Wooden Widget helps you build wooden bikes and trailers at home

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We’ve seen a number of different wooden bikes over the years from things like DIY bamboo kit bikes to sculpted, laminated bikes to super refined hardwood/carbon and bamboo/carbon composite solutions, but this bike looks to try to be even more accessible. Wooden Widget’s ethos is to provide various modes of transportation that can be easily fabricated at home out of wood by any moderately skilled wood worker with easy and affordable tools. Of course no home-made transportation company’s catalog would be complete without a bicycle, but Wooden Widget takes it even further with some other creative and useful applications…

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We’ve seen a number of different wooden bikes over the years from things like DIY bamboo kit bikes to sculpted, laminated bikes to super refined hardwood/carbon and bamboo/carbon composite solutions, but this bike looks to try to be even more accessible. Wooden Widget’s ethos is to provide various modes of transportation that can be easily fabricated at […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • With XPDTN3, backcountry exploring doesn’t have to be so far from home, or daunting – So it was just last week that we took a look at one of the mini riding adventures as part of the XPDTN3 project, and we promised more to come. We were gonna wait a while but then Bikerumor friend, backcountry rider, and photographer Steve Graepel sent us a bunch of excellent photos from his quick trip exploring tracks between Idaho & Montana fire towers while we were hunting new bike tech at Interbike. Of course it’s the visuals that drew us in (and we’ve got more after the break), but the cool thing about the whole three day weekend expedition project, is that once you set up an account you get access to all of the support info like water access, where to sleep, weather, suggested gear (even tires & gear ratios), and best of all maps and downloadable .GPX files so you can give the trip a try as well. More info at: XPDTN3.club
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With XPDTN3, backcountry exploring doesn’t have to be so far from home, or daunting – So it was just last week that we took a look at one of the mini riding adventures as part of the XPDTN3 project, and we promised more to come. We were gonna wait a while but then Bikerumor friend, backcountry rider, […]

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Robin Williams’ incredible bicycle collection up for auction, proceeds going to two great causes

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Robin, myself, and Robert Choi *(please read below for a note on Robert)

I’ll never forget the day that I met Robin Williams. I was working for Volagi Cycles at the time and happened to be in California. Specifically, Sausalito, working a demo event in front of A Bicycle Odyssey. Other than being an incredible shop positioned right in the middle of one of the Bay Area’s busiest bicycle routes, the shop also happened to be a favorite of Robin Williams. As luck would have it, he just happened to stop into the shop that day to check on one of his bikes.

Like any true A-list celebrity I might imagine, Robin was withdrawn, trying not to draw attention to himself. But his inner cycling fanatic got the better of him, and the Volagi Liscio caught his eye. After a bit of small talk, he seemed to realize we wanted to talk about bikes more than his latest movie, and his demeanor did a complete 180. All of a sudden his eyes were bright with excitement and he let his irreverently funny personality bubble to the surface. After taking a spin on the Liscio and cracking a joke about having too many bikes, he was on his way.

Obviously, his story doesn’t have the happiest of endings, but I feel fortunate to have seen his genius first hand, and to have had a chance to talk bikes. People always talked about the fact that Robin was a cyclist, but to get a sense of how much he actually appreciated bicycles, you only need to take a look at his extensive collection. In total, there are 84 bikes or frames, one trainer, one scooter, and one unicycle up for auction after the collection was donated by his children. Stating that they ” hope these bikes will bring their new owners as much joy as riding them and helping these causes always brought Robin,” the Williams family has decided that proceeds from the auction will be divided between the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Check out a few of the standouts after the break…

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I’ll never forget the day that I met Robin Williams. I was working for Volagi Cycles at the time and happened to be in California. Specifically, Sausalito, working a demo event in front of A Bicycle Odyssey. Other than being an incredible shop positioned right in the middle of one of the Bay Area’s busiest bicycle […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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courtesy of XPDTN3, photo by Marc Gasch
  • WTB Partners with XPDNT3 Explorers for 3-day trips across the globe  – Back when 3T introduced their new aero gravel adventure bike – the Exploro – earlier this summer, they also teased a new XPDTN3 club project. The idea was to head out and map adventure rides around the world, so everyday riders could see how close they were to real adventures. The project started off with well-known brand ambassador Magnus Backstedt, but the idea was always to lay some ground work to open it up for anyone to head out on a trip then report back on the adventure to open it up for more people to experience. WTB was there from the beginning putting Road+ and Gravel+ tires to work, but now they are formally a partner on the project extending to saddles as well. The impetus behind the XPDTN3 explorer club… “We love bike expeditions. But like most of you, we don’t have the time for 5 weeks in Mongolia or 3 months in Peru. So we started the XPDTN3 club, packing as much bike adventure as possible into 3 days.” The deal is all about sharing amazing stories, photos, places to ride and videos. The photo above is just a tiny teaser, and we’ll be sure to get into some more detail on these adventures in the future. For now, check them out the club and the growing list of trips from the Westfjords of Iceland, to the US’s Idaho Hot Springs route, all at: XPDTN3.Club

