- Twin Six has released a sweet new t-shirt in collaboration with PedalMN (<–a great website!) The On Your Left t-shirt is available now for $24.
- Zoic and Performance Bike are hosting a pit stop for Bike To Work day today. Stop by their San Diego HQ (11675 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92121) from 6-10am for a free t-shirt, food and drinks – and 3 lucky commuters will have their old commuting duds traded out for a new set.
- Have a Bike To Work Day event? Post it in the Comments Section of this article.
- Gold Bond has announced their No Mess Powder Spray for odor and wetness protection – perfect timing for our bike commuters.
- The League of American Bicyclists has some great statistics on the rise of bike commuters in the United States. Commuting by bike has increased by 47% in the US (!) with designated “Bicycle Friendly Communities” seeing an 80% increase!
- Bicycling Magazine announced a Bike To Work Week photo contest. Instagram a photo from your commute and tag it with #bicyclingcommute and @bicyclingmag by June 1st. The photo that “best celebrates and promotes bike commuting” will win a Shinola Bixby commuter bike.
- Teacher Andrew Sufficool is riding his bike across America this summer to raise money for Southeastern Guide Dogs. His trek will take him from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Seattle, Washington. Check out his progress, make a donation, or find out how to join him here.
- Cyclist Patrick Sluyter still needs your donation to help him get to the Deaflympics this summer. He’s not quite halfway there – let’s help him get to Bulgaria so he can represent the USA!
- Après Vélo has collaborated with American designer Eleanor Grosch to release six new retro t-shirt designs in celebration of the 100th Tour de France. They go on sale mid-June. A preview of four of the designs below, click on the image to see it bigger:
Amidst the rumors of a long travel Trek 29er and word of a dealer only launch earlier today, Justin Leov tweeted a picture of his new ride for the World Enduro Series. Looking an awful lot like a 29 inch wheeled Remedy, Justin had this to say about the bike, “This thing has changed my mind on big wheels… fastest bike I’ve ridden on trail ever!” Word is that the Fuel EX and the Remedy will both have big wheels for 2014, with an official launch at the end of this month. We’ll keep you posted.
Whether you’re new to power meter training or an old hat needing to update your baseline measurement, an FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test is the way to go. It’s what all proper power training starts with, and generally it’s done outdoors on a smooth, flat road with minimal wind and environmental (stop lights) interference. If that sounds like absolutely nothing around you, The Sufferfest has an alternative: The Rubber Glove.
The video test is 60 minutes, including warmup and cool down, and helps keep you in the right effort zones and tells you when to measure your power output. In typical Sufferfest style, they make it entertaining. It’s just $13.99 and you can download it here. Order in the next 48 hours and you’ll get 10% off with promo code LUBEUP.
Curious about how to use power once you’ve determined your FTP? Check out this post from coach Hunter Allen.
The only way to make aerodynamics not matter is to stop moving. That line basically sums up Specialized’s philosophy regarding aerodynamics from here forward. Aerodynamics are so important on a bike in fact, that Specialized has now invested a huge amount of time and money in creating their own bicycle specific wind tunnel.
Aerodynamics is about more than TT bikes and aero road helmets. By utilizing their new wind tunnel, Specialized aims to improve aerodynamics for every bicycle along with components from here on out.
Get a detailed look at the tunnel, next.
Are you the type of person who looks for every bit of advantage from your equipment, no matter how small? It is this relentless pursuit of speed which was the genesis of the Giro Air Attack. Throwing conventional helmet design out the window, the Air Attack was designed to be fast, and cool offering an aerodynamic advantage without going full aero.
Now, Giro is offering a chance to win not only an Air Attack, but a $10,000 prize pack that includes a Cervelo S5 with some Easton Carbon Wheels. We’ve also been putting some early miles on an Air Attack – jump past the break for all the details.
What started originally with the first generation RockShox Boxxers, the BlackBox program now extends across SRAM’s entire brand family. Racers on the BlackBox program gain access to the latest technology and prototypes hoping to find that slight edge on the competition, and climb up to that first step on the podium. Over the years some BlackBox technology has made it to the sales floor, while others remain in prototype limbo based on results. As the latest products to come out of the BlackBox program, Truvativ’s new Athlete series bars offer the aluminum and carbon bars you would expect, but built to the athletes’ exact specifications.
Put your hands on the new BlackBox Athlete series bars, next.
Getting asked to carry the Olympic torch is an incredible honor, and it was no different for Danny MacAskill. Of course, Danny wouldn’t be happy with just carrying the torch. While holding onto the torch with one hand while simultaneously gripping the bars, this might be the first time the torch has been manualed. After the Olympics, Danny find the location for the big show and some creative uses for the torch after the fact.
Nico Vouilloz is heading to the first round of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala aboard a prototype alloy Lapierre Spicy Supreme 6 27.5″ mountain bike.
It’s a 60XX alloy that they’re using on their mountain bikes as of 2013 on hardtails, but they’ll be pushing the lighter material to their full suspension bikes for 2014. And in that range, you’ll find this bike.
Nico’s a SRAM Blackbox athlete, and while many of these parts have since been announced (new Pike forks, for example), these could be new wheels from SRAM. Originally, they looked like they might be some blacked out Easton prototypes, but Lapierre’s folks suggested he’s running on SRAM hoops. These are blacked out, but look like the new Roam wheels. However, those tires…