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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • If you’re in the area of Buffalo Creek Colorado then check out the 2014 Surly and Salvagetti Annual Campout Extravaganza.
  • Remarkably, it’s time to start thinking about the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek on April 4, 2015. Registration will open on Saturday morning, November 1st at 9AM on Bikereg. And don’t forget about the upcoming Wilkes100k MTB race that will traverse all the trails at W Kerr Scott and culminate with a backwards lap at Warrior Creek.
  • It is the time of the year when Pivot Bicycle’s demo fleet makes their way into the southern part of the USA. Check out their demo schedule here.
  • Over 30,000 cyclists are expected to participate in Sovev Tel Aviv, Israel’s most anticipated annual cycling event, on October 15, 2014. 
  • If you’re in the Raleigh North Carolina area then check out the “Most Fun Place On Wheels!” for ride and skate lessons at the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex. They’re also offering Ramp Camp which is designed for kids in Year-Round schools to have a chance to come and learn new skills. 
  • Raleigh residents also need to know that one of their most popular trail systems is in jeopardy of being lost. Click Save the Crab! to get to the petition.


IB14: Breezer #2, We Interview Joe Breeze About the Second Mountain Bike Ever Built

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At Interbike this year, the unholy trinity of Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, and Joe Breeze gathered at the Breezer Booth to sign copies of Charlie’s upcoming book - The Fat Tire Flyer. The event brought a ton of fan fare and publicity for obvious reasons. So after the party had died down, I swung by to shoot some pictures of the vintage Breezer on display. While I was there, none other than Joe Breeze happened to walk over.

As we discussed topics ranging from helmets to klunking (Joe says the secret is to keep your feet on the pedals), I asked him to tell me something about these first Breezers that most people didn’t know. He thought about my question for a few seconds before pointing to the top tube.

On modern bikes, it’s common for the top tubes to slope downwards towards the seat for increased standover, but this early Breezer is the reverse. This was due to the limitations of the components from that era. At the time, there were few replacement parts available, so Joe made all of his headtubes the same size. That way if the custom Cook Brothers fork broke, it could still be replaced with the more easily sourced Ashtabula.

The other limitation was the length of the seatposts. The longest ones available at the time were only 180mm, so to get the appropriate saddle height for tall riders, the frames had to have long seat tubes and sloping down tubes.


IB14: ODI branches out into handlebar tape, releases signature edition Aaron Gwin grips

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Traditionally known for it’s American Made grips for motocross, mountain bikes, and BMX, ODI is now developing a line of handlebar tape. They’re producing two different versions, which will retail for between $24.99 and $29.99.

The more expensive option is the 3 ply, pictured above. It has a base foam layer, an additional layer for strength and durability, then is topped by a perforated material. READ MORE ->

Bike Check: Josh “Rat Boy” Bryceland’s 2014 World Championship Bike

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At the start of the season, the Santa Cruz Syndicate was the last of the major teams still on 26″ wheels. Athlete Josh Bryceland proceeded to prove the wheelsize was still viable by racking up a series of wins, before switching to a revised 27.5″ model and winning the overall.

With expectations high for the young rockstar on a winning streak, team mechanic Dougie Fresh (interview here) built Ratboy’s fresh steed with the fanciest of parts and a healthy sampling of duct tape accents. Unfortunately, a gigantic huck to flat ended his gold medal winning run within sight of the finish, and he had to settle for second.

The BikeRumor crew is still running around Interbike, so enjoy the photos below the break, and we’ll update with info later.


IB14: Wolf Tooth Components introduces Single Speed 00 Cogs, 50t 1x Ring For Road, More

IMG_3111.JPGSeeing as how 1x drivetrains have taken over mountain bikes, and now cross bikes as well, road bikes can’t be far behind. For those looking for a viable 1x option for their next road or gravel build, Wolf Tooth has just dropped the hammer with a new 50t Drop-Strop option. Wolf Tooth had this Salsa gravel bike set up with a 50t ring and an 11-40 cassette with their GC adapter. Along with the new chain ring Wolf Tooth is getting into the single speed cog market and literally got the very first sample in at Interbike today.

Roll Wolf Tooth Single Speed after the jump…


IB14: New Aero Road Direct Mount Brakes and Triathlon Hydration System from FSA

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While it seems that every new road bike released now has a disc brake variant, caliper models are on the whole still lighter, and with the introduction of Shimano’s new(ish) direct mount standard – they’re even better than ever.

Aside from the Japanese manufacturer, only a few other companies have released direct mount road calipers, and FSA has a new option that appears to be almost ready for production. They’re still some months out so details are scarce, but drop past the break to see what we know.


First Look at Transition’s New Giddy Up Platform and First Review of the New Smuggler 29er

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On my return home trip from Whistler, I had the opportunity to stop by Transition HQ and take a quick peek at the new line of bikes they intended to debut at Eurobike. In development for two years, the new models mark a departure from the more free ride oriented fare the company has become associated with.

With the new range, they’ve debuted a new-to-them suspension platform they call Giddy Up, because of the improvement it offers in pedaling performance when compared to the older models. The platform is featured on their four newest models – a 29er, two 650b models, and a yet to be released 26″ variant.

When I arrived, the only production models had already been packed and shipped across the Atlantic, but I was able to get a closer look at the two test mules still at the office, and chat with the crew about the development process.


100Copies Beijing: Last in the Tire Art Print Series


Now that the 100 copies of London, New York, and Paris have sold out, artist Thomas Yang released the last in his limited series of tire prints. This final one titled The Unforbidden Cyclist is a shout out to a recent revival of the bicycle as a cool mode of transport again in urban China. His interpretation of Beijing’s Forbidden City uses 11 unique tire treads to recreate the iconic buildings and mass of people, including the tire of China’s classic Flying Pigeon bicycle, dubbed the single most popular mechanized vehicle on the planet.

I do love these prints, and had to share this since it appears to be the last in the tire print series. Roll past the break for an overall pic, price, and availability…


EB14: Prototype ICE. Emergency Trigger Calls For Help with Single Click

IMG_2933.JPGSometimes your rides don’t always go as planned. That exact reason is why ICE. first took on their ICEdot Crash Sensor design. The quarter sized device detects the g-force of a crash and alerts your emergency contacts if you don’t disable the alarm.

While the crash sensor is designed to work when you are unconscious, their newest product will allow you to call for help even if you haven’t crashed. Called the Emergency Trigger, the new device is about the size of a nickel and will clip to helmet straps, bracelets, etc. Able to be used for keeping your family up to date on your whereabouts or a full on about for help, ICE. continues to make cycling a little safer any way possible…