Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Hold tight to your bikes – Crowd-sourced device tracking service TrackR has completed some extensive research to find how often bikes get stolen and from where. And their biggest takeaway is probably how few of those bikes actually get recovered. That’s where they come in with a tiny Bluetooth LE device that links up with the crowd via an app that keeps an eye out for your devices. More graphics and stats after the break. More info at: theTrackr.com

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Hold tight to your bikes – Crowd-sourced device tracking service TrackR has completed some extensive research to find how often bikes get stolen and from where. And their biggest takeaway is probably how few of those bikes actually get recovered. That’s where they come in with a tiny Bluetooth LE device that links up with the crowd via an […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get Fat on the North Carolina beach a week from now – The 2nd annual US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship hit Wrightsville Beach outside of Wilmington, NC Mar 11-13. With more the 2x as many racers as last year, the event offers a chance to get in some late winter fat biking on sand instead of snow. Riders will compete in expert, sport, and beginner divisions covering 24, 16, or 8 miles through a mixed surface beach course that will be spectator friendly. Weekend activities also include adventure riding on the island, demo bikes, maintenance and race tips, an evening social, and other entertainment, then finishing it all off with a Sunday sunrise ride on the beach. Find race info & registration at: SetupEvents.com

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Get Fat on the North Carolina beach a week from now – The 2nd annual US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship hit Wrightsville Beach outside of Wilmington, NC Mar 11-13. With more the 2x as many racers as last year, the event offers a chance to get in some late winter fat biking on sand instead […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get to NAHBS and catch the Cheetah – Seriously, if you are close to Sacramento, CA get on over to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this weekend. We’ll be there and will report on all the beautiful bikes we find, but nothing beats seeing it all in person. Plus, if you’ve never heard of Nelson “The Cheetah” Vails, that is a mistake easily corrected. You’ll be blown away by his story. Vails was the first and still only African-American cyclist to win an Olympic medal, and he will preside over five screenings of the film about his life: Cheetah – The Nelson Vails Story (view a trailer over at Vimeo). The film highlights Nelly’s improbable ascension from New York City bike messenger from the streets of Harlem to the podium at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games. He was known as “the fastest cat in the concrete jungle” and thus the cycling world dubbed him the “Cheetah.”  Screening details at: 2016.HandmadeBicycleShow.com/Seminars

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Get to NAHBS and catch the Cheetah – Seriously, if you are close to Sacramento, CA get on over to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this weekend. We’ll be there and will report on all the beautiful bikes we find, but nothing beats seeing it all in person. Plus, if you’ve never heard of Nelson “The Cheetah” […]

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Pedaling the first ever fat bike expedition to the South Pole with The Last Degree

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TDA Global Cycling is a pretty cutting edges cycling adventure tour company.  If their worldwide tours like Cairo to Cape Town, Beijing to Istanbul, and Anchorage to Mexico City can’t convince you of such, maybe their latest adventure will. The Last Degree: traversing the final continent in an expedition on fat bikes to the South Pole. The trip will include about a 9 day expedition after leaving out of the Union Glacier base camp to be dropped off at the 89th parallel where the riding will commence. The trip will take in somewhere around 110-150km of loaded Antarctic touring pulling sleds before reaching the Pole.

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TDA Global Cycling is a pretty cutting edges cycling adventure tour company.  If their worldwide tours like Cairo to Cape Town, Beijing to Istanbul, and Anchorage to Mexico City can’t convince you of such, maybe their latest adventure will. The Last Degree: traversing the final continent in an expedition on fat bikes to the South Pole. […]

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BFS 2016: Bombtrack joins Berlin Bicycle Week with a custom Singlespeed EU CX Champs project bike

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For the third year in a row Bombtrack bikes are helping make the Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championships (SSCXEC) happen. This time the race will happen late in the season in Berlin, coinciding with the upcoming Berlin Bicycle Week and the Berliner Fahrradschau (BFS or the Berlin Bike Show) in a couple weeks time. Growing each year SSCXEC joins the opening night junkyard cross race of BFS, with more racers registered than ever before. To celebrate the race coming to their home country, Bombtrack decided to build up a custom bike to showcase the unique nature of single speed cross. The custom bike will be exhibited as visitors attend the growing urban and lifestyle show, and when everything wraps up it will get go home with a lucky cyclist. Take a closer look at the one-off build after the jump and see how you might be the one to ride away with it…

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For the third year in a row Bombtrack bikes are helping make the Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championships (SSCXEC) happen. This time the race will happen late in the season in Berlin, coinciding with the upcoming Berlin Bicycle Week and the Berliner Fahrradschau (BFS or the Berlin Bike Show) in a couple weeks time. Growing each year […]

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Tim Johnson’s icy ascent up Mount Washington by fat bike

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images courtesy of Red Bull. photos by Brian Nevins

It never hurts to be reminded that multi-time US cyclocross champ and all-around good guy Tim Johnson is pretty hardcore. While most cyclists in the northeast US are spending the short cold winter days inside and dreaming of fairer weather, Johnson decided to climb up the closed road to the peak of new Hampshire’s Mount Washington in the dead of winter. Long known for its dangerous and unpredictable weather, including the highest winds ever measured worldwide outside of a cyclone (231mph/372km/h), the road is actually closed from October through May to everything but the tracked vehicles that the private mountain operates.

Having started his road career with a summer win climbing the mountain back in 2000 (also the year he won his first elite CX champs), Johnson took a studded tire fatbike to the top for his February 2nd ride. Since bikes are only allowed on the road to the summit during the annual summer hill climb, that gives Johnson the first official winter ascent, and the current winter record time of 1hr 45min 48sec. But that might not stand too long. Mount Washington hosts an annual ski and snowshoe event up the climb each year, and is adding a fatbike category this coming month. Check out a video shot by Red Bull of Johnson’s winter peak bagging, and info on how you too can tackle the snow-covered mountain by fatbike…

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It never hurts to be reminded that multi-time US cyclocross champ and all-around good guy Tim Johnson is pretty hardcore. While most cyclists in the northeast US are spending the short cold winter days inside and dreaming of fairer weather, Johnson decided to climb up the closed road to the peak of new Hampshire’s Mount […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • 7th annual Beti Bike Bash adds a second venue in Arizona for 2016 – The largest women’s mountain bike event in the world is getting bigger for 2016. The premier mountain bike Beti Bike Bash heads into its 7th year expanding to a new event in Fountain Hills, AZ, outside of Phoenix and for 2016 the Colorado event will return to last year’s venue in Castle Rock, CO, with both events including Little Bellas girls camps and the VIDA MTB Series. Registration is up now at: Iamathlete.com

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7th annual Beti Bike Bash adds a second venue in Arizona for 2016 – The largest women’s mountain bike event in the world is getting bigger for 2016. The premier mountain bike Beti Bike Bash heads into its 7th year expanding to a new event in Fountain Hills, AZ, outside of Phoenix and for 2016 the Colorado event will return to last year’s […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from the competition starting on a Monday federal holiday? You don’t need to be a Suunto user, just download their Movescount app and hit the road or trail. Find out after a week how your country does. #VerticalWeek starts globally on Feb 15 and runs through the 21st. MovesCount.com

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Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from […]

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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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Advocacy 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 […]

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