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WTB Partners with XPDNT3 Explorers for 3-day trips across the globe  – Back when 3T introduced their new aero gravel adventure bike – the Exploro – earlier this summer, they also teased a new XPDTN3 club project. The idea was to head out and map adventure rides around the world, so everyday riders could see how […]

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Limited Edition WTB Galaxy saddle to support high school mountain biking

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This limited edition, titanium railed WTB Volt saddle with Galaxy art was the work of the late Buddy Newman, a graphic designer for the brand who passed away last December. Proceeds from sales will go toward race entry fees at the high school Newman’s attended and raced at. Full details in the press release and more images below…

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This limited edition, titanium railed WTB Volt saddle with Galaxy art was the work of the late Buddy Newman, a graphic designer for the brand who passed away last December. Proceeds from sales will go toward race entry fees at the high school Newman’s attended and raced at. Full details in the press release and more images below…

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Remembering Dave Mirra – Ben Bostrom makes good on plan to finish Kona in honor of Mirracle Boy

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In spite of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Dave Mirra, Miracle Boy continues to inspire. After Mirra had retired from BMX and Ben Bostrom had retired from morotcycle racing, the two formed a deep friendship through an unlikely event – training for (and winning) the Race Across America as part of a four man team with Dave Zabriskie and Micky Dymond.

As Ben recounts in this touching video, the two made a goal to qualify for Ironman Kona though both failed to make it for 2015. Obviously, Mirra never made it to the start line, but Bostrom not only qualified, but finished the grueling event with a tribute to Mirra along for the ride…

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In spite of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Dave Mirra, Miracle Boy continues to inspire. After Mirra had retired from BMX and Ben Bostrom had retired from morotcycle racing, the two formed a deep friendship through an unlikely event – training for (and winning) the Race Across America as part of a four […]

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Ilumaware Shield TL bicycle tail light enhances vehicle’s crash avoidance radar, keeps you safer

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We first spotted the Ilumaware passive radar booster a couple years ago in early prototype form. The device is devilishly simple in that its angles reflect automobiles’ crash avoidance radar waves in such a way as to amplify your perceived size. In other words, the car sees you as another car, making it far more responsive to you and stopping in time if the driver is texting or otherwise distracted.

Now, the Ilumaware Shield TL is ready for prime time, launching on Kickstarter with an integrated blinky light…

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We first spotted the Ilumaware passive radar booster a couple years ago in early prototype form. The device is devilishly simple in that its angles reflect automobiles’ crash avoidance radar waves in such a way as to amplify your perceived size. In other words, the car sees you as another car, making it far more responsive […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Win a perfect urban biking weekend in Vienna with the Wiener Fahrradschau  – After seven successful years in Berlin, the best biking lifestyle show is coming to Austria, as well. October 21-23 marks the first expansion of the Fahrradschau into a new European capital, and to celebrate they are giving away show tickets, bike schwag, and a grand prize putting you and a partner up at a hotel in town to attend the show and the weekend of cycling festivities. There will be new bikes, new bike fashion, hands-on bike tests, plus several different types of racing from fixed gear crits to cyclocross, oh and the parties. Register by Oct 14 to win, or just come out and join in on the fun of the show. WienerFahrradschau.at….

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Win a perfect urban biking weekend in Vienna with the Wiener Fahrradschau  – After seven successful years in Berlin, the best biking lifestyle show is coming to Austria, as well. October 21-23 marks the first expansion of the Fahrradschau into a new European capital, and to celebrate they are giving away show tickets, bike schwag, and a grand prize putting […]

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IB16: Advocate Cycles loads up Seldom Seen plus bike packing, & Sand County touring bikes, both roll on new Terrene tires

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If you’re looking to load up a bike and get out of Dodge, Advocate Cycles has your number. Both of their newest bikes are meant to shine when loaded, whether off the beaten path or halfway around the world. The bikes may closely resemble other models in their line up, but each has some purposeful tweaks to ensure that they will be ready for whatever trail you find yourself on. In addition, the bikes each make use of Terrene tires – a separate company, but another involving Advocate Cycles’ founder Tim Krueger. So while the bikes may be very appealing, the tires will also be available separately to fit your ride…

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If you’re looking to load up a bike and get out of Dodge, Advocate Cycles has your number. Both of their newest bikes are meant to shine when loaded, whether off the beaten path or halfway around the world. The bikes may closely resemble other models in their line up, but each has some purposeful […]

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