by this body as big industry looked on. Whether or not you have purchased a bike from a builder at the show, or follow frame builders at all, your cycling landscape has been undeniably shaped by the growth and rise in popularity of this community. And for all of this, we owe some thanks to Don.

Don really has two origin stories. The first story is about Don and his personal introduction to frame building (via track racing). The second origin story is that of the show and how it came to be and how it has grown.
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